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Antarctica Wildlife and Photography Expedition

South Georgia Wildlife and Photography Expedition

Example 15 Day Cruise aboard Polar Pioneer
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Explore the wildlife-rich shores of the South Georgia Islands and make numerous stops while developing your photography skills on this 15-day wildlife and photography expedition. The journey aboard the Polar Pioneer takes you from Right Whale Bay, St. Andrews Bay, and Gold Harbor to Cooper Bay and Drygalski Fjord, with the view of opening up as many photo opportunities as possible. The mountains are snow-covered, the shores are still frozen, offering some great photo opportunities. Visit areas where large numbers of penguins, whales, seals, and seabirds congregate in the Southern Ocean to feed and reproduce. These abundant numbers of animals provide endless inspiration for your photographs.
 
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Highlights
  • Visit the West Falklands known for the massive penguin colonies and albatross sightings.
  • Develop new photography skills in the field with a highly experienced Antarctic photographer.
  • See King penguins at Fortuna Bay.
  • Admire breathtaking scenery such as icebergs, glaciated mountains & volcanoes.
Activity Level: Relaxed
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Day 1: Port Stanley, Falkland Islands | Embark

A representative picks you up at the airport in Port Stanley and transfers you into town for a tour before embarkation.

 

Day 2-3: At Sea | Right Whale Bay

  • Ship
  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
Your days at sea are filled with presentations and lectures led by your highly experienced photography guides, preparing you for the wildlife that greets you upon your arrival in Right Whale Bay. In between presentations, spend time chatting with your shipmates, develop your photography skills while enjoying the fresh air and views on the outer decks. Sailing southeast to South Georgia, officially enter Antarctic waters once you cross the Antarctic Convergence, an invisible biological boundary encircling the continent. This meeting of oceans, where the cold Antarctic waters mix with the warmer waters of the Indian, Pacific, and Atlantic Oceans, helps nourish the abundance of krill that attracts whales, seals, and birdlife to this part of the world.

Day 4: First Landing | South Georgia

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
This remote, mountainous island was a popular stop for many historic Antarctic expeditions and was once a haven for hunting whales and seals. Today, island wildlife populations are rebounding, but you still see remnants of old whaling stations and other abandoned outposts. Among the most significant and moving sites in South Georgia 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, plus a museum, gift shop, church, and small research station. 

Day 5-12: Exploring South Georgia

  • Ship
  • 8 Breakfasts, 8 Lunches, 8 Dinners
South Georgia’s history is an important attraction to the island, it is the tremendous abundance of wildlife that you and your shipmates surely find most captivating. Each landing you make on South Georgia is often referred to as the Galapagos of the Poles. Open your eyes to the wondrous lives of new, enthralling creatures. One day you may see rookeries with hundreds of thousands of pairs of king penguins waddling on a beach, and the next, you may visit another beach blanketed 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. Your Expedition Leaders help you understand and appreciate the delicate balance among these fragile and interwoven relationships. 

Day 13-14: At Sea

  • 1 Breakfast
Say goodbye to the king penguins. While the ship makes its way back to the Falkland Islands (Islas Malvinas), the program of lectures and presentations continues onboard, and workshops and is led by highly experienced expedition leaders and photography guides, who prepare you for the wildlife that greets you upon your arrival. 

Day 15: Port Stanley, Falkland Islands | Disembark

  • Ship
  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
Upon arrival at Port Stanley, disembark and transfer to the airport.

Ship/Hotel

Polar Pioneer

Polar Pioneer
Polar Pioneer
Polar Pioneer

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Polar Pioneer - Captain's Suite
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Captain’s Suite (Category A)
Cabin Size: 22.5 m2 With double bed and separate lounge area, writing desk, wardrobe, and drawers. Private bathroom, hairdryer. Forward and port windows.
Polar Pioneer - Mini Suite
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Mini-Suite (Category B)
Cabin Size: 16.8 m2 With double bed and separate lounge area, writing desk, wardrobe, and drawers. Private bathroom, hairdryer. These cabins have a window.
Polar Pioneer - Twin Cabin
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Twin Cabin (Category C)
Cabin Size: 12 m2 With two lower berths, a writing desk, wardrobe, and drawers. Private bathroom, hairdryer. These cabins have a window, private bathroom, 2 lower berths, except #402 and #403 which have upper and lower bunks and a couch.
Polar Pioneer - Twin Cabin
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Twin Cabin (Category D)
Cabin Size: 9.8 m2 With two lower berths and sofa, writing desk, wardrobe, and drawers. Private washbasin, hairdryer. Nearby shower and toilet facilities are shared with other Main Deck cabins. These cabins have a porthole.
Polar Pioneer - Triple Cabin
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Triple Cabin (Category E)
Cabin Size: 10.2 m2 With one bunk (one upper and one lower berth) and one additional lower berth, writing desk, wardrobe, and drawers. Private washbasin. Nearby shower and toilet facilities are shared with other Main Deck cabins. This cabin has a porthole.

Notes

INCLUSIONS:
  • Voyage aboard the indicated vessel as indicated in the itinerary
  • All meals throughout the voyage aboard the ship including snacks, coffee, and tea.
  • All shore excursions and activities throughout the voyage by Zodiac.
  • Program of lectures by noted naturalists and leadership by experienced expedition staff.
  • All miscellaneous service taxes and port charges throughout the program.
  • Comprehensive pre-departure material.
EXCLUSIONS:
  • Taxes, levies, insurance, VISA fee, immigration duties, or other travel services (where applicable)
  • Flights and transfers from airport to hotel
  • Travel and cancellation insurance
  • Any additional expenses such as museum entry
  • Personal items such as expedition clothing
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Crew gratuities
Included
  • 13 Breakfasts, 13 Lunches, 14 Dinners
  • 13 Nights Accommodations
  • Accommodations as listed
  • Ground transportation as listed
  • Excursions and activities as listed
  • Meals as listed
Excluded
  • Gratuities
  • Travel Insurance
  • Personal Expenses
  • Flight costs (please request a quote)
  • Additional excursions during free time
  • Fuel and transportation surcharges (when applicable)

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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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