- Be one of few to reach the polar circle in Antarctica.
- Majestic mountains, ice and scenery of the Antarctic Peninsula
- Fast, powerful and ice strengthened vessel
- Educational program from onboard lecturers and specialists
- Onboard hospitality staff look after your every comfort
- See abundant wildlife - penguins, seals, whales and more!
This exciting new Antarctic expedition provides a modern
twist on a much loved classic. The inlcuded flights allow us to reach our objective of the Antarctic
Circle in just 11 days. On the way south, enjoy eight
days of off-ship exploration along the Antarctic Peninsula,
visiting a large number of landing sites and cruising among
the ice floes in our Zodiac boats. We use our time efficiently,
by embarking in the port of Stanley - the quaint capital of the
Falkland Islands. Crossing south to Antarctica we witness
the magnificent pelagic seabirds of the southern region,
including the giant Wandering albatross. This ocean habitat
teems with life above and below the water and is a
fascinating ecosystem in its own right.
We navigate the ship south, hoping to reach the Antarctic
Circle in the vicinity of Detaille Island. Returning to the
north, we aim to visit several classic locations such as
Petermann Island, and the iceberg ‘graveyard’ at Pleneau Island. We transit the Lemaire Channel if ice
conditions permit and make continental landings at Paradise Harbour or nearby Neko Harbour. Both locations
offer outstanding hiking opportunities. Each day we explore on shore by foot, observing wildlife colonies,
visiting historic huts and science bases, photographing icebergs and soaking up the incredible landscapes
that surround us. The adventure is not over and we complete our voyage with visits to several locations in the
South Shetland Islands, including Deception Island. We disembark the ship at King George Island and fly
back to South America in just two hours – saving more than two days crossing the open waters of the Drake
Passage. For a relatively short voyage, this trip packs a serious punch and offers fantastic scenery, wildlife,
historic and scientific interest.
Day 1 / Punta Arenas, Chile to Port Stanley, Falkland Islands
Our journey commences this morning in the southern Chilean city of Punta Arenas. We meet at a central
location before transferring to the airport for our scheduled flight to Stanley in the Falkland Islands. (This flight
is included in the price of your voyage). After a short 90-minute journey we are met on arrival and transferred
to the pier.
Stanley is currently home to just over 2,000 residents and is reminiscent of a rural town in coastal Britain. It is
charming with brightly colored houses, pretty flower-filled gardens, a quaint cathedral and several local pubs.
The waterfront memorial, built to commemorate the lives of the servicemen lost during the Falklands War in
the early 1980’s, is a sobering reminder of recent history. There is time to explore the town, before we make
our way to the ship for embarkation. After settling in to our cabins and exploring the ship, we meet our
expedition team and fellow passengers. Excitement is in the air as we enjoy a welcome cocktail, dinner and
cast off, bound for Antarctica – and the adventure of a lifetime.
Days 2 - 3 / At Sea towards Antarctica
We chart a southerly course for Antarctica. This stretch of the South Atlantic is rich in its bio-diversity and
showcases an abundance of wildlife. We will be joined by hundreds of seabirds including the wandering
albatross. Giant petrels and smaller Cape petrels are also constant companions as make our way south.
Photographing these magnificent birds from the deck of the ship takes patience and skill and our photography
expert will be on hand to show you the best techniques. Join the ship’s Captain on the bridge and learn about
the operations of our modern research vessel. Throughout the day our onboard experts educate us with a
series of presentations about the environment, the wildlife and history and the locations we hope to visit in the
If we enjoy good sailing conditions crossing to Antarctica, we may include a visit to the very historic location of
Elephant Island – a place central to the Shackleton story. It is from here that Shackleton and four of his
companions set off on their epic ocean crossing to South Georgia 100 years ago. Shore landings at Point Wild
are notoriously tricky due to surging swell onto the rocky beach. Nevertheless this a thrilling place to visit.
Day 4 - 5 / King George Island and Antarctic Peninsula
This morning we are in position at King George Island – the largest in the South Shetlands group. There are
two landing sites here and a visit depends on the prevailing weather conditions. Penguin Island and nearby
Turret Point offer good opportunities for shore landings to view Adelie, chinstrap and gentoo penguins.
Southern giant petrels, kelp gulls and Antarctic terns are also known to nest here. This afternoon we continue
our journey south, navigating into the broad expanse of the Bransfield Straight – making our way ever closer
to the Antarctic coastline. This is an important migration corridor for wildlife and we keep a lookout for whales
in the waters surrounding the ship. Large icebergs will be present from this point onwards and make for
striking photographs in the evening light. By morning, the towering mountain peaks of the Antarctic continent
loom into view and we should make landfall around Wilhelmina Bay. This is truly an ‘A-list’ location and a
place we often encounter sizeable pods of humpback whales. We navigate under the towering cliffs of Spigot
Peak and into the Errera Channel hoping for a shore landing at Cuverville Island – home to a rookery of
Gentoo penguins. It’s a fantastic location for a zodiac cruise or a paddle in the sea kayaks.
Day 6 - 8 / Towards the Antarctic Circle and Gerlache Coastline
We encourage you to spend time on the outer decks soaking up the scenery as we navigate south. We pass
through the ice strewn waters making our way towards out ultimate objective, the Antarctic Circle. Given
favorable ice conditions, our first goal will be to sail south of the Antarctic Circle and into Crystal Sound. A
favored landing site here is Detaille Island, home to an abandoned British science hut from the 1950’s.
This vicinity marks our turnaround point and from now on, we return in a northerly direction exploring the
dramatic coastline of the Antarctic Peninsula. We hope to visit a working scientific base to learn something of
the important climate-related research happening here. A hike over the snowy saddle of nearby Winter Island
allows us to stretch our legs and explore a historic British Antarctic Survey hut. If the conditions are right, we
aim to offer our overnight camping program to all adventurers somewhere in this vicinity. We have all the gear
onboard and an experienced team to make this a night to remember!
Petermann Island is home to an Adelie penguin rookery. Adelies - the smallest of the Antarctic penguins nest
here and share the location with Gentoo penguins and Imperial cormorants. The view to the north of Mount
Shackleton and Mount Scott is impressive. These towering granite sentinels mark the southern entrance to
the nearby Lemaire Channel. Pleneau Island offers more opportunities for shore landings. Just off shore,
massive icebergs run a round in the shallows. Constant wind and wave action sculpt these gargantuan
chunks of ice into fantastic shapes, revealing more shades of blue than you can possibly imagine. For many,
a zodiac cruise here may well be a highlight of the voyage.
Days 9 - 10 / Antarctic Peninsula and South Shetland Islands
We aim to transit the Lemaire Channel on our way north towards Paradise Harbour. This may be the first
opportunity to step foot on the continent of Antarctica itself. Nearby Neko Harbour offers another continental
landing. Both locations offer terrific hiking opportunities up to panoramic view points. For the sea kayakers,
the paddling opportunities here are endless. Expect to be in full sensory overload by this time of the voyage.
By morning we arrive in the South Shetland Islands. The adventure is not over and if the weather conditions
allow, we sail the ship into the flooded volcanic caldera at Deception Island. This is a very dramatic place and
history is all around us as we explore the old whaling station, with the rusted old boilers and dilapidated
wooden huts. At the far end of the beach is an old aircraft hangar. This is where Australian, Sir Hubert Wilkins
made the very first flight in Antarctica in 1928. There is also an outstanding hike here, high up onto the rim of
On a sunny day, cruising along the coast of Livingston Island is a memorable experience. There are several
other landing sites in the vicinity including Half Moon Island, or the broad pebbly beach at Yankee Harbour,
where we sometimes encounter Weddell seals sunning themselves. This is another great spot for a hike or a
zodiac cruise. It’s a fitting place to reflect on a wonderful expedition. Charting a course for King George Island
in early evening light, we enjoy a special dinner attended by the Captain of the ship.
Day 11 / King George Island – return to Punta Arenas, Chile
This morning we are anchored off King George Island. We say goodbye to our crew and transfer ashore by
zodiac and time permitting, we will explore the surrounding area. There are several important science bases
here including Chile’s Frei Station and Bellingshausen Station. We are transferred to the airstrip for the twohour
flight to Punta Arenas in southern Chile (this flight is included in the price of your voyage). We
recommend you spend a night in Punta Arenas in the event of any delays returning from Antarctica today. On
arrival, a transfer is provided to several hotel locations downtown. Punta Arenas is an interesting city – and
also the gateway to the magnificent region of Patagonia.
Note: Polar exploration can be unpredictable, which regularly causes variations to our itineraries. Specific sites visited will depend on prevailing weather and ice conditions at the time of sailing. The above itinerary should be read as a 'guide only' and may change. The ship's Captain in conjunction with the Expedition Leader continually review the sailing plan throughout the voyage, making adjustments to the
itinerary along the way to take advantage of optimal weather and ice conditions or to maximize our encounters
with wildlife. Decades of experience spent exploring these waterways mean we have a large number of
outstanding landing sites and zodiac cruising locations to consider, even when the weather conditions may
not be ideal or when heavy ice may block out a planned route. A flexible approach is something we encourage
you to bring to the ship.
Expedition Vessel: M/V Akademik Sergey Vavilov
Designed for polar research, the Akademik Sergey Vavilov, also known as the One Ocean Voyager is modern, comfortable, safe and ice-strengthened. From small group sessions to briefings for all passengers, the public spaces onboard the ship ideally suited for each and every need. A separate bar and lounge located on deck 6 with expansive 180 degree views, as well as a library provide ideal places to sit and relax or catch up on some reading.
Enjoy the sumptuous meals prepared for you by the culinary team in the dining room, which can host all clients in a single seating with ample room. Other facilities include the theatre style presentation room, gift-shop, fitness room, massage room, hot water spa (November 2012), sauna, and salt water plunge pool.
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||Imagine the swish of water is it passes your hull, or the clack of brash ice against your paddle blade. Sea kayaking in polar regions allows you to experience a new side of this magnificent destination. Even the smallest piece of brash ice requires a navigation decision that you as skipper of your own little boat will be required to make. Bumping through the ice, gliding across a glassy bay with the mountains and glaciers reflected in the water, or close encounters with wildlife are experiences shared by sea kayakers.
Our highly experienced guides spend more time paddling in cold water then they do in warm waters. With a combined role of safety and interpretation, they will guide and introduce you to a slower paced, quieter environment.
Kayak excursions will be offered in conjunction with the Zodiac excursions whenever weather conditions permit. The Kayak Guides and Adventure Concierges will help to explain the choices of activities at each landing site and provide some suggestions on what to participate in, based on your own interests.
|Santiago 4-day Stopover (4-star)
||Santiago - 4 days/3 night
Chile’s charming capital is nestled on an inland plain, with the snow-capped Andes towering in the background. It is one of the most modern cities on the continent, yet still retains a colonial influence with many beautiful historical buildings and plazas. It is also a city surrounded by fertile wine-producing valleys and world-class ski resorts, and is within an hour’s drive of the Pacific Ocean. Enjoy the fabulous museums, shops and restaurants. Your 3 night stay includes 4-star accommodation with breakfast, airport transfers, a half day private city tour and a shared full day tour to Viña del Mar and colourful Valparaiso on the coast. Prices shown are per person twin share and subject to change (contact us for single or triple pricing and other hotel standards). Itinerary can also be customised please contact us for details.
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Prices shown are per person on a shared basis. If you are travelling alone and wish to share, you will be matched with someone of the same gender and pay only the share rate. If desired, Single occupancy is available at 1.5 times the twin share rate (not available in the Triple category), or 2 times the rate for Suites.
Family Travel and Child Discounts
For youth up to and including 17 years of age there is a 25% reduction in price. For youth between the ages of 18-21 there is a 20% reduction in price with proof of educational enrolment (current student card). These youth bookings must accompany an adult booking. Permission is required for any traveller under the age of 18 years and a Child Consent form to be completed.
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- Voyage and accommodation on board as indicated in the itinerary.
- One way flight Punta Arenas to Stanley, Falkland Islands.
- One way flight King George Island to Punta Arenas.
- All meals throughout the voyage aboard the ship including snacks, coffee and tea.
- Free use of onboard expedition rubber boots & wet weather gear (you are welcome to bring your own as well)
- All shore excursions and activities throughout the voyage by Zodiac and guided hikes/walks.
- Educational presentations and leadership by experienced expedition guides, naturalist staff, and hospitality staff.
- Access to onboard multimedia room and download stations
- An emergency trained English speaking physician
- All miscellaneous service taxes and port charges throughout the program.
- Comprehensive pre-departure material.
- Any airfare other than the listed charter flights.
- Pre- and post land arrangements.
- Transfers to the vessel.
- Passport and visa expenses.
- Government arrival and departure taxes.
- Baggage, cancellation and personal insurance (which is strongly recommended).
- Excess baggage charges.
- All items of a personal nature such as additional purchases onboard in the gift shop, laundry, bar, beverage charges and telecommunication charges.
- The customary gratuity at the end of the voyages for stewards and other service personnel aboard (guidelines will be provided).