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Puerto Williams/ Chile - Antarctica

Discover Antarctica with the Santa Maria Australis


21-days Expedition-Sailingtour (EX22-551):

Puerto Williams/ Chile – Beagle Canal – Drake-Passage – South Shetland Islands – Antarctic Peninsula – Antarctica – Drake-Passage – Puerto Williams

Detailed Information you may find as follows for
=> season 2022/23
=> Season 2023/24


Antarctica

Expeditionsreise Antarktis

This unique south pole sailing expedition to Antarctica will create unforgettable and unique impressions, its effects and experiences are very hard to put into words. From Puerto Williams/Chile, the Santa Maria Australis follows the traditional sailing route taken by brave explorers over centuries. She first sails eastwards along the Beagle Channel, then southwards to cross the Drake Passage.

Your first impressions of Antarctica will be deep and permanent. Regardless of the weather or the time of day we reach Antarctica, the landscape remains incredibly bright, even when the sun disappears just briefly beyond the horizon.

Depending on the conditions, you will explore the northern areas of the Antarctic Peninsula and then choose the best places to experience the incredible amount of wildlife of the South Pole - birds, penguins, seals and whales.

Whether you're more of an active person or just want to soak up the magic of Antarctica, there's a huge variety of things to enjoy there: Hiking, tubing around the icebergs, snowshoeing, visiting penguin colonies or simply spending time on the ice.

On the SV Santa Maria Australis, we know from many years of experience that 3 weeks is the minimum for such an Antarctic expedition adventure. To visit these silent and untouched places that are only accessible by ships like the Santa Maria Australis, and to experience them in all their depth, even 4 weeks are recommended. This is a particularly important requirement to fully immerse yourself in this incredible and unique place. It seems a lot, but at second glance you will understand that 3 weeks is a comprehensible minimum to adequately process all the impressions.

Antarktis Forschungsreise

Wildlife

The observation of wildlife begins at the arrival at Fireland. On the sailing route through the Beagle Canal, the Drake Passage and Antarctica there is a rich and unique amount of animals in their natural habitat to be observed. 

Birds: You can discover birds from the south american continent, seabirds from the Drake Passage and special birds of the Antarctica. 

Penguins: In the water of Fireland you can discover the Magellan penguins. But the really big colonies of the gentoo penguins, chinstrap penguins and Adelie penguins are only seen in the depths of Antarctica. 

Seals: There are two kinds of seals which can be seen in Antarctica, the bigger variety of the ear seal and the Weddell seal. 

Whales: You can see whales during the whole Summer - even in the Beagle Canal and at Kap Hoorn. Nevertheless you will only get to see big colonies in the depths of Antarctica. There are humpback whales, sei whales, fin whales, killer whales (Orcas) and sometimes the magestic blue whale. If they are curious or being fed you can observe them for hours.

Itinerary

Puerto Williams/ Chile - Antarctica

Discover Antarctica with the Santa Maria Australis


Itinerary, Day 1-11

Antarktis Segeltörn

Day 1: Puerto Williams
Already at the beginning of your antarctic sailing trip, before landing in Puerto Williams, you will see the fascinating beauty of the region with its many glaciers. It´s the southernmost city in the world and the starting point of your antarctic expedition.
The journey leads you from Santiago to Punta Arenas, from where you will fly with the local airline DAP via the Darwin Cordilliera and the Beagle Channel to Puerto Williams.
A member of the team of SIM Expedition will pick you up at the airport and bring you to the Micalvi Yacht Club, where you will meet your fellow passengers.
The skipper welcomes you on board of the Santa Maria Australis and introduces you to the ship. As soon as the weather conditions allow, your epic sailing trip through the Beagle Channel begins.

Day 2: Puerto Williams - Caleta Lennox

Day 3 - 5: Drake Passage
Today you sail through the Drake Passage, passing Bahia Nassau and the famous Cape Horn. While sailing through the Drake Passage your participation is assumed. After passing the antarctic convergence zone the water temperatur falls from 5° to 1° Celsius. The water becomes green and rich in species.

Day 6: Deception Island
Further to the south there is the ring-shaped Deception Island. Your ship sails right into the island’s impressive crater. At Pendulum Cave, a bay formerly used by whalers, you can experience the unique features of the island during an excursion or, in case of good weather, even have a bath in one of the warm springs at the beach. Furthermore it is possible to visit the biggest colony of chinstrap penguins of the antarctic peninsula at Bailey’s Head.

Day 7: Bransfield Strait - Gerlache Strait - Enterprise Island
Today, you will pass Bransfield Strait and visit Cierva Cove with its impressive icebergs. With a little bit of luck you will be able to spot a humpback whale. The mammals are frequently visitors of the Gerlache Strait. Afterwards the Santa Maria Australis berths at Enterprise Island. Its gravel beaches and sandy slopes are the habitat for a lot of different plants and wildlife that can be observed, for example elephant seals, nesting penguins, king cormorants, giant petrels and whales.

Day 8: Cuverville Island
Your south pole expedition takes you to Cuverville Island, which is characterized by its glaciers and steep cliffs. It is populated by a variety of seafowl. The island as well offers a splendid view of the Errera Channel and the Gerlache Strait. For this journey, this is your chance for a last kayak trip with antarctic sunset. 

Day 9: Cuverville - chilean González Videla Antartic Base - Paradise Bay

Day 10: Paradise Bay - Le Maire Strait - Port Pleneau
Today, the Santa Maria Australis sails to Paradise Bay where you can observe leopard seals, penguins and whales. You will make a trip with a Zodiac rubber dinghy and visit the chilean station Videla. 

Day 11: Port Pleneau - Argentine Islands
You visit the Akademik Vernadsky Research Station, the southernmost point of your epic expedition.

Itinerary, Day 12-22

Antarktis mit dem Segelschiff

Day 12: Peterman Island - Port Lockroy
Today you will pass the Lemaire Channel, also called the Kodak Gap, where you will be surrounded by cliffs up to 1.000m high. You sail to the Circumcision Bay on Peterman Island. There you can discover the bizarre landscape by kayak or Zodiac rubber boat.
The sailing ship berths at one of the most beautiful places of Antartica. You visit Port Lockroy. The british harbour shelters a museum and the only post office of the antarctic continent. The island hosts a colony of gentoo penguins which occasionally even nests on the footway of the office.

Day 13: Port Lockroy - Dorian Bay

Day 14: Dorian Bay - Melchior Islands

Day 15: Melchior Islands
Here, you will check the weather conditions for the crossing of the Drake Passage.

Day 16 - 18: Drake Passage
Organisation of the shift for the lookout station (2 persons - each 2-4 hours)

Day 19: Tierra del Fuego
Depending on the weather conditions, you will get the chance to visit Cape Horn. The Santa Maria Australis will berth at Caletta Martial or Caletta Lennox.

Day 20: Caletta Banner
A day to relax before crossing the Drake Passage.

Day 21: Puerto Williams
Arrival at Puerto Williams. Big celebration of your successful and unforgettable Antarctica expedition at the Micalvi club house.

Day 22: Ending of the expedition
Disembarkation and flight to Punta Arenas.

Ship description

Puerto Williams/ Chile - Antarctica

Discover Antarctica with the Santa Maria Australis


Santa Maria Australis

Ship type: Hydra Duo 66
Designer: Horst Glacer & Kurt Reinke
Yard: Euro Aluship Ltd Gdansk
Long: 20,20 m
Width: 5,50 m
Draught: 2,30 m
Year of built: 1998
Sail area: 222,00 qm
Fuel: 5,100 Liter
Water: 2,500 Liter
Cabins: 4
Capacity: 12 Passagiere

Dates, Prices & Services

Puerto Williams/ Chile - Antarctica

Discover Antarctica with the Santa Maria Australis


Dates & Fares

plus atmosfair CO2-Offset (23 €/t CO2) 0.382 t CO2: 9 €
plus Operation & Provision Costs (payable in cash at the spot) 45 € per day - 945 € / for the season 2023/24: 995 €
Route Fare Price/Person Duration
from/to Puerto Williams Dec 28, 2022 - Jan 18, 2023 11.290 € 21 Days
from/to Puerto Williams Feb 20, 2023 - Mar 13, 2023 11.290 € 21 Days
from/to Puerto Williams Nov 29, 2023 - Dec 20, 2023 11.890 € 21 Days
from/to Puerto Williams Jan 04, 2024 - Jan 25, 2024 11.890 € 21 Days
from/to Puerto Williams Feb 01, 2024 - Feb 22, 2024 11.890 € 21 Days

Travel Specific comments

Payment Terms

  • 1/3 of the payment is due with the booking
  • 1/3 to be paid 3 months prior to departure
  • 1/3 one month prior to departure is due
     

Included within the price:

  • Accommodation within the booked cabin
  • Heating on board
  • Food and beverages (Coffee and Tea)
  • Linen: Synthetic duvet and cover, pillow, pillow case and towel
  • Sailing outfit and snow shoes
  • All port entry, exit and landing fees whilst on board
  • 110v, 240 and 12v AC for charging electronics (such as computer, cell phone, camera, iPod, etc.) please check your owner’s manual for specifics
  • Diesel and consumables for yacht and inflatable Zodiac boat operations
  • CO2-Offset via atmosfair

Not included:

  • Rubber boots, sailing and shore hiking boots
  • Winter clothing
  • Sleeping bag if required for shore activities
  • Specific food for onshore expeditions
  • Beverages from the bar
  • Personal medical supplies
  • Transmission costs for satellite phone calls and email connections (see communication agreement)
  • Travel costs to and from port of departure and arrival
  • Travel insurance for remote areas
  • Travel cancelation insurance

General advice

Weather and ice conditions are a constant changing parameter, and are an integral part of travelling in the South. Depending on the conditions at the time, the itinerary may be adapted accordingly to maximise the experience for everyone on board and to ensure the safety of the vessel and personnel.

The agency 'SLOWTRAVEL experience' is not the organizer, rather the agent of this travel. Therefore the Terms & Conditions of the shipping company are applicable.

For further information please do not hesitate to contact us. Changes and errors excepted!