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Classic Antarctica
12 days - Prices $7,995 - $16,695

Departures:

12/10/2013


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Ship(s): Sea Explorer (charter)

 

Trip Highlights:

Succumb to your wanderlust on a voyage to the Antarctic Peninsula and South Shetland Islands experiencing incredible wildlife and surreal beauty like nowhere else on Earth.


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Summary: Embark on a voyage featuring the abundant wildlife and spectacular scenery of the Antarctic Peninsula and South Shetland Islands, including classic sites of historic and scientific interest. Observe penguin rookeries, old whaling stations, operational research stations, and elephant seal colonies. Encounter humpback, orca and minke whales, adelie penguins, whirling Antarctic petrels in their true, natural habitat. Along the journey, your team of expert guides and lecturers will provide context to the sites and bring alive the region's remarkable natural history. In Antarctica, the silence is so perfect that every breath taken seems so loud. Enjoy the trip of a lifetime where you might be showered by a whale's spout or have a penguin rest on your boot!


Trip Itinerary
Day 1: Ushuaia, Argentina
Arrive in Ushuaia, the southernmost city in the world. Make your way to your hotel and enjoy the evening at leisure.

Day 2: Ushuaia, Argentina
Arrive at the ship in the afternoon and be greeted by the Expedition Team and ship's officers at a safety and orientation briefing followed by the Captain's welcome dinner. After dinner, relax and take in the mountainous scenery on an early evening sail down the Beagle Channel past penguin, cormorant, and sea lion colonies.

Days 3 - 4: Drake Passage
Your adventure begins with a 400-mile crossing of the passage that bears the name of the 16th century English explorer Sir Francis Drake. The Expedition is at home in this part of the Southern Ocean, known for the unimpeded fetch of the winds that encircle the Antarctic. At some point on the second day you cross the Antarctic Convergence, a meeting of cold polar water flowing north and warmer equatorial water moving in the opposite direction. This mixing pushes nutrient rich waters to the surface attracting a variety of seabirds, whales and other species.

As you make the passage you have time to become acquainted with the ship and frequent the common areas where you will meet your guides, ship’s crew and expedition staff. The lecture and information sessions begin where you can learn the extraordinary human and natural history of the Antarctic region.

Days 5 - 9: Antarctic Peninsula / South Shetland Islands
Experience some of the world’s most inspiring scenery and unique wildlife – gentoo, chinstrap and adelie penguins; weddell, crabeater and leopard seals; and orca, humpback and minke whales. Landing sites vary depending on weather conditions. There will be plenty of time to explore the amazing scenery– a pristine wilderness of snow, ice, mountains and waterways. Observe incredible wildlife, historically significant sites and fascinating landscapes. Watch penguins swim and amble over pebbled beaches, take a Zodiac cruise around artistically shaped icebergs, or perhaps witness a leopard seal hunt in the frigid Antarctic waters. In Antarctica, you don’t have to seek out the excitement, it is all around!

Days 10 - 11: Drake Passage
The journey back across the Drake Passage provides final opportunities for spotting seabirds and looking for whales. Listen as the Expedition Team gives their final presentations, recapping the great Antarctic adventure that you have experienced.

Day 12: Ushuaia, Argentina
Disembark the vessel after breakfast saying goodbye to the ship's crew and fellow passengers. Transfer to the airport for your return journey home.


Notes:

Read this itinerary as a guide only; the exact route and program varies according to ice and weather conditions - and the wildlife you encounter. Flexibility is the key to the success of this expedition.

Mandatory Travel Insurance:
All guests are required to have comprehensive travel insurance coverage including medical, evacuation, cancellation and trip interuption. Proof of coverage is required prior to embarkation. ExpeditionTrips strongly recommends at least $100,000 Emergency Medical/Evacuation coverage which includes coverage for cancellation, trip disruption, baggage and personal property. ExpeditionTrips can assist you with this.

Included:
1 pre-voyage hotel night in Ushuaia; group transfer to the ship on day of embarkation; group transfer to airport or central location upon disembarkation in Ushuaia; shipboard accommodations; all scheduled landings/excursions; all lectures and briefings onboard; all meals served aboard; coffee/tea/cocoa/espresso 24 hours daily; welcome drink and farewell dinner onboard; a pair of rubber boots on loan for shore landings; all port fees; pre-departure materials; digital Voyage Log.

Not Included:
Airfare; visa and passport fees (if applicable); luggage, medical and trip cancellation insurance; excess baggage charges; soft drinks and alcoholic beverages other than those for special events and celebrations; personal expenses such as laundry, telephone calls, faxes, e-mail service and gratuities to shipboard personnel; fuel surcharge may be apply; emergency evacuation insurance; pre- or post-cruise travel expenses.

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