Antarctic Peninsula Adventure

10 Nights / 11 Days • Expedition Cruise

This itinerary includes camping on the Antarctic Peninsula - which is usually an extra cost. There are many itineraries that are very slightly different from this one - please ask, I'd love to help you find the right one for you!
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Jill Fost
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HIGHLIGHTS:

This Antarctic cruise explores the Antarctic Peninsula over a period of 10 nights/11 days. A classic itinerary for whale watching, seabird viewing, visiting penguin colonies and experiencing zodiac excursions in Antarctica. Camping in Antarctica is included!

We begin this 10 night expedition at the tip of South America, charting a course through the Drake Passage and making visits along the way through the South Shetland Islands.

When we arrive at the Antarctic Peninsula, be prepared to be dazzled. The abundance of wildlife here is truly extraordinary including five seal species, massive penguin rookeries of gentoo, Adelies and chinstraps as well as a profusion of seabirds from albatross to skuas. .

Our journey will take us to Petermann Island or Wilhelmina Bay where we encounter colossal icebergs and, of course, the ice landscapes that stretch as far as the eye can see. 

INCLUDES:

  • 10 nights on board the expedition vessel 
  • Including one night camping in Antarctica (optional)
  • Guided hikes and walks led by naturalist and expedition guides
  • All shore excursions and landings
  • All meals including 24 hour coffee/tea
  • Wet weather gear including rubber boots
  • Educational presentations as well as the hospitality staff and an ER trained English speaking physician
  • Access to the multimedia room and download stations.
  • Flights from Punta Arena to Falkland Islands

PRICE:

US$8,295

Price is per person, based on triple occupancy.
Applies to March 2 - 12, 2018.
Other dates & cabin options below.

ITINERARY:

DAY 1 - Ushuaia

Today is the first day of our adventure. As we board the vessel in Ushuaia, the world’s southernmost city at the tip of Argentina, and start to become familiar with ‘our home’ for the next 11 days we cannot help but wonder about the exciting journey ahead of us. In the early evening, we set sail and begin our voyage leaving behind Ushuaia and charting a course through the Beagle Channel.

DAYS 2 - 3 - Drake Passage

Crossing the Drake Passage, there is so much excitement in the air as we make our way ever closer to the white continent. Guests eagerly soak up the friendly atmosphere onboard as our numerous Polar experts prepare us for our adventures with presentations on everything Antarctic, from wildlife to history.

Eventually, we will cross the Antarctic Convergence where we will notice a distinct drop in temperature as we enter the waters of the Antarctic Ocean. Along the way, we will witness many spectacular sights from icebergs to an array of seabirds and even several whale species some of which are known on occasion to fully breach from the sea.

Fur seal staredown, Antarctica

DAYS 4 - 8 - Antarctic Peninsula

In the waterways of the Antarctic Peninsula, we will hope to make as much time as possible to explore by inflatable Zodiac boats and marvel up close at nature’s glory. Planned excursions might include Neko Harbour, Wilhelmina Bay and even the southerly Petermann Island, where we will observe Weddell, crabeater and elephant seals, skuas and other seabirds as well as a shocking abundance of penguins including some very large colonies of the comical Adelie penguin.

At Half Moon Island we will observe a breeding colony of chinstrap penguins that share their territory with fur seals and blue-eyed shags. We also hope to see the gentle humpback whale dining on krill in its feeding grounds and possibly have an opportunity to observe orcas and Minke whales as we go.

We finally arrive on the continent of Antarctica at Paradise Harbour or Neko Harbour. Prepare to be dazzled by your first glimpse of the continent. The scenery here is amazing. In particular we will be struck by the oddly-shaped icebergs that look like sculptures, as well as the colossal ‘tabular’ icebergs that break away from the continent’s ice shelf.

We hope the weather will be mild enough to allow us all to step foot on the White Continent itself. Some may wish to camp on shore overnight. Whatever your vantage point, whether it is onboard or onshore expect to feel transformed as you experience twilight from the very bottom of the planet.

DAYS 9 - 10 - Drake Passage

As we leave this magical place and make our way north, heading again across the Antarctic Convergence and the Drake Passage before rounding Cape Horn, we have no doubt that time will be spent sharing and reflecting on the wonderful experiences of the last few days. Sailing down the Beagle Channel, we celebrate the conclusion of our Polar expedition at a special dinner.

DAY 11 - Ushuaia

In the early morning, we will arrive back in Ushuaia. It is time to say farewell to your crew and fellow travellers. Guests will be transported to their hotels or to the airport for return flights home.

PLEASE NOTE:
Expedition Cruising relies on many factors such as weather, water and ice conditions. Therefore, while the captain and crew make every possible effort to follow the posted itinerary, there are sometimes necessary changes made for the safety and enjoyment of the passengers on board. This is the nature of expedition cruising.

Departure Dates:

Feb 20 - Mar 02, 2018
Mar 02 – Mar 12, 2018
Mar 03 – Mar 13, 2018
Mar 12 – Mar 22, 2018
Mar 22 – Apr 01, 2018

 

Cabin Options:

One Ocean Suite$15,295
Shackleton Suite$13,395
Superior$12,295
Twin Private$11,295
Semi Private$10,295
Triple Share$8,295

All prices are listed in USD. Single supplement: 1.5 for the twin occupancy cabins and 2 for the suites (single supplements not available for the triple share cabins).

Other Options:

  • Sea Kayaking in Antarctica: USD795
Are you interested in this trip or one like it? Get in touch - I'd love to help!

1.877.926.2500
jill@thetravelsociety.com
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Jill Fost
Sales Manager

Price is per person based on three people sharing a standard room. Other room types: please inquire. A deposit of US$1500 per person is due at time of booking. Proof of insurance is mandatory; if you need to purchase trip cancellation or health insurance please inquire. For full Booking Conditions, please see thetravelsociety.com/booking-conditions/ Tour is operated by The Travel Society, Inc., 174 Spadina Ave., Suite 404, Toronto, ON, M5T 2C2, Canada; 1 (877) 926 2500; TICO Registration #1280649