Marine expedition beyond Drake Strait: icebergs, penguins, and whales

ANTARTICA

February 7 - 24 , 2022
Tour Antarctica

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A Russian expedition led by Thaddeus Bellingshausen and Mikhail Lazarev on the sloops "Vostok" and "Mirny" discovered Antarctica on January 28, 1820.

We invite you to repeat the feat of the sailors and write your name in the history of exploration of the most mysterious sixth continent of the planet.

While Elon Musk swashbuckles the space, we washbuckle the ocean and explore the Earth space – Antarctica.
A trip to Antarctica is the choice of a Real Man. An event, the memories of which will stay with you for a lifetime!

A Russian expedition led by Thaddeus Bellingshausen and Mikhail Lazarev on the sloops "Vostok" and "Mirny" discovered Antarctica on January 28, 1820.

We invite you to repeat the feat of the sailors and write your name in the history of exploration of the most mysterious sixth continent of the planet.

While Elon Musk swashbuckles the space, we washbuckle the ocean and explore the Earth space – Antarctica.
A trip to Antarctica is the choice of a Real Man. An event, the memories of which will stay with you for a lifetime!

SCHEDULE AND COST:

Dates: February 7 to 24, 2022

Duration: 18 days / 17 nights

Number of participants: 9

Cost per person (based on TWIN accommodation): EUR 7500

10% early booking discount (in case you book before September 7, 2021)

Everything is included (except for flight and medical insurance).

Estimated cost of the flight to Ushuaia: EUR 1 000 - 1 300.




TRAVEL PROGRAM: TOUR TO ANTARCTICA

Day 0. February 6, 2022. Departure to Ushuaia

Recommended flight TK‑15 by Turkish Airlines, departure from Moscow at 04:25 am on February 6, transfer in Istanbul, then flight AR‑1882 by Aerolineas Argentinas with transfer in Buenos Aires, arrival in Ushuaia on February 7 at 08:05 am or another flight arriving no later than 16:30.
or
flight LH-1445 by Lufthansa, departure from Moscow on February 6 at 16:15, transfer to Frankfurt am Main, then flight AR‑1886 by Aerolineas Argentinas, arrival in Ushuaia on February 7 at 16:30.
Meals: no
Accommodation: no

Day 1. February 7, 2022. Ushuaia. Departure to sea
Arrival in Ushuaia, meeting and settling on the ship.
Meals: Dinner
Accommodation: expeditionary base

Day 2 – 5. February 8 – 11, 2022. Drake Strait
Departure to sea. Crossing the Drake Strait.
Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner
Accommodation: in cabins on the yacht

Day 6. February 12, 2022. South Shetland Islands and Trinity Island
South Shetland Islands. "Gateway" to Antarctica.
Here we will begin our acquaintance with these unexplored lands. We will see two kinds of penguins, funny fur seals and huge elephant seals.
Trinity Island. A colony of chinstrap penguins, huge grottoes and bird colonies.
Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner
Accommodation: in cabins on the yacht

Day 7. February 13, 2022. Deception Island
Visit to abandoned whaling bases on Deception Island. Passage to Enterprise Bay.
Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner
Accommodation: in cabins on the yacht

Day 8. February 14, 2022. Zodiac cruise in the Deception location
Landing, trekking, taking pictures of representatives of the local fauna
Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner
Accommodation: in cabins on the yacht

Day 9. February 15, 2022. Abandoned Enterprise whaling base & whale safari
Landing, trekking, taking pictures of representatives of the local fauna
Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner
Accommodation: in cabins on the yacht

Day 10. February 16, 2022. Orne Harbour and Cuverville
Going south. Humpback whale watching. Climbing the mountain in Orne Harbor, watching the penguins.
Cuverville Island and adjacent waters. Watching penguins and searching for leopard seals. Huge glaciers in Paradise Bay.
Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner
Accommodation: in cabins on the yacht

Day 11. February 17, 2022. Glacier at Neko Harbor, Argentine and Chilean polar station, Paradise Bay.
Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner
Accommodation: in cabins on the yacht

Day 12. February 18, 2022. English polar stations Port Lockroy and Damoy Point, Lemaire Straight
Lemaire Strait, Pleno Bay, Peterman and Goodyear Islands. Colonies of Adélie penguins and subantarctic penguins. It is home to many seals, including leopard seals.
Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner
Accommodation: in cabins on the yacht

Day 13. February 19, 2022. Vernadsky Polar Station.
Vernadsky Polar Station. The southernmost store and the southernmost pub in the world. Popular tourist destination in Antarctica.
Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner
Accommodation: in cabins on the yacht

Day 14 – 17. February 20 – 23, 2022. Return to Ushuaia.
Return to Ushuaia via Drake Strait.
Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner
Accommodation: in cabins on the yacht

Day 18. February 24, 2022. Flight home.
* Recommended flight AR‑1883 by Aerolineas Argentinas, departure from Ushuaia at 09:05 am with a transfer in Buenos Aires, then flight TK‑16 by Turkish Airlines, with a transfer in Istanbul, arrival in Moscow on February 26 at 03:30 am.
or
Recommended flight AR‑1883 Aerolineas Argentinas departure from Ushuaia at 09:05 am with a transfer in Buenos Aires, then flight LH‑511 by Lufthansa with a transfer in Frankfurt am Main, arrival in Moscow at 21:45.
Meals: breakfast
Accommodation: no


** Please do not purchase tickets without our confirmation.

*** The program may be adjusted for weather conditions.

Aurora expedition motor sailing yacht
Steel Bermuda sloop of the Devonport Challenge 67 project, built in 1992
In 2017, the yacht was reconstructed. Aurora is a reliable expedition yacht, equipped with everything you need for long-distance voyages in harsh conditions.

The yacht "RUSARC AURORA" has a steel hull (steel thickness is 4 mm.), Three watertight bulkheads located in the bow of the yacht, two heating systems for the cabin: water and air.

The yacht has six comfortable double and triple cabins, a galley, a spacious common room. In the bow there is a sauna and two separate latrines. There is also hot water, refrigerator, washing machine.

The yacht is equipped with modern radio navigation equipment, radar, Simrad autopilot, all necessary rescue equipment (individual and general).

Each cabin has a separate bed, storage space, 220 V socket.
Cost includes:

• All transfers along the route (from / to the airport)
• Accommodation
• 3 meals a day
• Excursions according to the program
• Permits to visit national parks and protected areas
• Fuel charge



Cost excludes (additionally paid):

• Flights from your city to Ushuaia and back
• Personal health insurance
• Souvenirs, other pocket expenses
• Satellite connection




Take with you:

ATTENTION! The air temperature here ranges from 0 to +5 C. On the water and with the wind, the air temperature is felt much lower than it actually is. The weather will be very changeable. Strong winds, high waves and rain and snow precipitation are expected.

Warm fleece and thermal underwear.

Thermosocks (several pairs).

Rubber high boots with a warm inner insert for walking on the shore.

Shoes for walking inside the yacht (sneakers).

Parka, raincoat, pants and things made of waterproof materials.

Gloves (preferably 2 pairs).

Hat (preferably 2).

Sunglasses (with a rope so as not to lose it in the sea).

Personal hygiene items, towel.

Hand cream, face cream and sunscreen.

Waterproof cases for photographic equipment.

Personal first aid kit with individual medicines.


(!) Things must be packed in soft bags and backpacks

    The authors of the photos used:
    Dmitry Kokh, Vadim Balakin, Deepak Kamath, Alex Kuzmitsky, Stas Zakharov, Max Pankov

    KEY FEATURES:
    Tour to
    ANTARCTICA


    Best season: January - February


    We will meet the following animals on the route:
    - penguins: Adélie, Gentu, Chinstrap
    - birds: South Polar Skua
    - seals: Weddell, Rossa, Crab-eater
    - leopard seals, elephant seals, fur seals
    - whales: blue, humpback, Minke whale. killer whale

    Possible activities:
    - Yachting
    - If you have skills and desire, you can take part in yachting.
    - Landing with a cutter (rubber boat with outboard motor)
    - Raising your company's flag on the Antarctic mainland
    - Mailing from the only post office at British Antarctic Station - Port Lockroy
    - Scuba diving (if you have your own equipment and professional skills. The yacht has air tanks, a compressor and weights).
    - Ski-tour / back-country - skiing and snowboarding (if you have your own equipment and professional skills)
    - Visit to the bathhouse and bar at the Ukrainian Antarctic station "Akademik Vernadsky

    Possible activities depend on weather conditions, their availability and safety is determined by the captain of the yacht, based on the actual situation.
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