Antarctica is one of the few places in the world that deserves the category of unique. There is no better qualifier if we try, vainly, to define the white continent. It is possibly one of the few natural environments where we feel the true dimension of being human and inhabiting this planet. In Antarctica, nature dominates time and space, imposes in its landscapes the force of a beauty that escapes conventional classifications. It is not enough to shoot hundreds of photos or record hours of videos. They fail to catch the silence of this corner where the land is still shown as primal, almost unalterable. Difficult to compare and tie to descriptions, Antarctica is an experience that you have to tell yourself. And we bring you the best proposals for you to live.
It is the ideal expedition to explore the most attractive points of the South Shetland Islands and the Antarctic Peninsula, the region with the greatest biological wealth on the white continent. This option allows observing the wildlife that develops in the polar environment, today desolate and arid but that in prehistoric times had a profuse flora and fauna. Throughout the itinerary, extraordinary mountain landscapes are covered with snow and ice, hundreds of glaciers and imposing icebergs that slowly glide through the cold waters of the Antarctic summer, when the sun does not hide on the horizon, forming night and day polar. No land animal inhabits the cold continent, however life around the oceans and seas that surround Antarctica develops with great diversity. Different species of birds, such as seagulls, petrels, cormorants and albatrosses among other bird species, share the habitat with mammals such as seals, sea lions, whales and killer whales.
13 days - 12 nights
Christmas in Antarctica
Day 1 - Ushuaia
We will be waiting for you at the airport of the city of Ushuaia to transfer you to your hotel in the city center.
Día 2 - Boarding and departure from Ushuaia
We will look for your luggage at the hotel to transfer it to the ship. You can take advantage of the morning to visit the city of Ushuaia and its surroundings before heading to the port in the afternoon to meet with your expedition team and board around 4:00 pm (the final boarding time will be provided in your final documentation) . Ushuaia is located beneath the spectacular mountains of Tierra del Fuego on the edge of the Beagle Channel. You can choose to enjoy a tour of the Tierra del Fuego National Park or visit the small museum, which has informative exhibits about the original inhabitants and the current population of Tierra del Fuego. Ushuaia is a tax-free port with a reputation for delicious Argentine chocolates and leather goods, and is a great place to buy souvenirs and gifts. There are a lot of excellent restaurants available, so if you are looking for a quick coffee, an excellent meal of crab or asado, there are several options. As the ship moves away from the port, we will meet on the deck to begin our adventure with spectacular views of Ushuaia and Tierra del Fuego. You will have time to settle in your cabin before our briefings. On the first night, you will meet your expedition companions and the friendly expedition team that will offer you a welcome dinner to celebrate the beginning of an exciting adventure in Antarctica.
Day 3 - Drake Passage
As we begin the crossing of the Drake Passage, we make the most of our time to feel comfortable with the movements of the sea. Our expedition team prepares you for our first landing with important wildlife guidelines and biosafety procedures. We will also begin our conference program to help you learn more about the history, wildlife and environment of Antarctica. Our experiences with wildlife begin when we enjoy watching and photographing the many seabirds, including majestic albatrosses and giant petrels that follow us. They rise and fall skillfully, using the air currents created by the ship to gain momentum.
Día 4 - We approach South Shetland Islands
On the fourth day we approach the South Shetland Islands and the tip of the Antarctic Peninsula, the emotion begins to be felt when on the horizon we begin to see the first icebergs. The ocean acquires a new perspective once we are below the Antarctic Convergence and we are surrounded by the surreal presence of floating ice sculptures. The memory of your first great iceberg sighting is likely to remain with you throughout your life. If the weather allows us, we can try our first landing in Antarctica at the end of the afternoon.
Day 5 to 10 - Antarctic Peninsula
Over the next six days, a lot of options are open to us and, depending on the ice and weather conditions, the western side of the Antarctic Peninsula is ours to explore. Our experienced expedition team, which has made countless trips to this area, will use its own experience to design our day-to-day travel. This allows us to take full advantage of the weather, ice conditions and wildlife opportunities.
Because we are so far south, we will experience approximately 18 to 20 hours of natural light and the days we will make the most of them. We will usually make landings or excursions in Zodiac boats twice a day (in the morning and in the afternoon), sailing along spectacular ice cliffs, following the whales that feed near the surface, and disembarking on the mainland and on its coastal islands to visit penguin colonies, seals, historic huts and some of our other favorite places on the peninsula.
We will also celebrate Christmas on this expedition, so expect a Christmas like no other! No matter where we are along the peninsula, we will enjoy some festive landings before enjoying a traditional turkey roast with our fellow expeditionaries.
Day 11 to 12 - Returning through the Drake Passage
Today, our landings come to an end when we enter the Drake Passage for our return trip to South America. With lectures and videos to complete our Antarctic experience, there is still plenty of time to enjoy the magic of the Southern Ocean. There is time to reflect and discuss what we have seen and experienced, and the impact this trip has had on our attitude to life. When we approach the tip of South America, our Captain can sail near the legendary Cape Horn, if the weather and climate allow us.
Day 13 - Ushuaia
During the morning, we sail through the Beagle Channel, before arriving at the Ushuaia dock, where we can disembark around 8:00 am. We say goodbye to the expedition team and fellow travelers. The cost of the trip includes a transfer to the center of Ushuaia before continuing to the airport.
Map of Route
- Arrival transfer from airport to hotel on Day 1 (preferred flights only)
- One night’s hotel accommodation with breakfast in Ushuaia on Day 1
- Luggage transfer from your hotel in Ushuaia to ship on Day 2
- Transfer from pier to downtown Ushuaia or to airport on Day 13
- Onboard accommodation during voyage including daily cabin service
- All meals, snacks, tea and coffee during voyage
- Beer, house wine and soft drinks with dinner
- Captain’s Welcome and Farewell reception including four-course dinner, house cocktails, house beer and wine, non-alcoholic beverages
- All shore excursions and Zodiac cruises
- Educational lectures and guiding services from expedition team
- Free access to our onboard doctor for consultations relating to sea-sickness. A standard fee of US $60.00 (reclaimable through your travel insurance provider) applies for medical consultations not related to sea-sickness
- A 3-in-1 waterproof polar expedition jacket
- Complimentary use of muck boots during the voyage
- Comprehensive pre-departure information
- A printed photo book produced with photos from your voyage
- Port surcharges, permits and landing fees
Services not included
- International or domestic flights to or within South America, unless specified
- Transfers not mentioned in the itinerary
- Airport arrival or departure taxes
- Passport, visa, reciprocity and vaccination charges
- Travel insurance or emergency evacuation charges
- Hotels and meals not included in itinerary
- Optional excursions not included in the itinerary
- Optional activity surcharges
- All items of a personal nature including but not limited to: alcoholic beverages and soft drinks (outside of dinner service), laundry services, personal clothing, medical expenses, gratuities, Wi-Fi, email or phone charges