Want to Spend Vacation in Antarctica? Must Read

Want to Spend Vacation in Antarctica? Must Read

The unflinching belief to be able to touch the sky, and to wander through the wonders of nature, you have to get out of the cocoon and "Travel"! Read More

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The unflinching belief to be able to touch the sky, and to wander through the wonders of nature, you have to get out of the cocoon and “Travel”! You can only summon the impulse to unleash the sensational beauty and charm of nature if you ever had an encounter with it. There’s something really charismatic about Antarctica tours. It kind of stirs something really deep and creative inside you. The white snowy mountains, the wonderful wildlife, penguins, and an incredible opportunity for adventurous activities - It wins every heart. The below Antarctica cruise trip itinerary has been designed to help travelers explore its beauty and abundance of wildlife that, Antarctica,  the southernmost continent boasts of. Let’s explorable this unspeakable beauty.

About Your Trip:

Antarctica - “The frozen beauty”, as is referred often times is one of the pleasant challenges to explore for travelers. Draped magically with white mountains of ice, Antarctica is particularly known for its extreme environments. This extreme climate is what makes it exploring this beautiful part of the earth. It’s where the mountain of ice can showcase some really intriguing secrets helpful in understanding the climate that’s there on other parts of the planet. With deep discoveries from scientists on how even the small creatures are able to survive on this hostile land has led to many new discoveries already.

There are uncountable facts about this coldest, driest, and highest of all the seven continents. Most part of the continent is covered with thick ice and the area that it covers is as much as that of the combined area covered by Mexico and the United States. 

If you are seeking for natural beauty, Antarctica is the right place. It’s only the place on Earth where you can keep traveling for days and will find no traces of humans. And, spending time in such a place is quite interesting. Most part of the continent is frozen and that is why there’s almost no human existence. However, Antarctica, even in this worst climatic conditions is a place where wildlife flourishes particularly on the peninsula - and that’s intriguing. The most interesting parts of the continent are the Antarctic Peninsula. Being the warmest part - animals during austral come here for breeding. 

This Antarctica cruising trip will take you through the best of the continent. While it's pretty intense it’s interesting without an inch of doubt. However, hiring well-trained Antarctica tour agents can have you in the safe zone and help you enjoy the most of it. In the very initial phase crossing Drake passage can cause throwing the ship to a height of ten stories. This may cause may suffer seasickness. It’s indeed a tough task for many with as you have to get up early in the morning at six and have breakfast. This has to be followed by putting on your waterproof boots and life jacket. Which has to be then followed by walking, hiking, and watching out for penguins. But, definitely, it is going to be really fun. Let’s take the stride to go on this unforgettable Antarctica cruising tour.

 

Trip At a Glance:

Day 1: Ushuaia - Gateway to Your Antarctica Cruise

Day 2 - 3: The Drake Passage

Day 4 - 9: The South Shetland Islands and Antarctic Peninsula

Day 10: Ushuaia - End of the Trip 

 

Trip Highlights:

  • Reach the Argentinas Ushuaia International Airport. It is the gateway to most Antarctica Cruises.

  • Embark on this never-ending journey to sail through the scenic Mackinlay Pass and the popular Beagle Channel. 

  • Sail through the Drake Passage. It was named after a great explorer named Sir Francis Drake.

  • Get the first view of snow-kissed mountains and icebergs, you are about to reach the South Shetland Islands.

  • For the Wildlife lovers, the South Shetland Islands are just heaven - Discover it.

  • Encounter some of the most wonderful waterways including the Neumayer Channel, Lemaire Channel, and the Gerlache Strait.

DETAILED ITINERARY

Day 1: Ushuaia - Gateway to Your Antarctica Cruise

It’s the first day of your Antarctica cruise! This day you have reached the Argentinas Ushuaia International Airport. From Ushuaia, which is the gateway to most Antarctica Cruises. It’s actually a resort town in  Argentina situated beautifully on South America’s Southern Tip, Tierra del Fuego archipelago. Ushuaia is also sometimes referred to as the “End of the World”. 

According to this itinerary, as designed by your Antarctica Travel Agents, today you will be embarking your long journey from Ushuaia. In the afternoon you meet your lecture and expedition staff. Settle in the cruise cabins. Embark on this never-ending journey to sail through the scenic Mackinlay Pass and the popular Beagle Channel. With this itinerary, we are assuming that you have hired an experienced Antarctica Tour Agent. This is going to make it simple and hassle-free.

Day 2 - 3: The Drake Passage

You have two days to sail through the Drake Passage. This is going to be a real adventure sailing through these lovely waters. The Drake Passage - It was named after a great explorer named Sir Francis Drake. He is believed to have sailed through the passage during 1578. Another popular reference to the Drake Passage is of being the Antarctic Convergence. It is where in this biological barrier that cold polar water sinks look sinking under the warmer northern waters. This helps in sustaining biodiversity by upwelling the nutrients. In addition to this, many seabirds also consider the Drake Passage as the Northern limits. You are undoubtedly unveiling some really interesting facts, that’s hard to find anywhere else. 

While sailing along these amazing waters, you will be guided by Antarpply Expeditions’ lecturers. They are going to help you to identify great varieties of seabirds, including albatrosses. All the arrangements have already been done by your Antarctica Travel agents and you will be made to learn about navigation, enjoy the enthralling view and watch for the wonderous whales. 

When you would be able to get the first view of snow-kissed mountains and icebergs, you are about to reach the South Shetland Islands. Discovered first by Capt. William Smith in February 1819, the South Shetland Islands are a bunch of twenty islands. On the third day of your Antarctica cruise tour, you will be accompanied ashore with guides and naturalists as directed by your Antarctica Travel agent.

 

Day 4 - 9: The South Shetland Islands and Antarctic Peninsula

For the Wildlife lovers, the South Shetland Islands are just heaven. Every single minute spent in this part of the continent is going to be unforgettable. It’s the wonderful beaches, Southern elephant seals, and huge penguin rookeries that makes it so amazing a place to visit. It’s a real out-of-the-world experience sailing into the flooded caldera via the narrow passage. And, King George Island, which is the largest of all the South Shetland Islands has enormous colonies of Kelp Gulls, Antarctic Terns, Southern Giant Petrels, nesting Adélie, Blue-eyed Cormorants, and Chinstrap Penguins. Also, for many countries, it’s the most loved Scientific bases. Moving on, at the Livingston Island, there’s more including Chinstrap, Macaroni, and Gentoo Penguins. 

Discovering the Antarctic Peninsula rich history is unimaginably a wonderful experience. It gets you with plenty of time to discover its serene panorama, wonderful wildlife, waterways, ice, and mountains. In addition to the seabirds and penguins, you are sure to encounter more of the wildlife on the poles. There would be leopard seals, killer (orca), humpback whales, crabeater, and Weddell. 

If the ice conditions allow, you will be encountering some of the most wonderful waterways including the Neumayer Channel, Lemaire Channel, and the Gerlache Strait. Every day you are going to get two landings. 

One of the landings will include the Paradise Ba. As the name signifies, it’s for sure the real paradise for any human being. Other landings would be at Cormorant colonies on Paulet Island, the Melchior Island group, the southernmost colony of Gentoo Penguins, and Petermann Island.

Day 10: Ushuaia - End of the Trip 

This day, early in the morning,  you will be arriving at the Ushuaia port. From here, you will be beginning your journey back home. 

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