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Antarctica, Falklands, & South Georgia
Vast Colonies of King Penguins, Breathtaking Scenery, Historic sites - Optional kayaking
19 Days   |   Departure:  11/20/14, 1/31/15   |   From $11,995

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  scuba and kayaking options
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23 days from $15,995
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  scuba and kayaking options
Antarctica Cruise
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Antarctica Cruise - The Peninsula
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Classic Antarctica
Fly cruise with Antarctic Circle crossing
9 days from $12,995

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12 days from $6,295

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

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30 days from $19,500
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Antarctica, Falklands and South Georgia - 2011/1

Antarctica, Falklands and South Georgia - 2011/1

Antarctica Cruises Aboard Akademik Ioffe

  Testimonials  |  Ship types

Highlights: Small and comfortable research ship, highly experienced guides, expect an active trip with kayaking options. Includes stunning South Georgia!

Rates:
$11,995 - $19,495 : 11/20/14
$13,895 - $22,695 : 1/31/15
Single Supplement: 1.5 times the regular double occupancy rate (not available in the triple share category)
Kayaking Supplement:
$795 per person

Ship - Akademik Ioffe - Research Ship
Passengers: 96

Introduction

On this far-reaching expedition to the islands of the South Atlantic Ocean and the Antarctic mainland, revel in 18 days of exploration aboard a comfortable and well-appointed research vessel. Throughout your trip, a highly experienced expedition staff will provide excellent customer care in a casual and active environment--daily hikes, kayaking excursions, and daily Zodiac rides. After a couple days in the Falklands, enjoy three days on magnificent South Georgia--known for dramatic mountains and the pompous king penguins numbering in the thousands. Make a couple stops in the South Orkney Islands before arriving at the much-anticipated Antarctic Mainland where you encounter an unimaginable profusion of penguins, whales cresting in close proximity, and sweeping ice sheets that span an entire continent.

Itinerary

Day 1: Ushuaia / Embarkation
Today is the first day of your adventure. Board your ship in Ushuaia, the world's southernmost city on the tip of Argentina, and settle into your "home" for the next 18 days. In the early evening, you set sail and begin your voyage leaving behind Ushuaia and charting a course through the Beagle Channel.

Day 2: At Sea
You have the chance to spend plenty of time with you onboard polar experts. They will be educating you as you travel through the wonders of Antarctica. Sailing northeast, you will likely be joined by swooping seabirds including the wandering albatross, who you will come to know well on this journey.

Days 3-4: Exploring the Falklands
Arriving in the Falklands during the night, by morning you are excited to make your first shore excursion. The plan is to explore the islands of the West Falkland Archipelago, home to a profusion of seabirds and migratory birds including the black-browed albatross. Your first penguin sightings will be on the islands of West Point with its bustling rookeries of rockhoppers. On Carcass Island, observe nesting Magellanic penguins along with oystercatchers, geese and the flightless steamer duck who is a permanent Falkland resident.

The next day, make a stop in Stanley, the capital of the Falkland Islands. As you wander through the charming streets of brightly painted houses, you learn how this quiet harbor was once a major port in the 19th century for ships attempting to round the formidable waters of Cape Horn. You also make a stop in Stanley's famed philatelic museum with its impressive collection of historic stamps.

Days 5-6: At Sea
Now you sail southeast bound for the island of South Georgia. These days at sea are never dull. Much of your time is spent scanning the horizon in search of whales and other marine mammals as well as seabirds. Your friendly onboard experts continue to fill minds with heroic stories of some of the earliest daredevils to explore Antarctica. You also learn about Polar conservation--a theme particularly close to the hearts of your guides and crew. The anticipation grows particularly as you cross the Antarctic Convergence and notice a dramatic drop in temperature.

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 7-9: South Georgia
Majestic snow-covered mountains greet you on the island of South Georgia, the most rugged island in this region. You cruise the protected waters of the eastern coast looking for suitable landing spots such as Salisbury Plain and St Andrews Bay. The highlight of both these excursions is the mind-boggling abundance of king penguin adults and young that live in these locations by the hundreds of thousands, covering every inch of the shore. That is not the only wildlife on display. Fur seals can be seen poking their heads above the water, skuas and giant petrels swoop in the skies above, and the albatross--your constant companion--is never far away. You may explore an old whaling station at Grytviken and visit the grave of the most famous Antarctic explorer, Sir Ernest Shackleton.

Days 10-12: Sea and South Orkneys
As you cross the Scotia Sea, sailing ever closer to Antarctica, you may visit the South Orkney Islands. Linked to the Antarctic Peninsula by an enormous sub-marine mountain range these islands, often shrouded in mist, are protected by large icebergs and sea ice. If you are lucky, there will be an excursion to Coronation Island to observe penguins nesting in moss beds alongside graceful snow petrels. You may also stop at the remote island of Laurie and visit the Argentinean meteorological station located there.

Days 13-16: South Shetland Islands and the Antarctic Mainland
Elephant Island, en route to the South Shetland Islands, will be your next destination if conditions are suitable. Here, you learn more about the famous Antarctic adventures of Sir Ernest Shackleton. This island was a place of refuge in 1916 for Shackleton and his crew after his ship was destroyed by pack ice in the Weddell Sea.

Next, you spend some time cruising among the South Shetland Islands just off the Antarctic Peninsula. Dazzling wildlife sightings await you on your excursions to some of these islands including King George, Half Moon, Aicho or Livingston. Adélie, chinstrap and Gentoo penguins thrive here, as do several species of seal. You may even see the gentle humpback whale dining on krill off King George Island.

Weather permitting, you enter the flooded volcanic caldera of Deception Island. At this recently active volcano the hot, thermal water mixes with the icy, Southern Ocean making this a great place for a quick dip for the more intrepid guest. If you prefer to stay dry, you may choose to enjoy a spectacular walk to the higher points of the crater rim. There is also an abandoned whaling station nearby begging exploration.

Finally, after so much anticipation, you arrive at the Antarctic mainland in Paradise Harbour or Hope Bay. The scenery here--from the colossal icebergs to the seemingly endless Antarctic ice sheet--is truly breathtaking. Weather permitting, you may undertake a shore excursion and set foot on the White Continent itself.

Days 17-18: Drake Passage
Make your way back, heading again across the Antarctic Convergence and the Drake Passage before rounding Cape Horn. Sailing down the Beagle Channel, you celebrate the conclusion of your Polar expedition at a special dinner.

Day 19: Ushuaia
In the early morning, arrive back in Ushuaia. It is time to say farewell to your crew and fellow travellers. Guests will be transported to their hotels or to the airport for return flights home.

Notes:

The above itinerary is a guide only, as the exact program depends on weather and ice conditions and the wildlife you encounter. Flexibility is the key to the success of this expedition.

Mandatory Insurance:
All guests are required to have comprehensive travel insurance which must cover accidents, injury, illness and death, medical expenses, including any related to pre-existing medical conditions, emergency repatriation (including helicopter) and personal liability. We strongly recommend at least $200,000 Emergency Medical/Evacuation coverage for Antarctic trips which includes coverage for cancellation, trip disruption, baggage and personal property. We can assist you with this. You must carry proof of insurance with you and produce it if requested by expedition staff. The expedition team reserves the right to cancel or suspend your participation on a trip or in certain activities that comprise part of a trip, at any time, including after the commencement of your tour, with no right of refund, if you are unable to provide proof of insurance when requested.

Special Departure: Photography Symposium (11/20/2014)
This special voyage will have a complete focus on photography with five pro photographers on staff with special areas of expertise, including Daisy Gilardini (photo leader); Tui De Roy (wildlife); David McEown (composition); Darwin Wiggett (landscape); and Ellen Anon (software). The goals on the this departure will be formed and led by the light available both onshore and on the water, with a specialized itinerary and flexible plans aimed at making the most of the the light, even if outside of convential landing times.

Sea Kayaking Option: $795 per person
Pre-booked option for up to 16 guests. If you have experience sea kayaking and are interested in doing this activity during the expedition, you will need to book this option prior to departure from home. You cannot book this activity once onboard. There is a separate document for sea kayakers that you will need to review beforehand. Provided equipment includes full Gore-Tex drysuits, kayak specific PFD's, neoprene booties, a waterproof deck bag, pogies and many other vital paddling accessories.

Enhanced Photography Program: No additional supplement (11/20/2014, 1/31/2015)
Select departures host an enhanced photography program, where in addition to the photographer in residence, a professional photographer will serve as one of the expedition guides. This expands the opportunities and bandwidth for those passengers looking to learn more and get more out of their images. Also available is an onboard multimedia download studio with computers, cables, and hard-drives for back-up storage and for creating DVDs of your images.

Snowshoeing: No additional supplement (11/20/2014)
No pre-booking required. If conditions are suitable, you may choose to snowshoe on the continent. Snowshoes and trekking poles provided. Traveling by snowshoes offers a new view of Antarctica! Come prepared with warm socks and comfortable clothing. A small knapsack to carry water and an extra layer of clothing is recommended. 

Hiking Excursions: No additional supplement
No pre-booking required. Trekking poles are available onboard for passenger use and instep crampons will be provided if necessary to improve traction on slick surfaces. Sturdy hiking books and warm hiking socks are needed to join this activity. Hikes will be 2-3 hours in duration and will involve negotiating challenging terrain without the assistance of trails. Antarctica hiking rewards with images of snow, ice, mountains, and glaciers.

Camping Option: No additional supplement. (Possibly available on select departures. Contact us for details)
No pre-booking required. If conditions are suitable and you choose to camp on the continent, all the required gear, such as bivy sacs and sleeping bags, will be provided. This excursion is managed with strict environmental regulations. A portable outhouse tent is used and absolutely everything is transported back to the ship afterwards.

Photography: No additional supplement.
An onboard photographer is available to work with you throughout the voyage to help you improve your photography and encourage you to look at scenes or events in a different way in order to capture them digitally. Also available is an onboard multimedia download studio with computers, cables, and hard-drives for back-up storage and for creating DVDs of your images.

Included:
Accommodation aboard the ship; all meals during the voyage prepared by onboard professional chefs; afternoon tea with fresh snacks each afternoon; coffee, tea, hot chocolate throughout the day; all Zodiac excursions; extensive program of relevant educational presentations; advice from experienced team of naturalists; foul weather gear set (pants/jacket/wellington boots OR waterproof backpack/waterproof binoculars/wellington boots); use of multimedia station; welcome reception; welcome dinner; farewell dinner hosted by Captain; 'Memory Book' (log book chronicling your trip, includes photos); onboard medical officer; pre-departure information; hairdryers available on request at no charge; transfers from the meeting point in Ushuaia to the pier to board the ship on day 1 of the cruise and transfers from the pier to the meeting point or airport on the last day of the cruise.

Not Included:
All airfare; visa and passport fees; airport departure taxes; pre-cruise or post-cruise meals, transfers, and hotel accommodation; personal laundry charges; postage; telephone calls; drinks; medical expenses; trip interruption and cancellation insurance; travel medical insurance including medical evacuation (required); gratuities to staff and crew; private fitness sessions; massage therapy; fee for optional programs.

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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