Antarctic Expedition Itinerary

This is a sample itinerary to be used as a guide and could vary on the number of days depending on the expedition chosen.
They vary from 11 to 14 days in duration.

Day 1
ARRIVE USHUAIA
Arrive into Ushuaia, the southernmost city in the world, at any time. Make your way to your hotel and enjoy the evening at leisure.
Overnight: Ushuaia

Day 2
EMBARKATION OF THE EXPEDITION SHIP
Today we will embark on the expedition ship. Embarkation time is set for 4 pm.The morning is free to do any last minute shopping, an optional excursion to the Tierra Del Fuego National Park or a good hike up to the Marshall Glacier. The evening is spent on board the ship watching the sunset over the Beagle Channel.
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Overnight: On-board ship

Days 3-4
THE DRAKE PASSAGE
Our adventure begins with a 400-mile crossing of the passage that bears the name of the 16th-century English explorer Sir Francis Drake. The MS Expedition is at home in this part of the Southern Ocean, known for the unimpeded fetch of the winds that encircle the Antarctic. At some point on the second day we cross the Antarctic Convergence, a meeting of cold polar water flowing north and warmer equatorial water moving in the opposite direction. This mixing pushes nutrient rich waters to the surface attracting a variety of seabirds, whales and other species. As we make our way through the passage you have 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.

As we sail across the passage, lecturers will be out with you on deck to help in the identifi- cation of an amazing variety of seabirds which follow in our wake (including albatrosses) . The boat’s open bridge policy allows you to join our officers on the bridge and learn about navigation, watch for whales, and enjoy the view. A full program of lectures will be offered in order to learn the extraordinary human and natural history of the Antarctic region.
The first sightings of icebergs and snow-capped mountains indicate that we have reached the South Shetland Islands. With favourable conditions in the Drake Passage, our lecturers and naturalists will accompany you ashore as you experience your first encounter with the penguins and seals.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Overnight: On-board ship

Days 5-8
ANTARCTIC PENINSULA & SOUTH SHETLAND ISLANDS
Experience some of the most unique wildlife viewing and inspiring scenery in the world as you set foot on the Antarctic continent. Antarctica is a continent of superlatives. It is the coldest, windiest, driest, iciest and highest of all the major land masses in the world. It is the continent with the longest nights and the longest days and it is home to the world’s greatest concentration of wildlife. It is also one of the last true wilderness areas left on earth – largely unchanged since the early explorers and whalers first landed on its inhospitable shores less than two centuries ago. The lowest temperature ever recorded anywhere on earth, -89.2°C, was recorded on July 21, 1983, at Vostok Station. Winds have been recorded at 200 mph in the interior of the continent and the average annual water precipitation in the interior is only about 50 mm. We will take two excursions per day (conditions 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.

The Peninsula also has a remarkable human history. During the voyage we will learn about some of the most important and dramatic expeditions to this remote corner of the world. Sailing through the narrow passage into the flooded caldera of Deception Island you will have the chance to swim in the hot springs of Pendulum Cove. King George Island, the largest of the South Shetland Islands, features colonies of nesting Adélie and Chinstrap Penguins, Kelp Gulls, Blue-eyed Cormorants, Antarctic Terns and Southern Giant Petrels.

We hope to navigate some of the world’s most beautiful waterways (depending on the ice conditions) including the Gerlache Strait, the Neumayer Channel, and the Lemaire Channel. The latter are narrow passages between towering rock faces and spectacular glaciers. We plan to make at least two landings per day. Possible landing sites may include Paradise Bay which iis perhaps the most aptly named place in the world. We will also attempt a landing on the continent proper.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Overnight: On-board ship

Days 9-10
DRAKE PASSAGE
We leave Antarctica and head north across the Drake Passage. You are welcome to join our lecturers and naturalists on deck as we search for seabirds and whales and enjoy some final lectures. Take the chance to relax and reflect on the fascinating adventures of the past week on the way back to Ushuaia.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Overnight: On-board ship

Day 11
DEPART USHUAIA
And so our adventure comes to a close. We’ll say our goodbyes as we disembark in Ushuaia in the morning.

Please note: While it is our intention of adhere to the route described above , there is a certain amount of flexibility built into the itinerary and on occasion it may be necessary, or desirable to make alterations. On the first day of your tour, your expedition leader will give you an expedition overview.
Meals: Breakfast

INCLUSIONS

INCLUDED WITH THIS TRIP

Accommodation in Ushuaia on first night on the itinerary (Day 1) is included.

Accommodation aboard the MS Expedition or other vessel – triple share cabin or twin share cabin (depending on price). Cabins are equipped with air-conditioning and heating, electric outlets with American-style plugs, all bedding and en-suite bathrooms. Each cabin is an exterior cabin with either a porthole or a window.

  • Bi lingual crew
  • Open Bridge
  • Dining Room Meals on board each day –
    • Breakfast: Continental and American buffet
    • Lunch: buffet style or seated served
    • Afternoon Tea
    • Dinner: three courses
  • Zodiac Excursions
  • Lecturers and Guides
  • Sustainability – Complies with the Protocol to the Antarctic Treaty on Environment Protection

NOT INCLUDED WITH THIS TRIP

  • International Airfare
  • Airfares are not included, the starting point is Ushuaia (Argentina)
  • Airport taxes
  • Visa fees – each member of the group must carry a valid passport (valid for at least 6 months beyond the duration of your trip) and have obtained the appropriate visas
  • Pre and Post Tour accommodation
  • Tips, personal telephone charges, internet access on-board …
  • Travel Insurance (compulsory) – You will need to give the policy number prior to departure
  • Items of a personal nature; postage, drinks and souvenirs
  • Other meals not mentioned on the itinerary
  • Additional optional activities
  • Medical Advice – Please refer to your GP or local travel clinic for up to date travel health advice for the area(s) you are visiting.