Summary : Experience the wonders of the Antarctic while in the company of experienced expedition leaders specializing in fields such as marine biology, history, geology, ornithology, and photography. Marvel at the frosted wilderness of glistening white. Natural ice sculptures appear like enormous works of avant-garde art. This is the modern explorer’s final frontier. Hear the calls of penguins multiplied by the thousands, keep an eye out for the elusive leopard seals perfectly at ease in its environment, and feel the unspeakable magnificence of a whale cresting the ocean's surface. Opportunities like this are found nowhere else on Earth.
Activities : Birding, Hiking, Triple/Quad Cabins
- Free international air from select gateways
(or $1,000 air credit)
- Free pre-cruise hotel night in Buenos Aires
- Free post-cruise day-room only hotel
- Free transfers between airport/hotel/ship
$14,400 to $51,700
Arrive in Ushuaia and transfer to the ship, embark the vessel, and bid farewell to Tierra del Fuego, the ‘Land at the End of the World’. Settle in, explore the ship and meet the Expedition Team.
Crossing the Drake is a rite of passage that signifies your journey to the White Continent has begun! As you sail from the southern tip of South America to the Antarctic Peninsula, enjoy time on deck in the cool salt breeze as you spot sea birds gracefully soaring in the wind. Attend engaging presentations, enjoy the ship’s amenities, and get to know your fellow traveling companions as excitement builds in anticipation of your first excursion. The first iceberg will flash into sight as you near the South Shetlands Islands, and you may even see penguins swimming!
As you navigate historic waterways and visit prime sites along the Antarctic Peninsula and neighboring South Shetland Islands, the goal is to attempt 1-2 excursions per day. Your Captain and Expedition Leader continually monitor weather and ice conditions, working together to insure you experience the best of Antarctica whether you’re exploring Paradise Bay, the Lemaire Channel, Port Lockroy, Deception Island, or the many other locations available for landings and Zodiac cruising in the region.
Sailing in the wake of the 19th century’s great explorers—Sir Ernest Shackleton, Adrien de Gerlache, Robert Falcon Scott, and Roald Amundsen (to name just a few)—you’ll photograph the same towering mountain peaks they saw, hear raucous penguin colonies as you go ashore, see dazzling shades of blue and white as you navigate bays with impressive ice sculptures, and gain a new perspective of what it takes for wildlife—from penguins and giant petrels to elephant seals and humpback whales—to thrive in the beauty of this environment.
The forecast for conditions across the Drake Passage will determine when you’ll say a fond farewell to Antarctica and sail back to South America. Enjoy the ship’s amenities as the coastline drifts out of view, take time for bird watching and searching the horizon for whales, and enjoy final presentations by the expedition staff as you relax and reflect upon your Antarctic adventure.
Disembark the vessel 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. 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 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.
Transfers between airport and ship; shipboard accommodations; Wi-Fi onboard ship; parka; backpack; one voyage highlights DVD per cabin; all meals onboard ship; butler service onboard ship; self-serve laundrette; select wines, champagnes, spirits, and soft drinks onboard ship; gratuities (except spa) onboard ship. Silver, Medallion, Grand and Owner's Suite guests receive laundry service and dinner at Officer's table. Subject to change without notice.
Airfare; travel insurance; government fees and taxes; visa and passport expenses; premium alcoholic beverages; boot rental; gifts and items of a personal nature such as laundry and spa options, fuel surcharge may apply.
Photos: © Creative Services at Silversea Cruises, © Richard Sidey (two penguins, passenger walking), © Ray Stranagan (landscape, penguins and Zodiac)