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Antarctic Expedition: Weddell Sea & Emperor Penguins tour
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Antarctic Expedition: Weddell Sea & Emperor Penguins

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Travel Style: You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
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
14 days
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Overview

Highlights

  • Witness the spectacle of thousands of emperor penguins - and their chicks - in their natural habitat.
  • Cruising the drake passage and weddell sea also includes the opportunity to see other iconic wildlife, such as whales, seals and seabirds.
  • Travel aboard the legendary kapitan khlebnikov, the only vessel to circumnavigate antarctica twice.
  • Enjoy helicopter sightseeing and zodiac cruising for a unique perspective of the antarctic peninsula

Short Description

Board the icebreaker, Kapitan Khlebnikov, on a once-in-a-lifetime voyage to the bottom of the planet. Conquer the infamous Drake Passage and Weddell Sea en route to Snow Hill, an immense emperor penguin colony off the coast of Antarctica, to find penguins frolicking and nursing their young. Learn about this elusive species with the help of onboard experts and presentations, and take to the air in a helicopter for breathtaking views of this pristine polar landscape. Remote and utterly wild, this is a rare chance to discover a new, frozen world.

Small groups are usually defined as between 10 and 24 travelers, often less. If you're the kind of person who enjoys more intimate experiences and personal service this is a good choice. All else being equal you will pay a premium for this style vs a larger group tour.
Trip Type Small Group Tour
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
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Start City Ushuaia
End City Ushuaia

Destinations

Antarctica Argentina

Cities & Attractions

Ushuaia

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Itinerary

Day 1 Arrive Ushuaia

Begin your journey in Ushuaia, a small but bustling port town at the tip of South America. This Argentine hot spot is the ideal gateway for you to explore the southern extent of Patagonia while preparing for your adventure ahead. Get active in the mountains or savour some handcrafted chocolate at a cafe in town.

Day 2 Embarkation in Ushuaia

In late afternoon, we will transfer you and your fellow travellers from your group hotel to the pier, where you’ll board Kapitan Khlebnikov. This iconic icebreaker should be instantly recognizable at the port, as the shape and bulk are distinctive, especially from a distance. As Khlebnikov sets sail, you’ll first pass through the historic Beagle Channel, which opens up to the vastness of the Southern Ocean. Named after the famed ship on which Charles Darwin voyaged, the channel presents many great photo opportunities to capture seabirds hovering overhead and possibly seals and sea lions cavorting in the water.

Day 3-4 At Sea

Crossing the legendary Drake Passage is as much a part of the Antarctic experience as the penguins and seals are. With ideal weather conditions, your passage could be relatively easy, but be prepared for some rough seas in case the Drake lives up to its reputation. These two days will have an air of anticipation, as you prepare for your first landing at the Snow Hill emperor penguin rookery. Plenty of activities will keep you engaged at sea, including educational and informative presentations by your Expedition Team. You’ll learn about such things as the history of whaling in Antarctica and the emperor penguins’ biology, unique habitat and adaptive behavior. You may also want to spend some time on deck, with your binoculars and camera at the ready, looking out for wandering albatross, petrels, whales and dolphins. Crossing the polar front, keep a close watch, as you should see your first iceberg, too.

Day 5-11 Snow Hill Emperor Penguin Colony

As we approach the island, remember that no two polar expeditions are alike, particularly this voyage through the icy Weddell Sea, since landings and wildlife sightings are determined by weather and ice conditions, as well as the natural cycles of the wildlife. But it’s exactly this element of the unknown that makes expedition-style travel so exhilarating and adventurous. That said, our expeditions will have some elements in common, such as landings, wildlife sightings, helicopter sightseeing and ice—truly massive amounts of ice! Having broken away from the ice shelf, large tabular icebergs, so named for their plateau-like flat top and steep sides, will signal your arrival to Antarctica. Located on sea ice, the emperor rookery is situated some distance from Snow Hill Island, so your captain will navigate your ship to a position in the ice that’s within helicopter range of the rookery. As we draw near, a few curious penguins may be attracted to the open water by the ship, so keep your eyes peeled for them. Deployed in a rotation of flights, our on-board helicopters will land as close to the penguins as possible, yet still at a safe distance (at least 0.75 nautical miles/1.4 km), to protect the birds. Since you must carry all your own gear for the entire distance to the rookery and back across sea ice several feet thick, you’ll want to keep items in your backpack to a minimum. A must-bring, however, should be your camera. We encourage everyone— photographers and nature lovers alike— to carry a camera during our rookery visits, because any visit could reward with that once-in-a-lifetime shot. Your Expedition Team will include a professional photographer, who will conduct on-board workshops and assist you on-site to help you get the most out of your camera, whether you’re a newbie or a pro! Though we can’t predict how many excursions will occur during your stay in the vicinity of the rookery, rest assured that your Expedition Leader will take every possible advantage of good weather and flying conditions, and our intention is to spend as much time as possible in the area, to give you plenty of chances to observe the emperors in their natural environment. Since we are visiting earlier in the rearing season than any other expedition, the emperor chicks are still young, so you may see a few brooding on their parents’ feet or even several huddling together in large communal crèches. It’s possible you may catch the impressive sight of a constant trail of adults walking or tobogganing in single file from the sea to the rookery to feed the chicks, and then heading back out again to hunt for more food. Listen closely for a parent trumpeting upon its return to the rookery—the call is instantly recognized by the chick, who whistles in response. To protect the penguins, we’ll remain at least 15 feet (five meters) away, but you may have the opportunity to encounter them up close. Curious creatures, emperors are unafraid of humans, and if you stand still and remain quiet, the birds may actually approach you. If you are crouching on the ice, eyes focused down through your camera lens, pause for a moment and slowly look around you—you may find yourself surrounded by the very birds you’ve been trying to photograph!

Day 12-13 At Sea

A day at sea can be as busy as any day ashore. Share stories and photos with your shipmates in the lounge, relax in our polar library or attend dynamic presentations by your expedition team, who may even screen documentaries. Lecture topics can range from the Historic Age of Exploration to whales of the Southern Ocean. If you choose to spend time outside on deck, keep an eye out for the large seabirds that have accompanied mariners through the Southern Ocean since Magellan made his first navigation of the globe. By now, you should be able to recognize albatross and petrels on the wing. As we enter the mouth of the Beagle Channel on our way back to Ushuaia, a small vessel will come alongside and a local pilot will board our vessel to help navigate this last stretch of water. If the weather is fine, you may want to watch from the deck, enjoying the soft light of the austral summer.

Day 14 Disembark in Ushuaia

This morning say farewell to your expedition team and fellow travellers before disembarking to catch your homeward flights.

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Antarctic Expedition: Weddell Sea & Emperor Penguins

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We arrived home last week following an 11 day tour with Peregrine Plus, Lima, The Sacred Valley and Lake Titikaka. It was amazing beyond all our expectations. Our private guide was a Peruvian local, English speaking, he was excellent great local knowledge and organised everything like clockwork. Our accommodation was brilliant we were treated like royalty, check out Hotel B in Lima, Sol Luna Urubamba and Hotel Belmond Monasterio in Cusco. Would highly recommend this tour and look forward to another experience with Peregrine in the future.
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What an AMAZING 6 week trip of 6 countries!

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My first ever trip in smaller numbers - loved it, yes, loved it so much as we could do things that larger groups can not do. Ecuador, Peru including the Amazon region, Bolivia, Chile, Argentina, Brazil were awash with fantastic experiences with the stunning and majestic sights, the people and their culture, the food, animal and bird life and of course, what I accomplished by surprising myself at the Incan ruins. Our guides, Alejandro in Ecuador, Sally in Peru and Sabina in Chile, Argentina and Brazil were just the best Ambassadors for Peregrine as they showed such passion for their country and genuine care for each of our small number to return home with amazing memories to abide in our hearts forever. Muchas Gracias to each of you as you have touched my life with a very special imprint. I highly recommend this full trip for the entire 6 weeks just in case you have not noticed.
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Fabulous time with a wonderful guide, Jorge.

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This trip was fabulous and it was made even better with the knowledge and expertise of our Spanish-speaking guide, Jorge Riofru. Jorge smoothed over all our difficulties and showed us the real Peru that is his homeland. He was able to ensure that my coeliac diet was catered for even when we were trekking to Machu Picchu! this trip was enhanced by the deep knowledge and love that Jorge has for his country. this has been one of the best trips ever.
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Great adventure for someone who wants a taste of vietnam. Our guide Manh went above and beyond making sure we got the best of everything.

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Vietnam snapshot tour was absolutely amazing our guide Manh Nguyen was fabulous he went above and beyond to make sure we all had the best adventure, best food and best experience ever.
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Our trip code PABA180303 was lead by guide R Mirwan Mustapha(Obi-Wan),we were a small group and were so fortunate to have an excellent guide and he left no stone unturned to show us everything possible and was so accommodating in every way.I for one was very sceptical about the trip but would go back in a heartbeat..we saw so many animals,so many river trips and the highlight was a herd of elephants crossing the river in front us..unreal..thankyou Mirwan
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12 night's expedition cruise ship,1 night hotel

Guides

Your voyage will be led by an experienced Expedition Leader. In addition, a number of experts will be on board to add knowledge of their field to your experience. This will include a Marine Biologist, Ornithologist, Glaciologist or Geologist, Polar Historian, Kayaking guide and Naturalist guides. Voyages offering other adventure activities will have additional specialist guides on board.

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  • Ushuaia
  • Array
  • Ushuaia
  • ARGENTINA

Trip ID#:

peregrine-PPSNH

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