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Antarctic Explorer: Discovering the 7th Continent Depart Ushuaia

Duration
11 Days
Prices From:
US$ 9,195

A wonderful way to enjoy an “expedition” to Antarctica. Sail from Ushuaia in Argentina and head south on your comfortable cruise ship. Spend time going ashore to this fascinating basically uninhabited landmass apart from the animal and bird life.


Arrive in the southernmost city in the world, Ushuaia, Argentina, capital of Tierra del Fuego and spend overnight here. The next day, embark on your ship and begin your cruise to Antarctica by sailing along the historic Beagle Channel and the next day, the unpredictable Drake Passage. During these two days, you will receive briefings on what to expect over the next few days.

The following 5 days introduce you to both the South Shetland Islands and the continent of Antarctica. The South Shetland Islands are located 75 kilometres/120 miles north of this famous land mass and are renowned for the large number of research stations located there. During these days, you will sail in sight of both destinations and eventually land on Antarctica using zodiacs in order to explore bays, channels and landing sites. You will come up close to penguin rookeries, see Humpback and Minke whales as well as seals. You will have the opportunity to climb up snowy pathways, take mountain hikes or simply spend time on pebbled beaches observing the local animal life.

Later, it’s time to return to Ushuaia spending 2 nights on board ship while watching out for seabirds and spotting whales along the way.


 

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Duration
11 Days
Prices From:
US$ 9,195

Itinerary

Day 1

Ushuaia

With a population of over 63,000 people, Ushuaia is the southernmost city in the world. The city has grown over the past few years, yet it has retained an easy going, accessible feel, with dramatic mountain surroundings it is a spectacular departure point for your Antarctic cruise. You can spend some time in the nearby Tierra del Fuego National Park, enjoy some Argentinean wines and barbeques in the city or visit the many boutique shops and cafes while preparing for your upcoming adventure.

Duration1 Night
Accommodation

Las Lengas

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    Las Lengas



    In the centre of Ushuaia, this hotel offers modern accommodation with views over Encerrada Bay. It is a 5-minute drive from Malvinas Argentina International Airport and offers free parking. Rooms are spacious and offer free Wi-Fi and LCD TVs. Guests can enjoy a number of ...

    In the centre of Ushuaia, this hotel offers modern accommodation with views over Encerrada Bay. It is a 5-minute drive from Malvinas Argentina International Airport and offers free parking. Rooms are spacious and offer free Wi-Fi and LCD TVs. Guests can enjoy a number of local dishes from the hotel's restaurant, or enjoy panoramic views from the bar. The front desk is available 24-hours a day.

    Facilities

    • Bar
    • Business Centre
    • Hairdryers
    • Internet Access - Wireless
    • Laundry/Dry Cleaning Service
    • Parking
    • Reception (24 hrs)

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Day 2

Embarkation Day

Embarkation will occur in the late afternoon, after which your vessel will sail down the historic Beagle Channel. This historic channel transects the Tierra del Fuego archipelago in the extreme south of South America. Expect an air of excitement as you depart - the next time you see land you'll be in the world's most southern continent!

Meal Plan Dinner
Duration9 Nights
Accommodation

Ocean Diamond

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  • Ocean Diamond



    The Ocean Diamond is a modern, stable super-yacht, and one of the largest of our small expedition ships. Carrying a maximum of 189 passengers, and with two stabilizers and an ice-strengthened hull, this outstanding vessel is ideal for polar expeditions. As one of the newest, ...

    The Ocean Diamond is a modern, stable super-yacht, and one of the largest of our small expedition ships. Carrying a maximum of 189 passengers, and with two stabilizers and an ice-strengthened hull, this outstanding vessel is ideal for polar expeditions.

    As one of the newest, fastest, and most eco-friendly ships in Antarctica, it is also one of the most comfortable. There are 101 elegantly designed cabins and suites, all with exterior views, and expansive common spaces, a club lounge, and a spacious restaurant. The ship offers numerous adventure options, plus on-board features such as interactions with photography instructors. After a full day of exploration, passengers can relax, browse books or DVDs in the well-stocked polar library.

    Passengers traveling to one of the world's most remote destinations will also do so in a "greener" fashion; the Ocean Diamond is the first ship in Antarctica, and in polar to offer certified Carbon Neutral voyages.

    Facilities

    • Doctor on Call
    • Internet Access
    • Library
    • Massage Treatments
    • Theater

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Day 3

Crossing the Drake Passage

Prepare yourself for potentially rough water, but hope for a smooth sailing as the Drake is unpredictable and always changing. You'll spend these first days getting to know your shipmates, while the crew will provide safety briefings and insights into what excitement lies ahead.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 4

Crossing the Drake Passage

This afternoon a landing will be attempted on the Antarctic Peninsula.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 5

South Shetland Islands and Antarctic Peninsula

When the Antarctic Convergence is left in your wake, you will truly begin your Antarctic adventure. It is perhaps the first sight of land itself that is embraced as the true beginning of any Antarctic expedition. You can begin to appreciate why this region has long captivated the attention of explorers and travelers alike. Every time someone visits Antarctica the witness something new or unexpected, meaning your expedition will be unlike any other.

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Day 6

South Shetland Islands and Antarctic Peninsula

You will take Zodiac excursions from the ship to explore bays, channels and landing sites each day. Visit penguin rookeries, scout for humpback and minke whales and search for a number of the southern seal species, including the cunning leopard seal.

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Day 7

South Shetland Islands and Antarctic Peninsula

The majesty of the Peninsula's mountains will enchant you as you scramble up snowy pathways to vantage points offering 360 degree views of your surroundings. One of these in particular, in Orne Harbour, gives the opportunity to visit a chinstrap penguin colony high up on a ridge. Here you'll have the choice between going for a mountain hike or spending time sitting quietly on a pebbled beach to enjoy the antics of curious penguins. If you're feeling extra adventurous, participating in the Polar Plunge swim is about as crazy as it gets!

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 8

South Shetland Islands and Antarctic Peninsula

Amidst the peaceful silence of Antarctica, noisy interruptions become indelible memories such as penguins squabbling over prized pebbles or the boom and crack of a calving glacier in Neko Harbour. You can make a bit of noise yourself too and listen to the echo of voices bounce off a giant glacier.

Every day will be different, having been carefully crafted by your Expedition Team so as to entertain and educate you about this wonderful part of the world.

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Day 9

Drake Passage to Ushuaia

The journey back across the Drake Passage provides you with some final opportunities to enjoy the crisp Antarctic air. Spend time on the deck watching for seabirds and scouting for whales, enjoy a few final presentations by your Expedition Team or simply relax and reminisce about your experiences.

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Day 10

Drake Passage to Ushuaia

Today you are still en route to Ushuaia.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 11

Disembarkation in Ushuaia

You'll arrive in Ushuaia in the morning for you to continue your adventure on land or catch your flights home.

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DEPARTURES:

Ocean Diamond

2017: Dec 8

2018: Jan 7, 16; Feb 21; Nov 6; Dec 9, 18, 27

2019: Jan 23; Feb 1.

Sea Adventurer

2017: Nov 26; Dec 4

2018: Feb 28

Ocean Adventurer

2019: Feb 24

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • One night pre-expedition hotel accommodation with breakfast in Ushuaia
  • All meals on board
  • All shore landings as per the daily program
  • An official Expeditions parka
  • Coffee, tea and cocoa available around the clock
  • Group transfers in Ushuaia from airport to local hotel
  • Group transfer from designated location in Ushuaia to ship on embarkation day
  • Group transfer upon disembarkation in Ushuaia from ship to local airport
  • All miscellaneous service taxes and port charges
  • Emergency Evacuation Insurance for all passengers

PRICE EXCLUDES:

  • Airfare unless otherwise specified in itinerary
  • Passport and visa expenses
  • Government arrival and departure taxes
  • Any meals ashore with the exception of breakfast at the host hotel before
  • Baggage, cancellation and medical travel insurance
  • Excess baggage charges
  • Laundry, bar, beverage and other personal charges unless specified
  • Telecommunication charges
  • Voluntary gratuity at the end of the voyage for shipboard staff and crew

TERMS AND CONTIONS:

Click here for a list of which vessel runs on the many Arctic and Antarctica expedition cruises.

Please note that vessel scheduling can change and this list is presented as a guide only. Please contact your nearest travel agent for the most update schedule.

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