Summary : This expedition transports you to a land that has risen from its winter slumber. Curious penguins are nesting, and majestic whales are returning. Melting sea ice creates highways of water, inviting travelers with a sense of adventure to step off the beaten track and explore the world's most remote, unspoiled, and wildest continent. Sail through landscapes and white hues peppered with icebergs. You might experience an overwhelming silence broken only by the splash of a breaching humpback whale, approach an ice floe as a resting leopard seal raises ists hsead in curiosity, or become surrounded by a bounty of penguins on snow-capped islands. The highlights are endless, the adventure exhilirating and the memories eternal.
Activities : Birding, Hiking, Triple/Quad Cabins
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You adventure begins in Buenos Aires, where you will meet prior to 10 am local time at a designated hotel and transfer to your included flight to Ushuaia. With a population of more than 63,000, Ushuaia is the southernmost city in the world. Surrounded by the sea to the south and the mountains to the north, Ushuaia is a spectacular point of departure for your Antarctic cruise.
Today, you can spend time hiking nearby, enjoy Argentine wines and barbecue in the city, or visit the many boutiques and cafes before you leave for your expedition to Antarctica.
Embarkation will occur in the late afternoon around 4 pm, after which your vessel will sail through the historic Beagle Channel. This famous channel transects the Tierra del Fuego archipelago in the extreme south of South America.
Prepare yourself for potentially rough water, but hope for smooth sailing, as the Drake is unpredictable and always changing.
Once the Antarctic Convergence is left in your wake, you will truly begin your Antarctic adventure. It is perhaps the first sight of land itself that is embraced as the true beginning of any Antarctic expedition.
Each day, you will take Zodiac excursions from the ship to explore local bays, channels and landing sites .With wildlife always at the forefront of your expedition leaders' minds, you will visit penguin rookeries, scout for humpback and minke whales, and search for a number of southern seal species, including the cunning leopard seal.
The majesty of the Antarctic Peninsula’s mountains will enchant as you scramble up snowy pathways to vantage points offering you 360° views of your surroundings. One of these in particular, in Orne Harbour, affords us the opportunity to visit a chinstrap penguin colony high up on a ridge. Here, you’ll have the choice between mountain hiking or spending time sitting quietly on a pebbled beach, enjoying the antics of curious penguins.
If you’re feeling extra adventurous, participating in the Polar Plunge swim is about as crazy as it gets! Amid the serene silence of Antarctica, noisy interludes become indelible memories, such as penguins squabbling over prized pebbles, or the boom and crack of a calving glacier in Neko Harbour.
Each day will be different, having been carefully crafted by your Expedition Team to entertain and educate you about this wonderful part of the world.
The journey back across the Drake Passage provides final opportunities to enjoy the crisp Antarctic air. Spend time on deck, watching for seabirds and scouting for whale, enjoy presentations by your expedition team, or simply relax and reminisce about your experiences.
You will arrive in Ushuaia in the morning, say goodbye to your expedition team and crew, and fly back to Buenos Aires on an included flight.
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:
All guests are required to have comprehensive travel insurance coverage. Due to the remoteness of the areas in this itinerary, travelers must have a minimum $50,000 of emergency medical coverage. Proof of coverage is required prior to embarkation. The shipping company will not be held responsible for delays due to force majeure. Any additional costs accrued will be the responsibility of the traveler. 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 U.S. residents with travel protection options. Other conditions may apply based on pre-existing conditions.
Roundtrip flight between Buenos Aires and Ushuaia; group transfer in Ushuaia from the airport to the pre-voyage hotel on Day 1; one night pre-voyage hotel accommodation with breakfast in Ushuaia; group transfer from hotel to ship on embarkation day; group transfer upon disembarkation in Ushuaia from the ship to the local airport; shipboard accommodation and meals on board the ship; daily housekeeping; complimentary house wine, beer, and spirits on board the ship; shore landings per the daily program; a photographic journal documenting the expedition; expedition boots on loan; expedition parka to keep; coffee, tea, and cocoa available 24/7; miscellaneous service taxes and port charges; gratuities for shipboard staff and crew; emergency evacuation insurance to a maximum benefit of $500,000* per person. Subject to change without notice.
Airfare not mentioned as included; passport and visa expenses; government arrival and departure taxes not mentioned above; meals ashore unless otherwise specified; baggage, cancellation, interruption, or medical travel insurance; excess-baggage fees on international flights; mandatory waterproof pants for Zodiac cruising, or any other gear not mentioned; laundry, bar, and other personal charges unless specified as included; fuel surcharge may apply.
*Emergency Evacuation Insurance:
Emergency evacuation coverage to a maximum benefit per paying passenger of $500,000 is included in the cost of this expedition. Included coverage is applicable only while traveling with the shipping company between the first and last day of the expedition. Additional days of travel prior to the expedition and/or after the expedition, including pre- and post-packages/hotels/flights, purchased from the shipping company or from suppliers other than the shipping company, are not covered by the included emergency evacuation insurance. We strongly advise all passengers to purchase medical, cancellation and baggage insurance, and additional emergency evacuation coverage.