Teacher Professional Development tour 2017

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                      Teacher Professional Development tour 2017
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                      Teacher Professional Development tour 2017
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                      Teacher Professional Development tour 2017

The Concept

Our Classic Antarctic Peninsula Voyage is the ultimate introduction to the White Continent. Visit the last pristine region of the world, landing at penguin colonies and research stations and observing various different species of whales, seals, penguins and sea birds.

This is possibly the ultimate teacher professional development tour, with a busy program of lectures by noted naturalists and leadership by experienced expedition staff. GET has secured a limited number of berths on the December 2017 departure, and interested teachers should contact us quickly to secure their sport on this once in a lifetime expedition.

The Program

Please note:

The below itinerary is a guide only. Our exact route and program will vary to take best advantage of local weather and ice conditions and opportunities to view wildlife. Changes will be made by the Captain and/or Expedition Leader to facilitate the best results from the prevailing conditions. A daily program sheet will be issued on board. Flexibility is the key to success.

Rates

All rates are subject to change, especially possible fuel surcharges. However, there will be NO fuel surcharge for the 2016-17 season if the price of the barrel of crude oil is US$100 or lower. Please contact us for more information on pricing.

All rates are quoted per person in US Dollar

- USD 6,540 Standard Plus Triple

- USD 6.990 Standard Twin

All rates are subject to change and the right is reserved to modify the published rates without prior notice.

Rates are based on triple/twin occupancy

Itinerary Day By Day

DAY 1: Depart from Ushuaia

Embark the USHUAIA in the afternoon and meet your expedition and lecture staff. After you have settled into your cabins we sail along the famous Beagle Channel and the scenic Mackinlay Pass.

DAYS 2 & 3: At Sea crossing the Drake Passage

Named after the renowned explorer, Sir Francis Drake, who sailed these waters in 1578, the Drake Passage also marks the Antarctic Convergence, a biological barrier where cold polar water sinks beneath the warmer northern waters. This creates a great upwelling of nutrients, which sustains the biodiversity of this region. The Drake Passage also marks the northern limit of many Antarctic seabirds.

As we sail across the passage, lecturers will be out with you on deck to help in the identification of an amazing variety of seabirds, including many albatrosses, which follow in our wake. The USHUAIA's open bridge policy allows you to join our officers on the bridge and learn about navigation, watch for whales, and enjoy the view. A full program of lectures will be offered as well.

The first sightings of icebergs and snow-capped mountains indicate that we have reached the South Shetland Islands, a group of twenty islands and islets first sighted in February 1819 by Capt. William Smith of the brig Williams. With favourable conditions in the Drake Passage our lecturers and naturalists will accompany you ashore as you experience your first encounter with the penguins and seals on Day 3.

DAYS 4 -7: Exploring South Shetland Islands & Antarctic Peninsula

The South Shetland Islands are a haven for wildlife. Vast penguin rookeries, beaches ruled by Antarctic fur seals and southern elephant seals make every day spent in this amazing island group unforgettable. Sailing through the narrow passage into the flooded caldera of Deception Island is truly amazing. King George Island, the largest of the South Shetland Islands, features colonies of nesting Adélie and Chinstrap Penguins, Kelp Gulls, Blue-eyed Cormorants, Antarctic Terns and Southern Giant Petrels and is home to scientific bases of many different countries. Macaroni, Chinstrap and Gentoo Penguins as well as elephant seals await you at Livingston Island.

The Antarctic Peninsula's remarkable history will provide you with a type of excitement often only associated with the early explorers. You will have plenty of time to explore its amazing scenery, a pristine wilderness of snow, ice, mountains and waterways, and an incredible wide variety of wildlife. Apart from penguins and seabirds you are very likely to see Weddell, crabeater and leopard seals as well as Minke, killer (orca) and humpback whales at close range.

We hope to navigate some of the most beautiful waterways (depending on the ice conditions): the Gerlache Strait, the Neumayer Channel, and the Lemaire Channel, the latter are narrow passages between towering rock faces and spectacular glaciers.

We plan to make at least two landings per day. Possible landing sites may include: Paradise Bay is perhaps the most aptly named place in the world and we attempt a landing on the continent proper. After negotiating the iceberg-strewn waters of the Antarctic Sound, we hope to visit the bustling Adélie Penguin (over 100,000 pairs breed here) and Blue-eyed Cormorant colonies on Paulet Island. The Nordenskjöld expedition built a stone survival hut here in 1903. Today its ruins have been taken over by nesting penguins.

Further exploration may take you to Melchior Island, Cuverville Island, Portal Point, Neko Harbour, Pléneau Island and if ice conditions permit, to Petermann Island for a visit to the southernmost colony of Gentoo Penguins.

DAYS 8 & 9: At Sea crossing the Drake Passage, northbound

We leave Antarctica and head north across the Drake Passage. Join our lecturers and naturalists on deck as we search for seabirds and whales and enjoy some final lectures. Take the chance to relax and reflect on the fascinating adventures of the past days on the way back to Ushuaia.

DAY 10: Arrival at Ushuaia

We arrive at Ushuaia in the early morning and disembark the USHUAIA after breakfast.

Standard Plus Triple Cabin

Triple outside cabins with portholes or windows on Deck E. Private facilities. Three lower berths.

Standard Twin Cabin

Twin outside cabins with portholes on Deck E. Semi-private facilities (share bathroom with adjoining twin cabin). Two berths (upper/lower).
N.B. Semi-private facilities: Two cabins share one bathroom accessible from both cabins (shower and wc). Each cabin is also equipped with its own washbasin.

Inclusions
  • Voyage as indicated in the itinerary
  • All meals throughout the voyage aboard the Ushuaia
  • All shore excursions and activities throughout the voyage by zodiac
  • Program of lectures by noted naturalists and leadership by experienced expedition staff
  • All miscellaneous service taxes and port charges throughout the program
  • Comprehensive pre-departure material
  • Detailed post-expedition log
Exclusions
  • Airfares and pre/post tour accommodation can be arranged through GET Educational Tours. Please contact us for more information.
  • Personal nature expenses on board such as bar & beverage charges and telecommunication charges; and the customary gratuity at the end of the voyages are not included. We suggest that you bring at least US$300 (in small bills).