|from $4,795* per person||12 Days||November, December
Exertion level: 4
24 people max
THE CLASSIC ANTARCTICA TOUR OFFERS 2 ANTARCTICA ITINERARIES, AN ACTIVE EXPEDITION AND A CLASSIC RELAXED ADVENTURE. ALL DEPARTURES FOLLOW THE SAME ITINERARY, BUT THE ACTIVE TRIPS OFFER MORE THRILLS!
ACTIVE ADVENTURES Aboard the Akademik Shokalskiy, The Akademik Sergey Vavilov and the M/S Ocean Nova: Active exploring on the Antarctic Peninsula aboard nimble, ice-strengthened ships with frequent Zodiac landings; specialist presentations and interaction within a close-knit group of adventurers; polar camping, sea kayaking, mountaineering and cross-country skiing options (on selected departures).
CLASSIC relaxed Adventures Aboard the Lyubov Orlova and the Clipper Adventurer: A perfect introduction to Antarctica aboard an ice-strengthened expedition ship designed to carry up to 120 passengers on a relaxed, comfortable adventure — with regular Zodiac landings; specialist presentations and guidance ashore; an interactive polar arts program on many departures.
Storm petrels skim the sea swells, humpback whales breech in the early morning light and an endearing penguin, wings extended, comes your way as if to say, “welcome”.
We start and finish our Antarctic Adventure in Ushuaia, Argentina. Traveling via the Beagle Channel, the Drake Passage and the South Shetland Islands, we arrive at the Antarctic Peninsula. The Peninsula is the most accessible part of the White Continent, and as luck would have it, it also has some of the most awe-inspiring scenery and wildlife on the continent. Travel through the Lemaire Channel with its sheer cliff walls towering 1,000 feet above explore Port Lockroy to see a former British Antarctic Survey Station; and witness glaciers calve turquoise ice in thundering magnificence.
Over the course of the austral spring and summer, the sun lingers longer and longer, melting snow and ice. Wildlife abounds: chicks hatch and fledge, and pods of whales breach in a deep bay where a calving iceberg has churned up krill, the local delicacy. The natural cycle of life ensures that every expedition is different and that every expedition is full of surprises!
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Antarctica, Argentina, South America
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Reviewer: M. Sloup
Everything was so organized! We appreciated the timely stops and hikes during each day. We really liked the traditional foods and all lodgings were excellent.
Reviewer: S. Klopfleisch
I loved the trip! I loved the hiking, the guides and the regional, varied food. I loved the charming hotels. I would highly recommend this trip to anyone. Taquille Island was fabulous. Kudos to ElderTreks.
Reviewer: M. Hvizdos
We enjoyed the active hikes, the remoteness of the countryside, the people and the local guides. The wranglers and cook on our trek, each picnic and most of all the energy and excitement that Florencia gave us all - she is contagious! Thank you all the staff, this adventure we will long remember.
Day 1: Ushuaia, Argentina
Antarctica is everything south of the Antarctic convergence, a biological boundary that fluctuates between 50° and 60° South. Travelers gather in Ushuaia in anticipation of their expedition to Antarctica. Overnight in Ushuaia.
Day 2: Embarkation Day
After embarkation in the late afternoon, the vessel will sail down the Beagle Channel. Travelers keep watch on deck for seabirds, penguins and rainbows.
Days 3-4: Crossing the Drake Passage
Prepare for rough water, but do not be disappointed if the crossing is smooth sailing. The Drake is always changing.
Days 5-8: South Shetland Islands and Antarctic Peninsula
Many factors play a role in shaping the expedition’s progress. We attempt to leave the ship to explore in a range of activity levels at least twice a day. Perhaps, travelers will feel salt spray on their face as the Zodiac weaves in and around grounded icebergs in Pleneau Bay. They could scramble to the top of a craggy hill for an unforgettable view of an icy chasm near Port Lockroy. They could sit quietly on a pebbled beach and wait for a curious penguin chick to approach, or strap on a harness for a polar plunge into the frigid waters of an Antarctic Bay.
Explore the highlights of the Antarctic Peninsula with adventurers who enjoy camping, kayaking, cross–country skiing, mountaineering and other active pursuits. Over the course of the austral spring and summer, the sun lingers longer and longer, melting snow and ice. Wildlife abounds: chicks hatch and fledge, and pods of whales breach in a deep bay where a calving iceberg has churned up krill, the local delicacy.
The natural cycle of life ensures that every expedition is different. And that every expedition is full of surprises! In Antarctica, silence is so complete that interruptions become indelible memories: noisy penguins squabbling over prized pebbles, the boom and crack of a calving glacier near Petermann Island. Then there is the sound of breathing as arms pump and legs power up an incline on cross-country
skis. As travelers sail from island to shore to bay during four days in the Peninsula, the Expedition Team provides opportunities for contemplation, to test endurance and engage curiosity.
Days 9-12: Drake Passage to Ushuaia
Activities during the return voyage depend on the conditions of the Drake. A smooth crossing is a busy crossing.
Important reminder: Embracing the unexpected is part of the legacy – and excitement – of expedition travel. There are no guarantees that we can achieve everything we set out to accomplish. A measure of flexibility is something all of us must bring to a voyage.
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