Spirit of Antarctica

12 DAYS from US$8,500 pp

Antarctic adventures are best enjoyed midsummer, when near-midnight sun powers an explosion of life along the shore and brightens the thought of camping out, early alpine climbing starts or extended kayaking trips. Penguin highways are busy with traffic as parents hurry to fatten chicks and waterways are alive with whales and seals. We visit historic sites and step onto the most spectacular continent on Earth.

Expedition Highlights

  • Penguin colonies alive with nest building
  • Zodiac cruise amoungst water-sculpted icebergs
  • Step ashore the Antarctic continent!
  • Visit historic huts and scientific stations
  • Antarctic marine life - seals and whales
  • Kayak, climb, camp or snorkel!

Dates & Rates

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16 Dec '17 27 Dec '17 12 DAYS

Spirit of Antarctica

Trip code: EAP30

16 Dec '17 27 Dec '17 - 12 DAYS

Voyage Inclusions

  • Comprehensive pre-departure information
  • Luggage transfer from Ushuaia hotel to Polar Pioneer on day of voyage departure
  • Accommodation on board 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
  • Free access to our doctor and basic medical services on board
  • Free use of gumboots during the voyage
  • Daily cabin service
  • An Aurora Expeditions' multi-purpose insulated waterproof jacket
  • Daily “Penguin Post” to inform you of plans for each day and to record the activities from the previous day
  • Professionally produced voyage journal (one per booking)
  • Port taxes and charges

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, reciprocity fees and vaccination charges
  • Travel insurance or emergency evacuation charges
  • 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$8,900
Suite
Twin Cabin
Shared Bathroom
US$10,400
Suite
Twin Cabin
Private Bathroom
US$11,900
Suite
Mini Suite
Private Bathroom
US$13,500
Suite
Captain's Suite
Private Bathroom
US$14,900

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Prices quoted are per person and in US dollars, based on twin 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 – Ushuaia, Argentina
Gather in Ushuaia with time explore the community that lays claim to being the most southerly town. Embark Polar Pioneer in the afternoon for introductory and safety briefings, then set sail along the Beagle Channel.
Days 2 to 3 – Drake Passage
Our Drake Passage crossing offers cape petrels darting about the ship, black-browed and wandering albatross soaring, and Wilson’s storm petrels flitting above the sea. Learn about Antarctica from our expert naturalist and safety and environmental guidelines from our expedition team as we prepare for our first landing, possibly late on Day 3.
Days 4 to 9 – Antarctic Peninsula
An overnight passage along Gerlache Strait delivers us to the stunning Antarctic Peninsula, an ethereal wonderland of vast proportions. Aboard Zodiacs, we explore penguin rookeries, historic sites and scientific stations and cruise near exquisite icebergs. Our kayakers glide into secluded bays, climbers ascend pristine peaks and our snorkellers delight in marine discoveries. Stepping ashore on the continent creates an everlasting memory. We make the most of every day and a fair bit of each night. A curious leopard seal cruising amongst spectacular icebergs may mean postponing lunch (ours, not the leopard seal’s); loading Zodiacs after dinner for an orca cruise. If the weather allows, we may even sleep-out on the ice – a must for any Antarctic explorer!
Days 10 to 11 – Drake Passage
As the Captain steers the ship north across Drake Passage, our minds and souls revel in rich Antarctic experiences. There’s time to watch for seabirds, enjoy entertaining talks, discuss what we’ve seen and learned, exchange photos and stories. With luck, we may make a ceremonial rounding of Cape Horn before sharing a farewell dinner.
Day 12 – Beagle Channel, Ushuaia
We enjoy a gentle cruise along the Beagle Channel in the early morning. Disembark after breakfast for onward travel or to savour more time in Ushuaia, Argentina.

Activities

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

    From US$1,050 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$600 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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  • Mountaineering

    From US$450 pp
    Reach new heights in Antarctica! From easy ascents to more technical routes, our mountaineering and climbing activity is available for experienced climbers on our Antarctica expeditions.
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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

Related Expeditions

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This expedition trip met all my expectations including the professionalism, attentiveness and friendliness of the amazing staff and crew.
Trevor White, Australia - Spirit of Antarctica, 2015
Absolutely 100% performance from the Staff and Crew, Aurora should be proud of the standard of their employees!
John Parkinson - Spirit of Antarctica, 2015
I can not express how much I enjoyed my adventure and experience on the Polar Pioneer. It surpassed my wildest expectations.
Cristina Royale - Spirit of Antarctica, 2015
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Trip: Spirit of Antarctica (EAP30)

Voyage Inclusions

  • Comprehensive pre-departure information
  • Luggage transfer from Ushuaia hotel to Polar Pioneer on day of voyage departure
  • Accommodation on board 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
  • Free access to our doctor and basic medical services on board
  • Free use of gumboots during the voyage
  • Daily cabin service
  • An Aurora Expeditions' multi-purpose insulated waterproof jacket
  • Daily “Penguin Post” to inform you of plans for each day and to record the activities from the previous day
  • Professionally produced voyage journal (one per booking)
  • Port taxes and charges

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, reciprocity fees and vaccination charges
  • Travel insurance or emergency evacuation charges
  • 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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