Antarctica: Feb. 20 – March 2, 2017 from $6999*

Antarctica: Discover the 7th Continent

MRTA Member Price if booked by Sept. 30, 2016, Twin obstructed = $6999*

MRTA Member Price if booked by Sept. 30, 2016, Twin window = $7699*

*Double occupancy, two people to a cabin. Air fare and transfers are additional.

***TRANSFER PACKAGE/CHARTER FLIGHT PACKAGE – needed as part of trip

$800 USA per person

Buenos Aires Flight and Transfer Package includes:

  • Pre expedition hotel night in BuenosAires, with breakfast
  • Group transfer from the hotel to the airport in Buenos Aires
  • Charter flight from Buenos Aires to Ushuaia, and return
  • Group transfer from Ushuaia airport to the ship, and return

Antarctica has been inspiring explorers for centuries. And this expedition offers you the chance to discover why, with an unforgettable journey through the spectacular wilderness of the South Shetland Islands and Antarctic Peninsula. You’ll encounter a world where nature creates the rules, her unpredictable temperament making each trip unique, exciting and personal.

Imagine cruising in a Zodiac through crackling sea ice like shattered glass, witnessing penguins building their nests, or navigating through a maze of icebergs, each one uniquely shaped by its journey through the sea. You’ll enjoy iconic Antarctic highlights, exhilarating adventures and be rewarded with memories to last a lifetime.

 

 

Onboard Lectures

Presentations by the Expedition Team are included as part of your voyage. Through formal illustrated presentations, as well as informal briefings, the Expeditions Team will cover a range of topics including ornithology, marine biology, glaciology, geography, geology, history and the environment.

Day 1 — Buenos Aires, Argentina

You may arrive in Buenos Aires at any time during Day 1 of your itinerary. Upon arriving in this splendid city, known for its soaring architecture and rich European heritage, you will independently transfer to the group hotel (pre-night hotel included).

Day 2 — Ushuaia, Argentina, and Embarkation

After breakfast at the hotel, the group will transfer to the airport and board our private charter flight to Ushuaia, Argentina.

Upon arrival, you will have a little time to explore this quaint port town before heading to the pier.

Embarkation will occur in the late afternoon, after which your vessel will sail down the historic Beagle Channel. This famous channel transects the Tierra del Fuego archipelago in the extreme south of South America. Expect an air of anticipation as you depart—the next time you’ll see land you’ll be in the world’s most southern continent!

Days 3 and 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 your Expedition Team provides safety briefings and insights into what excitement lies ahead.

Days 5 to 8 — South Shetland Islands and Antarctic Peninsula

Once 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 will begin to appreciate why this region has long captivated the attention of explorers and travelers alike. Every time we visit Antarctica, we witness something new or unexpected, which means that your expedition will be unlike any other—creating a unique, personal experience.

Each day, you will take Zodiac excursions from the ship to explore local bays, channels and landing sites. 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 southern seal species, including the cunning leopard seal.

The majesty of the Antarctic Peninsula’s mountains will enchant as you scramble up snowy pathways to vantage points offering you 360° views of your surroundings. One of these in particular, in Orne Harbour, affords us the opportunity to visit a chinstrap penguin colony high up on a ridge. Here, you’ll have the choice between mountain hiking or spending time sitting quietly on a pebbled beach, enjoying the antics of curious penguins. If you’re feeling extra adventurous, participating in the Polar Plunge swim is about as crazy as it gets!

Amid the serene silence of Antarctica, noisy interludes become indelible memories, such as penguins squabbling over prized pebbles, or the boom and crack of a calving glacier in Neko Harbor.

Each day will be different, having been carefully crafted by your Expedition Team to entertain and educate you about this wonderful part of the world.

Days 9 and 10 — Crossing the Drake Passage

The journey back across the Drake Passage provides final opportunities to enjoy the crisp Antarctic air. Spend time on the deck, watching for seabirds and scouting for whales, enjoy presentations by your Expedition Team, or simply relax and reminisce about your experiences.

Day 11 — Disembarkation in Ushuaia

You will arrive in Ushuaia in the morning, after breakfast. After disembarking, you will get a little taste of Patagonia, touring Tierra del Fuego National Park before transferring to the airport for the return group charter flight to Buenos Aires.

ANTARCTICA: DISCOVER THE 7TH CONTINENT (WITH FLIGHTS FROM BUENOS AIRES)
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Note: Baggage allowance on charter flight is 44 lbs (20 kg) checked
and 11 lbs (5 kg) carry-on.
THIS EXPEDITION INCLUDES
Shipboard accommodation with daily
housekeeping
All breakfasts, lunches, dinners and snacks on
board
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 special guests as scheduled
Photographic journal documenting the expedition
Waterproof expedition boots on loan for shore
landings
An official Expeditions® parka to keep
Coffee, tea and cocoa available around the clock
Hair dryer and bathrobe in every cabin
Comprehensive pre-departure materials,
including a map and an informative Antarctic
Reader
All miscellaneous service taxes and port charges
throughout the program
All luggage handling aboard ship
Emergency evacuation insurance to a maximum
benefit of US$100,000 per person
THIS EXPEDITION EXCLUDES:
Government arrival and departure taxes not
mentioned above
Meals ashore unless otherwise specified
Baggage, cancellation, interruption, and medical
travel insurance
Excess baggage charges
Waterproof pants for Zodiac cruising, or any other
gear not mentioned
Laundry, bar, beverage and other personal charges
unless specified
Phone and internet charges
Voluntary gratuity at the end of the voyage for
shipboard staff and crew
Additional overnight accommodation
Optional kayaking activities
Arrival transfer in Buenos Aires on Day 1
Mandatory transfer package***
International airfare
Passport and visa expenses
Inclusions

Important reminder: 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.