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Antarctica + South Georgia – Fly, Sail
18 days - Prices $13,660 - $21,990

Departures:

01/03/2015


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Ship(s): Polar Pioneer

 

Trip Highlights:

A spectacular journey combining the rugged beauty of the Falkland Islands and South Georgia with the stunning northern tip of the Antarctic Peninsula; discover their incredible scenery and wildlife!


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Summary: This spectacular journey combines the rugged beauty of the Falkland Islands, South Georgia, the South Orkney Islands and the northern tip of the Antarctic Peninsula. Retraces Shackleton’s boat voyage from Elephant Island to South Georgia, and finish up in the Falkland Islands. South Georgia is one of the most beautiful places on the planet. On the northeastern flanks of the island, the harbors that once sheltered large fleets of whaling ships are now home to a staggering variety and profuse amount of wildlife. In Stromness and Grytviken Harbors, 3,000-meter peaks form dramatic backdrops to the remains of whaling stations while kelp-strewn beaches are cluttered with basking elephant seals and feisty fur seals. The nearby bays are home to literally hundreds of thousands of king, macaroni and rock hopper penguins.


Trip Itinerary
Day 1: Punta Arenas or Santiago, Chile / Stanley, Falkland Islands
Board your included flight from Punta Arenas or Santiago, Chile to Stanley in the Falkland Islands. Enjoy a guided tour of Stanley prior to embarking the ship for introductions and safety briefings.

Days 2 - 4: Scotia Sea
Get to know fellow passengers and take time to explore the ship. Keep watch for seabirds from the deck as you cross the Scotia Sea on your way to South Georgia. Expedition team members present Zodiac and environmental briefings, and enlightening talks on the journey to come.

Days 5 - 8: South Georgia
There’s ample time to explore South Georgia’s spectacular northern coast, including the world’s largest king penguin rookeries and majestic albatross nests. Kayakers revel in paddling the coastline’s nooks and crannies, accompanied by playful seals. In Stromness and Grytviken harbors, 3000-metre peaks form dramatic backdrops to the remains of whaling stations. Kelp-strewn beaches are cluttered with basking elephant seals, feisty fur seals and penguins.

Days 9 - 11: Scotia Sea
Following in Shackleton’s wake, we cross the Scotia Sea, with a chance to visit the remote South Orkney Islands if ice conditions allow.

Day 12: Elephant Island
Visit Elephant Island, where Shackleton’s men wintered beneath their upturned boats. With luck, go ashore to pay tribute to these hardy souls.

Days 13 - 15: Antarctic Peninsula
Awaken to the thrill of Antarctica, with plans to visit busy penguin rookeries, historic sites and make a continental landing amidst amazing ice sculptures in changing shades of blue.

Days 16 - 17: Drake Passage
Keep watch for wildlife as you cross the Drake Passage, entertained and informed by your expert naturalist and historian. Reflect on your time in Antarctica and swap stories with fellow passengers as the ship heads towards Puerto Williams.

Day 18: Puerto Williams, Chile / Punta Arenas, Chile
Bid farewell to the ship and crew. Enjoy an included tour of Puerto Williams before transferring to the airport for your included flight to Punta Arenas.


Notes:

Read this itinerary as a guide only; the exact route and program varies according to ice and weather conditions - and the wildlife you encounter. Flexibility is the key to the success of this expedition.

Mandatory Travel Insurance:
All guests are required to have emergency medical evacuation travel insurance coverage. Proof of coverage is required prior to embarkation. The policy provider, policy number and emergency contact phone number must be provided prior to departure date. ExpeditionTrips strongly recommends at least $200,000 Emergency Medical/Evacuation coverage for Antarctic trips which includes coverage for cancellation, trip disruption, baggage and personal property. ExpeditionTrips can assist you with this.

Sea Kayaking Option: $1,250 per person
If you wish to take this option, please advise us when you make your booking as numbers are limited. Please note, some sea kayaking experience is necessary.

Included:
Flight from Punta Arenas or Santiago to Stanley (no reduced fare for starting in Punta Arenas); transfer from Stanley airport to ship, including tour of Stanley; transfer from ship to Puerto Williams airport, including Puerto Williams tour; flight from Puerto Williams to Punta Arenas; cabin accommodation on the ship; all meals, snacks, tea and coffee onboard; all shore excursions and Zodiac rides; lectures and guide services; gumboots (for loan onboard); daily cabin service; access to onboard medical doctor and basic medical services; electronic voyage journal; port taxes and charges.

Not Included:
Airfare except flight from Punta Arenas or Santiago to Stanley and flight from Puerto Williams to Punta Arenas; accommodation and transfers before or after the cruise; visa, passport, and vaccination charges and airport departure taxes; fuel surcharge may apply; optional sea kayaking activities, items of a personal nature; internet charges; travel insurance; and gratuity to the ship's crew is at your discretion.

 


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