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Cape to Cape, 52 day expedition

Antarctica, South Georgia, Tristan da Cunha, Cape Town

  • 52
    days
  • 5000
    nautical miles
  • cost €10.660,- p.p.
    4/6 person cabin
  • cost €12.740,- p.p.
    2 person cabin

The Antarctica season 2020/2021 opens on October 29, 2019 at 12:00 CET (noon). From that moment the voyages will be available for bookings on our website. Bookings received before this date will not be processed to give everyone a fair chance.

This is the ultimate Cape to Cape voyage! After departure from Ushuaia, Argentina we make our way through the Beagle Channel to the Drake Passage for the sail to the Antarctic peninsula and all across the Atlantic Ocean towards Cape Town, South Africa.

The unique experience of an Antarctica expedition

After leaving the Beagle Channel it is time to cross the Drake, visit the Antarctic Peninsula and depending on ice- and weather conditions the Weddellsea. In about one week, we will make about 2 landings per day, beautiful hikes or explore a research station. 

Our voyages are based on experiences from previous expeditions of the EUROPA to Antarctica. In putting together this year's itinerary we have included the most impressive places we have visited in the past. An expedition in Antarctica is all about spontaneity, discovery, exploration and flexibility. Sometimes plan A can quickly turn into plan B or C. What is certain, is that our team of experienced guides and crew will always strive to create a remarkable trip for everyone: an expedition to the white continent of Antarctica that you will never forget.

Guides on board

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 the ship about the flora and fauna we will encounter, prepares you for the landings on shore and will guide you on the shore walks.

Photographs + Drones – You will have the possibility to see animals close by – while keeping your distance. To reach the best photo/video result we recommend you to bring a zoom lens next to your regular lens(es). Please keep in mind drones are prohibited entirely on South Georgia and Antarctica.

Sailing the bark Europa

This 52-day expedition is a real sailing trip that involves the crossing of the Drake Passage and the Atlantic Ocean, under sail whenever possible. During the many sailing days, you will be joining a watch system, keep Europa sailing 24/7 and take part in steering, lookout and sail handling. You will also enjoy the lecture program put together by our guides and crew. Some subjects covered during these talks are about the rigging, the lines, the different sails, navigation concepts and rope work.

During the natural history talks we will learn to see the difference between various species of birds, including the mighty albatrosses, like the Black-browed, Wandering and Light Mantled Sooty Albatross. In this way, during the voyage, you will be developing sail handling skills and expanding your knowledge on wildlife, history, glaciology, meteorology and other topics related with our trip. 

The Southern Atlantic Ocean is infamous for its roughness, hence the names: “Roaring Forties”, “Furious Fifties” and “Screaming Sixties” corresponding with the degrees of latitude. Sailing from island to island may take around 10 days and you will be able to experience all the aspects of seaman’s life.

South Georgia & Tristan da Cunha

The sails are hoisted for a serious sail to the beautiful island of South Georgia. We will spend about a week here and have a daily routine of moving the ship from one fjord to the other and make landings, enjoying the wildlife and hikes. We’ll find the remains of a former whaling station at Grytviken and see the grave of Shackleton, one of the most heroic pole travellers. It is an old tradition to drink a glass of whisky near his grave.

Heading back to sea course is set for Tristan da Cunha: the most remote island of the world. Here, in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean, a small community lives on top of an active volcano. Let’s hope that the swell isn’t big enough to prevent a safe landing. On Tristan you can play golf on the most remote course of the planet or go fishing for lobster with the local fisherman. The final leg of this long voyage is a beautiful sail of about 10 days to Cape Town. Mid April the Table Mountain will appear on the horizon and the ship will be berthed along the quay in the V&A Waterfront. 

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