Journey to the Antarctic Peninsula

Marine, Ushuaia to Ushuaia

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Tour description provided by G Adventures

Fierce, cold and stunningly beautiful – explorers since Shackleton have grappled with the contrasts of the Weddell Sea. Experience this ultimate Antarctic landscape on a 15-day adventure that defines "once in a lifetime." Cross the Drake Passage to the eastern side of the Antarctic Peninsula, the Weddell Sea – this less-visited region of Antarctica is the planet's clearest sea and the birthing ground of incredible tabular icebergs. Two attempted shore landings each day means more potential sightings of leopard seals, whales and thriving colonies of roosting penguins. Be a part of history as you embrace Shackleton's spirit. This isn't a polar cruise – it's an adventure.

What’s included

  • 13 nts aboard the G Expedition
  • Arrival transfer from airport in Ushuaia to hotel
  • 1 nt accommodation with breakfast in Ushuaia
  • Zodiac excursions with our expert expedition team
  • Lectures and educational programs
  • Waterproof boots supplied for men's USA sizes 8-14 and women's USA sizes 3-9
  • Expedition parka
  • Antarctica destination guidebook

Highlights

  • Celebrate the holidays and welcome in the new year in antarctica
  • Spend eight full days exploring one of the world's last true wildernesses
  • Connect with the history of exploration while retracing shackleton’s journey
  • Catch sight of whales and albatross following the ship
  • Go ashore with seasoned experts explaining the intricacies of antarctic ecology
  • Admire the tabular icebergs of the weddell sea

Itinerary

Day 1 Ushuaia Arrive in Ushuaia at any time. Arrival transfer included. Enjoy the sights and sounds of the world's most southerly city. Additional Notes: There will be a welcome desk in the lobby of the start hotel that will provide more specific information on the G Expedition and your upcoming adventure. Transport: Included arrival transfer. Private Vehicle
Day 2 Ushuaia/Drake Passage (1B, 1D) Enjoy a free morning in the world's most southerly city, Ushuaia. Do any last minute shopping or explore the town or the surrounding countryside. Embarkation on the G Expedition begins in the afternoon at the port in Ushuaia. Enjoy the evening sailing through the Beagle Channel. Additional Notes: Expedition travel can be full of surprises! While it is our intention of adhere to the itinerary described below, there is a certain amount of flexibility built into the itinerary and on occasion it may be necessary, or desirable to make alterations. On the first day onboard, the Expedition Leader will give an expedition overview outlining what the specific plans are for the trip. Included Activities: Embarkation of the G Expedition Transport: G Expedition G Expedition
Days 3-4 Drake Passage/South Shetland Islands The G Expedition is at home in this part of the Southern Ocean, known for the unimpeded never ending fetch of the winds that encircle the Antarctic. As the Expedition travels the passage, get acquainted with the ship and frequent the common areas that include the lounge, dining hall, library and lecture hall where we meet the guides, ship’s crew and expedition staff. Begin the lectures and information sessions to learn the extraordinary human and natural history of the Antarctic region. Included Activities: Daily lectures and educational program Transport: G Expedition
Days 5-12 South Shetland Islands/Drake Passage Ice and weather conditions permitting, head south and explore the ice edge from the safety of our ice class expedition vessel, encountering truly astounding tabular icebergs and numerous species of penguin, seal and whale along the way. With eight days to explore the region, giving you the longest possible time in this magnificent part of the world. Finally a chance to step foot on the Great White Continent! Our goal is to attempt two excursions per day while navigating through the area but the itinerary and daily schedule will be based on the local weather and ice conditions that we encounter. There is plenty of time to enjoy the sheer beauty and the breathtaking scenery of ice-choked waterways, blue and white icebergs, impressive glaciers and rugged snow-capped mountains. The Peninsula also has a remarkable history and, during the voyage, learn about some of the most important and dramatic expeditions to this remote corner of the world. Included Activities: Zodiac Landings Daily lectures and educational program Daily Briefings and Recaps on board the Expedition Transport: G Expedition G Expedition
Days 13-14 Drake Passage/Ushuaia Leave Antarctica and head north across the Drake Passage. In between bird watching, whale watching and enjoying some final lectures by our expedition staff, this is a chance to relax and review the adventures of the past week before returning to Ushuaia. Remember, the best way to experience the wildlife of the Drake Passage is to be on deck keeping a look out for Albatross, Prions and Whales! Included Activities: Daily lectures and educational program Transport: G Expedition
Day 15 Ushuaia (1B) Disembark the Expedition after breakfast. Additional Notes: In the morning upon completion you will disembarkation in Ushuaia. Passengers will receive a complimentary transfer to either the airport or a central location where luggage can be stored. For those on morning flights, a transfer will bring them directly to Ushuaia airport (USH). The rest of the passengers will be transferred to the luggage storage point and given time to explore the city. These passengers should then return to retrieve their luggage and board a second transfer to Ushuaia airport in the afternoon, depending on their flight times. Please note that the transfer times are subject to change according to flight schedules. Included Activities: Departure Day
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