Ride to Ushuaia – Then Take a Cruise to Antarctica!
Our 24-day Antarctica Adventure combines a motorcycling odyssey from Bariloche, Argentina to Ushuaia, followed by a 12-day (11-night) cruise to the Antarctic Peninsula aboard a luxury expedition cruise ship. Almost all of the route is paved. The hundred or so meters section which is not paved is hard-packed gravel in good condition. The trip is very suitable for two-up riding. Non-riding companions are welcome to ride in one of our comfortable support vehicles. Companions who may not wish to make the entire trip y motorcycle may y to Ushuaia to join the group for the Antarctica cruise.
Attractions of this Super Tour include:
- A two-night stay in an exclusive resort hotel in Bariloche
- A free day in Bariloche to provide the opportunity to ride the beautiful motorcycling roads in the area.
- A two-night stay in El Calafate, the point of departure for a day trip to the Perito Moreno Glacier.
- A two-night stay in Torres del Paine National Park – one of South America’s most popular national parks.
- A visit to the historic town of Puerto San Julian, where Magellan and his crew spent the winter in the town’s harbor in 1520.
- ANTARCTICA! – A cruise to the Antarctic Peninsula.
- Daily excursions onto Antarctica via Zodiac.
We’ll sail through scenic waterways and witness a breathtaking panorama of icebergs, blue glaciers, and jagged, snow-capped mountains. While underway, we’ll spot occasional whales and seabirds as we make our 600-mile voyage between Ushuaia and the Antarctic Peninsula. Arriving at Antarctica, we’ll make several landings using the ship’s fleet of Zodiacs, navigating numerous ice floes, making our way toward the beaches.
Even while underway, we’ll be able to spot the occasional whales and seabirds as we make our 600-mile voyage between Ushuaia and the Antarctic Peninsula.
(This Adventure does not include the opportunity to ride a motorcycle on Antarctica).
At a Glance Your Antarctica Adventure
Our Tour Leaders will meet you at the gate and will escort you to your hotel. We’ll introduce you to your motorcycle and to your fellow travelers.
Hotel: Lao Lao
Bariloche has a lot to offer; you can easily spend the day walking around in the city, having coffee and tasting the famous pastry and chocolates. As for riding: everything from a short ride on pavement up to 155 miles partly on gravel is possible. The Nahuel Huapi National Park provides us with the stunning beauty of the “7 Lakes Road” and some incredible views – a day in paradise!
Hotel: Lao Lao
Today we ride through the famous “Butch Cassiday and The Sundance Kid” region to Esquel, at the foot of the Andes Mountains. We’ll be surrounded by mountains as we travel on relaxing, country roads. Esquel – which appears like a smaller and more laid back Bariloche – welcomes us again with scenic beauty and a luxurious hotel.
Hotel: Hostería Cumbres Blancas
The ride across Patagonia will be desolate, but beautiful, with several interesting stops along the way.
It’s a beautiful ride along the coast out of Comodoro Rivadavia, with stunning views of the Atlantic Ocean to your left. By now, we’ll probably start to experience the Patagonian winds. Puerto San Julian is a quaint little fishing village that is best known for the many famous explorers who have spent time there. Ferdinand Magellan spent the winter in 1520. Sir Francis Drake and Charles Darwin also spent time here. The town has a replica of one of Magellan’s ships at the harbor.
We’ll leave the Atlantic coast behind as we turn inland to El Calafate, a charming little town with numerous shops, cafés and restaurants. Our 5-star hotel is only a few blocks from downtown and we’ll arrive early enough to enjoy our first evening in El Calafate. By the time we reach El Calafate, you will have enjoyed many fine dining opportunities. Be prepared for one of the best of the trip at the very special restaurant we’ll use this evening.
Hotel: Posada Los Alamos
Today we’ll visit one of the most popular attractions in South America – the Perito Moreno Glacier – just a one hour ride from El Calafate. We’ll be taken to Los Glaciares National Park by comfortable motor coach where we can enjoy a cruise approaching the face of the glacier, followed by lunch.
Today we cross the border into Chile where we’ll visit one of the most popular National Parks in South America: Torres del Paine National Park. Be prepared to be blown away by the stunning scenery, as we cross a footbridge to our very special “boutique” lodge located an island in the middle of Lago Pehoe (pictured below). The lodge affords a stunning view of the “Towers”.
From your island hotel, the riding in the park is stunning in every direction. Take your camera and be prepared for a relaxing ride through stunning scenery with shimmering lakes around every corner. Or spend a relaxing day on your island retreat. There are no bad options!
We’ll have another nice day of riding through Patagonia in Chile to Punta Arenas – the largest city south of the 46th parallel, south. We’ll stop for a photo opportunity at the “Monument to the Wind” – a monument paying tribute to the strong Patagonian winds that are often present in the region. The monument was created in 2000 by noted Chilean sculptor Alejandra Ruddoff.
We’ll ride along the Straits of Magellan to Punta Delgada, where we’ll take a ferry (20 minutes) across the Straits of Magellan and onto the island of Tierra del Fuego. Once on the island, gravel will change with pavement, while we cross into Argentina again. Our destination is Rio Grande and the hotel there provides us with all conveniences!
It’s a very short ride from Rio Grande to Ushuaia, so you’ll be able to have a leisurely departure, pickup some last minute souvenirs, and have plenty of time for some interesting photo opportunities along the way. You’ll also have time to visit Tierra del Fuego National Park and have your photo taken at the famous “Sign”.
Enjoy the Argentinean leather markets and succulent lamb dishes that make Patagonia famous as you explore the southernmost town in the world. Highlights of Ushuaia include an award-winning museum and trips to nearby Tierra del Fuego National Park and its popular “Train at the End of the World”.
Arriving at the ship in the afternoon, you will be greeted by our Expedition Team and ship’s officers at a safety and orientation briefing followed by the Captain’s welcome dinner. After dinner, relax and take in the mountainous scenery on our early evening sail down the Beagle Channel past Magellanic Penguin, Rock Cormorant, and Sea Lion colonies.
Among the wildlife spotting opportunities as we sail south are the Albatrosses, Prions, and Petrels that frequently follow the ship. Our Expedition Team will be out on deck as well, looking for the Whales and Dolphins that may also be seen in the area. Our experts will begin the presentations with informative and entertaining lectures on the wildlife, history, and geology of Antarctica. Helpful briefings on environmental regulations and expedition safety will also be held in the comfortable lecture hall. The length of our journey depends on sea conditions but we should approach the South Shetland Islands of the Antarctic Peninsula in the evening of the 3rd day of the cruise.
The land of superlatives, Antarctica! Our Expedition Leader and Captain will create a flexible itinerary based on weather, ice, and opportunity. The route will stress the most scenic bays and channels of the Peninsula with stops at penguin rookeries, seal wallows, bird colonies and whale feeding areas as well as sites of historic and scientific interest. The trip may include picturesque Neko Harbor, sheltered Paradise Harbor, the Humpback Whale favored Wilhelmina Bay, the striking Lemaire Channel, the wildlife-filled Penola Channel, or the majestic Neumayer Channel. We may stop at an active scientific base such as Poland’s Arctowksi or Ukraine’s Vernadskiy as well as an historic base such as U.K.’s Port Lockroy or Wordie House. Adelie, Chinstrap and Gentoo Penguins abound, and Weddell, Crabeater and Elephant Seals are often found hauled out to rest along with predatory Leopard Seals and the aggressive Antarctic Fur Seal. Minke and Humpback Whales are frequent visitors in the late season and Orca sightings are also common.
We will continue our lecture series and wildlife spotting as we sail back to Ushuaia and reflect on beautiful Antarctica and its fragile future. We arrive at Ushuaia in the early hours of the final day.
Morning disembarkation lets you catch a flight to Buenos Aires or stay in Ushuaia for more sights and adventure.
Total – 2,100 miles
Roads are mostly paved and in very good condition. There is several hundred kilometers of gravel in Patagonia, but the gravel is hard-packed and well maintined and does not require technical skills. The entire trip is very suitable for two-up riding. In Patagonia, high winds are often prevalent. The windy section of the trip is almost entirely on straight roads, which we’ve classified as “Tame”. The “Tame” designation is not to suggest “uninteresting”. It’s meant to designate good paved highways that do not entail twisties or significant changes in elevation.
This trip is intended for experienced riders.
A non-refundable deposit of $1,600 per person is required. Full payment is due 120 days prior to departure. Trip cancellation protection is highly recommended.
Tour price includes all breakfasts and 21 dinners (while on the cruise, all meals included, but excluding alcoholic beverages), park entry fees, ferry fees, and activities described in the daily itinerary.
Single room supplement
for land portion: $8,000
Fuel surcharge – a fuel surcharge may be applied if the price of oil is significantly higher than current rates. We will not know this for certain until approximately 90 days before the date of the cruise.
The base price of the Antarctica and Ushuaia Adventure is based on the cabin class selected, as indicated on the price list at the top of this page.
The Sea Explorer deck plan and information about Polar Cruises can be found here
|Start Date||2017 Adventure||Duration||Price (USD)||Co-Rider||Note
|Feb 2 - Feb 25||Antarctica Adventure||24 Days||$19,900||$17,500||
|Start Date||2018 Adventures||Duration||Price (USD)||Co-Rider||Note
|Jan 6 - Jan 29||Antarctica Adventure||24 Days||$19,900||$17,500||