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Falklands, South Georgia and Antarctica: Explorers and Kings

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Join this 20-day expedition on the Ocean Endeavour to the charming and remote Falkland Islands, the wildlife wonderland of South Georgia, and the majestic Antarctica Peninsula. Enjoy unforgettable encounters with untamed wildlife, step back in time at historically signigficant sites as the British town of Stanley, and learn about Antarctica´s unique geology and history.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Buenos Aires, Argentina
Day 2 : Ushuaia | Embark
Day 3 : At Sea
Days 4-5 : Falkland Islands (Islas Malvinas)
Days 6-7 : At Sea
Days 8-11 : South Georgia
Days 12-13 : At Sea
Days 14-17 : South Shetland Islands | Antarctic Peninsula
Days 18-19 : The Drake Passage to Ushuaia
Day 20 : Disembark in Ushuaia | Fly to Buenos Aires

Highlights

  • Explore the northernmost tip of the 7th continent by ship, Zodiac, and foot
  • Discover South Georgia´s rich wildlife such as breeding birds and penguins
  • Leave a postcard at Port Stanley´s charming post office
  • Stop at Sir Ernest Shackleton´s grave & learn about his polar explorations

Ship

Ocean Endeavour (QU)

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Pair of King penguins on an Antarctica cruise Expedition Staff Baby Seal at Sea Lion Island Ship graveyard in Stanley, Falkland Islands A group of King penguins.

Day 1 Buenos Aires, Argentina

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

Day 2 Ushuaia | Embark

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Dinner
After breakfast at the hotel, the group transfers to the airport and boards the charter flight to Ushuaia (price of flight is part of the additional Buenos Aires flight and transfer package). Before embarking, take a short city tour of this quaint port town before heading to the pier and embarking on the Ocean Endeavour. Embark in the late afternoon and sail down the historic Beagle Channel. This famous channel transects the Tierra del Fuego archipelago in the extreme south of South America. 

Day 3 At Sea

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
There are many activities to keep you engaged while you are at sea. You could learn to identify the seabirds that glide alongside the ship, or attend the illustrated presentations by the expedition team who prepare you for the shore landings and Zodiac cruising that is to come. Learn how to get the most out of your optional kayaking adventures, a truly intimate way to experience Antarctica.

Day 4-5 Falkland Islands (Islas Malvinas)

  • Ship
  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
Upon arrival in this archipelago, your cameras get their first real workout capturing the abundant wildlife and the rugged feel of the Falklands (Malvinas). The archipelago contains two main islands - explore East and West by Zodiac excursions and daily landings.

Port Stanley is often a favored landing site, as the town offers a unique British outpost feel to it, complete with a bit of a ramshackle charm. Feel free to explore the town, grab a pint at the local pub, or visit numerous churches and museums.

In terms of wildlife, the archipelago is home to Magellanic, gentoo, and rockhopper penguins. If lucky, you may even spot king penguins here as well! You can expect to see black-browed albatross and two endemic bird species: Cobb’s wren and the Falkland’s flightless steamer duck. Learn about the local flora and fauna from your team of lecturers and specialists so that you get the most out of your time in the Falklands.

Day 6-7 At Sea

  • Ship
  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
Sailing south, you officially enter Antarctic waters by crossing the invisible biological boundary called the Antarctic Convergence. Encircling the continent, cold Antarctic waters meet and mix with the warmer waters of the Indian, Pacific, and Atlantic Oceans, creating the abundance of krill and marine life that attracts whales and seals to this part of the world. Expedition staff keeps you alert when you cross this invisible, yet important line.

Day 8-11 South Georgia

  • Ship
  • 4 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 4 Dinners
This remote outpost was a popular stop for many historic Antarctic expeditions and was once a haven for hunting whales and elephant and fur seals. Today, South Georgia Island wildlife populations have rebounded, but you can still see remnants of those old whaling stations and other abandoned outposts.

One significant and historic site of interest is the grave of the great explorer, Sir Ernest Shackleton. You can visit his grave at the settlement of Grytviken, which is also home to an old whaling station, a museum, gift shop, church, and a small research station.

While South Georgia’s history is an important attraction to the islands, it is the wildlife on South Georgia that you and your shipmates surely find most captivating. Often referred to as the Galapagos of the Poles, each landing you make on South Georgia opens your eyes to a new wonder of wildlife.

One day you may see rookeries with a hundred thousand pairs of king penguins waddling on the beach. The next day you may visit another beach with thousands of fur or elephant seals. The grasses, mountains, and beaches of South Georgia all play an important role in the breeding and survival of different species on the island - this fragile and symbiotic relationship is something that your expedition team shares with you during your time here.

Day 12-13 At Sea

  • Ship
  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
Say goodbye to the king penguins, as your next destination is Antarctica! Your days at sea are filled with seminars from your expedition team so you can be prepared for the wildlife that greets you upon your arrival. In between presentations, spend time chatting with your shipmates over a drink at the bar. If conditions allow, your team may attempt landfall on the South Orkney Islands, which are officially in Antarctica.

Day 14-17 South Shetland Islands | Antarctic Peninsula

  • Ship
  • 4 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 4 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, as few places are as untouched, unique, and enduring as Antarctica - discover that Antarctica is a land of extremes. At one moment feel overcomed with a feeling of complete desolation and silence, at the next moment get inspired by nature as a calving glacier crashes into the brilliant blue sea or a penguin comes waddling by to inspect your footwear.

Your expedition team takes care of you at each landing, whether it is trekking up a glacier, visiting a research station, or consorting with penguin colonies. Chinstrap, Adélie, and gentoo penguins are found here, along with Weddell, fur, crabeater, and leopard seals. Curious whales, such as minkes, are often attracted to Zodiacs as well, giving you a chance to get within reaching distance of these majestic animals. Each day and every landing presents a new collection of creatures to entertain you and keep your camera shutter busy.

As exciting as the Zodiac excursions and landings are, perhaps you can go for an extra special Antarctic experience by partaking in an optional (extra cost) kayaking excursion or going for a swim in Antarctic waters!

Day 18-19 The Drake Passage to Ushuaia

  • Ship
  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
After more than two weeks of endless wildlife encounters, your journey home begins. Crossing the Drake Passage is your unofficial rite of passage, completing your Antarctic adventure.

Enjoy some final moments mingling with your fellow travelers. The noisy, busy, populated world awaits your return, so savor the silence of the sea as long as you can.

Day 20 Disembark in Ushuaia | Fly to Buenos Aires

  • 1 Breakfast
After breakfast aboard the ship, it is time to part ways and say goodbye to your expedition team. Be transferred to the airport for your charter flight to Buenos Aires (flight is part of the additional Buenos Aires flight and transfer package).

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A triple on deck four is an interior cabin with three lower beds and twp private bathrooms. Approximately 10-15 m² (105 to 160 sq ft). Cabin 4100 has four lower single beds and one private bathroom with a separate shower room.
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A twin window on deck five features a picture window, two lower beds and private bathroom. Approximately 9-10 m² (95 to 105 sq ft).
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A single on deck five is an interior cabin with a lower bed and private bathroom. Approximately 9-10 m² (95 to 105 sq ft).
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A twin porthole on deck four features a porthole window, two lower beds and private bathroom. Approximately 9-10 m² (95 to 105 sq ft). Cabins 4060, 4062, and 4064 have one lower and one upper bed and a private bathroom.
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A twin porthole plus room on deck four features two porthole windows, two single beds, a separate living area with a pull out sofa bed, and one private bathroom. Approximately 18-20 m² (190 to 200 sq ft).
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Twin Window Plus
A twin window plus room on deck five features two picture windows, two single beds and one private bathroom. Approximately 18-20 m² (190 to 200 sq ft).
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A junior suite on decks five and seven features a picture window, one double bed, a pull out sofa bed and private bathroom. Approximately 30 m² (320 sq ft).
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The owner’s suite on deck seven features two large bow-facing windows, one double bed, separate sitt and private bathroom 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)

Important reminder: Embracing the unexpected is part of the legacy – and excitement – of expedition travel. There are no guarantees that everything can be accomplished. A measure of flexibility is something all 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.

Important Note:
* Charter flight is not included in the base price of the trip
The Buenos Aires Flight and Transfer Package is $800 (November 2016) and $950 (November 2017 to January 2018), and includes:
• Pre expedition hotel night in Buenos Aires, with breakfast
• Group transfer from the hotel to the airport in Buenos Aires
• Charter flight from Buenos Aires 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 and dinners on board throughout your voyage
• All shore landings per the daily program
• Leadership throughout the voyage by your experienced Expedition Leader, including shore landings and other activities
• All Zodiac transfers and cruising per the daily program
• Formal and informal presentations by your Expedition Team and guest speakers as scheduled
• Photographic Journal on DVD, documenting the voyage
• A pair of waterproof expedition boots on loan for shore landings
• An official parka to keep
• Coffee, tea and cocoa available around the clock
• Hair dryer and bathrobes 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
• Snowshoeing and zodiac cruising
• Emergency evacuation insurance to a maximum benefit of US$100,000 per person

This expedition excludes:
• International airfare
• Passport and Visa Expenses
• Government arrival and departure taxes
• Meals ashore
• Baggage, cancellation and medical travel insurance
• Excess baggage charges
• Mandatory waterproof pants for Zodiac cruising, or any other gear not mentioned
• Laundry, bar, beverage and other personal charges
• Shipboard or land telecommunication charges
• Gratuity for ship's crew, Hospitality or Expedition Team members
• Additional overnight accommodation
• Optional adventure activities
• Arrival transfer in Buenos Aires on day 1

Included

  • 19 Breakfasts, 17 Lunches, 18 Dinners
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