Antarctic Peninsula and the Weddell Sea

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This voyage showcases the best of the Antarctic Peninsula, combining an exploration of the western side with an in-depth discovery of the less-visited, more remote eastern side - the Weddell Sea. Here you will find abundant penguin rookeries, incredible icebergs and unforgettable landing sites.

Highlights
    Destinations
    • Antarctica
    • Polar
    Tour Types
    • Cruise
    • Polar
    • Wildlife
    Day 1

    Day 1: Punta Arenas, Chile. Arrive in Punta Arenas and transfer to your hotel. Tonight you will meet with your fellow passengers and receive your expedition briefing.



    Day 2

    Days 2: Punta Arenas - King George Island. Transfer to the airport and take your seat for the flight south. King George Island is part of the South Shetlands archipelago, which lie about 160km off the coast of Antarctica. On arrival into King George Island you will be met by your expedition team and transferred by Zodiac to your ship.



    Day 3

    Days 3-9: Antarctic Peninsula & the Weddell Sea. Your time in Antarctica will be divided, subject to conditions, between the eastern and western sides of the Peninsula. Possible landing sites along the west coast include Melchiors, Wilhelmina Bay, Cuverville Island and Orne Harbour. Glaciers, penguin colonies and breaching humpback whales will highlight your days, while friendly seals are plentiful in these waters. You can also expect to encounter what is arguably the most formidable Antarctic predator - the leopard seal. The Antarctic Sound separates the western side of the Peninsula from the Weddell Sea and is often riddled with huge pieces of ice emanating from the Larsen Ice Shelf. The Antarctic Sound itself offers great places to get ashore and stretch your legs at landing sites that are home to nesting Adelie and gentoo penguins. Snow and pintado petrels as well as kelp gulls also call this area home. The Weddell Sea is as stunning as it is remote, and is best known as the location where Shackleton's 'Endurance' came to its end, crushed by sea ice. Take a zodiac cruise amongst huge tabular icebergs and perhaps land on Paulet Island. The island is a 350 meter high volcanic cone that juts dramatically out of the sea. Over 100,000 pairs of Adélie penguins breed here, along with blue-eyed shags, snowy sheathbills and kelp gulls. Fur seals and Weddell seals haul out onshore, while leopard seals often hunt offshore.



    Day 4

    Day 10: disembark at King George Island. Returning north disembark at King George Island and board the flight back to Punta Arenas. Enjoy an overnight stay in the city.



    Day 5

    Day 11: fly to Punta Arenas. Enjoy breakfast with your fellow expeditioners in the hotel before saying your farewells.



    • Shipboard accommodation All breakfasts, lunches & dinners on boardTea & coffee available around the clockAll Zodiac transfers, cruising & shore landings Presentations by the Expedition Team and guest speakers Loan of rubber boots during voyageAll miscellaneous service taxes and port charges24 hour emergency assistance from our team during your holidayNo surcharge guaranteeFull financial protection »
    • Shipboard accommodation
    • All breakfasts, lunches & dinners on board
    • Tea & coffee available around the clock
    • All Zodiac transfers, cruising & shore landings
    • Presentations by the Expedition Team and guest speakers
    • Loan of rubber boots during voyage
    • All miscellaneous service taxes and port charges
    • 24 hour emergency assistance from our team during your holiday
    • No surcharge guarantee
    • Full financial protection »

    Dates Price Single Availability
    17-Jan-2021 for 10 Nights M/V Ushuaia On Request Visit website
    21-Feb-2021 for 10 Nights Greg Mortimer On Request Visit website
    02-Mar-2022 for 12 Nights Greg Mortimer On Request Visit website

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