Start: Ushuaia Finish: Ushuaia
Physical rating: Leisurely
Special diets catered: Please inform Exodus of specific dietary requirements
Tour code: PSX
Group size: 2 - 189
18 to 99
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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.
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.
Location: Beagle Channel
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.
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.
Location: South Shetland Islands
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,
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.
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.
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.
4 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 4 dinners.
All meals while on the ship included.
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
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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