South Georgia and Antarctic Peninsula: Penguin Safari

Ocean Endeavour Cruise Ship
Ocean Endeavour
199 Passengers
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Your adventure begins in Buenos Aires, where you’ll enjoy its heavily European-influenced heritage before being whisked away on a private charter flight to explore Ushuaia prior to embarkation. At sea, photograph massive albatross and pintado petrel as they swoop and soar around the ship, guiding us toward South Georgia. Beaches teeming with king penguins and elephant seals greet us on this fabled island, where we’ll pay our respects to famed explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton.

Antarctica awaits, with its geographic contradictions and overwhelming enormity. Relax on a Zodiac ride, hike glistening glaciers, share comical moments with inquisitive penguins, or witness the rugged peninsula from a sea kayak. Antarctica will surprise and delight, and never disappoint.

Expedition in Brief:
• Experience the quintessential wildlife experience of the “Galapagos of the Poles”
• Visit South Georgia’s king penguin rookeries – the largest in the world
• Reflect at the resting place of the great explorer, Sir Ernest Shackleton
• Visit abandoned whaling stations and learn stories of inhabitants who called this island home
• Enjoy on-board lecturers and educational presentations from polar specialists
• Arrive in Buenos Aires, Argentina, the tango capital of the world, and let us take care of the rest of the journey

Brief Itinerary

Day 1 Buenos Aires, Argentina
Day 2 Charter Flight from Buenos Aires to Ushuaia, Argentina and Embarkation
Days 3 to 5 At Sea
Days 6 to 8 South Georgia
Days 9 & 10 At Sea
Days 11 to 13 Antarctic Peninsula
Days 14 & 15 Crossing the Drake Passage
Day 16 Disembarkation in Ushuaia and Charter Flight to Buenos Aires

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Day 1 — Buenos Aires, Argentina

You may arrive in Buenos Aires at any time during Day 1 of the itinerary. Upon your arrival in this splendid city, known for its rich architecture and European heritage, you will independently transfer to the group hotel (pre-night hotel included).

Day 2 — Charter Flight from Buenos Aires to Ushuaia, Argentina and Embarkation

After breakfast at the hotel, the group will transfer to the airport and board our private charter flight to Ushuaia, Argentina.

Upon arrival, you will have a little time to explore this quaint port town before heading to the pier.

Embarkation will occur in the late afternoon, after which your vessel will sail down the historic Beagle Channel. This famous channel transects the Tierra del Fuego archipelago in the extreme south of South America. Think of the Beagle Channel as the tasty appetizer before your main course arrives. You will want to get out on deck and keep your eyes open as there are several bird species to capture your attention and test your photography skills.

Days 3 to 5 — At Sea

The expedition team will keep you busy by testing your knowledge of seabirds, penguins and the history of South Georgia as they begin their educational lecture program. Your first days will include time to get acquainted with fellow travelers and learning about the shore landings, Zodiac excursions and kayaking opportunities that await you.

Days 6 to 8 — South Georgia

The first indication that you are approaching South Georgia is the sighting of birds around a group of rocky spires called Shag Rocks. Rising out of the icy ocean waters, have your binoculars and cameras ready to photograph these rocks. Shags, prions and wandering albatross often rest here.

After enjoying South Georgia from a distance, we’ll head towards its dark sandy beaches to find a protected bay for your first land excursion. Landing sites on South Georgia are varied, and are largely determined by the weather conditions of your voyage. Whichever landing sites we visit, they’ll provide you with wildlife encounters that cannot be enjoyed anywhere else on earth.

This is one of the most fertile breeding grounds in the world for sub-Antarctic wildlife, with beaches littered with penguins - in particular king and macaroni penguins. Many rookeries number into the 100s of thousands! It won’t take you long to realize that South Georgia is a paradise for bird lovers as burrowing seabirds, albatross and petrels can be seen in abundance.

You’ll find that South Georgia is also scattered with abandoned relics and evidence of human activity from centuries gone by. Once a popular base for whalers and sealers, Captain James Cook first reported on the abundance of wildlife here in 1775. His report resulted in an almost complete decimation of fur seals and a drastic decline in both whale and elephant seal populations.

Your expedition team will help bring those days to life for you, as you’ll visit old whaling stations and enjoy lectures and presentations on the South Georgia of then and now. Thankfully, you’ll witness that many species have seen a remarkable population rebound on the island.

One of the most significant sites you will visit on the island is located on Grytviken. This is one of the first whaling stations established in sub-antarctic waters. Many travelers find this place of special appeal as it is home to the remains of one of the best known Antarctic explorers, Sir Ernest Shackleton.

Days 9 & 10 — At Sea

Antarctica awaits, along with its own penguin and seal species. While you’re at sea, you can enjoy quiet time or take in presentations by the expedition team, which will cover everything from the history and geology of Antarctica to tips on identifying different species and what makes each of them unique.

Days 11 to 13 — Antarctic Peninsula

The most common reaction to arriving at the White Continent is a sense of reverence and awe. The experience is hard to put into words. You will discover that Antarctica is a land of extremes: at one moment you’ll be overcome with a feeling of complete silence and loneliness, the next you’ll be laughing at the comical antics of a curious penguin.

Zodiac cruises, visits to current research bases or abandoned whaling stations and, of course, communing with seals and penguins are sure to keep you smiling each and every day. Perhaps you’ll catch sight of the fearless penguin-eater, the leopard seal, or come eye–to–eye with a curious minke whale while out on a Zodiac. Each day and each landing will present a new collection of creatures to entertain you and keep your camera busy.

If you find yourself wanting more, then perhaps you’ll treat yourself by booking our kayaking Adventure Option (reserve in advance when booking your trip), or if you’re feeling a bit overwhelmed, a little shock therapy courtesy of a Polar Plunge might be what you need!

Days 14 & 15 — Crossing the Drake Passage

After more than a dozen days of memorable wildlife encounters, your journey home begins. Crossing the Drake is your unofficial rite of passage, putting a final stamp of completion on your Antarctic adventure.

Day 16 — Disembarkation in Ushuaia and Charter Flight to Buenos Aires

We will arrive in Ushuaia in the morning after breakfast. After disembarkation, we will taste a little of Patagonia by touring Tierra del Fuego National Park before we transfer to the airport for the return group charter flight to Buenos Aires.

IMPORTANT REMINDER
Embracing the unexpected is part of the legacy – and excitement – of expedition travel. When traveling in extremely remote regions, your expedition staff must allow the sea, the ice and the weather to guide route and itinerary details. This itinerary is a tentative outline of what you’ll experience on this voyage; please be aware that no specific itinerary can be guaranteed. A measure of flexibility is something all of us must bring to a polar expedition.

* Itinerary may be subject to change

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Required Flight and Hotel Package - $950 (1 Night in Buenos Aires including breakfast, Group Transfer from Hotel to airport for charter flight to Ushuaia, Group Transfer to Ship. Combined Airport Transfer and express Bus Tour of Tierra del Fuego National Park after disembarkation, Charter Flight to Buenos Aires.)

Cruise Price does not include international airfare.  Rates are per person based on double occupancy except triple (per person shared occupancy) and single (per person single occupancy).

Single supplement is available 1.7 times the standard rate for all standard cabins and 2x the rate for Superior Twin and above. Twin Portholes and windows can be shared. Superior Twin and above can not be booked as a shared berth cabin. 

Adventure Options: Kayaking - $995 (for those who want to kayak during entire voyage & have previous experience) OR paddling - $225 (for those w/o experience who want to kayak one time during the voyage), Camping - $295, X Country Ski - $575, Mountaineering - $575. Adventure options must be pre-booked and paid for prior to start of the trip. Space is subject to availability. Camping is limited to 60, Kayaking 16, Mountaineering 10 and Skiing to 15 individuals. Some activities require experience.

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    Triple
Triple on Deck 4 is an interior cabin with three lower berths, and private bath.
Cabin 4100 has 4 lower single beds and a private bathroom with separate shower room.

Approximately 225 sq. ft. (20 m²)
    Twin Porthole
Twin Porthole on Deck 4 features a porthole window, two lower berths and private bath.
Approximately 95 to 105 sq. ft. (9-10 m²)
  Twin Porthole Upper/Lower
Same as Twin Porthole but features one lower and one upper berth.
    Twin Porthole Suite (2)
Twin Porthole Suite (2) on Deck 4 is twice the size of a Twin Porthole. It features a suite-like living area, two porthole windows, two single beds, a pull out sofa bed, and two private bathrooms.
Approximately 190 to 200 sq. ft. (18-20 m²)
  Twin Porthole Suite
Same as Twin Porthole Suite (2) but features one private bathroom.
    Twin Window
Twin Window on Deck 5 features a picture window, two lower berths and private bath.
Approximately 95 to 105 sq. ft. (9-10 m²)
    Twin Window Suite (2)
Twin Window Suite (2) on Deck 5 is twice the size of a Twin Window. It features a suite-like living area, two windows, two single beds, a pull out sofa bed, and two private bathrooms.
Approximately 190 to 200 sq. ft. (18-20 m²)
  Twin Window Suite
Same as Twin Window Suite (2) but features one private bathroom.
    Inside Single
Single on Deck 5 is an interior cabin with a lower berth and private bath.
Approximately 95 to 105 sq. ft. (9-10 m²)
    Upper Deck Twin
Upper Deck Twin on Deck 7 features a large picture window (obstructed view), two lower berths and private bath.
Approximately 140 sq. ft. (13 m²)
  Upper Deck Double
Same as Upper Deck Twin but on Deck 8 & features one double bed.
    Superior Twin
Superior Twin on Deck 5 features a picture window, two lower beds, a pull-out sofa bed and a private bath.
Approximately 205 sq. ft. (19 m²)
  Superior Double
Same as Superior Twin but on Deck 7 & features one double bed & sofa.
Cabins 7000 and 7018 have bathtubs; other Superior Doubles have showers.
    Top Deck Double
Top Deck Twin on Deck 8 features two large picture windows (one window with partial obstruction), one double bed and private bath.
Approximately 155 sq. ft. (14.5 m²)
    Junior Suite
Junior Suite on Decks 5 and 7 features a picture window, one double bed and private bath.
Cabin 7002 has a bathtub; other Junior Suites have showers.

Approximately 320 sq. ft. (30 m²)
    Owner's Suite
Owner’s Suite on Deck 7 features two large bow-facing windows, one double bed, separate sitting room and private bath with tub.
Approximately 320 sq. ft. (30 m²)