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The MS Antarctic Expedition

offered by supplier M16923 (read about supplier)

Key Information:
Tour Duration: 11 day(s)
Group Size: 30 - 120 people
Destination(s): Argentina   Antarctica  
Specialty Categories: Wildlife Viewing   Boating and Sailing  
Season: November - March
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: No
Minimum Per Person Price: 5355 US Dollar (USD)
Maximum Per Person Price: 10333 US Dollar (USD)

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Departures
Nov 26;
Jan 01,29; Mar 03,12; Nov 29

Nov 7,18,29; Dec 10, Jan 02, 29; Feb 07,16

(Rates dependent on cabin class and departure date)

A true adventure to the world's most remote wilderness! Our 11-day Antarctica Classic expedition focuses on the South Shetland Islands and Antarctic Peninsula, home to some of the planet's most impressive wildlife and dramatic landscapes. Throughout our voyage, our team of lecturers and guides will share their knowledge of the region's remarkable natural history.

Day 1: Arrive Ushuaia

Arrive into Ushuaia, the southernmost city in the world, at any time. Make your way to your hotel and enjoy the evening at leisure.

Day 2: Embarkation of the expedition ship

Today we will embark on the expedition ship. Embarkation time is set for 4 pm.The morning is free to do any last minute shopping, an optional excursion to the Tierra Del Fuego National Park or a good hike up to the Marshall Glacier.The evening is spent on board the ship watching the sunset over the Beagle Channel.

Day 3-4: The Drake Passage

Our adventure begins with a 400-mile crossing of the passage that bears the name of the 16th-century English explorer Sir Francis Drake. The MS Expedition is at home in this part of the Southern Ocean, known for the unimpeded fetch of the winds that encircle the Antarctic. At some point on the second day we cross the Antarctic Convergence, a meeting of cold polar water flowing north and warmer equatorial water moving in the opposite direction. This mixing pushes nutrient rich waters to the surface attracting a variety of seabirds, whales and other species.

As we make the passage you have time to become acquainted with the ship and frequent the common areas that include the lounge, dining hall, library and lecture hall where we meet our guides, ship’s crew and expedition staff. We also begin the lecture and information sessions to learn the extraordinary human and natural history of the Antarctic region.

Day 5-8: Antarctic Peninsula & South Shetland Islands

Experience some of the most unique wildlife viewing and inspiring scenery in the world as you set foot on the Antarctic continent. Antarctica is a continent of superlatives. It is the coldest, windiest, driest, iciest and highest of all the major landmasses in the world. It is the continent with the longest nights and the longest days and it is home to the world’s greatest concentration of wildlife. It is also one of the last true wilderness areas left on earth – largely unchanged since the early explorers and whalers first landed on its inhospitable shores less than two centuries ago. The lowest temperature ever recorded anywhere on earth, -89.2°C, was recorded on July 21, 1983, at Vostok Station. Winds have been recorded at 200 mph in the interior of the continent and the average annual water precipitation in the interior is only about 50 mm

We will Take two excursions per day (conditions permitting), and encounter Gentoo, Chinstrap and Adélie penguin rookeries, Weddell, Crabeater and Leopard seals, and Orca, Humpback and Minke whales in the cold Antarctic waters. The Peninsula also has a remarkable human history. During the voyage we will learn about some of the most important and dramatic expeditions to this remote corner of the world.

Day 9-10: Drake Passage

Today we leave Antarctica and head north across the Drake Passage. In between bird watching and whale watching and enjoying some final lectures by our expedition staff, this is a chance to relax and review the adventures of the past week before returning to Ushuaia.

Day 11: Depart Ushuaia
And so our adventure comes to a close. We'll say our goodbyes as we disembark in Ushuaia in the morning.

End of our services.

Notes:
Airfare is not included in the tour price.

About This Supplier
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Location: Australia
Joined InfoHub: Aug 2007
Client Request Served: 231

We are an enthusiastic, independently owned tour operator, specializing in South America and Antarctica tours. Our vision is to be a market leader in tourism within the region, while still investing in local communities. We have intimate knowledge of the region and it's culture. We are different as we have lived,...

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