Antarctic Peninsula

10 Nights / 11 Days

Day 1

Arrive in Ushuaia, the world’s most southerly city, where you board one of our expedition ships, the Akademik Ioffe or the Akademik Sergey Vavilov.  In the early evening we set sail, charting a course along the Beagle Channel and push out into the Drake Passage sometime after midnight.

Day 2-3

Crossing the Drake Passage, there is much excitement in the air as we make our way ever closer to the white continent.  Guests eagerly soak up the friendly atmosphere as the on board experts prepare us for our adventure with presentations on everything Antarctic, from wildlife to history.  In due course we cross the Antarctic Convergence where we notice a distinct drop in temperatures as we enter the icy waters of the Antarctic Ocean.  Along the way, we witness our first icebergs, a fantastic variety of seabirds and with luck several whale species.

Day 4-8

In the waterways of the Antarctic Peninsula, we plan to take every opportunity to explore our surroundings in inflatable Zodiac boats.  There is also the opportunity to enjoy a memorable sea- kayaking programme.

At Half Moon Island we observe a breeding colony of chinstrap penguins that share their territory with fur seals and blue-eyed shags.  Other planned excursions might include the Lemaire Channel, Wilhelmina Bay and even the southerly Petermann Island, where we observe Weddell, crab eater and elephant seals, skuas and other seabirds as well as a magnificent abundance of penguins including some very large colonies of the comical Adélie penguin.

We also hope to see the gentle humpback whale dining on krill in its feeding grounds and may be lucky to observe Orcas and Minke whales along the way.  Each day we enjoy delicious lunches and dinners prepared by our team of chefs.  We arrive at Paradise Harbour and nearby Neko Harbour, where the scenery is outstanding.  There are oddly-shaped icebergs that look like sculptures and colossal ‘tabular’ icebergs that break away from the continent’s ice shelf.  Some may wish to camp on shore overnight.  It is in this vicinity that we will step foot on the ‘white continent’ itself.  Whatever your vantage point, whether on board or onshore, expect to feel transformed as you experience an Antarctic twilight from the very bottom of the planet.

Day 9-10

As we leave this magical place and make our way north, heading again across the Antarctic Convergence and the Drake Passage before rounding Cape Horn, we celebrate the conclusion of our Polar expedition with a special dinner.

Day 11

In the early morning we arrive back in Ushuaia.  After disembarkation you are transferred to your Ushuaia hotel or the airport for your onward journey.

Dates & Prices:

Departures:

2014    Dec 08, 18       2015    Jan 21, Mar 05                         Vessel: Akademik Ioffe

2014    Dec 10             2015   Jan 27, Feb 24, March 06       Vessel: Akademik Sergey Vavilov    

 

Vessel: Akademik Ioffe

Date:      Triple   Twin (semi-private)  Twin (private)  Superior  Shackleton Suite  Ocean Suite

08 Dec  $6795      $9195                        $9995                $10395        $10795              $11995

18 Dec  $7895      $10095                      $10595              $10995        $11595              $13095

21 Jan   $7895     $10095                      $10595              $10995         $11595              $13095

05 Mar  $6795      $9195                        $9995                 $10395        $10795              $11995

 

Vessel: Akademik Sergey Vavilov

Date:      Triple   Twin (semi-private)  Twin (private)  Superior  Shackleton Suite  Ocean Suite

10 Dec  $6795      $9195                        $9995          $10395        $10795              $11995

27 Jan   $7895     $10095                      $10595        $10995         $11595              $13095

24 Feb  $7895     $10095                      $10595        $10995         $11595              $13095

06 Mar  $6795      $9195                        $9995          $10395        $10795              $11995