Conquer the legendary Drake Passage and explore the great white continent on the state-of-the-art MV Hondius
Join Peregrine on a journey into the great white continent on the comfortable, brand-new MV Hondius. Departing in late January from Ushuaia, Argentina, this mid-summer adventure heads across the mountain-lined Beagle Channel, traverses the legendary Drake Passage and finds Antarctica in its seasonal element. As vast layers of ice and snow melt away across the peninsula, it’s one achingly beautiful scene after the next. Rugged rocky beaches, whales, seabirds, penguins and calving icebergs create a spectacle like nowhere else on earth. Excursions by Zodiac afford close-up views of the landscape and wildlife, and regular lectures from onboard experts give context that brings the experience to a new level. With warm hospitality, comfortable living quarters and ample leisure time, Pristine Antarctica is the ideal means of exploring this outstanding and utterly remote adventure destination.
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- Physical rating
- Min 15
- Group size
- Min 1, Max 16
Why you'll love this trip
The wildlife is amazing and surprisingly abundant in this extreme part of the planet. Watch the ocean for seals and minke, humpback and orca whales; witness graceful seabirds with the mountains of the Beagle Channel as a backdrop; and observe gentoo, Adelie and chinstrap penguins
The unique terrain of Antarctica is a dream for landscape photographers, and the beaches, plains, mountains and icebergs of the white continent can give the impression of entering a different world
Take the opportunity for a polar plunge, a feast for the senses and quite likely the most exhilarating ocean dip you will ever take
An onboard lecture program led by noted naturalists fills in crucial context on both the human and natural history of Antarctica
Brand-new and ice-strengthened to the highest standards for harsh Antarctic conditions, the state of the art MV Hondius offers the highest level of safety and plenty of creature comforts
Is this trip right for you?
On this itinerary, you'll be travelling aboard the Hondius
Meals IncludedThere are no meals included on this day.
Special InformationOn arrival, please make your way through to the Arrivals Hall where our representative will be waiting for you to transfer you to your hotel. He/she will be holding a sign with your name on it. Should you not be able to locate them, please refer to the front of your itinerary for emergency contact details of our representative office.
- Breakfast (2)
- Lunch (2)
- Dinner (2)
Areas we may visit include:
Cuverville Island, which sits between Rongé Island and the Antarctic Peninsula. This impressive isle plays host to several thousand gentoo penguins, plus pairs of breeding brown skuas.
Danco Island, where nesting gentoo penguins make for quite a cute scene. Weddell and crabeater seals might be found nearby.
Crystal Sound, whose ice-choked waters are an exciting place to land.
Port Lockroy, on Goudier Island, across the Neumayer Channel. The former British Research Station here now serves as a museum and, interestingly, a working post office.
Jougla Point, where gentoo penguins and blue-eyed shags hopefully come out to play. The kayaking and camping opportunities over here are superb.
Paradise Bay, which offers the chance to walk on the great continent again. Zodiac cruises along the bay reveal humpback and minke whales.
Wilhelmina Bay & Guvernøren, another terrific area for humpback whale spotting and exploring by Zodiac.
Guvernøren, a historic location where a whaling vessel caught on fire in 1915.
The Melchior Islands, which boasts beautiful icebergs. Look out for whales, leopard seals and crabeater seals here also.
King George Island (South Shetland Islands). The plan here will be to land at the Chinese Great Wall Station. There are also Russian, Argentine, and Uruguayan research stations in this area.
- Breakfast (4)
- Lunch (4)
- Dinner (4)
- Breakfast (2)
- Lunch (2)
- Dinner (2)
Special InformationPlease be sure not to book flights out of Ushuaia before 12PM (Noon) on the day of disembarkation.
Meals10 breakfasts, 8 lunches, 9 dinners
TransportExpedition cruise ship, zodiac
AccommodationExpedition cruise ship 9 nights
Arctic and Antarctic bookings have an increased deposit requirement of 20% of the full voyage cost (before any discount). The balance is due 120 days before departure.
If a booking is cancelled 120 days or more before departure - the cancellation fee is the full loss of the deposit paid.
If a booking is cancelled between 119 days and departure - the cancellation fee is 100% of the total price of the voyage.
Other fees may apply for air tickets and other arrangements booked in conjunction with a Polar voyage.
Your voyage is operated in conjunction with our partners, Chimu Travel.
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