Antarctica, Falklands & South Georgia
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Length of trip:
Approximate price of this trip per person:
from $ 7900 to $ 23500
Best travel dates to go:
January, February, March, November, December
Detailed Description of this trip:
If your goal is to set foot on Antarctica but also combine the Antarctic Peninsula’s wonders with a fascinating, easy-paced journey via the Falkland Islands and South Georgia, these expeditions are ideal. From Shackleton's lonely grave and spectacular Iceberg Alley, to Zodiac landings at remote penguin rookeries and other areas rich with wildlife, come follow the early explorers on this remarkable Antarctic experience. Choose from easygoing explorations to active adventures. Cruises aboard ice-strengthened expedition ships designed to carry from 47 to 122 passengers are relaxed, comfortable adventures with excellent accommodations and cuisine. Some vessels also offer opportunities for camping, kayaking, ice climbing and cross-country skiing. All passengers will enjoy frequent Zodiac landings, specialist presentations onboard, and when you set foot on the White Continent, you’ll appreciate the collective expertise of veteran polar guides who know the region inside and out.
This Trip is Recommended for:
Cruise Vacation, Cruise, Wildlife, Cruise Adventure, Drake Passage, Zodiac Cruises, Darwin, Ushuaia, Falkland Islands, St. Andrew Bay, King Penguin, South Shetland Islands, Massive Glaciers, Antarctic Quest, Clipper Adventurer, Ocean Nova,
Day 1 - Ushuaia
This extended adventure begins at the tip of South America, in Ushuaia, with a night at a local hotel.
Day 2 - At Sea
After boarding the ship in the late afternoon, sail the Beagle Channel to the Drake Passage.
Day 3-5 - At Sea
History, wildlife and Darwin, too.
Historical and Educational Tours
En route to the Falkland Islands (Islas Malvinas), you learn about Charles Darwin, who visited the islands in 1833. Join your fellow adventurers for an in-depth education program introducing the flora and fauna that you can expect to encounter while visiting the archipelago.
Properly prepared, you cruise safely from the ship to shore in a Zodiac to stroll the streets of Stanley or wander through the nesting grounds of the Black-browed Albatross. There are activities for a diverse range of interests – historical, natural and physical.
Sip a leisurely cup of tea with local residents, before you depart for South Georgia.
Day 6-11 - South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands
Welcome to a world of ice and birds.
Historical and Educational Tours
The published account of James Cook’s voyage to South Georgia brought fortune seekers to the island for nearly two hundred years. Now there are only a handful of scientists studying the abundant bird life and the glaciers that cover the island.
The Expedition Team plans a series of landings including penguin rookeries, abandoned whaling stations and the grave of Sir Ernest Shackleton. The largest King Penguin colony in the world is on the shore of St. Andrew’s Bay. Have your camera ready, it is an unforgettable sight. Different activity levels will be accommodated during the landings. You can be as active as you like.
Later, after supper, share your shots with new friends in the lounge, library or bar.
Day 12-17 - At Sea
Antarctica, scenery, history & wildlife.
As the ship sails south and west, watch for tabular icebergs.
When you arrive in the South Shetland Islands, the Expedition Team will attempt an average of two landings a day, subject to permissions, weather, wind and ice conditions, of course. It is here that you may visit an active research station, where scientists track the life cycle of birds and icebergs. You’ll walk with penguins at a rookery, and cruise rocky coastlines where birds rest after a day on the wing.
You’ll climb craggy hills, cruise in Zodiacs along granite beaches choked with brash ice and take a polar plunge, if you dare. Wildlife viewing will be a priority ashore and from the deck.
Optional adventure activities are also planned on specified departures. For all activities, included and optional, the Expedition Team consults weather reports and marine charts to find the best sites for a memorable experience. “This land feels like a fairytale.”
Amundsen’s quote captures the majesty of Antarctica perfectly. It is vast, pristine and glorious. Massive glaciers, many covering an area equal to that of a small city, are reflected in still, black water. The sheer scale is humbling.
Setting foot on the Peninsula, remember the brave and determined explorers that have preceded you – Ross, Scott, Shackleton and Amundsen. They too were captivated by the antics of penguins, curiosity of seals, and the grace of whales swimming.
Day 18-19 - Antarctica
The Drake Passage.
This famous passage is notorious for its high winds and rolling seas. Crossing it is as much a part of the Antarctic experience as penguins and krill. All great explorers have braved the Drake Passage. It is a most fitting end to your Antarctic quest. During the crossing, the Expedition Team will recap your adventures and recall the explorers in whose wake you have sailed. You will have gazed at the same shorelines, and marveled at the same stars. As they were, you will be transformed.
Day 20 - Ushuaia
Disembark in Ushuaia.
You disembark the ship this morning.
Return to the airport for an onward flight, or stay and enjoy what Ushuaia and Tierra del Fuego have to offer.
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