Antarctica Tour Package
Duration : 10 Nights / 11 Days
Ushuaia - Argentina - Path of the Polar Explorers - Antarctic Scenes of South Shetland - Familiar Seas
Dec 19, 2019 Arrive in Ushuaia, Argentina
Arrive in Ushuaia, Argentina. Welcome and assistance upon arrival by our local English speaking guides. Later, transfer to hotel.
Note: In Order to reach Ushuaia on December, 2019, please book your flights accordingly from your home city on December 18, 2019.
Dec 20 Depart from Ushuaia
After breakfast, enjoy the tour of Ushuaia- the southernmost city of the world known as “End of the World”. It is located on the shores of the Beagle Channel, at the southern tip of the International Maritime Tierra del Fuego Island, and surrounded by the Martial Mounts. Its superlative location allows you to enjoy sea, mountains and forests at the same time. After the tour of Ushuaia, embark the cruise ship Hondius in the afternoon and meet your expedition and lecture staff. After you have settled into your cabins we sail along the famous Beagle Channel and the scenic Mackinlay Pass.
This cruise ship will be the first vessel to be built to class “LR PC6”, meeting the latest and highest demands of Lloyd’s Register for “Polar Class 6” vessels, the highest Polar Class notation for ice-strengthened vessels. The vessel will also fully comply with the mandatory requirements of the Polar code, adopted by theInternational Maritime Organization (IMO), for safe ship operation and the protection of the Polar environment and boasting of strongest ice-strengthened vessel in the Polar Regions equipped with stabilizers, and very suitable for advanced, innovative exploratory quality voyages in the Arctic and Antarctic Regions.
Your voyage begins where the world drops off: Ushuaia, Argentina, reputed to be the southernmost city on the planet, located on the far southern tip of South America. Starting in the afternoon, you embark from this small resort town on Tierra del Fuego – nicknamed “The End of the World” – and sail the scenic, mountain-fringed Beagle Channel for the rest of the evening.
Dec 21 & 22 Path of the Polar Explorers
Over the next two days on the Drake Passage, you enjoy some of the same experiences encountered by the great polar explorers who first charted these regions: cool salt breezes, rolling seas, maybe even a fin whale spouting up sea spray. After passing the Antarctic Convergence – Antarctica’s natural boundary, formed when north-flowing cold waters collide with warmer sub-Antarctic seas – you are in the circum-Antarctic upwelling zone. Not only does the marine life change, the avian life changes too. Wandering albatrosses, grey-headed albatrosses, black-browed albatrosses, light-mantled sooty albatrosses, cape pigeons, southern fulmars, Wilson’s storm petrels, blue petrels, and Antarctic petrels are a few of the birds you might see
Dec 23, 24, 25 & 26 Enter the Antarctic
Gray stone peaks sketched with snow, towers of broken blue-white ice, and dramatically different wildlife below and above. You first pass the snow-capped Melchior Islands and Schollaert Channel, sailing between Brabant and Anvers Islands. Sites you may visit include: Cuverville Island – Stabbing up between Rongé Island and the Antarctic Peninsula, Cuverville houses a massive colony of gentoo penguins as well as pairs of breeding brown skuas.
Danco Island – Activities here may focus on the gentoo penguins nesting on the island, in addition to the Weddell and crabeater seals that can be found nearby.
Neko Harbour – An epic landscape of mammoth glaciers and endless wind-carved snow. Opportunities for Zodiac cruising and kayaking provide you the closest possible view of the ice-crusted alpine peaks.
Paradise Bay – You may be able to take a Zodiac cruise in these sprawling, ice-flecked waters, where you have a good chance of seeing humpback and minke whales.
Port Lockroy – After sailing through the Neumayer Channel, you get a chance to visit the former British research station – now a museum and post office – of Port Lockroy on Goudier Island. You may also be able to partake in activities around Jougla Point, meeting gentoo penguins and blue-eyed shags. There are great opportunities also for kayaking and camping here, and when conditions are right, you can even snowshoe around the shore.
Dec 27 & 28 Familiar Seas, Familiar Friends
Your return voyage is far from lonely. While crossing the Drake, you’re again greeted by the vast array of seabirds remembered from the passage south. But they seem a little more familiar to you now, and you to them.
Dec 29 Ushuaia – Buenos Aires
Every adventure, no matter how grand, must eventually come to an end. It’s now time to disembark in Ushuaia, but with memories that will accompany you wherever your next adventure lies. After embarkation, transfer to Ushuaia airport for your flight to Buenos Aires. Arrive in Buenos Aires and transfer to hotel. In the evening enjoy the Tango show.
Dec 30 Buenos Aires - Onward journey
After breakfast, check out of the hotel and proceed to city tour of Buenos Aires also known as the Paris of South America built in the 19th century era of plenty of the wealthy Gauchos (cowboys) land barons in Argentina; this city rivals the architecture and sophistication of Paris. Visit the most famous architectural monuments and the world’s widest boulevard. Pass by the colonial Italian Boca District, the cathedral and the tomb of General Jose De San Martin. After the tour transfer to airport for your onward flight abroad.
PLEASE NOTE :
The above itinerary is a guide only. Our exact route and program will vary to take best advantage of local weather and ice conditions and opportunities to view wildlife. Changes will be made by the Captain and/or Expedition Leader to facilitate the best results from the prevailing conditions. A daily program sheet will be issued on board. Flexibility is the key to success.BOOKING WILL ACCEPTED ON “FIRST COME FIRST SERVED BASIS” DUE TO LIMITED SPACE ON CRUISE.