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One Ocean Expeditions Antarctica, South Georgia and Falkland Islands

Duration
18 Days
Prices From:
US$ 26,090

Follow in the footsteps of Ernest Shackleton as you venture to the southern edge of the world to explore the Antarctic Peninsula, South Georgia Island, and the Falkland Islands. Spot penguins and elephant seals and majestic glaciers and frozen waters as you trace Shackleton’s epic journey to save his crew.


This 18-day Antarctic vacation takes you on an epic journey to the Antarctic Peninsula, South Georgia Island, and the Falkland Islands. It features moderate accommodations aboard an ice-breaker and shared tours as you explore this frozen landscape.

Your journey begins in Ushuaia, the tourism base for Tierra del Fuego (Spanish for “Land of Fire”), the southernmost tip of Argentina. In Ushuaia, you’ll board the RCGS Resolute, an ice-strengthened cruise vessel that will be your home during your journey to the South Pole. With comfortable rooms, on-board dining, observation lounges, and a dedicated crew of scientists and experts, the Resolute is perfectly equipped for expeditions to Antarctica.

Spend two days crossing the Drake Passage, the turbulent waterway that sits between Cape Horn and the South Shetland Islands. Although the waters are choppy, they also are full of fish and whales attracted by strong water currents. You’ll have a chance to spot whales and seafaring bids diving into the waters to feed beneath the waves. Once you spot the Antarctic Peninsula, you’ll have three days to explore the Gelrache Coastline and surrounding islands. Hike across the frozen landscape to a viewpoint over the majestic glaciers and mountains. Head on a kayak adventure into Skontorp Cove or hike to a Gentoo penguin rookery. In Mikkelson Harbour, you can spot humpback whales and orcas migrating through the waters. If the weather is clear, you can even hike to the volcanic caldera on Deception Island and explore the dramatic black sand beaches that are home to old whaling stations and penguin rookeries.

After three days on the Antarctic Peninsula, head to nearby Elephant Island, where Ernest Shackleton and the men of the Endurance were stranded for several months in 1917. Visit the chinstrap penguin colony at Point Lookout and see southern elephant seals and fur seals along the southern beaches. Then continue the journey across the Scotia Sea, tracing the path of Shackleton, who made the epic journey across the rough waters in a tiny lifeboat. After three days of crossing the waters, you’ll have a good idea of how arduous the journey was for Shackleton.

You’ll reach South Georgia Island, where you’ll have three days to explore the landscape of black sand beaches, towering peaks, and mighty glaciers. South Georgia is bursting with wildlife, from seals covering the beaches to seabirds in the sky to rookeries of king penguins along the snowy stretches of earth. You can also visit old relics of Norwegian whaling stations, and see the landing point where Shackleton reached the island and contacted help to save his crew.

Head back to sea for three days to make for the Falkland Islands in the South Atlantic Ocean. You’ll spot albatrosses and giant petrels along the way. Make landfall on Sea Lion Island and take a zodiac out to spot Gentoo penguins, southern elephant seals, and king cormorants. At the end of your journey, you’ll reach the Falkland capital, Stanley, where you’ll enjoy a farewell dinner with the captain of the Resolute.

The next morning, disembark in Stanley and explore this remote colonial town before boarding your flight back to Santiago to end your journey.


 

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Duration
18 Days
Prices From:
US$ 26,090

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Day 1

Ushuaia, Argentina

Your journey to Antarctica commences this afternoon in Ushuaia, Argentina. Gather at the central meeting point and transfer to the pier and embark your expedition ship. After settling into your cabins and exploring the ship, you'll meet the expedition team and fellow passengers. Excitement is in the air as you enjoy a welcome cocktail, dinner and cast off, bound for Antarctica and the adventure of a lifetime.

Meal Plan Dinner
Duration17 Nights
Accommodation

RCGS Resolute

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    RCGS Resolute



    Designed for comfort, RCGS Resolute is modern, well appointed, safe and ice-strengthened. From small group sessions to briefings for all passengers, we have public spaces onboard the ship ideally suited for each and every need. Two separate bar and lounge areas featuring 180 degree views ...

    Designed for comfort, RCGS Resolute is modern, well appointed, safe and ice-strengthened. From small group sessions to briefings for all passengers, we have public spaces onboard the ship ideally suited for each and every need. Two separate bar and lounge areas featuring 180 degree views and a wonderfully stocked library provide ideal places to relax or catch up on some reading. The sumptuous meals prepared for you by our culinary team are enjoyed in either of our two dining rooms, one of which features our popular bistro menu offering quick and easy meals for those prioritizing time out on deck. Both dining rooms have ample and open seating paired with modern furnishings and large picture windows with 180 degree views. Other facilities include our theater style presentation room, gift-shop, gymnasium, wellness center, Jacuzzi, sauna and steam room and salt water pool.

    Facilities

    • Bar
    • Fitness Rooms
    • Gift Shop
    • Jacuzzi
    • Lounge
    • Massage Rooms
    • Plunge Pool
    • Sauna

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Day 2

Drake Passage - At Sea Towards Antarctica

Sailing south towards Antarctica you will be joined by hundreds of seabirds including the wandering albatross who will be your constant companions as you transit the Drake Passage. Photographing these magnificent birds takes patience and skill and the photography expert will be on hand to show you the best techniques. Join the ship's Captain on the bridge, or relax in the spacious observation lounges and outer decks. Throughout the day your onboard experts will educate you with a series of presentations about the environment, wildlife and history and the locations you hope to visit in the coming days.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 3

Drake Passage - At Sea Towards Antarctica

Another day to to explore Drake Passage.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 4

Gerlache Strait and Antarctic Peninsula Exploration

Take a deep breath and venture out on deck as the towering peaks of the Antarctic continent are laid out before you. This is the moment you have been waiting for. For the next three days you have a varied itinerary exploring the Gerlache coastline and South Shetland Islands. Aim for Paradise Harbour and an opportunity to step foot on the contintal land mass of Antarctica. For many, this is the fulfilment of a life-long goal. A superb hike here leads up to a high point affording incredible views of the glaciers and mountains. This is a good location to observe nesting imperial cormorants on the cliffs. While Zodiac cruising or paddling the kayaks into nearby Skontorp Cove are other memorable activities -- the small cove is surrounded by towering glaciers on all three sides.

The activity program is in full swing by now, and each day you'll enjoy guided walks on shore, visits to wildlife colonies, and Zodiac cruising among the ice with your expert guides providing insight and interpretation. You have been exploring this section of Antarctica's coastline for many years and you have a few special locations in mind. The Errera Channel has several such spots -- including Danco Island -- a dome-shaped sentinel providing some great hiking options. Cuverville Island is another favourite -- with its substantial Gentoo penguin rookeries.

Navigate north through the Gerlache Strait towards Spert Island - a little visited rocky outcrop with remarkable geology. The island is criss-crossed by narrow channels which makes for fantastic Zodiac cruising and sea kayaking. The cliffs are home to numerous nesting bird species and you'll often encounter whales here. Nearby Mikkelson Harbour also allows for another off-ship excursion. After several busy days of exploration you head north, bound for the South Shetland Islands. This is an important whale migration corridor and you'll expect sightings of humpbacks, or the resident orca group that inhabit this area.

If weather conditions permit, you'll sail the ship right into the middle of a volcanic caldera at Deception Island. This is a very dramatic place and home to several penguin rookeries along the black sand beaches. History is all around you as you explore the old whaling station, with the rusted relics and dilapidated wooden buildings. Fur seals gather among the old structures seeking protection from the elements. At the far end of the beach is an old aircraft hangar. This is where Australian, Sir Hubert Wilkins made the very first flight in Antarctica in 1928. There is an outstanding hike here to a location known as 'Neptune's Window' - high up onto the rim of the crater.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 5

Gerlache Strait and Antarctic Peninsula Exploration

Another day for Gerlache Strait and Antarctic Peninsula Exploration.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 6

Gerlache Strait and Antarctic Peninsula Exploration

Another day for Gerlache Strait and Antarctic Peninsula Exploration.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 7

Elephant Island

After several busy days of exploration along the Antarctic Peninsula and the South Shetlands, you head for Elephant Island -- a location forever connected to the story of Sir Ernest Shackleton and the HMS Endurance expedition a century ago. Point Lookout on the southern tip of Elephant Island is home to an impressive chinstrap penguin colony. Macaroni penguins also breed here and are a species you have yet to encounter to date. Both southern elephant seals and fur seals are hauled out on the rocky beaches. If conditions permit, hope to visit the fabled location of Point Wild on the north coast of Elephant Island. It is here that Shackleton and his men were encamped under their upturned life boats for several months in 1917, before five men set off on a rescue mission to South Georgia in their tiny lifeboat -- the 'James Caird'.

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Day 8

Scotia Sea - Towards South Georgia

Departing Elephant Island you cannot help but ponder the journey made by Shackleton and his four companions -- as they attempted the near impossible -- navigating 800 nautical miles in a 24-foot converted lifeboat across the tempestuous Scotia Sea to South Georgia. You'll make a much easier time of the crossing in our state-of-the-art expedition ship. Onboard experts will keep you busy with fascinating presentations and lead lively discussions throughout the day. The great pelagic seabirds are sure to keep you company -- and you'll anticipate excellent sightings of albatross and giant petrels. Anticipation builds as the mountainous peaks appear on the horizon, marking your arrival at South Georgia.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 9

Scotia Sea - Towards South Georgia

Another day at Scotia Sea - towards South Georgia.

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Day 10

Scotia Sea - Towards South Georgia

Another day at Scotia Sea - towards South Georgia.

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Day 11

Exploration of South Georgia

Having arrived in South Georgia, spend the next three days exploring the coastline. Dark sand beaches, tussock covered hinterland and a backdrop of towering peaks and glaciers are a feast for all the senses. South Georgia has often been called the 'greatest wildlife show on earth'. Seals cover the beaches, seabirds fill the skies and living in rookeries of immense size, are the majestic king penguins. The plan is to visit several of these huge colonies -- where naturalists estimate that more than 100,000 adult and juvenile penguins live in close proximity. Locations may include Gold Harbour, Royal Bay, St Andrews Bay and Salisbury Plain.

Dotted along the coastline are the rusting relics of the early whaling era. The largest of these locations is Grytviken. Here you'll find a fascinating museum and a beautifully restored Norwegian Lutheran Church. Adjacent to the old whaling station lies a small cemetery. This is the final resting place of Sir Ernest Shackleton -- who was laid to rest here in 1922. For many onboard, being in the presence of the great explorer is a highlight of the trip.

Continue your journey along the coastline, hoping to visit Stromness -- another former whaling station -- and the final destination of Shackleton and companions Frank Worsley and Tom Crean having made the near impossible traverse across the interior of South Georgia after their epic boat trip from Antarctica a century ago.

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Day 12

Exploration of South Georgia

Another day to explore South Georgia.

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Day 13

Exploration of South Georgia

Another day to explore South Georgia.

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Day 14

At Sea - Towards The Falklands

By now you are in sensory overload, your cameras full of images and your journey towards the Falkland Islands commences. The spectacular seabirds including several albatross and petrel species are your constant companions as they soar above the ship. The onboard educational program continues, and the experts recap your remarkable journey to date. These days provide a good opportunity to catch up on journal entries, sort through your images at the multimedia stations and catch some rest after several busy weeks of activity.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 15

At Sea - Towards The Falklands

Another day at Sea - towards the Falklands.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 16

At Sea - Towards The Falklands

Another day at Sea - towards the Falklands.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 17

Falkland Islands

You'll wake to the sight of landfall in the Falkland Islands. Approaching Sea Lion Island, you first note the very barren and windswept landscape, exposed to the prevailing weather that originates in the Drake Passage. Launching the Zodiacs you go ashore to view the incredible diversity of wildlife found at this location. Three species of penguin including gentoo, magellanic and rockhopper, as well as southern elephant seals and South American sea lions are known to inhabit the area. King cormorants and striated caracaras are just some of the bird species you expect to see. As you cruise along the coast of the Falklands, bound for Stanley, you'll enjoy a special dinner attended by the ship's Captain.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 18

Arrive Stanley (Falkland Islands) - Voyage Concludes - Fly back to Santiago Chile

This morning you'll find yourself back in the port of Stanley. Say goodbye to your crew and after some free time in town, make your way to the airport for your return charter flight to Santiago. On arrival in Santiago your journey comes to an end. Onward regional and international flight connections may be possible this evening. Discuss the options with your booking agent. A transfer is provided to a downtown location for those choosing to stay and explore Santiago and the delights of Chile.

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DEPARTURES:

RCGS Resolute
2020 -
From Ushuaia: Jan 28
2021 -
From Punta Arenas: Jan 16

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • Comprehensive pre-voyage information package including details to help you prepare for your trip
  • Transfers to the ship on embarkation day and from the ship to the airport on disembarkation
  • Shipboard accommodation in your selected cabin category with daily housekeeping. Cabins feature outside views with windows or portholes
  • All breakfasts, lunches and dinners on board throughout your voyage with daily afternoon tea
  • 24-hour tea, coffee, hot chocolate in bar/lounge plus in-cabin tea and coffee making facilities
  • Experienced Expedition Leader and professional expedition team of marine biologists, naturalists, historians, adventure guides and photographers
  • Daily off-ship excursions by Zodiac boat breaking into small groups for shore landing
  • Guided hikes and walks on shore of various durations for guests of all abilities
  • Visits to wildlife colonies, historic sites, places of outstanding natural beauty and science stations
  • Educational presentations and talks by polar experts in their field (i.e. marine biologists, naturalists, historians etc). Onboard or on shore
  • Resident photography guide available to assist all guests plus access to computers in the multimedia lab for image downloads, file back up and management
  • An emergency trained medical physician onboard the voyage
  • Dedicated hospitality team including Hotel Manager, four chefs, professional bar staff and Adventure Concierge staff
  • Onboard sauna, plunge pool, Jacuzzi and fitness centre including massage options (charge applies for massage and treatments)
  • Access to well-stocked library full of polar reference books
  • End of voyage video, photos and take-home USB
  • Port fees and all permits to access visited areas

PRICE EXCLUDES:

  • Travel insurance
  • International and domestic airfare & airfare taxes
  • Visa fees if applicable
  • Meals and beverages not mentioned
  • Gratuities
  • Items of a personal nature

TERMS & 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. Subject to availability and weather conditions

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