Antarctic Peninsula

Antarctica Cruise

  • Le Boreal Antarctica (charter)
  • Luxury Expedition Ship
  • 199 Capacity
  • 12 Days
  • 2014, 2015 View Departure>
    • 2014
    • Dec 9 Tue Offer
    • 2015
    • Jan 3 Sat
  • Price from
  • $9,995

Summary : Discover the best of the Antarctic Peninsula: vast colonies of penguins and seabirds courting, nesting and rearing their young; hanging ice cliffs, stately icebergs and calving glaciers. Journey through the incredible adventures of Shackleton and Charcot, and experience the excitement of spontaneous explorations on sea and land. From the whale-rich waters of the Drake Passage to the Antarctic Peninsula's pristine, remote coastlines, this comprehensive expedition cruise reveals the many faces of the world's last frontier. Explore shorelines teeming with penguins and seals alongside leading naturalists, go behind the scenes of an environmental research station and chat with on board experts in the evening about the day's discoveries. 

Activities : Birding, Photography

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Itinerary
Day 1
Buenos Aires, Argentina

Arrive this morning and transfer to your hotel, where immediate check-in has been arranged with time to relax before a half-day city tour. Meet fellow adventurers this evening for a welcome cocktail reception.

Day 2
Buenos Aires / Ushuaia, Argentina

This morning following breakfast, transfer back to the Buenos Aires Airport (Jorge Newbery Airport) for your charter flight to Ushuaia, the southernmost city in the world. Upon arrival, enjoy sightseeing and a traditional Patagonian barbecue lunch. Later, arrive at the ship and settle in for your first night on board. Wander the decks, relax in the lounge and mingle with fellow travelers in anticipation of your voyage.

Day 3 – 4
Cruising the Drake Passage

The southward journey toward Antarctica is an exciting one. Fast-flowing southern ocean currents squeezing between land masses give the Drake Passage, the small strip of sea between the tip of South America and Antarctica, some of the world's roughest waters. An important trade route in the 19th and early 20th centuries, its stormy waters and icy conditions often made the journey around Cape Horn a difficult one. Le Boreal's stabilizers help handle it much easier. The krill-rich waters are a particular favorite with marine mammals and seabirds. Join Le Boreal's naturalists on the deck to look for various species of whales and abundant seabirds. Later in the evening, chat with experts about the wildlife spotted and discuss the next day’s itinerary.

Day 5 – 9
Antarctica

As the Antarctic Peninsula and its offshore islands appear on the horizon, a sense of excitement and expectation begins to build. Shore excursions are carefully planned by the captain and expedition leader to take full advantage of each day's possibilities. On most days, two landings are scheduled. Head out in swift and versatile Zodiacs, guided by expert drivers and accompanied by lecturers, to a number of penguin-filled islands in the South Shetlands, which may include Half Moon, Penguin and Deception. Other possible island visits just off the continental coastline may include Cuverville, Paulet or Goudier.

Weather permitting, sail through stunning Paradise Bay and the Lemaire Channel referred to as "Kodak Alley,". Possibilities for exploration include a scientific research station, the remains of a turn-of-the-century whaling and sealing station, a sheltered beach teeming with basking elephant seals or simply circumnavigating colossal icebergs that serve as floating homes to seals and penguins. Return to your cruiser to relax and chat over cocktails in the cozy, comfortable lounge and enjoy dinner in the dining room. Afterward, you may choose to recap the day's discoveries with your naturalist guides or enjoy time on deck, taking photos in the stunning low light characteristic of Antarctica’s long, ethereal twilight.

Day 10 – 11
Drake Passage

Bid farewell to wondrous Antarctica and begin your cruise back to Ushuaia. The ship's return through the Drake Passage is an interlude for recap and reflection, with time to compare notes with your lecturers on the wildlife, history and geology of the White Continent. While cruising through this historic passage, named in honor of Sir Francis Drake's voyage in the 16th century, watch for whales and seabirds such as skuas and albatrosses. The latter are an especially beautiful sight to behold — these birds boast a wingspan of 11.5 feet on average, using their powerful wings to glide through the air for hours at a time in search of food.

Day 12
Ushuaia / Buenos Aires, Argentina

Disembark after breakfast and transfer to the airport to board your flight home via Buenos Aires.

Notes

Read this itinerary as a guide only; the exact route and program varies according to ice and weather conditions - and the wildlife you encounter. Flexibility is the key to the success of this expedition.

Mandatory Travel Insurance:
As a requirement of participation on this expedition, all passengers must purchase emergency evacuation/repatriation insurance at a minimum coverage of $50,000. 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.

Fighting Climate Change Expedition:  12/9/2014 only
Recently named a "Trip of a Lifetime" by Travel + Leisure, this expeditionvfeatures the opportunity to learn about the impact of climate change on the region's environment and wildlife. Visit Palmer Research Station (conditions permitting), meet the scientists, and present them with vital equipment necessary for their research. Travel in the company of Dr. James McClintock, noted Antarctic researcher of the effects of climate change on the Antarctic, university professor and leader of over 12 expeditions to the White Continent.

Included:
One-night pre-cruise accommodations as noted in itinerary; meals on land as specified in the itinerary; selected beverages with group meals on land; luxury accommodations and state-of-the-art comfort aboard the ship; full board meal service onboard the ship; open bar (except premium wines, premium liquors and champagne); arrival and departure group transfers on scheduled days of arrival/departure; the arrival transfers with meet and greet baggage assistance will be provided regardless of the day of arrival between the Buenos Aires International Airport to the group hotel as noted in the advertised itinerary; departure transfers will be provided between the Le Boreal and the Ushuaia Airport on the day of disembarkation; fully guided sightseeing as noted in the itinerary (including park and entrance fees); bottled water supplied during sightseeing and hotel in Buenos Aires; services of expedition team; expedition parka and backpack; expedition notebook and post cruise logbook; gratuities for land-based hotel/restaurant staff, porterage and local guides/drivers and expedition team and crew onboard the ship; baggage handling of two pieces per person for international flights; Ushuaia Customs & Migration tax; butler service (cabin categories 6-8 only).

Not Included:
International air transportation; round-trip charter flight between Buenos Aires/Ushuaia ($830 per person); passport or visa expenses; laundry; meals, beverages or sightseeing not included in itinerary; premium wines, liquors and champagnes; communication charges; all items of a personal nature; transfers to meet flights on days other than those specified; travel insurance; excess baggage charges; airport departure tax; Argentinian Reciprocity Fee; fuel surcharge may apply.