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The Falkland Islands, South Georgia, and Antarctic Peninsula

19 Day Sample Cruise aboard Akademik Ioffe
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On this 19-day voyage on the Akademik Ioffe, visit the sub-Antarctic Falkland Islands, South Georgia, and Antarctica. The Falkland Islands and the island of South Georgia are home to a proliferation of unique wildlife and birdlife. Both locations feature a fascinating history and stunning scenery. To the south lies Antarctica, the frozen continent where icebergs in all shapes and sizes fill the waters, and encounters with whales including humpback, minke, and orca are frequent. Explore on shore in the company of expert guides – including naturalists, marine biologists, ornithologists and adventurers as well as a resident photography professional. Cruising in inflatable Zodiac boats is another memorable activity. For the adventurers, enjoy plenty of opportunities to explore on long hikes ashore, or by sea kayak.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Ushuaia
Day 2 : At Sea
Days 3-4 : Falkland Islands
Days 5-6 : At Sea
Days 7-9 : South Georgia
Days 10-12 : At Sea and South Orkneys
Days 13-16 : South Shetlands and Antarctic Peninsula
Days 17-18 : Drake Passage
Day 19 : Ushuaia

Ship

Akademik Ioffe

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

A huge colony of king penguins. Humpback whale dive Elephant seal on the coast Kayaking through the icy waters. Pair of King penguins on an Antarctica cruise

Day 1 Ushuaia

Today is the first day of your adventure. As you board the vessel in Ushuaia, the world's southernmost city on the tip Argentina, and start to become familiar with your 'home' for the next 19 days, one cannot help but wonder about the exciting journey ahead. In the early evening, set sail and begin your voyage leaving behind Ushuaia and charting a course through the Beagle Channel.

Day 2 At Sea

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Guests have the chance to spend plenty of time with onboard polar experts. They will be educating guests as we go on the wonders of Antarctica. Sailing northeast, you will likely be joined by swooping seabirds including the wandering albatross, who we will come to know well on this journey.

Day 3-4 Falkland Islands

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Arriving in the Falklands overnight, by morning plan to make your first shore excursion. The plan will be to explore the islands of the West Falkland Archipelago, home to a profusion of seabirds and migratory birds including the black-browed albatross. The first penguin sightings will be on the island of West Point with its bustling rookeries of rockhoppers. On Carcass Island, observe nesting Magellanic penguins along with oystercatchers, geese and the flightless steamer duck who is a permanent Falkland resident.

The next day stop in Stanley, the capital of the Falkland Islands. Wander through the charming streets of brightly painted houses and learn how this quiet harbor was once a major port in the 19th century for ships attempting to round the formidable waters of Cape Horn. Make a stop in Stanley's famed philatelic museum with its impressive collection of historic stamps.

Day 5-6 At Sea

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Sail southeast bound for the island of South Georgia. These days at sea are never dull. Much of your time is spent scanning the horizon in search of whales and other marine mammals as well as seabirds. Friendly onboard experts continue to fill minds with heroic stories of some of the earliest daredevils to explore Antarctica. Learn about Polar conservation - a theme particularly close to the hearts of guides and crew. The anticipation grows particularly as the ship crosses the Antarctic Convergence and notice a dramatic drop in temperature.

Day 7-9 South Georgia

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Majestic snow-covered mountains greet you on the island of South Georgia - the most rugged island in this region. Cruise the protected waters of the eastern coast looking for suitable landing spots such as Salisbury Plain and St Andrews Bay. The highlight of both these excursions is the mind-boggling abundance of king penguin adults and young that live in these locations by the hundreds of thousands, covering every inch of the shore. That is not the only wildlife on display. Fur seals can be seen poking their heads above the water, skuas and giant petrels swoop in the skies above, and the albatross, our constant companion is never far away. Explore an old whaling station at Grytviken (Greet-vik-in) and visit the grave of the most famous Antarctic explorer, Sir Ernest Shackleton.

Day 10-12 At Sea and South Orkneys

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Cross the Scotia Sea, sailing ever closer to Antarctica and visit the South Orkney Islands. Linked to the Antarctic Peninsula by an enormous sub-marine mountain range these islands, often shrouded in mist, are protected by large icebergs and sea ice. If you are lucky, there will be an excursion to Coronation Island to observe penguins nesting in moss beds alongside graceful snow petrels. You may also stop at the remote island of Laurie and visit the Argentinean meteorological station located there.

Day 13-16 South Shetlands and Antarctic Peninsula

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Elephant Island, en route to the South Shetland Islands, will be your next destination if conditions are suitable. Here, learn more about the famous Antarctic adventures of Sir Ernest Shackleton. This island was a place of refuge in 1916 for Shackleton and his crew after his ship was destroyed by pack ice in the Weddell Sea.

Next, spend some time cruising among the South Shetland Islands just off the Antarctic Peninsula. Dazzling wildlife sightings await your excursions to some of these islands including King George, Half Moon, Aicho or Livingston. Adélie, chinstrap and gentoo penguins thrive here, as do several species of seal. You may see the gentle humpback whale dining on krill off King George Island.

Weather permitting, enter the flooded volcanic caldera of Deception Island. At this recently active volcano the hot, thermal water mixes with the icy, Southern Ocean making this a great place for a quick dip for the more intrepid guest. If you prefer to stay dry, you may choose to enjoy a spectacular walk to the higher points of the crater rim. There is also an abandoned whaling station nearby begging exploration.

Finally, after so much anticipation, arrive at the Antarctic mainland in Paradise Harbor or Hope Bay. The scenery here from the colossal icebergs to the seemingly endless Antarctic ice sheet is truly breathtaking. Weather permitting, undertake a shore excursion and set foot on the White Continent itself.

Day 17-18 Drake Passage

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Leave this magical place and make your way back, heading again across the Antarctic Convergence and the Drake Passage before rounding Cape Horn. No doubt that time will be spent sharing and reflecting on the wonderful experiences of the last few days. Sailing down the Beagle Channel, celebrate the conclusion of your Polar expedition at a special dinner.

Day 19 Ushuaia

  • 1 Breakfast
In the early morning, arrive back in Ushuaia. It is time to say farewell to your crew and fellow travelers. Guests will be transported to their hotels or to the airport for return flights home.

Akademik Ioffe

Per person starting at
$13,095
The Triple Cabins.
Main Deck Triple
$13,095
Deck 3, bunk beds and a sofa bed. Shared facilities, in cabin washbasin, writing desk/chair, ample storage, bathrobes & porthole.
Twin Private Cabins.
Twin Semi-Private
$14,895
Deck 4, one lower berth and one sofa bed, a writing desk and ample storage. Semi-private facilities (one bathroom between two cabins). Opening window.
Twin Private Cabin.
Twin Private
$16,395
Deck 4 and 5. All cabins have two lower berths, a writing desk/chair and ample storage. Facilities are private and all cabins have a window.
Superior Cabins.
Superior
$17,195
Deck 6 these cabins have two lower berths, a sofa, a writing desk/chair and ample storage. Facilities are private and all cabins have a window.
The Shackelton Suite.
Shackleton Suite
$17,995
Deck 4 & 5, 1 double berth, 1 sofa bed, separate sleeping quarters, writing desk/chair, TV/DVD, IPod alarm clock. Private facilities, window & deluxe amenities.
One Ocean Suite.
One Ocean Suite
$20,995
Deck 5, 1 double berth, 1 sofa bed & separate sleeping quarters, up-graded bedding, a writing desk/chair, TV/DVD, IPod station. Private facilities with tub. Windows overlooking the bow. Deluxe amenities.

Notes

- Rates are quoted in U.S. dollars and 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.

- Twin and superior cabins are available for single occupancy at 1.5 times the shared price, suites for 2 times the shared price. Single supplement is not available in triple cabins.

- Child and Youth Prices: 25% discount for young people aged up to 17 years, and 20% off for those aged from 18-21 years who can prove they are in full-time education.


Please Note: Polar exploration can be unpredictable, which regularly causes variations to itineraries. Specific sites visited will depend on prevailing weather and ice conditions at the time of sailing. The above itinerary should be read as a 'guide only' and is subject to change.

Included in Cost:
- All meals/afternoon teas
- Use of on-board expedition rubber boots & wet weather gear
- Shore excursions
- Landings
- Camping (subject to weather and ice conditions)
- Educational presentations
- Expedition guides, naturalist staff, and hospitality staff
- An ER trained English speaking physician
- Guided hikes/walks
- Complimentary tea and coffee 24 hours per day
- Access to the multimedia room and download stations
- Accommodations on board

Not Included in Cost:
- Tips
- Additional purchases on-board in the gift shop or bar
- Communication or laundry services

Included

  • 8 Breakfasts, 7 Lunches, 8 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.
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