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Antarctic Peninsula – Travel with Science Writers from the New York Times

Antarctica Cruise

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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Itinerary
Day 1
Buenos Aires / Ushuaia, Argentina

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.

Day 2
Ushuaia, Argentina / Tierra del Fuego / Embark

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.

Day 3 – 4
Drake Passage

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.

Day 5 – 9
Antarctic Peninsula

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.

Day 10 – 11
Drake Passage

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.

Day 12
Ushuaia / Buenos Aires, Argentina

Disembark in Ushuaia and transfer to the airport for your flight back to Buenos Aires.

Notes

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.

Special Guests:
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.

Included:
Round-trip flights from Buenos Aires to Ushuaia and return in Economy class; meet and greet by representatives in Ushuaia; one pre-voyage hotel night 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); all meals onboard ship; 24-hour room service onboard ship; soft drinks and select wine, champagne, and alcohol onboard ship; gratuities; butler service for guests staying in Deck 6 Suites. Subject to change without notice.

Not Included:
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; 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

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