Our voyage traverses some of the most interesting areas in the Southern Ocean; notably the Falkland and South Georgia Islands, both of which are renowned as among the richest of all Subantarctic islands. South Georgia’s rugged beauty is worthy of Antarctica itself, while the Falkland Islands are better known as the battlegrounds for the 1982 Anglo-Argentine War. Several days are spent at sea, cruising from 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!
THE TOUR AT A GLANCE…
Tour Dates 28th December to 15th January (19 days)
Tour Price From US$ TBA per person sharing (see below)
(Tour price fixed in US$, other rates subject to exchange rate fluctuations)
Tour Size Depending on ship capacity
28th December - Arrival in Ushuaia, boarding ship and departure.
29th December - At sea northeast toward Falkland Islands.
30th December - Falkland Islands (Malvinas), West Point and Carcass Islands.
31st December - Stanley, Falkland Islands.
1st & 2nd January - At sea between Falkland Islands and South Georgia.
3rd to 5th January - South Georgia islands with possible visits to Salisbury Plain, St. Andrew’s Bay and Grytviken.
6th to 8th January - At sea between South Georgia and South Orkney Islands, with possible visits to Coronation and Laurie Island.
9th to 12th January - South Shetland Islands and the Antarctic Mainland.
13th & 14th January - At sea in the Drake Passage.
15th January - Return to Ushuaia and disembarkation.
The prices for the 19 day Classic Antarctica II voyage aboard the Akademik Ioffe are as follows:
•Triple share: US$ TBA per person sharing;
•Twin semi private: US$ TBA per person sharing;
•Twin private: US$ TBA per person sharing;
•Superior: US$ TBA per person sharing;
Please contact the M17026 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 (see website for all 4 currencies). The tour price is however fixed only in the currency printed in bold (US$), and the actual cost in the other currencies listed will be adjusted according to prevailing exchange rates at the time of final invoicing (usually 3 months before the tour.) Approximate flight (where applicable) and single supplement rates have been converted to US$ but are also subject to exchange rate movements.
b) Please also note that a M17026 leader may not accompany the expedition unless a minimum of 10 participants are signed up through M17026. In the case that a M17026 leader is not on board, the professional expedition staff will take care of all participants signed up through M17026.
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 M17026 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 secure a 5% discount on the tour price, 50% of the tour price must be paid in addition to the US$1,500 deposit when confirming the booking, with the final outstanding balance being 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.
•M17026 have taken an allotment on this cruise rather than chartering the cruise in entirety. We cannot therefore predict the number of M17026 participants that will be aboard the ship and therefore the number of M17026 guides. Furthermore, M17026 will need a minimum of 15 participants aboard in order to send out a M17026 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 M17026 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 M17026 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 M17026 office for confirmation on the status of the tour.
Tour Price (Per Person) Price to be announced.
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