OverviewStarting in Ushuaia, we head to the world’s most remote continent: Antarctica! For ten days, we’ll sail along the waterways of the Antarctic Peninsula, exploring the bays and trekking onto the continent, as often as possible. We’ll sail down the Beagle Channel accompanied by albatross, then head across the Drake Passage toward the mainland. Along the way, we’ll see the most stunning wilderness areas on earth, rugged and savage, teeming with extensive wildlife. We’ll watch for Weddell seals, Elephant seals and rookeries of penguins. Along the coast, we’ll see icebergs, massive mountains and ice shelves. On land we’ll explore an old whaling station on Deception Island, and perhaps take a thermal dip in the waters at Pendulum Cove. Our ship is the mv Plancius, a 120-passenger ship. This is not a private charter, but it should be a fun, friendly group from around the world. This is truly a voyage of a lifetime during which, weather and ice conditions permitting, you will encounter the ever-changing world of Antarctica.
- Ushuaia - Embarking on our Great Journey! +1 The official tour starts when we board our ship on Day 1, but we highly recommend arriving in Ushuaia at least one day before sailing to minimize risk of travel problems impacting your cruise. If early enough, you may enjoy optional horseback riding, hiking, wind sailing, canoeing, kayaking, fishing, or diving.
- Crossing the Drake Passage +2-3 Over the next two days, we will sail across Drake Passage, where the waters of the South Atlantic and the Southern Ocean converge. Some of the birds we’ll see include Petrels (Blue, Wilson’s Storm, and Antarctic); Albatross (Wandering, Grey-Headed, Black-browed, and Light-mantled Sooty); Southern Fulmars; and Cape Pigeons. We’ll begin seeing icebergs as we near the South Shetland Islands.
- Antarctica! +4-8 Visit diverse wildlife colonies (Gentoo Penguins, Brown and South Polar Skuas, Antarctic Terns, Dominican Gulls, Chinstrap Penguins, Adelie Penguins, Blue-eyed Shags, Weddell or Crabeater Seals). Glide past breathtaking scenery of myriad icebergs, deep-cut fjords, glaciers, and alpine peaks. Spot Humpback, Minke, and Fin Whales. Zodiac cruises, kayaking, and hiking excursions provide close-up wildlife viewing. Optional camping and snowshoeing activities are available. Visitors to the research stations always receive a warm welcome. See the South Shetland Islands, Neptune’s Bellow, and Deception Island.
- Back Across the Drake Passage +9-10 After several exhilarating days exploring the ice-covered land of Antarctica, we start our way back across the Drake Passage. We’ll again have the chance to observe a wide variety of seabirds that call this bleak region home.
- Back to Mainland South America +11 Our journey ends with early morning arrival in Ushuaia Harbor. A mid-morning transfer will be provided to Ushuaia Airport for flights around noon or later, or you can stay in downtown Ushuaia to begin your next adventure.
- Important Notes
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“Outstanding experience! Great folks and excursions offered something I could never have imagined. This trip far exceeded my expectations – great people and adventure."Dan Greenwood, Red Bank, NJ
“My trip to Antarctica exceeded all of my expectations! It truly was a magical experience.”Marc Heft, New York, NY
Antarctica is a challenging and remote destination. You should be physically fit and ready to deal with uncertain weather and seas, able to hike comfortably and able to deal with extremes in temperature.
A portion of your deposit representing 10% of your cruise cost is non-refundable from one week after deposit.
Shared accommodations aboard our Expedition ship; All meals on board the ship; Expedition leaders and lecturers; All shore excursions by Zodiac boat; Lectures, videos, slide and film shows; Free use of rubber boots and snowshoes for shore landings; Opportunity for kayaking and/or camping on the ice for a night, subject to availability (for additional charge); Resident on-board medical officer; Transfer from ship to Ushuaia Airport on morning of disembarkation; HE Travel tour director (pending minimum participation) and assistance from local guides; Assistance with flights and extra nights in Buenos Aires or Ushuaia available upon request; All HE Travel tours include complimentary Medical and evacuation insurance.
What’s NOT Included
Airfare to and from Ushuaia (we strongly suggest arriving at least one day, and preferably two days before sailing and departing 12:00 noon or later on final tour day); Visa, entry fee and passport fees (US, Canadian and Australian citizens must pay a Reciprocity Fee BEFORE departure from home; citizens of most other countries do not need visas); Airport departure taxes; Transfers from Ushuaia Airport to hotel and from hotel in Ushuaia to ship; Hotel nights in Ushuaia, Buenos Aires or other locations in Argentina or Chile; Warm weather clothing other than rubber boots and showshoes that the ship loans while on board; Alcoholic drinks; Personal items such as laundry, telephone calls, and gratuities; FUEL SURCHARGE: Oceanwide Expeditions reserves the right to levy a fuel surcharge if world fuel prices are significantly higher than budgeted when cruise prices were put in place.
* Journey to Earth’s most remote continent! * See some of the most stunning wilderness on earth. * View extraordinary concentrations of versatile wildlife such as penguins, seals and giant petrels. * Glide alongside icebergs, as glacier fields rise up to rugged mountains. * Ride a Zodiac raft to shore, then walk on the continent, a once-in-a-lifetime experience. * Travel on the m/v Plancius, operated by Oceanwide Expeditions, the World Travel Award winner for Polar Expeditions. * Enjoy this once in a lifetime trek with a friendly group of gay men, lesbians and friends. (Please note that this is not a charter, so our group will be among other passengers on this 106-passenger ship.)
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