Trip Type : Small Ship Cruise
Antarctic Peninsula Expedition tour

Antarctic Peninsula Expedition

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Travel Style: A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
Physical Level: Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level: Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
10 days
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Overview

Highlights

  • Glaciers galore
  • Stunning icebergs the size of skyscrapers
  • Soaring coastal mountains (up to 9,186 ft./2.800m)
  • Abundant wildlife found nowhere else

Short Description

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.

 

Small ship cruises usually have a max passenger count of 500. The primary purpose of these trips is to spend time off the vessel in local ports (e.g. Mediterranean) or experiencing nature (e.g Galapagos or Antarctica). Cabins can vary from budget to luxury.
Trip Type Small Ship Cruise
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Itinerary Focus Classic Highlights
Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels.
Lodging Level Value - 3 star
Flights & Transport Only ground transport
Start City Ushuaia
End City Ushuaia

Trip Includes

  • Voyage aboard the M/V Plancius
  • All meals aboard the ship, including snacks, coffee and tea
  • Free use of rubber boots and snow shoes
  • Pre-scheduled group transfer from the ship to the Ushuaia airport (directly after disembarkation)
  • All shore excursions and activities throughout the voyage by Zodiac
  • Lecture program by noted naturalists and experienced staff
  • All miscellaneous service taxes and port charges during the program
  • Comprehensive pre-departure material

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Itinerary

Day 1: Embark from Ushuaia

Meals: Dinner   

Visiting: Ushuaia, Argentina & the South Atlantic

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.

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

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Visiting: South Atlantic

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.

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

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Visiting: South Atlantic

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.

Day 4: Explore Antarctica

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Visiting: 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.

Day 5: Explore Antarctica

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Visiting: Antarctica

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

Day 6: Explore Antarctica

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Visiting: Antarctica

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

Day 7: Explore Antarctica

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Visiting: Antarctica

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

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

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Visiting: South Atlantic

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

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

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Visiting: South Atlantic

At Sea.

Day 10: Disembark in Ushuaia

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Visiting: Ushuaia

We arrive in the morning in Ushuaia and disembark.

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Flights & Transport

Only ground transport

Group Size:

Standard Group

Cancellation Policy:

All cancellations must be advised in writing. Cancellation of a booking or failure to join a tour will result in a retention of funds by Adventures Within Reach as follows.

61+ days prior to departure: Full deposit retained by AWR (no refund)

60-31 days prior to departure: 50% of total price retained by AWR

30 days - Departure Day / no show: 100% of total price retained by AWR (no refund)

Full Payment Due: 60 days prior to trip

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Trip Excludes

  • Airfare; government arrival and departure taxes
  • Lodging, meals and local transportation pre- and post voyage
  • Passport and visa expenses
  • Personal expenses such as laundry, bar, beverage charges and telecommunications charges
  • Tips to ship staff and guides
  • Optional (but recommended) travel insurance

Meals Included:

9 Breakfasts, 9 Lunches and 10 Dinners

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