The wildlife is remarkably abundant in this extreme environment. Scan the seas for seals; look out for minke, humpback and orca whales; spot rare birds on the Beagle Channel; and witness gentoo, Adelie and chinstrap penguins on daily boat trips. The spectacular terrain of Antarctica is like nowhere else on earth. Set foot on the unique plains, mountains and beaches of the white continent and watch icebergs calve into the sea. A polar plunge in Antarctic waters is like nothing else. This is sure to be one of the most invigorating swims you will ever take. Additional optional excursions allow you to see this continent from many perspectives. Explore by sea kayak, or take to the snow in snowshoes for an extended hike over the icy terrain (be sure to book early)
Follow in the footsteps of the great explorers and experience the best of the Antarctic Peninsula, the northernmost region of the white continent. Throughout the course of ten memorable days, be graced by the presence of penguins, seals and whales as they accompany you on your journey along the Antarctic coastline. Landing on the continent is in itself a memorable highlight, and the excitement only escalates from there, as one of the world’s most pristine and exotic natural environments reveals itself in one enchanting icy scene after the next.
Breakfast Included: 10 Lunches Included: 8 Dinner Included: 9
Welcome to Ushuaia. The day is yours to explore the city. There will be information and welcome meeting at your hotel at 7.30 this evening so please ensure you are there in time to attend.
This afternoon you will transferred to the port to board the Ocean Atlantic. After meeting our fellow passengers and finding our way around our new home we set sail through the famed beagle channel. Passing incredible scenery we glimpse our last sight of land as we head due south towards Antarctica.
We spend the day at sea, through the legendary waters of the Drake passage that is named after famous English seafarer, Sir Frances Drake. If conditions allow, enjoy the ample outer deck space to look for dolphins, whales and orcas as well as seabirds including the mighty Albatross following the ship. A comprehensive optional lecture program will also get under way, with some fascinating insights into Antarctic history, geology, biology and everything in between.
Today we continue crossing the Drake passage and hope to make landfall by early evening if conditions are favourable. The first sighting of land always brings great excitement on any expedition south.
For the next four days we explore the Antarctic Peninsula, which is famed for its majestic mountains, glaciers, calm waters and abundance of wildlife. Our lecture program continues during our voyage, and sightseeing during this period is at its most spectacular off the ship’s outer decks. We hope to visit an active research station during our time on the peninsula (subject to approval) as well as explore well known sites such as the Lemaire Channel, Deception Island, Paradise bay and Neko Harbour. While on the peninsula we have our famous Antarctica quiz as well as a host of interesting night time activities.
Leaving Antarctica behind we sail north to our home port of Ushuaia. We have time to reflect on our amazing journey and hear more wonderful talks on Antarctica.
By the evening we hope to be back in the tranquil surrounds of the Beagle, ensuring a restful nights sleep. Our last meal together is often a highlight, so live it up and enjoy as you celebrate the trip with fellow travellers.
After breakfast we disembark the ship. We wave goodbye to our new friends and continue on our journey or home. Transfer to the airport is included.