Falklands Islands - South Georgia - Antarctic Peninsula

Falklands Islands - South Georgia - Antarctic Peninsula– Antarctica –19 days / 18 nights, Ushuaia - Westerlies - Falkland Islands - South Georgia - South Orkney Islands - Antarctic Peninsula - Deception Island - Drake PassageCruise on the m/v Plancius; explore the Falkland Islands, South Georgia and Antarctic Peninsula, true Antarctic marvels. The archipelago of the Falklands is a treasure-chest for Antarctica nature lovers and photographers. South Georgia is one of the remotest, wildest places, with over 160 glaciers, unspoilt by man with abundant wildlife and spectacular scenery, while the Antarctic Peninsula offers most dramatic scenery and biggest variety of wildlife.

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Quadruple Porthole Triple Porthole Twin Porthole Twin Window Twin Deluxe Superior
$12,400 $13,550 $14,900 $15,650 $16,600 $18,150

PLA23, 18 nights, Rates in USD, per person

Quadruple Porthole Triple Porthole Twin Porthole Twin Window Twin Deluxe Superior
$14,250 $15,650 $16,900 $17,900 $18,900 $20,800

PLA27, 18 nights & PLA29, 19 nights, Rates in USD, per person

Quadruple Porthole Triple Porthole Twin Porthole Twin Window Twin Deluxe Superior
$13,200 $14,600 $15,950 $16,950 $17,800 $19,400

OTL25, 18 nights, Rates in USD, per person

Operation November 29, 2016 - February 15, 2017
Departure PLA23, November 29 - December 17, 2016, from $12,400 (18 nights)
PLA27, January 18 - February 5, 2017, from $14,250 (18 nights)
PLA29, February 15 - March 6, 2017, from $14,250 (19 nights)
OTL21, October 30 - November 18, 2016, from 12,150 (19 nights)
OTL25, December 16, 2016 - January 3, 2017, from $13,200, (18 nights)
Price from $12,150 per person, Quadruple cabin, OTL21
from $12,400 per person, Quadruple cabin, PLA23
from $13,200 per person, Quadruple cabin, OTL25
from $14,250 per person, Quadruple cabin, PLA27
Included Voyage aboard the indicated vessel as indicated in the itinerary
All meals throughout the voyage aboard the ship including snacks, coffee and tea
All shore excursions and activities throughout the voyage by Zodiac
Program of lectures by noted naturalists and leadership by experienced expedition staff
Free use of rubber boots on Plancius and Ortelius, and snowshoes on Plancius
Pre-scheduled group transfer from the vessel to the airport in Ushuaia (directly after disembarkation)
Program of lectures by noted naturalists and leadership by experienced expedition staff
All miscellaneous service taxes and port charges throughout the program
Comprehensive pre-departure material
Not Included Any airfare, whether on scheduled or charter flights
Pre- and post land arrangements
Transfers to the vessel in Ushuaia
Passport and visa expenses
Government arrival and departure taxes
Meals ashore
Baggage, cancellation and personal insurance (strongly recommended)
Excess baggage charges
All items of a personal nature such as laundry, bar, beverage charges and telecommunication charges
Customary gratuity at the end of the voyages for stewards and other service personnel aboard (guidelines will be provided)
Service fee $25
Please Note All rates are quoted per person in US Dollar, based on twin occupancy. US Dollar rates apply for all sales outside Europe. 5% discount will be granted for bookings for one or more consecutive voyages (except on legs within the Atlantic Odyssey). Please note that all dates & rates are subject to change. All voyages will operate subject to a minimum of 70 participants on Plancius and 60 participants on Ortelius.

Single occupancy: All cabins 1.7 times the share price.

It is agreed that if fuel prices will exceed US Dollar 120 per Barrel Brent 90 days prior to departure Oceanwide Expeditions reserves the right to levy a fuel surcharge of USD 25 per passenger per night, to be paid by the contracting party of Oceanwide Expeditions.
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Day 1 USHUAIA EMBARKATION In the afternoon, we embark in Ushuaia, Tierra del Fuego, Argentina, the southernmost city in the world located at the Beagle Channel and sail through this scenic waterway for the rest of the evening.

Day 2 AT SEA In the Westerlies the ship is followed by several species of albatrosses, storm petrels, shearwaters and diving petrels.

Day 3 FALKLAND ISLANDS In the Falkland Islands (Malvinas) we plan to spend the whole day on the fascinating western side of the archipelago. A hike along the Shore of Carcass Island will give us views of Magellanic and Gentoo-Penguins, as well as close encounters with water fowl and Night herons and passerines. In addition, on Saunders we will be able to observe four species of breeding penguins (Gentoo, King, Magellanic and Rockhopper), Black-browed Albatrosses and King Cormorants.

Day 4 PORT STANLEY - FALKLAND ISLANDS In Stanley, the capital of the Falklands, we can experience Falkland culture, which has some South American characteristics as well as Victorian charm. In Stanley and the surrounding area we can see quite an important number of stranded clippers from a century ago. All passengers are free to wander around on their own. We recommend a visit to the local church and museum (admission fees not included).

Day 5 & 6 AT SEA TO SOUTH GEORGIA On our way to South Georgia we will cross the Antarctic Convergence. Entering Antarctic waters, the temperature will drop by as much as 10 degrees C in the time span of only a few hours. Near the Convergence we will see a multitude of southern seabirds near the ship; several species of Albatrosses, Shearwaters, Petrels, Prions and Skuas.

Day 7 - 10 SOUTH GEORGIA In the afternoon of day 7 we arrive at our first landing site in South Georgia. We might visit the bay of Elsehul, with its very active fur seal breeding beach, and then set course to Right Whale Bay, Salisbury Plain, Godthul, St. Andrews Bay, Gold Harbour, Cooper Bay and Drygalski Fjord to give you a good opportunity to see a wide spectrum of landscapes and wildlife, like the introduced Reindeer, Elephant seals, Fur seals, King and Macaroni Penguins.

One of the highlights might be our visit to Prion Island, where we will witness the breeding efforts of the huge Wandering Albatross and enjoy watching their displays (the island is closed for visitors during breeding season from 20 Nov - 07 January). At Fortuna Bay we might try to follow in the footsteps of the great British Explorer Ernest Shackleton and hike over to Stømness Bay. There and at Grytviken we'll see an abandoned whaling village, where King Penguins now walk in the streets and seals have taken over the buildings. At Grytviken we also offer a visit to the Whaling History Museum as well as to Shackleton's grave near by. We will depart from South Georgia in the afternoon of day 10.

Day 11 AT SEA Where the ship is again followed by a multitude of seabirds. At some point we might encounter sea-ice, and it is at the ice-edge where we might have a chance to see some high-Antarctic species like the McCormick Skua and Snow Petrel.

Day 12 SOUTH ORKNEY ISLANDS We are planning on a visit to Orcadas station, an Argentinean base located in the South Orkney Islands. The friendly base personnel will show us their facilities and we can enjoy the wonderful views of the surrounding glaciers.

Day 13 AT SEA Enroute to the Antarctic Peninsula.

Day 14 - 16 ANTARCTIC PENINSULA (Day 17 on voyage PLA29)
Antarctic Peninsula – If the ice permits we will sail into the Weddell Sea through the ice-clogged Antarctic Sound. Huge tabular icebergs will announce our arrival to the eastern side of the Antarctic Peninsula. We plan to visit Brown Bluff where we may set foot on the Continent. In good sailing conditions we may decide to extend our time in the Weddell Sea.

We may visit Cierva Cove were we find ourselves in a world of icebergs well suited for an exploratory Zodiac cruise in search of fantastic photo opportunities. Crabeater seals and Leopard seals are often seen here and a small rookery of Chinstraps are found on a small island in the bay. The landscape is typical Antarctica with huge glaciated mountains all around. Mikkelsen Harbour on the southern side of Trinity Island was discovered by the Swedish Antarctic Expedition of 1901-04. Gentoo penguins nest on the island and Weddell seals often haul out on shore. We also find remains of the early 20th Century Whaling period and an Argentinean refuge hut.

In Deception Island our ship braves into the entrance of the crater through the spectacular Neptune's Bellow into the ring of Deception Island. Deception itself is a sub-ducted crater, which opens into the sea, creating a natural harbour for the ship. Here we find hot springs, an abandoned whaling station, thousands of Cape Petrels and many Kelp Gulls, Brown and South Polar Skuas and Antarctic Terns. Wilson's Storm Petrels and Black-bellied Storm Petrels nest in the ruins of the whaling station in Whalers Bay. We leave from here and sail through the Shetland Islands attempting to land at Half Moon Island with a large Chinstrap penguin rookery and the usually non-occupied Argentinean Camara station. From here we head to the open sea with direction Ushuaia.

Day 17 - 18 AT SEA - DRAKE PASSAGE (Day 18 – 19 on voyage PLA29)
On our way north we are again followed by a great selection of seabirds while crossing the Drake Passage.

Day 19 USHUAIA DISEMBARKATION (Day 20 on voyage PLA29)
We arrive in the morning in Ushuaia and disembark.

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