Day 1: Embarkation / Ushuaia, ArgentinaA friendly welcome aboard your ship precedes your cruise down the Beagle Channel. Scientists from Ukraine and Poland, who will summer in Antarctica at Vernadsky and Arctowski Stations, join you aboard the ship.
Days 2 - 3: Crossing the Drake PassageCape petrels mesmerize you and majestic wandering albatross take your breath away as you cross the Drake Passage. Your naturalists reveal Antarctica’s natural history while environmental and safety briefings prepare you. The photography education program commences, as you prepare for the adventure ahead.
Days 4 - 6: Antarctic Peninsula / Arctowski StationDrop anchor in front of Poland’s Arctowski Station and you are greeted by fur and elephant seals lounging on the shoreline, inquisitive Adélie, gentoo and chinstrap penguins welcome you to their playground.
Days 7 - 8: Antarctic PeninsulaWith rugged coastline from Gerlache Strait to the Lemaire Channel, make your way South across the Peninsula.
Days 9 - 10: Antarctic Peninsula / Vernadsky StationDrop anchor at Vernadsky Station; the southernmost point on this expedition; as your scientist shipmates disembark and prepare for a summer in Antarctica, you board Zodiacs and explore this historic and wildlife rich area. Make full use of daylight hours, taking every opportunity to explore the Peninsula’s wonders.
Days 11 - 12: At SeaBidding farewell to Antarctica, sail north towards the Falkland Islands. Enjoy this time of reflection, entertaining talks and a party or two.
Days 13 - 14: Falkland IslandsYour days in the Falklands will be spent exploring the outer most islands rarely visited. The spectacular cliffs of the islands are home to an abundance of breeding birds; endemic Cobb’s Wren, dark faced ground tyrants and tussac birds, striated cara-caras, southern giant petrels, ruddy headed geese, speckled teal and crested ducks abound. Making the most of your Zodiacs, explore by sea and land the rich natural history of this remote archipelago.
Day 15: Disembark / Port Stanley, Falkland IslandsDisembark in Stanley, the Falklands, which features an excellent war museum, welcoming shops and pubs.
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.
Optional Flights: $660 per person (11/9/2013). Optional flight from Falkland Islands to Punta Arenas, Chile.
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 $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.
Photography Option: $250 per person (11/9/2013). Join Josh Holko, a professional photographer who will be conducting outdoor photography workshops. Learn tricks of the trade from the guest photographer who is keen to share knowledge and tips. You will have the opportunity to polish your skills, edit your shots and make the most of your camera equipment. Please enquire at the time of booking.
Cabin accommodation on the ship; all meals onboard; all shore excursions; lectures and guide services; boots (for loan onboard); medical service of the resident medical officer onboard; port taxes and service charges.
Airfare; optional flights from the Falkland Islands to Punta Arenas: $660 per person (11/9/2013); accommodation or transfers before or after the cruise; fuel surcharge may apply; optional photography activities, items of a personal nature; travel insurance; and gratuity to the ship's crew is at your discretion.