Emporer penguins on gray-sand beach with grassy tussocks behind, on South Georgia & Antarctic Peninsula: Penguin Safari expedition.
A pair of gentoo penguins are photographed by a polar traveler in a yellow jacket at dusk on the South Georgia & Antarctic Peninsula: Penguin Safari small ship expedition.
A group of people paddle stand-up boards on calm waters in the ocean in antarctica
Baby king penguin with brown fuzzy coat approaches camera on South Georgia & Antarctic Peninsula: Penguin Safari voyage.
Polar travelers in bright yellow jackets stand beside green grasses and photograph hundreds of king penguins on the beach of South Georgia Island on an Antarctica small ship cruise.
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South Georgia & Antarctic Peninsula: Penguin Safari

The 16-day South Georgia & Antarctic Peninsula: Penguin Safari itinerary is a fast way to get to the rarely visited South Georgia Island while also stepping foot on the 7th Continent. Highlights include experiencing the quintessential wildlife experience of the “Galapagos of the Poles,” visiting South Georgia’s king penguin rookeries–the largest in the world, reflecting at the resting place of Sir Ernest Shackleton, visiting abandoned whaling stations and learning stories of their inhabitants.

While cruising, photograph massive albatross and pintado petrel as they swoop and soar around the ship, guiding her toward South Georgia. Step ashore onto beaches teeming with king penguins and elephant seals on this fabled island, where there’s time to pay respects to famed explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton. Antarctica awaits, with its geographic contradictions and overwhelming enormity. Relax on a Zodiac ride, hike glistening glaciers, share comical moments with inquisitive penguins, or witness the rugged peninsula from a sea kayak. Antarctica will surprise and delight, and never disappoint.

In addition to the main 16-day itinerary via Ushuaia, Argentina, an alternative 16-day itinerary operates to and from Buenos Aires, Argentina, with a charter flight to and from Ushuaia to meet the ship. Two special departures each offer a variation of the main itinerary. The Totality in Antarctica, with South Georgia departure offers the rare opportunity to be positioned within the path of totality during the December 2021 solar eclipse. The Celebrating Shackleton departure honors Sir Ernest Shackleton by following the route of his Trans-Antarctic Expedition, including a unique visit to Elephant Island and the uncommon chance to spend time in the Weddell Sea.

Passage is aboard one of four small ships. The 172-guest World Explorer is a purpose-built, all-suite polar expedition ship featuring private balconies in every cabin and a focus on health and wellness throughout her six passenger decks. The 200-passenger Ultramarine offers the latest in polar ship technology and heli-assisted activities from her dual helicopter pads, making her an ideal basecamp for luxury Antarctica cruises. The 189-guest Ocean Diamond is fast and eco-friendly. And 128-guest Ocean Adventurer offers classic polar activities like kayaking. From your ship home base, enjoy opportunities for Zodiac cruising, hiking, photography, daily lectures by onboard polar experts and even the polar plunge. Added-cost activities include sea kayaking, one-time paddling excursions and stand-up paddleboarding. Aboard Ultramarine, enjoy additional activities utilizing the onboard helicopters.

Read on for details about this trip, or learn more about AdventureSmith’s Antarctica cruises and South Georgia cruises.



Itinerary

South Georgia & Antarctic Peninsula: Penguin Safari Itinerary

The main 16-day South Georgia & Antarctic Peninsula: Penguin Safari cruise operates round-trip from Ushuaia, Argentina, cruising to South Georgia and the South Shetland Islands before exploring the Antarctic Peninsula and returning via the Drake Passage. Highlights include South Georgia’s king penguins and Shackleton history, as well as Antarctic whaling stations.

Route map of Penguin Safari expedition, operating round-trip from Ushuaia, Argentina, with visits to South Georgia Island, the South Shetland Islands & the Antarctic Peninsula.
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Day 1
Arrive Ushuaia, Argentina

Begin the journey in Ushuaia, a small but bustling port at the tip of South America. It’s the ideal gateway to explore the southern extent of Patagonia while preparing for the adventure ahead. Get active in the mountains or enjoy handcrafted chocolate at a café in town.

Accommodations

Hotel TBD (Hotel Las Lengas, Hotel Los Acebos, Albatros Hotel or similar)

Meals

n/a

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Day 2
Embark Ushuaia

Embarkation will occur in the late afternoon, after which the vessel will cruise down the historic Beagle Channel, which transects the Tierra del Fuego archipelago in the extreme south of South America. Expect an air of anticipation while departing!

Accommodations

Ocean Adventurer, Ocean Diamond, World Explorer

Meals

dinner

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Days 3 - 6
At Sea

There are many activities while at sea. Learn to identify seabirds that glide alongside the ship, or attend dynamic presentations by the expedition team. Be prepped on safety procedures for Zodiac cruises and shore landings, and also be given instructions for getting the most out of optional sea kayaking adventures (extra cost), a truly intimate way to experience Antarctica.

If conditions are right, the first indication that the ship is approaching South Georgia is the sight of birds around a group of rocky spires called Shag Rocks. Have binoculars and cameras ready to capture these rocks rising out of the icy ocean waters. Shags and prions often rest here, and due to nutrient rich upwellings around the rocks, it can be a good place to keep a lookout for whales.

Accommodations

Ocean Adventurer, Ocean Diamond, World Explorer

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Days 7 - 8
South Georgia

After enjoying South Georgia from a distance, the ship will head toward its numerable beaches to find a bay for the first land excursion. Landing sites are varied, largely determined by the weather conditions. Whichever sites are visited, they’ll provide wildlife encounters unrivaled anywhere else on earth.

South Georgia is one of the most fertile breeding grounds in the world for sub-Antarctic wildlife, with beaches blanketed with penguins. It won’t take long to realize that you are in a bird paradise, as burrowing seabirds, albatross and petrels can be seen in abundance. South Georgia, once a popular base for whalers and sealers, is also scattered with abandoned relics and evidence of human activity from centuries gone by.

The expedition team will help bring those days to life during presentations and visits to old whaling stations. Visit the significant site of Grytviken, one of the first whaling stations established in sub-Antarctic waters. Many travelers find that this place has a special appeal, as it is home to the remains of Sir Ernest Shackleton, one of the most famous Antarctic explorers.

Accommodations

Ocean Adventurer, Ocean Diamond, World Explorer

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Days 9 - 10
At Sea

Say goodbye to the king penguins, as the next destination is Antarctica! These days at sea are filled with presentations and workshops led by the expedition team, who will prepare you for the wildlife and landscapes that will surround upon the ship’s arrival.

Accommodations

Ocean Adventurer, Ocean Diamond, World Explorer

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Days 11 - 13
Antarctic Peninsula

The most common reaction upon reaching the White Continent is a sense of reverence and awe. The experience is hard to put into words, since few places are as untouched and enduring as Antarctica. Antarctica is a land of extremes. At one moment, be overcome with a feeling of complete isolation and silence, and at the next moment be inspired by nature as a calving glacier crashes into a brilliant blue sea or a penguin waddles by to inspect your footwear.

The expedition team leads Zodiac cruises, visits to a historical site or consorting with penguin colonies. Chinstrap, adélie and gentoo penguins are found here, along with weddell, fur, crabeater and leopard seals. Keep a lookout for Antarctic whales, such as minkes, while on a Zodiac cruise, and keep cameras at the ready.

Accommodations

Ocean Adventurer, Ocean Diamond, World Explorer

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Days 14 - 15
Drake Passage

After more than a dozen days of unique wildlife encounters and remarkable landscapes, the journey home begins. Crossing the Drake is an unofficial rite of passage. Spend time on deck watching for seabirds and whales, enjoy presentations by the expedition team, or simply relax and reminisce about your experiences.

Accommodations

Ocean Adventurer, Ocean Diamond, World Explorer

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 16
Disembark Ushuaia, Argentina

Arrive in Ushuaia in the morning, disembark the ship and continue the adventure onward or catch flights home.

Accommodations

n/a

Meals

breakfast

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Details
Inclusions, Terms & Notes

Included

Leadership throughout the voyage by experienced expedition leader, including shore landings and other activities; all Zodiac transfers and cruising per daily program; shipboard accommodation with daily housekeeping; all meals, snacks, soft drinks and juices on board throughout voyage; beer and wine during dinner; coffee, tea and cocoa available around the clock; all shore landings per daily program; formal and informal presentations by expedition team and guest speakers as scheduled; photographic journal documenting the expedition; a pair of waterproof expedition boots on loan for shore landings and Zodiac excursions; official Quark Expeditions parka to keep; hair dryer and bathrobes in every cabin; 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 USD $500,000 per person; group transfer in Ushuaia from airport to pre-expedition hotel on day 1; one night’s pre-expedition hotel accommodation in Ushuaia with breakfast; group transfer from hotel to ship on embarkation day; group transfer upon disembarkation in Ushuaia from ship to local airport or luggage storage facility.

Exclusions

International airfare; passport and applicable visa expenses; government arrival and departure taxes not mentioned; meals ashore unless otherwise specified; baggage, cancellation, interruption and medical travel insurance (strongly recommended); excess baggage fees on international flights; mandatory waterproof pants for Zodiac cruising, or any other gear not mentioned; laundry, bar, massage services and other personal charges, unless specified; phone and internet charges; voluntary gratuity at the end of the voyage for shipboard staff and crew; additional overnight accommodation; arrival and departure transfers, except when explicitly stated; adventure options on expeditions (all weather dependent) that are not included in the cost of the voyage (e.g., sea kayaking, stand-up paddleboarding, etc.).

Payment & Cancellation

In order to confirm this trip, a deposit of 20% of the total trip cost is required per person at time of booking. The balance of the trip price is due 120 days before the departure date. Special holiday payment and cancellation terms apply. Guests who must cancel their trip for any reason must do so in writing. Standard cancellations are subject to the following per-person penalties, based on number of days prior to departure:
Up to 120 days with 100% payment received – 100% of total trip cost retained, applied as a Future Travel Refund Credit for 120% of total trip cost
Up to 120 days with partial payment received – 100% of deposit + any additional partial payment retained, applied as a Future Travel Refund Credit
119 to 0 days – 100% of total trip cost

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 Traveler Information Form, which includes a release of liability, must be completed and signed by all travelers. Your Adventure Specialist will send you a unique link to complete this form along with a packing list and extensive pre-departure and travel insurance information upon booking confirmation.

Arrival & Departure

The main South Georgia & Antarctic Peninsula: Penguin Safari cruise begins and ends in Ushuaia, Argentina (USH). We highly recommend arriving one day prior to your trip start date in case of any flight delay, cancellation or lost luggage issues. Plan flights to arrive to Ushuaia at any time on day 1. An arrival transfer from the Ushuaia airport to the designated pre-departure hotel is included. Plan flights to depart Ushuaia no earlier than 11:00am on disembarkation day. If you would like assistance with international flights, please visit our Booking Flights resource page.

Activities

Various optional activities may be available on your South Georgia & Antarctic Peninsula: Penguin Safari cruise. The following table details what activities may be available on each departure and their per-person cost for the 2020-21 & 2021-22 seasons. Key: (K) kayaking $995; (P) photography included; (SUP) stand-up paddleboarding $295.

One-time paddling excursions (PE) are available for $295 per person, per outing, for those who want something less in-depth than the full sea kayaking program; no experience is necessary. Each departure’s first paddling excursion may be pre-booked and all subsequent outings are booked on the ship. Please contact AdventureSmith to reserve activity space with your booking.

2020-21 Season:
Dec 27 – Jan 11, 2021 – World Explorer – K, SUP, PE

2021-22 Season:
Nov 12 – Nov 27, 2021 – World Explorer – K, SUP, PE
Dec 13 – Dec 28, 2021 – Ocean Diamond – K, PE
Feb 12 – Feb 27, 2022 – World Explorer – K, SUP, PE
Dec 29 – Jan 13, 2022 – Ocean Adventurer – K, PE

Room Configuration

Select double-occupancy cabins may be available for single occupancy with a single supplement fee. 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. Single travelers wishing to book a double-occupancy cabin may do so at 1.7x (2x for Premium cabins) the per-person listed rate in select cabins based upon availability. Premium Cabins are as follows:
Ocean Adventurer: Superior, Deluxe, Suite & Owner’s Suite
Ocean Diamond: Suite & Balcony Suite
World Explorer: Superior Suite, Deluxe Suite & Owner’s Suite.

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.

Travel Insurance

Emergency evacuation insurance to a maximum benefit of up to $500,000 USD per paying traveler provides coverage between the first and last day of ship-based travel and is included in the cost of this trip. For ship- and land-based trips, additional days of travel pre- and post-expedition are not covered. Travelers are responsible for having adequate international medical coverage prior to embarkation, with a minimum benefit of $50,000 USD. In addition, we highly recommend our travelers also 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 15 or 21 days of booking (depending on plan) for it to cover pre-existing medical conditions; refer to plan details. Learn more about travel insurance or get a free quote.

Itinerary Notes

Read this itinerary as a guide only; the exact route and program varies according to ice, weather conditionswildlife encountered and the captain’s discretion. Flexibility is the key to the success of any Antarctica expedition. Visits to research stations depend on final permission.

South Georgia & Antarctic Peninsula: Penguin Safari via Buenos Aires Itinerary

The 16-day South Georgia & Antarctic Peninsula: Penguin Safari via Buenos Aires cruise begins and ends in Buenos Aires, Argentina, with charter flights to and from Ushuaia. Cruise to South Georgia and the South Shetland Islands before exploring the Antarctic Peninsula and returning via the Drake Passage. Highlights include South Georgia’s king penguins and Shackleton history, as well as Antarctic whaling stations.

Route map of Penguin Safari expedition, operating round-trip from Buenos Aires, Argentina, with visits to South Georgia Island, the South Shetland Islands & the Antarctic Peninsula.
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Day 1
Arrive Buenos Aires, Argentina

Arrive in Buenos Aires at any time during Day 1. Upon arriving in this splendid city, known for its architecture and rich European heritage, independently transfer to the group hotel (pre-expedition hotel night included in mandatory transfer package).

Accommodations

Hotel TBA

Meals

n/a

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Day 2
Fly to Ushuaia & Embark

After an early breakfast at the hotel, transfer with the group to the airport and board a private charter flight to Ushuaia, Argentina. Upon arrival, be transferred from the airport to a central downtown location to have some time on your own to explore this quaint port town before making your way to the pier.

After a late afternoon embarkation, sail along the historic Beagle Channel, which transects the Tierra del Fuego archipelago in the extreme south of South America. Expect an air of anticipation as the ship departs!

Accommodations

Ultramarine

Meals

breakfast, dinner

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Days 3 - 6
At Sea

There are many activities available to stay engaged while at sea. Learn to identify seabirds that glide alongside the ship, or attend dynamic presentations by the expedition team. Be prepped on safety procedures for Zodiac cruises and shore landings.

If conditions are right, the first indication that the ship is approaching South Georgia is the sight of birds around a group of rocky spires called Shag Rocks. Have binoculars and cameras ready to capture these rocky spires rising out of the icy ocean waters. Shags and prions often rest here, and due to nutrient rich upwellings around the rocks it can be a good place to keep a lookout for whales.

Accommodations

Ultramarine

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Days 7 - 8
South Georgia

After enjoying South Georgia from a distance, the ship will head toward its numerous beaches to find a bay for the first excursion. Landing sites are varied, largely determined by the weather conditions of the voyage. Whichever sites the ship visits, they’ll provide wildlife encounters unrivaled anywhere else on earth.

South Georgia is one of the most fertile breeding grounds in the world for sub-Antarctic wildlife, with beaches blanketed with penguins and seals. It won’t take long to realize this bird paradise, as burrowing seabirds, albatross and petrels can be seen in abundance. South Georgia, once a popular base for whalers and sealers, is also scattered with abandoned relics and evidence of human activity from centuries gone by.

The expedition team will help bring those days to life while visiting old whaling stations and offering presentations on the South Georgia of then and now. One of the most significant sites to visit on the island is Grytviken. This settlement is the first whaling stations established in sub-Antarctic waters. Many travelers find that this place has a special appeal, as it is the site of the grave of Sir Ernest Shackleton, one of the most famous Antarctic explorers.

Accommodations

Ultramarine

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Days 9 - 10
At Sea

Say goodbye to the king penguins, as the ship’s next destination is Antarctica! These days at sea are filled with presentations and workshops led by the expedition team, who will prepare you for the wildlife and landscapes that will surround upon arrival.

Accommodations

Ultramarine

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

Read More
Days 11 - 13
Antarctic Peninsula

The most common reaction upon reaching the White Continent is a sense of reverence and awe. The experience is hard to put into words, since few places are as untouched and enduring as Antarctica. Antarctica is a land of extremes. At one moment, be overcome with a feeling of complete isolation and silence, and at the next moment be inspired by nature as a calving glacier crashes into a brilliant blue sea or a penguin waddles by.

The expedition team will assist at each excursion, whether Zodiac cruising, visiting a historical site or consorting with penguin colonies. Chinstrap, Adélie and gentoo penguins are found here, along with Weddell, fur, crabeater and leopard seals. Keep a lookout for Antarctic whales, such as minkes, while on a Zodiac cruise. Each day and each excursion will present a new collection of creatures to delight and keep the camera busy.

Accommodations

Ultramarine

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Days 14 - 15
Drake Passage

After more than a dozen days of unique wildlife encounters and remarkable landscapes, the journey home begins. Crossing the Drake is an unofficial rite of passage. Spend time on deck watching for seabirds and whales, enjoy presentations by the expedition team, or simply relax and reminisce about the voyage’s experiences.

Accommodations

Ultramarine

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 16
Disembark Ushuaia, Fly to Buenos Aires & Depart

Arrive in Ushuaia in the morning and disembark after breakfast. The mandatory transfer package includes a taste of Patagonia with a Tierra del Fuego National Park tour before transferring to the airport for the return group charter flight to Buenos Aires.

Accommodations

n/a

Meals

breakfast

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Details
Inclusions, Terms & Notes

Included

Shipboard accommodation with daily housekeeping; all meals, snacks, soft drinks and juices on board; beer and wine during dinner; all shore landings per the daily program; leadership throughout the voyage by experienced expedition leaders; all Zodiac transfers and cruising per the daily program; formal and informal presentations by expedition team and special guests as scheduled; a photographic journal documenting the expedition; waterproof expedition boots on loan for shore landings; an official Quark Expeditions® parka to keep; coffee, tea and cocoa available around the clock; a hair dryer and bathrobes in every cabin; all miscellaneous service taxes and port charges throughout the program; all luggage handling aboard the ship; emergency evacuation insurance to a maximum benefit of US$500,000 per person; one 10- to 15-minute helicopter flightseeing excursion (weather and logistics permitting).

Exclusions

Mandatory Transfer Package (approximate package price is $995 for the 2021-22 season and includes one night’s pre-expedition hotel night in Buenos Aires with breakfast on Day 2, group transfer from hotel to airport in Buenos Aires, charter flight from Buenos Aires to Ushuaia, arrival and departure transfers in Ushuaia, charter flight from Ushuaia to Buenos Aires, and combined airport transfer and express bus tour of Tierra del Fuego National Park after disembarkation in Ushuaia); international airfare; passport and visa expenses; government arrival and departure taxes not mentioned above; meals ashore unless otherwise specified; baggage, cancellation, interruption and medical travel insurance (strongly recommended); excess-baggage fees on international flights; mandatory waterproof pants for Zodiac cruising, and any other gear not mentioned above; laundry, bar, massage services and other personal charges unless specified; phone and internet charges; additional overnight accommodation; optional adventure activities; voluntary gratuity at the end of the voyage for shipboard staff and crew; arrival and departure transfers, except where explicitly stated.

Payment & Cancellation

In order to confirm this trip, a deposit of 20% of the total trip cost is required per person at time of booking. The balance of the trip price is due 120 days before the departure date. Special holiday payment and cancellation terms apply. Guests who must cancel their trip for any reason must do so in writing. Standard cancellations are subject to the following per-person penalties, based on number of days prior to departure:
Up to 120 days with 100% payment received – 100% of total trip cost retained, applied as a Future Travel Refund Credit for 120% of total trip cost
Up to 120 days with partial payment received – 100% of deposit + any additional partial payment retained, applied as a Future Travel Refund Credit
119 to 0 days – 100% of total trip cost

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 Traveler Information Form, which includes a release of liability, must be completed and signed by all travelers. Your Adventure Specialist will send you a unique link to complete this form along with a packing list and extensive pre-departure and travel insurance information upon booking confirmation.

Arrival & Departure

The South Georgia & Antarctic Peninsula: Penguin Safari via Buenos Aires voyage begins and ends in Buenos Aires, Argentina (EZE), with charter group flights to and from Ushuaia. We highly recommend arriving one day prior to your trip start date in case of any flight delay, cancellation or lost luggage issues. Plan flights to arrive to Buenos Aires ahead of the 12:00-8:00pm window for luggage weighing and tagging on Day 1. Arrange your own independent transfer to the included Buenos Aires hotel on Day 1. Plan flights to depart Buenos Aires no earlier than 9:00pm on disembarkation day. If you would like assistance with international flights, please visit our Booking Flights resource page.

Internal Flights

Group charter flights between Buenos Aires and Ushuaia are required on this trip’s itinerary; see the Mandatory Transfer Package information listed above under Exclusions. The flight to Ushuaia is expected to depart early on Day 2 of the itinerary. There is a luggage limit of 50 lbs (23 kg) checked luggage and 17 lbs (8 kg) cabin baggage on the flights to and from Ushuaia. Should you have additional luggage, it can be stored at the hotel in Buenos Aires; there is no option to pay for additional luggage. On Day 14 of the itinerary, the ship is scheduled to arrive at the pier between 7:00 and 8:00am local time. Disembarkation follows breakfast, with an included short tour of Tierra del Fuego National Park before transferring to the airport for the return charter flight to Buenos Aires.

Activities

Various optional activities may be available on your South Georgia & Antarctic Peninsula: Penguin Safari via Buenos Aires voyage. Included are optional hiking, Zodiac cruising, daily presentations, photography guides, the polar plunge and a 10- to 15-minute helicopter flightseeing excursion (weather- and logistics-dependent). The following table details what activities may be available on each departure and their per-person cost for the 2021-22 season: (K) kayaking $995; (P) photography included; (SUP) stand-up paddleboarding $295.

One-time paddling excursions (PE) are available for $295 per person, per outing, for those who want something less in-depth than the full sea kayaking program; no experience is necessary. Each departure’s first paddling excursion may be pre-booked and all subsequent outings are booked on the ship. Please contact AdventureSmith to reserve activity space with your booking.

2021-22 Season:
Dec 08 – Dec 23, 2021 – Ultramarine – K, PE, SUP
Dec 22 – Jan 10, 2022 – Ultramarine – K, PE, SUP

Room Configuration

Select double-occupancy cabins may be available for single occupancy with a single supplement fee. 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. Single travelers wishing to book a double-occupancy cabin may do so at 1.7x (2x for Premium cabins) the per-person listed rate in select cabins based upon availability. Premium Cabins are as follows:
Ultramarine: Balcony Suite, Deluxe Balcony Suite, Terrace Suite, Penthouse Suite, Owner’s Suite & Ultra Suite

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.

Travel Insurance

Emergency evacuation insurance to a maximum benefit of up to $500,000 USD per paying traveler provides coverage between the first and last day of ship-based travel and is included in the cost of this trip. For ship- and land-based trips, additional days of travel pre- and post-expedition are not covered. Travelers are responsible for having adequate international medical coverage prior to embarkation, with a minimum benefit of $50,000 USD. In addition, we highly recommend our travelers also 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 15 or 21 days of booking (depending on plan) for it to cover pre-existing medical conditions; refer to plan details. Learn more about travel insurance or get a free quote.

Itinerary Notes

Read this itinerary as a guide only; the exact route and program varies according to ice, weather conditionswildlife encountered and the captain’s discretion. Flexibility is the key to the success of any Antarctica expedition. Visits to research stations depend on final permission.

Totality in Antarctica, with South Georgia Itinerary

The 17-day Totality in Antarctica, with South Georgia cruise operates round-trip from Ushuaia, Argentina, cruising to South Georgia and the South Shetland Islands before exploring the Antarctic Peninsula and returning via the Drake Passage. On this special solar eclipse cruise, spend time directly in the path of Totality and be joined by National Geographic night-sky photographer Babak Tafreshi and American Eclipse author David Baron.

Route map of Totality in Antarctica, with South Georgia small ship voyage, operating round-trip from Ushuaia, Argentina, with visits to South Georgia Island & the Peninsula.
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Day 1
Arrive Ushuaia, Argentina

Begin the journey in Ushuaia, a small but bustling port at the tip of South America. It’s the ideal gateway to explore the southern extent of Patagonia while preparing for the adventure ahead. Get active in the mountains or enjoy handcrafted chocolate at a café in town.

Accommodations

Hotel TBD (Hotel Las Lengas, Hotel Los Acebos, Albatros Hotel or similar)

Meals

n/a

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Day 2
Embark Ushuaia

Embarkation will occur in the late afternoon, after which the vessel will cruise down the historic Beagle Channel, which transects the Tierra del Fuego archipelago in the extreme south of South America. Expect an air of anticipation while departing!

Accommodations

World Explorer

Meals

dinner

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Days 3 - 4
Drake Passage

These days at sea are filled with presentations led by the expedition team who will prepare you for the wildlife, glaciology and history ahead. In between presentations, spend time on deck looking for wildlife or chatting with shipmates over a drink at the bar.

Accommodations

World Explorer

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Days 5 - 7
Antarctic Peninsula

The most common reaction upon reaching the White Continent is a sense of reverence and awe. The experience is hard to put into words, since few places are as untouched and enduring as Antarctica. Antarctica is a land of extremes. At one moment, be overcome with a feeling of complete isolation and silence, and at the next moment be inspired by nature as a calving glacier crashes into a brilliant blue sea or a penguin waddles by to inspect your footwear.

The expedition team leads Zodiac cruises, visits to a historical site or consorting with penguin colonies. Chinstrap, adélie and gentoo penguins are found here, along with weddell, fur, crabeater and leopard seals. Keep a lookout for Antarctic whales, such as minkes, while on a Zodiac cruise, and keep cameras at the ready.

Accommodations

World Explorer

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Days 8 - 9
At Sea

Say goodbye to the Antarctic Peninsula, as the ship’s next destination is the Scotia Sea, between the South Orkney Islands and South Georgia, where you’ll witness a rare natural phenomenon: a total eclipse of the sun in Antarctica! The expedition team will provide advance presentations and workshops on astronomy, meteorology and other related topics to help prepare you for this once-in-a-lifetime event. Two world-renowned eclipse experts will also be on board: award-winning National Geographic night-sky photographer Babak Tafreshi (who participated in the 2003 voyage) and American Eclipse author David Baron, who is featured in the hugely popular TED Talk, “You owe it to yourself to experience a total solar eclipse.”

Accommodations

World Explorer

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 10
Solar Eclipse At Sea

Early this morning, be summoned on deck to witness an extraordinary, much-awaited moment: a solar eclipse, the very brief period (1 minute, 40 seconds) when the moon blocks the sun’s light, plunging the polar regions into darkness. Bring your provided pair of eclipse glasses to savor the stillness of this magical moment with your fellow umbraphiles (eclipse chasers), knowing you’re among the few to have witnessed this once-in-a-lifetime phenomenon.

As with all eclipse sightings, visibility is influenced by the weather and cloud conditions. Unique to this experience will be its location at sea, and the more extreme latitude which places the eclipse low on the horizon, making a successful sighting that much more difficult, and more rewarding should all the stars align for the eclipse to be visible. After the eclipse concludes around breakfast time, feel free to celebrate the unforgettable moment or return to bed. A special celebratory toast will commemorate this special total eclipse voyage.

Accommodations

World Explorer

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Days 11 - 12
South Georgia

South Georgia is one of the most fertile breeding grounds in the world for sub-Antarctic wildlife, with beaches blanketed with penguins. It won’t take long to realize that you are in a bird paradise, as burrowing seabirds, albatross and petrels can be seen in abundance. South Georgia, once a popular base for whalers and sealers, is also scattered with abandoned relics and evidence of human activity from centuries gone by.

The expedition team will help bring those days to life during presentations and visits to old whaling stations. Visit the significant site of Grytviken, one of the first whaling stations established in sub-Antarctic waters. Many travelers find that this place has a special appeal, as it is home to the remains of Sir Ernest Shackleton, one of the most famous Antarctic explorers.

Accommodations

World Explorer

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Days 13 - 16
At Sea

After more than two weeks of unique wildlife encounters and remarkable landscapes, the journey home begins. Spend time on deck watching for seabirds and whales, enjoy presentations by the expedition team, or simply relax and reminisce about your experiences.

Accommodations

World Explorer

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 17
Disembark Ushuaia, Argentina

Arrive in Ushuaia in the morning, disembark the ship and continue the adventure onward or catch flights home.

Accommodations

n/a

Meals

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Inclusions, Terms & Notes

Included

Leadership throughout the voyage by experienced expedition leader, including shore landings and other activities; all Zodiac transfers and cruising per daily program; shipboard accommodation with daily housekeeping; all meals, snacks, soft drinks and juices on board throughout voyage; beer and wine during dinner; coffee, tea and cocoa available around the clock; all shore landings per daily program; formal and informal presentations by expedition team and guest speakers as scheduled; photographic journal documenting the expedition; a pair of waterproof expedition boots on loan for shore landings and Zodiac excursions; official Quark Expeditions parka to keep; hair dryer and bathrobes in every cabin; 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 USD $500,000 per person; group transfer in Ushuaia from airport to pre-expedition hotel on day 1; one night’s pre-expedition hotel accommodation in Ushuaia with breakfast; group transfer from hotel to ship on embarkation day; group transfer upon disembarkation in Ushuaia from ship to local airport or luggage storage facility.

Exclusions

International airfare; passport and applicable visa expenses; government arrival and departure taxes not mentioned; meals ashore unless otherwise specified; baggage, cancellation, interruption and medical travel insurance (strongly recommended); excess baggage fees on international flights; mandatory waterproof pants for Zodiac cruising, or any other gear not mentioned; laundry, bar, massage services and other personal charges, unless specified; phone and internet charges; voluntary gratuity at the end of the voyage for shipboard staff and crew; additional overnight accommodation; arrival and departure transfers, except when explicitly stated; adventure options on expeditions (all weather dependent) that are not included in the cost of the voyage (e.g., sea kayaking, stand-up paddleboarding, etc.).

Payment & Cancellation

In order to confirm this trip, a deposit of 20% of the total trip cost is required per person at time of booking. The balance of the trip price is due 120 days before the departure date. Special holiday payment and cancellation terms apply. Guests who must cancel their trip for any reason must do so in writing. Standard cancellations are subject to the following per-person penalties, based on number of days prior to departure:
Up to 120 days with 100% payment received – 100% of total trip cost retained, applied as a Future Travel Refund Credit for 120% of total trip cost
Up to 120 days with partial payment received – 100% of deposit + any additional partial payment retained, applied as a Future Travel Refund Credit
119 to 0 days – 100% of total trip cost

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 Traveler Information Form, which includes a release of liability, must be completed and signed by all travelers. Your Adventure Specialist will send you a unique link to complete this form along with a packing list and extensive pre-departure and travel insurance information upon booking confirmation.

Arrival & Departure

The Totality in Antarctica, with South Georgia cruise begins and ends in Ushuaia, Argentina (USH). We highly recommend arriving one day prior to your trip start date in case of any flight delay, cancellation or lost luggage issues. Plan flights to arrive to Ushuaia at any time on day 1. An arrival transfer from the Ushuaia airport to the designated pre-departure hotel is included. Plan flights to depart Ushuaia no earlier than 11:00am on disembarkation day. If you would like assistance with international flights, please visit our Booking Flights resource page.

Activities

Various optional activities may be available on your Totality in Antarctica, with South Georgia cruise. The following table details what activities may be available on this departure and their per-person cost. Key: (K) kayaking $995; (S) snowshoeing included; (P) photography included; (SUP) stand-up paddleboarding $295.

One-time paddling excursions (PE) are available for $295 per person, per outing, for those who want something less in-depth than the full sea kayaking program; no experience is necessary. This departure’s first paddling excursion may be pre-booked and all subsequent outings are booked on the ship. Please contact AdventureSmith to reserve activity space with your booking.

Nov 26 – Dec 12, 2021 – World Explorer – K, SUP, PE

Room Configuration

Select double-occupancy cabins may be available for single occupancy with a single supplement fee. 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. Single travelers wishing to book a double-occupancy cabin may do so at 1.7x (2x for Premium cabins) the per-person listed rate in select cabins based upon availability. Premium Cabins on the World Explorer include: Superior Suite, Deluxe Suite & Owner’s Suite.

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.

Travel Insurance

Emergency evacuation insurance to a maximum benefit of up to $500,000 USD per paying traveler provides coverage between the first and last day of ship-based travel and is included in the cost of this trip. For ship- and land-based trips, additional days of travel pre- and post-expedition are not covered. Travelers are responsible for having adequate international medical coverage prior to embarkation, with a minimum benefit of $50,000 USD. In addition, we highly recommend our travelers also 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 15 or 21 days of booking (depending on plan) for it to cover pre-existing medical conditions; refer to plan details. Learn more about travel insurance or get a free quote.

Itinerary Notes

Read this itinerary as a guide only; the exact route and program varies according to ice, weather conditionswildlife encountered and the captain’s discretion. Flexibility is the key to the success of any Antarctica expedition. Visits to research stations depend on final permission.

Celebrating Shackleton: Journey from Antarctica to South Georgia via Buenos Aires Itinerary

The 20-day Celebrating Shackleton: Journey from Antarctica to South Georgia via Buenos Aires voyage begins and ends in Buenos Aires, Argentina, with charter flights to and from Ushuaia. This longer, 20-day itinerary adds unique visits to Elephant Island and the Weddell Sea.

Route map of Celebrating Shackleton expedition, operating round-trip from Buenos Aires, Argentina, with visits to South Georgia Island, Elephant Island, the Weddell Sea, the South Shetland Islands & the Antarctic Peninsula.
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Day 1
Arrive Buenos Aires, Argentina

Arrive in Buenos Aires at any time during Day 1. Upon arriving in this splendid city, known for its architecture and rich European heritage, independently transfer to the group hotel (pre-expedition hotel night included in mandatory transfer package).

Accommodations

Ultramarine

Meals

n/a

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Day 2
Fly to Ushuaia & Embark

After an early breakfast at the hotel, transfer with the group to the airport and board a private charter flight to Ushuaia, Argentina. Upon arrival, be transferred from the airport to a central downtown location to have some time on your own to explore this quaint port town before making your way to the pier.

Embarkation will occur in the late afternoon, after which the vessel will sail down the historic Beagle Channel, which transects the Tierra del Fuego archipelago in the extreme south of South America. Expect an air of anticipation as the ship departs!

Accommodations

Ultramarine

Meals

breakfast, dinner

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Days 3 - 4
Drake Passage

Experience the much-anticipated crossing of the Drake Passage, considered by many to be a polar rite of passage, while also enjoying one-of-a-kind presentations from expedition team members—and from two distinguished special guests who have delved deeply into the life of Sir Ernest Shackleton.

In 2013, environmental scientist, author and explorer Tim Jarvis—with a crew equipped in era-authentic gear—re-enacted Shackleton’s 800-mile  journey from Elephant Island to South Georgia in a replica of the 23-foot whaler James Caird. In fact, the foreword to Jarvis’ book, “Chasing Shackleton: Re-creating the World’s Greatest Journey of Survival,” was written by Alexandra Shackleton, granddaughter of Sir Ernest.

Also on board as guest presenter: mammologist, paleontologist, anthropologist and polar historian Ross MacPhee, a curator at the American Museum of Natural History, which hosted the ground-breaking exhibit “The Endurance: Shackleton’s Legendary Antarctic Expedition.” MacPhee is the author of “Race to The End: Amundsen, Scott, and the Attainment of the South Pole.” MacPhee, who has participated in more than 50 scientific expeditions (including both Polar Regions), has also researched the extinction of early mammals who roamed Antarctica 45 million years ago.

Accommodations

Ultramarine

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Days 5 - 6
Antarctic Peninsula

The most common reaction upon reaching the White Continent is a sense of reverence and awe. The experience is hard to put into words, since few places are as untouched and enduring as Antarctica. Antarctica is a land of extremes. At one moment, be overcome with a feeling of complete isolation and silence, and at the next moment be inspired by nature as a calving glacier crashes into a brilliant blue sea or a penguin waddles by.

The expedition team will assist at each excursion, whether Zodiac cruising, visiting a historical site or consorting with penguin colonies. Chinstrap, Adélie and gentoo penguins are found here, along with Weddell, fur, crabeater and leopard seals. Keep a lookout for Antarctic whales, such as minkes, while on a Zodiac cruise. Each day and each excursion will present a new collection of creatures to delight and keep the camera busy.

Accommodations

Ultramarine

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 7
Weddell Sea

The Weddell Sea has profound meaning for admirers of Shackleton. This is where the explorer’s ill-fated ship, Endurance, crushed by pack ice, disappeared into the harsh waters in 1915. Despite the extreme harsh environment, the Weddell Sea region is known for its rich wildlife: seals, penguins and baleen wheels.

Accommodations

Ultramarine

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 8
At Sea

Throughout the voyage, enjoy one-of-a-kind presentations from the expedition team members—and from the two distinguished special guests, polar experts Tim Jarvis and Ross MacPhee. These days at sea are also perfect for experiencing the superb luxury amenities of the ship. And from the multiple wildlife viewing stations, stay on the lookout for birds and other wildlife while at sea.

Accommodations

Ultramarine

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 9
Elephant Island

On April 9, 1916, after spending 165 days drifting through the hostile ice of the Weddell Sea, Shackleton and his crew reached remote Elephant Island, one of the outermost islands of the South Shetland Island chain. Arriving here today, 100 years later, see the island exactly as Shackleton and his men first encountered the brutish landscape. Yet to the stranded crew, Elephant Island was a haven, offering vital shelter while they waited anxiously to be rescued. Hope to visit Point Wild, located on the northern shores of the island, where Shackleton and his men were able to come ashore. This was the location where Shackleton launched his epic 650-mile boat journey aboard the James Caird, and where his men waited for his return. If conditions are ideal, launch on the Zodiacs to get as close as possible to land, to appreciate the immensity of the Shackleton feat.

Accommodations

Ultramarine

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Days 10 - 11
New Year's At Sea

Say goodbye to the Antarctic Peninsula, as the ship’s next destination is South Georgia! In addition to the New Year’s celebrations aboard the ship, these days at sea are filled with presentations led by the two special guests and the expedition team, who will prepare you for the wildlife and landscapes that await in South Georgia.

Accommodations

Ultramarine

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Days 12 - 15
South Georgia

South Georgia is one of the most fertile breeding grounds in the world for sub-Antarctic wildlife, with beaches blanketed with penguins and seals. It won’t take long to realize this bird paradise, as burrowing seabirds, albatross and petrels can be seen in abundance. South Georgia, once a popular base for whalers and sealers, is also scattered with abandoned relics and evidence of human activity from centuries gone by. The expedition team will help bring those days to life while visiting old whaling stations and offering presentations on the South Georgia of then and now.

In re-creating the voyage of the James Caird, Shackleton’s heroic open-boat journey from Elephant Island to South Georgia, the first planned destination on the island will be King Hakkon Bay—the very site where Shackleton and his men landed before traversing the island’s harsh interior. South Georgia is particularly significant and, for many guests, a poignant stop on this voyage that celebrates the life of Sir Ernest Shackleton, whose enduring legacy of polar exploration lives on.

After Shackleton’s death on January 5, 1922, the explorer’s widow insisted her husband be buried in South Georgia, which figured so prominently in his life and dreams. Hope to visit Grytviken, one of the first whaling stations established in the sub-Antarctic waters. It’s also the site of the modest cemetery where Sir Ernest Shackleton is buried. Guests traditionally gather at Shackleton’s grave to pay homage and raise a toast to one of history’s greatest polar explorers.

In addition to a historical visit to Grytviken and other whaling sites, there is also the possibility to visit many of the pristine beaches, coves and fjords that line the protected northern coast of the island. The wildlife density in South Georgia is unlike anywhere else in the world and each stop during this journey will bring new adventures.

Accommodations

Ultramarine

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Days 16 - 19
At Sea

After more than two weeks of unique wildlife encounters and remarkable landscapes, the journey home begins. Spend time on deck watching for seabirds and whales, enjoy presentations by the expedition team, rejuvenate in the sauna with floor-to-ceiling windows, or simply relax and reminisce about the voyage.

Accommodations

Ultramarine

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 20
Disembark Ushuaia, Fly to Buenos Aires & Depart

Arrive in Ushuaia in the morning and disembark after breakfast. The mandatory transfer package includes a taste of Patagonia with a Tierra del Fuego National Park tour before transferring to the airport for the return group charter flight to Buenos Aires.

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n/a

Meals

breakfast

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Inclusions, Terms & Notes

Included

Shipboard accommodation with daily housekeeping; all meals, snacks, soft drinks and juices on board; beer and wine during dinner; all shore landings per the daily program; leadership throughout the voyage by experienced expedition leaders; all Zodiac transfers and cruising per the daily program; formal and informal presentations by expedition team and special guests as scheduled; a photographic journal documenting the expedition; waterproof expedition boots on loan for shore landings; an official Quark Expeditions® parka to keep; coffee, tea and cocoa available around the clock; a hair dryer and bathrobes in every cabin; all miscellaneous service taxes and port charges throughout the program; all luggage handling aboard the ship; emergency evacuation insurance to a maximum benefit of US$500,000 per person; one 10- to 15-minute helicopter flightseeing excursion (weather and logistics permitting).

Exclusions

Mandatory Transfer Package (approximate package price is $995 for the 2021-22 season and includes one night’s pre-expedition hotel night in Buenos Aires with breakfast on Day 2, group transfer from hotel to airport in Buenos Aires, charter flight from Buenos Aires to Ushuaia, arrival and departure transfers in Ushuaia, charter flight from Ushuaia to Buenos Aires, and combined airport transfer and express bus tour of Tierra del Fuego National Park after disembarkation in Ushuaia); international airfare; passport and visa expenses; government arrival and departure taxes not mentioned above; meals ashore unless otherwise specified; baggage, cancellation, interruption and medical travel insurance (strongly recommended); excess-baggage fees on international flights; mandatory waterproof pants for Zodiac cruising, and any other gear not mentioned above; laundry, bar, massage services and other personal charges unless specified; phone and internet charges; additional overnight accommodation; optional adventure activities; voluntary gratuity at the end of the voyage for shipboard staff and crew; arrival and departure transfers, except where explicitly stated.

Payment & Cancellation

In order to confirm this trip, a deposit of 20% of the total trip cost is required per person at time of booking. The balance of the trip price is due 120 days before the departure date. Special holiday payment and cancellation terms apply. Guests who must cancel their trip for any reason must do so in writing. Standard cancellations are subject to the following per-person penalties, based on number of days prior to departure:
Up to 120 days with 100% payment received – 100% of total trip cost retained, applied as a Future Travel Refund Credit for 120% of total trip cost
Up to 120 days with partial payment received – 100% of deposit + any additional partial payment retained, applied as a Future Travel Refund Credit
119 to 0 days – 100% of total trip cost

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 Traveler Information Form, which includes a release of liability, must be completed and signed by all travelers. Your Adventure Specialist will send you a unique link to complete this form along with a packing list and extensive pre-departure and travel insurance information upon booking confirmation.

Arrival & Departure

The Celebrating Shackleton: Journey from Antarctica to South Georgia via Buenos Aires voyage begins and ends in Buenos Aires, Argentina (EZE), with charter group flights to and from Ushuaia. We highly recommend arriving one day prior to your trip start date in case of any flight delay, cancellation or lost luggage issues. Plan flights to arrive to Buenos Aires ahead of the 12:00-8:00pm window for luggage weighing and tagging on Day 1. Arrange your own independent transfer to the included Buenos Aires hotel on Day 1. Plan flights to depart Buenos Aires no earlier than 9:00pm on disembarkation day. If you would like assistance with international flights, please visit our Booking Flights resource page.

Internal Flights

Group charter flights between Buenos Aires and Ushuaia are required on this trip’s itinerary; see the Mandatory Transfer Package information listed above under Exclusions. The flight to Ushuaia is expected to depart early on Day 2 of the itinerary. There is a luggage limit of 50 lbs (23 kg) checked luggage and 17 lbs (8 kg) cabin baggage on the flights to and from Ushuaia. Should you have additional luggage, it can be stored at the hotel in Buenos Aires; there is no option to pay for additional luggage. On Day 14 of the itinerary, the ship is scheduled to arrive at the pier between 7:00 and 8:00am local time. Disembarkation follows breakfast, with an included short tour of Tierra del Fuego National Park before transferring to the airport for the return charter flight to Buenos Aires.

Activities

Various optional activities may be available on your Celebrating Shackleton: Journey from Antarctica to South Georgia via Buenos Aires voyage. Included are optional hiking, Zodiac cruising, daily presentations, photography guides, the polar plunge and a 10- to 15-minute helicopter flightseeing excursion (weather- and logistics-dependent). The following table details what activities may be available on each departure and their per-person cost for the 2021-22 season: (K) kayaking $995; (P) photography included; (SUP) stand-up paddleboarding $295.

One-time paddling excursions (PE) are available for $295 per person, per outing, for those who want something less in-depth than the full sea kayaking program; no experience is necessary. Each departure’s first paddling excursion may be pre-booked and all subsequent outings are booked on the ship. Please contact AdventureSmith to reserve activity space with your booking.

2021-22 Season:
Dec 22 – Jan 10, 2022 – Ultramarine – K, PE, SUP

Room Configuration

Select double-occupancy cabins may be available for single occupancy with a single supplement fee. 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. Single travelers wishing to book a double-occupancy cabin may do so at 1.7x (2x for Premium cabins) the per-person listed rate in select cabins based upon availability. Premium Cabins are as follows:
Ultramarine: Balcony Suite, Deluxe Balcony Suite, Terrace Suite, Penthouse Suite, Owner’s Suite & Ultra Suite

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.

Travel Insurance

Emergency evacuation insurance to a maximum benefit of up to $500,000 USD per paying traveler provides coverage between the first and last day of ship-based travel and is included in the cost of this trip. For ship- and land-based trips, additional days of travel pre- and post-expedition are not covered. Travelers are responsible for having adequate international medical coverage prior to embarkation, with a minimum benefit of $50,000 USD. In addition, we highly recommend our travelers also 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 15 or 21 days of booking (depending on plan) for it to cover pre-existing medical conditions; refer to plan details. Learn more about travel insurance or get a free quote.

Itinerary Notes

Read this itinerary as a guide only; the exact route and program varies according to ice, weather conditionswildlife encountered and the captain’s discretion. Flexibility is the key to the success of any Antarctica expedition. Visits to research stations depend on final permission.

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Dec 27 - Jan 11, 2021
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World Explorer

The 2019-built, 172-guest World Explorer is designed with distinction, comfort and refinement in mind. This 1B ice-class vessel boasts private walk-outs or Juliet balconies for each cabin and a glass-domed lounge for unimpeded ocean viewing.

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Ocean Diamond

This 189-guest vessel is fast and eco-friendly. Operator Quark Expeditions offsets the ship's emissions, thereby offering the first carbon-neutral voyages in polar travel.

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Ocean Adventurer

A handsome and newly refurbished expedition ship, the Ocean Adventurer combines travel to the polar regions with superior onboard comfort for her 128 passengers.

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Ultramarine

The new Ultramarine 200-passenger polar ship is purpose-built for safety and far-off exploration in Antarctica and the Arctic. Dual helicopter pads and an incredible 70-day cruising range allow access to the hardest-to-reach places.

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The trails amongst the famous Torres del Paine craggy mountains are among the world's classic trekking routes. By day, explore nature in its raw form while winding through these exceptional mountains to enjoy the cozy luxury of EcoCamp's unique dome accommodations by night.

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This 4-, 5-, 6- or 7-day lodge-based trip in the center of Torres del Paine National Park offers over 40 unique explorations to choose from, including Base Torres and Grey Glacier. Enjoy breathtaking views of the Paine Massif and Salto Chico waterfall from home base.

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