South Georgia & Antarctic Odyssey Cruise

Included in the cost of this amazing polar voyage is a flight from Punta Arenas to Puerto Williams, where you can enjoy a tour of the port town before boarding Polar Pioneer. Upon finishing in Stanley, Falkland Islands, your transfer from ship to airport includes a tour of the capital, then a flight to Santiago or Punta Arenas. Explore the Falkland Islands, South Georgia, and the Antarctic Peninsula on this exciting 18-day polar voyage.

Day 1

Punta Arenas to Puerto Williams / Embark

Fly from Punta Arenas to Puerto Williams (included in cruise fare). Enjoy a guided tour of the rustic port and beautiful surrounds. Embark Polar Pioneer in the late afternoon for introductory and safety briefings, then sail along the Beagle Channel.

Days 2-3

Drake Passage

Drake Passage offers excellent birdwatching from the outer decks or the warm bridge. The expedition team presents Zodiac and environmental briefings, and enlightening talks on Antarctica. Keen eyes watch for icebergs, penguins, seals and cormorants as you approach your first landing in the South Shetland Islands.

Days 4-6

Antarctic Peninsula

Awaken to the thrill of Antarctica, where your expedition team plans numerous visits to busy penguin rookeries, historic sites, and to make a continental landing. Upon arrival in the calmer waters of the Bransfield and Gerlache Straits, plan to make landings or Zodiac excursions two to three times a day. Days are spent cruising along spectacular ice cliffs, following whales that are feeding near the surface, and landing on the continent and its offshore islands to visit penguin rookies and seal haul-outs.

Day 7

Elephant Island

Visit Elephant Island, where Shackleton’s men wintered beneath their upturned boats. With luck and weather permitting, go ashore to pay tribute to those hardy souls.

Days 8-10

Scotia Sea

Following in Shackleton’s wake, cross the Scotia Sea, possibly detouring to visit the remote South Orkney Islands if ice conditions allow. Take in a whole new perspective as you are surrounded by the surreal presence of floating ice sculptures.

Days 11-14

South Georgia

Enjoy ample time to explore South Georgia’s spectacular northern coast, including the world’s largest king penguin rookeries and majestic albatross nests. Kayakers revel in paddling the coastline’s nooks and crannies, accompanied by playful seals. In Stromness and Grytviken harbors, 3000-meter peaks form dramatic backdrops to the remains of whaling stations. Kelp-strewn beaches are cluttered with basking elephant seals, feisty fur seals and penguins.

Days 15-17

Scotia Sea

Between South Georgia and the Falklands you may be entranced by the ceaseless flight of the many seabirds that follow the ship's wake. Keep watch for Shag Rocks, a fascinating group of jagged rocky islets protruding from the sea.

Day 18

  • Breakfast

Stanley, Falkland Islands / Disembark

Dawn greets you in the capital of the Falkland Islands: Stanley. Here, bid farewell to Polar Pioneer. Either spend more time exploring the Falkland Islands or continue on via an included flight to either Punta Arenas or Santiago, Chile. From there begin your independent journey home.
 Triple SharedTwin SharedTwin PrivateMini SuiteSuite
Kayaking Option: $1,295
Kayaking Option: $1,295
* Itinerary operates in reverse.
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 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.

- Single costs are 1.7 times the twin rate

Voyage Inclusions:

· Accommodation during the voyage
· Flight from Punta Arenas to Puerto Williams
· Flight to either Puerto Williams or Santiago, Chile
· Ground transfers to and from ship
· Stanley, Falklands Islands town tour
· All meals, snacks, tea and coffee during the voyage
· All shore excursions and Zodiac (inflatable boat) cruises
· Educational lectures and guiding services from the ship's expert team
· Access to on-board doctor and basic medical services
· Loan of gumboots during the voyage
· Daily cabin service
· Comprehensive pre-departure information
· Aurora Expeditions waterproof jacket
· Antarctic wildlife guide
· Printed photo book produced with imagery from your voyage (one per booking)
· All entry fees to historic landing sites
· Port taxes and charges