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South Georgia In Depth tour

South Georgia In Depth

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Physical Level: Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level: Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
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Overview

Highlights

  • Explore Chile’s southern city of Punta Arenas
  • See snowcapped mountains of South Georgia as we navigate into historic King Haakon Bay
  • Visit the black sand beaches and tussock-covered sand dunes of Salisbury Plain
  • Explore the wildlife-rich areas of St Andrew’s Bay and Gold Harbour
  • Enjoy the cruise towards the Falkland Islands

Short Description

Photography Symposium. Experience the wildlife-rich “Serengeti of the Southern Ocean” on this specialist photography cruise to South Georgia. Accompanied by five professional photography mentors, you’ll have the opportunity to capture thousands of king penguins, breaching whales and albatross soaring above as you explore the former whaling stations, dramatic fjords and black sand beaches of this fascinating destination.

Small groups are usually defined as between 10 and 24 travelers, often less. If you're the kind of person who enjoys more intimate experiences and personal service this is a good choice. All else being equal you will pay a premium for this style vs a larger group tour.
Trip Type Small Group Tour
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Itinerary Focus N/A
Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels.
Lodging Level Value - 3 star
Flights & Transport Only ground transport
Start City Punta Arenas
End City Punta Arenas

Cities & Attractions

Georgia Punta Arenas

Age Requirement

16

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Trip Includes

  • Full service of our Adventure Consultants
  • Educational presentations from ornithologists, glaciologists, historians, geologists, naturalists and marine mammal experts
  • Photography advice and instruction from the resident photographer
  • All zodiac and landing excursions
  • Zodiac cruising, hiking, guided walks, photography workshops, fitness and yoga
  • All meals during the voyage
  • Coffee, tea and hot chocolate available anytime
  • Access to an English speaking medical advisor
  • Access to wellness area (finnish sauna, hot tub, sea water pool, natural essential oils)
  • Use of multi-media room
  • Expedition gear package for duration of the voyage (windproof/waterproof jacket and bibs, insulated rubber boots, water resistant binoculars, waterproof backpack, trekking poles)

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Itinerary

Day 1: Punta Arenas, Chile

Meals Included: Dinner

Accommodation: Akademik Ioffe or Akademik Sergey Vavilov

Your expedition begins in Chile’s southern city of Punta Arenas where you will board a 90-minute flight to the Falkland Islands’ capital of Stanley. You’ll have time to explore its brightly colored houses and rich history before embarking the ship and setting sail for South Georgia.

Day 2-3: Southern Ocean

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Akademik Ioffe or Akademik Sergey Vavilov

We’ll spend the next couple of days cruising through the South Atlantic, keeping an eye out for wandering albatross, giant petrels and cape petrels which will be our constant companions over this stretch of ocean. Attend educational presentations by your Expedition Team about the natural and human history of your upcoming destinations and learn some tips and tricks for photographing wildlife from your professional mentors.

If conditions are favorable, we may also make a stop at historic Elephant Island where Shackleton and his men camped under their overturned lifeboats before setting out on a rescue mission to South Georgia.

Day 4-7: South Georgia

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Akademik Ioffe or Akademik Sergey Vavilov

We’ll be greeted by the snowcapped mountains of South Georgia as we navigate into historic King Haakon Bay. It was here that Shackleton and his men made landfall around 100 years ago after making the perilous crossing from Elephant Island in their lifeboat, the James Caird. We may also visit the black sand beaches and tussock-covered sand dunes of Salisbury Plain which is home to hundreds of thousands of king penguins, together with fur seals and elephant seals which can be seen basking on the beach. 

We will also visit the historic whaling stations of Stromness and Grytviken which now exist as ghostly remains in the midst of the surrounding wilderness. If weather conditions are favorable, we will hike across the saddle which separates Fortuna Bay from Stromness, following in the footsteps of Sir Ernest Shackleton, before visiting his gravesite and that of his right-hand man, Frank Wild, at Grytviken.

Day 8-10: South Georgia

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Akademik Ioffe or Akademik Sergey Vavilov

Over the next few days, we will explore the wildlife-rich areas of St Andrew’s Bay and Gold Harbour, named for its cliffs which illuminate a bright yellow in the early morning light. Spot fur seals and elephant seals basking in the sun and photograph huge colonies of king penguins, then visit the spectacular Drygalski Fjord in the far east of South Georgia. 

Day 11-13: Southern Ocean

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Akademik Ioffe or Akademik Sergey Vavilov

The next few days will be spent crossing the Southern Ocean as we cruise towards the Falkland Islands, with plenty of time to download and review photos in our multi-media room and chat with your photography experts. Keep an eye out for majestic albatross, petrels and other seabirds which may accompany us on our return journey. 

Day 14: Falkland Islands

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Akademik Ioffe or Akademik Sergey Vavilov

As we approach the Falkland Islands, we’ll jump aboard the zodiacs to explore Sea Lion Island. It's not only home to South American sea lions and southern elephant seals, but also Gentoo, Magellanic and Rockhopper penguins. Also, keep an eye out for king cormorants and striated caracas which are often spotted here.

Day 15: Stanley, Falkland Islands and Punta Arenas, Chile

During the early morning hours, we will navigate into the historic harbor of Port Stanley where you will disembark the ship. It’s then time to transfer to the airport for your return flight to Punta Arenas in Southern Chile.

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We spent almost two days and one night. And we enjoyed every moment.
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Ship Name

RCGS Resolute

Ship Stats

Ship Specifications:

Launched: 1993
Shipyard: Rauma, Finland
Length: 122.8 metres
Beam: 18 metres
Draught: 4.97 metres
Gross Tonnage: 8378
Speed (Max): 15 knots
Cruise Speed: 14 knots
Passengers: 146
Zodiac Boats: 14 Zodiacs onboard
Electrical Supply: 220 Volts/European Pin
Hull Classification: Ice Strengthened
Ice Class: Lloyds 1AS
Vessel Stability: External Stabilization

Ammenities: 

360 degree viewing from outer decks

Salt wataer plunge pool

Large relaxation deck

Hot water jacuzzi

Wellness centre (massage therapy, Finnish Sauna, steam room)

Gymnasium

Presentation room

Observation lounge and bar

Two dining rooms

Multimedia room and Library

Spacious cabins (22-44 M Squared)

Both the Vavilov and Ioffe ships are amazing vessels. They are sister ships, so very similar in many ways.  Please see below for specifics for each ship.

Akademic Vavilov

The Scandinavian-built Vavilov sails like a silent dream out on the water. Highly maneuverable yet remarkably stable, the Vavilov was built for both science and adventure. It can endure voyages of any arctic condition while maintaining a cruising speed of 14.5 knots.

The Vavilov and the Ioffe together are two of the most capable adventure vessels around.

From Peter Grubb - Founder of ROW Adventures
"The Vavilov and it's sister ship, the Ioffe, are 2 of the most advanced research vessels afloat. The Vavilov is impressive and neat as a pin,..which is refered to as 'Bristol Condition' in sailing terms. The ship is operated by one of the largest and oldest shipping companies. Our team has sailed on this ship many times and are always impressed with the service and the ship."

Ship Specifications:

Staff & Crew: 53

Guests: 92

Length: 117.04m

Breadth: 18.28 m

Draft: 6.09m

Propulsion: 5,000 KW diesel twin engine

Ice Class: KM*L1(1)A2, Canadian Type B

Cruising Speed: 14.5 knots in open water

Amenities:

One dining room with unreserved seating.

Theatre-style presentation room.

Lounge and bar, open late afternoon and evening with a wide selection of wines and spirits.

Library with a collection of polar-themed books.

Ship-to-shore communications via satellite.

Clinic with licensed doctor.

Gym, sauna and swimming pool.

One elevator between passenger deck levels and to the Bridge level.

Akademic Ioffe

Primed for polar research, the Ioffe is an up-to-date, safe, spacious and all-around solid vessel. The common areas on board this boat are crafted with ultimate comfort in mind, whether you're attending an informative lecture or simply hanging out. With a fully stocked bar and variety of films available in the lounge, you can relax and unwind after a day of adventure just the way you want.

Other fabulous onboard facilities include an exercise room, ship store, massage room, sauna and pool. Then of course there's the great dining offered up in our superb dining room. An expert and professional staff member is always at the ready to tend to any need.

As it was originally crafted as a research vessel hailing from Finland, the Ioffe is a very graceful, peaceful and accommodating ship. You'll marvel at how quietly and smoothly she sails and appreciate the transformation she's undergone in order to shift her focus from science to adventure.

The last thing you'll want when you're trying to enjoy an Antarctic cruise is a rocky and noisy ship; such things are unheard of on the Ioffe thanks to her clever design. A ballast trimming system ensures that sea sickness is kept to a minimum, while noisy engines are situated far out of earshot.

Ship Specifications

Staff & Crew: 63

Guests: 93

Length: 117m

Breadth: 18 m

Draft: 6m

Propulsion: 5,000 KW diesel twin engine

Ice Class: KM*L1(1)A2, Canadian Type B

Cruising Speed: 14.5 knots in open water

Cabins and Amenities:

All cabins have exterior views.

Cabins have either shared, semi-private or private facilities (See deck plan).

One dining room with unreserved seating.

Theater-style presentation room.

Lounge and bar, open late afternoon and evening with a wide selection of wines and spirits.

Library with a collection of polar-themed books.

Ship-to-shore communications via satellite.

Clinic with licensed doctor.

Gym, sauna and swimming pool.

One elevator between passenger deck levels and to the Bridge level.

Ship Description

RCGS Resolute

Ice-strengthened for Antarctic waters, the RCGS Resolute is a purpose-built polar expedition vessel with a modern layout and design. It boasts a spacious lounge with 180-degree views and a well-stocked library where you can relax with a good book. Grab a drink at one of the two bars and feast on sumptuous meals in one of the two dining rooms, with large picture windows so you won’t miss a thing. Keep fit in the onboard gym and saltwater pool or indulge in a spa, sauna or steam room session in the wellness center. 

Each of the spacious cabins feature modern lounge areas, new carpets and high-quality cabinetry, as well as en-suite bathrooms and soft lighting. There is a range of bedding configurations to suit all travelers, with porthole windows or expansive panoramic windows ensuring ocean views. If you want to splurge, opt for the 44-square-meter One Ocean Suite that boasts enough room to entertain other guests.

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Flights & Transport

Only ground transport

Group Size:

Small Group - 24 max

Cancellation Policy:

CANCELLATIONS AND REFUNDS

If you find it necessary to cancel your trip, you should notify Adventure Unbound in writing, by e-mail or fax immediately.  If written cancellation is received (call to verify) before the final balance is due, you will be given a refund less the amount of the deposit.  Deposits are not refundable.  If cancellations are made on or after the final due date, no money will be refunded.  If you are unable to go on the trip, you are welcome to find a replacement for yourself.  Please understand that once you’ve signed up, we lose the right to sell your reserved space to other individuals or groups.  Therefore, we regret that we cannot make exceptions for personal emergencies.  For this reason we strongly recommend you consider purchasing the Travel Protection Plan we offer.

For non USA-based trips, Adventure Unbound must make substantial payments to its suppliers (hotels, transportation companies, etc.) far in advance of the trip departure date.  If Adventure Unbound cancels any tour, trip or expedition due to acts of insurrection, force majeure, strikes, popular demonstrations, acts of God, earthquake, flooding, or any cause beyond its control, Adventure Unbound will refund the portion of the trip cost not already advanced to suppliers and use its best efforts to recover and refund the balance as promptly as possible.

If we are not able to provide a substitute trip, river, or altered itinerary and have to cancel the departure completely, you will be refunded in full. Refunds are limited to the amount actually paid to Adventure Unbound.

CANCELLATIONS FOR EXTENSIONS

There is a $100 per person non-refundable cancellation fee for all extensions.  Cancellations must be received no later than 60 days prior to departure to avoid additional penalties.  Cancellations made 59-30 days prior to departure incur a cancellation fee of 50% of the total fare.  Cancellations made 29-0 days prior to departure forfeit all fees paid.  For groups of 10 or more, cancellations must be received no later than 120 days prior to departure.  Cancellations made between 119-60 days incur a cancellation fee of 25% of the total fare.

Age Notes

Min. Age: 16

Additional Information:

Are Children allowed? What is the age limit?

Yes! Although these trips are not directed towards children, we love to have families with children on our departures. Please contact us for more information if you are considering traveling with anyone under the age of 16.

Can you help purchase my airline tickets?

Unfortunately, we are not licensed to purchase air but we are happy to recommend our flight broker.  When travelling to Antarctica the closest international airports are either Buenos Aires or Santiago with connections to either Ushuaia or Punta Arenas.  For our Arctic voyages Edmonton, Alberta or Ottawa, Ontario are the usual arrival and departure cities pre and post charter flight.  We charter our own aircraft for travel into the High Arctic in addition to your scheduled air. 

Can you make pre and post cruise travel arrangements for me?

We would be happy to arrange airport transfers and pre and post hotel arrangements for you in your arrival or departure destinations.

What is included in the trip price?

Trips include all meals/afternoon teas, use of our onboard expedition rubber boots, wet weather gear (you are welcome to bring your own as well), shore excursions, landings, educational presentations, expedition guides, naturalist staff, and hospitality staff, an ER trained English speaking physician, guided hikes/walks, complimentary tea and coffee 24 hours per day, access to our multimedia room and download stations and accommodations on board. Please see our full list of inclusions and exclusions on the trip pages.

What facilities are available on board?

We have a dining room, library, lounge, bar area, sauna, multimedia station, open bridge, and excellent outside viewing decks. See our ship details page for more information.

What is the electrical current on board?

The electrical supply on board is 220 volts 50 Hertz. You will need a European two (round) pin plug adapter, available at duty free or electrical supply shops.

How many people are on the ship?

We try to limit the number of people we carry to a maximum of 96 passengers. We believe that small groups of people are the best way to experience the Polar Regions.

Trip ID#:

SouGeoAdv

Trip Excludes

  • Sea kayaking excursions (See note below)
  • International and National Airfare
  • Visa and passport fees, Airport taxes
  • Pre and Post cruise hotel accommodations
  • Soft drinks and alcoholic beverages
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Massages
  • Personal laundry service
  • Postage and telephone calls
  • Travel medical insurance, including medical evacuation (Mandatory)
  • Trip interruption and cancellation insurance
  • Gratuities

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