VOYAGE TO WILD
ANTARCTICA

Capture endless views, discover a multitude of wildlife, and settle into the stillness of a starry night sky.

Location:

Antarctica 

Trip Length:

11 Days

Arrival Point:

Ushuaia, Argentina

Departure Point:

USHUAIA, ARGENTINA

antarctica
meetup Tour

from $2,595 USD


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Tour Outline

Enter a world of wonder and mystique as you touch down in one of the most alluring countries in the world. Step through the ancient medina walls and join the centuries-old trail of traders and nomads as they go about their daily life.This tour is of both North and South Morocco, making it an all-encompassing tour perfect for your first Morocco visit. Trail past the beautiful Kashbahs and gorges as we retrace the steps of the old camel caravans and enjoy the simple but magic of starlight desert nights at an oasis in the heart of the sand dunes. Between activities, we’ll sleep in boutique riads and be welcomed in the homes of Berber families with nothing more strenuous than people watching while mopping up delicately flavoured tajines.

Highlights

guaranteed landings

environmentalists and photographers on board

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wildlife: whales, seals, penguins, and more

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an extra night in Ushuaia

Down the drake passage, through the shetland islands, and back to ushuaia, argentina

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Antactica

itinerary






Day
1

Day
2

Days
3 & 4

Day
5 – 8

Day
9 & 10

Day
11

ushuaia, argentina
airport pickup

Welcome to Ushuaia, Argentina! We’ll pick you up from the airport and bring you back to our hotel. We sail away tomorrow, and we’ll arrive a night early to allow for delayed flights and to see Ushuaia. Enjoy a welcome dinner at the hotel to meet your fellow travelers. Meals: dinner

ushuaia, argentina
bon voyage!

Soak in the last of the WiFi, grab any last minute necessities, and explore Ushuaia! We can help organize some afternoon hikes or tours before we board. Our ride will pick us up at the hotel and bring us to the boat to meet our expedition and lecture staff. After we’ve have settled into your cabins, we start to sail! Our scenic adventure starts with Beagle Channel and beautiful Mackinlay Pass. Meals: breakfast, dinner

at sea
crossing the drake passage

Named after the renowned explorer, Sir Francis Drake, who sailed these waters in 1578, the Drake Passage also marks the Antarctic Convergence, a biological barrier where cold polar water sinks beneath the warmer northern waters. This creates a great upwelling of nutrients, which sustains the biodiversity of this region. The Drake Passage also marks the northern limit of many Antarctic seabirds. As we sail across the passage, expedition lecturers will be out with you on deck to help in the identification of an amazing variety of seabirds, including many albatrosses, which follow in our wake. The USHUAIA’s open bridge policy allows you to join our officers on the bridge and learn about navigation, watch for whales, and enjoy the view. A full program of lectures will be offered as well.

The first sightings of icebergs and snow-capped mountains indicate that we have reached the South Shetland Islands, a group of twenty islands and islets first sighted in February 1819 by Capt. William Smith of the brig Williams. With favorable conditions in the Drake Passage our lecturers and naturalists will accompany you ashore as you experience your first encounter with the penguins and seals on Day 3. Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner

Exploring the Antarctic Penninsula and Shetland Islands

The South Shetland Islands are a haven for wildlife. Vast penguin rookeries, beaches ruled by Antarctic fur seals and Southern elephant seals make every day spent in this amazing island group unforgettable. Sailing through the narrow passage into the flooded caldera of Deception Island is breathtaking.

King George Island, the largest of the South Shetland Islands, features colonies of nesting Adélie and Chinstrap Penguins, Kelp Gulls, Blue-eyed Cormorants, Antarctic Terns and Southern Giant Petrels and is home to scientific bases of many different countries. Macaroni, Chinstrap and Gentoo Penguins, as well as elephant seals, await you at Livingston Island.

The Antarctic Peninsula’s remarkable history will provide you with a type of excitement often only associated with the early explorers. You will have plenty of time to explore its amazing scenery, a pristine wilderness of snow, ice, mountains and waterways, and an incredibly wide variety of wildlife. Apart from penguins and seabirds, you are very likely to see Weddell, crabeater and leopard seals as well as Minke, killer (orca) and humpback whales at close range.

We hope to navigate some of the most beautiful waterways (depending on the ice conditions): the Gerlache Strait, the Neumayer Channel, and the Lemaire Channel, the latter are narrow passages between towering rock faces and spectacular glaciers. We plan to make at least two landings per day and possible landing sites may include:

Paradise Bay is perhaps the most aptly named place in the world and we attempt a landing on the continent proper. After negotiating the iceberg- strewn waters of the Antarctic Sound, we hope to visit the bustling Adélie Penguin (over 100,000 pairs breed here) and Blue-eyed Cormorant colonies on Paulet Island. The Nordenskjöld expedition built a stone survival hut here in 1903. Today its ruins have been taken over by nesting penguins.

Further exploration may take you to the Melchior Island group, Cuverville Island, Portal Point, Neko Harbour, Pléneau Island and if ice conditions permit, to Petermann Island for a visit to the southernmost colony of Gentoo Penguins.

at sea
back to ushuaia, argentina

We leave Antarctica and head north across the Drake Passage. Join our lecturers and naturalists on deck as we search for seabirds and whales and enjoy some final lectures. Take the chance to relax and reflect on the fascinating adventures of the past days on the way back to Ushuaia.

disembark

We arrive at the port of Ushuaia in the early morning and disembark the USHUAIA after breakfast. Share a taxi with a fellow traveler to the airport or join us on an add-on to explore Argentina!

Life on board

Originally built for the United States agency NOAA (National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration), the USHUAIA has been refurbished to accommodate a maximum of 88 passengers in 46 comfortable cabins and suites. No more than 100 passengers are allowed to step foot in Antarctica soil at one time, and with this small ship, you are guaranteed landing every day they are available, unlike other ships. 

Public areas feature a large dining room, an open-plan observation lounge / lecture room with modern multimedia equipment, a bar and a well-stocked library. There is also a small infirmary.

The expert captain, officers and crew are highly experienced in Antarctic navigation and have a great love of nature. We provide a specialist team of international expedition leaders and lecturers, all extremely knowledgeable, enthusiastic, helpful and dedicated to the protection of the environment. The chefs prepare excellent cuisine including many local specialties and the bar is well-stocked with carefully selected wines and spirits.




room types

Shared rooms will be matched with a fellow SoFe Traveler unless there is an odd number, then the ship will match you with another woman on board. 

Premier Single

  • > Private room
  • > Located on the upper deck
  • > Private bathroom
  • > The view from the single cabins is obstructed by the lifeboats outside their porthole
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Standard Plus Twin

  • > Shared room
  • > Private bathroom
  • > Located on the lower deck
  • > Most rooms have portholes

Standard Twin

  • > Shared room with bunch beds
  • > Shared bathroom between two rooms
  • > Located on the lower deck
  • > Washbasin and portholes in every room




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deck plan


What our travelers say

As each day unfolded, I was more and more amazed. Everyone was supportive and friendly. I am used to travelling solo- so it was such a treat to have gals to talk with at meals and during the activities.

Bobbie casey

As each day unfolded, I was more and more amazed. Everyone was supportive and friendly. I am used to travelling solo- so it was such a treat to have gals to talk with at meals and during the activities.

Bobbie casey

As each day unfolded, I was more and more amazed. Everyone was supportive and friendly. I am used to travelling solo- so it was such a treat to have gals to talk with at meals and during the activities.

Bobbie casey

As each day unfolded, I was more and more amazed. Everyone was supportive and friendly. I am used to travelling solo- so it was such a treat to have gals to talk with at meals and during the activities.

Bobbie casey

What’s included

  • All meals but one
  • Airport pickup to our hotel on day one
  • transfer from our hotel to the ship
  • one overnight in ushuaia
  • voyage aboard the ushuaia
  • all shore activities
  • lectures onboard by noted naturalists
  • all service taxes and port charges

What’s not

  • Airfares
  • Visa fees for Argentina
  • bar/beverage and telecommunication charges
  • Cold weather gear rental
  • Post trip airport transfers
  • Customary gratuity ($15-$20 per day)
  • Travel insurance (mandatory)*

* In order to board, you must have an insurance policy that covers $100,000 emergency evacuation and includes reparation.

Extra Tour Details

Payment:

Your ooking will only be confirmed upon receipt of a $700 deposit. The balance is due 30 days before Day 1 of the Meetup Tour.

Cancellations:

  • No refunds on deposits.
  • 90 days or more before Day 1, 50% of full balance (if paid) will be forfeited.
  • 89 days before Day 1 : 100% cancellation fee.
  • Cancellations must be received in writing via email.

General Information:

  • There will be free Wi-Fi at a lot of the establishments we will visit but this is a great opportunity to go on a tech-detox!
  • Personal Safety: It is advisable to follow internationally accepted guidelines with regard to personal safety. These include:
  • Carry only as much cash as is necessary.
  • Leave valuables in the hotel safety deposit facility.
  • Do not walk alone in apparently deserted areas.
  • Ensure adequate and appropriate insurance cover.
  • It is advisable to carry a photocopy of your identification/passport.
  • Language: All tours are conducted in English.

Antarctica meetup Tour


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