Christmas in Antarctica

11 DAYS from US$8,725 pp

‘Tis the season . . . to be in Antarctica! Enjoy the ultimate White Christmas on one of our celebratory season voyages. We cross Drake Passage only once on each of these trips, which means less time sailing and more time enjoying Antarctic Peninsula highlights. Penguin chicks hatch, skuas are on alert, and late-bloomers try to finish off their nests. With 24 hours of daylight, we pack in continental landings, visits to historic sites and scientific stations, and perhaps an after-dinner Zodiac cruise.

Expedition Highlights

  • Sail/Fly voyage - more time to explore!
  • Celebrate a white Christmas in Antarctica!
  • Sleepy seals haul out on ice floes
  • Visit historic sites and working scientific stations
  • Camp out under the midnight sun
  • Kayak alongside friendly penguins (surcharge applies)

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Dates & Rates

Showing: All 2016

17 Dec '16 27 Dec '16 11 DAYS

Christmas in Antarctica

Trip code: ANP112

17 Dec '16 27 Dec '16 - 11 DAYS

Voyage Inclusions

  • Luggage transfer from Ushuaia hotel to Polar Pioneer on day of voyage departure
  • Luggage transfer from Polar Pioneer to King George Island airstrip
  • Flight from King George Island to Punta Arenas, Chile
  • Transfer from Punta Arenas, Chile airport to hotel
  • One night post-voyage accommodation in Punta Arenas, Chile (26 December 2016)
  • Onboard accommodation during the voyage
  • All meals, snacks, tea and coffee during the voyage
  • All shore excursions and Zodiac (inflatable boat) cruises
  • Educational lectures and guiding services from our expert team
  • Access to our on board doctor and basic medical services
  • Complimentary custom-designed Polar Expedition jacket
  • Free gumboot hire during the voyage
  • Daily cabin service
  • Comprehensive pre-departure information
  • Professionally produced voyage journal (one per booking)
  • Port taxes and charges
  • All entry fees to historic landings sites.

Voyage Exclusions

  • International or domestic flights to or from ship, unless specified
  • Transfers not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Airport arrival or departure taxes
  • Visa, passport, and vaccination charges
  • Travel insurance or emergency evacuation charges
  • Hotels and meals not included in itinerary
  • Optional excursions not included in the itinerary
  • Optional activity surcharge. Please contact us if you wish to book any optional activities, such as sea kayaking
  • All items of a personal nature including but not limited to: alcoholic beverages and soft drinks, laundry services, personal clothing, medical expenses, gratuities, and email or phone charges.
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Suite
Triple Cabin
Shared Bathroom
US$8,725
Suite
Twin Cabin
Shared Bathroom
US$10,200
Suite
Twin Cabin
Private Bathroom
US$12,340
Suite
Mini Suite
Private Bathroom
US$13,250
Suite
Captain's Suite
Private Bathroom
US$14,650

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Prices quoted are per person in US dollars, based on twin or triple share. Single occupancy is 1.7 times the twin share price. No single travel fees apply if you are willing to share your cabin (twin and triple cabins only). Fuel surcharge may apply in the event of significant fuel price increases. No refund for unused services.

Map & Itinerary

Day 1 – Beagle Channel
Enjoy a warm, late afternoon welcome from our friendly staff and Russian crew. You have time to settle into your cabin and explore the ship before our evening departure. Excitement lifts as we leave Ushuaia and set sail down the Beagle Channel, keeping watch for Magellanic penguins, dolphins and albatross.
Days 2 to 3 – Drake Passage
Fall in love with gliding albatross or the heroics of tiny storm petrels as we cross Drake Passage. Outer decks and our warm bridge offer excellent bird watching and our naturalist’s informative talks, safety and environmental guidelines prepare us for Antarctica. We have time to meet fellow travellers, relax and prepare for the days ahead. Keen eyes watch for icebergs, and the appearance of penguins and seals in the waters around us herald our first landing – in the South Shetland Islands.
Days 4 to 9 – Antarctic Peninsula
If weather permits, early risers are rewarded with spectacular views of ice-clad mountains along the Danco Coast, then soaring Anvers Island as we reach the Antarctic Peninsula. Over the next five days we explore penguin rookeries, historic sites and scientific stations and celebrate Christmas with our expedition 'family' in one of the most beautiful places on Earth. In Zodiacs we cruise amongst an iceberg fantasia, where seals bask on floes and our kayakers glide into secluded bays. Off the ship is where we like to be, even camping out one night if conditions allow. Thanks to the small number of expeditioners on board, spontaneity and flexibility is possible, enhanced enjoyment the result.
Day 10 – King George Island
We arrive at mountainous King George Island, the largest of the South Shetlands. Time and weather permitting, we explore Fildes Bay and visit the Russian Orthodox Trinity Church at Bellingshausen Station, before catching our charter flight back to Punta Arenas in Chile and transferring to our hotel.
Day 11 – Punta Arenas
After breakfast, we bid farewell to our new friends, before continuing on with our own arrangements.

Activities

The following activites are available on this expedition - register when booking. See all Activities
  • Sea Kayaking

    From US$995 pp
    Kayaking in the far-flung corners of the world is an experience guaranteed to refresh your soul. Paddling in small groups, glide between ice floes, brash ice and icebergs dotted with wildlife.
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  • Polar Snorkelling

    From US$995 pp
    Our latest adventure activity. This is your chance to don a dry-suit and take the ultimate plunge into the icy waters of Antarctica and the Arctic for an up-close underwater experience. Not for the faint-hearted!
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  • Camping

    FREE
    There is no better way to enjoy Antarctica’s stunning silence (barring the odd raucous penguin) than camping out in the open. Be a true Antarctic explorer and experience what it feels like to be camping out on ice.
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Extension Tours

Extend your holiday with these optional tours. See all Extension Tours in Antarctica

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Trip: Christmas in Antarctica (ANP112)

Voyage Inclusions

  • Luggage transfer from Ushuaia hotel to Polar Pioneer on day of voyage departure
  • Luggage transfer from Polar Pioneer to King George Island airstrip
  • Flight from King George Island to Punta Arenas, Chile
  • Transfer from Punta Arenas, Chile airport to hotel
  • One night post-voyage accommodation in Punta Arenas, Chile (26 December 2016)
  • Onboard accommodation during the voyage
  • All meals, snacks, tea and coffee during the voyage
  • All shore excursions and Zodiac (inflatable boat) cruises
  • Educational lectures and guiding services from our expert team
  • Access to our on board doctor and basic medical services
  • Complimentary custom-designed Polar Expedition jacket
  • Free gumboot hire during the voyage
  • Daily cabin service
  • Comprehensive pre-departure information
  • Professionally produced voyage journal (one per booking)
  • Port taxes and charges
  • All entry fees to historic landings sites.

Voyage Exclusions

  • International or domestic flights to or from ship, unless specified
  • Transfers not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Airport arrival or departure taxes
  • Visa, passport, and vaccination charges
  • Travel insurance or emergency evacuation charges
  • Hotels and meals not included in itinerary
  • Optional excursions not included in the itinerary
  • Optional activity surcharge. Please contact us if you wish to book any optional activities, such as sea kayaking
  • All items of a personal nature including but not limited to: alcoholic beverages and soft drinks, laundry services, personal clothing, medical expenses, gratuities, and email or phone charges.
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