Intrepid explorers passionate about serious outdoor adventure won't find a more exhilarating way to experience Antarctica than on this one-of-a-kind polar expedition. With just seven travellers on a handful of departures each season, this sailing adventure offers an extra-ordinary opportunity! Explore the Antarctic Peninsula by ice-strengthened sailboat - the S/V Australis - surrounded by seals, whales, penguins and icebergs.
- Camp and hike among wildlife with a special permit from the National Science Foundation
- Opportunities for kayaking
- Visit vast penguin rookeries
- Explore beaches ruled by seals
- Encounter palegic birds including albatross, petrels and terns
This sailing voyage - with a world-class skipper and seasoned polar crew- brings a genuine sense of adventure to your Antarctic journey and will reward travellers with a rare perspective of one of the most remote and magnificent places on earth.
As one of the most remote and inaccessible parts of the globe, anyone visiting Antarctic will have a true sense of adventure, but few travellers have such a complete experience of this pristine Polar realm. This is a different kind of Antarctic expedition - one that immerses you completely in the wilderness of the White Continent.
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Itinerary & Accommodation
- Day 1 Ushuaia, Argentina
- Fly to the southernmost city in the world, Ushuaia, located at the tip of Tierra del Fuego. Meet your fellow travelers at a welcome dinner on this first evening of your Antarctic adventure.
- Day 2 Ushuaia - Tierra del Fuego National Park / Martial Glacier Option
There is plenty to see around Ushuaia. Included in the price is a half-day tour of scenic Tierra del Fuego National Park, which combines coast, islands, mountains and the southernmost sub-Antarctic Andean forests. Beneath the deciduous lenga, beech and wild cherry trees, find a moist understory of moss, ferns and peat bog. Red fox, guanaco, otter, geese, ducks, woodpeckers and 90 additional bird species are among the native fauna found in the park. The landscape shows typical signs of glacial formation, with broad valleys filled with lakes and rivers alternating with rows of mountain ranges. Throughout the park are signs of its past inhabitants, the indigenous Yamanas people.
Following lunch back in town, visit the Presidio Museum, a former national penitentiary built by convicts who were relocated to this remote region in 1906. The infamous prison, finished in 1920, was designed for 380 inmates though it held up to 800 before it closed in 1947. Famous inmates included radical journalist Ricardo Rojas and anarchist Simon Radowitzky. There's free time later this afternoon to explore Ushuaia, a lively tourist town catering to the many adventurous climbers, trekkers and sailors that set forth from here. Enjoy dinner together in town this evening.
- Day 3 Ushuaia - embark S/V Australis - Beagle Channel
- Today the real adventure begins as you board the expedition sailing vessel Australis in Ushuaia harbour. After introductions and a safety orientation, set out into the calm waters of the Beagle Channel. Drink in the views of Patagonian peaks that unfold as you make your way south, enjoying the long daylight of a southern summer.
- Days 4-6 crossing the Drake Passage
- Named for renowned explorer Sir Francis Drake who sailed these waters in 1578, the Drake Passage is notorious for its often fierce gales, creating large, wind-whipped swells – it is likely you will experience some raucous sailing! All guests are invited to help sail the vessel if they wish, and a round-the-clock watch schedule will be set up so that those who want to may participate. The southern portion of the Drake Passage also marks the Antarctic Convergence, a biological zone where a great upwelling of nutrients draws an amazing variety of seabirds, including many albatrosses that follow in the boat’s wake. The first sightings of icebergs and snow-clad mountains indicate the reaching of the South Shetland Islands. If conditions are favorable, step ashore for your first encounter with penguins and other wildlife of this southern polar wonderland.
- Days 7-14 sailing and camping on the Antarctic Peninsula
For the next eight days follow the best weather and safest water, sailing along the bays and fjords of the Antarctic Peninsula. These waters are a haven for a remarkable collection of wildlife, including vast penguin rookeries and beaches ruled by Antarctic fur seals and Southern elephant seals. The crew will script your itinerary as you go, with plenty of time to truly explore as a small band of adventurers. Taking advantage of the perpetual light, spend long days sailing among the icebergs, watching for whales and seals bobbing by. Birdlife is extraordinary, with huge populations of albatrosses, petrels, skuas, gulls, terns and cormorants. Where landings permit, step ashore to hike.
Every day holds something different. While at times you will be struck by the depth of the silence, other times you’re amidst a cacophony of squawking penguins, honking seals and crackling ice. With a special permit from the National Science Foundation, you have the option to camp for a maximum of six nights, weather permitting, on deserted beaches, sharing the solitude only with the legions of wildlife. There are few places on the planet where the natural world feels more intact.
- Day 15 King George Island
- The only airstrip on the Antarctic Peninsula archipelago that can reliably serve the South American continent on a regular basis is located on King George Island in the South Shetland group. Arrive here one day prior to meeting up with your return flight home, as a hedge against any weather problems. Tomorrow morning, it will be time to say a reluctant goodbye to the Australis and her outstanding crew after a fortnight of extraordinary adventure.
- Day 16 fly to Punta Arenas
- Weather permitting, board your plane for the 3-hour flight to Punta Arenas on the southern tip of Chilean Patagonia and enjoy an evening in the town.
- Day 17 Punta Arenas / Depart
- Fly homeward today from Punta Arenas, with a cache of memories to last a lifetime and then some!
Itineraries vary in direction depending on the departure date. Please see price tables for information about each departure or contact our Polar specialists for full details.
Please note that 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!
Prices & Dates
Prices are per person, based on shared cabins on board and twin occupancy rooms on land
The prices below are a guideline only. This tour uses a dynamic pricing policy which means that the price may change according to the time of booking and popularity of the tour - early booking is therefore highly recommended to secure the best possible price. Please contact our team for up to date prices and departure dates.
|Departure Date||Activities||Duration||Vessel||Prices from|
|17 January 2019||≠^||17 days||S/V Australis||£19,238|
|30 January 2019*||≠^||17 days||S/V Australis||£19,238|
*This voyage will embark on King George Island and disembark in Ushuaia
≠ Kayaking is available on this voyage complimentary
^ Camping is available on this voyage complimentary
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Inclusions & Exclusions
17 Jan 2019
Exclusions Flights between the UK Punta Arenas/Ushuaia ● Any additional accommodation/meals/land arrangements outside of itinerary (if required) ● 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 ● Customary gratuities for Expedition Leader (guidance will be given) ● Phone calls, excess baggage charges, laundry and other items of a personal nature ● Any drinks not mentioned in inclusions ● Travel insurance (medical evacuation insurance is a mandatory requirement for travel) ● Sleeping bags and pads ● Other personal equipment items as specified in pre-departure briefing material
30 Jan 2019
Exclusions Flights between the UK Punta Arenas/Ushuaia ● Any additional accommodation/meals/land arrangements outside of itinerary (if required) ● 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 ●Customary gratuities for Expedition Leader (guidance will be given) ● Phone calls, excess baggage charges, laundry and other items of a personal nature ● Travel insurance (medical evacuation insurance is a mandatory requirement for travel) ● Sleeping bags and pads ● Other personal equipment items as specified in pre-departure briefing material
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