An 11-day voyage including flight from/to Punta Arenas
This voyage encompasses two additional days of exploration in Antarctica without adding to the total length of the voyage. Also available in reverse direction.
Duration: 12 days
Embarkation: Punta Arenas, Chile (fly to King George Island)
Disembarkation: Ushuaia, Argentina
Language: English speaking voyage
We start our journey in Ushuaia, Argentina. Excitement is in the air as we enjoy a welcome cocktail, dinner and cast off, bound for Antarctica and the adventure of a lifetime.
Days 2 - 3
Sailing south towards Antarctica we will be joined by hundreds of seabirds including the wandering albatross. Improve your photography skills or join the ship’s Captain on the bridge and learn about the operations of our modern expedition vessel.
Days 4 - 9
The waterways of the Antarctic Peninsula are home to deep bays, pristine coves and inlets and numerous small islands. Rocky outcrops, known as ‘nunataks’ are home to gentoo, Adelie and chinstrap penguin rookeries and the waters are rich in marine life. We frequently encounter seals, including the powerful leopard seal, usually found hauled out on an ice floe. Curious humpback whales and the smaller minke whales are present much of the time as they feed on the vast schools of krill. Sightings of orca are not uncommon. Every day we plan an exciting range of activities, including guided hikes on shore (both short and long), visits to wildlife colonies with our expert naturalist guides, as well as zodiac cruising. Zodiac cruising or sea kayaking among the ice, searching for seals and whales is a memorable activity. Planned excursions along the Antarctic Peninsula may include Cierva Cove or Mikklesen Harbour, Danco Island, the Melchior Islands and Fournier Bay - or a cruise through the Errera Channel to visit the gentoo penguin rookeries at Cuverville Island. Wilhelmina Bay is another favourite location and one where we frequently encounter playful humpback whales. It is somewhere along this stretch of coastline that we plan a night on shore, camping in Antarctica. We have all the right gear and equipment and an expert team to make it happen.
South Shetland Islands and Deception Island
After several busy days of exploration along the Antarctic Peninsula, we head for the South Shetland Islands. The adventure is not over and if the weather conditions allow, we sail the ship into the flooded volcanic caldera at Deception Island. This is a very dramatic location. History is all around us as we explore the old whaling station and airport hangar. There are several superb hikes and an opportunity for a swim - the 'Polar Plunge!' We head north-east, cruising along the pristine coast of Livingston Island, which on a sunny day is always a memorable experience.
King George Island and Punta Arenas, Chile
This morning we say goodbye to our expedition team and transfer ashore by Zodiac to board our special charter flight back to South America. This flight takes a little over two hours and is included in the price of your voyage. Upon arrival into Punta Arenas a transfer from the airport into town is provided. This itinerary includes a complimentary hotel night in Punta Arenas for all guests returning from King George Island at the end of the voyage. This evening is at your leisure.
• The prices are per person expressed in US Dollars.
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THE POLAR TRAVEL COMPANY LLC
8175 NW 12 ST #130
Doral, FL 33126
Miami - Dade, Florida
Tel: +1 786 352 8686
Bulnes 1319, Buenos Aires.
Tel: +54 9 11 62532677
4° C, Ushuaia, Tierra del Fuego.
Tel: +54 9 249 457 3920
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