Program Type : Crossings on Sale
Price : $3,995 / €3.036
(per person, based on triple occupancy) Taxes included
Ushuaia, Argentina – Beagle Channel – Crossing The Drake – South Shetland & Antarctic Peninsula – Drake Passage – Ushuaia, Argentina -Live A Brief And Authentic Antarctic Experience. Penguins, Glacier Summits, Seals And Icebergs, All In Just 10 Days By Boat
This Antarctic experience is for people short on time, – from penguin rookeries and glacier hikes to Leopard Seals and giant icebergs. An Antarctic experience with a lifetime of memories and wildlife encounters packed into 10 short days.
Day 1 – Ushuaia, Argentina
Your adventure commences in Ushuaia, Argentina, the most southern city in South America. The city offers shops, restaurants and attractions. The nearby mountains and national park offer natural beauty, hiking trails and activities to keep you busy.
Day 2 – Embarkation Day – Beagle Channel
Embarkation will be in the late afternoon, your vessel will sail down the wildlife-rich Beagle Channel. This will give you your first opportunity to get to know your fellow adventurers and get acquainted with the shipboard services. As land fades away from sight, you can prepare for your first night at sea! Next stop? Antarctica.
Day 3-4 – Crossing The Drake
It is impossible to predict the sea and the weather conditions we will encounter as we cross the Drake Passage. The passage is renowned for strong seas. Your time during these first days is largely spent interacting with other travellers and attending presentations given by your Expedition Team.
Day 5-7 – South Shetland & Antarctic Peninsula
You are now close to Antarctica, where icebergs are more frequent – and larger. This far south, you will likely also get your first sightings of whales, perhaps Humpbacks or even Orcas. Then, as land appears, you will get to shake off your sea legs and head out on your first landing. The coast can range from barren, inhospitable landscapes to mountainous peaks dotted with penguins. You will see that everything in Antarctica is done on a bigger scale – do not be surprised if you feel dwarfed by the dramatic, imposing, environment that surrounds you. Landing sites vary depending on conditions, but what is certain is that you will see many animals, historically significant sites and varied landscapes. Your days in the South Shetland Islands and Antarctic Peninsula may be spent watching penguins swimming and ambling over pebbled beaches, taking a Zodiac cruise around oddly artistically shaped icebergs, or witnessing a Leopard Seal hunt in the frigid Antarctic waters. Hiking atop a snow-covered hill in the Peninsula will also provide you with a quiet place for contemplation to enjoy the eerie silence of the continent. Some offer 360° vantage points, others such as Orne Harbour, give you the opportunity to visit a chinstrap penguin colony high up on a ridge. The often comical movements of penguins and seals on land will provide photo opportunities. Take a rest on a beach and you will soon be surrounded by curious penguins, hike away from the shore and you may witness an iceberg exploding in the water or glacial ice come crashing down into the ocean.
You can create your own excitement too, by taking the Polar Plunge! Harness yourself in and take a quick swim in Antarctica, or simply be amused by the shocked faces of you fellow shipmates who dare to brave the cold waters. Take comfort in the warmth of the ship, which offers plenty of free space for all to enjoy. Some of the most memorable times come from simply watching the sun set, or rise, in Antarctica. Every day will bring a new surprise and new Zodiac excursions and landings. Keep your cameras available you never know what wildlife or scenery will greet you next.
Day 8-9 – Drake Passage
The journey back across the Drake Passage provides you with some final opportunities for spotting seabirds and scouting for whales. Your Expedition Team will run their last lectures and presentations. This is the time to share your favourite encounters and memories with the crew and your shipmates. Enjoy a farewell dinner and final night on the seas.
Day 10 – Disembarkation In Ushuaia, Argentina
After breakfast on board, you will have time to say goodbye to your Expedition Team, we will then transfer you to the airport for your homeward flights.
Embracing the unexpected is part of the legacy – and excitement – of expedition travel. There are no guarantees that we can achieve everything we set out to accomplish. A measure of flexibility is something all of us must bring to a voyage. There are nearly 200 recognized sites in the Antarctic Peninsula and South Shetlands and the places mentioned above may be changed to others equally as interesting.
Extend Your Stay
You may like to extend your stay.
Non-Alcoholic Beverage Package: Price Per Person USD 89
Make your expedition experience even better by reserving one of our beverage packages before you travel. We are pleased to offer both an all-inclusive (all beverages) and a non-alcoholic beverage package on all departures aboard the Ocean Diamond and Sea Adventurer ships. Choose from alcoholic beverages including a wide selection of domestic and imported beers, spirits, mixed drinks, cocktails and two varieties of red and white wine. Non-alcoholic drinks include unlimited soft drinks, water and juice. Prices start from USD 89 for our non-alcoholic packages and USD 239 for all-inclusive packages. Note: Beverage packages are only available on Ocean Diamond and Sea Adventurer departures.
Inclusive Beverage Package: Price Per Person USD 239
Make your expedition experience even better by reserving one of our beverage packages before you travel. We are pleased to offer both an all-inclusive (all beverages) and a non-alcoholic beverage package on all departures aboard the Ocean Diamond and Clipper Adventurer ships. Choose from alcoholic beverages including a wide selection of domestic and imported beers, spirits, mixed drinks, cocktails and two varieties of red and white wine. Non-alcoholic drinks include unlimited soft drinks, water and juice. Prices start from USD 89 for our non-alcoholic packages and USD 239 for all-inclusive packages. Note: Beverage packages are only available on Ocean Diamond and Clipper Adventurer departures.
|Value of the program per person (based on triple occupancy)|
|Start and End||Ship||Price|
|06.11.-15.11.2013||Ocean Diamond||USD 3.995|
|05.02.- 14.02.2014||Ocean Diamond||USD 6.595|
- Rates valid during season 2013 and 2014
- Rates subject to the variations of the market.
- Rates may vary according to different dates of departures and to the duration of the trip and if you may like to extend your stay.
- One night pre-expedition hotel accommodation with breakfast.
- Shipboard accommodation with daily housekeeping.
- 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.
- 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 official expedition parka to keep.
- Coffee, tea and cocoa available around the clock.
- Hair dryer and bathrobes in every cabin.
- Comprehensive pre-departure materials, including a map and an informative Antarctic Reader.
- A group transfer upon disembarkation in Ushuaia from the ship to the local airport.
- All miscellaneous service taxes and port charges throughout the program.
- All luggage handling aboard ship.
- Emergency Evacuation Insurance for all passengers to a maximum benefit of USD $100,000 per person.
- Any airfare unless otherwise specified in the itinerary.
- Passport and visa expenses.
- Government arrival and departure taxes.
- Any meals ashore unless otherwise specified.
- Baggage, cancellation and medical travel insurance.
- Excess baggage charges.
- Laundry, bar, beverage and other personal charges unless specified.
- Telecommunications charges.
- The voluntary tip at the end of the voyage for shipboard staff and crew.