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Antarctica, Falklands, and South Georgia

Antarctica South Georgia Cruise Information

Summary : Summer comes to South Georgia’s remote, untamed landscape in full force. Famed for its abandoned whaling stations and Shackleton’s heroic journey, South Georgia is home to millions of fur seals and penguins, wallows of elephant seals, and nesting albatross. You'll see king penguin chicks transitioning to juveniles and seal pups too. Retracing Shackleton’s boat voyage, attempt to visit Elephant Island before continuing south along the Antarctic Peninsula to step ashore. Days remain long and filled with humpback and minke whales, penguins and leopard seals, historic sites and scientific stations.

NOTE: This is a NEW ship that is currently being built. All details are subject to change.

Activities : Birding, Culture, Hiking, Kayaking, Triple/Quad Cabins, Antarctica Air-Cruise

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$17,700 to $33,600

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Itinerary
Day 1
Ushuaia, Argentina

Arrive in Ushuaia where you’ll be met by a expedition representative and transferred to your downtown hotel (if taking the designated group flight). The rest of the day is at your leisure.

Day 2 – 3
Ushuaia / Embark / Drake Passage

Embark your ship in Ushuaia in the late afternoon to a warm welcome, before setting sail along the Beagle Channel.

The Drake Passage offers excellent bird watching from the outer decks or the warm bridge. Your expedition team presents safety and environmental briefings, and enlightening talks on Antarctica. Keen eyes watch for icebergs, penguins, seals and cormorants as you approach the first landing site in the South Shetland Islands.

Day 4 – 7
Antarctic Peninsula

Awaken to the thrill of Antarctica where the plan is to visit busy penguin rookeries and historic sites, and make a continental landing. The expedition team will create the best daily itinerary based on what the weather and ice conditions. A sense of excitement abounds as you enjoy the best that Antarctica has to offer. This could mean excursions to penguin colonies, historic huts, a working scientific station, or a Zodiac cruise through a sculpture garden of grounded icebergs.

Note: Weather and ice conditions permitting, the ship will attempt to explore the ice-choked Weddell Sea region before moving onto the western side of the Peninsula.

Day 8
Elephant Island

Discover Elephant Island, where Shackleton’s 22 men over wintered beneath their upturned boats. If weather and seas permit, Zodiacs will carry you close to Point Wild to pay tribute to these hardy souls.

Day 9 – 10
Scotia Sea

Follow in Shackleton’s wake across the Scotia Sea, watching for great whales and big icebergs riding up from the Weddell Sea. It’s a great time to relax and reflect on what's been accomplished so far. Your naturalist and historian will start their talks on South Georgia’s wildlife and history.

Day 11 – 14
South Georgia

With ample time to explore South Georgia’s spectacular north coast, visit the world’s largest king penguin rookeries, the nesting grounds of majestic wandering albatross and if weather allows, follow Shackleton’s route from Fortuna Bay to Stromness. Kayakers ply paddling waters alive with king penguins and playful seals. Against a backdrop of 3000-meter peaks, photograph basking elephant seals, feisty fur seals, and clustering penguins peppering kelp-strewn beaches.

Day 15 – 17
Scotia Sea

Keeping watch for the kelp-skirted Shag Rocks, cross the Scotia Sea. Listen to entertaining talks led by your expert naturalist and historian.

Day 18
Falkland Islands (Islas Malvinas)

Dawn greets you in the Falkland Islands capital of Stanley, where you can enjoy time exploring and learning its fascinating history.

Day 19
Weddell Sea or South Orkney Islands

Spend a day exploring either the Weddell Sea or the South Orkney Islands. Round the Falkland Islands, making a landing or two before continuing onward to Ushuaia.

Day 20 – 21
Ushuaia, Argentina

Sail back to Ushuaia and arrive on the Day 21. After breakfast, disembark in Ushuaia and transfer to the airport.

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 is not responsible for itinerary changes.

NOTE: This is a NEW ship that is currently being built. All details are subject to change.

Mandatory Travel Insurance:
As a requirement of participation on this expedition, all passengers must purchase emergency evacuation/repatriation insurance at a minimum coverage of $250,000. Other conditions may apply based on pre-existing conditions. Insurance should cover personal accident and medical expenses, evacuation and repatriation, baggage loss, and cancellation or curtailment of holiday. ExpeditionTrips can assist U.S. residents with travel protection options.

Kayaking:
‘Getting out amongst it’ is the philosophy, and the aim is to kayak at least once a day, weather depending, once the destination is reached. If the opportunity arises you may even go out twice, as the 24-hour daylight allows for some beautiful evening paddles. Paddle anywhere between 2 to 4 hours per outing, sometimes taking a snack and a flask of hot chocolate to enjoy on your excursion. Each group of 4 to 12 kayakers generally visit the same wildlife sites as your fellow expeditioners, however your smaller craft often means that you also have the opportunity to access areas that are often not accessible by Zodiacs. It is important that you have an adventurous attitude and understand that your kayaking time will be affected by the weather experienced. Even if your experience is limited, call us to discuss your suitability. There is often ample time to gain the required experience before you depart. Kayakers should be aged 14 or over. Equipment included: kayak & paddle, neoprene boots, safety gear, 20-litre dry bag, life jackets, dry suits, and pogies (insulated mittens that attach to your paddle). Minimum participant number must be met in order for program to take place. Please inquire.

South Georgia Alpine Crossing:
For the more experienced hiker or climber, the optional South Georgia Alpine Crossing offers a once-in-a-lifetime experience and the chance to delve deep into some of the world’s most rugged and remote terrain. Join a small band of adventurous souls to attempt to repeat the epic 1916 crossing of Sir Ernest Shackleton, Frank Worsley and Tom Crean, and trek for up to three days across South Georgia from King Haakon Bay to Stromness. South Georgia offers a spectacular yet extreme mountain environment, which must be approached with great caution. Although the crossing does not involve any actual technical climbing, there is a steep ground crossing from the Tridents down to the Crean Glacier, as well as potential risks with crevasses. Minimum participant number must be met in order for program to take place. Please inquire.

Included:
One pre-cruise hotel night in Ushuaia with breakfast; luggage transfer from hotel to ship; group transfers from Ushuaia airport to hotel if on the group flight; transfer from ship to Ushuaia airport or downtown on disembarkation day in Ushuaia; shipboard accommodations; personalized photo book (post voyage, one per booking); gear to keep (expedition jacket); gear on loan (gumboots); all meals onboard ship; house wines, beers, and soft drinks with dinner onboard ship; select pre-dinner drinks with canapes onboard ship. Subject to change without notice.

Not Included
Airfare; passport and visa expenses; transfers not mentioned as included; optional activity supplements: kayaking, South Georgia alpine crossing; alcohol not mentioned as included; soft drinks outside of dinner service; items of a personal nature such as Wi-Fi, laundry service, spa charges, medical expenses; required travel insurance; excess baggage charges; airport arrival or departure taxes; gratuities; fuel surcharge may apply.


Photos ©: Aurora Expeditions, Michael Baynes (king penguin and chick), Scott Denzel (king penguins and icebergs), Andrew Halsall (iceberg, seals, Zodiac group), Andrew Watson (Adelie penguins)

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