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Dates
  • Nov 7-18, 2014
  • Nov 16-27, 2014
  • Nov 26-Dec 7, 2014
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  • Duration 11 days
    Group Size 117-189
    Land Cost $5,995-$19,295 Details
    Single Supplement $5,597 Details
    Lodging 2 stars-3 stars
    Grade I-II
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    Antarctic Explorer

    The Antarctic peninsula with options for active adventure

    Day 1      Ushuaia, Argentina

    Ushuaia sits in a beautiful setting at the foot of the Andes. Relax at a sidewalk café and soak up that “end of the world feeling” of this frontier town before spending a night at the host hotel.

    Day 2      Embarkation Day

    Board the ship in the late afternoon for the voyage through the Beagle Channel to the Drake Passage. Keep watch on deck for seabirds, penguins, and rainbows.

    Your Antarctic home
    Day 3 - 4      The Drake Passage

    Anticipation mounts crossing the Drake Passage. Participate in briefings and presentations on the Antarctic ecosystem, then watch for seabirds and marine mammals from the bridge or deck while the majesty of the Southern Ocean surrounds you.

    Small iceberg in the Drake Passage.
    Day 5 - 8      Antartic Peninsula/S. Shetland Islands

    Many factors play a role in shaping the expedition's progress. You may leave the ship to explore a range of activities. Perhaps, you'll feel salt spray on your face as the Zodiac weaves in and around grounded icebergs in Pleneau Bay. You could scramble to the top of a craggy hill for an unforgettable view, near Port Lockroy. You could sit quietly on a pebbled beach to wait for a curious penguin chick to approach, or take a plunge into the icy waters of Neko Harbor.

    Explore the highlights of the Antarctic Peninsula with adventurers who enjoy camping, kayaking, cross-country skiing, mountaineering and other active pursuits. Over the course of the austral spring and summer, the sun lingers longer, melting snow and ice. Wildlife abounds: chicks hatch and fledge, and pods of whales breach in a deep bay where a calving iceberg has churned up krill, the local delicacy.

    The natural cycle of life ensures that every expedition is different, and every expedition is full of surprises! In Antarctica, silence is so complete that interruptions become indelible memories; noisy penguins squabbling over prized pebbles, the boom and crack of a calving glacier near Petermann Island. Then there is the sound of breathing as your arms pump and your legs power you up an incline on cross-country skis. As you sail from island to shore to bay during four days in the Peninsula, the Expedition Team provides opportunities for contemplation, to test your endurance, and to engage your curiosity.

    Penguins everywhere.
    Day 9 - 10      Drake Passage to Ushuaia

    Returning to Ushuaia across the Drake Passage, you know you are one of the people in the world that have visited Antarctica. The adventure will be with you forever. You may already be thinking of a return trip – as many have found before, the lure of Antarctica is a strong one.

    Note: Please note that on twelve day expeditions, an extra day is spent in the Antarctic peninsula.

    Day 11      Ushuaia and Onward

    Disembark in Ushuaia and transfer to the airport for your trip home or onward.



     
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