EXPEDITION CRUISE | CRUISETOUR

South Georgia and Antarctic Peninsula – Penguin Safari (16 Days)

Cruise Line: Quark Expeditions
Buenos Aires, Argentina to Buenos Aires, Argentina
Dates: 26 Jan 2019 - 10 Feb 2019

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ARRIVE DEPART
DAY 1
26 Jan 2019
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
27 Jan 2019
Buenos Aires, Argentina
Air travel
Ushuaia, Argentina

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.

DAY 3
28 Jan 2019
Day-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.

DAY 4
29 Jan 2019
Day-at-Sea
DAY 5
30 Jan 2019
Day-at-Sea
DAY 6
31 Jan 2019
South Georgia Islands, South Georgia And The South Sandwich Islands

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 and prions often rest here. After enjoying South Georgia from a distance, we'll head towards its 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 hundreds 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.

DAY 7
01 Feb 2019
South Georgia Islands, South Georgia And The South Sandwich Islands
DAY 8
02 Feb 2019
South Georgia Islands, South Georgia And The South Sandwich Islands
DAY 9
03 Feb 2019
Day-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.

DAY 10
04 Feb 2019
Day-at-Sea
DAY 11
05 Feb 2019
Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica

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 are feeling a bit overwhelmed, a little shock therapy courtesy of a Polar Plunge might be what you need!

DAY 12
06 Feb 2019
Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica
DAY 13
07 Feb 2019
Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica
DAY 14
08 Feb 2019
Day-at-Sea

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 15
09 Feb 2019
Day-at-Sea
DAY 16
10 Feb 2019
Ushuaia, Argentina
Tierra del Fuego National Park, Argentina
Air travel
Buenos Aires, Argentina

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.

South Georgia and Antarctic Peninsula – Penguin Safari map

About the Ship

Antarctica Peninsula
Ocean Endeavour

The Ocean Endeavour is a comfortable, well-appointed small expedition ship expertly engineered to explore the Polar Regions. The ship has an ice-strengthened hull, Zodiacs for exploration and remote landings, and advanced navigation equipment.

What's Included

Included

  • ON ALL SHIPS, RATES INCLUDE:

    • Shipboard accommodation with daily housekeeping

    • All breakfasts, lunches and dinners on board throughout your voyage (Please inform us of any dietary requirements as far in advance as possible. Unfortunately, the ships’ galleys cannot prepare kosher meals.)

    • All shore landings per the daily program

    • Leadership throughout the voyage by our experienced Expedition Leaders, including shore landings and other activities

    • All Zodiac transfers and cruising per the daily program

    • Snowshoes available on loan for shore excursions on designated voyages

    • Formal and informal presentations by our expedition team and guest speakers as scheduled

    • Photographic Journal on DVD, documenting the voyage

    • A pair of waterproof expedition (Muck) boots on loan for shore landings

    • An official Quark Expeditions parka to keep

    • Life jackets and immersion suits

    • Coffee, tea and cocoa available around the clock

    • Hair dryer and bathrobes in every cabin

    • Comprehensive pre-departure materials, including a map and an informative reader

    • A group transfer upon disembarkation from the ship to the local airport

    • All miscellaneous service taxes and port charges throughout the program

    • All luggage handling aboard the ship

    • Emergency evacuation insurance for all passengers to a maximum benefit of US$100,000 per person

Not Included

  • RATES SPECIFICALLY DO NOT INCLUDE:

    • For some specified departures, the purchase of a transfer package including charter or domestic flights, and hotels where specified, in conjunction with the expedition is mandatory. The applicable per-person cost is indicated on the Dates and Rates summary

    • Passport and any applicable visa expenses

    • Government arrival and departure taxes

    • Any meals ashore with the exception of breakfast at the host hotel before embarkation, when applicable

    • Baggage, cancellation, interruption, and medical travel insurance

    • Excess baggage charges

    • Laundry and other personal charges

    • Telecommunications charges

    • The voluntary gratuity at the end of the voyage for shipboard staff and crew

    • On 50 Years of Victory, any private helicopter flying time that may be available for optional flights can be purchased at an hourly rate to be announced on board

    • Adventure options that are not included in the cost of the voyage

About Us

Quark Expeditions is uncompromisingly polar, specializing in expeditions to Antarctica and the Arctic and has been the leading provider of polar adventure travel for over 25 years. With a diverse fleet of specially-equipped small expedition vessels, icebreakers, and unique land-based adventures, we offer travelers unparalleled access to the most remote places on earth. The spirit of exploration runs deep in our polar pedigree and we are passionate about creating transformational experiences for fellow adventurers visiting these regions.

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