ANTARCTICA 

The last frontier

Blanketed with ice and largely unspoiled, the pristine land of Antarctica offers some of the most awe-inspiring sights in the world. Discovering the region by yacht, gliding past icebergs and cruising to islands populated with penguins, is a truly unique holiday experience.

watch penguins at play.  spot humpback whales from the deck.  tender to glaciers close enough to touch.  swim in waters heated by a volcano.

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Punta Arenas

King George Island

day 1

Punta Arenas - King George Island

Punta Arenas - King George Island

the adventure begins

Arrive via Punta Arenas and join your yacht in King George Island, Maxwell Bay. This island is known as Antarctica’s unofficial capital, with eight national winter stations. Also the largest island of the South Shetlands, King George Island also boasts the St Trinity, the first Orthodox church in Antarctica, located at Russia’s Bellinghausen station in Maxwell Bay. Settle into your surroundings as the vessel prepares to depart, sailing through Bransfield Strait to the first stop.

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King George Island

Deception Island

70nm

day 2

King George Island – Deception Island

King George Island – Deception Island

volcano exploration

The active volcanic Deception Island is unmissable. A narrow channel in the volcano’s walls, known as Neptune’s Bellows, allows entry into Whalers Bay in the caldera. See the sulphurous steam rising off the beach. Dig your feet into the black sand to feel the heat from the subterranean volcanic vents. Visit the ruins of a whaling station dating from 1906. Swim in the thermally heated waters of Pendulum Cove watched by thousands of chinstrap penguins on the surrounding hills.

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Deception Island

Port Lockroy

128nm

day 3

Deception Island – Port Lockroy

Deception Island – Port Lockroy

penguins & post

Wake up in Port Lockroy – an impressive harbour, ringed by high cliffs. Part of British Antarctica, it is a designated historic site. Visit Base A, now a museum, and the only post office on the Antarctic Peninsula.  See the Gentoo penguin rookery at Jougla Point.  Spot nesting blue-eyed shags and see remnants of past whaling activities - a reconstructed composite whale skeleton on the shore. Possibility of visiting Palmer Station, an American modern research post in the Antarctic.

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Port Lockroy

Paradise Harbour

30nm

day 4

Port Lockroy – Paradise Harbour

Port Lockroy – Paradise Harbour

ultimate selfie

Have cameras ready as you pass through Lemaire Channel, so photogenic that its nickname is “Kodak Gap”. Arrive at Paradise Harbour and pass beneath multi-coloured cliffs – the emerald green of moss, blue-green from copper deposits and the oranges and yellows of lichens. Spot blue-eyed shags nesting in those cliffs. Go ashore and wander amongst the Gentoo penguins. Look out for humpback whales and seals. Photograph the majestic icebergs of Paradise Bay and the mountains reflected in the water.

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Paradise Harbour

Neko Harbour

22nm

day 5

Paradise Harbour - Neko Harbour

Paradise Harbour - Neko Harbour

glacier encounters

Set your first foot on the continental mainland of Antarctica at Neko Harbour. Neko was named after a Scottish whaling ship. Venture up the snow covered hills. Capture dramatic video footage of great chunks of ice breaking off the glacier – known as calving – and forming icebergs. Take the kayaks to slide between the ice. Get up close to a glacier in the tender.

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Neko Harbour

Hannah Point

155nm

day 6

Neko Harbour – Hannah Point

Neko Harbour – Hannah Point

wildlife watching

Hannah Point is on Livingston Island. Watch the wildlife spectacular flying, waddling, swimming or sitting all around you. 1500 pairs of Gentoos and 1000 pairs of chinstrap penguins call this home. See also a colony of giant petrel, kelp gulls and cormorants. Climb up the hill above Hannah point beach and look down at Elephant seals and Fur seals basking on a sheltered beach on the other side of the point.

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Hannah Point

Penguin Island

63nm

day 7

Hannah Point – Penguin Island

Hannah Point – Penguin Island

Penguins at play

Tiny Penguin Island is just off King George Island. Observe Chinstrap and Adélie penguins here. You will also find blue-eyed shags and southern giant petrels here. Climb Penguin Island’s highest point, the 170m Deacon Peak to the extensive crater at the summit with a meltwater lake in a former volcanic crater. Turret point is a group of prominent high rock stacks above the beach, a nesting area for Antarctic terns.

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Penguin Island

Maxwell Bay

35nm

day 8

Penguin Island - Maxwell Bay

Penguin Island - Maxwell Bay

disembarkation

Arrive back in Maxwell Bay, King George Island, for a final farewell to Antarctica before joining your transportation to Punta Arenas and beyond.

Experience wild nature at its most epic in this completely unique destination, one you will never forget.
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