Cruise Itinerary:
https://www.celebritycruises.com/itinerary-details/14-night-antarctica-from-buenos-aires-argentina?packageID=IN14F105&sDT=2023-02-25&cCD=CO


The Ship:
https://www.celebritycruises.com/au/cruise-ships/celebrity-infinity?fbclid=IwAR1SyO6q6QN-nMnCuMgp-FRfC0APZSBMddcqvvAavZfQuu7okXCWoXdoceo

More info:
https://book.festivaltravel.com.au/swift/cruise/package/1256835–14-Night-Antarctica-Cruise?siid=148352&lang=1

IMPORTANT NOTE:
This is not a full expedition cruise but the cost is super attractive so am happy to compromise.
Full expedition cruises can be over $25K per person.
To pay over 20K per person for a Zodiac ride always seemed a bit excessive to me 😊

The cruise below is about $4K per person. Flights approx $2000pp

PS: With Covid restrictions one has to join in Buenos Aires but am hoping that as all things Covid19 improve, we may be able to save 3 days of sailing and join in Ushuaia, Southern Argentina.

Suggested Itineraries & Rough Budgets:

(Could save a lot of $$$ if you would prefer using ‘Hostel World’ . I suspect not 🙂 )

Option 1 – Antarctic Cruise & Flights:
Sydney – Santiago – Buenos Aires – Antarctic Cruise – Buenos Aires – Santiago – Sydney
(Option to spend few days in Santiago & Buenos Aires too)

Option 2 – Patagonia Extension:
(Am still hoping we may be able to join cruise in Ushuaia. This is apparently still subject to Covid19 rules. At the moment you can only get on & off in Buenos Aires)

Itinerary:
Sydney – Santiago – Puerto Montt/Puerto Varas – Lakes Crossing – Bariloche (Boat or bus) – El Calafate – Torres del Paine –  El Chaltén – El Perito Moreno Glacier – Buenos Aires – Antarctic Cruise – Buenos Aires – Santiago – Sydney

Suggested Itinerary & Rough Budgets:

Dates the same but about $200 extra per person plus lakes crossing by boat (A$400 approx) or bus (A$30)

Option 3: Iguaçu & Rio Extension

Sydney – Santiago – Patagonia – Buenos Aires – AntarcticCruise – Buenos Aires – Iguaçu Falls – Rio de Janeiro (see above) – then back to Sydney or onward

Option 4: Peru & Bolivia extension:

Option 5: Onward to Europe:
Onwards to Europe and around the world – https://www.roundabouttravel.com.au/deals/

Santiago – Chile

Possible Accommodation – Click here

Possible Tour – Click here

Valparaiso – Chile


Vina del Mar

Possible Day Trip to Valparaiso – Click here

Puerto Montt/ Puerto Varas

Puerto Montt/ Puerto Varas (Chile) – Bariloche (Argentina)


Bariloche – Argentina

Famous for chocolates 🙂

Possible Lakes Transfer – Click here

Possible Bus Transfer – Click here

Possible Accommodation – Click here

Possible Day Trips – Click here

Puerto Natales / Torres del Paine

Possible Accommodation – Click here

Possible Tour – Click here

Possible Transfer – Click here

El Calafate -> El Chaltén

El Calafate / Perito Moreno Glacier

Possible Accommodation – Click here

Possible 1st tour – Click here
It is the ‘Sight-seeing option’ not the ‘trekking option’

Possible 2nd Tour – Click here

Buenos Aires


Argentine Breakfast. They like their meat 🙂

Possible Accommodation – Click here

Possible Walking Tours – Click here

Antarctic Cruise

As above

Besides the $200 credit per cabin, my view is that the ship shore excursions are usually a bit overpriced

A better option is often to book directly with a local operator or use someone like Viator:
https://www.viator.com/en-AU/Ushuaia/d933-ttd

https://www.viator.com/en-AU/Falkland-Islands/d25958-ttd

https://www.viator.com/en-AU/Puerto-Madryn/d4414-ttd

https://www.viator.com/en-AU/Montevideo/d4515-ttd

Other options for consideration:
(I suspect this is what we are going to do)

For shore excursions in Ushuaia & Puerto Madryn, my suggestion would be to rent self drive cars (we can arrange these much closer the cruise) – Click here

Falklandsclick here

Montevideohttps://freewalkingtour.com.uy/

Please see Cruise line prices below:

 

Iguaçu Falls

Possible Accommodation – Click here

Possible Full day 1 tour:
Iguacu + boat – Argentina – Click here

Possible Full day 2 tour:
Tour to Iguassu Falls in Brazil – Click here

Rio de Janeiro

Possible Accommodation – Click here

Possible Walking Tours & others
1. Click here

2. Click here

3. Click here

Lima – Peru

(Unfortunately Kerrie & I will not be able to join you for this part of the trip – we have visited Peru & Bolivia before :-))

Possible Accommodation – Click here

Possible Walking Tour – Click here

Puerto Maldanado (Amazon Jungle) – Peru

4 days 3 nights – Peruvian Tambopata Jungle Trip – Click here

Cuzco / Machu Pichu

Possible Accommodation Cuzco – Click here

Possible Accommodation Machu Picchu – Click here

Possible Walking Tour – Click here

Cuzco to Puno

Possible Transfer – Click here for BUS A$25

Possible Transfer – Click here for TRAIN US$275

UROS Indian Islands

Possible Accommodation – Click here

Possible Tour – Click here

La Paz

Possible Accommodation – Click here

Possible Tour – Click here