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    Go ski touring in Antarctica
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    Enjoy the unique chance to camp overnight in Antarctica
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    Meeting a leopard seal!

Antarctica Off the Beaten Track - Akademik Ioffe

Explore from south of the Lemaire Channel to the northern tip of the Antarctic Peninsula. The goal is to enter Antarctic waters prepared to undertake extraordinary outdoor pursuits that will excite, awe and inspire people who revel in the outdoors. Options include camping out on the ice amidst the Polar landscape, sea kayaking (with or without overnight camping), high alpine ski touring, snowshoeing and all traditional activities (walking, hiking, zodiac cruising). Even experienced staff members many of whom have visited the southern region a hundred times or more are still astonished by Antarctica's pristine beauty and wildlife.

Special Offer

Departure eligible for a flight credit of US$1500pp (or equivalent currency).  Applies only to deposited bookings prior to 30 October 2017.

  • Variety of adventure options including camping, kayaking, hiking, snowshoeing and photography excursions.
  • Longer voyage with more time spent admiring Majestic mountains, ice and scenery of the Antarctic Peninsula
  • Fast, powerful and ice strengthened vessel
  • Educational program from onboard lecturers and specialists
  • Onboard hospitality staff look after your every comfort
  • Antarctic wildlife - penguins, seals, whales and more!
  • Day 1: Ushuaia Today is the first day of our adventure. As we board the vessel, in Ushuaia, the world’s southernmost city at the tip of Argentina, and start to become familiar with 'our home' for the next 13 days we cannot help but wonder about the exciting journey ahead of us. In the early evening, we set sail and begin our voyage leaving behind Ushuaia and charting a course through the Beagle Channel. Days 2-3: Drake Passage Crossing the Drake Passage, there is so much excitement in the air as we make our way ever closer to the white continent. Guests eagerly soak up the friendly atmosphere onboard, as our numerous Polar experts and educational professionals prepare us for our adventures with presentations and courses on everything Antarctic, from wildlife and history, to first aid and snow safety. Eventually, we will cross the Antarctic Convergence where we notice a distinct drop in temperature as we enter the waters of the Antarctic Ocean. Along the way, we will witness many spectacular sights from icebergs to an array of seabirds and even several whale species some of which are known on occasion to breach from the sea. Days 4-10: Antarctic Peninsula In the waterways of the Antarctic Peninsula, we make as much time as possible to explore by inflatable Zodiacs to incorporate our expedition goals and marvel up close at nature’s glory. Planned excursions may include Neko Harbour, Wilhelmina Bay and the southerly Petermann Island, where we will observe Weddell, crabeater and elephant seals, skuas and other seabirds as well as a shocking abundance of penguins including some very large colonies of the comical Adélie penguin. Amongst these varied landing sites and extraordinary bays for cruising, we find ourselves delving into our expedition field photography program as well as our hiking, snow shoeing, sea kayaking, and ski touring. Using the weather as our guide, we endeavour to extend ourselves beyond the standard limits of expedition cruising itineraries. With a flexible hospitality team we are able to spend more time onshore in our chosen environment to meet all of our expeditionary goals. Once alongside the peninsula we plan to launch our overnight kayaking experience for two nights away from the ship. After packing the kayaks with the necessary gear for our adventure we leave the ship and paddle into our chosen destination. Once we land we expect to spend about 2/3 hours stretching our legs and exploring. Some of you may ascend to a walk-able summit to take in the views, and massive icebergs in every direction. We also look for a possible campsite and assemble our tents for the wonderful experience of overnight kayak camping in Antarctica. Specifics for our ski touring program will depend on weather and avalanche safety. With our focus on the experience rather than the number of penguins we see, we have the flexibility to take our time to launch our outdoor pursuits in the right area for the required length of duration. We envisage the ability to offer a couple of ski touring options throughout the time in Antarctica. Days 11-12: Drake Passage 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 have no doubt that time will be spent sharing and reflecting on the wonderful experiences of the last few days. This sailing time is optimal for reviewing your newfound ‘field photography’ skills and learning more from our onboard presentation staff and educational experts. Sailing up the Beagle Channel, we celebrate the conclusion of our Polar expedition with a special dinner onboard. Day 13: Ushuaia In the early morning, we will arrive back in Ushuaia. It is time to say farewell to your crew and fellow travellers. Guests will be transported to their hotels or to the airport for return flights home. Note: As with all voyages, safety is our top priority. For that reason weather, ice or other conditions may require us to change our itinerary and shore excursions as we go but that is half the fun of Polar exploration. Predictability is a word that has no relevance in this environment.

    Expedition Vessel: M/V Akademik Ioffe

    Designed for polar research, the Akademik Ioffe, also known as the One Ocean Navigator is modern, comfortable, safe and ice-strengthened. From small group sessions to briefings for all passengers, the public spaces onboard the ship are ideally suited for each and every need. A separate bar and lounge, as well as a library provide ideal places to sit and relax or catch up on some reading. A selection of movies and documentaries can also be watched in the lounge.  Enjoy the sumptuous meals prepared for you by the culinary team in our 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, sauna and plunge pool.

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    Date Selected: 6th Nov 2017


    Adult (1) US$8495
    Sub total US$8495

    Expedition Options

    Name Description Price
    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. US$450
    Kayaking in Antarctica Imagine the swish of water is it passes your hull, or the clack of brash ice against your paddle blade. Sea kayaking in Antarctica allows you to experience another 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. This sea kayaking program is directed at any passenger with an adventurous spirit and a basic paddling ability. The guides are experienced instructors and will help you with any additional skills that you might require. In addition, they will tailor sea kayak excursions to your skill level and recommend when you should and shouldn't be paddling. The sea kayaking option should be added at the time of booking and, due to its great popularity, is generally not available for booking onboard the vessel.   US$795
    Expedition Field Photography Expedition Field Photography- pre-booked option, fee of US$45. Maximum of 18 people. For keen photographers interested in field photography of either adventure pursuits or landscape, join our expedition photography program and special photographers in residence for an extended shore excursion aimed at capturing these subjects with a remarkable backdrop. US$45
    Ski Touring Ski Touring – pre-booked option, fee of US$750. Back country experience essential and participation in this option is dependent upon Ski Touring Guide approval onboard. Gear is not provided. Please review our required gear list prior to departure. Maximum number of clients is 12, minimum 6. US$750
    Expedition Snowshoeing Expedition Snowshoeing – pre-booked option, fee of US$45, gear is provided. Maximum 12 people.  US$45
    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. US$370
    Early Booking Offer Book and deposit before the indicated date and  save the following credit towards your international airfare! US$-1500

    Essential Information

    Deposit 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. Final 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. Cancellations 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. Booking Terms 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.

    Included

    • Voyage and accommodation on board as indicated in the itinerary.
    • 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.

    Excluded

    • 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).