Falklands, South Georgia and the Antarctic Peninsula

Wildlife riches of the Sub-Antarctic

01 December - 19 December 2014
(19 days)
aboard Plancius
Ushuaia - Ushuaia

29 December 2014 - 16 January 2015
(19 days)
aboard Plancius
Ushuaia - Ushuaia

16 January - 03 February 2015
(19 days)
aboard Plancius
Ushuaia - Ushuaia

13 February - 03 March 2015
(19 days)
aboard Plancius
Ushuaia - Ushuaia

aboard Plancius

A wonderful introduction to the amazing scenery and wildlife of Antarctica and the beautiful sub-Antarctic islands and oceans.

Antarctica and the Sub-Antarctic Islands are some of the last truly unspoilt regions of the world. The mysterious White Continent, with its multi-coloured ice caps, glistening glaciers and towering snow-capped mountains, offers unparalleled scenery and photographic opportunities. Enormous numbers of penguins, whales, seals and seabirds congregate in the food-rich waters along the Antarctic and sub-Antarctic shores. The future of Antarctica is crucial to the climate and ecology of the world and on most of our cruises we have an opportunity to visit one of the many scientific bases.

Our small, specially designed expedition ship journeys south, taking full advantage of the 24 hours of daylight during the austral summer. Ice-strengthened hulls and state-of-the-art equipment allow us to navigate safely through the pack ice and narrow waterways. Our zodiac excursions, guided by foremost Antarctic experts, offer the freedom to explore remote locations and observe Antarctica's abundant wildlife.

The Falklands were discovered in 1592. Port Stanley has a few shops, hotels and pubs. Island stamps can be purchased and there is an excellent small museum. On New Island you can visit a unique colony with Black-browed Albatrosses, Rockhopper Penguins and Blue-eyed Cormorants all nesting together, and you may see many of the other 60 breeding species of birds, which abound.

We will cross to South Georgia, 1,300 kms (800 miles) east-south-east, first sighted in 1675 and later visited by Captain James Cook in 1775. South Georgia has more than 160 glaciers coming down to the sea and is home to millions of seabirds including the beautiful King Penguins and the enormous Wandering Albatrosses. Abandoned whaling stations bear testimony to a less environmentally conscious era, but now Elephant Seals and Fur Seals can be seen on many beaches. Sir Ernest Shackleton was buried at Grytviken in 1922.

In the Antarctic Peninsula, at Hope Bay or Brown Bluff you can set foot on the Antarctic mainland and, depending on ice and weather, we may land at Half Moon Island where Elephant, Weddell and Fur Seals, along with Chinstrap Penguins, Blue-eyed Shags and a variety of sea-birds can be found. In the South Shetlands, we will land at some of the many famous sites including Deception Island and Paradise Bay, which have spectacular wildlife.

Please note that the full itinerary is for guidance only. Programs may vary depending on local ice and weather conditions and in order to take advantage of opportunities to see wildlife. Flexibility is paramount for expedition cruises.

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Please note that 10% of the cost of this tour will be donated to the UK Overseas Territories Conservation Forum (UKOTCF) to support UKOTCF's work in support of nature conservation in UK's Overseas Territories.

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Prices per person 2014

PLA 24
Quadruple with porthole en suite £ 9,100
Triple with porthole en suite £ 9,950
Twin with porthole en suite £ 10,900
Twin with window en suite £ 11,390
Twin deluxe en suite £ 12,000
Superior £ 13,200
Deposit: 10% of cost

Prices per person 2014-2015

PLA 26, PLA 27
Quadruple with porthole en suite £ 10,500
Triple with porthole en suite £ 11,500
Twin with porthole en suite £ 12,500
Twin with window en suite £ 13,100
Twin deluxe en suite £ 13,700
Superior £ 15,250
Deposit: 10% of cost

Prices per person 2015

PLA 29
Quadruple with porthole en suite £ 9,750
Triple with porthole en suite £ 10,700
Twin with porthole en suite £ 11,700
Twin with window en suite £ 12,200
Twin deluxe en suite £ 13,000
Superior £ 14,450
Deposit: 10% of cost

Please enquire for single supplements.

The prices are per person, and are fully inclusive of the cruise, meals during the voyage, shore excursions by Zodiac and activities throughout the voyage, lectures and leadership by expedition staff, taxes and port charges and pre-departure information.

The prices exclude return flights UK/Ushuaia (please allow approximately £ 1500.00), fuel surcharges, overnight accommodation in Ushuaia, transfers in Ushuaia, travel insurance, passport and visa expenses, Government arrival and departure taxes, meals ashore, optional tips to leaders and crew, drinks, laundry and other personal expenses.

Accommodation: Cabins as described in the full itinerary subject to availability.

Travel: We can arrange flights and overnight accommodation for you if necessary. Please contact us for prices and availability.

Leaders: Guides from Oceanwide Expeditions