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Highlights of the Antarctic Peninsula

Sail to the White Continent aboard one of the most luxurious ships currently available. Unsurpassed comfort and true 5* service are this operator’s hallmarks. From the discreetly attentive, Relais & Chateaux cuisine and 24/7 butler service to the beautifully appointed public areas, this is a class act.

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Trip type

Antarctic Peninsula

Trip length

11-14 Days

From

$13,478 -$78,420

Ship Comfort

Luxury

Highlights of the Antarctic Peninsula - 11-14 - $13,478

Trip Summary and Itinerary Map

  • 5 full days in Antarctica = 10 planned ‘off ship’ excursions
  • Planned visits to many of the peninsula’s best known sites
  • An all-inclusive voyage with the highest pax/ staff ratio of any ship
  • The only ship to offer a 24-hour butler service

Start from Puerto Williams and end at Puerto Williams

Landmarks visited on Highlights of the Antarctic Peninsula

Operator's Itinerary

Day 1 - Puerto WIlliams

A Chilean town, located on the southern shores of the Beagle Channel, Puerto Williams is surrounded by magnificent scenery. Wild windswept mountains rise above the tree line and are regularly dusted with snow. The mountain range of “Dientes de Navarino” (literally “teeth of Navarino”), completes the dramatic backdrop. Originally used by the Yaghan people, a hunter-gatherer tribe, the area was abandoned by them upon the arrival of European settlers.

The current city was established as a naval base in 1953; its name honours the British-Chilean naval commander John Williams Wilson of the 16th century. Initially protecting territorial possessions and fishing rights in the area, as well as offering logistical support to Antarctic bases, it has now become a departure point for scientific and tourist trips to the Antarctic region. Puerto Williams charms the visitor with a small village feel, complete with rustic buildings and a homely smell of drifting wood smoke. 


Days 2 & 3 - Drake Passage

Sailing the legendary Drake Passage is an experience that only a few are lucky to experience. Set sail and slowly drop off the bottom of the map on an expedition down into the icy underworld of Antarctica. If the journey across Drake Passage sounds daunting, don’t worry, you are never alone, even in rough seas; expect to be accompanied on this spine-tingling adventure by soaring albatrosses, perhaps a protective pod of humpbacks and a dolphin or two. Converging warm and cool ocean currents attract some spectacular animal life to the passage. Your arrival in Antarctica will see skyscraper sized icebergs salute you, in a land where penguins and whales roam undisturbed through snow and ice.


Day 4 - Antarctic Sound

The Antarctic Sound will be one of your first encounters of this white kingdom, located at the northerly tip of the Antarctic Peninsula. The Sound is an assault on the senses with imposing iceberg slabs that have broken away from the disintegrating Larsen Ice Shelf. You will come face-to-face with the extraordinary birds that call this landscape their home. Gentoo penguins hop around, and cape petrels sweep overhead. Before departure, you’ll want to brush up on your photography skills to capture this magnificent continent in all of its unrestrained glory. 


Days 5 to 7 - The Antarctic Peninsula

The Antarctic Peninsula lies a mere 620 miles from Tierra del Fuego and is a spectacular first taste of the snow-blanketed landscapes and colossal ice sculptures, which make up the White Continent. Unseen by humans until 1820, the peninsula offers the thrill of the truly unknown and extraordinary. It is sprinkled with research bases at the frontline of human scientific endeavour, their inhabitants dedicated to the study of a unique landscape, its exceptional wildlife, and the impact that humans are having on this pristine continent. Cathedral-sized icebergs will loom up close, blue-hued glaciers will slowly slip into view from imposing locations like Hope Bay and thousands of adorable Adelie penguin pairs are to be found thriving, undisturbed in this unique setting.


Day 8 - South Shetland Islands

The South Shetland Islands lie close to the northwestern tip of the Antarctic Peninsula, separated by the Bransfield Strait. Several countries maintain research bases here and with plump elephant seals, and crowds of gentoo, chinstrap and Adelie Penguins also calling the islands home, it can sometimes feel a little crowded! King George Island is the largest and hosts the majority of the research stations, some of which are populated all-year-round by small yet hardy crews. These islands offer extraordinary adventure in one of the most remote locations on Earth. Towering over the archipelago are the triple peaks of Mount Foster and you’re bound to feel your heart pumping a little faster, as you sail into the centre of Deception Island’s magnificent collapsed volcano caldera. Elephant Island, meanwhile, is written deep into the annals of Antarctic legend as the site where Ernest Shackleton and the stricken crew of the Endurance miraculously survived a harsh Antarctic winter, in 1916.


Day 9 - Drake Passage

Crossing back into the Drake Passage you will relive the chance to navigate those legendary seas with albatros, petrels and dolphins for company.


Day 10 - Sailing around Cape Horn

No two words conjured up more fear to sailors of the past than Cape Horn. A reputation for ferocious storms and mountainous seas, the cape was a place where a seafarer garnered respect for bravery against the odds. Once an unavoidable physical gateway to adventure and commerce in the Pacific Ocean, Cape Horn nowadays has more of a spiritual attraction. It draws intrepid travellers who wish to pay homage to the brave sailors who once risked their lives to pass this wild and inhospitable headland.

When the weather is clear from the frequent icy squalls that batter the island’s shores, a 23 feet (7m) high steel monument can be seen standing about 1 mile (1.5km) away from the true cape, near the Chilean navy station. It is the silhouette of an albatross, the bird that is said to carry the souls of those sailors who perished “rounding the Horn”.


Day 11 - Puerto Williams

Returning to Puerto Williams after your Antarctic adventure, it is time to disembark and say farewell to the crew, the expedition teams and your fellow travellers as you head for home.

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What our customers think of Highlights of the Antarctic Peninsula

Highlights of the Antarctic Peninsula trips scored 4.5/5 from 1 reviews

The trip was perfect in every way. The ship was comfortable, the service great, scenery spectacular, the landings varied and fascinating, animal and bird life amazing.

Travelled: December 2016

Alan - UK

The Expedition Team were fabulous. They were excellent at giving briefings and keeping us posted on what was happening at all times. The other members of the team were so knowledgeable. Some great lectures on subjects that I really didn't think would interest me but absolutely did. Sarah on icebergs, Anthony on photography and the whaling industry, Scott on birds, Chris on botany and Julia on the Port Lockroy Post Office. The Expedition Team were about the ship all the time, on the lookout for wildlife, happy to chat. They really were fabulous.

Travelled: February 2020

Ann Freeman - United Kingdom

About The Ship

  • An unparalleled staff-to-guest ratio of almost 1:1
  • High A1 ice class rating with active stabilisers for comfort in high seas
  • Outstanding cuisine through the operator's partnership with Relais & Chateaux
  • Comfortable all-suite cabins
  • All drinks included, apart from specialist wines and spirits
  • Complimentary 24-hour room service

Prices, Departures and Inclusions

Prices quoted below are per person based on 2 people sharing. Cabin availability changes all the time so please contact us for up-to-date details and information on specific cabin availability.

2022

2023

* Note: Prices are per person. Paid in GBP (£) - figure above is based on today's exchange rate. Actual cost £11000

Additional Notes

The 04-Jan-23, 05-Jan-23, 16-Jan-23 and 17-Jan-23 departures are 12 days long.

The 22-Dec-22 departure is 14 days long.

All other departures are 10 days long.

Single Supplement And Child Policy

Please call or contact us for details about single supplements. Children aged 6 years old or over are welcome.

Includes

  • One night pre-cruise hotel
  • Economy Class Roundtrip to Buenos Aires (when booked as early booking)
  • 24-hour butler service
  • Open bar for duration of voyage
  • Complimentary parka
  • Onboard gratuities
  • Voyage aboard the vessel as indicated in the itinerary
  • Accommodation and meals during the voyage on full board
  • All shore excursions and zodiac activities
  • Educational lectures by expert onboard polar guides
  • Access to an onboard doctor and basic medical services
  • Port taxes and any entry fees to landing sites
  • Unlimited free WiFi

Excludes

  • International flights to and from Buenos Aires
  • Any additional pre/post land services, including meals
  • Transfers not specified in the itinerary
  • Visa, passport and any vaccination expenses
  • Airport arrival or departure taxes
  • Personal travel insurance
  • Items of a personal nature - laundry, beverages, etc
  • Additional onboard purchases (i.e. gift shop)
  • Optional adventure activities
  • Rubber boots are available to hire ($80 USD)

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