Awe and Wonder - Antarctica

A National Geographic Expedition

Duration
12
Departure
19 February 2021
Price from
16,915

OVERVIEW

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“For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood through what has been made.”

– Romans 1:20

This small ship expedition to Antarctica is a once in a lifetime opportunity to enjoy God’s unspoilt creation is all of its magnificence! We will literally travel to the ends of the earth. A world of ice and water awaits you; an untouched world that only a blessed few have had the thrill of discovering. Huge tabletop icebergs, majestic glaciers, beaches of volcanic sand, windswept moors scattered with moss and lichen: the diversity of landscapes forms a natural haven for fascinating wildlife.

“How many are your works, LORD! In wisdom you made them all; the earth is full of your creatures. There is the sea, vast and spacious, teeming with creatures beyond number— living things both large and small.”

– Psalm 104:24-25

Book before the 31st of October and save $1000 per person!

INFORMATION SESSIONS

Join us to hear all about the Awe and Wonder - Antarctica in February 2021. Day to day run through of the itinerary. What is included/not included, what to budget for incidentals. How to book a place on tour – deposit/payments how much & when? Travel insurance. Passports/visas. Single travellers –room share/single supplement. Pre-departure info– packing list, handy hints when to expect final docs. Open forum for questions
City Location Date Time Booking Link
Sydney St Andrews Anglican Church 1 Bancroft Ave Roseville NSW October 9, 2019 7:30 pm RSVP
Online October 9, 2019 7:30 pm RSVP
Melbourne New Hope Baptist Church 3 Springfield Rd Blackburn North VIC October 15, 2019 7:30 pm RSVP
Online October 15, 2019 7:30 pm RSVP

ITINERARY

Today we leave Australia for our flight to Buenos Aires, Argentina.
On arrival you will be met and transferred to your hotel for an overnight stay.

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Today after breakfast and check out you will be transferred to the airport for the 3 1/2 hour flight south to Ushuaia.
On arrival you will be transferred to the Arakur Hotel. After lunch at the Arakur Hotel you will have some time at leisure and/or will be invited to join a walk through the Natural Reserve of the Cerro Alarken. Arakur is a unique starting point for discovering a preserved area which covers 100 hectares (248 acres); this is a sheltered place for flora and fauna species typical to the Tierra del Fuego area (please note that the observation of fauna is not guaranteed). The unique location of the Arakur close to the Mount Alarken makes it as well the perfect setting to enjoy lovely panoramas over the bay.

ALTERNATIVELY, there is an opportunity to visit the Tierra del Fuego National Park (extra cost). If you decide to do so, please note that immediately upon arrival in Ushuaia airport, you will leave towards the Park where you will have lunch before starting the tour.

Created in 1960, the park which covers 63 000 hectares (155 670 acres) is located in the south west of the Tierra del Fuego Province on the Beagle Canal. One of his entries stands slightly over 6 miles from Ushuaia.

Mountainous landscapes, lagoons, bogs, and rivers draw a picturesque scenery reinforced by the southern position of the park itself. The Darwin Mountains, which represent the southern part of the Andes Mountains are mainly responsible for such landscape. The Park is only partly accessible to the public and this tour will provide you with the opportunity to discover the local flora and sub-Antarctic landscapes. If you get lucky, you may encounter beavers, dams, birds, wild orchids, etc… This is a true paradise for Nature Lovers!

Lunch will be served in a restaurant within the Park.

(Please note that the Tierra del Fuego excursion is subject to a minimum of participants: if this number is not reached, our operator will not be able to guarantee the departure – In this case, you will be given the option to join the Arakur programme.)

At the end of your visit, you will return to Ushuaia and the port, for embarkation on your vessel between 4-5pm.

OVERNIGHT: On board Le Boreal

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Use your days spent crossing the Drake Passage to familiarise yourself with your ship and deepen your knowledge of the Antarctic. The Expedition Leader will first present the IAATO rules of conduct that must be observed during landings in the region and will explain everything you need to know about the Zodiac® outings. Lectures about the history and wildlife of the Antarctic will be an opportunity for you to learn more about this magical region, where every cruise is a unique experience. From the ship’s bridge, you will experience exceptional sailing moments before joining the naturalist-guides on your ship’s exterior decks to look out for albatrosses, cape petrels, and other seabirds flying over the Drake Passage.

OVERNIGHT: On board Le Boreal

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Succumb to the magic of a place unlike any other. To this day, the mythical Antarctic Peninsula still holds real fascination and promises its visitors unforgettable moments. Throughout your adventure in this icy realm, you will find yourself in the heart of a spectacular decor in subtle shades of blue and white, surrounded by exceptional wildlife. Penguins, humpback whales, seals and giant petrels are at home here, as are elephant seals, fur seals, Antarctic minke whales, and orcas. Depending on which sites you will be lucky enough to visit, you may get the chance to observe them and share with them the beauty of these extreme parts.

Each day, based on ice conditions, the Captain and the Expedition Leader will suggest Zodiac® outings or landings to discover the infinite riches of the Antarctic Peninsula. Glaciers, ice floe, tabletop icebergs, mountain peaks that plunge straight into the sea, volcanic beaches, research stations, enchanting bays, and vestiges of the whaling industry: these are the faces of the Antarctic that will likely reveal themselves to you, in a hushed and surreal atmosphere. You will sail in the wake of Jean-Baptiste Charcot, Adrien de Gerlache and Sir Ernest Shackleton, great Antarctic explorers who, from the 19th century, set out to conquer these remote and uninhabited lands.

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If there is one place, one sea, one waterway dreaded by tourists, researchers and hardened seafarers alike, it is undoubtedly Drake Passage. Situated at the latitude of the infamous Furious Fifties winds, between Cape Horn and the South Shetland Islands, it is the shortest route to Antarctica. Seasoned navigators will tell you that you must earn your visit to the White Continent! As the Antarctic convergence zone where cold currents rising up from the South Pole meet warmer equatorial water masses, Drake Passage harbours a very diverse marine fauna. Don't forget to look to the sky to catch a glimpse of elegant albatross and Cape petrels, playfully floating about in the wind around your ship.

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We arrive back in Ushuaia around 7am and disembark the Le Boreal ship.
Transfer to the airport for the return flight to Buenos Aires. You may then return to Australia or take up one of our optional extensions (TBC).

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Highlights

  • A cruise in partnership with National Geographic Expeditions offering enrichment with a National Geographic Photographer and an Expert onboard.
  • Outings and shore visits in Zodiac®inflatables with a team of experienced naturalist guides.
  • Lectures and information sessions hosted by our naturalist-guides, covering wildlife, history, geopolitics, the great explorers, climate, environmental protection…
  • Hiking opportunity.
  • Sailing on the Weddell Sea and amid the free-floating pack ice, discovering one of the most famous places of polar exploration.
  • Sailing on the Weddell Sea and amid the free-floating pack ice, dicovering one of the most famous places of polar exploration.
  • Visiting research stations and former whaling stations.
  • Landscapes: a multitude of drifting icebergs, ice floes, imposing glaciers and tall, snow-covered mountains.
  • Wildlife: humpback whales, Gentoo penguins, Adelie penguins, chinstrap penguins, leopard seals, crabeater seals, Weddell seals and numerous sea birds.
  • Educational discovery in the respect of environment.
  • Bible study, prayer and praise services and times of fellowship with other Christian travelling in our group.

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OUR PRICING

Pricing

Category Description Twin PP Single
Tour only from Buenos Aires Earlybird - book before 31/10/2019. Price from 1 Nov 2019 - add $1000 pp Superior Stateroom - SOLD OUT (we may request) $16,915.00 TBC
Deluxe Stateroom $17,979,00 TBC
Prestige Stateroom $19,710.00 N/A
Full tour incl air* from Melb/Sydney - Earlybird - book before 31/10/2019. Price from 1 Nov 2019 - add $1000 pp Superior Stateroom - SOLD OUT (may be requested) 18,925.00 TBC
*airfare is estimate only; firm pricing from April 2020 Deluxe Stateroom 19,990.00 TBC
Prestige Stateroom 21,720.00 N/A

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