Journey to the White Continent at the End of the Earth

Overview

Antarctica is hypnotically beautiful, with its towering blue-white icebergs, mountains sheering from the sea, and spectacular pageant of wildlife. Walk among shoreline rookeries thronged with penguins, look for spouting whales in iceberg-filled bays, spot incredible Antarctic birds soaring overhead, including the fabled wandering albatross, explore by Zodiac, and marvel at the nearly 24-hour daylight. There are even options to sea kayak or camp on most journeys! Expert naturalists bring the Antarctic world to life for you as they share their passion for this miraculous realm.

Itinerary

Days 1-4
Ushuaia / Embark / Drake Passage

From Ushuaia, navigate the historic Beagle Channel, traveled by Charles Darwin aboard the HMS Beagle in 1835. Mighty albatross and Cape petrels soar above the wake of the ship as you cross the Drake Passage to the Antarctic Peninsula.

Days 5-12
Antarctic Peninsula / Drake Passage / Ushuaia

You’ll have five exciting days to absorb the pristine beauty of the Peninsula. Set out for guided walks among thousands of clamorous penguins, explore historic outposts, look for humpback whales, and take Zodiac excursions to massive icebergs and ice floes where seals laze. Destinations may include Paulet Island, home to thousands of Adélie penguins, Paradise Bay, with its ice cliffs and icebergs, and the narrow Lemaire Channel, where the ship navigates a stunning waterway between sheer 3,000-foot peaks. Most departures have options for camping or sea kayaking, weather permitting. The ship will also sail into the sea-flooded crater of Deception Island, where hardy souls can take a dip in a small natural hot spring on the rocky shoreline. In the true spirit of expedition cruising, the expedition leader and captain will determine the best course for the weather and ice conditions, and to maximize your wildlife encounters. On Days 10-11, keep an eye out for whales and seabirds as the ship returns across the famed Drake Passage to Ushuaia. Disembark on Day 12 and depart.

Highlights

Highlights

Active expedition cruise to the Antarctic Peninsula, a breathtaking wildlife paradise
Cruise past icebergs of the South Shetland Islands and Paradise Bay, take a dip in the thermal waters at Deception Island, see the stunning Lemaire Channel
With expert naturalists, hike amid colonies of penguins and explore ice-strewn bays by Zodiac

Details

Activity: Wildlife & Natural History, Small Ship Cruising
Trip Level:

12-day expedition cruise, nature walks on uneven ground, sea kayaking and camping options on several departures, Zodiac cruising with wet landings, possibility of rough seas and cold weather
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