TRIP SEARCH
Special Offer AvailableSpecial Offer Available

Explorers & Kings

From: $12995
20 days • Level 1 (Details)
    
Explorers & Kings
Due to the size of the continent, Antarctica's diversity is best appreciated on longer voyages. This extended 20-day expedition encompasses the wildlife paradise of South Georgia, the remote Falkland Islands (Islas Malvinas), as well as the extraordinary beauty of the Antarctic Peninsula. You’ll experience a great diversity of environments and landscapes, which will provide unprecedent ed wildlife viewing opportunities. Join us for the quintessential Antarctic experience for polar travelers! read more Due to the size of the continent, Antarctica's diversity is best appreciated on longer voyages. This extended 20-day expedition encompasses the wildlife paradise of South Georgia, the remote Falkland Islands (Islas Malvinas), as well as the extraordinary beauty of the Antarctic Peninsula. You’ll experience a great diversity of environments and landscapes, which will provide unprecedented wildlife viewing opportunities. Join us for the quintessential Antarctic experience for polar travelers!
Book This TripAsk an Expert

Explorers & Kings Video

Explorers & Kings Video

Day 1 - Ushuaia, Argentina

Day 2 - Embarkation Day

Day 3 - At Sea

Days 4 - 5 - Falkland Islands (Islas Malvinas)

Days 6 - 7 - At Sea

Days 8 - 11 - South Georgia

Days 12 - 13 - At Sea

Days 14 - 17 - South Shetland Islands & Antarctic Peninsula

Days 18 - 19 - Crossing the Drake Passage

Day 20 - Disembark Ushuaia


view full itinerary details

Day 1 - Ushuaia, Argentina

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.
ACCOMMODATIONS:
Hotel Albatros or similar
MEALS:
n/a

Day 2 - Embarkation Day

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.
ACCOMMODATIONS:
Sea Spirit, Ocean Diamond,or Sea Adventurer
MEALS:
dinner

Day 3 - At Sea

There are many activities to keep you engaged while you are at sea. Learn to identify the seabirds that will glide alongside the ship, or attend the illustrated presentations by the Expedition Team. They prepare you for the shore landings and Zodiac cruising that is to come. You’ll also be given instructions for getting the most out of your optional kayaking adventures, a truly intimate way to experience the Antarctic.
ACCOMMODATIONS:
Sea Spirit, Ocean Diamond,or Sea Adventurer
MEALS:
breakfast, lunch and dinner

Days 4 - 5 - Falkland Islands (Islas Malvinas)

Upon arrival in this archipelago your cameras will get their first real workout capturing the abundant wildlife and rugged feel of these remote islands. The Falkland archipelago contains two main islands - East and West, which you'll explore by Zodiac excursions and daily landings. Port Stanley is often a favored landing site, as the town offers a unique British outpost feel to it, complete with a bit of a ramshackle 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 lucky, you may even spot king penguins here as well! Expect to see black-browed albatross and two endemic species; Cobb’s wren and the Falkland’s flightless steamer duck. Your team of lecturers and specialists will be sure to educate you on the local flora and fauna so that you get the most out of your time in the Falklands.
ACCOMMODATIONS:
Sea Spirit, Ocean Diamond,or Sea Adventurer
MEALS:
breakfast, lunch and dinner

Days 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 the abundance of krill and marine life that attracts whales and seals to this part of the world. Ship staff will be sure to keep you posted when your ship crosses this invisible yet important line.
ACCOMMODATIONS:
Sea Spirit, Ocean Diamond,or Sea Adventurer
MEALS:
breakfast, lunch and dinner

Days 8 - 11 - South Georgia

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 research station of approximately 20 scientists and support personnel.

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. One day you may see rookeries with a hundred thousand pairs of king penguins waddling on the beach. The next day you may visit another beach with thousands of fur seals or elephant seals with (non-native) reindeer grazing in the background. The grasses, mountains and beaches of South Georgia all play an important role in the breeding and survival of different species on the island; this fragile and symbiotic relationship is something that your Expedition Team will share with you during your time here.
ACCOMMODATIONS:
Sea Spirit, Ocean Diamond,or Sea Adventurer
MEALS:
breakfast, lunch and dinner

Days 12 - 13 - At Sea

Say goodbye to the king penguins, as your next destination is Antarctica! Your days at sea are filled with seminars 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, the crew may attempt landfall on the South Orkney Islands, which are officially in Antarctica.
ACCOMMODATIONS:
Sea Spirit, Ocean Diamond,or Sea Adventurer
MEALS:
breakfast, lunch and dinner

Days 14 - 17 - South Shetland Islands & 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.

Guided hikes with the Expedition Team will have you trekking up a glacier, visiting a research station or consorting with penguin colonies. Chinstrap, gentoo and Adélie penguins are found here, along with fur, Weddell, crabeater and leopard seals. Curious whales, such as Minkes, are often attracted to Zodiacs as well, giving you a chance to get within reaching distance of these majestic animals. Each day and each landing will present a new collection of creatures to entertain you and keep your camera shutter busy. As exciting as the Zodiac excursions and landings are, perhaps you’ll treat yourself to an extra special Antarctic experience by partaking in an optional (extra cost) kayaking excursion or going for a swim in the Antarctic!
ACCOMMODATIONS:
Sea Spirit, Ocean Diamond,or Sea Adventurer
MEALS:
breakfast, lunch and dinner

Days 18 - 19 - Crossing the Drake Passage

After more than two weeks of endless wildlife encounters, your journey home begins. Crossing the Drake Passage is your unofficial rite of passage, which will complete your Antarctic adventure. Enjoy some final moments mingling with your fellow travelers. The noisy, busy, populated world awaits your return, so savor the silence of the sea as long as you can.
ACCOMMODATIONS:
Sea Spirit, Ocean Diamond,or Sea Adventurer
MEALS:
breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 20 - Disembark Ushuaia

After breakfast aboard the ship, it is time to part ways and say goodbye to your Expedition Team. Transfer to the airport provided for your homeward flight.
ACCOMMODATIONS:
n/a
MEALS:
breakfast

Alternative Itinerary

In addition to the 20-day main itinerary, longer Explorers & Kings routes are available. See the Rates & Dates tab for departure-specific info.

Itinerary Notes

Read this itinerary as a guide only; the exact route and program varies according to ice and weather conditions - and the wildlife encountered. Flexibility is the key to the success of this Explorers & Kings expedition. Visits to research stations depend on final permission. There are nearly 200 recognized sites in the Antarctic Peninsula and South Shetlands, and the places mentioned above may be changed to others equally as interesting.

Arrival & Departure

When considering flights for your Antarctic Explorer Cruise plan to arrive Ushuaia, Argentina (USH) at any time on day 1. An arrival transfer from the Ushuaia airport to any local hotel is included. Passengers departing Ushuaia on flights before 12pm noon on disembarkation day will be transferred directly to the airport; all other later transfers are on your own. Taxis are readily available in Ushuaia and should cost no more than $6-10 from any local hotel to the airport. Get a free flight quote.

Activities

Kayaking, mountaineering, snowshoeing and/or photography may be available on your Explorers & Kings cruise. The following table details what activities may be available on each departure and their per-person cost. Key: (K) kayaking $950; (S) snowshoeing included; (P) photography included; (M) mountaineering $575; (C) camping $250; (X) cross-country skiing $575. Ocean Diamond has a kayak and camp package available for $1050. Please call AdventureSmith for more details and to reserve activity space.
Nov 14 - Dec 03, 2014 - Ocean Diamond - K, P, S, M, X, C
Nov 17 - Dec 06, 2014 - Sea Spirit - K, S
Feb 19 - Mar 13, 2015 - Sea Adventurer - K
Nov 22 - Dec 11, 2015 - Ocean Diamond - K
Book This TripAsk an ExpertExplorers & Kings Route Map

Explorers & Kings Route Map


Start/End DateShipPrice per Person
1       Nov 14 - Dec 03, 2014Ocean Diamond$12995 - $22595View Details

Triple - $12995

Approximately 200 square feet (19 square meters) in size, this cabin has a two twin beds and an upper bed, and two portholes (Note: cabin 332 has three lower beds). Located on the Lower Deck, this cabin has a private bathroom with bathtub and shower.
Book This Cabin

Twin Obstructed View - $15595

Approximately 200 square feet (19 square meters) in size, this cabin has one double bed or two twin beds, and a picture window (the view is obstructed). Located on the Captain’s Deck, this cabin has a private bathroom with bathtub and shower. Amenities include: wardrobes, drawers, flat-screen TV, DVD player, individual temperature controls, in-room safe, refrigerator, satellite telephone access, and hair dryer.
Book This Cabin
Twin Window

Twin Window - $16595

Between 183 and 200 square feet (19 and 17 square meters) in size, this cabin has one double bed or two twin beds, and a picture window. Located on the Upper and Main Decks, this cabin has a private bathroom with bathtub and shower.
Book This Cabin

Suite - $19795

Between 200 and 183 square feet (19 and 17 square meters) in size, this cabin has one double bed or two twin beds, and a picture window. Located on the Upper and Main Decks, this cabin has a private bathroom with bathtub and shower.
Book This Cabin

Balcony Suite - $21595

Approximately 325 square feet (30 square meters) in size, including the balcony, this suite has one double bed or two twin beds, and a full-size window with a sliding glass door that leads to a private deck with chairs. Located on the Observation Deck, this suite has a private bathroom with bathtub and shower.
Book This Cabin

Single Porthole - $22595

Approximately 200 square feet (19 square meters) in size, this cabin has one double bed and two portholes. Located on the Lower Decks, this cabin has a private bathroom with shower. Amenities include: wardrobes, drawers, flat-screen TV, DVD player, individual temperature controls, in-room safe, refrigerator, satellite telephone access, and hair dryer.
Book This Cabin

Single Obstructed View - $22595

Approximately 200 square feet (19 square meters) in size, this cabin has one double bed, and a picture window (the view is obstructed by the lifeboats). Located on the Captain’s Deck, this cabin has a private bathroom with bathtub and shower.
Book This Cabin


 
2       Nov 17 - Dec 06, 2014Sea Spirit$15595 - $23595View Details
Triple Classic Suite

Triple Classic Suite - $15595

2 twin beds and a sofa bed on Oceanus Deck. Twin beds can be configured into 1 king-size bed. Triple Classic Suites average 250 square feet, each with an exterior view picture window and 2 wardrobes.
Book This Cabin
Main Deck Suite

Main Deck Suite - $17295

Either 2 twins or a king-size bed on the Main Deck. Main Deck Suites average 215 square feet, with a minimum of two portholes for exterior views and a wardrobe.
Book This Cabin
Classic Suite

Classic Suite - $18295

Either 2 twins or a king-size bed on the Oceanus Deck. Classic Suites average 250 square feet, each with an exterior view picture window and 2 wardrobes.
Book This Cabin
Superior Suite

Superior Suite - $19595

Either 2 twins or a king-size bed on the Club Deck. Superior Suites average 235 square feet, each with a picture window that overlooks the outside walkway and a wardrobe.
Book This Cabin
Deluxe Suite

Deluxe Suite - $20595

With private balcony and either 2 twins or a king-size bed on the Sports Deck. Deluxe Suites average 277 square feet, and feature sliding glass doors to a private balcony and a walk-in closet or wardrobe.
Book This Cabin
Premium Suite

Premium Suite - $21295

With private balcony and either 2 twins or a king-size bed on the Sun Deck. Premium Suites average 353 square feet, and feature sliding glass doors to a private balcony and a wardrobe.
Book This Cabin

Owner's Suite - $23595

The ultimate suite designed for entertaining, located on the Sun Deck. The Owner’s Suite is 550 square feet, and has a separate living room with a game and meeting area, as well as sliding glass doors leading to a private deck. King-size bed in a separate sleeping area, with a sofa bed in the living room. Additional amenities include BOSE stereo system, HD Plasma TV with video player and jetted bathtub.
Book This Cabin


 
3  Alternate Itinerary Available  Feb 19 - Mar 13, 2015Sea Adventurer$15995 - $25995View Details
  Alternative Itinerary

Alternative Itinerary

  This departure follows a 23-day route, ending in Buenos Aires instead of Ushuaia.
Day 1 - Ushuaia, Argentina
Day 2 - Embark Ushuaia
Days 3-4 - Crossing the Drake Passage
Days 5-8 - South Shetland Islands & Antarctic Peninsula
Days 9-10 - At Sea
Days 11-13 - South Georgia
Days 14-16 - At Sea
Days 17-18 - Falkland Islands
Days 19-22 - At Sea
Day 23 - Disembark Buenos Aires, Argentina
Triple

Triple - $15995

A Triple Cabin has two lower berths and one upper berth, private facilities, and a porthole with exterior views.
Book This Cabin
Lower Deck Twin

Lower Deck Twin - $17995

A Lower Deck Twin cabin has two lower berths, private facilities, and a porthole with exterior views.
Book This Cabin
Main Deck Twin Porthole

Main Deck Twin Porthole - $18595

A Main Deck Twin Porthole cabin has two lower berths, private facilities, and a porthole with exterior views.
Book This Cabin
Main Deck Twin Window

Main Deck Twin Window - $20595

A Main Deck Twin Window cabin has two lower berths, private facilities, and two windows with exterior views.
Book This Cabin
Superior

Superior - $22595

A Superior cabin has two lower berths, private facilities, and windows with exterior views.
Book This Cabin
Deluxe

Deluxe - $23995

Located on the Captain's Deck and Upper Deck, deluxe cabins are range from 145-155 square feet with 2 lower berths and view windows.
Book This Cabin
Suite

Suite - $25995

A Suite has two lower berths, windows with exterior views, private facilities. Cabin 403 has a bathtub other Suites have showers.
Book This Cabin


 
4       Nov 22 - Dec 11, 2015Ocean Diamond$12795 - $20295View Details

Triple - $12795

Approximately 200 square feet (19 square meters) in size, this cabin has a two twin beds and an upper bed, and two portholes (Note: cabin 332 has three lower beds). Located on the Lower Deck, this cabin has a private bathroom with bathtub and shower.
Book This Cabin

Twin Obstructed View - $15295

Approximately 200 square feet (19 square meters) in size, this cabin has one double bed or two twin beds, and a picture window (the view is obstructed). Located on the Captain’s Deck, this cabin has a private bathroom with bathtub and shower. Amenities include: wardrobes, drawers, flat-screen TV, DVD player, individual temperature controls, in-room safe, refrigerator, satellite telephone access, and hair dryer.
Book This Cabin
Twin Window

Twin Window - $16295

Between 183 and 200 square feet (19 and 17 square meters) in size, this cabin has one double bed or two twin beds, and a picture window. Located on the Upper and Main Decks, this cabin has a private bathroom with bathtub and shower.
Book This Cabin

Suite - $18995

Between 200 and 183 square feet (19 and 17 square meters) in size, this cabin has one double bed or two twin beds, and a picture window. Located on the Upper and Main Decks, this cabin has a private bathroom with bathtub and shower.
Book This Cabin

Balcony Suite - $19995

Approximately 325 square feet (30 square meters) in size, including the balcony, this suite has one double bed or two twin beds, and a full-size window with a sliding glass door that leads to a private deck with chairs. Located on the Observation Deck, this suite has a private bathroom with bathtub and shower.
Book This Cabin

Single Porthole - $20295

Approximately 200 square feet (19 square meters) in size, this cabin has one double bed and two portholes. Located on the Lower Decks, this cabin has a private bathroom with shower. Amenities include: wardrobes, drawers, flat-screen TV, DVD player, individual temperature controls, in-room safe, refrigerator, satellite telephone access, and hair dryer.
Book This Cabin

Single Obstructed View - $20295

Approximately 200 square feet (19 square meters) in size, this cabin has one double bed, and a picture window (the view is obstructed by the lifeboats). Located on the Captain’s Deck, this cabin has a private bathroom with bathtub and shower.
Book This Cabin


 
  Alternative Itinerary alternative itinerary

Included

One night pre-expedition hotel accommodation with breakfast, as indicated in the itinerary. (The number of guests per room is the same as cabin occupancy on the ship. Due to limited availability, travelers who reserve a suite on board are accommodated in standard rooms at the hotel.) A group transfer from the airport to the pre- expedition hotel on day 1 of the itinerary (or one day prior). Group transfer from hotel to ship on embarkation day. Shipboard accommodation with daily housekeeping. All breakfasts, lunches and dinners on board throughout your voyage. (Please inform us of any dietary requirements as far in advance as possible. Unfortunately, the ships’ galleys cannot prepare kosher meals.) All beverages aboard Sea Spirit. All shore landings per the daily program. Leadership throughout the voyage by an experienced Expedition Leader, including shore landings and other activities. All Zodiac transfers and cruising per the daily program. Formal and informal presentations by the Expedition Team and guest speakers as scheduled. Photographic Album on DVD, documenting the voyage. A pair of waterproof expedition boots on loan for shore landings. An expedition parka – yours to keep. Coffee, tea, cocoa available around the clock. Hair dryer and bathrobe in every cabin. Comprehensive pre-departure materials, including a map and an informative Antarctic Reader. All miscellaneous service taxes and port charges throughout the program. All luggage handling aboard ship. Emergency Evacuation Insurance for all passengers to a maximum benefit of $100,000 per person. A group transfer upon disembarkation in Ushuaia from the ship to the local airport. Expeditions ending in Buenos Aires include one post-expedition hotel night.

Exclusions

Airfares to the embarkation point and from the disembarkation point; adventure options of kayaking or diving; passport and visa expenses; government arrival and departure taxes; hotel accommodations; supplement for single hotel accommodations; meals while in Ushuaia; excess baggage charges and all items of a personal nature such as laundry, bar and beverage charges and telecommunication charges; and the customary gratuity at the end of the voyage for those who have served you aboard (guidelines will be provided). Note: Should the price of marine fuel increase dramatically, we may have to institute a fuel surcharge.

Room Configuration

Solo travelers willing to share can reserve a triple or twin-shared cabin, where you will be matched with a person of the same gender. If the other cabin berth goes unsold, you will be guaranteed the double rate. For those who desire single occupancy, standard twin cabins are available for single occupancy at 1.7 times the twin rate. Premium cabins are 2X the price (Premium Cabins: Sea Adventurer (Superior, Deluxe & Suites); Ocean Diamond (Suites & Balcony Suites); Sea Spirit: Superior (Deluxe, Premium and Owner Suites).

Families & Children

At date of embarkation, a minimum age restriction of 8 years and minimum height and weight requirements (weight of 64lbs or 29kg and 48 in. or 1.2 m. tall) must be met. Children under 16 years of age must be supervised by a parent/guardian at all times, and may not participate in adventure options.

Payment & Cancellation

A deposit of 20% (minimum $1,000 per person) is required to confirm a reservation on this Antarctic voyage. Final payment is due 120 days prior to departure. Payments by bank wire transfer, check, money order or major credit card are accepted. All prices and payments are in US dollars, and no other currencies can be accepted.

Guests who must cancel their trip for any reason must do so in writing. Cancellations are subject to the following fees, based on number of days prior to departure:
180 days or more - $1250 per person admin fee
179 to 120 days - per person deposit amount is forfeited.
119 days or less - all deposits and tariffs, whether paid or not, are due and forfeited

Terms & Conditions

This trip is subject to AdventureSmith Explorations Terms and Conditions. Please read this information carefully and call us if you have any questions. A packing list and extensive pre-departure and travel insurance information is sent upon confirmation.

Travel Insurance

Emergency evacuation insurance, to a maximum benefit per paying traveler of $100,000 USD, is included in the cost of this trip through Travelex Insurance. In addition to the emergency evacuation insurance, we highly recommend our travelers protect their investment with travel insurance that includes trip cancellation and other benefits. Our partners at Travelex offer a variety of plans and policies to fit every trip and budget. You must purchase your travel insurance policy within 21 days of booking your trip for it to cover pre-existing medical conditions. Learn more about travel insurance or get a free quote.
Book This TripAsk an ExpertSpecial Offers
• Save up to 25% on 2014-2015 Antarctic Cruises
view details
Via Australis Patagonia Expedition Cruise

Via Australis Patagonia Expedition Cruise

Embark on a journey to the “uttermost end of the earth.” On the Ushuaia - Punta Arenas route you will enjoy the splendor and beauty of unique natural scenery from aboard a comfortable ship set up to make your Patagonia experience unforgettable.
view details

Patagonia Wildlife Safari

Patagonia Wildlife Safari

Discover the magic at the end of the world on a 4- to 7-day Patagonia Wildlife Safari! No matter the length of your stay, you will be blown away by the unlimited beauty of the world heritage site Torres del Paine National Park.
view details

Book This TripAsk an Expert

Ocean Diamond

Ocean Diamond

One of the newest, fastest ships in Antarctica, this 189-guest vessel is also the most eco-friendly. Operator Quark Expeditions offsets the ship's emissions, thereby offering the first carbon-neutral voyages in polar travel.
view details
Sea Spirit

Sea Spirit

Sail aboard the luxurious all-suite Sea Spirit to experience the Arctic and Antarctica in grand style with all the amenities of a fine hotel. Carrying just 114 passengers, this outstanding vessel is the perfect home away from home.
view details
Sea Adventurer

Sea Adventurer

A handsome expedition ship, the Sea Adventurer, formerly Clipper Adventurer, combines travel to the polar regions with superior on-board comfort for its 117 passengers.
view details
Book This TripAsk an Expert


Special Offers
• Save up to 25% on 2014-2015 Antarctic Cruises
view details
Ask an Expert