Antarctica Off The Beaten Track

Duration:
13 days - 12 nights
From:
AUD $ 12,159 AUD $ 11,859
p.p. twin share. Excludes Airfares

Take $300 per person off on board the Akademik Ioffe or RCGS Resolute and contact us for further discounts with this Cruise Company. 

* Cruise Offer for RCGS Resolute 2018/19 bookings ($1600 p/p discount + Hotel in Ushuaia + $70 SPA or Dinner credit), only until 30th August 2018.

On this departure to Antarctica, extended hikes, snowshoeing, enhanced photography excursions, overnight sea kayaking and ski touring are all possible to combine on one voyage.

Passengers benefit from the expedition ship being used as a mobile base camp wilderness lodge to discover the white continent at your own pace! Travelling on a true small expedition ship with high ice rating unlocks great wildlife sightings, because Chinstrap, Gentoo and Adelie penguin colonies, whales, seals and sea birds return to the plentiful feeding grounds of the Antarctic peninsula.

This voyage has been designed for outdoor enthusiasts and adventure lovers. It also has great appeal to those who wish to experience Antarctica in springtime. The added bonus is you will enjoy several additional days of exploration compared to the 10-night voyages.

Departs from Ushuaia or Punta Arenas – Return to Ushuaia 

Start & End Dates:

  • November 7 – 19 2018 (Ship: Akademik Ioffe)
  • November 16 – 28 2018 (Ship: RCGS Resolute) 

* Cruise Offer for RCGS Resolute 2018/19 bookings ($1600 p/p discount + Hotel in Ushuaia + $70 SPA or Dinner credit), only until 30th August 2018.   

*Please note that the final cabin price is dependent on configuration, the USD exchange rate and availability.  

 

 

 

Overview

Overview

Day 1Ushuaia OR Punta Arenas
Days 2 to 3Drake Passage
Days 4 to 5Antarctic Peninsula
Days 6 to 10Antarctic Peninsula and South Shetland Islands
Days 11 to 12Drake Passage and Cape Horn
Day 13Ushuaia, Argentina

Itinerary

Itinerary

Day 1 — Ushuaia OR Punta Arenas

We board the ship this afternoon. Excitement is in the air as we cast off. Next stop, Antarctica, and the adventure of a lifetime!

Days 2 to 3— Drake Passage

The great pelagic seabirds are constant companions as we cross the Drake Passage. Photographing these magnificent birds from the deck of the ship takes patience and skill and our photography expert will show you the best techniques. Throughout the day our onboard experts educate us with a series of informative and entertaining presentations.

Days 4 and 5 — Antarctic Peninsula

We awaken today and the magnificent snowy peaks of Antarctica are laid out before us. Over the next week, our itinerary is intentionally flexible to account for early season ice conditions and to take advantage of optimal snow conditions. Our planned exploration starts in vicinity of Mikkelson Harbour and neighbouring Cierva Cove – both beautiful locations and the perfect introduction to Antarctica.

Days 6 to 10 — Antarctic Peninsula and South Shetland Islands

Our days are spent exploring on and off the ship in the company of our expert guides. Popular activities include guided hikes on shore, visits to wildlife colonies, and exploration of historic huts and science stations. Zodiac cruising in the ice is always a thrill. Based on site conditions, the ski touring group may set off to explore the pristine terrain with our experienced mountaineering guides. The expedition snow-shoe group may follow in the tracks of the skiers, climbing to high points which afford breathtaking views. The sea kayakers will head out on excursions which may last all day. Photography enthusiasts will enjoy the chance to spend an entire day with our expedition photographer on an all-day field workshop. Everyone aboard will have an opportunity to camp onshore for the night in Antarctica if the weather cooperates. In the comfort and safety of our expedition ship, we range as far south as ice conditions permit; hopefully, we are able to navigate to 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. Cuverville Island is always a highlight and is home to one of the largest gentoo penguin colonies on this stretch of coastline. The adventure is not over and we plan an additional day of exploration in the South Shetland Islands. In the evening, we navigate into the Drake Passage, charting a course for South America.

Days 11 to 12 — Drake Passage and Cape Horn

As we make our way back to Ushuaia we enjoy an entertaining and memorable voyage recap by our Expedition Leader. If weather conditions allow, we hope to make a rounding of Cape Horn. Approaching the entrance to the Beagle Channel we enjoy a special dinner attended by the Captain of the ship.

Day 13 — Ushuaia, Argentina

In the early morning, we arrive into Ushuaia. Guests will be transported to their hotels or to the airport for return flights home.

Inclusions

Inclusions

  • Educational presentations from experienced guides such as ornithologists, glaciologists, historians, geologists, naturalists and marine mammals experts.
  • Photography advises and instructions from the resident photographer. Extended photography workshops available on select departures
  • All zodiac and landing excursions.
  • Zodiac cruising, hiking, guided walks, photography workshops, fitness & yoga.
  • All meals during the voyage prepared by One Ocean Expeditions chefs.
  • Welcome reception & welcome dinner.
  • One Ocean Expeditions Farewell dinner hosted by the Captain.
  • Daily afternoon tea with fresh snacks.
  • Coffee, tea & hot chocolate available anytime.
  • Access to wellness area (Finnish Sauna, Plunge Pool filled with sea water, Hot Tub).
  • Natural essential oil amenities.
  • Services of English speaking medical officer.
  • Use of multimedia room to download images. Lightroom, Adobe, Photoshop and card readers are available for use on MAC and PC computers.
  • Windproof/waterproof jacket and bib pants.
  • Comfortable insulated rubber boots.
  • Water resistant binoculars.
  • Waterproof backpack.
  • Trekking poles available on shore.
  • From/ to designated meeting points to/from the ship.
  • Additional transfers in welcome / departure cities (only applicable on certain departures).
  • Luggage transfer from designated locations to/from your cabin.

Not included

  • International airfare
  • Passport and visa expenses
  • Government arrival and departure taxes not mentioned above
  • Meals ashore unless otherwise specified
  • Comprehensive travel insurance
  • Excess baggage charges
  • Waterproof pants for Zodiac cruising, or any other gear not mentioned
  • Laundry, bar, beverage and other personal charges unless specified
  • Phone and internet charges
  • Voluntary gratuity at the end of the voyage for shipboard staff and crew
  • Additional overnight accommodation
  • Optional kayaking activities

Extras

  • Sea Kayaking at an extra cost of US$695 – Arctic & Torngat Explorer (Canada’s East Coast ‘Fins and Fiddles’ & ‘Golf Expedition’ sea kayaking is complimentary), US$795 – Antarctic (Epic Antarctica: USD1590, Chilean Fjords: USD495) per person. Pre-registration required at time of booking. Confirmed access to kayak at any offered excursion. Limited to 16 passengers per voyage. Includes high-quality kayaking equipment.
  • Sea Kayaking, Stand up Paddling and Cycling including gear free of charge (Fins and Fiddles and Golf Expedition departures only).
  • Overnight Camping (Antarctica only, included in the voyage price) including high-quality equipment. No pre-registration required. Camping is available on select departures only and can be affected by itinerary and weather conditions. Please see your full itinerary for further details.

Airfares

Travel Just 4U has competitive South America Flights to get you to the starting point of your chosen Holiday. Contact one of our Travel Consultants for a full quotation including airfares, stopovers and any additional travel you wish to organize.

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