With two full days at Iguazu Falls, you can marvel at this beauty up close on the Argentinean side and get sweeping panoramas from the Brazilian side.. Be among orca and humpback whales, hear cracking glaciers pierce the Antarctic silence, and experience, with all the senses, scenes that seem windows to another world.. Your first day of landings on the Great White Continent will be extra special as you see in the New Year at the bottom of the world.. Our experienced leaders have made hundreds of polar voyages. Learn about the history, geography and wildlife of the Antarctic from experts in marine biology, glaciology and history.
Contrast the vibrant pulse of two of South America’s liveliest cities with the stark and glacial beauty of Antarctica on this 18-day tour, including a trip to one of the world’s grandest series of waterfalls and a very unique New Year. Take in the unique atmosphere of Rio before flying to immense Iguazu Falls. Soak up the heat in Buenos Aires before flying to the world’s southernmost city for an unforgettable expedition to the Great White Continent to coincide with New Year’s Eve. Feast your eyes on white mountains, incredible wildlife and towering icebergs to cap off the ultimate adventure.
Breakfast Included: 16 Lunches Included: 10 Dinner Included: 9
Rio de Janeiro
Ola! Welcome to Rio! Your adventure begins with a welcome meeting. Following the meeting you’re free to explore on your own, but don’t feel too rushed – there will be a full-day tour of the city tomorrow to acquaint you with it.
Rio de Janeiro
Embark on a full-day guided tour of Rio. Visit Santa Teresa, a beautiful artistic neighbourhood situated on a hill overlooking the city. Continue to scenic Corcovado and witness the grand open-armed Christ the Redeemer statue that surveys the city. Give your feet a break during a lunch stop at an incredible NGO called Gastromotiva, where creative dishes are made with donated produce and the cooks are marginalised members of the community given free culinary training. Finish the day with a walking tour of the Port area. This area, a little more off the beaten track, has been recognized for its cultural and historical importance as it was a main port for the slave trade in Brazil. We will be joined by a local guide from the Pretos Novos institute, which aims to preserve the cultural heritage found in the Port area.
Rio de Janeiro/Iguazu Falls
Spend a free morning in Rio and then fly to the falls in the afternoon. There may be time today to get your first glimpse of the falls.
Spend the day exploring the Brazilian side of the falls. The 275 falls are two-kilometres-long and stretch up to 80-metres-high. This makes them both higher than Niagara and wider than Victoria Falls. The Brazilian side of the falls offers great panoramic views. For birds-eye views of the falls, you can take an optional helicopter flight over the top of them.
Iguazu Falls (Argentina)
Make an early start, 7.30 am, to visit the Argentinean side of the falls today, which has boardwalks allowing you to get up close and personal with these towering rapids. Choose to get an even more exhilarating look at Iguazu with an optional zodiac boat ride below the falls. Later, at about 3 pm, you'll have to chance to accompany your leader on a visit to a Guarani community. Return to the hotel at approximately 5 pm.
Board a morning flight to Buenos Aires. Check in and then set out on a guided tour of the city’s sights. Visit Recoleta Cemetery – the final resting place of some of the city’s most famous residents – and walk among the tombs and monuments. Walk around La Boca and its well-known Caminito district before moving on to the lesser-known side of this colourful neighbourhood to visit an artist's gallery. Next, wander the cobbled streets of San Telmo and finish the tour getting to know the most iconic place in Buenos Aires – Plaza de Mayo. Stop for a group lunch at a local NGO, Abriendo Caminos, a social project dedicated to empowering local women by teaching them how to make alfajores (a local delicacy) and employing them. After lunch, get ready to be captivated by Argentina’s most famous dance, the tango. In a private space a professional tango couple will explain the dance’s origin and history, as well as demonstrating the moves. You will then be invited to join a 1-hour beginner class to learn some of the basic techniques and understand the rhythm.
Enjoy a free day in delightful Buenos Aires. Perhaps explore the antique markets of San Telmo or browse the museums in the well-to-do neighbourhood of Recoleta. If you’re a foodie or a wine connoisseur, maybe take part in the Malbec Trail of Palermo or Gourmet Buenos Aires Food Urban Adventure day tour.
Your Antarctic adventure begins with a transfer to the airport and domestic flight to Ushuaia, the world’s southernmost city. On arrival at the airport in Ushuaia, meet a Peregrine representative who will transfer you to your hotel. Attend a briefing at 7.30 pm to run through the details of the tomorrow’s embarkation. If you have time you are free to explore Ushuaia as you please. This city has quite the dramatic setting, overlooking the Beagle Channel and surrounded by mountains.
Ushuaia – Embarkation Day
This afternoon you’ll be transferred to the city’s port for boarding the Ocean Endeavour. After meeting your fellow passengers and settling into your cabin, begin the journey through the famed Beagle Channel. Look around at the incredible views as we glimpse our last sight of land and head south towards Antarctica.
Spend two days travelling across the legendary waters of the Drake Passage, named after the famous English seafarer, Sir Frances Drake. If conditions allow, enjoy the outer deck space for your first sightings of dolphins, whales and orcas as well as seabirds including the iconic albatross.
A comprehensive optional lecture program will also get under way, with some fascinating insights into Antarctic history, geology, biology and everything in-between. Today we continue crossing the Drake Passage, scheduled to reach the Antarctic Peninsula by early evening if conditions are favourable. The first sighting of land always brings great excitement on any expedition south.
New Year in Antarctica
Your first day of landings on the Great White Continent will be extra special as we see in the New Year at the bottom of the world. The ship will be in a celebratory mood tonight. Raise your glass and imbibe (though not too much, remember drinking can exacerbate seasickness) with fellow passengers for a New Year’s Eve party to remember.
The Antarctic Peninsula gives access to a high number of wildlife sightings on a mountainous backdrop of ice and water. Each excursion (scheduled twice daily) is tailored to suit the location of the ship. There are a number of potential landing sites and the crew will make a decision on which will be visited based on conditions. A list of these sites can be found at https://www.peregrineadventures.com/en-au/antarctica/landing-sites. Zodiac rides allow for a closer encounter with marine life including whales and seals. Onshore exploration takes you to penguin rookeries with optional activities for the active adventurer – snowshoeing, kayaking and camping overnight (these must be booked before departure). Wildlife encounters along the Antarctic Peninsula are likely to include Weddell, crabeater and leopard seals; gentoo, Adelie and chinstrap penguins, and elephant seals. Our lecture program from experts in polar wildlife continues during our voyage and throughout the trip the team is on hand to answer any questions you may have.