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Antarctica Travel

Antarctica: Discover The 7th Continent

On The Ocean Adventurer

from $6,595
10/11 days

Ship Name

M/V Ocean Adventurer

Trip Type

Sea

Antarctic Peninsula

When To Go

Nov - Feb

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I worked with Lori Goodwin, who was absolutely great... Everything was perfect.  All we had to do was show up and Lori already had taken care of all travel logistics.  She really fitted us to the Antarctic ship that was perfect for us.  She was absolutely awesome.

Max W.
Keyser, WV

Trip Summary

Antarctica has been inspiring explorers for centuries, and this expedition offers you the chance to discover why, with an unforgettable journey through the spectacular wilderness of the South Shetland Islands and Antarctic Peninsula. You’ll encounter a world where nature creates the rules, her unpredictable temperament making each trip unique, exciting and personal. Imagine cruising in a Zodiac through crackling sea ice like shattered glass, witnessing penguins building their nests, or navigating through a maze of icebergs, each one uniquely shaped by its journey through the sea. You’ll enjoy iconic Antarctic highlights, exhilarating adventures and be rewarded with memories to last a lifetime. A pioneering and experienced polar operator with high quality expedition staff lend their expertise to your discovery of "the 7th continent" and all of its wonders. On this trip you can snow shoe, or opt for kayaking or camping. 

Activities
Zodiac Tours
Kayaking
Camping
Snow Shoeing

Itinerary Day By Day

Day 1

Ushuaia

Arrive to Ushauaia, the southernmost city in the world.  Transfer to your included hotel and enjoy your free time. The city has grown over the past few years, yet it has retained an easy going and accessible feel. With the sea to the south and mountains to the north, Ushuaia is a spectacular departure point for your Antarctic cruise. If you arrive early, you can spend some time in the nearby Tierra del Fuego National Park, enjoy some Argentinean wines and barbeques in the city, or visit the many boutique shops and cafés before you leave for your expedition to Antarctica..  

Day 2

Embarkation

Embarkation will occur in the late afternoon, after which your vessel will sail down the historic Beagle Channel. This famous channel transects the Tierra del Fuego archipelago in the extreme south of South America. You’ll spend these first days getting to know your shipmates, while we’ll provide safety briefings and insights into what excitement lies ahead.

Day 3 - 4

Drake Passage

Prepare yourself for potentially rough water, but hope for a smooth sailing as the Drake is unpredictable and always changing.

Day 5 - 8

South Shetland Islands & The Antarctic Peninsula

When the Antarctic Convergence is left in our wake, you will truly begin your Antarctic adventure. It is perhaps the first sight of land itself that is embraced as the true beginning of any Antarctic expedition.

You can begin to appreciate why this region has long captivated the attention of explorers and travelers alike. Every time we visit Antarctica we witness something new or unexpected, meaning your expedition will be unlike any other—creating a unique, personal experience. We will take Zodiac excursions from the ship to explore bays, channels and landing sites each day. With wildlife always at the forefront of our minds you will visit penguin rookeries, scout for humpback and Minke whales and search for a number of the southern seal species, including the cunning leopard seal.

The majesty of the Peninsula’s mountains will enchant you as you scramble up snowy pathways to vantage points offering you 360° views of your surroundings. One of these in particular, in Orne Harbour, gives the opportunity to visit a chinstrap penguin colony high up on a ridge. Here you’ll have the choice between going for a mountain hike or spending time sitting quietly on a pebbled beach to enjoy the antics of curious penguins. If you’re feeling extra adventurous, participating in the Polar Plunge swim is about as crazy as it gets! Amidst the serene silence of Antarctica, noisy interludes now become indelible memories, such as penguins squabbling over prized pebbles, or the boom and crack of a calving glacier in Neko Harbour.

Every day will be different, having been carefully crafted by your Expedition Team so as to entertain and educate you about this wonderful part of the world.

Day 9 - 10

Drake Passage to Ushuaia

The journey back across the Drake Passage provides you with some final opportunities to enjoy the crisp Antarctic air. Spend time on the deck watching for seabirds and scouting for whales, enjoy a few final presentations by your Expedition Team or simply relax and reminisce about your experiences.

Day 11

Ushuaia

You will arrive in Ushuaia in the morning allowing for you to continue your adventure on land or catch your flights home.

Dates & Rates

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Departure DateTriple WindowLower Deck TwinMain Deck Twin PortholeMain Deck Twin WindowSuperiorDeluxeSuite
 Nov 26 - Dec 5659574958195909599951079511895
 Dec 4 - Dec 14offer73958395919510195110951199513195
 Feb 28 - Mar 1073958395919510195110951199513195

View Rate Notes

The above rates are in U.S. dollars and per person, double occupancy, unless indicated otherwise.

Deposit: 20% of fare (minimum $1000 per person), payable by credit card.

Final Payment: Due 120 days prior to departure. Payment is due by check, wire transfer or money order.

Note: November 26, 2017 departure is 10 days

Additional Costs and Discounts:

  • Single: 1.7 times the single rate for Lower & Main Deck Twin categories; 2 times in Superior, Deluxe & Suite categories
  • Solo travelers can be matched to share a cabin at the triple or double rate (excluding Superior, Deluxe & Suite categories)
  • Camping Option: $295 per person (Available Dec 4, 2017 Only)
  • Sea Kayaking: $995 (Available all departures)
  • Snowshoeing: Included (Available Nov 26 & Dec 4 only)
  • Child policy: Children ages 8 and up are accepted as long as they meet the height and weight requirements (64lbs and 48")

Included: Group transfer from the airport to the pre-expedition hotel on day 1 of the itinerary (or 1 day prior); one night pre-expedition hotel accommodation with breakfast in Ushuaia; group transfer from hotel to ship on embarkation day; group transfer upon disembarkation in Ushuaia from the ship to the local airport only for passengers with departing flights before noon; shipboard accommodation with daily housekeeping; breakfasts, lunches and dinners on board ship; shore landings per the daily program; Zodiac cruising per the daily program; photographic Journal on DVD; waterproof expedition boots on loan for shore landings; parka to keep; coffee, tea, and cocoa available around the clock; miscellaneous service taxes and port charges; luggage handling aboard ship; emergency evacuation insurance for all passengers to a maximum benefit of $100,000 per person. Subject to change without notice.

Not Included: Any airfare; passport and visa expenses; government arrival and departure taxes, Argentina's Reciprocity Fee; any meals ashore with the exception of breakfast at the host hotel before embarkation; supplements for adventure options; alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, except for ones mentioned as included; baggage, cancellation and medical travel insurance; excess baggage charges; laundry, bar, beverage, massage and other personal charges; telecommunications charges; voluntary gratuity at the end of the voyage for shipboard staff and crew; fuel surcharge may apply.

Cancellation Policy: Cancellation requests must be received in writing. Deposits are non-refundable. This may vary at the discretion of the tour operator. Failure to secure a valid passport, visa or air arrangements does not waive this cancellation policy.

  • 180 days or more, refund of deposit less a $1,000 per person fee
  • 170 - 120 days deposit is forfeited
  • 120 or less prior to departure, all payments forfeited. If full payment has not yet been received, the full penalty will still apply and any unpaid balance is due immediately. 

Medical evacuation insurance up to $100,000 is included in the cost of this program, however full Trip Cancellation Insurance is strongly advised. 

ExploringCircle Insurance Provider: TravelEx

ExploringCircle Terms and Conditions

Ship Information

M/V Ocean Adventurer - 117 Passengers

Designed to carry travelers in comfort to the most remote corners of the world, Ocean Adventurer was built in Yugoslavia in 1976, refurbished in 1999 and had further upgrades in 2002. You will be impressed by this ice-strengthened ship, which carries up to 117 passengers in 57 outside suites and cabins with en-suite facilites. The Ocean Adventurer features a spacious forward lounge and 2 bars, window-lined dining room and promenades, presentation room, exercise room, polar boutique and ship-to-shore satellite communications that provide email and wireless internet access when possible. The decor is traditional and comfortable on this classic expedition ship which is fully equipped with Zodiacs for exploration as well as kayaks and other adventure equipment. 

Accommodations

Trip Policy

Included: Group transfer from the airport to the pre-expedition hotel on day 1 of the itinerary (or 1 day prior); one night pre-expedition hotel accommodation with breakfast in Ushuaia; group transfer from hotel to ship on embarkation day; group transfer upon disembarkation in Ushuaia from the ship to the local airport only for passengers with departing flights before noon; shipboard accommodation with daily housekeeping; breakfasts, lunches and dinners on board ship; shore landings per the daily program; Zodiac cruising per the daily program; photographic Journal on DVD; waterproof expedition boots on loan for shore landings; parka to keep; coffee, tea, and cocoa available around the clock; miscellaneous service taxes and port charges; luggage handling aboard ship; emergency evacuation insurance for all passengers to a maximum benefit of $100,000 per person. Subject to change without notice.

Not Included: Any airfare; passport and visa expenses; government arrival and departure taxes, Argentina's Reciprocity Fee; any meals ashore with the exception of breakfast at the host hotel before embarkation; supplements for adventure options; alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, except for ones mentioned as included; baggage, cancellation and medical travel insurance; excess baggage charges; laundry, bar, beverage, massage and other personal charges; telecommunications charges; voluntary gratuity at the end of the voyage for shipboard staff and crew; fuel surcharge may apply.

Cancellation Policy: Cancellation requests must be received in writing. Deposits are non-refundable. This may vary at the discretion of the tour operator. Failure to secure a valid passport, visa or air arrangements does not waive this cancellation policy.

  • 180 days or more, refunded of deposit less $1,000 per person fee
  • 170 - 120 days deposit is forfeited
  • 120 or less prior to departure, all payments forfeited. If full payment has not yet been received, the full penalty will still apply and any unpaid balance is due immediately. 

Medical evacuation insurance up to $100,000 is included in the cost of this program, however full Trip Cancellation Insurance is strongly advised. 

ExploringCircle Insurance Provider: TravelEx

ExploringCircle Terms and Conditions

Causes

Plastics in Water

Oceanic Science Solutions

5 Gyres

Oceanic Science Solutions

5 Gyres

5 Gyres has been a global leader in researching the extent of plastic pollution in the world’s oceans.  They have vision of a planet free of plastic pollution and they undertake a range of initiatives towards this aim.  They conduct field research, publish data, educate youth and consumers as well as business and government leaders about ocean plastics, and advocate for solutions. 

Water and Sanitation

Clean Water for All

Water1st International

Clean Water for All

Water1st International

A non-profit that supports high-quality water and sanitation projects that provide permanent solutions for the world’s poorest communities, improving health, education and women's lives in the process.

Global Warming

Science Initiatives

Union of Concerned Scientists

Science Initiatives

Union of Concerned Scientists

We can reduce global warming emissions and ensure communities have the resources they need to withstand the effects of climate change. The Union for Concenrned Scientists develop science-based solutions for a healthy, safe, and sustainable future.

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