The expedition starts in Argentina in Ushuaia, the southernmost city in South America, located alongside the Beagle Channel. From here, the ship must cross ‘the Drake Passage’, renowned by sailors the world over. Albatrosses and petrels will accompany the EUROPA on her way to the Antarctic paradise. After passing the Antarctic Convergence Zone, the ship sails between the icebergs to the South Shetland Islands. The wildlife is overwhelming: seals, sea-gulls, cormorants and petrels use the Antarctic summer to raise their young. In the Antarctic waters, the EUROPA will anchor in sheltered bays practically every day. The crew will take groups ashore in the dinghies to see glaciers, mosses and lichens, seals, birds and penguin rookeries.
During the Antarctica expeditions there will be a guide on board the Bark EUROPA. He/she knows the area we will be visiting well. The guide gives lectures on board about the flora and fauna we will encounter, prepares you for the landings on shore and will guide you on the shore walks.
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All trainees are required to have a valid passport for the voyage. All passports will be collected upon embarkation and returned at the end of the voyage.
Canadian Citizens arriving at any point of entry into Argentina will be required to pay the entry fee which MUST be paid online in advance. Fee: Canada USD 92,- (valid for 10 years, multiple entries or until one month prior to the expiration date of the passport). You can arrange the payment of the reciprocity fee on this website. Please remember to print the receipt and carry the printed receipt with your passport, as this is the only way to prove payment.
In a separate email we will send you a voyage ticket for bark Europa, which you can present to the authorities upon entering the country via airport or the port where Europa is berthed.
Embarkation in Ushuaia: 23rd December 2017, 17.00 hrs
EUROPA will be berthed at the pier of the Puerto Comercial in Ushuaia. Please go to follow the ship on the day before embarkation to see where the ship is exactly berthed.
Disembarkation in Ushuaia: 13th January 2018, 09.00 hrs.
Transfers between airports in Buenos Aires
For many of you the flight out of Argentina includes a transfer between the international and national airport of Buenos Aires. You can get from Ezeiza International Airport to Jorge Newberry National Airport or v.v. by bus or taxi. You can buy tickets at the Tienda Leon Transport Company located inside the terminal building. When arranging your tickets please allow enough time between flights to make the switch between airports.
The most up to date voyage information is available in the top left corner of this page.