Antarctic Explorer Sea Adventurer

Antarctic Explorer Sea Adventurer

Experience adventurous Antarctica and explore the unique conditions at the end of the Earth. Embark from Ushuaia, travelling through the Drake Passage to the South Shetland Islands to see the incredible landscapes created by the Antarctic climate. See multiple species of playful penguins, the imposing and graceful frames of Antarctica's whales and a frenzy of feeding birdlife. Benefit from the navigational expertise and local knowledge of a professional crew and make the most of this once-in-a-lifetime experience.

Day 1 : Ushuaia

Welcome to Ushuaia, where your Antarctic adventure begins. Arrive at any time today and be transferred to the hotel. Ushuaia is the southernmost city in the world. If you arrive early, there are plenty of things to see and do. Perhaps explore the nearby Tierra del Fuego National Park, visit the Maritime Museum housed in an old prison, or enjoy Argentinean wine and steak at a restaurant in town.
Meal: None


Day 2 : Embarkation Day

The ship makes its way into the historic Beagle Channel, which transects the Tierra del Fuego archipelago. Embarkation will occur in the late afternoon. Keep an eye out for various species of seabird from the deck.
Meal: Breakfast & Dinner


Day 3 : Drake Passage

Spend the next couple of days getting to know your shipmates. You'll also be briefed on safety precautions and the exciting activities that lie ahead. During this period the ship will cross the Drake Passage, named after the British navigator, Sir Francis Drake. Sail past icebergs and keep on the look out for wildlife. Weather conditions through the Drake can be temperamental, so cross your fingers for smooth sailing but be prepared for rough waters.
Meal: Breakfast Lunch Dinner


Day 4 : Drake Passage

Enjoy your activities on Cruise
Meal: Breakfast Lunch Dinner


Day 5 : Antarctic Peninsula

Cruise towards the South Shetland Islands and the Antarctic Peninsula. Over the next five days, take Zodiac excursions from the ship to explore different bays, channels and landing sites each day. Visit penguin rookeries, scout for humpback and minke whales and search for southern seal species, including the cunning leopard seal. Hear the boom of a calving glacier in Neko Harbour as it cuts through the silence. Weather and ice conditions dictate which landings can be made, but your expedition team will make sure that each day is unique and memorable.
Meal: Breakfast Lunch & Dinner


Day 6 : Antarctic Peninsula

Today's possible landing & wildlife sightings:

CUVERVILLE ISLAND
A gentoo penguin rookery is situated on the north end of the island on a rocky beach. Depending on the time of season you visit, you may see them building nests or attending to their chicks. Giant petrels and kelp gulls also breed on the island.
DAMOY POINT
If you're lucky enough to mail a postcard in Antarctica, you’ll likely pass through Damoy Point. This is the northern entrance to the harbour on which Port Lockroy is located.
DANCO ISLAND
This small island, 1.6 km (one mile) in length, is easy to explore and home to gentoo penguins. Visit the marker of a former British Antarctic Survey hut and watch out for a variety of seabirds such as snowy sheathbills, kelp gulls and blue-eyed shags.
ENTERPRISE ISLAND
Located in Wilhelmina Bay, this island was once used by whalers. A Zodiac cruise around the island passes by a wrecked whaling ship.
LEMAIRE CHANNEL
This strait runs between Booth Island and the Antarctic Peninsula, and is one of the most scenic locations on the western coast, especially during sunrise and sunset. The 11 km (6.8 mile) channel may become impassable when ice fills the narrow passageway, so we’ll hope for clear waters.
MELCHIOR ISLANDS
This is a group of low islands in Dallmann Bay, on which you may see male fur seals haul-out at the end of the breeding season to recuperate from their battles for supremacy.
Meal: Breakfast Lunch & Dinner


Day 7 : Antarctic Peninsula

Today's possible landing & wildlife sightings:

HALF MOON ISLAND
This crescent-shaped island was known to sealers as early as 1821. Unlike the sealers who liked to keep their best locations secret, we’re happy to bring you ashore on this impressive island. Many Antarctic birds breed here, including chinstrap penguins, shags, Wilson’s storm-petrels, kelp gulls, snowy sheathbills, Antarctic terns and skua.
HANNAH POINT
Macaroni, chinstrap and gentoo penguin rookeries are located on the point, which is on the south coast of Livingston Island. Due to the rather congested area available to the nesting penguins, you can only visit here from 10 January onwards.
PENDULUM COVE
Hot geothermal waters are found along the shoreline of this cove, which was named after observations made in 1829 by a British expedition. You may see yellow algae and boiled krill floating on the surface because of the scalding hot water.
PENGUIN ISLAND
Antarctica has two flowering plants, both of which you can find on Penguin Island: Deschampsia antarctica and Colobanthus quitensis. Chinstrap penguins, fur seals and southern elephant seals use the island for breeding purposes.
ROBERT POINT
A nice spot for Zodiac cruising, this point was known to sealers as early as 1820. Chinstrap penguins, kelp gulls and pintado breed here, and whales may be seen in the surrounding waters.
TELEFON BAY
Your expedition team will point out where the most recent evidence of volcanic eruption on Deception Island can be seen.
TURRET POINT
Chinstrap and Adelie penguin rookeries are found on this point, which is situated on the south coast of King George Island. The beaches are often crowded with southern elephant, fur, and Weddell seals hauled-out on the rocks.
WHALER'S BAY
To reach Whaler’s Bay, sail through the narrow passage of Neptune’s Bellows. The bay was used by whalers from 1906 to 1931 and is part of a protected harbour created by a circular flooded caldera, known as Deception Island. Along with waddling penguins and lounging seals, you’ll see the rusty remains of whaling operations on the beach. Watch for steam rising from geothermally-heated springs along the shoreline.
YANKEE HARBOUR
Gentoo penguins have established a rookery on this harbour, which is situated on the southwest side of Greenwich Island. You can also see an abandoned Argentine refuge hut and a huge glacier stretching along the east and north sides of the bay. An abandoned try-pot is all that remains of the sealing activity that brought men thousands of miles to seek their fortune.
Meal: Breakfast Lunch & Dinner


Day 8 : Drake Passage

The journey back across the Drake Passage provides you with final opportunities to enjoy the crisp Antarctic air. Spend time on the deck scouting for seabirds and whales, simply relax and reminisce about your experiences.
Meal: Breakfast Lunch Dinner


Day 9 : Drake Passage

Enjoy your activities on Cruise
Meal: Breakfast Lunch Dinner


Day 10 : Disembark in Ushuaia

Arrive into Ushuaia in the morning after breakfast, where your adventure comes to an end. After disembarkation, you'll be transferred to the airport for your flight onwards.
Meal: Breakfast


  • Accommodation on twin share basis for number of nights specified in the itinerary
  • Transport as mentioned in the itinerary 
  • Sightseeing and meals as in the itinerary 
  • Services of a group leader

Exclusions:

Any airfare, train fare, travel insurance, airport taxes & visa. Any meals not mentioned in the itinerary. All items of personal nature & tips. Optional arrival and departure transfers or transfer costs to the starting point of the vacation. Entrance fees to attractions not specified in the itinerary. Extra nights at the beginning or the end of the trip. Any natural calamity which is beyond the control of the tour operator. Anything not mentioned in "Package Includes".

Disclaimer:

The above prices are per person on triple share basis. Rooms are subject to availability. Travel Insurance covering medical and evacuation expenses is mandatory for all travellers. GST 5%. Any Increase in the rate of exchange leading to an increase in land arrangements and high season surcharge if any, will have to be borne by the client. Standard terms & conditions apply.