one island group to the next until we find ourselves at the very tip of the icy continent itself. These crossings provide thrilling pelagic birding, with huge numbers of albatrosses, petrels, prions, skuas and other seabirds making a daily appearance. Cetaceans are also regular, ranging from the largest whales to the striking Hourglass and Commerson’s Dolphins. This journey to Antarctica is truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience and cannot come more highly recommended!
Tour Dates: 20th November to 8th December (19 days)
Tour Price: From US$10,900 * £7,030 * €8,720 * ZAR89,050 per person sharing (see below)
(Tour price fixed in US$, other rates subject to exchange rate fluctuations)
Tour Size: Depending on ship capacity
20th November- Arrival in Ushuaia, boarding ship and departure.
21st November- At sea northeast toward Falkland Islands.
22nd November- Falkland Islands (Malvinas), West Point and Carcass Islands.
23rd November- Stanley, Falkland Islands.
24th & 25th November- At sea between Falkland Islands and South Georgia.
26th to 28th November- South Georgia islands with possible visits to Salisbury Plain, St.Andrew’s Bay and Grytviken.
29th November -to 1st December
At sea between South Georgia and South Orkney Islands, with possible visits to Coronation and Laurie Island.
2nd to 5th December- South Shetland Islands and the Antarctic Mainland.
6th & 7th December- At sea in the Drake Passage.
8th December- Return to Ushuaia and disembarkation.
The prices for the 19 day Classic Antarctica voyage aboard the Akademik Ioffe are as follows:Triple share: US$ 10,900 * £7,030 * €8,720 * ZAR89,050 per person sharing; Twin semi private: US$ 12,470 * £8,020 * €10,030 * ZAR101,900 per person sharing;
Twin private: US$ 14,130 * £9,090 * €11,360 * ZAR115,450 per person sharing;
Superior: US$ 14,810 * £9,530 * €11,910 * ZAR121,000 per person sharing;
Shackleton Suite: US$ 15,590 * £10,030 * €12,540 * ZAR127,400 per person sharing;
One Ocean Suite: US$ 17,735 * £11,410 * €14,260 * ZAR144,900 per person sharing.
Please contact the office for further information and specifics on the booking conditions for this tour.
a) Due to constantly fluctuating exchange rates, we now quote our tours in 4 currencies. The tour price is however fixed only in the currency printed in bold (US$), and the actual cost in the other currencies listed will be adjusted according to prevailing exchange rates at the time of final invoicing (usually 3 months before the tour.) Approximate flight (where applicable) and single supplementrates have been converted to US$ but are also subject to exchange rate movements.
b) Please also note that a leader may not accompany the expedition unless a minimum of 10 participants are signed up. In the case that a leader is not on board, the professional expedition staff will take care of all participants signed up.
c) Furthermore, these costs are subject to unforeseen increases in tour related costs (especially fuel) and may have to be adjusted as a result. You will be notified by email if fuel surcharges or other price adjustments need to be implemented.
d) Lastly, we may be forced to change or alter the itinerary and / or the designated leader/s at short or no notice due to unforeseen circumstances; please be aware that we will attempt to adhere as close to the original program as possible.
IMPORTANT CLIENT PROTECTION INITIATIVES:
In order to receive a 5% discount on the tour price, 50% of the tour fee must be paid within 30 days of us receiving the payment of your deposit (US$1,500.00 pp) and the final outstanding
balance is payable 90 days prior to departure. Furthermore, if you lose your source of income any time between your booking date and 90 days before departure, One Ocean will hold your deposit for
up to one year and guarantee the original price of the booked tour, or refund the deposit minus a cancellation fee of US$500.00.
IMPORTANT TO NOTE:
The above schedule is approximate and depends upon sea conditions and other factors. We have taken an allotment on this cruise rather than chartering the cruise in entirety. We cannot therefore predict the number of participants that will be aboard the ship and therefore the number of guides. Furthermore, we will need a minimum of 10 participants aboard in order to send out a leader to accompany our guests on this cruise. Any number less than 10 means that we will not have one of our leaders aboard. Regardless,
there will be a professional expedition leader aboard (not necessarily an expert birder but nonetheless well versed in Antarctica wildlife) and he will have assistant leaders with him.
ARRIVAL AND DEPARTURE DETAILS:
This tour does not include any airfares. The tour will depart from Ushuaia on day 1 in the mid to late afternoon; further details in this regard will be emailed to you in due course. The tour should conclude by 9.00am (sea conditions can affect this time) on day 19 in Ushuaia. If you wish to arrive early and/or depart late and would like assistance in this regard kindly contact the office.
Buenos Aires is the main port of entry for international flights in Argentina and is well serviced by all of the world’s major airlines. From here there are regular connections to Ushuaia. PLEASE NOTE THAT THERE ARE TWO MAJOR AIRPORTS IN BUENOS AIRES (Ezeiza Ministro Pistarini International Airport (EZE) and Jorge Newberry Airport (AEP) which is the domestic airport), SO IT IS ESSENTIAL TO NOTE WHICH AIRPORTS ARE RELEVANT TO THE FLIGHTS YOU BOOK as both the international and domestic airports cater for internal flights within Argentina. These airports are completely
separate and the drive between them usually takes approximately 1 hour, however, in peak traffic up to 1½ hours. We have the capacity to advise you on the best route according to your preferences, but your local travel agent will best be able to book these flights for you. If you would like further assistance kindly contact the office, we have a full-time in-house travel consultant that will happily help you plan your route. However, please DO NOT book your international flights until you have consulted the office for confirmation on the status of the tour.
Tour Price From US$10,900 * £7,030 * €8,720 * ZAR89,050 per person sharing (see below)
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