Antarctica & South America Cruise

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Per person, double occupancy, excludes roundtrip airfare

19 Days
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Vacation Package Details

Travel to the end of the world on this incredible cruise tour of Antarctica and South America. Fall in love with Argentina and Chile, and marvel at the desolate, magical beauty of the seventh continent.

Begin your journey with a sightseeing tour of Buenos Aires. Argentina's capital city is renowned for its delicious food, beautiful architecture, and of course, the tango! Board your ship and cruise to Puerto Madryn, where you can watch whales, visit with wild penguins, or go diving with friendly sea lions. Your voyage continues through the Beagle Channel to Ushuaia, the world's southernmost city.

Your first stop in Antarctica is Deception Island, where over 100,000 pairs of chinstrap penguins make up one of the world's largest colonies. Cruise past the starkly beautiful Elephant Island, names for its hordes of elephant seals. These giants lounge on the beaches of Elephant Island alongside penguins, fur seals, and countless seabirds.

Travel north across the Drake Passage to the Falkland Islands, then it's onto Punta del Este, Chile. Nicknamed the San Tropez of Latin America, Punta del Este is full of gorgeous beaches, excellent shopping, and world-class restaurants. Disembark for one final magical day at your leisure in Buenos Aires, the "Paris of South America." This tour is the definition of a bucket list adventure.

Tour Includes

4 Countries
  • Argentina
  • Chile
  • Uruguay
  • Antarctica
  • Buenos Aires
  • Puerto Madryn
  • Punta Arenas
  • Ushuaia
  • Deception Island
  • Elephant Island
  • Port Stanley
  • Punta del Este
Cruise Accommodations
  • 14 Nights
  • Cruise aboard Norwegian Cruise Line's Star
Hotel Accommodations
  • 3 Nights
  • Moderate hotels based on twin/double occupancy
  • All meals onboard ship
  • 3 Breakfasts and 1 Dinner on land portion
  • A professionally trained English-speaking local tour director who is knowledgeable of the area and will provide you with a wealth of information. Their friendly service will make your trip a memorable experience.
Baggage Handling
  • To and from your hotel room and cruise ship cabin throughout your tour for one piece of Checked Baggage per person.

Activity Level

Moderate Activity Level

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Tour Highlights

  • Experience the rugged beauty of Tierra del Fuego National Park
  • Spend several days in the delightful cultural melting pot of Buenos Aires
  • Look out for chinstrap penguins on Deception Island, Antarctica
  • Marvel at the stunning landscape and massive elephant seals of Elephant Island
  • Visit Punta del Este, the San Tropez of Latin America

Mandatory Vaccinations Against COVID-19

All guests, including minors, must be up to date with their COVID-19 vaccines prior to departure to participate. Guest vaccination requirements are currently for all departures until further notice. For more information visit our Travel Safe page.

Free Balcony Upgrade and Free Beverage or Internet Package Set Sail Offers

*Inside Cabins receive choice of two set sail offers. Ocean View and Balcony Cabins receive choice of four set sail offers. Unlimited Open Bar and Specialty Dining Package require additional service fees. Web prices reflect Instant Rebate pricing. Offers valid for new bookings only and subject to availability. Offer may be cancelled at any time. Click here to view additional offer details.

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Antarctica & South America Cruise

Tours Starts: Buenos Aires, Argentina

Tours Ends: Buenos Aires, Argentina

Day 1

Depart for Buenos Aires, Argentina

Your journey begins on an overnight flight.

Day 2

Arrive in Buenos Aires, Argentina

Arrive in Buenos Aires, the capital and largest city in Argentina. If you purchased airline tickets from YMT, a representative will welcome you at the airport and transport you to the hotel. Your evening will be at leisure in this city renowned for its delicious food, unique fusion of European and Latin art and architecture, and of course, the tango! Experience the culture for yourself, join our optional tango show and dinner tonight.

Hotel Melia Buenos Aires or similar

Day 3

Leisure Day in Buenos Aires, Argentina

The day is yours to explore the city or attend another exciting optional tour before the included welcome dinner. (B, D)

Hotel Melia Buenos Aires or similar


at the Santa Susana Ranch. Enjoy a delicious Argentine BBQ lunch as you watch an exciting Gaucho (cowboy) show that includes folk song and dance. $129 p/p. Please add this option at time of booking

Day 4

Sightseeing in Buenos Aires and Embark the Norwegian Star (Departs at 6:45 PM)

Enjoy a sightseeing tour of Argentina’s electric capital city. Drive along the 9 de Julio Avenue and pass by the Colon Theatre, one of the world's best-known opera houses. It is the cultural pride of the portenos, the people of Buenos Aires. See the historical San Telmo, the elegant Recoleta neighborhood, and more. Board the Norwegian Star this evening. (B)

Day 5

At Sea

Day 6

Puerto Madryn, Argentina (8:00 AM - 5 :00 PM)

Puerto Madryn is an amazing stop for animal lovers. Southern Right Whales are often visible from the beach. Guests can visit with wild penguins, or go diving with delightfully friendly sea lions. The Museo Provincial de Ciencias Naturales y Oceanográfico is a free natural history museum right in town. The museum’s preserved giant squid is a must-see!

Day 7

At Sea

Day 8

Punta Arenas, Chile (8:00 AM - 4:00 PM)

From the original name "Sandy Point," Punta Arenas had its humble beginnings as a sparse penal colony near the Straits of Magellan.Today, this gateway into Antarctica is renowned for its great shopping, gloriously clean air, and European architecture.

Day 9

Ushuaia, Argentina (10:00 PM - 5:00 PM)

Cruise through the majestic Beagle Channel and discover Ushuaia, where you can see Andean Condors amid the rugged beauty of Tierra del Fuego National Park. Ushuaia is the world’s most southernmost city, and this provincial capital “at the end of the world” is a fascinating port stop. It has incredible views of the Martial Mountains and Lapataia Bay.

Day 10

At Sea

Day 11

Deception Island, Antarctica

Spend the day amongst the penguins of Deception Island, a mountainous horseshoe-shaped caldera island just off the coast of Antarctica. Over 100,000 pairs of chinstrap penguins return to the rugged island each summer to breed as part of one of the world’s largest colonies! You can identify chinstrap penguins by their markings, particularly the narrow band of black beneath the chin that makes them look like they’re wearing bicycle helmets!

Day 12

Cruise Elephant Island (9:00 AM - 3:00 PM)

Elephant Island is starkly beautiful. Its perpetually foggy skies, dark grey mountains, and snow fields make it look like black-and-white photograph come to life. The haunting drama of the landscape contrasts sharply with the island’s residents. Look out for the hordes of southern elephant seals the island was named after. The gigantic males of the species can weigh up to 8,000 pounds, and their bulbous noses resemble stunted elephant trunks. These giants lounge on the beaches of Elephant Island alongside penguins, fur seals, and numerous species of birds.

Day 13

At Sea

Day 14

Port Stanley, Falkland Islands (7:00 AM - 5:00 PM)

This quaint city is home to a tiny human population—there are so few residents that the town’s only “jail” can only hold 13 people—but it is rich with birds and marine animals. When you look out to the sea, keep your eyes peeled for the remnants of shipwrecks.

Days 15-16

At Sea

Day 17

Punta del Este, Uruguay (8:00 AM - 5:30 PM)

Punta del Este is nicknamed the San Tropez of Latin America. This chic stop is full of gorgeous beaches, sophisticated resorts, excellent shopping, and a nearly endless array of world-class restaurants. That is not to say that it’s in the least bit stuffy. By far the most popular dessert in Punta del Este is the humble ice cream cone. You can buy ice cream nearly anywhere, and you’ll be amazed by just how creamy it is. Uruguay has more cows than people, and its dairy products are some of the best in the world.

Day 18

Disembark in Buenos Aires

Leave the ship and spend one final magical day at your leisure in Buenos Aires. Buenos Aires is nicknamed the “Paris of South America” for a number of reasons, beyond just its eye-catchingly grand European architecture. The soul of Buenos Aires is decidedly Parisian, and it is full of color, art, great food, joyous music, history, and a unique energy.

Day 19

Depart for Home (B)

Please note that this is a proposed itinerary; the actual itinerary may vary due to season, special events, or weather. Hotels may differ depending on date. Because our tour arrangements are often made a year or more in advance, YMT Vacations reserves the right to alter the itinerary. Itinerary changes are made to improve your vacation experience, as well as respond to any unforeseen circumstances that mandate alterations. By their nature, all tour vacations involve a certain level of physical activity. While YMT tours have been designed with our guests in mind and are not physically demanding, this tour does include walking and periods of standing during the sightseeing visits. You will also encounter steps and some uneven ground along the way, particularly at older, historical sights. Please ask your Travel Consultant for more information.

YMT Vacations itineraries may contain suggestions for activities for your leisure time; these suggestions do not constitute a recommendation nor an endorsement of any specific service provider and the decision to participate in any such activities should be made independently.

Inside Cabin

These staterooms come with two lower beds that convert into a queen-size bed additional bedding to accommodate up to two more guests. You'll have easy access to everything fun and exciting on board. Approx. 142 sq. ft.

Oceanview Porthole Window Cabin

Norwegian Star Oceanview Staterooms come with two lower beds that convert into a queen-size bed and additional bedding to accommodate up to two more guests, as well as a porthole that offers a great view. You'll be right near everything fun and exciting on board. Size: 159 sq. ft.

Balcony Cabin

With room for up to three guests, Norwegian Star staterooms have two lower beds that convert into a queen-size bed and a pull out sofa to accommodate one more. Along with a sitting area, floor-to-ceiling glass doors and a private balcony with an amazing view. Approx. Size: 203 sq. ft.

Norwegian Star Deck Plans

Click here to view Norwegian Star's deck plans on Norwegian's website. Content that you may read on Norwegian's website may not be applicable to your tour, please speak with a YMT Travel Consultant for clarification.

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