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Antarctica Classic in Depth
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Like our "Antarctica Classic" tour, this 13-day expedition introduces you to the magic of the South Shetland Islands and the Antarctic Peninsula, but adds on two additional days to better explore its majesty. Part of the reward of arriving in Antarctica is the challenge of negotiating the Drake Passage and the G Expedition will bring you there safely. Encounter leopard seals lazing on ice floes and immense rookeries of penguins surrounded by towering glaciers. The Expeditions expert guides and lecturers offer knowledge and insight that really bring the nature and history of the region to life, creating the adventure of a lifetime.


Duration: 13 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:   Moderate% Traveller Tour Rating: 0%  
Your Guide: English speaking Tour code: 126556
Starts: Ushuaia, Argentina Finishes: Ushuaia, Argentina
You will Visit
  • Ushuaia
  • Ushuaia

Itinerary

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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 your first day onboard, your Expedition Leader will give you an expedition overview outlining what the specific plans are for your 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

Navigate southwards making stops in the South Shetland Islands then through the Bransfield Strait and to the Antarctic Peninsula.

During the voyage, learn about some of the most important and dramatic expeditions to this remote corner of the world. Take an optional polar plunge, visit an abandoned whaling station or a working scientific research station and gain a new perspective on this part of world.

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

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

Transport:
G Expedition
G Expedition

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Day 11: 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 13: 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
    • 11 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) (11 nts). Please note that all cabins consist of twin-size berths and are ocean-facing. Suites have one queen-size bed
    • 12 breakfasts, 10 lunches, 11 dinners
    Transport
    • G Expedition, Zodiac, private bus
    Group Leader
    • One Expedition team member per 10 guests
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Tour Highlights:
  • Spend six full days exploring the Antarctic Peninsula and South Shetland Islands
  • Conquer the notorious Drake Passage
  • Learn from polar experts about the wonders of the Antarctic region
  • Come face-to-face with amazing polar wildlife
  • Marvel at immense icebergs
  • Spend time on deck watching soaring albatross