Join YPT on our second foray into Antarctica as we board the luxury MS Island Sky along with a team of scientists studying whales.
After the success of our last trip to Antarctica, we were looking for the next good deal which would bring us back there. We’ve finally found it in this last minute deal. Those lucky enough to have time in March should get in touch with us to secure the last spots on this cruise!
On this trip, we shall meet up in Ushuaia, in the Tierra Del Fuego, also known as the endpoint of the american continent for two days there in a luxury resort, preparing for our expedition and taking in the sights.
Our cruise will take us across the Drake’s Channel on a luxury ship, with spacious cabins, world’s cuisine and complimentary drinks in the evening. We are not only travelling in style but also playing scientists for a while as the research team from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution*, the world’s leading independent non-profit organization dedicated to ocean research, will be on our ship. During the voyage, they will update those interested about their findings as they conduct research on the feeding habits on humpback whales. Having a team of scientists on our ship guarantee that we will have all the knowledge necessary to track wildlife and see incredible sights.
According to the weather and sea conditions, many opportunities will be available. Dipping in the sea, sailing through a live volcano, visiting both contemporary and historic scientific bases on the land, all those once-in-a-lifetime activities should present themselves to us in this amazing value trip. This trip is special because it offers 7 days in Antarctica, while most trips of similar value only offer 4-5 days. This allows us to reach places seldom visited by tourists but also take our time at every landing. Among the numerous activities available and included in this tour, we shall go kayaking and camping in Antarctica!
We scored a crazy discount, and now we wish to share it with our faithful pioneers!
As this tour is leaving very soon and availability is dropping, make sure to join the tour soon! It is a last-minute deal! And for those who cannot seize this formidable deal this year, there’s always our Greenland Tour!
Cabins can be arranged with twin or double beds. For families and close friends, it is possible to rearrange the room so that the sofa in the suites is changed into a sofa-bed, allowing a third person to join the cabin, at a lesser shared price. For such arrangements, get in touch with us.
Price of our YPT Tour per person (USD)
Availability ( on 12/20/2018)
3 cabins (2 or 3 people per cabin)
9 cabins (2 people per cabin)
5 cabins (2 people per cabin)
5 cabins (2 people per cabin)
Everyone on this tour is required to have travel and health insurance, including medical evacuation by helicopter for the duration of this trip.
In order to follow our partner’s terms and conditions and since the trip is coming very soon, full payment will be asked upon booking.
We have a luxury resort waiting for us! You are welcome to arrive at Arakur Hotel & Resort and relax in the spa or wander around the numerous surrounding trails.
Overnight at Arakur Hotel & Resort
Saturday 2nd March – Ushuaia
Breakfast at the hotel
Today, is our last day before we are at sea! Those who want to enjoy the commodities of the resort a bit more are welcome to stay in late. For those of us with itchy feet, we shall go on an optional city tour of Ushuaia (entrance fees to the attractions extra)
We start our city tour with a visit the Museum of the History of Tierra Del Fuego, where the history of the land and its inhabitants is told through a collection of wax statues.
For lunch, we stop in one of the numerous restaurants of Ushuaia and sample the local cuisine. Ushuaia is also known as the craftbeer capital of Argentina.
In the afternoon, we pay a visit to the Museo Maritimo built in what was the former prison of Ushuaia, the Museo Maritimo is actually four museums: the Maritime Museum, the Marine Art Museum, the Antarctic Museum, but also the Prison Museum.
We conclude our tour with shopping at the Paseo de los Artesanos, a road where local artists sell their handicraft
Seafood dinner at restaurant Kaupé
We head back to the resort in time for the evening briefing, where we will learn more about the ship, the weather conditions and things to expect during our journey.
Sunday 3rd March – Beagle Channel
Breakfast buffet at our hotel resort
Free morning to explore more of Ushuaia or do some last minute preparation.
We will board our ship in mid-afternoon
Safety and orientation meeting from our ship’s staff
We enjoy a welcome dinner with the captain of the ship
After dinner, we can expect to see penguin, cormorants and sea lions as we sail through the Beagle Channel
Monday 4th March – Drake’s Channel
Today we will meet the team of WHOI specialists who will introduce us to their methods and goals of research.
Meanwhile, the staff of our ship will stay on the lookout for whales and dolphins sightings.
Tuesday 5th March – Drake’s Channel
Today, as we approach the South Shetland Islands, we will continue seeing whales on our way
Those of us who want to lend a hand to the scientists can help in many ways such as collecting salinity samples, conducting seabirds sighting surveys and weather data along the way.
For those who don’t feel that scientific, conducting a survey of the bar and restaurant stock is also perfectly acceptable!
Wednesday 6th March to Saturday 9th March – South Shetland Islands
For the following days we will conduct many excursions in the Shetland Islands, neighbouring the Antarctic Peninsula.
Our excursions will depend on the weather and sea conditions but the expedition leader is sure to design an exciting itinerary
For instance, we might visit the half-moon island known for its mountainous backdrop
We might also sail the ship into an active volcano
For the bravest amongst us, is might be possible to take a dip in the waters surrounding Deception Island.
This tour, due its scientific mission, will give you the opportunity to visit some of the least explored parts of the Peninsula while taking us to some of the most scenic spots of the area.
For those of a scientific mind, the WHOI will frequently conduct meetings where they will report their findings.
Sunday 10th March to Tuesday 12th March
From this point, we will head into Antarctica’s proper mainland.
Here, the opportunity are numerous and very exciting such as trips to Neko Harbor and Paradise Harbor.
You can expect more majestic whales than you can shake a stick at the humpback favored Wilhelmina Bay, the striking Lemaire Channel, the wildlife-filled Penola Strait, or the grand Neumayer Channel.
Amongst our landing opportunities, we’ll probably get the chance to say hello to the researchers living in Antarctica from the Polish base Arctowski or those of Ukraine and the Vernadsky base.
We shall also visit some historic, now abandoned bases, such as K.’s Port Lockroy or Wordie House to learn more about the days of the conquest of the Antarctica.
At this time of year, we can expect to see many fur seals, leopard seals as well as minke.
It is during this time that our onboard experts will conduct a panel discussion on The Future of the Antarctic Ecosystem.
Wednesday 13th and Thursday 14th March – Drake’s passage
As all good things must come to an end, we need to set sail back towards the American Continent but it isn’t so sad as we will get the opportunity to do more wildlife spotting
During the trip back, the WHOI experts will give us a special briefing on their finding.
On our last night on the ship, we can expect a feast as well as a slideshow commemorating the highlights of the trip. We’ll close this adventure the YPT way, with a party on board!
Thursday the 15th of March – Ushuaia
Time to say goodbye over breakfast to each and everyone of our fellow group members and staff of the ship.
Early arrival in Ushuaia
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