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. Voyage to the Falkland Islands to explore this remote archipelago’s colorful history and abundant wildlife. Explore historic, wildlife-rich South Georgia, where you visit spectacular king penguin colonies as well as the gravesite of one of Antarctica’s most intrepid explorers, Sir Ernest Shackleton. Celebrate the holidays with spirited onboard festivities while exploring the Southern Ocean. Enjoy additional family programming led by dedicated Young Explorers Guides, including renowned young inventor and TEDx speaker Ann Makosinski.
Activities : Birding, Child-Friendly, Culture, Hiking, Photography, Triple/Quad Cabins
$23,495 to $61,995
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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.
Today, the ship arrives in the remote Falkland Islands. Conditions permitting, you may visit the tiny capital of Stanley, where you can stroll its charming streets and explore its surrounding wilderness areas.
Experience a Christmas Day like no other as you find yourself at sea heading toward one of the most beautiful places on earth. As you approach South Georgia, keep an eye out for whales and other wildlife from the deck. Time spent cruising is once again filled with fascinating lectures by 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 — scan the seas to spot marine mammals and seabirds as the ship cruises the nutrient-rich waters past the Shag Rocks islands.
Explore South Georgia, the Southern Ocean’s crown jewel of wildlife. South Georgia is a nearly submerged continuation of the Andes Mountains, and your days here are spent exploring its glacier-carved coves and rugged shores — ideal for exploring with your naturalist guides on Zodiacs (sturdy inflatable boats). Weather and ice conditions permitting, excursions over the next three days include stops along the northeast coastline of the island, where you may have the chance 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 the 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 right here 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 to see how the ship is controlled.
On December 31, enjoy a memorable New Year’s Eve celebration.
In the first days of the new year, your itinerary calls 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. Antarctica’s stunning geography enhances the excitement of your experience here as dramatic snow-capped mountains, shimmering glaciers and iceberg-strewn channels compete for your attention.
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.
Special Onboard Guest: Ann Makosinski
At the age of 22, Ann already has an incredibly high level of achievements and accolades including numerous inventions, being a featured TEDx speaker, winner of multiple science and engineering awards including Google science fair, Intel international science and engineering fair, and she was the recipient of the Quest Climate Grant (funded by Canadian Geographic and Shell energy North America). In 2017, she was included in Forbes 30 under 30, and in 2018 was Glamour Canada College's Student of the Year.
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. Ann Makosinski will be a special guest onboard to work with the Young Explorer’s leaders, and leading some special projects with the Young Explorers, both the teen group and the pre-teen group.
Two pre-cruise hotel nights in Buenos Aires with breakfast; 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 and in hotel; valet laundry service onboard ship (limited amount, excludes dry cleaning); gear to keep (parka, backpack); gear on loan (boots, walking poles, waterproof pants); all meals onboard the ship; 24-hour room service onboard ship; most beverages onboard ship; most gratuities; memory book upon return (one per booking). 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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