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Antarctic Peninsula – Basecamp

Antarctica Cruise

Summary : Join in an expedition where the ship becomes your basecamp from which activities start that go beyond typical Antarctica voyages and exploration. Spend two to three days anchored at specific locations creating a comfortable hub allowing more time for activities such as camping, kayaking, snowshoeing/hiking, mountaineering, and photo workshops. Zodiac rides and shore excursions round out this once in a lifetime experience exploring Antarctica’s ice laden landscapes and discovering its abundant wildlife of penguins, seals and whales!

Activities : Birding, Camping, Child-Friendly, Hiking, Kayaking, Photography, Triple/Quad Cabins


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$999,999,999 to $0

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Day 1
Ushuaia, Argentina

Embark the vessel in the afternoon and sail through the scenic Beagle Channel.

Day 2 – 3
Drake Passage

Sail across the Drake Passage and cross the Antarctic Convergence. Arrive in the Antarctic upwelling zone. You may encounter multiple different species of albatross, fulmars, and petrels.

Day 4 – 8
Antarctica Basecamp

Sail to “High Antarctica”, passing the Melchior Islands and Schollaert Channel between Brabant and Anvers Island. Voyage through the Neumayer Channel, where the ship positions itself for basecamp. The protected waters around Wiencke Island will become your base for all activities. In this alpine environment, enjoy opportunities to scout the region on foot, by zodiac and/or during kayak trips. Walkers will find opportunities to snowshoe near the shoreline and mountaineers can challenge themselves by climbing hills and viewpoints further inland. All climbs and excursions are weather dependent.

Stay two nights at anchor and visit the British research station, and post office at Port Lockroy on Goudier Island. There may be time for a landing on Meet the gentoo penguins and blue-eyed shags of Jougla Point, as you keep an eye out for leopard and crabeater seals, and whales.

In good conditions and time allowing, sail through the spectacular Lemaire Channel to Booth, Pleneau and Petermann Islands where you can find adelie penguins and blue-eyed shags. In this area, you may encounter humpback, fin and minke whales.

At Neko Harbour, enjoy the opportunity to set foot on the Antarctic Continent in a magnificent landscape of a huge glacier. Explore by zodiac, hiking and kayaking excursions. A small group may choose to climb up on the glacier. Spend the night at Neko Harbour or near Paradise Bay with a camp erected ashore. Depart early in the morning after breaking camp and make your way back towards the open sea of the Drake Passage.

Day 9 – 10
Drake Passage

Heading north, you’ll again be followed by a great selection of seabirds while crossing the infamous Drake Passage.

Day 11
Ushuaia, Argentina

Arrive in the morning in Ushuaia, disembark 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.

Mandatory Travel Insurance:
As a requirement of participation on this expedition, all passengers must purchase insurance including medical, accident and repatriation/evacuation insurance. 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.

Space is limited; request at time of booking. An exciting option, which gives an intensive experience of the Antarctic wilderness. Special gear and field equipment will be provided: tents, wind and waterproof bivouac bags (lightweight alternative to a tent system). Campers will participate in erecting and preparing the camp site and also breaking up camp the next morning. This shelter will protect you from the elements during the night in the open air of Antarctica. Mats and polar sleeping bags provide comfort during the night. Camping is always subject to weather, local site and environmental regulations.

Space is limited; request at time of booking. Kayaking is subject to weather and prevailing ice conditions. Basic kayaking experience is required and physical fitness is essential. Kayaks, neoprene wet suits, booties and gloves are provided.

Space is limited; request at time of booking. This is a technical and more strenuous activity for mountaineers who wish to walk beyond the shore radius in order to reach higher grounds and view points. Mountaineers walk in rope parties under the leadership of a certified mountain guide mostly across glaciated environment. Mountaineering knowledge is preferable, but not required. Physical fitness is essential. Special glacier equipment will be provided: ropes and carabiners, harnesses, helmets, ice axes and crampons. Participants will bring their personal protective outdoor clothes, mountaineering boots suitable for using crampons.

Photo Workshop:
Space is limited; request at time of booking. For beginners and advanced photographers, these workshops are held under the supervision of a photo expert on board. No previous experience required. The workshop group (20 max) will be accompanied by a photo expert during shore landings. Participants should bring their own photo equipment. The workshop does not intend to instruct on how to use specific camera models, but more to give an insight on better photo results by respecting basic rules of photography.

All meals throughout the voyage aboard the ship including snacks, coffee and tea; free use of rubber boots and snowshoes on loan; group transfer from the vessel to the airport in Ushuaia (directly after disembarkation); shore excursions by Zodiac; camping, snowshoeing, photo workshops, mountaineering and kayaking; program of lectures by noted naturalists and leadership by experienced expedition staff; miscellaneous service taxes and port charges. Subject to change without notice.

Not Included:
Airfare; pre- and post-land arrangements; transfers to the vessel; passport and visa expenses; government arrival and departure taxes; meals ashore; travel insurance; excess baggage charges and all items of a personal nature such as laundry, bar, beverage and telecommunication charges; and the customary gratuity at the end of the voyages for the ship's crew; fuel surcharge may apply.

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