- Visits to historic sites and science stations
- Fantastic glaciated scenery of the Antarctic Peninsula and Gerlache coastline.
- Outstanding wildlife observation on shore, zodiac cruising and from the ship.
- Learn about the environment, wildlife and ecology of Antarctica from polar experts.
Early summertime in Antarctica...
In December, Antarctica’s snow and ice will be in pristine condition, the penguin rookeries are busy with parents guarding precious eggs and in some locations, we witness nature at it’s very best – observing young penguin chicks emerging into the icy Antarctic world for the first time. Towering snow-covered mountains surround us and the sea ice is starting to break up, opening even more potential landing locations.
This trip commences in Ushuaia, Argentina. We recommend arriving in
Ushuaia at least one day prior to the scheduled voyage departure. This
gives you a buffer in the event of any unexpected travel delays
between home and voyage embarkation and departure. At the conclusion
of the voyage, we fly from King George Island (Antarctica) back to
Punta Arenas (Chile) via a special charter flight. Upon arrival in
Punta Arenas, a transfer is provided from the airport to downtown
Punta Arenas. This itinerary includes an additional hotel night in
Punta Arenas at the conclusion of your voyage. We advise making your
onward travel plans for the following day. Full joining instructions
will be provided in your final travel documentation. If you have
questions before this time, please ask us.
DAY 1 / USHUAIA
Our journey to Antarctica commences this afternoon in Ushuaia,
Argentina. We gather at our central meeting point and transfer to the
pier and embark our expedition ship. After settling into our cabins
and exploring the ship, we meet our expedition team and fellow
passengers. Excitement is in the air as we enjoy a welcome cocktail,
dinner and cast off, bound for Antarctica and the adventure of a
DAYS 2 – 3 / DRAKE PASSAGE - AT SEA TOWARDS ANTARCTICA
Sailing south towards Antarctica we will be joined by hundreds of
seabirds including the wandering albatross. Giant petrels and smaller
Cape petrels are also constant companions as we transit the Drake
Passage. Photographing these magnificent birds takes patience and
skill and our photography expert will be on hand to show you the best
techniques. Join the ship’s Captain on the bridge and learn about the
operations of our modern expedition vessel. Throughout the day our
onboard experts educate us with a series of presentations about the
environment, wildlife and history and the locations we hope to visit
in the coming days.
DAYS 4 – 9 / EXPLORATION OF THE GERLACHE STRAIT AND ANTARCTIC
We awaken today and the magnificent snowy peaks of continental
Antarctica are laid out before us. Even our experienced expedition
staff, some with more than 100 journeys south, will take a moment to
pause and reflect on this incredible sight. Take a deep breath – you
have arrived. This is Antarctica.
The waterways of the Antarctic Peninsula are home to deep bays,
pristine coves and inlets and numerous small islands.
The Gerlache coastline features heavily glaciated mountains
permanently covered in ice and snow. Rocky outcrops, known as
‘nunataks’ are home to gentoo, Adelie and chinstrap penguin rookeries
and the waters are rich in marine life. We frequently encounter seals,
including the powerful leopard seal, usually found hauled out on an
ice floe. Curious humpback whales and the smaller minke whales are
present much of the time as they feed on the vast schools of krill.
Sightings of orca are not uncommon.
Our activity program is in full swing and we encourage all guests to
choose how their adventure unfolds. Every day we plan an exciting
range of activities, including guided hikes on shore (both short and
long), visits to wildlife colonies with our expert naturalist guides,
as well as Zodiac cruising.
The historic huts and science stations
located along the peninsula provide a fascinating glimpse into the
past and the present. Zodiac cruising among the ice, searching for
seals and whales is a memorable activity.
Meanwhile, our sea kayakers may range several miles from the ship
experiencing Antarctica from an entirely different perspective. Our
resident photography guide will be on hand to help you with your
camera handling and image composition. Maybe what you really want to
do is sit on a rock, watching the penguins come and go from the water.
Make yourself comfortable and enjoy the show.
Planned excursions along the Antarctic Peninsula may include Cierva
Cove or Mikklesen Harbour, Danco Island, the Melchior Islands and
Fournier Bay - or a cruise through the Errera Channel to visit the
gentoo penguin rookeries at Cuverville Island. Wilhelmina Bay is
another favourite location and one where we frequently encounter
playful humpback whales. Nearby Paradise Harbour is a particular
highlight and offers an excellent hiking route to a viewpoint
providing expansive views. Andvord Bay and Neko Harbour provide yet
another continental landing opportunity.
It is somewhere along this stretch of coastline that we plan a night
on shore, camping in Antarctica. We have all the right gear and
equipment and an expert team to make it happen - all you need is an
adventurous spirit! Camping always depends on the weather and is never
guaranteed it on any voyage. If the weather is good and site
characteristics suit our requirements, rest assured, we will always go
for it. Camping is included and you can decide to participate while
onboard. There is no need to pre-book.
DAY 10 / SOUTH SHETLAND ISLANDS, ANTARCTICA
After several busy days of exploration along the Antarctic Peninsula,
we head for the South Shetland Islands. The adventure is not over and
if the weather conditions allow, we sail the ship into the flooded
volcanic caldera at Deception Island. This is a very dramatic
location. History is all around us as we explore the old whaling
station and airport hangar. There are several superb hikes and an
opportunity for a swim - the 'Polar Plunge!' We head north-east,
cruising along the pristine coast of Livingston Island, which on a
sunny day is always a memorable experience. There are several other
landing sites in this vicinity including Half Moon Island and the
broad pebbly beach at Yankee Harbour where we often encounter Weddell
seals sunning themselves. Tonight we enjoy a special dinner attended
by the ship’s Captain, cruising towards King George Island.
DAY 11 / KING GEORGE ISLAND (ANTARCTICA) – RETURN TO SOUTH
AMERICA – OVERNIGHT PUNTA ARENAS
This morning we say goodbye to our expedition team and transfer
ashore by Zodiac. We walk from the shore landing site past the Chilean
research station and up towards the airstrip and board our special
charter flight back to South America. This flight takes a little over
two hours and is included in the price of your voyage. Upon arrival
into Punta Arenas a transfer from the airport into town is provided.
POST VOYAGE HOTEL INCLUDED: This itinerary includes a complimentary
hotel night in Punta Arenas for all guests returning from King George
Island at the end of the voyage. This evening is at your leisure.
Punta Arenas is home to some cozy restaurants, cafes and bars –
including the historic ‘Shackleton Bar’ at the Hotel Jose Nogueira – a
fitting location to reflect on your journey to Antarctica.
DAY 12 / PUNTA ARENAS – DEPART
After breakfast and check-out, make your own way to the airport for
your onward journey. (We recommend you book flights after midday).
Otherwise, why not continue your exploration of Patagonia? Just a few
hours north, lies the celebrated Torres del Paine National Park – home
to towering peaks, glaciers and spectacular wilderness - a paradise
for hikers and nature lovers.
Expedition Vessel: M/V Akademik Sergey Vavilov
Designed for polar research, the Akademik Sergey Vavilov, also known as the One Ocean Voyager is modern, comfortable, safe and ice-strengthened. From small group sessions to briefings for all passengers, the public spaces onboard the ship ideally suited for each and every need. A separate bar and lounge located on deck 6 with expansive 180 degree views, as well as a library provide ideal places to sit and relax or catch up on some reading.
Enjoy the sumptuous meals prepared for you by the culinary team in the dining room, which can host all clients in a single seating with ample room. Other facilities include the theatre style presentation room, gift-shop, fitness room, massage room, hot water spa (November 2012), sauna, and salt water plunge pool.
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Dates, Costs & Booking
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Adult (1) US$9695
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|Buenos Aires 4-day stopover (3-star)
||Buenos Aires, the elegant Capital of Argentina, is one of the largest cities in the world. This great metropolis renowned for its sophistication stands out for being the most cosmopolitan and European city in South America, displayed through its mixed architecture and diverse culture. The Tango ambience can still be felt here, from the outdoor performances in San Telmo or La Boca to the evening shows in glitzy theatres. This 4 day/3 night stopover includes 3-star accommodation with breakfast, return airport transfers, a tour of the city and an evening dinner and Tango show at one of the famed Tango houses.
Note: Itinerary can be customised and based on higher-standard hotels on request.
*Prices are per person share twin (contact us for single or triple prices) and are subject to change and surcharge for Christmas/New Year.
||Imagine the swish of water is it passes your hull, or the clack of brash ice against your paddle blade. Sea kayaking in polar regions allows you to experience a new side of this magnificent destination. Even the smallest piece of brash ice requires a navigation decision that you as skipper of your own little boat will be required to make. Bumping through the ice, gliding across a glassy bay with the mountains and glaciers reflected in the water, or close encounters with wildlife are experiences shared by sea kayakers.
Our highly experienced guides spend more time paddling in cold water then they do in warm waters. With a combined role of safety and interpretation, they will guide and introduce you to a slower paced, quieter environment.
Kayak excursions will be offered in conjunction with the Zodiac excursions whenever weather conditions permit. The Kayak Guides and Adventure Concierges will help to explain the choices of activities at each landing site and provide some suggestions on what to participate in, based on your own interests.
|Ushuaia stopover (3-star)
||3 DAY/2 NIGHT USHUAIA STOPOVER
Ushuaia, the southernmost city in the world is a colourful port, situated on the shores of the Beagle Channel in a bay of incredible beauty. Your stopover pre or post cruise, includes 2 nights accommodation with breakfast, one way transfer airport/hotel or vice versa and a tour of the Tierra del Fuego National Park with a ride on ‘The Train at the End of the World’. Cost shown per person Twin share (contact us for single or triple pricing) and based on 3-star hotel accommodation (contact us for other standards). Price subject to change due to availability or seasonal rates.
|Early Booking Offer
||Book and deposit before the indicated date and save the following credit towards your international airfare!
Reservations require a 20% deposit at the time you receive a booking confirmation from Expeditions Online. A payment link will be sent to you and this may be paid by major credit card. Bookings within 120 days of departure require full payment.
Balances are due 120 days prior to departure and can be paid by bank transfer. Balance payments may be made by credit card subject to a 2% surcharge.
All requests for cancellation must be received in writing to Expeditions Online. Cancellations received 120 days or more prior to departure = loss of deposit. If cancellation occurs less than 120 days up to and including the day of departure: 100 % of the total price. If full payment has not yet been received, the full penalty will still apply and any unpaid balance is due immediately. We strongly recommend that you obtain adequate trip cancellation insurance.
Pricing, Sharing and Single Occupancy
Prices shown are per person on a shared basis. If you are travelling alone and wish to share, you will be matched with someone of the same gender and pay only the share rate. If desired, Single occupancy is available at 1.5 times the twin share rate (not available in the Triple category), or 2 times the rate for Suites.
Family Travel and Child Discounts
For youth up to and including 17 years of age there is a 25% reduction in price. For youth between the ages of 18-21 there is a 20% reduction in price with proof of educational enrolment (current student card). These youth bookings must accompany an adult booking. Permission is required for any traveller under the age of 18 years and a Child Consent form to be completed.
Please read carefully the general Terms and Conditions for Expeditions Online. This voyage is operated by One Ocean Expeditions and you additionally travel under their terms and conditions as the operator as well as of the Shipping Company/transport carrier. Details will be forwarded to you at the time of booking.
- Voyage and accommodation on board as indicated in the itinerary.
- One way flight King George Island to Punta Arenas.
- All meals throughout the voyage aboard the ship including snacks, coffee and tea.
- Free use of onboard expedition rubber boots & wet weather gear (you are welcome to bring your own as well)
- All shore excursions and activities throughout the voyage by Zodiac and guided hikes/walks.
- Educational presentations and leadership by experienced expedition guides, naturalist staff, and hospitality staff.
- Access to onboard multimedia room and download stations
- An emergency trained English speaking physician
- All miscellaneous service taxes and port charges throughout the program.
- Comprehensive pre-departure material.
- Any airfare whether on scheduled or charter flights.
- Pre- and post land arrangements.
- Transfers to the vessel.
- Passport and visa expenses.
- Government arrival and departure taxes.
- Baggage, cancellation and personal insurance (which is strongly recommended).
- Excess baggage charges.
- All items of a personal nature such as additional purchases onboard in the gift shop, laundry, bar, beverage charges and telecommunication charges.
- The customary gratuity at the end of the voyages for stewards and other service personnel aboard (guidelines will be provided).