Explore areas known for their incredible wildlife like minke, humpback and orca whales or gentoo, Adelie and chinstrap penguins.. Travel with a team of polar experts. Not only do they help you spot wildlife and explain the incredible sights, they will also deliver a comprehensive onboard lecture program.. Discover the Great White Continent by Zodiac, on foot or even with optional adventure options like kayaking and cross-country skiing!. Begin and end in lively Buenos Aires with included charter flights to and from your embarkation point in Ushuaia.
Discover the best of the Antarctic Peninsula on this 11-day expedition with included flights to and from Buenos Aires. Be delighted by wildlife like penguins, seals and whales as you explore the bays, channels and islands of the Great White Continent, with a team of scientists and experts on board your vessel to help you seek them out. By day, you’ll wonder at the iconic sights that make this one of the world’s most pristine, exotic and unforgettable natural environments. By night, you’ll relax on the ship equipped with health and wellness facilities like a spa. Antarctic adventure at it’s most intimate and accessible.
Breakfast Included: 10 Lunches Included: 8 Dinner Included: 9
Buenos Aires, Argentina
Welcome to Buenos Aires! Make your way from the airport to the pre-voyage hotel. You will be provided with information regarding tomorrow’s embarkation on arrival at the hotel. If you arrive with time to spare in this lively city, don’t pass up the chance to try an iconic Argentinian steak and a glass of Malbec.
Ushuaia – Embarkation Day
In the morning take a private charter flight from Buenos Aires to Ushuaia, which should take around 3 hours. On arrival, explore the town briefly before heading to port. Embark in the afternoon and settle into your cabin. Cruise through the Beagle Channel, which transects the Tierra del Fuego archipelago. The channel is rich with birdlife, so keep an eye out for penguins, cormorants, petrels and black-browed albatross. Members of the expedition team will help you spot wildlife from the deck. Enjoy your first dinner on board and get to know your crew and fellow travellers.
Spend roughly two days crossing the infamous Drake Passage. This wide channel separates the bottom of South America from the tip of the Antarctic Peninsula, and was named after the English explorer, Sir Frances Drake. Your onboard lecture program will begin during this time, with presentations from polar experts to prepare you for the sights that await you in Antarctica.
Antarctic Peninsula – South Shetland Islands
Spend the next four days exploring the Great White Continent. While every departure will be different, you can expect to make daily Zodiac and land excursions in search of wildlife and polar wonders. You might go ashore on Cuverville Island to see a gentoo penguin rookery, spot minke whales while cruising down the Lemaire Channel or strap on some show shoes for a hike across icy land. Nights on board will bring more fascinating presentations from your expert team. It is also possible to organise optional excursions at your own expense such as kayaking, mountaineering, cross-country skiing, camping and even a polar plunge for the brave!
Return to Argentina via the Drake Passage. This is another great opportunity to look out for wildlife from the deck with a hot drink in your hand. You will also be able to attend final presentations by onboard experts.
Disembarkation – Ushuaia – Buenos Aires, Argentina
This morning arrive in Ushuaia and disembark after breakfast. Take a very short excursion to Tierra del Fuego National Park, then transfer to the airport for your charter flight to Buenos Aires’ Ministro Pistarini International Airport (AKA Ezeiza). Your trip ends on arrival.