Antarctic Peninsula & South Shetland Islands

Antarctica Cruise

  • Plancius
  • Research Ship
  • 116 Capacity
  • 11 Days
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  • Price from
  • $7,900

Summary : Observe several delightful species of penguins and seals, watch for whales, and visit the remote South Shetland Islands on an expedition with kayaking, camping and snowshoeing. Sail through the spectacular Beagle and Lemaire Channels. Enjoy impressive landscapes composed of high mountains and huge glaciers! Navigate by zodiac among ice floes and set foot on the Antarctic continent on this trip of a lifetime.

Activities : Birding, Camping, Child-Friendly, Hiking, Kayaking

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Itinerary
Day 1
Ushuaia, Argentina

Embark the vessel in the afternoon and sail through the scenic Beagle Channel.

Day 2 – 3
Drake Passage

Sail across the Drake Passage and cross the Antarctic Convergence. Arrive in the Antarctic upwelling zone. You may encounter Wandering Albatrosses, Grey Headed Albatrosses, Black-browed Albatrosses, Light-mantled Sooty Albatrosses, Cape Pigeons, Southern Fulmars, Wilson’s Storm Petrels, Blue Petrels and Antarctic Petrels.

Day 4 – 8
Antarctica / South Shetland Islands

Sail to “High Antarctica”, passing the Melchior Islands and the Schollaert Channel between Brabant and Anvers Island. On Cuverville Island, a small precipitous nestled between the mountains of the Antarctic Peninsula and Danco Island, find a large colony of Gentoo Penguins and breeding pairs of Brown Skuas. Attempt to land on Danco Island to observe Chinstrap Penguins and possibly Weddell and Crabeater Seals. In Neko Harbour, set foot on the Antarctic Continent in a magnificent landscape of huge glaciers calving at sea level. Enjoy the landscape surrounded by alpine peaks during zodiac cruises. Discover Paradise Bay by zodiac with its myriad icebergs and deep cut fjords. Watch for Humpback Whales and Minke Whales.

Voyage through the spectacular Lemaire Channel to Pleneau and Petermann Island and encounter Adelie Penguins and Blue-eyed Shags. Visit a scientific station to gain insight about working on the White Continent. Head north through Neumayer Channel and stop at the British research station and post office at Port Lockroy on Goudier Island. There may also be a chance to land on Jougla Point with Gentoo Penguins and Imperial Shags.

Sail north through Gerlache Strait and arrive at the South Shetland Islands starting with Deception Island. Enter into its crater through the spectacular Neptune’s Bellow into the ring of Deception Island. Enjoy a good long walk and or optional kayak trip if weather conditions allow. Deception is a sub-ducted crater, which opens into the sea, creating a natural harbor for the ship. Here you’ll find hot springs, an abandoned whaling station, thousands of Cape Pigeons and many Dominican Gulls, Brown and South Polar Skuas and Antarctic Terns. Wilson’s Storm Petrels and Black-bellied Storm Petrels nest in the ruins of the whaling station in Whalers Bay.

Next stop Half Moon Island, where you’ll discover a variety of Chinstrap Penguins and seals hauled-out on the beach. These volcanic islands of the South Shetlands are windswept and often shrouded in mist and fog, but do offer subtle pleasures like a nice variety of flora (mosses, lichens and flowering grasses) and fauna, such as Gentoo Penguins and Southern Giant Petrels.

Day 9 – 10
Drake Passage

Heading north, you’ll again be followed by a great selection of seabirds while crossing the infamous Drake Passage.

Day 11
Ushuaia, Argentina

Arrive in the morning in Ushuaia, disembark and transfer to the airport.

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 insurance including medical, accident and repatriation/evacuation insurance. 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:
Space is limited; request at time of booking. An exciting option, which gives an intensive experience of the Antarctic wilderness. Special gear and field equipment will be provided: tents, wind and waterproof bivouac bags (lightweight alternative to a tent system). This shelter will protect you from the elements during the night in the open air of Antarctica. Mattresses and polar sleeping bags provide comfort during the night. Camping is always subject to weather, local site and environmental regulations.

Kayaking Option:
Space is limited; request at time of booking. Kayaking is subject to weather and prevailing ice conditions. Basic kayaking experience is required and physical fitness is essential. Kayaks, neoprene wet suits, booties and gloves are provided.

Snowshoeing Option:
Snowshoe walking is easy and does not require any technical skills. With the use of snowshoes it is easier and safer to walk on snow surfaces. Snowshoes will be provided to everyone on board.

Included:
Voyage aboard the designated vessel as indicated in the itinerary; all meals throughout the voyage aboard the ship including snacks, coffee and tea; free use of rubber boots on loan; group transfer from the vessel to the airport in Ushuaia (directly after disembarkation); Zodiac rides; program of lectures by noted naturalists and leadership by experienced expedition staff; miscellaneous service taxes and port charges; comprehensive pre-departure material.

Not Included:
Any airfare; pre- and post-land arrangements; transfers to the vessel; passport and visa expenses; Government arrival and departure taxes; kayaking and camping; meals ashore; travel insurance; excess baggage charges and all items of a personal nature such as laundry, bar, beverage charges and telecommunication charges; and the customary gratuity at the end of the voyages for the ship's crew; fuel surcharge may apply.