Classic Antarctica Cruise
2017-2018

Overview:

Travel at the peak of the Austral summer when weather and wildlife viewing are at their best. Explore shorelines teeming with penguins and seals and chat with on-board experts about the day’s discoveries. Cruise for 10 nights aboard the luxury all-balcony expedition ship ‘Le Boreal,’ on a voyage to discover some of the world’s rarest wildlife and Antarctica’s extraordinary environment. Travel in the company of a world-class expedition team of scientists, authors, historians and professional photographers. Aboard 199-passenger Le Boreal. (2017) or Aboard Le Lyrial(2018)

Brief Itinerary:
Day 1: Arrive Buenos Aires, Argentina
Day 2: Ushuaia / Gateway to Antarctica
Days 3-4: Cruising the Drake Passage / Epic Passage
Days 5-9: Antarctica / The White Continent
Days 10-11: Cruising the Drake Passage / Memorable Return
Day 12: Depart Buenos Aires

**Special Offer: Save $5,000 per couple on a Category 1-3 cabin when you book by March 31, 2017.

Interested in more information? Please contact Expedition Easy by telephone at 1-800-617-2319 or e-mail info@expeditioneasy.com.

Classic Antarctica Cruise
2017-2018

Day-By-Day Itinerary:

Day 1: Arrive Buenos Aires, Argentina
Arrive this morning to Argentina’s capital and transfer to your hotel, where immediate check-in has been arranged. Enjoy some time to relax before this afternoon’s city tour. As complex as it is energetic and seductive, this port city has been the gateway to Argentina for centuries, bringing many porteños (as locals are known) into its boundaries. Although it is reminiscent of a European city, the spirit of Buenos Aires is evident in its diverse and distinctly local neighborhoods. Meet your fellow adventurers this evening for a welcome cocktail reception. Overnight at Sofitel Buenos Aires.

Day 2: Ushuaia / Gateway to Antarctica
Today, take a flight down to the charming seaside town of Ushuaia, the capital of Provincia de Tierra del Fuego and the southernmost city in the world. Upon arrival, enjoy sightseeing (time permitting) and a traditional Patagonian barbecue lunch. Later this afternoon, arrive at your ship and settle in for your first night on board. Stylish and comfortable, ‘Le Boreal’ features all-balcony staterooms and suites on journeys to Antarctica. Wander the decks to become acquainted with the ship, relax in the lounge and mingle with fellow guests in anticipation of your voyage. On departure, enjoy cruising through the beautiful Beagle Channel before heading out to sea.

Days 3-4: Cruising the Drake Passage / Epic Passage
The southward journey toward Antarctica is an exciting one. An important trade route in the 19th and early 20th centuries, the Drake Passage is a 600-mile-wide swath of water where the Southern Ocean currents are squeezed between South America’s southern tip and Antarctica’s northernmost reaches. Its stormy waters and icy conditions often made the journey a difficult one, though the stabilizer-equipped and remarkably sturdy ‘Le Boreal’ handles it with ease. As you travel in the comfort of your luxury cruiser, enjoy several enriching lectures on both days by leading experts on topics spanning Antarctica, from birdlife and geology to photography and history.

After lunch, join your naturalists on the deck to look for various species of whales and abundant seabirds, which join other mammals in feasting on the krill-rich waters of the Drake Passage; it’s all just a taste of the wildlife you will encounter in the days to come. Later in the evening, chat with experts about the wildlife spotted today and discuss the next day’s itinerary.

Days 5-9: Antarctica / The White Continent
As the Antarctic Peninsula and its offshore islands appear on the horizon, a sense of excitement begins to build. While day-to-day itineraries depend on weather, water and wildlife conditions, two excursions are carefully planned for each day by the captain and expedition leader. Each cruise day begins with an early breakfast. Afterward, venture out in swift and sturdy Zodiacs — guided by expert drivers and accompanied by lecturers, in groups of no more than 10 guests — to a number of sites, which may include: the penguin-filled islands in the South Shetlands of Half Moon, Penguin or Deception; islands off the continental coastline such as Cuverville, Paulet or Vortex; and, weather permitting, the fabled Antarctic Peninsula. ‘Le Boreal’ also plans to sail through Paradise Bay and the Lemaire Channel, referred to as “Kodak Alley” for its stunning, cameraready vistas of towering icebergs and deep blue waters. After a morning exploring native species and striking terrain, return to ‘Le Boreal’ for lunch and perhaps some time to relax and scan the wildlife-rich waters that surround you, where you may spot everything from fin whales, humpback whales and orcas, to imperial shags and the southern giant petrel.

In the afternoon, set out for the day’s second excursion, which may include a visit to a working scientific research station, the remains of a turn-of- the-century whaling and sealing station, a sheltered beach teeming with basking elephant seals or simply circumnavigating colossal icebergs that serve as floating homes to seals and penguins. Return to your cruiser to relax and chat over cocktails in the cozy, comfortable lounge and enjoy dinner in the dining room. Afterward, you may choose to recap the day’s discoveries with your naturalist guides, enjoy time on deck with fellow guests or seize the opportunity to capture photos in the stunning low light characteristic of Antarctica’s long, ethereal twilight.

Days 10-11: Cruising the Drake Passage / Memorable Return
Bid farewell to wondrous Antarctica and begin your cruise back to Ushuaia. The ship’s return through the Drake Passage is an interlude for recap and reflection, with time to compare notes with your expert lecturers on the wildlife, history and geology of the White Continent. Spend time on board with newfound friends in the comfortable common spaces of ‘Le Boreal,’ relax in your spacious cabin or absorb more fascinating lectures by your captivating expedition team. While cruising through this historic passage, you may spot various species of whales and seabirds, including the elusive albatross and the giant petrel, an opportunistic predator and scavenger nicknamed the “stinker.” The albatross is an especially beautiful sight to behold — these birds boast a wingspan of 11.5 feet on average and use their powerful wings to glide through the air for hours at a time in search of food.

Day 12: Depart Buenos Aires
‘Le Boreal’ docks at Ushuaia this morning, where after breakfast you bid farewell to the staff and ship’s crew and disembark. Afterward, transfer to the airport to board your flight home via Buenos Aires.

*Please note: This itinerary is subject to change due to ice, weather, wildlife and other conditions beyond control. The final itinerary will be determined at the sole discretion of the Captain and Expedition Leader.

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Classic Antarctica Cruise
2017-2018

Rates:

Dec 27, 2017 – Jan 7, 2018
Category 1: $14,495
Category 2: $15,995
Category 3: $16,995
Category 4: $21,995
Category 5: $22,995
Category 6: $24,995
Category 7: $28,995
Category 8: $32,995
Category 9: $35,995

**Special Offer on December 27, 2017 departure: Save $5,000 per couple on a Category 1-3 cabin when you book by March 31, 2017

Jan 6, 2018 – Jan 17, 2018
Category 1: $15,995
Category 2: $17,495
Category 3: $18,495
Category 4: $24,495
Category 5: $24,995
Category 6: $26,995
Category 7: $30,995
Category 8: $33,995
Category 9: $36,995

**Special Offer on Jan 6, 2018 departure: Save $5,000 per couple on a Category 1-3 cabin when you book by March 31, 2017

*Above rates are per person, based on double occupancy.
*Please contact us for single supplement rates.

Rates are approximate until the time of booking. Please note rates are subject to change without prior notice due to circumstances beyond our control; i.e. fuel increases, currency fluctuations, etc.

Included:

– Accommodations as noted in the itinerary; meals as specified; arrival transfers from the airport to the starting hotel regardless of the day of arrival and departure; transfers on the day of debarkation to the airport; fully guided sightseeing as noted in the itinerary (including park and entrance fees); local bottled water during sightseeing; selected beverages with group meals; complimentary standard bar drinks, beer, house wines, soft drinks, coffee drinks, juices and bottled waters (excluding premium wines and Champagnes) while on board ‘Le Boreal’; all shore excursions and full lecture program while on board ‘Le Boreal’; services of an Expedition staff and local guides; handling of two pieces of baggage per person for international flights (other conditions/restrictions may apply for internal routes); hotel taxes; all gratuities throughout; a complimentary expedition parka and backpack provided on board ‘Le Boreal’; and a post-cruise expedition logbook.

Not Included:

– Guest Protection Program; international and internal airfares, unless otherwise noted; costs associated with obtaining passports or entry visas; airport departure taxes, unless otherwise noted; excess baggage charges; meals other than specified in the itinerary; beverages other than noted in your pre-tour documentation; sightseeing not included in the itinerary; and personal expenses such as laundry, communication charges and optional activities (which are subject to availability).

Deposit & Payments

This itinerary is subject to the availability of all services at the time of making a reservation. No space is being held at this time. Please contact Expedition Easy for the full terms and conditions that apply. We are happy to answer questions and discuss your trip.

Reservations

To reserve space on a trip on the Expedition Easy website, please contact Expedition Easy by telephone at 1-800-617-2319 or e-mail info@expeditioneasy.com.

December 27, 2017; January 6, 2018