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ANTARCTICA: Anvers Island and Flandres Bay

Tuesday 06 December 2022

In this adventurous multi-activity voyage, we visit Antarctica’s Anvers Island and Flandres Bay, where you can learn to chart and make depth measurements while exploring in our Zodiac boats and kayaks. Camping, navigation workshops, and fascinating presentations about historic Antarctic voyages are also part of this immersive expedition.

Exploring and charting Anvers Island and Flandres Bay: –

Be part of a true polar expedition! During this adventurous basecamp voyage, we will visit Antarctica’s remote Anvers Island and Flandres Bay, charting and making depth measurements while we explore the area in our Zodiac boats and kayaks. Camping, navigation workshops, and presentations about the legendary Antarctic voyages of history are all part of this exciting activity-based expedition.

The seventh continent is the one of extremities. Ruled by nature, this is one of the last remaining serene destinations on our planet. Summer months provide a small window to peek into this continent when tourists can visit.

Highlights of the trip:

  • Full board voyage with expert expedition staff
  • Daily landings on the Antarctic continent
  • On board experts will give information sessions on the continent

 


Itinerary

Day 01

Tuesday 06 December 2022

*We generally reach Ushuaia one day prior. In this case we will suggest that you are in Ushuaia on 05 December itself. Accommodation we will arrange independent of the ship. It is also important to be there if one needs to buy some ice gear. It is also important from the perspective of having a buffer day.

So it will be:

04 December – reach Buenos Aires and stay

05 December – fly to Ushuaia and stay

06 December 2022: End of the world, start of a journey

Your voyage begins where the world drops off. Ushuaia, Argentina, reputed to be the southernmost city on the planet, is located on the far southern tip of South America. Starting in the afternoon, you embark from this small resort town on Tierra del Fuego, nicknamed “The End of the World,” and sail the mountain-fringed Beagle Channel for the remainder of the evening.

Day 02

Wednesday 07 December 2022

Day 2 & 3, Wednesday & Thursday, 7& 8 December 2022: Path of the polar explorers

Over the next two days on the Drake Passage, you enjoy some of the same experiences encountered by the great polar explorers who first charted these regions: cool salt breezes, rolling seas, maybe even a fin whale spouting up sea spray. After passing the Antarctic Convergence – Antarctica’s natural boundary, formed when north-flowing cold waters collide with warmer sub-Antarctic seas – you are in the circum-Antarctic upwelling zone. Not only does the marine life change, the avian life changes too. Wandering albatrosses, grey-headed albatrosses, black-browed albatrosses, light-mantled sooty albatrosses, Cape petrels, southern fulmars, Wilson’s storm petrels, blue petrels, and Antarctic petrels are a few of the birds you might see.

Day 04

Friday 09 December 2022

The first glimpses of Antarctica

As we head toward Antarctica, our first stop is the impressive Spert Island, where you can enjoy views of its towering cliffs and canyons from our Zodiacs and kayaks. After an exhilarating morning, we head to Mikklesen Harbor, where the goal is to land at the tiny D’Hainaut Island. Gentoo penguins can be seen on this island, which is surrounded by awe-inspiring glaciers and mountains welcoming us to Antarctica.

Day 05

Saturday 10 December 2022

Dobrowolski Island and possible leopard seals

Today we visit Dobrowolski Island. Landings here can be tricky, but the reward is a beautiful island that is seldom visited, with a range of penguins and seals that rest on the rocks. A channel around the island offers kayakers a pleasant view of the terrain and wildlife. This is also where we’ve had the most luck seeing hauled-out leopard seals on the ice floes in recent years. Naturally, we cannot guarantee you will see any, but keep your fingers crossed!

Day 06

Sunday 11 December 2022

Today we head to the area of Flandres Bay, an uncharted area that will provide you the opportunity to see how we use technology to read the sea bed for navigational purposes. We hope to find new information about the coastline as well as finding new landing sites. This is a real expedition day, so flexibility is key, and venturing into the unknown is our aim.

Day 07

Monday 12 December 2022

Anvers Island hikes and history

We begin the day on the south side of Anvers Island, in Neumayer Channel, and hope to land at Damoy Point. This is a favorite of our program, with the secluded Dorian Bay nearby and the chance to snowshoe to a ridge that was once used as a ski-way for aircrafts. After a well-deserved lunch, we head along the Neumayer Channel to Börgen Bay and explore this dramatic area of coastline. Weather permitting, we might alternately visit Access Point, once used by John Biscoe to land on Anvers Island, and re-trace his historic footsteps.

Day 08

Tuesday 13 December 2022

Paradise Bay and Brown Station

Today you may be able to take a Zodiac cruise in these sprawling, ice-flecked waters, where there’s a good chance we will encounter humpback and minke whales. We might also be able to make a stop at Brown Station (Almirante Brown), an Argentine research facility with nearby nesting gentoos. A short hike up the hill behind the station offers exceptional views across Paradise Bay.

Day 09

Wednesday 14 December 2022

Meeting the Melchior Islands

These islands offer a beautiful landscape rich with icebergs. Leopard seals, crabeater seals, and whales are found here, and there are excellent opportunities for kayaking as well as shore-based activities.

Day 10

Thursday 15 December 2022

Day 10 & 11, Thursday & Friday, 15 & 16 December 2022

Familiar seas, familiar friends

Your return voyage is far from lonely. While crossing the Drake, we are again greeted by the vast array of seabirds remembered from the passage south. But they seem a little more familiar to you now and you to them.

Day 12

Saturday 17 December 2022

Every adventure, no matter how great, must eventually come to an end. It’s now time to disembark in Ushuaia with memories that will accompany you wherever your next journey leads.

*Here the cruise itinerary ends. We will book flight to Buenos Aires on this day. It is recommended that we keep a buffer night in Buenos Aires before booking a flight back home from here. So we will have to book flight back home on 18 December 2022.

 

Cost per person on twin sharing basis in a Twin Porthole type cabin is:

 

Description  US$  Exchange  Rs  Remark
Airfare            80,000.00 India Buenos Aires India
Airfare            42,000.00 Buenos Ushuaia Buenos
Argentina visa              3,000.00  
Insurance              2,500.00  
Miscellaneous              7,500.00  
Cabin cost  10,350.00        75.00    7,76,250.00  
Insurance        600.00        75.00        45,000.00 Emergency evacuation
Buenos stay            15,000.00  
Ushuaia              8,000.00  
         
Estimated cost per head        9,79,250.00  
Additional GST 5%            48,962.50  
Additional TCS 5%            51,410.63  
*Availability & rates as prevailing at time of confirmation and transaction        

 

 

*Note that: flight, visa, Buenos Aires stay, Ushuaia stay and Indian tax is not included in the above cabin cost.

 

 

Included in this voyage cabin cost

 

  • Voyage aboard the indicated vessel as indicated in the itinerary.
  • All meals throughout the voyage aboard the ship including snacks, coffee and tea.
  • All shore excursions and activities throughout the voyage by Zodiac.
  • Program of lectures by noted naturalists and leadership by experienced expedition staff.
  • Free use of rubber boots and snowshoes.
  • Luggage transfer from pick-up point to the vessel on the day of embarkation in Ushuaia.
  • Pre-scheduled group transfer from the vessel to the airport in Ushuaia (directly after disembarkation).
  • Program of lectures by noted naturalists and leadership by experienced expedition staff.
  • All miscellaneous service taxes and port charges throughout the program.
  • Comprehensive pre-departure material.

 

Excluded from this voyage cabin cost (some items we will add independent of the cabin cost)

 

  • Any airfare whether on scheduled or charter flights.
  • Pre- and post-land arrangements.
  • Passport and visa expenses.
  • Government arrival and departure taxes.
  • Meals ashore.
  • Baggage, cancellation and personal insurance (which is strongly recommended).
  • Excess baggage charges and all items of a personal nature such as laundry, bar, beverage charges and telecommunication charges.
  • The customary gratuity at the end of the voyages for stewards and other service personnel aboard (guidelines will be provided).

 

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