Summary : Explore the Antarctic Peninsula during the austral summer, when the days are long and relatively mild, seabirds are courting, and massive icebergs thaw into beautiful sculptures of brilliant form and color. Each day presents a new discovery, whether cruising through ice-filled channels, observing crowded penguin rookeries or viewing minkes, humpbacks, and orcas in the sparkling waters. Zodiac landings provide up-close encounters with wildlife and the unique Antarctic landscape. Expert naturalists and lecturers ensure a rewarding educational journey.
Activities : Birding, Child-Friendly, Hiking
$999,999,999 to $0
Arrive in Ushuaia, located in Argentina’s Tierra del Fuego, between the scenic Martial Mountains and the Beagle Channel. Transfer to your hotel.
Explore Tierra del Fuego National Park, the southernmost protected region of Argentina, celebrated for its beautiful scenery. Ride to Ensenada Bay and take a short walk to view Redonda and Estorbo Islands, backed by the snow-white mountains of Chile’s Sampaio Chain. Continue to Lake Roca, the Green and Black Lagoon, and Lapataia Bay. Later, continue to the pier to embark the vessel. As the ship navigates the Beagle Channel, enjoy a spectacular vista of glaciers and misted mountains.
Attend lectures by your onboard team as the ship sails through the Drake Passage. Look for albatross, Cape Petrels, and whales that may accompany the ship on its passage.
Explore the pristine wilderness of the Antarctic Peninsula, a narrow strip of land that separates the ice-choked waters of the Weddell Sea, and surrounding islands. Sail through scenic waterways, and witness a breathtaking panorama of icebergs, blue glaciers, and jagged, snow-capped mountains. Aboard the ship’s fleet of Zodiacs, cruise among ice floes, explore penguin rookeries, and if conditions permit, visit with scientists at research stations. Although the itinerary varies according to local ice and wind conditions, attempts will be made to land at such places as Paradise Harbor, where humpback and minke whales can be sighted offshore, Petermann Island, the habitat of Gentoo and Adelie Penguins, and Deception Island, known for its volcanically-heated hot springs. Conditions permitting, navigate through the magnificent Lemaire, Errera, Neumayer, and other protected channels.
Reflect on your Antarctic adventure as you sail back to home port.
Disembark in Ushuaia and transfer to the airport.
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.
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.
One night pre-departure hotel stay in Ushuaia with breakfast; all ship board accommodations; tour of Tierra del Fuego National Park; daily zodiac landings; welcome and farewell cocktail receptions aboard ship; all meals aboard ship, including house wine, beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner; educational program of lectures and discussions by accompanying study leaders and naturalist guides; services of tour staff; expedition parka, complete pre-departure materials, and detailed cruise log; baggage handling and transfers abroad on the designated program arrival and departure dates; port and embarkation taxes; gratuities to porters, guides, and drivers.
Airfare; visa and/or passport expenses; arrival and departure taxes, if applicable; transfers, lodging and meals other than those offered in the program; mandatory evacuation insurance; recommended travel insurance; personal expenses, such as alcohol, laundry service, telephone calls, use of Internet or other means of communication, etc.; fuel surcharge may apply.