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Antarctica, Falklands and South Georgia

Antarctica Cruise Information

Summary : Be captivated by the magic of this Antarctic voyage that includes the Falkland Islands and South Georgia, vital breeding grounds for seals, penguins, and albatross. To enrich your experience, a skilled team of expedition staff and lecturers will offer presentations on the history, biology, and geology of Antarctica along the way. View mighty glaciers calving into the sea, flocks of thousands of energetic penguins, pods of Humpback and Killer whales plying the icy ocean – encounters like these will become part of the most memorable trip of your lifetime.

Activities : Birding, Camping, Child-Friendly, Culture, Hiking, Kayaking

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Itinerary
Day 1
Montevideo, Uruguay

Montevideo is Uruguay's largest city and boasts a picturesque blend of colonial Spanish, Italian and Art Deco styles. Home to almost half of the nation's population, Montevideo is Uruguay’s capital and a modern metropolis with a historical center dating back to colonial times. Embark the ship and begin your adventure!

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Day 2 – 4
At Sea

Over the coming days enjoy the opportunity to get more acquainted with the ship and your fellow travelers. On the way you will have fascinating and informative briefings into the history and biology of the Falkland Islands. Enjoy the fresh air out on deck, or simply relax on board as you sail south.

Day 5
Falkland Islands

Thanks to a unique Sub-Antarctic ecosystem, more than 70 animal and bird species live on these islands. The islands have a unique ecosystem of about 70 different sub-Antarctic animal and bird species. The black-browed albatross, brown-rumped karakara, elephant seal, sea lion and five different species of penguin including king penguin are just a few of them. There are also about 347 wild plant species in the area.

The landscape is majestic with cliffs, green tufted grass and gentle beaches, while the settlements themselves have a distinctly British feel to them.

Day 6
Falkland Islands

Explore the northwest part of the Falklands. Continue to Port Stanley, the Islands’ capital, which makes a wonderful starting point for various excursions in the area. You can choose to take an optional excursion or explore the town on your own.

Day 7 – 8
At Sea

As you voyage towards South Georgia, you will have a chance to learn more about the history and the spectacular wildlife of the island.

Day 9 – 11
South Georgia

The island of South Georgia with its alpine peaks has a variety and density of wildlife that will amaze. The largest king penguin colonies in the world are flanked by huge groups of fur and elephant seals, while all around, the history of South Georgia is very much in evidence. Discover a heritage steeped in whaling and exploration, with long abandoned whaling stations lying alongside the grave of Sir Ernest Henry Shackleton - a spot that for many is one of the highlights of the island.

Day 12
At Sea

Set sail for the southernmost continent, learning more en route about this fascinating white land, through a series of exciting lectures and talks. Explore the ship and watch for wildlife as the voyage continues towards Antarctica!

Day 13 – 15
Antarctica

When you think you have seen it all, Antarctica turns around and shatters those beliefs. The last great wilderness left on Earth, with its crisp air, towering icebergs and endless white mountain ranges, Antarctica is home to millions of penguins and its seas provide sustenance for whales.

With no permanent human inhabitants, the continent is dedicated to scientific research and peaceful cooperation. Simple words cannot truly convey the feeling of being here, looking upon the vast emptiness of the great white continent. The ice, wind and weather dictate life in Antarctica, as well as your route.

Every voyage is unique and your experienced crew endeavor to make each one an experience of a lifetime. The final choice of landings will be made in the course of the voyage, and may include: Paradise Harbour, Deception Island, Port Lockroy, Iceberg Alley, Brown Bluff and Wilhelmina Bay.

Day 16 – 17
Drake Passage

With the bow pointed north and an unforgettable collection of images and experiences safely stored in your memories, head back towards the South American mainland with a new understanding of the Antarctic Continent. Your sturdy vessel safely steers a course back across the legendary waters of the Drake Passage.

Day 18
Ushuaia, Argentina

Arrive in Ushuaia in the morning and disembark after breakfast and transfer to the airport.

Notes

The above itinerary is a guide only, as the exact program depends on weather and ice conditions and the wildlife you encounter. Flexibility is the key to the success of this expedition. ExpeditionTrips is not responsible for itinerary changes.

Travel Insurance:
Although travel insurance is not mandatory to participate in this voyage, ExpeditionTrips strongly recommends at least $200,000 Emergency Medical/Evacuation coverage for Antarctic trips which includes coverage for cancellation, trip disruption, baggage and personal property. ExpeditionTrips can assist you with this. Other conditions may apply based on pre-existing conditions.

Multilingual Departures: English/Norwegian/German (All Departures)

Camping:
Depending on weather and land conditions, there may be an opportunity to sign up for camping during the voyage. Gear and all cold-weather needs supplied – except pajamas. Due to popular demand, campers are chosen by lottery as there is a set limit as to the number of guests allowed to sleep onshore. Please contact ExpeditionTrips for details.

Deck Camping:
Depending on weather conditions, there may be an opportunity to sign up for deck camping during the voyage. Spend the night on deck and enjoy a magnificent view of the landscape and sky. Included: Sleeping bags, a welcome drink, and a fresh pastry and coffee in the morning. Please contact ExpeditionTrips for details.

Hiking:
Depending on weather and land conditions, there may be an opportunity to sign up for hiking during the voyage. Included: Water bottle, snack bar, and lunch pack (if hike is during lunch time). Physical fitness is essential. Please contact ExpeditionTrips for details.

Kayaking:
Depending on weather conditions, there may be an opportunity to sign up for kayaking during the voyage. The duration of each excursion is 2-4 hours. Due to popular demand, kayakers are chosen by a lottery system. Kayaking is not pre-bookable or guaranteed. Basic kayak experience required. Includes kayaking gear. Please contact ExpeditionTrips for details.

Photography School:

Taught by two professional photography instructors, this pre-bookable photography school program covers basic image editing, wildlife and landscape photography, and DSLR video instruction. This program is designed for proficient beginners to experienced photographers. Included: photography booklet, designated work station with software provided, priority access to the Photo Optics test center equipment, and a Zeiss Lens cleaning kit. Min/max participants: 2-10 guests. Please contact ExpeditionTrips for details.

Small Boat Cruising:

Depending on the weather conditions, there may be an opportunity to sign up for small boat ‘Polarcirkel’ cruising excursions during the voyage. The duration of each excursion is 1-2 hours. Included: Survival float suit, and a hot drink upon return. Small boat cruising is not pre-bookable or guaranteed. Max. capacity: 21 passengers. Please contact ExpeditionTrips for details.

Snowshoeing:

Depending on weather and land conditions, there may be an opportunity to sign up for snowshoeing during the voyage. Due to popular demand, snowshoers are chosen by lottery as there is a set limit to the number of guests allowed to go onshore at one time. Snowshoeing is not pre-bookable or guaranteed. Please contact ExpeditionTrips for details.

Included:

Charter flight from Ushuaia to Buenos Aires; post-cruise transfer from the ship to the airport in Ushuaia; cabin accommodations and meals aboard the ship; landings and activities onboard and ashore; professional English-speaking expedition team that gives lectures and accompanies landings and activities; complimentary tea and coffee; gear on loan (waterproof rubber boots); and a wind- and water-resistant jacket. Expedition Suites (M + MG) include a cabin kit with a bathrobe, slippers, and other beauty articles. Subject to change without notice.

Not Included:

Airfare; transfers; passport and visa fees; travel insurance; luggage handling; alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks except as mentioned; mini bar replenishment; optional excursions and gratuities; items of a personal nature such as laundry; walking sticks and binoculars can be rented for an additional charge; fuel surcharge may apply.

PHOTOS: © Nick Cobbing; © Dominic Barrington; © Marsel van Oosten

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