The tour begins and ends at Ushuaia, Tierra del Fuego, Argentina.
The ship’s actual route will be determined by the captain, and may vary in accordance with ice, weather and other conditions.
OPTIONAL pre-tour or post-tour accommodations/activities in Ushuaia.
B – breakfast, L – lunch, D – dinner
DAY 1 • • •
Embark our cruise ship in the afternoon at Ushuaia, the southernmost city in the world. Sail through the Beagle Channel. D
DAY 2 • • •
For 2 days, we sail across the Drake Passage. After crossing the Antarctic Convergence, we experience the circum-Antarctic upwelling zone. In this area, we may see Wandering Albatrosses, Grey Headed Albatrosses, Black-browed Albatrosses, Light-mantled Sooty Albatrosses, Cape Pigeons, Southern Fulmars, Wilson’s Storm Petrels, Blue Petrels and Antarctic Petrels. Near the South Shetland Islands, we spot our first icebergs. B,L,D
DAY 3-8 • • •
Sail directly to “High Antarctica” passing the Melchior Islands and the Schollaert Channel between Brabant and Anvers Islands. Sail towards the Neumayer Channel, where our ship is positioned for the multi-activity base camp. The protected waters around Wiencke Island will become our “playground” for different activities. In this alpine environment, there are good opportunities to scout the region on foot, per zodiac and during kayak trips. Optional opportunities to use snowshoes on hikes near the shorelines. Excursions can only be conducted in good weather conditions.
Stay 2 full days and 2 full nights at anchor. Visit the British research station and the Port Lockroy post office on Goudier Island. Possible landing on Jougla Point with Gentoo Penguins and Imperial Shags. Look out for leopard seals, crabeater seals and whales.
In good conditions and time allowing, we sail through the spectacular Lemaire Channel to Booth, Pleneau and Petermann Islands where we can find Adelie Penguins and Blue-eyed Shags. Good chances of encountering Humpback Whales, Minke Whales and Fin Whales. In the evening, another suitable camp may be chosen for the next day’s activity.
At Neko Harbor, we have an opportunity to set foot on the Antarctic continent in a magnificent landscape of a huge glacier and enjoy further during zodiac cruises as well as hiking and kayaking excursions. A small group of glacier walkers may climb up on higher grounds of the glacier. Spend a night at Neko Harbor or Paradise Bay with a camp ashore. Leave early morning after breaking our last camp. Sail via Melchior Islands towards the open sea of the Drake Passage. B,L,D
DAY 9-10 • • •
On our way north, we are followed by a variety of seabirds while crossing the Drake Passage. B,L,D
DAY 11 • • •
Arrive in the morning and disembark at Ushuaia. B
INCLUDED with the cruise at no additional cost: camping, kayaking, mountaineering & snowshoeing.
* UPDATED as of JANUARY 2018
QUAD: $9,590 USD per person (porthole)
TRIPLE: $10,520 USD per person (porthole)
TWIN: $11,330 USD per person (porthole)
TWIN: $11,740 USD per person (window)
20% deposit per person is required to reserve space.
100% of the balance is required 120 days before the first day of the tour.
• 11 nights in basic double, triple or quad cabins with ensuite bathrooms.
• 32 meals: Breakfast (11), Lunch (10), Dinner (11)
• Services of a deaf group leader and hearing expedition guides.
• 2 American Sign Language (ASL) interpreters.
• Informative travel preparation packet.
• Pre-tour and/or post-tour itinerary consultation.
• $100 credit off your next full tour with Hands On Travel.
• Please consult the HOT terms and conditions before booking.
• No single supplement if the participant doesn’t mind sharing a room with other passengers of same gender.
• Low activity level. Appropriate physical fitness is needed for camping, kayaking, hiking and snowshoeing.
• Tour itinerary and price are subject to change.
• Built in 1989
• 116 passenger capacity
• 47 cabins: 41 basic, 6 superior
• 20 nautical crew, 19 hotel crew, 7 expedition staff
• Ice Class: UL1 – equivalent to 1A
• 20 nautical crew, 19 hotel crew, 7 expedition staff
Hands On Travel recommends that you purchase a travel protection plan to help protect you and your travel investment against the unexpected. Travel protection plans include coverage for Trip Cancellation, Trip Interruption, Emergency Medical and Emergency Evacuation/Repatriation, Trip Delay, Baggage Delay and more. To learn more about how to help protect you and your trip investment, visit the following link: http://www.handson.travel/resources/protection/
• International and/or domestic airfares.
• Pre and post cruise arrangements (including accommodations)
• Transfers to and from the cruise vessel.
• Personal expenses (e.g. alcohol, laundry).
• Tips for crew and guides.
Dan has been to 83 countries including Bolivia, Cuba, Morocco, Myanmar, North Korea and Oman. He has also presented at Deaf Youth Leadership Camps in Germany and Thailand as well as team-coordinating an exchange program between two deaf schools in Kentucky, USA and Kamensk, Russia.SEE DAN'S TOURS
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