Starting from Ushuaia, the world’s most southerly city, set sail across the infamous Drake Passage to the wild and untamed Frozen Frontier of Antarctica. Breathtaking scenery awaits you – snow-capped mountain ranges, ice-filled channels, immense yet beautifully-shaped icebergs and spectacular glaciers. Not to mention the plethora of wildlife – from whales, seals and a huge variety of seabirds to vast penguin colonies.
On board this exclusive Chimu Charter will be well known former Wallaby and columnist Peter FitzSimons who has been Australia’s best-selling non-fiction author for the last decade.
Peter’s biography of Antarctic Explorers; ‘Mawson: And the Ice Men of the Heroic Age: Scott, Shackleton and Amundsen’ provides a thrilling account of their legendary feats. On board Peter FitzSimons will spice up the normal events of a typical journey to Antarctica with special lectures and be host to our well known trivia nights whilst we travel together to this bucket list destination.
This trip to Antarctica will be the experience of a lifetime, so contact us now and ensure you don’t miss out.
Day 1: Arrival into Ushuaia
On arrival into Ushuaia, transfer to the Hotel Arakur. The hotel is set on a spectacular natural balcony inside the Reserva Natural Cerro Alarken, 800 feet above sea level and surrounded by stunning panoramic views, native forests and natural terraces.
Day 2: Embarkation in Ushuaia
Enjoy a free morning in Ushuaia to explore the city or pick up some last minute supplies. Embarkation begins in the afternoon at the port in Ushuaia. Enjoy a welcome drink and an introduction to the crew and expedition staff and settle into your cabins. In the early evening the ship sets sail along the famous Beagle Channel and the scenic Mackinlay Pass towards the Drake Passage.
Days 3 – 4: at Sea, Drake Passage
As you sail across the Drake Passage, watch out for marine life and enjoy the expansive views of the open ocean, either from inside the ship or out on deck. Albatrosses, prions and petrels frequently follow the ship and whales and dolphins can often be spotted. There will also be a series of lectures on the geology, history and wildlife of Antarctica and the Southern Ocean, preparing you for what lies ahead. If conditions are favourable, we may reach the South Shetlands on the evening of Day 4. The first sightings of icebergs and snow-capped mountains will herald your arrival. The islands are home to vast penguin rookeries, Antarctic fur and Southern elephant seals.
Days 5 – 8: Exploring the Antarctic Peninsula
Over the next few days explore the spectacular landscapes of the Antarctic Peninsula and discover the unique wildlife, cruising waterways in Zodiacs and making shore landings. The itinerary will depend on weather and ice conditions.
Day 9: Depart the Antarctic Peninsula
As we leave Antarctica behind, head north back across the Drake Passage towards Ushuaia. Continue your search for seabirds and whales and take in a few final lectures.
DAY 10: Drake Passage
Return across the fabled Drake Passage, with Ushuaia in our sights.
DAY 11: Disembarkation in Ushuaia
Arrive into Ushuaia in the early morning and disembark the ship after breakfast.
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