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Cruising from Antarctica to Cape Verde: Discover St. Helena Island

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Key Information:
Tour Duration: 31 day(s)
Group Size: 1 - 99 people
Destination(s): Antarctica   Cape Verde  
Specialty Categories: Boating and Sailing   Wildlife Viewing  
Season: March - April
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: No
Minimum Per Person Price: 6990 US Dollar (USD)
Maximum Per Person Price: 8490 US Dollar (USD)

This tour from Antarctica to Cape Verde includes not only the Antarctic Peninsula and South Shetland Islands but also seldom visited islands such as Tristan da Cunha and St. Helena.

Itinerary:
Day 1: Ushuaia - Beagle Channel. In the afternoon, we embark in Ushuaia and sail through the Beagle Channel. Includes: (D).

Days 2 and 3: Drake Passage. In the Drake Passage we witness a multitude of albatrosses, petrels and fulmars. Includes: (B), (L), (D).

Day 4: Antarctic Peninsula. At Hope Bay and Brown Bluff we hope to set foot on the Antarctic Continent. In this area chances are good for encounters with Gentoo Penguins, Weddell Seals, Leopard Seals and Orcas. Includes: (B), (L), (D).

Day 5: Antarctic Peninsula. From Devil Island at the tip of the Weddell Sea is surrounded by huge tabular icebergs of the Larsen Ice Shelf. We will climb a hill with a gently slope from where we have a great view on the surroundings. At Paulet Island we will observe the last individuals of a large Adelie Penguin colony near the ruins of the Nordenskiƶld hut, which remains from the Swedish Antarctic Expedition from the beginning of the 20th century. Includes: (B), (L), (D).

Days 6 - 8: At sea we will probably sail along the sea ice drifting north out of the Weddell Sea. On the floes we may see some juvenile Emperor Penguins. On our way north we plan to visit South Orkneys, where the Scotsman Bruce once wintered and where we now may visit the friendly people of an Argentinean base. On our way to South Georgia, we witness a multitude of albatrosses, petrels and fulmars. Includes: (B), (L), (D).

Days 9 - 11: South Georgia - Grytviken. In South Georgia we will pay visits to the abandoned whaling settlement Grytviken, where now the penguins walk through the streets, and King Edwards Point with the grave of Shackleton. We will walk near the big King Penguin colony on Salisbury Plain and the breeding Wandering Albatrosses on Prion Island in the Bay of Isles. The last day in South Georgia we will spend in Cooper Bay where we will observe Chinstrap Penguins and Macaroni Penguins and breeding Light-mantled Sooty Albatrosses. Later we intend to sail to Gold Harbour to visit another King Penguin colony and to see many Elephant Seals and Fur Seals. We conclude our visit with zodiac excursions in the magnificent Drygalski Fjord and Larsen Harbour. Includes: (B), (L), (D).

Days 12 - 16: South Georgia. In the westerlies we have a pleasant tailwind. On both sides of the Antarctic Convergence, we observe many species and great numbers of Antarctic and sub-Antarctic seabirds. Includes: (B), (L), (D).

Day 17: South Georgia. Today we plan to approach the unique Gough Island and might, as always weather permitting, offer a zodiac cruise. In previous years we managed to circumnavigate all but four miles of the 33 mile circumference of the island in the ship, saw spectacular scenery and an unprecedented abundance of wildlife. We felt very privileged to be among the few visitors who have been able to experience Gough and in particular, to see it at such close quarters and in such favourable conditions. We hope to be lucky to repeat this unique experience with you. Includes: (B), (L), (D).

Days 18 - 20: In the Tristan da Cunha archipelago we call at the settlement at the west side of the main island. We will also try to make landings at Nightingale Island with millions of seabirds ranging from Yellow-nosed Albatrosses to Brown Noddies. We allow one day in reserve for bad weather. Includes: (B), (L), (D).

Days 21 - 24: At sea, we now enter sub-tropical waters with their own brand of seabirds and dolphins. Includes: (B), (L), (D).

Days 25 - 27: St. Helena has a good anchorage and landing site. On this island, we will have ample opportunities to enjoy local culture, pleasant climate, and endemic plants and birds. We will visit the place where Napoleon lived in exile. There will be opportunities to explore the Island on your own and for snorkeling, in the shallow surf near a wreck, we can find a lot of fishes. Includes: (B), (L), (D).

Days 28 and 29: At sea. Visiting: Tristan Da Cunha. On Board the Professor Multanovskiy or Professor Molchanov. Includes: (B), (L), (D).

Days 30 and 31: Ascension Island is a dry volcanic island with a moist and richly vegetated top. The Sooty Tern (wide-awake) colony sometimes consists of more than 1 million breeding pairs. We will try to climb the moist summit of Ascension Island and make a zodiac-cruise around Boatswain Bird Island offering also great opportunities for snorkeling. We may witness egg-laying sea turtles coming ashore at night. Some of our passengers may disembark and fly with the scheduled RAF (Royal Air Force) flight to Brize Norton in Oxfordshire, UK. Others may proceed their voyage to Cape Verdes. Includes: (B).

Supplemental Tour Information:
All itineraries are for guidance only. Programs may vary depending on local ice and weather conditions and in order to take advantage of opportunities to see wildlife.

Notes:
Airfare is not included in the tour price.

Price Includes:
- Accommodations in Select Cabin Category
- Three Meals Daily Shipboard
- Services of Expedition Guides
- Shore Excursions
- Port Charges.

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