Antarctica - The Antarctic Explorer

Overview

Explore the South Shetland Islands and the Antarctic Peninsula in comfort. A charter flight ushers you from Buenos Aires to Ushuaia prior to embarkation. Once on board, you’ll marvel at the marine life and the myriad of seabirds swooping in close to show off just for you.

Antarctica

01-12-18 / 15-12-18
Dates

Antarctica

7,25,000
Price

Antarctica

11 Days
Duration

Antarctica

12
Group Size

Highlights

  • Learn about the environment and wildlife from onboard lecturers
    and specialists
  • Experience abundant wildlife: penguins, seals, whales and more!
  • Sea Kayaking
  • Mountaineering
  • Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Antarctica


Discovering the 7th Continent

Itinerary

Buenos Aires, Argentina

You may arrive in Buenos Aires at any time during Day 1 of your itinerary. Upon arriving in this splendid city, known for its soaring architecture and rich European heritage, you will independently transfer to the group hotel (pre-night hotel included)

Hotel:
Check-In: 01/12/2018
Check-Out: 15/12/2018

Ushuaia, Argentina, and Embarkation

After breakfast at the hotel, the group will transfer to the airport and board our private charter right to Ushuaia, Argentina.

 Upon arrival, you will have a little time to explore this quaint port town before heading to the pier.

Embarkation will occur in the late afternoon, after which your vessel will sail down the historic Beagle Channel. This famous channel transects the Tierra del Fuego archipelago in the extreme south of South America. Expect an air of anticipation as you depart—the next time you’ll see land you’ll be in the world’s most southern continent!

Hotel:
Check-In: 01/12/2018
Check-Out: 15/12/2018

Crossing the Drake Passage

Prepare yourself for potentially rough water, but hope for a smooth sailing, as the Drake is unpredictable and always changing. You’ll spend these rest of the days getting to know your shipmates while your Expedition Team provides safety briefs to give you insights into what excitement lies ahead.

Hotel:
Check-In: 01/12/2018
Check-Out: 15/12/2018

South Shetland Islands and Antarctic Peninsula

Once the Antarctic Convergence is left in our 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. You will begin to appreciate why this region has long captivated the attention of explorers and travellers alike. Every time we visit Antarctica, we witness something new or unexpected, which means that your expedition will be unlike any other—creating a unique, personal experience.

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 our minds, you will visit penguin rookeries, scout for humpback and minke whales, and search for several 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 Danco Island, accords us the opportunity to visit a penguin colony high up on a ridge. Here, you’ll have the choice between hiking to the island`s summit 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.

Hotel:
Check-In: 01/12/2018
Check-Out: 15/12/2018

Crossing the Drake Passage

The journey back across the Drake Passage provides final opportunities?to enjoy the crisp Antarctic air.?Spend time on the deck, watching for seabirds and scouting for whales, enjoy presentations by your Expedition Team, or simply relax and reminisce about your experiences.

Hotel:
Check-In: 01/12/2018
Check-Out: 15/12/2018

Disembark in Ushuaia and Fly to Buenos Aires

You will arrive in Ushuaia in the morning, after breakfast. After disembarking, you will get a little taste of Patagonia, touring Tierra del Fuego National Park before transferring to the airport for the return group charter flight to Buenos Aires.

Hotel:
Check-In: 01/12/2018
Check-Out: 15/12/2018

About Antarctica

Antarctica
As you cross the Drake Passage and near the northernmost tip of the 7th Continent, prepare to be dwarfed by massive, glistening icebergs and the looming peninsula — the most pristine region on the planet. Rediscover your adventurous spirit: scramble just a little higher up that peak, kayak between ice floes, or share a pebbly beach with curious penguins. A part of you will always stay here, but the experience will remain in your heart after you reluctantly leave.

Road Less Travelled

Cuverville Island

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Cuverville Island

A gentoo penguin rookery is situated on a rocky beach at the north end of the island. Depending on when in the season you arrive, you may see the penguins building nests or attending to their chicks. Giant petrels and kelp gulls breed on the island.

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Danco Island

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Danco Island

Home to gentoo penguins, this small island is easy to explore, at only one mile (1.6 km) long. You can visit the marker of a former British Antarctic Survey hut, where you can watch for a variety of seabirds, such as snowy sheathbills, kelp gulls and blue-eyed shags.

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Inclusions:
  • Shipboard accommodation with daily housekeeping
    in Twin Porthole suite with one bathroom
    (higher category cabins only on request and
    subject to availability)
  • All meals, snacks, soft drinks and juices on board
  • Beer and wine during dinner
  • All shore landings per the daily program
  • Leadership throughout the voyage by our experienced
    Expedition Leader
  • All transfers and cruising per the daily program
  • Formal and informal presentations by our Expedition Team
    and special guests as scheduled
  • A photographic journal documenting the expedition
  • Photography guide on Expedition Team
  • Waterproof expedition boots on loan for shore
    landings
  • Coffee, tea, and cocoa available around the clock
  • A hair dryer and bathrobes in every cabin
  • Comprehensive pre-departure materials,
    including a map and an informative Antarctic Reader
  • All miscellaneous service taxes and port
    charges throughout the program
  • All luggage handling aboard the ship
  • All gratuities
  • Emergency evacuation insurance to a maximum benefit
    of US$500,000 pp
Exclusions:
  • 5% GST • International airfare
  • Passport and visa expenses
  • Government arrival and departure taxes not mentioned above
  • Meals ashore unless otherwise specified
  • Baggage, cancellation, interruption and medical travel insurance—strongly recommended
  • Excess-baggage fees on international flights
  • Mandatory waterproof pants for cruising, or any other gear not mentioned
  • Laundry, bar, beverage and other personal charges unless specified
  • Phone and Internet charges
  • Any Additional overnight accommodation
  • Optional adventure activities
  • Arrival transfer in Buenos Aires on Day 1

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7,25,000
1 - 15 December 2018

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