CHRISTMAS IN ANTARCTICA

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13 DAYS

ITINERARY SUMMARY

 

Day Place Highlights
Day 1 Ushuaia Day at leisure. You may wish to explore Tierra Del Fuego National Park, Martial Glacier
Day 2 Beagle Channel Board the ship in the afternoon and set sail down the Beagle Channel.
Day 3-4 Drake Passage Giant Petrels and birdlife, Antarctic Presentations, South Shetland Islands
Day 5-10 Antarctic Peninsula Lemaire Channel, Adelie penguins, scientific station and historic huts, Gentoo and Chinstrap Penguins, Leopard Seals and Whales, Neko Harbour, Cuverville Island
Day 11-12 Drake Passage
Cape Horn
Day 13 Ushuaia Disembark in Ushuaia
Christmas in Antarctica map Greg Mortimer

Day 1 Ushuaia

Ushuaia, Argentina

Arrive in Ushuaia, renowned for its breathtaking scenery, where you will be met by a representative and transferred to your downtown hotel. On the shores of the Beagle Channel, Ushuaia is the southernmost city in the world and a major tourist centre, particularly for people cruising to Antarctica. The city offers hiking in Parque Nacional Tierra del Fuego, the only coastal national park in Argentina.

After transferring to your downtown hotel, the rest of the day is at your leisure.

Days 2 Ushuaia and the Beagle Channel

After breakfast, check out of your hotel. You will have time to do some more exploring of Ushuaia and surrounds and pick up some last minute items from the local stores. In the afternoon, settle into the Greg Mortimer for an early evening departure down the Beagle Channel.

Days 3-4 The Drake Passage and South Shetland Islands

As the captain and expedition leader chart a course south, bound for the Antarctic Peninsula. Prepare for your landings with bio security briefings and informative lectures. Keep an eye on the horizon for albatross and the first iceberg spotting of the voyage. As the ship approaches the South Shetland Islands you may have your first excursion (weather permitting). Continue on down the Gerlache Strait toward Antarctica.

Days 5-9 Antarctic Peninsula

If the pack ice allows, the ship will enter the stunning Lemaire Channel to reach Adelie penguins and perhaps visit a scientific station and historic huts. Take the Zodiacs out on excursions lead by the expert expedition team. Set foot on the Antarctic continent and walk on this incredible continent.

 

Because you are so far south, these will be approximately 18-20 hours of daylight and the days can be as busy as you wish. The expedition team will generally make landings or Zodiac excursions two, and occasionally three, times a day; cruising along spectacular ice cliffs, following whales that are feeding near the surface, and landing on the continent and its off-shore islands to visit penguin rookeries, seal haul outs. There will be plenty of time for sleep when you get home!

Days 10-11 The Drake Passage

As the Captain steers the ship north across Drake Passage there’s time to watch for seabirds, enjoy entertaining talks, discuss what you’ve seen and learned, exchange photos and stories. With luck, the ship may make a ceremonial rounding of Cape Horn before sharing a farewell dinner with your newfound friends.

Days 12 Ushuaia

Ushuaia, Argentina

Cruise up the Beagle Channel early this morning before slipping into to dock in Ushuaia, where your voyage concludes after breakfast. Farewell your expedition team and disembark the ship.

To book this voyage call 1300 668 112 or email contact@antarcticatravelcentre.com.au

We will tailor the perfect holiday to suit your needs.