Penguin chicks, South Georgia

Christmas in Antarctica, South Georgia + Falkland Islands

Christmas in Antarctica, South Georgia + Falkland Islands

» Antarctica

» Dec 13 2018Dec 29 2018 (17 DAYS)

» EMBARKATION: King George Island, Antarctica

» DISEMBARKATION: Port Stanley

EXPEDITION IN BRIEF

  • Celebrate Christmas Day in South Georgia
  • Observe large penguin rookeries on shore and from Zodiacs
  • Follow the course taken by Sir Ernest Shackleton, whose journey remains one of the greatest feats of navigation in history
  • Explore wildlife-rich Sea Lion Island and Bleaker Island
  • Navigate the Antarctic Peninsula, witnessing tabular icebergs, penguin rookeries, and whales

 

ITINERARY OVERVIEW

  • Day 1 – Punta Arenas, Chile
  • Days 2 to 4 – Gerlache Strait and Antarctic Peninsula
  • Day 5 – Northern Antarctic Peninsula and Weddell Sea
  • Day 6 – Elephant Island
  • Days 7 and 8 – Scotia Sea towards South Georgia
  • Days 9 to 12 – Exploration of South Georgia
  • Days 13 to 15 – At Sea towards the Falklands
  • Day 16 – Falkland Islands
  • Day 17 – Stanley / Return to Punta Arenas

SHIP

Vavilov

ADVENTURE OPTIONS

Kayaking

ACTIVITIES

Photography

December is a beautiful time to experience Antarctica. We enjoy extended daylight hours, the wildlife colonies are busy and as the sea ice continues to break up, our range of landing sites expands even further. We fly from South America to Antarctica in a little over two hours where we board our ship before exploring the glaciated coastline of the Antarctic Peninsula.

We then follow the course taken by Sir Ernest Shackleton whose epic small boat journey a century ago, from Elephant Island across the Scotia Sea to South Georgia remains one of the greatest feats of navigation in history. We commence our exploration at the remote south-eastern tip of South Georgia and then spend the following days exploring the northern coastline. Here we encounter some of the largest king penguin colonies on earth. The shores are covered in wildlife – including nesting albatross, fur seals and elephant seals. Rusting relics from the old whaling era sit silent and provide dramatic contrasts to the green tussock grass and snowy peaks that surround us. In South Georgia, we celebrate a memorable Christmas Day.

We then head for the Falkland Islands and aim to spend one final day exploring the wildlife-rich Sea Lion Island and nearby by Bleaker Island. Our voyage comes to an end in Stanley – the small capital of the Falkland’s from where we fly back to South America.


CABINS & PRICES

Triple Share USD 15,995
Twin-Semi Private USD 18,195
Twin Private USD 20,295
Superior USD 21,695
Shackleton Suite USD 23,395
One Ocean Suite USD 25,295

All rates per person in USD

Contact Us

INCLUDES

  • Extensive pre-departure information package
  • Educational presentations from experienced guides such as ornithologists, glaciologists, historians, geologists, naturalists and marine mammals experts
  • Photography advice and instructions from the resident photographer. Extended photography workshops available on select departures
  • All zodiac and landing excursions
  • Zodiac cruising, hiking, guided walks, photography workshops, fitness and yoga
  • Overnight camping, including high-quality equipment. No pre-registration required. Camping is available on select departures only and can be affected by itinerary and
    weather conditions. Please see your full itinerary for further details
  • All meals during the voyage prepared by One Ocean Expeditions chefs
  • Welcome reception and welcome dinner
  • One Ocean Expeditions Farewell dinner hosted by the Captain
  • Daily afternoon tea with fresh snacks
  • Coffee, tea and hot chocolate available anytime
  • Access to wellness area (Finnish sauna, plunge pool filled with sea water, hot tub)
  • Natural essential oil amenities
  • Use of multimedia room to download images. Adobe Lightroom/Photoshop and card readers are available for use on MAC and PC computers
  • Windproof/waterproof jacket and bib pants on loan
  • Insulated rubber boots on loan
  • Water resistant binoculars on loan
  • Waterproof backpack on loan
  • Transfers from/to designated meeting points to/from the ship
  • Required flights to/from the ship (only applicable on certain departures)
  • Luggage transfer to/from your cabin

EXCLUDES

• International and national airfares
Visa and passport fees, airport taxes
Pre- or post-cruise hotel accommodation in arrival/departure cities
Meals and transfers in arrival/departure cities
Personal expenses
Soft drinks and alcoholic beverages
Massages from registered therapist
Personal laundry charges
Postage, telephone calls and email set up
Medical expenses such as fees, prescriptions or medications
Travel medical insurance including medical evacuation (mandatory)
Trip interruption/cancellation insurance
Gratuities to staff and crew

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