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Visit Antarctica: 12 Day Expedition from Ushuaia (All Inclusive)

Explore Antarctica at its most pristine! This trip combines the best of both worlds as those on the expedition have the opportunity to experience Antarctica from historic sites to adventure activities.

USD $11,385.00USD $21,735.00

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Visit Antarctica: 12 Day Expedition from Ushuaia (All Inclusive)

Highlights

  • See penguin colonies teeming with nest building activity
  • Step foot on the continent of Antarctica!
  • Zodiac cruise among the icebergs
  • Visit historic temporary shelters and scientific stations
  • See whales and seals up close

Description

Midsummer is the best time to visit Antarctica, as the near-midnight sun allows life to flourish along the shore late into the night. The waters are active with whales and seals, and the shores with penguins hurrying to feed their chicks before winter.

Available Start Dates:

  • Option A: Oct. 30th, 2019 – Nov. 10th, 2019
  • Option B: Nov. 9th, 2019 – Nov. 20th, 2019
  • Option C: Nov. 19th, 2019 – Nov. 30, 2019

Those dates don’t work for you? Check out other Antartica options here, or email us at info@keteka.com!

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Ushuaia 

The journey begins in Ushuaia, which is famous for its chocolates and incredible scenery. You will be picked up from the airport and transferred to your hotel, after that, the day is free to enjoy gorgeous Ushuaia!

Day 2: Explore Ushuaia and Board the Greg Mortimer and set Sail!

You’ll have most of the day to explore Ushuaia, before boarding the ship in the evening and setting sail for the Beagle Channel.

Days 3 – 5: Crossing the Drake Passage

While sailing south, keep an eye out for albatross and the trip’s first icebergs! While on board, the group will prepare for landings and have the opportunity to attend entertaining and informative lectures. Depending on ice conditions, you may have your first landings on the South Shetland Islands of Aitcho, Robert, or the Deception Islands.

Days 6 – 8: Explore the Antarctic Peninsula

The ship will go overnight through the Gerlache Strait and arrive at the incredible Antarctic Peninsula. From Zodiac boats, you will explore the many amazing features of the peninsula, including historic sites, penguin rookeries, scientific stations, icebergs, and seals hanging on ice floes. While here, the guides will try to make the absolute most of each day (and much of the nights, as there is so much daylight!), with shore excursions, searching for seals, and watching out for orca whales. Weather permitting, you will also have the chance to kayak through the icebergs (extra charge) and camp on the Antarctic ice!

Days 9 – 11: Northbound through the Drake Passage 

As the ship heads back north for the Drake Passage, you will have time to look out for sea birds, exchange photos and stories with new friends, and enjoy a ceremonial final dinner aboard!

Day 12: Disembark and on to Your Next Adventure!

The ship will arrive in Ushuaia via the Beagle Channel early in the morning – you will have a nice breakfast on board and then disembark and move on to your next adventure!

*Optional Excursions*

  • Kayak, Ski Tour or Climb for an additional fee of $1,200 per person
  • Snow Shoeing for an additional fee of $280 per person
  • Email us at info@keteka.com if you are interested in adding any of the activities!

What’s Included

  • Transfer from airport to hotel (shared)
  • One night of accommodation in Ushuaia before the voyage
  • Transfer from downtown to airport (shared)
  • Luggage transfer to ship
  • Fully-serviced accommodation in a stateroom
  • Shore excursions, guided walks, and Zodiac cruises
  • Information kit and destination resource guide, provided pre-departure
  • Team of experienced destination specialists and guides
  • Entertaining and informative lectures
  • Breakfast, lunch, and dinner every day, including house wines, beer, soft drinks, snacks, and afternoon tea
  • Captain’s Welcome and Farewell drinks
  • Captain’s Four Course Dinner
  • Drinks before dinner, including canapés and snacks from the bar
  • 3-in-1 polar jacket
  • Gumboots to use during the trip
  • Use of fitness center
  • Onboard doctor and medical clinic
  • Photo book (personalized and provided after the trip)
  • Entry fees to touristic and historic sites
  • Pilotage charges, port, and landing fees

What’s Not Included

  • International and domestic flights, unless specified
  • Transfers not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Arrival or departure taxes at airport
  • Visa, passport, vaccination charges, reciprocity fees
  • Travel insurance
  • Emergency evacuation charges
  • Any hotels or meals not mentioned in the itinerary or What’s Included section
  • Hotels and meals not included in itinerary
  • Optional excursions not included in the itinerary
  • Optional activity surcharges
  • All items of a personal nature including but not limited to: alcoholic beverages and soft drinks (outside of dinner service), laundry services, personal clothing, medical expenses, gratuities, and email or phone charges.

Important Notes

  • Ship: Greg Mortimer
  • All trips depart from and return to Ushuaia, Argentina
  • Start dates:
    • Option A: Oct. 30th, 2019 – Nov. 10th, 2019
    • Option B: Nov. 9th, 2019 – Nov. 20th, 2019
    • Option C: Nov. 19th, 2019 – Nov. 30, 2019
  • The Drake Passage is affectionately nicknamed both the “Drake Lake” and the “Drake Shake,” depending on its conditions – either way, the state-of-the-art boat will cruise gently through the waters

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What Happens After I Book?

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