- Silver Explorer
- Luxury Expedition Ship
- 132 Capacity
- 11 Days
- 2013, 2014
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Summary : Experience the wonders of the Antarctic while in the company of expert expedition leaders specializing in the fields of oceanography, biology, history, geology, ornithology, photography and environmental science. Marvel at the frosted wilderness of glistening white as far as the eye can see. Natural ice sculptures appear like enormous works of avant-garde art. This is the modern explorer’s final frontier. Hear the cries of penguins multiplied by the thousands, watch leopard seals and sea lions perfectly at ease in the company of visitors, feel the unspeakable magnificence of a whale breaching from beneath cold ocean waters. Experience astounding animal encounters – opportunities found nowhere else on earth on this trip of a lifetime.
Activities : Birding
$9,750 to $28,550
Departing from Buenos Aires, take a charter flight to Ushuaia and transfer to the port. Embark the vessel and bid farewell to Tierra del Fuego, the ‘Land at the End of the World’. Settle in, explore the ship and meet the Expedition Team.
The Drake Passage has a notorious reputation for its turbulent seas due to the Antarctic Convergence, a natural boundary where cold polar water flows northward and warmer equatorial water moves southward. When they meet, nutrients are pushed to the surface, often attracting a multitude of seabirds and whales. Spend some time on deck watching the horizon and the variety of seabirds such as albatross and petrels that glide in the air currents of the ship’s wake. Have your cameras ready to capture the magical color of a midnight sunset.
Attend wildlife, geography and historical discussions hosted by expert naturalists and guest lecturers that will prepare for the exciting adventures that lie ahead. Visit the Bridge to learn about the instruments and techniques of Antarctic navigation.
Past the furthest reaches of Tierra del Fuego and beyond your wildest imagination lies the last great frontier – Antarctica’s vast white wilderness. Landscapes formed by the harshest wrath of Mother Nature, yet blessed by an isolated independence and tranquility await. Marvel at remarkable natural beauty and abundant wildlife that thrive here despite the harsh climate. Witness the dramatic splendor of spectacular iceberg sculptures, calving glaciers and experience up-close encounters with marine mammals. Watch for seals sunbathing on slow-moving ice floes and for Humpback, Minke, and Orca whales breaching from below the frigid waters. Each day you will have the opportunity to partake in at least two Zodiac departures, and, if conditions permit, will visit a variety of penguin rookeries and scientific research stations. Perhaps a Zodiac cruise amidst colorful icebergs or a special excursion with an expert guest naturalist will be the highlight of the day.
On return through the Drake Passage, again watch for seabirds and wildlife. Take this opportunity to attend additional presentations offered by the onboard lecturers or swap photos with newfound friends as the journey continues towards Ushuaia.
Disembark the vessel and transfer to the airport for your return charter flight to Buenos Aires.
This itinerary is subject to change. ExpeditionTrips is not responsible for itinerary changes.
All ocean-view suite accommodation; onboard meals; complimentary beverages served throughout the ship (an assortment of complimentary wines, champagne and spirits); all onboard gratuities (except spa); expedition parka and backpack; complimentary rubber boots on board; port charges and handling fees.
International airfare; air charter package [$950 per person (12/2/2013-12/12/2013); $1,140 per person (1/21/2014 - 12/12/2014); prices are round-trip between Buenos Aires and Ushuaia and include applicable transfers between the airport/pier]; transfers and luggage handling; government fees and taxes; passport expenses; items of a personal nature; fuel surcharge may apply.