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Explore the secrets of Antarctica on this quintessential expedition in which you have the option to choose your favourite activities every day. Zodiac cruise past majestic icebergs keeping watch for whales and adorable penguin rookeries, kayak through ice floes spotting seals, and even set foot on land, hiking to scientific research stations, ancient whaling sites and camping out under the mesmerising Antarctic sky.
Day 1: Ushuaia
Days 2-3: Drake Passage
Days 4-7: Antarctic Peninsula
Day 8: South Shetland Islands and Deception Island
Days 9 - 10: Drake Passage and Cape Horn
Day 11: Ushuaia
Day 1 Ushuaia
You arrive into southernmost city in the world Ushuaia, the capital of the Tierra del Fuego province. In the afternoon, you will board the ship, settle into your cabin and explore the onboard facilities. The expedition begins with the passage through the spectacular Beagle Channel, then onwards to the Drake Passage
Days 2-3 Drake Passage
As you cross the fabled Drake Passage, you will enjoy fascinating presentations from the onboard experts. In preparation for your time in Antarctica, you will learn about a range of topics, including talks on the wildlife, environment and polar history. Keep watch for
Days 4-7 Antarctic Peninsula
You wake up in the morning to the most wonderful scenes you could have ever imagined – you have arrived in Antarctica! Your captain and expedition leader will create a bespoke itinerary to discover the very best of the Antarctic Peninsula based on local ice and weather conditions. You will explore the shores surrounding the Gerlache Strait, spotting adelie, chinstrap and gentoo penguin rookeries. The krill-rich waters are also home to an amazing diversity of marine wildlife, including orca, leopard seals, humpback whales and minke whales. Every day will be present new opportunities for discovery and will include guided hikes on the peninsula and exploratory trips to spot wildlife with expert guides. Perhaps Zodiac cruise through a maze of ice sculptures looking for seals and whales. Discover working scientific research posts and historic huts, to learn about the polar history and future of Antarctica. Acquire the tricks to capturing the perfect Antarctic photograph in the company of the expedition team’s resident polar photographer. Kayak to hidden coves and see the marine wildlife up close in pristine Antarctic serenity, or even camp on shore under the Antarctic night sky.
Day 8 South Shetland Islands and Deception Island
The expedition team lead you slightly north to the South Shetland Islands, following several days of incredible exploration of the Antarctic Peninsula. In the South Shetlands, you may sail to the volcanic Deception Island, a unique location with the only geothermal lagoon in Antarctica. The caldera itself is sea-filled, which allows the ship to sail directly into the volcano. The black volcanic shores are home to ancient whaling stations and one of the largest colonies of chinstrap penguins.
Days 9 - 10 Drake Passage and Cape Horn
As the Captain steers the ship towards South America, you will enjoy presentations from the expedition team summarising the highlights of the expedition and time at leisure sharing stories & photos with your fellow expeditioners. Weather permitting, you may make a rounding of Cape Horn. As you sail back through the Beagle Channel in the early evening, you will enjoy a farewell celebratory meal with your newfound friends, attended by the ship’s Captain.
Day 11 Ushuaia
Arriving back into Ushuaia, sadly all great expeditions must come to an end. You say a fond farewell to your fellow explorers and crew, and then be transferred to either hotel or airport ready for your onwards voyage.
The RCGS Resolute is a modern, well-appointed ice-strengthened vessel designed for comfort. Equipped with propellers of stainless steel and the highest ice class available (Lloyds 1AS), the ship can reach further into the ice with unmatched stability and superior speed. There are six different cabin categories available ranging from main triple deck cabins with portholes to the One Ocean suites with panoramic windows.
The Akademik Ioffe was designed and built as a polar scientific research vessel and has features that few other ships in the polar regions can match. The ship is stable and quiet, which means she can expertly manoeuvre close to the action. There is plenty of outside deck space for observing Antarctica and because the ship carries just 96 passengers, it means everyone can set foot on the ice at the same time.
A virtually identical sister ship to the Akademik Ioffe, this is a purpose-built vessel designed to have maximum stability in adverse conditions, quiet engines and superior speed. This combination of characteristics results in excellent manoeuvrability in the polar regions, allowing further exploration and close up views of the landscape.
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