Summary : Explore the epic White Continent after sailing through the famous Drake Passage. You might experience prime sites such as Neko Harbour, first discovered by the Belgian explorer, Adrien de Gerlache; spectacular Paradise Bay as you look for leopard seals, and gentoo penguins; or the ancient whaling station of Deception Island revealing its endearing colony of chinstrap penguins. Each day—whether on land, aboard the ship, or during a Zodiac outing—you will be surrounded by grandiose icebergs and ancient glaciers. Sail through waters often populated by orcas, humpback whales, and other amazing cetaceans on this trip of a lifetime!
Activities : Birding, Child-Friendly, Hiking, Triple/Quad Cabins
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Board your flight from Buenos Aires to Ushuaia, Argentina. Considered to be the southernmost city in the world, Ushuaia is the capital of Tierra del Fuego, lying at the very tip of Argentina looking out over the Beagle Channel. This surprising little town is surrounded by mountains and fertile plains. Tierra del Fuego's forests cover the lower slopes of the Andean mountains which are crowned with snow-capped peaks—a unique and unforgettable sight!
Upon arrival in Ushuaia, transfer to the Arakur Hotel for lunch before embarking the vessel. Or join an optional tour of Tierra del Fuego National Park (must pre-book at least 3 months in advance, fee applies).
Crossing the Drake is a rite of passage and commences your journey to the White Continent. Located between the southern tip of South America and the Antarctic Peninsula, you may spot sea birds such as petrels and albatross that follow in your wake, and maybe even a whale. Attend lectures on the history, environment, and wildlife of the Antarctic Peninsula in preparation for your first excursions. Enjoy the luxurious amenities on board.
Succumb to the magic of a place unlike any other. To this day, the mythical Antarctic Peninsula still holds real fascination and promises its visitors unforgettable moments. Throughout your adventure in this icy realm, you will find yourself in the heart of spectacular shades of blue and white, surrounded by exceptional wildlife. Penguins, humpback whales, seals, and giant petrels are at home here, as are elephant seals, fur seals, Antarctic minke whales, and orcas. Depending on which sites you will be lucky enough to visit, you may get the chance to observe them and share with them the beauty of these extreme parts.
Each day, based on ice conditions, the Captain and the Expedition Leader will suggest Zodiac outings or landings to discover the infinite riches of the Antarctic Peninsula. Glaciers, ice floe, tabletop icebergs, mountain peaks that plunge straight into the sea, volcanic beaches, research stations, enchanting bays, and vestiges of the whaling industry: these are the faces of the Antarctic that will likely reveal themselves to you, in a hushed and surreal atmosphere. You will sail in the wake of the great explorers of the 19th century—Jean-Baptiste Charcot, Adrien de Gerlache, and Sir Ernest Shackleton who broke trail for us to be able to enjoy them today.
Say a fond farewell to Antarctica and sail back across the Drake Passage which harbors very diverse marine fauna. Don't forget to look to the sky to catch a glimpse of elegant albatross and cape petrels, playfully floating about in the wind around your ship.
Disembark in Ushuaia and transfer to the airport for your flight back to Buenos Aires.
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.com is not responsible for itinerary changes.
Bilingual Departures: All departures are French/English
Mandatory Travel Insurance:
As a requirement of participation on this expedition, all passengers must purchase medical evacuation insurance, and a primary health insurance policy. Other conditions may apply based on pre-existing conditions. ExpeditionTrips strongly recommends at least $200,000 Emergency Medical/Evacuation coverage which includes coverage for cancellation, trip disruption, baggage and personal property. ExpeditionTrips can assist U.S. residents with travel protection options.
Round-trip flights from Buenos Aires to Ushuaia and return in Economy class; meet and greet by representatives in Ushuaia; transfers between Ushuaia airport and the ship; lunch and beverages during lunch (mineral water + 1 soft drink or 1 local beer + 1 coffee) at Arakur Hotel in Ushuaia on embarkation day; shipboard accommodations; parka; gear on loan (boots); all meals onboard ship; 24-hour room service; soft drinks and select wine, champagne, and alcohol onboard ship; gratuities. Subject to change without notice.
Airfare except as mentioned; passport and visa expenses and/or immigration reciprocity taxes if applicable; any ground services before and/or after the cruise other than the ones mentioned; optional Tierra del Fuego tour; spa charges; beverages other than those mentioned; laundry services, hair salon; personal expenses, Wi-Fi, on board medical consultations and drug prescriptions; required travel insurance; fuel surcharge may apply.
Photos: © Lorraine Turci, © Nath Michel, © Olivier Blaud, © Ponant