Summary : Explore the epic White Continent after sailing through the famous Drake Passage. You might experience prime sites such as Neko Harbour, first discovered by the Belgian explorer, Adrien de Gerlache; spectacular Paradise Bay as you look for leopard seals, and gentoo penguins; or the ancient whaling station of Deception Island revealing its endearing colony of chinstrap penguins. Each day—whether on land, aboard the ship, or during a Zodiac outing—you will be surrounded by grandiose icebergs and ancient glaciers. Sail through waters often populated by orcas, humpback whales, and other amazing cetaceans on this trip of a lifetime!
Activities : Birding, Child-Friendly, Hiking, Triple/Quad Cabins
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$13,570 to $32,900
Arrive in Buenos Aires and enjoy a meet and greet at the hotel. Early check-in is available from the late morning on. Lunch will be on your own with time in the afternoon at your leisure. Overnight at the hotel.
After breakfast, transfer to the airport and board your flight to Ushuaia, Argentina. Ushuaia is the capital of Tierra del Fuego, lying at the very tip of Argentina looking out over the Beagle Channel. This surprising little town is surrounded by mountains and fertile plains. Tierra del Fuego's forests cover the lower slopes of the Andean mountains which are crowned with snow-capped peaks—a unique and unforgettable sight!
Upon arrival in Ushuaia, transfer to a restaurant for lunch before embarking the ship. Or you can sign up for the optional Tierra del Fuego tour before embarking (extra fee).
Use your days spent in the Drake Passage to familiarize yourself with your ship and deepen your knowledge of the Antarctic. The Expedition Leader will first present the IAATO rules of conduct that must be observed during landings in the region and will explain everything you need to know about the Zodiac outings. Lectures about the history and wildlife of the Antarctic will be an opportunity for you to learn more about this magical region, where every cruise is a unique experience. From the ship’s bridge, you will experience exceptional sailing moments before joining the naturalist-guides on your ship’s exterior decks to look out for albatrosses, cape petrels, and other seabirds flying over the Drake Passage.
Succumb to the magic of a place unlike any other. To this day, the mythical Antarctic Peninsula still holds real fascination and promises its visitors unforgettable moments. Throughout your adventure in this icy realm, you will find yourself in the heart of a spectacular decor in subtle shades of blue and white, surrounded by exceptional wildlife. Penguins, humpback whales, seals and giant petrels are at home here, as are leopard seals and fur seals, Antarctic minke whales and orcas. Depending on which sites you will be lucky enough to visit, you may get the chance to observe them and share with them the beauty of these extreme parts.
Each day, based on ice conditions, the Captain and the Expedition Leader will suggest Zodiac outings or landings to discover the infinite riches of the Antarctic Peninsula. Glaciers, ice floe, tabletop icebergs, mountain peaks that plunge straight into the sea, volcanic beaches, research stations, enchanting bays, and vestiges of the whaling industry: these are the faces of the Antarctic that will likely reveal themselves to you, in a hushed and surreal atmosphere. You will sail in the wake of Jean-Baptiste Charcot, Adrien de Gerlache and Sir Ernest Shackleton, great Antarctic explorers who, from the 19th century, set out to conquer these remote and uninhabited lands.
Situated at the latitude of the infamous Furious Fifties winds, between Cape Horn and the South Shetland Islands, seasoned navigators will tell you that you must earn your visit to the White Continent! At the Antarctic convergence zone where cold currents rising up from the South Pole meet warmer equatorial water masses, Drake Passage harbors a very diverse marine fauna. Don't forget to look to the sky to catch a glimpse of elegant albatross and Cape petrels, playfully floating about in the wind around your ship.
Arrive in Ushuaia and disembark after breakfast. Transfer to the airport for your flight 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. ExpeditionTrips.com is not responsible for itinerary changes.
Bilingual Departures: All departures French/English.
Mandatory Travel Insurance:
As a requirement of participation on this expedition, all passengers must purchase medical evacuation insurance, and a primary health insurance policy. Other conditions may apply based on pre-existing conditions. 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 U.S. residents with travel protection options.
Round-trip flights Buenos Aires/Ushuaia; one pre-cruise hotel night in Buenos Aires; pre-cruise night dinner and breakfast on embarkation day in Buenos Aires; transfers between Buenos Aires hotel/airport/ship on embarkation day; transfer between ship/Ushuaia airport on disembarkation day; lunch in Ushuaia on embarkation day (if not on the optional Tierra del Fuego tour); shipboard accommodations; parka; gear on loan (boots); Wi-Fi onboard ship; all meals onboard ship; 24-hour room service; most beverages onboard ship; gratuities onboard ship. Butler service is included for guests staying in Deck 6 Suites. Subject to change without notice.
Airfare not mentioned as included; transfers not mentioned as included; lunch in Buenos Aires on arrival day; passport and visa expenses and/or immigration reciprocity taxes if applicable; any ground services before and/or after the cruise other than the ones mentioned; optional Tierra del Fuego tour; spa charges; premium beverages; laundry services, hair salon; personal expenses, on board medical consultations and drug prescriptions; required travel insurance; fuel surcharge may apply.
Photos ©: Olivier Blaud, Nathalie Michel, Ponant, Clement Vial