Antarctic Peninsula tour

Antarctic Peninsula tour

Tour Experience

Cruise to the Antarctic and enjoy camping, kayaking, boat trips, photography and snow shoeing

Available

Set departures from November to March

Location

Ushuaia & Antarctic Peninsula

This classic 11-night cruise takes you on a journey to one of the World's most inhospitable destinations. Visit the spectacular scenery of this land of snow and ice and experience it unique and enchanting wildlife up close and personal.

Our Antarctic adventure starts in Argentina's southern port town of Ushuaia. After embarking on the m/v Plancius or m/v Ortelius we'll spend the next two days cruising across the Drakes Passage, where we'll have excellent opportunities to see the regions' varied bird life, including albatrosses, Cape pigeons, fulmars and various species of petrel, along with our first glimpse of icebergs. Heading south to the "High Antarctic" we'll spend plenty of time visiting the many islands in search of penguins, seals and various birds before landing in Neko Harbour to set foot on the Antarctic continent and enjoy the majestic scenery of fjords, glaciers and icebergs. There is a unique opportunity here to spend a night camping on the Antarctic Peninsula, an experience not to be missed. All activities such as Zodiak boat trips, shore excursions, kayaking, camping (in Antarctica only), snowshoe/hiking, (ski)mountaineering and photo workshops are included in the price of this tour, however the scuba diving option, where offered, is not included and should be booked in advance.

Sailing on south through the Lemaire Channel, there are plenty of chances to see colonies of penguins and encounter Humpback and Minke whales. Sailing north through Neumayer Channel we'll arrive at the Melchior Islands with a very beautiful landscape and again possibilities for viewing wildlife from the ship's Zodiacs, such as Leopard Seals, Crabeater Seals and whales.

From here we'll cruise back across the Drakes Passage to Ushuaia where our trip ends.

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INCLUDED

  • Voyage aboard the indicated vessel as indicated in the itinerary
  • All meals throughout the voyage aboard the ship including snacks, coffee and tea
  • All transport in private vehicles
  • All shore excursions and activities throughout the voyage by Zodiac
  • Program of lectures by noted naturalists and leadership by experienced expedition staff
  • Free use of rubber boots and snowshoes
  • All miscellaneous service taxes and port charges throughout the programme
  • Pre-scheduled group transfer from the vessel to the airport in Ushuaia (directly after disembarkation)
  • Comprehensive pre-departure material
  • All offered activities (including camping (in Antarctica only), kayaking, snowshoe/hiking, (ski)mountaineering, photo workshops as well as our standard included shore excursions and zodiac cruises) are free of charge, except for scuba diving

EXCLUDED

  • International flights (can be arranged on request)
  • 24/7 airport arrival transfer service (can be arranged on request)
  • Pre-tour accommodation in Ushuaia (can be arranged on request)
  • Travel insurance (compulsory)
  • Optional activities
  • Departure taxes
  • Meals, drinks & snacks not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Any other items not mentioned in the itinerary

PACKAGE DETAILS

Itinerary

DAY 1, Afternoon board expedition vessel

In the afternoon, we embark in Ushuaia, Tierra del Fuego, Argentina, the southernmost city in the world located in the shadow of the Andes and right at the Beagle Channel shore. We’ll sail through this scenic waterway during the afternoon.
Arrival airport transfers and pre-cruise accommodation in Ushuaia is available on request.
| OVERNIGHT
Expedition vessel
| MEALS
Dinner
| EXTRAS
Cabin upgrades

DAY 2, Cross the Drake Passage

During these two days we sail across the Drake Passage. When we cross the Antarctic Convergence, we arrive in the circum-Antarctic up welling zone. In this area we may see Wandering Albatrosses, Grey Headed Albatrosses, Black-browed Albatrosses, Light- mantled Sooty Albatrosses, Cape Pigeons, Southern Fulmars, Wilson’s Storm Petrels, Blue Petrels and Antarctic Petrels. Near the South Shetland Islands, we glimpse at the first icebergs.
| OVERNIGHT
Expedition vessel
| MEALS
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 3, Cross the Drake Passage

Fulll day crossing the Drake Passage. There is plenty to do on board preparing for our arrival in Antarctica, including several interesting lectures from the knowledgeable staff.
| OVERNIGHT
Expedition vessel
| MEALS
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 4, Arrive in Antarctica

We will sail directly to “High Antarctica”, passing the Melchior islands and the Schollaert Channel between Brabant and Anvers Island.
| OVERNIGHT
Expedition vessel
| MEALS
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 5, Antarctica

We will sail to the Neumayer Channel, where we position our ship for the multi activity base camp. The protected waters around Wiencke Island will become our playground for all activities.
In this alpine environment there are great opportunities to scout the region on foot, per zodiac and during kayak trips. Walkers will find opportunities to use snowshoes on hikes near the shore lines and the mountaineers will find their challenge by climbing hills and viewpoints further inland. All climbs and excursions can only be conducted in good weather conditions. We plan to stay two overnights at anchor in order to implement two camp nights and two full activity days.
| OVERNIGHT
Expedition vessel
| MEALS
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 6, Antarctica

Our schedule in Antarctica is necessarily flexible, depending on the weather and volume of ice.
We will visit the old British research station, now working museum and post office at Port Lockroy on Goudier Island. Close to Port Lockroy we may also offer a landing on Jougla Point with Gentoo Penguins and Blue-eyed Shags. We look out for leopard seals, Crabeater seals and whales.
| OVERNIGHT
Expedition vessel
| MEALS
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 7, Antarctica

In good conditions and time allowing we sail through the spectacular Lemaire Channel to Booth Island, Pléneau and Petermann Island where we can find Adélie Penguins and Blue-eyed Shags. In this area there are good chances to encounter Humpback Whales and Minke Whales. We choose another camp site which is suitable and close to next day’s activity.
| OVERNIGHT
Expedition vessel
| MEALS
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 8, Antarctica

At Neko Harbour we will have the opportunity to set foot on the Antarctic Continent in a magnificent landscape of a huge glacier and enjoy the landscape during zodiac cruises, walks and kayak excursions. A small group of glacier walkers may climb up on higher grounds of the glacier. We will spend the night at Neko or near Paradise Bay with a camp erected ashore.
| OVERNIGHT
Expedition vessel
| MEALS
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 9, Antarctica

We will leave early morning after breaking our last camp. We sail via Melchior Islands towards the open sea of the Drake Passage. We have again a chance of seeing many seabirds.
| OVERNIGHT
Expedition vessel
| MEALS
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 10, At sea en-route to Ushuaia

On our way north we are again followed by a great selection of seabirds while crossing the Drake Passage.
| OVERNIGHT
Expedition vessel
| MEALS
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 11, At sea en-route to Ushuaia

Full day sailing back across the Drake Passage. There will be plenty of time to go through your photos and look back on your trip of a lifetime to Antarctica.
| OVERNIGHT
Expedition vessel
| MEALS
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 12, We disembark our expedition vessel in Ushuaia

The end of our voyage. We arrive in the morning in Ushuaia and disembark after breakfast. A group transfer to the airport for your flight home is included.
| OVERNIGHT
N/A
| MEALS
Breakfast

DURATION

12 days

Price

A$10451

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