Falklands, South Georgia, Antarctic Peninsula | 23-25 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.
November 2018-February 2019 and November 2019-February 2020
Guide price:From £13,825 per person based on twin cabin (private facilities).
Options:Sea Spirit has three 23 day departures in October 2019, January and February 2020. Price from £14,325 per person based on twin cabin (private facilities) if booked before 31 October 2018.
Hondius’ early season November 2019 voyage embarks in Puerto Madryn instead of Ushuaia
Polar Pioneer has In Shackleton’s footsteps 18 March – 8 April 2019 guide price from £14,695 per person twin cabin (shared facilities) with South Georgia Alpine crossing from £1,720 per person.
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.
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“The Kakheti wine area, including Gremi, the Nekresi monastery and Tsinandali estate was probably our favourite experience. There was something magical about going for a swim, surrounded by vineyards that could almost have been in France or Italy, but knowing that beyond the hills the other side of the Alazani Valley lay Chechnya and Dagestan. Gori is also a must. Restaurants were a bit hit and miss - the salads are divine and you can live on them alone, but meat/fish cooking didn't always hit the spot, though somehow it never really mattered that much”
Graham and Sue Bell, Georgia, June 2018
“Good pre-departure advice from Fiona. Holiday itself was excellent – a superb wildlife and scenic extravaganza. Plancius was a good boat and about the right size. Excellent team on board. Thanks again for your help in organising a wonderful experience. We’ll be living off the memories for a while yet. I would most certainly consider coming to Arcturus/Far Frontiers Travel again.”
Mike and Kathie Killingley, Antarctic Peninsula, Falklands and South Georgia, January/February 2017
“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