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South Georgia and Antarctic Peninsula: Penguin Safari

Example 16 Day Cruise aboard Ocean Endeavour (QU)
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Be a part of this incredible 16-day adventure. Begin in Buenos Aires, where you can enjoy its heavily European-influenced
heritage before being whisked away on a private charter flight to explore Ushuaia prior to embarkation. At sea, photograph massive albatross and pintado petrel as they swoop and soar around the ship, guiding you toward South Georgia. Beaches teeming with king penguins and elephant seals greet you on this fabled island, where you can pay your respects to famed explorer Sir
Ernest Shackleton. Antarctica awaits, with its geographic contradictions and overwhelming enormity. Relax on a Zodiac ride, hike glistening glaciers, share comical moments with inquisitive penguins, or witness the rugged peninsula from a sea kayak. Antarctica surprises and delights, and never disappoints.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Arrive in Buenos Aires, Argentina
Day 2 : Fly to Ushuaia | Embark
Days 3-5 : At Sea
Days 6-8 : South Georgia
Days 9-10 : At Sea
Days 11-13 : Antarctic Peninsula
Days 14-15 : At Sea
Day 16 : Ushuaia | Disembark | Fly to Buenos Aires, Argentina

Highlights

  • Discover Buenos Aires, Argentina, the tango capital of the world
  • Explore South Georgia’s king penguin rookeries – the largest on earth
  • Visit abandoned whaling stations and enjoy some stories from inhabitants
  • Enjoy on-board lectures & educational presentations from polar specialists

Ship

Ocean Endeavour (QU)

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Group of King Penguins Cruising the chilly waters in the Zodiac Calm Drake Passage during Antarctic Cruise Sunbathing seals Travel through ice flow during Antarctic cruise

Day 1 Arrive in Buenos Aires, Argentina

Upon your arrival in Buenos Aires, transfer independently to the group hotel (pre-night hotel price is part of the additional Buenos Aires flight and transfer package).

Day 2 Fly to Ushuaia | Embark

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Dinner
After breakfast, the group flies to Ushuaia (price of flight is part of the additional Buenos Aires flight and transfer package). Upon arrival, take a short city tour of the quaint port town before heading to the pier. Embark on your Antarctic journey in the afternoon! Sail down the historic Beagle Channel. This famous channel transects the Tierra del Fuego archipelago in the extreme south of South America. Expect an air of anticipation as you depart—the next time you see land you are in the world’s most southern continent!

Day 3-5 At Sea

  • Ship
  • 3 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 3 Dinners
Test your knowledge while you observe seabirds, penguins and the learn the history of South Georgia as you begin your educational lecture program. Your first days include time to get acquainted with fellow travelers and learn about the shore landings, Zodiac excursions, and kayaking opportunities that await you.

Day 6-8 South Georgia

  • Ship
  • 3 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 3 Dinners
The first indication that you are approaching South Georgia is the sighting of birds around a group of rocky spires called Shag Rocks. Rising out of the icy ocean waters, have your binoculars and cameras ready to photograph these rocks. Shags, prions and wandering albatross often rest here.

After enjoying South Georgia from a distance, head towards its dark sandy beaches to find a protected bay for your first land excursion. Landing sites on South Georgia are varied, and are largely determined by the weather conditions of your voyage. Whichever landing sites you visit, they provide you with wildlife encounters that cannot be enjoyed anywhere else on earth.

This is one of the most fertile breeding grounds in the world for sub-Antarctic wildlife, with beaches littered with penguins - in particular king and macaroni penguins. Many rookeries number into the 100s of thousands! It won’t take you long to realize that South Georgia is a paradise for bird lovers as burrowing seabirds, albatross, and petrels can be seen in abundance.

One of the most significant sites you visit on the island is located on Grytviken. This is one of the first whaling stations established in sub-Antarctic waters. Many travelers find this place of special appeal as it is home to the remains of one of the best known Antarctic explorers, Sir Ernest Shackleton.

Day 9-10 At Sea

  • Ship
  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
Antarctica awaits, along with its own penguin and seal species. While you’re at sea, you can enjoy quiet time or take in presentations by the Expedition Team, which cover everything from the history and geology of Antarctica to tips on identifying different species and what makes each of them unique.

Day 11-13 Antarctic Peninsula

  • Ship
  • 3 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 3 Dinners
The most common reaction to arriving at the White Continent is a sense of reverence and awe. The experience is hard to put into words. Antarctica is a land of extremes: at one moment you are overcome with a feeling of complete silence and loneliness, the next you are laughing at the comical antics of a curious penguin.

Glacier hikes, visits to research bases and, of course, communing with seals and penguins are sure to keep you smiling each and every day. Perhaps catch sight of the fearless penguin-eater, the leopard seal, or come eye–to–eye with a curious minke whale while out on a Zodiac. Each day and each landing presents a new collection of creatures to entertain you and keep your camera busy.

If you find yourself wanting more, then perhaps treat yourself by booking a kayaking Adventure Option (reserve in advance when booking your trip), or if you’re feeling a bit overwhelmed, a little shock therapy courtesy of a Polar Plunge might be what you need!

Day 14-15 At Sea

  • Ship
  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
After more than a dozen days of memorable wildlife encounters, your journey home begins. Crossing the Drake is your unofficial rite of passage, putting a final stamp of completion on your Antarctic adventure.

Day 16 Ushuaia | Disembark | Fly to Buenos Aires, Argentina

  • 1 Breakfast
Arrive in Ushuaia after breakfast. After you disembark, taste a little of Patagonia by touring Tierra del Fuego National Park before transferring to the airport for the return group charter flight to Buenos Aires (price of flight is part of the additional Buenos Aires flight and transfer package).

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Buenos Aires - Hotels

Per person starting at
$9,995
Triple Cabin (under renovation)
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Triple
A triple on deck four is an interior cabin with two lower berths, one upper berth and private bath. Approximately 10-15 m² (105 to 160 sq ft). Cabin currently undergoing renovations.
Twin Window  (cropped)
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Twin Window
A twin window on deck five features a picture window, two lower berths and private bath. Approximately 9-10 m² (95 to 105 sq ft).
Single Interior Cabin on the Ocean Endeavour
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Single Interior
A single on deck five is an interior cabin with a lower berth and private bath. Approximately 9-10 m² (95 to 105 sq ft).
Twin Porthole (cropped)
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Twin Porthole
A twin porthole on deck four features a porthole window, two lower berths and private bath. Approximately 9-10 m² (95 to 105 sq ft).
Twin Porthole Cabin (under renovations)
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Twin Porthole Plus
Two twin porthole plus rooms on deck four features a porthole window, one or two beds and one private bath. Approximately 18-20 m² (190 to 200 sq ft). Cabin currently undergoing renovations.
Twin Window Plus (cropped)
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Twin Window Plus
Two twin window plus rooms on deck five features a picture window, one or two beds and two private baths. Approximately 18-20 m² (190 to 200 sq ft). Cabin currently undergoing renovations.
Upper Deck Cabin (cropped)
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Upper Deck Twin
An upper deck twin on decks seven and eight features a large picture window (obstructed view), two lower berths or one double bed and private bath. Approximately 13 m² (140 sq ft).
Superior Twin Cabin (cropped)
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Superior Twin
A superior twin on decks five and seven features a picture window, two lower berths and a private bath. Approximately 19 m² (205 sq ft).
Top Deck Cabin (cropped)
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Top Deck Twin
A top deck twin on deck eight features two large picture windows (partial obstruction), two lower berths and private bath. Approximately 14.5 m² (155 sq ft).
Junior Suite (cropped)
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Junior Suite
A junior suite on decks five and seven features a picture window, two lower berths and private bath. Approximately 30 m² (320 sq ft).
Owner Suite (cropped)
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Owner
The owner’s suite on deck seven features two large bow-facing windows, one double bed, separate sitting room and private bath with tub. Approximately 30 m² (320 sq ft).

Notes

Rates are quoted in U.S. dollars and represent costs per person, double occupancy. Request the Twin 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.

Cabins are available for single occupancy at the following rates:

2016-2017 Season - 1.3 times the double occupancy rate for Twin Porthole and Window cabins, 1.7 times for Porthole Plus and Upper Deck, and 2 times for all Premium cabins.

2017-2018 season - 1.7 times the double occupancy rate for cabin types except for Premium cabins (2.0 times the double occupany rate)

* Mandatory Buenos Aires Flight and Transfer Package: $800 including:
  • One night hotel accommodation in Buenos Aires, with breakfast
  • Group transfer from the hotel to the airport in Buenos Aires
  • Charter flight from Buenos Aires international airport to Ushuaia, and return
  • Group transfer from Ushuaia airport to the ship, and return
  • Combined airport transfer and express bus tour of Tierra del Fuego National Park after disembarkation
Rates Include: 
  • Shipboard accommodation with daily housekeeping
  • All breakfasts, lunches, dinners and snacks on board
  • All shore landings per the daily program
  • Leadership throughout the voyage by your experienced Expedition Leader
  • All Zodiac transfers and cruising per the daily  program
  • Formal and informal presentations by your Expedition Team and special guests as scheduled
  • Photographic journal documenting the expedition
  • Waterproof expedition boots on loan for shorelandings
  • An official Quark Expeditions® parka to keep
  • Coffee, tea, and cocoa available around the clock
  • Hair dryer and bathrobe in every cabin
  • Comprehensive pre-departure materials, including a map and an informative Antarctic Reader
  • All miscellaneous service taxes and port charges throughout the program
  • All luggage handling aboard ship
  • Emergency evacuation insurance to a maximum benefit of US$100,000 per person
Rates Exclude:
  • Mandatory Buenos Aires charter flight and transfer package: $800
  • Arrival transfer in Buenos Aires on Day 1
  • International airfare
  • Passport and visa expenses
  • Government arrival and departure taxes not mentioned above
  • Meals ashore unless otherwise specified
  • Baggage, cancellation, interruption, and medical travel insurance
  • Excess baggage charges
  • Waterproof pants for Zodiac cruising, or any other gear not mentioned
  • Laundry, bar, beverage and other personal charges unless specified
  • Phone and internet charges
  • Voluntary gratuity at the end of the voyage for shipboard staff and crew
  • Additional overnight accommodation
  • Optional kayaking or stand-up paddleboarding activities
Note: Baggage allowance on charter flight is 44 lbs (20 kg) checked and 11 lbs (5 kg) carry-on.

Important reminder: Embracing the unexpected is part of the legacy – and excitement – of expedition travel. There are no guarantees that we can achieve everything we set out to accomplish. A measure of flexibility is something all of us must bring to a voyage. There are nearly 200 recognized sites in the Antarctic Peninsula and South Shetlands and the places mentioned above may be changed to others equally as interesting.

Included

  • 15 Breakfasts, 13 Lunches, 14 Dinners

Excluded

  • Internal Flights
    • $800 Charter flight and transfer package Buenos Aires to Ushuaia and return
    • Flight cost is subject to change
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