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10-Day Antarctic Peninsula Expedition

10-Day Antarctic Peninsula Expedition

10 days

10-Day Antarctic Peninsula Expedition
from $7195 USD

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Stunning scenery and wildlife abound in this expedition cruise along the western Antarctic Peninsula. Our basecamp vessel, the rugged though comfortable M/V Plancius or M/V Ortelius, will navigate us alongside a mountainous and glacial landscape where we will have the opportunity to see gentoo and chinstrap penguins, Weddell and crabeater seals, wandering albatross and perhaps even humpback and minke whales. Looking for more adventure? Step aboard a zodiac cruise to see crisp icebergs and deep-cut fjords up close, go for a hike or kayak along the coast, or be the first of your friends to set up camp on "The White Continent." Grab your camera and welcome aboard! There are numerous 10 & 11 day voyages on offer throughout the season, which runs November through March.

*** Please contact us for 2018-2019 and 2019-2020 departure dates and dates.

*** NOTE: All itineraries are for guidance only. Programs may vary depending on local ice and weather conditions, the availability of landing sites and opportunities to see wildlife. The final itinerary will be determined by the Expedition Leader on board. Flexibility is paramount for expedition cruises.

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Day 1: Embark from Ushuaia

This afternoon, make your way to the port and board the ship. We embark from Ushuaia, Tierra del Fuego, Argentina, the southernmost city in the world located at the Beagle Channel and sail through this scenic waterway for the rest of the evening.

*** Please note that we strongly recommend you fly into Ushuaia the day before your expedition and overnight. There are a number of hotels to choose from.

Meals included: Dinner
Mid-Range Accommodations: M/V Plancius or M/V Ortelius

Day 2: Sailing the Drake's Passage / At Sea

At sea - 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 spot our first icebergs.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Mid-Range Accommodations: M/V Plancius or M/V Ortelius

Day 3: Sailing the Drake's Passage / At Sea

We continue our way to the Antarctic Peninsula, keeping a sharp lookout for pelagic birds and whales. En-route, you'll enjoy a series of lectures from the guide staff regarding the continent's wildlife, geology, climate, and more.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Mid-Range Accommodations: M/V Plancius or M/V Ortelius

Day 4: Explore Antarctica

We will sail directly to 'High Antarctica', passing the Melchior islands and the Schollaert Channel between Brabant and Anvers Island. On Cuverville Island, a small precipitous island, nestled between the mountains of the Antarctic Peninsula and Danco Island, we will find a large colony of Gentoo Penguins and breeding pairs of Brown Skuas. If we land on Danco Island we can observe Chinstrap Penguins and possibly Weddell and Crabeater Seals. In Neko Harbour we will have the opportunity to set foot on the Antarctic Continent in a magnificent landscape of huge glacier and enjoy the landscape during zodiac cruises. When sailing to Paradise Bay, with its myriad icebergs and deep cut fjords, we will have the opportunity for zodiac cruising between the icebergs in the inner parts of the fjords. In this area we have good chances to see Humpback Whales and Minke Whales. After sailing through the Neumayer Channel, we hope to get permission to visit the British research station and post office Port Lockroy on Goudier Island. Close to Port Lockroy we may also offer a landing on Jougla Point with Gentoo Penguins and Imperial Shags. We sail through the spectacular Lemaire Channel to Pleneau and Petermann Island where we can find Adelie Penguins and Blue-eyed Shags. In this area, there are good chances to encounter Humpback Whales, Minke Whales and Fin Whales. A visit to one of the scientific stations in Antarctica will give you an insight about the life of modern Antarcticans working on the White Continent. Further south we may visit the Ukrainian Vernadsky Station, where we will receive a warm welcome from the station crew. Sailing north through Neumayer Channel we arrive at the Melchior Islands with a very beautiful landscape with icebergs, where we may encounter Leopard Seals, Crabeater Seals and whales.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Mid-Range Accommodations: M/V Plancius or M/V Ortelius

Day 5: Explore Antarctica

Further exploration of the Antarctic Peninsula - please see Day 4.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Mid-Range Accommodations: M/V Plancius or M/V Ortelius

Day 6: Explore Antarctica

Further exploration of the Antarctic Peninsula - please see Day 4.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Mid-Range Accommodations: M/V Plancius or M/V Ortelius

Day 7: Explore Antarctica

Further exploration of the Antarctic Peninsula - please see Day 4.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Mid-Range Accommodations: M/V Plancius or M/V Ortelius

Day 8: Sailing the Drake's Passage / At Sea

On our way north, we are again followed by a great selection of seabirds while crossing the Drake Passage.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Mid-Range Accommodations: M/V Plancius or M/V Ortelius

Day 9: Sailing the Drake's Passage / At Sea

At Sea.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Mid-Range Accommodations: M/V Plancius or M/V Ortelius

Day 10: Disembark in Ushuaia

We arrive in the morning in Ushuaia and disembark.

Meals included: Breakfast

Pricing

10-Day Antarctic Peninsula Expedition
from $7195 USD

NOTE: Prices are per person in U.S. dollars based on double/triple occupancy. All quotations are based on the current rates of park fees, VAT, other government taxes, and current exchange rates. Should any of these be increased or a new tax introduced, these increases will be added on even if your trip has already been paid for.

INCLUDES:
  • All accommodations per itinerary
  • All meals per itinerary (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
  • All tours and entrance fees per itinerary (unless listed as excluded)
  • All transportation and transfers per itinerary
  • Voyage aboard an ice-hardened expedition vessel
  • Free use of rubber boots (for wet landings) and snow shoes
  • Pre-scheduled group transfer from the ship to the Ushuaia airport (directly after disembarkation)
  • Lecture program by noted naturalists and experienced staff
  • All miscellaneous service taxes and port charges during the program
  • Comprehensive pre-departure material Services of professional expedition staff
  • Coffee, tea, and water on the vessel
EXCLUDES:
  • International and domestic flights
  • Meals not listed
  • Beverages and alcohol
  • Tips for guides, drivers, hotel staff
  • Optional tours
  • Single room supplement
  • Personal expenses (visas, airport taxes, Internet, etc.)

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