A 10-day cruise along the waterways of the Antarctic Peninsula: rugged, savage, and teeming with extensive wildlife. Sail the Beagle Channel and Drake Passage, seeing icebergs, massive mountains and ice shelves. Step onto the continent, itself, and live an explorer’s dream.
Starting in Ushuaia, we head to the world’s most remote continent: Antarctica! For ten days, we’ll sail along the waterways of the Antarctic Peninsula, exploring the bays and trekking onto the continent, as often as possible. We’ll sail down the Beagle Channel accompanied by albatross, then head across the Drake Passage toward the mainland. Along the way, we’ll see the most stunning wilderness areas on earth, rugged and savage, teeming with extensive wildlife. We’ll watch for Weddell seals, Elephant seals and rookeries of penguins. Along the coast, we’ll see icebergs, massive mountains and ice shelves. On land we’ll explore an old whaling station on Deception Island, and perhaps take a thermal dip in the waters at Pendulum Cove. Our ship is the mv Plancius, a 120-passenger ship. This is not a private charter, but it should be a fun, friendly group from around the world. This is truly a voyage of a lifetime during which, weather and ice conditions permitting, you will encounter the ever-changing world of Antarctica.
Your experience visiting the Antarctic Peninsula may vary depending on local ice and weather conditions, the availability of landing sites and opportunities to see wildlife. The final itinerary will be determined by the Expedition Leader on board. Flexibility is paramount for expedition cruises.
Our trip starts in Ushuaia, Argentina, the southernmost city in the world and the capital of the province of Tierra del Fuego, Antarctica and Southern Atlantic Islands. For those arriving early you may want to check out a number of activities including: horseback riding, hiking, wind sailing, canoeing, kayaking, fishing, and diving. You may want to visit the nearby Parque Nacional Tierra del Fuego, or Lago Escondido and Fagnano (lakes). The official tour starts when we board our ship on Day 1, but we highly recommend arriving in Ushuaia at least one day before sailing to minimize risk of travel problems impacting your cruise.
February 5, 2017 to February 15, 2017 – US $10,250.00
February 7, 2017 to February 17, 2017 – US $10,250.00
Duration: : 10 Days
Optional Tour Choices: $7175 Single Supplement (for solo travelers who wish to enjoy private use of a double occupancy berth) – Please note that your deposit will be an additional $1000.
Optional Tour Choices: $$1600 per person Upgrade cost for Shared Superior Cabin.
Optional Tour Choices: $9895 Upgrade cost for Superior Cabin, single occupancy
Optional Tour Choices: $200 per person Camping for one night on the ice (subject to availability and weather, but must be reserved in advance)
Optional Tour Choices: $485 per person Guided Kayak excursion for 3-4 hours (subject to availability and weather, but must be reserved in advance)
Reductions: (-$2300) for passengers willing to stay in a four-berth cabin.
Reductions: (-$600) for passengers willing to stay in a twin porthole (rather than twin window) room.
Shared accommodations aboard our Expedition ship; All meals on board the ship; Expedition leaders and lecturers; All shore excursions by Zodiac boat; Lectures, videos, slide and film shows; Free use of rubber boots for shore landings; Opportunity for kayaking and/or camping on the ice for a night, subject to availability (for additional charge); Resident on-board medical officer; Transfer from ship to Ushuaia Airport on morning of disembarkation; HE Travel tour director (pending minimum participation) and assistance from local guides; Assistance with flights and extra nights in Buenos Aires or Ushuaia available upon request; HE Travel provides complimentary Medical & Evacuation Insurance for every US Resident on our group tours who does not have other coverage.
Airfare to and from Ushuaia (we strongly suggest arriving at least one day, and preferably two days before sailing and departing 12:00 noon or later on final tour day); Visa, entry fee and passport fees (US, Canadian and Australian citizens must pay a Reciprocity Fee BEFORE departure from home; citizens of most other countries do not need visas); Airport departure taxes; Transfers from Ushuaia Airport to hotel and from hotel in Ushuaia to ship; Hotel nights in Ushuaia, Buenos Aires or other locations in Argentina; Warm weather clothing other than rubber boots that the ship loans while on board; Alcoholic drinks; Personal items such as laundry, telephone calls, and gratuities; FUEL SURCHARGE: Oceanwide Expeditions reserves the right to levy a fuel surcharge if world fuel prices are significantly higher than budgeted when cruise prices were put in place.
Later in the afternoon we set sail and follow the Beagle Channel (Canal Beagle) into the evening.
Visiting Antarctica’s research stations, where visitors always receive a warm welcome, will allow us to learn about modern scientists’ life and work on the White Continent. One of the most prominent is the Vernadsky Research Base, founded by the British after World War II, but sold to the Ukrainian government in 1996. It has two major claims to fame. The first is that scientists here were the first to discover the hole in the ozone layer surrounding the earth. The second is the world’s southernmost bar, where visitors can get a quick swig while shopping in their gift shop for souvenirs, or getting post cards stamped with the imprint of the world’s southernmost post office. The bar was created when some bored British scientists commandeered some wood intended for a new pier to instead re-create an English pub. It still retains its original look – except that the menus are now also printed in Cyrillic.