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Highlights
  • Set foot on the Seventh Continent with this perfect introductory voyage for first-time visitors to Antarctica
  • Conquer the infamous Drake Passage
  • Venture aboard our specially designed, ice-strengthened and all-suites ship, the Sea Spirit
  • Learn about the environment and wildlife from onboard lecturers and specialists
  • Witness the abundant wildlife: penguins, seals, whales and more!
  • Explore the highlights of the Antarctic Peninsula
  • Adventure options include kayaking, camping and snowshoeing
  • Daily Zodiac cruises and shore landings reveal Antarctica's beauty

This expedition offers the perfect chance to discover the best of the Antarctic Peninsula, the most northern region of "The Last Continent". Delight in penguin antics, be charmed by seals and sea lions, and awed by majestic whales as they accompany us on our journey along the Antarctic coastline. Landing on the continent itself is a memorable highlight. We'll explore the iconic sights that make this one of the world’s most pristine, exotic and unforgettable natural environments

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Antarctic Explorer: Argentina & the Antarctic

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Itinerary

Day 1: Ushuaia, Argentina

Accommodation: Hotel Albatros, Ushuaia; Los Cauquenes, Ushuaia

Spend the night prior to our Antarctic cruise in Ushuaia, the southernmost city in the world and the capital of Argentina’s Tierra del Fuego Province. With a population of more than 63,000 people, the city has grown, yet it has retained an easy-going and accessible feel. With the sea to the south and mountains to the north, Ushuaia is everything Patagonia is about and a spectacular departure point for our cruise.

Day 2: Embark the Sea Spirit & Cruise the Beagle Channel

Accommodation:  Sea Spirit, Antarctica

After embarking the Sea Spirit in the late afternoon, we sail down the historic Beagle Channel, which transects the Tierra del Fuego archipelago at the tip of South America. It is named after the ship that carried Charles Darwin on his historic voyage round Cape Horn and up the coast of South America to the Galapagos Islands, where his explorations led to his theory of evolution. We travel in the wake of explorers and mariners as we view birds, penguins, sea lions and snowy mountains. The next land we encounter will be the Antarctic Peninsula, the world’s southernmost continent.

Day 3 & 4 : Cape Horn & Drake Passage

Accommodation:  Sea Spirit, Antarctica

Sailing around Cape Horn was (and is) one of the most challenging nautical routes on the planet. On our journey, we will have the opportunity to cruise past this iconic headland on an epic rite of passage few have the privilege to experience. And as we enter the 500-mile-wide Drake Passage separating the bottom of South America from the tip of the Antarctic Peninsula, we can’t help but feel a spirit of adventure that is heightened by the vast ocean and the wild grandeur that lies ahead.

Entering the notorious Antarctic Convergence lends to the region’s spine-tingling thrills. This is the region of the Southern Ocean where the cold waters of the Antarctic Circumpolar Current meet and mingle with the warmer waters to the north. This intermixing creates local variations in weather (such as fogs) and high waves. Prepare for potentially rough water, but hope for a smooth sailing and keep an eye out for an abundance of animal life.

You’ll spend these first days getting to know your shipmates, while the ship’s crew provides safety briefings and insights into what lies ahead.

Day 5 – 9: South Shetland Islands & Antarctic Peninsula

Accommodation:  Sea Spirit, Antarctica

When the Antarctic Convergence is left in our wake, we truly begin our Antarctic adventure. As we sail from island to shore to bay during our five days exploring the Antarctic Peninsula, the Expedition Team educates and entertains. We get up close and personal with wildlife on Zodiac excursions from the ship to daily landing sites. We visit penguin rookeries, scout for humpback and Minke whales and search for a number of the southern seal species, including the cunning Leopard seal.

The majesty of the Peninsula’s mountains is enchanting as we scramble up snowy pathways to vantage points offering 360-degree views. We’ll visit Chinstrap penguin colony high on a ridge. And we’ll have the choice of going on a mountain hike or spending time with curious penguins as we relax on a pebbled beach. Those who are truly adventurous can even take the Polar Plunge don’t forget to pack your swimsuit!

Amidst the peaceful silence of Antarctica, noisy interruptions become indelible memories such as penguins squabbling over prized pebbles, the boom and crack of calving glaciers in Neko Harbor, and the echo of voices bouncing off a giant glacier.

Day 10 & 11: Drake Passage

Accommodation:  Sea Spirit, Antarctica

The journey back across the Drake Passage provides us with some final opportunities to enjoy the crisp Antarctic air. We spend time on the deck watching for seabirds and scouting for whales, enjoying presentations by our Expedition Team and relaxing in comfort aboard a ship perfectly designed for these waters.

Day 12: Disembark in Ushuaia & Depart for Home

Upon arrival in Ushuaia in the morning, you will be transferred to the airport for your flight home or on to your next destination.

Dates & Pricing

Price From

$ 9,995

Price Per Day:

$ 833 per day
 
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Details
Trip Includes
  • MEALS. Three meals per day on an à la carte basis, wherever available and practical, allowing a choice of anything on the menu, except caviar and alcohol. In those few places where à la carte is not available or practical, table d’hôte is offered. Where time and location permit, Travcoa’s DINE-AROUND PROGRAM is offered outside of the journey hotel. DINE-AROUND PROGRAM costs are reimbursed after travel from Travcoa’s corporate offices following review of qualifying expenses. Bottled water, soft drinks, coffee or tea are included with meals.
  • TRAVEL DIRECTOR. The services of the Travel Director in all matters pertaining to the journey operation unless the journey is converted to a Private or Custom Journey.
  • SIGHTSEEING. With English-speaking guide as shown in the itinerary, including entrance fees for places visited. Air-conditioned vehicles are utilized when available. 4X4 vehicles may be used in many locations as necessary, especially in Africa. Bottled water is included on sightseeing excursions.
  • LUGGAGE. All transportation and transfer of two normal-size Pullman suitcases, except when mandated by charter air carriers or airlines. On some programs baggage may be limited. Traveler will be responsible for overweight charges imposed by an airline or air charter company.
  • GRATUITIES. All gratuities to hotel, cruise, train and restaurant staff and local guides and drivers for normal on-journey services. Note: The customary end-of-the-trip gratuity to the Travel Director is not included.
  • PORT TAXES. All port taxes on cruise portions of itineraries are included.
  • TRANSFERS. Group or individual airport transfers on arrival and departure flights.
  • MEDICAL EVACUATION. $5,000 medical expense and $50,000 Emergency Evacuation & Repatriation of Remains coverage for covered expenses if you suffer an injury or illness during the course of the trip. This plan is included in the cost of your trip and is provided through Travel Guard. May be subject to regulatory restrictions in certain locations.
Trip Excludes
  • Air transportation
  • Airport taxes
  • Passport and visa expenses
  •  Laundry, alcohol, and all items of a personal nature
  • Expenses of guides, buses or cars for sightseeing not included in the itinerary
  • Excessive baggage charges
  • Health, accident, baggage, and trip cancellation insurance
  • Gratuity for any personal services
  • Gratuity to the Travel Director and other items not mentioned as being included.
Meals Included:

Three meals per day on an à la carte basis, wherever available and practical, allowing a choice of anything on the menu, except caviar and alcohol. In those few places where à la carte is not available or practical, table d’hôte is offered. Where time and location permit, Travcoa’s DINE-AROUND PROGRAM is offered outside of the journey hotel. DINE-AROUND PROGRAM costs are reimbursed after travel from Travcoa’s corporate offices following review of qualifying expenses. Bottled water, soft drinks, coffee or tea are included with meals.

Flights & Transport
Only ground transport
Accomodations

Ocean Endeavour, Antarctic

Ocean Endeavour is a comfortable, well-appointed small expedition ship expertly engineered to explore the Polar Regions.

The ship has an ice-strengthened hull, Zodiacs for exploration and remote landings, generous deck space and advanced navigation equipment. The ship offers a superb guest experience with a nautical lounge, two restaurants, sundeck, and plenty of deck space for observation of polar landscapes, and lounges for learning and reflection. The ship’s interiors have a contemporary aesthetic that provides a bright and spacious feel to the cabins and common spaces.

Endeavour is also the only polar adventure ship in Antarctica focused on health and wellness. From the newly-built saunas to the pool, gym, hot tub and wellness café with a juice bar, the ship offers guests onboard services and amenities that will enhance their Polar expedition experience. The ship also has a Polar Boutique, where guests can buy gifts as well as gear they might need for the voyage.

MS Sea Adventurer

Designed to carry travelers in comfort to the most remote corners of the world, Sea Adventurer was built in Yugoslavia in 1976, refurbished in 1999 and had further upgrades in 2002. You will be impressed by this ice-strengthened ship, which carries up to 117 passengers and features a spacious forward lounge and bar, window-lined dining room and promenades.

Start City
Ushuaia
End City
Ushuaia

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