Day 1: Buenos Aires / Ushuaia, ArgentinaDeparting from Buenos Aires, take a charter flight to Ushuaia and transfer to the port. Embark the vessel and bid farewell to Tierra del Fuego, the ‘Land at the End of the World’. Settle in, explore the ship and meet the Expedition Team.
Days 2 - 3: Drake PassageThe Drake Passage has a notorious reputation for its turbulent seas due to the Antarctic Convergence, a natural boundary where cold polar water flows northward and warmer equatorial water moves southward. When they meet, nutrients are pushed to the surface, often attracting a multitude of seabirds and whales. Spend some time on deck watching the horizon and the variety of seabirds such as albatross and petrels that glide in the air currents of the ship’s wake. Have your cameras ready to capture the magical color of a midnight sunset.
Attend wildlife, geography and historical discussions hosted by expert naturalists and guest lecturers that will prepare for the exciting adventures that lie ahead. Visit the Bridge to learn about the instruments and techniques of Antarctic navigation.
Days 4 - 8: Antarctic PeninsulaPast the furthest reaches of Tierra del Fuego and beyond your wildest imagination lies the last great frontier – Antarctica’s vast white wilderness. Landscapes formed by the harshest wrath of Mother Nature, yet blessed by an isolated independence and tranquility await. Marvel at remarkable natural beauty and abundant wildlife that thrive here despite the harsh climate. Witness the dramatic splendor of spectacular iceberg sculptures, calving glaciers and experience up-close encounters with marine mammals. Watch for seals sunbathing on slow-moving ice floes and for Humpback, Minke, and Orca whales breaching from below the frigid waters. Each day partake in Zodiac departures, and, if conditions permit, visit a variety of penguin rookeries and scientific research stations. Perhaps a Zodiac cruise amidst colorful icebergs or a special excursion with an expert guest naturalist will be the highlight of the day.
Days 9 - 10: Drake PassageOn return through the Drake Passage, again watch for seabirds and wildlife. Take this opportunity to attend additional presentations offered by the onboard lecturers or swap photos with new found friends as the journey continues towards Ushuaia.
Day 11: Ushuaia, Argentina / Buenos Aires, ArgentinaDisembark the vessel and transfer to the airport for your return charter flight to Buenos Aires.
This itinerary is subject to change. ExpeditionTrips is not responsible for itinerary changes.
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.
All ocean-view suite accommodation; onboard meals; butler service; complimentary beverages served throughout the ship (an assortment of complimentary wines, champagne and spirits); all onboard gratuities (except spa); expedition parka and backpack; courtesy rubber boots on board; port charges and handling fees.
International airfare; air charter package [$950 per person (2013); $1,140 per person (2014-2015); prices are round-trip between Buenos Aires and Ushuaia and include applicable transfers between the airport/pier]; transfers and luggage handling; government fees and taxes; passport expenses; items of a personal nature; fuel surcharge may apply.