Falklands, South Georgia & Antarctica

EXPEDITION IN BRIEF:

• Explore the world’s seventh continent on the Antarctic
Peninsula by ship, Zodiac and foot
• Learn about Antarctica’s unique geology, history and
wildlife with an expert team of on-board lecturers
• See the incredible wildlife of South Georgia, including 30
breeding bird species and four penguin species
• Follow in the footsteps of Sir Ernest Shackleton’s perilous
voyages on South Georgia and pause for a moment at his
graveside
• Explore the quaint British town of Port Stanley in the
Falkland Islands
• Immerse yourself in the icy realm of the Antarctic with an
optional kayaking excursion

 

DAY 1

Ushuaia, Argentina
Your gateway for this expedition is
Ushuaia, Argentina. Nestled within
the Tierra del Fuego archipelago,
Ushuaia offers you a small-town feel
but has many shops, museums, cafés
and restaurants to enjoy before your
voyage. If you’re feeling adventurous,
the nearby national park and Martial
Glacier offer plenty of hiking and
outdoor activities.

 

DAY 2

Embarkation Day
As we embark, the anticipation grows.
Trade your land legs for sea legs, meet
and greet your fellow travelers and
get acquainted with your ship. As
every Antarctic adventure presents
new opportunities and experiences,
embarkation day is just as exciting
for your Expedition Team as it is for
you. They’re onboard to ensure your
comfort and safety, as well as to help
make your wildlife dreams come true.

 

DAY 3

At Sea
There are many activities to keep you
engaged while you are at sea. Learn to
identify seabirds that glide alongside the
ship or attend dynamic presentations
by your Expedition Team. You will
be prepped on safety procedures for
Zodiac cruises and shore landings.
You’ll also be given instructions for
getting the most out of your optional
kayaking adventures, a truly intimate
way to experience Antarctica.

 

DAYS 4 & 5

Falkland Islands (Islas
Malvinas)
Upon arrival in this archipelago your
cameras will get their first real workout
capturing the abundant wildlife and the
rugged feel of the Falklands (Malvinas).
The archipelago contains two main
islands—East and West, which we will
explore by Zodiac excursions and daily
landings.
Port Stanley is often a favored landing
site, as the town offers a unique British
outpost feel, complete with an eclectic
charm. You’ll be free to explore the
town, grab a pint at the local pub, or
visit numerous churches and museums.
In terms of wildlife, the archipelago
is home to Magellanic, gentoo and
rockhopper penguins. If you’re lucky
you may even spot king penguins here
as well! You can expect to see black-
browed albatross and two endemic bird
species; Cobb’s wren and the Falkland’s
flightless steamer duck.
Your team of lecturers and specialists
will be sure to educate you on the local
flora and fauna to make the most out of
your time in the Falklands.

 

DAYS 6 & 7

At Sea
Sailing south, you’ll officially enter
Antarctic waters by crossing the
invisible biological boundary called the
Antarctic Convergence. Encircling the
continent, cold Antarctic waters meet
and mix with the warmer waters of the
Indian, Pacific and Atlantic Oceans,
creating an abundance of krill and
marine life that attract whales and seals
to this part of the world. Expedition
staff will be sure to keep you posted
when you cross this invisible, yet
important line.

 

DAYS 8 TO 11

South Georgia
This remote outpost was a popular stop
for many historic Antarctic expeditions
and was once a haven for hunting
whales and elephant and fur seals.
Today, South Georgia Island wildlife
populations have rebounded, but
you’ll still see remnants of old whaling
stations and other abandoned outposts.
One significant and historic site that
will be of interest is the grave of the
great explorer, Sir Ernest Shackleton.
You can visit his grave at the settlement
of Grytviken, which is also home to
an old whaling station, a museum,
gift shop, church and a small research
station.
While South Georgia’s history is an
important attraction to the islands,
it is the wildlife that you and your
shipmates will surely find most
captivating. Often referred to as the
‘Galapagos of the Poles,’ each landing
you make on South Georgia will open
your eyes to a new wonder of wildlife.
One day you may see rookeries with
100 thousand pairs of king penguins
waddling on the beach. The next day
you may visit another beach with
thousands of fur or elephant seals. The
grasses, mountains and beaches of
South Georgia all play an important role
in the breeding and survival of different
species on the island. This fragile and
symbiotic relationship is something
that your Expedition Team will explain
to you during your time here.

 

DAYS 12 & 13

At Sea
Say goodbye to the king penguins, as
your next destination is Antarctica!
Your days at sea are filled with
presentations, lectures and workshops
from your Expedition Team, who will
prepare you for the wildlife that will
greet you upon your arrival. In between
presentations, spend time chatting with
your shipmates over a drink at the bar.
If conditions allow, we may attempt
landfall on the South Orkney Islands,
our first official stop in Antarctica

 

DAYS 14 TO 17

South Shetland Islands
and Antarctic Peninsula
The most common reaction to arriving
at the White Continent is a sense of
reverence and awe. The experience is
hard to put into words, as few places
are as untouched, unique and enduring
as Antarctica.
You will discover that Antarctica is a
land of extremes. At one moment you’ll
be overcome with a feeling of complete
desolation and silence, at the next
moment you’ll be inspired by nature as
a calving glacier crashes into brilliant
blue sea or a penguin waddles by to
inspect your footwear.
Your Expedition Team will take care
of you at each landing, whether you
are trekking up a glacier, visiting a
research station or consorting with
penguin colonies. Chinstrap, Adélie
and gentoo penguins are found here,
along with Weddell, fur, crabeater
and leopard seals. Curious whales,
such as minkes, are often attracted to
our Zodiacs, giving you a chance to
get within reaching distance of these
majestic animals. Each day and every
landing will present a new collection
of creatures to entertain you and keep
your camera shutter busy.
As exciting as the Zodiac excursions
and landings are, perhaps you’ll treat
yourself to an extra special Antarctic
experience by partaking in an optional
(extra cost) kayaking excursion or going
for a swim in Antarctic waters.

 

DAYS 18 & 19

Crossing the Drake Passage
After more than two weeks of endless
wildlife encounters, your journey home
begins. Crossing the Drake is your
unofficial rite of passage, completing
your Antarctic adventure.
Enjoy final moments mingling with
your fellow travelers. The noisy, busy,
populated world awaits your return, so
savor the silence of the sea as long as
you can.

 

DAY 20

Disembarkation in Ushuaia,
Argentina
After breakfast aboard the ship, it is
time to part ways and say goodbye
to your Expedition Team. Airport
transfers will be provided for those
departing on the first homeward flights.

THIS EXPEDITION INCLUDES

• Shipboard accommodation with daily
housekeeping
• All breakfasts, lunches, dinners and snacks on
board
• All shore landings per the daily program
• Leadership throughout the voyage by our
experienced Expedition Leader
• All Zodiac transfers and cruising per the daily
program
• Formal and informal presentations by our
Expedition Team and special guests as scheduled
• Photographic journal documenting the
expedition
• Waterproof expedition boots on loan for shore
landings
• An official Expeditions® parka to keep
• Coffee, tea and cocoa available around the clock
• Hair dryer and bathrobe in every cabin
• Comprehensive pre-departure materials,
including a map and an informative Antarctic
Reader
• All miscellaneous service taxes and port charges
throughout the program
• All luggage handling aboard ship
• Emergency evacuation insurance to a maximum
benefit of US$100,000 per person
• Group transfer in Ushuaia from airport to pre-
expedition hotel on Day 1
• One night pre-expedition hotel accommodation
in Ushuaia with breakfast
• Group transfer from hotel to ship on
embarkation day
• Group transfer upon disembarkation in Ushuaia
from the ship to the local airport

 

THIS EXPEDITION EXCLUDES

• International/Internal airfare. Contact Experience
Argentina for Flights & accommodation in Buenos Aires
• Passport and visa expenses
• Government arrival and departure taxes not
mentioned above
• Meals ashore unless otherwise specified
• Baggage, cancellation, interruption, and medical
travel insurance
• Excess baggage charges
• Waterproof pants for Zodiac cruising, or any other
gear not mentioned
• Laundry, bar, beverage and other personal charges
unless specified
• Phone and internet charges
• Voluntary gratuity at the end of the voyage for
shipboard staff and crew
• Additional overnight accommodation
• Optional kayaking activities

Booking an Adventure Option on your expedition
is a great way to enhance your polar experience.
These options are subject to availability and fill up
quickly, so be sure to book yours early. Please note,
Adventure Options are weather dependent.

 

KAYAKING

Imagine gliding along the surface of a bay in the presence
of icebergs and glaciers! Our kayaking adventures are the
best way to feel at one with the sea. Taken in small groups of
16 people, multiple times per voyage, kayaking adventures
are only conducted during calm weather conditions. We
recommend you have some prior kayaking experience,
including the capability to do a wet exit.
The kayaking adventure option is open to all levels of experience. However,
we advise that kayaking in polar waters is not an activity for first-time guests.
Beginners interested in kayaking, should first take an introductory kayaking course prior to their voyage.
In addition, regardless of your experience, we recommend kayaking lessons for
a minimum of three hours in preparation for your expedition. It is of the utmost
importance that you be comfortable while kayaking in order to maximize your
enjoyment and your overall experience.

 

SNOWSHOEING

A novel way to experience the beauty of the polar landscape,
and discover remote alcoves and hidden valleys. The rewards
of walking atop the snow are well worth the effort, as we’ll
be able to visit new places that may be inaccessible on foot.
This traditional means of transport across the snow
comes from the indigenous people of North America.
While you can appreciate a connection with the past,
the snowshoes we use today are much lighter and more
forgiving than the old wood-weave snowshoes used during
the days of the North American fur trade.

Dec 19, 2016 –Jan 7, 2017

20 Days

Summary: FALKLANDS, ANTARCTICA, SOUTH GEORGIA

Description: This is a truly epic adventure through the remote Falkland Islands, the wildlife paradise of South Georgia, and the extraordinary landscape of the Antarctic Peninsula. You’ll enjoy unforgettable encounters with untamed wildlife in a vast, dramatic and spectacular setting. You’ll take a step back in time at historically significant sites. And you’ll be mesmerized by the rich diversity and contrasts that make these regions so captivating and unique. Watch a wild, isolated and extreme world come to life, as scores of penguins dive for food, elephant seals bathe in the sun and pods of orcas pass you by. You’ll be transported to your own
wildlife documentary, staged in a magnificent setting of mountains, sea and ice.

Departs: Dec 19, 2016 –Jan 7, 2017

Sam Crimmin-4887

 

FROM US$ 19,995

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