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Ultramarine | Epic Antarctica via Falklands and South Georgia

23 Days FROM USD 29,372 28 % off!

Overview

BOOK AND SAVE: Up to 35% off select cabins and departures*

Experience all the major Antarctic highlights on this incredible 23 day epic journey. From the sandy Cape Cod on the Falkland Island to the breeding grounds of over 300 000 king penguins on South Georgia before finally exploring the indescribably sights of Antarctic Peninsula. Starting in 2021 you will experience this voyage on board the Ultramarine. This purpose-built vessel extends the boundaries of polar expedition, even including a helicopter flight-seeing tour as part of your package*. 

Prices are subject to change and availability at the time of booking.

 

*Offers aboard the Ultramarine end 5 January 2022 subject to availability. Not combinable with any other promotion. Applies to voyage only; cabins limited. Subject to availability and currency fluctuations. Further conditions apply, contact us for more information.

Optional Activities : Kayaking, Stand-up Paddle Boarding

Trip Code: ACQEUTP

Travel Style: Expedition Cruise

Location: Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctic Circle, Falkland Islands and South Georgia

Ship: Ultramarine

Flights: Return flight Buenos Aires - Ushuaia included in pre-cruise transfer package* Contact us for more details. *Transfer package ($995 USD)

WHY CHOOSE THIS CRUISE?

  • Undertake a complete Antarctic journey witnessing the incredible sights of the peninsula, Antarctic Circle, Falkland Islands and South Georgia.

  • Encounter the incredible wildlife of Antarctica from Albatross on the Falkland Islands to the colony of 300 000 king penguins on South Georgia and a number of whale, seal and penguin species in the peninsula. 

  • This itinerary can be easily tailored to include a land based tour of South America.

CRUISE ITINERARY

You may arrive in Buenos Aires at any time during Day 1 of your itinerary. Upon arriving in this splendid city, known for its architecture and rich European heritage, you will independently transfer to your group hotel (pre-expedition hotel night included in mandatory transfer package).

Arrival in Buenos Aires

After an early breakfast at the hotel, the group will transfer to the airport and board our private charter flight to Ushuaia, Argentina.

Upon arrival, you will be transferred from the airport to a central downtown location to have some time on your own to explore this quaint port town before making your way to the pier.

After a late afternoon embarkation, you will sail along the historic Beagle Channel, which transects the Tierra del Fuego archipelago in the extreme south of South America. Expect an air of anticipation as you depart—the next time you see land, you’ll be in a wildlife wonderland!

Fly to Ushuaia and Embarkation

There are many activities to keep you engaged while we’re at sea. You can take advantage of the library of books available on your ship, hang out at the bar chatting to other travelers or spend time out on deck, admiring the sea. Your Expedition Team will also conduct a series of presentations to familiarize yourself with how to prepare for Zodiac cruises and shore landings.

At Sea

The Falkland archipelago contains two main islands - East and West, which we will explore by Zodiac excursions and daily landings. These rugged islands have a frontier type feel to them, especially at Port Stanley - the largest settlement on the islands. It’s an interesting British outpost type place, where you may just as easily wander into a pub as you will a church or museum.

With your camera at hand, our wildlife sightings in the Falklands should include at least three species of penguins and two endemic bird species - Cobb’s wren and the Falkland’s flightless steamer duck.

Your team of lecturers and specialists will be sure to educate you on the local flora and fauna so that you get the most out of a memorable time in the Falklands.

Falkland Islands (Islas Malvinas) - Day 4 & 5

En-route to South Georgia you’ll cross the invisible biological boundary unique to Antarctica, the Antarctic Convergence. This meeting of oceans is what creates the abundance of krill and marine life that attracts large cetaceans, such as humpback whales.

At Sea - Day 6 & 7

Evidence of the old whaling and sealing heydays is still found throughout the island. You’ll be surprised to learn that the whale and seal populations were once decimated here, as today their populations are strong, with massive rookeries to be seen.

One significant and historic site that will be of interest is the grave of the great explorer, Sir Ernest Shackleton. His grave at the settlement of Grytviken, which is also home to an old whaling station and a research station, is a day for reflecting on what it must’ve been like to be one of the first explorers to this unforgiving, yet beautiful environment.

While South Georgia’s history is an important attraction to the islands, it is the wildlife on South Georgia that you and your shipmates will likely find the most captivating. Often referred to as the Galapagos of the Poles, South Georgia contains an exceptional quantity of wildlife. Each landing you make on South Georgia will open your eyes to a new wonder of wildlife. One day you may see rookeries with a hundred thousand pairs of king penguins waddling on the beach. The next day we may another beach with thousands of fur or elephant seals.

The grasses, mountains and beaches of South Georgia all play an important role in the breeding and survival of different bird and animal species. Your Expedition Team will be happy to share their knowledge of how these vulnerable relationships all play out on the island.

South Georgia - Day 8 to 11

Antarctica awaits, along with its own penguin and seal species. While you’re at sea, you can enjoy some quiet time or take in presentations by the Expedition Team, which will cover everything from the history and geology of Antarctica to tips on identifying different species and what makes them each unique. With good weather conditions, a landing at the South Orkney Islands may mark your official landing on Antarctica.

At Sea - Day 12 & 13

The most common reaction to arriving at the white continent is a sense of reverence and awe. The experience is hard to put into words. You will discover that Antarctica is a land of extremes; at one moment you’ll be overcome with a feeling of complete silence and loneliness, then the next you’ll be laughing at the comical antics of a curious penguin.
Glacier hikes, visits to research bases and, of course, communing with the seals and penguins are sure to keep you smiling each and every day. Perhaps you’ll catch sight of the fearless penguin-eater, the leopard seal, or come eye to eye with a curious Minke whale while out on a Zodiac ride. Each day and each landing will present a new collection of creatures to entertain you and keep your camera shutter busy.

If you find yourself wanting more, then perhaps you’ll treat yourself by booking our kayaking adventure option (reserve in advance when booking your trip) or if you’re feeling a bit overwhelmed, a little shock therapy courtesy of a polar plunge might be what you need!

South Shetlands & Antarctic Peninsula-Day 14 to 16

Crossing the Antarctic Circle is an impressive achievement, as most expeditions to the Peninsula do not come close to reaching this far south.
With a toast to the first explorers who ventured here, you can raise a glass of champagne and take pride in knowing you’ve made it to a part of the world still visited by very few people. This is raw Antarctica, home to the midnight sun, with potential for some fantastic iceberg sightings.

The Antarctic Circle - Day 17 & 18

If you haven’t had your fill of Antarctic wildlife and icebergs by now, you’ll surely be satisfied by the time we return to the Drake Passage. We’ll continue to journey onto land and out by Zodiac twice daily. Your Expedition Team will also be on the lookout for any species of penguins, seals and whales that may have eluded you on the journey south.

Northbound Along the Peninsula - Day 19 & 20

After more than a dozen days of memorable wildlife encounters, your journey home begins. Crossing the Drake Passage is your unofficial rite of passage, putting a final stamp of approval on your Antarctic adventure.

Crossing the Drake Passage - Day 21 & 22

After breakfast aboard the ship, it is time to part ways and say goodbye to your Expedition Team and fellow travelers. We will transfer you to the airport for your homeward flight.

Disembark in Ushuaia, Argentina
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Pricing per person & dates

Ultramarine | Epic Antarctica via Falklands and South Georgia from USD 29,372
Departing Ending Duration
21 Jan 2022 12 Feb 2022 23
29 Jan 2023 20 Feb 2023 23

OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES

Kayaking

Kayaking

Stand-up Paddle Boarding

Stand-up Paddle Boarding

Important Information

  • Cabin accommodation on board ship 

    All meals on board

    All scheduled landings and excursions

    Guiding and lectures by experienced expedition team

    Expedition parka (yours to keep) 

    Loan of expedition boots for duration of voyage

    One 10 to 15 minute helicopter flight-seeing excursion (weather permitting) 

    EXCLUSIONS

    International airfare

    Any activities not mentioned as included

    Visa and reciprocity fees (if applicable) 

    Baggage, cancellation and medical travel insurance

  • 2 (light adventure)
  • Available upon request, contact us for more details. 

  • Please note this itinerary depends on weather and ice conditions. 

  • Departure date, season and availability. 

SPEAK TO A SPECIALIST

Sustainability

We appreciate that voyages to the Antarctic to have an impact on this pristine environment. In light of this, all our voyages are double carbon offset. In addition, we strive to eliminate as many single use plastics as possible from our supply chain. In choosing this voyage you are also supporting the fantastic work done by the Antarctic Science Foundation (ASF) and their work in understanding and protecting this unique destination. In addition all voyages support the Mawsons Huts Foundation (MHF). The MHF support the legacy of Sir Douglas Mawson, the legendary Antarctic explorer and scientist. As a member of IAATO we follow strict guidelines appointed by the Antarctic Treaty System to go above and beyond in support of minimizing negative impacts on this pristine landscape. We also encourage clients to look to book pre-and post- accommodation with us, where local businesses will be supported. Our clients also receive restaurant recommendations which support locally owned restaurants.

We carefully select all ships we work with and choose smaller sized vessels to create less impact. We use a highly regulated, licensed vessel which is well equipped to operate in the Antarctic’s delicate ecosystem. We view the voyage to the Antarctic as an expedition, not a sightseeing trip. Smaller ships such as ours can navigate narrow waterways and are far less polluting than the larger ships in Antarctic waters. By carrying less passengers, we have far less waste. The waste is carried back to the home port to allow for environmentally conscious waste management and disposal.

For more information on our sustainability policies, including how we are striving towards being a paperless organisation, click HERE

 

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