Discovering the 7th Continent
Antarctic Peninsula, S. Shetlands, Penguin Rookeries, Lemaire
Channel, Optional kayaking and camping
11 Days | Departures: 11/12/19, 11/21/19,
12/29/19, 03/03/20 | From: $7,895
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Regions: Antarctic Peninsula | South Georgia | South Shetland Islands | Falkland Islands
Trip Highlights: This well-established
expedition cruise offers you the ideal introduction to Antarctica.
Departing and finishing in the port of Ushuaia in Argentina,
the itinerary visits prime sites along the Antarctic Peninsula
and the neighboring South Shetland Islands. This program will
emphasize wildlife viewing, possible visits to scientific bases,
and the breathtaking scenery with narrow waterways, glaciers,
icebergs and rugged mountains. Experience the beauty and wonder
of the White Continent!
Rates: $7,895 - $17,495
Single Rate: 1.7 - 2 times the double occupancy rate, or can match with other solo passengers to share a cabin
Sea Kayaking Option: $995 per person
Paddling Option: $295 per person.
Camping Option: $295 per person (not offered 03/03/20)
Ship - Ocean Adventurer -
Traveling to the farthest reaches of the world doesn't mean you can't be comfortable! Embark on this ideal introduction to Antarctica aboard a beautiful expedition ship that combines adventure with service and many amenities of a classic passenger vessel. The outstanding cuisine may vie with the landscape and wildlife for your attention. Depart and finish in the port of Ushuaia in Argentina, and visit prime sites along the Antarctic Peninsula and the neighboring South Shetland Islands. This program emphasizes wildlife viewing, possible visits to scientific bases, breathtaking scenery with narrow waterways, glaciers, icebergs and rugged mountains. Enjoy quality and value at a good price!
Day 1 - 2: Ushuaia, Tierra del Fuego,
Arrive in Ushuaia, a small town at the "end of the world" surrounded by rugged peaks and glaciers, and transfer to your hotel. The following day, in the afternoon, the Expedition Team gets you settled aboard your ship as you sail into the Beagle Channel to start your Antarctic expedition.
Days 3 - 4: Crossing the Drake Passage
Prepare yourself for potentially rough water, but hope for smooth sailing as the Drake is unpredictable and always changing. You'll spend these first days getting to know your shipmates, while provided with safety briefings and insights into what excitement lies ahead.
Days 5 - 8: South Shetland Islands & Antarctica Peninsula
When land is sighted for the first time in two days you know you have reached the South Shetland Islands. This impressive group of islands, lying to the north and roughly parallel to the Antarctic Peninsula, is a haven for wildlife. You visit vast penguin rookeries, land on beaches ruled by Antarctic fur seals and observe wallowing southern elephant seals. You also hope to visit one of the many research bases in the archipelago and look for Antarctica's only two flowering plants which thrive here during the short southern summer.
The Antarctic Peninsula is the most easily accessible
part of the "White Continent" but it also has some of the most
awe-inspiring scenery and a rich variety of wildlife. This voyage
offers ample time to experience the special magic of this wilderness
region. Among the places you may visit are aptly named Paradise
Harbor, where glaciers fill the calm waters with a vista of
icebergs sculpted by wind and weather.
Here, you may set foot on the "White Continent' itself. At Port Lockroy, you will find thriving colonies of penguins and shags and a former British scientific station that has recently been renovated and serves as a fascinating museum.
Cuverville Island and Ronge Island, with their dramatic location, are home to a large colony of nearly 5,000 pairs of Gentoo penguins. Many visitors find the Antarctic scenery as rewarding as the wildlife, and you will be enchanted by such beautiful waterways as the Neumayer and Lemaire channels. Located south of the spectacular Lemaire Channel and separated from the mainland of the Antarctic Peninsula by Penola Strait is Petermann Island, on which we plan to land. Adelie and Gentoo penguins, skuas and blue-eyed shags nest close to the landing site.
Days 9 - 10: Drake Passage
Today, you leave Antarctica and head north across the Drake Passage. Now is the chance to relax and review the adventures of the past week as well as enjoy some final lectures from the expedition staff as you return to Ushuaia.
Day 11: Ushuaia
Disembark after breakfast and transfer with your group to the airport.
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:
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. We strongly recommend at least $200,000 Emergency Medical/Evacuation coverage for Antarctic trips which includes coverage for cancellation, trip disruption, baggage and personal property. We can assist U.S. residents with travel protection options. Other conditions may apply based on pre-existing conditions.
A small group of kayakers will plan to go out multiple times per voyage instead of shore landings. The number of opportunities to kayak is weather dependent and will only be conducted during calm conditions. Prior kayaking experience is required for you to feel comfortable on the water, and you must have the capability to do a wet exit to participate. Beginners interested in kayaking should consider participating in the Paddling Excursion.
If you’re interested in kayaking and would like to try something less in-depth than kayaking, you can still enjoy the benefits of adding an on-water experience to your expedition with a Paddling Excursion. Sign up for a one-time paddle on sit-on-top kayaks, which are stable and unencumbered - perfect for anyone with little to no experience with kayaking. Passengers are taken out in rotating groups on calm days with expert guides to connect with the sea. Space is limited. Pre-booking required.
Camping Option: (not offered 3/3/2020):
This is one of the best ways to experience Antarctica in an intimate manner, and take your expedition to the next level. A camping safety briefing onboard gets you fully prepped and ready for a night sleeping under the stars. Dress warmly and eat a hearty meal before you head out, as no meals are allowed on land. All equipment and instruction is provided, no tent required. This popular camping option has limited availability, so book early.
One pre-voyage hotel night with breakfast in Ushuaia; group transfer from the airport to the pre-voyage hotel on Day 1; group transfer from hotel to ship on embarkation day; group transfer upon disembarkation in Ushuaia from the ship to the local airport; shipboard accommodations; parka; gear on loan (walking poles, boots); all meals onboard the ship; house wine and non-premium domestic beer with dinner onboard ship; soft drinks onboard ship; photographic journal. Subject to change without notice.
Airfare; passport and visa expenses; government arrival and departure taxes; meals ashore with the exception of breakfast at the host hotel before embarkation; adventure options; alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, except for ones mentioned as included; baggage, cancellation and medical travel insurance; excess baggage charges; laundry, bar, beverage and other personal charges; phone and Internet charges; gratuities; 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.
Antarctic Peninsula - Sample Cruises - 2019 / 2020
|Antarctica Cruise - Discovering the 7th Continent||South Shetlands, Antarctic Peninsula, Penguin Rookeries, Lemaire Channel Optional kayaking, camping and snowshoeing||$7,895 -
|Antarctica Cruise - The Peninsula||Classic Antarctica, pristine scenery, classic sites of scientific and historic interest, experienced naturalist guides. Optional kayaking, camping, cross-country skiing and mountaineering||$7,895 -
|Classic Antarctica Air-Cruise||Fly over the Drake Passage in both directions, Antarctic Peninsula, South Shetland Islands, Wildlife, Scenery, Ice Optional kayaking and snowshoeing||$11,395 - $21,495||8|
South Georgia / Falkland Islands / Antarctica - Sample Cruises - 2019 / 2020
|Antarctica, South Georgia and the Falkland Islands||Vast Colonies of King Penguins, Breathtaking Scenery, Historic sites, optional kayaking||$25,950 -
|Antarctica and South Georgia and the Falklands||Two great destinations, anticipate penguins, whales, seabirds and seals as well as scenic highlights||$14,500 - $24,870||20|
* Prices are based per person, the lowest price is usually for triple occupancy in a basic cabin, the highest for double occupancy in the best available suite.
Options may be at additional cost and are usually booked when the cruise is booked - it may be too late once the cruise has started.