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South Georgia & Antarctic Peninsula: Penguin Safari

Duration
16 Days
Prices From:
US$ 15,295

Explore rarely visited South Georgia Island while also stepping foot on the 7th Continent. Photograph massive albatross and pintado petrel as they swoop and soar around the ship. Antarctica awaits, with its geographic contradictions and overwhelming enormity. Antarctica will surprise and delight, and never disappoint.


This 16-day round trip cruise vacation from Ushuaia, Argentina, invites you to the planet’s extremes. You’ll have the chance to see the creatures that thrive on Antarctica’s fringe, and join the elite class of travellers who’ve explored the foot of the world.

Spend a night in Ushuaia, contentiously the world’s ‘southernmost’ town, before embarking for your voyage on the Ocean Diamond. With two days at sea, brush up for your Antarctic safari with dynamic presentations from your Expedition Team. You’ll also learn the procedures for your Zodiac excursions so you can focus on the landscape and wildlife, well prepared when you arrive. As you approach Antarctica, you’ll begin to notice more sea birds unique to the region. Be on the lookout for whales too.

Your first land excursion takes you to South Georgia, one of the Antarctic’s most fertile wildlife breeding grounds, inundated with penguins, albatross, petrels, and other seabirds. This was also once a popular base for whalers and sealers, and their legacy is felt in the abandoned relics and settlements of that period. Most notable of these is Grytviken, also the last resting place of Antarctic pioneer Sir Ernest Shackleton.

Set sail for Antarctica itself, with more workshops and presentations from your Expedition Team preparing you for the sights and wildlife you’ll see. Nothing will prepare you however for that first glimpse of the continent itself. With an isolation and silence both eerie and mesmerising, Antarctica surprises with each movement and sound, be it a calving glacier crashing into the ocean, or the sound of an animal that has never learned to fear humans. These can include the ubiquitous penguins of various species, along with seals, Antarctic whales including minke whales, and others.

Feeling a little crazy and want serious bragging rights? Splash out for a dip in the frigid Antarctic waters!

Your return to Ushuaia takes you via Drake Passage, a globetrotting bucket list item that hides its own unique seabirds and whales Disembark back in Ushuaia, your heart and memory card full with stories from the foot of the world.


 

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Duration
16 Days
Prices From:
US$ 15,295

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Day 1

Arrive in Ushuaia

You begin your journey in Ushuaia, a small but bustling port at the tip of South America. It's the ideal gateway to explore the southern extent of Patagonia while preparing for your adventure ahead. Get active in the mountains or enjoy handcrafted chocolate at a cafe in town. Tours not included in the trip price.

Duration1 Night
Accommodation

Los Acebos

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    Los Acebos



    This modern, homely establishment is specially conceived to enjoy with the family in an unforgettable season. It is settled in a delightful and mystifying land and possesses 56 large, comfortable rooms with a wonderful sight of Beagle Channel, as well as 4 penthouse and suites.

    This modern, homely establishment is specially conceived to enjoy with the family in an unforgettable season. It is settled in a delightful and mystifying land and possesses 56 large, comfortable rooms with a wonderful sight of Beagle Channel, as well as 4 penthouse and suites.

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    • Bar(s)
    • Internet Access
    • Restaurant(s)

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Day 2

Embarkation Day

Embarkation will occur in the late afternoon, after which your vessel will sail down the historic Beagle Channel, which transects the Tierra del Fuego archipelago in the extreme south of South America. Expect an air of anticipation as you depart!

Meal Plan Dinner
Duration14 Nights
Accommodation

Ocean Diamond

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    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 Zodiac cruises and shore landings, and also be given instructions for getting the most out of your optional sea kayaking adventures (extra cost), a truly intimate way to experience Antarctica.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 4

At Sea

If conditions are right, the first indication that you are approaching South Georgia is the sight of birds around a group of rocky spires called Shag Rocks.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 5

At Sea

Have your binoculars and cameras ready to capture these rocks rising out of the icy ocean waters.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 6

At Sea

Shags and prions often rest here, and due to nutrient rich upwellings around the rocks it can be a good place to keep a lookout for whales.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 7

South Georgia

After enjoying South Georgia from a distance, we will head toward its numerable beaches to find a bay for your first land excursion. Landing sites varies, largely determined by the weather conditions of your voyage. Whichever sites we visit, they will provide you with wildlife encounters unrivaled anywhere else on earth.

South Georgia is one of the most fertile breeding grounds in the world for sub-Antarctic wildlife, with beaches blanketed with penguins. It won't take you long to realize that you are in a bird paradise, as burrowing seabirds, albatross and petrels can be seen in abundance.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 8

South Georgia

You will find that South Georgia, once a popular base for whalers and sealers, is also scattered with abandoned relics and evidence of human activity from centuries gone by. Your Expedition Team will help bring those days to life while you visit old whaling stations and enjoy presentations on the South Georgia of then and now.

One of the most significant sites you will visit on the island is Grytviken. This settlement is one of the first whaling stations established in sub-Antarctic waters. Many travelers find that this place has a special appeal, as it is home to the remains of Sir Ernest Shackleton, one of the most famous Antarctic explorers.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 9

At Sea

Say goodbye to the king penguins, as your next destination is Antarctica! Your days at sea are going to be filled with presentations and workshops led by your Expedition Team, who will prepare you for the wildlife and landscapes that will surround you upon your arrival.

Day 10

At Sea

Enjoy the southern ocean as it passes by.

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Day 11

Antarctic Peninsula

The most common reaction upon reaching the White Continent is a sense of reverence and awe. The experience is hard to put into words, since few places are as untouched and enduring as Antarctica.

You will discover that Antarctica is a land of extremes. At one moment, you will be overcome with a feeling of complete isolation and silence, and at the next moment you'll be inspired by nature as a calving glacier crashes into a brilliant blue sea or a penguin waddles by to inspect your footwear.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 12

Antarctic Peninsula

Your Expedition Team will take care of you at each excursion, whether you are Zodiac cruising, visiting a historical site or consorting with penguin colonies. Chinstrap, Adelie and gentoo penguins are found here, along with Weddell, fur, crab-eater and leopard seals. Keep a lookout for Antarctic whales, such as minke, while on a Zodiac cruise. Each day and each excursion will present a new collection of creatures to delight you and keep your camera busy.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 13

Antarctic Peninsula

As exciting as the Zodiac excursions and landings are, perhaps you'll treat yourself to an extra-special Antarctic experience by partaking in an optional paddling excursion (at an extra cost) or cast reason aside and jump into Antarctic waters for the polar plunge!

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 14

Crossing the Drake Passage

After more than a dozen days of unique wildlife encounters and remarkable landscapes, your journey home begins. Crossing the Drake is your unofficial rite of passage.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 15

Crossing the Drake Passage

Spend time on deck watching for seabirds and whales, enjoy presentations by your Expedition Team, or simply relax and reminisce about your experiences.

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Day 16

Disembarkation in Ushuaia

You will arrive in Ushuaia in the morning, which allows you to continue your adventure onward or catch your flights home.

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DEPARTURES:

Ocean Diamond
2019: Nov 16
World Explorer
2019: Dec 27

 PRICE INCLUDES:

  • 1 pre night hotel accommodation at Los Acebos (or similar)
  • 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 pier
  • 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:

  • Travel insurance
  • Visas if required
  • Gratuities
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Meals not specifically noted in the itinerary
  • Beverages
  • All international and domestic airfares and airfare taxes unless specified

OTHER INFORMATION:

Add an Extra Rush of Adrenaline to Your Expedition
Paddling Excursion
Sea Kayaking (must be pre booked)
Snowshoeing
Stand-Up Paddleboarding (must be pre booked)
Walking/Hiking

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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