Antarctica, Falklands & South Georgia Photographic Special

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Trip code: 
PST
Way to Travel:
Guided Group
Activity:
Photographic Departures
Min age:
18
Max group size:
100

Exclusive photographic charter to South Georgia and Antarctica accompanied by Paul Goldstein and Chris Packham.

Over a hundred years ago a team of remarkable explorers travelled many hundreds of miles to South Georgia in not much more than a rowing boat in the wrong season. Despite their not inconsiderable hardships they were awe-struck by the beauty of this remarkable island. This dramatic jewel in the South Atlantic has been luring people to its shores ever since that fabled date when Commander Shackleton landed on its Southern shore. Comfort levels may have improved since then but this is still a proper adventure and the luxury trimmings and pampered accoutrements seemingly critical on many svelte vessels will not be evident on the Akademik Sergey Vavilov – the best ship for any itinerary of this sort. In November 2017 one hundred people will again travel there under the stewardship of Paul Goldstein and Chris Packham, to make the very most out of this fascinating island and the Peninsula further South.

Paul says: “For wilderness or photography fans, this expedition is nirvana. There will be plenty of daylight hours which we intend to use, it does not surprise me in the slightest that so many people return to these pristine areas. Six million King penguins can’t be wrong.”

Says Chris: “Frenetic, frenzied, noisy, seemingly active at all hours ….but that’s enough about working with Paul Goldstein, I am utterly thrilled to be going back to South Georgia and Antarctica with him and Exodus. It is the most exciting wildlife destination I know and on board the best ship. Also, being with Paul I know I will, like everyone else, have to store up on some sleep but it will be worth it as he and I, plus one hundred faunal followers, are going to make the very most from this savage wilderness.”

Highlights

  • Exodus Exclusive photographic charter accompanied by Paul Goldstein and Chris Packham
  • King penguin colonies on the wild and windswept beaches of South Georgia
  • Watch Gentoo penguins surf to the shore in the Falkland islands
  • Spacious observation deck of the Vavilov is ideal for Photography (expert tuition included)

Key information

  • 17 day ship only expedition on the Akademik Sergey Vavilov
  • Maximum group size of 100, plus expedition staff
  • A choice of cabin types, all with shared or en suite facilities
  • Exodus Exclusive Photographic Charter with Paul Goldstein and Chris Packham

What's included

  • All meals while on the ship
  • All accommodation
  • All transport and listed activities
  • Tour leader throughout and qualified Expedition Staff

What's not included

  • Travel insurance
  • Single accommodation (available on request)
  • Visas or vaccinations
Call for general departures:
1 844 227 9087
Call for tailormade trips:
1 800 267 3347
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

Responsible Travel

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Every time we travel, we are part of a global movement that creates jobs, builds more sustainable societies, encourages cultural understanding and safeguards common natural and cultural heritage. To learn more about what Responsible Travel means to Exodus click here… 

Itinerary

  • Day 1

    Start Port Stanley, Falkland Islands.

    Embark and being exploration.

    Meals included: Dinner
  • Days 2-3

    At sea sailing towards South Georgia.

    The moment the ship leaves Port Stanley the photographic action starts as birds follow the stern throughout its ocean journey. Those days sailing east are spent honing one’s craft on the ship’s many vantage points with albatrosses, petrels and prions being the favoured targets as they dive and fly sorties above the multi-coloured spray and spume.

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Days 4-9

    Exploring South Georgia.

    South Georgia has a fascinating history with the triumvirate of legacies from Shackleton, whaling and the war, however this is a photographic charter and the vast bulk of the time will be spent on the fertile beaches of Salisbury Plain, Gold Harbour, St Andrews Bay, Royal Bay and Elsehul. By law we have to land at Gritvyken and will spend a morning there but no longer. If the weather is kind there will probably be a few other additions to this unscripted itinerary.


    There is plenty of daylight at the end of November and this expedition plans on using all of it, so be prepared for some very long days. With a ship like the Vavilov and the team of experts on board these five to six days will be remarkable. The principle quarries will be the King penguins, Gentoo penguins,  Elephant seals, Giant petrels and albatrosses – millions of them, as well as the dizzying backdrops that make this remote yet savage island perhaps the most breath-taking in the world.

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Days 10-11

    At sea sailing towards the Antarctic Peninsula.

    This journey south can be spectacular as it is common to see large tabular icebergs along the way. There may be time for a landing at the Argentine base in the South Orkney Islands before continuing to the Antarctic Peninsula.

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Days 12-14

    Exploring the Antarctic Peninsula.

    It is impossible to say where exactly we will land on the Antarctic continent and it may even be possible to follow the infamous path of the Endurance into the Weddell Sea down the Eastern Peninsula, ice permitting, or perhaps to sail south through the Lemaire Channel and visit Neko Harbour and Paradise Harbour on the Western side. At this stage of the early season the icebergs are extraordinary, frequently with legions of penguins, be they Adelie or Chinstraps, clinging to their slippery columns and other icy lookout points. Whatever the itinerary, the drill will be similar to that in South Georgia: long days, very early starts and a monstrous assault on every human sense and faculty.

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Days 15-16

    Sailing back through the Drake Passage.

    Leaving the Antarctic Peninsula overnight our ship heads back across the Antarctic Convergence and the Drake Passage. The crossing is completed with the rounding of Cape Horn, weather permitting.

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 17

    Disembark and end in Ushuaia.

    Meals included: Breakfast
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

Essential Info

Group Information

The Akademik Sergey Vavilov takes a maximum capacity of 100 passengers.

Visas

Falkland Islands

No visa required.

South Georgia

No visa required for British, US, Canadian, Australian, New Zealand and most EU passports.

Antarctica

No visa required for British passport holders.

Argentina

All nationalities require a full passport that must be valid for 6 months beyond the intended length of stay.

No visa required for holders of British passport.

If you are crossing the border into Argentina from Chile on your trip, we will need to know your profession in order to provide when entering Argentina.

The Argentine government charges a reciprocity fee which applies to Canadian and Australian citizens. The amounts are as follows: Australians - US$100 (multiple entry) Canadians - US$75 (single entry) This fee must be paid before you enter Argentina. For full details, and to make the payment, please visit: https://virtual.provinciapagos.com.ar/ArgentineTaxes

Vaccinations

Antarctica

There are no specific health risks.

Argentina

There are no mandatory vaccination requirements.

Bilharzia is known to occur in some of the lakes or rivers in Argentina, we therefore advise all to take advice from your guide or leader locally before venturing for a swim.

Dengue fever is also a known risk in Argentina. It is a tropical viral disease spread by daytime biting mosquitoes. There is currently no vaccine or prophylaxis available for Dengue, and therefore the best form of prevention is to avoid being bitten. We recommend you take the usual precautions to avoid mosquito bites.

Due to a recent outbreak of Yellow Fever in the Misiones province of Argentina, vaccinations are strongly recommended if you intend to visit the Iguazu Falls.

Zika fever is a mosquito‐borne viral disease and a known risk in places visited on this trip. There is currently no vaccine or prophylaxis available and therefore the best form of prevention is to avoid being bitten. We recommend you take the usual precautions to avoid mosquito bites. For the latest information please visit www.exodus.co.uk/zika‐virus‐q‐a .

Eating and Drinking

All meals while on the ship included.

Typical Meals

The ships galley offers good quality service and cuisine throughout, with excellent chefs preparing international menus including vegetarian dishes, accompanied by a wide variety of drinks on sale from around the world.

Breakfast: Buffet style – unlimited tea and coffee, a selection of fruit juices, hot options including bacon and eggs or omelettes, a selection of bread and toast and jam/honey/marmalade, fruit and cereal.

Lunch: Three course set meal, or the occasional buffet or BBQ.

Dinner: Three courses with a starter of soup, salad or anti-pasto, a choice of three mains with at least one vegetarian and one seafood option and a dessert of sweet pudding or ice cream or fruit, tea and coffee.

Is this trip for you?

Travelling Conditions

The voyages are designed to be as flexible as possible, taking advantage of circumstances and events as they occur, as well as passengers' wishes and particular interests wherever possible. The atmosphere on board is relaxed and friendly with expedition staff, including naturalists and Polar experts, on hand and the opportunity to mingle with people from all over the world. The ship is kept warm, clean and comfortable.

On the Zodiac cruises you are sitting still for most of the time with the potential for some sea spray and a cold headwind - if you are not dressed appropriately you will get cold. On the shore excursions, the majority of landings are wet which means that the Zodiacs beach and you are helped to slide into the ankle deep shore break before walking up onto dry land (wellington boots are issued to all passengers).

There are, of course, no paths, so be prepared for slippery, rough terrain and sometimes fairly deep snow. Back on board the cosy ship after each adventure, you can have a hot shower and then relax with a tea, coffee, hot chocolate or something stronger from the bar.

Call for general departures:
1 844 227 9087
Call for tailormade trips:
1 800 267 3347
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

Accommodation

Akademik Sergey Vavilov

The Antarctica, Falklands & South Georgia Photographic Special voyage is offered on the Akademik Sergey Vavilov which is a Polar Adventure Ship. Full board accommodation on the ship, generally on a twin share basis in a variety of cabin types, all with shared or en suite facilities. Please visit the Polar Fleet page (www.exodus.co.uk/polar-holidays/polar-fleet) for Ship Information and Deck Plans.

Polar Adventure Ships:

These are small ice rated vessels well qualified for Polar waters. Intimate adventures are always more enjoyable with like-minded passengers and staff, so these voyages are for people who like flexible itineraries and plenty to keep them busy. Activities include frequent Zodiac excursions, trekking, kayaking and many hours on deck in areas that other ships only dream about accessing. Food and staff are superb and every guest benefits from the technical advances of this superb fleet. Rest assured our Polar Adventure Ships enable any traveller to maximize their experience sensitively in the Poles.

Call for general departures:
1 844 227 9087
Call for tailormade trips:
1 800 267 3347
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

Expert Blog Entries

“There is no bad weather, only inappropriate clothing.” ~ Ranulph Fiennes

  • Reviewed December 2017
    Anna Anthony

    Trip of a lifetime?

    Quite simply breathtaking. Whales, albatrosses, seals, and penguins, penguins, penguins - all set in stunning icy scenery underneath beautiful skies. Expertly guided, extremely well looked after on board and some great company. I say trip of a lifetime, but it will be very difficult not to go back.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Impossible to pick just one.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    He's great :-)

Dates & Prices

Polar Ships: For information regarding ship specifications, visit the Polar Fleet page.

Call us on 1 844 227 9087