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Antarctica, South Georgia & The Falklands
Vast Colonies of King Penguins, Breathtaking Scenery, Historic sites - Optional kayaking
22 Days   |   Departure:  10/17/14    |   From $9,999

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2014/15 Itinerary

Antarctic Peninsula, Falklands, South Georgia cruises

Peninsula Cruise
10 days from $5,995
Weddell Sea and Antarctic Peninsula
Remote region
  scuba and kayaking options
Air-Cruise
Fly over the Drake Passage then join your ship in Antarctica. Fly both ways or fly one - sail one options
Antarctica, South Georgia and the Falkland Islands
23 days from $15,995
Antarctic Peninsula
Fly / sail 11 days, active adventure
  scuba and kayaking options
Antarctica Cruise
14 days, Luxury Accommodation
kayaking
Antarctica Cruise - The Peninsula
Active Adventure - kayaking, camping
Classic Antarctica
Fly cruise with Antarctic Circle crossing
9 days from $12,995

Antarctic Peninsula
Luxury Ship
12 days from $6,295

Across the Circle
Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctic Circle, Historic Areas
  scuba and kayaking options
11 days from $7,100
Antarctic Peninsula
Antarctic Peninsula, Penguins, Seals, Whales, Historic sites
13 days from $11,073

Cruises in Eastern Antarctica - Ross Sea Region

Ross Sea in the Wake of Scott and Shackleton
Ross Ice Shelf, McMurdo Sound
30 days from $19,500
Galapagos cruises


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The Weddell Sea and South Georgia: Celebrating the Heroes of HMS Enduranc






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Trip Highlights: Ship completely refurbished in 2009, boasting spacious cabins, each featuring ocean-facing windows or portholes and private en-suite facilities.
Rates: $9,999 - $15,999
Above rates are per person
Single Supplement: Available at 1.6 times the regular rate excluding category 1 and category 1A.
Cabin Shares: Single travelers joining group trips are paired in twin or multi-share accommodation with someone of the same sex for the duration of the trip. If booking your own room, single supplement applies. Please contact us for details.
Kayaking Supplement: $749 per person
(Please contact us for additional details and to book in advance.)

Ship  - Expedition - Expedition Ship
Passengers: 132

Introduction

Famed for its astonishing number of king penguins, South Georgia is the ultimate destination for jaw-dropping scenery, boundless wildlife and captivating history, and it will affect the way you tell stories about travel and wildlife adventures for years to come.

Antarctica is among the most beautiful, pristine and least explored places on the planet. Truly exhilarating, mysterious and alluring! For over two centuries, the 'White Desert' has attracted scientists and adventurers, drawn by its unmatched natural beauty. This largely untouched wilderness is now more accessible to a new generation of intrepid explorers. Visit the Antarctic Peninsula, South Shetland Islands and the wildlife haven of South Georgia in the comfort of the Expedition. From the southern spring onwards, large birds and sea mammals gather at breeding colonies and the ceaseless daylight of the southern summer makes exploration in this incomparable landscape a unique experience. Take advantage of the amazing wildlife and spectacular scenery for a truly unique and unforgettable experience.

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive Montevideo
Arrive at any time and transfer to the hotel. Enjoy the city at your leisure. A group meeting in the early evening provides the opportunity to meet fellow travelers and discuss plans for the following day.

Day 2: Montevideo / Embark
Leave the hotel as a group in the early afternoon. The morning is free for you to do any last minute shopping or visit one of Montevideo's colorful neighborhoods. Embark your vessel and spend the evening onboard the ship sailing southwards towards the Falkland Islands.

Days 3-5 At Sea
Join your lecturers and naturalists on deck as you search for seabirds and other local wildlife. Light-mantled Sooty Albatross, Wandering Albatross, Grey-headed Albatross, Black-browed Albatross, Cape Petrel, Giant Petrel, Blue Petrel, Antarctic Prion and many other species can be seen from the decks and the bridge. On board, the extensive lecture program will begin. Expert naturalists share their knowledge of the wildlife and unique ecosystems that you will encounter throughout your voyage. The lecture team will accompany you through every step of the journey, offering insight and ready knowledge on this amazing region.

Day 6-7: The Falkland Islands
The Falkland Islands provide a rare opportunity to witness the biological diversity and extraordinary scenery of the southern islands. The Falklands are home to numerous animal species, including elephant seals and several varieties of penguins, as well as the largest Black Browed albatross colony in the world. Port Stanley provides an opportunity to meet the local inhabitants whose colorful houses provide contrast to the long dark winters.

Day 8-9: At Sea
Sailing east, set course for South Georgia Island. Days at sea provide time for learning about the region with educational lectures to prepare for landings, getting to know your shipmates and relaxing. Spend time on deck identifying the abundant sea birds of the south ocean, while keeping your eyes peeled for the many whales that inhabit these waters.
 

Southwards, a magnificent Alpine country, illuminated by the rising sun, rose slowly from the sea; there were mighty fells with snowy crowns and with sharp, uncovered teeth, around the valleys through which enormous, broad rivers of ice came flowing to the sea.  -  J. Gunnar Andersson, 1902 - describing South Georgia


Days 10-13: South Georgia Island

This is the final resting place for explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton; hoist a toast at his gravesite. Teeming wildlife and breathtaking scenery greet your ship. Hundreds of Antarctic fur seals are on hand as your Zodiac makes landfall. And at a vast penguin colony, be surrounded by 300,000 king penguins!

The following destinations are among those you may explore:

Elsehul
In the extreme North-west of the island, at Elsehul, this beautiful little harbor is the only visitor site on the island where colonies of Black-browed and Grey-headed Albatrosses can be viewed from zodiacs within the protection of sheltered inshore waters. If conditions allow, you might even be able to walk up to a nesting site of Light-mantled Sooty Albatross.

Right Whale Bay
Another possible landing could be an excursion to the sheltered Right Whale Bay. Land on a beach formed by black volcanic ashes, home to fur seals, elephant seals and King Penguins amongst other bird species, such as Prions and Giant Petrels.

Salisbury Plain
Other landing sites may take you to see the handsome King Penguins that breed on South Georgia in abundance. Salisbury Plain, sometimes called the "Serengeti of the South", is a wildlife site without parallel. Several large glaciers provide a dramatic backdrop for the tens of thousands of King Penguins that nest in the tussock grass of this remarkable ecosystem. The wide beach makes for excellent walking as you visit the colony, where you are literally surrounded and delightfully outnumbered by throngs of curious, gentle penguins. Elephant and fur seals also abound, as well as Southern Giant Petrels and the occasional wandering Gentoo Penguin. Prepare for an awe-inspiring experience.

Fortuna Bay & Stromness Bay
In Fortuna Bay, try to follow in the footsteps of the great explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton as you cross over to Stromness Bay. Today the whaling station which operated here from 1907 is abandoned and King Penguins as well as seals roam free through the streets. Buildings are occupied by elephant seals and guarded by fierce fur seals. On your way over the plain, come across a colony of Gentoo Penguins in the vicinity of a melt water lake. They like to nest on the grass here.

Grytviken
Once a thriving whaling station, the ruins of Grytviken stand as a reminder of an era of exploitation that thankfully grows more distant by the day. In Grytviken, another former whaling town, visit the interesting Museum about Natural History and Whaling. At the last resting site of Sir Ernest Shackleton at the nearby graveyard in King Edward cove, join the naturalist team for a graveside toast honoring this remarkable explorer and venerated mariner.

Cooper Bay
Another highlight may include a visit to Cooper Bay at the southeast end of South Georgia. There is a wealth of wildlife at this site in a spectacular setting. Chinstrap, Gentoo and Macaroni Penguins dot the tussock slopes and there are plenty of fur seals on the beaches. Fascinating volcanic rocks tower over small fjords, and a thrilling zodiac cruise allows for wildlife viewing from the water.

Day 14-15: At Sea
Cross the waters to the Antarctic Peninsula and South Shetland Islands with excellent wildlife viewing opportunities on deck, or catch up on your reading and reflect on the amazing experience of South Georgia. Lectures and activities will be offered throughout this time.

Days 16-19: Antarctic Peninsula / South Shetland Islands
The South Shetland Islands are a haven for wildlife. Vast penguin rookeries, and beaches ruled by Antarctic fur seals and southern elephant seals make every day spent in this amazing island group unforgettable.

The Antarctic Peninsula's remarkable history will provide you with a type of excitement often only associated with the early explorers. You will have time to explore its amazing scenery, a pristine wilderness of snow, ice, mountains and waterways, and an incredibly wide variety of wildlife. Apart from penguins and seabirds, you are very likely to see Weddell, crabeater and leopard seals, as well as Minke, killer (orca) and humpback whales at close range.

Navigate some of the most beautiful waterways (depending on the ice conditions), such as the Antarctic Sound and the Northern Gerlache Strait. Plan to make at least two landings per day. However, your exact itinerary will be determined by local conditions on sea and land.

The following destinations are among those you might explore:

Deception Island, South Shetland Islands
Long ago, volcanic pressure on Deception Island resulted in a tremendous eruption that caused the island's peak to explode. The resulting caldera flooded with seawater, creating the unique landmass you may visit. Your Captain will expertly pilot the ship through a narrow gateway in the icy cliffs of the island, taking your vessel into the caldera itself. Stark volcanic landscapes wait for you on the inside. Brave souls may don their bathing suits for the unusual opportunity to swim in the Antarctic, since the waters around Deception Island are usually geo-thermally heated.

Half Moon Island, South Shetland Islands
The crescent-shaped island lies at the entrance to Moon Bay between Greenwich and Livingston Islands. There are some excellent hiking opportunities and truly glorious scenery. A short climb uphill over the cobbled beach is required to reach the first of the breeding Chinstrap Penguins.

Antarctic Sound
The passage to the east side of the Antarctic Peninsula traverses the Antarctic Sound. This is where huge tabular icebergs roam. All-white, Black-pupiled, and Black-billed Snow Petrels are likely to be coursing over the scenery, often joined by Pintado Petrels and, early in the spring, by Antarctic Petrels streaming south to nesting territories on slopes fringing the Weddell Sea.

Brown Bluff
A spectacular rust-colored promontory on the Tabarin Peninsula, Brown Bluff, is located south of Hope Bay. On its long beach, more than 20,000 Adelie penguins and a smaller group of Gentoo Penguins have found their home. There is also an assortment of Kelp Gulls, Snow Petrels, and Pintado Petrels swirling above.

Argentinean Antarctic Station Esperanza
You may visit the Argentinean Antarctic Station "Esperanza”, the year round station in the Antarctic Sound. In the immediate vicinity there is a colony of Adelie Penguins.

Hydrurga Rocks
This group of islets lies east of Two Hummock Island in the Palmer Archipelago. Chinstrap Penguins, Blue-eyed Shags, and Kelp Gulls breed here. The island rises to approximately 25 meters above sea level with views of the northern Gerlache Strait with its steep ice-covered mountains creating a stunning backdrop.

Day 20-21: Drake Passage
Depart Antarctica in the evening and head north across the Drake Passage. Named after the renowned explorer, Sir Frances Drake, who sailed these waters in 1578, the Drake Passage marks the Antarctic Convergence, a biological barrier where cold polar water sinks beneath the warmer northern waters. This creates a great upwelling of nutrients, which sustains the biodiversity of this region. The Drake Passage also marks the northern limit of many Antarctic seabirds.

As you sail across the passage, lecturers will be out on deck to help in the identification of whales and an amazing variety of seabirds, including many albatrosses which follow in your wake. Join your lecturers for final presentations and take the chance to relax and reflect on the fascinating adventures of the past days on the way back to Ushuaia.

Day 22: Ushuaia / Disembark
Have a final breakfast on the expedition ship before saying goodbyes. Disembark in Ushuaia in the morning. You are free to fly out of Ushuaia anytime from noon onwards.

Notes:

This itinerary is subject to change. We are not responsible for itinerary changes.

Mandatory Travel Insurance:
As a requirement of participation on the Expedition, all passengers must purchase medical and emergency evacuation insurance with a minimum medical coverage of $200,000 and this insurance must cover personal injury, medical expenses, repatriation expenses, and evacuation expenses. Clients must be able to provide proof of insurance purchase and adequate coverage as per the required amounts above. We also strongly recommend that all passengers purchase comprehensive travel insurance which would include coverage for cancellation, trip disruption, baggage and personal property. We can assist you with this.

Kayaking Supplement:
$749 per person
Limited to just 10 people per cruise, you'll venture out to sheltered bays and areas known for calmer waters and take part in group kayaking trips led by experienced and skilled leaders. Space is limited, however, so be certain to book in advance. Please contact us for additional details.

Included:
All meals onboard the ship (excluding drinks other than coffee, tea and water); shore excursions and Zodiac cruises; services of Expedition staff and naturalists; lecture and educational programs; accommodation aboard the Expedition; one-night accommodation with breakfast in Montevideo; complimentary waterproof boots onboard; hotel to ship transfer; Ushuaia airport transfer depending on your departure flight details; expedition parka; and an Antarctica destination guidebook.

Not Included:
Airfare; travel insurance (required); passport and visa fees; departure taxes; gratuities are at your discretion; items of a personal nature including laundry, alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages (except coffee, tea and water); optional excursions; kayaking.

Antarctic Peninsula Region Cruises - (sample cruises)
Trip Departure Dates Highlights Ship / Pax Options* Prices** Days Departure port
Discovering the 7th Continent - The Antarctic
Peninsula
11/16/14
11/26/14
12/06/14
South Shetland Islands, Antarctic Peninsula, Lemaire Channel, Paradise Bay, Port Lockroy Expedition Ship

Sea Adventurer - 122

kayaking
camping
snowshoeing
$5,995 -
$14,995
12 Ushuaia, Argentina
Classic Antarctica Air-Cruise 12/02/14
12/07/14
12/12/14
12/17/14
12/22/14
12/27/14
01/22/15
02/06/15
02/11/15
Fly over the Drake Passage both ways, Antarctic Peninsula, South Shetland Islands Expedition Ship

Ocean Nova - 68
kayaking
snowshoeing
$9,790 -
$18,595
7 Punta Arenas - Airport
Antarctic Peninsula Air-Cruise 02/27/15 Fly south, sail north, South Shetland Islands, Abundant Wildlife, Lemaire Channel Research Vessel

Polar Pioneer - 54

kayaking
scuba
$7,100 -
$12,600
11 Punta Arenas Chile, return Ushuaia, Argentina
Antarctica Cruise - The Peninsula - Luxury expedition ship 11/27/14
12/17/14
01/14/15
01/24/15
02/03/15  
Antarctica Peninsula, South Shetland Islands, Abundant Wildlife, Lemaire Channel Luxury Expedition Ship

Sea Explorer - 114

kayaking $6,295 -
$16,795
12 Ushuaia, Argentina
Antarctica Cruise - The Peninsula (Active Adventure) 12/10/14
01/27/15
03/16/15
South Shetlands, Antarctic Peninsula, Penguin Rookeries, Lemaire Channel Research Vessel

Akademik Sergey Vavilov - 92

kayaking,
camping
$6,795 -
$13,095
11 Ushuaia, Argentina
Trip Departure Dates Highlights Ship / Pax Options* Prices** Days Departure port
Antarctica Peninsula - via Cape Horn 12/05/14
02/04/2015
03/04/2015
Cape Horn national Park, Antarctic Peninsula, penguins, icebergs on a luxury ship Luxury Expedition Ship

Sea Spirit - 112

kayaking
camping
snowshoeing
$7,595 -
$19,195
12 Ushuaia, Argentina
Antarctica Cruise - Land of the Penguins 11/19/14
1/04/15
1/16/15
Antarctic Peninsula, Penguins, Seals, Whales, Historic sites Scenic Exploration Ship

Fram - 240
  $11,073 -
$18,779
13 Buenos Aires, Ushuaia, Argentina
Antarctic Peninsula with Circle Crossing, Air Cruise 01/01/15
02/16/15
Fly over the Drake Passage both ways,
Antarctic Peninsula, South Shetland Islands
Expedition Ship

Ocean Nova - 68

kayaking
snowshoeing
$12,995 -
$20,795
9 Punta Arenas, Chile
Antarctica - Cruise - The Peninsula
Luxury expedition ship
11/28/14
12/08/14
12/18/14
12/28/14
01/7/15
01/17/15
01/27/15
02/06/15   
South Shetland, Paradise Bay, Lemaire Channel Luxury Expedition Ship

National Geographic Explorer - 148

kayaking $11,990 -
$22,870
14 Buenos Aires / Ushuaia, Argentina
Antarctica Cruise - The Peninsula with Circle Crossing 0 2/19/15 Sail south, fly back, South Shetlands, Antarctic Peninsula, Lemaire Channel, Spectacular Glaciers Research Vessel

Polar Pioneer - 54

kayaking $7,100 -
$12,600
11 Ushuaia, Argentina
Antarctica Cruise - The Peninsula Luxury Expedition Ship 12/2/14
12/12/14
1/09/15
1/31/14
2/06/15
2/16/15
2/26/15
12/2/15
12/12/15
Antarctic Peninsula, Penguin Rookeries, Lemaire Channel Luxury Expedition Ship

Silver Explorer - 132

  $9,950 -
$29,750
11 Ushuaia, Argentina
Cruises Visiting the Ross Sea Region
Antarctica Cruise - Weddell Sea & Peninsula 01/11/15
02/09/15
Scott and Shackleton's Huts, remote East Antarctica, Emperor penguins, sub-Antarctic islands Research Vessel

Spirit of Enderby
 - 56

 

$19,500 -
$28,800
30 New Zealand
Cruises Visiting South Georgia- (sample cruises)
Trip Departure Dates

Highlights

Ship / Pax

Options* Prices** Days Departure port
Antarctica, Falklands, & South Georgia 11/20/14
01/31/15
Vast Colonies of King Penguins, Breathtaking Scenery, Historic sites, South Shetlands, Antarctic Peninsula Research Ship

Akademik Ioffe - 96
kayaking $11,995 -
$22,695
19 Ushuaia, Argentina
South Georgia, Antarctica & the Falklands

02/19/15

Vast Colonies of King Penguins, Breathtaking Scenery, Historic sites - kayaking option Expedition Ship

Sea Adventurer - 122

kayaking

$15,995 -
$25,995

23

Ushuaia, Argentina / Buenos Aires

South Georgia, Antarctica & The Falklands  10/17/14 Vast Colonies of King Penguins, Breathtaking Scenery, Historic sites Expedition Ship

Expedition
 - 132
  $9,999 -
$15,999
22 Fly to Stanley in the Falkland Islands from Montevideo, disembark in Ushuaia, Argentina
Notes
*
options may be at additional cost and are usually booked when the cruise is booked - it may be too late once the cruise has started.
** prices are based per person, the lowest price is usually for triple occupancy in a basic cabin, the highest for double occupancy in the best available suite.

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