Sailing Expeditions

Antarctica

Overview

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 2019/20
=> season 2020/21



Antarctica
This unique expedition sailing ship travel to Antarctica will leave incredible, unique impressions. From Puerto Williams/ Chile from pursuing the Santa Maria Australis, the traditional route, which was committed by courageous researchers for centuries. First she travels eastwards along the Beagle Channel to south crossing the Drake Passage.

Your first impressions of the Antarctic will be deep and stable. This is completely independent of the weather or the time of day we will reach Antarctica. The landscape is incredibly bright even when the sun disappears behind the horizon shortly.
Depending on the conditions, we will begin the northern areas of the Antarctic Peninsula to explore and then choose the best places where you can experience the incredible amount of wildlife in the region - including whales, penguins, birds and seals.

Whether you're more of an active person or just want to soak up the magic of Antarctica in itself. There is a wide variety of ways to enjoy: mountain climbing, take the boat to the icebergs, visit penguin colonies snowshoeing or just spend time on the ice.

Based on many years of experience we know that 3 weeks Minimum on the Santa Maria Australis are such an Antarctic Adventure. To access this quiet and unspoiled places that are only possible per ships as Sarah, even 4 weeks are recommended. This represents a particularly important prerequisite to fully immersed in this incredible and unique place.


Wilderness

The observation of the wilderness begins at the arrival at the Fire-Land. Through the Beagle Canal, the Drake Passage and the Antarctica there is a rich and unique amount of wilderness to see. 

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 the Fire-Land you can discover the Magellan-Penguin. But the really big colonies of the Gentoo Penguins , Chinstrap Penguins and Adelie Penguins are only seen in the deeps of the Antarctica. 

Seals: There are two sorts of seals which are seen in the antarctica. First the Earseal which counts to the bigger ones and the wedell seal. 

Wale: You can see wales over the whole Summer - even in the Beagle Canal and at the whole Kap Hoorn. None the less you will only see the big colonies of wales in the deeps of the antarctica. You can see the Humpback whales, sei whales, fin whales , killer whales and sometimes the blue wale. If the wales are curious or if they are feeded you can watch them some hours.

Itinerary

Puerto Williams/ Chile - Antarctica

Discover Antarctica with the Santa Maria Australis


Day 1: Puerto Williams
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 antartic 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 brings you to the Micalvi Yacht Club, where you will meet the other 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 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 species-rich.

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 former bay used by whalers, you can experience the unique features of the island during an excursion or, in case of good weather, 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 today. 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
You sail on to Cuverville Island, which is characterized by its glaciers and steep cliffs. It is populated by a variety of seafowl. The island as well gives a splendid view on the Errera Channel and the Gerlache Strait. On the island you will get the chance for a last antarctic kayak trip and a last 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 and visit the chilean station Videla. 

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

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.
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 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 Party 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


Fares & Prices 2016
RouteFarePrice/PersonDuration
from/to Puerto WilliamsDec 16, 2019 - Jan 06, 20207,535 €21 Days
from/to Puerto WilliamsJan 13 - Feb 03, 20207,535 €21 Days
from/to Puerto WilliamsFeb 10 - March 02, 20207,535 €21 Days
from/to Puerto WilliamsDec 14, 2020 - Jan 04, 20219,460-10,960 €21 Days
from/to Puerto WilliamsJan 11 - Feb 01, 20219,460-10,960 €21 Days
from/to Puerto WilliamsFeb 08 - March 01, 20219,460-10,960 €21 Days
plus atmosfair CO2-Offset (23 €/t CO2)0.382 t CO29 €
plus Operation & Provision Costs (payable in cash at the spot)30 € per day630 €

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 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!