Epic Antarctica

Epic Antarctica voyage is called so for a reason—it includes all of the major Antarctic highlights you can imagine.


Falklands/Malvinas, South Georgia, Antarctica and Polar Circle
© David Merron

From the Falkland Islands (Islas Malvinas) to South Georgia to the Antarctic Peninsula, you will have countless unforgettable moments on this adventure-packed, 23-day voyage. Start with the Falklands, reminiscent of both sandy Cape Cod and the English moors, home to seals, dolphins, and five species of penguins. From there, venture to South Georgia where you’ll enter the home of 300,000 breeding king penguins, 50 million seabirds and 5 million seals. Then, explore the stunning Antarctic Peninsula, and finally cross the Antarctic Circle—a significant milestone for any world traveler.

Duration: 23 days
Embarks: Ushuaia, Tierra del Fuego
Disembarks: Ushuaia, Tierra del Fuego
Language: English

Itinerary

Embracing the unexpected is part of the legacy—and excitement—of expedition travel. When traveling in extremely remote regions, your expedition staff must allow the sea, the ice and the weather to guide route and itinerary details. This itinerary is a tentative outline of what you’ll experience on this voyage; please be aware that no specific itinerary can be guaranteed.
DAY 1 | ARRIVE IN USHUAIA, ARGENTINA
Your gateway for this expedition is Ushuaia, Argentina. Nestled within the Tierra del Fuego archipelago, Ushuaia has a small-town feel yet boasts many shops, museums, cafés and restaurants that you can enjoy before your voyage. If you’re feeling adventurous, the nearby national park and Martial Glacier offer plenty of outdoor activities, such as hiking.

DAY 2 | EMBARKATION DAY
As you embark, the anticipation grows. Trade your land legs for sea legs, meet and greet your fellow travelers and get acquainted with your ship. Since every Antarctic adventure presents new opportunities and experiences, embarkation day is just as exciting for your Expedition Team as it is for you. On board to ensure your comfort and safety, our team will also help make your wildlife dreams come true.

DAY 3 | AT SEA
Your days at sea are filled with presentations and lectures led by your Expedition Team, who will prepare you for the wildlife that will greet you upon your arrival. In between presentations, spend time chatting with your shipmates over a drink at the bar.

DAYS 4 & 5 | FALKLAND ISLANDS (ISLAS MALVINAS)
Upon your arrival in the Falklands (Malvinas), your camera will get its first real workout capturing the abundant wildlife and rugged feel of this sub-Antarctic region. The archipelago contains two main islands, East Falkland and West Falkland, which you will explore during daily Zodiac excursions and landingsStanley, also known as Port Stanley, is often a favored landing site, as the town offers a unique British outpost feel, complete with eclectic charm. You’ll be free to explore, 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 black-browed albatross, plus two endemic bird species—Cobb’s wren and the flightless Falkland steamer duck.
Your team of lecturers and specialists will be sure to educate you on the local flora and fauna, making the most out of your time in the Falklands.

DAYS 6 & 7|AT SEA
Sailing southeast to South Georgia, you’ll officially enter Antarctic waters once you cross the Antarctic Convergence, an invisible biological boundary encircling the continent. This meeting of oceans, where the cold Antarctic waters mix and mingle with the warmer waters of the Indian, Pacific and Atlantic Oceans, is what creates the abundance of krill that attracts whales and seals to this part of the world. Your Expedition Team will notify you when you cross this invisible yet important line, and also look out for the seabirds and marine life that frequent the area.

DAYS 8–11 | 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, island wildlife populations have rebounded, but you’ll still see remnants of old whaling stations and other abandoned outposts.
One significant and historic site 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, plus a museum, gift shop, church and small research station.
Although South Georgia’s history is an important attraction to the island, it is the wildlife stands out. Each landing you make on South Georgia, often referred to as the Galapagos of the Poles, will open your eyes to a new wonder of enthralling creatures.
One day you may see rookeries with hundreds of thousands of pairs of king penguins waddling on a beach, and the next, you may visit another beach dotted with hundreds of fur or elephant seals. The grasses, mountains and beaches of South Georgia all play an important role in the breeding and survival of different species on the island. This fragile and interwoven relationship is something your Expedition Team will explain to you during your time here.

DAYS 12 & 13 | AT SEA
Say goodbye to the king penguins, as your next destination is Antarctica! Your days at sea are filled with presentations, lectures and workshops led by your Expedition Team, who will prepare you for the wildlife that will greet you upon your arrival. In between activities, spend time chatting with your shipmates over a drink at the bar.
If conditions allow, we may attempt landfall on the South Orkney Islands, our first official stop in Antarctica.

DAYS 14–16 | SOUTH SHETLAND ISLANDS AND ANTARCTIC PENINSULA
The most common reaction upon reaching the White Continent is a sense of reverence and awe. The experience is beyond words, since few places are as untouched, unique and enduring as Antarctica.
You will discover that Antarctica is a land of extremes. At one moment you’ll be overcome with a feeling of complete desolation and silence, and at the next moment you’ll be inspired by nature as a calving glacier crashes into brilliant blue sea or a penguin waddles by to inspect your footwear.
Your Expedition Team will take care of you at each landing, whether you are Zodiac cruising, visiting a historical site or consorting with penguin colonies. Chinstrap, Adélie and gentoo penguins are found here, along with Weddell, fur, crabeater and leopard seals. Keep a lookout for curious whales, such as minkes, while on a Zodiac cruise, giving you a chance for an intimate experience with these majestic animals. Each day and each landing will present a new collection of creatures to entertain you and keep your camera busy.
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 kayaking excursion (extra cost) or going for a plunge in Antarctic waters!

DAYS 17 & 18 | ANTARCTIC CIRCLE
Crossing the Antarctic Circle is an impressive achievement, as few expeditions reach so far south.
If conditions allow us to cross this famed line at 66°33´ S, we’ll toast the first explorers who ventured here, and you can raise a glass and take pride in knowing you’ve made it to a part of the world visited by very few people. This is raw Antarctica, home of the midnight sun and fantastic iceberg sightings.

DAYS 19 & 20 | NORTHBOUND ALONG THE PENINSULA
If you haven’t had your fill of Antarctic wildlife and icebergs by now, you’ll surely be satisfied by the time you return to the Drake Passage. You will continue to make excursions by Zodiac as you travel north along the western Antarctic Peninsula.
Your Expedition Team will always be on the lookout for species of seabirds, seals and whales that may have eluded you on your journey south.

DAYS 21 & 22 | CROSSING THE DRAKE PASSAGE
After more than two weeks of endless wildlife encounters, your journey home begins. Crossing the Drake is your unofficial rite of passage, completing your Antarctic adventure.
Enjoy your final moments celebrating with your fellow shipmates. The noisy, busy, populated world awaits your return, so savor the silence of the sea as long as you can.

DAY 23 | DISEMBARKATION IN USHUAIA
After breakfast aboard the ship, it is time to part ways and say goodbye to your Expedition Team. Airport transfers will be provided for those departing on the first homeward flights. Other guests will be transferred to town.

ON ALL SHIPS, RATES INCLUDE:
•Leadership throughout the voyage by our experienced Expedition Leaders, including shore landings and other activities
•All Zodiac transfers and cruising as per the daily program
•All shore landings as per the daily program
•Shipboard accommodation with daily housekeeping
•All meals, snacks, soft drinks and juices on board throughout your voyage (Please inform us of any dietary requirements as far in advance as possible. Unfortunately, the ships’ galleys cannot prepare kosher meals.)
•Beer and wine during dinner; and coffee, tea and cocoa available around the clock
•Formal and informal presentations by our Expedition Team and guest speakers as scheduled
•A photographic journal documenting the expedition
•A pair of waterproof expedition boots on loan for landings and Zodiac cruising excursions
•An official Expedition parka to keep
•Hair dryer and bathrobes in every cabin
•Comprehensive onboard materials, including a map and an informative Antarctic Reader
•All miscellaneous service taxes and port charges throughout the program
•All luggage handling aboard the ship
•Emergency Evacuation insurance for all passengers to a maximum benefit of USD $500,000 per person
•Group arrival transfer in Ushuaia from airport to pre-expedition hotel on Day 1
•One night’s pre-expedition hotel accommodation in Ushuaia with breakfast (Note: The number of guests per room is the same as cabin occupancy on the ship. Due to limited availability, travelers who reserve a suite on board are accommodated in standard rooms at the hotel. Triple rooms may not be available.)
•Group transfer from hotel to ship on embarkation day
•Group departure transfer upon disembarkation in Ushuaia from ship to local airport or to luggage storage facility

RATES SPECIFICALLY DO NOT INCLUDE:
•For some specified departures, the purchase of a transfer package, including charter flight and hotels in conjunction with the expedition, is mandatory. The applicable per person cost is indicated on the Dates & Rates summary
•International airfare
•Passport and applicable visa expenses
•Government arrival and departure taxes not mentioned
•Meals ashore unless otherwise specified
•Baggage, cancellation, interruption and medical travel insurance—strongly recommended
•Excess-baggage fees on international flights
•Mandatory waterproof pants for Zodiac cruising, or any other gear not mentioned
•Laundry, bar, massage services and other personal charges, unless specified
•Phone and Internet charges
•Voluntary gratuity at the end of the voyage for shipboard staff and crew
•Additional overnight accommodation
•Arrival and departure transfers, except where explicitly stated
•Adventure options on expeditions (all weather dependent) that are not included in the cost of the voyage (e.g., sea kayaking, stand-up paddleboarding , etc.)




Dates & Rates


Ship: Ocean Diamond | Date: 18 Dec 2019 / 09 Jan 2020 More info about this Ship
Triple Cabin
Sold Out
Single Porthole
Sold Out
Single Obstructed View
Sold Out
Twin Obstructed View
$23,595
Twin Window
$24,295
Suite
Sold Out
Balcony Suite
Sold Out
Ship: Ocean Endeavour | Date: 15 Feb 2020 / 08 Mar 2020 More info about this Ship
Triple Cabin
Sold Out
Single Cabin
$24,116
Twin Porthole
$22,295
Twin Window
$23,195
Upper Deck Cabins
$24,195
Twin Porthole Suite
$25,095
Superior Cabin
Sold Out
Top Deck Double
Sold Out
Twin Window Suite
$28,495
Junior Suite
$29,795
Owner's Suite
Sold Out
Ship: Ocean Diamond | Date: 18 Dec 2020 / 09 Jan 2021 More info about this Ship
Triple Cabin
Sold Out
Single Porthole
$29,995
Single Obstructed View
$29,995
Twin Obstructed View
$23,995
Twin Window
$25,495
Suite
$26,995
Balcony Suite
$28,495

• The prices are per person expressed in US Dollars.

Gallery


© David Merron
© David Merron
© David Merron



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