The Frozen Land of the Penguins

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14 Days from from A$12,970 (Land & Sea package only)
Departures: 16 November 2016, 03 January 2017, 15 January 2017
Single Supplements available
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Join us as we take bird watching to a whole new level! We travel to Antarctica, the coldest, driest, and windiest continent on earth for a close encounter with its wildlife. Early Antarctic explorers actually thought penguins were fish and classified them accordingly.

Be prepared to be overwhelmed by these amazing birds in their large, dense ‘rookeries’, some with 180,000 or more birds. The sights, smells, and noise of these huge colonies are unforgettable. When opportunities arise we will launch our kayaks, pitch tents ashore and take you on unforgettable hikes to explore the last place on the most beautiful, untouched places on the planet.

150_BuenosAiresItinerary Highlights

DAY 1: Buenos Aires

Your voyage starts with a night at a first class hotel in Buenos Aires. We offer an optional city tour in the afternoon. Spend the evening at your leisure and discover ”Paris of South America” for yourself.

DAY 2: Buenos Aires / Ushuaia

The flight leaves Buenos Aires in the morning allowing you a few hours to explore 150_BeagleChannelUshuaia, the southernmost town in the world before boarding MS Fram. You can also join an optional excursion to Tierra del Fuego National Park. In the evening we set a course through the scenic Beagle Channel for the Drake Passage and Antarctica.

DAY 3: Drake Passage – Days 3 & 4

The Drake Passage is where the Atlantic and Pacific meet the Great Southern Ocean to create the Antarctic Convergence. In addition to spotting the magnificent wandering albatross and other seabirds, the crossing features our lecture series focusing on the history, environment, and wildlife of Antarctica.

150_ChinstrapPenguinDAY 5: Antarctica – Days 5 to 11

The Antarctic continent is an endless white wilderness full of overwhelming vistas of nature and wildlife. But you will also witness the brutalities of nature on this expedition; Leopard Seals feeding on helpless penguins and Killer Whales killing seals not for feeding, but to teach their young to improve their hunting technique.

On this special trip, we plan to cross the Antarctic Circle (lying at latitude 66° 33′ 39”), one of the five major circles of latitude that mark maps of the Earth. We will try to land in several places while we are here, and in addition offer activities like hiking, kayak trips and 150_DrakePassage1snowshoeing. You might even have the chance to spend a night ashore in a tent.

Visiting the South Shetland Islands is definitely something worth looking forward to. Deception Island, Half Moon Island and Yankee Harbour all have a diverse landscape, amazing animal life and spectacular photo opportunities.

Watching our expert navigators weave the ship carefully between the icebergs from the observation decks as is as exciting as being surrounded by the crowds of nesting penguins onshore. Neko Harbour is feeding ground for shy Minke whales.
Paradise Harbour offers another rare opportunity for a mainland landing and some of the finest vistas of the Antarctic Peninsula.

150_DrakePassage3Get a peek into life on an Antarctic base in the 1950s. See pemmican and tinned custard lining the old cupboards and the 1950s books and magazines in the lounge. The nesting Gentoo penguins surrounding the main building have become accustomed to human visitors.

DAY 12: Drake Passage – Days 12 & 13

On our way back to civilization, we spend two days crossing the Drake Passage.

DAY 14: Ushuaia / Buenos Aires

150_ushuaiaWe arrive back in Ushuaia in the morning. Disembark after breakfast and you may choose to join an optional excursion in Ushuaia. In the early afternoon there is the flight back to Buenos Aires where it’s possible to extend the South American part of your adventure with a post voyage extension to the “Tigre Delta” or the breath-taking Iguazu falls.

Ship Details

MS Fram

2500x1250_antarctica_27112013_147The MS Fram is one of the best purpose built expedition cruise ships ever constructed. Built in 2007, the ice-strengthened vessel combines ocean capabilities with safety, flexibility, environmental friendliness and comfort and her aim is to bring passengers closer to nature, wildlife and unforgettable experiences. Due to her size, she is more stable in waters such as the Drake Passage than smaller vessels. Her reduced capacity on Antarctic voyages makes her a ship to consider.

1MS-Fram_LoungeThe ship is equipped with sonar and iceberg search lights. The 127 cabins and superior suites accommodate up to 318 passengers. Ship features include spacious outside decks, an observation lounge with large panoramic windows, restaurant with balcony, well-equipped fitness room with ocean views, sauna and outdoor Jacuzzis where you can watch icebergs floating silently past as 1Expedition-suite-3you relax in the warm waters. The ship even houses an exhibition of original artefacts from the historic Amundsen and Nansen expeditions. With a large, highly experienced expedition crew – personalised service is paramount. Shore landings are offered as well as a range of active options such as kayaking, snowshoeing and camping.

What’s included

  • 1-night Hotel in Buenos Aires
  • Transfer from Hotel – Airport in Buenos Aires
  • Roundtrip Flight from Buenos Aires to Ushuaia
  • Transfers from Airport – Ship – Airport in Ushuaia
  • Expedition Voyage in cabin grade of your choice.
  • Full board and complimentary tea and coffee.
  • Wind and water-resistant jacket.
  • Landings with Polarcirkel boats.
  • Activities on board and ashore.
  • Lectures and landings with Expedition Team.

Not not included

  • International or domestic flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Optional excursions and gratuities

14 Days from from A$12,970 (Land & Sea package only)
Departures: 16 November 2016, 03 January 2017, 15 January 2017
Single Supplements available
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Our Delighted Customers

“Justin really understood what we wanted from a holiday so helped us plan a trip that fullfilled all our wishes. Justin took care of everything so we didnt have to concern ourselves with little details allowing us to relax and enjoy our holiday.”
Brian Shaw, Malvern
“Within a day, we had a suggested itinerary laid out before us, which was super easy to follow – our eight year old could even follow it! Our holiday was fantastic! It was good to know that Shane was always available if we needed help. It was all too good to be true!”
Amy Smyth, Prahran
“We went to all our local travel & their service was terrible. Justin organised everything from our flights, transfers, guided tours, accommodation & even travel insurance. Our 3 weeks across South America were amazing & I can’t thank Justin enough for the wonderful service he provided.”
Brett Albury, Caulfield