Highlights
  • Arrival into Buenos Aires
  • Fly to Ushuaia, afternoon city tour and hiking
  • Hiking and kayaking in Tierra del Fuego National Park.
  • Free morning, embarkation and departure for DrakePassage
  • On-board amenities and lectures view from deck, Antarctic Convergence
  • Sail south of the Antarctic Circle, Zodiak excursions to Neko Harbor, Wilhelmina Bay or Petermann Island, Half Moon island
  • On-board amenities and lectures, views from deck, Antarctic Convergence,Cape Horn
  • Arrival in Ushuaia and flight to Buenos Aires
  • Buenos Aires city tour + room for day use

This Antarctic multi-sport expedition charts a course through the Drake Passage with potential landfalls in the South Shetland Islands prior to reaching the Antarctic Peninsula.  Even the most experienced travelers are sure to be dazzled by the pristine beauty and extraordinary abundance of wildlife – 5 seal species, massive penguin rookeries of gentoo, Adelie, and chinstrap, as well as vast populations of seabirds from albatross to skuas.  This is an uber-active expedition, opportunities for kayaking, ski touring, snowshoeing and hiking abound, as well as overnight camping under Antarctic night skies.

Trip Description

This expedition voyage charts a course through the Drake Passage with possible landfalls in the South Shetland Islands prior to reaching the Antarctic Peninsula.  Even the most experienced travelers should prepare to be dazzled at the pristine beauty and extraordinary abundance of wildlife –5 seal species, massive penguin rookeries of gentoo, Adelie, and chinstrap, as well as populations of seabirds from albatross to skuas.  

The journey may go beyond Lemaire Channel to the northern tip of the Peninsula, but ice and weather conditions will always have final say –that’s part of the adventure!  The main focus is to experience Antarctica with exciting outdoor pursuits, including sea kayaking, optional overnight kayak & camp programs, ski touring, expedition snowshoeing, all along side our more traditional activities of hiking and Zodiac cruising.  This is a trip for the ultimate adventurer!  And for the photographer amongst us, join our expedition team and photography specialists for extended shore excursions aimed at capturing the landscape and wildlife at its most exciting.  

Prior to departing for the Antarctic, explore Ushuaia, the southernmost city in the world and spend a full day hiking and paddling in Tierra del Fuego National Park.End your adventure in one of the world’s most exciting and atmospheric cities, Buenos Aires

 
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Itinerary

DAY 1: BUENOS AIRES
Buenos Aires airport reception and transfer into the Own Palermo Hotel in the fashionable Palermo neighborhood.

DAY 2: USHUAIA
Fly south over the rugged Patagonian landscape to Ushuaia, the southernmost city in the world. Sitting on the shores of the Beagle Channel, Ushuaia actually means 'the bay facing westward' in the language of the original Yamana inhabitants. Once a penal colony (the presidio was disbanded in the 1940s) for political prisoners as well as hardened criminals, Ushuaia is now a major tourist attraction, particularly for those embarking on an Antarctica expedition. The town of 40,000 is also a major ski resort area for both alpine and cross-country skiers and offers magnificent hiking in Tierra del Fuego National Park, the only coastal national park in Argentina.
After arrival and transfer to the hotel, in the afternoon embark on an active exploration of the city. The hike starts in the El Mirador del Beagle area, a neighborhood located in the highest point of the city and an example of the development of the city in recent years. The trail takes you along the edge of the forest, featuring amazing views of the many landmarks which played a part in Ushuaia’s interesting sea-faring history. Overnight at Tierra de Leyendas(or similar)[B]

DAY 3: USHUAIA -TIERRA DEL FUEGO NATIONAL PARK
Today is a full day exploration of the famed Tierra del Fuego National Park. Upon arrival in the park, we start a 7 km trek (3.5 hours) to a wonderful scenic point overlooking Lake Roca, Lagunas Verde and Negra, Rivers Ovando and Lapataia and Bahía Lapataia. Hiking through this beech forest keep your eyes peeled for the incredible birdlife including the Magellanic woodpecker (the largest in South America), Austral parakeets, black-chested buzzard eagles and Andean Condors. After lunch, embark on an easy, downstream kayak trip in the crystal-clear, quiet waters of the Ovando River, and into Green Lake, one of the most beautiful places in the park. Approaching our final destination at Lapataia Bay, you may encounter sea birds flying over, looking curiously at us: sea petrels, albatross, and steamer ducks, among others. At the end of the day, take in the gorgeous southern sunset at the end of the world. Overnight at Tierra de Leyendas. [BL]

DAY 4: DEPART USHUAIA
Enjoy a free morning and early afternoon to explore Ushuaia on your own. Transfer to a pier in an afternoon for embarkation. Check-in with the Akademik Ioffe begins at 4:00 PM where you will be greeted by the Expedition Leader and staff and shown to your cabin. Overnight aboard the Akademik Ioffe [BD]

DAYS: 5&6: DRAKE PASSAGE   
Crossing the Drake Passage, there is so much excitement in the air as we make our way ever closer to the white continent. Guests eagerly soak up the friendly atmosphere onboard as our numerous Polar experts prepare us for our adventures with presentations on everything Antarctic, from wildlife to history. Eventually, we will cross the Antarctic Convergence where we will notice a distinct drop in temperature as we enter the waters of the Antarctic Ocean. Along the way, we will witness many spectacular sights from icebergs to an array of seabirds and even several whale species some of which are known on occasion to fully breach from the sea.Overnights aboard the Akademik Ioffe. [BLD]

DAYS:7-13: ANTARCTIC PENINSULA
In the waterways of the Antarctic Peninsula, we make as much time as possible to explore by inflatable Zodiacs, getting close up and intimate views of nature at its most pristine.  Excursions may include Neko Harbour, Wilhelmina Bay, and Petermann Island to the south.  This is where we may observe Weddell, crabeater and elephant seals, skuas and countless other seabirds, as well as massive numbers of penguins, including a large colony of Adelie penguins.This environment offers the perfect opportunity for photography, and the specialists onboard Akademik Ioffe are there to assist you in finding the perfect angle, lighting, perspective.  Or perhaps hiking,
snow-shoeing, kayaking or ski touring appeal to you more.  Whatever the conditions allow, we endeavor to extend the adventurous spirit in all of us, to experience this magnificent landscape far from the normal limits, in all its glory.Once we arrive alongside the Peninsula, we will launch the overnight kayaking experience.  The kayaks will be packed with all necessary gear, as we set off to a chosen destination for a 2-night camping experience.  Upon landing, ascent to a summit for breathtaking views of  massive icebergs in every direction.  This is an experience-focused expedition, rather than wildlife, so there is far more flexibility in launching our kayaks for the perfect destination!  Overnight aboard the Akademik Ioffe. [BLD]

DAY:14&15: DRAKE PASSAGE   
Today, we will leave Antarctica and head north back across the Drake Passage. Now is the chance to compare and revise notes and dwell on the adventures of the past week, to take in the final lectures and to enjoy the delicious cuisine on board as you return to Ushuaia. Rounding Cape Horn and sailing up the Beagle Channel, we celebrate the conclusion of a once-in-a-lifetime adventure!  Overnight Akademik Ioffe. [BLD]

DAY 16: DISEMBARK IN USHUAIA &BUENOS AIRES
After an early breakfast, arrival in Ushuaia is around 9:00 AM. Thus ends an incredible and unique expedition. You’ll be met at the dock and transferred to the airport for your afternoon flight to Buenos Aires. Upon arrival, a transfer for overnight at Own PalermoHotel.[B]

DAY 17: BUENOS AIRES &DEPARTURE
Spend the morning and early afternoon exploring one of the most atmospheric cities in South America -Buenos Aires. In the company of a local guide, explore historical sites such as the Barrio Norte with its splendid old homes; San Telmo where the artist and musicians live and work; La Boca, a neighborhood of brightly painted Italian family homes and restaurants; and the Avenida 9 de Julio with its towering obelisk as much a symbol to Buenos Aires as the Eiffel Tower is to Paris. On your own free time, you may also take in a tango show or visit some of the more than 150 art galleries and museums. In the evening, transfer to airport for your international flight home.
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Details
Ship Name

Akademik Ioffe

Trip Includes
  • Local airfare: Buenos Aires –Ushuaia Roundtrip (listed as separate cost)
  • Hotel and boat accommodations as indicated
  • English-speaking naturalist guides
  • Guided tours and excursions
  • 16 nights accommodations as indicated
  • Overnight camping option, hiking expeditions, traditional snowshoeing
  • Airport-hotel transfers and land transportation
  • Meals as specified [B-Breakfast, L-Lunch, D-Dinner]
  • Services of in-bound land operator for airline reconfirmation, and tour operations
  • Wildland Adventures’ travel consultation and pre-departure services.
Trip Excludes
  • International airfare
  • Airport taxes ($160reciprocity fee prior to arriving Argentina, $6.50 from Ushuaia). Airport taxes can be paid in Argentine Pesos or USD cash, or by debit card.
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Optional Kayaking for $795 per person where available
  • Overnight sea kayaking & camping is pre-booked for those already enrolled in the sea kayak program.  Additional fee of $300 per person for the camping experience
  • Ski-touring for $750 per person
  • Expedition snowshoeing is $45 per person
  • Expedition field photography is $45 per person
  • Drinks, alcoholic beverages, and meals other than listed above
  • Personal expenses for extra services, optional activities, or changes in your itinerary for reasons beyond our control
  • Travel insurance for trip cancellation, medical services, or evacuation.  Insurance is
  • MANDATORY for this expedition
  • Any other items not mentioned above
Group Size:
Standard Group
Start City
Buenos Aires
End City
Buenos Aires

Trip ID#: AntMuladvWilAdv

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