Over eleven days, you visit classic landing locations along the Antarctica Peninsula and Gerlache Strait coastline. Spend your days off the ship exploring by Zodiac boat and making shore landings in the company of your expert guides. By breaking into small special interest groups, discover Antarctica and its remarkable landscapes, wildlife, and history through photography, zodiac excursions, hiking, and, for the more adventurous, camping and sea kayaking. Visits to historic huts and working research bases add another dimension to the voyage. To cap off this amazing trip, spend a day in the South Shetland Islands. Returning to South America you will have one final thrill – a rounding of the legendary maritime landmark of Cape Horn.
Arrive in Ushuaia, Argentina, the world’s most southerly city, where you board your expedition ship. In the early evening, you will set sail along the Beagle Channel and push out into the Drake Passage, direction Antarctica.
Giant petrels, albatross and smaller Cape petrels are your companions as you transit the Drake Passage. Join the ship’s Captain on the bridge and learn about the operations of your modern research vessel. Throughout the day your onboard experts will teach you with a series of presentations about the environment, wildlife and history.
Continue your navigation through the famous Drake Passage, this body of water between South America’s Cape Horn and the South Shetland Islands of Antarctica, connects the southwestern part of the Atlantic Ocean with the south-eastern part of the Pacific Ocean.
Take a deep breath, you have arrived. Welcome to Antarctica! This morning the magnificent snowy peaks are laid out before you. It’s a truly awesome sight. The waterways of the Antarctic Peninsula are home to deep bays, pristine coves and inlets and numerous small islands.
Today you can see The Gerlache coastline as it features heavily glaciated mountains permanently covered in ice and snow. Rocky outcrops are home to gentoo, adelie and chinstrap penguin rookeries and the waters are rich in marine life.
During your Antarctica adventure, you will frequently encounter seals, including the powerful leopard seal. Curious humpback whales and the smaller minke whales are present much of the time as they feed on the vast schools of krill. Sightings of orca are common.
Every day your crew plans an exciting range of activities including guided hikes on shore and visits to wildlife colonies with your expert naturalist guides. The historic huts and science stations located along the peninsula provide a fascinating glimpse into the past and potential future. Zodiac cruising among the ice searching for seals and whales is a memorable activity. Meanwhile, the sea kayakers may range several miles from the ship.
Your resident photography guide will be on hand to help you with your camera setting and image composition. Somewhere along this stretch of coastline, plan a night on shore, camping in Antarctica. You will have all the right gear and equipment and an expert team to make it happen – all you need is an adventurous spirit!
Today you can choose within the range of activities that the crew has for you. Admire the towering glaciers, the amazing wildlife and encounter penguins, whales, and seals!
South Shetland Islands and Deception Island
After several busy days of exploration along the Antarctic Peninsula, you will head for the South Shetland Islands. If the weather conditions allow, you will be able to visit the flooded volcanic caldera at Deception Island, a very dramatic location. History is all around you as you explore the old whaling station, with its rusted relics and dilapidated wooden buildings.
In the early morning, arrive into Ushuaia. You will be transferred to you hotel or to the airport for your ongoing flight.