ANTARCTIC PENINSULA - BASECAMP.

During this trip we will offer a true Basecamp for activities!
“Base camp” is by definition a temporary storing and starting place, from which an activity starts. We offer “activity modules” which go beyond our normal shore program. 
All activities (field camping, kayaking, glacier walking, snowshoe, hiking, zodiac cruising, shore excursions, photography workshop) packed in one departure and those are included in the ship’s price (except for scuba diving). The ship will stay for two or three days at these specific locations to serve our active passengers as a comfortable hub to allow more time as usual for wide ranging activities.
 
All activities are included in the trip cost!

Itinerary in Brief:
Day 1: Embarkation in Ushuaia
Day 2 - 3: At Sea
Day 4 - 9: Antarctic Peninsula
Day 10 - 11: At Sea
Day 12: Disembarkation

Itinerary

Day 1: Ushuaia
In the afternoon, we embark in Ushuaia, Tierra del Fuego, Argentina, the southernmost city in the world located at the Beagle Channel and sail through this scenic waterway for the rest of the evening.
 
Days 2 & 3: Drake Passage
During these two days we sail across the Drake Passage. When we cross the Antarctic Convergence, we arrive in the circum-Antarctic up-welling zone. In this area we may see Wandering Albatrosses, Grey Headed Albatrosses, Black-browed Albatrosses, Light- mantled Albatrosses, Cape Petrels, Southern Fulmars, Wilson’s Storm Petrels, Blue Petrels and Antarctic Petrels. Near the South Shetland Islands, we spot our first icebergs.
 
Days 4 to 9: Antarctica
We will sail directly to “High Antarctica”, passing the Melchior islands and the Schollaert Channel between Brabant and Anvers Island. We will sail to the Neumayer Channel, where we position our ship for the multi-activity basecamp. The protected waters around Wiencke Island will become our playground for all activities. In this alpine environment there are great opportunities to scout the region on foot, per zodiac and during kayak trips. Walkers will find opportunities to use snowshoes on hikes near the shore lines and the mountaineers will find their challenge by climbing hills and viewpoints further inland. All climbs and excursions can only be conducted in good weather conditions.
We plan to stay two overnights at anchor in order to implement two camp nights and two full activity days. We will visit the old British research station, now a working museum and post office, at Port Lockroy on Goudier Island. Close to Port Lockroy we may also offer a landing on Jougla Point with Gentoo Penguins and Blue-eyed Shags. We look out for leopard seals, Crabeater seals and whales.
In good conditions and time allowing we sail through the spectacular Lemaire Channel to Booth Island, Pléneau and Petermann Island where we can find Adélie Penguins and Blue-eyed Shags. In this area there are good chances to encounter Humpback Whales and Minke Whales.
We choose another camp site which is suitable and close to next day’s activity. The opportunities for kayaking, glacier walks or more ambitious mountaineering are excellent in this area.
At Neko Harbor we will have the opportunity to set foot on the Antarctic Continent in a magnificent landscape of a huge glacier and enjoy the landscape during zodiac cruises, walks and kayak excursions. A small group of glacier walkers may climb up on higher grounds of the glacier. We will spend the night at Neko or near Paradise Bay with a camp erected ashore. We will leave early morning after breaking our last camp. We sail via Melchior Islands towards the open sea of the Drake Passage. We have again a chance of seeing many seabirds.
 
Days 10 & 11: Drake Passage
On our way north, we are again followed by a great selection of seabirds while crossing the Drake Passage.
 
Day 12: Arrival in Ushuaia and disembark
We arrive in the morning in Ushuaia and disembark.

This expedition includes:

· Voyage aboard the indicated vessel
· All meals throughout the voyage aboard the ship including snacks, coffee and tea.
· All shore excursions and activities throughout the voyage by Zodiac.
· Program of lectures by noted naturalists and leadership by experienced expedition staff.
· Free use of rubber boots and snowshoes.
· Luggage transfer from pick-up point to the vessel on the day of embarkation, in Ushuaia.
· Pre-scheduled group transfer from the vessel to the airport in Ushuaia (directly after disembarkation).
· All miscellaneous service taxes and port charges throughout the programme.
· Comprehensive pre-departure material.
· During our “Basecamp” departures, all offered activities (including camping, kayaking, snowshoe/hiking, mountaineering, photo workshop) as well as our standard included shore excursions and zodiac cruises are free of charge, except for scuba diving only available in some of our voyages.

This expedition excludes:

· Any airfare, whether on scheduled or charter flights
· Pre- and post- land arrangements.
· Passport and visa expenses.
· Government arrival and departure taxes.
· Meals ashore.
· Baggage, cancellation and personal insurance (which is mandatory).
· Excess baggage charges and all items of a personal nature such as laundry, bar, beverage charges and telecommunication charges.
· The customary gratuity at the end of the voyages for stewards and other service personnel aboard (guidelines will be provided).

Notes:

· Snowshoeing, hiking, camping and photo workshop are suited for all passengers who are outdoor activity minded
· Kayaking is best suited for participants with paddling ability
· Mountaineering requires good physical condition and is only suited for participants who are regular and strong walkers. Mountaineers must bring sturdy mountain boots with stiff sole.
Galería
Galería
Galería
Galería
Galería
Galería
Galería
Galería
Galería
Galería
Galería


CHECK THIS TOUR

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
Antarctic Peninsula - Basecamp.
(11 nights / 12 days)
Ushuaia Ushuaia 04-Nov.-17 15-Nov.-17 $6,350 Ortelius Kayaking, Photo Workshop, Snowshoeing, Camping, Mountaineering
Antarctic Peninsula - Basecamp.
(11 nights / 12 days)
Ushuaia Ushuaia 25-Nov.-17 06-Dec.-17 $7,950 Ortelius Kayaking, Photo Workshop, Snowshoeing, Camping, Mountaineering
Antarctic Peninsula - Basecamp.
(11 nights / 12 days)
Ushuaia Ushuaia 18-Dec.-17 29-Dec.-17 $8,150 Plancius Kayaking, Photo Workshop, Snowshoeing, Camping, Mountaineering
Antarctic Peninsula - Basecamp.
(11 nights / 12 days)
Ushuaia Ushuaia 29-Dec.-17 09-Jan.-18 $8,150 Plancius Kayaking, Photo Workshop, Snowshoeing, Camping, Mountaineering
Antarctic Peninsula - Basecamp.
(11 nights / 12 days)
Ushuaia Ushuaia 03-Mar.-18 14-Mar.-18 $7,950 Ortelius Kayaking, Photo Workshop, Camping, Mountaineering
producto_ver_tabla_precios

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
Antarctic Peninsula - Basecamp.
(11 nights / 12 days)
Ushuaia Ushuaia 07-Nov.-18 18-Nov.-18 $7,950 Ortelius Kayaking, Photo Workshop, Snowshoeing, Camping, Mountaineering
Antarctic Peninsula - Basecamp.
(11 nights / 12 days)
Ushuaia Ushuaia 28-Nov.-18 09-Dec.-18 $7,950 Ortelius Kayaking, Photo Workshop, Snowshoeing, Camping, Mountaineering
Antarctic Peninsula - Basecamp.
(11 nights / 12 days)
Ushuaia Ushuaia 18-Dec.-18 29-Dec.-18 $8,250 Ortelius Kayaking, Photo Workshop, Snowshoeing, Camping, Mountaineering
Antarctic Peninsula - Basecamp.
(11 nights / 12 days)
Ushuaia Ushuaia 29-Dec.-18 09-Jan.-19 $8,250 Ortelius Kayaking, Photo Workshop, Snowshoeing, Camping, Mountaineering
Antarctic Peninsula - Basecamp.
(11 nights / 12 days)
Ushuaia Ushuaia 17-Feb.-19 28-Feb.-19 $7,950 Plancius Kayaking, Photo Workshop, Snowshoeing, Camping, Mountaineering
Antarctic Peninsula - Basecamp.
(11 nights / 12 days)
Ushuaia Ushuaia 07-Mar.-19 18-Mar.-19 $7,950 Ortelius Kayaking, Photo Workshop, Camping, Mountaineering
producto_ver_tabla_precios