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Travel program

Leaving from Ushuaia, sailing though the Beagle Channel, exploring Cape Horn and
crossing the mythical waters of the Drake Passage, VAE invites you to
participate in a unique experience that will take you to one of the most remote places on
earth, the coldest highest, windiest, driest, and most inhospitable continent - Antarctica.


Day 1: Embarking the M/V Ocean Nova in Ushuaia (Argentina) and sailing along the Beagle Channel to Port Williams, the southernmost town in Chile


Day 2: Crossing of the legendary Drake Passage, escorted by albatrosses and giants petrels. Lectures are given by our experts, while searching for the first Antarctic whales.


Day 3 to 7: Sailing between the South Shetland Islands and the Antarctic Peninsula, enjoying the company of sea birds and mammals. Visit to some of the most magnificent spots in the Gerlache Strait, well known to be inhabited by Antarctic whales such as Humpback, Minke, and Orca, among other species. After a last visit in the region, M/V Ocean Nova will set sail northwards across the Drake Passage en route to South America.


Day 8 to 9: We invite you to relax and take the time to watch wildlife from the bridge or outside decks while enjoying lectures given by our Antarctic experts. Sailing along the Beagle Channel to Port Williams, before continuing to final destination.


Day 10: Disembarkation in Ushuaia (Argentina).


Rates per person

Single Cabin:
US$9,900 NOW US$6,800
Twin Cabin:
US$7,900 NOW US$4,800
Triple Cabin:
US$6,900 NOW US$3,800

Itinerary details

9 nights / 10 days
Ushuaia, Argentina
Ushuaia, Argentina

Trip details

March 01, 2013
Ocean Nova

Pennsula Antrtica

Estrecho Gerlache

Isla Rey Jorge

Isla Decepcin

Included in the rate

• Ship cruise as indicated in the itinerary
• Accomodation with full board
• All drinks on board
• Shore excursions
• Lectures and onboard entertainment
• Loan of boots for landing in Antarctica.
• Comprehensive pre- and post-voyage information material.


Not included in the rate

· Accommodation, meals, excursions and transfers other than those included in the Travel Program and the Contingency Plan corresponding to each voyage.
· Personal insurances.
· Extra expenses (communication, laundry, souvenirs, etc.).
· Tips (suggested USD 10 per person per day).
· Visas or Passport expenses and/or any other arrival and/or departure tax, if applicable.



Baggage allowance

The maximum weight allowed on the flights to and from Antarctica is 20 kg per passenger, including hand luggage. Exceeding luggage will be kept in custody by VAE and will be returned to passengers upon their return from Antarctica at the port/airport of arrival corresponding to each voyage.


Medical insurance

VAE requires participants to be adequately covered by a medical insurance, including aero-medical evacuation from Antarctica.


Cancellation insurance

VAE strongly urges participants to be adequately covered by a cancellation insurance.



Every effort will be made to adhere to the planned program. However, it must be realized that with this type of adventurous travel to Antarctica, changes to the itinerary may occur due to severe and unpredictable weather. We need to emphasize the fact that weather conditions are unpredictable and that safety is always the paramount concern on any Antarctic voyage. For this reason VAE reserves the right to change the itinerary here described due to weather conditions or other factors beyond VAE's control without consulting the participants.


Flight Connexions

A tight time-schedule connection with an Antarctic expedition is unwise. For this reason VAE strongly suggests that a flexible air ticket be held for your journey home and in any case not to book a flight on the same day of the return flight from Antarctica.


After your Antarctic trip, we recommend the beautiful Torres Del Paime national park which is close by to Punta Arenas & Ushuaia. Please see This will give you  plenty of wildlife, culture and scenery!

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