South to the Antarctic Circle and beyond lies a remote region of rare beauty. The crystalline waters are rich in whales, penguins, leopard seals, giant brittle stars and huge tubeworms. Sea kayakers paddle in waters rich in wildlife and hopefully, all will visit haunting historic sites amidst stunning scenery that few will ever see. Everyone will revel in the beauty of ice-capped peaks that rise more than 1000 meters from Crystal Sound and, conditions willing, remote Marguerite Bay.
Day 1: Punta Arenas, Chile / Punta Arenas, Chile / Embarkation
Today you board your flight in Punta Arenas. On arrival to King George Island you will be transferred to the port to board your ship, Polar Pioneer.
Days 2-6: Exploring Antarctica
Your biologists reveal AntarcticaÂ’s natural history, while environmental and safety briefings prepare you for your adventure ahead. You make full use of daylight hours, taking every opportunity to explore the PeninsulaÂ’s wonders. Your expert guides will lead you ashore as kayakers paddle amongst the ice. Zodiac cruises, whale watching and a continental landing are on your wish list; flexibility is the key. You may visit scientific stations and historic sites, but our focus is close encounters with nature.
Days 7-8: Crossing the Drake Passage
Bidding goodbye to Antarctica, you return to the realm of the albatross as you cross Drake Passage. ItÂ’s a time of photo-sharing, reflection, entertaining talks and maybe even a party or two. If weather permits, youÂ’ll round Cape Horn before attending a special farewell dinner.
Day 9: Ushuaia, Argentina / Disembarkation
Dawn greets you in the Beagle Channel. You enjoy an early breakfast before disembarking in Ushuaia.