21170
Antarctica
Antarctica In-Depth
Set sail on an expedition ship, discovering the natural beauty, unique wildlife, pristine waters and fascinating history of Antarctica alongside naturalists and other experts.
Program No. 21170RJ
Length
13 days
Starts at
8,495
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13 days
12 nights
28 meals
10 B 8 L 10 D
Getting There
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DAY
1
In Transit to Program
In Flight
DAY
2
Arrivals / Ushuaia
Ushuaia
D
Albatros Hotel

Activity note: As of March 2016, in order to strengthen the relationship between Argentina and the United States of America, the Argentine Government has resolved to suspend the collection of the reciprocity fee from US passport holders who visit the country for less than 90 days, for tourist or business purposes.

Dinner: Orientation: The Group Leader will greet everyone and lead introductions. We will review the program theme, the up-to-date Daily Schedule and any changes, discuss safety guidelines, emergency procedures, roles and responsibilities, and answer any questions you may have. Indicated times are approximate. Program activities, schedules, and personnel may need to change due to local circumstances. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding. Following orientation, enjoy dinner.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
3
Ushuaia / Embark the MS Expedition
Aboard the M/S Expedition
B,D
M/S Expedition

Activity note: While it is our intention to adhere to the itinerary described below, there is a certain amount of flexibility built into the itinerary and on occasion it may be necessary, or desirable to make alterations. On the first day on board, the Expedition Leader will give you an expedition overview.

Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: This morning is free explore Ushuaia on your own.

Lunch: On your own to experience the local flavors.

Afternoon: After lunch, transfer to the port and board the MS Expedition for 9 nights. The evening will be spent at leisure, watching the sunset over the Beagle Channel.

Dinner: On board the ship.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
4
At Sea - The Drake Passage
Aboard the M/S Expedition
B,L,D
M/S Expedition

Breakfast: On board the ship.

Morning: Our adventure begins with a 400 mile crossing of the passage that bears the name of the 16th-century English explorer Sir Francis Drake. The MS Expedition is at home in this part of the Southern Ocean, known for the unimpeded never ending fetch of the winds that encircle the Antarctic. At some point on the second day we cross the Antarctic Convergence, a meeting of cold polar water flowing north and warmer sub-antarctic water moving in the opposite direction. It is the largest biological barrier on earth and is marked by a change in temperature, salinity and nutrient levels. The north flowing Antarctic waters predominantly sink beneath southward moving sub-antarctic waters. While further south associated areas of mixing and upwelling creating an ocean very high in marine productivity. When we pass this zone, we have entered the most nutrient rich waters on earth- the Southern Ocean.

Lunch: On board the ship.

Afternoon: As we make the passage, you have time to become acquainted with the ship and frequent the common areas that include the lounge, dining hall, library and lecture hall where we meet our guides, ship's crew and expedition staff. We also begin the lecture and information sessions to learn the extraordinary human and natural history of the Antarctic region.

Dinner: On board the ship.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
5
At Sea- Drake Passage
Aboard the M/S Expedition
B,L,D
M/S Expedition

Breakfast: On board the ship.

Morning: Continue crossing the Drake Passage. Wandering Black-browed and Light-mantled Sooty Albatross, Prion's and Cap Petrals are among some of the species of seabirds that may join us on your journey as we cross into Antarctica.

Lunch: On board the ship.

Afternoon: The onboard educational programming will continue as you cross the Drake Passage.

Dinner: On board the ship.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
6
Antarctic Peninsula and South Shetland Islands
Aboard the M/S Expedition
B,L,D
M/S Expedition

Breakfast: On board the ship.

Morning: This is what we've all been waiting for - a chance to explore and step foot on the Great White Continent! Over the next 6 days we will navigate southwards making stops in the South Shetland Islands then through the Bransfield Strait and to teh Antarctic Peninsula. Our goal is to attempt 2 excursions per day while we navigate through the area but our itinerary and daily schedule will be based on the local weather and ice conditions that we encounter.

Lunch: On board the ship.

Afternoon: Continue exploring the Antarctic Peninsula and the South Shetland Islands.

Dinner: On board the ship.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
7
Antarctic Peninsula and South Shetland Islands
Aboard the M/S Expedition
B,L,D
M/S Expedition

Breakfast: On board the ship.

Morning: Continue to explore the Antarctic Peninsula and South Shetland Islands. Our goal is to attempt 2 excursions per day while we navigate through the area, but the itinerary and daily schedule will be based on the local weather and ice conditions that we encounter.

Lunch: On board the ship.

Afternoon: Antarctic expedition continues.

Dinner: On board the ship.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
8
Antarctic Peninsula and South Shetland Islands
Aboard the M/S Expedition
B,L,D
M/S Expedition

Breakfast: On board the ship.

Morning: Continue to explore the Antarctic Peninsula and South Shetland Islands. Our goal is to attempt 2 excursions per day while we navigate through the area, but the itinerary and daily schedule will be based on the local weather and ice conditions that we encounter.

Lunch: On board the ship.

Afternoon: Antarctic expedition continues

Dinner: On board the ship.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
9
Antarctic Peninsula and South Shetland Islands
Aboard the M/S Expedition
B,L,D
M/S Expedition

Breakfast: On board the ship.

Morning: Continue to explore the Antarctic Peninsula and South Shetland Islands. Our goal is to attempt 2 excursions per day while we navigate through the area, but the itinerary and daily schedule will be based on the local weather and ice conditions that we encounter.

Lunch: On board the ship.

Afternoon: Antarctic expedition continues.

Dinner: On board the ship.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
10
At Sea / Drake Passage
Aboard the M/S Expedition
B,L,D
M/S Expedition

Breakfast: On board the ship.

Morning: Educational program continues as you cross the Drake Passage

Lunch: On board the ship.

Afternoon: Educational program continues as you cross the Drake Passage

Dinner: On board the ship.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
11
At Sea - the Drake Passage
Aboard the M/S Expedition
B,L,D
M/S Expedition

Breakfast: On board the ship.

Morning: Today we leave Antarctica and head north across the Drake Passage. in between bird watching and whale watching and enjoying some final lectures by our expedition staff, this is a chance to relax and review the adventures of the past week before returning to Ushuaia. Remember, the best way to experience wildlife of the Drake Passage is to be on deck keeping a look out for Albatross, Prions and Whales.

Lunch: On board the ship.

Afternoon: Educational programming at sea continues

Dinner: On board the ship.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
12
Depart Ushuaia
In Flight
B

Breakfast: On board the ship.

Morning: Disembark the ship and transfer to the airport for flights returning to North America

DAY
13
Arrive in the US
In Flight