Small Group Safari

Falkland Islands, South Georgia & Antarctica

Explore the stunning area of Antarctica and the islands which surround it. Keep your eyes peeled for an abundance of wildlife including gentoo, Adelie and rockhopper penguins and if you’re lucky you may even be able to spot some humpback whales.

Duration 19 days
Price From $14,092
When Oct 2018
Destination Antarctica

Safari Overview

This magnificent adventure spends a full 19 days exploring the far southern reaches of the globe, where you will find an abundance of unusual wildlife. Explore outstanding landscapes filled with towering glaciers that punctuate still waters and a formidable beauty that overwhelms even the most intrepid travellers. Climb aboard the beautiful Akademik Sergey Vavilov or the Akademic Ioffe, to start this once in a lifetime adventure.

What makes this trip extraordinary?

  • The opportunity to explore diverse, remote locations within the southern continent.
  • Conditions permitting, set foot on the continent of Antarctica.
  • A huge array of wildlife including several species of penguin living in vast colonies, whales, seals and other seabirds.
  • Explore old whaling stations and visit the grave of polar explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton.
  • See the incredible landscape of Antarctica, cruising alongside vast icebergs and incredible ice formations.

An extensive safari including remote South Georgia and the Falkland Islands, as well as the white continent itself.

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Day by day

Day 1

Ushuaia

Today is the first day of our adventure. As we board the vessel in Ushuaia, the world's southernmost city near the tip of Argentina, and start to become familiar with 'your home' for the next 18 days conversations inevitably turn to the exciting journey ahead of us. In the early evening, you will set sail and begin your voyage leaving behind Ushuaia and charting a course through the Beagle Channel.

Overnight: Akademik Sergey Vavilov D

Day 2

At Sea

You will have the chance to spend plenty of time with our on-board polar experts. They will be educating you as travel closer to the Great White Continent, on the wonders of Antarctica. Sailing northeast, you will likely be joined by swooping seabirds including the wandering albatross, who you will come to know well on this journey.

Overnight: Akademik Sergey Vavilov B, L, D

Days 3-4

Falkland Islands

Arriving in the Falklands overnight, in the morning you will be able to make your first shore excursion. The plan will be to explore the islands of the West Falkland Archipelago, home to a profusion of seabirds and migratory birds including the black-browed albatross. Our first penguin sightings will be on the island of West Point with its bustling rookeries of rockhoppers. On Carcass Island, you will observe nesting Magellanic penguins along with oystercatchers, geese and the flightless steamer duck who is a permanent Falkland resident. The next day you will make a stop in Stanley, where you will learn how this quiet harbour was once a major port in the 19th century and have the opportunity to visit the philatelic museum.

Overnight: Akademik Sergey Vavilov B, L, D

Days 5-6

At Sea

Now you will sail southeast bound for the island of South Georgia. Much of your time is spent scanning the horizon in search of whales and other marine mammals. Your friendly on-board experts continue to fill minds with heroic stories of some of the earliest daredevils to explore Antarctica. The anticipation grows particularly as you cross the Antarctic Convergence and notice a dramatic drop in temperature.

Overnight: Akademik Sergey Vavilov B, L, D

Days 7-9

South Georgia

Majestic snow-covered mountains greet you on the island of South Georgia - the most rugged island in this region. You will cruise the protected waters of the eastern coast looking for suitable landing spots such as Salisbury Plain and St Andrews Bay. The highlight of both these excursions is the abundance of king penguins and their chicks that live in these locations by the hundreds of thousands, covering every inch of the shore. Fur seals can also be seen poking their heads above the water, skuas and giant petrels swoop in the skies above, and the albatross our constant companion is never far away. You may be able to explore an old whaling station at Grytviken (Greet-vik-in) and visit the grave of the most famous Antarctic explorer, Sir Ernest Shackleton.

Overnight: Akademik Sergey Vavilov B, L, D

Days 10-12

At Sea

As you cross the Scotia Sea, sailing ever closer to Antarctica, you may visit the South Orkney Islands. Linked to the Antarctic Peninsula by an enormous sub-marine mountain range these islands, often shrouded in mist, are protected by large icebergs and sea ice. If you’re lucky, there will be an excursion to Coronation Island to observe penguins nesting in moss beds alongside graceful snow petrels. You may also stop at the remote island of Laurie and visit the Argentinean meteorological station located there.

Overnight: Akademik Sergey Vavilov B, L, D

Days 13-16

South Shetland Islands & Antarctic

Elephant Island, en route to the South Shetland Islands, will be your next destination if conditions are suitable. Here, you will learn more about the famous Antarctic adventures of Sir Ernest Shackleton. This island was a place of refuge in 1916 for Shackleton and his crew after his ship was destroyed by pack ice in the Weddell Sea. Next, you will spend some time cruising among the South Shetland Islands just off the Antarctic Peninsula.

Overnight: Akademik Sergey Vavilov B, L, D

Days 17-18

The Drake Passage

As you leave this magical place and make your way back, heading again across the Antarctic Convergence and the Drake Passage before rounding Cape Horn, we have no doubt that time will be spent sharing and reflecting on the wonderful experiences of the last few days. Sailing up the Beagle Channel, you and your fellow guests celebrate the conclusion of our Polar expedition at a special dinner.

Overnight: Akademik Sergey Vavilov B, L, D

Day 19

Ushuaia

Early this morning you will arrive back in Ushuaia. It is now time to bid a fond farewell to your crew and fellow travellers. Depending on your impending travel plans you will either be transported to your hotel or the airport for your onward flight.

Trip Details

Dates and Prices

This is a small group departure on the Akademik Ioffe leaving on set dates.

2018 Departures  Price 
Oct 20 - Nov 7 From £10,595 per person 

Note that all prices exclude international flights.

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