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.
Sue Flood, Expert in Residence: 12/1/2013 and 12/10/2013 only
Join Sue Flood, a professional wildlife and travel photographer, on this voyage of a lifetime. A Durham University zoology graduate, she went on to become a wildlife film-maker, spending 11 years with the world-renowned BBC Natural History Unit in Bristol. Sue was an assistant producer on the award-winning BBC series The Blue Planet. Sue’s adventures on more than 30 trips to the Arctic and Antarctic have taken her from camping at -40°C, working on Russian icebreakers on trips to the North Pole and living with Inuit hunters on the floe edge, to diving with leopard seals in the Antarctic.
Tom Hart, Expert in Residence: 12/19/2013, 12/28/2013 and 1/6/2014 only
Join Tom Hart, head of the Penguin Lifelines project at Oxford University and the Zoological Society of London, on this voyage of a lifetime. Tom monitors Antarctic wildlife using camera trapping, volunteer photos and population genetics. His PhD at Imperial College and the British Antarctic Survey investigated penguin foraging behavior around South Georgia. He loves the world's cold places and is passionate about protecting them. Tom loves all penguins, but particularly macaroni penguins, as they have the most attitude.
Sea Kayaking Option: Available all departures; $895 per person; minimum age 16 years. Please note that some kayaking experience is recommended in order to participate in this program. Space is limited; request at time of booking.
Camping Option: Available all departures; $225 per person; minimum age 16 years. No camping experience is necessary to participate in this program. Sleeping bags and all safety equipment are provided. Space is limited; request at time of booking.
Snowshoeing Option: 12/1/2013, 12/10/13, 12/19/2013 departures only; no additional cost; anyone can take part, no previous experience necessary. Snowshoes available free of charge for excursions when conditions permit.
Mountaineering Option: 12/1/2013, 12/10/2013, 12/19/2013, 12/28/2013 departures only; $595 per person; minimum age 16 years. The program is for adventurers with above average physical fitness and mental stamina who want to challenge one or more of the remote Antarctic peaks. Each climbing adventure can last up to 10 hours, based on local conditions. Axes, ropes, crampons, and all safety equipment are provided. Space is limited; request at time of booking.
Cross-Country Skiing Option: 12/1/2013, 12/10/2013, 12/19/2013, 12/28/2013 departures only; $575 per person; minimum age 16 years. The program requires a moderate level of physical fitness, but novice cross-country skiers are invited to participate. Skis, poles, and all safety equipment provided. Space is limited; request at time of booking.
Photography Program: Available all departures; no additional cost. This is a complimentary course available to everyone on board who wishes to participate. There is no need to register ahead of time for the course. The course includes the services of a resident photography instructor; a program of lectures on photography and digital image manipulation; and photography focused excursions at landing sites with hands-on instruction.
Mandatory Travel Insurance:
All guests are required to have comprehensive travel insurance coverage. Due to the remoteness of the areas in this itinerary, travelers must have a minimum $50,000 of emergency medical coverage. Proof of coverage is required prior to embarkation. The shipping company will not be held responsible for delays due to force majeure. Any additional costs accrued will be the responsibility of the traveler. ExpeditionTrips strongly recommends that the travel insurance policy covers trip cancellation insurance, trip delay (interruption or after departure coverage), baggage and repatriation. ExpeditionTrips can assist you with this.
One night pre-expedition hotel accommodation with breakfast in Ushuaia as indicated in the itinerary. (The number of guests per room is the same as cabin occupancy on the ship. Due to limited availability, travelers who reserve a suite on board are accommodated in standard rooms at the hotel); group transfers from a designated location in Ushuaia to the ship on embarkation day; shipboard accommodation with daily housekeeping; all breakfasts, lunches and dinners on board throughout your voyage. (Please inform of any dietary requirements as far in advance as possible. Unfortunately, the ships’ galleys cannot prepare kosher meals); all shore landings per the daily program; leadership throughout the voyage by experienced Expedition Leader, including shore landings and other activities; all Zodiac transfers and cruising per the daily program; formal and informal presentations by Expedition Team and guest speakers as scheduled; photographic Journal on DVD, documenting the voyage; a pair of waterproof expedition boots on loan for shore landings; an official parka to keep; coffee, tea, and cocoa available around the clock; flat screen televisions and DVD player in every cabin; hair dryer and bathrobes; comprehensive pre-departure materials, including a map and an informative Antarctic Reader; a group transfer upon disembarkation in Ushuaia from the ship to the local airport; all miscellaneous service taxes and port charges throughout the program; all luggage handling aboard ship; emergency Evacuation Insurance for all passengers to a maximum benefit of USD $100,000 per person; snowshoes available on loan for shore excursions (when conditions permit); headsets available on loans for listening to staff presentations and commentary; access to the world’s largest floating collection of polar books and DVD’s in many languages; yoga classes and wellness program; a one-year membership in the Friends of the Scott Polar Research Institute; a comprehensive photography program that includes the services of a resident photography instructor, a program of lectures on photography and digital image manipulation, photography focused excursions at landing sites.
Any airfare; passport and visa expenses; government arrival and departure taxes; any meals ashore with the exception of breakfast at the host hotel before embarkation; alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages; baggage, cancellation and medical travel insurance; excess baggage charges; laundry and other personal charges; telecommunications charges; voluntary gratuity at the end of the voyage for shipboard staff and crew; supplements for adventure options; fuel surcharge may apply.
*Emergency Evacuation Insurance:
Emergency evacuation coverage to a maximum benefit per paying passenger of $100,000 is included in the cost of this expedition. Included coverage is applicable only to travel between the first and last day of the expedition purchased. Additional days of travel prior to the expedition and/or after the expedition are not covered by the included emergency evacuation insurance. We strongly advise all passengers to purchase medical, cancellation and baggage insurance, and additional emergency evacuation coverage.