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2018 IOFFE SHIP ITINERARY

Thursday, March 8 - Depart from your home city for overnight flights to Buenos Aires, Argentina. 

Friday, March 9 - Flights arrive in Buenos Aires, Argentina and passengers are transferred to the Alvear Icon Buenos Aires Hotel.  There will be an optional light training run in late afternoon.  Most flights will arrive at the Ezeiza International Airport (EZE) and transfers are arranged for only those arriving at this airport between the hours of 8:00 AM and 1:00 PM.  

Saturday, March 10 – Following breakfast, enjoy a half-day city tour, which will introduce you to the vibrant capital of Argentina.  Later today, we look forward to seeing you at the evening cocktail reception, followed by a welcome dinner and the important and mandatory race check-in/briefing at the Plaza Hotel Buenos Aires. (breakfast and dinner included)

Sunday, March 11 – Enjoy today to explore more of Buenos Aires and/or participate in a group light training run. (breakfast included)

Monday, March 12 – Today, passengers on the iOFFE Ship will be transferred to the airport for an early morning flight to Ushuaia in the province of Tierra del Fuego, the world's southernmost city. Depending on flight arrival time, it’s possible you will have time to explore this interesting town with plenty of shops and restaurants and then be ready to board the ship at 4:00 PM for your departure to Antarctica. Once you are settled in your cabin, we will regroup with a Welcome Reception and briefing on shipboard safety.   Tonight enjoy an evening film - Ice Birds. (breakfast and dinner included)

Tuesday, March 13 and Wednesday, March 14 – These two days are spent at sea crossing the Beagle Channel and Drake Passage. The open bridge policy invites everyone to get a bird's eye view of the navigational activity alongside the Captain and his crew. Videos and lectures will introduce visitors to the wildlife, climate and history of Antarctica. (breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

Thursday, March 15 - Land Ho! We drop the race operations crew off on King George’s Island for a day of race preparation. The weather will be our master as we spend a couple of days cruising in and among the bays and channels of the Shetland Islands and Antarctic Peninsula. The ship's Zodiacs will carry us to shore wherever possible, weaving safely among the icebergs and floes to visit with seals and penguins. (breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

Friday, March 16 - Race Day! The course has been prepared with flags and mileage markers. Hopefully, Mother Nature will be kind with the weather. The race will start about 9:00 AM and you should plan on a six hour and 30 minute time limit (weather permitting).   After this major accomplishment, enjoy a post-race party and celebration this evening! (breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

Saturday, March 17 – Today we will head south toward the eastern side of the Peninsula, cruising among the fjords and islands. Weaving among the icebergs, our destination is Paradise Bay, one of the most beautiful places on Earth. A sunny afternoon will permit us to have a barbecue and race awards ceremony on the aft deck. The zodiacs will bring us to shore for a visit to the vacated Argentine base nestled at the base of a hill where visitors are welcome to climb to the peak for a bird's eye view of the area. (breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

Sunday, March 18 and Monday, March 19 - These next few days we hope to find ourselves in the fjords near the Lemaire Channel where humpbacks cruise for krill (small crustaceans).   The second afternoon we leave the "White Continent" to re-cross the Drake Passage. (breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

Tuesday, March 20 and Wednesday, March 21 - We spend two days at sea on our return voyage hoping for calm seas to glory in the memory of accomplishing a life-changing experience. We first sight land at Cape Horn, Chile where we will approach our return port at Ushuaia. (breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

Thursday, March 22 - This morning will find us in Ushuaia at about 8:00 AM, where we disembark and check-in for our return flights to Buenos Aires and then onward to your international flights back home. (breakfast included)

Marathon Tours & Travel reserves the right to change the itinerary due to flight schedule changes, weather or any other reason that it deems necessary for the safe and enjoyable execution of this trip. It may be necessary for some guests to overnight in Ushuaia on the return due to delays, flight availability or other reasons. In this case, the guest is responsible for the additional hotel cost, which will be approximately $100 per person in a double room. 
 

2018 VAVILOV SHIP ITINERARY

Friday, March 9 - Depart from your home city for overnight flights to Buenos Aires, Argentina. 

Saturday, March 10 - Flights arrive in Buenos Aires, Argentina and passengers are transferred to the Alvear Icon Buenos Aires Hotel.  Most flights will arrive at the Ezeiza International Airport (EZE) and transfers are arranged for only those arriving at this airport between the hours of 8:00 AM and 1:00 PM.  Later today, we look forward to seeing you at the evening cocktail reception, followed by a welcome dinner and the important and mandatory race check-in/briefing at the Plaza Hotel Buenos Aires. (breakfast and dinner included)

Sunday, March 11 – Following breakfast, enjoy a half-day city tour, which will introduce you to the vibrant capital of Argentina.  Enjoy the rest of the day exploring Buenos Aires and/or participate in a group light training run. (breakfast included)

Monday, March 12 – Enjoy today to explore more of Buenos Aires and/or join the group for a light raining run. (breakfast included)

Tuesday, March 13 – Today, passengers on the Vavilov Ship will be transferred to the airport for an early morning flight to Ushuaia in the province of Tierra del Fuego, the world's southernmost city. Depending on flight arrival time, it’s possible you will have time to explore this interesting town with plenty of shops and restaurants and then be ready to board the ship at 4:00 PM for your departure to Antarctica. Once you are settled in your cabin, we will regroup with a Welcome Reception and briefing on shipboard safety.   Tonight enjoy an evening film - Ice Birds. (breakfast and dinner included)

Wednesday, March 14 and Thursday, March 15 – These two days are spent at sea crossing the Beagle Channel and Drake Passage. The open bridge policy invites everyone to get a bird's eye view of the navigational activity alongside the Captain and his crew. Videos and lectures will introduce visitors to the wildlife, climate and history of Antarctica. (breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

Friday, March 16 - Land Ho! We drop the race operations crew off on King George’s Island for a day of race preparation. The weather will be our master as we spend a couple of days cruising in and among the bays and channels of the Shetland Islands and Antarctic Peninsula. The ship's Zodiacs will carry us to shore wherever possible, weaving safely among the icebergs and floes to visit with seals and penguins. (breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

Saturday, March 17 - Race Day! The course has been prepared with flags and mileage markers. Hopefully, Mother Nature will be kind with the weather. The race will start about 9:00 AM and you should plan on a six hour and 30 minute time limit (weather permitting).   After this major accomplishment, enjoy a post-race party and celebration this evening! (breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

Sunday, March 18 – Today we will head south toward the eastern side of the Peninsula, cruising among the fjords and islands. Weaving among the icebergs, our destination is Paradise Bay, one of the most beautiful places on Earth. A sunny afternoon will permit us to have a barbecue and race awards ceremony on the aft deck. The zodiacs will bring us to shore for a visit to the vacated Argentine base nestled at the base of a hill where visitors are welcome to climb to the peak for a bird's eye view of the area. (breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

Monday, March 19 and Tuesday, March 20 - These next few days we hope to find ourselves in the fjords near the Lemaire Channel where humpbacks cruise for krill (small crustaceans).   The second afternoon we leave the "White Continent" to re-cross the Drake Passage. (breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

Wednesday, March 21 and Thursday, March 22 - We spend two days at sea on our return voyage hoping for calm seas to glory in the memory of accomplishing a life-changing experience. We first sight land at Cape Horn, Chile where we will approach our return port at Ushuaia. (breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

Friday, March 23 - This morning will find us in Ushuaia at about 8:00 AM, where we disembark and check-in for our return flights to Buenos Aires and then onward to your international flights back home. (breakfast included)

Marathon Tours & Travel reserves the right to change the itinerary due to flight schedule changes, weather or any other reason that it deems necessary for the safe and enjoyable execution of this trip. It may be necessary for some guests to overnight in Ushuaia on the return due to delays, flight availability or other reasons. In this case, the guest is responsible for the additional hotel cost, which will be approximately $100 per person in a double room.