Antarctic Explorer

Antarctic Explorer

Start: Ushuaia Finish: Ushuaia

Visiting: Ushuaia , Beagle Channel , Drake Passage , South Shetland Islands , USHUAIA

Duration: 10 Nights

Physical rating: Leisurely

Special diets catered: Please inform Exodus of specific dietary requirements

Tour code: PSX

Trip Styles: Active , Adventure

Activities: Birdwatching , Sightseeing , Whale Watching

Tour operator: Exodus

Group size: 2 - 189

Age range: 18 to 99

Tour operated in: English

Interests: Photography , Polar , Wildlife


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Tour Overview

It is a heady and inspiring cocktail of towering blue icebergs which refract searing blues and greens, whether against piercing clear skies or slate grey ones. It is home to an extraordinary array of wildlife: penguins of almost all descriptions, Leopard and smaller seals and whales, seen from the shore, the Zodiacs and from on board. This is a journey that appeals to many: photographers, wildlife enthusiasts, ornithologists or those who simply want to marvel at the peaks of Deception Island or the striking colours of Iceberg Alley in the most immaculate wilderness anywhere.

Highlights

  • iconTravel on a small expedition vessel
  • iconExplore the remarkable Antarctic Peninsula
  • iconIncredible wildlife viewing including seabirds, penguins, seals and whales
  • iconAccompanied by extremely qualified Expedition Staff
More Information on the local operators website

Itinerary

icon Day 1 : Start Ushuaia, Argentina

Location: Ushuaia

Meals Included: No Meals

Begin your journey in Ushuaia, a small but bustling port town at the tip of
South America. This Argentine town is an ideal gateway for you to explore the
southern extent of Patagonia while preparing for your adventure ahead. Get
active in the mountains or enjoy handcrafted chocolate at a café in town.

icon Day 2 : Board ship and sail along the Beagle Channel.

Location: Beagle Channel

Meals Included: Dinner

The morning is free to explore Ushuaia and the surrounding area, to do some
last minute shopping, stroll around Ushuaia and down to the port or maybe go
for a walk in the nearby National Park. The transfer to the ship takes place
in the afternoon. Once on board there is a get together for introductions to
the expedition team, to learn about the ship and its layout, talk about the
itinerary for the next 10 days and participate in the obligatory lifeboat
drill. Departure from Ushuaia is normally around 6:00 p.m, and we set sail
through the Beagle Channel in the early evening. The long days mean plenty of
evening light in which to experience the beauty of the channel, and to
perhaps enjoy your first wildlife sightings.

icon Day 3 -4 : Cross the Drake Passage.

Location: Drake Passage

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Sea conditions in the Drake Passage can vary from dead calm (known as 'Drake
Lake'), to rough and stormy (known as 'Drake Shake'). As you cross the Drake
Passage our team of experts is out on deck to help you spot whales and
identify seabirds. There is also a programme of talks, covering the wildlife,
the ice, and polar history to prepare you for your adventure to the 'White
Continent'. The excitement intensifies as you cross the Antarctic
Convergence, where the cold waters of the Antarctic Ocean meet the warmer
waters of the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. You feel the change as the air
gets cooler. Huge icebergs loom up against the horizon in increasing numbers,
and Wandering albatrosses, petrels and other birds which thrive in this cold,
remote ocean are frequently seen.

icon Day 5 -8 : South Shetland Islands and Antarctic Peninsula

Location: South Shetland Islands

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

The most common reaction upon reaching the White Continent is a sense of
reverence and awe. The experience is beyond words, since few places are as
untouched and enduring as Antarctica. You will begin to appreciate why this
region has long captivated the attention of explorers and travellers 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. Your Expedition Team will take care of you
at each landing, whether you are hiking the Antarctic landscape, visiting a
research station or consorting with Chinstrap, Adélie and Gentoo penguins,
all of which can be found here. Keep an eye out for Weddell, Fur, Crabeater
and Leopard seals as well as curious whales, such as Humpbacks, Fins, or
perhaps Orcas while on a Zodiac cruise. Each excursion will present a new
collection of creatures to delight you and keep your camera busy.

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.

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

icon Day 9 -10 : Sail back through the Drake Passage.

Location: Drake Passage

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Leaving the Antarctic Peninsula behind, our ship heads back across the
Antarctic Convergence and the Drake Passage. The crossing is completed with
the rounding of Cape Horn, weather permitting.

icon Day 11 : Disembark and end in Ushuaia.

Location: Ushuaia

Meals Included: Breakfast

In the early morning we arrive back in Ushuaia where your voyage ends. You
will be transferred either to town on to the airport for your onward flight
to Buenos Aires.

What's Included

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    Meals

    4 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 4 dinners.

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    All transport and listed activities

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    Tour leader throughout and qualified Expedition Staff

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    All meals while on the ship

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    We can include flights from the UK.  Please contact us for a quote.

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    All accommodation

What's Not Included

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    Travel insurance

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    Visas or vaccinations

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    Single accommodation (available on request)

Food

All meals while on the ship included. *Typical Meals* The ships galley offers good quality service and cuisine throughout, with excellent chefs preparing international menus including vegetarian dishes, accompanied by a wide variety of drinks from around the world on sale. *Breakfast:* Buffet style – unlimited tea and coffee, a selection of fruit juices, hot options including bacon and eggs or omelettes, a selection of bread and toast and jam/honey/marmalade, fruit and cereal. *Lunch:* Three course set meal or buffet, or the occasional BBQ. *Dinner:* Three or four courses with a starter of soup and/or salad, a choice of mains with at least one vegetarian option and a dessert, with tea and coffee. Vegetarians and vegans can be well catered for on this holiday - please do inform us before departure of any special dietary requests so that our local team can be well prepared.

Check out our Q&As

Are airport transfers included in this tour?

No

Are children permitted to take part in the tour?

Suitable foe 18+ Age people

Are children permitted to take part in the tour?

Yes

Are flights included in this tour?

We can include flights from the UK. Please contact us for a quote.

Are children permitted to take part in the tour?

    Are the local guides on the tour English speaking?

    Yes

    What happens if I need to change my holiday date once I’ve booked?

    If you wish to make any changes to your booking, particularly if you need to alter any flights booked through us, please let us know as soon as possible. There is a booking or flight amendment fee of £40 per change and flight amendments often incur extra airline costs depending on the changes to be made and if the ticket has been issued or not.

    How long has the tour company been trading?

    Exodus has been trading since 1974

    What documents will I receive before I travel?

    Your final joining instructions and flight details, if booked with us, will then be sent out 2 to 3 weeks before departure. If you would like a hard copy posted, or if you require these any earlier, please contact the customer operations team. We advise that if you are booking connecting travel before receiving these, please ensure you leave plenty of time.

    Do you operate a “single share” option and how does it work?

    Travellers are welcome to opt to share a room with a tour member of the same gender for no additional charge. If you'd like your own room, we can request a single supplement so that you will have your own room throughout.

    Can I join the tour once it has departed?

    You are welcome to meet the group after the tour has departed however there is no reduction in rate for joining a tour after the departure date.

Reviews

Read all 20 reviews
ANTARCTIC EXPLORER
An excellent and informative introduction to Antarctica. You could not wish for a better trip. An excellent and informative introduction to Antarctica.

You could not wish for a better trip.

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ANTARCTIC EXPLORER
Wonderful trip.  Well worth the effort despite some stressful moments in the beginning.  Antarctica is a very special place.  Cannot be compared to any other travel experience.  So glad I ....more Wonderful trip.

  Well worth the effort despite some stressful moments in the beginning.

  Antarctica is a very special place.

  Cannot be compared to any other travel experience.

  So glad I went.

   Would have given 5 stars but for my experiences prior to and at the beginning of the trip.

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ANTARCTIC EXPLORER
A wonderful experience - both wildlife and scenery - significantly helped by the efficient and knowledgable staff. A wonderful experience - both wildlife and scenery - significantly helped by the efficient and knowledgable staff.

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ANTARCTIC EXPLORER
A magical adventure amongst the whales, penguins and spectacular ice formations. I would have given this 5 stars but I get terminally seasick and loathe boats so 4 was the ....more A magical adventure amongst the whales, penguins and spectacular ice formations.

I would have given this 5 stars but I get terminally seasick and loathe boats so 4 was the best possible really!!; ....less
ANTARCTIC EXPLORER
my first thoughts goto kim christie, for rescueing my holiday when it looked doomed as the vessel went tech, she acted quickly and efficiently with getting me on another trip, ....more my first thoughts goto kim christie, for rescueing my holiday when it looked doomed as the vessel went tech, she acted quickly and efficiently with getting me on another trip, sometimes it is not just the dream of making it on the greatest adventure in the world, but the great people behind the scenes who make it possible.

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ANTARCTIC EXPLORER
Great boat, fantastic experiences, good mix of people Great boat, fantastic experiences, good mix of people;
ANTARCTIC EXPLORER
WE had a wonderful experience in the Antarctic and also spending a few days in Ushuaia before our departure on the Clipper Adventurer.      Thanks must go to Kim Christie  for sorting ....more WE had a wonderful experience in the Antarctic and also spending a few days in Ushuaia before our departure on the Clipper Adventurer.

      Thanks must go to Kim Christie  for sorting us out with travel and accommodation when the Ship broke down in December, 2011.

   Within a few moments of returning  Kim rang to check we were home safely and 24 hours later we we rebooked on the February trip.

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ANTARCTIC EXPLORER
I was expecting something special but nothing could prepare me for the absolutely breathtaking landscapes, turquoise icebergs and such marvellous encounters with penguins, whales and seals. I was, and still ....more I was expecting something special but nothing could prepare me for the absolutely breathtaking landscapes, turquoise icebergs and such marvellous encounters with penguins, whales and seals.

I was, and still am, overwhelmed by the beauty and remoteness of Antarctica!; ....less
ANTARCTIC EXPLORER
Our trip to the Antarctic Peninsula was simply 'mind-blowing' Our trip to the Antarctic Peninsula was simply 'mind-blowing';
ANTARCTIC EXPLORER
Having drooled over numerous glorious pictures of Antarctica, I had long dreamed of experiencing it for myself. Antarctica over-delivered on my extremely high expectations with mind-blowing scenery, plentiful wildlife and ....more Having drooled over numerous glorious pictures of Antarctica, I had long dreamed of experiencing it for myself.

Antarctica over-delivered on my extremely high expectations with mind-blowing scenery, plentiful wildlife and ever-changing weather.

Travelling on the Sea Spirit was an absolute pleasure; the on board staff were brilliant without exception and did everything they could to make sure we were comfortable and entertained.

I can now only sit back in wonder at my own photographs knowing that I am now a participant and no longer merely a distant spectator.

; ....less

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