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Spirit of Antarctica

Trip Highlights

  • Camping
  • Alpine Climbing
  • Polar Photography Workshops

Itinerary

   

Day 1

Fly from Punta Arenas to Puerto Williams. Enjoy a guided tour of the rustic port and beautiful surrounds. Embark Polar Pioneer in the late afternoon for introductory and safety briefings, then set sail along the Beagle Channel.

 

Days 2-3

Our Drake Passage crossing offers cape petrels darting about the ship, black-browed and wandering albatross soaring, and Wilson’s storm petrels flitting above the sea. Learn about Antarctica from our expert naturalist and safety and environmental guidelines from our expedition team as we prepare for our first landing, possibly late on Day 3.

 

Days 4-9

An overnight passage along Gerlache Strait delivers us to the stunning Antarctic Peninsula, an ethereal wonderland of vast proportions. Aboard Zodiacs, we explore penguin rookeries, historic sites and scientific stations and cruise near exquisite icebergs. Our kayakers glide into secluded bays, climbers ascend pristine peaks and our snorkellers delight in marine discoveries. Stepping ashore on the continent creates an everlasting memory. We make the most of every day and a fair bit of each night. A curious leopard seal cruising among spectacular icebergs may mean postponing lunch (ours, not the leopard seal’s); loading Zodiacs after dinner for an orca cruise. If the weather allows, we may even sleep out on the ice – a must for any Antarctic explorer!

 

Days 10-11

As the Captain steers the ship north across Drake Passage, our minds and souls revel in rich Antarctic experiences. There’s time to watch for seabirds, enjoy entertaining talks, discuss what we’ve seen and learned, exchange photos and stories. With luck, we may make a ceremonial rounding of Cape Horn before sharing a farewell dinner.

Day 12

We enjoy a gentle cruise along the Beagle Channel in the early morning. Disembark after breakfast for onward travel or to savor more time in Ushuaia.

 

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Inclusions/Exclusions


Includes:

  • Flight from Punta Arenas to Puerto Williams
  • Transfer from Puerto Williams’ airport to Polar Pioneer, including Puerto Williams town and surrounds tour.
  • Accommodation during the voyage
  • All meals, snacks, tea and coffee during the voyage
  • All shore excursions and Zodiac (inflatable boat) cruises
  • Educational lectures and guiding services from our expert team
  • Access to our on board doctor and basic medical services
  • Loan of gumboots during the voyage
  • Daily cabin service
  • Comprehensive pre-departure information
  • Complimentary custom-designed Polar Expedition jacket
  • An Antarctic wildlife guide
  • A printed photo book produced with imagery from your voyage (one per booking)
  • Port taxes and charges
  • All entry fees to historic landings sites

 

Excludes:

  • International or domestic flights to or from ship, unless specified
  • Transfers not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Airport arrival or departure taxes
  • Visa, passport, and vaccination charges
  • Travel insurance or emergency evacuation charges
  • Hotels and meals not included in itinerary
  • Optional excursions not included in the itinerary
  • Optional activity surcharge. Please contact us if you wish to book any optional activities, such as sea kayaking.
  • All items of a personal nature including but not limited to: alcoholic beverages and soft drinks, laundry services, personal clothing, medical expenses, gratuities, and email or phone charges.

 

Prices quoted are per person, occupancy as described in the chart below. Single supplement is 1.7 times the double occupancy price. No single travel fees apply if you are willing to share your cabin (triple & double cabins only). Fuel surcharge may apply in the event of significant fuel price increases. No refund for unused services.

Minimum and maximum numbers for activities apply, so please contact for details.

Departure Dates and Prices

Expedition Date DeckCabin Accommodations and Optional ActivitiesPrice Per Person
December 8 - 19, 2015MainTriple occupancy, shared facilities$8,310
MainDouble occupancy, shared facilities$9,825
Upper/Captain'sDouble occupancy, private facilities$11,025
Captain'sMini Suite, private facilities$12,325
Captain'sSuite, private facilities$13,650
N/AKayaking. Register when booking.$1,050
N/AClimbing. Register when booking.$450
N/APolar snorkelling. Register when booking.$975
N/ACampingComplimentary
N/APhotographyComplimentary

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