|1||Ushuaia, Argentina||Day at leisure. You may wish to explore Tierra Del Fuego National Park, Martial Glacier|
|2||Beagle Channel||Board the ship in the afternoon and set sail down the Beagle Channel.|
|3 & 4||Drake Passage||Giant Petrels and birdlife, possibly South Shetland Islands|
|5 - 10||Antarctic Peninsula & Weddell Sea||Gentoo, Adélie and Chinstrap Penguins, Leopard Seals, Whales and dramatic scenery|
|11||King George Island||Fly from King George Island to Punta Arenas|
|12||Punta Arenas, Chile||Itinerary ends after breakfast|
The 2nd purpose built expedition vessel by Aurora Expeditions honours the highly accomplished marine biologist, oceanographer and explorer, Sylvia Earle. As the first female chief scientist of the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and named by Time Magazine as its first Hero for the Planet in 1998 this vessel pays tribute to Sylvia’s long standing conservation efforts for marine protected areas and ocean wildlife.
Besides the same revolutionary Ulstein X BOW hull design like the Greg Mortimer, the Sylvia Earle features a distinctive Glass Atrium Lounge at the bow of the ship with a stunning panoramic view on both port and starboard side, Lecture theatre and lounge, a swimming pool and jacuzzi where you can admire impressive scenery while watching the world go by.
Please Note: The Sylvia Earle is currently under construction so all images are renders.
Arrive in Ushuaia, the Southernmost city in the world, where you’ll be met by an expedition representative and transferred to your downtown hotel. Enjoy rugged mountain scenery, lively cafes, restaurants and bars. You have the day at leisure to explore this interesting place.
After checking out of your hotel, enjoy free time exploring Ushuaia and surrounds and picking up any last minute items. Embark on the Sylvia Earle in the late afternoon and sail down Beagle Channel.
As you cross the infamous Drake Passage keep an eye out for seabirds and whales. Your expedition team will run an educational program to prepare you for your experience ahead. Eventually you will spot your first icebergs and you may be able to make your first landing on the South Shetland Islands. Enjoy the scenery of the Gerlache straight as you sail through.
Cruise Southbound along the Antarctic Peninsula. Visit historic Port Lockroy, cruise along the renowned Lemaire Channel, enjoy continental landings, hiking on Antarctica, and Zodiac cruising among icebergs.
Over the next six days a host of choices are open to you and depending on ice and weather conditions, the western side of the Antarctic Peninsula is yours to explore. The experienced expedition team, who have made countless journeys to this area, will use their expertise to design your voyage from day to day. This allows you to make the best use of the prevailing weather, ice conditions and wildlife opportunities.
Because you are so far south, you will experience approximately 18-20 hours of daylight and the days can be as busy as you wish. There 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, historic huts, and a few of the expedition team’s other favourite spots along the peninsula. There will be plenty of time for sleep when you get home!
Return to King George Island and bid farewell to Antarctica before boarding the flight back to Punta Arenas. Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel for the night. (Note: Meals in Punta Arenas are at your leisure and not included in the program).
After breakfast, check out of your hotel. You may wish to extend your time in Patagonia or head to the airport for your homeward flight.
To make the most of your time in South America we can tailor a holiday to Patagonia to suit your voyage dates. If you have a bit more time we can create a tailor-made itinerary to some of the highlights of South America. Take a look at the Patagonia sample itineraries below and contact us to begin creating your perfect holiday.