Antarctic Expedition: In Search of the Emperor (Round Trip)
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Antarctic Expedition: In Search of the Emperor (Round Trip)

Starting at $17,249


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Venture into the Weddell Sea on an expedition that sets out to explore the realm of the mighty emperor penguin: a snowcapped island and its surrounding ice floes. Journey on to the South Shetlands in search of Adélies and gentoos, fur seals and more.

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Destination & Sightseeing

ITINERARY

Ushuaia, Argentina
Ushuaia lies on the triangular-shaped island of Tierra del Fuego. While Ferdinand Magellan was exploring the straits between the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans in 1520, he was amazed by the smoke and fires which seemed to appear at every turn. These fires, kept continuously alight by the Yaghan and Ona Indians, became the inspiration for the name "Tierra del Fuego," Land of Fire.

(At Sea)

(At Sea)

Antarctic Sound Expedition, Antarctica
Renowned for the massive tabular icebergs – iconic “ice cathedrals” often miles long and hundreds of feet above sea level – that break free from the ice shelves along the Weddell Sea, this channel between Trinity Peninsula at the northern tip of the Antarctic Peninsula and Joinville Island measures about 37 miles long and nine miles wide. Some of the largest Adélie penguin colonies make their home here, and whales and other sea mammals are often seen.

Snow Hill, Antarctica
A snowcapped isle of the coast of the Antarctic Peninsula in the Weddell Sea, this area is sometimes difficult to access, as it is often completely surrounded by pack ice. Snow Hill island – only 18 miles wide at its broadest point – is closer to the South American continent than any other location in the Antarctic, and also home to the northernmost colony of the largest, tallest and one of the rarest of all penguin species: the magnificent Emperor Penguin.

Snow Hill, Antarctica
A snowcapped isle of the coast of the Antarctic Peninsula in the Weddell Sea, this area is sometimes difficult to access, as it is often completely surrounded by pack ice. Snow Hill island – only 18 miles wide at its broadest point – is closer to the South American continent than any other location in the Antarctic, and also home to the northernmost colony of the largest, tallest and one of the rarest of all penguin species: the magnificent Emperor Penguin.

Snow Hill, Antarctica
A snowcapped isle of the coast of the Antarctic Peninsula in the Weddell Sea, this area is sometimes difficult to access, as it is often completely surrounded by pack ice. Snow Hill island – only 18 miles wide at its broadest point – is closer to the South American continent than any other location in the Antarctic, and also home to the northernmost colony of the largest, tallest and one of the rarest of all penguin species: the magnificent Emperor Penguin.

Snow Hill, Antarctica
A snowcapped isle of the coast of the Antarctic Peninsula in the Weddell Sea, this area is sometimes difficult to access, as it is often completely surrounded by pack ice. Snow Hill island – only 18 miles wide at its broadest point – is closer to the South American continent than any other location in the Antarctic, and also home to the northernmost colony of the largest, tallest and one of the rarest of all penguin species: the magnificent Emperor Penguin.

South Shetland Islands, Antarctica
Just northwest of the Antarctic Peninsula, the icebergs and snow-capped mountains of South Shetland volcanic archipelago are a mesmerizing site. A haven for wildlife, colonies of chinstrap, gentoo and Adélie penguins make their home here, and Antarctic fur seals and Southern elephant seals command the beaches. Seabirds are everywhere, including Antarctic terns and giant petrels.

South Shetland Islands, Antarctica
Boasting extraordinary scenery and wildlife, this archipelago is about 75 miles north of the Antarctic Peninsula, separated by the Bransfield Strait. Notable islands here include King George Island, home to international research stations; Elephant Island, renowned as the spot where 22 crew from Shackleton’s “Endurance” were stranded; and Deception Island, the flooded caldera of a submerged volcano, once a base for sealers and whalers. Adélie, chinstrap, gentoo and macaroni penguins breed here.

(At Sea)

(At Sea)

Ushuaia, Argentina
Depart on an overnight flight to Buenos Aires (Explorer/Endurance) or Santiago (Resolution). Settle into the Alvear Art Hotel (or similar, Explorer) or Alvear Icon Hotel (or similar, Endurance) before seeing the city’s Beaux-Arts palaces and the famous balcony associated with Eva Perón. Or check into the Mandarin Oriental Santiago (or similar, Resolution) before our guided overview of this vibrant city backed by the inspiring Andes. Discover sites like the Plaza de Armas and get a feel for the mix of old and new that makes this city so great. This area is excellent for photography! (Day 2: L)

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