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South Georgia Penguin Safari + Antarctic Expedition aboard the Ultramarine

All-inclusive cruise + shore excursions + helicopter flight-seeing

Departing from Ushuaia, you will embark on an incredible journey to Antarctica and the seldom visited South Georgia. Set foot on beaches teaming with elephant seals and the largest colonies of king penguins on Earth before setting out for the legendary frozen white continent.

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$24,705PP
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DURATION
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15 nights
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About this holiday

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Ultramarine, the latest polar expedition vessel purpose built for polar exploration.
  • Experience this incredible journey on the Ultramarine the latest of polar expedition vessels, which will include a helicopter flight-seeing experience (weather permitting).
  • Undertake a true expedition experience - kayak near giant icebergs, hike sparkling glaciers, sit on rocky beaches home to thousands of endemic penguin species - No experience is the same. 

Inclusions

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  • Cabin accommodation on board ship 
  • All meals on board
  • All scheduled landings and excursions
  • Guiding and lectures by experienced expedition team
  • Expedition parka (yours to keep) 
  • Loan of expedition boots for duration of voyage
  • One 10 to 15 minute helicopter flight-seeing excursion (weather permitting) 

Not Included

  • International airfares
  • Mandatory flight package - $1,400 AUD / $995 USD per person
  • Any activities not mentioned as included
  • Visa and reciprocity fees (if applicable)
  • Baggage, cancellation and medical travel insurance

Accommodation

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Balcony Suite

The newest ship of this expedition fleet; Ultramarine; takes guests to the most isolated and breathtaking wildernesses on the planet. The ship has been purpose-built to meet the specific demands of the polar regions and is well appointed to let guests explore The Arctic and Antarctica safely and comfortably.  It offers a robust portfolio of adventure activities. The mix of sustainability features create innovative operations to offer ultra-immersive polar experiences to guests on board.

Experience the Antarctic in comfort as you sail aboard Ultramarine. The Expedition Ship can accommodate a maximum of 199 passengers and offers the most spacious suites in its category. The cabins are all elegantly designed and feature oversized windows with sleeping views, flatscreen TV’s and DVD players and spa - inspired bathrooms.

Ultramarine is designed to go beyond the familiar in polar exploration, to discover new places, and immerse you in the best the region has to offer. Equipped with two twin-engine helicopters, Ultramarine offers the most robust portfolio of adventure activities in the industry, breathtaking public spaces, and more outdoor wildlife viewing spaces than other expedition ships its size. It also features a best-in-class 70-day operational range and an innovative mix of sustainability features that exceed all industry standards.

Travel dates

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15 Night Penguin Safarion Ultramarine departing from Buenos Aires from $24,705

Pricing dependent upon departure date, season and availability. Call 1300 414 198 to enquire about pricing for the specific travel date below you prefer to travel.

  • 20 Nov 2022 - 05 Dec 2022
  • 04 Dec 2022 - 19 Dec 2022
  • 19 Feb 2023 - 06 Mar 2023
  • 29 Oct 2023 - 13 Nov 2023

Please note that prices are subject to availability at time of booking and may be withdrawn at any time without notice.

Itinerary

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Please note this itinerary is subject to change depending on weather and ice conditions

Day 1 Arrive Buenos Aires

You may arrive in Buenos Aires at any time during Day 1 of your itinerary. Upon arriving in this splendid city, known for its architecture and rich European heritage, you will independently transfer to your group hotel (pre-expedition hotel night included in mandatory transfer package).

Day 2 Fly to Ushuaia and Embark

After an early breakfast at the hotel, the group will transfer to the airport and board our private charter flight to Ushuaia, Argentina.

Upon arrival, you will be transferred from the airport to a central downtown location to have some time on your own to explore this quaint port town before making your way to the pier.

After a late afternoon embarkation, you will sail along the historic Beagle Channel, which transects the Tierra del Fuego archipelago in the extreme south of South America. Expect an air of anticipation as you depart!

Day 3 to 6 At Sea

There are many activities to keep you engaged while you are at sea. Learn to identify seabirds that glide alongside the ship, or attend dynamic presentations by your Expedition Team. You will be prepped on safety procedures for Zodiac cruises and shore landings, and also be given instructions for getting the most out of your optional sea kayaking adventures (extra cost), a truly intimate way to experience Antarctica.

If conditions are right, the first indication that you are approaching South Georgia is the sight of birds around a group of rocky spires called Shag Rocks. Have your binoculars and cameras ready to capture these rocks rising out of the icy ocean waters. Shags and prions often rest here, and due to nutrient rich upwellings around the rocks it can be a good place to keep a lookout for whales.

Day 7 & 8 South Georgia

After enjoying South Georgia from a distance, we’ll head toward its numerable beaches to find a bay for your first land excursion. Landing sites are varied, largely determined by the weather conditions of your voyage. Whichever sites we visit, they’ll provide you with wildlife encounters unrivalled anywhere else on earth.

You’ll find that South Georgia, once a popular base for whalers and sealers, is also scattered with abandoned relics and evidence of human activity from centuries gone by. Your Expedition Team will help bring those days to life while you visit old whaling stations and enjoy presentations on the South Georgia of then and now.

One of the most significant sites you will visit on the island is Grytviken. This settlement is one of the first whaling stations established in sub-Antarctic waters. Many travelers find that this place has a special appeal, as it is home to the remains of Sir Ernest Shackleton, one of the most famous Antarctic explorers.

Day 9 & 10 At Sea

Say goodbye to the king penguins, as your next destination is Antarctica! Your days at sea are filled with presentations and workshops led by your Expedition Team, who will prepare you for the wildlife and landscapes that will surround you upon your arrival.

Day 11 - 13 Antarctic Peninsula

The most common reaction upon reaching the White Continent is a sense of reverence and awe. The experience is hard to put into words, since few places are as untouched and enduring as Antarctica.

You will discover that Antarctica is a land of extremes. At one moment you’ll be overcome with a feeling of complete isolation and silence, and at the next moment you’ll be inspired by nature as a calving glacier crashes into a brilliant blue sea or a penguin waddles by to inspect your footwear.

Your Expedition Team will take care of you at each excursion, whether you are Zodiac cruising, visiting a historical site or consorting with penguin colonies. Chinstrap, Adélie and gentoo penguins are found here, along with Weddell, fur, crabeater and leopard seals. Keep a lookout for Antarctic whales, such as minkes, while on a Zodiac cruise. Each day and each excursion will present a new collection of creatures to delight you and keep your camera busy.

As exciting as the Zodiac excursions and landings are, perhaps you’ll treat yourself to an extra-special Antarctic experience by partaking in an optional paddling excursion (at an extra cost) or cast reason aside and jump into Antarctic waters for the polar plunge!

Day 14 & 15 Crossing the Drake

After more than a dozen days of unique wildlife encounters and remarkable landscapes, your journey home begins. Crossing the Drake is your unofficial rite of passage. Spend time on deck watching for seabirds and whales, enjoy presentations by your Expedition Team, or simply relax and reminisce about your experiences.

Day 16 Disembark in Ushuaia and Fly to Buenos Aires

You will arrive in Ushuaia in the morning and disembark after breakfast. The mandatory transfer package includes a little taste of Patagonia with a Tierra del Fuego National Park tour before transferring to the airport for the return group charter flight to Buenos Aires.

Questions

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Optional Activities

  • Kayaking
  • Hiking
  • Stand up paddle boarding
  • Cross country skiing

We appreciate that voyages to the Antarctic to have an impact on this pristine environment. In light of this, all our voyages are double carbon offset. In addition, we strive to eliminate as many single use plastics as possible from our supply chain. In choosing this voyage you are also supporting the fantastic work done by the Antarctic Science Foundation (ASF) and their work in understanding and protecting this unique destination. In addition all voyages support the Mawsons Huts Foundation (MHF). The MHF support the legacy of Sir Douglas Mawson, the legendary Antarctic explorer and scientist. As a member of IAATO we follow strict guidelines appointed by the AntarcticTreaty System to go above and beyond in support of minimizing negative impacts on this pristine landscape. We also encourage clients to look to book pre-and post accommodation with us, where local businesses will be supported. Our clients also receive restaurant recommendations which support locally owned restaurants. We carefully select all ships we work with and choose smaller sized vessels to create less impact. We use a highly regulated, licensed vessel which is well equipped to operate in the Antarctic’s delicate ecosystem. We view the voyage to the Antarctic as an expedition, not a sightseeing trip. Smaller ships such as ours can navigate narrow waterways and are far less polluting than the larger ships in Antarctic waters. By carrying less passengers, we have far less waste. The waste is carried back to the home port to allow for environmentally conscious waste management and disposal.

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Fine print

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Travel at 60 and supplier booking conditions apply.

*Offers aboard the Ultramarine 2022/23 departures end 31 March 2022 and are subject to availability. Offers aboard the Ultramarine 2023/24 departures end 29 June 2022 and are subject to availability Not combinable with any other promotion. Book selected standard cabins and save up to 20% off the regular retail price. Book selected premium cabins and save up to 25% off the regular retail price. Applies to selected departures only; cabins limited. Subject to availability and currency fluctuations. Pay in full within 30 days from time of booking to receive a further 10% off the discounted price on 2022/23 and 2023/24 departures. No discount applies to the Mandatory flight packages.