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Silver Explorer in Antarctica

Antarctica Exploration on Silver Explorer

15-day Expedition voyage from £8,640 pp incl. flights

Special offer: Early booking offer - save 20%

Summary

Short description

Follow in the path of the world's greatest explorers on this journey to the edge of the world

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Highlights

  • Explore Antarctica onboard Silver Explorer, one of the world's finest expedition ships
  • Sail past cathedral-sized icebergs and blue-hued glaciers
  • Get closer than ever to the frozen wilds with daily excursions on one of 18 Zodiac boats
  • Spot penguins, seals, and incredible birdlife
  • Learn about the region through a host of lectures and seminars from the expert expeditions team

In Brief

  • 1 Night Santiago
  • 3 Nights At Sea
  • 1 Night Antarctic Sound
  • 3 Nights Antarctic Peninsula
  • 1 Night South Shetland Islands
  • 2 Nights At Sea
  • 1 Night Ushuaia

About

Recommended for:
December holidays | Expedition cruise | Ocean cruise | Off the beaten track | Unique & unusual | Wildlife

This journey is every explorer's dream. Venturing deep into the wilds of Antarctica, you'll get up close and personal with mighty icebergs and vast, unspoilt snowy landscapes at one of the world's last frontiers. Following in the footsteps of some of our greatest explorers, you'll set off on excursions to visit penguin colonies, view the caldera of an active volcano, and paddle kayaks among blue-hued glaciers. In between, enjoy the world-class facilities of Silver Explorer, combining the best of luxury cruising with the excitement of expedition touring at the ends of the earth.

Day by day itinerary

Day 1
UK to Santiago, Chile

Enjoy VIP lounge access at the airport before departing on your flight to Santiago, Chile, arriving the following day.

Day 2
Santiago, Chile

On arrival into Chile you will be taken to your hotel for rest and relaxation ahead of your Antarctic adventure. Santiago, Chile's capital, sits nestled between the snowy peaks of the Andes and and the rugged Chilean Coast Range. If you have the chance to explore the streets of this dynamic city, head downtown to soak up the atmosphere. Plaza de Armas, flanked by impressive buildings, is a hub of daily activity. There are museums aplenty, and a maze of local markets selling everything from street food to antiques. Everything comes alive at night time, when restaurants and bars serve patrons till the early hours in some of the hippest corners of Santiago.

Stay: Mandarin Oriental Hotel (Deluxe)

Day 3
Santiago to Ushuaia

After breakfast, you'll take your included shared transfer to the airport for a charter flight to Ushuaia, where you will be transferred to the port to embark Silver Explorer. This lively resort is the last glimpse of true civilisation before you head out in to the wilds, often referred to as the 'End of the World'. Against a backdrop of towering mountains and leading down to the Beagle Channel, Ushuaia is the perfect place to set off on your expedition cruise. On board Silver Explorer, you'll have time before dinner to settle into your bright, airy suite complete with picture windows framing ocean views and private butler service.

Stay: Silver Explorer (Deluxe)

Meals: B D

Days 4-5
At Sea

You'll spend a few days at sea, passing through the Drake Passage, a 600-mile wide expanse that marks the convergence of the Atlantic, Pacific and Southern Oceans, and a sight that few will ever see in person. As you sail, you'll watch Ushuaia fade slowly into the horizon, and as you head closer to Antarctica, giant icebergs rise from the ocean in spectacular form. This is also an excellent area for whale-watching and pelagic birding. Look for soaring albatrosses and Southern Giant Petrels, as well as Cape Petrels, prions and storm-petrels. If you're lucky, you might even spot a pod of humpback whales or dolphins. Throughout each day, take advantage of the incredible amenities onboard, including two restaurants, a spa and fitness centre and the Explorer Lounge, where you can attend seminars and lectures from expert guides.


Stay: Silver Explorer (Deluxe)

Meals: B L D

Day 6
Antarctic Sound

The Antarctic Sound will be your first real encounter with the Antarctic Peninsula. This stretch of water, named after the first ship to have passed through in 1902, is punctuated by tabular iceberg slabs that have broken away from the diminishing Larsen Ice Shelf. Depending on conditions, Zodiac cruises and landings are often possible, bringing you amongst one of Antartica's most incredible sights. Gentoo Penguins breed here, along with Kelp Gulls, Cape Petrels, Snow Petrels and Skuas. You'll want to brush up on your photography skills in advance, to capture the true majesty of this otherworldly seascape.

Stay: Silver Explorer (Deluxe)

Meals: B L D

Days 7-9
Antarctic Peninsula

You'll explore the Antarctic Peninsula over the next few days mostly via Zodiac cruises. All excursions will be expertly planned by your Captain and Expedition Leader according to weather and ice conditions. You'll also have the opportunity to kayak in a small group under the guidance of certified kayak instructors. These special excursions are a chance to truly appreciate the wilds of Antarctica, paddling past cathedral-sized icebergs and snow-covered landforms in peaceful silence. This vast peninsula is dotted with research stations and thriving colonies of Antarctic wildlife; keep an eye out for seals and adorable Adelie penguins.

Stay: Silver Explorer (Deluxe)

Meals: B L D

Day 10
South Shetland Islands

Several landing sites and the remains of old whaling stations can be found in the South Shetland Islands. 75 miles north of the Antarctic Peninsula, these island hold sixteen research stations run by Argentina, the US, Chile, Spain and several other countries. Sites for your activities will be selected by Silver Explorer's crew based on weather and ice conditions. In Pendulum Cove, geothermally-heated waters are warm enough for a dip. Visit Elephant Island, site of Ernest Shackleton and the Endurance crew's miraculous 1916 survival through the harshest of Antarctic winters, and Deception Island, caldera of an active volcano. And this is a wonderful place to watch wildlife; crowds of penguins inhabit this region, along with large, oceangoing elephant seals.

Stay: Silver Explorer (Deluxe)

Meals: B L D

Days 11-12
At Sea

Over the last two days at sea, you'll sail back through the legendary Drake Passage, passing yet more icebergs and glaciers as you make your way towards civilisation. The converging cool and warm currents attract a range of marine life to these waters, so have your camera at the ready to snap some final photos. And, if you haven't already, indulge in a relaxing treatment at the Zagara Beauty Spa.

Stay: Silver Explorer (Deluxe)

Meals: B L D

Day 13
Ushuaia

This morning, you'll debark the ship and take your included shared transfer to the airport for your charter flight to Santiago. Continue onward to your hotel for another overnight stay at the Mandarin Oriental, a chance to regroup and reflect on your Antarctic adventures. If you have the energy, head into Santiago's latin quarter for dinner in the liveliest of atmospheres.

Stay: Mandarin Oriental (Deluxe)

Meals: B

Days 14-15
Santiago, Chile to UK

This morning, you'll check out of your hotel and take your included shared transfer to the airport. Enjoy VIP lounge access before your return flight to the UK, arriving the following day.

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Pricing

Any element of this cruise can be adjusted to suit your needs. Just contact us to find out more.

Prices

Accommodation rating: Deluxe

15-day Expedition voyage from £8,640 pp incl. flights

Departure:

Early booking offer - save 20%
Book by: 31 May 2021

Includes:
  • Scheduled flights in economy class (upgrades available)
  • 1 night accommodation pre-cruise and 1 day-use post-cruise
  • Transfers (between airport/hotel and ship)
  • In-country flights when required by itinerary
  • Guided Zodiac, land and sea tours, and shoreside activities led by the Expeditions Team
  • Parka
  • Enrichment lectures by a highly qualified Expeditions Team
  • Butler service in every suite
  • Unlimited Free Wifi
  • Personalised service – nearly one crew member for every guest
  • Choice of restaurants, diverse cuisine, open-seating dining
  • Beverages in-suite and throughout the ship, including champagne, select wines and spirits
  • In-suite dining and room service
  • Onboard entertainment
  • Onboard gratuities

Price varies by departure date, please call for details.

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