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Vivid emerald, violet tints, intense blue, and crimson light the Antarctic Peninsula is anything but a world of white desolation. Join us on a true adventure to a world of immense scale and visual splendour. Passing huge icebergs in the flat calm of a polar morning will reshape the way you look at your world. Encounter huge whales, enormous rookeries of penguins, and stunning landscapes few have ever witnessed. This 11-day expedition will introduce you to the magic of the South Shetland Islands and the Antarctic Peninsula.

Antarctic

Duration: 11 Days Guaranteed Departure: Yes
For lovers of: Hiking, Cruises, Canoeing, Parks & Nature Reserves, Local Culture & Cuisine, Photography, History, Kayaking (unspecified), Wildlife, Multisport, Trekking Physical rating: Light
Accommodation standard:   Not Rated% Traveller Tour Rating: 80.0%  
Your Guide: English speaking Tour code: 126307
Starts: Ushuaia, Argentina Finishes: Ushuaia, Argentina
You will visit
  • Ushuaia
  • Ushuaia

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Day 1: Ushuaia

Arrive in Ushuaia at any time. Arrival transfer included. Enjoy the sights and sounds of the world's most southerly city.

Additional Notes:
There will be a welcome desk in the lobby of the start hotel that will provide more specific information on the G Expedition and your upcoming adventure.

Transport:
Included arrival transfer.
Private Vehicle

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Day 2: Ushuaia/Drake Passage (1B, 1D)

Enjoy a free morning in Ushuaia. Do any last minute shopping, explore the town or the surrounding countryside. Embarkation on the G Expedition begins in the afternoon at the port in Ushuaia. Enjoy the evening sailing through the Beagle Channel.

Additional Notes:
Expedition travel can be full of surprises! While it is our intention of adhere to the itinerary described below, there is a certain amount of flexibility built into the itinerary and on occasion it may be necessary, or desirable to make alterations. On the first day onboard, the Expedition Leader will give an expedition overview outlining what the specific plans are for the trip.

Included Activities:
Embarkation of the G Expedition

Transport:
G Expedition
G Expedition

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Day 3: Drake Passage/South Shetland Islands

The G Expedition is at home in this part of the Southern Ocean, known for the unimpeded never ending fetch of the winds that encircle the Antarctic.

As the Expedition crosses the passage there will be time to become acquainted with the ship and frequent the common areas that include the lounge, dining hall, library and lecture hall where we meet our guides, ship's crew and expedition staff.

Begin lectures and information sessions to learn the extraordinary human and natural history of the Antarctic region

Included Activities:
Daily lectures and educational program

Transport:
G Expedition

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Day 5: South Shetland Islands/Antarctic Peninsula

This is what we've all been waiting for - a chance to explore step foot on the Great White Continent! Over the next 4 days the Expedition will navigate southwards making stops in the South Shetland Islands then through the Bransfield Strait and to the Antarctic Peninsula.

Our goal is to attempt two excursions per day while navigating through the area but the itinerary and daily schedule will be based on the local weather and ice conditions.

During the voyage, learn about some of the most important and dramatic expeditions to this remote corner of the world.

Included Activities:
Zodiac Landings
Daily lectures and educational program
Daily Briefings and Recaps on board the Expedition

Transport:
G Expedition

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Day 9: Drake Passage/Ushuaia

Leave Antarctica and head north across the Drake Passage. In between bird watching and whale watching and enjoying some final lectures by the expedition staff, this is a chance to relax and review the adventures of the past week before returning to Ushuaia.

Remember, the best way to experience the wildlife of the Drake Passage is to be on deck keeping a look out for Albatross, Prions, and Whales!

Included Activities:
Daily lectures and educational program

Transport:
G Expedition

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Day 11: Ushuaia (1B)

Disembark the Expedition after breakfast.

Additional Notes:
In the morning upon completion you will disembarkation in Ushuaia. Passengers will receive a complimentary transfer to either the airport or a central location where luggage can be stored.

For those on morning flights, a transfer will bring them directly to Ushuaia airport (USH). The rest of the passengers will be transferred to the luggage storage point and given time to explore the city. These passengers should then return to retrieve their luggage and board a second transfer to Ushuaia airport in the afternoon, depending on their flight times. Please note that the transfer times are subject to change according to flight schedules.

Included Activities:
Departure Day

Inclusions:
    Activities
    • 9 nts aboard the G Expedition
    • 1 nt hotel in Ushuaia
    • Arrival and departure transfers
    • Zodiac excursions with our expert expedition team
    • Lectures and educational programs
    • Waterproof boots supplied for USA size 6 - 16
    • Expedition parka
    Accommodation
    • Twin-share hotel (1 nt), aboard the G Expedition in quad-, triple-, twin-share cabins, or suites (all with en suite bathrooms and porthole or window) (9 nts). Please note that all cabins consist of twin-size berths and are ocean-facing. Suites have one queen-size bed
    Meals Included
    • 10 breakfasts, 8 lunches, 9 dinners
    Transport
    • G Expedition, Zodiac, private bus
    Group Leader
    • One Expedition team member per 10 guests
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Tour Highlights:
  • Set foot on Antarcticathe world's least visited continent
  • Watch majestic albatross soar by the ship while crossing the Drake Passage
  • Opt to brave the chill of a polar plunge
  • Witness immense icebergs and magnificent glaciers
  • Have your questions answered by Antarctic experts


Reviews (15)
George A Posted on: 

From the time I stepped aboard the ship everything went perfectly. Having traveled for a good part of my 71 years this was one of the best holidays I've had.

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Per B Posted on: 

An unforgettable trip among water, ice and snow. We had excellent weather, a great expedition team and saw fantastic amounts of wildlife. I could not have asked for more.

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Stacie C Posted on: 

This was the MOST amazing trip of my life! (and I have traveled a lot) The experience of seeing this vastly untouched continent is something I won't ever forget. The penguins were adorable and the staff was excellent in giving the passengers a full and knowledgeable trip. Highly recommended!!!

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Thomas S Posted on: 2/14/2011 12:00:00 AM

My first tour with G Adventures- and I am fascinated by the places and people we saw in Patagonia. I made many new friends.

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AJ F Posted on: 

I recently returned from your Antarctic Classic adventure aboard the “little red ship” Explorer. This was an absolutely wonderful experience, and one I would repeat today if the possibility existed. Everything was geared to the experience of the passengers. The ship was smoothly and expertly run, both by the ship’s company and the hotel staff, allowing us, the passengers, to concentrate completely on the adventure. The G Adventures staff of leaders and various experts on birds, mammals, geology, and Antarctic history made the experience the more memorable by helping us understand what we were seeing and experiencing, as the trip progressed. The selection of places to visit covered a wide range of possibilities, and was obviously chosen with some careful thought. Bathing in the surf at Deception Island capped the whole thing off. The international makeup of the passengers provided for interesting conversations and other viewpoints on our planet Earth. Add to that the wonderful, almost mystical presence and beauty of Antarctica itself, and one could not but help be somewhat awed by the entire experience. I would recommend your company to anyone who has a yen to do some exploring of this earth, no matter where or when.

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The trip and the accommodations were exceptional. Very pleased with the expedition leaders' concern and care for the environment.

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Daniel W Posted on: 

The trip was fantastic, and all the tour guides were superb. Everything was a highlight.

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Jennifer N Posted on: 

Everything from the sights of Antarctica to the humor and knowledge of the staff were great! I have already recommended this to many and my stories have put this trip on a list that they hope to do in the near future.

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Daniel C Posted on: 

Well run, well organised, great staff who had fantastic knowledge of Antarctica - boat great - fantastic, could not have been better

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Michele W Posted on: 

The naturalists were amazing: informative and fun at the same time.

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Alison C Posted on: 

Staff excellent- helpful, fun and informative. Tour excellent,ship very comfortable and food excellent.

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Joerg R Posted on: 

The guides were doing a really good job. All enthusiastic, friendly and able to spread their profound knowledge! Transportation was good as well...Polaris with 65 passengers only a familiar and comfortable atmosphere! Great wildlife, landscapes the sea and again...the guides, the staff was great.

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Roy W Posted on: 

The tour was well prepared and well carried out, no problems.

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Lamont D Posted on: 

Good tour overall. The brochure is amazing so my expectations were extremely unrealistic. But overall it was enjoyable.

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Pasquale A Posted on: 

It was an amazing adventure, we felt like Antarctic explorers but with luxury at all levels. The scenery & wildlife was out of this world. The beer & BBQ lunch in the sun on the rear deck surrounded by ice & animals was a highlight!

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