• Christmas in Antarctica

    Experience the ultimate "White Christmas!"

    Sail in comfort aboard the well-appointed Akademik Sergey Vavilov on this 9-day expedition. Starting from Ushuaia at the southern tip of Argentina, we chart a course down the historic Beagle Channel and across the Drake Passage  towards the Antarctic Peninsula and the South Shetland Islands. Seeing your first iceberg and arriving in Antarctica are always special events and one cannot help but be in awe of the pristine beauty of the "Last Continent." The abundance of wildlife is extraordinary, including five species of seals, massive rookeries of Gentoo and Chinstrap penguins, and a profusion of seabirds. Experience this amazing spectacle up close and personal on zodiac excursions and shore landings.

    best times to go: December

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    pricing: from $5,595 see detailed pricing

    Antarctica

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Experience the ultimate "White Christmas!"

Antarctica is the last wild, unspoiled place on earth, the largest, purest wilderness we know, the only continent that has been almost free of human contact since the beginning of time. It is a realm whose beauty is so spectacular and otherworldly that it often leaves visitors speechless.

And on the Antarctic Peninsula, a 700-mile-long finger of land pointing toward the tip of South America, it's not just the breathtaking scenery that beckons, it's also the spectacular display of wildlife. Thousands of penguins and numerous other seabirds such as petrels, skuas, and albatross. There is also an abundance of marine mammals in this region of Antarctica, including most of the world's great whale species and many kinds of seals.

Aboard a small, maneuverable ice-class expedition ship and in the company of a team of expert naturalist guides, you'll journey south to the "last continent" for an unforgettable, once-in-a-lifetime experience that may change your life forever.

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Activities

Easy ship travel, optional walks and Zodiac excursions. (Optional sea kayaking and camping on select departures.)

TRIP HIGHLIGHTS

  • This unique voyage is the ideal way to celebrate a guaranteed "White Christmas"
  • See a spectacular wonderland of mountains, glaciers, and icebergs in a pristine environment
  • Get up close with penguins and other wildlife on daily zodiac excursions and shore landings

Duration: 9 days Start Location: Ushuaia, Argentina End Location: Ushuaia

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  • Day 1 : Ushuaia. Board ship and set sail

    Board your expedition vessel and begin the journey to Antarctica with a scenic sail through the Beagle Channel, then enter the waters of the Drake Passage.

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    Days 2 - 3 : Drake Passage

    Spend two days crossing the Drake Passage and learning about Antarctica via the many on board lectures and presentations by Polar experts.

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    Days 4 - 6 : Antarctic Peninsula

    In the bays and coves of the Antarctic Peninsula, we intend to utilize every moment to explore by inflatable Zodiac craft that serve both as stable photographic platforms and let us easily land on wild beaches. Our sail plan will be selected from the wealth of sites in this most-accessible part of Antarctica and may include beautiful, continental Neko or Paradise harbours, the large Gentoo
    penguin colonies of Cuverville or Danco Islands, and iceberg-strewn Wilhelmina Bay and Cierva Cove.

  • Zodiac
    Days 7 - 8 : Drake Passage

    Heading north, back across the Drake Passage towards the Antarctic Convergence and Cape Horn.

  • Day 9 : Arrive back in Ushuaia and disembark.

    In the early morning, we will arrive back in Ushuaia.

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DATES: Best time to go: December Departures: Dec 20 - 28, 2014 SOLD OUT

PRICING:

(All prices are per person and in US$)

$5,595    Triple Cabin with Shared Bath
$7,395    Twin Cabin with Semi-Private Bath
$7,895    Twin Cabin with Private Bath
$8,395    Superior Cabin with Private Bath
$8,695    Shackleton Suite
$12,790   One Ocean Suite

$795 for Optional Sea Kayaking
Overnight Camping Option is Free

Single Supplement is 1.5 times the twin cabin price or 2 times the Suite price (singles cannot take over Triple Cabins).  If you are willing to share a cabin, we will match you up with a roommate and waive the single supplement fee.

  • Akademik Sergey Vavilov

    The 92-passenger Akademik Sergey Vavilov is modern and comfortable. Scandinavian-built for the Russian Academy of Science, the Vavilov was designed to travel quietly during hydro-acoustic research. The ship is maneuverable and yet exceptionally stable, due to external stabilizers and a built-in trimming system. Akademik Sergey Vavilov has an ice-strengthened hull and a cruising speed in open water of 14.5 knots. This expedition ship is designed for polar adventure trips in Antarctica and the Arctic.

    From small group sessions to briefings for all passengers, the public spaces onboard the ship are ideally suited for each and every need. A separate bar and lounge located on Deck 6, as well as a library, provide ideal places to relax or catch up on some reading. A selection of movies and documentaries can also be watched in the lounge.

    The ship’s bridge is located on Deck 6 and is open to passengers virtually 24-hours a day. The chart room is a fascinating place to visit and expedition staff or ship’s crew are often available to answer questions about the equipment and instruments found on the bridge. In addition, the bridge is an excellent place to view wildlife from. Binoculars and wildlife identification guidebooks are available.

    Amenities

    One dining room with unreserved seating. 
    Theatre-style presentation room. 
    Lounge and bar, open late afternoon and evening with a wide selection of wines and spirits. 
    Library with a collection of polar-themed books. 
    Ship-to-shore communications via satellite. 
    Clinic with licensed doctor. 
    Gym, sauna and swimming pool. 
    One elevator between passenger deck levels and to the Bridge level.


     

Properties shown are representative of the accommodations we use on this trip, may not be inclusive of all accommodations we use, and are subject to change.

Expert leadership is the key to an exciting, unforgettable experience. Our trips feature gifted leaders for whom leading trips is a true vocation. Besides showing you wonders you’d never find on your own, they make sure everything runs smoothly and safely without a hitch. They are knowledgeable about all aspects of your trip, and take great pleasure in sharing their insights with you. More than just guides, they positively elevate your experience by being teachers, companions, and the best of friends. You’ll be in good hands with them every step of the way.

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Many activities are optional and involve fairly easy travel. Trips may include short hikes of two to three hours or optional walks at low elevations. Includes less demanding sea kayaking and river rafting trips with Class I-II rapids.

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