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The Antarctic Classic In-Depth takes one of G Adventures most popular cruise itineraries and extends it by 2 days to give you even more time to enjoy Antarctica, over 13-days!
With your extra time in Antarctica you will be able to see even more with the focus on exploring as much as possible. The ship has a fleet of Zodiac boats and an expert team of expedition staff ready to show you the very best of what the continent has to offer and you can expect up to 2 landings per day while you are in Antarctic waters.
Back on-board the G Expedition, there are a variety of facilities to enjoy. The Expedition Lounge acts as the beating heart of the ship with a daily briefing each evening and a variety of lectures by the expedition team. The restaurant serves a variety of tasty dishes buffet style for breakfast and lunch, and then a-la-carte for dinner. There is also a gym and sauna for those that still have energy after exploring the amazing sights the shore has to offer.
Day 1: Arrive in Ushuaia
Day 2: Embark the ship in the afternoon
Days 3 & 4: Drake Passage – South Shetland Islands
Days 5 - 10: Exploring the Antarctic Peninsula
Days 11 & 12: Drake Passage
Day 13: Disembark the ship in Ushuaia
Get settled in Ushuaia. You can have the day for yourself and enjoy the world’s most southerly city. Visit the “Museo Marítimo y del Presidio de Ushuaia” (Maritime Museum) or “Museo del Fin del Mundo” which is local history and natural history museum. For the shoppers, Paseo del Fuego Shopping Center is probably the biggest one in the area, or simply walk in the Centre where you will see smaller shops and souvenir shops such as “La Ultima Bita”. If you wish to dedicate your time outside of the capital, you could head to “Tierra del Fuego” National Park. The park has over 20 species of terrestrial mammals and 90 species of bird. You can spot guanaco (lama guanicoe), Andean fox, muskrat, austral parakeet, Andean condor and Magellanic oystercatcher.
The morning should be dedicated for your last-minute shopping or any last visits of the town before embarking on the expedition. Embarkation will commence early afternoon and you will sail through the Beagle Channel.
The crossing of the Drake passage was named after the English sea captain and privateer, Sir Francis Drake. During these days you will potentially encounter whales, albatross and your first glimpse of an iceberg.
Welcome to Antarctica! The Captain and Expedition Leader will create a unique itinerary for you over the coming days, based on local weather and ice conditions. You will be able to set foot on this uninhabited continent and observe the wildlife and outstanding views. Keep watch for penguins (Gentoo, Chinstrap, Adélie penguins), along with whales and the leopard seal, distinguished by its black-spotted coat.
You will have 6 days to explore the most remote place on Earth, which means you will have more time to encounter remarkable wildlife and see its mesmerising sights. You will attempt 2 shore landings per day! Get on the deck and look for whales as you approach the cold waters of the peninsula.
You will head back to the port of Ushuaia and review with the lecturers and staff the highlights of the voyage. You also might encounter some whales and rare species of bird on your return.
Enjoy a final breakfast on the ship before disembarking at the port of Ushuaia.
With a maximum of 134 passengers, the G Expedition provides an intimate, small-ship cruising experience with a focus on exploration. The ship was completely refurbished in 2009 and has been converted into a perfect polar explorer with an ice-strengthened hull, stabilisers , large observation decks and a fleet of zodiacs ready to get you onto the ice. It also features a heated mudroom which ensures extra comfort when preparing for your excursions.
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