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Expedition January 3 - 18, 2019 | View other workshops

Antarctica by Yacht with Daisy Gilardini

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A Fly-In – Fly-Out, Antarctic Photography Expedition Aboard S/V Ocean Tramp

Note: As this opportunity has developed on very short notice, and availability of berths is limited, this expedition may be booked directly through our office only. Please either call us at +1-202-558-9596 or email Director of Operations Jennifer Woolley at to book this trip or be added to the waiting list. Online bookings for this expedition are not enabled at this time.

We are pleased to offer this intimate private-charter photographic expedition, including round trip flights across the Drake Passage, 13-nights aboard S/V Ocean Tramp, and instruction and guiding throughout by award-winning photographer and polar specialist Daisy Gilardini.

Ocean Tramp is a 20-meter motor-sail yacht (specifically, a ketch) which is operated by personal friends of Visionary Wild founder Justin Black, whose company Quixote-Expeditions specializes in small-vessel Antarctic adventures. In an era when Antarctic expedition vessels are getting larger and larger, Ocean Tramp offers a wonderful way to go with a very small group of just six guests, on a comfortable vessel that can get into locations that bigger ships can't reach.

Spend almost two weeks on location at Antarctica, rather than wasting precious days "rockin' and rollin'" on the Drake Passage crossing. As master of the boat, Daisy will work with Captain David Roberts (U.K.) to choose the best route to maximize the photographic opportunities at destinations along the way, responding to local conditions of weather and ice. Captain Roberts and Ocean Tramp’s experienced first mate and cook have an excellent track record of delivering exceptional Antarctic experiences for their guests.

Ocean Tramp normally sleeps eight guests in four cabins, but we are limiting the group size to six to eliminate crowding onboard, in the Zodiac, and at landing sites. The boat's Shackleton Suite features an en-suite private bathroom, while the other three cabins share two bathrooms.


Jan 3: Arrive in Punta Arenas, Chile, by late morning for airport pickup and transfer to Hotel Cabo De Hornos, followed by a group dinner with Daisy at one of our favorite restaurants.
Jan 4: Transfer to the airport for our quick and comfortable jet flight over Cape Horn and across the Drake Passage to King George Island in the South Shetland Islands, where we board Ocean Tramp and begin our adventure.
Jan 4-17: Aboard S/V Ocean Tramp, photographing the wildlife, ice, and landscapes of the Antarctic Peninsula, south to Lemaire Channel and Vernadsky Research Base, using our vessel's size and maneuverability to access places that larger ships can't get to.
Jan 17: Disembark Ocean Tramp for the flight back to Punta Arenas. Daisy will remain at King George Island to meet the next group arriving for our voyage on M/V Hans Hansson. In Punta Arenas, you will be met by a trusted local guide who will coordinate your transfer to Hotel Cabo De Hornos. Final group dinner at one of Punta Arena's best restaurants, and overnight at Hotel Cabo De Hornos.
Jan 18: Transfer to Punta Arenas airport to catch your departing flight.


• Attentive and personalized photographic instruction throughout by Daisy Gilardini
• Use of S/V Ocean Tramp and its Zodiac, as well as the services of the experienced crew
• Specially arranged round-trip flights on DAP Antarctic Airways, aboard a four-engine BAE 146 jet, from Punta Arenas to King George Island (seats on these flights typically cost between $6,000 and $8,000 per person).
• Two hotel nights in Punta Arenas (Jan 3 and 17)
• All meals from dinner on Jan 3 to breakfast on Jan 18 (including wine/beer with dinners).
• All necessary transfers from arrival to departure in Punta Arenas, Chile.


• Shackleton Suite (perfect for a couple, with en suite bathroom) – Double-Occupancy at $21,500 per person; or Single-Occupancy at $28,500 (Booked)
• Cabin #3 (a fairly spacious cabin in the bow) – Double-Occupancy: $18,500 per person, or Single-Occupancy for: $25,750 per person (Booked)
• Cabin #2 (Twin bunks, third most spacious) (Booked) – Single-Occupancy only for $24,750
• Cabin #4 (Twin bunks, least spacious) – Double-Occupancy: $14,995 per person, or Single-Occupancy for $22,495 (Booked)

Note: Single-Occupancy bookings are limited to two guests total. Group size is limited to six guests total.

A 50% deposit is required upon registration, with the remaining 50% balance due by September 6, 2018.

Modified Cancellation and Refund Terms

Please note that due to the significant commitments involved in chartering the vessel for this trip, the following cancellation and refund schedule will apply, based on date cancellation notification is received:

  • 121 or more days prior to expedition start date: Full refund (less any non-recoverable credit card processing fees)
  • 120 to 91 days prior to start date: 25% of package cost non-refundable
  • 90 to 61 days prior to start date: 50% of package cost non-refundable
  • 60 days or less before start date: No refund

If you have any questions at all, please let us know. We hope you will join us on this Antarctic adventure!

Contact or +1-202-558-9596 to register or for more information.


VIDEO TOUR OF INTERIOR OF S/V OCEAN TRAMP, by our friend Laura Smith of Quixote-Expeditions:

Daisy Gilardini

Daisy Gilardini is originally from Switzerland but now lives in British Columbia, Canada.  She started taking photography seriously during her first trip to India in 1989, and since then has visited more than 70 countries with camera in hand. After falling in love with Antarctica during her first trip there in 1997, she has spent most of her time photographing the Polar Regions. In over two decades of polar exploration she has joined over seventy expeditions to Antarctica and the Arctic, most of them on research vessels and icebreakers, one on a sailing boat, and some overland. In 2006, she joined a Russian expedition to the North Pole on skis.

Daisy’s images have been published internationally by leading magazines and organizations, such as National Geographic, Smithsonian, BBC Wildlife, Nature’s Best, Audubon, The Telegraph, Outdoor Photography, Greenpeace, World Wildlife Fund, among many others. Her work has received numerous awards at the most prestigious international photo contests such as the “BBC Wildlife Photographer of the Year”, “Travel Photography of the Year”, “Nature’s Best” and many more. In April 2010 Daisy had the great honor to be part of the jury of the “BBC Wildlife Photographer of the Year” considered as the “Oscars” of nature photography photo contests.

Her passion for the natural world has grown into a lifelong commitment to disseminate conservation messages. She is a fellow of the International League of Conservation Photographers (iLCP), a fellow of The Explorers Club, and she is part of the Swiss Nikon Ambassador’s team, the SanDisk Extreme Team and the Lowepro Storytellers Team.

For Daisy, photography means extreme adventure and environmental commitment.

Many times I tried to understand this irresistible attraction to the Polar Regions, which I would define almost as an addiction or obsession. These extreme adventures transport me out of my ordinary worldliness leading me in a voyage of self-discovery. The isolation from the modern civilization and all the distractions that come with it brings me back to appreciate and focus on the simple rhythm of Nature. The healing feelings of re-discovering the primordial connection with Nature and the interconnection among all species on earth inspires deep respect and awareness for the importance of these delicate ecosystems.

If human kind wants to survive and evolve with our planet we have to act responsibly, by acknowledging with humility that Nature is not dependent on us, but we are dependent on Nature.

As environmental photographers it is our duty to capture the beauty of places and species at risk, and raise awareness trough the universal power of the images we capture. While science provides the data necessary to explain issues and suggest solutions, photography symbolizes these issues. Science is the brain, while photography is the heart and we need to reach people’s heart and emotions in order to move them to action, for Nature and for us.


  • 13-night private charter of S/V Ocean Tramp, a comfortable and capable 20-meter ketch perfectly suited to small-group Antarctic exploration
  • Small group size, limited to no more than 6 guests
  • Includes round-trip flights across the Drake Passage aboard a BAE 146 Jet. Flight duration is about two hours, which frees up an extra four days on location in Antarctica, significantly reduces the potential for seasickness, and increases general safety.
  • Frequent landings to make the most of photographic opportunities along the coast and on the islands
  • Excursions by Zodiac among the icebergs
  • Generous and personalized photographic instruction throughout by Daisy Gilardini

Accommodations & Travel

  • Punta Arenas, Chile, nights of January 3 and 17: Hotel Cabo De Hornos, an excellent and modern hotel located in central Punta Arenas, conveniently close to the best restaurants and the waterfront.
  • Antarctica: 13 nights from January 4 t0 17, private charter vessel S/V Ocean Tramp
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Fly to Punta Arenas, Chile (PUQ) for our initial group meeting. Flights across the Drake Passage from Punta Arenas to King George Island are included. All ground transfers are included. At King George Island, we will embark on S/V Ocean Tramp for a 13-night private charter to explore the Antarctic Peninsula. Walks at landing sites will be easy to moderate. On the Antarctic Peninsula in January, expect temperatures around freezing (0ºC to +2ºC) most of the time, with a mix of wind, sun, overcast, and possible rain showers.