Day 1: End of the world begins a journey
Your journey begins where the world ends. Ushuaia, Argentina, known as the southernmost city in the world, is located at the southern tip of South America. During the afternoon you will embark in this small city of Tierra del Fuego - called "Del Fin del Mundo" - and sail the rest of the day through the scenic Beagle Channel flanked by mountains.
Days 2 - 3: The path of the polar explorers
During the next two days in the Drake Passage, you will be able to experience life from the perspective of the polar explorers who first braved these regions: cool salty breezes, rough seas, perhaps even a fin whale snorting marine spray .
Crossing the Antarctic Convergence - the biological boundary of Antarctica formed from the meeting of the warmest waters of the sub-Antarctic seas with the cold Antarctic waters - you will find yourself in the circumantarctic upwelling zone.
There is not only a change in marine fauna but also in avifauna. Wandering albatross, gray-headed albatross, black-browed albatross, light-mantled albatrosses, checkerboard petrels, storm petrels, blue petrels, and Antarctic petrels are some of the bird species that can be spotted.
Days 4 - 7: Enter Antarctica
Rocky gray peaks dotted with snow, whitish-blue cracked ice towers, and wildlife completely different up and down. You will first pass the snow-capped peaks of the Melchior Islands and the Schollaert Channel, sailing between the Brabant Islands and Antwerp.
Some of the sites you can visit include:
Danco Island - The activity here will be focused on the Papuan penguins that nest on the island, in addition to the nearby Weddell seals and crabeater seals.
Neko Harbor - An epic landscape of gigantic glaciers and endless snow carved by the wind, Neko Harbor offers opportunities for a Zodiac cruise and a landing that will allow you to see up close the alpine peaks that surround you.
Bahía Paraíso - It is possible to take a Zodiac cruise in this expanse of water full of icebergs where there are good chances of seeing Humpback and Minke whales.
Puerto Lockroy - After navigating through the Neumay channel er you may be able to visit the former British base - now museum and post office - of Port Lockroy on Goudier Island. It is also possible to carry out activities in the neighboring Jougla Point, where you will find Gentoo penguins and blue-eyed cormorants. There are also excellent kayaking and camping facilities here, and when conditions are right you can even snowshoe along the coast.
Day 8: Scenes from the South Shetland Islands
The volcanic South Shetland Islands are windswept and usually covered in mist but still offer subtle pleasures. A wide variety of flora (mosses, lichens, flowering grasses) and fauna (Gentoo penguins, chinstrap and Southern giant petrel) inhabit the islands.
In the Deception Island the ship passes through Neptune's bellows to enter the flooded caldera of the volcano. Here it is possible to find hot springs, an abandoned whaling station and thousands of checkerboard petrels - as well as kelp gulls, common and polar skua and Antarctic terns can also be seen. It is possible to take a good walk in this desolate volcanic landscape.
Alternatively it is possible to carry out activities on the neighboring island Medialuna. Here chinstrap penguins and Weddell seals are often found near the Argentine base Cámara. Meteorology for the Drake Passage will determine the exact time of departure.
Days 9 - 10: Known Seas, Known Friends
The return journey is far from lonely. During the crossing of the Drake, he is once again greeted by the seabirds that accompanied him during the journey south. But this time they will be better known to you, and you to them.
Day 11: Round trip
Every adventure, regardless of its greatness, must eventually come to an end. It's time to disembark in Ushuaia, but with memories to accompany you wherever your next adventure may be.