Antarctica's White Wilderness

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Departure Date: December 8, 2017
Duration: 13 Days / 12 Nights
Price from: Sold Out
Single Room Supplement: Please call

In order to bring you the greatest selection of destinations and itineraries, Gutsy Women Travel has worked with our partner GCCL to reserve space on this 2017 guided vacation. This trip is open to men and women, and will operate with a larger group size than our traditional Gutsy Women departures.


Highlights & Inclusions

  • Be sure to mention booking code G7-25972 to receive all the Gutsy benefits!
  • Airport transfers are included when you purchase our operator's International air to coincide with trip's day by day agenda.
  • Accommodations: 2 nights in Buenos Aires at the Panamericano Buenos Aires or similar, 1 night in Ushuaia at the unrated Cilene del Faro Hotel or similar, and 9 nights aboard our privately owned small ship, the Corinthian
  • 31 meals, including Captain's Welcome and Farewell receptions and dinners: 12 breakfasts, 9 lunches, and 10 dinners (and beverages—including beer, wine, and soft drinks—during all onboard lunches and dinners)
  • 3 exclusive, included tours: Buenos Aires • Ushuaia • Tierra del Fuego National Park • Plus daily Zodiac landings during the cruise portion of the trip (weather permitting)
  • Exclusive Discovery Series event: Economy of Argentina discussion
  • Airport transfers upon arrival and departure with the purchase of Grand Circle's airfare
  • All port charges
  • Gratuities for local guides, motorcoach drivers, and Expedition team onboard the ship on your main trip
  • Baggage handling for 1 piece of luggage per person, including tips
  • Use of rubber boots for the duration of your Antarctic cruise
  • A parka for you to keep after your voyage
  • Frequent Traveler Credit toward your next Grand Circle trip—an average of $611
  • Expert, Resident Program Directors - We are the only cruise company to provide the exclusive services of a dedicated Program Director from the beginning of your main trip to the end
  • Discover the insights that only a native or resident of your destination can provide to your group of no more than 25 travelers
  • Enrich your experiences through their expertise, from answering questions to offering recommendations for free time


Itinerary

Journey to the pristine wilds of Antarctica and discover icebergs in a fantastic array of shapes, a pink-hued polar sun that never sets in summer, and a surprising abundance of marine wildlife. Our privately owned, 98-passenger Corinthian will bring you to remote landscapes inhabited by chinstrap, Adélie, and gentoo penguins, along with seals, whales, and seabirds. On this Antarctica cruise, you’ll travel to a realm once known only to explorers like Robert Falcon Scott and Ernest Shackleton to witness the rugged, glacier-clad shores they saw. Antarctica will change you—with its extraordinary plenitude, profound stillness, and the sure knowledge that you are visiting one of the last pure places on Earth.

DAY 1 - Depart U.S.

Your overnight flight to Buenos Aires departs in the evening.

DAY 2 - Arrive Buenos Aires • Neighborhood walk • Welcome Dinner

View Plaza San Martin while touring Buenos Aires
When you arrive in the morning, a Grand Circle representative will meet you at the Buenos Aires airport and escort you to your hotel. Relax until mid-afternoon, and then join a short, optional orientation walk in the neighborhood around the hotel. Then join your Program Director and travel companions for a trip briefing.

This evening, enjoy a Welcome Dinner hosted by your Program Director at a traditional Argentinean steakhouse.
MEALS: D
OVERNIGHT: Panamericano Buenos Aires or similar

DAY 3 - Buenos Aires • Optional Tango Show & Dinner OPTIONAL TOUR

After breakfast, set off on a tour of Buenos Aires. Discover its elegant blend of Spanish architecture and several traditional European styles, and see the monument-filled Avenida 9 de Julio and the Plaza de Mayo, where many buildings important to Argentinean history stand. Your exploration continues in La Boca, a colorful bohemian district with streets full of artists selling their work and performers practicing their tango. You'll then visit Recoleta, where you'll see elegant homes, fashionable shops and restaurants, and the famously ornate cemetery where Eva Peron is buried. The afternoon is yours.

Later, you'll enjoy an exclusive Discovery Series discussion on the economy of Argentina. Enjoy an evening on your own—or join us for an optional tango show, which includes dinner.
MEALS: B
OVERNIGHT: Panamericano Buenos Aires or similar

DAY 4 - Fly to Ushuaia • Tour of Ushuaia • Prison Museum visit

After a pre-dawn wake up, transfer to the airport for your flight to Ushuaia, the “City at the End of the World.” A former penal colony, Ushuaia's name is a Yamana Indian word for “bay that stretches into the sunset.” Today, it's a small but busy port with a frontier atmosphere. The snowcapped Andes rise on one side of town, while the magnificent Beagle Channel extends from the other.

Upon arrival, you'll embark on a guided tour of Ushuaia, beginning in the coastal area overlooking Beagle Channel to Main Street in the city center. Then you'll visit the Prison Museum, with exhibits on the area's early penal colonies. Tonight, dinner is on your own. Perhaps you'll try one of the many great restaurants specializing in local king crab.
MEALS: B
OVERNIGHT: Cilene del Faro Hotel or similar

DAY 5 - Ushuaia • Tierra del Fuego National Park • Embark ship

After breakfast, you'll visit Tierra del Fuego National Park, Argentina's only coastal national park. Remarkable for its remote location, raging winds, and rugged landscape, the park protects unique flora and fauna including Austral parakeets and the Fuegian fox. After visiting the park, you'll enjoy a traditional Argentine asado de cordero (lamb barbecue) lunch.

In the late afternoon, you embark on your expedition ship, the Corinthian. Your Antarctica cruise begins with a thrilling passage through the scenic Beagle Channel as you head east for the storied Drake Passage. Once onboard, you'll meet our Expedition Team, an enthusiastic group of explorers, researchers, and naturalists, many of whom return to the Antarctic every year. During this briefing, they'll preview your journey, outline the course your ship will follow, and detail the stunning sights that lie ahead. Throughout you cruise, these Expedition Team members will serve as your steady companions, teaching you about all aspects of your voyage.
MEALS: B L D
OVERNIGHT: Corinthian

DAY 6 - Drake Passage

Your first full day at sea takes you across the Drake Passage, which is named after the 16th-century English navigator Sir Francis Drake. As the point where the Atlantic and Pacific oceans meet, this passage is notorious among sea captains and voyagers worldwide for having some of the most turbulent waters on the planet. Known as the "Drake Lake" or the "Drake Shake" (depending on the severity of conditions), this famous passage is a travel milestone. If sea conditions are characteristically rough, the Corinthian will roll considerably; depending on the intensity, you'll need to stay in your cabin until calmer waters are reached. Please note: For safety, all portholes will be closed while cruising the Drake Passage. (If you have problems with seasickness, we recommend that you carry—and use—patches and pills for seasickness.)
MEALS: B L D
OVERNIGHT: Corinthian

DAY 7 - Drake Passage

As your journey across the Drake Passage continues, your ship may be accompanied by an impressive variety of seabirds, such as the magnificent wandering albatross. Depending on the time of year, you also have a good chance of spotting whales and dolphins; many different species have been encountered in these rich waters over the years. Take note as you cross the Antarctic Convergence: At this biological barrier, cold polar waters sink beneath the warmer waters of the more temperate zones.
MEALS: B L D
OVERNIGHT: Corinthian

DAY 8 - Antarctic Peninsula • South Shetland Islands

The following itinerary for your Antarctic cruise is for guidance only. Due to constantly changing weather, ice conditions, and wildlife-viewing opportunities, no two Antarctic voyages can ever be exactly the same—which is precisely what makes this trip such a unique experience. Flexibility is the key to creating the best possible trip, as all landings are dependent on the current weather. Throughout your journey, your Captain and Expedition Leader assess daily weather conditions and wildlife opportunities to take full advantage of near-continuous daylight and to maximize time ashore. Visits to research stations depend upon receiving final permission. It is impossible to guarantee precisely what you will see—and when you will see it—because sightings and encounters inevitably vary from departure to departure. However, we are confident that your voyage to Antarctica will be an unforgettable experience.

When you catch sight of land for the first time after crossing the Drake Passage, you have reached the South Shetland Islands. Lying to the north and roughly parallel to the Antarctic Peninsula, this impressive group of islands is a haven for wildlife. You'll visit vast penguin rookeries, land on beaches ruled by Antarctic fur seals, and observe wallowing southern elephant seals. We also hope to visit one of the many research bases in the archipelago and look for either of Antarctica's only two flowering plants, Antarctic hair grass (Deschampsia antarctica) and Antarctic pearlwort (Colobanthus quitensis), which thrive here during the short southern summer. A highlight of your visit to the South Shetlands will be sailing through a narrow passage into the flooded caldera of Deception Island.
MEALS: B L D
OVERNIGHT: Corinthian

DAY 9 - Antarctic Peninsula • South Shetland Islands

Continue your discoveries today, with plenty of time to experience the special magic of this awe-inspiring wilderness of snow, ice, waterways, and mountains. You can also expect to see a wide variety of Antarctic wildlife: Enormous rookeries of gentoo, chinstrap, and Adélie penguins; blue-eyed shags; kelp gulls; Cape petrels; snowy sheathbills; and Antarctic terns are just some of the many birds found here in abundance. You are also likely to see Weddell, crabeater, and leopard seals. Depending on the season, you may also encounter orcas, humpback, and minke whales at close range.
MEALS: B L D
OVERNIGHT: Corinthian

DAY 10 - Antarctic Peninsula • South Shetland Islands

The Antarctic Peninsula has a remarkable history—during your voyage, members of your Expedition Team will regale you with tales of the most important and dramatic expeditions to this remote corner of the world. As the Corinthian cruises—and as you make excursions in Zodiac rafts—you will certainly feel the same sense of excitement as many of those early explorers.
MEALS: B L D
OVERNIGHT: Corinthian

DAY 11 - Antarctic Peninsula • South Shetland Islands

If they are not choked with pack ice and icebergs, we plan to navigate some of the most beautiful waterways in the world: the Neumayer and Lemaire channels, narrow passages between towering rock faces and spectacular glaciers. You may also cruise south of the Lemaire Channel to Petermann Island, where Adélie and gentoo penguins, skuas, and blue-eyed shags nest close to the Corinthian's landing site.
MEALS: B L D
OVERNIGHT: Corinthian

DAY 12 - Drake Passage

Begin your journey back to Ushuaia, crossing the Drake Passage. Known as the “Drake Lake” or the “Drake Shake” (depending on the severity of conditions), this famous passage is a travel milestone. Depending on the degree to which the seas are rolling, you may need to stay in your cabin during the crossing.
MEALS: B L D
OVERNIGHT: Corinthian

DAY 13 - Drake Passage

As you cruise the Drake Passage, you can watch for birds and whales, enjoy some final lectures by your Expedition Team, and relax and reflect upon your discoveries.
MEALS: B L D
OVERNIGHT: Corinthian

DAY 14 - Ushuaia, Argentina • Fly to Buenos Aires • Return to U.S.

After breakfast onboard, disembark the ship in Ushuaia to board a return flight for Buenos Aires. If your trip concludes at this point, you will depart for the U.S. in the late evening; if you are continuing on our optional Iguassu Falls, Argentina & Brazil post-trip extension, you transfer to your Buenos Aires hotel for the night.
MEALS: B

Accommodations

Pricing Information

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Be sure to mention booking code G7-25972 to receive all the Gutsy benefits!

For Latin America trips, roommate matching is possible but not guaranteed and in the event that we cannot find you a roommate, a single supplement will be required.

Savings have been reflected in pricing noted online & subject to availabilty, so book soon!

Pricing is based on lowest priced cabin category, is subject to change as this price is a lead in price that is subject to availability. Upgrade opportunities are available and will be added to inquiry cabin selection request shortly. Please call (866) 464 8879 to discuss single supplement discounts available to GWT customers.

For pricing on cabin upgrades please speak to our river cruise specialist at time of booking.

In order to qualify for the GWT Past Traveler Discount of 5% on the land portion of the trip, you must advise the reservation specialist at time of depositing on your 2017 trip which GWT trip you traveled on (date/name of departure and year) over the past 5 years.

Please note this departure is not exclusive to women but will be comprised of Gutsy Women Travel participants co-sharing the overall trip capacity with members of GCCL resulting in a larger group size compared to the traditional Gutsy Women Travel trips designed exclusively for women.

Single Room - one person, traveling solo in single accommodation
Double Room - two people, traveling together in same accommodation

Air travel arrangements for Gutsy Women's trip participants are made independently as most women are traveling from various gateway cities within or outside North America. Our river cruise specialist can assist you in securing the best airfare routing available as well as travel protection.

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