Antarctic Peninsula Explorer
This incredible ten night voyage starts in Ushuaia, Argentina, the most southern city in the world, otherwise known as the gateway to Antarctica. The wildlife is abundant from the first time we throw the lines and make our way into the Beagle Channel, towards the Drake Passage, historically known for its incredible ocean currents and migration paths for numerous species of seabirds and marine mammals. This sea crossing allows for the delivery of an incredible educational program presented by world leading specialists in their noted field of expertise (history, marine biology, geology, photography, etc) through an interactive series of presentations sure to prepare eager travellers for their trip of a lifetime. The One Ocean Expeditions commitment to deliver a variety of excursions encompassing different activities (including the option to camp onshore), allows guests to choose how their expedition unfolds. Antarctica unleashes her majestic qualities of amazement as we explore and discover the key landing and excursion areas of the peninsula showcasing penguins, seals, whales, seabirds, and epic ice.
While travelling along the shorelines of Antarctica, you'll visit many of the classic landing locations along the Antarctica Peninsula such as Paradise Harbour, Neko Harbour and the Errera Channel. In the company of expert guides, you will spend your days exploring in small groups, by zodiac boat and on shore, enjoying walks and hikes to scenic locations and visiting busy wildlife colonies. There are also options for sea kayaking and overnight camping. Discover Antarctica and its remarkable landscapes, wildlife, and history through photography, zodiac excursions and hiking. Visits to historic huts and working research bases add another dimension to the voyage. To cap off this amazing trip, you'll spend a day in the South Shetland Islands.
Your ship The One Ocean Voyager (Akademik Sergey Vavilov) is modern, comfortable, safe and ice strengthened. From small group sessions to briefings for all passengers, we have public spaces onboard the ship ideally suited for each and every need. A separate lounge and bar with panoramic views, as well as a library provide ideal places to sit and relax or catch up on some reading. A selection of movies and documentaries can also be watched in the lounge. The sumptuous meals prepared for you by our culinary team are enjoyed in our dining room, which can host all passengers in a single seating and will keep you feeling healthy and strong for the myriad of activities offered throughout the voyage. Other facilities include the theatre style presentation room, gift-shop, fitness room, massage room, hot water spa, sauna and plunge pool. There's also a dedicated expedition 'mud-room' where you prepare for your off-ship excursions. With just 92 guests on board, this is the perfect way to explore Antarctica.
Day 1: Ushuaia, Argentina Arrive in Ushuaia, Argentina, the world's most southerly city, where you board your expedition ship. In the early evening we set sail along the Beagle Channel and push out into the Drake Passage, direction Antarctica.
Day 2 & 3: Drake Passage Giant petrels, albatross and smaller Cape petrels are our companions as we transit the Drake Passage. Join the ship's Captain on the bridge and learn about the operations of our modern research vessel. Throughout the day our onboard experts educate us with a series of presentations about the environment, wildlife and history.
Days 4-9: Antarctic Peninsula Take a deep breath - you have arrived. This is Antarctica. The waterways of the Antarctic Peninsula are home to deep bays, pristine coves and inlets and numerous small islands. The Gerlache coastline features heavily glaciated mountains permanently covered in ice and snow. Rocky outcrops are home to gentoo, adelie and chinstrap penguin rookeries and the waters are rich in marine life. We frequently encounter seals, including the powerful leopard seal, usually found hauled out on an ice floe. Curious humpback whales and the smaller minke whales are present much of the time as they feed on the vast schools of krill. Sightings of orca are not uncommon. Our activity program is in full swing and we encourage all guests to choose how their adventure unfolds. Every day we plan an exciting range of activities, including guided hikes on shore (both short and long), visits to wildlife colonies with our expert naturalist guides, as well as Zodiac cruising. The historic huts and science stations located along the Antarctic Peninsula provide a fascinating glimpse into the past and the present. Zodiac cruising among the ice, searching for seals and whales is a memorable activity. Meanwhile, our sea kayakers may range several miles from the ship experiencing Antarctica from an entirely different perspective. Our resident photography guide will be on hand to help you with your camera handling and image composition. Maybe what you really want to do is sit on a rock, simply watching the penguins come and go from the water.
Day 10: South Shetland Islands and Deception Island After several busy days of exploration along the Antarctic Peninsula, we head for the South Shetland Islands. The adventure is not over and, if the weather conditions allow, we sail the ship into the flooded volcanic caldera at Deception Island. This is a very dramatic location. History is all around us as we explore the old whaling station. On a sunny day, cruising along the pristine coast of Livingston Island is a memorable experience. There are several other landing sites in the vicinity including Half Moon Island, and the broad pebbly beach at Yankee Harbour, where we often encounter Weddell seals sunning themselves. This evening we enjoy a special diner attended by the ship's Captain, and we spend our final hours cruising towards King George Island. Upon arrival at King George Island, we drop anchor and will be in position for disembarkation in the morning.
Day 11: King George Island and Punta Arenas, Chile This morning we say goodbye to our expedition team and transfer ashore by Zodiac. We walk from the landing site up towards the airstrip preparing to board our flight. The two-hour journey from King George Island to Punta Arenas, Chile is included in the price of your voyage. Upon arrival into Punta Arenas a transfer from the airport into town is provided.
Day 12: Punta Arenas, Chile New for 2017/18 enjoy a complimentary hotel night in Punta Arenas at the end of the voyage for all guests returning from King George Island. This evening is at your leisure. Punta Arenas is home to some cozy restaurants, cafes and bars - including the historic 'Shackleton Bar' at the Hotel Jose Nogueira - a fitting location to reflect on your journey to Antarctica.
• 10 nights accommodation • All meals on board the ship • Activities as per the itinerary • Includes return flight from King George Island • Extensive pre-departure information package • Educational presentations from experienced guides such as ornithologists, glaciologists, historians, geologists, naturalists and marine mammals experts • Photography advice and instructions from the resident photographer. Extended photography workshops available on select departures • All zodiac and landing excursions • Zodiac cruising, hiking, guided walks, photography workshops, fitness & yoga • All meals during the voyage prepared by One Ocean Expeditions chefs • Welcome reception & welcome dinner • One Ocean Expeditions Farewell dinner hosted by the Captain • Daily afternoon tea with fresh snacks • Coffee, tea & hot chocolate available anytime • Access to wellness area (Finnish Sauna, Plunge Pool filled with sea water, Hot Tub) • Natural essential oil amenities • Services of English speaking medical officer • Use of multimedia room to download images. Lightroom, Adobe, Photoshop and card readers are available for use on MAC and PC computers • Expedition Gear Package for duration of the voyage - valued at US$1,000 Windproof / waterproof jacket and bib pants Comfortable insulated rubber boots Water resistant binoculars Waterproof backpack Trekking poles available on shore • Transfers from/ to designated meeting points to/from the ship • Additional transfers in welcome / departure cities (only applicable on certain departures) • Luggage transfer from designated locations to/from your cabin
Optional • Sea Kayaking at an extra cost of US$795 (Antarctic) per person. Limited to 16 passengers per voyage. • Stand up Paddle boarding • Overnight Camping ( included in the voyage price) including high quality equipment. No pre-registration required. Camping is available on select departures only and can be affected by itinerary and weather conditions.
Pricing (per person) $USD
Booking conditions If you are considering travelling solo to Antarctica and wish to avoid paying a single supplement, you can be matched up with a fellow expeditioner of the same gender. It's a system that works well and saves you having to pay a single supplement. If we can't find someone suitable to share a cabin with, you'll have sole use of the cabin at no extra cost. Ask us for details.
If you are considering travelling solo to Antarctica and wish to avoid paying a single supplement, you can be matched up with a fellow expeditioner of the same gender. It's a system that works well and saves you having to pay a single supplement. If we can't find someone suitable to share a cabin with, you'll have sole use of the cabin at no extra cost. Ask us for details.
Not included • Sea Kayaking in Antarctica - additional USD$795. Kayak excursions are offered whenever weather conditions permit and you can expect to paddle around six or seven times over the course of your voyage, for periods up to three or four hours. The programme is directed at any passenger with an adventurous spirit and some prior paddling experience.
• Sea Kayaking in Antarctica - additional USD$795. Kayak excursions are offered whenever weather conditions permit and you can expect to paddle around six or seven times over the course of your voyage, for periods up to three or four hours. The programme is directed at any passenger with an adventurous spirit and some prior paddling experience.