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One Ocean Expeditions

Antarctic Epic Antarctica 21 nights

This exciting new expedition has been many years in the making. It is undoubtedly the most comprehensive journey to Antarctica ever offered.

This unique experience links two existing voyages to create one ‘super adventure’. Over the course of three weeks, we spend an unprecedented 16 days exploring the Antarctic Peninsula, South Shetland Islands, the spectacular, icy Weddell Sea region and the wildlife-rich Falkland Islands.

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Antarctic vacation for more than 20 days in Antarctica. Travel on an expedition cruise ship to Antarctica and explore the Antarctic wildlife in depth.
Antarctic wildlife encounters are the highlights of a small expedition cruise with One Ocean Expeditions to Antarctica. Image by Ira Meyer.
Experiental travel is at its best in Antarctica when participating in wildlife photography workshops either on guided hiking tours, on the ice or on your small expedition cruise ship. Image by Daisy Gilardini
Holidays in Antarctica include many interesting activities such as sea kayaking, camping on ice, hiking tours, whale watching tours or wildlife identification tours with expert guides. Image by Ira Meyer
Wildlife viewings and identification are popular activities along the Antarctic Peninsula.  Take advantage of the knowledge of your expedition guides when you travel on an expedition cruise to Antarctica. Image by Ira Meyer.
Icebergs in all sizes and shapes can be viewed on an expedition cruise with One Ocean Expeditions to Antarctica. Image by Ira Meyer.
Travel on an expedition cruise to Antarctica and explore the Antarctic Peninsula in depth with experienced Antarctic guides. View penguins, whales, seals and seabirds. Image by Adeline Heymann.
A vacation to Antarctica is filled with stunning encounters such as tabular icebergs in the Weddell Sea. Image by Ben Haggar.
Holidays with friends in Antarctica to explore the stunning wildlife such as penguins, whales and seals as well as relaxing and taking advantage of the comforts of your small expedition cruise ship. Image by Jeff Topham
Antarctic travel vacations make your dreams come true and you can view icebergs in all shapes and formations from your polar built expedition ship. Image by David Sinclair
Adventure travel at its best when going on a vacation to the Antarctic Peninsula and taking part in small group expeditions lead by Antarctic experts. Image by Ira Meyer
Antarctic cruises are full of surprises and beautiful wildlife encounters. Watch different penguin species on your hiking tours with your expert guides. Image by David Sinclair

Epic Antarctica

Starting Rate: $15,295.00+

Number of Days: 21

Departs from: PUNTA ARENAS

Returns to: PUNTA ARENAS

Includes return flights to/from Punta Arenas.

Experiences:

    Wildlife Identification
    Sea Kayaking
    Photographer in Residence
    Camping
    Education
    Family
    Fitness & Yoga
    Photography
    Trekking/Hiking
    Whale Watching
    Zodiac Cruising

Available Dates:

2017
December 30 - January 20 Akademik Sergey Vavilov Download Trip Notes
2018
January 13 - February 3 Akademik Ioffe Download Trip Notes
January 20 - February 10 Akademik Sergey Vavilov Download Trip Notes

Day by Day: What you can experience: Epic Antarctica

This 21-night voyage is a combination of the 10-night 'Quest for the Antarctic Circle' voyage, and the 11-night ‘Ultimate Antarctica - Weddell Sea and Falklands’ voyage. Your trip starts and finishes in Punta Arenas, and includes the flights to and from Stanley, in the Falkland Islands.

On Day 11, the ship will be anchored at King George Island. Some of your fellow passengers will disembark here, at the completion of the 10-night voyage and fly back to South America. Others will join for the 11-night trip as we make our way back to the Falklands. As this voyage is comprised of two shorter expeditions, it is likely we will visit a number of our favourite locations for a second time, such as Deception Island and Neko Harbour. These are such beautiful spots, with a range of different shore activities, it will be a thrill to experience these places at different times, in different weather and in different moods. This combination trip offers incredible diversity and provides a huge variety of onshore experiences, at dozens of unique landing sites.



Day 1

Punta Arenas, Chile

Our epic journey commences this morning in Punta Arenas. Here we board our 90 minute flight to Stanley in the Falkland Islands. We are met on arriv...

Our epic journey commences this morning in Punta Arenas. Here we board our 90 minute flight to Stanley in the Falkland Islands. We are met on arrival and transferred to the pier. Stanley is home to 2,000 residents and is reminiscent of a charming rural town in coastal Britain, with brightly colored houses, flower-filled gardens, a quaint cathedral and several local pubs. There will be time to explore the town before embarkation. Excitement is in the air as we cast off, bound for Antarctica, and the adventure of a lifetime.




Days 2 - 3

Drake Passage

We chart a southerly course for Antarctica. This stretch of the South Atlantic is rich in marine life and showcases an abundance of wildlife. We wi...

We chart a southerly course for Antarctica. This stretch of the South Atlantic is rich in marine life and showcases an abundance of wildlife. We will be joined by hundreds of seabirds including the wandering albatross. Giant petrels and smaller Cape petrels are also constant companions as we make our way south. Photographing these magnificent birds from the deck of the ship takes patience and skill and our photography expert will be on hand to show you the best techniques. Join the ship’s Captain on the bridge and learn about the operations of our modern research vessel. Throughout the day our onboard experts educate us with a series of presentations about the environment, the wildlife and history and the locations we hope to visit in the coming days.




Days 4 - 5

King George Island and Antarctic Peninsula

This morning we are in position at the northern end of King George Island – the largest in the South Shetlands group. Penguin Island and nearby T...

This morning we are in position at the northern end of King George Island – the largest in the South Shetlands group. Penguin Island and nearby Turret Point offer good opportunities for shore landings to view Adelie, chinstrap and gentoo penguins. Southern giant petrels, kelp gulls and Antarctic terns are also known to nest here. This afternoon we continue our journey south making our way ever closer to the Antarctic coastline. Large icebergs will be present from this point onwards and make for striking photographs in the evening light. By morning, the towering mountain peaks of the Antarctic continent loom into view and we should make landfall around Wilhelmina Bay. We navigate under the towering cliffs of Spigot Peak and into the Errera Channel hoping for a shore landing at Cuverville Island – home to a rookery of Gentoo penguins. It’s a fantastic location for a zodiac cruise or a paddle in the sea kayaks.




Days 6 - 8

Antarctic Circle

We pass through the ice strewn waters making our way towards out ultimate objective, the Antarctic Circle and into Crystal Sound. A favoured landin...

We pass through the ice strewn waters making our way towards out ultimate objective, the Antarctic Circle and into Crystal Sound. A favoured landing site here is Detaille Island, home to an abandoned British science hut from the 1950’s. This vicinity marks our turnaround point to head northerly, exploring the Antarctic Peninsula. We hope to visit a working scientific base to learn something of the important climate-related research happening here. A hike over the snowy saddle of nearby Winter Island allows us to stretch our legs and explore a historic British Antarctic Survey hut. Petermann Island is home to an Adelie penguin rookery. The view to the north of Mount Shackleton and Mount Scott is impressive. These towering granite sentinels mark the southern entrance to the nearby Lemaire Channel. Pleneau Island offers more opportunities for shore landings. Just off shore, massive icebergs run aground in the shallows. Constant wind and wave action sculpt these gargantuan chunks of ice into fantastic shapes, revealing more shades of blue than you can possibly imagine. For many, a Zodiac cruise here may well be a highlight of the voyage.




Day 9 - 10

Antarctica

We cruise north towards Paradise Harbour. This may be the first opportunity to step foot on the continent of Antarctica itself. Nearby Neko Harbour...

We cruise north towards Paradise Harbour. This may be the first opportunity to step foot on the continent of Antarctica itself. Nearby Neko Harbour offers another continental landing. By morning we arrive in the South Shetland Islands towards Whalers Bay at Deception Island, a very dramatic place and history is all around us as we explore the old whaling station. This is where Australian explorer and pioneer aviator, Sir Hubert Wilkins made the very first flight in Antarctica in 1928.




Day 11

King George Island

This morning we are anchored off King George Island. You will say farewell to many of your fellow passengers as they disembark, transfer to the air...

This morning we are anchored off King George Island. You will say farewell to many of your fellow passengers as they disembark, transfer to the airstrip and board their charter flight back to South America. There will be an opportunity to go ashore, or you may wish to relax on board, updating the diary or visit the multi-media room to download and back up your images. New guests are welcomed aboard the ship and we are soon underway – for the second leg of our epic adventure.




Day 12 - 14

Antarctic Peninsula

The Gerlache coastline is one large polar ‘playground’ with a great variety of landing sites. As always the weather and ice will dictate our ro...

The Gerlache coastline is one large polar ‘playground’ with a great variety of landing sites. As always the weather and ice will dictate our route. Planned visits could include Port Charcot, Orne Harbour or Andvord Bay. All three locations offer excellent hiking opportunities, or a cruise through the Errera Channel to and land on Danco Island – a large dome shaped island affording terrific views of the whole region from its summit. If the channel south of Brooklyn Island is ice-free, we may ship cruise through here as we push to the north into the broad expanse of the Gerlache Strait. Cierva Cove and Mikkelsen Harbour are also possible locations we could visit – both providing good Zodiac cruising opportunities.




Day 15

Weddell Sea

We are now on our way towards Antarctic Sound – the gateway into the icy Weddell Sea. On our port side, will be the South Shetland Islands. It wo...

We are now on our way towards Antarctic Sound – the gateway into the icy Weddell Sea. On our port side, will be the South Shetland Islands. It won’t be the first time you have cruised these waters, but there are some terrific sites here which we may go and explore. Half Moon Island is nearby and is home to a sizeable chinstrap penguin rookery. Across the MacFarlane Strait is Yankee Harbour – with its broad pebble beach – a known location for Weddell seals. If the weather is good a second visit to Deception Island is also a possibility. It’s always a thrill to navigate the ship into ‘Neptune’s Bellows’ – and to explore inside the submerged volcanic caldera by ship and Zodiac.




Day 16 -17

Weddell Sea

As we sail into the sound we witness, for the first time the vast sweep of the Antarctic icecap. It is an awe-inspiring sight. Heading into the Wed...

As we sail into the sound we witness, for the first time the vast sweep of the Antarctic icecap. It is an awe-inspiring sight. Heading into the Weddell Sea we notice a significant increase in the number of huge tabular icebergs and the presence of sea ice. The Weddell Sea region is home to Adelie penguin rookeries of staggering size – some contain more than 100,000 nesting birds. Such colonies dwarf the rookeries we have visited so far. Weather permitting, excursions may include Hope Bay, Paulet Island and Brown Bluff. All eyes will be trained on the ice floes through which we navigate the ship. We have enjoyed successful sightings of emperor penguins in this area in recent years. The history of exploration in this region is incredibly rich. Remnants of Nordenskjöld’s Swedish expedition of 1901-1904 are found in several locations in this area. The epic century-old story of Shackleton and the HMS Endurance expedition has strong links to the region.




Day 18

Elephant Island

We approach Elephant Island on the southern tip of the island, is home to an impressive chinstrap penguin colony. If conditions permit, we may visi...

We approach Elephant Island on the southern tip of the island, is home to an impressive chinstrap penguin colony. If conditions permit, we may visit the fabled location of Point Wild on the north coast. It is here that Shackleton and his men were encamped under their upturned life boats, before five men set off on a rescue mission to South Georgia.




Days 19 - 21

Southern Ocean

While sailing north to the Falkland Islands our onboard polar experts will recap on our Weddell Sea adventures and prepare us for the final days a...

While sailing north to the Falkland Islands our onboard polar experts will recap on our Weddell Sea adventures and prepare us for the final days ahead. The spectacular seabirds including several albatross and petrel species once again join us and are our constant companions as they soar above the ship. Arriving into the Falkland Islands overnight, we explore the islands of West Point and Saunders, both in the West Falkland archipelago. West Point is known for its rockhopper penguin rookeries and large nesting black browed albatross colony.




Day 22

Stanley, Falkland Islands and Punta Arenas, Chile

In the early morning, we navigate through the narrows and into our port. Stanley is currently home to just over 2,000 residents and is reminiscent...

In the early morning, we navigate through the narrows and into our port. Stanley is currently home to just over 2,000 residents and is reminiscent of a rural town in coastal England or Scotland. There is time to explore the town, before we make our way to the airport for our return flight to Punta Arenas in southern Chile (this flight is included in the price of your voyage).


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Dates and Rates

The following departures are available for this voyage

Dates

Nights

Ship

Starting Rate

Charter Flights Options
December 30 - January 20
2017
21 Akademik Sergey Vavilov $15,295.00+
One Ocean Suite
$25,195.00

Shackleton Suite
$22,995.00

Superior
$20,895.00

Twin Private
$19,895.00

Semi Private
$18,195.00

Triple Share
$15,295.00


January 13 - February 3
2018
21 Akademik Ioffe $15,295.00+
One Ocean Suite
$25,195.00

Shackleton Suite
$22,995.00

Superior
$20,895.00

Twin Private
$19,895.00

Semi Private
$18,195.00

Triple Share
$15,295.00


January 20 - February 10
2018
21 Akademik Sergey Vavilov $15,295.00+
One Ocean Suite
$25,195.00

Shackleton Suite
$22,995.00

Superior
$20,895.00

Twin Private
$19,895.00

Semi Private
$18,195.00

Triple Share
$15,295.00



All prices are listed in USD. Single supplement: 1.5 for the twin occupancy cabins and 2 for the suites (single supplements not available for the triple share cabins).

Sea Kayaking in Antarctica: USD795

*Includes return flights to/from Punta Arenas.

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