2017-18 SEASON
Dec 2017 - Mar 2018

10 Day Antarctic Explorer (Island Sky)

Intrepid Adventure Cruise starting in Buenos Aires and finishing in Buenos Aires

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Book online and enjoy exclusive savings on Intrepid's 10 Day Antarctic Explorer (Island Sky). Experience an adventure tour of Antarctica and explore the unique conditions at the end of the Earth. Embark from Ushuaia, travelling through the Drake Passage to the South Shetland Islands to see the incredible landscapes created...read more

Overview

Operator: Intrepid
Type: Adventure Cruise (Low Cost)
Style: Comfort
Duration: 10 Days
From: Buenos Aires to Buenos Aires
Tour Code: GQMZS
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Visits: Antarctica, Argentina
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Day By Day

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Buenos Aires

Your adventure begins in Buenos Aires, where we meet and transfer to the included flight to Ushuaia. With a population of more than 63,000, Ushuaia is the southernmost city in the world. Although the city has grown during the past few years, it retains an easygoing and accessible feel. Surrounded by the sea to the south and the mountains to the north, Ushuaia is a spectacular departure point for your Antarctic cruise. Please be sure to arrive in Buenos Aires prior to 10am local time on Day 1 of your expedition. We will meet at a designated hotel and transfer to the airport for the flight to Ushuaia. Meeting point and flight details will be included in your final documents.
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Ushuaia

Today, you can spend time hiking nearby, enjoy Argentine wines and barbecues in the city, or visit the many boutiques and cafés before you leave for your expedition to Antarctica. Embarkation will occur in the late afternoon, after which your vessel will sail through the historic Beagle Channel. This famous channel transects the Tierra del Fuego archipelago in the extreme south of South America. Expect an air of anticipation as you depart—the next time you’ll see land, you’ll be in the world’s most southern continent! 
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Drake Passage

Sail into the Drake Passage. This wide channel separates the bottom of South America from the tip of the Antarctic Peninsula, and was named after the English explorer, Sir Frances Drake. We hope for smooth sailing through the waterway, but be prepared for possible rough seas as the Drake is unpredictable and always changing. Onboard lectures and presentations by the expedition team will provide you with an insight into the locations you'll be visiting.
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Antarctic Peninsula

Welcome to the Antarctic Peninsula. The next few days form the core of your Antarctic adventure. Changing conditions mean that each voyage is different, but your expedition team will make the most of whatever conditions occur to make sure you have a truly fulfilling trip. Here are just a few of the things you might find yourself doing: Sitting quietly on a pebbled beach, waiting for a curious penguin chick to approach, Taking a breathtaking 'polar plunge' in the icy waters of Neko Harbour, Listening to the boom and crack of a calving glacier near Petermann Island, Cruise in a Zodiac among grounded icebergs in Pleneau Bay, Scrambling to the top of a craggy hill for an unforgettable view of Port Lockroy  

Possible Landings and Wildlife Sightings
  • CUVERVILLE ISLAND A gentoo penguin rookery is situated on the north end of the island on a rocky beach. Depending on the time of season you visit, you may see them building nests or attending to their chicks. Giant petrels and kelp gulls also breed on the island.
  • DAMOY POINT If you're lucky enough to mail a postcard in Antarctica, you’ll likely pass through Damoy Point. This is the northern entrance to the harbour on which Port Lockroy is located.
  • DANCO ISLAND This small island, 1. 6 km (one mile) in length, is easy to explore and home to gentoo penguins. Visit the marker of a former British Antarctic Survey hut and watch out for a variety of seabirds such as snowy sheathbills, kelp gulls and blue-eyed shags.
  • ENTERPRISE ISLAND Located in Wilhelmina Bay, this island was once used by whalers. A Zodiac cruise around the island passes by a wrecked whaling ship.
  • LEMAIRE CHANNEL This strait runs between Booth Island and the Antarctic Peninsula, and is one of the most scenic locations on the western coast, especially during sunrise and sunset. The 11 km (6. 8 mile) channel may become impassable when ice fills the narrow passageway, so we’ll hope for clear waters.
  • MELCHIOR ISLANDS This is a group of low islands in Dallmann Bay, on which you may see male fur seals haul-out at the end of the breeding season to recuperate from their battles for supremacy.
  • NEKO HARBOUR This bay was once used by the floating whale factory ship Neko. You may see some whale vertebrae used by resident gentoo penguins as shelter from the wind. There's an unmanned refuge hut here, erected by Argentina. Climb past the hut and up a steep slope for spectacular views of the glacier-rimmed harbour.
  • PETERMANN ISLAND Here, near the Lemaire Channel, you can stand ashore and see the southernmost breeding colony of gentoo penguins. Adelie penguins, shags and south polar skuas also inhabit the island. The dome of the island rises 200 meters (650 feet) above the sea, offering a challenging hike for panoramic views.
  • PORT LOCKROY Journey to Port Lockroy if weather permits. The harbour is on the west side of Wiencke Island. A secret base was built here during the Second World War as part of Operation Tabarin. It's now designated as a historic site, featuring a museum and the world's southernmost post office. Proceeds from your purchases here support the preservation of historic sites from the Heroic Age of Exploration.
  • WATERBOAT POINT At low tide this historic point is connected to the Antarctic mainland. Zodiacs can be used to explore the area when the tide is in. Two scientists studying penguin behaviour lived in a water boat on the point from 1921-22. The remains of their camp have been designated as an Antarctic historic site.
  • AITCHO ISLANDS This is a group of small islands, some still unnamed, situated in the northern entrance of the English Strait. You can often spot a great mix of wildlife here, including at the established rookeries of gentoo and chinstrap penguins. Southern elephant and fur seals are frequently hauled-out here too.
  • BAILY HEAD Also known as Rancho Point, this area is a rocky headland on the southeastern shore of Deception Island. Chinstrap penguins build nests on slopes leading to a high ridge, which dominates a natural amphitheater and provides a superb setting for landscape photography.
  • HALF MOON ISLAND This crescent-shaped island was known to sealers as early as 1821. Unlike the sealers who liked to keep their best locations secret, we’re happy to bring you ashore on this impressive island. Many Antarctic birds breed here, including chinstrap penguins, shags, Wilson’s storm-petrels, kelp gulls, snowy sheathbills, Antarctic terns and skua.
  • HANNAH POINT Macaroni, chinstrap and gentoo penguin rookeries are located on the point, which is on the south coast of Livingston Island. Due to the rather congested area available to the nesting penguins, you can only visit here from 10 January onwards.
  • PENDULUM COVE Hot geothermal waters are found along the shoreline of this cove, which was named after observations made in 1829 by a British expedition. You may see yellow algae and boiled krill floating on the surface because of the scalding hot water.
  • PENGUIN ISLAND Antarctica has two flowering plants, both of which you can find on Penguin Island: Deschampsia antarctica and Colobanthus quitensis. Chinstrap penguins, fur seals and southern elephant seals use the island for breeding purposes.
  • ROBERT POINT A nice spot for Zodiac cruising, this point was known to sealers as early as 1820. Chinstrap penguins, kelp gulls and pintado breed here, and whales may be seen in the surrounding waters.
  • TELEFON BAY Your expedition team will point out where the most recent evidence of volcanic eruption on Deception Island can be seen.
  • TURRET POINT Chinstrap and Adelie penguin rookeries are found on this point, which is situated on the south coast of King George Island. The beaches are often crowded with southern elephant, fur, and Weddell seals hauled-out on the rocks.
  • WHALER'S BAY To reach Whaler’s Bay, sail through the narrow passage of Neptune’s Bellows. The bay was used by whalers from 1906 to 1931 and is part of a protected harbour created by a circular flooded caldera, known as Deception Island. Along with waddling penguins and lounging seals, you’ll see the rusty remains of whaling operations on the beach. Watch for steam rising from geothermally-heated springs along the shoreline.
  • YANKEE HARBOUR Gentoo penguins have established a rookery on this harbour, which is situated on the southwest side of Greenwich Island. You can also see an abandoned Argentine refuge hut and a huge glacier stretching along the east and north sides of the bay. An abandoned try-pot is all that remains of the sealing activity that brought men thousands of miles to seek their fortune.
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Drake Passage

Wind down your Antarctic adventure with a voyage back across the Drake Passage. This is another great opportunity to look out for wildlife from the deck with a hot drink in your hand. You will also be able to attend more presentations by onboard experts focusing on the history and wildlife of the Antarctic region.
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Disembark in Ushuaia

You will arrive in Ushuaia in the morning, say goodbye to the Expedition Team and crew, and fly back to Buenos Aires (flight included).

Trip Inclusions

Highlights

  • Journey through the historic Beagle Channel, looking out for rare birdlife from deck with the help of your expedition team
  • Get up close to an incredible range of wildlife, such as minke, humpback and orca whales or gentoo, Adelie and chinstrap penguins
  • Few people ever get the opportunity to set foot on the Great White Continent, but you'll be one of them
  • A diversity of possible landing sites and activities allows you to see the spectacular Antarctic Peninsula from multiple perspectives
  • Optional activities such as sea kayaking or polar ice camping on selected voyages can take your adventure to the next level. Book early, as these sell out fast
  • A polar plunge in the Antarctic sea is the most invigorating swim you're ever likely to take
  • This all-encompassing trip includes everything you need for peace of mind on your journey, such as your return flights from Buenos Aires to Ushuaia, pre-expedition hotel accommodation, transfers to and from your ship, full meals and drinks on-board (including complimentary house wine, beer and spirits), waterproof expedition boots for shore landings (on loan) and emergency evacuation insurance.

Meals

  • 9 Breakfasts included
  • 7 Lunches included
  • 8 Dinners included

Trip Notes

Trip Notes outline what's included, visa information, important notes, how to get to your hotel, packing checklist, optional activities, travel insurance requirements - pretty much everything you need to know about this adventure and more. Please take time to have a read through, and contact us if you have any questions.
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Operator Details

Region: Antarctica
Style: Comfort
Accommodation: N/A
Location: Various
Guided: N/A
Transport: N/A
Age Range: N/A
Flights: N/A
Airport Transfers: N/A
Gratuities: N/A
Max Group Size: N/A
Free WiFi: N/A
* Source: Intrepid for trips in Antarctica. Some variances may occur on individual tours and information is provided as a guide only. Refer to Trip Inclusions section for more details.
2017-18 SEASON
Dec 2017 - Mar 2018

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