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Antarctica, Falklands & South Georgia: Explorers & Kings

On The Ocean Diamond

from $14,495
20 days

Ship Name

M/V Ocean Diamond

Trip Type

Sea

Antarctic Peninsula

Antarctica, Falklands, South Georgia

When To Go

January

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We really had a wonderful time. The weather was great while in Antarctica... The expedition crew were great: spirited, well informed and always willing to help. We felt they went to great effort to get us off the boat, in zodiacs and on land as much as possible.  Thanks for all your help. You have been wonderful to work with.

Dianne Finklestein
New York, NY

Trip Summary

In this quintessential 20-day experience for polar travelers, follow in the footsteps of famed historical explorers as you journey through the Falkland Islands (Islas Malvinas), South Georgia, South Shetlands and the Antarctic Peninsula. Hundreds of diverse species of birds and animals await your perusal; the extreme isolation and silence will alter your world perspective. Witnessing a glacier calving, participating in a reverential tribute to a famed explorer or being charmed by lovable, playful penguins - the sheer magnitude, beauty and diversity of the Antarctic will take your breath away.

A pioneering and experienced polar operator with high quality expedition staff lend their expertise to your discovery of "the 7th continent" and the very special South Georgia Island and all of its wonders. You have the option to kayak on this expedition- where you’ll encounter a world where nature creates the rules, her unpredictable temperament making each trip unique, exciting and personal. 

Activities
Zodiac Tours
Kayaking
Hiking
Whale Watching

Itinerary Day By Day

Day 1

Ushuaia

Your gateway for this expedition is Ushuaia, Argentina. Nestled within the Tierra del Fuego archipelago, Ushuaia offers you a small-town feel but has many shops, museums, cafes and restaurants to enjoy before your voyage. If you’re feeling adventurous, the nearby national park and Martial Glacier offer plenty of hiking and outdoor activities.

Day 2

Embarkation

As we embark, the anticipation and excitement grows. Trade your land legs for sea legs, meet and greet your fellow travelers and get acquainted with your ship. As every Antarctic adventure presents new opportunities and experiences, Embarkation day is just as exciting for your Expedition Team as it is for you. They’re onboard to ensure your comfort and safety, as well as help make your wildlife dreams come true.

Day 3

At Sea

There are many activities to keep you engaged while you are at sea. Learn to identify seabirds that glide alongside the ship or attend dynamic presentations by your Expedition Team. You will be prepped on safety procedures for your Zodiac cruises and shore landings.

Day 4 - 5

Falkland Islands

Upon arrival in this archipelago your cameras will get their first real workout capturing the abundant wildlife and the rugged feel of the Falklands (Malvinas). The archipelago contains two main islands—East and West, which we will explore by Zodiac excursions and daily landings. Port Stanley is often a favored landing site, as the town offers a unique British outpost feel, complete with a bit of an eclectic charm.

You’ll be free to explore the town, grab a pint at the local pub, or visit numerous churches and museums. In terms of wildlife, the archipelago is home to magellanic, gentoo and rockhopper penguins. If you’re lucky, you may even spot king penguins here as well! You can expect to see blackbrowed albatross and two endemic bird species; Cobb’s wren and the Falkland’s flightless steamer duck.

Day 6 - 7

At Sea

Sailing south, you’ll officially enter Antarctic waters by crossing the invisible biological boundary called the Antarctic Convergence. Encircling the continent, cold Antarctic waters meet and mix with the warmer waters of the Indian, Pacific and Atlantic Oceans, creating an abundance of krill and marine life that attracts whales and seals to this part of the world. Expedition staff will be sure to keep you posted when you cross this invisible, yet important line.

Day 8 - 11

South Georgia Island

This remote outpost was a popular stop for many historic Antarctic expeditions and was once a haven for hunting whales and elephant and fur seals. Today, South Georgia Island wildlife populations have rebounded, but you’ll still see remnants of those old whaling stations and other abandoned outposts. One significant and historic site that will be of interest is the grave of the great explorer, Sir Ernest Shackleton. You can visit his grave at the settlement of Grytviken, which is also home to an old whaling station, a museum, gift shop, church and a small research station. While South Georgia’s history is an important attraction to the islands, it is the wildlife on South Georgia that you and your shipmates will surely find most captivating. Often referred to as the ‘Galapagos of the Poles,’ each landing you make on South Georgia will open your eyes to a new wonder of wildlife.

Day 12 - 13

At Sea

Say goodbye to the king penguins, as your next destination is Antarctica! Your days at sea are filled with presentations, lectures and workshops from your Expedition Team, who will prepare you for the wildlife that will be greeting you upon your arrival in Antarctica. In between presentations, spend time chatting with your shipmates over a drink at the bar.

If conditions allow, we may attempt landfall on the South Orkney Islands, our first official stop in Antarctica.

Day 14 - 17

South Shetland Islands & The Antarctic Peninsula

The most common reaction to arriving at the white continent is a sense of reverence and awe. The experience is hard to put into words, as few places are as untouched, unique and enduring as Antarctica. You will discover that Antarctica is a land of extremes. At one moment you’ll be overcome with a feeling of complete desolation and silence, at the next moment you’ll be inspired by nature as a calving glacier crashes into the brilliant blue sea or a penguin comes waddling by to inspect your footwear.

Day 18 - 19

Drake Passage to Ushuaia

The journey back across the Drake Passage provides you with some final opportunities to enjoy the crisp Antarctic air. Spend time on the deck watching for seabirds and scouting for whales, enjoy a few final presentations by your Expedition Team or simply relax and reminisce about your experiences.

Day 20

Ushuaia

After breakfast aboard the ship, it is time to part ways and say goodbye to your Expedition Team.

After disembarkation, you will have a little time to explore Ushuaia before we transfer to the airport for the return group charter flight to Buenos Aires.

Dates & Rates

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Departure DateTripleTwin Obstructed ViewTwin WindowSuiteBalcony SuiteSingle PortholeSingle Obstructed View
 Jan 25 - Feb 13offer14495205952219524195272952599525995

View Rate Notes

The above rates are in U.S. dollars and per person, double occupancy, unless indicated otherwise. Rates above do not reflect special offer discounts, please inquire for final rates.

Deposit: 20% of fare (minimum $1000 per person), payable by credit card.

Final Payment: Due 120 days prior to departure. Payment is due by check, wire transfer or money order.

Additional Costs and Discounts:

  • Solo travelers can be matched to share a cabin at the triple or double rate in certain categories.
  • Sea Kayaking: $995 per person
  • Child policy: Children ages 8 and up are accepted as long as they meet the height and weight requirements (64lbs and 48")

Included: Group transfer from the Ushuaia airport to the pre-expedition hotel on Day 1; one night pre-expedition hotel accommodation with breakfast in Ushuaia; group transfer from hotel to ship on embarkation day; group transfer upon disembarkation in Ushuaia from the ship to the local airport; shipboard accommodation with daily housekeeping; breakfasts, lunches and dinners on board ship; shore landings per the daily program; Zodiac cruising per the daily program; photographic journal; waterproof expedition boots on loan for shore landings; parka to keep; coffee, tea, and cocoa available around the clock; miscellaneous service taxes and port charges; luggage handling aboard ship; emergency Evacuation Insurance for all passengers to a maximum benefit of $100,000 per person. Subject to change without notice.

Not Included: Airfare; passport and visa expenses; government arrival and departure taxes, Argentina's Reciprocity Fee; meals ashore; kayaking; alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, except for ones mentioned as included; baggage, cancellation and medical travel insurance; excess baggage charges; laundry, bar, beverage and other personal charges; phone and internet charges; gratuity for shipboard staff and crew; fuel surcharge may apply.

Cancellation Policy: Cancellation requests must be received in writing. Deposits are non-refundable. This may vary at the discretion of the tour operator. Failure to secure a valid passport, visa or air arrangements does not waive this cancellation policy.

  • 180 days or more, refund of deposit less a $1,000 per person fee
  • 170 - 120 days deposit is forfeited
  • 120 or less prior to departure, all payments forfeited. If full payment has not yet been received, the full penalty will still apply and any unpaid balance is due immediately. 

Mandatory medical evacuation insurance up to $100,000 is included in the cost of this program, however full Trip Cancellation Insurance is strongly advised. 

ExploringCircle Insurance Provider: TravelEx

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Ship Information

M/V Ocean Diamond - 189 Passengers

A contemporary large expedition ship that feels more like a "super-yacht", the Ocean Diamond carries a maximum of 189 passengers and has 2 stabilizers, an ice-strengthened hull and a fast engine making it ideal for polar expeditions. There are 101 cabins and suites, all with exterior views, and expansive common spaces, a club bar and lounge, medical clinic, theater style auditorium, and a spacious restaurant. The ship offers numerous adventure options including snowshoeing, kayaking, hiking, and optional kayaking or mountaineering.  After a full day of exploration, passengers can relax with massage or yoga, browse books or DVDs in the well-stocked polar library, visit the gym, or enjoy stunning polar scenery from the sun-lit, panoramic observation lounge. The Ocean Diamond is the first ship in Antarctica to offer certified "carbon neutral" voyages.

Accommodations

Trip Policy

Included: Shipboard accommodation; meals on board the ship; Zodiac cruising and shore landings per the daily program; waterproof expedition boots on loan for shore landings; parka to keep; coffee, tea, and cocoa available around the clock; miscellaneous service taxes and port charges; luggage handling aboard ship; emergency evacuation insurance coverage for all passengers up to $100,000 per person

Not Included: Airfare; mandatory transfer package; arrival transfer in Buenos Aires from airport to hotel on Day 1; passport and visa expenses; government arrival and departure taxes, Argentina's Reciprocity Fee; meals ashore; kayaking, camping, cross-country skiing, mountaineering and stand-up paddleboarding; alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, except for ones mentioned as included; baggage, cancellation and medical travel insurance; excess baggage charges; laundry, bar, beverage, massage and other personal charges; phone and internet charges; gratuity for shipboard staff and crew; fuel surcharge if applicable

Cancellation Policy: Cancellation requests must be received in writing. Deposits are non-refundable. This may vary at the discretion of the tour operator. Failure to secure a valid passport, visa or air arrangements does not waive this cancellation policy.

  • 180 days or more, refunded of deposit less $1,000 per person fee
  • 170 - 120 days deposit is forfeited
  • 120 or less prior to departure, all payments forfeited. If full payment has not yet been received, the full penalty will still apply and any unpaid balance is due immediately. 

Medical evacuation insurance up to $100,000 is included in the cost of this program, however full Trip Cancellation Insurance is strongly advised. 

ExploringCircle Insurance Provider: TravelEx

ExploringCircle Terms and Conditions

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