• Cross the Drake Passage
• Explore the South Shetland Islands
• Watch for gentoo, chinstrap and Adélie penguins, crabeater and leopard seals, orca, humpback & minke whales, skuas, blue-eyed shags, wandering albatrosses and other seabirds
• 15 days
• Start and finish in Ushuaia, Argentina
• All meals on board
• Precruise hotel on a shared basis with breakfast
• Activity Level: 1
Chinstrap penguins — the most numerous penguins in the world. It is estimated that there are 12 to 13 million located on the barren islands of the sub-Antarctic Region and the Antarctic Peninsula. These penguins live and breed in large colonies. They often live on large icebergs on the open ocean. They dive off to catch fish and krill. They are the boldest penguins and are most likely to fight other penguins.
A thrill few adventurers experience — crossing the fabled Antarctic Circle. We visit the South Shetland Islands and head south, celebrating and remembering past explorers as we cross 66° 33'S. We hope to travel as far south as Marguerite Bay, discovered by Jean-Baptiste Charcot in 1909.
Recrossing the Circle as we head north, we continue our exploration of this icebound continent, knowing we are one of very few to have this incredible experience.
This is not an ElderTreks operated tour. As such, participants on this tour are not exclusive ElderTreks clients and it may not adhere to ElderTreks' maximum size restrictions of our tours.