Final trip itinerary to be provided (4) weeks before trip departure.
DAY 01: DEC. 5, 2022 - ARRIVAL INTO BUENOS AIRES
Trip attendees should plan to arrive in Buenos Aires, Argentina, on December 5, 2022. After landing in Buenos Aires, Argentina, collect your bags, meet your driver, and head to our hotel.
The rest of the day / evening is yours to relax, or explore.
DAY 02 DEC. 6, 2022 - TRANSFER TO USHUAIA
This morning we will depart as a group to Buenos Aires airport for our group flight to Ushuaia, Argentina. After collecting our bags we will meet our driver, and head to our hotel. Flight time to be provided (3) months before trip departure date.
In the evening, we will all get together for a welcome dinner. Over dinner, we will get to know each other.
Meal(s) Included: Dinner will be pre-set menu, buffet, or (1) main course selection. (1) bottled water or water for the table
DAY 03: DECEMBER 7, 2022 - BOARD THE SHIP
This morning is yours to spend sleeping in or taking in a few sights in Ushuaia. Ushuaia the world's southernmost town. Explore the quaint city or local countryside. Alternatively, consider a day trip off the beaten path to Tierra del Fuego's raw, natural archipelago. It's a hiker's paradise with rugged snow-capped mountains, glaciers, flower-filled meadows, and boggy quagmires.
In the afternoon, we board our ship, Ocean Atlantic. Our journey begins as we navigate through the calms of Beagle Channel, a strait in the Tierra del Fuego Archipelago.
Meal(s) Included: Breakfast
DAY 04 - 05: DEC. 8 - 9, 2022 - DRAKE PASSAGE
Sailing onward, we cross the famed Drake Passage - a body of water that marks the intersection of the cold Antarctic with the warmer Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. The Drake Passage is known for rollicking conditions and strong westerly winds, called the Roaring Fifties. While this passage may be challenging, you can rest confidently aboard our expedition vessel, Ocean Atlantic, purpose-built with stabilizers, powerful engines, and a highly qualified crew. The most spirited sailors consider the Drake Passage a lifetime achievement, and you will complete the crossing twice!
In the Drake, the excitement builds as Antarctic wildlife comes into view. Weather permitting, we will catch our first sight of seals and penguins! The area is also well-known for its abundance of birds.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner on the ship.
DAY 06 - 09: DEC. 10 - 13, 2022 - SOUTH SHETLAND AND ANTARCTICA PENINSULA
Over the next few days, we will explore the sub-Antarctic islands of the South Shetland chain first.
Projected land excursions off-ship include:
- King George Island.
- Deception Island, an extinct volcano with waters warm enough for a polar swim.
- Half Moon Island with nesting Wilson's storm petrels and chinstrap penguins.
As the white shimmer of Antarctica looms on our horizon, the presence of wildlife multiples by tens of thousands with many species of lively penguins, inquisitive seals, nesting birds, and the spray of marine mammals. Wildlife abounds along our projected route along the Antarctic Peninsula: leopard, fur, and Weddell seals of Cuverville Island; humpback whales of Gerlache Strait; Paradise Bay; the dramatic Lemaire Channel's orcas.
The itinerary and activities over the next few days, depending on weather and ice conditions. The route and shore landings will be determined by the captain and expedition leader and communicated to guests through regularly scheduled briefings.
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner on the ship.
CHRISTMAS DAY GIFT EXCHANGE: We will do a gift exchange. Each trip attendee will be asked to purchase a gift with a value of $50 for another attendee. Details on the exchange will be provided late next year.
DAY 10 - 11: DEC. 14 - 15, 2022 - DEPART ANTARCTICA
On Day 9, we depart Antarctica and spend two days at sea on our way back to the calms of Beagle Channel and Ushuaia, Argentina. En-route, we will cross the Drake Passage and cruise past Cape Horn, a legendary maritime landmark and South America's southern tip.
During our time at sea, a variety of activities will be arranged onboard, and it provides the perfect opportunity to socialize with fellow travelers.
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner on the ship.
DAY 12 - DECEMBER 16, 2022 - DEPARTURES
This morning, we arrive back in Ushuaia, where our tour ends. Our ship should arrive back in Ushuaia no later than 9 AM. After docking, we will take a group transfer back to the airport for our afternoon flight. Our trips end upon arrival at Buenos Aires airport.
Meals Included: Breakfast on the ship.
Flight details will be provided (3) months before the trip departure date. A single group transfer will be arranged from the ship directly to the airport.
Trip participants should note that Sisters Traveling Solo cannot predict what flight times will be available for a 2022 departure from Ushuaia. Our team will do our best to book a flight that ensures there is ample time for all trip participants to deboard our ship and head to the airport. This may mean a late afternoon or early evening flight.
Ship Meal Notes:
Meals on the ship do not include beverages. Guest will have to purchase beverages packages for non-alcohol and alcoholic beverages. There are free water stations located throughout the ship.