Base Camp Plancius - Antarctica - 11 Day

Plancius Cruise Ship
Plancius
114 Passengers
Adventure Options

During this trip we will offer a true Basecamp for activities, all activities (field camping, kayaking, glacier walking, snowshoe, hiking, zodiac cruising, shore excursions) packed in one departure and those are included in the ship’s price. The ship will stay for two or three days at these specific locations to serve our active passengers as a comfortable hub to allow more time as usual for wide ranging activities.

- Activities for everyone
- Camp near the penguin colonies
- Observe wildlife from your kayak

Brief Itinerary

Day 1Embarkation and departure from Ushuaia
Days 2 & 3At Sea
Days 4 to 8Antarctica
Days 9 & 10At Sea
Day 11Arrival in Ushuaia and disembark

Day 1 — Embarkation and departure from Ushuaia

In the afternoon, we embark in Ushuaia, Tierra del Fuego, Argentina, the southernmost city in the world located at the Beagle Channel and sail through this scenic waterway for the rest of the evening.

Days 2 & 3 — At Sea

During these two days we sail across the Drake Passage. When we cross the Antarctic Convergence, we arrive in the circum-Antarctic up welling zone. In this area we may see Wandering albatrosses, Grey-headed albatrosses, Black-browed albatrosses, Light-mantled Sooty albatrosses, Cape petrels, Southern fulmars, Wilson’s Storm petrels, Blue petrels and Antarctic petrels. Near the South Shetland Islands, we spot our first icebergs.

Days 4 to 8 — Antarctica

We will sail directly to “High Antarctica”, passing the Melchior Islands and the Schollaert Channel between Brabant and Anvers Island. We will sail to the Neumayer Channel, where we position our ship for the multi activity base camp. The protected waters around Wiencke Island will become our playground for all activities. In this alpine environment there are great opportunities to scout the region on foot, per zodiac and during kayak trips. Walkers will find opportunities to use snowshoes on hikes near the shore lines and the mountaineers will find their challenge by climbing hills and viewpoints further inland, i.e. Jabet Peak (1,800 ft / 540 m). All climbs and excursions can only be conducted in good weather conditions.

We plan to stay two overnights at anchor in order to implement two camp nights and two full activity days. We will visit the former British research station and the post office, now living museum, Port Lockroy on Goudier Island. Close to Port Lockroy we may also offer a landing on Jougla Point with Gentoo penguins and Blue-eyed shags. We look out for Leopard seals, Crabeater seals and whales.

In good conditions and time allowing we sail through the spectacular Lemaire Channel to Booth Island, Pléneau Island 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.

At Neko Harbor we will have the opportunity to set foot on the Antarctic Continent in a magnificent landscape of huge glaciers and permanent ice fields and enjoy the spectacle on zodiac cruises, hikes and kayak excursions. A small group of mountaineers may climb up on higher grounds of the glacier. We will spend the night at Neko Harbor or in nearby Paradise Bay with a camp erected ashore. We will leave early morning after breaking our last camp. We sail via Melchior Islands towards the open sea of the Drake Passage.

Days 9 & 10 — At Sea

On our way north, we are again followed by a great selection of seabirds while crossing the Drake Passage.

Day 11 — Arrival in Ushuaia and disembark

We arrive in the morning in Ushuaia and disembark.

* Itinerary may be subject to change

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Please note that availability is updated about once a week.
Per Person USD
Rates 2014-2015
Quadruple Private
Triple Porthole
Twin Porthole
Twin Window
Twin Deluxe
Superior
Camp, Kayak
- Very Limited Availability -
   $8,800
 
 $10,150
 
Kayak
Superior Cabin for Twin Window Rate
30% Discount for Quad Porthole
(Prices in Red)
- Very Limited Availability -
$12,100
$8,470
$13,250
Full
$14,500
Full
$15,150
Full
$15,950
Full
$17,550
Full
Camp, Kayak, Snowshoe
$7,900
Full
$8,800
 
$9,500
 
$9,950
 
$10,350
Full
$11,500
 
Camp, Kayak
$6,950
 
$7,750
Full
$8,450
 
$8,850
 
$9,250
Full
$10,150
 
- Very Limited Availability -
$13,950
 
$15,300
 
$16,600
Full
$17,400
Full
$18,200
Full
$20,300
Full
Camp, Kayak
- Very Limited Availability -
$7,900
Full
$8,800
 
$9,500
Full
$9,950
 
$10,350
Full
$11,500
Full
- Limited Availability -
$12,950
 
$14,250
Full
$15,550
 
$16,250
 
$17,300
Full
$19,200
Full
Camp, Mountaineering, Photography, Kayak, Snowshoe
- Limited Availability -
$7,800
Full
$8,650
 
$9,300
Full
$9,800
 
$10,200
Full
$11,300
Full
Whale Watching Voyage
$5,500
 
$6,100
Full
$7,050
 
$7,300
 
$7,650
 
$8,450
 
$8,450
Full
$9,400
 
$10,300
 
$10,700
 
$10,900
Full
$11,650
Full
$1,000
 
$1,150
 
$1,250
 
$1,300
 
$1,400
 
$1,550
 
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Single Supplement is 1.7 times the standard rate. Mandatory Emergency Evacuation insurance is required. Airfare is not included in these prices.

Adventure options must be pre-booked and paid for prior to start of the trip. Space is subject to availability. Some activities require experience.

Camping - $180 per night, max 30 people
Kayaking - $450 per trip, max 14 people
Activities are Free for the “Basecamp Plancius” voyages (incl. Camping, Kayaking, Snowshoeing/Hiking, Mountaineering & Photography Workshop)

All trips subject to possible fuel surcharge.

Only show rates under
$ X
Please note that availability is updated about once a week.
Per Person USD
Rates 2015-2016
Quadruple Private
Triple Porthole
Twin Porthole
Twin Window
Twin Deluxe
Superior
Snowshoe
$12,150
 
$13,250
 
$14,550
Full
$15,350
 
$16,200
Full
$17,950
Full
Camp, Mountaineering, Photography, Kayak, Snowshoe
$7,050
 
$7,950
 
$8,650
 
$9,150
 
$9,650
 
$10,550
 
$12,400
 
$13,550
 
$14,900
Full
$15,650
 
$16,600
Full
$18,150
 
Camp, Kayak, Snowshoe
$7,050
Full
$7,950
Full
$8,650
Full
$9,150
 
$9,650
 
$10,550
 
Camp, Mountaineering, Photography, Kayak, Snowshoe
$7,950
 
$8,950
 
$9,650
Full
$10,250
 
$10,850
 
$11,850
 
Camp, Kayak
$7,050
 
$7,950
 
$8,650
 
$9,150
 
$9,650
 
$10,550
 
$14,250
 
$15,650
 
$17,000
 
$18,000
 
$19,000
Full
$20,800
Full
Camp, Kayak
$7,950
 
$8,950
 
$9,650
 
$10,250
 
$10,850
 
$11,850
 
$15,900
 
$17,800
Full
$19,150
 
$19,900
 
$20,900
Full
$23,200
 
Kayak
$7,950
Full
$8,950
 
$9,650
 
$10,250
 
$10,850
 
$11,850
 
Whale Watching Voyage
$5,550
 
$6,150
Full
$7,050
 
$7,450
 
$7,850
 
$8,600
 
$7,250
 
$8,050
 
$8,850
 
$9,250
 
$9,650
 
$10,400
 
$1,050
 
$1,200
 
$1,350
 
$1,450
 
$1,550
 
$1,650
 
No trips meet your criteria. Please increase the budget above to view more results.
Click on the tour dates in the left column to view a trip itinerary. Point MOUSE at Cabin Category to view DETAILED description.

Single Supplement is 1.7 times the standard rate. Mandatory Emergency Evacuation insurance is required. Airfare is not included in these prices.

Adventure options must be pre-booked and paid for prior to start of the trip. Space is subject to availability. Some activities require experience.

Camping - $180 per night, max 30 people
Kayaking - $450 per trip, max 14 people
Activities are Free for the “Basecamp Plancius” voyages (incl. Camping, Kayaking, Snowshoeing/Hiking, Mountaineering & Photography Workshop)

All trips subject to possible fuel surcharge.

Note: 10% Discount when booking back-to-back voyages Antarctic Peninsula Whale Watching (Mar 17-26, 2016) & Atlantic Odyssey (Mar 26 - Apr 22, 2016).

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