Summary : Experience the extraordinary marvels of the Antarctic Peninsula and Weddell Sea. This less visited region of Antarctica is the planet's clearest sea and the birthing ground of incredible tabular icebergs. Two attempted shore landings a day means more sightings of leopard seals, whales and thriving colonies of roosting penguins. Be a part of history as you embrace Shackleton's spirit. Along the journey, your team of expert guides and lecturers will provide context to the sites and bring alive the region's remarkable natural history. Experience the majesty of Antarctica first hand.
Activities : Birding, Camping, Hiking, Kayaking
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Arrive in Ushuaia, the southernmost city in the world. Make your way to your hotel and enjoy the evening at your leisure.
Sitting on the shores of the Beagle Channel, Ushuaia actually means 'the bay facing westward' in the language of the original Yamna inhabitants. Once a penal colony (the presidio was disbanded in the 1940s) for political prisoners as well as hardened criminals, Ushuaia is now a major tourist attraction, particularly for people cruising to Antarctica. The town of 40,000 is also a major ski resort area for both alpine and cross-country skiers and offers magnificent hiking in Parque Nacional Tierra del Fuego, the only coastal national park in Argentina.
Embark on the Expedition in the afternoon. The morning is free to do any last minute shopping or an optional excursion to the Terra Del Fuego National park or a good hike up to the Marshall Glacier. The evening is spent on board the ship watching the sunset over the Beagle Channel.
Please note while it is intended to adhere to the itinerary described below, there is a certain amount of flexibility built into the itinerary and on occasion it may be necessary, or desirable to make alterations. On the first day on board, your Expedition Leader will give you an expedition overview.
Your adventure begins with a 400-mile crossing of the passage that bears the name of the 16th century English explorer Sir Francis Drake. The Expedition is at home in this part of the Southern Ocean. On the second day of your journey, you will cross the Antarctic Convergence, a meeting of cold polar water flowing north and warmer equatorial water moving in the opposite direction. This mixing pushes nutrient rich waters to the surface attracting a variety of seabirds, whales and other species.
Crossing the Drake Passage provides you time to become acquainted with the ship and frequent the common areas that include the lounge, dining hall, library and lecture hall where you will meet your guides, ship’s crew and expedition staff. Attend lectures and information to learn the extraordinary human and natural history of the Antarctic region.
Sail to the Antarctic Peninsula's much less visited eastern side. The Wedell Sea is as stunning as it is remote. This is where Shackleton's "Endurance" came to its end and where your polar adventure begins. Cruise south and explore the ice edge from the safety of our ice classed expedition vessel, encountering truly astounding tabular icebergs and numerous species of penguins, seals and whales along the way. The 8 days to explore this region gives you ample time to explore and encounter wildlife that abounds on the Antarctic Peninsula. Penguins gather with their fast-growing chicks, seals haul out onto ice floes and beaches, and numerous albatross and other seabirds trail in your wake. Enjoy the sheer beauty and the breathtaking scenery of blue and white icebergs, impressive glaciers and rugged snow-capped mountains. The Peninsula also has a remarkable history and, during the voyage, you will learn about some of the most important and dramatic expeditions to this remote corner of the world. Feel the same sense of excitement as many of those early explorers.
Begin your northbound journey to the port of Ushuaia. Review the highlights of your Antarctic experience with your lecturers and fellow travelers, and keep your eyes open on the observation deck for some final whale sightings and bird watching.
Disembark in the morning.
Mandatory Travel Insurance:
As a requirement of participation on the Expedition, all passengers must purchase medical and emergency evacuation insurance with a minimum medical coverage of $200,000 and this insurance must cover personal injury, medical expenses, repatriation expenses, and evacuation expenses. Clients must be able to provide proof of insurance purchase and adequate coverage as per the required amounts above. We also strongly recommend that all passengers purchase comprehensive travel insurance which would include coverage for cancellation, trip disruption, baggage and personal property. ExpeditionTrips can assist you with this.
Kayaking Supplement: $899 per person (12/19/2015)
Limited to just 10 people per cruise, you'll venture out to sheltered bays and areas known for calmer waters and take part in group kayaking trips led by experienced and skilled leaders. Space is limited, however, so be certain to book in advance. Please contact ExpeditionTrips for additional details.
Camping Supplement: $299 per person (12/19/2015)
Limited to just 20 people, the Antarctica camping experience includes time to enjoy the beauty of Antarctica near your campsite with ample photography options. Please contact ExpeditionTrips for additional details and to book in advance.
All meals onboard the ship (excluding drinks other than coffee, tea and water); shore excursions and Zodiac cruises; services of Expedition staff and naturalists; lecture and educational programs; accommodation aboard the Expedition; one-night accommodation with breakfast in Ushuaia; complimentary waterproof boots onboard; hotel to ship transfer; Ushuaia airport transfer depending on your departure flight details; waterproof jacket; and an Antarctica destination guidebook.
Airfare; travel insurance (required); passport and visa fees; departure taxes; gratuities are at your discretion; items of a personal nature including laundry, alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages (except coffee, tea and water); kayaking; camping.