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The Antarctic Peninsula and Weddell Sea - Fly and Cruise - M/V Polar Pioneer tour
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The Antarctic Peninsula and Weddell Sea - Fly and Cruise - M/V Polar Pioneer

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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: Minimal walking. Motor vehicles for all major parts of trip. Wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Most cruises. Very Easy
Lodging Level: Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
11 days
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Overview

Highlights

  • Visit both sides of the Peninsula - explore the Eastern and Western flanks of the Antarctic Peninsula
  • Fly and Cruise itinerary - offers more time to explore
  • Enjoy incredible penguin rookeries - see Adelie, gentoo and chinstrap penguins in their hundreds
  • Glacial scenery - enjoy the freedom of being in the vast, ice-sculpted Antarctic wilderness
  • Travel on a small, friendly expedition ship - enjoying regular shore landings
  • Expert naturalists - enjoy lectures and presentations from the Expedition crew

Short Description

Into Antarctica... The South Shetland Islands and Antarctic Peninsula form one of the most spectacular wilderness areas on earth. A remarkable collection of wildlife lives in the shadow of snow-capped mountains and blue icebergs; penguins, whales and a rich diversity of birdlife await you an exploratory Fly and Cruise journey of the Great White Continent.

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
Off the beaten track trips will stretch your comfort zone. They don't always feature tourist highlights, but dive deeper into local life and culture.
Itinerary Focus Off the Beaten Path
Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels.
Lodging Level Value - 3 star
Flights & Transport N/A
Start City N/A
End City Ushuaia

Destinations

Antarctica Argentina

Cities & Attractions

Ushuaia

Activities

Wildlife viewing

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Itinerary

Day 1 - Punta Arenas

Description

From Punta Arenas, you will fly on to Puerto Williams. After a tour of Puerto Williams on arrival, you will join the Polar Pioneer in the afternoon. There will be plenty of time to settle into your cabin and meet your fellow passengers and crew before we set sail across the Beagle Channel.

Included Meals : Dinner

Day 2 - Drake Passage

Description

We cross the Drake Passage, accompanied by albatross, petrels, fulmars and prions.

Included Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3 - Drake Passage

Description

Join our Polar experts to learn about Antarctica's unique wildlife and history, talk to fellow passengers, staff and crew, and prepare for your landings with informative on-board lectures given by our naturalist guides. The outer decks and the bridge provide excellent space to see and photograph wildlife.

Included Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4 - Weddell Sea

Description

We spend the next few days exploring the ice-filled Weddell Sea where weather systems and shifting pack ice dictate our schedule: we hope to visit the large Adelie and gentoo penguin colonies of Brow Bluff, and fossil-rich Seymour Island. We may hike to spectacular vantage points on Beak or Devil Islands, from where you can enjoy the incredible vista made up of large tabular icebergs and volcanic scenery.

Included Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5 - Weddell Sea

Description

Access to the Weddell Sea is totally ice dependent. Helmed by a highly experienced crew, the M/V Polar Pioneer will thread its way through these icy waters alive with penguins, against a backdrop of breathtaking volcanic scenery.

Included Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6 - Weddell Sea

Description

This region of Antarctica is a key part of Shackleton's story and only by visiting this area, can you truly grasp the struggle of these early explorers. Wherever the trip unfolds, wildlife, heroic age relics and haunting landscapes await.

Included Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7 - Antarctic Peninsula

Description

Returning through the Antarctic Sound, we'll head for the peninsula's beautiful Western flanks. We'll make full use of daylight hours and relatively ice-free waters to experience as much as possible; wildlife stops on off-shore islands and Zodiac cruising amid icebergs and whales, are all possibilities. The Peninsula also has a remarkable history and during the voyage, we will learn more about the incredible expeditions to these remote areas of the World. Some of the landing points that we hope to visit are Half Moon Bay, the Lemaire Channel, Hydrurga Rocks, amongst many more.

Included Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8 - Antarctic Peninsula

Description

Stepping ashore on the continent itself creates an everlasting memory. Bubble-netting humpbacks deserve a wake-up call, even at midnight! A curious leopard seal cruising amongst spectacular icebergs may mean postponing lunch. Landings are dependent on the ice and weather conditions, so our itinerary does need to be flexible. Landings do often change voyage-to-voyage, but our expert guides and Expedition staff will ensure that you have the best chance to capture the surprising wildlife displays and to enjoy any unexpected opportunities that come your way.

Included Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9 - Antarctic Peninsula

Description

A final full day to enjoy the serenity of one of the last true wilderness areas on earth. You will have plenty of time to walk on shore amongst the hundreds of penguins, or to enjoy a Zodiac cruise or simply enjoy this wonderful landscape, before we set sail towards King George island.

Included Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10 - King George Island

Description

We arrive at mountainous King George Island. If time and weather permit, we will explore the penguin and seal-rich waters of Fildes Bay and visit Trinity Church at Bellingshausen Station, before catching our charter flight back to Punta Arenas, where we transfer to our overnight accommodation.

Included Meals : Breakfast

Day 11 - Punta Arenas

Description

After breakfast, bid a fond farewell to your fellow passengers as you make your journey home or continue with onward travel.

Included Meals : Breakfast

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The Antarctic Peninsula and Weddell Sea - Fly and Cruise - M/V Polar Pioneer

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Danijela, our tour guide, was wonderful. She shared plenty of facts about Croatia with us and managed all the arrangements really well. One of our group had a birthday while we were away and Danijela gave her a present and we celebrated. Transfers to and from the airport went well. Prior to going, the staff on the phones were really helpful with any questions.
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Ship Description

The M/V Polar Pioneer is a Finnish ex-research vessel, refurbished to provide an adventurous journey in the polar regions; its ice class means it has excellent manoeuvrability. The vessel accommodates only 54 passengers, meaning more time with the experts and a friendly on-board experience. Informed crew and experts will ensure you learn about how a polar expedition runs, your unique surroundings and the wildlife; Zodiacs will take you to shore for close encounters.

Optional Activities

Optional Excursions

Kayaking can be booked as an option at a supplementary fee. This must be booked in advance and through the ship operator directly. Please note, you will need to have some experience of kayaking to participate in this activity.

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Tour Staff

Expedition Crew, Naturalist(s), Expedition Crew, Naturalist(s), Expedition Crew, Naturalist(s)

Additional Information:

Additional JIs for FI - Start Tour

It is recommended that you arrive in Punta Arenas at least one day before Day 1 of your itinerary, to avoid any delays and luggage issues.

Additional JIs for FI - End Tour

Transfers from the port to the airport are not included. We recommended that you book onward flights that depart after midday.

Additional JIs for LO - Start Tour

It is recommended that you arrive in Punta Arenas at least one day before Day 1 of your itinerary, to avoid any delays and luggage issues.

Additional JIs for LO - End Tour

Transfers from the port to the airport are not included. We recommended that you book onward flights that depart after midday.

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