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Antarctic Explorer: Discovering the 7th Continent

11 Days FROM USD 12,045

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Set sail from Ushuaia at the southern tip of South America, across the infamous and unpredictable Drake Passage to Antarctica, the 7th continent, a vast ice wilderness of epic proportions. Discover the fascinating wildlife and spectacular landscapes as you make Zodiac excursions to landing sites and cruise by Zodiac amongst the uniquely sculpted icebergs. Visit penguin rookeries, hike to vantage points to take in the views or sit on a beach to enjoy the antics of the curious penguins as they build their nests. The serene silence is broken only by the sounds of noisy penguins and the occasional crash of a glacier as it calves into the icy waters.

 

Optional Activities : Camping Kayaking Hiking Cross Country Skiing

Trip Code: ACTSAED7

Location: Antarctica

Ship: Ocean Endeavour

CRUISE ITINERARY

You may arrive in Buenos Aires at any time during Day 1 of your itinerary. Upon arriving in this splendid city, known for its soaring architecture and rich European heritage, you will independently transfer to the group hotel (pre-night hotel included).

Arrive Buenos Aires

After breakfast at the hotel, the group will transfer to the airport and board our private charter flight to Ushuaia, Argentina. Upon arrival, we’ll take a short city tour of this quaint port town before heading to the pier. Embarkation will occur in the late afternoon, after which your vessel will sail down the historic Beagle Channel. This famous channel transects the Tierra del Fuego archipelago in the extreme south of South America. Expect an air of excitement as you depart—the next time you see land you’ll be in the world’s most southern continent!

Ushuaia, Argentina and Embarkation

Prepare yourself for potentially rough water, but hope for a smooth sailing as the Drake is unpredictable and always changing. You’ll spend these first days getting to know your shipmates, while we’ll provide safety briefings and insights into what excitement lies ahead.

Crossing the Drake Passage - Days 3 & 4

This is the beginning of your true Antarctic adventure. At first sight of land we will take a zodiac excursion to explore bays, channels and landing sites each day. With wildlife always at the forefront of our minds you will visit penguin rookeries, scout for humpback and minke whales and search for a number of the southern seal species, including the cunning leopard seal. The majesty of the Peninsula’s mountains will enchant you as you scramble up snowy pathways to vantage points offering you 360° views of your surroundings. One of these in particular, in Orne Harbour, gives the opportunity to visit a chinstrap penguin colony high up on a ridge. Here you’ll have the choice between going for a mountain hike or spending time sitting quietly on a pebbled beach to enjoy the antics of curious penguins. If you are feeling brave you can take the poplar plunge. With hundreds of species of wildlife and plenty of scenic wonders every day will be different.

South Shetland Islands Days 5 to 8

The journey back across the Drake Passage provides you with some final opportunities to enjoy the crisp Antarctic air. Spend time on the deck watching for seabirds and scouting for whales, enjoy a few final presentations by your Expedition Team or simply relax and reminisce about your experiences.

Drake Passage to Ushuaia Days 9 & 10

We will arrive in Ushuaia in the morning after breakfast. After disembarkation, we will taste a little of Patagonia by touring Tierra del Fuego National Park before we transfer to the airport for the return group charter flight to Buenos Aires.

Disembark in Ushuaia & Fly to Buenos Aires
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Pricing & date

Antarctic Explorer: Discovering the 7th Continent from USD 12,045
Departing Ending Duration
05 Nov 2019 15 Nov 2019 11
02 Dec 2019 12 Dec 2019 11
11 Dec 2019 21 Dec 2019 11
07 Jan 2020 17 Jan 2020 11
28 Jan 2020 07 Feb 2020 11
06 Feb 2020 16 Feb 2020 11
07 Mar 2020 17 Mar 2020 11
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OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES

Camping

Camping

Kayaking

Kayaking

Hiking

Hiking

Cross Country Skiing

Cross Country Skiing

Important Information

  • Shipboard accommodation 

    All meals and beverages onboard

    All scheduled landings/excursions  

    Guiding and lectures by experienced expedition leader 

    A photographic journey documenting the expedition 

    Waterproof expedition boots on loan for shore landings

    Expedition parka to keep 

    Comprehensive predeparture materials, including a map and an informative Antarctica Reader

    All miscellaneous service taxes and port charges 

    All luggage handling aboard the ship 

    All gratuities 

    Emergency evacuation insurance to a maximum benefit of US$500,000.00 per person 

    Group charter flight Buenos Aires - Ushuaia - Buenos Aires 

    One night's pre-expedition hotel accommodation in Buenos Aires, with breakfast 

    Group transfer from the hotel to the airport in Buenos Aires and airport to ship on embarkation day 

    Group transfer upon disembarkation in Ushuaia from the ship to the local airport 

     

    EXCLUSIONS: 

    International flights 

    Passport and visa expenses

    Government arrival and departure taxes not mentioned above 

    Meals ashore unless otherwise specified 

    Baggage, cancellation, interruption and medical travel insurance 

    Excess baggage fees on international flights

    Laundry and personal expenses incurred onboard 

    Phone and internet charges

    Additional overnight accommodation 

    Optional adventure activities

  • 2 (light adventure)
  • Available upon request

  • Contact us for more details

  • Season and availability

SPEAK TO A SPECIALIST

Talk to one of our Destination Specialists to plan your South American adventure and turn your dream into a reality. With exceptional knowledge and first hand experience, our consultants will assist in every way possible to make your journey the most memorable it can be, matching not only the itinerary, but the accommodation and activities to suit your style of travel and budget.

Sustainability

GUIDANCE FOR VISITORS TO THE ANTARCTIC

RECOMMENDATION XVIII-1, ADOPTED AT THE ANTARCTIC TREATY MEETING, KYOTO, 1994

Activities in the Antarctic are governed by the Antarctic Treaty of 1959 and associated agreements, referred to collectively as the Antarctic Treaty System. The Treaty established Antarctica as a zone of peace and science.

In 1991, the Antarctic Treaty Consultative Parties adopted the Protocol on Environmental Protection to the Antarctic Treaty, which designates the Antarctic as a natural reserve. The Protocol sets out environmental principles, procedures and obligations for the comprehensive protection of the Antarctic environment, and its dependent and associated ecosystems. The Consultative Parties have agreed that as far as possible and in accordance with their legal system, the provisions of the Protocol should be applied as appropriate. The Environmental Protocol was ratified in January 1998.

The Environmental Protocol applies to tourism and non-governmental activities, as well as governmental activities in the Antarctic Treaty Area. It is intended to ensure that these activities, do not have adverse impacts on the Antarctic environment, or on its scientific and aesthetic values.
This Guidance for Visitors to the Antarctic is intended to ensure that all visitors are aware of, and are therefore able to comply with, the Treaty and the Protocol. Visitors are, of course, bound by national laws and regulations applicable to activities in the Antarctic.


PROTECT ANTARCTIC WILDLIFE

Taking or harmful interference with Antarctic wildlife is prohibited except in accordance with a permit issued by a national authority.

Do not use aircraft, vessels, small boats, or other means of transport in ways that disturb wildlife, either at sea or on land.
Do not feed, touch, or handle birds or seals, or approach or photograph them in ways that cause them to alter their behavior. Special care is needed when animals are breeding or molting.
Do not damage plants, for example by walking, driving, or landing on extensive moss beds or lichen-covered scree slopes.
Do not use guns or explosives. Keep noise to the minimum to avoid frightening wildlife.
Do not bring non-native plants or animals into the Antarctic, such as live poultry, pet dogs and cats, or house plants.


RESPECT PROTECTED AREAS

A variety of areas in the Antarctic have been afforded special protection because of their particular ecological, scientific, historic, or other values. Entry into certain areas may be prohibited except in accordance with a permit issued by an appropriate national authority.
Activities in and near designated Historic Sites and Monuments and certain other areas may be subject to special restrictions.

Know the locations of areas that have been afforded special protection and any restrictions regarding entry and activities that can be carried out in and near them.
Observe applicable restrictions.
Do not damage, remove, or destroy Historic Sites or Monuments or any artifacts associated with them.

RESPECT SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH

Do not interfere with scientific research, facilities or equipment.

Obtain permission before visiting Antarctic science and support facilities; reconfirm arrangements 24-72 hours before arrival; and comply with the rules regarding such visits.
Do not interfere with, or remove, scientific equipment or marker posts, and do not disturb experimental study sites, field camps, or supplies.
BE SAFE

Be prepared for severe and changeable weather and ensure that your equipment and clothing meet Antarctic standards. Remember that the Antarctic environment is inhospitable, unpredictable, and potentially dangerous.

Know your capabilities and the dangers posed by the Antarctic environment, and act accordingly. Plan activities with safety in mind at all times.
Keep a safe distance from all wildlife, both on land and at sea.
Take note of, and act on, the advice and instructions from your leaders; do not stray from your group.
Do not walk onto glaciers or large snow fields without the proper equipment and experience; there is a real danger of falling into hidden crevasses.
Do not expect a rescue service. Self-sufficiency is increased and risks reduced by sound planning, quality equipment, and trained personnel.
Do not enter emergency refuges (except in emergencies). If you use equipment or food from a refuge, inform the nearest research station or national authority once the emergency is over.
Respect any smoking restrictions, particularly around buildings, and take great care to safeguard against the danger of fire. This is a real hazard in the dry environment of Antarctica.

KEEP ANTARCTICA PRISTINE

Antarctica remains relatively pristine, the largest wilderness area on Earth. It has not yet been subjected to large-scale human perturbations. Please keep it that way.

Do not dispose of litter or garbage on land. Open burning is prohibited.
Do not disturb or pollute lakes or streams. Any materials discarded at sea must be disposed of properly.
Do not paint or engrave names or graffiti on rocks or buildings.
Do not collect or take away biological or geological specimens or man-made artifacts as a souvenir, including rocks, bones, eggs, fossils, and parts or contents of buildings.
Do not deface or vandalize buildings or emergency refuges, whether occupied, abandoned, or unoccupied.​​