A 15-day itinerary to explore the mesmerising Great White Continent. You’ll have the opportunity to venture into this world of ice and witness its incredible wildlife, including vast colonies of penguins and humpback whales rising from the sea. An enchanting world of towering icebergs and imposing glaciers, this is a setting certain to make for a truly magical Christmas!
Days 1 & 2: UK - Buenos Aires
Day 3: Buenos Aires - Ushuaia
Day 4: Embarkation in Ushuaia
Days 5 & 6: Crossing the Drake Passage
Days 7 - 10: South Shetland Islands and the Antarctic Peninsula
Days 11 & 12: Back across the Drake Passage
Day 13: Disembarkation Ushuaia - Buenos Aires
Days 14 & 15: Buenos Aires - UK
✔ International and domestic flights
✔ Pre and post-cruise hotel accommodation in Buenos Aire
✔ Group transfer from the airport to the hotel on the day prior to embarkation
✔ Group transfer to the ship for embarkation
✔ Shipboard accommodation
✔ All meals onboard throughout the voyage
✔ Tea and coffee station 24 hours daily
✔ All scheduled landings/excursions (subject to weather and ice conditions)
✔ Leadership throughout the voyage by our experienced Expedition Leader & Expedition Team
✔ Branded Poseidon Expeditions parka
✔ Rubber boots for shore landings for the time of the cruise
✔ Welcome and Farewell cocktails
✔ All port fees
✔ Group transfer to airport or central location upon disembarkation
✔ Pre-departure materials
✔ Digital Voyage Log
You'll depart from London for an overnight flight to Buenos Aires. The next day, you'll be transferred to your hotel where you can relax before exploring at your own pace this beautiful cosmopolitan city bustling with culture and interesting sights.
On your third day, you’ll take a domestic flight to Ushuaia, known as the southernmost city in the world. Upon your arrival, you’ll be transferred to your hotel where you can take the time to settle down before exploring the city at your own pace, taking advantage of a variety of options for dining and souvenir shopping in the city centre.
The following afternoon, you’ll be transferred to the pier where the expedition team will greet you before boarding the M/V Sea Spirit. Take time to explore the ship and get comfortable in what will be your home during the incredible adventure ahead. You’ll sail towards true wilderness through the Beagle Channel on your first evening onboard the ship.
As you leave Tierra del Fuego for the extraordinary voyage to the Great White continent, you’ll navigate through the iconic Drake Passage. You’ll see pelagic seabirds including the famous albatross flying over your head. This is the perfect time to admire the fascinating wildlife of the region and to receive briefings, lectures and orientations from the expert guides so as to be fully prepared for your arrival in Antarctica.
The exact places you’ll visit in the icy continent are completely dependent on weather and ice conditions, which is what makes Antarctica so unique. The captain will decide which routes to take and will adjust the specific itinerary accordingly. The region of Antarctica represents some of the best wildlife and most impressive scenery on Earth – you will feel like you are in another world! The ship will navigate through protected bays and narrow channels, all surrounded by immense glaciers and majestic mountain peaks covered in permanent snow. Icebergs drifting along the coastline come in every size and shape possible, and the waters are filled with incredible wildlife including the magnificent humpback whale and various seal species. But the trip wouldn’t be fully complete without taking some time to enjoy watching the penguins – foraging at sea and waddling on the shores, they form enormous nesting colonies that pepper the whole of Antarctica's landscape. Your days in the icy continent will be filled with memorable excursions, great presentations from the expert guides and plenty of opportunities to admire wildlife at its best. The South Shetlands are the northernmost islands in Antarctica and likely to be your first sighting of land. Many other places will be visited, such as Deception Island, Lemaire Channel, Gerlach Strait or even whaling and research stations where many nationalities live together.
Enriched with the breathtaking experiences of the past few days, you will start the journey back north towards civilisation. Enjoy the free time to relax, share your experiences with your fellow travellers and gather one last time to celebrate the end of the voyage with a farewell dinner.
You will disembark the M/V Sea Spirit after breakfast and say farewell to the crew and your fellow travellers. A transfer will be provided to the airport where you'll fly to Buenos Aires and will stay for one more night in this beautiful and vibrant city.
The next day, you will be transferred to the airport and will catch your overnight flight back to the UK.
With the M/V Sea Spirit, you will be sailing in classic style with all the amenities of a comfortable hotel. The ice-strengthened expedition ship was renovated in 2017, providing suites for 114 passengers, they all have private facilities and exterior views, and some suites have private balconies to enjoy the fantastic landscapes of the polar regions.
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