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Antarctica, South Georgia and the Falkland Islands

Antarctic Peninsula, South Georgia & the Falkland Islands

Starting from $19,095

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These Antarctic expeditions utilize a flight to Stanley in the Falkland Islands to save almost a day and half at sea – which maximizes the time you can spend exploring Antarctica, and the sub-Antarctic Falkland and South Georgia Islands. We'll encounter a spectacular proliferation of unique wildlife and birdlife on our journey – there are penguin rookeries with more than 100,000 nesting birds, albatrosses, and the beaches are covered in fur seals and elephant seals.

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Save $1000 per person On all cabin categories when you book by October 30th, 2017

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• Cannot be combined with other offers
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Starting from $19,095

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Jan 21, 2019 - Feb 9, 2019$19,095
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Itinerary

Day 1: Ushuaia

Your journey to Antarctica starts in Ushuaia, Argentina, the world’s most southerly city. In the early evening we set sail along the Beagle Channel and push out into the Drake Passage, direction Antarctica.

Days 2 & 3: Drake Passage

Sailing south towards Antarctica we will be joined by hundreds of seabirds including the wandering albatross. Photographing these magnificent birds takes patience and skill and our photography expert will be on hand to show you the best techniques. Join the ship’s Captain on the bridge and learn about the operations of our modern expedition vessel.

Days 4-7: Antarctic Peninsula

We arrived at the Antarctic Peninsula. Planned visits could include Paradise Harbor, Orne Harbor or Andvord Bay, or a cruise through the Errera Channel to visit the penguin rookeries at Cuverville Island. Wilhelmina Bay is another favorite location where we frequently encounter humpback whales. If ice conditions allow, we cruise through the Lemaire Channel as well as a visit to an active research base nearby provides a fascinating insight into the important climate change science occurring in Antarctica. Each day we enjoy guided walks on shore, visits to wildlife colonies, and zodiac cruising among the ice with our expert guides providing insight and interpretation.

Day 8: South Shetland Islands and Deception Island

We are now heading north and hope to make a planned visit at Deception Island. If weather conditions permit, we sail the ship right into the middle of a volcanic caldera. Fur seals gather among the old structures seeking protection from the elements. At the far end of the beach is an old aircraft hangar. There is an outstanding hike here to a location known as ‘Neptune’s Window’ - high up onto the rim of the crater. If conditions allow, we hope to enter Antarctic Sound – the broad channel that separates the

Day 9: Elephant Island

Elephant Island is a location forever connected to the story of Sir Ernest Shackleton and the HMS Endurance expedition a century ago. Shore landings here are notoriously tricky due to often gale force winds and pounding surf onto the rocky beach. This is a thrilling location for anyone with a passion for polar history.

Days 10-11: Scotia Sea

While we head towards South Georgia, our onboard experts keep us busy with fascinating presentations and lead lively discussions throughout the day. The great pelagic seabirds are sure to keep us company – and we anticipate excellent sightings of albatross and giant petrels soaring on the winds of the South Atlantic Ocean.

Days 12-15: South Georgia

Rounding the remote south-eastern end of South Georgia, we spend the next four days exploring the coastline. Dark sand beaches, tussock covered hinterland and a backdrop of towering peaks and glaciers are a feast for all the senses. South Georgia has often been called the greatest wildlife show on earth. Seals cover the beaches, seabirds fill the skies and living in rookeries of immense size, live the majestic king penguins. Our aim is to visit a number of these huge colonies – where naturalists estimate that more than 100,000 adult and juvenile penguins live in close proximity. Locations we hope to visit include Gold Harbor, Royal Bay, St Andrews Bay and Salisbury Plain. Dotted along the coastline are the rusting relics of the early whaling era. The largest of these locations is Grytviken.

Days 16-18: Scotia Sea

The onboard educational program continues and our experts recap our remarkable journey to date. These days provide a good opportunity to catch up on journal entries, sort through your images in the multimedia room and catch some rest after several busy weeks of activity. The spectacular seabirds including several albatross and petrel species are our constant companions as they soar above the ship.

Day 19: Falkland Islands

Approaching Sea Lion Island, we first note the very barren and windswept landscape. We launch the Zodiacs and go ashore to view the incredible diversity of wildlife found at this location. Three species of penguin including gentoo, magellanic and rockhopper, as well as southern elephant seals and South American sea lions are known to inhabit the area. As we cruise along the coast of the Falklands, bound for Stanley, we enjoy a special dinner attended by the ship’s Captain.

Day 20: Stanley, Falkland Islands and Punta Arenas, Chile

In the early morning, we navigate through the narrows and into the harbor of Port Stanley. A transfer will take us to the airport for our return flight to Punta Arenas in southern Chile (this flight is included in the price of your voyage). It will be possible to connect to flights through to Santiago or other destinations in Chile.

Akademik Vavilov

Akademik Vavilov

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Highlights

  • Fantastic glaciated scenery of the Antarctic Peninsula and South Georgia
  • Outstanding wildlife observation on shore, zodiac cruising and from the ship
  • Visits to historic sites and science stations
  • Learn about the environment, wildlife, history and ecology from polar experts

Included

  • Comprehensive pre-voyage information package including details to help you prepare for your trip
  • Transfers from central meeting point in Ushuaia to the ship on Day 1 and Punta Arenas airport (to a downtown location) on arrival back from Stanley (Falkland Islands) on Day 20. Airport/ship transfer in the Falkland Islands also included
  • Scheduled flight (Stanley/Punta Arenas)
  • Shipboard accommodation in your selected cabin category with daily housekeeping. Cabins feature outside views with windows or portholes that open on each deck
  • All breakfasts, lunches and dinners on board throughout your voyage with daily afternoon tea
  • 24-hour tea, coffee, hot chocolate in bar lounge plus in cabin tea and coffee making facilities
  • Experienced Expedition Leader and professional expedition team of marine biologists, naturalists, historians, adventure guides and photographers
  • Daily off-ship excursions by Zodiac boat breaking into small groups for shore landings
  • Guided hikes and walks on shore of various durations for guests of all abilities
  • Visits to wildlife colonies, historic sites, places of outstanding natural beauty and community visits
  • Educational presentations and talks by polar experts in their field (ie. marine biologists, naturalists, historians etc). Onboard or on shore
  • Resident photography guide available to assist all guests plus access to computers in the multimedia lab for image downloads, file back up and management
  • An emergency trained Physician on board every voyage
  • Dedicated hospitality team including Hotel Manager, four chefs, professional bar staff and Adventure Concierge staff
  • Onboard sauna, plunge pool, Jacuzzi and fitness center including personal trainer and massage options (charge applies for massage and spa treatments)
  • Sea Kayaking program available (additional charge of US$795pp) – must be reserved at the time of booking your voyage and you must have some prior paddling experience
  • Access to well-stocked library full of polar reference books
  • End of voyage video, photos and take home USB
  • Port fees and all permits to access visited areas

Adventure Options

  • Kayaking: $795 per person
 

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.

 
 
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