Antarctica in Depth with Ecuador Highlights

On this 22 day journey of discovery, cruise the Antarctic Peninsula and witness the extraordinary landscape before cruising the beautiful Galapagos Islands.

22 Days
Buenos Aires to Quito
From (AUD)
$ 29,590
$ 29,340
Dates & Pricing

2019/2020 Buenos Aires > Quito

A journey of discovery

Witness some of the greatest wildlife on the planet in the intriguing Galápagos Islands, then explore the wildlife-rich surrounds of Mashpi Reserve.
Cruise Antarctica in all-inclusive luxury on board Scenic Eclipse then discover Ecuador’s natural wonders, from the extraordinary Galápagos Islands and the mystical cloud forest reserve of Mashpi to uncovering the secrets of its capital, the charming city of Quito.
Tour Map
Tour Code:
OSG1
Duration:
22 days
Departure City:
Buenos Aires
Return City:
Quito

Selected Itinerary

22 Day Itinerary

  1. Day 1 - Buenos Aires > Ushuaia

    Your journey into wonder begins as you fly from Buenos Aires to Ushuaia, known as the southernmost city in the world, where the crew will warmly greet you as you board Scenic Eclipse. Settle into your handsomely appointed suite and acquaint yourself with the luxurious facilities of your Discovery Yacht. Toast the start of your voyage at the welcome cocktail reception hosted by the Captain who will introduce your expert Discovery Leaders and their team. Set sail and cruise through the Beagle Channel and admire the dramatic views of the Andean mountains of Tierra del Fuego from the comfort of your private verandah.

    Meals Included: Dinner

  2. Day 2 - At sea

    Relax and enjoy the amazing facilities of your floating resort as you cruise towards the Antarctic Peninsula. An entertaining presentation by the Discovery Team in the state-of-the-art theatre will excite you for what’s to come, or relax in your suite and watch the live streaming on your TV. Your palate will be delighted as you explore the extensive range of dining options, or a butler will serve you as you dine in-suite. The first sightings of icebergs and snow-capped mountains signal that you have reached the Antarctic Peninsula.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  3. Day 3 - At sea

    A day at sea.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  4. Day 4 - Antarctic Peninsula

    Due to the extraordinary nature of the region, a host of choices are now open and, depending on the ice and weather conditions, the Antarctic Peninsula is yours to explore. Our experienced Discovery Team Leaders, who have made countless journeys to Antarctica, will use their expertise to design your voyage from day to day, making the most of 18–20 hours of daylight.

    You will partake in daily Scenic Discovery excursions. Cruise on the Zodiacs around ice formations, step onto islands to view vast penguin rookeries and seals. Kayak around icebergs, hear the ice cracking and feeding whales blow.

    Your expert Captain and crew will navigate some of the most beautiful waterways which may include traversing the stunning 11-kilometre-long Lemaire Channel where steep cliffs hem in the iceberg-filled passage just 700 metres wide at its narrowest point. Sail close to blue-tinged icebergs and there may be the chance to visit a working scientific base and discuss life in these harsh conditions with the staff. In late February and March, if conditions are favourable, there may be the opportunity to cross the Antarctic Circle at latitude 66°33’ South.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  5. Day 5 - Antarctic Peninsula

    Cruise the Antarctica Peninsula enjoy daily activities.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  6. Day 6 - Antarctic Peninsula

    Cruise the Antarctica Peninsula enjoy daily activities.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  7. Day 7 - Antarctic Peninsula

    Cruise the Antarctica Peninsula enjoy daily activities.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  8. Day 8 - Antarctic Peninsula

    Cruise the Antarctica Peninsula enjoy daily activities.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  9. Day 9 - Antarctic Peninsula

    Cruise the Antarctica Peninsula enjoy daily activities.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  10. Day 10 - At sea

    Farewell your adventure in the icy lands and set sail heading north to the continent of South America. Take the opportunity for a last presentation by the Discovery Team and share memories of your experiences with new-found friends.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  11. Day 11 - At sea

    A day at sea.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  12. Day 12 - Ushuaia > Buenos Aires

    Disembark and fly to Buenos Aires for an overnight stay.

    Meals Included: Breakfast

  13. Day 13 - Buenos Aires > Guayaquil

    Fly to Guayaquil, the gateway to the Galápagos Islands for an overnight Special Stay. Join your Tour Director for dinner this evening.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  14. Day 14 - Guayaquil > Galápagos Islands

    Fly to the Galápagos Islands. Settle into your air-conditioned stateroom with large picture windows on board the stylish Santa Cruz II, your home for the next four nights. Over the coming days on a range of shore excursions you will see a rich variety of landscapes, fearless marine and land animals, and colourful birdlife, all still relatively untouched by man. This afternoon join your expert guide for your first excursion to the islands.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  15. Day 15 - Galápagos Islands

    Each day a new discovery awaits as you search for the ‘Big 15’, the most exceptional and captivating wildlife of the archipelago. You’ll take morning and afternoon small group excursions by Zodiac onto different islands for walking tours led by your expert naturalist guides and enjoy opportunities to snorkel and even kayak. Depending on the season you’ll witness different species of birds including the unusual blue-footed boobies. Enjoy close encounters with the inquisitive Galápagos sea lion and discover the slow-moving Galápagos giant tortoise.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  16. Day 16 - Galápagos Islands

    Continue exploring the Galápagos Islands.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  17. Day 17 - Galápagos Islands

    Continue exploring the Galápagos Islands.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  18. Day 18 - Galápagos Islands > Quito

    Bid a fond farewell to the crew and take away memories of an amazing experience as you disembark and fly to Quito for an overnight stay.

    Meals Included: Breakfast

  19. Day 19 - Quito > Mashpi Lodge

    Travel to Mashpi Reserve on the outskirts of the city to the impressive Mashpi Lodge for your two night Special Stay. Set in the heart of the Chocó Bio Region this boutique lodge is a luxury hideaway surrounded by lush cloud forest filled with mountains, waterfalls, plants, orchids and hundreds of endemic birds and butterflies. The resident naturalists will help you plan your days in the reserve. See the diversity of flora and fauna on your guided nature walks through the forest to hidden waterfalls, take nocturnal hikes and enjoy visiting local communities for a fascinating insight into their lifestyle. An aerial tram affords excellent access to the impressive forest canopy.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  20. Day 20 - Mashpi Lodge

    Continue exploring Mashpi Lodge.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  21. Day 21 - Mashpi Lodge > Quito

    Spend the morning at leisure or enjoy a final excursion before returning to Quito for an overnight stay. Join your Tour Director for a farewell dinner this evening.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  22. Day 22 - Quito

    Say farewell as you transfer to Quito airport taking a lifetime of wonderful memories with you.

    Meals Included: Breakfast

Tour inclusions

Your luxury escorted journey includes:
  • 11 night all-inclusive luxury Scenic Eclipse cruise
  • The intimacy of small group land journeys with up to 20 guests
  • Memorable Scenic Special Stays
  • Fully escorted journey led by an expert handpicked Tour Director and knowledgeable local guides
  • Internal flights and taxes
  • Porterage throughout plus return airport transfers
  • All tipping and gratuities

Pricing & Availability