Blue Water Holidays
Blue Water Holidays - ABTA - ATOL - CLIA
Experts in River and Small Ship Cruising Holidays since 2002
01756 706500 +44 1756 706500
Blue Water Holidays - ABTA - ATOL - CLIA
01756 706500
+44 1756 706500

Antarctica in Depth with Ecuador Highlights

Spend six days exploring the remarkable Antarctic Peninsula, witness some of the greatest wildlife on the planet in the intriguing Galápagos Islands, then discover the wildlife-rich surrounds of Mashpi Reserve on this 24-night expedition cruise from Buenos Aires. Includes return flights from the UK, overnight hotel stays, zodiac landings and the chance to enjoy thrilling submarine and helicopter excursions

Fly Cruise
24 nights from £16925pp

Luxury Expedition Holiday
  • Blue-footed Boobies, Galapagos Islands
  • Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • Emperor Penguins, Antarctica
  • Galapagos beach
  • Antarctica
  • Quito, Ecuador
  • The Antarctic
  • Antarctic scenery

Call us now on 01756 706500 to secure your cabin!

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FREE private door-to-door transfers plus FREE airport lounge and fast track pass, FREE suite upgrade and $500 OBC per suite! Subject to availability. Airport lounge and fast track pass applies to 2019 departures only. Suite upgrade applies to 2019 departures, veranda suites only, Deck 6 and above. Private door-to-door transfers are complimentary within a 75 mile radius, subject to availability. Offer ends 29 Dec 2019

Antarctica in Depth with Ecuador Highlights Special Offer

Enjoy an overnight stay in the vibrant city of Buenos Aires before boarding the luxury Scenic Eclipse in Ushuaia. Spend six days exploring the incredible landscapes and fascinating wildlife of Antarctica including penguin colonies and seals. Cruise on the Zodiacs around ice formations, kayak around majestic icebergs and enjoy landings with the Discovery team.

From Guayaquil, head to the Galapagos Islands and board the stylish Santa Cruz II. Discover the rich variety of landscapes, spot colourful bird life , enjoy walking tours with naturalist guides and snorkel in the beautiful waters. During your visit to this captivating archipelago, experience close encounters with the inquisitive Galapagos sea lion and discover the slow-moving Galapagos giant tortoise.

Stay in the bustling city of Quito before journeying to the impressive Mashpi Lodge for a two night stay surrounded by lush cloud forest filled with mountains, waterfalls, plants, orchids and hundreds of endemic birds and butterflies. Gain an insight into the life of the locals, discover hidden waterfalls in the forest and see the diversity of the flora and fauna.

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Antarctica in Depth with Ecuador Highlights Itinerary

Day 1 - UK - Buenos Aires (Argentina)

Fly from the UK overnight to Buenos Aires. Regional airports available on request.

Day 2 - Buenos Aires

Welcome to Buenos Aires, the cosmopolitan capital of Argentina. You'll be transferred to your hotel for your overnight stay.

Day 3 - Buenos Aires - Ushuaia

Fly from Buenos Aires to the southernmost city in the world; Ushuaia, where your crew will warmly greet you as you board Scenic Eclipse. Settle into your beautifully appointed suite and acquaint yourself with the luxurious facilities of your Discovery Yacht. Toast to 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, admiring the dramatic views of the Andes of Tierra del Fuego from the comfort of your private veranda. (B,D)

Day 4 - 5 - 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. (B,L,D)

Day 6 - 11 - 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 20 hours of daylight. 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. (B,L,D)

Day 12 - 13 - 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. (B,L,D)

Day 14 - Ushuaia - Buenos Aires

Disembark and fly to Buenos Aires for an overnight stay. (B)

Day 15 - Buenos Aires - Guayaquil (Ecuador)

Fly to Guayaquil, the gateway to the Galapagos Islands for an overnight Special Stay. Join your Tour Director for dinner this evening. (B,D)

Day 16 - Guayaquil - Galápagos Islands

Fly to the Galapagos 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 bird life, all still relatively untouched by man. This afternoon join your expert guide for your first excursion to the islands. (B,L,D)

Day 17 - 19 - 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 Galapagos sea lion and discover the slow-moving Galapagos giant tortoise. (B,L,D)

Day 20 - 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. (B)

Day 21 - 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. (B,L,D)

Day 22 - Mashpi Lodge

Continue exploring Mashpi Lodge. (B,L,D)

Day 23 - 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. (B,D)

Day 24 - Quito - UK

Say farewell as you transfer to Quito airport for your overnight flight to the UK. (B)

Day 25 - Arrive UK

Welcome home.

Price Includes

  • 11-night all-inclusive cruise on Scenic Eclipse
  • 4-night on board the Santa Cruz II
  • 1-night hotel stay in Guayaquil
  • 2-night hotel stay in Buenos Aires
  • 1-night hotel stay in Quito
  • 2-night stay in Mashpi Lodge
  • Return flights from the UK
  • Overseas transfers
  • Scenic Enrich and Scenic FreeChoice tours
  • All tipping and gratuities
  • Unlimited complimentary premium wine, beer, spirits and soft drinks onboard ship
  • Complimentary in-suite minibar onboard ship
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi onboard ship

Price Does Not Include

  • Optional helicopter and submarine excursions
  • Travel insurance
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2019 Departures £ price per person based on 2 people sharing

  • November
    • Nov 24th - Buenos Aires to Quito - Sailing on: Scenic Eclipse From: £16925
      D Verandah Suite DA Deluxe Verandah Suite DB Deluxe Verandah Suite DD Grand Deluxe Verandah Suite C Verandah Suite CA Deluxe Verandah Suite CD Grand Deluxe Verandah Suite GP Grand Panorama Suite B Verandah Suite BA Deluxe Verandah Suite BD Grand Deluxe Verandah Suite A Verandah Suite AA Deluxe Verandah Suite AD Grand Deluxe Verndah Suite S Spa Suite P Panorama Suite SA Spa Suite SB Spa Suite OP Penthouse Suite
      Blue Water Holidays: £16925 Blue Water Holidays: £17695 Blue Water Holidays: £17915 Blue Water Holidays: £18300 Blue Water Holidays: £18190 Blue Water Holidays: £18410 Blue Water Holidays: £18960 Blue Water Holidays: £30125 Blue Water Holidays: £18740 Blue Water Holidays: £18905 Blue Water Holidays: £19510 Blue Water Holidays: £19235 Blue Water Holidays: £19620 Blue Water Holidays: £20170 Blue Water Holidays: £22425 Blue Water Holidays: £29685 Blue Water Holidays: £22645 Blue Water Holidays: £22755 Blue Water Holidays: £33425

2020 Departures £ price per person based on 2 people sharing

  • February
    • Feb 12th - Buenos Aires to Quito - Sailing on: Scenic Eclipse From: £17525
      D Verandah Suite DA Deluxe Verandah Suite DB Deluxe Verandah Suite DD Grand Deluxe Verandah Suite C Verandah Suite CA Deluxe Verandah Suite CD Grand Deluxe Verandah Suite GP Grand Panorama Suite B Verandah Suite BA Deluxe Verandah Suite BD Grand Deluxe Verandah Suite A Verandah Suite AA Deluxe Verandah Suite AD Grand Deluxe Verndah Suite S Spa Suite P Panorama Suite SA Spa Suite SB Spa Suite OP Penthouse Suite
      Blue Water Holidays: £17525 Blue Water Holidays: £18295 Blue Water Holidays: £18515 Blue Water Holidays: £18900 Blue Water Holidays: £18790 Blue Water Holidays: £19010 Blue Water Holidays: £19560 Blue Water Holidays: £30725 Blue Water Holidays: £19340 Blue Water Holidays: £19505 Blue Water Holidays: £20110 Blue Water Holidays: £19835 Blue Water Holidays: £20220 Blue Water Holidays: £20770 Blue Water Holidays: £23025 Blue Water Holidays: £30285 Blue Water Holidays: £23245 Blue Water Holidays: £23355 Blue Water Holidays: £34025
Map for Antarctica in Depth with Ecuador Highlights