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Antarctic Explorer

Antarctic Explorer 11 days

Prices From £9,237pp
10 MAR, 2019 | Up to 10 nights

Antarctic Explorer 11 days

Aboard: Polar Pioneer

This new Fly/Sail itinerary features the best of Antarctica across ten days and allows for more exploration, with only one crossing of the Drake Passage. Get up close with tabular icebergs, vast colonies of Adelie and gentoo penguins and dramatic volcanic landscapes in the ice-filled Weddell Sea; the Antarctic Peninsula’s many islands are alive with leopard seals busy with courtship, bustling penguins and maybe whales!

Highlights

  • Spectacular Antarctic scenery
  • Fly there, sail back – only one sea crossing
  • Giant tabular icebergs in the Weddell Sea
  • Amazing wildlife including penguins, birds and whales
  • Adventure options such as kayaking, scuba diving and snorkelling
  • Free photography workshops
  • Zodiac amongst sculpted icebergs
  • Visit historical and scientific sites

What's Included

  • Full board accommodation on board ship
  • 1 night accommodation in Punta Arenas pre-voyage
  • Transfer from hotel to Punta Arenas airport
  • Flight from Punta Arenas to King George Island, Antarctica
  • Zodiac landings and excursions
  • Programme of expert lectures
  • Loan of rubber boots
  • Polar parka

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Simon Rowland Senior Travel Expert

Simon’s deep passion for and first-hand knowledge of a vast range of destinations all over the world gives him the ideal skills to help you create a truly unforgettable wildlife inspired adventure to the most exciting places on the planet.

Zoe Savage-Morton Travel Specialist

Having amassed a host of extraordinary adventures in destinations all over the world, Zoe’s experience, skills and enthusiasm for helping clients plan their ideal itinerary will help make your holiday unforgettable, action packed and life-changing.

Michael Gardiner Senior Travel Expert

Mike has more than fifteen years hands-on experience in the industry, travelling to some of the most incredible wild places on the planet. His far-reaching knowledge and invaluable skills will ensure that your wildlife travel adventure is a dream come true.

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Punta Arenas
1Day

Punta Arenas

Spend your first night at our hotel in Punta Arenas and enjoy dinner with your fellow expeditioners. Attend briefing for your forthcoming adventure.

Punta Arenas - King George Island
2Day

Punta Arenas - King George Island

We arrive at mountainous King George Island by chartered flight. If time and weather permit we explore the penguin and seal-rich waters of Fildes Bay and visit the surprising Trinity Church at Bellingshausen Station, before embarking ship and setting sail.

Weddell Sea
3 - 5Days

Weddell Sea

We spend the next few days exploring the ice-filled Weddell Sea where weather systems and shifting pack ice dictate our schedule. We hope to visit the large Adelie and gentoo penguin colonies of Brown Bluff or Paulet Island, and fossil-rich Seymour Island. We may hike to spectacular vantage points on Beak or Devil Islands; large tabular icebergs and volcanic scenery create long lasting memories. Wherever we go, wildlife, Heroic Age relics and haunting landscapes await.

Antarctic Peninsula
6 - 8Days

Antarctic Peninsula

The Antarctic Peninsula's western flanks offer long days and relatively ice-free waters. We visit historic huts and Zodiac cruise through narrow straits and majestic icebergs, and if we're lucky, whale watch from the bow of the ship. A few landing points we hope to visit include Half Moon Bay, Lemaire Channel, Hydrurga Rocks and more.

Drake Passage
9-10Days

Drake Passage

We cross the Drake Passage, accompanied by albatross, petrels, fulmars and prions.  

Ushuaia
11Day

Ushuaia

Arrive in the morning and disembark.

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Polar Pioneer
Mid range vessel

Polar Pioneer

Polar Pioneer was built in Finland as an ice-strengthened research ship and was refurbished in 2000 as an expedition ship with accommodation for 54 passengers. There is a mixture of cabins and suites, including twin and triples with shared facilities. All cabins have portholes. Public areas include two dining rooms, a combined bar/lounge/library and a small clinic. There is an open bridge policy on board.

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Now that I am back from my odyssey voyage, I thought I would let you know that after all that planning it really did exceed my expectations – we managed landings everywhere even on Tristan da Cuhna and had great bird sightings. The guides all knew what they were talking about too and made sure I got some great photos – still sorting them all out! Thanks for everything and see you at Birdfair!

Dave Martin

I want to thank you for all you did to make my recent Falklands trip run so smoothly and comfortably. Thank you for all your help over the diet too.

Dr Lorna Mairs

Just a quick note to express my sincere thanks to you and all your staff for making this an epic adventure of immense proportions. Everything went smoothly, pickups, hotels and most of all the expedition itself. Truly a mind blowing experience unlike any I have ever taken.

Mr J Borg, Malta

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