Summary : Join this unprecedented trip and travel with New York Times science writers, Henry Fountain and James Gorman, on this expedition to the heart of the Antarctic Peninsula. Witness the grandeur of this most remote of continents from aboard L'Austral, a certified "Clean Ship" by the Bureau Veritas, and learn first-hand the ways in which climate change may be altering its role in the global ecosystem. You might experience the quiet beauty of Neko Harbour, meet the penguins of Paradise Bay, or discover the remnants of Deception Island's historic whaling station. Each day—whether on land, aboard the ship, or during a Zodiac outing—you will be surrounded by magnificent icebergs and ancient glaciers as you sail through waters populated by orcas, humpback whales, and seals on this trip of a lifetime!
Activities : Birding, Child-Friendly, Hiking, Triple/Quad Cabins
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Meet fellow travelers at the Buenos Aires airport check-in desk for your included flight to Ushuaia. On arrival in Ushuaia, transfer to the Hotel Arakur, overlooking the Beagle Channel and one of the newest and most elegant hotels in the city. Join fellow travelers and your lecturers for dinner this evening. Stay overnight at the Arakur.
After breakfast at the hotel, join an excursion to Tierra del Fuego National Park. Created in 1960, the park is famous for its mountainous landscapes, lagoons, bogs, and rivers. If lucky, the group may encounter beaver dams, birds, wild orchids, and more. Lunch will be in a restaurant within the park. Return to Ushuaia and the port to embark L’Austral in the afternoon.
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 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.
Join New York Times science writers, Henry Fountain and James Gorman, on this expedition to the heart of the Antarctic Peninsula. Witness the grandeur of this most remote of continents and learn first-hand the ways in which climate change may be altering its role in the global ecosystem.
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 between Buenos Aires/Ushuaia; one pre-voyage hotel night in Ushuaia at Arakur Hotel; transfers between Ushuaia airport, hotel, and the ship; tour of Tierra del Fuego National Park before embarkation; shipboard accommodations; parka; gear on loan (boots); Wi-Fi onboard ship; all meals onboard ship; 24-hour room service; most beverages onboard ship; gratuities onboard ship. Butler service for guests staying in Deck 6 Suites. 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; spa charges; premium alcohol; laundry services, hair salon; personal expenses, on board medical consultations and drug prescriptions; required travel insurance; fuel surcharge may apply.
Photos ©: Olivier Blaud, Nathalie Michel, Ponant, Clement Vial