Patagonia & the Antarctic

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JAN. 26 - FEB. 15, 2016 From $7,300
Buenos Aires, Montevideo, Puerto Madryn, Port Stanley, Ushuaia, Punta Arenas, Puerto Montt, Valparaiso
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Patagonia & the Antarctic

JAN. 26 - FEB. 15, 2016
Buenos Aires, Montevideo, Puerto Madryn, Port Stanley, Ushuaia, Punta Arenas, Puerto Montt, Valparaiso
Aboard Crystal Symphony

Adventure meets culture and natural beauty on this 18-night cruise of Antarctica, Tierra del Fuego and Patagonia aboard award-winning Crystal Cruises’ Crystal Symphony. Discover this “bucket-list” destination filled with opportunities that will invigorate and delight. Circumnavigate Cape Horn and traverse the Drake Passage as you sail from the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific Ocean aboard the Six-Star Crystal Symphony. Along the way, discover pristine beauty and abundant wildlife as well as fascinating ports of call. Discover the geography of the region — unspoiled waterfalls, rugged mountains, stunning fjords and glaciers — as explorers did centuries ago. Come embrace a land of soul-stirring beauty and curious creatures on an epic journey through this staggering expanse.

Cost: From $7,300
AHI Travel
Activity Level: Mild Activity
COVID-19 Information:
  • Set sail from Buenos Aires, Argentina, for 18 nights aboard the Crystal Symphony and cruise the Atlantic Ocean, Cape Horn, Antarctica, the Drake Passage, the Chilean Fjords and the Pacific Ocean.
  • Deluxe staterooms with flat panel television with DVD/CD player, private bath with tub/shower, double basins, marble countertops, sitting area, security safe and refrigerator stocked with complimentary beverages.
  • Crystal Cruises’ Optional Shore Excursions (at an additional cost) in each port of call, led by knowledgeable, English-speaking guides.
  • Captain’s Gala Welcome Aboard and Farewell Receptions.
  • Exclusive AHI Welcome and Farewell Parties.
  • Services of a dedicated Passenger Service Representative prior to departure.
  • Services of an experienced AHI Travel Director throughout the trip.
  • Daily casual gatherings with your AHI Travel Director and fellow alumni travelers.
Download Reservation Form Download Brochure (1.9 MB) Request Brochure In Mail
310.206.0613 (P)
310.209.4271 (F)
travel@alumni.ucla.edu
  • Our Crystal Cruise experience was luxurious. Fabulous food, top-of-the-line amenities, all without the irritating nickel-and-diming that occurs on many other cruise lines."
    Philip and Sheila ’74 Merritt

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DAY 1 | Jan. 26. Depart for Buenos Aires, Argentina

DAY 2 | Jan. 27. Arrive in Buenos Aires, Argentina
Embark on your luxury cruise aboard the Six-Star Crystal Symphony in Buenos Aires,
Argentina.

DAY 3 | Jan. 28. Montevideo, Uruguay
Set in a picturesque location along the River Plate’s shores, Montevideo evokes all the flavor of Spain with the massive masonry, hidden patios and palm-shaded plazas that are so reminiscent of that country. Stroll wide boulevards and leafy parks, view imposing statuary or experience the thrill of an estancia visit.

DAY 4 | Jan. 29. Cruise the Coast of Argentina
A day at sea is as relaxed or as action-packed as you desire, because a world of possibilities awaits you aboard Crystal Symphony.

DAY 5 | Jan. 30. Puerto Madryn, Argentina
The Patagonian city of Puerto Madryn lies on the shores of the Golfo Nuevo, along the southern coast of Argentina and is the gateway to the Valdes Peninsula. The region is noteworthy for its opportunities to view elephant seals, sea lions, penguins and birds.

DAY 6 | Jan. 31. Cruise the South Atlantic
Enjoy another exciting day at sea.

DAY 7 | Feb. 1. Port Stanley, Falkland Islands
The Falkland Islands are situated some 350 miles east of Tierra del Fuego, 1,000 miles north of Antarctica and, as the locals claim, a mere 8,000 miles from Britain. Prior to the construction of the Panama Canal, these islands offered safe anchorage and provisions for sailing vessels as they headed around Cape Horn. As many as a million penguins make their home here during the summer nesting season, making the Falkland Islands one of the world’s great penguin capitals.

DAY 8 | Feb. 2. Cruise the Drake Passage
Take advantage of the many amenities aboard Crystal Symphony.

DAY 9-11 | Feb. 3-5. Cruise Antarctica
Spend three spectacular days cruising Antarctica’s stunning deep blue waters. Embrace a land of soul-stirring beauty as you admire rugged mountain peaks, glaciers and towering blue and white icebergs. The frigid waters of the most isolated continent on earth are home to an abundance of birdlife and several species of whales, penguins and seals.

DAY 12 | Feb. 6. Cruise the Drake Passage
Feel the thrill of exploration as you navigate the Drake Passage.

DAY 13-14 | Feb. 7-8. Cruise Cape Horn / Ushuaia, Argentina
When Magellan was exploring the straits between the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans, he called the islands “Tierra del Fuego,” the Land of Fire, having seen smoke and fires rising from the land. Little has changed since the days of those intrepid first explorers. The abundant wildlife, scenic beauty and mysterious history of this rugged frontier land still retain an irresistible fascination. Ushuaia, the world’s southernmost city, is your base for exploring this magical region.

DAY 15 | Feb. 9. Punta Arenas, Chile
Punta Arenas is the only city situated on the Strait of Magellan, the 300-mile waterway which cuts a swath between the mainland and the island of Tierra del Fuego. This remote center is Chile’s southernmost city. Since it was founded in 1848, Punta Arenas prospered as a busy coaling station until the building of the Panama Canal. Today it boasts a population of 100,000 and is the bustling center of one of the world’s largest sheep farming areas.

DAY 16-17 | Feb. 10-11. Cruise the Chilean Fjords and the Chilean Coast
Take in scenic natural beauty as you cruise through the Chilean fjords and along the coast.

DAY 18 | Feb. 12. Puerto Montt, Chile
Puerto Montt was founded in 1853, at the head of the Pacific inlet known as Reloncavi Sound. Since then it has become the gateway to the Bavarian-flavored Chilean Lake District, a region graced with some of the world’s most inspiring scenery. Virgin forests, picturesque towns, snow-mantled mountains and translucent lakes adorn this idyllic setting.

DAY 19 | Feb. 13. Cruise the Chilean Coast
Enjoy your final day at sea.

DAY 20 | Feb. 14. Valparaiso, Chile
Disembark Crystal Symphony.

DAY 21 | Feb. 15. Arrive at gateway city

Accommodations
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With an enviable reputation for excellence, the stylish and contemporary Crystal Symphony is your home away from home as you travel on destination-rich itineraries that span the globe:

  • Remote TV & CD/DVD player
  • Writing desk
  • Security safe
  • 110/220 volt outlets
  • Handheld hair dryer
  • Twice-daily maid service
  • 24-hour room service
  • Refrigerated minibar
  • LCD flat-screen television
  • Wireless Internet access
  • Prestige Tranquility Beds
  • Thick cotton robes and slippers
  • Direct-dial satellite telephone

 

Pricing

Pricing: $7,300-$22,190
AHI Travel

Download Reservation Form Download Brochure (1.9 MB) Request Brochure In Mail
310.206.0613 (P)
310.209.4271 (F)
travel@alumni.ucla.edu
  • Our Crystal Cruise experience was luxurious. Fabulous food, top-of-the-line amenities, all without the irritating nickel-and-diming that occurs on many other cruise lines."
    Philip and Sheila ’74 Merritt

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STEP 1
Download the tour Reservation Form here. This tour is booked quickly, so sign up early to reserve space.

STEP 2
Enclose a check or provide credit card information for $600 per person, per tour, as a deposit for the selected tour. Make check payable to AHI Travel. Deposits are provisional and fully refundable pending your acceptance of final brochure terms.

STEP 3
Mail completed reservation form and your deposit to:
UCLA Alumni Association
Attn: Alumni Travel
James West Alumni Center
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1397

A brochure will be mailed to you as soon as it is available.

Terms & Conditions

Written cancellations from time of booking up to 90 days prior to departure will be assessed a minimum administrative fee of approximately $250; within 90 days of departure, refunds vary according to the policies of each tour operator. Please read the cancellation clauses contained within the brochure for this tour carefully.

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Travel Insurance

We strongly recommend you purchase travel insurance to cover the possibility of trip cancellation or interruption, emergency medical evacuation, medical expenses and baggage loss incurred while traveling. All confirmed passengers will receive travel insurance information in your confirmation packet. It’s one of our many membership benefits! For information about travel insurance, visit alumni.ucla.edu/travel-insurance. Coverage for pre-existing medical conditions, terrorist incidents and travel supplier financial insolvencies will be provided if the insurance is purchased within 15 days of your trip deposit. Please read the insurance brochure carefully.

Download Reservation Form Download Brochure (1.9 MB) Request Brochure In Mail
310.206.0613 (P)
310.209.4271 (F)
travel@alumni.ucla.edu
  • Our Crystal Cruise experience was luxurious. Fabulous food, top-of-the-line amenities, all without the irritating nickel-and-diming that occurs on many other cruise lines."
    Philip and Sheila ’74 Merritt