ANTARCTICA MARATHON ITINERARY
Friday, March 20 - Depart from your home city for overnight flights to Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Saturday, March 21 - 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.
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)
Sunday, March 22 – 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. You have this evening to explore some of this city's famous restaurants just a short walk to Puerto Madeira.
Monday, March 23 – 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. (breakfast included)
Tuesday, March 24 – Today, passengers on the Ocean Atlantic 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)
Wednesday, March 25 and Thursday, March 26 – 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 27 - 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 28 - 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 at 9:00 AM, 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! (breakfast, lunch and dinner included)
Sunday, March 29 – 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 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)
Monday, March 30 and Tuesday, March 31 - 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, April 1 and Thursday, April 2- 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)
Friday, April 3 - 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). Flights departing from Buenos Aires to you 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.
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.