Floating castles of ice glisten in the warmth of the austral sun... massive glaciers seem to rise from the sea, framed against a radiant sky... in an instant, a bright sun illuminates a regatta of ice formations... Explorers throughout the centuries have been mesmerized and captivated by the ice... Today, you are that Antarctic explorer… immersing in an experience featuring custom-made on-tour film vignettes and when the opportunity arises, the use of field equipment. Few experiences can compare to the feeling you'll have as you head off on your Antarctica tour to a magnificent glacial continent that defies description. Your adventure begins with two nights in Buenos Aires, where you'll become acclimated to the local time – and culture – with Tauck. Then it's all aboard one of Tauck's small ships, Le Boréal or Le Soléal, for a 10-night expeditionary cruise to a magical wonderland where the locals, from penguins and seals to myriad seabirds, welcome you ashore with friendly curiosity. Learn about their life and icy habitats from on board naturalists who educate and inspire on our Antarctica tour and cruise. And at night, enjoy informal chats, on board lectures, documentary films and warm camaraderie with fellow explorers, captain and crew.