South Georgia & Antarctic Odyssey

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This voyage encompasses the best of the Antarctic Peninsula and the enchanting wildlife haven of South Georgia. Discover the historic Falklands~Malvinas and stand in awe before the world’s largest king penguin colonies in South Georgia. In Antarctica, experience the serenity and grandeur of the most remote place on earth, where penguins nest, whales feed and captivating seals frolic in ice-speckled seas.

Highlights

  • Photograph curious seals as you Zodiac-cruise through glassy waters, marvelling at the iridescent blues of icebergs.
  • Marvel at enormous king penguin colonies in South Georgia.
  • Walk along beaches lined with elephant seals and Antarctic fur seals.
  • Guest photographer Richard I’Anson will be onboard this expedition to provide lectures, tips and advice for guests.

Map/Itinerary

South Georgia & Antarctic Odyssey

Day 1Santiago

Arrive in Santiago, where you will be met by a representative of Aurora Expeditions and transferred to our group hotel. If you’re already in Santiago, please make your way to our group hotel. You can check-in from 3.00 pm.

Please visit our Aurora desk in the foyer, where our ground operations team will confirm your flight number and departure time for tomorrow’s airport transfer. Our team can also provide suggestions on where to dine, withdraw cash or purchase last minute items from a local pharmacy or supermarket. They will also review your COVID test result, International Vaccination Certificate and ask you to complete a simple pre-boarding health declaration. Aurora Expeditions luggage tags will be provided for your main bag. Clearly label the tags with your name and your cabin number on the ship. Those arriving in the evening will find a welcome pack waiting for them at reception.

The remainder of your time is at leisure. All meals today are at your own expense.

Accommodation: Intercontinental Santiago

Day 2Stanley

Your coaches will be waiting to transfer you to Santiago International Airport for your early flight to Falkands~Malvinas. Enjoy a breakfast box provided by Hotel Intercontinental Santiago while you wait to board the flight.  

Important information: 

Please ensure your cabin luggage is fitted with cabin tags clearly labelled with your name and cabin number. 

Keep any valuables or personal items, such as medication, with you in your hand luggage. On arrival in Falklands~Malvinas we have a guided tour planned. As the weather on the islands can be changeable, we suggest you wear layers and ensure you have warm clothing and a jacket with you. 

Our flight to Stanley is with LATAM Airlines.  

 

LA 895  

Departs Santiago at 0650  

Arrives at Mount Pleasant Airport, Stanley, at 1255 

Please note: You will complete passport control at Santiago airport. The flight makes a one hour stop in Punta Arenas, Chile, where you are required to briefly disembark, before reboarding the aircraft to continue to Mount Pleasant Airport, Falklands~Malvinas. 

Stanley is a charming town with a distinctly British character, something you’ll discover on a panoramic tour. The town features terraced town houses, pioneer cottages and even an iconic red telephone box! Colourful buildings house cosy cafes, English pubs, souvenir shops, a post office and the fascinating Historic Dockyard Museum, with displays on the maritime history of the Falkland Islands, natural history and links to Antarctica. There will be time to explore Stanley prior to boarding the Greg Mortimer

After embarkation, you’ll have time to settle into your cabin before our important mandatory briefings. As the ship pulls away from port, we’ll gather on the deck to commence our adventure with spectacular views over Stanley town. This evening, get to know your fellow expeditioners and friendly expedition team and crew at a welcome dinner to celebrate the start of a thrilling adventure. 

Day 3Falklands - Malvinas

The Falklands~Malvinas comprises two large islands (East and West Falkland), with over 700 islands scattered off the coast. All but seven of these are uninhabited, with windswept coastlines, white sand beaches and crystal-clear water. These beautifully barren islands are true wildlife havens, sheltering an impressive diversity of birdlife, including the largest black-browed albatross colony on earth. The cold, nutrient-rich waters surrounding the islands make this a prime location for spotting marine life. 

There are many beautiful areas to explore across the Falklands~Malvinas, each offering a unique perspective on this magnificent archipelago. Your experienced expedition team, who have made countless journeys to this area, will use their expertise to create the best itinerary based on the prevailing winds, weather and wildlife-viewing opportunities. 

We generally make landings or Zodiac excursions twice a day. Even though we’re north of the Antarctic Convergence it can be quite chilly here, so you’ll want to layer up before joining Zodiac cruises into rocky coves or along sea cliffs, keeping watch for seals, sea lions, dolphins and penguins.  

Day 4-5At Sea

Between the Falklands~Malvinas and South Georgia, you will be entranced by the ceaseless flight of the many seabirds that follow our wake, skilfully using the air currents created by the ship to gain momentum. On this leg, we are usually travelling into the prevailing weather, so it is difficult to estimate our precise arrival time in South Georgia. Enjoy our onboard lecture program delivered by the expedition team, each of whom are experts in their chosen field. Presentation topics include talks about wildlife, history, sea ice, and photography. 

If time and weather conditions permit, we could pass close to Shag Rocks, a fascinating group of jagged rocky islets protruding from the sea, in the proximity of South Georgia.

Day 6-9South Georgia

As you near the rugged island of South Georgia, spare a thought for Captain James Cook, who arrived here in 1775 and believed it to be the northern tip of a great southern continent! In fact, it is a small island only 176 km (110 mi) long, but with a 3,000 m (9,842 ft) snow-capped mountain range, some of the world’s largest congregations of wildlife and a truly fascinating human history, South Georgia is an island of incredible riches. 

On approach, jagged mountain peaks rise steeply, while seabirds are often spotted soaring around the ship. You’ll sail along the east coast, taking in the spectacular glaciated scenery and enjoying a little shelter from the prevailing westerly winds. This enchanting coastline is yours to explore! 

We generally make landings or Zodiac excursions twice a day. Make sure you layer up before joining Zodiac cruises around craggy coves and along the rocky coastline in search of nesting penguins, seal haul-outs and bird cliffs. Remember to keep an eye out for South Georgia’s kelp forests as well – these remarkable underwater ecosystems are quite mesmerising as their fronds sway back and forth on the water’s surface. 

Zodiacs will also transport you from ship to shore, where you can visit some of the largest king penguin colonies on earth, take a guided walk among fur seals and elephant seals (making sure you listen to your guides and keep your distance!) and wander along pebbled streams and grassy glacial outwash plains. We also hope to visit the remnants of South Georgia’s thriving whaling stations and pay our respects to Sir Ernest Shackleton, whose incredible voyage of survival is synonymous with this island. If you have chosen an optional activity, you’ll have the option to do that whenever conditions allow. 

In addition to Zodiac cruises and shore excursions, we may ship cruise through fjords with towering cliffs of ancient stone, or into deeply indented bays towards dramatic glacier fronts. This is a great time to find a comfy spot in the observation lounge or make your way to the bridge to enjoy uninterrupted views of South Georgia’s majestic coast.

Day 10-11At Sea

Attend informative lectures to learn about Antarctica as we sail across the Scotia Sea towards the white continent. Treat yourself to a massage in the wellness centre or stay active in the gym; the choice is yours on how you want to enjoy days at sea.

Day 12Elephant Island

Today, if weather permits, we set course for Elephant Island, a half-submerged mountain cloaked with an ice sheet at the outer limits of the South Shetlands. We’ll learn the story of Shackleton and hear how his ship, the Endurance, was crushed in pack ice in the Weddell Sea, before him and his men climbed into three open boats, spending 16 months at sea, before finally making landfall on this tiny toe of rock and ice in the vastness of the Southern Ocean on 14 April, 1916.

We plan to sail past Cape Valentine to see the beach where the men first put ashore over 100 years ago. Weather permitting; we hope to follow the coastline six miles west to Point Wild, where the men eventually set up camp under two of their upturned open boats and some old tents. If weather permits, we’ll attempt to make a landing on historic Point Wild, Elephant Island.

Day 13-16Antarctic Peninsula

It’s almost impossible to describe the feeling of arriving in Antarctica. Spotting your first iceberg and taking a deep breath of some of the most fresh, crisp air on earth is an experience that will stay with you forever. 

Once we arrive, the western side of the Antarctic Peninsula and the South Shetland Islands are ours to explore, and we have a host of choices available to us. Because we are so far south, we will experience approximately 18-24 hours of daylight and the days can be as busy as you wish. 

Rug up before joining Zodiac cruises along spectacular ice cliffs or among grounded icebergs, keeping watch for whales, seals and porpoising penguins. Zodiacs will also transport you from the ship to land, where you can visit penguin rookeries, discover historic huts and explore some of our favourite spots along the peninsula. 

While ashore we aim to stretch our legs, wandering along pebbly beaches or perhaps up snow-covered ridgelines to vantage points with mountains towering overhead and ice-speckled oceans below. If you have chosen an optional activity, you’ll have the option to do that whenever conditions allow, and of course keen polar plungers will have the chance to fully immerse themselves in polar waters – conditions permitting!

In addition to Zodiac cruises and shore excursions, we may ship cruise some of the narrow, dramatic straits separating offshore islands from the mainland, or linger in scenic bays to watch whales travelling or feeding. This is a great time to enjoy the observation lounge or make your way to the bridge for uninterrupted views of Antarctica in all its splendour. Keep an ear out for the creak and deep rumble of glaciers as they carve their way from summit to sea, and take a quiet moment to experience the wonder of this incredible white continent.

Day 17-18At Sea, Drake Crossing

You may choose to spend the sea days returning to Ushuaia editing your photos, enjoying the onboard facilities, or listening to an informative lecture. Celebrate the end of an unforgettable voyage with newfound friends at a special Captain’s Farewell Dinner. 

Day 19Disembark Ushuaia

During the early morning, we cruise up the Beagle Channel, before quietly slipping into dock in Ushuaia, where we will be free to disembark around 8.00 am. Farewell your expedition team and fellow passengers as we all continue our onward journeys, hopefully with a newfound sense of the immense power of nature. On disembarkation, passengers on flights departing prior to 14:00 will be transferred directly to Ushuaia Airport, while those fortunate enough to be continuing their travels in this spectacular region of the world, will be transferred to their post-voyage Ushuaia accommodation. Passengers flying after 14:00 will have time to explore Ushuaia, prior to an early afternoon airport transfer.

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South Georgia & Antarctic Odyssey

Start : 10 Mar, 2023  End : 30 Mar, 2023
Departure : Ushuaia   Arrival : Ushuaia
21 Days
Stateroom Triple
  $22,395
Stateroom Twin
  $24,795
Balcony Stateroom C
  $26,995
Balcony Stateroom B
  $27,495
Balcony Stateroom A
  $28,295
Balcony Stateroom Superior
  $34,195
Junior Suite
  $41,195
Captain's Suite
  $48,095

South Georgia & Antarctic Odyssey

Start : 9 Nov, 2023  End : 29 Nov, 2023
Departure : Ushuaia   Arrival : Ushuaia
21 Days
Aurora stateroom triple rate
  $24,095
Stateroom Triple
  $24,095
Aurora stateroom Twin rate
  $24,795
Stateroom Twin
  $24,795
Aurora superior twin rate
  $26,195
Stateroom Superior
  $26,195
Balcony Stateroom C
  $26,895
Balcony Stateroom B
  $28,295
Balcony Stateroom A
  $30,495
Superior Balcony
  $33,295
Balcony Stateroom Superior
  $33,295
Junior Suite Rate
  $41,795
Junior Suite
  $41,795
Captains Suite Rate
  $49,495
Captain's Suite
  $49,495

South Georgia & Antarctic Odyssey

Start : 17 Jan, 2024  End : 4 Feb, 2024
Departure : Ushuaia   Arrival : Ushuaia
19 Days
Stateroom Triple
  $25,095
Stateroom Twin
  $25,795
Balcony Stateroom C
  $27,995
Balcony Stateroom B
  $29,495
Balcony Stateroom A
  $31,695
Balcony Stateroom Superior
  $34,695
Junior Suite
  $43,495
Captain's Suite
  $51,595

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Inclusions/Exclusions

Inclusions

  • All airport transfers.
  • One night’s hotel accommodation with breakfast in Santiago on day 1.
  • Flight from Santiago to Stanley in economy class.
  • City tour in Stanley on day 2 prior to embarkation (dependent on flight arrival time to Stanley).
  • On-board accommodation during voyage including daily cabin service.
  • All meals, snacks, tea and coffee during voyage.
  • Beer, house wine and soft drinks with dinner.
  • Captain’s Welcome and Farewell reception including four-course dinner, house cocktails, house beer and wine, non-alcoholic beverages. 
  • All shore excursions and Zodiac cruises.
  • Educational lectures and guiding services from expedition team.
  • Complimentary access to onboard expedition doctor and medical clinic (initial consult).
  • A 3-in-1 waterproof polar expedition jacket.
  • Complimentary use of muck boots during the voyage.
  • Comprehensive pre-departure information.
  • Port surcharges, permits and landing fees.
  • Gratuities for ship crew.

Exclusions

  • International or domestic flights to or within South America, unless specified.
  • Transfers not mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Airport arrival or departure taxes.
  • Passport, visa, reciprocity and vaccination charges.
  • Travel insurance or emergency evacuation charges.
  • Hotels and meals not included in itinerary.
  • Optional excursions not included in the itinerary.
  • Optional activity surcharges.
  • All items of a personal nature including but not limited to: alcoholic beverages and soft drinks (outside of dinner service), laundry services, personal clothing, medical expenses, Wi-Fi, email or phone charges.

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