Antarctica
 
"Across the Antarctic Circle" Expedition
Penguin
 
Cross latitude 66° 33’ South in the wake of hallowed explorers including the first to do so, Captain James Cook. It’s a moment to celebrate, and we oblige with enthusiasm. In this frozen area of extraordinary beauty, powerful orcas and leopard seals patrol the waters, while ethereal snow petrels grace the skies against a background of bristling mountain ranges and surreal icebergs. Threading our way through an intricate system of icy waterways, we aim for the glorious Crystal Sound at the mouth of The Gullet.
 

Day 1: Transfer from your hotel in Ushuaia (Argentina) to the boat. Step aboard your home-away-from-home and settle in to your comfortable cabin. There is time to greet fellow passengers, meet the staff and explore the ship before we leave Ushuaia for our evening cruise down the Beagle Channel.

Day 2: We cross the Drake Passage, accompanied by albatross, petrels, fulmars and prions. Our polar experts speak about Antarctica’s unique wildlife and history. Spirits soar as air and water temperatures fall, marking our crossing of the Antarctic Convergence. All eyes are peeled for the first iceberg, the first penguin and the first glimpse of whales.

Day 4: We enter the antarctic world and explore the Peninsula’s west coast, with time to watch the frenzied activities of penguin parents and chicks as the summer days begin to shorten. Watch for imperial cormorant chicks bravely making their first flights from sea cliffs. If conditions allow, we go ashore this afternoon.

 
Penguines
 
Ice-Diving
 
Icebergs  

Day 4-9: Zodiac cruise amongst icebergs and floes replete with basking Weddell and leopard seals and revel in the unparalleled beauty of the vast, Antarctic landscape. Besides landing on wildlife-rich offshore islands, we make a continental landing, possibly hiking up for spectacular views. As we continue south, ice conditions govern our movements. Whether we cross the Circle via the ‘inner route’ or the Bellingshausen Sea, we celebrate in style. With luck we reach magnificent Crystal Sound, pass through the Gullet and steam on to Marguerite Bay, where relatively few have gone before. Orcas, humpbacks and minkes feed in the channels. We may visit historical Stonington, Pourquoi Pas and Detaille islands before turning north to warmer climes.

 

Day 10: We arrive at mountainous King George Island. If time and weather permit we explore penguin and seal-rich waters of Fildes Bay and visit the surprising Trinity Church at Bellingshausen Station, before catching our charter flight back to Punta Arenas (Chile), where we transfer to our overnight accommodation.

Day 11: After breakfast bid farewell to fellow expeditioners before flying from King George Island to Punta Arenas (Chile) where you can continue on with your own arrangements.

Polar Pioneer
 
Polar Pioneer - Cabin
Rates & Information
"Across the Antarctic Circle" Expedition
Date: 18.-28.02.2017
Rate:

8.725,- US $ per person
in Tripple Cabin with shared Bathroom

10.200- US $ per person
in Double Cabin with shared Bathroom

12.340,- US $ per person
in Double Cabin with ensuite facility
Diving & Snorkeling: 1.050,- US $ per person

Each dive site will vary according to conditions and accessibility, but will surely offer a unique and exiting experience. Two dives per day are planned, except during the sea crossing days. Please note that all of our itineraries are at the mercy of weather conditions and not all landings are guaranteed. Safety first!

We offer to all our guests the opportunity to join a free of charge Photo-Workshop on board!
As places are limited advaced reservation is required.

Included:

Luggage transfer from Ushuaia hotel to the boat on day of voyage departure, luggage transfer from the boat to King George Island airstrip, flight from King George Island to Punta Arenas, transfer from Punta Arenas airport to hotel, one night accommodation in Punta Arenas post voyage, accommodation during the voyage, all meals, snacks, tea and coffee during the voyage, all shore excursions and Zodiac (inflatable boat) cruises, educational lectures and guiding services from our expert team, access to our on board doctor and basic medical services, loan of gumboots during the voyage, daily cabin service, comprehensive pre-departure information, an Antarctic wildlife guide, port taxes and charges, all entry fees to historic landings sites

Not included:
International Flight to Ushuaia, Visa and Airport Fees, Telephone, Laundry and Bar on Board, Tips, personal consumption, Travel-, Health & Emergency Insurance, additional travel programs
Number of Participants:
12 persons
Departure-/Arrival Harbor: 
Ushuaia - Argentinien / Punta Arenas - Chile
Note: 
All divers must be a trained, certified scuba divers with proof of certification beyond entry level, i.e. Advanced Diver certification or equivalent rating, issued by a recognised scuba training organisation. In addition to this it is extremely important that adequate training and experience is gained in dry suit diving, and in the use of other new and unfamiliar equipment to be used in Antarctica. To ensure your safety and enjoyment and to avoid any unnecessary problems on the trip, recent diving experience and proof of a minimum of 20 logged dives using a dry suit are required prior to joining the expedition.
Additional Travel Programs:

Additional Travel programs are available. Please ask for our Patagona, Argentinia, Chile, Peru, Galapagos, Ecuador Specials.

Force Majeure:
Actions of independent contractors such as Airlines, tour operations, are not the responsibility of Blue Heaven Holidays.
We reserve the right to shorten a trip, change itineraries or substitute a vessel for weather or mechanical reasons.
Refund would be based on number of days cancelled, not quality/quantity
 
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