Antarctic Quest Via the Falklands (Malvinas) and South Georgia
• 20 days
• Multiple departures
• Start and Finish: Ushuaia, Argentina
• Embarkation and Disembarkation: Ushuaia
• Adventure Ship expedition
On board Clipper Adventurer (122 pax)
DEC 28 – JAN 16, 2010
On board Orlova (110 pax)
JAN 24 – FEB 12, 2010
Net rate in DBL cabine USD8400 per person.
Day 1: This extended adventure begins at the tip of South America, with a night at a local hotel.
Day 2: Embarkation day. Charles Darwin was the first to identify the indigenous trees in the region. Ushuaia is situated on a channel named for the ship that brought him there, HMS Beagle. You’ll sail the channel after boarding in the late afternoon.
DAY 3–5: The evolution of adventure En route to the Falkland Islands (Islas Malvinas), you learn more about Darwin. The shipboard education program introduces the flora and fauna that you can expect to encounter during landings. Properly prepared, you are zipped from the ship to shore in a Zodiac to hike to a plain where geese graze and Magellanic Penguins guard their burrows. You’ll comb beaches and socialize with local residents. There are activities for a diverse range of interests – historical, natural and physical.
DAY 6–11: Paradise lost and found The published account of James Cook’s voyage to South Georgia brought fortune seekers to the island for nearly two hundred years. Now, there are only a handful of scientists studying the abundant bird life and the glaciers that cover the island. The Expedition Team plans a series of landings including King Penguin rookeries, abandoned whaling stations and the grave of Sir Ernest Shackleton. Different activity levels will be accommodated during the landings. You can be as active as you like.
DAY 12–17: Antarctic endurance As the ship sails south and west, watch for tabular icebergs, as now you will be in Antarctic waters. Landings in the South Shetland Islands are planned. The northernmost island in the archipelago is Elephant Island, where the crew of Endurance waited for rescue. While a landing there is not likely, no exploration of the Antarctic is complete without hearing of the exploits of Shackleton and his crew. Adventure is a priority You’ll be off the ship at least twice a day, to climb craggy hills, or cruise in Zodiacs along granite beaches choked with brash ice. Perhaps, you’ll take a polar plunge. Wildlife viewing will be a priority ashore and from the deck. The optional activities – camping or kayaking – are planned also. For all activities, included and optional, the Expedition Team consults weather reports and marine charts to find the best sites for a memorable experience.
DAY 18–20: The Drake Passage. Lake or shake? This famous passage is notorious for its high winds and rolling seas. Crossing it is as much a part of the Antarctic experience as penguins and krill. All the great explorers have braved the Drake Passage. It is a most fitting end to your Antarctic quest.
Important reminder: Embracing the unexpected is part of the legacy – and excitement – of expedition travel. There are no guarantees that we can achieve everything we set out to accomplish. A measure of flexibility is something all of us must bring to a polar expedition.
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