Exploring As It Was Meant To Be - Antarctica
Below is a sample itinerary of a past Goway Group. It is provided to give you an idea of what we have already done & what you might also consider doing.
However, because of timing, your own group's special interests and budget, we expect to custom make a program just for you. Contact your favorite travel agent click on "Inquire about this Trip" to fill out a request for a group quotation.
South Georgia offers unparalleled wildlife viewing and appears like a glorious response to a mariner's prayer in the wild, iceberg-dotted waters of the South Atlantic.
"The growing anticipation of our expeditioners as we approach South Georgia is palpable. You will come away with an incredible diversity of experiences on this voyage and our expert team of lecturers will heighten your understanding of this unforgettable region."
Amanda Till - Assistant Expedition Leader
Antarctica is not easy to access but that is part of its appeal. Amidst such solitude, adventurous travelers will discover an ethereal landscape that lingers in their memory. Very few have ventured onto the continent and those who do will usually rave about the privilege of gazing upon topography that yields towering mountains, bulky glaciers and luminous, dreamlike icebergs, carved into curious shapes.
Perhaps more than anywhere else, Antarctica reminds those who visit it of the awesome (and savage) power of nature. No two travelers will ever see the same icebergs forged in exactly the same form, such is its ephemeral and austere beauty. Mysterious and alluring Antarctica inspires explorers, scientists, adventurers and dreamers.
Depart North America on an overnight flight for Buenos Aires
Taking an overnight flight, you arrive into Buenos Aires the following morning and connect on to Ushuaia.
Arrive in Ushuaia, Tierra del Fuego, Argentina
Don't worry about where you'll stay when you arrive: we've included a night at one of the city's charming hotels.
Before we transfer you to the ship, you may join the included guided motor coach tour of Tierra del Fuego National Park. We'll make a stop for lunch - a traditional Argentine asado barbecue, which is lamb, chicken and beef grilled over an open fire, and served with chimichuri, Argentina's regional salsa.
Take advantage of a Day at sea to become familiar with the ship and members of the Expedition Team. While sailing, our team of specialists will lead a series of presentations that prepare you for shore landings to come.
Falkland Islands (Islas Malvinas)
Two highlights of your exploration of the archipelago will be the warm welcome you receive from the residents and the extraordinary diversity of wildlife. You'll visit Stanley the only city on the islands and the last major urban centre you'll explore on this expedition.
As the ship draws nearer to Antarctica, a sharp drop in water and air temperature may indicate that you have crossed the Antarctic Convergence. This invisible circumpolar, undulating line separates Antarctica from the rest of the globe.
Renowned as a destination for birders, South Georgia is a breeding ground for many species, such as Wandering Albatross, Southern Giant Petrels, and five penguin species. At a meter tall (3 ft.) King Penguins that breed in the thousands on the island are the second tallest penguin.
South Georgia has many connections to the Heroic Age of Antarctic exploration. Ernest Shackleton is buried in the churchyard at Grytviken. One of the glaciers that cover the island is named after Otto Nordenskjold the leader of the Swedish Antarctic Expedition which called at the island in 1902-03. Our polar historian will bring the past to life ashore and aboard.
En route to the Peninsula we'll keep you busy identifying seabirds, listening to engaging presentations on everything from the Antarctic food web to the life cycle of the humpback whale. On selected departures, try your hand at painting or photography, under the guidance of our artist-in-residence.
The Antarctic Peninsula
Shore landings are announced in advance in the daily program delivered to your cabin each evening. To plan the daily activities the Expedition Team takes advantage of the long hours of daylight that occur so near to the Antarctic Circle.
An exploration of the Peninsula may include visits to penguin rookeries, research stations and encounters with marine mammals and iceberg graveyards. Although each voyage is painstakingly planned, it is impossible to provide prior to departure a definitive summary of the journey you will actually experience. The Expedition Leader in cooperation with the ship's Captain adjusts the route as the expedition unfolds to take advantage of the best weather and ice conditions. For this reason, no itinerary is the same.
The Drake Passage
The notorious Drake Passage can be relatively calm, under the right weather conditions. Have seasickness medicine on hand just in case the Drake lives up to its reputation.
Disembarkation, Ushuaia. Fly Ushuaia to North America (via Buenos Aires)
After breakfast aboard the ship, we'll transfer you by bus to the passenger collection point at the end of the quay. You will then be transferred to the Ushuaia Airport for your connecting flights home.
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