Antarctica, South Georgia and Falklands Explorer

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Antarctica, South Georgia and Falklands Explorer

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An epic, 21-day adventure across the depths of the Drake Passage awaits. The destination? The awe-inspiring Antarctic Peninsula, South Georgia and the Falkland Islands. Discover just how impressive Shackleton’s journey was and become immersed in wildlife encounters along the way. Visit penguin rookeries, watch whales breach and scout for seals along the shoreline, with a team of onboard polar experts leading Zodiac excursions through the ice-filled bays and on land. Days at sea offer comfortable living quarters and services catering for health and wellness, as well as a program of lectures and screenings to enhance your knowledge and appreciation of the area, adding to what really is a once-in-a-lifetime trip to discover the last frontier.

Trip Name
Antarctica, South Georgia and Falklands Explorer
Last Updated
2019-06-22
Days
21
Capacity
200
Highlights
  • Retrace the route of the legendary Sir Ernest Shackleton, who led three expeditions to the Antarctic region, and uncover the historical events of his journey.
  • Freezing is great but freedom is better. Customise your trip with a wide range of optional activities on top of regular Zodiac excursions. Explore the water by kayak, sign up for a photography masterclass, rejuvenate with some onboard yoga and a massage, take a refreshing polar plunge or camp overnight like a true polar explorer.
  • Whereas most polar expeditions of this kind have a crew-to-passenger ratio of ten, fifteen or twenty to one, Intrepid expeditions on the Ocean Endeavour have an expedition crew member for every 8 passengers for a greater personal touch.
  • Our experienced leaders have made hundreds of polar voyages between them. They’re experts in marine biology, glaciology and Antarctic history, and they’ll share their knowledge throughout the journey during a comprehensive lecture program.
  • Rest assured that footprints are all you’ll leave behind. Your Antarctica expedition is carbon offset, and we serve only sustainably sourced seafood, avoid single-use plastics and use biodegradable and phosphate-free cleaning products.
  • Travelling solo? This is your perfect Antarctic adventure, with single cabins at the same price as some twins.

Itinerary

No two Polar voyages are the same and this is part of the excitement of travelling in these remote regions. Weather, ice conditions and wildlife will all affect where your ship is able to access, and most importantly, where your Expedition Team think you will get the best possible experience from your trip. On board, daily updates are given to advise what the specific itinerary will be for the next day based on local conditions. Published itineraries cannot be guaranteed but an amazing voyage full of adventure and once-in-a-lifetime experiences is guaranteed.

Day 1 - Ushuaia
Your Antarctic adventure kicks off in the port city of Ushuaia, where you’ll meet your fellow travellers at your hotel. If you arrive early there are plenty of activities to choose from, like a full day’s adventure through Tierra del Fuego National Park or a stroll around town, perhaps visiting the waterfront overlooking the famous Beagle Channel. A visit to the Museo Maritimo (Maritime Museum) is a great way to learn about the city’s history and has the added bonus of being housed in an old prison, or why not live the local life to the fullest with a steak and a glass of Argentinean wine.
Day 2 - Ushuaia – Embarkation Day
This morning is free for you to take a final look around town and shop for any last-minute items before an afternoon departure. Head downtown to Avenida San Martin (San Martin Avenue) to find plenty of stores stocked with warm clothes, Argentinean crafts and, of course, some local food and wine products. It’s no Rodeo Drive but it’ll do the job. This afternoon you’ll be transferred from the hotel to the pier to board not only your Antarctic vessel, but also your home for the next three weeks. Meet the expert crew and take a tour of the ship’s facilities – yoga anyone? – before setting off in the evening through the Beagle Channel. Wave farewell to South America’s southernmost tip and head inside as the ship proceeds towards the legendary Drake Passage. Tonight you’ll meet your crew and shipmates at the captain’s welcome dinner and drinks, toasting what’ll no doubt be the journey of a lifetime.
Day 3-4 - Drake Passage
The infamous Drake Passage has a reputation for rough seas, but it’s also a rite of passage and an essential part of any Antarctic adventure. The next two days will be spent getting to know your team of polar experts as they share their in-depth knowledge of Antarctica’s wildlife, history and geology, all of which are unique and fascinating. These lectures will give you an understanding of, and excitement for, what’s waiting when you touch down on the Great White Continent. If weather conditions are favourable you may be able to make your way out on the deck for a chance to spot Antarctic wildlife like whales, dolphins, albatross and other seabirds. The crew will be on hand to help point out any marine life.
Day 5-8 - Antarctic Peninsula
Set your eyes on the incredible terrain of the world’s most southern land. The next four days will have you stepping off the ship and into a Zodiac to take your first steps on the Antarctic Peninsula, and each subsequent onshore excursion (scheduled twice daily) will be tailored to suit the ship’s location. Whizz around on Zodiacs to get closer to abundant marine life including whales and seals, or take a walk on land and explore the penguin rookeries. Wildlife encounters on the Antarctic Peninsula are likely to include Weddell, crabeater and leopard seals; Gentoo, Adelie and chinstrap penguins; and elephant seals. There’ll also be opportunities to explore further on optional activities like snowshoeing, kayaking and overnight camping, as well as a chance to take a polar plunge. That’s right – you can jump into the Antarctic waters if you dare. If the weather conditions make an excursion unsafe, the crew will arrange for alternative, ship-based activities like wildlife presentations and documentary screenings. Alternatively, you can make the most of the wellness spa, heated pool and sauna, library and gym. The landing sites visited will depend on the ship's location and weather conditions, but for information on potential landing sites please visit: https://www.intrepidtravel.com/au/antarctica-landing-sites
Day 9 - Elephant Island
Keep an eye out for seabirds, whales and other wildlife as we retrace Shackleton’s path to South Georgia. The Antarctic experts onboard will be running sessions over the journey, or maybe you’d rather spend some time taking in the immensity of the surrounding seascape. The ship will head towards Elephant Island where, weather permitting, we’ll attempt to make a landing. This is where Sir Ernest Shackleton left 24 of his men after they were shipwrecked in 1917, embarking on one of the greatest survival missions of all time to save them.
Day 10-12 - At Sea
Continue following Shackleton’s route across the Antarctic waters to South Georgia. Life onboard is a very different experience to that of the explorers in the early 20th century, a period known as the Heroic Age of Antarctic Exploration. Shackleton’s crew described the islands of South Georgia as a ‘piece of the Alps transplanted in the Atlantic – with peaks, glaciers and frozen lakes on which man has yet to venture’. Take a moment to imagine travelling across these waters for over 1000 kilometres in a seven-metre boat, knowing that the lives of your crew depended on your success.
Day 13-15 - South Georgia
Explore the island of South Georgia over the next few days, which was once the homestead of whalers and lonely explorers but is now a protected area with dedicated Antarctic research teams. Behold a wildlife spectacle at St Andrew’s Bay, the largest king penguin rookery on South Georgia and home to hundreds of thousands of breeding pairs. See enormous quantities of sea birds, fur and elephant seal pups and discover a wealth of history, then spend time at the old whaling settlement of Grytviken to pay a visit to the grave of the legend himself – Sir Ernest Shackleton. The island has been a British Overseas Territory since 1775 and, at 3,755 square kilometres (1450 square miles), it's the largest island in the territory.
Day 16-17 - At Sea
Leave South Georgia and chart a course for the Falkland Islands. From the deck, scan the horizon for seabirds and other wildlife. Prepare for the Falklands by attending the onboard presentation highlighting the dramatic history and wildlife encounters that await.
Day 18-19 - Falkland Islands
The two main islands (East Falkland and West Falkland) have much to offer and provide a rare opportunity to witness the biological diversity, extraordinary scenery and history of the southern islands. The Falklands have the largest black-browed albatross colony in the world and five species of penguin breed on the islands (gentoo, king, macaroni, magellanic and rockhopper). We’ll explore the capital of Port Stanley, located on East Falkland Island, which offers an opportunity to meet the locals whose colourful houses provide a contrast to the icy backdrop. In addition, depending on time and weather conditions, we may be able to visit the islands’ penguin breeding grounds.
Day 20 - At Sea
Cruise towards Ushuaia with time to reflect on the spectacular scenery and prolific wildlife you've encountered during the voyage, along with the endeavours of legendary explorers like Shackleton. Be sure to say your farewells to the friends you’ve made along the way, both travellers and crew, and celebrate the incredible experience you’ve just shared.
Day 21 - Ushuaia
As the journey comes to an end, disembark in Ushuaia where you'll be transferred to the airport for your flight home.

Trip Dates

StartEndPrice FromRoom Type
17-01-202106-02-2021AUD $ 19,495-
17-01-202106-02-2021AUD $ 27,416-
17-01-202106-02-2021AUD $ 26,276-
17-01-202106-02-2021AUD $ 25,080-
17-01-202106-02-2021AUD $ 23,995-
17-01-202106-02-2021AUD $ 23,995-
17-01-202106-02-2021AUD $ 21,845-
17-01-202106-02-2021AUD $ 23,060-
17-01-202106-02-2021AUD $ 24,276-
17-01-202106-02-2021AUD $ 25,487-
17-01-202106-02-2021AUD $ 25,132-

Transport

Expedition cruise ship,zodiac

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