Antarctica, South Georgia, Argentina & Brazil - cruise & land journey

27 Days
Buenos Aires to Rio de Janeiro
From (AUD)
$ 38,360
Dates & Pricing

2022 Buenos Aires > Rio de Janeiro

Little islands with big tales to tell. The South Georgia Islands are teeming with wildlife and exploration history, while the intriguing Falkland Islands are unique, as is the great white wonder of Antarctica. From basking in the magnificence of 275 thundering waterfalls stretching across 3 kilometres to marveling at the unbelievably giant Amazonian water lilies at the UNESCO biosphere reserve of Jardim Botânico, every day of your journey will be filled with awe and wonder.
Summer comes to Antarctica and South Georgia like a revelation. Arrive as the breeding cycle reaches its peak. Chicks become juveniles and seal pups thrill with mock charges. In March, there are staggering numbers of whales, seals, birds and penguins on display as they prepare for the cooler months. Breathtaking natural wonders, one-of-a-kind luxurious stays, and unforgettable experiences that immerse you into the local life of this vibrant land. Embark on a journey that reveals to you all the must-see sights of Argentina and Brazil. Enjoy the unparalleled views of the Iguazú Falls without leaving your hotel at your exclusive Scenic Special Stay, before getting up close to the falls to feel the refreshing spray on your skin. Drink in the spectacular views at a mountain-top Scenic Sundowners event and watch the sunset bathe Rio in a golden glow. Discover the lively local culture and lifestyle of the city, including a mouth-watering Brazilian Churrascaria experience with samba musicians.
Tour Map
Tour Code:
OSA2
Duration:
27 days
Departure City:
Buenos Aires
Return City:
Rio de Janeiro

27 Day Itinerary

  1. Day 1 - Buenos Aires, Argentina

    Latin passion and European romance define the beautiful city of Buenos Aires, a dynamic mecca known for its wide-ranging architectural styles, contemporary and historic arts, and culinary pleasure. Arrive at your hotel for your one night stay.

  2. Day 2 - 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.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  3. Day 3 - At sea

    Make yourself at home on board Scenic Eclipse, where luxury is almost limitless.  As you sail south, wildlife spotting opportunities abound; your Discovery Team will be out on deck looking for albatross, prions, and petrels that follow the ship. They will present lectures in the state-of-the-art on board theatre.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  4. Day 4 - Antarctic Peninsula

    Welcome to Antarctica. Seeing the 7th continent for the first time is unlike anything you would have experienced before. Feeling the fresh, crisp air on your face. Hearing the snow crunch under your boot when you first step foot on the pristine land. Watching the unperturbed wildlife in their natural habitat. This is a land of peace.

    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. There may be the chance to visit a working scientific base and discuss life in these harsh conditions with the staff. Enjoy the chance to visit areas alive with wildlife, such as penguins, seals, and whales. You could explore the remnants of a derelict whaling station and a vacant British base or climb to the rim of a volcanic crater. If conditions are favourable, there may be the opportunity to cross the Antarctic Circle at latitude 66°33’ South.

    Due to the extraordinary nature of the region, a host of choices are open and, depending on the ice and weather conditions, the Antarctic Peninsula is yours to explore. Your 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.

    Discovery

    Partake in daily Scenic Discovery excursions. Cruise on the Zodiacs around ice formations, step onto islands to view vast penguin rookeries and seals. Kayak and stand-up paddleboard around icebergs and hear the ice cracking and whales feeding below.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  5. Day 5 - Antarctic Peninsula

    Explore the Antarctic Peninsula.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  6. Day 6 - Antarctic Peninsula

    Explore the Antarctic Peninsula.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  7. Day 7 - Antarctic Peninsula

    Explore the Antarctic Peninsula.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  8. Day 8 - Antarctic Peninsula

    Explore the Antarctic Peninsula.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  9. Day 9 - At Sea

    Enjoy a day at sea exploring the many 6-star luxury amenities on board your Discovery Yacht, from the on board theatre and Senses Spa, to wonderful dining experiences. Spot icebergs and marine life from the comfort of your private verandah.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  10. Day 10 - South Orkney Islands, Antarctica

    The South Orkney Islands is a group of islands that are linked by pack ice that connects to the Weddell Sea. Wind your way through dense ice floes and magnificent tabular icebergs, enjoying the eerie stillness and grandeur. The rocky shores and beaches are home to fur seals and penguins and cliffs make the perfect breeding grounds for pintado petrels and snow petrels. It was here that the explorer James Weddell spotted the seal that now bears his name, the Weddell seal. Listen out for its haunting cry.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  11. Day 11 - At Sea

    Sailing towards South Georgia gives you time to slow to the rhythm of the sea. There will be plenty of time to relax and be entranced by the many seabirds you’ll encounter on your way. You may decide to join the avid whale watchers hoping to get a glimpse of one of these giant mammals, or simply contemplate the vastness of the ocean.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  12. Day 12 - South Georgia

    South Georgia is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful places in the world. The island is a speck in the vast South Atlantic Ocean, one of the most remote parts of our planet. A 3,000-metre mountain range forms the spine of the long, narrow island. Between the mountains, shattered glaciers carve their way through tussock grass to the deeply indented coastline. Despite being such a small outpost in the vastness of the South Atlantic, the sea around South Georgia is one of the liveliest areas on earth. The abundant marine life supports millions of seals, whales, penguins and seabirds. Ernest Shackleton and five of his crew sailed from Elephant Island in the James Caird for 16 days and 1,300 kilometres and finally found safety in the tiny entrance of Cave Cove. This epic story of survival began with the sinking of Shackleton’s ship, the Endurance, in the Weddell Sea, six months earlier. As you explore South Georgia, you will have the opportunity to reflect on Shackleton’s epic journey.

    Discovery

    Equipped with a fleet of custom built Zodiacs and kayaks, your discovery excursions will take you to the places of your wildest dreams.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  13. Day 13 - South Georgia

    Explore South Georgia.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  14. Day 14 - South Georgia

    Explore South Georgia.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  15. Day 15 - South Georgia

    Explore South Georgia.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  16. Day 16 - At Sea

    As you head north to back to South America, reflect on your experience of a lifetime, compare notes with your fellow travellers and interact with your Discovery Team as you enjoy the unsurpassed luxury of Scenic Eclipse.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  17. Day 17 - At Sea

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  18. Day 18 - Isla de Los Estados*

    This mysterious, mountainous island is covered in rich wildlife and inaccessible forest. Revealing the last of the Andes Mountains, Isla de Los Estados is an ecological reserve, with its rugged coastline home to a vibrant population of orca whales, seals, Magellanic penguins, seagulls, and cormorants. Keep your eye out for the famed lighthouse featuring in the adventure novel The Lighthouse at the End of the World.
    *Subject to weather and final approval

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  19. Day 19 - Cruising Cape Horn

    The point where the Atlantic and Pacific Ocean meet, Cape Horn is steeped in maritime history and is the southernmost headland of the Tierra del Fuego archipelago and the southernmost tip of Chile. Weather permitting, our landing on Cape Horn will show the true skill of our Captain, crew, and the Discovery Team. 

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  20. Day 20 - Ushuaia, Argentina > Buenos Aires

    Your cruise ends this morning as you farewell the crew. Disembark after breakfast to fly to Buenos Aires, for a one night Special Stay.

    Meals Included: Breakfast

  21. Day 21 - Buenos Aires > Iguazú Falls, Brazil

    This morning, fly to Iguazú Falls. Discover the walkways across the top of the falls on the Argentinean side to the lookout where you will see the famous ‘Devil’s Throat’ and be awed by the sheer volume of water cascading over the falls. Cross the border and enter the Brazilian National Park for your three night Special Stay. With an enviable setting inside the park gates, as a guest of the hotel you will be able to experience the sun setting over the top the magnificent natural wonder of the falls without the general public.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  22. Day 22 - Iguazú Falls

    Enjoy a leisurely walking tour to discover the Brazilian Falls before the park gates open to the public. Be awed by the world’s largest volume waterfall as you stand on the walkway in the middle of the falls. Your day continues with an exciting jet boat adventure to see the base of the falls and feel the spray on your face. The remainder of the day is at your leisure.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  23. Day 23 - Iguazú Falls

    This morning, explore Parque das Aves and be amazed by the colourful array of rare birds flying in the huge aviaries.

    Optional helicopter flight - Soar over Iguazú Falls on an optional helicopter flight (additional cost, please book on tour).

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  24. Day 24 - Iguazú Falls > Rio de Janeiro

    Fly to the vibrant city of Rio de Janeiro. A highlight will be your three night Special Stay, set in the heart of the beach strip.

    Sundowners

    At Sugarloaf Mountain, take the cable car to the peak for Scenic Sundowner drinks and canapés while taking in the spectacular views of Rio at sunset.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  25. Day 25 - Rio de Janeiro

    Discover the beating heart of this exotic city. Take a fascinating walking tour through downtown Rio, home to the Metropolitan Cathedral and the Municipal Theatre. Learn about Rio’s history and culture and appreciate the locals’ lifestyle. Ride the cogwheel railway to the top of Corcovado Mountain to see the famous Christ the Redeemer statue. Indulge in a mouth-watering Brazilian Churrascaria experience.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

  26. Day 26 - Rio de Janeiro

    Freechoice

    Walk through the UNESCO biosphere reserve, Jardim Botânico (Botanical Garden) while learning about its unique history, or discover how the old and modern parts of Rio’s downtown co-exist on a historical walking tour.

    Enrich

    A highlight awaits at your private farewell dinner in the elegant library at the Belmond Copacabana Palace where you will enjoy a three-course gourmet meal.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  27. Day 27 - Rio de Janeiro

    Say farewell as you transfer to Rio de Janeiro airport, taking a lifetime of wonderful memories with you.

    Meals Included: Breakfast

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