Summary : Discover numerous species of penguins and seals, watch for whales, and visit remote Antarctic islands on an expedition with amazing icescapes and fantastic guides. 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. Polar diving option available.
Activities : Birding, Camping, Child-Friendly, Diving, Hiking, Kayaking, Triple/Quad Cabins
$7,950 to $11,850
Embark the vessel in the afternoon and sail through the scenic Beagle Channel.
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.
Please read the following as a guide only. The actual itinerary may change due to weather conditions and wildlife sightings.
Sail to 'High Antarctica', passing the Melchior Islands and the Schollaert Channel between Brabant and Anvers Island. On Cuverville Island, a small precipitous island 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 or Orne 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 and Minke whales.
Voyage through the spectacular Lemaire Channel to Pleneau and Petermann Island and encounter Adelie Penguins and Blue-eyed Shags. In this area, there are good chances to encounter Humpback, Minke and Fin Whales.
Sailing north through Neumayer Channel or Gerlache Strait. Observe the Melchior Islands' beautiful icescapes and watch for Leopard and Crabeater Seals and whales!
Heading north, you’ll again be followed by a great selection of seabirds while crossing the infamous Drake Passage.
Arrive in the morning in Ushuaia, disembark 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.
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. Other conditions may apply based on pre-existing conditions. ExpeditionTrips can assist U.S. residents with travel protection options.
Camping: 1/13/2018, 1/23/2018, 2/20/2018, 2/6/2019
Camp out under the Antarctic skies. After dinner participants will leave the ship and sail ashore via Zodiac. Participants will be accompanied by an experienced guide who will instruct participants on how to set up their tent and sleeping bag. Space is limited; request at time of booking. One night of camping is the goal, occasionally additional nights are offered when conditions allow. Special gear and field equipment will be provided, including: tents, wind and waterproof bivouac bags (lightweight alternative to a tent system). Camping is always subject to weather, local site and environmental regulations. Please contact ExpeditionTrips for details.
Kayaking: 1/13/2018, 1/23/2018, 2/20/2018, 2/6/2019
Polar cruise kayaking is an amazing way to slip into the white and blue beauty of the quiet oceans around you. Space is limited; request at time of booking. Kayaking excursions are limited to 14 passengers. Participants will have up to four scheduled kayaking sessions during the expedition. Kayaking groups will be accompanied by two guides, one leading in a kayak and one trailing nearby in a Zodiac. 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. Please contact ExpeditionTrips for details.
Polar Diving: 1/23/2018, 2/20/2018, 2/6/2019
Dive under shallow water, down along walls, from the beach, or from a Zodiac. You will reach a maximum of 60 feet. Unlike no other dive – the combination of water, sunlight, and ice formations creates an ever-shifting spectacle of colors. Space is limited; request at time of booking. Participants will dive in group of eight divers per guide, with a maximum of 24 divers per excursion. Compressors and weights are provided. Participants must bring their own dry suit with hood and additional equipment. Please contact ExpeditionTrips for a complete list. This activity is available for experienced divers. Participants are required to present their internationally accepted diver certificate, diver's logbook, and a statement from their doctor (not older than two years) that demonstrates they are in a good state of physical health allowing them to scuba dive. Experience with both cold water diving and dry suit diving (at least 30 dives) is required. Please contact ExpeditionTrips for details.
Voyage aboard the designated vessel as indicated in the itinerary; cabin accommodations and meals aboard the ship; snacks, coffee and tea; group transfer from the vessel to the airport in Ushuaia (directly after disembarkation); luggage transfer from pick-up point to the vessel on the day of embarkation in Ushuaia; program of lectures by noted naturalists and leadership by experienced expedition staff; miscellaneous service taxes and port charges; gear on loan (rubber boots and snowshoes). Subject to change without notice.
Airfare; pre- and post-land arrangements; transfers to the vessel; passport and visa expenses; government arrival and departure taxes; meals ashore; camping and kayaking; travel insurance; excess baggage charges and all items of a personal nature such as laundry, bar, beverage and telecommunication charges; and the customary gratuity at the end of the voyages for the ship's crew; fuel surcharge may apply.
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