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Falkland Islands, South Georgia & Antarctica with Brian Keating January 2019

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Highlights

Date: January 30 - February 17, 2019
Guest Naturalist: Brian Keating
Trip Host: Denell Falk
Cost:
 Starting from USD $21,795 (Twin private cabin) SAVE $1500 if you book before April 30!
Trip Type: Going Wild - Brian Keating

Special 25th Anniversary Group Departure - Book before April 30, 2018 to receive USD$1,500 off per person. 

Highlights

  • Set foot on the 7th continent
  • Explore 3 distinct polar regions, the lush, green Falkland Islands, see King penguins in South Georgia and fantastic glaciated scenery of the Antarctic
  • Walk amongst penguin colonies
  • Outstanding wildlife observation on shore, zodiac cruising, kayaking, hiking and from the ship
  • Search for minke whales, humpbacks and orcas as they hunt, chase and play
  • Twice daily shore and zodiac excursions exploring the Antarctic
  • While at sea attend a series of presentations on bird and penguin life, and Antarctic history
  • Luxury expedition ship with comfortable spacious cabins and an abundance of social areas

Itinerary

Itinerary 

Day 1 - Our exploration of the Falklands, South Georgia and Antarctica commences in Ushuaia. Excitement is in the air as we board the ship, enjoy a welcome cocktail and dinner and cast off for the adventure of a lifetime.

Day 2 - Sailing northeast towards the Falkland Islands we are joined by hundreds of seabirds including the wandering albatross. Throughout the day our onboard experts educate us with a series of presentations about the environment, wildlife and history of the Southern Ocean and the locations we plan to visit. 

Days 3/4 - Having arrived in the Falkland’s overnight, we plan to explore several locations in the West Falkland archipelago. These remote islands are home to a proliferation of seabirds and migratory birds including the stunning black-browed albatross. We see our first penguins of the trip on these islands, which could include West Point with its bustling rookeries of rockhoppers. On Carcass Island, we observe nesting Magellanic penguins as well as oystercatchers, geese and the striated caracara – a bird of prey. The following morning we arrive in Stanley, the capital of the Falklands Islands. Wandering through the quiet streets we learn how Stanley was a major port in the 19th century for the tall clipper ships rounding Cape Horn.

Days 5/6 - We chart a south-easterly course bound for South Georgia. The seabirds once again join us in the Southern Ocean. Our educational presentations continue. History is a key theme of this voyage and the epic story of Sir Earnest Shackleton and the HMS Endurance expeditions is central to any trip to South Georgia.

Days 7-10 - The island of South Georgia has often been called the ‘Serengeti of the Southern Ocean’ – and as we approach the deep bays of this rugged, rocky outcrop you begin to see why. Launching the Zodiacs we begin our exploration of the island in the vicinity of Elsehul Bay. Large numbers of fur seals and the much larger elephant seal line the beaches. Living in the tussock grass, king penguins and their chicks may number up to 100,000 birds in some locations, including Salisbury Plains, St Andrews Bay and Gold Harbor. The island is also home to large numbers of nesting albatross and they fill the skies above. South Georgia is a thrilling location for history buffs as the rusting relics of the early whaling industry are all around us. A highlight is a visit to Grytviken – the largest of the former whaling stations on the island, and where we visit the gravesite of Shackleton, buried here in 1921. On our 18 night expeditions we spend a day less in South Georgia.

Days 11-13 - After several busy days our exploration of South Georgia is complete and our attention now turns south, towards Antarctica. It takes several days to cross the Scotia Sea in the comfort of our modern expedition ship. Large tabular icebergs announce our arrival in Antarctic waters. The dark cliffs of Elephant Island appear and it is this location that ‘bookends’ the Shackleton story for many. Here Shackleton and his men were camped for many months, having lost HMS Endurance in the thick sea ice, far to the south in the Weddell Sea in 1915. If conditions allow we attempt a landing here.

Days 14-17 - Around 60 miles off the coast of the Antarctic mainland lies the South Shetland Island chain. Possible landing sites might include King George Island, Half Moon Island, Yankee Harbour or Hannah Point. Weather conditions permitting we sail the ship into the flooded volcanic caldera of Deception Island. After so much anticipation, we enter the icy waters of the Antarctic Peninsula in the vicinity of Mikkelson Harbour or Cierva Cove. Snow covered mountains soar from the dark waters. Along the shoreline in the bays and harbors of the peninsula live an incredible abundance of wildlife. We explore by Zodiac boat and ashore where a range of wonderful activities awaits. Locations we hope to visit include Wilhelmina Bay, Orne Harbour, Cuverville Island and the Errera Channel. Join the photographic guide and take close up photos of the penguins, or of the impossibly blue ice. Or enjoy a hike to the top of a snowy mountain saddle with one of our adventure guides. If the opportunity presents itself, visit a science base or old historic hut. Each, you have a range of great choices.

Days 18/19 - After several busy days of exploration along the Antarctic Peninsula, it’s time to return to South America. The educational presentations continue and we enjoy an entertaining and memorable voyage recap by our Expedition Leader. If conditions allow we hope to make a rounding of the fabled landmark of Cape Horn.

Day 20 - In the early morning, we arrive into Ushuaia. Guests will be transported to their hotels or to the airport for return flights home. 

 

For a downloadable version of this itinerary click here

Not sure if 18 nights is enough in this area of the world? Ask about our Easter Island and Patagonia trip before the cruise or contact one of our experienced Adventure Travel Specialists to arrange excursions before or after the trip.

Cost

Cost

Starting & ending in Ushuaia, Argentina (18 nights on the RCGS Resolute)

(Per adult, twin share)
Twin, Private cabin: US$ 21,795
Superior cabin: US$ 24,295
Superior Plus cabin: US$ 25,595
Shackleton Suite: US$ 28,295
One Ocean Suite: US$ 35,095

Optional Kayaking: US$ 795 per person (very popular and must be paid in advance) 

Deposit of 20% is due upon booking
Final payment is due October 30, 2018

Are you a returning One Ocean client? Ask us about extra savings! SAVE $1500 if you book before April 30!

All quoted prices effective at time of publication (Jan. 17, 2018). Itinerary is subject to change due to improvements or changes in local conditions; prices are subject to change.

Trip Route

Trip Route

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