S. Georgia and Antarctic Odyssey

Polar Pioneer Cruise Ship
Polar Pioneer
56 Passengers
Adventure Options

Summer comes to South Georgia’s remote, untamed landscape like a freight train. Famed for its abandoned whaling stations and Shackleton’s heroic journey, South Georgia is home to millions of fur seals and penguins, wallows of elephant seals, and nesting albatross. We arrive at the breeding cycle peak, as chicks become juveniles, parents shuttle fish and seal pups thrill with mock charges. Retracing Shackleton’s boat voyage, we visit Elephant Island before continuing south along the Antarctic Peninsula. Days remain long, and filled with humpback and minke whales, penguins and leopard seals, historic sites and scientific stations.

Voyage Highlights
- Peak summer wildlife activity
- Penguin and albatross chicks, and seal pups
- Whaling history and research stations
- Trace the last leg of Shackleton's famed South Georgia crossing
- Land on the Antarctic continent

Cruise/Fly, Fly/Cruise details

6 January to 23 January 2016 | 18 days
Ushuaia to Punta Arenas OR Santiago
- Cruise from Ushuaia to Stanley, Falkland Islands
- Fly from Stanley to Punta Arenas OR Santiago

23 January to 9 February 2016 | 18 days
Santiago OR Punta Arenas to Punta Arenas
- Fly from Santiago OR Punta Arenas to Stanley, Falkland Islands
- Cruise from Stanley to Puerto Williams with an included return flight to Punta Arenas

Day 1

Embark in Ushuaia in the late afternoon to a warm welcome before we set sail along the Beagle Channel.

Days 2 & 3

Drake Passage offers excellent bird watching from the outer decks or the warm bridge. Our expedition team presents Zodiac and environmental briefings, and enlightening talks on Antarctica. Keen eyes watch for icebergs, penguins, seals and cormorants as we approach our first landing in the South Shetland Islands.

Days 4 to 7

Awaken to the thrill of Antarctica, where we plan to visit busy penguin rookeries, historic sites and make a continental landing. A host of choices are now open to us and depending on the ice and weather conditions the western side of the Antarctic Peninsula is ours to explore. Our experienced leaders, who have made countless journeys to this area, will use their expertise to design our voyage from day to day. This allows us to make best use of the prevailing weather and ice conditions and wildlife opportunities. We will use daylight hours as vigorously as possible to make the most of our day.

Day 8

Elephant Island, where Shackleton’s men wintered beneath their upturned boats. With luck and weather permitting we will go ashore to pay tribute to these hardy souls.

Days 9 & 10

En route to South Georgia, we following in Shackleton’s wake across the Scotia Sea, and reflect on what we’ve seen and learned so far.

Days 11 to 14

We have ample time to explore South Georgia’s spectacular northern coast, including the world’s largest king penguin rookeries and majestic albatross nests. Kayakers revel in paddling the coastline’s nooks and crannies, accompanied by playful seals. In Stromness and Grytviken harbors, 3000-meter peaks form dramatic backdrops to the remains of whaling stations. Kelp-strewn beaches are cluttered with basking elephant seals, feisty fur seals and penguins.

Days 15 to 17

Keeping watch for the kelp-skirted Shag Rocks, we cross the Scotia Sea, entertained by our expert naturalist and historian.

Day 18

Dawn greets us in the Falkland Islands/Maldivas capital, Stanley; where we bid farewell to Polar Pioneer. You have the option of either spending more time exploring the Falkland Islands or continuing on to Punta Arenas or Santiago, Chile.

Please note that all of our itineraries are at the mercy of weather conditions and not all landings are guaranteed. Our itineraries are flexible and will change voyage to voyage, allowing the best chance to make the most of surprising wildlife displays and unexpected opportunities.

NOTE:

Jan 23rd Trip operates in REVERSE of this trip - starting in Santiago OR Punta Arenas and ending in Punta Arenas (instead of Ushuaia).

* Itinerary may be subject to change

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Per Person USD
Rates 2014-2015
Triple Shared
Twin Shared
Twin Private
Mini Suite
Captain's Suite
Kayaking
Option
Charter
Air
Camp, Mountaineering, Photography, Kayak
- Full -
$8,700Full$10,290Full$11,550Full$12,900Full$14,290Full$995Full 
Kayak
- Full -
$13,660Full$16,200Full$18,900Full$20,700Full$21,990Full$1,250Full 
Kayak
- Full -
$13,660Full$16,200Full$18,900Full$20,700Full$21,990Full$1,250Full 
Camp, Kayak
- Full -
$8,700Full$10,290Full$11,550Full$12,900Full$14,290Full$995Full 
Mountaineering, Kayak
Shackleton Crossing
- Very Limited Availability -
$13,660Full$16,200Full$18,900$20,700Full$21,990Full$1,295Full 
Kayak
- Full -
$7,100Full$8,750Full$10,200Full$11,300Full$12,600Full$925Full 
Kayak
Snorkeling
- Full -
$7,100Full$8,750Full$10,200Full$11,300Full$12,600Full$925Full 
Kayak
- Very Limited Availability -
15% Discount on all remaining berths
$12,660$10,761Full$15,200$12,920$17,900$15,215$19,700$16,745Full$20,990$17,842Full$1,295Full 
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Airfare Not Included. Rates are per person, based on twin-share. Single costs are 1.7 times the twin rate.

Mandatory Flight for Fly/Cruise (Punta Arenas to Antarctica) and Cruise/Fly (Antarctica to Punta Arenas) - $1200
Optional Flight Punta Arenas / Falklands or Falklands / Punta Arenas $660

Adventure options must be pre-booked and paid for prior to start of the trip. Space is subject to availability. Some activities require experience.

Optional Activities: Kayaking $925-1295, South Georgia Alpine Crossing $1250, Climbing $250, Photography Free, Camping  Free.

Mandatory Emergency Evacuation Insurance Required. All trips subject to possible fuel surcharge.

Only show rates under
$ X
Please note that availability is updated about once a week.
Per Person USD
Rates 2015-2016
Triple Shared
Twin Shared
Twin Private
Mini Suite
Captain's Suite
Kayaking
Option
Charter
Air
Kayak
$14,300$16,900$19,800$21,700$23,090Full$1,295 
Camp, Mountaineering, Photography, Kayak
$8,310$9,825$11,025$12,325$13,650$1,050 
Camp, Kayak
$7,800$9,600$11,220$12,430Full$13,860Full$995 
Camp, Kayak
$7,800$9,600$11,220$12,430Full$13,860Full$995Full 
Kayak
$14,300$16,900$19,800$21,700$23,090Full$1,295 
Kayak
$14,300$16,900$19,800$21,700$23,090Full$1,295 
Camp, Kayak
$8,310$9,825$11,025$12,325Full$13,650$1,050 
Kayak
- Very Limited Availability -
$7,800Full$9,600Full$11,220$12,430$13,860$995 
Kayak
- Very Limited Availability -
$7,800Full$9,600Full$11,220$12,430$13,860$995 
Mountaineering
$14,300$16,900$19,800$21,700Full$23,090Full$1,295 
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International Airfare Not Included. Rates are per person, based on twin-share. Single costs are 1.7 times the twin rate.

Flights included for Fly/Cruise itineraries.

Adventure options must be pre-booked and paid for prior to start of the trip. Space is subject to availability. Some activities require experience.

Optional Activities: Kayaking $925-1295, South Georgia Alpine Crossing $1250, Climbing $450, Photography Free, Camping  Free.

Mandatory Emergency Evacuation Insurance Required. All trips subject to possible fuel surcharge.

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