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One Ocean Expeditions Journey Below the Antarctic Circle

Duration
12 Days
Prices From:
US$ 15,990

Venture beyond civilization and cross the Antarctic Circle on this epic journey to the South Pole. Aboard the RCGS Resolute, you’ll cruise across the Drake Passage to the South Shetland Islands and the Gerlache Coastline to witness expansive landscapes, spot penguin rookeries, and share the waters with drifting icebergs and migrating whales.


This 12-day Antarctic cruise takes you to the South Shetland Islands and below the Antarctic Circle to explore this frozen landscape at the edge of the world. It features moderate accommodations aboard a cruise vessel, shared excursions, and a great option for explorers wanting to see the South Pole.

Your journey begins in Santiago, the Chilean capital, where you’ll board your flight to Stanley, capital of the Falkland Islands off the coast of Argentina. Once you arrive in Stanley, you’ll have the option of exploring the small town or taking a guided visit to Gypsy Cove to see Magellanic Penguins and other seabirds. In Stanley, 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 ideally 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’re also full of fish and whales attracted by the strong water currents, so you’ll have good wildlife photo opportunities along the way. Enter McFarlane Strait and lay first eyes on the South Shetland Islands, where you’ll spend a couple days exploring the Antarctic landscape. You’ll have a variety of spots to choose from to make landfall in Antarctica. You can venture across the pebbly beach of Yankee Harbour, which is home to Weddell Seals, or cruise to Deception Island to sail into a flooded volcanic caldera and see an old whaling station and aircraft hangar. Continue into Wilhelmina Bay, where you can take out a zodiac and spot humpback and minke whales in the water. If you have time, head to Cuverville Island to hike up to a Gentoo Penguin colony.

From the South Shetlands, continue south and cross the Antarctic Circle to start your exploration of the Gerlache Coastline. Hike across the frozen landscape at Detaille Island and visit the abandoned British science station, Base W. Head north to Mt. Shackleton and Mt. Scott, which mark the entrance to the Lemaire Channel, and land at Pleneau Island. In Penola Strait you’ll watch icebergs pass by the zodiac before heading to Paradise Harbour, where you can make landfall on the continent itself, weather permitting. Stop off at Spert Island, where narrow channels crisscross the landscape, before cruising through Mikkelson Harbour and turning north back to the South Shetland Islands.

Your adventure isn’t over quite yet. For a final adventure in the Antarctic, head to the Aitcho Islands and explore a landscape of colourful moss and lichens. Spot Gentoo and Chinstrap Penguins and the seals that prey on them before leaving behind the snowy peaks and returning back across the Drake Passage on route to the Falklands. After two days at sea, you’ll reach Stanley and disembark.

You can extend your stay in the Falklands or fly back to Santiago to end your journey.


 

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Duration
12 Days
Prices From:
US$ 15,990

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Day 1

Santiago (Chile) to Stanley (Falkland Islands)

Depart Santiago this morning on a special charter flight direct to Stanley, the small capital of the Falkland Islands. You are met on arrival and transfer from the airport into town. There is time to explore the town, or enjoy a guided visit to nearby Gypsy Cove which provides your first opportunity for observing the local wildlife, including nesting Magellanic penguins and other sea birds. Making your way to the port, you board your expedition ship, RCGS Resolute in the afternoon. After settling into your cabins and exploring the ship, you meet your expedition team and fellow passengers. Excitement is in the air as you enjoy a welcome cocktail and cast off to explore one of the most remote regions on Earth.

Meal Plan Dinner
Duration11 Nights
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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

At Sea - Towards Antarctica

You chart a southerly course for Antarctica. The Drake Passage is rich in bio-diversity and showcases a great abundance of wildlife. You will be joined by hundreds of seabirds including the wandering albatross. Giant petrels and smaller Cape petrels are also your constant companions as you make your way south. Photographing these magnificent birds takes patience and skill and your photography expert will be on hand to show you the best techniques. Join the ship's Captain on the bridge and learn about the operations of your modern expedition vessel. Throughout the day your onboard experts will educate you with a series of presentations about the environment, the wildlife and history of the locations you hope to visit in the coming days. As you approach the coastline of Antarctica, you start to encounter icebergs and anticipate your first whale sightings.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 3

At Sea - Towards Antarctica

Another day at Sea towards the Antarctica.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 4

South Shetland Islands and Antarctic Peninsula Exploration

Awaken today and the magnificent snowy peaks of Antarctica's fringing islands are laid out before you. Even the experienced expedition staff, some with more than 100 journeys south, will take a moment to pause and reflect on this incredible sight. Take a deep breath -- you have arrived. This is Antarctica.

The McFarlane Strait makes a natural entry point into the South Shetlands. There are several landing sites in the vicinity including Half Moon Island, or the broad pebbly beach at Yankee Harbour, where Weddell seals sunning themselves are sometimes encountered. In the afternoon, cruise along the coast of Livingston Island, which on a sunny day is a memorable experience. If the weather conditions allow, the ship will sail into the flooded volcanic caldera at Deception Island. This is a very dramatic place and history is all around you as you explore the old whaling station, with the rusted old boilers and dilapidated wooden huts. 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 also an outstanding hike, high up onto the rim of the crater.

Overnight you have navigated across the Bransfield Strait and aim for the broad expanse of Willhelmina Bay. This is a known whale 'hot-spot'. It's a rich feeding ground for humpback and minke whales and you hope to encounter these gentle giants from the ship or when cruising in the Zodiacs. This is a spectacular location, featuring sweeping views of the glaciers up to the mountainous ridge of the Antarctic peninsula. Nearby lies the Errera Channel - home to several exceptional sites, including Cuverville Island with its substantial gentoo penguin rookery, Ronge Island and the snow-capped dome of Danco Island. In the soft evening light, commence your journey south, towards the Antarctic Circle.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 5

South Shetland Islands and Antarctic Peninsula Exploration

Another day for South Shetland Islands and Antarctic Peninsula exploration.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 6

Antarctic Circle Crossing Exploration of the Gerlache Coastline

The ship have covered substantial distance overnight as it head south. The objective is to cross the Antarctic Circle this afternoon, hoping for a shore landing at Detaille Island. An abandoned British science station - 'Base W' was established in the 1950s and is in a remarkable state of preservation. For the history buffs this is a fascinating place providing a glimpse into the harsh life of early Antarctic visitors. A toast for success on crossing the Antarctic Circle turning your gaze northwards, viewing the spectacular chain of glacier-covered peaks stretching as far as the eye can see. This coastline begs further exploration, which is exactly what was planned to do.

Heading north, the peaks of Mount Shackleton and Mount Scott loom on the horizon. These towering granite sentinels mark the southern entrance to the Lemaire Channel. Nearby Pleneau Island offers more opportunities for shore landings and observation of the gentoo penguins who nest here in large numbers. Just offshore, in the shallow waters of the Penola Strait, massive icebergs run aground. Constant wind and wave action sculpt these gargantuan chunks of ice into fantastic shapes, revealing more shades of blue than you could ever imagine. For many, a Zodiac cruise here will be a highlight of the voyage. If ice conditions permit, aim to transit the Lemaire Channel on your way north towards Paradise Harbour, which provides a continental landing opportunity. There is a wonderful hike here, up to a high point, which provides jaw-dropping views. Zodiac cruising in the glacial amphitheatre of Skontorp Cove is also a possibility.

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 whales are often encountered here. Nearby Mikkelson Harbour also allows for another off-ship excursion. After several busy days of exploration along the Peninsula, you head north, bound for the South Shetland Islands. This is an important whale migration corridor and you expect sightings of humpbacks, or the resident pod of orca that inhabit this stretch of water.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 7

Antarctic Circle Crossing Exploration of the Gerlache Coastline

Another day for Antarctic Circle Crossing exploration.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 8

Antarctic Circle Crossing Exploration of the Gerlache Coastline

Another day for Antarctic Circle Crossing exploration.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 9

Aitcho Islands

The adventure is not over, and you plan a visit to several additional landing sites in the South Shetlands including the Aitcho Islands. There are some great hiking routes here showcasing the colourful mosses and lichens found on the island. Gentoo and chinstrap penguins nest here and on the beaches, you usually encounter seals coming and going from the surrounding waters. Fort Point situated on Greenwich Island is another favoured location for a visit. Eventually you leave the snow-covered peaks behind you, pushing northwards on your return trip to the Falkland Islands.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 10

Drake Passage - Return to Stanley and The Falkland Islands

As you make way back to Stanley and the Falkland Islands, the educational presentations continue, and you enjoy an entertaining and memorable voyage recap by your Expedition Leader. Join the photography experts in the multimedia room and download and back up your precious images. Approaching the coast of the southern Falkland Islands in the early evening light, enjoy a special dinner attended by the Captain of the ship.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 11

Drake Passage - Return to Stanley and The Falkland Islands

Another day to explore Drake Passage.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 12

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

This morning, find yourself back in the port of Stanley. Say goodbye to the crew and after some free time in town, make 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: 
Feb 14*, 26
* This departure operates a 13 day itinerary. Please contact Goway for deatiles & pricing

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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