Antarctic Whale Science Voyage

Explore the stunning waterways which surround the Great White Continent that is Antarctica. Go in search of Adelie, Gentoo and chinstrap Penguins as well as a range of whales all whilst being followed by a vast array of Antarctic birdlife such as albatross.

Itinerary Summary

Duration
14 Days
Price
£9160
When
Feb 2020
Destination
Antarctica
Type
Small Group Safari
Duration Price When Destination Type
14 Days £9160 Feb 2020 Antarctica Small Group Safari
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About this trip

An exciting journey throughout the Antarctic Peninsula, exploring incredible landscapes and watching for endearing wildlife, including Gentoo penguins, humpback whales, minke whales and much more. There are seven species of penguin and at least three species of whales that you could encounter throughout your journey so keep your eyes peeled at all times for glimpses of wildlife. When wildlife is spotted from the bridge, your captain will endeavour to maneouvre towards the sightings wherever possible, or you may head out on a Zodiac excursion for better photographic opportunities.

Your exact expedition route may vary depending on local ice and weather conditions, the availability of landing sites and opportunities to see wildlife. The final itinerary will be determined by the Expedition Leader on board. Flexibility is paramount for expedition cruises.

 

What makes this trip extraordinary?

  • Spot humpback whales and minke whale.
  • Opportunity to set foot on the continent of Antarctica.
  • Enjoy zodiac cruises alongside mighty icebergs and magnificent ice formations.
  • Visit vast penguin colonies.
  • Conditions permitting, land at “the penguin post office” at Port Lockroy.
  • An opportunity to contribute to major research studies focused on Antarctica
  • Sail on the same ship that the BBC Blue Planet team used for filming

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A 14 night set departure; whale watching, wildlife & photography on the Antarctic Peninsula

From $11,783 per person, excluding international flights

Day by day

Day by day

Day 1

Ushuaia

Arrive into Ushuaia and settle in to your hotel for the night. Choose to walk around the town and try the local restaurants, or walk down to the waterfront to take a photo with the famous sign that welcomes you to ‘fin del mundo’ – the end of the earth.

Day 2

USHUAIA - EMBARK HEBRIDEAN SKY

Explore a bit more of Ushuaia before boarding the Hebridean Sky. You’ll have some time to get to know the ship as you meet your fellow passengers and sail out into the beautiful Beagle Channel.

Overnight: M/S Hebridean Sky (B, L, D)

Days 3-4

AT SEA

Over the next two days you will venture through the Drake Passage, cross the Antarctic Convergence and then arrive in the circum-Antarctic upwelling zone. During the time at sea, the citizen science program will get underway along with presentations on the goals and methods of this unique voyage. Close to the South Shetland Islands you will be able to spot your first icebergs and keep watch for pelagic whales.

Overnight: M/S Hebridean Sky (B, L, D)

Days 5-11

ANTARCTICA

Experience some of the most unique wildlife viewing and inspiring scenery in the world while setting foot on the Antarctic continent. Attempt two shore landings per day (weather permitting) and encounter Gentoo, Chinstrap and Adélie penguin rookeries, Weddell, crabeater and leopard seals, and orca, humpback and minke whales in the cold Antarctic waters. During the voyage, learn about the peninsula's remarkable history. The on-board scientists and researchers will continue their work and provide periodic updates on the study’s progress.

Overnight: M/S Hebridean Sky (B, L, D)

Days 12-14

AT SEA

After spending 7 days in Antarctica, today you will head back to Ushuaia, spending the next two days sailing the Drake passage. You will arrive in Ushuaia on day 14 of your trip.

Overnight: M/S Hebridean Sky (B)

TRIP DETAILS

DATES AND PRICES

This is a set-departure travelling to the seventh continent with a focus on wildlife. Your exact route will depend on weather, sea and ice conditions. Note that prices exclude international flights.

Trip date Duration Prices from Accom. highlights
Feb 27 - Mar 11 2020 14 Days £11995 M/S Hebridean Sky
Trip date Duration Prices from Accom. highlights
Feb 26 - Mar 12 2021 14 Days £11995 M/S Hebridean Sky

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