Antarctica Marathon 13 Night Package | March 6 - 19, 2023
Sunday, March 5 - Depart from your home city for overnight flights to Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Monday, March 6 - Flights arrive in Buenos Aires, Argentina and passengers are transferred to the Alvear Icon Hotel. There will be an optional light training run in the 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. You have this evening to explore some of the city's famous restaurants, which are a short walk from your hotel.
Tuesday, March 7 – Following breakfast, enjoy a half-day city tour, which will introduce you to the vibrant capital of Argentina. There is an optional 4:00 PM light training run in the National Park.
We look forward to seeing you at the evening cocktail reception, followed by a welcome dinner and the important mandatory race check-in/briefing at the hotel. (breakfast and dinner included)
Wednesday, March 8 – Enjoy today to explore more of Buenos Aires and/or participate in a group light training run at 4:00 PM in the National Park. You have this evening to explore some of this city's famous restaurants just a short walk to Puerto Madero. (breakfast included)
Thursday, March 9 – Guests on the Ocean Victory 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 in the afternoon for your departure to Antarctica. Once you are settled in your cabin, we will regroup with a Welcome Reception and briefing on shipboard safety. (breakfast and dinner included)
Friday, March 10 – The day is spent at sea crossing the Beagle Channel and Drake Passage. Videos and lectures will introduce visitors to the wildlife, climate and history of Antarctica. (breakfast, lunch and dinner included)
Saturday, March 11 - Land Ho! We drop the race operations crew off on King George Island for an afternoon of race preparation. The weather will be our master as we spend the day 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)
Sunday, March 12 - Race Day! The course has been prepared with flags and mileage markers. Hopefully, Mother Nature will be kind with the weather. The Wave 1 race will start at 7:00 AM and Wave 2 will start at 1:00 PM, but is subject to change based on weather. You should plan on a 6 hour and 30 minute time limit (weather permitting). After this major accomplishment, enjoy a post-race party and celebration this evening! The ship heads south overnight toward the Antarctica Peninsula. (breakfast, lunch and dinner included).
Monday, March 13 – We awake to the panoramic views of glaciers mountains and pristine bays and channels. 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 stern 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)
Tuesday, March 14 - Thursday, March 16 - These next three 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)
Friday, March 17 and Saturday, March 18 - We spend two days at sea on our return voyage hoping for calm seas to glorify 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)
Sunday, March 19 - 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. Flights departing from Buenos Aires to your home city should not depart before 8:30 PM. You should consider booking a one night (or more) stay on the return to relax before your long flights 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 $130 per person in a double room.