12 Nights / 13 Days
This tour offers the ultimate experience in Antarctic exploration, providing an extensive and detailed insight into one of the world’s most impressive landscapes. Start by visiting the world´s most southern city before setting sail and entering a world that is teeming with wildlife, activities and adventures. A highlight will be the multi activity base-camp where a plethora of alpine activities await. Head off on foot using snowshoes or for the more adventurous, head up into the hills and go ski mountaineering or even polar diving. Set in a landscape full of glaciers and permanent ice fields, be sure to keep your eyes peeled for humpback whales, penguins and much more land and aquatic wildlife.
- BUENOS AIRES
- Bird Watching, Drake Passage
- Base Camp
- Southern Fulmar
Transfer in Buenos Aires
Transfer in Ushuaia.
In the afternoon, you embark in Ushuaia, Tierra del Fuego, Argentina, the southernmost city in the world located at the Beagle Channel and sail through this scenic waterway for the rest of the evening.
During these two days you sail across the Drake Passage. You will cross the Antarctic Convergence, to arrive in the circum-Antarctic up welling zone. In this area you may see Wandering albatrosses, Grey-headed albatrosses, Black-browed albatrosses, Light-mantled Sooty albatrosses, Cape petrels, Southern fulmars, Wilson’s Storm petrels, Blue petrels and Antarctic petrels. Near the South Shetland Islands, you will begin to spot your first icebergs.
You will sail directly to ‘High Antarctica’, passing the Melchior Islands and the Schollaert Channel between Brabant and Anvers Island. Then you will continue on to Neumayer Channel, where the ship will be positioned for the multi activity base camp. The protected waters around Wiencke Island will become your playground for all activities. In this alpine environment there are great opportunities to scout the region on foot, per zodiac and during kayak trips. Walkers will find opportunities to use snowshoes on hikes near the shorelines and the mountaineers will have their challenge by climbing hills and viewpoints further inland, i.e. Jabet Peak (540 m). All climbs and excursions can only be conducted in good weather conditions.
The plan will be toanchor,so that you cancamp for two nights and enjoy two full days of activity. You will visit the former British research station and the post office (now an operational museum),Port Lockroy on Goudier Island. Close to Port Lockroy it is possible to make a landing on Jougla Point with Gentoo penguins and Blue-eyed shags. Keep a look out for Leopard seals, Crabeater seals and whales. In good conditions and time permitting,youwill sail through the spectacular Lemaire Channel to Booth Island, Pléneau Island and Petermann Island. Here,you can find Adelie penguins and Blue-eyed shags as well as having a good chance to encounter Humpback whales, Minke whales and Fin whales. At NekoHarbouryou will set foot on the Antarctic Continent in a magnificent landscape of huge glaciers and permanent ice fields and enjoy the spectacle on zodiac cruises, hikes and kayak excursions. A small group of mountaineers may climb up on higher grounds of the glacier. You will spend the night at NekoHarbour or in nearby Paradise Bay with a camp erected ashore. You will leave early in the morning after breaking our last camp, and sail via Melchior Islands towards the open sea of the Drake Passage.
Antarctic Peninsula’s magical scenery
On your way north whilst crossing the Drake Passage, you will be able to see a great selection of seabirds.
Note: During ‘Basecamp’ departures all offered activities (including camping, kayaking, snowshoe/hiking, ski-mountaineering, photo workshops as well as our standard included shore excursions and zodiac cruises) are free of charge, except for scuba diving (this is supplemented). Programs may vary depending on local ice and weather conditions, the availability of landing sites and opportunities to see wildlife. The Expedition Leader on board will determine the final itinerary, as flexibility is paramount for expedition cruises.
You arrive in the morning in Ushuaia and disembark.Transfer in Ushuaia.Transfer in Buenos Aires.
Transfer in Buenos Aires.
|Transfers from / to the airport in Buenos Aires and Ushuaia|
|Accommodation based on TWIN in the selected hotel category|
|Entrance fees to the sites mentioned in the itinerary|
|Meals as noted (B: breakfast, BoxedL: boxed lunch, L: lunch, D: dinner)|
|Private services with English speaking guide, except services in Antarctica which are in SIC basis (shared with other travelers, with local English speaking guide|
|Domestic flights (see separate cost above)|
|Tips (for guides, drivers, waiters, luggage porters)|
|Beverages during Meals|
|Original Passport Minimum Validity 6 Months|
|2 Photos 35×45 , White Back Ground , 80 % face Glow|
|Check In / Check Out time 14:00 Hrs and 12:00 hrs Respectively|
|Any Special remarks & Conditions like Early Check In / late Check Out / Adjoin room/Smoking Non Smoking Rooms / High Floor Room etc are always subject to the availability at the time of Check inn / Check Out and at the discretion of the hotel only No Guarantee Can be given in advance|
|Above is Just a quotation , rooms and rates are subject to availability at the time of booking|
|TOUR IS NON REFUNDABLE BASIS ONLY , Once booked cannot be cancelled , amended, and cannot be transfer|
|Quoted rates are not applicable During the Events and Exhibition Period|
|Price of the package is calculated for per passenger on a twin-sharing basis.|
|Prices are dynamic and may be based on offers running at the time of booking. ESPI reserves the right to change prices at any time.|
|A surcharge may be applicable for certain departures.|
|In case the selected hotel is unavailable for booking, an alternate arrangement will be offered to the customer in another hotel of a similar category.|
|Due to operational reasons, the routing of this tour may be amended. However, all mentioned services will remain unchanged.|
|Porter fee at hotels, airports and seaports is not included in the package and has to be borne by the customer.|
|Cost of expenses of personal nature such as, laundry, telephone calls, room service, alcoholic beverages, mini bar etc., are not included.|
|Any other items not mentioned under ‘Inclusions’ are not included in the cost of the package.|
|We shall be able to extend our visa assistance only to the applicants who are Indian citizen residing in India|
| NON-SMOKING POLICY:
On-board the vessels there is a non-smoking policy. It is prohibited to smoke inside the ship. You can smoke on deck but do not throw your cigarette filters overboard! Do not smoke on the aft deck in the proximity of zodiacs, engines and fuel. Please respect the wishes of non-smokers.
| YOUR PHYSICAL CONDITION
You must be in good general health and you should be able to walk several hours per day. The expedition is ship-based and physically not very demanding. Although you will spend as much time as possible ashore, you are welcome to remain aboard the ship if you like. To join most excursions, you must be able to get up and down the steep gangway from the ship to the water level to board the Zodiacs. Staff will assist you in and out of the boats. This will become progressively easier with practice. Ashore it can be slippery and rocky. You are travelling in remote areas without access to sophisticated medical facilities, so you must not join this expedition if you have a life-threatening condition, or need daily medical treatment.
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|Rates are subject to availability at the time of booking.|
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|Surcharge applicable during any black out dates or festivals.|
|Midnight surcharge applicable for transfers between 23:00 HRS to 08:00 HRS.|
|Rates are based as per the number of passenger mention in the above quote, any change in the same will lead to Re-Quote.|
|Rate of Exchange will be calculated as per the exchange rate on the day of making full & final payment.|
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|Airfares are subject to Ticketing.|
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