Antarctic Basecamp Adventure
Antarctic Peninsula, Polar, 13 days - from £4,995 (land only) - from €3,245 (land only) - from $8,740 (land only)
Day 1: Arrive in Ushuaia. KE Land Only package services begin with the overnight at the group hotel.
Day 2: We have the morning free to explore the town of Ushuaia, the most southern city in the world. In the afternoon we embark on the ship in the afternoon and enjoy our first sailing this evening through the Beagle Channel.
Day 3: Drake Passage. Our adventure begins with a two day sailing crossing of the 400-mile Drake Passage, named after the 16th century English explorer Sir Francis Drake. We have time to familiarise ourselves with the ship and its common areas including the lounge with bar with it's large panoramic windows. We will start our daily lectures and get to know the guides and crew.
Day 4: Drake Passage. We cross the Antarctic Convergence and we may see albatross, petrels following the ship's wake as well as whales and we look out for our first sightings of icebergs.
Day 5: We sail directly to the 'High Antarctica' passing the Mechior islands and the Schollaert Channel where we navigate into the Neumayer Channel and position the ship for our multi activity base camp. Walkers can snowshoe on the shore and mountaineers are rewarded with some summits and view points slightly further inland. There is plenty of opportunity to kayak as well.
Day 6: Another day in the Neumayer Channel. We can visit the British research station and the post office Port Lockroy on Goudier Island. Close to Port Lockroy we may also offer a landing on Jougla Point with Gentoo Penguins and Imperial Shags. We look out for leopard seals, crabeater seals and whales whilst participating in our activities.
Day 7: Weather dependent we move onto the spectacular Lemaire Channel to Booth Island, Pleneau and Petermann Island where we can find Adelie Penguins and Blue-eyed Shags. In this area there are good chances to encounter Humpback Whales, Minke Whales and Fin Whales. We choose another base camp site which is suitable and close to next day's activity.
Day 8: Another full day to enjoy our activities including kayaking, snowshoeing/hiking, mountaineering, photo workshops as well as the standard zodiac and shore excursions. We also have the opportunity to camp on Antarctica for a night. Scuba diving is also available but this carries an additional charge.
Day 9: At Neko Harbour we can set foot on the Antarctic Continent near a huge glacier and enjoy the magnificent landscapes whilst participating in zodiac cruises, hikes or kayak excursions. The mountaineers can climb up on higher grounds of the glacier. We will spend the night at Neko or near Paradise Bay with a camp erected ashore.
Day 10: Another day at Neko Harbour to explore the places that we didn't have time for yesterday, including our range of activities.
Day 11: We leave early morning after breaking our last camp. We sail via Melchior Islands, in a northerly direction towards the open sea of the Drake Passage. We can enjoying some final lectures by our expedition staff and catch some final glimpses of the birds and whales in this extraordinary part of the world.
Day 12: Our final day onboard, we can reflect on our adventure and relax as we return into Ushuaia.
Day 13: We disembark in Ushuaia in the morning. KE Land Only services end with a transfer to the airport.