Antarctic Peninsula and the Weddell Sea

from £5963
excluding flights *
10–12, 14 nights Jan-Mar

Overview

This voyage showcases the best of the Antarctic Peninsula, combining an exploration of the western side with an in-depth discovery of the less-visited, more remote eastern side - the Weddell Sea. Here you will find abundant penguin rookeries, incredible icebergs and unforgettable landing sites.

What's Included

  • Shipboard accommodation
  • All breakfasts, lunches & dinners on board
  • Shore landings & Zodiac cruises
  • Experienced Expedition Team
  • Presentations on board
  • Loan of rubber boots during voyage

Full description

This variation on our peninsula itineraries allows a more wide-spread exploration of Antarctica, providing a fantastic opportunity to experience the continent's scenery, wildlife and history.

The Weddell Sea side, or eastern side, of the peninsula is home to vast icebergs and a Zodiac cruise amongst these impressive structures is a memorable experience. Other highlights include the countless Adelie penguins to be found on Paulet Island, we well as an insight into early polar exploration.

In addition is the opportunity to visit the sheltered western side of the peninsula and the South Shetland Islands, making this a comprehensive introduction to Antarctica.

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Prices & Dates *

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Airfares are quoted separately to the holiday price. When enquiring, our Travel Specialists will provide the best fare possible from your preferred airline / airport.

2018/19 Departures

Departure Duration Vessel Activities Prices from (pp)
22 Jan 2019* 12 days Akademik Ioffe £10,446
06 Feb 2019 11 days M/V Ushuaia £5,963
11 Mar 2019 12 days M/V Plancius £6,780

2019/20 Departures

Departure Duration Vessel Activities Prices from (pp) Special Interest
07 Nov 2019*** 15 days RCGS Resolute £12,300 Photography
16 Dec 2019 13 days Akademik Ioffe £10,381
07 Jan 2020* 12 days Akademik Ioffe £11,458
20 Jan 2020* 13 days Akademik Vavilov £12,535
04 Feb 2020* 12 days Akademik Ioffe £11,458
14 Feb 2020 15 days Hebridean Sky £11,323
03 Mar 2020** 13 days Greg Mortimer £8,185

* This departure embarks from King George Island (Chile) and disembarks in Stanley (Falklands) ** This departure embarks from King George Island (Chile) and disembarks in Ushuaia (Argentina) *** This departure embarks and disembarks in Stanley (Falklands) Prices are per person, based on a twin cabin - please contact us for details of triple, single and superior cabins.

Activity Key:
Kayaking

Camping

What's Included

  • Shipboard accommodation
  • All breakfasts, lunches & dinners on board
  • Tea & coffee available around the clock
  • All Zodiac transfers, cruising & shore landings
  • Presentations by the Expedition Team and guest speakers
  • Loan of rubber boots during voyage
  • All miscellaneous service taxes and port charges
  • 24 hour emergency assistance from our team during your holiday
  • No surcharge guarantee

NOTES

  • A pre-voyage night in a hotel in Punta Arenas, with a flight from Punta Arenas to King George Island; and a flight from Stanley back to Punta Arenas at the end of the voyage are included on applicable voyages aboard the Akademik Ioffe
  • A pre-voyage night in a hotel in Punta Arenas, with a flight from Punta Arenas to King George Island, is included on voyages aboard the Greg Mortimer
  • A pre-voyage night in a hotel in Ushuaia is included on voyages aboard the Hebridean Sky
  • Expedition jackets are NOT provided aboard the MV Ushuaia or Plancius. A jacket is loaned for the duration of the voyage on the Akademik Ioffe. On all other ships you will be provided with an expedition jacket to keep.

Please contact us for full details and to discuss the options best for you.

Itinerary & Vessels

Itinerary & Vessels

Day 1: Embarkation in Ushuaia, Argentina

Your Antarctic adventure begins in the southernmost city in the world - Ushuaia, Argentina. The Beagle Channel will be your gateway to the south, charming you with an abundance of birdlife which includes Magellanic penguins, cormorants, petrels, and black-browed albatross.

Days 2-3: at sea

The Drake Passage, named after Sir Francis Drake, is the infamous body of water that separates South America and Antarctica. Smooth or rough, the crossing of the Drake is a rite of passage for any true Antarctic adventurer. These two days will give you time to get to know the Expedition Team and your fellow shipmates.

Days 4-10: Antarctic Peninsula & the Weddell Sea

Your time in Antarctica will be divided, subject to conditions, between the eastern and western sides of the Peninsula. Possible landing sites along the west coast include Melchiors, Wilhelmina Bay, Cuverville Island and Orne Harbour. Glaciers, penguin colonies and breaching humpback whales will highlight your days, while friendly seals are plentiful in these waters. You can also expect to encounter what is arguably the most formidable Antarctic predator - the leopard seal.

The Antarctic Sound separates the western side of the Peninsula from the Weddell Sea and is often riddled with huge pieces of ice emanating from the Larsen Ice Shelf. The Antarctic Sound itself offers great places to get ashore and stretch your legs at landing sites that are home to nesting Adelie and gentoo penguins. Snow and pintado petrels as well as kelp gulls also call this area home.

The Weddell Sea is as stunning as it is remote, and is best known as the location where Shackleton's 'Endurance' came to its end, crushed by sea ice. Take a zodiac cruise amongst huge tabular icebergs and perhaps land on Paulet Island. The island is a 350 meter high volcanic cone that juts dramatically out of the sea. Over 100,000 pairs of Adélie penguins breed here, along with blue-eyed shags, snowy sheathbills and kelp gulls. Fur seals and Weddell seals haul out onshore, while leopard seals often hunt offshore.

Days 11-12: at sea

As you cross the Drake on the way back to Ushuaia, keep an eye out for seabirds, attend some final lectures or simply reflect on your experiences of the past few days.

Day 13: disembark in Ushuaia, Argentina

After breakfast aboard the ship, disembark in Ushuaia.

Notes

  • All voyage itineraries are intended as a guideline only - embracing the unexpected is part of the legacy of expedition travel. Actual routes and landings will be dependent on weather, sea and ice conditions. A degree of flexibility is essential in the polar regions!
  • The above sample itinerary is based on the 13-day voyage on the Akademik Ioffe. Other departures may vary in duration and routing, including alternative embarkation or disembarkation ports. Please contact us for specific details.

Akademik Ioffe

Antarctica

Grade: Standard

Type: Expedition Ship

The Akademik Ioffe is fast and stable, but what really sets her apart is a high level of personal service and a focus on well-being.

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M/V Ushuaia

Grade: Simple

Type: Expedition Ship

A former research vessel offering affordable Antarctic voyages, the M/V Ushuaia is small, simple and comfortable.

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M/V Plancius

Antarctica

Grade: Simple

Type: Expedition Ship

The M/V Plancius is a traditional ex-research vessel, with proven experience in icy waters.

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RCGS Resolute

Antarctica

Grade: Deluxe

Type: Expedition Ship

Purpose-built for polar expedition cruising, the RCGS Resolute features state of the art stabilisation technology, superior comfort and a dedicated team of Adventure Concierges.   

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Hebridean Sky

Antarctica

Grade: Superior

Type: Expedition Ship

The ice-strengthened Hebridean Sky is an ‘all suite’ vessel offering a classic expedition cruising style, combined with superior accommodation and an exceptional level of service.

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The Greg Mortimer

Antarctica

Grade: Deluxe

Type: Expedition Ship

Brand new for 2019, the Greg Mortimer is a custom-built expedition ship featuring cutting-edge design, superior comfort and environmentally friendly technology.

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Roam between the bustling west and less-visited east of the Peninsula by cruise.

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Roam between the bustling west and less-visited east of the Peninsula by cruise.

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Roam between the bustling west and less-visited east of the Peninsula by cruise.

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Roam between the bustling west and less-visited east of the Peninsula by cruise.

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Roam between the bustling west and less-visited east of the Peninsula by cruise.

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M/V Ushuaia

A former research vessel offering affordable Antarctic voyages, the M/V Ushuaia is small, simple and comfortable.

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RCGS Resolute

Purpose-built for polar expedition cruising, the RCGS Resolute features state of the art stabilisation technology, superior comfort and a dedicated team of Adventure Concierges.   

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