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The voyage aboard the Akademik Ioffe ticks all of the boxes for an Antarctic experience - superb wildlife encounters, historic sites, jaw dropping scenery, glaciers as far as the eye can see and icebergs the size of city office blocks. Throw in a visit to a scientific research station, a wonderful lecture series onboard, our friendly expedition team and a night camping and you have all the makings of a wonderful holiday to the frozen continent.
Duration: 11 Days
Arrive in Ushuaia, Argentina, the world's most southerly city, where you board your expedition ship. In the early evening we set sail along the Beagle Channel and push out into the Drake Passage, direction Antarctica.
Giant petrels, albatross and smaller Cape petrels are our companions as we transit the Drake Passage. Join the ship's Captain on the bridge and learn about the operations of our modern research vessel. Throughout the day our on-board experts educate us with a series of presentations about the environment, wildlife and history.
Take a deep breath – you have arrived. This is Antarctica. The waterways of the Antarctic Peninsula are home to deep bays, pristine coves and inlets and numerous small islands. The Gerlache coastline features heavily glaciated mountains permanently covered in ice and snow. Rocky outcrops are home to gentoo, adelie and chinstrap penguin rookeries and the waters are rich in marine life. We frequently encounter seals, including the powerful leopard seal, usually found hauled out on an ice floe. Curious humpback whales and the smaller minke whales are present much of the time as they feed on the vast schools of krill. Sightings of orca are not uncommon.
Our activity program is in full swing and we encourage all guests to choose how their adventure unfolds. Every day we plan an exciting range of activities, including guided hikes on shore (both short and long), visits to wildlife colonies with our expert naturalist guides, as well as Zodiac cruising. The historic huts and science stations located along the Antarctic Peninsula provide a fascinating glimpse into the past and the present. Zodiac cruising among the ice, searching for seals and whales is a memorable activity. Meanwhile, our sea kayakers may range several miles from the ship experiencing Antarctica from an entirely different perspective. Our resident photography guide will be on hand to help you with your camera handling and image composition. Maybe what you really want to do is sit on a rock, simply watching the penguins come and go from the water.
After several busy days of exploration along the Antarctic Peninsula, we head for the South Shetland Islands. The adventure is not over and, if the weather conditions allow, we sail the ship into the flooded volcanic caldera at Deception Island. This is a very dramatic location. History is all around us as we explore the old whaling station.
On a sunny day, cruising along the pristine coast of Livingston Island is a memorable experience. There are several other landing sites in the vicinity including Half Moon Island, and the broad pebbly beach at Yankee Harbour, where we often encounter Weddell seals sunning themselves.
As we make our way back to South America, the educational presentations continue and we enjoy an entertaining and memorable voyage recap by our Expedition Leader. If weather conditions allow, we hope to make a rounding of Cape Horn. It's a fitting place to reflect on a wonderful expedition. Approaching the entrance to the Beagle Channel in early evening light, we enjoy a special dinner attended by the Captain of the ship.
In the early morning, we arrive into Ushuaia. It is time to say farewell to your crew and fellow travellers. Guests will be transported to their hotels or to the airport for return flights home.
|06 Dec 2019 - 16 Dec 2019||$13181 AUD||US$800 travel credit!|
|Main Deck Triple Cabin||$13181 AUD||US$800 travel credit!|
|Twin Semi-Private Cabin||$16370 AUD||US$800 travel credit!|
|Twin Private Cabin||$17819 AUD||US$800 travel credit!|
|Superior Cabin||$19413 AUD||US$800 travel credit!|
|Shackleton Suite||$21152 AUD||US$800 travel credit!|
|One Ocean Suite||$24051 AUD||US$800 travel credit!|
|04 Mar 2020 - 14 Mar 2020||$13181 AUD||US$1200 travel credit!|
|Main Deck Triple Cabin||$13181 AUD||US$1200 travel credit!|
|Twin Semi-Private Cabin||$16370 AUD||US$1200 travel credit!|
|Twin Private Cabin||$17819 AUD||US$1200 travel credit!|
|Superior Cabin||$19413 AUD||US$1200 travel credit!|
|Shackleton Suite||$21152 AUD||US$1200 travel credit!|
|One Ocean Suite||$24051 AUD||US$1200 travel credit!|
On deck 3, an upper and two lower beds (one of the lower beds can be converted to a sofa), shared facilities, washbasin, writing desk/chair, storage, two portholes (one openable), bathrobes
On deck 4, two lower berths (one which can convert to a sofa during the day), a writing desk, storage, wardrobes with internal shelving, semi-private facilities (one bathroom between two cabins), one openable window, toiletry kit, hairdryer, coffee/tea maker, bathrobes
On decks 4 and 5, two lower berths, a writing desk/chair, wardrobes with internal shelving, storage, private facilities, one openable window, toiletry kit, hairdryer, coffee/tea maker, bathrobes
On deck 6, two lower berths, a sofa, a writing desk/chair, wardrobes with internal shelving, ample storage, private facilities, one openable window, toiletry kit, hairdryer, coffee/tea maker, vanity kit, bathrobes, upgraded bed linen and duvets.
On deck 4 and 5, 1 queen bed, double berth in separate sleeping quarters, a sofa in the main section (can be converted to a bed), a writing desk/chair, a comfortable armchair, fully stocked mini bar, iPad with polar literature, documentaries, movies and webmail access, private facilities, large openable windows.
On deck 5, a double berth in separate sleeping quarters, fully stocked mini bar, sofa ( can be converted to a single bed), large writing desk/chair, several armchairs, iPad with polar literature, documentaries, movies, private facilities, shower and bathtub, large openable windows.
*Expedition gear package
Included in the expedition, you will have free use of essential gears needed for the trip. This package includes quality waterproof/windproof jacket, bib-pants, insulated rubber boots, and a set of binoculars.