Trip Description & Itinerary
Day 1-3:  Exploring Tierra Del Fuego
Our adventure begins at the end of the world in Ushuaia Argentina.  Here we will spend a few days exploring this unique landscape in the world’s Southernmost city.  Our stay begins at the 5-star Anakur Resort & Spa with breath taking view of the surrounding area.  The next day we will take Land Rover excursion to Ushuaia National Park where we’ll hike, canoe and have a nice picnic lunch.  We’ll explore and discover the unique landscape that exists in this part of the world on our way to one of the oldest working Estancia’s in Argentina.  The following day we’ll head South and take zodiacs across the Beagle Channel to visit one of the large Penguin colonies in the area.  We then head further to the southern most fishing village in the world and experience crab fishing with a local fisherman.  In the evening we’ll visit a local home where we’ll learn how to cook a gourmet meal, Argentine style.  In the evening we’ll return to Ushuaia and prepare for our our departure the next day.

Day 4-6: End of the world, start of a journey

Starting in the afternoon, we’ll embark from this small resort town at The End of the World,” and sail the mountain-fringed Beagle Channel for the remainder of the evening.

Over the next two days on the Drake Passage, you enjoy some of the same experiences encountered by the great polar explorers who first charted these regions: cool salt breezes, rolling seas, maybe even a fin whale spouting up sea spray. After passing the Antarctic Convergence – Antarctica’s natural boundary, formed when north-flowing cold waters collide with warmer sub-Antarctic seas – you are in the circum-Antarctic upwelling zone. Not only does the marine life change, the avian life changes too. 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 are a few of the birds you might see.

Day 7-12: Entering Antarctica

Gray stone peaks sketched with snow, towers of broken blue-white ice, and dramatically different wildlife below and above. You first pass the snow-capped Melchior Islands and Schollaert Channel, sailing between Brabant and Anvers Islands.

Places we may visit include:

Neumayer Channel – The vessel may position itself here, launching its multiple basecamp activities from the protected waters around Wiencke Island. You can enjoy the splendors of this alpine environment at sea with Zodiac and kayaking trips, or if you’re in the mood for a walk, there are possible snowshoe hikes and soft-climb mountaineering options farther inland. Naturally, favorable weather conditions determine the possible activities.

Port Lockroy – After sailing through the Neumayer Channel, you may get a chance to visit the former British research station – now a museum and post office – of Port Lockroy on Goudier Island. You may also be able to partake in activities around Jougla Point, meeting gentoo penguins and blue-eyed shags. There are great opportunities also for kayaking and camping here, and when conditions are right, you can even snowshoe around the shore.

Pléneau & Petermann Islands – If the ice allows it, you can sail through the Lemaire Channel in search of Adélie penguins and blue-eyed shags. There’s also a good chance you’ll encounter humpback and minke whales here, as well as leopard seals. Kayaking, glacier walks, and more ambitious mountaineering trips are the potential activities of this location.

Neko Harbour – An epic landscape of mammoth glaciers and endless wind-carved snow, Neko Harbour offers opportunities for a Zodiac cruise and landing that afford the closest views of the surrounding alpine peaks.

Paradise Bay – You have the chance to make camp here like a true polar explorer (but with a better tent), enjoying a supreme overnight Antarctic adventure.

Errera Channel – Possible sites in this area include Danco Island and Cuverville Island, but also the lesser known (though equally picturesque) Orne Island and Georges Point on Rongé Island.

Camping
On Basecamp voyages, we offer an exciting “open air” camping option, which gives an intensive experience of the Antarctic wilderness. Special gear and field equipment will be provided: tents, wind and waterproof bivouac bags (lightweight alternative to a tent system). This shelter will protect you from the elements during the night in the open air of Antarctica. Mattresses and polar sleeping bags provide comfort during the night. The maximum number of participants for this camping option is 30 participants per night. One expedition guide will conduct the activity ashore.

Hiking
During voyages with hiking options we hope to be able to exceed on our normal shore excursion walking Program. The possibilities to hike longer distances in de Antarctic are limited by mountains and glaciers. In general the longest hikes can last up to two hours. We aim at one or two hikes per day during morning and / or afternoon landings. The final decision on those hiking options will be met by the Expedition Leader on the day of the excursion. We recommend bringing a proper pair of ankle high hiking boots and gaiters. 

Kayaking
In general we plan to at least offer 4 kayaking days. Basic kayaking experience is required and physical fitness is essential. Parallel to all other activities we are planning on offering kayaking excursions during morning and / or afternoon landings. The final decision on those excursions will be met by the Expedition Leader. The vessel will provide kayaks, neoprene wet suits, booties and gloves.

Mountaineering
This is a technical and more strenuous activity for mountaineers who wish to walk beyond the shore radius in order to reach higher grounds and view points. Mountaineers walk in rope parties under the leadership of a certified mountain guide mostly across glaciated environment. Mountaineering knowledge is preferable, but not required. Physical fitness is essential. The maximum number is limited to 6 mountaineers per rope party. Special glacier equipment will be provided: ropes and carabiners, harnesses, helmets, ice axes and crampons. Participants will bring their personal protective outdoor clothes, mountaineering boots (ankle high) suitable for using crampons. A mountain guide and assistants (depending on group size) will supervise and guide the activity.

Snowshoeing
Especially on early departures at the beginning of the season there are still snow covered hills and mountains further inland. During voyages to the Antarctic we are planning on offering hiking excursions with snowshoes. Snowshoe walking is easy and does not require any technical skills. With the use of snowshoes it is easier and safer to walk on snow surfaces. Snowshoes will be provided to everyone on board. Those will fit all boot sizes and can be used in combination with supplied rubber boots.

Photo Workshop
On selected voyages, another fun opportunity for travelers are the photo workshops for beginners and advanced photographers under the supervision of a photo expert on board. Everybody is welcome to participate, no previous experience required. The workshop group (up to 20 participants per guide per landing) will be accompanied by the photo expert during activity ashore. Participants with a special interest in photography will bring their personal photo equipment. During cruise days everybody will be able to listen into photo lectures and workshops in order to learn more about objects, exposures and photo composition. The workshop does not intend to instruct on how to use specific camera models, but more to give an insight on better photo results by respecting basic rules of photography. Photographers can also take part in other activities of their choice.

On your last day of near-shore activities, you pass the Melchior Islands toward the open sea. Keep a sharp lookout for humpback whales in Dallmann Bay. You might also shoot for Half Moon Island, in the South Shetlands, with further chances for activities.

Conditions on the Drake Passage determine the exact time of departure.

Day 13-14: Familiar seas, familiar friends

Your return voyage is far from lonely. While crossing the Drake, you’re again greeted by the vast array of seabirds remembered from the passage south. But they seem a little more familiar to you now, and you to them.

Day 15: There and back again

Once we embark in Ushuaia we’ll return to our luxurious hotel accommodations at the Akakur Resort & Spa and have an amazing celebration dinner and night out on the town.  The following afternoon we will depart for home with lasting friendships and memories of our incredible adventure.

Our journey begins and end in Ushuaia, known as the Southernmost city in the world.  Upon arrival a private shuttle will take us to our hotel at the 5-star Anakur Resort & Spa. Here we’ll have time to freshen up before our welcome dinner overlooking the Beagle Channel.

The next two days we’ll have private Land Rovers accompany us on several excursions exploring the area.  We will follow mostly established roads, bit will also spend some time off road exploring deeper and having an exhilarating 4×4 experience.

The next day we will be transferred to our ship where will spend the next 12 days on our Antarctic Basecamp adventure.  Upon return to Ushuaia we will again be transferred back to our hotel at the Anakur Hotel for our final evening and dinner before being transferred to the airport the following day for our voyage home, or elsewhere in Southern South America.

  • Day 1 – Arrive in Ushuaia
    We arrive in Ushuaia check into our hotel, have a group dinner.
  • Day 2 – Ushuaia Nat. Park Excursion
    We have a 4×4 tour of the surrounding area and explore the unique landscape
  • Day 3 – Penguin Tour & Crab Fishing Excursion
    Head further South and explore the end of the world, followed by a gourmet dinning experience
  • Day 4 – Depart For Antarctica
    Drake Passage Crossing
  • Day 5 – Antarctica Basecamp Cruise
    Drake Passage Crossing
  • Day 6 – Antarctica Basecamp Cruise
    Explore The Neumayer Channel
  • Day 7 – Antarctica Basecamp Cruise
    Explore Port Lockroy

  • Day 8 – Antarctica Basecamp Cruise
    Explore The Pléneau & Petermann Islands
  • Day 9 – Antarctica Basecamp Cruise
    Explore Necko Harbor
  • Day 10 – Antarctica Basecamp Cruise
    Explore Paradise Bay
  • Day 11 – Antarctica Basecamp Cruise
    Explore Errera channel
  • Day 12 – Antarctica Basecamp Cruise
    Drake Channel Crossing
  • Day 13 – Antarctica Basecamp Cruise
    Drake Channel Crossing
  • Day 14 – Disembark In Ushuaia
    Our final day in Tierra Del Fuego & Celebratory Dinner
  • Day 15 – Depart For Home