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 seals, penguins and whales. Visit research facilities and historical sites. Marvel at mountains and icebergs on this unrivaled voyage of exploration and discovery!
Activities : Birding, Camping, Hiking
$999,999,999 to $0
The Ushuaia-bound flight leaves Buenos Aires in the morning. Upon arrival transfer to the pier which includes an orientation tour of Ushuaia and possibly time to explore on your own. The voyage departs from the Island of Tierra del Fuego in the afternoon.
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 the vessel comfortably negotiates its way south, there will be opportunities to enjoy a series of 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 cannot convey the feeling of being here, looking out across the vast emptiness 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 endeavor to make each one an experience of a lifetime. The final choice of landings will be made in the course of the voyage.
As the bow points north, you carry with you an incredible collection of memories. Heading across the Drake Passage, the journey back permits an opportunity to share these memories with fellow passengers.
After a spectacular voyage, dock at the world’s southernmost town before transferring to Ushuaia airport for your charter flight to Buenos Aires.
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.
Camping Option: Approximately $530 (rates will vary with exchange rate)
Depending on weather and land conditions, there will be an opportunity to sign up for camping during the voyage. Gear and all cold-weather needs supplied – except pajamas. Groups of 15 will be accompanied by 2 experienced expedition guides. 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.
Voyage in cabin grade of your choice on a full board basis; round trip economy class flights between Ushuaia and Buenos Aires; transfers in Ushuaia with orientation tour; free coffee and tea onboard; for Suite guests only - a welcome gift and a selection of drinks with meals on board; shore landings as outlined; professional English speaking Expedition team that gives lectures as well as accompany landings and activities onboard and ashore; wind and water-resistant jacket. Subject to change without notice.
International flights; visa fees; travel insurance; luggage handling; alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks; optional excursions and gratuities; items of a personal nature such as laundry; rubber boots, walking sticks and binoculars can be rented for an additional charge; fuel surcharge may apply.