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This epic voyage aims to travel deep south where few have ever been, across the Antarctic Circle.  The extra days in Antarctica allow for deeper discovery of the frozen continent and to witness the spectacles of Mother Nature at her finest.  Keep watch for humpback whales breaching, leopard seals hunting, and stand on the Antarctic ice to observe young penguin chicks fledging.  

Highlights

  • Zodiac cruise through ice floes, keeping watch for humpback, minke & fin whale looking for a delicious krill feast 
  • Set-foot on the ice and observe amazing penguin colonies
  • Watch penguin chicks make their first entrances into the ocean
  • Be one of the few to travel deep south, cross the Antarctic Circle
  • Opportunities to hike, camp, kayak & dive in this otherworldly environment

Quick Itinerary

Day 1:  Ushuaia, the End of the World
Day 2 – 3: Drake Passage
Day 4 – 9: The Antarctic Peninsula  
Day 10 – 11: The Drake Passage
Day 12 – Ushuaia

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Day 1:  Ushuaia, the End of the World

Arriving at the “end of the world,” spend time enjoying the relaxed ambience of Ushuaia. The main street is lined with lots of restaurants and inviting cafes, unique shops selling a range of goods, from penguin related goodies through to specialist outdoor expedition & trekking equipment – ideal for getting any last-minute essentials prior to your voyage. Late afternoon you will board the vessel and set sail through the Beagle Channel en-route to the Great White Continent.

Day 2 – 3: Drake Passage

Over the next few days, you will follow in the path of the great historical polar pioneers. As you sail across the Drake Passage, you may spot many varieties of albatross (including the fabled wandering albatross) following the ship’s wake. These incredible birds dynamically soar for thousands of miles, scarcely flapping their wings.  

Keep watch for the possibility of spotting majestic fine whale or a pod of hourglass dolphins. Whilst sailing the Drake Passage, enjoy the many presentations onboard offered by your expert guiding team, and enjoy the free time to relax, unwind & meet your fellow expeditioners.

Day 4 – 9: The Antarctic Peninsula  

At the height of the Antarctic summer, opportunities for exploration and wildlife interaction are endless.   This voyage aims to push deeper south and cross the rarely-visited Antarctic Circle – making landings in small Zodiac boats to discover wildly remote locations. During your time spend in Antarctica, the Captain and Expedition Leader will create a unique itinerary based on the local weather, wildlife and ice conditions.  Possible locations may include the stark volcanic Deception Island, mountainous Neko Harbour and Paradise Bay. Perhaps visit the abandoned British research station of Detaille Island, or discover one of the southernmost colonies of Adélie penguins in the Fish Islands, and spot crabeater and Leopard seals at Melchior Islands.   

Each day In Antarctica will surely create unforgettable memories – words can simply not begin to explain the beautiful majesty and pristine scenery of this icy world.  You will see shimmering icebergs and enormous glaciers, with their crevasses alight with the bluest of hues.  Stand on the continent amongst vast penguin colonies, and witness penguin chicks making their first steps into the crystal-clear waters, hoping to avoid predatory Leopard seals.   

Keep watch for Antarctica’s largest marine mammals, the humpback and minke whale, drawn to the millions of tons of krill which enrich the waters.   For the more adventurous, Oceanwide also offer additional opportunities to camp out for a night in Antarctica, kayak or even dive in the iceberg-filled waters – please enquire with a Polar Routes specialist for more details.

Day 10 – 11: The Drake Passage

As the ship heads northbound, you will enjoy time out on deck spotting the numerous seabirds and marine wildlife. The time at sea presents opportunity to reflect on an incredible voyage, to relax and to share stories with newfound friends.  The expedition team will offer a variety of fascinating presentations, recapping the highlights of this incredible adventure.

Day 12 – Ushuaia

All great adventures must sadly come to an end, and you disembark in Ushuaia following a fond farewell from the expedition team and crew.  You return to civilisation feeling rejuvenated, with memories & stories to last a lifetime.

Plancius

Rating
4
Standard
Simple
Capacity
116

The historic MV Plancius was built in 1976 as an oceanographic research vessel and in 2009 was completely rebuilt as a 116-passenger polar explorer ship. The ship boasts large open deck spaces, a fleet of Mark V zodiacs and a team of expert expedition staff to accompany each voyage.

Plancius from 16th February 2020 to 27th February 2020

Quadruple: £6,199.00
Triple: £6,999.00
Twin Porthole: £7,699.00
Twin Window: £7,999.00
Twin Deluxe: £8,499.00
Superior: £15,599.00


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  • Our prices are amongst the best in the business, with full package protection as standard.

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Why book with Polar Routes?

CHOICE
  • We can compare a huge selection of expedition ships, cruises and operators.
  • From former Russian research vessels to larger and luxurious ships - there is an expedition cruise to suit you. 
  • Our Travel Specialists will help you choose the perfect expedition cruise for your requirements.
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  • We are the expedition cruise specialists and know all the polar destinations inside out.
  • Our expert team of Travel Specialists have extensive knowledge of all the expedition ships & operators.
  • All of our Travel Specialists have first-hand experience of expedition cruising to the polar regions.
VALUE
  • Our prices are the amongst the best in the business, with full package protection as standard.
  • Our holidays are protected by ATOL and ABTOT, for your complete peace of mind.
  • As supporters of the Marine Conservation Society, booking with us helps support the protection of our oceans.