To experience the real Antarctica the choice of the cruise is of utmost importance. The more the capacity of the cruise the lesser the landings. Our cruise is an all stateroom cruise with a capacity of under 200 people. This gives us maximum chances to land in the Antarctic sea to experience the Penguins and other attractions from up close.

Departure

February 

Days 11 Nights / 12 Days
From Buenos Aires to Buenos Aires
Tour Departure

06 Feb 2020 to 18 Feb 2020

Tour Cost

EURO 10500 | Prestige Stateroom (Deck 4) per person on twin sharing basis 

(5% GST will be added to the total cost)  

Includes
  • Internal airlines as required by the itinerary
  • Hotels & Cabins | Cost includes 2 nights’ hotel stay in Buenos Aires | Cabin grade of your choice on a full board basis
  • Sight Seeing | Cost includes sightseeing as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Professional English speaking Expedition team that gives lectures as well as accompanying landings and activities
  • Meals | All meals included as mentioned in the itinerary | Free tea and coffee
  • Wind- and water-resistant jacket
  • Visa Fees 
  • Cruise specific Travel Insurance up to the age of 70 years, tourist above the age of 70 years will have to pay the differential amount
  • All Landings during the cruise as mentioned in the itinerary
Excludes
  • Airfare charges from Mumbai to Mumbai
  • GST of 5% will be charged extra on the total tour cost
  • Optional activity and excursion during the course of the sailing
  • Expenses of personal nature
  • Alcoholic beverages are not included, the same can purchased on an extra cost
Night Stay

Buenos Aires (2n)

L'AUSTRAL Cruise (09n)

Air Journey

Please contact office.

Booking Procedure

Blocking your seat

As this would be a small group of 10-12 pax, request you to block your seat by paying us a deposit amount of EUR 2500 per person, before March 15, 2019

Step 1: Advance Payment

In case, you have paid the initial payment. Then you need to pay EUR 3000 on or before June 30, 2019

If you have not made the initial payment then you need to pay EUR 5500 as advance payment on or before June 30, 2019

Step 2: Second payment

Second payment of EUR 3000   has to be paid before September 15, 2019

Step 3: Final payment

The Final payment of balance EUR 2000 should be paid before December 15, 2019.

Cancellation Policies
  • We do not believe in canceling the tour, however, if the tour is cancel due to any other unavoidable circumstances, a tourist-friendly refund policy will be adopted
  • Block your seat amount of INR 100000 will be fully Non refundable
  • If you cancel the tour, following cancellation policy will be applicable:
  • a) 25% of the Tour Cost will be charged if cancelled 100 days before tour departure i.e. before October 25,2019
  • a) 50% of the Tour Cost will be charged if cancelled 100-80 days before tour departure i.e. between Oct 25-Nov 16, 2019
  1. 75% of the Tour Cost will be charged if cancelled 80-60 days before tour departure i.e. between Nov 16- Dec 05, 2019
  2. 100% of the Tour Cost will be charged if cancelled 60 days before tour departure. i.e. after Visa application. Dec 05, 2019
Excluding international Airfare - It is not our policy to keep the International Airfare out of the costing, however on this tour many choose to fly with business class and / or join this tour from the U.S. This is the reason we would like to keep this option open. We are happy to help you with booking your flights.

Why L'AUSTRAL?

L'AUSTRAL is operated by Hurtigruten Cruise Company. It is a Norwegian based Company Vastly Experienced in Polar Regions. The hull of the cruise is Ice Strengthened and will ensure a Smooth Ride in Shifting Blocks of Ice on the Antarctic Sea. The Cruise includes Landings and also supports us with Warm Clothes and Boots as we Step out in the Open. The biggest advantage of the sailing the Midnatsol is that the Ship is big however there are only 132 Cabins that can be sold on this. 

Food and Comfort on Cruise?

The Cabins allocated will all be with an outside view and are Twin in their Structure. The Size is Comfortable to spend the 10 Days that we do on Board. The Food on the Cruise is Continental and for those who are Strictly Vegetarian the options can be a Bit Limited. So we ask them to get some Ready to Heat Packed Food for Additional Eating Comfort. This is an Expedition Cruise, so please do not Expect the High end Luxury of the Typical Alaska or Mediterranean Cruise.

Will I Freeze to Death?

Although Antarctic Weather is Extremely Changeable, Summer Temperatures hover just above the Freezing mark – comparable to a warm winter’s Day in North America. The 24-Hour Sunlight Warms air in Sheltered Areas, so you can also find yourself Stripping Down to Shirtsleeves. Either way, don’t worry. Our Expedition Leaders will make sure you’re Perfectly Comfortable, plus you’ll get your very own warm Jacket and Waterproof outer Layer to Wear on Excursions.

What about the Notorious Drake Passage?

It’s true that some of the World’s Roughest Waters can be encountered in the Drake Passage, between Cape Horn and the tip of the Antarctic Peninsula. The L'AUSTRAL is a comparative big ship and therefore it ensures greater stabilty in rough seas. 

How do I make a Landing?

Once on the Antarctic Peninsula we will be able to land using small Rafts. Each Raft is manned by a guide and is strong enough to bear the Limited Winds.

How much to Walk? Is it Physically Strenuous?

Walking on the Snow is a Different Experience and we will be doing it on a Limited Scale once on Land. The Cruise provides us with Boots and therefore it wouldn’t be a tough task. The walk is not Physically Strenuous and a Senior Citizen with Regular walking abilities can do it without effort.

Antarctica – Save the Best for Last?? Or!!

Some People save Antarctica for their last Adventure – Something to be done after they’ve seen everything else. But those who’ve been there always wish they’d gone sooner. For many, it is a Profoundly Spiritual Experience – an Encounter with the Raw Power and Beauty of Nature, and Recognition that we are small parts of a much larger whole.

So we say, why wait? While others roam the Galapagos Islands or Alaska, you can be on the Adventure of a lifetime: sailing past Mystic Blue Icebergs, Kayaking with Orcas and Humpback Whales, Bearing witness to Earth’s Last Great Wilderness.

With us

The expedition cruise is the most important instrument in this tour. Our choice of the L'AUSTRAL not only ensures a safe voyage but also makes sure that the luxuries in cruising are taken care of. We stay on the Antarctic Sea for 8 days giving you a leisurely feel of the continent.

  • Day 01 | Arrive in Buenos Aires

    Arrival in Buenos Aires by Emirates airlines flight late in the evening and check into our hotel for the night.

  • Day 02 | Buenos Aires

    This will be a free day for you to enjoy a city tour (optional) or just soak in the surroundings of our centrally located hotel. A small briefing would be held about the flight to the southern tip of the world after dinner.

  • Day 03 | Buenos Aires/ Ushuaia

    Today our cruise L'AUSTRAL is ready to take you to sea. And we kick off everything with a welcome dinner.

  • Day 04 - 05 | Crossing the Drake Passage

    We cross the Drake Passage and soon we will actually be in Antarctica! Join our lectures, learn more about photography or join in on interesting sessions in the science center. These activities are designed to make your visit to Antarctica even more interesting. Our young explorers have their own and exciting programs.

  • Day 06 - 09 | Antarctic Peninsula - Landings and Adventure

    We cruise towards Antarctic Peninsula, and the highlights queue up during our journey here. This land and seascape with glaciers galore and beaches teeming with wildlife.
    Ice floe, tabletop icebergs, mountain peaks that plunge straight into the sea, volcanic beaches, research stations, enchanting bays, and vestiges of the whaling industry: these are the faces of the Antarctic that will likely reveal themselves to you, in a hushed and surreal atmosphere. Land on the stony beaches and enjoy the beauty of this untouched Island.
    Visit the locals of this area- elephant seals, fur seals, Antarctic minke whales, and orcas. Enjoy kayaking and hiking on many untouched beauties of this Island.

  • Day 10 | “Drake Shake” or “Drake Lake”

    After these fantastic days in Antarctica, we are heading back to South America. You can spend some time on deck and enjoy the Drake Passage for one more time. The weather is unpredictable and can be quite rough on the Drake (Drake Shake), but it can also be very fine, what we call “Drake Lake”. Usually it’s somewhere in between. The Drake Passage is an excellent area for bird watching. However, in rough seas you may not be able to go out on deck. If it’s too calm the birds do not fly much, as they need stronger winds to glide over the ocean. So hope for conditions somewhere in between “Lake” and “Shake”.

  • Day 11 | Ushuaia on Cruise

    We will spend our last night on the cruise when the ship docks at Ushuaia.

  • Day 12 | End of an Adventurous Journey | Ushuaia/ Buenos Aires

    Today, as you disembark in Ushuaia and take your flight back to Buenos Aires. Fly back home from Buenos Aires with our International flight connections.

Documents:

  1. Original Current Passport valid (for 6 months) and Latest old passport (If Available)
  2. Completely filled form signed by the applicant.
  3. Covering Letter addressed “To, Deputy Consul General, Consulate of Argentina, Mumbai” (In English & Spanish)
  4. Original updated bank statement / Bank Passbook copy for last 6 months with original bank seal compulsory. (Closing Balance should be minimum INR 2,00,000/- Per Person)
  5. If Employed: Leave letter / No-Objection Certificate on company letterhead & 03 Months Salary Slip or Employment Contract.
  6. 3 Years IT Paper/Form 16.
  7. If Self Employed: Business letterhead for covering letter purpose. Company Registration copy / Partnership Deed / Company Memorandum. Company Bank Statement Last 6 Month, 3yrs IT Paper.
  8. If Student: Needs College ID copy and No-Objection Certificate / Bonafied Certificate.
  9. If Applicant is retired need proof of retirement.
  10. For out Station Passport: 02 address proofs like Aadhar card, Electricity Bill, MTNL Bill.
  11. Applicant if Divorced then need Divorce paper’s copy and if Widow/Widower then spouse’s death certificate copy.
  12. Marriage Certificate if Spouse name is not added on passport.
  13. Travel Insurance

Photos: Three recent (New Clicked) photographs (not older than three months), Size 4 cm X 4 cm With white background, Matt finish, (80% of the area should be covered by the face with the ears clearly visible)

Note: The Embassy reserves the right to request additional information/documentation. All applicants without exception are requested to be present for a personal interview with a consular officer at Argentina Embassy, Mumbai.

Processing Time: 08 Working days from Interview Date

Passport Validity: 06 or more months valid after the scheduled return

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