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Antarctic Peninsula Adventure 10 NIGHTS EX USHUAIA Starts 2011: Thu 8 Dec, Sun 18 Dec 2012: Fri 27 Jan, Fri 24 Feb Join us on the ultimate first time experience in Antarctica. This voyage offers spectacular scenery, outstanding marine mammal and bird life, fascinating background lectures – and plenty of activity. After spending ten nights exploring this wonderful part of the world, we are certain you will leave Antarctica with a completely different perspective than before you arrived. After all, it would be impossible to feel quite the same after gazing upon an unimaginable profusion of penguins waddling across the snow – or watching a humpback whale breach the waters in close proximity to your zodiac. Then there is the awe you will feel when you first glimpse the sweeping ice sheet that spans an entire continent. Welcome to the icy world of Antarctica - a place that gets under your skin unlike anywhere else on earth. Itinerary Day 1 Arrive in Ushuaia, the world’s most southerly city, where you board our celebrated expedition ship, the Akademik Ioffe. In the early evening we set sail, charting a course along the Beagle Channel and push into the Drake Passage sometime after midnight. Day 2-3 Crossing the Drake Passage, there is much excitement in the air as we make our way ever closer to the white continent. Guests eagerly soak up the friendly atmosphere as our onboard experts prepare us for our adventure with presentations on everything Antarctic, from wildlife to history. In due course we cross the Antarctic Convergence where we notice a distinct drop in temperatures as we enter the icy waters of the Antarctic Ocean. Along the way, we witness our first icebergs, a fantastic variety of seabirds and with luck several whale species, some of which are known on occasion to fully breach from the sea. Day 4-8 In the waterways of the Antarctic Peninsula, we plan to take every opportunity to explore our surroundings in inflatable Zodiac boats. There is also the opportunity to enjoy a memorable sea-kayaking* programme (see page 7). Planned excursions might include the Lemaire Channel, Wilhelmina Bay and even the southerly Petermann Island, where we observe Weddell, crabeater and elephant seals, skuas and other seabirds as well as a magnificent abundance of penguins including some very large colonies of the comical Adélie penguin.

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At Half Moon Island we observe a breeding colony of chinstrap penguins that share their territory with fur seals and blue-eyed shags. We also hope to see the gentle humpback whale dining on krill in its feeding grounds and may be lucky to observe Orcas and Minke whales along the way. Each day we enjoy delicious lunches and dinners prepared by our team of chefs. We finally arrive at the continent of Antarctica, at Paradise Harbour or Neko Harbour, where the scenery is outstanding. There are oddly-shaped icebergs that look like sculptures and colossal ‘tabular’ icebergs that break away from the continent’s ice shelf. It is in this vicinity that we will step foot on the White Continent itself. Some may wish to camp on shore overnight. Whatever your vantage point, whether onboard or onshore, expect to feel transformed as you experience an Antarctic twilight from the very bottom of the planet. Day 9-10 As we leave this magical place and make our way north, heading again across the Antarctic Convergence and the Drake Passage before rounding Cape Horn, we celebrate the conclusion of our Polar expedition with a special dinner.

Day 11 In the early morning we arrive back in Ushuaia. After disembarkation you are transferred to your Ushuaia hotel or the airport for your onward journey. For special airfares to Ushuaia and stopover ideas in Buenos Aires, contact our expert staff today for a detailed quote. Prices per person in $US Cabin Type Triple (shared facilities)

18 DEC, 8 DEC 27 JAN & 24 FEB 5,890 6,590

Twin (semi-private facilities)

7,690

8,390

Twin (private facilities)

8,290

8,890

Superior

8,690

9,290

Shackleton Suite

8,990

9,690

One Ocean Suite

9,990

10,890

*Sea-kayaking - This is a very popular optional extra, at a cost of $US750 per person. Please reserve at the time of booking. *Ice Camping - This activity is included in the price of your voyage. There is no need to pre-book this option. We have enough gear for everyone to camp should they choose. *Antarctica Wet Weather Gear Package - is included in the price of your voyage. See opposite for details.

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