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Plancius - 18 Nights Itinerary

This 20-day/19-night voyage includes all the Antarctic and sub-Antarctic highlights in one voyage, with spectacular landing sites on the Falkland Islands and encounters with black-browed albatrosses and Rockhopper penguins. You will depart from the Argentine city of Ushuaia, the southernmost town in the world. From Ushuaia, the Plancius will first sail through the scenic Beagle Channel and then negotiate the Drake Passage: an infamous stretch of water between Ushuaia and the South Shetland Islands (this passage can be seen as the threshold of Antarctica because of its notoriously rough weather and heavy seas). On this 800 kilometer (500 mile) two-day crossing, numerous bird species can be observed, including Black-browed, Light-mantled Sootyand Grey-headed Albatrosses. Even the world's largest flying bird, the Wandering Albatross, is frequently met in the Drake Passage. This voyage includes also four days on South Georgia, probably the most beautiful place on earth. Be prepared for ten thousands of king penguins and their chicks, sea lions on the beaches, elephant seals, wandering albatrosses and Gentoo penguins and great historical sites including the trails of British Polar explorer Ernest Shackleton. We plan a visit to Orcadas station on South Orkney Islands and, if the ice permits, we will sail into the Weddell Sea through the ice-clogged Antarctic Sound.

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“My wife and I just completed a 5-day tour around the Cotopaxi volcano and the stunning Quilotoa loop – overall an excellent trip and wonderful experience.”Bernd Bassalleck

Highlights
Antartic Islands, Falkland Islands, Stanley Islands, South Georgia, South Orkney Islands, Antarctic Peninsula, Ushuaia
Itinerary at a Glance
Day 1: Ushuaia
Day 2: At Sea
Day 3: Falkland Islands
Day 4: Stanley, Falkland Islands
Day 5: At Sea
Day 6: At Sea
Day 7: South Georgia
Day 8: South Georgia
Day 9: South Georgia
Day 10: South Georgia
Day 11: At Sea
Day 12: South Orkney Islands
Day 13: At Sea, En Route to Antarctica
Day 14: Antarctic Peninsula
Day 15: Antarctic Peninsula
Day 16: Antarctic Peninsula
Day 17: At Sea
Day 18: At Sea
Day 19: Ushuaia
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Detailed Itinerary
Day 1
Ushuaia

In the afternoon, we embark in Ushuaia (capital of Tierra del Fuego Province, Argentina), the southernmost city in the world.  We will later sail across the scenic Beagle Channel waterway for the rest of the evening.

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Dinner
Day 2
At Sea

Once at sea, the ship will be followed by several bird species, including Storm petrels, shearwaters, Diving petrels and albatrosses.

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Breakfast - Lunch - Dinner
Day 3
Falkland Islands

We plan on spending the entire day on the fascinating western side of the archipelago, in the Falkland Islands (Malvinas). Trekking along the shore of Carcass Island will give us views of Magellanic and Gentoo-Penguins, as well as close encounters with water fowl, Night herons and passerines. In addition, on Saunders Island, you will be able to observe four species of breeding penguins (Gentoo, King, Magellanic and Rockhopper), as well as Black-browed Albatrosses and King Cormorants.

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Breakfast - Lunch - Dinner
Day 4
Stanley, Falkland Islands

In Stanley, the capital of the Falklands, you can experience Falkland culture at its best, noting that it has both South American characteristics and Victorian charm. In Stanley and the surrounding area, you can observe a number of stranded clippers from a century ago. All passengers are free to wander around on their own. We recommend a visit to the local church and museum (admission fees not included).

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Breakfast - Lunch - Dinner
Day 5
At Sea

We will cross the Antarctic Convergence on our way to South Georgia, with the temperature likely to drop significantly in the time span of only a few hours as we enter Antarctic waters. Near the Convergence we will see a multitude of southern seabirds near the ship, including several species of Albatrosses, Shearwaters, Petrels, Prions and Skuas.

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Breakfast - Lunch - Dinner
Day 6
At Sea

We will cross the Antarctic Convergence on our way to South Georgia, with the temperature likely to drop significantly in the time span of only a few hours as we enter Antarctic waters. Near the Convergence we will see a multitude of southern seabirds near the ship, including several species of Albatrosses, Shearwaters, Petrels, Prions and Skuas.

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Breakfast - Lunch - Dinner
Day 7
South Georgia

We will reach our first landing site in South Georgia during the afternoon of Day 7.  The plan is to visit Elsehul Bay, which is home to an active breeding beach of fur seals, and then set course to Right Whale Bay, Salisbury Plain, Godthul, St. Andrews Bay, Gold Harbor, Cooper Bay and Drygalski Fjord. These sites will give you a good chance to observe a wide range of landscapes and wildlife such as Elephant seals, Fur seals, and King and Macaroni Penguins.

A highlight should be a visit to Prion Island, where you can observe the breeding of huge Wandering Albatrosses and enjoy their courtship displays. At Fortuna Bay, we can attempt to follow in the footsteps of the famous British Explorer Ernest Shackleton and hike to Stromness Bay. There and at Grytviken, we will stop at an abandoned whaling village, where seals have taken over the buildings and King Penguins now walk the streets. At Grytviken you will also have a chance to visit the Whaling History Museum and Shackleton´s grave, which is close by. In the afternoon of day 10, we will leave out from South Georgia.

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Breakfast - Lunch - Dinner
Day 8
South Georgia

We will reach our first landing site in South Georgia during the afternoon of Day 7.  The plan is to visit Elsehul Bay, which is home to an active breeding beach of fur seals, and then set course to Right Whale Bay, Salisbury Plain, Godthul, St. Andrews Bay, Gold Harbor, Cooper Bay and Drygalski Fjord. These sites will give you a good chance to observe a wide range of landscapes and wildlife such as Elephant seals, Fur seals, and King and Macaroni Penguins.

A highlight should be a visit to Prion Island, where you can observe the breeding of huge Wandering Albatrosses and enjoy their courtship displays. At Fortuna Bay, we can attempt to follow in the footsteps of the famous British Explorer Ernest Shackleton and hike to Stromness Bay. There and at Grytviken, we will stop at an abandoned whaling village, where seals have taken over the buildings and King Penguins now walk the streets. At Grytviken you will also have a chance to visit the Whaling History Museum and Shackleton´s grave, which is close by. In the afternoon of day 10, we will leave out from South Georgia.

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Breakfast - Lunch - Dinner
Day 9
South Georgia

We will reach our first landing site in South Georgia during the afternoon of Day 7.  The plan is to visit Elsehul Bay, which is home to an active breeding beach of fur seals, and then set course to Right Whale Bay, Salisbury Plain, Godthul, St. Andrews Bay, Gold Harbor, Cooper Bay and Drygalski Fjord. These sites will give you a good chance to observe a wide range of landscapes and wildlife such as Elephant seals, Fur seals, and King and Macaroni Penguins.

A highlight should be a visit to Prion Island, where you can observe the breeding of huge Wandering Albatrosses and enjoy their courtship displays. At Fortuna Bay, we can attempt to follow in the footsteps of the famous British Explorer Ernest Shackleton and hike to Stromness Bay. There and at Grytviken, we will stop at an abandoned whaling village, where seals have taken over the buildings and King Penguins now walk the streets. At Grytviken you will also have a chance to visit the Whaling History Museum and Shackleton´s grave, which is close by. In the afternoon of day 10, we will leave out from South Georgia.

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Breakfast - Lunch - Dinner
Day 10
South Georgia

We will reach our first landing site in South Georgia during the afternoon of Day 7.  The plan is to visit Elsehul Bay, which is home to an active breeding beach of fur seals, and then set course to Right Whale Bay, Salisbury Plain, Godthul, St. Andrews Bay, Gold Harbor, Cooper Bay and Drygalski Fjord. These sites will give you a good chance to observe a wide range of landscapes and wildlife such as Elephant seals, Fur seals, and King and Macaroni Penguins.

A highlight should be a visit to Prion Island, where you can observe the breeding of huge Wandering Albatrosses and enjoy their courtship displays. At Fortuna Bay, we can attempt to follow in the footsteps of the famous British Explorer Ernest Shackleton and hike to Stromness Bay. There and at Grytviken, we will stop at an abandoned whaling village, where seals have taken over the buildings and King Penguins now walk the streets. At Grytviken you will also have a chance to visit the Whaling History Museum and Shackleton´s grave, which is close by. In the afternoon of day 10, we will leave out from South Georgia.

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Breakfast - Lunch - Dinner
Day 11
At Sea

As we hit the high sea, the ship will once again be followed by a host of seabirds. On the way, we might encounter sea-ice on which there is a good chance of seeing high-Antarctic species like the McCormick Skua and Snow Petrel along the edges of the ice.

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Breakfast - Lunch - Dinner
Day 12
South Orkney Islands

Our plan includes a visit to an Argentinean base (Orcadas Station), located in the South Orkney Islands. The friendly personnel at the base will give us a tour of the facility and point out the wonderful views of the surrounding glaciers.

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Breakfast - Lunch - Dinner
Day 13
At Sea, En Route to Antarctica
At Sea, En Route to Antarctica
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Breakfast - Lunch - Dinner
Day 14
Antarctic Peninsula

Ice conditions permitting, we will sail through the ice-clogged Antarctic Sound into the Weddell Sea. We will pass enormous tabular icebergs as we reach the eastern side of the Antarctic Peninsula. Our plan is to visit Brown Bluff, where you may set foot on the White Continent. Depending on the sailing conditions, we may decide to extend our time in the Weddell Sea.

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Breakfast - Lunch - Dinner
Day 15
Antarctic Peninsula

Ice conditions permitting, we will sail through the ice-clogged Antarctic Sound into the Weddell Sea. We will pass enormous tabular icebergs as we reach the eastern side of the Antarctic Peninsula. Our plan is to visit Brown Bluff, where you may set foot on the White Continent. Depending on the sailing conditions, we may decide to extend our time in the Weddell Sea.

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Breakfast - Lunch - Dinner
Day 16
Antarctic Peninsula

Ice conditions permitting, we will sail through the ice-clogged Antarctic Sound into the Weddell Sea. We will pass enormous tabular icebergs as we reach the eastern side of the Antarctic Peninsula. Our plan is to visit Brown Bluff, where you may set foot on the White Continent. Depending on the sailing conditions, we may decide to extend our time in the Weddell Sea.

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Breakfast - Lunch - Dinner
Day 17
At Sea

On our way north, we will again be followed by a wide variety of seabirds as we cross the Drake Passage.

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Breakfast - Lunch - Dinner
Day 18
At Sea

On our way north, we will again be followed by a wide variety of seabirds as we cross the Drake Passage.

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Breakfast - Lunch - Dinner
Day 19
Ushuaia

Arrive back in in Ushuaia in the morning, we will disembark.

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Breakfast - Lunch
2016 - Price per person
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QuadrupleTripleDoubleDoubleDoubleDouble
19US$ 14,000US$ 15,000US$ 16,200US$ 18,000US$ 18,300US$ 19,500
Included in the price:
  • Voyage aboard the indicated vessel, as indicated in the itinerary
  • All meals throughout the voyage aboard the ship, including snacks, coffee and tea
  • All shore excursions and activities throughout the voyage, by Zodiac
  • A program of lectures by noted naturalists and leadership by experienced expedition staff
  • Free use of rubber boots
  • Luggage transfer from pick-up point to the vessel on the day of embarkation in Ushuaia
  • Pre-scheduled group transfer from the vessel to the airport in Ushuaia (directly after disembarkation)
  • During voyages OTL23, OTL27 and OTL28: ship-to-shore helicopter transfers (with no specific amount of helicopter time guaranteed)
  • All miscellaneous service taxes and port charges throughout the program
  • Comprehensive pre-departure material
Not included in the price:
  • Any airfare, whether on scheduled or charter flights
  • Pre- and post-land arrangements
  • Transfers to the vessel in Ushuaia and Ascension and from the vessel in Ascension and Praia
  • Passport and visa expenses
  • Government arrival and departure taxes
  • Meals ashore
  • Baggage, cancellation and medical insurance (strongly recommended)
  • Excess baggage charges
  • Charges for all items of a personal nature such as laundry, bar, beverage charges and telecommunications
  • The customary gratuity at the end of the voyages for stewards and other service personnel aboard (guidelines will be provided)
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