Summary : This cruise offers you the ideal introduction to Antarctica visiting prime sites along the Antarctic Peninsula and the neighboring South Shetland Islands. Take Zodiac excursions from the ship to explore bays, channels and landing sites each day. With wildlife viewing always a priority, you will visit penguin rookeries, scout for humpback and Minke whales and search for a number of the southern seal species, including the cunning leopard seal. Landing on the continent itself is a memorable highlight, where you’ll explore the iconic sights that make this one of the world’s most pristine, exotic and unforgettable natural environments. Passengers electing to participate can take part in yoga and stretching classes, enjoy healthy meals, a fresh juice bar, indulge in a massage therapy session or take advantage of the sauna or gym in addition to experiencing great daily expedition activities.
Activities : Birding, Camping, Hiking, Kayaking, Photography, Dedicated Solo Cabins, Triple/Quad Cabins
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Arrive in Buenos Aires and independently transfer to your included hotel.
After breakfast at the hotel, your group will transfer to the airport and board your charter flight to Ushuaia, Argentina. Upon arrival, you will have a little time to enjoy this quaint port town before heading to the pier.
After embarkation, sail down the historic Beagle Channel. This famous channel transects the Tierra del Fuego archipelago in the extreme south of South America. Expect an air of anticipation as you depart—the next time you see land you’ll be in the world’s most southern continent!
Prepare yourself for potentially rough water, but hope for a smooth sailing as the Drake is unpredictable and always changing. You’ll spend these first days getting to know your shipmates, attending safety briefings and learning insights into the excitement that lies ahead.
It is perhaps the first sight of land itself that is embraced as the true beginning of any Antarctic expedition. You can begin to appreciate why this region has long captivated the attention of explorers and travelers alike.
Take Zodiac excursions from the ship to explore bays, channels and landing sites each day. With wildlife always a priority, you will visit penguin rookeries, scout for humpback and minke whales and search for a number of the southern seal species, including the cunning leopard seal. The Peninsula’s majestic mountains will enchant you. And you can even hike up a snowy pathway to vantage points offering you 360° views of your surroundings if you like. In Orne Harbour, the hike gives the opportunity to visit a chinstrap penguin colony high up on a ridge. You’ll have the choice between a mountain hike or spending time sitting quietly on a pebbled beach to enjoy the antics of curious penguins.
Amidst the serene silence of Antarctica, noisy interludes now become indelible memories, such as penguins squabbling over prized pebbles, or the boom and crack of a calving glacier in Neko Harbour. Every day will be different, having been carefully crafted by your Expedition Team so as to impress and educate you about this wonderful part of the world.
The journey back across the Drake Passage provides you with some final opportunities to enjoy the crisp Antarctic air. Spend time on the deck watching for seabirds and scouting for whales, enjoy a few final presentations by your Expedition Team or simply relax and reminisce about your experiences.
Disembark after breakfast and enjoy a short tour of Tierra del Fuego National Park before transferring to the airport for your charter flight back to Buenos Aires.
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:
All guests are required to have comprehensive travel insurance coverage. Due to the remoteness of the areas in this itinerary, travelers must have a minimum $50,000 of emergency medical coverage. Proof of coverage is required prior to embarkation. The shipping company will not be held responsible for delays due to force majeure. Any additional costs accrued will be the responsibility of the traveler. 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: 11/6/2016 - 12/21/2016, 11/5/2017, 12/19/2017, 12/28/2017
Not included in cruise rate. See rates page for price. Minimum age 16 years. Space is limited; request at time of booking. No camping experience is necessary to participate in this program. Sleeping bags and all safety equipment are provided.
Cross-Country Skiing Option: 11/6/2016-12/21/2016, 11/5/2017, 11/14/2017
Not included in cruise rate. See rates page for price. Minimum age 16 years. Space is limited; request at time of booking. With journeys taking a few hours, it is imperative to be in good physical shape. Ideally, you’ll have cross-country skiing experience to partake in this activity, however exceptions may be made for those deemed physically capable. Skis, poles, and all safety equipment provided.
Mountaineering Option: 11/6/2016 - 12/21/2016, 11/5/2017, 11/14/2017
Not included in cruise rate. See rates page for price. Minimum age 16 years. Space is limited; request at time of booking. The program is for adventurers with above average physical fitness and mental stamina. Each mountaineering adventure can last up to 5 hours. Axes, ropes, crampons, and all safety equipment are provided. Requires a fitness waiver to be completed in order to participate.
Sea Kayaking Option: All Departures
Not included in cruise rate. Must be pre-booked prior to the departure. Taken in small groups of 16 people, multiple times per voyage, kayaking adventures are only conducted during calm weather conditions. Minimum age 16 years. It is recommended you have some prior kayaking experience,
including the capability to do a wet exit. Please contact ExpeditionTrips for additional details.
Stand-Up Paddleboarding: All Departures
Not included in cruise rate. Must be pre-booked prior to the departure. Taken in small groups in good weather conditions on a calm bay or harbor, with Zodiac accompaniment. Prior experience is necessary. One session per person.
Photography Option: 11/6/2016 - 12/12/2016, 12/21/2016, and 3/5/2017 only
Included in the price. Whether you own a serious SLR or a simple point-and-shoot, the on-board photography expert will provide you with hands-on instruction and technical tips to ensure that you capture the best of your Antarctica experience.
Shipboard accommodation with daily housekeeping; breakfasts, lunches and dinners on board ship; shore landings per the daily program; Zodiac cruising per the daily program; photographic journal; waterproof expedition boots on loan for shore landings; parka to keep; coffee, tea, and cocoa available around the clock; miscellaneous service taxes and port charges; luggage handling aboard ship; emergency Evacuation Insurance to a maximum benefit of $100,000 per person. Subject to change without notice.
Airfare; mandatory transfer package; arrival transfer in Buenos Aires from airport to hotel on Day 1; passport and visa expenses; government arrival and departure taxes; any meals ashore; kayaking, camping and stand-up paddleboarding; alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages except those mentioned as included; baggage, cancellation and medical travel insurance; excess baggage charges; laundry, bar, massage and other personal charges; phone and internet charges; voluntary gratuity at the end of the voyage for shipboard staff and crew; fuel surcharge may apply.
*Emergency Evacuation Insurance:
Emergency evacuation coverage to a maximum benefit per paying passenger of $100,000 is included in the cost of this expedition. Included coverage is applicable only to travel between the first and last day of the expedition purchased. Additional days of travel prior to the expedition and/or after the expedition are not covered by the included emergency evacuation insurance. We strongly advise all passengers to purchase medical, cancellation and baggage insurance, and additional emergency evacuation coverage.