SOUTH GEORGIA AND ANTARCTIC PENINSULA

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16 DAYS

This voyage takes you to the wildlife paradise of South Georgia and the extraordinary landscape of the Antarctic Peninsula. Enjoy unforgettable encounters with untamed wildlife in a vast, dramatic and spectacular setting. Take a step back in time at historically significant sites and be mesmerized by the rich diversity and contrasts that make these regions so captivating and unique.

Watch a wild, isolated and extreme world come to life as scores of penguins dive for food, herds of elephant seals bathe in the sun, and pods of orcas pass by. You’ll be transported to your own wildlife documentary, staged in a magnificent setting of mountains, sea and ice.

ITINERARY SUMMARY
DayPlaceHighlights
Day 1Buenos AiresDay at leisure
Day 2Embarkation UshuaiaFlight from Buenos Aires to Ushuaia. Set sail in the afternoon.
Days 3 - 6At SeaTowards the South Georgia
Days 7 & 8South GeorgiaMillions of penguins, hundreds of thousands seals with a magnificent backdrop of snow-capped mountains
Days 9 - 10At SeaTowards the Antarctic Peninsula
Days 11 - 13Antarctic PeninsulaExplore the South Shetland Islands and Antarctic Peninsula
Days 14 & 15Cross the Drake PassageKeep a look out for sea birds and attend the educational program.
Day 16Ushuaia - Buenos AiresDisembark in Ushuaia then board your flight to Buenos Aires.
South Georgia and Antarctic Peninsula

SHIPS OFFERING THIS ITINERARY

Ultramarine
Quark Ultramarine Render

The Ultramarine is designed to go beyond the familiar in polar exploration, to discover new places, and immerse you in the best the region has to offer. Ultramarine accommodates 199 guests and is equipped with two twin-engine helicopters to offer the most robust portfolio of adventure activities in the industry, the most spacious suites in its category, breathtaking public spaces, and more outdoor wildlife viewing spaces than other expedition ships its size. With two dining areas, four bars, a panoramic lounge, theatre, library, spa and fitness centre, Polar boutique and an oceanview sauna your days at sea can be as busy or relaxing as you decide.

Day 1 Buenos Aires, Argentina

Buenos Aires, Argentina
Overview:

Your journey begins in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Settle into your hotel and explore the bustling city.

Day 2 Embarkation in Ushuaia

Beagle Channel

In the morning board your flight to Ushuaia. In afternoon you will join a group transfer to the pier and board the ship. You will set sail in the late afternoon passing through the Beagle Channel. Explore the ship and get comfortable in your cabin and meet your fellow travellers. As you begin your trip to South Georgia you will notice sea birds hovering overhead.

Days 3-6 At Sea

Wandering Albatross at sea

There are many activities to keep you engaged while you are at sea. Learn to identify seabirds that glide alongside the ship, or attend dynamic presentations by your Expedition Team. You will be prepped on safety procedures for Zodiac cruises and shore landings, and also be given instructions for getting the most out of your optional kayaking adventures, a truly intimate way to experience Antarctica.

Days 7-8 South Georgia

Southern end of South Georgia - glacier (1)

After enjoying South Georgia from a distance, you’ll head toward its numerable beaches to find a bay for your first land excursion. Landing sites are varied, largely determined by the weather conditions of your voyage. Whichever sites you visit, they’ll provide you with wildlife encounters unrivaled anywhere else on earth.

Elephant Seal with King Penguins, Gold Harbour, South Georgia

This is one of the most fertile breeding grounds in the world for sub-Antarctic wildlife, with beaches blanketed with penguins. It won’t take you long to realize that South Georgia is a paradise for bird lovers, as burrowing seabirds, albatross and petrels can be seen in abundance. You’ll find that South Georgia, once a popular base for whalers and sealers, is also scattered with abandoned relics and evidence of human activity from centuries gone by. Your Expedition Team will help bring those days to life while you visit old whaling stations and enjoy presentations on the South Georgia of then and now.

Grytviken south georgia

One of the most significant sites you will visit on the island is Grytviken. This settlement is one of the first whaling stations established in sub-Antarctic waters. Many travelers find that this place has a special appeal, as it is home to the remains of Sir Ernest Shackleton, one of the most famous Antarctic explorers.

Days 9-10 At Sea

Bird on the Scotia 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 presentations, spend time chatting with your shipmates over a drink at the bar.

Days 11-13 South Shetland Islands and Antarctic Peninsula

Chinstrap Gentoo Penguins on the Peninsula

The most common reaction upon reaching the White Continent is a sense of reverence and awe. The experience is hard to put into 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.

Seal on Iceberg with Zodiac resize

Your Expedition Team will take care of you at each landing, whether you are trekking up a glacier, visiting a research station or consorting with penguin colonies. Chinstrap, Adélie and gentoo penguins are found here, along with Weddell, fur, crabeater and leopard seals. Curious whales, such as minkes, are often attracted to our Zodiacs, giving you a chance to get within reaching distance of 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 (extra cost) kayaking excursion or going for a swim in Antarctic waters for the polar plunge!

Days 14-15 At Sea

Giant Petrel next to ship

After more than a dozen days of unique wildlife encounters and remarkable landscapes, your journey home begins. Crossing the Drake is your unofficial rite of passage. Spend time on deck watching for seabirds and whales, enjoy presentations by your Expedition Team, or simply relax and reminisce about your experiences.

Day 16 Ushuaia / Buenos Aires

Ushuaia, Hayley

You will arrive in Ushuaia in the morning where you will farewell the expedition team. You will be transferred to the airport for your flight to Buenos Aires where your journey ends.

 

Important reminder: Embracing the unexpected is part of the legacy – and excitement – of expedition travel. There are no guarantees that we can achieve everything we set out to accomplish. A measure of flexibility is something all of us must bring to a voyage. There are nearly 200 recognized sites in the Antarctic Peninsula and South Shetlands and the places mentioned above may be changed to others equally as interesting.

To book this voyage call 1300 668 112 or email contact@antarcticatravelcentre.com.au

We will tailor the perfect holiday to suit your needs.

Extend your trip to Patagonia

To make the most of your time in South America we can tailor a holiday to Patagonia to suit your voyage dates. If you have a bit more time we can create a tailor-made itinerary to some of the highlights of South America. Take a look at the Patagonia sample itineraries below and contact us to begin creating your perfect holiday.