Antarctica - Discovery and learning voyage

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This 11-day expedition to Antarctica takes you to some of the most iconic and beautiful places on the continent, including Neko Harbour, Paradise Bay, and Port Lockroy. You will see amazing wildlife, such as penguins, seals, and whales, and experience stunning scenery, such as glaciers and icebergs.

Highlights include: visiting Danco Island to see gentoo penguins, Weddell seals, and crabeater seals; taking a Zodiac cruise in Paradise Bay to see humpback and minke whales; visiting Port Lockroy, a former British research station that is now a museum and post office; exploring the volcanic island of Deception Island, including an abandoned whaling station and a flooded caldera; and seeing chinstrap penguins and Weddell seals on Half Moon Island.

This is an incredible journey that will create memories that will last a lifetime.

Day by day

Day 1: Ushuaia - Beagle Channel
Where the world ends, your journey begins. Ushuaia in Argentina is reputedly the end of the world. The city of Adelaide, Australia is the most southernmost point on Earth. South America. You depart from the small resort in the late afternoon. Visit Tierra del Fuego (the "End of the World") and take a boat tour. The rest of the night, you can enjoy the mountain-fringed Beagle Channel.
Day 2 & 3: Drake Passage & Antarctic Convergence
Enjoy some of these same experiences over the next two days as you cruise the Drake Passage. The great polar explorations that first charted the arctic regions were a series of experiences. Regions: rolling waves, cool breezes of salt, and maybe a fin-whale spouting. sea spray. The Antarctic Convergence is the natural convergence of Antarctica. You are now in the circumAntarctic Upwelling Zone, which is formed by cold north-flowing waters colliding with subAntarctic warmer seas. It is not only that The marine and avian worlds change together. Albatrosses that wander. Grey-headed albatrosses are also known as black-browed Albatrosses and light-mantled Sooty albatrosses. You might also see albatrosses. Cape pigeons. Southern fulmars. Wilson's Storm Petrels. Blue petrels. Antarctic petrels.
Day 4, 5, 6 & 7: Antarctic: Danco Island, Neko Harbour, Paradise Bay & Port Lockroy
The landscape is a mix of cliffs with gray stone, ice towers, and wildlife. The first thing you see is the Melchior Islands, with their snowy peaks. You then sail between Brabant Island and Anvers Islands. Sites you may visit include: 

Danco Island - The island is home to gentoo and Weddell seals, as well as crabeater and Weddell penguins.

Neko Harbour - Neko Harbour is a spectacular landscape with mammoth icebergs and wind-carved mountains. It offers a Zodiac ride and landing to see the alpine peaks in the distance.

Paradise Bay - There's an excellent chance that you will see humpback or minke whales on a Zodiac Cruise in the ice-flecked, vast waters.

Port Lockroy - You may also have the opportunity to see the Port Lockroy museum on Goudier Island after sailing the Neumayer Channel. It is possible to participate in various activities at Jougla Point and meet gentoos penguins or blue-eyed shags.
Day 8: South Shetland Islands: Deception Island & Half Moon Island
South Shetlands' volcanic islands are often windswept, and covered in fog. But they offer some subtle delights. There is a lot of fauna in the area (gentoo, chinstrap, and southern giant petrels). The ship enters the caldera of Deception Island through Neptune’s Bellows. You will find a whaling base abandoned, along with thousands of Cape petrels. Also, you can see kelp-gulls and brown or south polarskuas. Antarctic terns are also present. This fascinating volcanic landscape is perfect for a good hike. You can also engage in other activities around Half Moon Island. The beach is often populated by chinstrap and Weddell penguins. Camara Base is a scientific research base in Argentina. The conditions on the Drake Passage will determine when to depart.
Day 9 & 10: Familiar seas, familiar friends
You're not alone on your return journey. You're greeted with the same vast variety of seabirds you saw on the way south. They are still there You and they seem to be a bit more familiar now.
Day 11: There and back again
No matter how great the adventure may be, it must end. Now it's time to leave Ushuaia but you will carry with you the memories. Wherever your next adventure takes you.

Itinerary Map

Antarctica - Discovery and learning voyage

Includes

  • Voyage aboard the indicated vessel as indicated in the itinerary.
  • All meals throughout the voyage aboard the ship including snacks, coffee and tea.
  • 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
  • Luggage transfer from pick-up point to the vessel on the day of embarkation, in Ushuaia.
  • Pre-scheduled group transfer from the vessel to the airport in Ushuaia (directly after disembarkation).
  • All miscellaneous service taxes and port charges throughout the program.
  • AECO fees and governmental taxes.
  • Comprehensive pre-departure material.

Does not Include

  • Any airfare, whether on scheduled or charter flights; pre- and post- land arrangements.
  • ​Transfers to the vessel in Ushuaia and Ascension and from the vessel in Ascension and Praia; passport and visa expenses.
  • Government arrival and departure taxes.
  • Meals ashore.
  • Baggage, cancellation and personal insurance (which is strongly recommended).
  • Excess baggage charges and all items of a personal nature such as laundry, bar, beverage charges and telecommunication charges.
  • The customary gratuity at the end of the voyages for stewards and other service personnel aboard (guidelines will be provided).

Highlights

  • Taking a Zodiac cruise in Paradise Bay to see humpback and minke whales.
  • Seeing chinstrap penguins and Weddell seals on Half Moon Island.
  • Visiting Danco Island to see gentoo penguins, Weddell seals, and crabeater seals.

Meals Included

  • Breakfast Served Daily
  • 10 Dinners
  • 11 Lunches
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Activities

Sea Kayaking
Under full instruction from your sea kayaking guide, experience true tranquillity as you paddle through clinking ice floes and realise the enormity of the surrounding scenery. Look out for breaching whales, lounging seals and penguins zipping alongside your kayak. Some experience is required.
Ice Camping
Camp out on the ice and experience the silence which blankets the continent by night. This is your chance to completely connect with this ethereal ice world – wrap up warm and embrace the Antarctic elements.
Snowshoeing
Get a spring in your step when you slip on a pair of snowshoes in Antarctica. Enabling you to easily scale gentle slopes, this unique activity allows you to access hard to reach places and seek out the most impressive views.
Photography
Learn to capture wildlife and landscape shots in a small group photography program, including critiquing sessions and editing classes. Plus, Explorer Boat excursions with a dedicated photography expert on landings.
Explorer Boats
Achieve the best views and photographs from a forward facing Explorer Boats. They allow you to sit comfortably and securely while crackling through the ice-strewn waters. Look out for wildlife such as penguins, seals and whales as you cruise.
Yoga
It doesn’t get more serene than complimentary yoga classes to the tune of glacial scenery. Join the most unique exercise setting in the world after a day of exploration. Classes are regular but are dependent on weather conditions and swell.
Antarctica - Discovery and learning voyage
11 Days
From $8,650.00 per person