Morning arrival at the Buenos Aires Airport
in Argentina. During the transfer to your hotel, an
orientation tour of the city will be given. You have
the rest of the day to explore at leisure, or join
one of the optional excursions.
Day 2: Buenos Aires-Ushuaia.
After breakfast, transfer to the airport
for your flight to Ushuaia, the world's southernmost
city. Once you land in Ushuaia, a tourist guide from
01argentina will be waiting for you with a sign with
your last name to transfer you to your Hotel in Ushuaia.
After resting for a while, we will pick you up in
your hotel to invite you on a city tour of Ushuaia
in order to enjoy this popular and attractive resort
town, surrounded by snow-capped mountains, rivers,
and waterfalls. After the city tour, transfer to your
Hotel in Ushuaia city.
Depart from Ushuaia Port. (Embarkation)
Embark the USHUAIA ship in the afternoon and meet
your expedition and lecture staff. After you have
settled into your cabins we sail along the famous
Beagle Channel and the scenic Mackinlay Pass.
Days 3 &
4: Crossing the
Drake Passage: Named after the renowned
explorer, Sir Frances Drake, who sailed these waters
in 1578, the Drake Passage also marks the Antarctic
Convergence, a biological barrier where cold polar
water sinks beneath the warmer northern waters. This
creates a great upwelling of nutrients, which sustains
the biodiversity of this region. The Drake Passage
also marks the northern limit of many Antarctic seabirds.
As we sail across the passage, Antarpply Expeditions'
lecturers will be out with you on deck to help in
the identification of an amazing variety of seabirds,
including many albatrosses, which follow in our wake.
The USHUAIA's open bridge policy allows you to join
our officers on the bridge and learn about navigation,
watch for whales, and enjoy the view. A full program
of lectures will be offered as well.
The first sightings of icebergs and snow-capped mountains
indicate that we have reached the South Shetland Islands,
a group of twenty islands and islets first sighted
in February 1819 by Capt. William Smith of the brig
Williams. With favorable conditions in the Drake Passage
our lecturers and naturalists will accompany you ashore
as you experience your first encounter with the penguins
and seals on Day 3.
Days 5 to 9:
Exploring South Shetland
Islands and the Antarctic Peninsula. The
South Shetland Islands are a haven for wildlife. Vast
penguin rookeries, beaches ruled by Antarctic fur
seals and southern elephant seals make every day spent
in this amazing island group unforgettable. Sailing
through the narrow passage into the flooded caldera
of Deception Island and the chance to swim in the
hot springs of Pendulum Cove is truly amazing. King
George Island, the largest of the South Shetland Islands,
features colonies of nesting Adélie and Chinstrap
Penguins, Kelp Gulls, Blue-eyed Cormorants, Antarctic
Terns and Southern Giant Petrels and is home to scientific
bases of many different countries. Macaroni, Chinstrap
and Gentoo Penguins as well as elephant seals await
you at Livingston Island.
The Antarctic Peninsula's remarkable history will
provide you with a type of excitement often only associated
with the early explorers. You will have plenty of
time to explore its amazing scenery, a pristine wilderness
of snow, ice, mountains and waterways, and an incredible
wide variety of wildlife. Apart from penguins and
seabirds you are very likely to see Weddell, crabeater
and leopard seals as well as Minke, killer (orca)
and humpback whales at close range.
We hope to navigate some of the most beautiful waterways
(depending on the ice conditions): the Gerlache Strait,
the Neumayer Channel, and the Lemaire Channel, the
latter are narrow passages between towering rock faces
and spectacular glaciers. We plan to make at least
two landings per day.
Possible landing sites may
Paradise Bay is perhaps the most aptly named place
in the world and we attempt a landing on the continent
proper. After negotiating the iceberg-strewn waters
of the Antarctic Sound, we hope to visit the bustling
Adélie Penguin (over 100,000 pairs breed here)
and Blue-eyed Cormorant colonies on Paulet Island.
The Nordenskjöld expedition built a stone survival
hut here in 1903. Today its ruins have been taken
over by nesting penguins.
Further exploration may take you to Melchior Island,
Cuverville Island, Portal Point, Neko Harbour, Pléneau
Island and if ice conditions permit, to Petermann
Island for a visit to the southernmost colony of Gentoo
Days 10 &
11: At Sea
crossing the Drake Passage, northbound. We leave Antarctica
and head north across the Drake Passage. Join our
lecturers and naturalists on deck as we search for
seabirds and whales and enjoy some final lectures.
Take the chance to relax and reflect on the fascinating
adventures of the past days on the way back to Ushuaia.
Days 12: Disembarkation-Ushuaia
In the morning, you will reach the Argentinean
city of Ushuaia. Ushuaia is reckoned to be the most
southerly city in the world and is situated on Tierra
del Fuego Island south of the Magellan Strait. The
rest of the day is at your disposal. [
Day 13: Ushuaia - Buenos Aires: Breakfast. Transfer
to the airport. Return to Buenos Aires. You have the
rest of the day to explore at leisure, or join one
of the optional excursions.
Day 14: Return to your home
Transfer to the airport for your return flight home.