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  • Polar Pioneer in South Georgia
    Polar Pioneer in South Georgia
  • Travel with special photo experts to Antarctica
    Travel with special photo experts to Antarctica
  • Magnificent South Georgia
    Magnificent South Georgia
  • Hiking in Antarctica
    Hiking in Antarctica
  • Gentoo penguins, Antarctic Peninsula
    Gentoo penguins, Antarctic Peninsula
  • Excitement builds as as approach Antarctica
    Excitement builds as as approach Antarctica
  • Zodiac exploration of icebergs
    Zodiac exploration of icebergs
  • Elephant seal and young, South Georgia
    Elephant seal and young, South Georgia
  • Albatross cliffs, Falkland Islands
    Albatross cliffs, Falkland Islands

In-depth Antarctica & South Georgia

As the days grow longer, the mountains shed their snowy mantle, king penguins shuffle eggs on their feet, elephant seals pup and fur seals are rambunctious. Currents of krill sweep up from the Weddell Sea, providing food for one of the greatest wildlife concentrations on the planet. Immerse yourself in whaling history, visit Shackleton’s grave and then onward to Elephant Island. Finish off by exploring spectacular Antarctic Peninsula, photographing penguins, seals, whales and historic sites, hopefully stepping onto the continent itself.
  • Photography workshops & lectures
  • Amazing Antarctic midnight sun light
  • World's largest king penguin rookeries
  • Expert guest lecturers on board
  • Gigantic icebergs break away from ice
  • Pay your respects at Sir Ernest Shackleton's grave

Photography Guide - Chris Bray

Awarded Australian Geographic's 'Spirit of Adventure' winner in 2009, Chris Bray continues to travel the world with his camera capturing photographs and video that have been published by the likes of National Geographic, both Australian and Canadian Geographic, TIME magazine and the Discovery Channel. Join Chris on this special adventure as he presents his photography masterclass series (surcharge applies) to help you capture the very best of Antarctica and South Georgia.

Day 1 – Punta Arenas to Puerto Williams, Chile Today you'll board our aircraft for the short, scenic flight to Puerto Williams. On arrival you'll enjoy a town tour before boarding Polar Pioneer to begin our journey to Antarctica and South Georgia. Days 2 to 3 – Drake Crossing Spend the next couple of days getting familiar with our ship, your home-away-from-home, and enjoying briefings from our expedition team and our naturalist and historian. For those part of the photography masterclass, your guide will prepare you with initial workshops. Days 4 to 7 – Antarctic Peninsula We cruise from the South Shetland Islands and through spectacular Gerlache Strait, passing the western flank of the Antarctic Peninsula - where you'll step foot on the continent. 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. Day 8 – 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. Days 9 to 10 – Scotia Sea We farewell Antarctica and begin our crossing to South Georgia. You'll have time to unwind and reflect on Antarctica and prepare for the next leg of our adventure. Days 11 to 14 – 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. Days 15 to 17 – Scotia Sea If time and weather permits, we may pass Shag Rocks - the six small islands in the westernmost extremity of South Georgia - before we continue our journey towards the Falkland Islands. Day 18 – Stanley, Falkland Islands Today enjoy a stop in Port Stanley, capital of the Falklands, before cruising west-bound towards Ushuaia. Day 19 – Scotia Sea Back on the Scotia Sea we make our last sea crossing. As Tierra del Fuego approaches, the air becomes warmer and we may smell the scent of green, grass-covered land. Day 20 – Ushuaia, Argentina During the morning we travel up the Beagle Channel to dock in Ushuaia, then transfer to our hotel or onto homeward-bound flights. NOTE ASG74 is an 18-day voyage an operates in reverse, starting with a flight from Santiago to the Falkland Islands, sailing to South Georgia and then the Antarctica Peninsula before finishing in Ushuaia.

Expedition Vessel: Polar Pioneer

Polar Pioneer is a small and sturdy expedition ship and a regular in polar waters. Built in Finland in 1985 as an ice- strengthened research vessel, she was refurbished in 2001 to provide a comfortable range of triple, twin and suite cabin options for a maximum of 54 expeditioners. Her excellent reputation for polar expedition cruising is due to her strength, maneuverability and size, allowing her to access areas where larger vessels simply can’t reach.

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Dates, Costs & Booking

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Date Selected: 27th Nov 2017


Adult (1) US$14300
Sub total US$14300

Expedition Options

Name Description Price
Skiing in Antarctica Our new Ski Touring activity will set the adventurers apart from the pack as they clip in and take off to explore Antarctica & South Georgia’s untouched terrain. US$900
South Georgia Alpine Crossing Follow in Shackleton’s footsteps across South Georgia on skis. It takes up to three days, weather permitting. Alpine climbing experience is essential US$1250
Kayaking option Antarctica Kayaking in the far-flung corners of the world is an experience guaranteed to refresh your soul. Paddling in small groups, glide between ice floes, brash ice and icebergs dotted with wildlife. (Price varies according to departure date) US$1050
Antarctic Sale Book selected 2017/18 Antarctica expeditions and save between US$1000 and $1500 on all cabin categories (subject to availability). US$-1500

Essential Information

Prices and Share Policy Prices quoted are per person in US$, based on twin-share. Single occupancy is 1.7 times the twin share price. No single travel fees apply if you are willing to share your cabin (triple & twin cabins only). Fuel surcharge may apply in the event of significant fuel price increases. No refund for unused services. Deposits Reservations require a deposit of $2500 per person at the time you receive a booking confirmation from Expeditions Online. A payment link will be sent to you and this may be paid by major credit card. Bookings within 90 days of departure require full payment. Final Payments Balances are due 90 days prior to departure. You will be invoiced at the appropriate time. Balance payments can be made by bank transfer or on request by major credit card, subject to a 2% surcharge. Cancellations All requests for cancellation must be received in writing to Expeditions Online. Cancellations made before 90 days of voyage departure are subject to a non-refundable deposit of $2500, however your deposit may be transferred towards a different voyage on board Polar Pioneer at a fee of $500. Transfers are subject to availability and are only valid on voyages that depart within 12 months from date of transfer. You must pay the difference between the original booked price and the price of any transferred booking including the new deposit amount. If cancellation occurs less than 90 days prior to departure, you will be required to pay for the full cost of the trip. We strongly recommend that you obtain adequate trip cancellation insurance. Booking Terms Please read carefully the General Booking Conditions for Expeditions Online. This voyage is operated by Aurora Expeditions and you additionally travel under their terms and conditions as the operator as well as of the Shipping Company/transport carrier. Details will be forwarded to you at the time of booking along with a separate Booking Form.

Included

  • Flight from Punta Arenas to Puerto Williams
  • Transfer from Puerto Williams airport to Polar Pioneer, including lunch and tour of Puerto Williams
  • Accommodation on board Polar Pioneer
  • All meals, snacks, tea and coffee during the voyage
  • All shore excursions and Zodiac (inflatable boat) cruises
  • Educational lectures and guiding services from our expert team
  • Access to our on board doctor and basic medical services
  • Complimentary custom-designed Polar Expedition jacket
  • Free gumboot hire during the voyage
  • Daily cabin service
  • A multi-purpose waterproof jacket
  • Comprehensive pre-departure information
  • Professionally produced voyage journal (one per booking)
  • Port taxes and charges
  • All entry fees to historic landings sites.

Excluded

  • International or domestic flights to or from ship, unless specified
  • Transfers not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Airport arrival or departure taxes
  • Visa, passport, and vaccination charges
  • Travel insurance or emergency evacuation charges
  • Hotels and meals not included in itinerary
  • Optional excursions not included in the itinerary
  • Optional activity surcharge. Please contact us if you wish to book any optional activities, such as sea kayaking
  • All items of a personal nature including but not limited to: alcoholic beverages and soft drinks, laundry services, personal clothing, medical expenses, gratuities, and email or phone charges