Antarctica, South Georgia & the Falkland Islands
January 4-25, 2018
January 24 – February 14, 2019

Overview:

In the spirit of Sir Ernest Shackleton’s Antarctica expedition, the exploration of the White Continent offers in-depth Antarctica, South Georgia, and Falkland Islands adventure travel – all while seamlessly combining rich natural history with some of Mother Nature’s most rugged and dramatic landscapes. Your three-week Antarctica expedition takes place at the height of the austral summer; long daylight hours provide extra time for Zodiac trips to remote shores where you’ll be in the rare company of thousands of penguins; seals and albatross; and the otherworldly, icy architecture of the Antarctic Peninsula.

Brief Itinerary:
Day 1-2: Depart USA / Buenos Aires, Argentina / Ushuaia
Day 3: Ushuaia / Embark Ocean Diamond
Day 4-5: At Sea / Falkland Islands / Saunders Island
Day 6-7: Cruising the South Scotia Sea
Day 8-10: South Georgia
Day 11-12: At Sea
Day 13: Elephant Island
Day 14-18: Antarctic Peninsula
Day 19-20: Drake Passage
Day 21-22: Ushuaia, Argentina / Disembark / Buenos Aires / USA

Interested in more information? Please contact Expedition Easy by telephone at 1-800-617-2319 or e-mail info@expeditioneasy.com.

Antarctica, South Georgia & the Falkland Islands
January 4-25, 2018
January 24 – February 14, 2019

Day-By-Day Itinerary:

Day 1-2 – Depart USA / Buenos Aires, Argentina / Ushuaia
Depart from home on your independent flight via Buenos Aires, arriving in Ushuaia the next day. Transfer to the hotel and enjoy the rest of the day at leisure. Gather in evening for a welcome dinner and overnight at the hotel.

Day 3 – Ushuaia / Embark Expedition Ship
Join an excursion to nearby Tierra del Fuego National Park for nature hikes surrounded by dramatic scenery. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant and explore Ushuaia. Board your expedition ship this afternoon and set sail for the Falkland Islands.

Day 4-5 – At Sea / Falkland Islands / Saunders Island
Attend lectures on the natural and historical highlights ahead during a day at sea. On Saunders Island you will find colonies of gentoo, rockhopper, and Magellanic penguins, as well as black-browed albatross.

Day 6-7 – Cruising the South Scotia Sea
Lecturers recap your experiences and prepare you for your visit to South Georgia. On deck, join naturalists in search of the seabirds and marine mammals that flourish in these nutrient-rich waters.

Day 8-10 – South Georgia
Flexibility in this area is a must. Many of our leaders have been to South Georgia numerous times and, if the weather is in our favor, they may offer a landing before breakfast or even after dinner. Call at some of the many islands, bays, and coves where you will see outstanding birdlife and elephant and fur seals close at hand. The following is a list of places we plan to visit on South Georgia. Some of them are pending final government approval.

Elsehul Bay – This beautiful bay is home to thousands of fur seals as well as macaroni penguins, the most numerous of all penguin species. Listen for the high-pitched trumpeting of king penguins amid the magnificent sounds of marine mammals that echo in the bay.

Salisbury Plain – Two glaciers flank Salisbury Plain on South Georgia’s north coast. Here, more than 200,000 pairs of king penguins congregate and breed, and you are greeted by one of the more remarkable sights—and sounds—on Earth.

Stromness Bay – Site of Sir Ernest Shackleton and his party’s arrival after their harrowing crossing of the island’s glaciers on foot, Stromness offers views of cliffs and a glacier from which the adventurer and his companions descended.

Grytviken – Go ashore to discover the ruins of this once-active whaling station. The cemetery holds a special fascination, as it is here that Shackleton is buried. Seabirds, penguins, and marine mammals can also be found here.

Gold Harbour – At the foot of the Bertrab Glacier, Gold Harbour is often referred to as the “jewel in the island’s crown.” In addition to a large king penguin colony, you are likely to see elephant and fur seals, gentoo penguins, giant petrels, and with luck, light-mantled albatross.

Day 11-12 – At Sea
Naturalists recap your memorable visit to South Georgia and introduce you to the history, geology, and wildlife of the Antarctic Peninsula and its surrounding islands.

Day 13 – Elephant Island
Today arrive at Elephant Island, made famous by the Shackleton expedition. Awesome glaciers, speckled with pink algae, create a dramatic backdrop. Weather permitting, enjoy a Zodiac cruise around the island and the opportunity to view a thriving chinstrap penguin colony.

Day 14-18 – Antarctic Peninsula
As you cruise the waters of the Antarctic Peninsula and its adjacent islands, landings are dependent upon weather and ice conditions. There is the possibility that you may visit a research station and witness the scientific activities conducted by the multinational community of scientists working there. The expeditionary nature of this voyage precludes guaranteeing specific stops. This list serves as a guideline only of the places you may experience.

Brown Bluff – Located on the Antarctic continent, Brown Bluff rises 2,450 feet above an ash beach littered with bizarrely shaped boulders. Some 20,000 pairs of Adelie, and hundreds of gentoo penguins, make their home here. Skuas and pintado petrels nest near the top of the cliff and kelp gulls fill the air with perpetual sound and motion.

Deception Island – As you approach Deception through Neptune’s Bellows, a channel just wide enough for the ship to navigate, southern fulmars and pintado petrels soar overhead. Weigh anchor inside a volcano whose collapsed cone was filled by rushing seawater.

Lemaire Channel and Pleneau Island – Cruising the beautiful Lemaire Channel, keep watch for the humpback and minke whales frequently spotted here. This narrow channel is one of the most visually impressive areas of the Antarctic Peninsula. Steep mountain peaks jut out of the sea on both sides, and the waters are often choked with icebergs and frequented by crabeater seals. A stunning labyrinth of grounded icebergs lies in the shallow waters west of Pleneau Island, presenting a superb Zodiac cruising experience. Crabeater and leopard seals haul out on the ice, and elephant seals and gentoo penguins occupy the island itself.

Day 19-20 – Drake Passage
During your Drake crossing, watch for wandering and black-browed albatross, sooty shearwaters, and white-chinned petrels. Whales are also frequently seen in these waters.

Day 21-22 – Ushuaia, Argentina / Disembark / Buenos Aires / USA
Disembark in Ushuaia and transfer to the airport for your flight to Buenos Aires, connecting with your independent overnight flight home.

*Please note: This itinerary is subject to change. Expedition highlights and wildlife listed here are possible experiences only and cannot be guaranteed. Your Expedition Leader and Captain will work together to ensure opportunities for adventure and exploration are the best possible, taking into account the weather, wildlife activity and ice conditions.

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Antarctica, South Georgia & the Falkland Islands
January 4-25, 2018
January 24 – February 14, 2019

Rates:

January 4, 2018
Category 1: $23,480
Category 2: $25,480
Category 3: $27,980
Category 4: $29,980
Category 5: $32,680
Category 6: $36,880
Aboard 100-Guest Island Sky

January 24, 2019
Category 1: $23,480
Category 2: $25,480
Category 3: $27,980
Category 4: $29,980
Category 5: $32,680
Category 6: $36,880
Aboard 100-Guest Island Sky

*Above rates are per person, based on double occupancy.
*Please contact us for single rates.

Rates are approximate until the time of booking. Please note rates are subject to change without prior notice due to circumstances beyond our control; i.e. fuel increases, currency fluctuations, etc.

Included:

– Accommodations in hotels and on board as outlined in the itinerary
– All onboard meals and group meals ashore, including soft drinks, beer, and wine with lunch and dinner
– Group transfers
– Services of the expedition staff, including lectures, briefings, slide/film shows; all group activities and excursions
– Landing and port fees
– All gratuities
– Medical expense coverage and emergency evacuation insurance
*Kayaking is available to a limited number of experienced kayakers. Contact us to pre-register for this activity.

Not Included:

– All air transportation
– Excess baggage charges
– Airport arrival and departure taxes
– Transfers for independent arrivals and departures
– Passport and/or visa fees
– Travel Insurance
– Items of a personal nature such as laundry, bar charges, alcoholic beverages except as listed, e-mail/Internet/fax/telephone charges

Deposit & Payments

A completed & signed Expedition Easy Reservation Form, along with your 25% trip deposit and full regional and/or domestic air payment (if applicable) is required at the time of booking.

Reservations

This itinerary is subject to the availability of all services at the time of making a
reservation. No space is being held at this time. Please contact Expedition Easy for the full
terms and conditions that apply. We are happy to answer questions and discuss your trip.

To reserve space on a trip on the Expedition Easy website, please contact Expedition Easy by telephone at 1-800-617-2319 or e-mail info@expeditioneasy.com.

January 4 - 25, 2018
January 24 - February 14, 2019