13 Days, 12 Nights
Small Expedition Cruise to Antarctica
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Ushuaia, the end of the world
After breakfast, we will privately transfer you to the airport in El Calafate for your flight to Ushuaia. Another private transfer takes you to the Arakur hotel, located in a prime spot within the Cerro Alarkén Natural Reserve, a few minutes from downtown.
This beautiful hotel was designed based on the rules of sustainable architecture, along a spectacular balcony surrounded by breathtaking panoramic views, native forests, natural terraces and green areas harmonically integrated into the surroundings. Rest of the day remains free to relax at the spa in the hotel.
ANTARCTICA Expedition towards the remotest corners of the planet
Path of the polar explorers
We arrive early in Ensenada Bay in the Tierra del Fuego National Park. After a short walk along the beach and woods, we continue our journey towards Lapataia – the point where all routes of America come to their end.
Your local guide will assist with your Antarctica cruise check-in and luggage delivery. Staying close to the port, head out on your own to visit the two local museums. The Presidium holds interesting stories about Ushuaia while the Fin del Mundo preserves the historical roots of Tierra del Fuego. Remember to check back in time for the cruise (by 5.30pm).
In the afternoon, we depart for Ushuaia, Tierra del Fuego, Argentina, the southernmost city in the world located at the Beagle Channel and sail through this scenic waterway for the rest of the evening.
As part of this amazing Antarctica trip, you will be able to choose from different outdoor adventure activities such as kayaking, camping, hiking, mountaineering and a photo workshop (need to be booked before the trips begins).
Read from the Blog: a Guide for planning your perfect Antarctica expedition.
On these days we sail across the Drake Passage. While crossing the Antarctic Convergence, we arrive in the circum-Antarctic up welling zone. In this area we may see Wandering Albatrosses, Grey Headed Albatrosses, Black- browed Albatrosses, Light- mantled Albatrosses, Cape Petrels, Southern Fulmars, Wilson’s Storm Petrels, Blue Petrels and Antarctic Petrels. Near the South Shetland Islands, we spot our first icebergs.
Familiar seas, familiar friends
We will sail directly to “High Antarctica”, anchoring in the protected waters around Wiencke Island for two nights – our playground for a number of activities lined up as part of this cruise. You can scout the region by foot, arriving on shore by zodiac or kayak. Snowshoes are available and mountaineers will enjoy the challenge. All climbs and excursions can only be conducted in good weather conditions.
We will visit the old British research station, now working museum and post office at Port Lockroy on Goudier Island. Close to Port Lockroy we may also offer a landing on Jougla Point with Gentoo Penguins and Blue-eyed Shags. We look out for leopard seals, Crabeater seals and whales. Conditions permitting we sail through the spectacular Lemaire Channel to Booth Island, Pléneau and Petermann Island where we can find Adélie Penguins and Blue-eyed Shags. Here you may also encounter Humpback and Minke Whales. We choose another camp site which is suitable and close to next day’s activity. The opportunities for kayaking, glacier walks or more ambitious mountaineering are excellent in this area.
At Neko Harbour we will have the opportunity to set foot on the Antarctic continent in a magnificent landscape of a huge glacier and enjoy the landscape during zodiac cruises, walks and kayak excursions. A small group of glacier walkers may climb up on higher grounds of the glacier. We will spend the night in Paradise Bay with a camp erected ashore, departing early the next day.
There and back again
On our way back north, we can again enjoy a great selection of seabirds while crossing the Drake Passage.
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"Hello Maria and Good Morning Clara & Carolina
I hope that you are all well?
We’ve now been back in New Zealand for more than a week and it still seems a bit as though the past 4 weeks have all been a dream!!
We had an absolutely fantastic time and I can assure you that all of the group thoroughly enjoyed their experience in your diverse country and majestic Antarctica!
And it’s all thanks to you at ‘Team Across South America’ facilitated first by Letitia and then Carolina!! Everything you did for us worked seamlessly and that was due to the extra effort you applied to the organization of every last detail…
We very much appreciated the professionalism and friendliness of all of your guides and transfer drivers from Day 1 until we arrived at EZE to come home.
Too many outstanding things to mention individually but many, many thanks for everything you did for us and if you have an ‘official’ questionnaire that needs to be filled out please send it to me so and I will get it back to you by return…
Clara, it was great to meet you, albeit briefly, and if you are married now we hope everything went well…if not , then we hope that you have a wonderful day when it happens and we can one day meet here in Auckland or in BA??!!
Carolina, a pity that we weren’t able to get together but we hope that you are now 100% and definitely not still confined to bed??!! Our very best wishes for the birth of your baby and I know at some time I will be back in BA so hopefully we may have an opportunity to meet then? Or maybe you can get down here?
Happy Easter to all of you!
Paul & Margot Leigh from New Zealand
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