The Falklands, South Georgia & Antarctica

From:
AUD $ 18,599 AUD $ 17,999
p.p. twin share. Excludes Airfares

Take $600 per person off on board the Akademik Ioffe or RCGS Resolute and contact us for further discounts with this Cruise Company. 

* Cruise Offer for RCGS Resolute 2018/19 bookings ($1600 p/p discount + Hotel in Ushuaia + $70 SPA or Dinner credit), only until 30th August 2018. 

Our most popular expedition cruise, exploring the wildlife populated coasts of the Falkland Islands, South Georgia, and Antarctica. South Georgia the ‘Serengeti of the Southern Ocean’ is one of the Antarctic’s hidden jewels. An adventure offering wildlife photography, zodiac cruising, up to eight species of penguin, while following in the footsteps of Sir Ernest Shackleton, leader of the Endurance Expedition.

These Antarctic expeditions utilize a flight to Stanley in the Falkland Islands to save almost a day and a half at sea – which maximizes the time you can spend exploring incredible Antarctica, and the sub-Antarctic Falkland and South Georgia Islands. We’ll encounter a spectacular proliferation of unique wildlife and birdlife on our journey – there are penguin rookeries with more than 100,000 nesting birds, albatrosses, and the beaches are covered in fur seals and elephant seals. Beyond these islands lie Antarctica, where we will experience icebergs of all shapes and sizes and encounters with whales, including humpback, minke and orca.

Departs from Port Stanley – Return to Ushuaia 

Start & End Dates:
  • October 20 – November 7, 2018 (18 nights/ Ship: Akademik Ioffe)

* This voyage includes a flight from Punta Arenas to Port Stanley, Falkland Islands.

Departs from Ushuaia – Return to Ushuaia (slightly different itinerary, please request the itinerary for this sailings)

Start & End Dates:
  • November 29 – December 17, 2018 (19 nights / Ship: Akademik Ioffe)
  • December 30 – January 17, 2018 / 2019 (19 nights / Ship: RCGS Resolute)
  • January 30 – February 17, 2019 (19 nights / Ship: RCGS Resolute)

* Cruise Offer for RCGS Resolute 2018/19 bookings ($1600 p/p discount + Hotel in Ushuaia + $70 SPA or Dinner credit), only until 30th August 2018.

Departs from Ushuaia – Return to Punta Arenas (slightly different itinerary, please request the itinerary for this sailings)

  • January 21 – February 9, 2019 (19 nights / Ship: Akademik Sergey Vavilov)

* This voyage includes flights from Stanley, Falkland Islands to Punta Arenas.

*Please note that the final cabin price is dependent on configuration, the USD exchange rate and availability 

  

    

Overview

Overview

Day 1Punta Arenas, Chile
Day 2Falkland Islands
Days 3 to 4Southern Ocean
Days 5 to 8South Georgia
Days 9 to 11Scotia Sea
Days 12 to 16South Shetland Islands and Antarctic Peninsula
Days 17 to 18Drake Passage and Cape Horn
Day 19Ushuaia, Argentina

Itinerary

Itinerary

Day 1 — Punta Arenas, Chile

Our journey commences this morning in Punta Arenas, where we board our flight to Stanley in the Falkland Islands. After a short 90-minute journey we are met on arrival and transferred to the pier. Stanley is home to 2,000 residents and is reminiscent of a charming, rural town in coastal Britain, full of brightly coloured houses, flower-filled gardens, a quaint cathedral and several pubs. There is time to explore the town before embarkation.

Day 2 — Falkland Islands

Having cruised down the eastern coastline of the Falkland Islands overnight, we are at the far south-eastern end of the archipelago. Near the barren and windswept Sea Lion Island, we launch the Zodiacs for our first shore excursion. If we enjoy good weather conditions we may be able to visit neighbouring Bleaker Island, another settlement on this remote eastern coast of the Falklands. In the evening, we navigate into the Scotia Sea towards South Georgia.

Days 3 and 4 — Southern Ocean

The seabirds join us as we leave the Falklands. Stand out on the decks watching the giant albatross and petrels as they duck and weave on the winds of the South Atlantic. Our onboard photographic guide will be able to give you tips about image composition, the subtle polar light, and the basics of good camera craft.

Days 5 to 8 — South Georgia

South Georgia has often been called the ‘Serengeti of the Southern Ocean’. We explore the island from our Zodiacs. Large numbers of fur seals and the much larger elephant seal will line the dark sand beaches. Living in the tussock grass, king penguins and their chicks may number up to 100,000 birds in some locations. The island is also home to large numbers of nesting albatross, filling the skies above as they come and go from their nests. South Georgia is a thrilling location for history buffs: we will plan to visit the rusting relics of the early whaling industry, including several old stations, and the gravesite of the great explorer, Sir Ernest Shackleton.

Days 9 to 11 — Scotia Sea

Weather and ice will dictate our crossing of the Scotia Sea from South Georgia to Antarctica, leading us perhaps to the South Orkney Islands or Elephant Island. As with all of our itinerary planning, our expedition leader and captain will make a decision based on the conditions at the time. As we edge ever closer to the frozen continent, large icebergs announce our arrival in Antarctic waters.

Days 12 to 16 — South Shetland Islands and Antarctic Peninsula

Possible landing sites in the South Shetland Island group could include King George Island, Half Moon Island, Yankee Harbour or Hannah Point. Weather conditions permitting we sail the ship into the flooded volcanic caldera of Deception Island. Finally, after so much anticipation, we enter the icy waters of the Antarctic Peninsula in the vicinity of Mikkelson Harbour or Cierva Cove. Snow covered mountains soar from the dark waters. Along the shoreline in the bays and harbours of the Peninsula lives an incredible abundance of wildlife. Large rookeries are home to chinstrap, Gentoo and Adelie penguins. Seals live on the ice floes, including the powerful leopard seal that we hope to encounter. Gulls, skuas and cormorants are also found nesting and feeding at many sites along the Antarctic Peninsula. We explore by Zodiac boat and ashore, where a range of wonderful activities await: join the photographic guide and take close up photos of the penguins or the impossibly blue ice; enjoy a hike to the top of a snowy mountain saddle with one of our adventure guides; or perhaps visit a science base or an old historic hut. The sea kayakers may range up to several miles from the ship, for a truly memorable experience. Each day, you will have a range of great choices. In 2017/18 we will spend one day less along the Antarctic Peninsula and the South Shetland Islands.

Days 17 and 18 — Drake Passage and Cape Horn

After several busy days of exploration along the Antarctic Peninsula, it’s time to return to South America. If weather conditions allow, we hope to make a rounding of Cape Horn. This fabled stretch of water is home to legendary tales of exploration and early navigation. It’s a fitting place to reflect on a wonderful expedition to some of the most remote corners of the planet.

Day 19 — Ushuaia, Argentina

In the early morning, we arrive into Ushuaia, Argentina. Guests will be transported to their hotels or to the airport for return flights home.

Inclusions

Inclusions

  • Educational presentations from experienced guides such as ornithologists, glaciologists, historians, geologists, naturalists and marine mammals experts.
  • Photography advise and instructions from the resident photographer. Extended photography workshops available on select departures
  • All zodiac and landing excursions.
  • Zodiac cruising, hiking, guided walks, photography workshops, fitness & yoga.
  • All meals during the voyage prepared by One Ocean Expeditions chefs.
  • Welcome reception & welcome dinner.
  • One Ocean Expeditions Farewell dinner hosted by the Captain.
  • Daily afternoon tea with fresh snacks.
  • Coffee, tea & hot chocolate available anytime.
  • Access to wellness area (Finnish Sauna, Plunge Pool filled with sea water, Hot Tub).
  • Natural essential oil amenities.
  • Services of English speaking medical officer.
  • Use of multimedia room to download images. Lightroom, Adobe, Photoshop and card readers are available for use on MAC and PC computers.
  • Windproof/waterproof jacket and bib pants.
  • Comfortable insulated rubber boots.
  • Water resistant binoculars.
  • Waterproof backpack.
  • Trekking poles available on shore.
  • From/ to designated meeting points to/from the ship.
  • Additional transfers in welcome / departure cities (only applicable on certain departures).
  • Luggage transfer from designated locations to/from your cabin.

Not included

  • International airfare
  • Passport and visa expenses
  • Government arrival and departure taxes not mentioned above
  • Meals ashore unless otherwise specified
  • Comprehensive 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

Extras

  • Sea Kayaking at an extra cost of US$695 – Arctic & Torngat Explorer (Canada’s East Coast ‘Fins and Fiddles’ & ‘Golf Expedition’ sea kayaking is complimentary), US$795 – Antarctic (Epic Antarctica: USD1590, Chilean Fjords: USD495) per person. Pre-registration required at time of booking. Confirmed access to kayak at any offered excursion. Limited to 16 passengers per voyage. Includes high-quality kayaking equipment.
  • Sea Kayaking, Stand up Paddling and Cycling including gear free of charge (Fins and Fiddles and Golf Expedition departures only).
  • Overnight Camping (Antarctica only, included in the voyage price) including high-quality equipment. No pre-registration required. Camping is available on select departures only and can be affected by itinerary and weather conditions. Please see your full itinerary for further details.

Airfares

Travel Just 4U has competitive South America Flights to get you to the starting point of your chosen Holiday. Contact one of our Travel Consultants for a full quotation including airfares, stopovers and any additional travel you wish to organize.

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