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 emergency medical evacuation travel insurance coverage. Proof of coverage is required prior to embarkation. The policy provider, policy number and emergency contact phone number must be provided prior to departure date. 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.
Kayaking Option: All departures
If you wish to take this option, please advise us when you make your booking as numbers are limited. Please note, some sea kayaking experience is necessary.
Alpine Crossing Option: 3/9/2016 only
Attempt to repeat the epic crossing of Ernest Shackleton and trek for up to three days from King Haakon Bay to Stromness. The crossing distance is 35 to 50 kilometres depending on the route, and involves crossing large, heavily crevassed glaciers and alpine passes. Experience in crevassed alpine terrain is essential.
Luggage transfer from hotel in Ushuaia to ship on day of boarding; transfer from ship to Stanley airport, including tour of Stanley; transfer from ship to Stanley airport, including tour of Stanley; flight from Stanley to Punta Arenas or Santiago (no reduced fare for finishing in Punta Arenas); cabin accommodation on the ship; daily cabin service; meals, snacks, tea and coffee during the voyage; shore excursions; lectures and guide services; gumboots (for loan onboard); polar expedition jacket (to keep); printed photo book produced with imagery from your voyage (one per booking); access to on board doctor and basic medical services; port taxes and service charges; entry fees to historic landings sites.
Airfare except flight from Stanley to Punta Arenas or Santiago; accommodation and transfers not mentioned in the itinerary; visa, passport, and vaccination charges; airport arrival or departure taxes; fuel surcharge may apply; optional sea kayaking and alpine crossing; optional excursions not included in the itinerary; items of a personal nature including but not limited to: alcoholic beverages and soft drinks, laundry services, personal clothing, medical expenses, gratuities, internet or phone charges; travel insurance and/or emergency evacuation charges.