Day 1: Fly to Santiago, ChileDepart on an overnight flight to Santiago, Chile.
Day 2: Santiago, ChileArrive in Santiago, where a representative meets you at your gate and assists you through arrival formalities. Then transfer to your hotel, where immediate check-in has been arranged. Relax before this afternoon’s optional tour of the city’s highlights, including the La Moneda Palace and the Plaza de Armas. Get to know your fellow travelers this evening at a welcome cocktail party.
Day 3: Santiago, Chile / Ushuaia, ArgentinaThis morning following breakfast, transfer back to the Santiago Airport for your charter flight to Ushuaia. Fly to Ushuaia, the southernmost city in the world. Upon arrival, enjoy sightseeing and a traditional Patagonian barbecue lunch. Later, arrive at your ship and settle in for your first night on board. 'Le Boreal' is a comfortable, stylish ship, both spacious and passenger-friendly. Wander the decks, relax in the lounge and mingle with fellow travelers in anticipation of your voyage.
Day 4: At SeaAs you sail east toward the Falklands, your lecturers begin their informal series of enlightening discussions on the flora, fauna and the history of the region. The waters here are rich in krill, making them a favorite with local wildlife searching for food. Alongside your naturalist guides, spot whale and seabirds from the cruiser’s deck.
Day 5: Port Stanley, Falkland IslandsToday, you have the opportunity to step back in time to a place where nature reigns supreme. Spend your day walking to penguin rookeries and other unspoiled wildlife habitats, or perhaps strolling the charming streets of the village of Stanley, the Falklands’ capital.
Days 6 - 7: Cruising the South AtlanticAs the ship approaches South Georgia, deck-side sightings of whale, seal and other wildlife become more frequent. The time spent cruising to South Georgia is filled with informative lectures — as well as casual talks with your guides — that soon have you scanning the seas like an expert.
Days 8 - 10: South GeorgiaSouth Georgia is actually a nearly submerged continuation of the Andes mountain range, and your days here are spent exploring its glacier-carved coves and rugged shores. Visit the impressive Salisbury Plain, St. Andrews Bay or Gold Harbor, all home to vast colonies of king penguins, as well as fur and elephant seals. You also have the opportunity to retrace part of the route taken by Ernest Shackleton during his historic crossing of South Georgia Island in 1916. Weather permitting, you may visit his gravesite in Grytviken.
Days 11 - 12: Cruising the Scotia SeaDuring your time cruising the deep-blue Scotia Sea — rich with marine mammals and fish — expert lecturers recap your adventures in South Georgia.
Days 13 - 16: AntarcticaThe ship’s itinerary calls for landings on the Antarctic Peninsula and a number of South Shetland Islands, which may include Half Moon, Penguin and Deception. Other possible island visits may include Cuverville, Paulet and Goudier. There are also plans to sail through Paradise Bay and the Lemaire Channel, with additional opportunities for exploration, including a stop at a scientific research station. While on board, you may view whale and birdlife from the deck or from your own cabin’s private balcony.
Days 17 - 18: Drake PassageReturn through Drake Passage, where there are more chances to observe marine and birdlife. Compare notes on your incredible journey with your fellow travelers, either on deck or in one of Le Boreal’s comfortable gathering spots.
Days 19 - 20: Ushuaia / Santiago, Chile / USA or CanadaDisembark after breakfast and transfer to the airport for return flights home.
Mandatory Travel Insurance:
As a requirement of participation on this expedition, all passengers must purchase full medical and emergency evacuation insurance. The minimum coverage requirement is US$50,000. ExpeditionTrips strongly recommends at least $100,000 Emergency Medical/Evacuation coverage for Antarctic trips which includes coverage for cancellation, trip disruption, baggage and personal property. ExpeditionTrips can assist you with this.
Shorter Itinerary: 1/2/2013
This departure is 19 days with one less day spent in the Antarctica peninsula.
Family Departure: 12/17/2012
Bring the entire family and celebrate the holidays on this family departure of Antarctica, South Georgia & the Falkland Islands. This journey of discovery includes a dedicated children's program for young explorers and gaming room to provide kids their own leisure space. Plus, travel as a family and children 7-18 years old save 50% off the published adult price with one full-fare paying adult per cabin (except in suites).
Photography Expedition: 1/2/2013
Join a special photography expedition aboard Le Boreal. The onboard photo coach, Richard Harker, will offer photo lectures and give techniques specifically focused on how best to capture and highlight the experience. In many areas the wildlife and penguin populations are at their peak and at sea, increased whale watching activities will provide for unending photo opportunities.
One-night pre-cruise accommodations as noted in itinerary; meals on land as specified in the itinerary; selected beverages with group meals on land; luxury accommodations and state-of-the-art comfort aboard the ship; full board meal service onboard the ship; open bar (except premium wines, premium liquors and champagne); arrival and departure group transfers on scheduled days of arrival/departure; fully guided sightseeing as noted in the itinerary (including park and entrance fees); bottled water supplied during sightseeing; services of expedition team; expedition parka and backpack; expedition notebook and post cruise logbook; gratuities for land-based hotel/restaurant staff, porterage and local guides/drivers and expedition team and crew onboard the ship; baggage handling of two pieces per person for international flights; Ushuaia Customs & Migration tax.
International air transportation; round-trip charter flight between Santiago/Ushuaia ($800 per person); passport or visa expenses; laundry; meals, beverages or sightseeing not included in itinerary; premium wines and champagnes; communication charges; all items of a personal nature; transfers for passengers; travel insurance; excess baggage charges; airport departure tax; Santiago Reciprocity Fee; Argentinian Reciprocity Fee (if not on charter flight); fuel surcharge may apply.