Antarctica Classic


The Antarctic Peninsula is anything but a world of white desolation. Join us on a true adventure to a world of immense scale and visual splendour. Passing huge icebergs in the flat calm of a polar morning will reshape the way you look at your world. Encounter huge whales, enormous rookeries of penguins, and stunning landscapes few have ever witnessed. This 11-day expedition will introduce you to the magic of the South Shetland Islands and the Antarctic Peninsula.

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.

Day 2: Ushuaia/Drake Passage – Enjoy a free morning in Ushuaia. Do any last minute shopping, explore the town, or visit 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.

Days 3–4: Drake Passage/South Shetland Islands – The adventure begins with an 800km (497mi) crossing of the passage named in honour of the 16th-century English sea captain and privateer, Sir Francis Drake. Take in daily lectures from the expedition team and keep an eye out for the first sightings of icebergs, whales and albatross following in the G Expedition’s wake.

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 crosses the passage there will be time to become acquainted with the ship and frequent the common areas that include the lounge, dining hall, library and lecture hall where we meet our guides, ship’s crew and expedition staff.

Begin lectures and information sessions to learn the extraordinary human and natural history of the Antarctic region

Days 5–8: South Shetland Islands/Antarctic Peninsula – Experience some of the most unique wildlife viewing and inspiring scenery in the world while setting foot on the Antarctic continent. Attempt two shore landings per day (weather permitting) and encounter Gentoo, Chinstrap and Adélie penguin rookeries, Weddell, crabeater and leopard seals, and orca, humpback and minke whales in the cold Antarctic waters. During the voyage, learn about the peninsula’s remarkable history.

This is what we’ve all been waiting for – a chance to explore step foot on the Great White Continent! Over the next 4 days the Expedition will navigate southwards making stops in the South Shetland Islands then through the Bransfield Strait and to the Antarctic Peninsula.

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.

During the voyage, learn about some of the most important and dramatic expeditions to this remote corner of the world.

Days 9–10: Drake Passage/Ushuaia – Begin the journey north to the home port of Ushuaia. Review the highlights of the Antarctic experience with the lecturers and staff. Keep sharp eyes on the observation deck for some last-minute whale sightings.

Leave Antarctica and head north across the Drake Passage. In between bird watching and whale watching and enjoying some final lectures by the 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!

Day 11: Ushuaia – Disembark the G Expedition after breakfast.

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.

Please note: Specific sites visited will depend on ice and weather conditions, the planned itinerary will be updated at the time of final preparations as well as throughout the voyage in order to take advantage of favourable conditions.


Trip summary

Vessel:
G Expedition
Voyage:
Antarctica Classic
Duration:
10 nights / 11 days
Start:
Ushuaia, Argentina
Finish:
Ushuaia, Argentina


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Season 2018/2019

DateCategory 1A QuadCategory 1 TripleCategory 2 TwinCategory 3 TwinCategory 4 TwinCategory 5 Double
Dec 12, 2018
Dec 22, 2019
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Jan 2, 2019
Jan 12, 2019
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Jan 30, 2019
Feb 9, 2019
SOLD OUTSOLD OUTSOLD OUTSOLD OUTSOLD OUTSOLD OUT
Mar 4, 2019
Mar 14, 2019
SOLD OUTSOLD OUTSOLD OUTSOLD OUTUS$10,599US$11,799
Mar 13, 2019
Mar 23, 2019
SOLD OUTSOLD OUTSOLD OUTUS$8,999US$9,999US$11,499

Season 2019/2020

DateCategory 1A QuadCategory 1 TripleCategory 2 TwinCategory 3 TwinCategory 4 TwinCategory 5 Double
Nov 22, 2019
Dec 2, 2019
SOLD OUTUS$7,699US$8,899US$9,399US$10,499US$11,999
Dec 12, 2019
Dec 22, 2019
SOLD OUTUS$7,799US$9,299US$9,699US$11,199US$12,749
Jan 2, 2020
Jan 12, 2020
US$8,099US$8,899US$10,699US$11,699US$12,499US$14,099
Mar 13, 2020
Mar 23, 2020
SOLD OUTSOLD OUTSOLD OUTUS$9,099US$10,099US$11,599

WHAT’S INCLUDED

  • 9 nts aboard the G Expedition
  • 1 nt hotel in Ushuaia
  • Arrival and departure transfers
  • Zodiac excursions with our expert expedition team
  • Lectures and educational programs
  • Waterproof boots supplied for USA sizes 6 – 16
  • Expedition parka

ACCOMMODATIONS

Twin-share hotel (1 nt), aboard the G Expedition in quad-, triple-, twin-share cabins, or suites (all with en suite bathrooms and porthole or window, 9 nts). Please note that all cabins consist of twin-size berths and are ocean-facing. Suites have one queen-size bed.

MEALS

10 breakfasts, 8 lunches, 9 dinners
Allow USD25-35 for meals not included. Drinks and tips on board not included.

TRANSPORTATION

G Expedition, Zodiac, private bus, walking.

STAFF & EXPERTS

One expedition team member per 10 guests.

AVAILABLE EXTRAS

Antarctica Camping – From US$349

Follow in the footsteps of bold explorers and experience this land’s awe-inspiring splendours first-hand. Our Antarctica camping experience includes time to enjoy the beauty of Antarctica near your campsite with ample photography options. Experience the sounds of heaving ice, the fresh scent of the sea, and the stars at night. Nothing gets you closer to the humbling forces of nature than spending a night ashore!

Antarctica Kayaking – From US$1,199

Weather permitting, you will head out in kayaks on days where zodiac landings are also available. Kayaking as part of a group lead by experienced and skilled leaders allows an opportunity to experience these remote regions from another vantage point. No other activity gets you as close to the natural environment!

Antarctic Pre/Post Cruise Add-On – From US$869

When you travel with us, we make sure that getting from A to B is always smooth sailing. That’s why we offer a Buenos Aires hotel and flight package, which takes care of your accommodation in BA, flight to Ushuaia, and your transfers to and from the airport. After the cruise, you will be transferred back to the airport to catch a flight to Buenos Aires, where the package ends on arrival. The only thing that you have to do? Remember to pack your thermal underwear! For more information about our BA flight and hotel packages, call us or check the Extras section when you book online.

SINGLE TRAVELLERS

Single travellers can choose between “single occupancy” at a supplement of 1,7 x the standard price, or “sharing basis” in Twin, Triple or Quadruple category at no additional cost.

INSURANCE

Passengers are required to be adequately covered by a travel insurance policy that covers aero-medical evacuation from Antarctica as a result of a medical emergency during the trips, including emergencies related to pre-existing health conditions.

RESERVATIONS AND PAYMENT

A deposit of U$750 per person is required per person to confirm reservations with final payment due 90 days prior to departure.

Payments can be made by wire transfer or by credit cards (Visa or MasterCard). Payments by credit card are subject to a 2.5% fee.