Summary : Explore the wonders of Chilean Fjords and the Antarctic Peninsula. Cruise by Zodiac along the Garibaldi Glacier, marvel at spectacular iceberg sculptures and calving glaciers, and set foot on the continent of Antarctica, all while cruising in 5-star comfort aboard a luxury expedition vessel. On this unique Antarctic adventure, experience the beauty of the Chilean coast, encounter an abundance of wildlife, from Gentoo, chinstrap and Adelie penguins, to elephant, leopard and crabeater seals, as you watch for whales and assorted seabirds, and explore the Great White Continent – Antarctica.
Activities : Birding, Culture, Hiking
$999,999,999 to $0
Embark your vessel and meet some of your fellow explorers as you become acquainted with the luxurious amenities found on board. This evening, after settling in and setting sail, you will be introduced to your Expedition Team.
This morning, the Silver Explorer will enter the Garibaldi Fjord, a narrow passage strewn with floating ice in shades of blue and green. Ribbons of waterfalls snake down the steep mountainsides. At the head of this picturesque fjord, take in the quiet splendor of the retreating Garibaldi Glacier.
The Drake Passage has a 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 that glide in the air currents of the ship’s wake such as the black-browed albatross, sooty shearwaters and white-chinned petrels. Have your camera ready to capture the magical color of a midnight sunset.
Set sail on your initial transit, familiarize yourself with the elegant ship and the friendly Expedition Team members. Attend wildlife, geography and history discussions hosted by expert naturalists and guest lecturers that will prepare you for the exciting adventures that lie ahead. When available, visit the Bridge and meet your Captain and officers; information will be posted in the daily onboard newsletter.
While sailing to Antarctica, every turn can reveal a new and breathtaking adventure. As the pack ice becomes thicker, it’s apparent to everyone that you are moving closer to Antarctica’s vast white wilderness. Remote and otherworldly, Antarctica is irresistible for its spectacular iceberg sculptures and calving glaciers, and for the possibility of up-close encounters with marine mammals. Watch for seals sunbathing on slow-moving ice floes and for humpback, Minke, and orca whales to surface from below the frigid waters. Each day, attempt Zodiac departures, and, if conditions permit, cruise amidst colorful icebergs or step ashore to visit a variety of penguin rookeries and perhaps scientific research stations on complimentary excursions led by your team of natural history experts.
A flexible itinerary allows you to take advantage of favorable sea and weather conditions. In the true spirit of expedition cruising, each day the Expedition Leader and Captain will determine the best course depending on weather, ice conditions and wildlife you may encounter. Your expedition may include visits to the South Shetland Islands, home to Gentoo and chinstrap penguins; Paradise Bay, named for its spectacular scenery of mountains, glaciers and icebergs; or Deception Island, home to a collapsed volcano and an excellent example of a caldera where it is believed that the volcano’s summit collapsed with one section sinking far enough to allow the sea to flood the interior.
Navigating your return through the Drake Passage, watch for seabirds and wildlife you may have missed on the first trip. Take this opportunity to attend additional presentations offered by the Expedition Team lecturers and to swap photos with new friends as you travel towards Ushuaia.
After breakfast, disembark Silver Explorer and transfer to airport for your charter flight to Buenos Aires.
This itinerary is subject to change. ExpeditionTrips is not responsible for itinerary changes.
ExpeditionTrips strongly recommends at least $200,000 Emergency Medical/Evacuation coverage which includes coverage for cancellation, trip disruption, baggage and personal property. ExpeditionTrips can assist you with this.
All ocean-view suite accommodation; onboard meals; butler service; 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; Silver Suite guests receive laundry service and dinner at Officer's table; Grand and Owner's Suite guests receive laundry service plus dinner at Officer's table and 4 hours Internet service per voyage segment and 2 hours worldwide phone use per voyage segment.
Airfare; air charter package ($570 per person) one-way between Ushuaia and Buenos Aires and includes applicable transfers between the airport/pier; government fees and taxes; transfers and luggage handling; passport expenses; items of a personal nature, fuel surcharge may apply.