The Weddel Sea, Argentina and Brazil - a cruise and land journey

24 Days
Buenos Aires to Rio de Janeiro
From (CAD)
$ 27,938
Dates & Pricing

2023 Buenos Aires > Rio de Janeiro

Embark on a life changing 15-day expedition to Antarctica, the southernmost continent and the world’s final frontier, before exploring Argentina and Brazil.
Enter the formidable frozen landscape made up of never-ending icefields, towering rock faces, snow-capped peaks, immense glaciers, glistening blue icebergs, and an incredible amount of unperturbed wildlife. As your Antarctic cruise threads its way through the icy waterways, you will find yourself lost for words at the majestic scenery that envelops you. Finally, at landfall, the sight of large bustling penguin rookeries and lazing seal colonies will welcome you, as pods of whales’ breach off the shore and pristine snow petrels soar above. Enter the Weddell Sea to view vast tabular icebergs and immense colonies Adélie penguins. Let our Discovery Team regale you with Antarctica’s inspiring tales of polar survival and intriguing fossil fields. 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. 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:
OSA9
Duration:
24 days
Departure City:
Buenos Aires
Return City:
Rio de Janeiro

24 Day Itinerary

  1. Day 1 - Buenos Aires, Argentina

    Latin passion and European romance define the beautiful city of Buenos Aires, a dynamic city known for its wide-ranging architectural styles, contemporary and historic arts, and culinary gifts. 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. 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: Breakfast, Dinner

  3. Day 3 - 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 build up the excitement for what’s to come or choose to relax in your suite and watch the live streaming on your TV. 

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  4. Day 4 - South Shetland Islands

    As you reach the calmer waters of the Antarctic Peninsula, be greeted by the snow-capped mountains of the South Shetland Islands. Populated with large rookeries of gentoo and chinstrap penguins, this is the site where Ernest Shackleton and his crew survived the harsh winter of 1916. 

    Discovery

    Explore Elephant Island with our Discovery Team on Zodiacs, kayaks or stand-up paddleboards.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  5. Day 5 - Discovering the Weddell Sea

    The Weddell Sea is as mesmerising as it is extreme. Wind your way through dense ice floes and magnificent tabular icebergs, enjoying the eerie stillness and grandeur. Stand on your balcony, listening for the haunting cry of the Weddell seal welcoming you to their kingdom. Known as one of the toughest mammals on the planet, they live further south than any other mammal year round. Watch out for other wildlife such as crabeater seals, Adélie penguins, numerous species of whales, and the chance of seeing an Emperor Penguin with an optional helicopter excursion to Snow Hill Island^ to witness these magnificent animals in their natural habitat. This expedition has been meticulously planned to search and observe the breeding colony of Weddell Sea Emperor Penguins.
    Over the next five days, the experienced team on board Scenic Eclipse will navigate through the ice, showing you this unique and inspiring region.  

    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 paddle board around icebergs and hear the ice cracking and whales feeding below. 

    ^Subject to weather and operational conditions. Sightings cannot be guaranteed.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  6. Day 6 - Discovering the Weddell Sea

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  7. Day 7 - Discovering the Weddell Sea

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  8. Day 8 - Discovering the Weddell Sea

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  9. Day 9 - Discovering the Weddell Sea

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  10. Day 10 - Antarctic Peninsula

    Welcome to Antarctica! Seeing the 7th continent for the first time is unlike anything you would have experienced before. Feel the fresh, crisp air on your face and hear the snow crunch under your boot when you first set foot on land. Each new encounter will fill you will awe. Witness wildlife in their natural habitat, with no fear of humans. Antarctica is truly 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 can also explore the remnants of a derelict whaling station and a vacant British base or climb to the rim of a volcanic crater.
    Due to the extraordinary nature of the region, a host of choices are open and dependent on the ice and weather conditions. 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 paddle board around icebergs and hear the ice cracking and whales feeding below. 

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  11. Day 11 - Antarctic Peninsula

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  12. Day 12 - Antarctic Peninsula

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  13. Day 13 - At sea

    Delight your palate with the extensive range of dining options on board, or have a butler serve you your meal in-suite. Farewell your adventure in the icy lands and sail heading north to the continent of South America. Share memories of your experiences with new-found friends.  

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  14. Day 14 - At sea

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  15. Day 15 - Ushuaia, Argentina > Buenos Aires

    Your cruise ends this morning as you farewell the crew. Disembark after breakfast to fly to Buenos Aires for a three-night stay at your luxurious hotel.

    Meals Included: Breakfast

  16. Day 16 - Buenos Aires

    An elegant city with pockets of colourful character, discover the highlights and the hidden secrets of this famed ‘Paris of the Americas’ with your local guide, including Casa Rosada, the executive mansion and office of the Argentinian President. Visit soulful San Telmo and La Boca’s colourful Caminito. This evening, enjoy dinner at the Gala Tango show.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  17. Day 17 - Buenos Aires

    Freechoice

    Take a tour with a local artist to uncover the vibrant urban art scene. Alternatively, discover the culinary secrets of Argentinian cuisine with a food walking tour.

    Enrich

    Join your Tour Director and fellow travellers for a unique dining experience and indulge your senses in one of Buenos Aires’ coveted closed-door restaurants, enjoying a modern Argentine meal with wine pairing.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  18. Day 18 - Buenos Aires > Iguazú Falls, Brazil

    Fly to the magnificent natural wonder of Iguazú Falls for your three night Special Stay at your elegant hotel, uniquely set inside the park gates. As a guest of the hotel, you will be able to experience the sun setting over the top of the falls without the general public.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  19. Day 19 - 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. This afternoon, take an exhilarating jet boat ride towards the base of the falls and feel its spray on your face.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  20. Day 20 - Iguazú Falls

    Visit the Argentinian side of the falls.  Discover the walkways across the top of the falls on the Argentinian 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.

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

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

  21. Day 21 - Iguazú Falls > Rio de Janeiro

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

    Sunset Drinks

    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

  22. Day 22 - Rio de Janeiro

    Today, you will discover the beating heart of this exotic city. Take a fascinating walking tour through downtown Rio, home to the Metropolitan Cathedral and the Selaron Staircase. 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. This afternoon, indulge in a mouth-watering Brazilian Churrascaria experience.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

  23. Day 23 - 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 Cipriani Restaurant at the Belmond Copacabana Palace where you will enjoy a wonderful tasting menu.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  24. Day 24 - Rio de Janeiro

    Bid farewell to your new friends as you transfer to Rio de Janeiro airport, taking a lifetime of wonderful memories with you.

    The itinerary is a guide only and may be amended for operational reasons. As such Scenic cannot guarantee the journey will operate unaltered from the itinerary stated above. Please refer to our terms and conditions for further information.

    Meals Included: Breakfast

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