- Follow in the footsteps of Amundsen, Scott and Shackleton
- Experience smaller ice-strengthened expeditionary ships led by polar experts
- Sail across Drake Passage spotting penguins, sea birds, seals and whales
- Explore remote bays and islets by zodiac boat, kayak and on foot
- Traverse the Antarctic Peninsular, taking in snow-capped mountains, tabular icebergs and ice-blue waters
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Day 3 Drake Passage & South Shetland Islands
Over the next few days you’ll sail south across the renowned Drake Passage, drawing ever closer to the white continent. Meet the expeditionary staff and take in the various lectures, spot wildlife such as the Wandering Albatross and Storm Petrels beside the ship, and look out for whale sightings and huge icebergs lost at sea.
Day 4 Drake Passage & South Shetland Islands
You’ll continue to sail across the Antarctic Convergence, an area of rich biology, before arriving in the South Shetland Islands.
Here you’ll get the chance to see huge numbers of nesting penguins and seabirds as well elephant seals on islands such as Livingston, Elephant and King George Islands.
Day 6 Antarctic Peninsula
This itinerary is very flexible and allows the captain to make decisions based upon weather conditions and whale sightings.
While sailing along the shores of the Antarctic Peninsula, the aim is to allow you to get off the ship as much as possible; usually twice a day to explore the remote bays and islets by zodiac boat, kayak and on foot.
Day 7 Antarctic Peninsula
Continue sailing and enjoying the scenery of snow-capped mountains, huge tabular icebergs and ice-blue waters. Planned stops may include picturesque Neko Harbour, sheltered Paradise Harbour, the Humpback Whale favoured Wilhelmina Bay, and Lemaire Channel.
You may also stop at an active scientific base as well as an historic base such as U.K.’s Port Lockroy. As you go, expect to see colonies of Adelie, Chinstrap and Gentoo Penguins alongside bird species such as Antarctic Terns and the cobalt Blue-eyed Shags. Also, look out for Weddell, Crabeater and Elephant Seals as well as the predatory Leopard Seal.
Day 8 Antarctic Peninsula
Continue sailing and enjoying the scenery and wildlife. Minke and Humpback Whales sightings are regular through much of the season whilst Orca are also common.
There’s also a wide variety of activities on offer including kayaking, hiking, overnight camping, snowshoeing, snorkeling and scuba diving.
Your Lightfoot Travel Designer can discuss these in detail with you prior to departure.
Day 11 Arrive Ushuaia
This morning you’ll disembark in Ushuaia.
You’ll be escorted to the airport for your onward flight to Buenos Aires or another destination within Argentina such as Patagonia, the Lake District or the Mendoza Wine Region.
Day 12 Departure
Today you’ll be escorted to the airport for your onward journey home.