Summary : The heart of Antarctica beats loudly on this voyage. In a region that is known for being the final frontier, this voyage gives you a holistic taste of the continent at end of the world. With your Expedition team to help you on Zodiac cruises, educate you on the plant and animal life, geology, and history of each destination—as well as answer any burning questions—this voyage takes you off the beaten track.
Activities : Birding, Culture, Hiking, Triple/Quad Cabins
$21,000 to $52,300
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Arrive in Ushuaia and transfer to the ship to embark the vessel. As you sail away, enjoy the mountain-lined shoreline of the Beagle Channel while you leave Ushuaia and bid farewell to Tierra del Fuego, the Land at the End of the World.
Days at sea are the perfect opportunity to relax, unwind and catch up with what you’ve been meaning to do. So whether that is going to the gym, visiting the spa, whale watching, or catching up on your reading, these blue sea days are the perfect balance to busy days spent exploring shore side.
Often referred to as the ‘Serengeti of the Southern Ocean’, South Georgia is one of the planet’s most significant biological hotspots. Imagine tens of thousands of King penguins—stretching as far as the eye can see from the ocean to the base of alpine peaks—and going ashore at pivotal historic sites from the Heroic Age of Antarctic Exploration. It is simply spectacular and not to be missed.
Landing sites on South Georgia are varied and are largely determined by the weather and sea conditions on your voyage. Whatever sites you visit—such as Grytviken, Salisbury Plain, St. Andrews Bay, Gold Harbor, Fortuna Bay, and Stromness—you’ll have wildlife encounters unrivaled anywhere else on earth.
As you navigate historic waterways and visit prime sites along the Antarctic Peninsula and neighboring South Shetland Islands, the goal is to attempt 1-2 excursions per day. Your Captain and Expedition Leader continually monitor weather and ice conditions, working together to insure you experience the best of Antarctica whether you’re exploring Paradise Bay, the Lemaire Channel, Port Lockroy, Deception Island, or the many other locations available for landings and Zodiac cruising in the region.
Sailing in the wake of the 19th century’s great explorers—Sir Ernest Shackleton, Adrien de Gerlache, Robert Falcon Scott, and Roald Amundsen (to name just a few)—you’ll photograph the same towering mountain peaks they saw, hear raucous penguin colonies as you go ashore, see dazzling shades of blue and white as you navigate bays with impressive ice sculptures, and gain a new perspective of what it takes for wildlife—from penguins and giant petrels to elephant seals and humpback whales—to thrive in the beauty of this environment.
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 the vessel after breakfast and transfer to the airport.
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.
Although travel insurance is not mandatory to participate in this voyage, ExpeditionTrips strongly recommends at least $200,000 Emergency Medical/Evacuation coverage which includes coverage for cancellation, trip disruption, baggage and personal property. Other conditions may apply based on pre-existing conditions. ExpeditionTrips can assist U.S. residents with travel protection options.
Transfers between airport and ship; shipboard accommodations; Wi-Fi onboard ship; gear to keep (parka, backpack, water bottle); one voyage highlights USB per cabin; all meals onboard ship; butler service onboard ship; self-serve laundrette; most beverages onboard ship; gratuities (except spa) onboard ship. Silver, Medallion, Grand and Owner's Suite guests also receive: laundry service and dinner at Officer's table. Subject to change without notice.
Airfare; travel insurance; government fees and taxes; visa and passport expenses; boot rental; gifts and items of a personal nature such as laundry, premium alcohol, spa options, etc.; fuel surcharge may apply.
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