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Falklands, South Georgia, Antarctic Peninsula  |  20-24 days

These longer voyages visit the Falkland Islands calling at Port Stanley, then head for South Georgia spotting a great number of seabirds as we cross the Convergence. Three days are spent in South Georgia visiting historic sites encountering fur and elephant seals, albatross and petrels. Then to the Antarctic Peninsula via Orcadas Station in the South Orkneys for three days around the Peninsula and South Shetland Islands. On the return trip to Ushuaia a profusion of seabirds follows the ship. 

 

Ships:      Hebridean Sky, National Geographic Orion, Ocean Diamond, Ocean Endeavour, Ortelius, Plancius, Polar Pioneer, Sea Spirit, Ushuaia

When: October 2016 – March 2017 and October 2017 – March 2018

Guide price:From £8,750 per person based on twin cabin (semi-private facilities on the Ushuaia). Ask about higher categories of cabin/ship

Options:Sea Adventurer operates an unusual 20 day fly/cruise in February 2017, disembarking in the Falklands and flying back to Punta Arenas from £17,880 per person

 

 

Trip reports for the Antarctic Peninsula

 

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Fiona’s travel tips

DON’T MISS: Camping overnight on the peninsula to experience Antarctic weather close up. It might seem tough at the time but you won’t regret it! Don’t forget to pre-book as it’s popular.

LET US KNOW: If you have a former connection with any of the polar regions we visit by ship. Perhaps you or a relative lived on one of the bases, or were a member of a past expedition? We can offer you the chance to share your experiences, diaries or photographs with others on your voyage. In the past we’ve even got the ship to make unscheduled visits to tie in with such an event.

 


Clients’ comments

“The holiday was great and met all my expectations – all the connections worked like clockwork. The cruise was fantastic and we landed on all except the South Orkneys which were ice bound. Food was very good and plenty of it – Iguazu was really good and connections etc worked well – the room was fantastic with Falls view as specified – at the end of the day it was good to relax by the pool and enjoy the Bacardi and coke as you do. Thanks for organising the trip it was one in a lifetime.”

Allen Cooper, The Falklands, South Georgia, South Sandwich Islands, Antarctic Peninsula discovery cruise

 

“As you know, I have waited 60 years for this and the whole Plancius experience on the exact centenary of Scott’s last expedition was just magical. Absolutely brilliant.”

John Sharples, Antarctic Peninsula

“In December 2012 I was able to fulfil my dream of setting foot on Antarctica despite my age (83 and eight months) and disability. Thanks to Fiona’s meticulous planning and the resulting support of guides and the Plancius crew at every step en-route and on the boat, I was able to travel there and back alone, and to enjoy shore landings and zodiac rides. A truly stunning experience. I realise how blessed I was to have so much encouragement and help both from Fiona and the expedition team.”

Dr Grete Gross, Antarctic Peninsula voyage

“It was a fascinating voyage with lasting impressions. The wildlife both on the Falklands and on Antarctica is incredibly rich. The organisation on board the ship was very good. Among the talks given by the scientific crew I enjoyed the witty talks by Robert Headland the most. The familiar atmosphere in the lodges on Sea Lion Island and on Carcass Island was very nice indeed. Last but not least I should like to thank you for the impeccable organisation on your part.”

Mr Hubert Kalf, Epic Antarctica icebreaker voyage

“Most helpful, informative, and friendly service at all stages. Absolutely spectacular trip which exceeded my already high expectations. Brilliant value for money, notwithstanding the high cost. It says it all that I was looking at your brochure for a future trip, as soon as I got back!”

Judith Philip, Antarctic Peninsula