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Classic Antarctica Expedition

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Departure Return Notes
02/12/2016 02/12/2016 02/21/2016 From $11,995, aboard Sea Adventurer
Antarctic Express: Crossing the Circle Itinerary
02/12/2016 02/12/2016 02/22/2016 From $5,995, aboard Ocean Endeavour
Antarctic Explorer Itinerary
02/13/2016 02/13/2016 02/23/2016 From $9,795, aboard Akademik Sergey Vavilov
Antarctic Peninsula Explorer & Falkland Islands Itinerary
02/15/2016 02/15/2016 02/25/2016 From $6,795, aboard Ocean Diamond
Antarctic Explorer Itinerary
02/18/2016 02/18/2016 02/28/2016 From $8,495, aboard Akademik Ioffe
Antarctic Peninsula Adventure Itinerary
02/19/2016 02/19/2016 02/28/2016 From $11,995, aboard Sea Adventurer
Antarctic Express: Crossing the Circle Itinerary
02/21/2016 02/21/2016 03/02/2016 From $5,995, aboard Ocean Endeavour
Antarctic Explorer Itinerary
02/23/2016 02/23/2016 03/05/2016 From $10,595, aboard Akademik Sergey Vavilov
Ultimate Antarctica: Amongst Emperors & Kings Itinerary
02/24/2016 02/24/2016 03/05/2016 From $6,795, aboard Ocean Diamond
Antarctic Explorer Itinerary
02/28/2016 02/28/2016 03/09/2016 From $8,495, aboard Akademik Ioffe
Antarctic Peninsula Adventure Itinerary
03/01/2016 03/01/2016 03/14/2016 From $7,795, aboard Ocean Endeavour
Crossing the Circle: Southern Expedition Itinerary
03/04/2016 03/04/2016 03/14/2016 From $6,795, aboard Ocean Diamond
Antarctic Explorer Itinerary
03/07/2016 03/07/2016 03/17/2016 From $7,495, aboard Akademik Sergey Vavilov
Antarctic Peninsula Adventure Itinerary
03/09/2016 03/09/2016 03/19/2016 From $7,495, aboard Akademik Ioffe
Antarctic Peninsula Adventure
03/18/2016 03/18/2016 03/28/2016 From $7,495, aboard Akademik Sergey Vavilov
Marine Mammals in Antarctica Itinerary
11/06/2016 11/06/2016 11/16/2016 From $5,995, aboard Ocean Endeavour
Antarctic Explorer: Discovering the 7th Continent Itinerary
11/08/2016 11/08/2016 11/20/2016 From $8,095, aboard Akademik Ioffe
Off the Beaten Track Itinerary
11/14/2016 11/14/2016 11/24/2016 From $6,295, aboard Ocean Diamond
Antarctic Explorer: Discovering the 7th Continent Itinerary
11/27/2016 11/27/2016 12/10/2016 From $13,360, aboard National Geographic Explorer
Journey to Antarctica: The White Continent Itinerary
12/03/2016 12/03/2016 12/13/2016 From $5,995, aboard Ocean Endeavour
Antarctic Explorer: Discovering the 7th Continent Itinerary
12/06/2016 12/06/2016 12/15/2016 From $11,595, aboard Sea Adventurer
Antarctic Express: Cruise South, Fly North Itinerary
12/06/2016 12/06/2016 12/17/2016 From $10,395, aboard Akademik Sergey Vavilov
Antarctica & the Falkland Islands: Penguins and Sea Birds Itinerary
12/07/2016 12/07/2016 12/20/2016 From $13,360, aboard National Geographic Explorer
Journey to Antarctica: The White Continent Itinerary
12/08/2016 12/08/2016 12/18/2016 From $7,795, aboard Akademik Ioffe
Antarctic Peninsula Adventure Itinerary
12/09/2016 12/09/2016 12/20/2016 From $6,295, aboard Ocean Diamond
Journey to Antarctica: Discovering the 7th Continent Itinerary
12/12/2016 12/12/2016 12/22/2016 From $5,995, aboard Ocean Endeavour
Antarctic Explorer: Discovering the 7th Continent Itinerary
12/13/2016 12/13/2016 12/20/2016 From $8,995, aboard Sea Adventurer
Antarctic Express: Fly the Drake Itinerary
12/16/2016 12/16/2016 12/29/2016 From $14,430, aboard National Geographic Orion
Journey to Antarctica: The White Continent Itinerary
12/17/2016 12/17/2016 12/27/2016 From $10,095, aboard Akademik Sergey Vavilov
Christmas in Antarctica Itinerary
12/17/2016 12/17/2016 01/07/2017 From $14,995, aboard Akademik Sergey Vavilov
Antarctica Epic: In-Depth Combination Voyage Itinerary
12/17/2016 12/17/2016 12/30/2016 From $14,430, aboard National Geographic Explorer
Journey to Antarctica: The White Continent Itinerary
12/18/2016 12/18/2016 12/28/2016 From $8,795, aboard Akademik Ioffe
Christmas in Antarctica Itinerary
12/18/2016 12/18/2016 12/25/2016 From $8,995, aboard Sea Adventurer
Antarctic Express: Fly the Drake Itinerary
12/21/2016 12/21/2016 12/31/2016 From $6,995, aboard Ocean Endeavour
Antarctic Explorer: Discovering the 7th Continent Itinerary
12/23/2016 12/23/2016 12/30/2016 From $8,995, aboard Sea Adventurer
Antarctic Express: Fly the Drake Itinerary
12/26/2016 12/26/2016 01/08/2017 From $14,430, aboard National Geographic Orion
Journey to Antarctica: The White Continent Itinerary
12/27/2016 12/27/2016 01/09/2017 From $14,430, aboard National Geographic Explorer
Journey to Antarctica: The White Continent Itinerary
12/27/2016 12/27/2016 01/07/2017 From $10,895, aboard Akademik Sergey Vavilov
Antarctic Peninsula, Weddell Sea & Falkland Islands Itinerary
12/28/2016 12/28/2016 01/06/2017 From $10,995, aboard Sea Adventurer
Antarctic Express: Fly South, Cruise North Itinerary
01/05/2017 01/05/2017 01/18/2017 From $13,360, aboard National Geographic Orion
Journey to Antarctica: The White Continent Itinerary
01/06/2017 01/06/2017 01/19/2017 From $13,360, aboard National Geographic Explorer
Journey to Antarctica: The White Continent Itinerary
01/07/2017 01/07/2017 01/17/2017 From $10,095, aboard Akademik Sergey Vavilov
Quest for the Antarctic Circle Itinerary
01/07/2017 01/07/2017 01/28/2017 From $14,995, aboard Akademik Sergey Vavilov
Antarctica Epic: In-Depth Combination Voyage Itinerary
01/15/2017 01/15/2017 01/28/2017 From $13,360, aboard National Geographic Orion
Journey to Antarctica: The White Continent Itinerary
01/15/2017 01/15/2017 01/28/2017 From $11,295, aboard Akademik Ioffe
Journey Below the Antarctic Circle Itinerary
01/16/2017 01/16/2017 01/29/2017 From $13,360, aboard National Geographic Explorer
Journey to Antarctica: The White Continent Itinerary
01/17/2017 01/17/2017 01/28/2017 From $10,895, aboard Akademik Sergey Vavilov
Antarctic Peninsula, Weddell Sea & the Falkland Islands Itinerary
01/20/2017 01/20/2017 01/30/2017 From $14,595, aboard Sea Adventurer
Antarctic Express: Crossing the Circle Itinerary
01/20/2017 01/20/2017 02/02/2017 From $8,495, aboard Ocean Endeavour
Crossing the Circle: Southern Expedition Itinerary
01/26/2017 01/26/2017 02/08/2017 From $13,360, aboard National Geographic Explorer
Journey to Antarctica: The White Continent Itinerary
01/28/2017 01/28/2017 02/07/2017 From $14,595, aboard Sea Adventurer
Antarctic Express: Crossing the Circle Itinerary
02/02/2017 02/02/2017 02/12/2017 From $6,995, aboard Ocean Diamond
Antarctic Explorer: Discovering the 7th Continent Itinerary
02/05/2017 02/05/2017 02/14/2017 From $10,995, aboard Sea Adventurer
Antarctic Express: Fly South, Cruise North Itinerary
02/05/2017 02/05/2017 02/18/2017 From $13,360, aboard National Geographic Explorer
Journey to Antarctica: The White Continent Itinerary
02/11/2017 02/11/2017 02/21/2017 From $6,995, aboard Ocean Diamond
Antarctic Explorer: Discovering the 7th Continent Itinerary
02/11/2017 02/11/2017 02/21/2017 From $10,095, aboard Akademik Sergey Vavilov
Quest for the Antarctic Circle Itinerary
02/11/2017 02/11/2017 03/04/2017 From $14,995, aboard Akademik Sergey Vavilov
Antarctica Epic: In-Depth Combination Voyage Itinerary
02/15/2017 02/15/2017 02/25/2017 From $8,795, aboard Akademik Ioffe
Antarctic Peninsula Adventure Itinerary
02/20/2017 02/20/2017 03/02/2017 From $6,995, aboard Ocean Diamond
Antarctic Explorer: Discovering the 7th Continent Itinerary
02/21/2017 02/21/2017 03/04/2017 From $10,895, aboard Akademik Sergey Vavilov
Antarctic Peninsula, Weddell Sea & the Falkland Islands Itinerary
02/23/2017 02/23/2017 03/06/2017 From $6,995, aboard Ocean Endeavour
Antarctic Explorer: Discovering the 7th Continent Itinerary
02/25/2017 02/25/2017 03/07/2017 From $8,795, aboard Akademik Ioffe
Antarctic Peninsula Adventure Itinerary
03/01/2017 03/01/2017 03/14/2017 From $9,595, aboard Ocean Diamond
Crossing the Circle: Southern Expedition Itinerary
03/05/2017 03/05/2017 03/15/2017 From $6,995, aboard Ocean Endeavour
Antarctic Explorer: Discovering the 7th Continent Itinerary
03/06/2017 03/06/2017 03/16/2017 From $7,795, aboard Akademik Sergey Vavilov
Antarctic Peninsula Adventure Itinerary
03/07/2017 03/07/2017 03/17/2017 From $7,795, aboard Akademik Ioffe
Antarctic Peninsula Adventure Itinerary
03/16/2017 03/16/2017 03/26/2017 From $7,795, aboard Akademik Sergey Vavilov
Antarctic Peninsula Adventure Itinerary
03/17/2017 03/17/2017 03/27/2017 From $7,795, aboard Akademik Ioffe
Marine Mammals of Antarctica Itinerary
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Other Departure Options: For a longer itinerary that includes the Falklands and South Georgia, please click here.
Pricing
Prices are per person based on double occupancy and are given in U.S. dollars. Single cabins may be available on ships without dedicated single cabins at higher rates. Some ship companies may raise rates without notice. Payment, cancellation and refund policies for Expedition Cruises vary according to the departure and ship chosen. Please call our office for details on specific voyages: 1-800-543-8917. At times, some expedition cruise companies impose fuel surcharges prior to departures. Please book these trips knowing that could occur.
Location of Adventure
Antarctica
Group Size Limit
Group size varies depending on expedition ship chosen. Contact an Adventure Specialist for details.
Our Specialized 4x4 Land Rovers and Land Cruisers
Our Private Leaders
Included
Inclusions vary from ship to ship, but all include shipboard accommodation and meals, shore landings and Zodiac excursions, services of an Expedition Leader, naturalist guides, and ship’s crew, educational presentations by the Expedition Team, port taxes and service charges. Some departures also include pre-cruise hotel accommodations and meals, airport transfers, some flights within South America, boots on loan, a parka, some gratuities, and/or emergency evacuation insurance. Please see the specific itinerary on the ship's accommodations page for inclusions.
Not Included
Exclusions vary from ship to ship, but none include flights from your home to South America, personal items (laundry, souvenirs, phone calls, etc), airport and departure taxes, passport and visa fees, optional travel insurance. Please see the specific itinerary on the ship's accommodations page for exclusions.
Physical Requirements
Easy to Moderate
You must be able to walk unassisted for a minimum of one mile over rough and uneven terrain including rocky beaches, ice and snow, in order to participate in this adventure. In order to participate in excursions ashore, you will need to walk down a steep gangway (steel ramp with stairs) and climb into and out of inflatable Zodiacs, which can sometimes feel unstable depending on water conditions. Travel via Zodiac occurs over variable conditions and can sometimes be quite bumpy. If it's windy, you may get wet from sea spray. Travelers with back problems or other health issues that could be exacerbated by such conditions should take this into consideration. Travelers must be prepared for any type of weather, including extreme conditions. Daytime highs typically range from 30°F – 40°F on the Antarctic Peninsula, but can drop well below freezing with high winds and wind chill. Nighttime temperatures may drop into the teens. Sea conditions during the Drake Passage crossing, which typically lasts two days, can be extremely rough, potentially causing issues for those who are sensitive to motion sickness. We recommend discussing medications with your personal physician if you are prone to motion sickness. 
Important Information About This Trip
Antarctica’s tourist season is short, from early November to the end of March. The rest of the year, sea ice prohibits access to the continent, and perpetual darkness descends during the southern winter. Once spring arrives, Antarctica bursts into life. Each period of the austral summer travel season has its own highlights. The details below will give you an idea of what wildlife sightings and natural phenomena to expect when.

November-December (Spring/Early Summer)
Spring comes to the northern latitudes first, in the Falkland Islands and South Georgia by November, and to the South Shetland Islands in December, moving progressively farther down the Antarctic Peninsula and continent as the year continues. Warmer temperatures in December and 20+ hours of daylight (providing exceptional photography) mark the arrival of high season for tourism. As ice melts and steady sunlight bathes the region, an explosion of phytoplankton in areas of ocean upwelling provides food for a host of creatures – krill form the next rung on the food chain, sustaining squid and fish that are ultimately eaten by seabirds (including penguins), seals and whales that arrive to feast on summer’s bounty.

Visitors can expect to see:

• Crabeater seals (young are born between September and November)
• Southern Elephant seals courting into November, and huge males aggressively guarding their harems until early December
• Humpback, minke and Southern right whales migrating into the area
• Courting penguins engaged in nest building and stone stealing. By late December, penguin chicks begin to hatch, beginning in the South
Shetland Islands and progressing south in January
• Spectacular icebergs and floes as winter sea ice breaks up in bays and channels, providing haul-out spots for seals

January-February (Summer)
Warm temperatures continue, with daytime highs often in the 40s, though coastal temperatures are typically around freezing. Receding ice opens more coastal inlets and bays ever farther south. Wildlife activity is at its height, offering travelers the greatest variety of species and behavior to witness.

Visitors can expect to see:

• Young penguin chicks, most of which hatch in January. Colonies are very busy as parents scurry back and forth feeding their young.
• A multitude of seabirds: Some 35 species live south of the Antarctic Convergence, and 19 of these breed on the Antarctic continent itself. These include ocean-going pelagic species such as the albatrosses and petrels, and coastal species that feed close to shore, including  skuas, cormorants, terns and sheathbills.
• Fur seal and leopard seal pups are visible on ice floes
• Whale sightings continue to increase, with whale watching is at its best in February

March (Autumn)
Dark nights return but daytime temperatures are still above zero. Travelers get a taste of the Antarctic winter to come.

Visitors can expect to see:

• Penguins molting, losing their fuzzy gray down and developing their adult plumage
• Plenty of whales – numbers remain excellent into March
• Fur seals along the peninsula and offshore islands
• More landscapes unveiled and hiking options opened as snow cover is at its lowest point
• Snow algae blooms, turning some slopes colorful shades of pink and green
• Fascinating patterns of thin sea ice on the ocean’s surface, created by deep night frosts
• The southern polar lights, or aurora australis, which may appear on clear nights
Mandatory Insurance
Getting There & Getting Home
Different ships and departures have different arrival and departure requirements. Some departures include a pre-cruise overnight stay in the city of embarkation. Please call our office for details about different departures, as we are prepared to handle all your round-trip travel arrangements. We can best serve you if our Natural Habitat Adventures Travel Desk makes your reservations, as our staff is intimately familiar with the special requirements of this program and can arrange the most efficient travel. Please call us at 1-800-543-8917. Note that while we offer you the best possible rates available to us on airfare and additional nights' accommodations, you may find special web rates or better fares online.

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