11 days

Antarctic Explorer 2015-16

Antarctic Explorer 2015-16

Antarctica’s seabirds

The presence of silence in Antarctica

Touring icebergs by kayak

Ushuaia

‘Slicing the silence’, voyage to Antarctica

Whales

The epic icebergs and landscape of the Antarctic Peninsula

South Shetland Islands

Camping in tents on Antarctica

Cruise the Beagle Channel

Light of the Antarctic

Seals

Seals and seabirds of the Beagle Channel

Trip rating
  • This expedition offers the perfect chance to discover the best of the Antarctic Peninsula, the last continent’s most northern region. You’ll be delighted by penguins, seals and whales as they accompany you on your journey along the Antarctic coastline. Landing on the continent itself is a memorable highlight, where you’ll explore the iconic sights that make this one of the world’s most pristine, exotic and unforgettable natural environments.

    Itinerary

    Day 1 - Ushuaia, Argentina

    With a population of more than 63,000 people, Ushuaia is the southernmost city in the world. The city has grown over the past few years, yet it has retained an easy going and accessible feel. With the sea to the south and mountains to the north, Ushuaia is a spectacular departure point for your Antarctic cruise. If you arrive early, you can spend some time in the nearby Tierra del Fuego National Park, enjoy some Argentinean wines and barbecues in the city, or visit the many boutique shops and cafés before you leave for your expedition to Antarctica.
    Arrival Transfers: Please note an arrival transfer from the airport on Day 1 is included in your voyage fare. Full details will be sent with your final joining instructions.

    Accommodation: If you arrive earlier or wish to extend your stay and need accommodation, please ask Peregrine or your agent for details and costs.

    Day 2 - Ushuaia - Embarkation Day

    Embarkation will occur in the late afternoon, after which your vessel will sail down the historic Beagle Channel. This 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 southernmost continent!

    Breakfast | Dinner

    Day 3-4 - Crossing the Drake Passage

    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.

    Please note on Day 3 of the 10 December voyage, we will attempt to land on Cape Horn (weather permitting). The Cape Horn National Park was declared a World Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO in June 2005. We’ll see the monument dedicated to the thousands of sailors lost on more than 800 ships wrecked sailing around this iconic landmark.

    Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

    Day 5-8 - South Shetland Islands and Antarctic Peninsula

    When the Antarctic Convergence is left in our wake, you will truly begin your Antarctic adventure. It is perhaps the first sight of land itself that is embraced as the true beginning of any Antarctic expedition. You can begin to appreciate why this region has long captivated the attention of explorers and travellers alike. Every time we visit Antarctica we witness something new or unexpected, meaning your expedition will be unlike any other.
    We will take Zodiac excursions from the ship 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 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’re feeling extra adventurous, participating in the Polar Plunge swim is about as crazy as it gets! Amidst the peaceful silence of Antarctica, noisy interruptions become indelible memories such as penguins squabbling over prized pebbles or the boom and crack of a calving glacier in Neko Harbour. You can make a bit of noise yourself too and listen to the echo of voices bounce off a giant glacier.
    Every day will be different, having been carefully crafted by your expedition team so as to entertain and educate you about this wonderful part of the world.

    Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

    Day 9-10 - Drake Passage

    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.

    Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

    Day 11 - Disembarkation in Ushuaia, Argentina

    In the early morning we arrive back in Ushuaia, where our cruise ends. Please do not book outbound flights before 12.00pm.

    Transfers: If you are extending your stay and would like a transfer from your Ushuaia hotel to Ushuaia Airport, please contact Peregrine or your agent.

    Breakfast
  • What to Know

    What's Included

    • All breakfasts, lunches and dinners on board throughout your voyage.
    • All shore landings per the daily program.
    • Leadership throughout the voyage by our experienced expedition leader, including shore landings and other activities.
    • All Zodiac transfers and cruising per the daily program.
    • Formal and informal presentations by our expedition team and guest speakers as scheduled.
    • Photographic journal on DVD, documenting the voyage.
    • A pair of waterproof expedition boots on loan for shore landings.
    • An expeditions parka to keep.
    • Coffee, tea and cocoa available around the clock.
    • Hair dryer and bathrobes in every cabin.
    • Comprehensive pre-departure materials including an informative Antarctic Reader.
    • A group transfer upon disembarkation in Ushuaia from the ship to the local airport.
    • All luggage handling aboard ship.
    • Emergency evacuation insurance for all passengers to a maximum benefit of US$100,000 per person.
    • Group transfers in Ushuaia from the airport to any local hotel.
    • Group transfers from a designated location in Ushuaia to the ship on embarkation day.

    Not Included

    • Any airfare unless otherwise specified in the itinerary.
    • Passport and visa expenses.
    • Government arrival and departure taxes.
    • Any meals ashore with the exception of breakfast at the host hotel before embarkation.
    • Baggage, cancellation and medical travel insurance.
    • Excess baggage charges.
    • Laundry, bar, beverage and other personal charges unless specified.
    • Telecommunications charges.
    • The voluntary gratuity at the end of the voyage for shipboard staff and crew.

    Safety Information

    Safety is paramount on a Peregrine voyage. Due to new International Security Regulations, you will not be able to approach the ship on your own. You will have to arrive with the rest of the group, accompanied by a Peregrine representative. Full details of embarkation/disembarkation procedures will be supplied with your final documentation. On board you will be asked to participate in the obligatory lifeboat drill. We will also conduct important briefings on landing procedures and Zodiac operations.

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Start City: Ushuaia
End City: Ushuaia
Style: Polar

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