JANUARY 15 - FEBRUARY 4, 2019
Antarctica
Swimming with whales, meeting penguins and and iceberg diving
Antarctica. The most remote and hard-to-reach place on Earth, the biggest dream of travellers, divers, photographers and wildlife enthusiasts. Our team takes you to the edge of the world! Sail through the Drake Passage on a sailing yacht, dive among icebergs, swim with whales, observe penguins and much more. We will make a "classic" Antarctic route, visit the most famous and spectacular points around Antarctic Peninsula
We start our expedition from Ushuaia, the southernmost harbour of Argentina. A comfortable and safe marine yacht Aurora and its experienced crew takes us across the Drake passage. The vessel is equipped with the everything necessary for a long expedition: from large fresh water tanks to modern communication and safety equipment. After four days we arrive at the Antarctic peninsula, where we spend over 2 weeks enjoying the beauty of the pristine nature, diving with icebergs, snorkeling with whales and seals, observing penguins and visiting abandoned polar stations of pioneer explorers, whaler's stations, southernmost church and bar, penguin colonies and much more. We will become pioneers ourselves.

In addition to helping you experience breathtaking adventures, we provide lectures and educational programmes. Participants learn a lot about seals and whales, iceberg formation, ocean biology and meteorology, polar pioneers and much more.

After spending two weeks in the Antarctic peninsula we cross the Drake Passage back to Ushuaia.

Small group and flexible schedule
We go in a small group of 7 guests on our sailing yacht. This allows us to control the route and to be able to change it whenever necessary. All the participants will have plenty of time to spend with wildlife, enough photo opportunities, no one will hurry you up.

What animals are there to meet?

There will be opportunities to see plenty of unique species, including:

  • Whales: minke, humpback, fin whale, orca, southern right whale;
  • Seals: leopard seal, crabeater seal, Weddell seal, Ross seal, southern elephant seal, southern sea lion;
  • Penguins: adelie, chinstrap, gentoo;
  • Plenty of other marine birds

Itinerary
23 days, 20 days at sea
Day 1
Arrival to Ushuaia. Meeting at the airport.

Day 2
Reserve day for flight delays.

Day 3-7Drake Passage.

Day 8-9
South Shetland Islands. "Gateway" to Antarctica. Here is the place where we will begin our acquaintance with these unexplored lands. There are many polar stations on the islands.

Day 10
Bellingshausen polar station. The famous Russian Antarctic station. The Church of the Holy Trinity which is the most southern Orthodox church in the world.

Day 11
Abandoned whaler's stations and Deception islands.

Day 12
Trinity island. Penguin colonies and sea bird's colonies.

Day 13
Abandoned whaler's stations at Enterprise island.

Day 14
Neko harbour. Spectacular mountains, glaciers and icebergs.

Day 15
Lemaire Channel and Petermann island. Adeile and gentoo penguin colonies, seals, leopard seals, whales and orcas. Port Lacroy - a spectacular harbour, one of the most famous tourist destinations in Antarctica.

Day 16
Vernadsky base. Southernmost pub in the world. Popular tourist location, also great for leopard seal diving.

Day 17-18
Melchior islands within Dallman bay is a small ice-covered archipelago. A good place to meet feeding humpback whales.

Day 19-21
We head back home. Drake passage

Day 22
Arrival to Ushuaia.

Day 23
Flights back home.

The schedule may have to be adjusted in accordance with the weather conditions.


Price:
Triple cabin 8 500 euro per person (3 spaces)
Double cabin 9 800 euro per person (4 spaces)
Single accommodation 19 000 euro per person

Included:
  • Accommodation and meals on the yacht
  • Polar snorkeling
  • Weight belts
  • Airport transfer
Not included:
  • Flights
  • Accommodation in Ushuaia
  • Additional expenditures in Ushuai
  • Personal snorkeling equipment
Equipment list
Equipment recommendations
During summer in Antarctica the surface temperature is expected to vary from +5C to -5C. However, due to winds and humidity the air feels colder.

Personal equipment
  1. Warm (very warm!) clothing
  2. Several pairs of warm socks
  3. Rubber boots
  4. Shoes for wearing onboard the yacht
  5. Waterproof clothes and gloves
  6. Swimwear for in case the hot springs are in action
  7. Sunglasses
  8. Personal hygiene items
  9. Suncream
  10. Waterproof bags and cases for photography equipment
  11. Personal medicine
  12. Seasick pills
  13. Snorkeling equipment: fins, mask, snorkel, drysuit, hood, gloves, spare set

Weather
Drake Passage is know for it's hard and unpredictable weather, which can affect the lenght of expedition. As far as we can not change the weather, we are not responsible for any schedule changes caused be the weather.

What the difference between two Antarctic trips with Team Trip?

This is our first expedition, which we also call "short" and "easy". This is a "classic" Antarctic route for everyone, short and comfortable. We will visit the most famous points of Antarctic peninsula.

Our second expedition, also known as "long" and "diving", is longer and a bit more extereme, focused on scuba diving with leopard seals and snorkeling with whales. We will visit the places with the best chances to see as much wildlife as possible. Learn more about our second route here:
http://team-trip.ru/antartica_diving
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Contacts:
info@team-trip.ru
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