ANTARCTICA

Active Antarctic Adventure

from £7136 11 nights | Nov - Mar Exc. flights See price details
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  • Nov - Mar

Overview

This is an energetic Antarctic voyage with a unique twist of adventure! While most other expeditions concentrate of seeing as much of the Antarctic Peninsula as possible, this alternative itinerary, while still seeing the main highlights and wildlife, will focus more time on the incredible excursions that are available in the icy lands and waters.

Highlights

  • Kayak among pristine icebergs
  • Climb glistening glaciers to reach unique viewpoints
  • Learn photography skills and try them out on the wonderful wildlife
  • Encounter the amazing animals of the Antarctic Peninsula

The vessel will head straight for the heart of the peninsula before effectively becoming a basecamp for daily and complimentary activities such as kayaking, camping, mountaineering, hiking and shore landings, completed with a fantastic photo workshop.

Join seasoned experts on a selection of excursions to suit your preferences and abilities. Spend less time at sea and more time with the wildlife or taking part in exhilarating activities. If conditions are right, at least one outing of your chosen options will be included, with further chances possible if availability allows.

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Itinerary & Accommodation

Day 1 embarkation in Ushuaia
Embark the ship in Ushuaia, Tierra del Fuego, Argentina, the southernmost city in the world - located on the banks of the Beagle Channel. After exploring the vessel and a short safety briefing, sail through this scenic waterway for the rest of the evening.
Days 2-3 at sea
During these two days the ship will sail across the infamous Drake Passage. While crossing the Antarctic Convergence Zone you may see a variety of impressive bird species, including: Wandering albatross; grey headed albatross; black-browed albatross; light-mantled albatross; cape petrels; southern fulmars; Wilson’s storm petrels; blue petrels; and Antarctic petrels. Near the South Shetland Islands, you should be able to spot your first icebergs of the voyage.
Days 4-9 Antarctica
The ship will sail directly to “High Antarctica”, passing the Melchior Islands and the Schollaert Channel between Brabant and Anvers Island. Upon reaching the Neumayer Channel the captain will position the vessel in the best available location for the multi activity base camp. The sheltered waters around Wiencke Island will become a playground for a range of exciting excursions.

In this alpine environment there are great opportunities to scout the region on foot, by zodiac, or in kayaks. Walkers will find opportunities to use snowshoes on hikes near the shore lines and the mountaineers will be able to test themselves by climbing challenging hills and finding panoramic viewpoints further inland. All excursions can only be conducted in good weather conditions.

The plan is to stay for two overnights at anchor in order to implement two camp nights and two full activity days. You will also visit the old British research station, (now a working museum and post office), at Port Lockroy on Goudier Island. Close to Port Lockroy a landing may be made on Jougla Point which offers colonies of gentoo penguins and blue-eyed shags. You should also look out for leopard seals, crabeater seals and whales here.

In good conditions and time allowing, you will sail through the spectacular Lemaire Channel to Booth Island, Pléneau and Petermann Island, where you can find Adélie penguins and blue-eyed shags. In this area there are also good chances to encounter humpback and minke whales. The expedition staff will choose another anchor site which is suitable and close to the region which will host the next few days of activity. At Neko Harbour you will have the opportunity to set foot on the Antarctic continent in a magnificent landscape of glaciers and enjoy the scenery during zodiac cruises, walks and kayak excursions. A small group of glacier walkers may have the opportunity to mount the ice and climb to higher elevations. You will spend the night at Neko or near Paradise Bay with a camp erected on shore. In the early morning, the ship will depart once more for the Drake Passage.
Days 10–11 at sea
Heading north, the vessel is again followed by a great selection of seabirds as it travels back to Argentina.
Day 12 disembarkation in Ushuaia
Arrive back in Ushuaia in the morning and disembark the ship before your onwards journey home.
Notes

Important note all voyage itineraries are intended as a guideline only - embracing the unexpected is part of the legacy of expedition travel. Actual routes and landings will be dependent on weather, sea and ice conditions. A degree of flexibility is essential in the polar and sub polar regions!

Accommodation Options

M/V Ortelius

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  • Type: Expedition Ship

Explore the wonders of the Polar regions aboard this 116…

M/V Plancius

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  • Type: Expedition Ship

The M/V Plancius accommodates 116 passengers to explore …

Excursions

Camping

Stay all night on the 7th Continent

Kayaking

Paddle through ice-choked channels on this thrilling option…

Mountaineering

Tackle some challenging but non-technical climbs in Antarct…

Photography Workshops

Learn how to get the most out of your equipment in polar co…

Snowshoeing

Optional Adventure Activity on selected Arctic Cruises

Prices & Dates

2018/19 season

Prices are per person, based on a twin cabin - please contact us for details of quad, triple, single and superior cabins.

Departure Date ActivitiesDurationVesselPrices from
07 Nov 2018 ≠⌂ρθΛ 12 days M/V Ortelius £7,136
28 Nov 2018 ≠⌂ρθΛ 12 days M/V Ortelius £7,136
18 Dec 2018 ≠⌂ρθΛ 12 days M/V Ortelius £7,364
29 Dec 2018 ≠⌂ρθΛ 12 days M/V Ortelius £7,364
17 Feb 2019 ≠⌂ρθΛ 12 days M/V Plancius £7,136
07 Mar 2019 ≠⌂ρΛ 12 days M/V Ortelius £7,136


Complimentary activity options:

≠ Kayaking is available on this voyage: Complimentary on the M/V Plancius and M/V Ortelius
⌂ Camping is available on this voyage: Complimentary on the M/V Plancius and M/V Ortelius
ρ Photography is available on this voyage: Complimentary on the M/V Plancius and M/V Ortelius
θ Snowshoeing is available on this voyage: Complimentary on the M/V Plancius and M/V Ortelius
Λ Mountaineering is available on this voyage: Complimentary on the M/V Plancius and M/V Ortelius

Inclusions and exclusions

M/V Plancius and M/V Ortelius

Includes: Group transfer from ship to airport directly after disembarkation • Shipboard accommodation with daily housekeeping • All breakfasts, lunches and dinners on board throughout your voyage • Coffee, tea and cocoa • Leadership throughout the voyage by an experienced Expedition Leader, including shore landings and other activities • All shore landings per the daily program • All Zodiac transfers and cruising per the daily program • All optional excursions while on board (Must be pre-booked. Each activity can be joined once per voyage with any further participation based on availability), with the exception of scuba diving - which on the 6th of March 2017 departure is available to book at additional cost (not available on any other departure) • Formal and informal presentations by the Expedition Team and guest speakers as scheduled • All miscellaneous service taxes and port charges throughout the program • Comprehensive pre-departure material • Loan of rubber boots during voyage

Excludes: Return airfares • Admission fees to local attractions • Any additional pre or post voyage accommodation/land arrangements • Additional airport or airline security charges • Passport and visa expenses (we will be pleased to advise you on any necessary documentation, however this is passengers' own responsibility) • Government arrival and departure taxes • Excess baggage charges • Alcoholic and soft drinks, telecommunication charges, laundry costs and other charges of a personal nature • The customary gratuity at the end of the voyage for Hospitality Team members, ship’s crew and Expedition Team members (guidelines will be provided) • Travel insurance

We would be pleased to quote for the best available airfares and comprehensive travel insurance to suit your specific holiday requirements.

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