Summary : Antarctica is the planet’s last great untouched wilderness. This incredible voyage will take you through the Drake Passage and down into the Southern Ocean, escorted by albatross and storm petrels along the way. Set against the backdrop of Antarctica’s magical white landscape, you will experience the best of this continent’s summer magic, discovering a wealth of wildlife that includes penguins, seals and whales. Visit research facilities and historical sites. Marvel at mountains and icebergs on this unrivaled voyage of exploration and discovery!
Activities : Birding, Child-Friendly, Hiking, Kayaking, Photography, Triple/Quad Cabins
$8,172 to $20,733
Your voyage starts in Ushuaia, where the Andes meet the Southern Ocean. After embarkation, set out to explore and experience the wonders of this remote and fascinating part of the world. The Captain and Expedition Leader will align the itinerary with current weather and ice conditions. Final decisions on will be made on a day-by-day basis.
Named after Sir Francis Drake, the Drake Passage is one of the world’s great seaways, connecting the waters of the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. Infamous and legendary, it is steeped in the history and lore of exploration and discovery. As your vessel comfortably negotiates its way south, there will be opportunities to enjoy educational lectures en route.
Once you cross the Antarctic Convergence, you will start to feel the air getting crisper and colder. Antarctic penguins will hunt and play around you and icebergs are an ever present feature of the landscape. Dedicated to scientific research and with no permanent inhabitants, Antarctica is home to millions of penguins and its seas provide sustenance to thousands of whales.
Simple words can do little to convey the feeling of being here, looking out upon the vast expanse of the great White Continent. The ice, wind and weather dictate life in Antarctica, as well as your route. Every voyage is unique and your experienced crew will endeavor to make each one an experience of a lifetime. The final choice of landings will be made in the course of the voyage. Below are some of the destinations you may experience.
Visiting the South Shetland Islands is definitely something worth looking forward to. Deception Island, Half Moon Island and Yankee Harbour all have a diverse landscape, amazing animal life and spectacular photo opportunities.
Neko Harbor is feeding ground for shy Minke whales. The harbor itself is perfectly situated to appreciate the grandeur of Andvord Bay and scenery of Antarctic mainland.
Paradise Harbor offers another rare opportunity for a mainland landing and some of the finest vistas of the Antarctic Peninsula. In favorable weather, a gentle hike up the snowy path to the viewpoint behind the Argentine research station is highly recommended.
The Lemaire Channel is known as one of the most beautiful passages in Antarctica. Fluctuating between sublime and inhospitable it exhausts superlatives. With its location in the picturesque Penola Strait, Petermann Island is a great place for iceberg- and whale-spotting and once again you will have spectacular views across the channel to the Antarctic Peninsula.
Leave the White Continent behind with memories, photographs and a renewed sense of purpose and set sail back to the South American mainland.
After a spectacular voyage with countless stories to share, dock at the world’s southernmost town to disembark.
The above itinerary is a guide only, as the exact program depends on weather and ice conditions and the wildlife you encounter. Flexibility is the key to the success of this expedition. ExpeditionTrips is not responsible for itinerary changes.
Although travel insurance is not mandatory to participate in this voyage, ExpeditionTrips strongly recommends at least $200,000 Emergency Medical/Evacuation coverage for Antarctic trips which includes coverage for cancellation, trip disruption, baggage and personal property. ExpeditionTrips can assist you with this. Other conditions may apply based on pre-existing conditions.
Multilingual Departures: English/Norwegian/German (All Departures)
Depending on weather and land conditions, there may be an opportunity to sign up for camping during the voyage. Gear and all cold-weather needs supplied – except pajamas. Due to popular demand, campers are chosen by lottery as there is a set limit as to the number of guests allowed to sleep onshore. Please contact ExpeditionTrips for details.
Depending on weather conditions, there may be an opportunity to sign up for deck camping during the voyage. Spend the night on deck and enjoy a magnificent view of the landscape and sky. Included: Sleeping bags, a welcome drink, and a fresh pastry and coffee in the morning. Please contact ExpeditionTrips for details.
Depending on weather and land conditions, there may be an opportunity to sign up for hiking during the voyage. Included: Water bottle, snack bar, and lunch pack (if hike is during lunch time). Physical fitness is essential. Please contact ExpeditionTrips for details.
Depending on weather conditions, there may be an opportunity to sign up for kayaking during the voyage. The duration of each excursion is 2-4 hours. Due to popular demand, kayakers are chosen by a lottery system. Kayaking is not pre-bookable or guaranteed. Basic kayak experience required. Includes kayaking gear. Please contact ExpeditionTrips for details.
Taught by two professional photography instructors, this pre-bookable photography school program covers basic image editing, wildlife and landscape photography, and DSLR video instruction. This program is designed for proficient beginners to experienced photographers. Included: photography booklet, designated work station with software provided, priority access to the Photo Optics test center equipment, and a Zeiss Lens cleaning kit. Min/max participants: 2-10 guests. Please contact ExpeditionTrips for details.
Small Boat Cruising:
Depending on the weather conditions, there may be an opportunity to sign up for small boat ‘Polarcirkel’ cruising excursions during the voyage. The duration of each excursion is 1-2 hours. Included: Survival float suit, and a hot drink upon return. Small boat cruising is not pre-bookable or guaranteed. Max. capacity: 21 passengers. Please contact ExpeditionTrips for details.
Depending on weather and land conditions, there may be an opportunity to sign up for snowshoeing during the voyage. Due to popular demand, snowshoers are chosen by lottery as there is a set limit to the number of guests allowed to go onshore at one time. Snowshoeing is not pre-bookable or guaranteed. Please contact ExpeditionTrips for details.
Cabin accommodations and meals aboard the ship; free coffee and tea onboard; professional English-speaking expedition team that gives lectures as well as accompany landings and activities onboard and ashore; gear on loan (waterproof rubber boots); and a complimentary wind- and water-resistant jacket. Expedition Suites (Suite – M and Grand Suite – MG) include a cabin kit with a bathrobe, slippers, and other beauty articles; select complimentary beverages for lunch and dinner: chilled filtered water (still or sparkling) by the carafe, sodas, soft drinks, beer, and a selection of wines by the glass (no spirits); and the mini bar has a complimentary selection upon your arrival (replenishment of the mini bar an additional fee). Subject to change without notice.
Airfare; transfers; passport and visa fees; Argentinian Reciprocity Fee; travel insurance; luggage handling; alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks except as mentioned; mini bar replenishment; optional excursions and gratuities; items of a personal nature such as laundry; walking sticks and binoculars can be rented for an additional charge; fuel surcharge may apply.
Photos © Nick Cobbing, Dominic Barrington and Marsel van Oosten