CLASSIC ANTARCTICA

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.
 
Expedition in Brief:
•Perfect for first time visitors to Antarctica;
•Witness and explore the highlights of the Antarctic Peninsula;
•Learn about the environment and wildlife from onboard lecturers and specialists; and
•Witness the abundant wildlife - penguins, seals, whales and more!

Length of Travel: 10-13 days.

Itinerary

Day 1: Embarkation in Ushuaia
Embark in the afternoon and meet your expedition and lecture staff. After you have settled into your cabins we sail along the famous Beagle Channel and the scenic Mackinlay Pass.
 
Day 2 & 3: Crossing the Drake Passage
Named after the renowned explorer, Sir Francis Drake, who sailed these waters in 1578, the Drake Passage also marks the Antarctic Convergence, a biological barrier where cold polar water sinks beneath the warmer northern waters. This creates a great upwelling of nutrients, which sustains the biodiversity of this region. The Drake Passage also marks the northern limit of many Antarctic seabirds.
As we sail across the passage, our lecturers will be out with you on deck to help in the identification of an amazing variety of seabirds, including many albatrosses, which follow in our wake. The ship's open bridge policy allows you to join our officers on the bridge and learn about navigation, watch for whales, and enjoy the view. A full program of lectures will be offered as well.
The first sightings of icebergs and snow-capped mountains indicate that we have reached the South Shetland Islands, a group of twenty islands and islets first sighted in February 1819 by Capt. William Smith of the brig Williams.
 
Day 4 to 8: Exploring the Antarctic Peninsula and the South Shetland Islands
The South Shetland Islands are a haven for wildlife. Vast penguin rookeries, beaches ruled by Antarctic fur seals and Southern elephant seals make every day spent in this amazing island group unforgettable. Sailing through the narrow passage into the flooded caldera of Deception Island is truly amazing.
King George Island, the largest of the South Shetland Islands, features colonies of nesting Adélie and Chinstrap Penguins, Kelp Gulls, Blue-eyed Cormorants, Antarctic Terns and Southern Giant Petrels and is home to scientific bases of many different countries. Macaroni, Chinstrap and Gentoo Penguins as well as elephant seals await you at Livingston Island.
The Antarctic Peninsula’s remarkable history will provide you with a type of excitement often only associated with the early explorers. You will have plenty of time to explore its amazing scenery, a pristine wilderness of snow, ice, mountains and waterways, and an incredible wide variety of wildlife. Apart from penguins and seabirds you are very likely to see Weddell, crabeater and leopard seals as well as Minke, killer (orca) and humpback whales at close range.
We hope to navigate some of the most beautiful waterways (depending on the ice conditions): the Gerlache Strait, the Neumayer Channel, and the Lemaire Channel, the latter are narrow passages between towering rock faces and spectacular glaciers.
 
We plan to make at least two landings per day and possible landing sites may include:
 
Paradise Bay is perhaps the most aptly named place in the world and we attempt a landing on the continent proper. After negotiating the iceberg-strewn waters of the Antarctic Sound, we hope to visit the bustling Adélie Penguin (over 100,000 pairs breed here) and Blue-eyed Cormorant colonies on Paulet Island. The Nordenskjöld expedition built a stone survival hut here in 1903. Today its ruins have been taken over by nesting penguins.
Further exploration may take you to Melchior Island, Cuverville Island, Portal Point, Neko Harbour, Pléneau Island and if ice conditions permit, to Petermann Island for a visit to the southernmost colony of Gentoo Penguins.
 
Day 9 & 10: Crossing the Drake Passage
We leave Antarctica and head north across the Drake Passage. Join our lecturers and naturalists on deck as we search for seabirds and whales and enjoy some final lectures. Take the chance to relax and reflect on the fascinating adventures of the past days on the way back to Ushuaia.
 
Day 11: Disembarkation in Ushuaia
We arrive at the port of Ushuaia in the early morning and disembark after breakfast.
 
Please note: The above itinerary is a guide only. Our exact route and program will vary to take best advantage of local weather and ice conditions and opportunities to view wildlife. Changes will be made by the Captain and/or Expedition Leader to facilitate the best results from the prevailing conditions. A daily program sheet will be issued on board. Flexibility is the key to success.

Some itineraries offer one day less or one day more in the area of the Antarctic Peninsula and South Shetland Islands (an specific itinerary description is available on request).

Notes

Expeditions aboard the “Sea Spirit” includes 1 pre-voyage hotel night.
The pre-night hotel will be on day 1 in your tour package, embarkarking on day 2 (an itinerary description is available on request).
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DATES AND PRICES

1. 2017-2018

The prices display below are expressed in US dollars per person. If you would like more information or book the trip of a lifetime, please CONTACT US.

TRIP Embark Disembark Start date Finish date Prices from Vessel Adventure Options
Classic Antarctica
(10 nights / 11 days)
24-Nov.-17 05-Dec.-17 $7,995 Sea Spirit Kayaking, Photo Workshop, Camping
Classic Antarctica
(10 nights / 11 days)
04-Dec.-17 15-Dec.-17 $7,995 Sea Spirit Kayaking, Photo Workshop, Camping
Classic Antarctica
(10 nights / 11 days)
Ushuaia Ushuaia 06-Dec.-17 16-Dec.-17 $5,750 Ortelius Kayaking, Snowshoeing, Camping
Classic Antarctica
(10 nights / 11 days)
14-Dec.-17 25-Dec.-17 $8,995 Sea Spirit
Classic Antarctica
(10 nights / 11 days)
18-Dec.-17 28-Dec.-17 $8,695 Akademik Ioffe Kayaking, Photo Workshop, Camping
Classic Antarctica
(10 nights / 11 days)
22-Dec.-17 31-Dec.-17 $6,540 Ushuaia
Classic Antarctica
(10 nights / 11 days)
24-Dec.-17 04-Jan.-18 $8,995 Sea Spirit Kayaking, Photo Workshop, Camping
Classic Antarctica
(10 nights / 11 days)
31-Dec.-17 10-Jan.-18 $7,270 Ushuaia
Classic Antarctica
(10 nights / 11 days)
09-Jan.-18 19-Jan.-18 $7,950 Plancius Kayaking, Camping
Classic Antarctica
(10 nights / 11 days)
Ushuaia Ushuaia 13-Jan.-18 23-Jan.-18 $7,950 Ortelius Kayaking, Camping
Classic Antarctica
(10 nights / 11 days)
21-Jan.-18 30-Jan.-18 $6,540 Ushuaia
Classic Antarctica
(10 nights / 11 days)
22-Jan.-18 02-Feb.-18 $8,995 Sea Spirit Kayaking, Photo Workshop, Camping
Classic Antarctica
(10 nights / 11 days)
Ushuaia Ushuaia 23-Jan.-18 02-Feb.-18 $7,950 Ortelius Kayaking, Camping, Polar Diving
Classic Antarctica
(10 nights / 11 days)
30-Jan.-18 09-Feb.-18 $7,270 Ushuaia
Classic Antarctica
(10 nights / 11 days)
07-Feb.-18 17-Feb.-18 $7,950 Plancius Kayaking, Camping
Classic Antarctica
(10 nights / 11 days)
13-Feb.-18 25-Feb.-18 $8,995 Sea Spirit Kayaking, Photo Workshop, Camping
Classic Antarctica
(10 nights / 11 days)
20-Feb.-18 02-Mar.-18 $8,445 Akademik Ioffe Kayaking, Photo Workshop, Camping
Classic Antarctica
(10 nights / 11 days)
Ushuaia Ushuaia 20-Feb.-18 03-Mar.-18 $7,950 Ortelius Kayaking, Camping, Polar Diving
Classic Antarctica
(10 nights / 11 days)
01-Mar.-18 11-Mar.-18 $5,780 Ushuaia
Classic Antarctica
(10 nights / 11 days)
02-Mar.-18 12-Mar.-18 $7,545 Akademik Ioffe Kayaking, Photo Workshop, Camping
Classic Antarctica
(10 nights / 11 days)
03-Mar.-18 13-Mar.-18 $7,545 Akademik Vavilov Kayaking, Photo Workshop, Camping
Classic Antarctica
(10 nights / 11 days)
11-Mar.-18 21-Mar.-18 $5,780 Ushuaia
Classic Antarctica
(10 nights / 11 days)
12-Mar.-18 22-Mar.-18 $0 Akademik Ioffe
Classic Antarctica
(10 nights / 11 days)
13-Mar.-18 23-Mar.-18 $0 Akademik Vavilov
Classic Antarctica
(10 nights / 11 days)
19-Mar.-18 28-Mar.-18 $5,550 Plancius Polar Diving
Classic Antarctica
(10 nights / 11 days)
21-Mar.-18 31-Mar.-18 $5,780 Ushuaia
Classic Antarctica
(10 nights / 11 days)
22-Mar.-18 01-Apr.-18 $7,545 Akademik Ioffe Kayaking, Photo Workshop, Camping
Classic Antarctica
(10 nights / 11 days)
23-Mar.-18 02-Apr.-18 $7,545 Akademik Vavilov Kayaking, Photo Workshop, Camping
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2. 2018-2019

The prices display below are expressed in US dollars per person. If you would like more information or book the trip of a lifetime, please CONTACT US.

TRIP Embark Disembark Start date Finish date Prices from Vessel Adventure Options
Classic Antarctica
(10 nights / 11 days)
26-Nov.-18 06-Dec.-18 $6,495 Sea Spirit Kayaking, Photo Workshop, Camping
Classic Antarctica
(10 nights / 11 days)
05-Dec.-18 16-Dec.-18 $7,736 Sea Spirit Kayaking, Photo Workshop, Camping
Classic Antarctica
(10 nights / 11 days)
Ushuaia Ushuaia 09-Dec.-18 18-Dec.-18 $6,500 Ortelius Kayaking, Snowshoeing, Camping
Classic Antarctica
(10 nights / 11 days)
15-Dec.-18 27-Dec.-18 $8,906 Sea Spirit
Classic Antarctica
(10 nights / 11 days)
26-Dec.-18 06-Jan.-19 $8,456 Sea Spirit Kayaking, Photo Workshop, Camping
Classic Antarctica
(10 nights / 11 days)
Ushuaia Ushuaia 09-Jan.-19 19-Jan.-19 $7,950 Ortelius Kayaking, Camping
Classic Antarctica
(10 nights / 11 days)
28-Jan.-19 07-Feb.-19 $7,950 Plancius Kayaking, Camping
Classic Antarctica
(10 nights / 11 days)
Ushuaia Ushuaia 06-Feb.-19 16-Feb.-19 $7,950 Ortelius Kayaking, Camping
Classic Antarctica
(10 nights / 11 days)
06-Feb.-19 17-Feb.-19 $8,456 Sea Spirit Kayaking, Photo Workshop, Camping
Classic Antarctica
(10 nights / 11 days)
07-Feb.-19 17-Feb.-19 $7,950 Plancius Kayaking, Camping
Classic Antarctica
(10 nights / 11 days)
16-Feb.-19 27-Feb.-19 $8,456 Sea Spirit Kayaking, Photo Workshop, Camping
Classic Antarctica
(10 nights / 11 days)
22-Mar.-19 31-Mar.-19 $5,750 Plancius Polar Diving
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