Antarctica Off the Beaten Track


This voyage has been designed for outdoor enthusiasts and adventure lovers. It also has great appeal to those who wish to experience Antarctica in springtime. The added bonus is you will enjoy several additional days of exploration compared to the 10-night voyages.

Only on this departure in Antarctica, extended hikes, snowshoeing, enhanced photography excursions, overnight sea kayaking and ski touring are possible combined on one voyage.

Passengers benefit from the expedition ship being used as a mobile basecamp wilderness lodge to discover the white continent at everyone’s own pace! Travelling on a true small expedition ship with high ice rating unlocks great wildlife sightings, because Chinstrap, Gentoo and Adelie penguin colonies, whales, seals and sea birds return to the plentiful feeding grounds of the Antarctic peninsula.

Itinerary

Day 1: Punta Arenas – We board the ship this afternoon. Excitement is in the air as we cast off. Next stop, Antarctica, and the adventure of a lifetime!

Days 2 – 3: Drake Passage – The great pelagic seabirds are constant companions as we cross the Drake Passage. Photographing these magnificent birds from the deck of the ship takes patience and skill and our photography expert will show you the best techniques. Throughout the day our onboard experts educate us with a series of informative and entertaining presentations.

Days 4 – 5: Antarctic Peninsula – We awaken today and the magnificent snowy peaks of Antarctica are laid out before us. Over the next week, our itinerary is intentionally flexible to account for early season ice conditions and to take advantage of optimal snow conditions. Our planned exploration starts in vicinity of Mikkelson Harbour and neighboring Cierva Cove – both beautiful locations and the perfect introduction to Antarctica.

Days 6 – 10: Antarctic Peninsula and South Shetland Islands – Our days are spent exploring on and off the ship in the company of our expert guides. Popular activities include guided hikes on shore, visits to wildlife colonies, and exploration of historic huts and science stations. Zodiac cruising in the ice is always a thrill. Based on site conditions, the ski touring group may set off to explore the pristine terrain with our experienced mountaineering guides. The expedition snow-shoe group may follow in the tracks of the skiers, climbing to high points which afford breathtaking views. The sea kayakers will head out on excursions which may last all day. Photography enthusiasts will enjoy the chance to spend an entire day with our expedition photographer on an all-day field workshop. Everyone aboard will have an opportunity to camp onshore for the night in Antarctica if the weather co-operates. In the comfort and safety of our expedition ship, we range as far south as ice conditions permit; hopefully we are able to navigate to Neko Harbour and into the Errera Channel. Witnessing the migration of the penguins early in the season, as they busily re-establish their rookeries and prepare nests, is a fascinating experience. Cuverville Island is always a highlight and is home to one of the largest gentoo penguin colonies on this stretch of coastline. The adventure is not over and we plan an additional day of exploration in the South Shetland Islands. In the evening, we navigate into the Drake Passage, charting a course for South America.

Days 11 – 12: Drake Passage and Cape Horn -As we make our way back to Ushuaia we enjoy an entertaining and memorable voyage recap by our Expedition Leader. If weather conditions allow, we hope to make a rounding of Cape Horn. Approaching the entrance to the Beagle Channel we enjoy a special dinner attended by the Captain of the ship.

Days 13: Ushuaia, Argentina – In the early morning, we arrive into Ushuaia. Guests will be transported to their hotels or to the airport for return flights home.

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:
Akademik Ioffe
Voyage:
Antarctica Off the Beaten Track
Duration:
12 nights / 13 days
Start:
Punta Arenas, Chile
Finish:
Ushuaia, Argentina


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Season 2018/2019

 DateTriple ShareTwin Semi PrivateTwin Private SuperiorShackleton SuiteOne Ocean Suite
Nov 16, 2018
Nov 28, 2018
US$13,295US$14,495US$16,695US$17,095US$20,095US$23,695

RELEASE PROMOTION: US$1,200 OFF p/p over the regular rates + 5-Star Hotel in Ushuaia + US$50 spa/dinner credit

INCLUDED

Booking Documentation

  • Extensive pre-departure information package
  • Onboard Information Folder

Personalized Services

  • Educational presentations from experienced guides such as ornithologists, glaciologists, historians, geologists, naturalists and marine mammals experts
  • Photography advice and instructions from the resident photographer. Extended photography workshops available on select departures

Activities

  • All zodiac and landing excursions
  • Zodiac cruising, hiking, guided walks, photography workshops, fitness & yoga

Board and Lodging

  • All meals during the voyage prepared by our chefs
  • Welcome reception & welcome dinner
  •  Farewell dinner hosted by the Captain
  • Daily afternoon tea with fresh snacks
  • Coffee, tea & hot chocolate available anytime
  • Access to wellness area (Finnish Sauna, Plunge Pool filled with sea water, Hot Tub)
  • Natural essential oil amenities
  • Services of English speaking medical officer

Multimedia Room

  • Use of multimedia room to download images. Lightroom, Adobe, Photoshop and card readers are available for use on MAC and PC computers

Expedition Gear Package for duration of the voyage – valued at US$1,000

  • Windproof / waterproof jacket and bib pants
  • Comfortable insulated rubber boots
  • Water resistant binoculars
  • Waterproof backpack
  • Trekking poles available on shore

Transfers

  • From/ to designated meeting points to/from the ship
  • Additional transfers in welcome / departure cities (only applicable on certain departures)
  • Luggage transfer from designated locations to/from your cabin

Optional

  • Sea Kayaking at an extra cost of US$695 per person –  (Epic Antarctica: US$1,590 per person). Pre-registration required at time of booking. Confirmed access to kayak at any offered excursion. Limited to 16 passengers per voyage. Includes high quality kayaking equipment.
  • Overnight Camping, including high quality equipment. No pre-registration required. Camping is available on select departures only and can be affected by itinerary and weather conditions. Please see your full itinerary for further details.

NOT INCLUDED

  • International and national airfares
  • Visa and passport fees, airport taxes
  • Pre- or post-cruise hotel accommodation in arrival / departure cities
  • Meals & transfers in arrival / departure cities
  • Personal expenses
  • Soft drinks and alcoholic beverages
  • Massages from registered therapist
  • Personal laundry charges
  • Postage, telephone calls & email set up
  • Medical expenses such as fees, prescriptions or medications
  • Travel medical insurance including medical evacuation (mandatory)
  • Trip interruption / cancellation insurance
  • Gratuities to staff and crew

SINGLE TRAVELLERS

Single travellers can choose between “single occupancy” at a supplement of 1,5 x the cabin rate (2 x the cabin rate for suites), or “sharing basis” in Superior, Twin, or Triple category at no additional cost.

CHILDREN & YOUTH DISCOUNT

17 years & under: 25% OFF

18 – 21 years: 20% OFF (for those who can prove they are in full time education)

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 20% of the cruise fare is required per person to confirm reservations with final payment due 120 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.