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Antarctica and South Georgia

Antarctica and South Georgia Cruise

Summary : Explore the mythical White Continent. Discover not only the Antarctic Peninsula but also South Georgia, a sub-Antarctic region formed by an underwater mountain chain that extends from the Andes to the Antarctic Peninsula. All the wildlife of the Far South can be found there. You will go ashore at splendid sites like Gold Harbor and Fortuna Bay, walk among the penguins, and approach elephant seals basking in the weak southern sun. But the highlight will come at Salisbury Plain which is home to more than 250,000 king penguins with their orange-yellow crowns. The ancient whaling station of Deception Island will reveal its delightful colony of chinstrap penguins. Sail the famous Drake Passage and carve through waters often populated by killer whales, humpback whales and other cetaceans – an amazing sight.

Activities : Birding, Child-Friendly, Hiking

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Itinerary
Day 1
Montevideo, Uruguay

Embark the vessel and meet crew and fellow passengers.

Day 2 – 5
Day 6 – 8
South Georgia

South Georgia is an unparalleled destination within Antarctica. This sub-Antarctic region is a peak emerging from the Scotia Arc, an underwater mountain chain that extends from the Andes to the Antarctic Peninsula.

Visit Grytviken, a former Norwegian whaling station, and follow in the footsteps of the great explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton and visit the tiny cemetery where he is buried. After Roald Amundsen conquered the South Pole in 1912, Sir Ernest Shackleton turned his attention to what he considered to be the last great challenge in Antarctica: The crossing of the continent from the Weddell Sea to the Ross Sea via the Pole. To achieve this he organized the Endurance expedition. This expedition was dogged with bad luck and his ship, Endurance, was a prisoner of the ice for many months and was slowly crushed, obliging the crew to disembark. A series of adventures followed that would cement Shackleton’s myth.

Explore Gold Harbour Island by Zodiac excursion. Everything you would expect to see is present at this site: magical landscapes, a majestic blue-tinged glacier, and waterfalls sparkling in the sun, pouring down. The beach here is made of volcanic black sand, heading out towards a milky blue sea. The beach swarms with wildlife, colonies of king penguins, fur seals and elephant seals.

Day 9 – 10
Day 11 – 13
Antarctic Peninsula

Visiting Antarctica means exploring the largest, wildest and most extreme of all the continents; discover a land dominated by white, a mysterious stretch of ice with seemingly infinite nuances of color. At the gateway to this final frontier, surrounded by the vast expanse of sea ice, get as close as possible to the most unspoiled nature and vast animal colonies. Set off to meet peaceful penguins, the emblem of these icy regions, and journey through their colonies with their constant movement to and from the sea. During your trip, you may encounter majestic humpback whales whose huge and powerful blue tail fins pound the surface of the water. Dependent upon sea and ice conditions, your expedition explores a variety of destinations, which may include Paradise Bay, Pleneau Island, Port Lockroy, and Deception Island.

Neko – Paradise Bay
Deep in Andvord Bay, find this little corner of paradise at the foot of an immense glacier. Neko Bay is one of the most beautiful sights of the Antarctic Peninsula. It was discovered by the Belgian explorer Adrien de Gerlache during his 1897-99 Antarctic expedition. Mountains, snow, ice and unspoiled nature combine to offer a unique landscape. Wildlife is as abundant as it is exceptional: sea birds such as gulls, Cape Petrels and Cormorants, as well as marine mammals including seals, orcas and whales. Excursions aboard Zodiacs allow you to sail close to blue icebergs or disembark near colonies of penguins, observe leopard seals basking on the shore or watch the Antarctic Terns flying overhead.

Deception Island
Nestled at the heart of the South Shetland Islands, in the north of the Antarctic Peninsula, Deception Island is easy to recognize for its horseshoe shape. This island was once an active volcano whose crater collapsed some 10,000 years ago, producing a caldera which was then flooded by the sea, creating a natural port. Entrance to the port is via a narrow channel called Neptune’s Bellows. For a long time, this was an important whaling port and the intensity of this activity has left traces that have withstood time. On the black sand of the volcanic beaches, there are remains of abandoned huts that have been overrun by the extraordinary wildlife. It is on these beaches of ash that the largest colony of Chinstrap Penguins in the Antarctic Peninsula has taken up residence. Excursions aboard Zodiac will allow you to set foot on this expanse of land where more than 100,000 pairs of penguins nest.

Day 14 – 15
Day 16
Ushuaia, Argentina

Disembark the vessel.

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. ExpeditionTrips.com is not responsible for itinerary changes.

Bilingual Departures: All departures French/English.

Mandatory Travel Insurance:
As a requirement of participation on this expedition, all passengers must purchase medical evacuation insurance. ExpeditionTrips strongly recommends at least $200,000 Emergency Medical/Evacuation coverage which includes coverage for cancellation, trip disruption, baggage and personal property. ExpeditionTrips can assist you with this.

Shore Excursions: Unless otherwise noted, shore excursions are sold and charged on board and are ruled by general conditions that apply to the contract signed with the local tour operator and the relevant national regulations. Excursions can involve activities that may not suit persons with disabilities. Prices are only given as an indication and may change. Before departure, you will receive a tour program detailing nthe excursions on offer with the latest rates. Shore excursions are currently only bookable onboard. Any meals offered during excursions are simple and should not be compared to the standards on board the ship. Please inquire with ExpeditionTrips for details.

Included:
One-way flight Ushuaia/Buenos Aires; meet and greet by representatives in Ushuaia and luggage direct transfer from the airport to the ship for port clearance; choice between one full day in Arakur Resort located inside Cerro Alarken Natural Reserve, leisure time, lunch and/or an optional excursion to Tierra del Fuego National Park or direct transfer to the port for embarkation; buffet lunch, and access to the main lounge (cabins/suites will not be available before 5 pm); meals on board the ship; captain’s welcome cocktail and gala dinner; mineral water, tea, filter coffee, a selection of white, red and rosé wines offered during meals, afternoon tea; open bar (pouring wines, house champagne, alcohol except premium brands - list available upon request); evening entertainment and events, English speaking lecturer on selected sailings, 24 hour room service (special selection). Subject to change without notice.

Not Included:
Airfare except as mentioned; passport and visa expenses and/or immigration reciprocity taxes if applicable; airport taxes; any ground services before and/or after the cruise other than the ones mentioned; spa charges; beverages other than those mentioned; laundry services, hair salon; personal expenses, on board medical consultations and drug prescriptions; cancellation/luggage/assistance/repatriation/medical insurance(s); fuel surcharge may apply.

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