Summary : Experience an epic holiday voyage to Antarctica, South Georgia and the Falkland Islands, discovering the world’s most remarkable wilderness alongside a passionate Expediton Team, enjoying additional family programming led by dedicated Young Explorers Guides, and celebrating unforgettable holiday festivities on the seventh continent.
Activities : Birding, Child-Friendly, Culture, Hiking, Triple/Quad Cabins
- Save $4,000 per person
$24,995 to $63,995
Arrive in Argentina’s capital and transfer to your hotel.
Explore Buenos Aires with your local guides, choosing from excursions that include a guided tour with a tango demonstration or a tour of the city’s vibrant street art scene. Join your fellow guests and A&K staff for a welcome cocktail reception and briefing.
Fly to Ushuaia, the southernmost city in the world. Take a guided trek in the Cerro Alarken Nature Reserve before boarding your luxurious expedition cruiser. Watch from the comfort of your own private balcony as the ship heads out to sea.
As you sail east toward the Falkland Islands, your Expedition Team begins their exciting lecture series, covering everything from penguins to the formation of sea ice to thrilling personal accounts of living in Antarctica. Photography enthusiasts of all ages enjoy time with A&K’s Resident Photo Coach, on hand to share tips and answer questions. Young guests — even teens, who may enjoy their own teens-only group — are invited to join Young Explorers Guides for onboard adventures ranging from a scavenger hunt to nautical knot-tying with a former British Royal Marine Commando. The cool waters in these parts are rich in krill, making them a favorite with local wildlife searching for food. Alongside your naturalist guides, spot various species of whales and seabirds from the deck.
Arrive in the remote Falkland Islands, which you explore for the next two days. Your expedition may take you to the western side of the archipelago to observe its flourishing wildlife. Conditions permitting, you also visit the tiny capital of Stanley, choosing from several excursions. Young Explorers Guides lead young guests on a visit to a sheep-shearing farm and the local museum.
Time spent cruising is once again filled with fascinating lectures with your Expedition Team as well as exciting family-friendly programming led by Young Explorers Guides. The open ocean is a treasure chest bursting with life, and deck-side sightings of humpback whales and seabirds become more frequent.
Look forward to a most inspiring and unforgettable Christmas Day when you arrive at South Georgia, the Southern Ocean’s crown jewel for wildlife. A nearly submerged continuation of the Andes mountain range, the island offers glacier-covered coves and rugged shores, ideal for exploring with your naturalist guides on Zodiacs (inflatable boats). Weather and ice conditions permitting, excursions over the next three days include stops along the northeast coastline of the island, where we hope to visit vast colonies of king penguins and Southern elephant seals. You may also explore iconic historic sites with your A&K historian, who shares tales of the whaling era and heroic age of exploration. You also learn about the life and exploits of Antarctica’s greatest explorer, Sir Ernest Shackleton, whose final resting place is on South Georgia Island at Grytviken.
Cruise the Scotia Sea while your expert lecturers recap your adventures in South Georgia and hint at what’s to come in Antarctica. Young Explorers Guides arrange for wild activities that include dissecting loligo squids, creating Japanese fish prints with an ink rubbing and a special visit to the ship’s high-tech bridge.
Your itinerary and a memorable New Year’s celebration call for landings on the Antarctic Peninsula and a number of South Shetland Islands. Weather and ice conditions permitting, your expedition team takes advantage of the best opportunities to set out on Zodiacs and explore the continent's iconic shores, which teem with gentoo, Adélie and chinstrap penguins. Meanwhile, a parent-free Zodiac ride beckons younger guests, who receive a lesson from their naturalist guide on how to drive the nimble boats, all while cruising past ice floes, whales and napping leopard seals. Antarctica’s stunning geography enhances the excitement of your experience here and competes for your attention with its dramatic snow-capped mountains, shimmering glaciers, and iceberg-strewn channels and bays.
The forecast for conditions across the Drake Passage will determine when you’ll say a fond farewell to Antarctica and sail back to South America. Enjoy the ship’s amenities as the coastline drifts out of view, take time for bird watching and searching the horizon for whales, and enjoy final presentations by the expedition staff as you relax and reflect upon your Antarctic adventure.
Disembark after breakfast and transfer to the airport for your return flight home.
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.
Mandatory Travel Insurance:
As a requirement of participation on this expedition, all passengers must purchase emergency evacuation/repatriation insurance at a minimum coverage of $100,000. Other conditions may apply based on pre-existing conditions. 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 U.S. residents with travel protection options.
Family Holiday Departure:
Features a Young Explorers Guide with full curriculum based exploratory program and two teachers specially onboard for this familly holiday departure. A fantastic learning experience for kids delivering exciting and engaging programs based on age—photography, art and more.
Two pre-cruise hotel nights in Buenos Aires; pre-cruise transfer from airport to hotel; pre-cruise Buenos Aires city tour; local beer and wine for included meals onshore; pre-cruise guided walk in the Cerro Alarken Nature Reserve in Ushuaia; post-cruise transfer from ship to airport; shipboard accommodations; Wi-Fi onboard ship; valet laundry service onboard ship (piece limit, excludes dry cleaning); gear to keep (parka, backpack); gear on loan (boots, walking poles, pants); all meals onboard the ship; 24-hour room service onboard ship; standard bar drinks, beer, house wine, and soft drinks onboard ship; most gratuities. Guest staying in Suites (Categories 4-9) onboard the ship receive a suite upgrade at the Hyatt in Buenos Aires and butler service onboard the ship. Subject to change without notice.
Airfare; passport and visa expenses; laundry other than mentioned as included; meals not mentioned as included; premium wines, spirits, liquors and champagnes and beverages not mentioned as included; communication charges not mentioned as included; all items of a personal nature; required travel insurance; excess baggage charges; airport departure tax; spa charges; some gratuities; fuel surcharge may apply.
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