Antarctic Peninsula 10 days - 9 nights

Antarctic Peninsula 10 days - 9 nights


Antarctic Peninsula
© Sebastian Arrebola

This is a classic voyage to the Antarctic Peninsula.
Enjoy landings on penguin colonies, Zodiac cruises and ship cruises on narrow fjords and bays on a breathtaking scenery.

Duration: 9 nights
Embarkation: Ushuaia
Disembarkation: Ushuaia
Language: English speaking voyage

Itinerary

PLEASE NOTE: All itineraries are for guidance only. Programs may vary depending on local ice, weather, and wildlife conditions. The on-board expedition leader will determine the final itinerary. Flexibility is paramount for expedition cruises. Average cruising speed of m/v Plancius is 10.5 knots .

Day 1: End of the World, Start of a Journey
Your voyage begins where the world drops off: Ushuaia, Argentina, reputed to be the southernmost city on the planet, located on the far southern tip of South America. Starting in the afternoon, you embark from this small resort town on Tierra del Fuego – nicknamed “The End of the World” – and sail the scenic, mountain-fringed Beagle Channel for the rest of the evening.

Day 2 - 3: Path of the Polar Explorers
Over the next two days on the Drake Passage, you catch a taste of life from the perspective of the polar explorers who first braved these regions: cool salt breezes, rolling seas, maybe even a fin whale blasting up sea spray. After passing the Antarctic Convergence – Antarctica’s natural boundary, formed when north-flowing cold waters collide with warmer subantarctic seas – you are in the circum-Antarctic upwelling zone. Not only does the marine life change, the avian life changes too: A variety of albatrosses and petrels show up, along with Cape pigeons and southern fulmars . Then, near the South Shetlands Islands, the first icebergs flash into sight.

Day 4 - 7: Enter the Antarctic
Gray stone peaks sketched with snow, towers of broken blue-white ice, and dramatically different wildlife below and above. You first pass the snow-capped Melchior Islands and Schollaert Channel, sailing between Brabant and Anvers Islands. Sites you may visit include: Cuverville Island – Stabbing up between Rongé Island and the Antarctic Peninsula, Cuverville houses a massive colony of gentoo penguins as well as pairs of breeding brown skuas. Danco Island – Activities here may focus on the gentoo penguins nesting on the island, in addition to the Weddell and crabeater seals that can be found nearby. Neko Harbour – An epic landscape of mammoth glaciers and endless wind-carved snow. Opportunities for Zodiac cruising and kayaking provide you the closest possible view of the ice-crusted alpine peaks. Paradise Bay – You may be able to take a Zodiac cruise in these sprawling, ice-flecked waters, where you have a good chance of seeing humpback and minke whales. Port Lockroy – After sailing through the Neumayer Channel, you get a chance to visit the former British research station – now a museum and post office – of Port Lockroy on Goudier Island. You may also be able to partake in activities around Jougla Point, meeting gentoo penguins and blue-eyed shags. There are great opportunities for kayaking and camping here. Pléneau & Petermann Islands – If the ice allows it, you may sail through the Lemaire Channel in search of Adélie penguins and blue-eyed shags. There’s also a good chance you’ll encounter humpback and minke whales here, as well as leopard seals. Wilhelmina Bay & Guvernøren – This is a great place to spot humpback whales. You also may embark on a Zodiac cruise ending at the ghostly wreck of the Guvernøren, a whaling vessel that caught fire here in 1915. Around the Melchior Islands, amid a frozen landscape peopled with icebergs, you may encounter even more whales, leopard seals, and crabeater seals. Conditions on the Drake Passage determine the exact time of departure.

Day 8 - 9: Familiar Seas, Familiar Friends
Your return voyage is far from lonely. While crossing the Drake, you’re again greeted by the vast array of seabirds remembered from the passage south. But they seem a little more familiar to you now, and you to them.

Day 10: There and Back Again
Every adventure, no matter how grand, must eventually come to an end. It’s now time to disembark in Ushuaia, but with memories that will accompany you wherever your next adventure lies.


Included in this voyage
-Voyage aboard the indicated vessel as indicated in the itinerary
-All meals throughout the voyage aboard the ship including snacks, coffee and tea.
-All shore excursions and activities throughout the voyage by Zodiac.
-Program of lectures by noted naturalists and leadership by experienced expedition staff.
-Free use of rubber boots and snowshoes.
-Luggage transfer from pick-up point to the vessel on the day of embarkation, in Ushuaia.
-Pre-scheduled group transfer from the vessel to the airport in Ushuaia (directly after disembarkation).
-All miscellaneous service taxes and port charges throughout the programme.
-Comprehensive pre-departure material.


Excluded from this voyage
-Any airfare, whether on scheduled or charter flights
-Pre- and post- land arrangements.
-Passport and visa expenses.
-Government arrival and departure taxes.
-Meals ashore.
-Baggage, cancellation and personal insurance (which is mandatory).
-Excess baggage charges and all items of a personal nature such as laundry, bar, beverage charges and telecommunication charges.
-The customary gratuity at the end of the voyages for stewards and other service personnel aboard (guidelines will be provided).




Dates & Rates


Ship: Hondius | Date: 2 Dec 2019 / 11 Dec 2019 More info about this Ship
Quadruple Porthole
6500
Triple Porthole
7350
Twin Porthole
7950
Twin Window
8350
Twin Deluxe
8950
Superior
9650
Junior Suite
10300
Grand Suite
11850
Hondius Suite
13600
Ship: Hondius | Date: 11 Dec 2019 / 20 Dec 2019 More info about this Ship
Quadruple Porthole
6500
Triple Porthole
7350
Twin Porthole
7950
Twin Window
8350
Twin Deluxe
8950
Superior
9650
Junior Suite
10300
Grand Suite
11850
Hondius Suite
13600
Ship: Hondius | Date: 20 Dec 2019 / 29 Dec 2019 More info about this Ship
Quadruple Porthole
7200
Triple Porthole
8200
Twin Porthole
8900
Twin Window
9200
Twin Deluxe
9800
Superior
10600
Junior Suite
11350
Grand Suite
12900
Hondius Suite
14900
Ship: Hondius | Date: 29 Dec 2019 / 7 Jan 2020 More info about this Ship
Quadruple Porthole
7200
Triple Porthole
8200
Twin Porthole
8900
Twin Window
9200
Twin Deluxe
9800
Superior
10600
Junior Suite
11350
Grand Suite
12900
Hondius Suite
14900
Ship: Hondius | Date: 15 Feb 2020 / 24 Feb 2020 More info about this Ship
Quadruple Porthole
7200
Triple Porthole
8200
Twin Porthole
8900
Twin Window
9200
Twin Deluxe
9800
Superior
10600
Junior Suite
11350
Grand Suite
12900
Hondius Suite
14900
Ship: Plancius | Date: 20 Mar 2020 / 29 Mar 2020 More info about this Ship
Quadruple Porthole
5950
Triple Porthole
6700
Twin Porthole
7150
Twin Window
7550
Twin Deluxe
8150
Superior
8800

• The prices are per person expressed in US Dollars.

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© Sebastian Arrebola
© Sebastian Arrebola
© Sebastian Arrebola

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