Summary : Starting in Punta Arenas, this expedition will introduce you to the natural beauty of Patagonia before crossing of the Drake Passage to Antarctica. Antarctica is the coldest, driest, highest, and cleanest continent on Earth. You will be amazed by giant tabular icebergs, drifting and broken off from the brim of the Antarctic mainland. With no permanent human inhabitants, the continent is home to millions of penguins, seals and whales. From deck, you might see shoals of penguins swimming out to sea to hunt for krill, or the torpedo-like leopard seal patrolling the shorelines. Be sure to keep a sharp eye out for the spouting of humpback whales.
Activities : Birding, Child-Friendly, Hiking, Kayaking, Antarctic Circle
$8,407 to $29,037
The capital of Chile is exciting and diverse. There is a lot to discover here, from the Andean glaciers at the city borders, tall mountains and skyscrapers to quiet parks, colonial architecture, bohemian quarters and the fast-flowing Mapacho River. Your adventure starts with an overnight hotel stay here.
Fly to Punta Arenas where MS Roald Amundsen will be waiting, ready for your expedition to Antarctica.
Enjoy cruising through the Beagle Channel, with channels, fjords and mountains plunging straight into the icy water. This wild and remote area seems almost undisturbed by humans. The ice has scoured its way between the mountains, leaving isolated islands and hidden bays and creating the unique fjord landscape of Chile.
While you cross the Drake Passage, enjoy fascinating presentations about the history and wildlife of the Antarctic. You will also be acquainted with measures to protect this vulnerable environment.
As you cross the Antarctic Convergence, the air becomes crisper and colder. Antarctic penguins begin to appear in the water, and the first icebergs drift by. When opportunities arise, you will have the option of launching in kayaks or going on unforgettable hikes to explore one of the most beautiful, untouched places on the planet—all in true expedition style. Depending on the weather and ice conditions you might visit Deception Island, where you can join the expedition team for a hike on this ring-shaped volcanic caldera. Hiking on an active volcano is a rarity, and being in Antarctica makes it even more special. Half Moon Island is a paradise for photographers with its rich wildlife set against scenic backgrounds and Antarctic highlights. If you visit the Antarctic Sound you will see an astonishing number of icebergs—and Adelie penguins. Brown Bluff's birdlife and nature is amazing, and taking an ice cruise with small boats in the Lemaire Channel is considered a can't miss experience. Set foot on the Antarctic mainland in Neko Harbour and visit a former British research base in Port Lockroy, see Paradise Harbour and Wilhelmina Bay. You will also try to sail through the spectacular Grandidier channel, towards Crystal Sound—crossing the Antarctic Circle at 66°33?46.3? S. This is an adventure that few others can claim!
After spending some amazing days in Antarctica you will have a chance to recap everything you have experienced so far. Make sure you spend some time on deck looking for wildlife and join the lectures to learn more about our next destination: the Falkland Islands.
Having just been in Antarctica, it might seem a bit surreal to arrive in a town that looks like a miniature England, with red phone boxes, red buses and English pubs. Stanley is the capital on the Falkland Islands. Roam the city streets, the town is easy enough to discover in a day on foot, or join one of the excursions to explore the wilderness and wildlife in the surroundings. The Falklands are teeming with wonders of wildlife and nature. This is an unpolluted environment with fantastically clear blue skies, seamless horizons, vast open spaces and stunning white sand beaches. As you reach the westernmost settled outposts in the Falklands you will see remote farms that have been family owned for six or seven generations. The sheep graze alongside immense colonies of albatross and rockhopper penguins, while predatory striated caracaras patrol overhead and upland geese forage at the water’s edge. Bird lovers will rejoice if you go ashore on Carcass Island. This is a bird paradise with several ducks, geese, penguins, albatrosses, caracaras, and wrens. It is also one of few islands down here with trees. You will use small boats to go ashore for exploring, hiking or take a closer look at all the birds.
As you complete the loop of the Magellan Strait, you will have a chance to recap everything you have experienced on this expedition. Make sure you spend some time on deck looking for wildlife.
You will arrive back in Punta Arenas in the morning. After the flight back to Santiago de Chile, you can extend your vacation with a post voyage extension to experience the impressive region.
The above itinerary is a guide only, as the exact program depends on weather and ice conditions and the wildlife you encounter. Flexibility is the key to the success of this expedition. ExpeditionTrips is not responsible for itinerary changes.
Although travel insurance is not mandatory to participate in this voyage, 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.
Multilingual Departures: English/Norwegian/German (All Departures)
Kayaking: Pre-bookable, please inquire
Embark on a 2-4 hour kayaking excursion accompanied by expert guides in a stable double kayak. Included: head-to-toe kayaking gear, including a dry suit; snack and/or lunchbox as needed. Outings are subject to weather and prevailing ice conditions. Please contact ExpeditionTrips to pre-book kayaking.
Economy-class flights between Santiago, Chile, and Punta Arenas, Chile; one hotel night in Santiago, Chile, before the voyage, including breakfast; transfer from hotel to airport in Santiago, Chile; transfers in Punta Arenas, including orientation tour; landings with small boats and activities onboard and onshore; professional English-speaking expedition team that gives lectures and accompanies landings and activities; complimentary tea and coffee; gear on loan (Muck Boot rubber boots); complimentary wind- and water-resistant jacket; shipboard accommodations; all meals onboard the ship. Additional inclusions for Expedition Suites: Amenity kit, bathrobe, and an in-suite espresso maker. Subject to change without notice.
Airfare not detailed in the inclusions; transfers not detailed in the inclusions; passport and visa fees; travel insurance; luggage handling; alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks except as mentioned; mini bar replenishment; optional excursions and gratuities; items of a personal nature such as laundry; walking sticks and binoculars can be rented for an additional charge; fuel surcharge may apply.
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