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Intimate Antarctica

Get Up Close on an Expedition Sailing Yacht

Antarctic Fly-Sail Expedition

Fly one way and sail the other - the best of both worlds - 21 Days

The best of all worlds – an intimate up-close Antarctica experience on an Expedition Sailing Yacht combined with the convenience and time-saving travel of Flying across the Drake!

Explore Antarctica on an Expedition Sailboat where we will encounter penguin colonies, breaching whales, and leopard Seals. Each day is something new – we take in what Antarctica gives to us, with the flexibility of a small yacht. We will visit penguin colonies and watch many types of seals. We will explore from eye level with zodiac tours and kayaks. Plus, if the weather allows, anyone interested can sleep a night ashore!

We will be reminded of the brave souls who have come before us when we see remains of old whaling stations. If we are lucky we may even get to visit an active national science station while in the peninsula.

No matter what we do and no matter what the weather, your time in Antarctica will be one of a life time. Your trip will be filled with fantastic photos, unforgettable evening zodiac rides through the ice, watching sculpted icebergs floating past. It is unlike any other place you will experience on the planet.

At the end of your trip – relax and digest your experience with two nights at Lakutaia Lodge in Puerto Williams, Chile, a remote town on Navarino Island facing the famous Beagle Channel.  From here explore the flora, fauna, and native Yaghan history of the island by visiting the museum and exploring during excellent half day and full day hikes.

Your trip will start and end in Ushuaia.  The transfer from Puerto Williams, Chile, to Ushuaia is included in the price, as is the two nights in Puerto Williams, one night in Punta Arenas, and the transfer from Punta Arenas to Puerto Williams.  See itinerary below for full details.

*Note the Feb 6 trip will have the Lakutaia lodge portion at the start of the trip.

*SPECIAL RESEARCH SAILING TRIPS*

On ALL of our 2017-2018 voyages we will have a Guest Scientist who will be actively collecting data and doing research on the trip. Guests are invited to help with the science first hand! In addition the scientist will give presentations during the trip and will always be happy to answer questions about their on-going research.
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Dec 30 2017 – Jan 19 2018 – Sail down, Fly back
Feb 6 2018 – Feb 27 2018 – Fly down, sail back
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Trips that fly one way and sail the other start and end in Ushuaia
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Fly one way, Sail the Other - Itinerary

Day 1

Depart from Ushuaia Sailing on our expedition sailing yacht, Ocean Tramp. You are about to embark on one of the famed ocean passages – sailing the Drake Passage! As you leave Ushuaia you will sail east and enjoy the initial shelter of the Beagle Channel, while you gaze at the landscapes of Peninsula Mitre and Navarino Island.

As we sail south we will enter the Drake Passage and pass the infamous Cape Horn

Day 2-4

We spend these days crossing the Drake Passage. All are encouraged to take a go at the helm. Often albatross are spotted and are welcome companions as we cross the Drake passage. Watching and waiting to see our first iceberg. We will see changes as we cross the Antarctic Convergence, where the water temperature suddenly drops to near zero!

Day 5-17

Each day will be different and can include zodiac tours, landings at penguin colonies, exploring historic scientific bases and whaling sites, kayaking. The flexibility allows you to take full advantage of whatever Antarctica gives to us – be it an incredible southern sunset or a breaching whale. We can stop and enjoy.
While South there will be an active scientist onboard, so all guests are invited to participate in real Antarctic research. In the evenings the scientist will present on his/her research, as well as pressing current Antarctic issues. The scientist will be a part of the team and ready to answer questions at dinner, or on deck throughout the day or night!
We also have a few days built in for weather for our southern Drake crossing.

Day 18

We sail to King George Island and board your flight to Punta Arenas. Look out your window and get a last glimpse at the white continent.
Luckily your adventure doesn’t end yet! Spend an included night in Punta Arenas and explore this historic city known both as stopover for famous Antarctic Explorers and the home base of old sheep barons.

Day 19-20

Fly to Puerto Williams, Chile, a small naval outpost that can truly claim the title of southern most town. Stay two nights at the Lakutaia Lodge. Explore famed Navarino island and learn about the flora, fauna, and history of the native Yaghans. An excellent museum in town, as well as excellent half day and day hikes are easily accessed from the lodge.

Day 21

Transfer to Ushuaia via boat and say goodbye to your fellow Antarctic Adventurers of the last two weeks and get ready to share your experiences and photos with friends and family back home.
Note: The Feb 6, 2018 departure is the same itinerary, but in reverse, with the Lakutaia Lodge at the start of the trip from where you will fly down to Antarctica and then sail back to Ushuaia
I can not begin to say how much I enjoyed my time on Ocean Tramp! Your confidence and competence made for such a wonderful adventure. Thank you for getting around a spectacular part of the world in such comfort.
– World Wide Traveller Lorraine

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FAQ's, Dates, and More

I’m not a sailor – is that ok?

YES! Please join us. Anyone with a sens of adventure and a desire to spend quality time in Antarctica will find our trips enjoyable. We teach you everything you need to know. Sailors and non-sailors alike both have incredible experiences.

I’m a photographer – is this trip for me?

This is a great trip for photographers, especially those looking to get the perfect shot. Our size offers us incredible flexibility. We can help you get some great shots and we can take advantage of the weather and the light!

How will I know what to bring?

Don’t worry – we will send you a list of gear you will need. If you have winter clothes, most of it you will already have. A must have are some Arctic Muck boots – insulated rubber boots. They are amazing.

What are the cabins like?

Our cabins are some of the most comfortable available for sailboats. We have private double cabins, and even one with a private bathroom. Each cabin has a door that can be closed, they are fitted with warm and cozy duvets and storage space for your things. A luxury suite it is not, however each cabin gives you a place to call your own for the duration of the journey.

How will we explore Antarctica?

When we are in Antarctica Ocean Tramp will act like a base camp. Some days we will travel other days we will stay put. Once we are anchored we will launch the zodiac to explore. Sometimes we will cruise around the in the zodiac exploring the area, other times we will use the zodiac to bring us to shore. Sometime on shore we will be able to freely move around, explore and hike, other times we may be limited due to the wildlife and limiting our impact on them. We also bring kayaks and can use them to explore at eye level.

What sort of food do we eat?

On-board you will eat hearty well made delicious home cooked food. Lunch is often warm and hearty soups and stews, while dinners can be a variety of meals. Meals range from a Sunday roast to Saturday night Captain Pizza night, to goulash to pad thai to butter chicken. So far everyone has left a bit heavier than when they arrived. We also always have snacks available during the day and water ready for coffee or tea. If you do have any special snacks or teas that you can’t live without, we recommend bringing some with you.

Will I get seasick?

Everyone is a little different, but we highly recommend bringing some seasickness pills with you. We generally take them as a precautionary measure when crossing the Drake. Once in Antarctic things will be a bit calmer and most of our days will be anchored and exploring on shore. At the very least – you may have a good story to tell when you get home of your Drake Crossing.

Is it dangerous to go to Antarctica in a Yacht?

Yachts in the Antarctic Peninsula have a very good track record. This is due to vessels taking a very high regard to safety. Safety is a core element of our business. Every decision we make is based on a risk analysis. Crossing the Drake could indeed be dangerous. Sailing in Antarctica could be dangerous. Then again crossing the street could also be dangerous – cars whiz by at 60 miles an hour. However just like you taking precautions when crossing the street, we take extreme cautions when sailing. We continuously watch the weather, we are a surveyed vessel, which means we MUST comply with all safety regulations. We have strict requirements for lifejacket use.

That being said, each person onboard must also use good judgement. If you follow what the Captain says you will be in good hands.

What is included?

Once you are onboard everything is included – port fees, meals, wine with meals. We also provide your basic safety equipment including life jackets.

What is not included – flights, airport transfers, and REQUIRED evacuation insurance. Accommodation before and after the trip is not included. (we’re sorry, but you can not stay onboard the night before your trip starts)

Do I need to fill out a medical form?

Yes. The places we go are quite remote and while what we do is safe, it does require some physical activity. Once you sign up for a trip we will require you to give us a medical form that is signed by a doctor.

Will we have internet onboard?

One of the wonderful aspects of this trip is it allows you to unplug and get away from emails, phone calls, etc. We do have a connection to the internet via our satellite phone. We use this for weather updates, email to update our position, emergencies, and facebook and blog updates. We encourage everyone to tell their friends and families to subscribe to our blog and like us on facebook. Then they can get updates while you are here with us. Our guests and their families have appreciated these “news” updates in the past.

Is alcohol allowed onboard?

Alcohol consumption is that the discretion of the captain. If we are underway sailing then we do not drink, as it is not in the interest of safety for crew and guests. If we are comfortably in a cove for the night then indeed, we all enjoy a nice glass of Argentine wine with our meal.

Inebriation will not be tolerated onboard and the Captain has the right to cancel a trip should guests not adhere to this policy.

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