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Classic South Georgia & Antarctic Peninsula

South Georgia is without doubt an island of incomparable beauty. The northern flanks of the island comprise of a series of harbours that once sheltered large fleets of whaling ships and are now home to a staggering variety and profusion of wildlife. Combine this with time to explore the natural wonders of the Falklands, the Orkneys, the Shetlands and the spectacular Antarctic Peninsula and you have the essence of this remarkable voyage. Our time in South Georgia will be spent visiting rookeries with literally thousands of King, Macaroni and Rockhopper Penguins. We will continue the voyage to the Antarctic, visiting the South Orkney Islands enroute and attempting to land on the wild and spectacular Elephant Island. Exploring the western flanks of the Antarctic Peninsula provides a further highlight and, as with our other voyages to Antarctica we have time for regular shore excursions to walk among the many penguins and seals and visit the scientific stations.

Inclusions

17 breakfasts, 16 lunches and 17 dinners
Flight from Port Stanley to Punta Arenas or Santiago
Comfortable cabin accommodation and use of all public areas on cruise
Specialist expedition staff
All shore excursions from the ship including the use of Zodiacs
Lectures, videos, slide and film shows and guide services
Medical services. There is a resident medical officer and infirmary on board
Port taxes and port charges imposed by government authorities
Pre-departure information
Keepsake Photo Book (one per booking) created from photography taken during your voyage
Complimentary Polar Expedition Jacket
Hightlights
South Georgia and Falkland Islands
Narrow sheltered waterways and fjords
Spectacular mountains rising directly out of the sea
Historic sites, including Shackleton's last resting place
The most wildlife-rich part of Antarctica - penguins, whales seals, sea birds
Active scientific stations
Great variety of terrain over short distances
Icebergs and active glaciers
Kayaking through Antarctic waters (optional charge applies)
Tour Provider World Expeditions
Number of Days
18
Price From
AUD $15,600
Start Location
Ushuaia, Antarctica
End Location
Antarctica
Age Range
Min :14
Group Size
1 to 50
Tour Style
Standard
Tour Themes
Marine/Cruise, Polar
Physical Rating
Mild
Tour departure dates
StartEndAvailabilityPrice
16 Jan 201902 Feb 2019AvailableAUD $15,600
ItineraryExpand
Day 1
You will be warmly greeted by the crew and expedition staff as you embark Polar Pioneer in the afternoon. Sailing down the Beagle Channel, we will settle into shipboard life and enjoy our first meal on board, as the crew set our course for Bismark Strait and the Lemaire Channel.
Days 2-3
Some of us will approach this historic crossing with more than a little trepidation. But despite its reputation, there are many times when the Drake Passage resembles a lake, with lazy Southern Ocean swells rolling under the keel. On the other hand, we sometimes encounter rough crossings with large waves. The size of the waves and the force of the gale will take on gigantic proportions when related around the fire back home. A favourite pastime is to stand at the stern deck watching the many seabirds, including majestic albatrosses and giant petrels, following in our wake, skilfully using the air currents created by the ship to gain momentum.
Days 4-7
Awakening to the thrill of Antarctica! Weather and ice permitting, we'll visit busy penguin rookeries, historic sites and make a continental landing. A host of choices is now open to us and depending on the ice and weather conditions the western side of the Antarctic Peninsula is ours to explore. This is the advantage of having such knowledgeable leaders, who have made countless journeys to this area. They will use their experience to design our voyage from day to day and make best use of the prevailing weather and ice conditions. As we are so far south, we will experience approximately 20 hours' daylight. There is plenty of time for sleep when you get home!
Day 8
Today we endeavour to undertake a zodiac cruise at Point Wild, Elephant Island, paying tribute to the survival of Shackleton's men under command of Frank Wild.
Days 9-10
En route to South Georgia, we following in Shackleton's wake across the Scotia Sea, and reflect on what we've seen and learned so far.
Days 11-14
South Georgia is one of the most beautiful places in the world. Located in one of the most desolate parts of the planet it's a tiny speck in the far South Atlantic Ocean. A 9000-foot mountain range traces the spine of this long, narrow island. Between the mountains, shattered glaciers carve their way through tussock grass to the deeply indented coastline. Our South Georgia landings are mostly along the northeast coast. We'll see; the world's largest king penguin rookeries, wandering albatross on nests, beaches of elephant and fur seals, macaroni and rockhopper penguin colonies, walking Shackleton's route from Fortuna Bay to Stromness and visiting Grytviken's whaling museum.
Days 15-17
Continue through the Scotia Sea towards the Falkland Islands
Day 18
We arrive early in Port Stanley, where we farewell the Polar Pioneer. From here we board our flight to Santiago or Punta Arenas in Chile, where our trip concludes.