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 Non-use $1,000 Air Credit)
- Free hotel night in Buenos Aires
- Free transfers between airport/hotel/ship
- Save 10% per person
- Offers may not be combinable; conditions may apply
$13,900 to $49,200
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.
The Drake Passage creates a natural boundary where cold polar water flows northward and warmer equatorial water moves southward. When they meet, nutrients are pushed to the surface, often attracting a multitude of seabirds and whales. Spend some time on deck watching the horizon and the variety of seabirds such as albatross and petrels that glide in the air currents of the ship’s wake. Have your cameras ready to capture the magical color of a midnight sunset.
Attend wildlife, geography, and historical discussions hosted by expert naturalists and guest lecturers that will prepare for the exciting adventures that lie ahead. Visit the Bridge to learn about the instruments and techniques of Antarctic navigation.
The Antarctic Sound is a stretch of water named after the first ship to have passed through this body of water from the Bransfield Strait to the Weddell Sea in 1902. Sites that have to do with this story—like Hope Bay or Paulet Island—are sometimes visited. At Paulet, Hope Bay, and Brown Bluff—Adelie and Gentoo Penguins breed, as do Kelp Gulls, Cape Petrels, Snow Petrels, and Skuas.
Remote and otherworldly, Antarctica is irresistible for its spectacular iceberg sculptures and calving glaciers, and for the possibility of up-close encounters with marine mammals and the iconic penguins. The Antarctic Peninsula—the main peninsula closest to South America—has a human history of almost 200 years, with explorers, sealers, whalers, and scientists who have come to work, and eventually intrepid visitors coming to enjoy this pristine and remote wilderness.
Some 770 kilometers (478 miles) south of Cape Horn, the South Shetland Islands are usually the first land seen in Antarctica. Separated from the Antarctic Peninsula by the Bransfield Strait, nine major islands make up the group. The region was the first to be exploited by sealers in the early 19th century, and because of its proximity to South America, it still is the most visited by scientists and tourists. Chinstrap, Adelie, Gentoo, and Macaroni penguins all breed here.
On return through the Drake Passage, again watch for seabirds and wildlife. Take this opportunity to attend additional presentations offered by the onboard lecturers or swap photos with new found friends as the journey continues towards Ushuaia.
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)