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Sailing Antarctica: The Ultimate Polar Nature Expedition - NEW ITINERARY!

Join the Exclusive Few to Explore the White Continent by Private Sailboat!
Departure Return Notes
12/29/2014 12/29/2014 01/14/2015 Sail Ushuaia to Antarctica / Fly Antarctica to Punta Arenas
01/11/2015 01/11/2015 01/27/2015 Fly Punta Arenas to Antarctica / Sail Antarctica to Ushuaia
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
Dec 2014 - Jan 2015 Fees
$22,995 (3-7 trip participants) 

Prices are per person based on double occupancy and are given in US Dollars. The prices for the 2015-2016 season may change slightly.

For safety reasons we require three or more travelers on each back-to-back departure to operate these trips. Should we not reach that minimum,  a full refund of trip fees will be provided and a trip credit will be given for any forfeited airfare fees. To date, we have never failed to fill our trips.

Single Supplement: $490 (Ushuaia & Punta Arenas only)
Deposit: $2,000 (non-refundable)
Location of Adventure
Ushuaia, Argentina / Punta Arenas, Chile / Antarctic Peninsula
Group Size Limit
Due to the limited capacity of our sailing vessel, the S/V Australis, this trip accommodates a maximum of just 8 travelers, plus our Natural Habitat Expeditions guide and 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
 
Included
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, services of a Natural Habitat Expeditions professional Expedition Leader and crew on board, services of Nat Hab staff in Punta Arenas and Ushuaia, one-way flights to/from Punta Arenas to/from King George Island, commissary equipment, camping equipment, kayaking equipment, most gratuities, boat transfer between Ushuaia and Puerto Williams, 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.
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.
Physical Requirements
This trip is rated Extreme Adventure

This is a serious, expeditionary sailing trip in polar waters. We follow a flexible itinerary, and daily activities are exploratory in nature, requiring from participants a commitment to group unity, a willingness to face the unexpected, and to 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.

When crossing the Drake Passage, clients have the option to assist with sailing the vessel. A watch schedule will be set up so that all who wish get the chance to help sail the boat. If you want to be on watch, under supervision of one of the crew both during the day and at night, just let the captain and crew know. Know, however, that being on watch requires both physical and psychological stamina.

Sailing conditions in the Drake Passage may be rough. Expedition members should be prepared in case of cold and windy weather and high seas, and to take precautions for seasickness. Accommodations on board the S/V Australis are tight but comfortable, with shared toilet facilities. For onshore camping expeditions we will use North Face VE 25 Expedition 4-season tents. You will supply your own expedition-quality sleeping bag and air mattress or pad.

There will be opportunities for day trips in our sea kayaks off the S/V Australis, conducted in small groups with a maximum of four people at a time. Paddling excursions will be a maximum three hours in length.  We use hardshell sit-in Current Design kayaks with rudders and sprayskirts. The group will be accompanied by the Expedition Leader and the tender all all times, and if the weather deteriorates, we will return to the ship promptly. Noone 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 level of fitness, you will nonetheless find that assisting with crewing the boat is much easier if you have physical strength and stamina. For a few months before departure, work on building your abdominal, leg, and arm/shoulder muscles. The more fit you are, the easier and better time you will have during our sailboat crossing of the Drake Passage, and on walks ashore.
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).

Safety
Your safety is of paramount concern to us. Toward that end we provide highly competent guides and the very best equipment. Our guides are thoroughly trained in emergency wilderness first-aid techniques and have extensive experience in this environment. 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.
Getting There & Getting Home
Arrive in Ushuaia, Argentina on Day 1 no later than 5 pm, and depart anytime from Punta Arenas, Chile 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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