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 Operator: Exodus

Group size: 2 - 189

Age range: 18 to 99

Tour operated in: English


Prices From: $9083

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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

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

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Itinerary

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icon Day 1 : Start Ushuaia, Argentina

Location: Ushuaia

Meals: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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 accommodation

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

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    All meals while on the ship

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    All transport and listed activities

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    Tour leader throughout and qualified Expedition Staff

What's Not Included

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    Visas or vaccinations

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    Travel insurance

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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.

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    Low Deposit

    Exodus requires a deposit of 20% to secure a place on this tour, and the final balance is not due till 70 days before departure..

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    Secure payments

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Reviews

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ANTARCTIC EXPLORER
Exodus and Quark had the perfect recipe for the adventure of a lifetime. Helpful and efficient pre-trip planning. The Vavilov, a great vessel for the expedition that was immaculate and had a very accommodating crew. ....more Exodus and Quark had the perfect recipe for the adventure of a lifetime.

Helpful and efficient pre-trip planning.

The Vavilov, a great vessel for the expedition that was immaculate and had a very accommodating crew.

An outstanding knowledgeable and friendly Expedition Team with an inspirational leader who always wanted to go the extra mile to make it happen.

 A very varied, educational, exciting and memorable itinerary - with an abundance of spectacular scenery and exceptional wildlife sightings.

The informality onboard and the friendliness of the 97 passengers who represented 17 different countries was so enjoyable.

Beat that!; ....less
ANTARCTIC EXPLORER
The whole trip was exceptionally well organised and was up there with my most inspriational trip ever (and I have done a fair bit of travelling!!))  Antarctica is definately a ....more The whole trip was exceptionally well organised and was up there with my most inspriational trip ever (and I have done a fair bit of travelling!!))  Antarctica is definately a place you should experience a once in a lifetime experience.

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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
An unforgetable trip, can't begin to really describe the Antarctic, it has to be seen to be believed.  An unforgetable trip, can't begin to really describe the Antarctic, it has to be seen to be believed.

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ANTARCTIC EXPLORER
An amazing introduction to a stunning continent. A real once-in-a-lifetime trip to somewhere that has to be experienced to be believed. An amazing introduction to a stunning continent.

A real once-in-a-lifetime trip to somewhere that has to be experienced to be believed.

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ANTARCTIC EXPLORER
What can I say?! The most amazing trip, far exceeding the expectations that I had held for a lifetime! Each experience seemed to surpass the last , and I hold the ....more What can I say?! The most amazing trip, far exceeding the expectations that I had held for a lifetime! Each experience seemed to surpass the last , and I hold the memory in my head each day since returning home.

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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
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';

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