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Sailing Antarctica: The Ultimate Polar Nature Expedition

Join the Exclusive Few to Explore the White Continent by Private Sailboat!
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Departure Return Notes
12/13/2015 12/13/2015 12/29/2015 Sail Ushuaia to Antarctica / Fly Antarctica to Punta Arenas
12/26/2015 12/26/2015 01/11/2016 Fly Punta Arenas to Antarctica/Sail Antarctica to Ushuaia
02/14/2016 02/14/2016 03/01/2016 Sail Ushuaia to Antarctica/ Fly Antarctica to Punta Arenas
02/27/2016 02/27/2016 03/14/2016 Fly Punta Arenas to Antarctica / Sail Antarctica to Ushuaia
12/10/2016 12/10/2016 12/26/2016 Sail Ushuaia to Antarctica / Fly Antarctica to Punta Arenas
12/23/2016 12/23/2016 01/08/2017 Fly Punta Arenas to Antarctica / Sail Antarctica to Ushuaia
01/02/2017 01/02/2017 01/15/2017 Fly-Fly Itinerary
01/22/2017 01/22/2017 02/04/2017 Fly-Fly Itinerary
Dec 2015 - Feb 2016 Fees (mouse over departure dates to view specific trip prices)
$22,995 (3-7 participants) 

Prices are per person based on double occupancy and are given in U.S. dollars. The prices and dates for the 2016-2017 season are tentative based on the completion of flight and sailing schedules. We are currently taking bookings for 2016-2017 on a first-come, first-served basis. The fly-fly itinerary is scheduled for 14 days, although flight schedules may necessitate slight changes.

Please note that we may require three or more travelers on each back-to-back departure to operate these trips. Should we not reach that minimum and choose not to run the trip due to safety concerns, a full refund of trip fees will be provided and a trip credit will be given for any documented forfeited airfare fees. To date, we have never failed to fill our trips – in fact, we typically have a waitlist. Please note a refund and trip credit will not be given if the trip is deemed safe for travel.

Single Supplement: $490 (Ushuaia & Punta Arenas only)
Deposit: $2,000 (non-refundable)

Deposits for the 2016-2017 fly/fly itineraries are $500 (fully refundable) until schedules are confirmed in late June 2015 at which time full non-refundable deposits are due. 2016-2017 sail/fly and fly/sail dates are confirmed and require a $2,000 non-refundable deposit.

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Location of Adventure
Ushuaia, Argentina / Punta Arenas, Chile / Antarctic Peninsula
Group Size Limit
Maximum 7 Travelers
Due to the limited capacity of our sailing vessel, the S/V Australis, this trip accommodates a maximum of just seven travelers, plus our Natural Habitat Adventures Expedition Leader and three crew. Such a small group guarantees an intimate and inimitable experience of Antarctica, and highly personalized encounters with the guides and naturalists we travel with. 
Our Specialized 4x4 Land Rovers and Land Cruisers
Our Private Leaders
Accommodations in Ushuaia and Punta Arenas, accommodations on board the S/V Australis, most meals and beverages in Ushuaia and Punta Arenas, all meals and beverages aboard the S/V Australis including a limited selection of wine and beer, services of a Natural Habitat Expeditions professional Expedition Leader and crew on board, services of Natural Habitat staff in Punta Arenas and Ushuaia, charter flight(s) to/from Punta Arenas to/from King George Island, commissary equipment, camping equipment, kayaking equipment, most gratuities, airport transfers in Ushuaia and Punta Arenas, special permits for traveling on this exclusive itinerary.
Not Included
Travel to/from Ushuaia and Punta Arenas, some meals in Ushuaia/Punta Arenas, some gratuities, phone calls, laundry, travel insurance, sleeping bags and pads, other personal equipment items as specified in pre-departure briefing, items of a personal nature.
Physical Requirements
Extreme Adventure

This is a serious expeditionary sailing trip in polar waters. All participants must be fully mobile with substantial physical stamina to endure changing weather conditions, cold temperatures, getting into and out of unsteady Zodiacs, walking ashore on snow, and traveling in close quarters aboard a sailboat. Sailing conditions in the Drake Passage are often rough. Expedition members should be prepared for cold and windy weather and high seas, and to take precautions for seasickness. In Antarctica, we follow a flexible itinerary, and daily activities are exploratory in nature, requiring a commitment to group unity and a willingness to face the unexpected and overcome any challenges we might face. While we will go ashore frequently, hiking will be limited due to ice conditions and glaciers close to shore. 

Accommodations on board the S/V Australis are tight but comfortable, with shared toilet facilities. When camping ashore we use North Face VE 25 Expedition 4-season tents, or similar. You will supply your own expedition-quality sleeping bag rated to at least 15F degrees, plus air mattress or insulated pad suitable for sleeping in a nylon-floor tent on the snow. 

There will be opportunities for optional sea kayaking trips from the S/V Australis, conducted in small groups with a maximum of three paddlers at a time. Paddling excursions will last a maximum of three hours. We use hardshell sit-in Current Design kayaks with rudders and spray skirts. The group will be accompanied by the Expedition Leader and follow tender at all times, and if the weather deteriorates, we will return to the boat promptly. No one will be allowed to paddle on their own without the group and guide.

You will enjoy this adventure most if you are in good physical shape. While we won't be undertaking any activities that require a high degree of fitness, you will find that physical strength and stamina will enhance your ability to undertake the activities included, as well as assisting with crewing the boat and paddling a kayak, should you wish to do so. For a few months before departure, work on building your abdominal, leg, and arm/shoulder muscles. The more fit you are, the better time you will have.
Important Information About This Trip
For this sailboat-based nature expedition, we welcome travelers with the necessary spirit, a zest for serious adventure, and either experience with winter camping or a hardy constitution and avid enthusiasm for demanding conditions. All expedition members must be flexible and have a positive and adventurous attitude—the weather and ocean conditions of the Antarctic region are notorious for their quick changes and sometimes-hostile environment. Of course, we have the advantage of safer and more comfortable equipment then Shackleton and his expedition crew had, but Antarctica and the Southern Ocean are a realm where nature tests our judgment and at the same time rewards the intrepid!

On this trip, we fly one way between South America and Antarctica and sail the other way. Regarding flights, should the very unlikely event occur (it’s never happened before) that our flight operator were to cancel flights between South America and Antarctica due to non-weather issues, we may have to elect to sail both ways. Should such a cancellation occur, the final decision to sail may not be reached until the last minute, so it could be that we are not able to provide travelers with advance notice of the change in transport mode until they are already on the trip.

The Environment & Weather
Summer in Antarctica can exhibit all kinds of weather – mostly governed by the prevailing westerly winds and the Antarctic Ice Cap. The weather pattern is an unpredictable mixture of marine low-pressure systems and more stable high-pressure inland climate. The weather is largely influenced by the immense, frigid ice sheet that covers the earth's southernmost continent. Temperatures typically range from 30 to 40 degrees Fahrenheit. In other words, you should prepare for all kinds of weather – sunshine as well as showers and snow storms. Winds can be both fierce and shifting, and the Antarctic seas are famous for ferocious katabatic storms (rare, but possible).

Your safety is of paramount concern to us. Toward that end we provide highly competent guides, a premier polar sailing vessel manned by a world-class skipper and crew with extensive experience in Antarctic waters, and the very best equipment. Our guides and crew are thoroughly trained in emergency wilderness first-aid techniques and maritime survival in polar waters. Ultimately, our guides make decisions with everyone’s comfort and safety in mind, while trying to maximize the adventure experience for each individual. We must stress that listening carefully to your guide’s instructions and directions is ultimately your responsibility and in your best interest and that of the group.

Specialized Equipment
We provide all group gear such as life jackets, tents, stoves and kitchen, a comprehensive first-aid kit and satellite phone for emergency communications. We will supply you with an individual and very comprehensive Clothing & Equipment list.
Mandatory Insurance
Since the areas we travel to on this trip are remote and wild (that's why we go there!), we require medical evacuation insurance for our guests' safety. If you decline the medical evacuation insurance coverage offered by Natural Habitat, we require that you send us documentation of the independent coverage you have selected. We will add the cost of a medical evacuation policy to your tour invoice until you provide our office with proof of coverage including your insurance company's name, contact number and your individual policy number. Thank you for understanding that our policy exists exclusively in the interest of our guests' safety.
Getting There & Getting Home
For departures that start in Ushuaia: Arrive in Ushuaia, Argentina on Day 1 no later than 5pm to arrive in time for a 7pm welcome dinner, and depart anytime from Punta Arenas, Chile on the final day.

For departures that start in Punta Arenas: Arrive in Punta Arenas, Chile on Day 1 no later than 5pm to arrive in time for a 7pm welcome dinner, and depart anytime from Ushuaia, Argentina on the final day.

We can serve you best if our Natural Habitat Adventures Travel Desk makes your reservations, as we are 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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