Antarctica, South Georgia, Falkland Islands
2017 – 2018

Overview:

Experience a panorama of the Southern Ocean’s best on this adventure cruise, stopping at wildlife-rich South Georgia, the unspoiled Falklands and Antarctica, the White Continent. Cruise for 15 nights aboard the luxury all-balcony expedition ship ‘Le Boreal,’ on a voyage of a lifetime. Travel in the company of a world-class expedition team of scientists, authors, historians and professional photographers. Aboard 199-passenger Le Boreal.

Brief Itinerary:
Day 1: Arrive Buenos Aires, Argentina
Day 2: Ushuaia / At the Edge of the World
Day 3: At Sea / Riches of the Southern Ocean
Day 4: Falkland Islands / Remote and Rugged Archipelago
Days 5-6: Cruising the South Atlantic / Abundant Wildlife
Days 7-9: South Georgia / Footsteps of Ernest Shackleton
Days 10-11: Cruising the Scotia Sea / Antarctic Anticipation
Days 12-14: Antarctica / The White Continent
Days 15-16: Drake Passage
Day 17: Depart Buenos Aires

Please Note Special Departures:
December 12-28, 2017 | Special Family Holiday departure featuring a Young Explorers Guide, with special pricing available for children 7-18. Contact Expedition Easy for details.

January 16 – February 1, 2018 | A Photographic Expedition with professional photographers Richard Harker and Charlie Wheatley. Contact Expedition Easy for details.

Save $6,000 per couple on a Category 1-3 cabin when you book by March 31, 2017.

 

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

Antarctica, South Georgia, Falkland Islands
2017 – 2018

Day-By-Day Itinerary:

Day 1: Arrive Buenos Aires, Argentina
Arrive in Argentina’s capital city, where immediate check-in has been arranged. With its wide boulevards and European-style buildings, romantic Buenos Aires boasts an energy all its own. Relax before this afternoon’s optional tour of the city’s highlights, including the Plaza de Mayo, the stately Casa Rosada, the Cabildo and the Metropolitan Cathedral. You may drive past the colorful La Boca District or San Telmo, the birthplace of tango. Get to know your fellow guests this evening at a welcome cocktail party. Overnight at Sofitel Buenos Aires.

Day 2: Ushuaia / At the Edge of the World
Fly to the port city of Ushuaia, located at the southern tip of South America. Take in some sightseeing (time permitting) and enjoy a Patagonian barbecue lunch. Later, board ‘Le Boreal’ and settle in for a first night on the water. Walk the decks and explore the common spaces as you familiarize yourself with the luxury cruiser, your home during your Antarctic voyage. You may even want to toast your journey in the bar with your fellow guests.

Day 3: At Sea / Riches of the Southern Ocean
As you sail east toward the Falkland Islands, your expert lecturers begin their informal series of enlightening daily discussions on the flora, fauna, geology and history of the region. In the past, lectures have covered diverse topics such as seabirds and penguins of the Southern Ocean, the formation of sea ice over thousands of years, and personal accounts of living and working in Antarctica. Although a professional photography enrichment coach is on hand to assist you with specific camera and composition questions and lead lectures on various skills, the January 5 departure in particular focuses on photography. The cool waters in these parts are rich in krill, making them a favorite with local wildlife searching for food. Alongside your naturalist guides, spot various species of whales and seabirds from ‘Le Boreal’s’ deck.

Day 4: Falkland Islands / Remote and Rugged Archipelago
Spend the day exploring the Falklands. Depending on your itinerary, you either visit Stanley, the Falklands’ capital, and stroll its charming streets or explore the surrounding wilderness areas. You may also discover the southeast Falkland islands of Sea Lion or Bleaker, home to unspoiled wildlife habitats.

Days 5-6: Cruising the South Atlantic / Abundant Wildlife
As you approach South Georgia, deck-side sightings of whales and other wildlife become more frequent. Time spent cruising is once again filled with informative lectures and casual talks with your guides. Scan the seas like an expert on day six, as the ship cruises the rich waters along shag rocks.

Days 7-9: South Georgia / Footsteps of Ernest Shackleton
South Georgia is a nearly submerged continuation of the Andes mountain range, and your days here are spent exploring its glacier-carved coves and rugged shores. Visit Salisbury Plain, St. Andrews Bay or Gold Harbour, all home to vast colonies of king penguins as well as fur and elephant seals. You also have the opportunity to retrace part of the route taken by Ernest Shackleton during his historic crossing of South Georgia in 1916. Weather permitting, you may visit his gravesite in Grytviken alongside your on-board historian, an expert on the great explorer’s life.

Days 10-11: Cruising the Scotia Sea / Antarctic Anticipation
During your time cruising the Scotia Sea — rich with marine mammals and fish — your expert lecturers recap your adventures in South Georgia. They also share more enriching lectures, enlightening you with what’s to come on the Seventh Continent, from the terrain to the hardy wildlife that inhabits this dramatic environment.

Days 12-14: Antarctica / The White Continent
The ship’s itinerary calls for landings on the Antarctic Peninsula and a number of South Shetland Islands, which may include Half Moon, Penguin and Deception. Other possible island visits may include Cuverville, Paulet and Goudier. There are also plans to sail through Paradise Bay and the Lemaire Channel, the latter often referred to as “Kodak Alley” for its breathtaking, picture-perfect beauty. You also enjoy additional opportunities for exploration, including a stop at a scientific research station. While on board ‘Le Boreal,’ you may view whales and birdlife from the deck or from your own cabin’s private balcony.

Days 15-16: Drake Passage
Bid farewell to Antarctica as you cruise back to Ushuaia through the Drake Passage, where there are plenty of opportunities to observe more marine and birdlife. Reflect and compare notes on your incredible journey with your fellow guests.

Day 17: Depart Buenos Aires
Disembark after breakfast and transfer to the airport.

*Please note: This itinerary is subject to change due to ice, weather, wildlife and other conditions beyond control. The final itinerary will be determined at the sole discretion of the Captain and Expedition Leader.

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Antarctica, South Georgia, Falkland Islands
2017 – 2018

Rates:

Dec 12, 2017 – Dec 28, 2017
Category 1: $20,995
Category 2: $22,995
Category 3: $23,995
Category 4: $30,995
Category 5: $31,995
Category 6: $34,995
Category 7: $39,995
Category 8: $43,995
Category 9: $47,995

*Special Departure: December 12-28, 2017 | Special Family Holiday departure featuring a Young Explorers Guide, with special pricing available for children 7-18. Contact Expedition Easy for details.

Jan 16, 2018 – Feb 1, 2018
Category 1: $22,495
Category 2: $24,495
Category 3: $25,495
Category 4: $32,995
Category 5: $33,495
Category 6: $36,495
Category 7: $41,995
Category 8: $45,995
Category 9: $49,995

*Special Departure: January 16 – February 1, 2018 | A Photographic Expedition with professional photographers Richard Harker and Charlie Wheatley. Contact Expedition Easy for details.

Save $6,000 per couple on a Category 1-3 cabin when you book by March 31, 2017.

*Above rates are per person, based on double occupancy.
*Please contact us for single supplement 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 as noted in the itinerary; meals as specified; arrival transfers from the airport to the starting hotel regardless of the day of arrival and departure; transfers on the day of debarkation to the airport; fully guided sightseeing as noted in the itinerary (including park and entrance fees); local bottled water during sightseeing; selected beverages with group meals; complimentary standard bar drinks, beer, house wines, soft drinks, coffee drinks, juices and bottled waters (excluding premium wines and Champagnes) while on board ‘Le Boreal’; all shore excursions and full lecture program while on board ‘Le Boreal’; services of an Expedition staff and local guides; handling of two pieces of baggage per person for international flights (other conditions/restrictions may apply for internal routes); hotel taxes; all gratuities throughout; a complimentary expedition parka and backpack provided on board ‘Le Boreal’; and a post-cruise expedition logbook.

Not Included:

– Guest Protection Program; international and internal airfares, unless otherwise noted; costs associated with obtaining passports or entry visas; airport departure taxes, unless otherwise noted; excess baggage charges; meals other than specified in the itinerary; beverages other than noted in your pre-tour documentation; sightseeing not included in the itinerary; and personal expenses such as laundry, communication charges and optional activities (which are subject to availability).

Deposit & Payments

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.

Reservations

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.

December 12, 2017 (Special Family Holiday departure);
January 16, 2018 (Photographic Expedition)