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Extended Antarctic Explorer with Helicopters

Extended Antarctic Explorer with Helicopter Activities & Cape Horn 13 Days

Prices From £12,750pp
November to January | 12 nights

Single Cabins Available

Extended Antarctic Explorer with Helicopter Activities & Cape Horn 13 Days

Aboard: Ultramarine

This thrilling expedition offers you the chance to fully explore the wonders of Antarctica, with the added excitement of an included helicopter flightseeing tour and unique landings at the historical landmark of Cape Horn and the rarely-visited Diego Ramírez Islands. Sailing from Ushuaia, you will spend a day discovering the abundant birdlife of the Diego Ramírez archipelago and enjoy the scenic photo opportunities that abound at Cape Horn before heading further into the legendary Drake Passage towards Antarctica, the breathtakingly scenic wildlife paradise at the bottom of the world.

Your itinerary will take you to the unique and remarkable lands of the South Shetland Islands and the Antarctic Peninsula. Enjoying thrilling Zodiac cruises through the crackling sea ice, getting up close to huge colonies of bustling penguins as they go about their daily lives, navigating through mazes of towering icebergs of all shapes and sizes, and of course stepping foot on the magnificent 7th continent…this will surely be the adventure of a lifetime.

Sailing aboard a deluxe, brand-new expedition ship that is equipped with two twin-engine helicopters will also allow you to discover incredibly remote areas that are inaccessible on most other expeditions.

Please note: One helicopter flight is included in your package. Additional helicopter-based activities are available at an additional cost.

Various departures available. Mentioned activities may not be applicable to all departure dates. Please enquire for full rates and dates.

Highlights

  • Amazing wildlife including penguins, myriad birds and whales
  • Step foot on the White Continent!
  • Visit the rarely-explored Diego Ramirez Islands and historical Cape Horn
  • Spectacular scenery
  • Enjoy a thrilling helicopter flightseeing tour over Antarctica!
  • Exciting zodiac landings and excursions
  • A range of activity options available including Kayaking, Paddling, Stand-up Paddleboarding, Camping on Ice and further Helicopter explorations (select departures - additional charges apply)

What's Included

  • Full board accommodation including all meals, snacks & hot drinks on board ship
  • Beer & wine during dinner
  • One helicopter sightseeing flight
  • All zodiac excursions and landings
  • Programme of expert lectures and presentations
  • Loan of waterproof boots
  • Expedition parka to keep
  • All service and port charges
  • Emergency evacuation insurance to max. US$500,000pp
  • One night hotel accommodation (with breakfast) in Buenos Aires pre-voyage
  • Return charter flights between Buenos Aires & Ushuaia
  • Group transfers to and from ship, airports and hotel
  • Express bus tour of Tierra del Fuego National Park post-voyage

Single Cabins Available

This vessel offers single occupancy cabins, which is a perfect option for solo travellers. Travelling alone is often the best way to see the world. No responsibilities, no difficult choices and no trying to please anyone else…just you, your itinerary and your adventurous spirit!

Too much to choose from? This is where we come in

Take advantage of our vast experience, passion and expertise to help you hand craft the perfect Antarctica adventure for you.

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.

Zoe Savage-Morton Travel Specialist

Zoe’s abiding love of adventure travel has taken her to some of the most incredible wildlife-rich places on Earth. Her vast experience and genuine desire to share her knowledge makes her an outstanding and invaluable person to help you organise your wildlife adventure trip.

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.

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Buenos Aires
1Day

Buenos Aires

Your itinerary begins in unforgettable Buenos Aires, where after having arrived independently, you will transfer to the hotel for your overnight stay. We recommend taking some time to soak up the sights, sounds and delicacies of this splendid city.

Fly to Ushuaia - Embarkation Day
2Day

Fly to Ushuaia - Embarkation Day

After a good night’s rest and breakfast in the hotel, you will join your transfer to the airport for your private charter flight to Ushuaia, where upon arrival you will have some time to explore around the world’s southernmost city before making your way to the port where your polar expedition ship awaits you. Embarkation will begin in the late afternoon and after meeting your expedition team and settling into your comfortable cabin, you can spend some time exploring your new surroundings and watching from deck as we sail through the scenic and historic Beagle Channel, leaving civilisation far behind as we start our enthralling journey.

Cape Horn & Diego Ramirez
3Day

Cape Horn & Diego Ramirez

As we make our way towards Antarctica, we take time out for an interesting day of exploration around some of South America’s most southernly points. Weather dependent, we will hope to make land at historic Cape Horn at the southernmost point of the Tierra del Fuego archipelago, where we will try to go ashore for a walk to the Horn’s famous albatross-shaped monument, lighthouse and tiny Stella Maris (“Star of the Sea”) Chapel. The panoramic views and remote solitude here will not be forgotten in a hurry!

We then plan to make our way to the most southern point of South America, the rarely-visited and especially remote Diego Ramírez Islands, to enjoy our first Zodiac cruises through the archipelago to discover its abundant birdlife. Part of the recently-designated Diego Ramirez Islands and Drake Passage Marine Park, this designated Important Bird Area is home to millions of breeding seabirds, including multiple species of albatross, as well as other wildlife such as various penguin species, dolphins and South American fur seals.

If weather conditions don’t fall in our favour today, we will attempt this portion of the itinerary on our way back from Antarctica instead.

Drake Passage
4 - 5Days

Drake Passage

We will now spend 2 days at sea sailing through the famously unpredictable Drake Passage. Over the course of these 2 days there may potentially be some rough waters, but your polar expedition ship has been designed to navigate these waters with ease. We hope for a smooth sailing that will allow us to spend some time on deck enjoying searching for the abundant seabirds that are likely to be following the ship. Your expedition team will begin their exciting programme of informative lectures and presentations covering everything from the wildlife and geology of Antarctica to historic polar exploration. There will also be safety and bio-environmental briefings to prepare you for your time in Antarctica.

South Shetland Islands and Antarctic Peninsula
6 - 10Days

South Shetland Islands and Antarctic Peninsula

After having traversed the Antarctic Convergence your adventure now begins in earnest as you reach the spectacle of the white continent and begin your exploration of Antarctica. After all of the anticipation during your Drake Passage crossing your first sight of land in Antarctica will not disappoint, and you will begin to appreciate exactly why these remarkable lands have long captivated the attentions of explorers and intrepid adventurers.

As with all Antarctica expeditions our exact itinerary over the course of the next 5 days will be flexible and dependent upon weather and ice conditions, with your captain and experienced crew deciding each day on the best course for unrivalled wildlife, scenery and adventure experiences. Each expedition to Antarctica is different and you can be guaranteed of multiple unique, once in a lifetime moments that you will live long in the memory.

Exploring each day by Zodiac boat you will explore multiple bays, channels and landing sites on a constant lookout for wildlife sightings including humpback and minke whales, various southern seal species and, of course, bustling penguin rookeries. One of our favourite places for spotting penguins includes Danco Island where we can enjoy a short hike to visit a large penguin colony which resides high up on a ridge that affords spectacular views of the surrounding pristine landscape.

During your time in Antarctica you will be invited to enjoy your included unforgettable helicopter flightseeing experience which will take you high above the Peninsula for simply breath-taking views of the icescapes below. Further helicopter experiences, including helicopter landings for mountainous hikes and treks may also be available for an additional cost.

There will ample opportunities for enjoyable hikes and walks throughout our time in Antarctica, even without the helicpters, and the majesty of the Antarctic Peninsula’s mountains will enchant as you scramble up snowy pathways to vantage points offering you 360° views of your surroundings.

Throughout your time here you can enjoy walks along the beaches alongside the penguins, thrilling Zodiac cruises through the crackling sea ice, navigating through mazes of towering icebergs of all shapes and sizes, experience the awesome sights and sounds of calving glaciers including those in Neko Harbour, and fully immerse yourself in all that this wonderful continent has to offer. For the more adventurous we highly recommend a Polar Plunge in the frigid Antarctic waters. There are exciting kayaking, paddling, Camping on Ice and stand-up paddleboarding options available too (additional cost).

Drake Passage
11 - 12Days

Drake Passage

After your thrilling exploration of the Antarctic Peninsula and the South Shetland Islands it’s time to head back towards South America as we sail back across the Drake Passage. These 2 days offer us some further opportunities for attending the informative lectures and talks presented by your team of Antarctica experts and we recommend spending some time on deck looking for your final seabird and whale sightings. This is also a great chance to spend some time collating all of the many pictures you will have taken and sharing tales of your adventures with your fellow passengers.

Ushuaia & Fly to Buenos Aires
13Day

Ushuaia & Fly to Buenos Aires

After having sailed through the Beagle Channel overnight you will arrive back into the port of Ushuaia in the early morning, where you will disembark for a tour of Tierra del Fuego National Park. After your Taste of Patagonia experience you will then transfer to the airport for your flight back to Buenos Aires.

A view from Above

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Ultramarine
First class vessel

Ultramarine

The stylish, brand-new (2021) Ultramarine Polar vessel redefines what is possible in polar expeditions, with two twin-engine helicopters allowing for the ship to offer an unrivalled portfolio of adventure activities and allowing guests to delve deeper into the Polar regions than on any other ship. Featuring sublime onboard comfort, more outdoor wildlife viewing vantage points than rival ships, cutting-edge technology and advanced safety systems, the Ultramarine is simply ahead of its game. An innovative mix of sustainability features that exceed all industry standards and the most spacious suites in its category add even further to the reasons why this pristine vessel will be sure to delight intrepid Polar adventurers. Allowing for more activities than any other vessel in its category, guests can immerse themselves in their unforgettable Polar surroundings on a huge range of optional adventures including helicopter flightseeing, camping on ice, kayaking, stand-up paddleboarding, alpine hiking, cross-country skiing and mountaineering to name just a few. Onboard, guests can enjoy 2 dining areas, 4 bars, a spa and fitness centre, ocean view sauna, a panorama lounge, walkaround deck, library and a lecture theatre. 7 categories of stylish cabins and suites are available, ranging from solo panorama cabins to exclusive suites with private balconies and luxurious fittings. Features of the cabins and suites include spa-inspired private bathrooms with heated floors, premium beds and linens, picture windows or private balconies and HD flatscreen TVs. Please note: Helicopter flights are not permitted in Spitsbergen.

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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

Overall I think that it was an excellent trip that was well worth the price paid and I would have no hesitation recommending your company to others.

Steve Sutton

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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