South Georgia & Antarctic Odyssey - Fly/Sail

From Ushuaia to Punta Arenas or Santiago OR From Santiago or Punta Arenas to Ushuaia
  • All Antarctic Cruises
  • South Georgia & The Falkland Islands
  • Cruising
  • Wildlife
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Tour Description

South Georgia and Antarctica offer a remote & untamed landscape. On this Antarctica cruise, we journey south along the Antarctic Peninsula. Days remain long and filled with minke and humpback whales, penguins and leopard seals, historic sites and scientific stations. Our Antarctica cruise ship is warm and comfortable and our expert crew of naturalists and historians will entertain you with amazing lectures that compliment your Antarctica tour. Journeys by Zodiac will allow you to touch down on the ice and experience the natural inhabitants up close.

Retracing Shackleton’s boat voyage, we visit Elephant Island before continuing our Antarctic cruise across the Scotia Sea to South Georgia. Famed for its abandoned whaling stations and Shackleton’s heroic journey, South Georgia is home to millions of fur seals and penguins, wallows of elephant seals, and nesting albatross. We arrive at the breeding cycle peak, as chicks become juveniles, parents shuttle fish and seal pups thrill with mock charges. All of this is presented against the backdrop of towering mountain peaks and glaciers that tumble down to the ice-filled bays. Our Antarctic cruise ends in the rugged and historic Falkland Islands where you will fly to Santiago or Punta Arenas. This itinerary is available in reverse. 

 

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Tour Itinerary

Day 1
Ushuaia

Embarkation Day. Board in the late afternoon to a warm welcome, before we set sail along the Beagle Channel.
Additional Information: We recommend you arrive into Ushuaia at least one day prior to your expedition start date. We can help assist with flight & pre-cruise accommodation & tours.
A luggage transfer from your Ushuaia hotel to the ship is included today. Ushuaia port is a short walking distance from town; you are required to make your own way to port for boarding this afternoon.
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Day 2-3
Drake Passage

Drake Passage offers excellent bird watching from the outer decks or the warm bridge. Our expedition team presents safety and environmental briefings, and enlightening talks on Antarctica. Keen eyes watch for icebergs, penguins, seals and cormorants as we approach our first landing in the South Shetland Islands.
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Day 4-7
Antarctic Peninsula

Awaken to the thrill of Antarctica, where we plan to visit busy penguin rookeries, historic sites and make a continental landing. The Antarctic Peninsula’s west coast is ours to explore. We rely on our experienced expedition team, many who’ve been here over dozens of summers, to create the best daily itinerary that prevailing weather and ice conditions allow. A sense of excitement abounds as we use every moment of daylight to enjoy the best that Antarctica has to offer. This could mean two to three excursions in a day, whether it be to penguin colonies, historic huts, a working scientific station or a Zodiac cruise through a sculpture garden of grounded icebergs.
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Day 8
Elephant Island

Elephant Island, where Shackleton’s 22 men wintered over beneath their upturned boats. If weather and seas permit, Zodiacs will carry us close to Point Wild to pay tribute to these hardy souls
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Day 9-10
Scotia Sea

We follow in Shackleton’s wake across the Scotia Sea, watching for great whales and big icebergs riding up from the Weddell Sea. It’s a great time to relax and reflect on what we’ve accomplished so far, and our naturalist and historian start their talks on South Georgia’s wildlife and history.
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Day 11-14
South Georgia

With ample time to explore South Georgia’s spectacular north coast, we visit the world’s largest king penguin rookeries, the nesting grounds of majestic wandering albatross and if weather allows, follow Shackleton’s route from Fortuna Bay to Stromness. Kayakers revel in paddling waters alive with king penguins and playful seals. Against a backdrop of 3000-meter peaks, photograph basking elephant seals, feisty fur seals and penguins cluttering kelp-strewn beaches.
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Day 15-17
Scotia Sea

Keeping watch for the kelp-skirted Shag Rocks, we cross the Scotia Sea, entertained by our expert naturalist and historian.
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Day 18
Falkland Islands Santiago or Punta Arenas

Dawn greets us in the Falkland Islands capital, Stanley; where you can either enjoy more time exploring the Falkland Islands, or continue on to Punta Arenas or Santiago, Chile on your included flight.
Additional Information: Please note that flights departing Stanley to Santiago only depart once a week, on a Saturday. Please advise if you wish to end your stay in the Falkland Islands. Refunds are not available for unused flight sectors for passengers wishing to disembark flight in Punta Arenas.
For a more detailed itinerary please do get in touch.
Please note: 2nd Feb 2019 operates in reverse to the above itinerary, starting with a flight from Santiago to Falkland Islands and finishing in Ushuaia.

Day 1
Santiago or Punta Arenas Falklands

Make your way to the airport to board your flight in either Santiago or Punta Arenas. Arrive in Stanley in the afternoon before enjoying a tour of the Falkland Island's charming capital. You'll board the Polar Pioneer this afternoon. Take some time to settle in & explore your new home for the next 18 days. Stand out on deck and watch Stanley fade in the distance as we begin our adventure!
NOTE: We recommend at least 1 night pre cruise in Santiago or Punta Arenas. Please ask for more details.
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Day 2-3
Scotia Sea

Between the Falklands and South Georgia, stand out on the deck for the fascinating parade of seabirds that follow our wake, or perhaps keep watch for breaching whales. Our team of experts will also entertain and educate abut South Georgia as we get closer to our first landing. If time and weather permits, we may pass close by Shag Rocks - a fascinating group of rocky inlets protruding from the sea.
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Day 4-8
South Georgia

We'll have ample time to explore the island's spectacular northern coast as spring brings an explosion of life. We visit wildlife havens that include the world's largest king penguin rookeries, majestic albatross nests and beaches cluttered with basking elephant seals, feisty fur seals and penguins. Kayakers revel in paddling the coastline's nooks and crannies, accompanied by playful seal pups. We learn of Shackleton's Epic and hope to retrace his expedition's final steps from Fortuna Bay to Stromness. In Grytviken, we enjoy a guided tour of the fascinating South Georgia Museum, and toast 'The Boss' and his right-hand man, Frank Wild, at their graveside.
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Day 9-10
Scotia Sea

En route for Antarctica, we head southward along the Scotia Sea, the same stretch of ocean that Shackleton and five of his men crossed in order to find help for the rest of their crew. As excitement builds for Antarctica, catch up with fellow expeditioners in the bar, keep watch for wildlife alongside our naturalist, or learn more of the Shackleton story from our historian.
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Day 11
Elephant Island (weather permitting)

We approach Point Wild, a bleak, rocky spit along Elephant Island's dramatic north coast. If condition allow, we'll Zodiac cruise, possibly even step ashore, to pay tribute to Shackleton's 22 men who survived here for four months, living under upturned lifeboats
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Day 12-15
Antarctica Peninsula

Once we arrive in the calmer waters of the Bransfield & Gerlache Straits, we'll generally be landing two to three times a day. We may encounter pack ice, and penguin rookeries alive with courtship, mating and nest-building. Leopard seals and South Polar skuas are on the hunt, while shy giant petrels incubate their eggs. With nearly 24 hours daylight, we pack in as much as possible, visit historic sites, attempting to land on the continent proper and Zodiac cruising amongst spectacular icebergs.
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Day 16-17
Drake Crossing

Our landings come to an end as we enter the Drake Passage for our return journey to South America. With lectures and videos to complete our Antarctic experience, there is still plenty of time to experience the magic of the Southern Ocean. As we approach the tip of South America, our Captain may may sail close to legendary Cape Horn, time and weather permitting.
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Day 18
Ushuaia, Disembark

During the morning we travel up the Beagle Channel to dock in Ushuaia,
Extend your stay in Ushuaia or perhaps to discover the wonders of Patagonia on a connecting Patagonia Discovery Trek! Please ask for more details.

What’s Included

Accommodation
  • Included Copy 20 17 nights’ on board Polar Pioneer in a Triple cabin with daily cabin service
  • Included Copy 31 Cabin upgrades available
Food
  • Included Copy 20 All meals, snacks, tea and coffee during voyage
Fees & Services
  • Included Copy 20 Luggage transfer from Ushuaia hotel to ship on Day 1
  • Included Copy 20 Stanley town tour (time permitting) on Day 18
  • Included Copy 20 Transfer from ship to Falkland Island’s airport on Day 18
  • Included Copy 20 Flight from Stanley, Falkland Islands to Santiago, Chile (or Punta Arenas*) on Day 18
  • Included Copy 20 All shore excursions and Zodiac (inflatable boat) cruises
  • Included Copy 20 Educational lectures and guiding services from our expert team
  • Included Copy 20 Access to our on-board doctor and basic medical services
  • Included Copy 20 A custom-designed polar expedition jacket to keep
  • Included Copy 20 Free gumboot hire during the voyage
  • Included Copy 20 Comprehensive pre-departure information
  • Included Copy 20 Professionally produced voyage journal (one per booking)
  • Included Copy 20 Port and landing fees and charges
  • Included Copy 7 International or domestic flights to and from the ship, unless specified
  • Included Copy 7 Transfers not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Included Copy 7 Airport arrival or departure taxes
  • Included Copy 7 Visa, passport, and vaccination charges
  • Included Copy 7 Travel insurance or emergency evacuation charges
  • Included Copy 7 Optional activity surcharge. Please contact us if you wish to book any optional activities
  • Included Copy 7 Personal items i.e. alcohol & soft drinks, laundry, medical expenses, gratuities etc
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Polar Pioneer

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