Small Group Safari

Antarctic Peninsula Penguin Discovery

Explore the frozen Antarctic continent and the sub-Antarctic region in search of up to eight different species of penguin. Sail the frozen seas through magnificent ice sculptures and dramatic scenery as you marvel at the stillness of this frozen continent.

Duration 12 days
Price From $11,494
When Jan - Feb
Destination Antarctica

Safari Overview

Explore the last great, truly wild, continent. Sail through the most dramatic and breath-taking landscapes you are ever likely to encounter, on a trip that will leave you changed forever. Watch in wonder as penguins splash through the water, and curiously wander towards you as you sit mesmerised on the beach. Hike the hills of the beautiful Falkland Islands, and photograph as many as eight incredible species of penguin.

What makes this trip extraordinary?

  • See up to eight different species of penguin, more than almost all other Antarctic trips.
  • Test your photography skills as you cruise alongside incredible ice formations.
  • Visit the beautiful Falkland Islands to encounter the impressive king penguin.
  • Enjoy the absolute peace and quiet as you relax on board one of the quietest ships in Antarctica.

A penguin focussed safari exploring the white continent, and the wildlife-rich Falkland Islands.

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Day by day

Day 1

Ushuaia

Today, the adventure begins in beautiful Ushuaia! Enjoy a welcome cocktail and get to know your fellow passengers as you set sail through the Beagle Channel.

Overnight: Akademik Sergey Vavilov D

Days 2-3

Drake Passage

This is where the real adventure begins, as you set sail across the notorious Drake Passage with excitement in the air as you head south towards Antarctica. Look out for the wandering albatross, Cape and giant petrels, and if you are very lucky, the light mantled albatross showing off in elaborate aerial displays.

Overnight: Akademik Sergey Vavilov B, L, D

Days 4-5

Antarctic Peninsula

Awaken to the magnificent snowy peaks of Antarctica off the bow of the ship, a sight that will take your breath away. Ice and weather conditions permitting, head out to visit Dallman Bay and the Melchior Islands. Course set due north, sail towards Antarctic sound, the gateway to the Weddell Sea, with a possible stop at Deception Island.

Overnight: Akademik Sergey Vavilov B, L, D

Days 6-7

Weddell Sea

As you sail into the Weddell Sea, stand on deck in awe of the incredible tabular icebergs. Excursions may include Hope Bay (also known as Iceberg Alley), Paulet Island and Brown Bluff, known for Weddell and leopard seals. Explore the penguin rookeries and learn more about the history of the region as your expedition team tell stories of Shackleton and the HMS Endurance.

Overnight: Akademik Sergey Vavilov B, L, D

Day 8

Elephant Island

The southern tip of Elephant Island is home to an impressive chinstrap colony. Both elephant and Antarctic fur seals are often found lounging around on the beaches here, so you’ll have your camera at the ready to capture these impressive creatures.

Overnight: Akademik Sergey Vavilov B, L, D

Days 9-10

Sailing to the Falkland Islands

This is your opportunity to catch up on some photo editing, taking some tips from the resident photographer on board. Relax with your fellow passengers and watch for sea birds from the warmth of the bridge or take a dip in the plunge pool followed by an outdoor Jacuzzi.

Overnight: Akademik Sergey Vavilov B, L, D

Day 11

Falkland Islands

Today you’ll have the opportunity to explore the black browed albatross colony on West Point Island, as you get up close to their nests. If possible, you will get the opportunity to head to Saunders Island to look out for gentoo, magellanic and rockhopper penguins and hopefully the impressive king penguin – an amazing way to round off an incredible trip.

Overnight: Akademik Sergey Vavilov B, L, D

Day 12

Falkland Islands - Depart

This morning, disembark in Stanley and take some time to explore the pretty town and pick up some souvenirs, or send a postcard home. You will then jump on a transfer to the airport, for a return flight to Punta Arenas in southern Chile. A transfer from the airport into town will be provided, and then it’s time to say goodbye as your journey of a lifetime has come to an end.

Trip Details

Dates and Prices

This is a small group, set departure on board the Akademik Sergey Vavilov or Akademik Ioffe, two of the quietest and most stable ships sailing Antarctic waters. Visit the Antarctic Peninsula, the Weddell Sea and the Falkland Islands.

2018 Departures  Vessel  Price
Jan 9-20  Akademik Sergey Vavilov  From £8,210 per person 
Jan 23-Feb 3  Akademik Ioffe  From £8,210 per person
Jan 30-Feb 10  Akademik Sergey Vavilov  From £8,210 per person 

Note that all prices exclude international flights.


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