Multiple activities will be organized off the ship. We will be conditioned by exogenous factors which will make us change our daily itinerary, such as prevailing wind, ice, and weather conditions and wildlife behavior. Aboard the inflatable rubber Zodiacs, we will visit the penguin rookeries, then watch the huge icebergs and enjoy the wildlife along the rocky coastline.
11 days - 10 nights
Day 1 - Ushuaia in Tierra del Fuego Island
Ushuaia, the southernmost city in the world, will welcome us with its picturesque picture, its stunning view to the Beagle Channel and its excellent gastronomy options. We will spend the night in this city.
Day 2 - Starting our Trip to the Antarctic
Before embarking, we will have the opportunity to visit on our own the city of Ushuaia: among the excursions available, we recommend visiting the Tierra del Fuego National Park to reach Lapataia Bay. We will start our expedition trip on the icebreaker that will cross the waters of the Beagle Channel heading for the turbulent Drake Passage.
Day 3 to 4 - Crossing the Drake Passage
When crossing the Drake Passage, we will have the opportunity to learn about the biology, the habitat and the behavior of the Emperor Penguin. Our photographer will help us enjoy to the full the landscape taking into account the special light conditions that we will find during our visit to the penguin rookeries. The Drake Passage, also called the Hoces Sea, divides South America from the White Continent; it is located between Cape Horn (Chile) and the South Shetland Islands (the Antarctic), connecting the Pacific Ocean in the west to the Scotia Sea in the east.
When sailing near Gerlache Strait or Danco Coast, we will see mountains covered with impressive glaciers and seals lying on the ice floes sunbathing or a big group of penguins feeding themselves while we pass by. History, wildlife, and scenery: Antarctica has everything. During the in-depth education program, the historian will tell us about the region development pointing out the remains of buildings where explorers survived thanks to their hope and the fat of seals. The ornithologist will take us to the shore and help us identify the different bird species. We will be able to travel with a glaciologist to a bay full of incredibly colorful icebergs.
Day 5 to 8 - Discovering the Antarctic Peninsula
During these days we will reach Antarctica. The Antarctic Peninsula is the most important geographical feature in the White Continent. Situated on the Western region of Antarctica, opposite South America, it is surrounded by the Bellingshausen Sea to the west and the Weddell Sea to the east. The Expedition Team will try to organize many activities off the ship. Many factors have a considerable influence on the daily program, such as prevailing wind, ice, and weather conditions and wildlife behavior. During the trip, our fleet of inflatable rubber Zodiacs aboard will take us to the penguin rookeries, where we will be warmly welcomed by a group of chatterbox birds. We will do some observations from the Zodiacs passing by icebergs and seeing the wildlife along the rocky coastline.
Day 9 to 11 - Returning to Ushuaia through the Drake Passage
When returning to Ushuaia through the Drake Passage, we will have the great privilege of having stepped on the Antarctic. Adventure will always be there. We will already be thinking about the next trip, as Antarctica will have captivated us due to its attractiveness, as many had been before. The 12-day tour will have an additional day in the Antarctic Peninsula.
Map of Route
- One-night hotel with breakfast included before the expedition as set forth in the itinerary. (The number of guests per room is the same as the ship's cabin space). Owing to the limited availability, the travelers booking a suite aboard will be given a standard room in the hotel
- Accommodation aboard with daily cleaning service
- Breakfast, lunch and dinner aboard. (Please let us know about any feeding requirement as soon as possible). Unfortunately, the kitchens of the ships cannot prepare kosher food (in accordance with Jewish dietary laws)
- All coastal landings and excursions on Zodiac ships are scheduled according to a daily program
- The guide throughout the trip will be a skilled Expedition Leader, even in the coastal landings and other activities
- The formal and informal presentations by the Expedition Team and guest speakers will be made according to the program
- Photographic album on DVD
- Water-proof expedition boots will be lent for coastal landings
- Hairdryers in each cabin
- Coffee, tea, cocoa and mineral water are available 24 hours a day
- All necessary materials before departure, including a map and an informative Antarctic Reader
- Group transfers from the hotel to the ship at the embarkation port, and from the ship to the local airport after disembarking, plus all baggage handling aboard
- All taxes of miscellaneous services and port expenses during the program
- Evacuation Insurance in case of Emergency for all passengers up to US$100,000 per person