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Join the former Australian Geographic's Adventurer of the Year, Chris Bray, in this 20-day photographer's expedition. Hone your photography skills in a series of masterclasses and workshops. Capture the best of Antarctica and South Georgia as you experience close encounters with curious elephant seal pups, mating penguins, and crabeater, Weddell, and leopard seals. Take advantage of extended kayak excursions for stunning photographs.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Punta Arenas to Puerto Williams
Days 2-3 : Drake Passage
Days 4-7 : Antarctic Peninsula
Day 8 : Elephant Island (weather permitting)
Days 9-10 : Scotia Sea
Days 11-14 : South Georgia
Days 15-17 : Scotia Sea
Day 18 : Stanley, Falkland Islands
Day 19 : Scotia Sea
Day 20 : Ushuaia, Argentina | Disembark

Highlights

  • Film the courting, mating, and stone-stealing of penguins
  • Photograph albatrosses, petrels, and prions alongside naturalist guides
  • Attend Chris Bray's photography masterclass and workshops
  • Explore South Georgia's northern network of harbors
  • Capture the early season Antarctic light over ice-clad mountains

Ship

Polar Pioneer

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Photographing a penguin up close Be prepared for curious wildlife!  An inquisitive leopard seal inspects a Zodiac-load of expeditioners Kayaking by the iceberg A woman posing on the snow in front of penguins. A massive colony of King Penguins on South Georgia

Day 1 Punta Arenas to Puerto Williams

Board your aircraft for the short, scenic flight to Puerto Williams. On arrival you can enjoy a town tour before boarding Polar Pioneer to begin your journey to Antarctica and South Georgia.

Day 2-3 Drake Passage

  • Ship
  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
Spend the next couple of days getting familiar with the ship, your home-away-from-home, and enjoying briefings from your expedition team and your naturalist and historian. Attend the photography masterclass, and prepare yourself with initial workshops.

Day 4-7 Antarctic Peninsula

  • Ship
  • 4 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 4 Dinners
Cruise from the South Shetland Islands and through spectacular Gerlache Strait, passing the western flank of the Antarctic Peninsula, where you can step foot on the continent. While cruising among the icebergs, attempt to enter Antarctic Sound and visit some of the magnificent penguin rookeries at the northern end of the Peninsula.

Day 8 Elephant Island (weather permitting)

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Attempt to land on wild and spectacular Elephant Island, where Shackleton’s men wintered below an upturned rowboat.

Day 9-10 Scotia Sea

  • Ship
  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
Farewell Antarctica and begin your crossing to South Georgia. Enjoy some time to unwind and reflect on Antarctica and prepare for the next leg of your adventure.

Day 11-14 South Georgia

  • Ship
  • 4 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 4 Dinners
Spend four days exploring South Georgia, investigating the network of harbors along the northern side of this wonderful island. Combine the fascination of local history with wildlife havens by visiting the old whaling station at Grytviken. Nearby are enormous penguin rookeries in St Andrews Bay, Royal Bay, Gold Harbour and Salisbury Plain, to name just a few.

Day 15-17 Scotia Sea

  • Ship
  • 3 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 3 Dinners
If time and weather permits, pass Shag Rocks - the six small islands in the westernmost extremity of South Georgia - before continuing your journey towards the Falkland Islands.

Day 18 Stanley, Falkland Islands

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Today enjoy a stop in Port Stanley, capital of the Falklands, before cruising west-bound towards Ushuaia.

Day 19 Scotia Sea

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Back on the Scotia Sea, make your last sea crossing. As Tierra del Fuego approaches, the air becomes warmer and you can smell the scent of green, grass-covered land.

Day 20 Ushuaia, Argentina | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
During the morning travel up the Beagle Channel to dock in Ushuaia, then transfer to your hotel or onto homeward-bound flights.

Polar Pioneer

Per person starting at
$14,300
Polar Pioneer's Triple Cabin.
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Triple Shared
Triple Cabins have two lower and one upper berth, a desk, a small washbasin, storage and hanging space and portholes. Showers and toilets are very close by and are shared with other Main Deck cabins.
Polar Pioneer's Public Twin Cabin.
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Twin Shared
Twin Shared Cabins have two lower bunks, a desk, small washbasin, ample storage and hanging space and portholes. Showers and toilets are very close by and are shared with other Main Deck cabins.
Polar Pioneer's Private Twin Cabin.
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Twin Private
Twin Private Cabins have two lower bunks, a desk, windows, and a private bathroom with shower, toilet and washbasin. Two cabins have upper and lower bunks (cabins 402 and 403).
Polar Pioneer's Mini Suite.
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Mini Suite
Mini Suites have a separate small bedroom with double bed, a sofa bed in the main room, a desk, video player and TV, windows and a private bathroom with shower, toilet and washbasin.
Polar Pioneer's Captain Suite.
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Suite
The Suite features a large lounge area, a separate small bedroom with double bed, a sofabed in the main room, a video player and TV, refrigerator, large forward and side facing windows, and a private bathroom with shower, toilet and washbasin.

Notes

Please note that all of Polar Pioneer itineraries are at the mercy of weather conditions and not all landings are guaranteed. These itineraries are flexible and will change voyage to voyage, allowing the best chance to make the most of surprising wildlife displays and unexpected opportunities.

- Rates represent costs per person, double or triple occupancy. Request the Twin or Triple Share Program where you are matched with a cabin mate of the same gender. Even if a cabin mate is not found for you, no single supplement will be charged.

- Single costs are 1.7 times the twin rate

Voyage Inclusions:
• Flight from Punta Arenas to Puerto Williams
• Transfer from Puerto Williams airport to Polar Pioneer, including lunch and tour of Puerto Williams
• Shipboard accommodation with daily cabin service
• All shipboard meals and snacks, including tea and coffee
• All shore excursions and Zodiac outings
• Guiding services by your expert team, including lecture program
• Basic medical services if required
• Port taxes, charges and landing fees
• Luggage transfer to ship
• Loan of expedition boots during voyage
• Comprehensive pre-departure information, including destination primer
• A waterproof polar jacket to keep
• Daily cabin service
• Professionally produced voyage journal (one per booking)

Voyage Exclusions
• International or domestic flights to or from ship, unless specified
• Transfers not mentioned in the itinerary
• Arrival or departure taxes
• Visa, passport and vaccination charges
• Optional excursions not included in the itinerary
• Optional activity surcharge. Please contact us if you wish to book any optional activities, such as sea kayaking
• Travel insurance or emergency evacuation charges
• Hotels and meals not included in itinerary
• All items of a personal nature including but not limited to: alcoholic beverages, laundry services, personal clothing, gratuities, medical expenses and email or phone charges.

Included

  • 19 Breakfasts, 18 Lunches, 19 Dinners
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The trip was terrific with great planning on your part. Most of the adventures were not mainstream and somewhat off the beaten path which made it especially enjoyable!! We felt taken care of and you all were readily available to respond to questions and issues. I would highly recommend your company and friends have already expressed interest based on our pictures and excitement.
Gale Cantor

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