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Falklands, South Georgia & Antarctica: Explorers & Kings

Duration
20 Days
Prices From:
US$ 20,595

This in-depth Antarctica cruise explores not just the world’s most mysterious continent, but the islands and communities that surround it. Visit the Falklands, South Georgia, and the South Shetlands as you embark on this epic journey.


This 20-day Antarctica cruise departs from Ushuaia, the world’s southernmost city, and makes its way to the Falkland Islands. Though their name has become synonymous with conflict, the Falklands support a lively eco-system of endemic bird species, and a local culture that seems like a bona-fide slice of Britain in the southern Atlantic.

Look out for whales and seals as you turn south, bound for your next destination, South Georgia. Native wildlife has flourished here since the island’s whaling and seal hunting industries shut down. Alongside many pieces of local heritage including the grave of explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton, this diversity makes South Georgia a fascinating stop on your journey.

Many visitors to Antarctica describe a feeling of serenity and isolation as they sail toward the mighty glaciers, with only an inquisitive penguin or two to break the silence. As tourist destinations go, you’re really out there now, and the rewards are stunning. Sights in this extreme part of the world range from the unique wildlife to immense glacier shards that sometimes fall into the sea. Shore excursions to the South Shetlands and the Antarctic Peninsula show you different sides of this amazing landscape before your return across the Drake Passage to Ushuaia.


 

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Duration
20 Days
Prices From:
US$ 20,595

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Day 1

Ushuaia, Argentina

Your gateway for this expedition is Ushuaia, Argentina. Nestled within the Tierra del Fuego archipelago, Ushuaia offers you a small-town feel but has many shops, museums, cafes and restaurants to enjoy before your voyage. If you're feeling adventurous, the nearby national park and Martial Glacier offer plenty of hiking and outdoor activities.

Duration1 Night
Accommodation

Hotel Ushuaia

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    Hotel Ushuaia



    Located in the southern most city in the world, Hotel Ushuaia is located ideally to enjoy splendid views of the Beagle Channel.

    Located in the southern most city in the world, Hotel Ushuaia is located ideally to enjoy splendid views of the Beagle Channel.

    Facilities

    • 24 Hour Reception
    • 24 Hour Room Service
    • Bar
    • Laundry facilities
    • Parking
    • Restaurant

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Day 2

Embarkation Day

As we embark, the anticipation and excitement grows. Trade your land legs for sea legs, meet and greet your fellow travelers and get acquainted with your ship. As every Antarctic adventure presents new opportunities and experiences, Embarkation day is just as exciting for your Expedition Team as it is for you. They're onboard to ensure your comfort and safety, as well as help make your wildlife dreams come true.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Dinner
Duration18 Nights
Accommodation

Ocean Diamond

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  • Ocean Diamond



    The Ocean Diamond is a modern, stable super-yacht, and one of the largest of our small expedition ships. Carrying a maximum of 189 passengers, and with two stabilizers and an ice-strengthened hull, this outstanding vessel is ideal for polar expeditions. As one of the newest, ...

    The Ocean Diamond is a modern, stable super-yacht, and one of the largest of our small expedition ships. Carrying a maximum of 189 passengers, and with two stabilizers and an ice-strengthened hull, this outstanding vessel is ideal for polar expeditions.

    As one of the newest, fastest, and most eco-friendly ships in Antarctica, it is also one of the most comfortable. There are 101 elegantly designed cabins and suites, all with exterior views, and expansive common spaces, a club lounge, and a spacious restaurant. The ship offers numerous adventure options, plus on-board features such as interactions with photography instructors. After a full day of exploration, passengers can relax, browse books or DVDs in the well-stocked polar library.

    Passengers traveling to one of the world's most remote destinations will also do so in a "greener" fashion; the Ocean Diamond is the first ship in Antarctica, and in polar to offer certified Carbon Neutral voyages.

    Facilities

    • Doctor on Call
    • Internet Access
    • Library
    • Massage Treatments
    • Theater

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Day 3

At Sea

There are many activities to keep you engaged while you are at sea. Learn to identify seabirds that glide alongside the ship or attend dynamic presentations by your Expedition Team. You will be prepped on safety procedures for your Zodiac cruises and shore landings.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 4

Falkland Islands (Islas Malvinas)

Upon arrival in this archipelago your cameras will get their first real workout capturing the abundant wildlife and the rugged feel of the Falklands (Malvinas).

The archipelago contains two main islands--East and West, which we will explore by Zodiac excursions and daily landings. Port Stanley is often a favored landing site, as the town offers a unique British outpost feel, complete with a bit of an eclectic charm.

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Day 5

Falkland Islands (Islas Malvinas)

You'll be 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 you're lucky, you may even spot king penguins here as well! You can expect to see blackbrowed albatross and two endemic bird species; Cobb's wren and the Falkland's flightless steamer duck.

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Day 6

At Sea

Sailing south, you'll officially enter Antarctic waters by crossing the invisible biological boundary called the Antarctic Convergence.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 7

At Sea

Encircling the continent, cold Antarctic waters meet and mix with the warmer waters of the Indian, Pacific and Atlantic Oceans, creating an abundance of krill and marine life that attracts whales and seals to this part of the world. Expedition staff will be sure to keep you posted when you cross this invisible, yet important line.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 8

South Georgia

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'll still see remnants of those old whaling stations and other abandoned outposts.

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Day 9

South Georgia

One significant and historic site that will be 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.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 10

South Georgia

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

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Day 11

South Georgia

Continue to explore South Georgia and its history.

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Day 12

At Sea

If conditions allow, we may attempt landfall on the South Orkney Islands, our first official stop in Antarctica.

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Day 13

At Sea

Today enjoy a full day at leisure. You may like to do some additional sightseeing, shopping, or simply relax

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Day 14

South Shetland Islands and Antarctic Peninsula

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. You will discover that Antarctica is a land of extremes.

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Day 15

South Shetland Islands and Antarctic Peninsula

At one moment you'll be overcome with a feeling of complete desolation and silence, at the next moment you'll be inspired by nature as a calving glacier crashes into the brilliant blue sea or a penguin comes waddling by to inspect your footwear.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 16

South Shetland Islands and Antarctic Peninsula

South Shetland Islands and Antarctic Peninsula shore excursions.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Duration2 Days
Day 17

Day at Leisure

Today is totally free and at leisure. You can take advantage of any optional activities available or simply relax.

Day 18

Crossing the Drake Passage

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.

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Day 19

Crossing the Drake Passage

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.

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Day 20

Disembarkation in Ushuaia for your charter flight back to Buenos Aires

After breakfast aboard the ship, it is time to part ways and say goodbye to your Expedition Team.

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DEPARTURES:

2017 - 2018 Season:

Ocean Diamond  Departing Ushuaia – ending Ushuaia 20 day itinerary:
Jan 15 2018

Ocean Endeavour Departing Buenos Aires end Buenos Aires 20 day itinerary:
Nov 23 2017 Jan 6 2018

Sea Adventurer Departing Ushuaia ends Ushuaia 20 day itinerary:
Nov 8 2017

Island Sky  Departing Ushuaia ends Ushuaia 20 day itinerary:
Jan 5 2018 Sold Out

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • One night pre-expedition hotel accommodation with breakfast in Ushuaia
  • Flight Ushuaia to Buenos Aires
  • All meals on board
  • All shore landings as per the daily program
  • An official Expeditions parka
  • Coffee, tea and cocoa available around the clock
  • Group transfers in Ushuaia from airport to local hotel
  • Group transfer from designated location in Ushuaia to ship on embarkation day
  • Group transfer upon disembarkation in Ushuaia from ship to local airport
  • All miscellaneous service taxes and port charges
  • Emergency Evacuation Insurance for all passengers

PRICE EXCLUDES:

  • Airfare unless otherwise specified in itinerary
  • Passport and visa expenses
  • Government arrival and departure taxes
  • Any meals ashore with the exception of breakfast at the host hotel before
  • Baggage, cancellation and medical travel insurance
  • Excess baggage charges
  • Laundry, bar, beverage and other personal charges unless specified
  • Telecommunication charges
  • Voluntary gratuity at the end of the voyage for shipboard staff and crew

TERMS AND CONDITIONS:

Prices are "from" per person based on twin/double share accommodation and for travel in low season. Seasonal surcharges and blackout dates may apply. Limited seat/spaces and all pricing is subject to change and availability. Rates for single or triple travellers are available on request - please inquire.

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