Antarctica & Arctic
Intrepid explorers passionate about serioud outdoor adventure won't find a more exhilarating way to experience Antarctica than on this one-of-a-kind polar expedition. With just seven travellers per departure, this is the most exclusive of journeys.
Destinations > Antarctica > The Ultimate Polar Expedition
13 nights cruise and three nights hotel accommodation, meals as indicated, flight and sightseeing as specified, services of a Natural Habitat Adventures Expedition leader, airport transfers and all camping and kayaking equipment.
28 Jan 2018; 17 & 30 Jan 2019.
Note: The itinerary is also available in reverse.
Explore the Antarctic Peninsula aboard an ice-strengthened motorsailer, surrounded by seals, whales, penguins and icebergs. This exclusive small-boat voyage—with a world-class skipper and seasoned polar crew—brings a taste for adventure back to travel to the white continent. This genuine adventure will reward expeditionary travelers with a rare experience of one of the most remote and magnificent places on Earth.
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Cruise aboard an expedition yacht
Sail, hike, kayak and camp
Motor-sail one way to Antarctica and fly the other
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Arrive in Ushuaia and transfer to your hotel. (D)
Today there will an interesting full day excursion to a traditional Patagonian sheep farm. Learn about the property, its history and what life was like for the hardy pioneers who settled here in the 1930s. Observe activities that are part of daily life on the estancia. Lunch at the farm is a highlight, an authentic Fuegian meal cooked over a wood-fired grill. (B)(L)(D)
Board your expedition motorsailer and set out into the calm waters of the Beagle Channel. Drink in the views of the Patagonian peaks that unfold as you make your way south. (B)(L)(D)
Named for renowned explorer Sir Francis Drake who sailed these waters in 1578, the Drake Passafe is notorious for its often fierce gales, creating large, wind-whipped swells. The exact timing of the Drake crossing depends on weather and sea conditions, but it is generally expected to take approximately three days. (B(L)(D)
For the next eight days follow the best weather and safest water, exploring the bays and fjords of the Antarctic Peninsula. These waters are a haven for a remarkable colleciton of wildlife, including vast penguin rookeries and beaches ruled by Antarctic fur seals and southern elephant seals. Taking advantage of the perpetual light, spend long days sailing among the icebergs, watching for whales and seals bobbing by. Birdlife is extraordinary, with huge populations of albatrosses, petrels, skuas, gulls, terns and cormorants. Where landings permit, step ashore to hike. With special permits from the National Science Foundation, you have the option to camp for up to three nights, weather and local conditions permitting, on deserted beaches, sharing the solitude only with the legions of wildlife. There are few places on the planet where the natural world feels more intact, while you have never felt smaller. (B)(L)(D)
See day 7 for more details. (B)(L)(D)
Arrive on King George Island and spend some time discovering this unique region. (B)(L)(D)
Board the plane for the three hour flight back to Punta Arenas on the southern tip of Chilean Patagonia. On arrival, check in to your hotel. This evening, enjoy a farewell dinner with the group in town. (B)(L)(D)
Depart Punta Arenas with a cache of memories to last a lifetime. (B)
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