Antarc­tic Sail­ing Ad­ven­ture

Led by one of Aus­tralia’s most ac­com­plished Antarc­tic ex­pe­di­tion yachts­men, this Antarc­tic sail­ing ad­ven­ture is an in­spir­ing trip of a life­time.

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Who doesn’t dream of an Antarc­tic ad­ven­ture? What if you could have your own pri­vate jour­ney with a small group of peo­ple on a spe­cially-built sail­ing ves­sel. What if you could com­mune closely with whales and pen­guins, be lulled to sleep by singing Leop­ard Seals and even swim among ice­bergs? If you’re look­ing for an Antarc­tic trip in which you can smell, feel and touch the con­ti­nent in a way that's not pos­si­ble on a cruise ship, this is the an­swer.

High­lights:

Small group sail­ing on a spe­cially-built 75 foot Antarc­tic yacht with a max­i­mum of 9 pas­sen­gers Led by one of Aus­tralia’s most ac­com­plished Antarc­tic ex­pe­di­tion yachts­men Close en­coun­ters with pen­guins, whales and seals

Itin­er­ary:

Min­i­mum du­ra­tion 21 days, ex Ushuaia (Ar­gentina). Note, itin­er­ar­ies vary depend­ing on sea­sonal de­mand and lo­cal con­di­tions. The fol­low­ing itin­er­ary and price are in­dica­tive. Please en­quire for de­tails.

Day 1-4 De­part­ing Ushuaia, we travel down the west coast of Patag­o­nia, with mag­nif­i­cent moun­tains in the back­ground, then cross the Drake Pas­sage. Light-man­tled Sooty Al­ba­trosses, Hump­back Whales and Wil­son’s Storm-pe­trels ac­com­pany us.

Day 5 We make land fall at the Mel­chior Is­lands and pho­to­graph Wed­dell Seals. If con­di­tions are right, we kayak around ice­bergs, bum-slide down snow hills and ab­sorb the mar­vel­lous scenery.

Day 6-7 We head to Port Lochroy and have a BBQ on deck ’Aussie style’, an­chor­ing in Dorian Bay and ex­plor­ing the old refuge huts. The Gen­too Pen­guins pre­fer liv­ing on the out­side. There are birds ev­ery­where and even the odd Minke Whale can pop over and take a look while Crabeater Seals for­age on krill un­der a vast flotilla of ice­bergs.

Day 8-10 More more op­por­tu­ni­ties to re­lax, kayak and take it all in be­fore we re­lo­cate to the Ukrainian base at Ver­nad­sky, ac­com­pa­nied again by whales and seals, then to the Yalour Is­lands where there is a large pop­u­la­tion of Adelie Pen­guins. We might hear a Leop­ard Seal singing through the hull of the boat.

Day 11 We carry on to­wards the Le­maire Chan­nel and onto Par­adise Har­bour joined this time by Chin­strap Pen­guins and the Scon­torp Glacier - a great river of ice con­stantly carved off by the sea. We can hear it from a dis­tance and head over for a closer look in the Zo­diac.

Day 12-15 On­wards through the Ger­lache Strait to Wil­hem­ina Bay and on to En­ter­prise Is­land and the ship­wreck of the ’Gov­er­nor’. Pas­sen­gers don a dry suit and drop in for a swim, oth­ers kayak. We en­joy risotto, stews and mulled wine, be­fore head­ing back to­wards De­cep­tion Is­land near the north­ern tip of the Antarc­tic Penin­sula.

Day 16-21 The jour­ney home. We cross the pas­sage and head back up the west coast of Patag­o­nia to our home port of Ushuaia.

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