Summary : Explore the majestic beauty and amazing wildlife of the Antarctic Peninsula, as well as the jewels of the Southern Ocean: South Georgia and the Falkland Islands. The pristine scenery of Antarctica is unlike any in the world. The White Continent offers unparalleled landscapes and an abundance of wildlife including penguins, seals and whales. South Georgia, with its breathtaking vistas, is home to four species of penguins. Experience the journey of a lifetime to this fascinating region of the world.
Activities : Birding, Camping, Hiking, Kayaking, Photography, Triple/Quad Cabins
$16,995 to $32,295
Arrive in Ushuaia anytime today, with the day free to relax or experience the town and surroundings on your own. Enjoy the Argentinean markets and savory cuisine that make Patagonia famous as you explore the southernmost town in the world. Highlights of Ushuaia include an award-winning museum and trips to nearby Tierra del Fuego National Park and its popular “Train at the End of the World”.
Arrive at the ship in the afternoon to be greeted by your expedition team and ship's officers at a safety and orientation briefing followed by the captain's welcome dinner. Watch the city lights fade in the fresh night air as you sail seaward.
Providing plenty of wildlife spotting opportunities, birds such as albatrosses, prions and petrels follow in the ship’s wake as you sail south. Your expedition team will be on deck as well, looking for whales and dolphins often seen in the area. Your onboard experts will begin the presentations with informative and entertaining lectures on the wildlife, history, and geology of The Falkland Islands and Southern Ocean. Helpful briefings on environmental regulations and expedition safety will also be held in the comfortable lecture hall.
The westernmost settled outposts in the Falklands are remote farms that have been family-owned for six or seven generations. The sheep graze alongside albatross colonies and Rockhopper, King, and Macaroni penguin rookeries while Striated Caracaras patrol overhead and Upland Geese graze at the water's edge. A visit to one of these homesteads often includes an invitation for cakes and a cup of tea.
A British outpost, chosen for its sheltered harbor and access to abundant fresh water and peat for fuel, Stanley is easy to discover on foot as most shops and services are centered on the port. The museum, plenty of shops with locally made wool items and Stanley's lively pubs are interesting attractions. It is possible to experience the wildlife of the Falklands from the town including sea lions and Peale's and Commerson's Dolphins in the harbor or bird life in nearby Gypsy Cove.
Enjoy this time to prepare for the next leg of your voyage. Keep an eye out as from the deck, with plenty of opportunities for wildlife spotting as you make your way east across the Antarctic Convergence and officially enter Antarctic waters. Ship board presentations will continue featuring the exciting history and abundant wildlife of South Georgia.
South Georgia’s unique position inside the Antarctic Convergence, yet outside the limit of the yearly sea ice, makes this 3,755 square kilometer island home to tens of millions of breeding penguins, seals, and seabirds. Magnificent mountain scenery, glaciers galore, a rugged coastline punctuated with icebergs, a rich historical tapestry, and an astounding array of wildlife provide an awe-inspiring backdrop as you travel down South Georgia's leeward coast. Landing sites feature huge elephant seals, fur seals, Macaroni penguins, albatross, petrels, skuas, and gulls. King penguins, from fuzzy little chicks to fattened adults, can be seen in the hundreds of thousands. Visit historic Grytviken whaling station, home of the whaling museum, Norwegian seaman's church, the active British Antarctic Survey station plus the tiny graveyard where the great Antarctic explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton is buried.
Head farther south, and continue with informative presentations and wildlife sightings. Watch as the icebergs become more plentiful as you make your way to the Antarctic Peninsula.
The White Continent stretches before you, a land of extremes and extreme beauty. Your expedition leader and captain will create a flexible itinerary based on weather, ice, and opportunities for wildlife viewing. The route will focus on the most scenic bays and channels of the Peninsula with stops at penguin rookeries, seal wallows, bird colonies and whale feeding areas, as well as sites of historic and scientific interest. The trip may include picturesque Neko Harbor, sheltered Paradise Harbor, the humpback whale frequented Wilhelmina Bay, the striking Lemaire Channel, the wildlife-filled Penola Channel, or the majestic Neumayer Channel. You may stop at an active scientific base such as Poland’s Arctowksi or Ukraine’s Vernadskiy, as well as an historic base such as U.K.’s Port Lockroy or Wordie House. Adelie, Chinstrap and Gentoo Penguins abound, and Weddell, crabeater and elephant seals haul out of the sea to rest along with predatory leopard seals and the aggressive Antarctic fur seal. Minke, humpback and orca whales are frequent visitors of this region and provide many opportunities for whale sightings.
Your lecture series and wildlife sightings with continue as you sail to Ushuaia and reflect on beautiful Antarctica and its wild inhabitants. Arrive at Ushuaia in the early morning hours.
This morning, disembark in Ushuaia, the world’s southernmost town, to catch flights homeward or continue on with your adventure.
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 passengers are required to carry valid travel insurance. This insurance must contain medical and evacuation coverage. Cancellation and trip interruption insurance are strongly recommended as well. As any potential evacuation from Antarctica can cost up to $200,000, it is recommended that no policy carry less than this amount of coverage. Pre-departure forms will require information as to travel insurance carrier, policy number, and a 24 hour contact number. ExpeditionTrips strongly recommends that the travel insurance policy covers trip cancellation insurance, trip delay (interruption or after departure coverage), baggage and repatriation. ExpeditionTrips can assist U.S. residents with travel protection options. Other conditions may apply based on pre-existing conditions.
Fuel Surcharge: Fuel surcharge may apply in the event of significant fuel price increases.
Citizen Science (Optional): Included
Participate in active scientific research projects by helping to collect data on everything from water salinity to penguin behavior. Please contact ExpeditionTrips for details.
Kayaking (Optional): $695 per person
Kayaking offers an opportunity to participate in the most intimate Antarctica encounters. Basic paddling experience is highly recommended. Participants should be capable of getting in and out of a kayak, doing a wet exit, and performing forward and back strokes. Maximum participants: 16 passengers per voyage. Included: kayaks (mix of tandems and singles), dry suits, paddles, personal flotation devices (PFDs), and Pogies (neoprene gloves). Booking in advance is highly recommended. Please contact ExpeditionTrips for details.
Photography (Optional): Included
Get the most out of your photography and bring home memories that will last a lifetime. On every voyage there is a dedicated photography coach who is experienced in the unique weather and lighting conditions that make Antarctica the most special place on earth while sometimes challenging to capture on film. Everyone on board is welcome to take advantage of this included service. Please contact ExpeditionTrips for details.
One pre-voyage hotel night in designated embarkation city; early check-in (up to 24 hours prior to usual check-in time) available if requested with confirmed air itinerary, at least 90 days prior to departure; transfer from airport in embarkation city to group hotel if arriving on Day 1 of itinerary; transfer from group hotel to ship for embarkation; group transfer from ship to airport or central location at disembarkation; cabin accommodations and meals aboard the ship; scheduled landings/ excursions; coffee/tea/cocoa 24 hours daily; welcome and farewell cocktails; house wine/beer/soft drink with dinner; Wi-Fi from the public computers in the library; citizen science program; 100 minute WiFi card (for use on your personal device); daily international news service; all port fees; all landing fees; digital voyage log; gear on loan (waterproof rubber boots); and a waterproof jacket. Owner's Suite, Penthouse, Veranda, Deluxe, and Promenade cabin categories: ensuite champagne and chocolates on arrival, complimentary mini bar (beer, wine, and soft drinks), an ensuite Nespresso coffee machine (available on request), and a $100 per person gift shop certificate. Inclusions subject to change without notice.
Any airfare or travel expenses associated with arrival in Ushuaia or Puerto Madryn; transfer from airport to group hotel, unless arriving on day 1 of the itinerary; pre or post voyage expenses in Ushuaia or Puerto Madryn; laundry and personal expenses incurred on board; alcohol and soft drinks (except as listed in the inclusions); onboard communication charges such as phone calls; WiFi from personal devices in excess of 100 minutes provided; staff gratuities; fuel surcharge (may apply in the event of significant fuel price increases).