Visit two extraodinary destinations for wildlife and scenery—the Antarctic Peninsula and South Georgia!
|TRIPLE SHARED||TWIN SHARED||TWIN PRIVATE||MINI SUITE||SUITE|
|Jan 4, 2017 - Jan 21, 2017||$14,300||$17,200||$21,285||$23,325||$24,800|
|Jan 21, 2017 - Feb 7, 2017||$14,300||$17,200||$21,285||$23,325||$24,800|
Fly from Punta Arenas to Puerto Williams. Enjoy a guided tour of the rustic port and beautiful surrounds. Embark Polar Pioneer in the late afternoon for introductory and safety briefings, then sail along the Beagle Channel.
Drake Passage offers excellent birdwatching from the outer decks or the warm bridge. Expedition team presents Zodiac and environmental briefings, and enlightening talks on Antarctica. Keen eyes watch for icebergs, penguins, seals and cormorants as we approach our first landing in the South Shetland Islands.
Awaken to the thrill of Antarctica, where we plan to visit busy penguin rookeries, historic sites and make a continental landing.
Elephant Island, where Shackleton's men wintered beneath their upturned boats. With luck we will go ashore to pay tribute to these hardy souls.
Following in Shackleton's wake, we cross the Scotia Sea, possibly detouring to visit the remote South Orkney Islands if ice conditions allow.
We have ample time to explore South Georgia's spectacular northern coast, including the world's largest king penguin rookeries and majestic albatross nests. Kayakers revel in paddling the coastline's nooks and crannies, accompanied by playful seals. In Stromness and Grytviken harbours, 3000-metre peaks form dramatic backdrops to the remains of whaling stations. Kelp-strewn beaches are cluttered with basking elephant seals, feisty fur seals and penguins.
Keeping watch for the kelp-skirted Shag Rocks, we cross the Scotia Sea, entertained by our expert naturalist and historian.
Dawn greets us in the Falkland Islands capital, Stanley; where we bid farewell to Polar Pioneer. You have the option of either spending more time exploring the Falkland Islands or continuing on to Punta Arenas or Santiago, Chile.
In addition to the inclusions listed on the right-hand side of this page, the following items are included in the cruise fees based on the departure date you choose:
Additional Inclusions for Dec 17, 2014 and Jan 23, 2016 departures
• Flight from Punta Arenas to Puerto Williams
• Transfer from Puerto Williams airport to ship and town tour
• Transfer from ship to Stanley airport and town tour
• Flight from Stanley to Punta Arenas or Santiago
Additional Inclusions for Jan 3–20, 2015 departure
• Flight from Santiago or Punta Arenas to Puerto Williams
• Transfer from Stanley airport to ship and town tour
• Transfer from ship to Puerto Williams airport and town tour
• Flight from Puerto Williams to Punta Arenas or Santiago
PLEASE NOTE: Due to the nature of expedition cruising, itineraries are subject to change due to weather, ice conditions, natural and cultural events, wildlife viewing opportunities and other logistical considerations. In general, a ship's crew will endeavor to complete the itinerary provided, but the ultimate decision lies with the ship's captain and expedition leaders.