Journey to the deep south and spend substantial time exploring below the Antarctic Circle. Witness stunning landscapes, sizable Adelie penguin rookeries and large flat-topped tabular icebergs.

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Starting from $13,095

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Main Deck TripleTwin Semi PrivateTwin PrivateSuperior CabinShackleton SuiteOne Ocean Suite
Feb 19, 2019 - Mar 3, 2019$13,095
 
$15,595
 
$17,395
 
$18,395
 
$20,295
 
$22,195
 

Itinerary

Note: The January 8, 2019 departure will spend an extra day exploring the Peninsula.

Day 1: Punta Arenas, Chile

Our journey commences this morning in the southern Chilean port city of Punta Arenas. We gather at a central location and transfer to the airport for the two-hour flight across the Drake Passage to Antarctica (this flight is included in the price of your voyage). Upon arrival at King George Island, we embark our ship via Zodiac. After settling into our cabins and exploring our new surroundings, we meet our expedition team and fellow passengers. Excitement is in the air as we enjoy a welcome cocktail and our first meal onboard in Antarctica. No doubt, everyone will be looking forward to the incredible adventure ahead.

Days 2-6: Antarctic Peninsula towards the Circle

Having crossed the broad expanse of the Bransfield Strait overnight, we wake to see the towering peaks of the Antarctic continent for the very first time. This is a deeply moving experience for many on board. We push southwards, navigating to our ultimate objective below the Antarctic Circle. There is much to see and experience on our way south. We will be opportunistic, making shore landings in locations that provide great wildlife encounters, or the chance to stretch our legs on a short or long hike, such as Port Charcot. There are several locations in the Fish and Argentine Island archipelagos, which allow for Zodiac cruising and potential shore landings. We hope to visit a working scientific base (Vernadsky Station), to learn of the important climate-related research, which is ongoing. A hike over the snowy saddle of nearby Winter Island allows us to hike and explore the old British Antarctic Survey hut - Wordie House – situated on the site of Rymill’s BGLE Northern Base from the 1930’s. Petermann Island is home to a substantial Adelie penguin rookery. The view to the north, of Mount Shackleton and Mount Scott is impressive. These towering granite sentinels mark the southern entrance to the Lemaire Channel. Nearby Pleneau Island offers more opportunities for shore landings. Just offshore, in the shallow waters of the Penola Strait, massive icebergs run aground. Constant wind and wave action sculpt these gargantuan chunks of ice into fantastic shapes, revealing more shades of blue than you could ever imagine. For many, a Zodiac cruise here will be a highlight of the voyage. It is somewhere in this vicinity we hope to spend a night ashore camping for those interested if weather conditions permit. We have all the gear and an expert team of guides to make this unique experience happen. There is no need to pre-book – you can decide on the day. This activity is included in the price of your voyage.

Days 7-10: Below the Circle – Detaille Island, Marguerite Bay

Given optimal ice conditions, we aim to sail south of the Antarctic Circle. A favoured landing site here is Detaille Island, home to an abandoned British science hut. ‘Base W’ was established in the 1950’s and is in a remarkable state of preservation. For the history buffs, this is a fascinating place, providing a glimpse into the harsh life of early Antarctic scientists and researchers. We are at the mercy of prevailing ice conditions navigating even further south. Years of experience tell us that late February gives us our best chance of reaching Marguerite Bay. We may take the ‘shortcut’, through a narrow channel known as 'the Gullet' if the passage is ice-free. Otherwise, we could navigate around the outside of Adelaide Island - which will take more time, yet bring us to the same destination. Marguerite Bay is home to several important science bases - Rothera (UK), San Martin (Argentina), Carvajal (Chile) and features rich history. We hope to make a visit to at least one of these locations. The British Graham Land Expedition (BGLE) of the early 1930's - led by intrepid Australian, John Rymill, established their Southern Base in this area. They explored and surveyed large areas of the Antarctic Peninsula by airplane, establishing the Antarctic Peninsula was indeed connected to the continental landmass - and not just a series of off-shore islands as earlier believed.

Days 11-12: Drake Passage – return to South America

As we make our way back to South America, the educational presentations continue and we enjoy an entertaining and memorable voyage recap by our Expedition Leader. Join our photography experts in the multimedia room and download and back up your precious images. If weather conditions allow, we hope 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, we enjoy a special dinner attended by the Captain of the ship.

Day 13: Ushuaia, Argentina

In the early morning, we arrive in Ushuaia, Argentina. It is time to say farewell to your crew and fellow travelers. Guests will be transported to their hotels or to the airport for return flights home. It will be possible to connect to flights through to Buenos Aires or other destinations in South America. Otherwise, enjoy a night in town or venture further afield to explore the highlights of Patagonia.

Akademik Vavilov

Akademik Vavilov

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Highlights

  • Explore the spectacular Antarctic wilderness in a casual atmosphere of like-minded travelers
  • Experience abundant wildlife including immense penguin colonies and other seabirds, seals and even some of the great whales at close range
  • Cruise in comfort along towering icebergs, serrated maritime mountains and luminous glaciers
  • Zodiac landing craft allow visitation on remote shorelines and otherwise inaccessible areas
  • Ship allows an "open bridge policy" to observe its sophisticated navigation equipment and provides an excellent location to view wildlife the landscape (subject to weather and critical navigation maneuvers)
  • Expert naturalist guides
  • Resident photography experts on board the ship

Included

  • Voyage as outlined in the itinerary
  • All meals during the voyage
  • All Zodiac excursions
  • Extensive program of educational presentations from experienced team of naturalists
  • On board welcome reception and dinner and farewell dinner
  • Afternoon tea with fresh snacks each afternoon
  • Coffee, tea, hot chocolate throughout the day
  • Onboard medical officer
  • Access to our special programs on board (such as hiking, photography)
  • Overnight camping—please note that this activity is free of charge, we provide all the necessary equipment and gear and you can decide once on board if you wish to participate – no pre booking required. There is a low probability of Camping because of weather conditions in South Georgia
  • Rubber boots are available in many sizes as are rain jackets and bib pants
  • Use of multimedia station. We have a multimedia room where you can download your photos at the end of the day if you wish
  • Foul weather gear set – rain jacket, bib pants and Lacrosse gumboots (Wellington boots) Or SeaLine water proof backpack, Bushnell waterproof binoculars and Lacrosse gumboots (Wellington boots).
  • Flights are included in the price of your tour

Adventure Options

  • Kayaking: $795 per person
  • Camping: Free (weather permitting)
 

PLEASE NOTE: Due to the nature of expedition cruising, itineraries are subject to change due to weather, ice conditions, natural and cultural events, wildlife viewing opportunities and other logistical considerations. In general, a ship's crew will endeavor to complete the itinerary provided, but the ultimate decision lies with the ship's captain and expedition leaders.

 
 
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