Antarctica, Falklands and South Georgia

Antarctica Cruise

  • Sea Explorer (charter)
  • Luxury Expedition Ship
  • 114 Capacity
  • 20 Days
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  • $999,999,999

Summary : Embark on a voyage featuring the abundant wildlife and spectacular scenery of the Antarctic Peninsula, Falkland Islands and South Georgia, including classic sites of historic and scientific interest. Observe penguin rookeries, old whaling stations, operational research stations, and elephant seal colonies. Encounter humpback, orca and minke whales; 5 kinds of penguins; petrels, albatross and herons; elephant, fur and weddell seals – all in their true, natural habitat. Along the journey, your team of expert guides and lecturers will provide context to the sites and bring alive the region's remarkable natural history. In Antarctica, the silence is so perfect that every breath taken seems so loud. Enjoy the trip of a lifetime where you might be showered by a whale's spout or have a penguin saunter up next to you!

Activities : Birding, Hiking

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Itinerary
Day 1
Ushuaia, Argentina

Arrive in Ushuaia, the southernmost city in the world. Make your way to your hotel and enjoy the evening at leisure.

Day 2
Ushuaia, Argentina

Arrive at the ship in the afternoon and be greeted by the Expedition Team and ship's officers at a safety and orientation briefing followed by the Captain's welcome dinner. After dinner, relax and take in the mountainous scenery on an early evening sail down the Beagle Channel past penguin, cormorant, and sea lion colonies.

Day 3 – 4
At Sea

At sea, in the westerlies the ship is followed by several species of albatrosses, storm petrels, shearwaters and diving petrels. Observe them from the bridge or decks.

Day 5 – 6
Falkland Islands

The plan is to visit both West and East Falklands. Experience the wildlife of the East Falklands from Stanley including sea lions and Peale’s and Commerson’s dolphins in the harbor or bird life in nearby Gypsy Cove. In the western part, keep an eye out for magellanic and gentoo penguins, as well as encounter with water fowl and night herons. In addition, on Saunders we will be able to observe rockhopper, macaroni and king penguins, black-browed albatrosses and king cormorants.

Day 7 – 8
At Sea

At sea, on the way to South Georgia you will cross the Antarctic Convergence. Entering Antarctic waters, the temperature will drop as much as 18°F within only a few hours. Near the Convergence we will see a multitude of southern seabirds near the ship; several species of albatrosses, shearwaters, petrels, prions and skuas.

Day 9 – 12
South Georgia

Magnificent mountain scenery, glaciers, a rugged coastline punctuated with icebergs, a rich historical tapestry, and an astounding array of wildlife are seen while traveling down South Georgia’s leeward coast. In South Georgia, visit the bay of Elsehul, with its active fur seal breeding beach, and then take course to Right Whale Bay, Salisbury Plain, Gold Harbor and Cooper Bay for a wide spectrum of amazing landscapes and wildlife, like elephant seals, king and macaroni penguins. At Fortuna Bay, attempt to follow in the footsteps of the great British Explorer, Ernest Shackleton, on a hike over to Stomness Bay.

Day 13 – 14
At Sea

Heading farther south through the Scotia Sea, watch as icebergs become more and more plentiful. Keep your eye to the sky as the ship will again be followed by a multitude of impressive seabirds.

Day 15 – 17
Antarctic Peninsula / South Shetland Islands

The Expedition Leader and Captain create a flexible itinerary based on weather, ice, and opportunity. The route will take in the most scenic bays and channels of the Peninsula with stops at penguin rookeries, seal haul-outs, bird colonies and whale feeding areas as well as historic and scientific sites. Adelie, chinstrap and gentoo penguins abound, and weddell, crabeater, elephant seals and the predatory leopard seal are often found. Minke and humpback whales are frequent visitors and orca sightings are also common.

The trip may also include the Gerlache Strait including Neko Harbor, Paradise Harbor, Wilhelmina Bay, and Neumayer Channel. Depending on ice, we may also be able to visit beautiful Antarctic Sound’s Brown Bluff, Hope Bay, and Paulet Island. Active scientific bases such as Poland’s Arctowksi or Ukraine’s Vernadskiy and historic bases such as U.K.’s Port Lockroy or Wordie House may also be visited.

Day 18 – 19
Drake Passage

On our way north we are again followed by a great selection of seabirds while crossing the 400-mile long Drake Passage which bears the name of the 16th century English explorer Sir Francis Drake.

Day 20
Ushuaia, Argentina

Arrive in Ushuaia in the morning and disembark. Transfer to the airport for your return journey home.

Notes

Read this itinerary as a guide only; the exact route and program varies according to ice and weather conditions - and the wildlife you encounter. Flexibility is the key to the success of this expedition.

Mandatory Travel Insurance:
All guests are required to have comprehensive travel insurance coverage including medical, evacuation, cancellation and trip interuption. Proof of coverage is required prior to embarkation. ExpeditionTrips strongly recommends at least $100,000 Emergency Medical/Evacuation coverage which includes coverage for cancellation, trip disruption, baggage and personal property. ExpeditionTrips can assist you with this.

Included:
1 pre-voyage hotel night in Ushuaia; group transfer to the ship on day of embarkation; group transfer to airport or central location upon disembarkation in Ushuaia; shipboard accommodations; all scheduled landings/excursions; all lectures and briefings onboard; all meals served aboard; coffee/tea/cocoa/espresso 24 hours daily; welcome drink and farewell dinner onboard; a pair of rubber boots on loan for shore landings; expedition parka; all port fees; pre-departure materials; digital Voyage Log.

Not Included:
Airfare; visa and passport fees (if applicable); luggage, medical and trip cancellation insurance; excess baggage charges; soft drinks and alcoholic beverages other than those for special events and celebrations; personal expenses such as laundry, telephone calls, faxes, e-mail service and gratuities to shipboard personnel; fuel surcharge may apply; emergency evacuation insurance; pre- or post-cruise travel expenses.

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