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Antarctic Peninsula

Written by Eva Stelzer. Posted in Antarctica, Trips, World Travel

The Antarctic Peninsula

Our 12-day Antarctic Peninsula voyage – in partnership with Polar Latitudes – offers incredible wildlife viewing. Enjoy stops at active scientific or historic bases. Our program features citizen science.

Details in brief

Trip Length 12 days/11 nights
Start/Finish Ushuaia/Ushuaia
Walk Rating Moderate
Included All meals on board the Expedition
Hotels Luxury Eco resort in Ushuaia and luxury expedition ship
Price * Call for pricing
Recommended 3 night pre tour in Buenos Aires

Our next group departure January 19, 2020

Highlights

  • A transformational travel experience with Eviactive, that explores the earth’s southern most continent.
  • Discover the world and wild life in the true south of glacial icebergs.
  • Understand the importance of respecting the planet that is our home and in preserving the environment.
  • A mesmerizing view of a natural habitat that we rarely glimpse.
  • Watch floating castles of ice glisten in the warmth of the austral sun.
  • Experience what centuries of explores who have been captivated by the ice have seen.
  • Learn from our on-board naturalist guides who will share the culture and life cycle of penguins, seals, and other animals that are part of this unique and exceptional habitat.

Day 1 Thursday, January 18 Ushuaia

Day 1 is an arrival day in Ushuaia. You may choose our complimentary flexible arrival program and arrive up to 24 hours in advance. Our program includes one night stay at the beautiful Arakur Hotel & Resort, a member of the Leading Hotels of the World. The day offers an opportunity to explore the trails, pamper yourself at the spa, relax and soak in the surroundings, or a visit in the town of Ushuaia where you can browse the Argentinean leather markets. Take advantage of our optional evening briefing where you can ask questions and to meet some of your fellow travelers. Enjoy a complimentary buffet breakfast in the morning.

Day 2 Friday, January 19 Embarkation

In the morning you have time to explore Ushuaia or unwind at the resort until our mid-afternoon transfer to the ship. On board, you’ll be greeted by the Expedition Team and the Ship’s Officers. A concise safety and orientation briefing will be followed by the Captain’s welcome dinner. After dinner, relax and take in the scenery as you sail through the Beagle Channel, past Magellanic Penguin, Rock Cormorant, and Sea Lion colonies.

Day 3 Saturday, January 20 and Day 4 January 21 Drake Passage

fullsizeoutput_457fAs you make your way ever closer to the white continent, numerous Polar Experts will prepare you with presentations on everything Antarctic, from wildlife to history. Eventually, you’ll cross the Antarctic Convergence and a distinct drop in temperature as you enter the waters of the Antarctic Ocean.

Those interested in Citizen Science can take part in Sea Bird sighting surveys, or help collect salinity samples and weather data along the way. You’re likely to witness some spectacular sights, from icebergs to an array of seabirds and whale species.  If we’re lucky, we may see some of them fully breach from the sea.

 

Day 5 Sunday, January 22 and Day 6 Monday, January 23 Shetland Islands

Anthonys penquin marchExplore in the waterways of the Antarctic Peninsula. Using inflatable Zodiac boats offers a chance to get up close and marvel nature’s glory. Our expedition leader and captain will create a flexible itinerary based on weather, ice, and opportunity. The goal is to explore the most scenic bays and channels of the Antarctic Peninsula with stops at penguin rookeries, seal wallows, bird colonies, and whale feeding areas; as well as sites of historic and scientific interest.

Your first sight of land will likely be that of the South Shetland Islands. These highly volcanic islands offer amazing abundance and beauty. We may visit Half Moon Island nestled inside Livingston’s eastern shore, or conditions permitting visit historic Deception Island. Being further north, sub-Antarctic species are more commonly found here, including Chinstrap penguins and Southern Elephant seals.

Day 7 Tuesday, January 25 and Wednesday, January 25 Antarctica at last

15317970_10157921690445338_1147909767071236095_nHeading south across the Bransfield Strait, you enter the Trinity Coast and Gerlache Strait. Our Antarctic exploration includes picturesque Neko Harbor, sheltered Paradise Harbor, the Humpback whale favored Wilhelmina Bay, the striking Lemaire Channel, the wildlife-filled Penola Channel, or the majestic Neumayer Channel. We may stop at an active scientific base such as Poland’s Arctowksi or Ukraine’s Vernadskiy as well as a historic base such as U.K.’s Port Lockroy or Wordie House.

Adelie, Chinstrap and Gentoo Penguins abound, and Weddell and Crabeater seals are often found hauled out to rest along with predatory Leopard seals and the assertive Antarctic Fur Seal. Minke and Humpback whales are frequent visitors in the late season and Orca sightings are also common.

Day 10 Thursday, January 26 and Day 11 Friday, January 27 Drake Passage

As you leave the magic of the Antarctic Peninsua and make our way north across the Antarctic Convergence and the Drake Passage, our exploration team will continue their presentation series and wildlife spotting. Sailing back to Ushuaia through the Beagle Channel we celebrate the conclusion of our expedition with a special slideshow.

Day 12 Saturday, January 28 Ushuaia

Disembarkation

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