November 26 - December 9, 2019
Join the Fresco Adventure group on a journey back in time to the seventh continent of Antarctica. This ecological wonder and fascinating territory contains more than 90% of the earth’s land ice, which transforms it into the largest freshwater reserve on earth. We’ll catch viewings of the marine Antarctic fauna of whales, seals, and penguins, as well as a variety of seabirds while enjoying the scenery of mountainous glaciers and roaming icebergs.
Travel with us to this magical land during the austral summer, when the days are long and relatively mild and massive icebergs thaw into sculptures of brilliant form and color. We will visit Antarctica via a small cruise ship (less than 100 people) traveling along ice-filled fjords and between spectacular icebergs observing the wildlife. Your journey southwards will include visits to some of the most magnificent spots on the continent. When we land at designated locations, we will ride out in Zodiac boats to explore. There are typically two landings per day (in the morning and afternoon). Onboard, there will be many activities and lectures for learning.
This adventure includes 4 nights in Chile and 4 days of cruising with both a cruise to Antarctica and a fly-back after visiting all the wildlife. We start by traversing the southern part of Chile and Argentina and then cruise 2 days to cross the Drake passage. After reaching the continent we will cruise 2 days visiting various locations on zodiac boats in the morning and afternoon starting at the South Shetland Islands and the western coast of the Antarctica Peninsula. After the fly-back, relax at an all-inclusive adventure resort for 3 nights
Visas and Passports are needed for this trip. Additional information to obtain the Visa will be provided.
Additional details on traveling to Antarctica is included in this link Everything you need to know about visiting Antarctica.
Ship: We will cruise on the Antarctica21 Ocean Nova. Public spaces include a large forward-facing observation lounge that will also host briefings and educational presentations, an observation deck, a dining room, two meeting rooms, a gift shop, a protected outdoor barbecue area, a gym and a sauna. The bow of the ship is accessible to guests to offer expansive views during exploration.
This ship operations are managed through the International Association of Antarctica Tour Operators (IAATO)
Here's What's includes:
Six-nights’ accommodation at 4-star central locations
Daily breakfast. one lunch, and three dinner meals (includes a local cooking class)
Local transportation to activities of city tours, National Parks, Tango dance lesson and show, 4x4 jeep adventure
Air transportation to Buenos Aires, El Calafate and return
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Here's What's Included:
Lodging for 2 nights in Punta Arenas
Lodging for 2 nights in Ushuaia
Daily Breakfast at hotels and dinner meals
5-day cruise in Antarctica
4-day/3nights at an all inclusive adventure resort in Chile
Roundtrip air transportation from a Washington, DC airport (arrangements for other departure locations can be arranged – price may differ based on other departure locations)
Day 1: Arrive in Ushuaia and relax for the day
Day 2: Local Tour - Hiking in the National Park
Day 3: Local Tour - Beagle Channel
Day 4: Begin cruise
Day 5: Visit Nassau Bay and explore the island in zodiac boats
Day 6: Begin crossing the Drake passage
Day 7: Daily morning and afternoon zodiac boats to explore
Day 8: Daily morning and afternoon zodiac boats to explore
Day 9: Return to King George Island, fly to Punta Arenas
Day 10: Depart to adventure resort in Patagonia
Day 11: Spend day of adventure at all-inclusive resort
Day 12: Spend day of adventure at all-inclusive resort
Day 13: Return to Punta Arenas
Day 14: Depart for home
Cost per double occupancy is $10,259
Convenient and monthly payment plans are available.
Final Balance is due June 15, 2019.
There is a $3500 nonrefundable cancellation fee. The balance of whatever has been paid less the cancellation fee will be refunded if cancelled before June 15, 2019 AND a replacement has been found. A replacement refund may be at a lower cost than the original purchase price. No refunds provided if cancelled after June 15, 2019. Travel insurance is available.