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Basecamp Adventure in Antarctica

We will cross the Antarctic Convergence into the Southern Ocean, via the fabled Drake Passage, to explore this remote continent with its spectacular wildlife. This program is unique, as it provides the opportunity to explore a pocket of the Peninsula with varied active means, including kayaking, snowshing, climbing and zodiac cruising. Our vessel will become our floating basecamp, a warm and comfortable haven to return to after adventuring ashore. There is no shortage of photographic possibilities along the Antarctic Peninsula, and our workshops will help you to reflect the natural beauty of this ice-bound land to best effect. Whether enjoying the surreal landscapes, or participating in one of the activities on offer, the wonder of the Antarctic is yours to discover. Ever popular is the option to camp on the ice, an experience which will create memories to last a lifetime. Those who prefer a more relaxed journey have plenty of options, and can utilise the ship's fleet of zodiacs to explore the rich diversity of wildlife that flourishes in the sheltered bays, and clustered castles of icebergs and steep glaciers that characterise the shoreline.

Inclusions

11 breakfasts, 10 lunches and 11 dinners
comfortable cabin accommodation on cruise
specialist expedition staff
all activities while on cruise including zodiac excursions, lectures, videos, slide and film shows and guide services
use of all ship facilities and public areas
medical services (there is a resident medical officer and infirmary on board)
port taxes and port charges imposed by government authorities
pre-departure information
All activities (camping, hiking, kayaking, climbing and photography) are complimentary, however pre-booking is required due to limited numbers.
Pre-scheduled group transfer from the vessel to the airport in Ushuaia (directly after disembarkation).
Hightlights
The most wildlife-rich part of Antarctica - penguins, whales, seals, sea birds
Narrow sheltered waterways and fjords
Spectacular mountains rising directly out of the sea
Icebergs and active glaciers
Historic sites
Active scientific stations
Great variety of terrain over short distances
Opportunity to camp on ice (optional)
Climbing glaciers and higher view points (optional)
Photography Workshop, Snowshoeing & Hiking (optional)
Tour Provider World Expeditions
Number of Days
12
Price From
AUD $8,250
Start Location
Ushuaia, Antarctica
End Location
Antarctica
Age Range
Avg. 30+
Group Size
1 to 114
Tour Style
Standard
Tour Themes
Polar, Small Marine/Cruise
Physical Rating
Mild
Tour departure dates
StartEndAvailabilityPrice
18 Dec 201829 Dec 2018AvailableAUD $8,250
29 Dec 201809 Jan 2019AvailableAUD $8,250
ItineraryExpand
Day 1
In the afternoon we embark from Ushuaia, the southernmost city in the world. The voyage will depart through the Beagle Channel and sail through this scenic waterway for the rest of the evening.
Days 2-3
During these two days we sail across the Drake Passage. When we cross the Antarctic Convergence, we arrive in the circum-Antarctic up welling zone. In this area we may see Wandering Albatrosses, Grey Headed Albatrosses, Black- browed Albatrosses, Light- mantled Sooty Albatrosses, Cape Pigeons, Southern Fulmars, Wilson's Storm Petrels, Blue Petrels and Antarctic Petrels. Near the South Shetland Islands, we spot our first icebergs.
Days 4-9
We will sail directly to "High Antarctica", passing the Melchior islands and the Schollaert Channel, between Brabant and Anvers Island. We will sail to the Neumayer Channel, where we will position our ship for the multi-activity base camp. The protected waters around Wiencke Island will become our playground for all activities. In this alpine environment there will be great opportunities to scout the region on foot, by zodiac and during kayak trips. Walkers will find opportunities to use snowshs on hikes near the shore lines, and the mountaineers will find their challenge by climbing hills and view points further inland, ie. Jabet Peak (540 m). All climbs and excursions can only be conducted in good weather conditions. We plan to stay for two nights at anchor, in order to implement two camp nights and two full activity days. We will visit the British research station and post office, Port Lockroy, on Goudier Island. Close to Port Lockroy, we may also offer a landing on Jougla Point, with Gentoo Penguins and Imperial Shags. We will sail through the spectacular Lemaire Channel to Pleneau and Petermann Island, where we can find Adelie Penguins and Blue-eyed Shags. In this area there are good chances to encounter Humpback Whales, Minke Whales and Fin Whales. Our second Basecamp night will be erected near the continent, where we will choose a camp site which is suitable and close to the next day's activity. The mountaineers will hope to reach the summit of Mt Demaria (640 m) at Waddington Bay. A visit to one of the scientific stations in Antarctica, will give you an insight into the life of modern Antarcticans working on the White Continent. Further south, we may have time to visit the Ukrainian Vernadsky Station, where we will receive a warm welcome from the station crew. When sailing to Paradise Bay, with its myriad icebergs and deep cut fjords, we will have the opportunity for zodiac cruising and kayaking between the icebergs in the inner parts of the fjords. In this area we will have good chances to see Humpback Whales and Minke Whales. Hikers, mountaineers and photographers will spend time ashore in this area. In the afternoon at Neko Harbour, we will have the opportunity to set foot on the Antarctic Continent in a magnificent landscape of huge glaciers; and enjoy the landscape during zodiac cruises, hikes and kayak excursions. A small group of mountaineers may climb up on the higher grounds of the glacier. We will spend the night at Neko, or near Paradise Bay, with a camp erected ashore. We will leave Neko Harbour in the early morning, after breaking our last camp. We will sail via the Melchior Islands, towards the open sea of the Drake Passage.
Days 10-11
In the Drake Passage we have again a chance of seeing many seabirds and to take advantage of the knowledge of our lecture team.
Day 12
We arrive in the morning in Ushuaia and disembark.