Highlights of the Antarctic Peninsula Touroffered by supplier M16432 (read about supplier)
Tour Duration: 10 day(s)
Group Size: 1 - 99 people
Specialty Categories: Boating and Sailing Wildlife Viewing
Season: January - February
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: No
Minimum Per Person Price: 9195 US Dollar (USD)
Maximum Per Person Price: 9195 US Dollar (USD)
Imagine cruising in a Zodiac through crackling sea ice like shattered glass, witnessing penguins building their nests, or navigating through a maze of icebergs, each one uniquely shaped by its journey through the sea. You’ll enjoy iconic Antarctic highlights, exhilarating adventures and be rewarded with memories to last a lifetime. Cruise on a comfortable, well-appointed small expedition ship, Ocean Endeavour, expertly engineered to explore the Polar Regions. It features an ice-strengthened hull, Zodiacs for exploration and remote landings, generous deck space and advanced navigation equipment. The ship has many superb amenities including a nautical lounge, two restaurants, sundeck, and plenty of deck space for observation of polar landscapes, and lounges for learning and reflection. The ship’s interiors have a contemporary aesthetic that provides a bright and spacious feel to the cabins and common spaces.
Day 1: Ushuaia, Argentina
With a population of more than 63,000, Ushuaia is the southernmost city in the world. Although the city has grown during the past few years, it retains an easygoing and accessible feel. Surrounded by the sea to the south and the mountains to the north, Ushuaia is a spectacular departure point for an Antarctic cruise.
Day 2: Embarkation Day
Embarkation will occur in the late afternoon, after which the vessel will sail through 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 during departure—the next time land will be visible, it will be in the world’s most southern continent!
Day 3-4: Crossing the Drake Passage
Prepare for potentially rough water, but hope for a smooth sailing, as the Drake is unpredictable and always changing. Spend these first days getting to know shipmates while the Expedition Team provides safety briefings and insights into what excitement lies ahead.
Day 5-7: South Shetland Islands and Antarctic Peninsula
Once the Antarctic Convergence is left in the wake, travelers will truly begin an Antarctic adventure. It is perhaps the first sight of land itself that is embraced as the true beginning of any Antarctic expedition. Begin to appreciate why this region has long captivated the attention of explorers and travelers alike. Every time voyagers visit Antarctica, something new or unexpected is witnessed, which means that the expedition will be unlike any other—creating a unique, personal experience.
Each day, travelers will take Zodiac excursions from the ship to explore local bays, channels and landing sites. With wildlife always at the forefront of everyone’s minds, voyagers will visit penguin rookeries, scout for humpback and minke whales, and search for a number of southern seal species, including the cunning leopard seal. The majesty of the Antarctic Peninsula’s mountains will enchant while scrambling up snowy pathways to vantage points offering 360° views of the area’s surroundings. One of these in particular, in Orne Harbour, affords the opportunity to visit a chinstrap penguin colony high up on a ridge. Here, there will be the choice between mountain hiking or spending time sitting quietly on a pebbled beach, enjoying the antics of curious penguins. If anyone is 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 the Expedition Team to entertain and educate everyone about this wonderful part of the world.
Day 8-9: 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 the Expedition Team, or simply relax and reminisce about the experiences.
Day 10: Disembarkation in Ushuaia
Arrive in Ushuaia in the morning, which allows one to continue the adventure on land or to catch flights home.
Airfare is not included in the tour price.
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