ANTARCTICA

Off The Beaten Track Cruise

Seals, zodiac, Antarctica Peninsula
from £8612 12 nights | Nov Exc. flights See price details
  • Departs:
  • Nov

Overview

 This unique adventure cruise allows more time actively exploring the Antarctic Peninsula by kayak, on snowshoes, hiking, camping and  ski touring as well as allowing for time to soak up the natural wonders. The ideal trip for adventure enthusiasts!

During this voyage to the Antarctic Peninsula, your ship will become a comfortable moving base from which a variety of activities will be on offer.

Highlights   

  • spend extended time ashore on the Antarctic Peninsula   
  • enjoy an overnight camping experience (included)   
  • choose from a range of optional activities such as snowshoeing; kayaking; ski touring  
  • master new skills on a photography workshop   
  • encounter prolific wildlife from penguins to whales and more

With an on-board sauna and masseuse, this voyage offers the perfect combination of adventure and luxury, ensuring you make the most of every minute in Antarctica. 

Kayaking & Camping
For those enrolled on the standard sea kayaking programme, there will also be an optional opportunity to participate in an overnight kayak and camping excursion. For others interested in camping without the kayaking element, there will be a chance to camp on the ice. 

Climbing, Ski touring & Hiking
There are numerous areas within the Peninsula and surrounding archipelago that offer extraordinary climbing and ski touring opportunities, where experienced mountaineers can climb to for incredible vistas over the Antarctic landscape. For those less experienced, exploration by snowshoe is available, as well as a number of hiking options. There is a level to suit all participants, from the contemplative wanderer to the long distance hiker.

Photography
Meanwhile keen photographers can join the expedition team and photographic experts for extended shore excursions, aimed at capturing the essence of Antarctica.

All activities will be conducted by trained expert guides.

Itinerary & Accommodation

Day 1: Ushuaia, Argentina - Embarkation
The journey to Antarctica commences this afternoon from Ushuaia, in southern Argentina. After embarking the expedition ship, settling in to your cabin and exploring the various decks, meet your expedition team and fellow passengers. Enjoy a welcome cocktail and dinner and cast off, bound for Antarctica and the adventure of a lifetime.
Days 2-3: Drake Passage Crossing
Sailing south towards Antarctica you may be joined by hundreds of seabirds including the wandering albatross. Giant petrels and smaller Cape petrels are also possible companions during the transit across the Drake Passage. Photographing these magnificent birds from the deck of the ship takes patience and skill and a photography expert will show you the best techniques. Join the ship's Captain on the bridge and learn about the operations of a modern research vessel. Throughout the day your on board experts will run a series of presentations about the environment, wildlife and history of the locations you will attempt to visit in the coming days.
Days 4-5: South Shetland Islands and Northern Peninsula, Antarctica
Wake up today among the magnificent snowy peaks of the South Shetland Islands. Depending on ice and weather conditions, enter the McFarlane Strait, which separates Greenwich and Livingstone Islands. Half Moon Island or nearby Yankee Harbour are possible landing sites. A short way to the south-west lies Deception Island – a flooded volcanic caldera. Navigating the ship into the narrow passage takes great skill. The old whaling station here begs exploration and there are some fantastic hikes available along the black sand beach to investigate the old aircraft hangar and other relics. A hike of several kilometres up to a highpoint known as Neptune's Window is another option.

Overnight the ship will cross the Bransfield Strait and continue along the coastline of continental Antarctica. Over the next four days, the itinerary is deliberately flexible to account for early season ice conditions, and to take advantage of optimal snow conditions at several of the favoured landing sites. The planned exploration starts in the vicinity of Mikkelson Harbour and neighbouring Cierva Cove – both beautiful locations and the perfect introduction to Antarctica.
Days 6-9: Gerlache Strait Region, Antarctica
Heading south along the coastline of the continent, the busy program of activities will now be in full swing. Days are spent exploring on and off the ship. Popular activities include guided hikes on shore and visits to wildlife colonies with the expert naturalist guides, while the historic huts and science stations provide a fascinating glimpse into the past and the present. Zodiac cruising among the ice is always a memorable activity.

Based on site characteristics, the ski touring group may set off to explore the pristine terrain and range several kilometres inland with the experienced mountaineering guides. What a unique thrill it is to carve 'fresh tracks' in the virgin snow of Antarctica. The expedition snow shoe group may follow in the tracks of the skiers, climbing to high points which afford breathtaking views

The expedition sea kayakers will head out on excursions which may last all day. An overnight kayak/camping excursion is available to the more adventurous in the group. Everyone aboard will have an opportunity to camp onshore for the night in Antarctica if the weather conditions co-operate. All the gear to keep you warm, dry and as comfortable as possible will be provided. Photography enthusiasts will enjoy the chance to spend an entire day with an expedition photographer, on an all-day field workshop.

Range as far south as ice conditions permit and try to navigate as far as Neko Harbour and into the Errera Channel. Witnessing the migration of the penguins early in the season, as they busily re establish their rookeries and prepare nests is a fascinating experience.
Day 10: South Shetland Islands, Antarctica
The adventure is not over and the plan is to have an additional day of exploration in the South Shetlands. Prevailing weather conditions will dictate the landing locations. Aitcho Island is another possibility and is a great spot for a hike or a zodiac cruise. King George Island also has a number of interesting landing sites. In the evening, navigate into the Drake Passage, charting a course for South America.
Days 11-12: Drake Passage – return to South America
As you make your way back to Ushuaia, the educational presentations continue and you can enjoy an entertaining and memorable voyage recap by the Expedition Leader. Join the photography experts in the multimedia room and download and back up your precious images. If weather conditions allow, the hope is to make a rounding of Cape Horn. This fabled stretch of water is home to legendary tales of exploration and early navigation. It's a fitting place to reflect on a wonderful expedition. Approaching the entrance to the Beagle Channel in early evening light, enjoy a special dinner attended by the Captain of the ship.
Day 13: Disembark in Ushuaia, Argentina
In the early morning arrive into Ushuaia, Argentina. It is time to say farewell to your crew and fellow travellers. Guests will be transported to their hotels or to the airport for return flights home.
Notes
  • 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 regions!

Accommodation Options

Akademik Ioffe

  • Grade:
  • Type: Expedition Ship

Taking up to 96 passengers the Akademik Ioffe is the num…

RCGS Resolute

  • Grade:
  • Type: Expedition Ship

The RCGS Resolute is one of the most modern, well appoin…

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

Try this traditional method of walking over deep snow to ex…

Prices & Dates

2018/19 Season

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

Departure DateDurationVesselPrices from
07 Nov 2018 13 days Akademik Ioffe £8,612
16 Nov 2018 13 days RCGS Resolute £11,150


This voyage offers a range of adventure activities - please see below for details and prices.

Includes
transfer from central meeting point to ship fior embarkation • transfer from ship to airport or hotel in Ushuaia on disembarkation • shipboard accommodation with daily housekeeping • all breakfasts, lunches and dinners on board throughout your voyage • 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 • formal and informal presentations by the Expedition Team and guest speakers as scheduled • comprehensive pre-departure materials • all miscellaneous service taxes and port charges throughout the program • loan of boots, jacket and waterproof trousers - must be requested at time of booking • optional overnight camping on the ice including all necessary equipment • optional hiking

Excludes All airfares • any additional pre or post voyage accommodation/land arrangements - a pre-voyage night in Ushuaia is strongly recommended • 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 • 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

ADVENTURE OPTIONS

Overnight Camping: free of charge 
After dinner you will be taken ashore by Zodiacs to your snow-covered campsite. Choose between a tent or perhaps a bivy bag for your night under the midnight sun. Warmer than a tent and much easier to set up, the bivy bag also has the great advantage of not blocking out the incredible scenery all around you. All camping gear will be provided for your night ashore, including good quality sleeping bags and sleep mats designed for comfort and warmth. And the inevitable concern is dealt with by a small ‘outhouse’ tent.

Hiking: free of charge 
Lasting from 1 to 3 hours in duration, you may cover some challenging terrain although there are usually options available for shorter walks too, which are accessible to all passengers. Hikers will need to bring their own walking boots.

Snowshoeing: free of charge
Enjoy a guided walk through snow and seek out hidden corners inaccessible to other passengers. Snowshoes and trekking poles will be provided.

Ski touring: Approx. £577 per person
Previous experience is essential and passengers must provide their own equipment. You will be led by experienced guides and the aim is to attempt 3 excursions during the voyage, subject to conditions.

Kayaking: £612 per person 
The sea kayaking program is directed at any passenger with an adventurous spirit and a basic paddling ability - previous kayaking experience is necessary. Experienced instructors will accompany you at all times, and will tailor the excursion to suit your level of experience and skill. Equipment is provided, including full Gore-Tex drysuits, life jackets, neoprene booties, a waterproof deck bag and pogies (mitts). The aim is to include 3 or more kayaking excursions during the voyage, subject to conditions.

During this voyage an overnight kayaking & camping excursion is also available, including a paddle followed by camping onshore. This option must be booked in conjunction with the standard kayaking programme, and costs an additional Approx. £231 per person.


Please note that safety is paramount and all activities will be subject to weather, sea and ice conditions.

All activities should be pre-booked at the time of booking your voyage.

OFFERS

Antarctica 2018/19: Enjoy a hotel stay & travel credit package worth over £1,100pp!

Book by 30 Aug 2018
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Antarctica 2018/19: Receive up to £770pp 'Travel Credit' on selected voyages

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