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Antarctica Fly and Sale Expedition (8 Days)

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Key Information:
Tour Duration: 8 day(s)
Group Size: 1 - 80 people
Destination(s): Antarctica   Argentina  
Specialty Categories: Boating and Sailing   Marine Biology  
Season: December - January
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: No
Minimum Per Person Price: 9500 US Dollar (USD)
Maximum Per Person Price: 15701 US Dollar (USD)

Antarctic Expedition of 8 days and 7 nights departs and returns from both Punta Arenas, Chile and Ushuaia, Argentina. Come and explore Antarctica the most beautiful, pristine and least explored place on the planet!

This tour offers two Itinerary options:

Itinerary A - Fly Peninsula: Leaves by plane from Punta Arenas, Chile and returns by sea to Ushuaia, Argentina.

Itinerary B - Fly Punta Arenas: Leaves by sea from Ushuaia, Argentina and returns by plane to Punta Arenas, Chile.

Tour Itinerary A - Fly Peninsula:

Day 1: Punta Arenas, Chile. Passengers will fly from Punta Arenas - Chile, crossing the Drake Passage to King George Island. Our expedition, starts at Fildes Bay, location of the Chilean Base Frei, which we will shortly visit.

Day 2: Villa Esperanza and Brown Bluff. In the morning we shall be at Hope Bay, right in front of Mount Flora on the Antarctic Sound. The Antarctic Sound was named after the vessel used in the Nordenskjold Expedition 1902—1904. Landing operations will start at the historical site where the Argentinean Base Esperanza is located.

Here we will have our first close encounter with Gentoo and Adelie penguins that nest close to the base. Sailing south we will reach Brown Bluff. This dark rocky cliff is surrounded by incredible glaciers.

Day 3: Paulet Island and Astrolabe. Overnight, we will sail up to Paulet Island. Here we will find a huge Adelie penguin's colony, one of the two penguin species considered truly Antarctic. We can also find a colony of blue eyed shags on the volcanic scree slopes. At this site, we will find the remains of a stone refuge built by the "Antarctic" shipwrecked survivors, crushed by heavy ice at the Weddell Sea on 1903.

Day 4: Cuverville Island and Paradise Bay. We will sail south west to Cuverville Island, site of the largest Gentoo penguin colony on Antarctica. Cruising into Herrera Channel up to Paradise Bay, on the north shore, high mountains raise up to 1000 meters on the south shore of the Andean Mountain extension range. This is our best chance for a zodiac cruise following the coast line, contemplating glaciers and cliffs. Port Lockroy sits on Goudier Island. The island holds a small museum, surrounded by a Gentoo penguin rookery, that developed through the 80 ́s long after humans had built the base on this spot.

Day 5: Deception Island and Half Moon. We will be exploring the coast of the South Shetland Islands. Depending on wind and swell conditions, the Captain and expedition leader will coordinate a landing either on Deception Island or Halfmoon Island, Yankee Harbor or Robert Point.

Days 6-7: Drake Passage. Wandering albatrosses, storm petrels and other seabirds will escort the vessel as you sail north across this famous passage named after Sir Francis Drake, the 16th-century English navigator.

Day 8: Ushuaia, Argentina. After an early breakfast we will land at 9:00 AM and bid farewellto our guests. Thus ends and incredible and unique expedition.

Tour Itinerary B - Fly Punta Arenas:

Day 1: Ushuaia, Argentina. Passengers board the M/V Antarctic Dream. There you will be greeted by our Expedition Leader and staff and shown to your cabin. Check-in will begin at 4:00 PM on departure day.

Days 2-3: Drake Passage. We will sail towards the Antarctic Convergence, a biological barrier where cold polar waters sink beneath the warmer waters of the more temperate zone. On our second day of navigation through the Drake Passage, we'll start seeing the first glimpse of the White Continent.

Day 4: Villa Esperanza and Brown Bluff. In the morning we shall be at Hope Bay, right in front of Mount Flora on the Antarctic Sound. The Antarctic Sound was named after the vessel used in the Nordenskjold Expedition 1902-1904. Landing operations will start at the historical site where the Argentinean Base Esperanza is set. Here we will have our first close encounter with Gentoo and Adelie penguins that nest close to the base. Sailing south we will reach Brown Bluff.

Day 5: Paulet Island and Astrolabe. Overnight, we will sail across the Antarctic Sound up to Paulet Island. Here we will find a huge Adelie penguin's colony, one of the two penguin species considered endemic of Antarctic. We will find the remains of a stone refuge built by the "Antarctic" shipwrecked survivors, crushed by heavy Ice at the Weddell Sea on 1903. Then the ship will reposition up to Astrolabe Island, which is a very rich site in wildlife; penguins and seals have colonies all over this scenic place.

Day 6: Cuverville Island and Paradise Bay. Through the night time we will sail south west to Cuverville Island, where the largest Gentoo penguin colony on Antarctica is found. Cruising into Herrera Channel up to Paradise Bay, on the north shore, high mountains raise up to 1000 meters on the south shore of the Andean Mountain extension range.

This is our best chance for a zodiac cruise following the coast line. Port Lockroy sits on Goudier Island. This small island is surrounded by Winke Island, a great view for the visit to this historical site, where important ozone layer research was done. The rest of the island that holds this small museum, is occupied by a Gentoo penguin rookery, that developed through the 80's long after humans had built the base on this spot.

Days 7: Deception Island and Half Moon. We will cruise through Neumayer Channel and then into Gerlache Straight. Next morning we will be exploring the coast of the South Shetland Islands. Depending on wind and swell conditions the Captain and expedition leader will coordinate a landing either on Deception Island or Halfmoon Island, Yankee Harbor or Robert Point.

Day 8: Punta Arenas, Chile. Fildes Bay is our final call for this expedition, which is the site of the Chilean Base Frei. After a short visit to the base facilities we should be ready to get back via airplane, to Punta Arenas – Chile, over the northern coast of the straights of Magellan. At this point, we hope you will go back home as ambassadors for the White Continent,to share your amazing experiences with your friends.

Notes:
Airfare is not included in the tour price.

Fare Regulations:
- Rates are expressed in US dollars and are subject to change without prior notice.
- A two-persons cabin occupancy is required for the double rate.
- A single rate allows only one passenger per cabin.
- A Willing to Share rate implies the acceptance of sharing a two twin beds cabin with another passenger designated by the company.
- A down payment of US$1,500 per person is required to secure an online booking.
- Down payments are refundable, although a reimbursement fee of US$500 applies.
- Please check our policy regarding bad weather conditions and other terms of these rates.

About This Supplier
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Location: Argentina
Joined InfoHub: Aug 2011
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M21045 is an Argentina Travel Agency specialized in trips to Argentina and South America. Our knowledge of the region along with our ongoing study of the needs and demands of visitors allows us to make travel circuits that combine the best of Argentina and South American countries such as Brazil, Chile, Peru and...

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