Antarctic Peninsula – Christmas in Antarctica
9 days - Prices $5,595 - $9,495
Akademik Sergey Vavilov
Experience the White Continent on Christmas aboard a comfortable Russian ship with great guides and adventure activities such as kayaking and camping.
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Enjoy Christmas in Antarctica aboard a comfortable and well-appointed vessel as you explore the Antarctic Peninsula. Throughout your adventure, your highly qualified and personable expedition staff will provide an excellent experience in a casual and active environment—hiking, kayaking, and daily Zodiac excursions. Discover an unimaginable profusion of penguins, whales cresting the waves in close proximity, and sweeping ice sheets that span an entire continent. Encounter colossal icebergs and the amazing landscapes that stretch as far as the eye can see. Hardy adventurers or those with a yen for history have the chance to camp out on the ice overnight and feel the thrill experienced by the early explorers who attempted to conquer this continent.
Day 1: Ushuaia / Embark
Board your vessel in Ushuaia, Argentina, the world’s southernmost city. Sail down the Beagle Channel in the early evening, watch for wildlife and become familiar with shipboard life. Meet your impressive team of naturalists, experts on Antarctica and its wildlife.
Days 2 - 3: Drake Passage
Cross the Drake Passage and sail towards the White Continent. Relax and enjoy the friendly atmosphere onboard. Watch for albatross that follow in the ship’s wake. Enjoy presentations on Antarctica, from wildlife and history to Zodiac protocols and the environment. Cross 60°S, the geopolitical boundary of Antarctica, and pass through the Antarctic Convergence, a geological boundary where there’s a distinct drop in temperature at the entry to the cold waters of the Southern Ocean. Keep an eye out for giant icebergs, unique seabirds and possibly some of the world’s large whales, such as Humpbacks.
Days 4 - 6: Antarctic Peninsula
Explore bays and coves of the Antarctic Peninsula by Zodiac craft, stable for photography and easy landings on wild beaches. Visit Neko or Paradise Harbors, the large Gentoo penguin colonies of Cuverville or Danco Islands, and iceberg-strewn Wilhelmina Bay and Cierva Cove. Humpback, Minke or Orca whales may make a surprise appearance. Look for Crabeater, Weddell and Leopard seals in the Antarctic waters or basking on the ice. Spend a day in the South Shetland Islands, possibly at Half Moon Island where a colony of Chinstrap Penguins share the island with a variety of seals and Blue-eyed Shags. Choose to walk up a glacier for a high vantage point, stay down with the penguins near the beach, or go cruising in Zodiacs in search of seals and whales. If desired, time normally allows for a combination of these activities. Photograph seals, penguins and their chicks, as well as the diverse shapes and rich hues of icebergs. You may opt to spend a light-filled night camping on the shore of the Antarctic Peninsula. Feel enriched by spending Christmas in the wondrous and ethereal land of the White Continent.
Days 7 - 8: Drake Passage
As you cross the Drake Passage, take time to reflect on the Antarctic experience while watching for albatross and other Antarctic wildlife. If conditions allow, sail around Cape Horn at the southern tip of South America. Sail westward along the Beagle Channel and celebrate the voyage’s success with a special Captain’s dinner.
Day 9: Ushuaia / Disembark
Arrive back in Ushuaia in the early morning with a trip to remember forever. After breakfast, say farewell to new friends and depart for home or continue on your travels.
The above itinerary is a guide only, as the exact program depends on weather and ice conditions and the wildlife you encounter. Flexibility is the key to the success of this expedition.
All guests are required to have comprehensive travel insurance which must cover accidents, injury, illness and death, medical expenses, including any related to pre-existing medical conditions, emergency repatriation (including helicopter) and personal liability. ExpeditionTrips strongly recommends at least $200,000 Emergency Medical/Evacuation coverage for Antarctic trips which includes coverage for cancellation, trip disruption, baggage and personal property. ExpeditionTrips can assist you with this. You must carry proof of insurance with you and produce it if requested by expedition staff. The expedition team reserves the right to cancel or suspend your participation on a trip or in certain activities that comprise part of a trip, at any time, including after the commencement of your tour, with no right of refund, if you are unable to provide proof of insurance when requested.
Camping Option: No additional supplement.
No pre-booking required. If conditions are suitable and you choose to camp on the continent, all the required gear such as a few tents, bivy sacs and sleeping bags, will be provided. This excursion is managed with strict environmental regulations. A portable outhouse tent is used and absolutely everything is transported back to the ship afterwards.
Sea Kayaking Option: $795 per person
Pre-booked option for up to 16 guests. If you have experience sea kayaking and are interested in doing this activity during the expedition, you will need to book this option prior to departure from home. You cannot book this activity once onboard. There is a separate document for sea kayakers that you will need to review beforehand. Provided equipment includes full Gore-Tex drysuits, kayak specific PFD's, neoprene booties, a waterproof deck bag, pogies and many other vital paddling accessories.
Snowshoeing: No additional supplement.
No pre-booking required. If conditions are suitable, you may choose to snowshoe on the continent. Snowshoes and trekking poles provided. Traveling by snowshoes offers a new view of Antarctica! Come prepared with warm socks and comfortable clothing. A small knapsack to carry water and an extra layer of clothing is recommended.
Hiking Excursions: No additional supplement .
No pre-booking required. Trekking poles are available onboard for passenger use and instep crampons will be provided if necessary to improve traction on slick surfaces. Sturdy hiking books and warm hiking socks are needed to join this activity. Hikes will be 2-3 hours in duration and will involve negotiating challenging terrain without the assistance of trails. Antarctica hiking rewards with images of snow, ice, mountains, and glaciers.
Photography: No additional supplement.
An onboard photographer is available to work with you throughout the voyage to help you improve your photography and encourage you to look at scenes or events in a different way in order to capture them digitally. Also available is an onboard multimedia download studio with computers, cables, and hard-drives for back-up storage and for creating DVDs of your images.
Accommodation aboard the ship; all meals during the voyage prepared by onboard professional chefs; afternoon tea with fresh snacks each afternoon; coffee, tea, hot chocolate throughout the day; all Zodiac excursions; extensive program of relevant educational presentations; advice from experienced team of naturalists; overnight camping gear; welcome reception; welcome dinner; farewell dinner hosted by Captain; onboard medical officer; pre-departure information; hairdryers available on request at no charge; transfers from the meeting point in Ushuaia to the pier to board the ship on day 1 of the cruise and transfers from the pier to the meeting point or airport on the last day of the cruise.
All airfare; visa and passport fees; airport departure taxes; pre-cruise or post-cruise meals, transfers, and hotel accommodation; foul weather gear set (pants/jacket/wellington boots OR waterproof backpack/waterproof binoculars/wellington boots) available to rent by prearrangement; use of multimedia station; personal laundry charges; postage; telephone calls; drinks; medical expenses; trip interruption and cancellation insurance; travel medical insurance including medical evacuation (required); gratuities to staff and crew; private fitness sessions; massage therapy; fee for optional programs.
PHOTOS: © Ira Meyer, Adam Riley, C. Lawton
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