Day 1 - Punta Arenas to Puerto Williams Day 1 Fly from Punta Arenas to Puerto Williams. Enjoy a guided tour of the rustic port and beautiful surrounds. Embark Polar Pioneer in the late afternoon for introductory and safety briefings, then set sail along the Beagle Channel. Days 2-3 - Drake Passage Our Drake Passage crossing offers cape petrels darting about the ship, black-browed and wandering albatross soaring, and Wilson’s storm petrels flitting above the sea. Learn about Antarctica from our expert naturalist and safety and environmental guidelines from our expedition team as we prepare for our first landing, possibly late on Day 3. Days 4-9 - Antarctica An overnight passage along Gerlache Strait delivers us to the stunning Antarctic Peninsula, an ethereal wonderland of vast proportions. Aboard Zodiacs, we explore penguin rookeries, historic sites and scientific stations and cruise near exquisite icebergs. Our kayakers glide into secluded bays, climbers ascend pristine peaks and our snorkellers delight in marine discoveries. Stepping ashore on the continent creates an everlasting memory. We make the most of every day and a fair bit of each night. A curious leopard seal cruising amongst spectacular icebergs may mean postponing lunch (ours, not the leopard seal’s); loading Zodiacs after dinner for an orca cruise. If the weather allows, we may even sleep-out on the ice – a must for any Antarctic explorer! Days 10-11 - Drake Passage As the Captain steers the ship north across Drake Passage, our minds and souls revel in rich Antarctic experiences. There’s time to watch for seabirds, enjoy entertaining talks, discuss what we’ve seen and learned, exchange photos and stories. With luck, we may make a ceremonial rounding of Cape Horn before sharing a farewell dinner. Day 12 - Ushuaia We enjoy a gentle cruise along the Beagle Channel in the early morning. Disembark after breakfast for onward travel or to savour more time in Ushuaia. Please note that all of our itineraries are at the mercy of weather conditions and not all landings are guaranteed. Our itineraries are flexible and will change voyage to voyage, allowing the best chance to make the most of surprising wildlife displays and unexpected opportunities. Kayaking Option If you’re an intermediate kayaker, are active in the outdoors and have an adventurous spirit, join us as we paddle between ice floes, brash ice and icebergs of all shapes and sizes. Quiet enough to hear a whale blow or leopard seal sing! Kayaking (including drysuit) is available to intermediate paddlers. A surcharge applies. Camping Option Real Antarctic heroes sleep on ice! There’s no better way to experience Antarctica’s stunning silence and mesmerising, often colourful night sky. Camping is our most popular optional activity, with some passengers camping for the very first time in their lives. Camping is free and organised onboard our ship, totally dependent on weather and schedule. We provide all the equipment you need. Photography Antarctica and the Arctic are a photographers dream. Whether it be sitting quietly in the middle of a penguin rookery, visiting quaint historic sites or enjoying the thrill of breaching whale or polar bear in pack ice, there are an overwhelming number of opportunities to snap to your heart’s content. Catering to both amateurs and the more serious photographer, our on board professionals deliver Canon-accredited photography workshops and one-on-one instruction from the deck or Zodiacs and during landings. Expeditions are strictly limited to 54 passengers offering you an intimate, personal experience and more opportunities to get out amongst the nature and wildlife. Climbing At the cutting edge of climbing exploration in the Antarctic Peninsula, our guides have forged new routes on many of the continents magnificent peaks. From first ascents to ice climbing on grounded icebergs, we cater to all levels of expertise and interests. On voyages with our climbing option, we plan to make at least two one-day alpine ascents and have a go at ice climbing where possible. Polar Snorkelling This is your chance to don a dry-suit and take the ultimate plunge into the icy waters of Antarctica for an up-close underwater experience. Not for the faint-hearted!
Polar Pioneer is a small and sturdy expedition ship and a regular in polar waters. Built in Finland in 1985 as an ice- strengthened research vessel, she was refurbished in 2001 to provide a comfortable range of triple, twin and suite cabin options for a maximum of 54 expeditioners. Her excellent reputation for polar expedition cruising is due to her strength, maneuverability and size, allowing her to access areas where larger vessels simply can’t reach.
|Climbing in Antarctica||US$450|
|Kayaking option Antarctica||US$995|