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ANTARCTIC ADVENTURES

Aboard the Akademik Ioffe
November 22 - Dec. 11, 2007
December 11 - 21, 2007
December 21, 2007 - January 2, 2008
January 2 - 12, 2008
January 12 - 25, 2008(Circle Crossing)
Jan 25 - Feb 6, 2008
February 6 - 24, 2008
February 24 - March 6, 2008
March 6 - 16, 2008

Aboard the Akademik Vavilov
November 19 - December 8, 2007
December 8 - 18, 2007
December 18 - 28, 2007
December 28, 2007 - Jan. 9, 2008
January 9 - 27, 2008
January 27 - February 6, 2008
February 6 - 18, 2008
February 18 - 28, 2008




An escorted tour of the "last continent" - Antarctica - on a comfortable expedition vessel with expert
naturalists. You will admire icebergs the size of city blocks, walls of indescribable blue rivers of ice, and
penguins by the hundreds of thousands gazing at you from an ice floe. Visits to research stations will let
you appreciate the need to protect this last wilderness on this planet. Departure dates are made up of 10,
11, 12, 16, 18 or 19 night itineraries.


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Day 1
Home / Buenos Aires or Ushuaia, Argentina
We suggest participants arrive and stay at least one night in Buenos Aires or Ushuaia. We can provide a
hotel overnight including transfers for $79 per person.

Day 2 - (D)
Ushuaia, Argentina
Ushuaia, nestled in the mountains of Tierra del Fuego on the Beagle Channel, is "the city at the end of the
world." Board our vessel in the afternoon. Our floating hotel for the next several days is the M/V Akademik
Ioffe which has a length of 386 feet and a crew of 53 to handle your needs during this voyage of
discovery. Introduction of the ship and crew in the lounge. M/V Akademik Ioffe or M/V Akademik Sergei
Vavilov

Day 3 - (B, L, D)
Drake Passage
At Sea After breakfast, spend some time getting familiar with your new surroundings. Lounges, coffee
room, lecture rooms, and the ship's bridge are always open. Begin the first day at sea with the special
lecture program. Lectures such as "Antarctic Ecosystems," and "Seabirds: Ocean Wanderers" will be
offered. While at sea, there will be excellent opportunities to spend time on deck to view some of the
many oceanic bird species, such as the Giant Petrel, Royal Albatross, and the Great Wandering Albatross.
M/V Akademik Ioffe or M/V Akademik Sergei Vavilov

"The Antarctica cruise was fabulous! We saw penguins, seals, birds, whales, icebergs, glaciers and
fascinating landscapes all that I had hoped to see and more. We were impressed with the knowledge and
experience of the staff. The weather and seas were mild and it was a wonderful time."

Antarctica - D. & J. Weeks, KS

Day 4 - (B, L, D)
Drake Passage
At Sea Today is another day at sea. During the night the ship will have passed through the Antarctic
Convergence and ventured into the icy waters of Antarctica. You have now crossed a boundary known by
very few individuals in all of history and are about to enter one of the truly special places in all of the
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natural world. Weather and ice conditions will be the controlling factor on the exact itinerary day-to-day.
The shipboard itinerary for this program promises to be exciting and filled with excellent opportunities for
wildlife watching and unique educational experiences; however, the specifics of the day-to-day itinerary
must be adjusted based on weather and ice conditions throughout the time frame. M/V Akademik Ioffe or
M/V Akademik Sergei Vavilov

Day 5 - (B, L, D)
Antarctica
Over the next several days we plan to visit several research stations operated by different governing
nations, such as Britain, Argentina, and Poland. Several landings are planned at penguin rookeries, such
as those on Pleneau Island, Port Lockroy, Cuverville Island, and Paradise Bay. King George, Half Moon,
and Paulet Islands are also potential landing sites. Be assured that your expedition leader will do
everything in his power to maximize your adventure while balancing the weather and safety issues of the
ship and crew. M/V Akademik Ioffe or M/V Akademik Sergei Vavilov

Day 6 - (B, L, D)
Antarctica
"This we know, the Earth does not belong to man, man belongs to the Earth. All things are connected like
the blood which unites us all. Man did not weave the web of life, he is merely a strand in it. Whatever he
does to the web, he does to himself." Chief Sealth M/V Akademik Ioffe or M/V Akademik Sergei Vavilov

Day 7 - (B, L, D)
Antarctica
From the small zodiac landing craft, experience with all senses the essences of Antarctica. The incredible
natural ice formations will touch you with their awesome shapes. Hear the musical clinking and grinding of
glacial ice as it undulates gently in the swells around the ship. Taste the chilled Antarctic summer's
evening as the ship moves through the blue glacial waters. This is Antarctica in all her summertime glory.
"The ice was here, the ice was there, the ice was all around. It cracked and growled and roared and
howled like noises in a swound." Samuel Taylor Coleridge - The Rhyme of The Ancient Mariner M/V
Akademik Ioffe or M/V Akademik Sergei Vavilov

Day 8 - (B, L, D)
Antarctica
Visit penguin rookeries and research stations during the day by zodiac landing craft. Lectures will be
provided on-board ship. M/V Akademik Ioffe or M/V Akademik Sergei Vavilov

"We liked the added bonus of crossing the Antarctic Circle because of the calm weather across Drake's
Passage - it was "Drake Lake". With 5 of the world's foremost photographers making presentation on and
off the ship and beautiful sights and animals everywhere! Can't be topped!"

Antarctica - R & B. Landes, WA

Day 9 - (B, L, D)
Antarctica / Drake Passage
At Sea Begin the last leg of your great voyage of discovery as you get a true sense for the challenge of
Antarctica. Antarctica is not just the continent itself. Contained within this vast expanse of rock and ice is
more than just the natural elements. There are all the natural wonders that many have come here to
observe, such as the nesting gentoo penguins, the soaring albatross, the incredible feeding humpback
whale, and the awesome presence of ice. Antarctica is also about challenge and discovery. It is about the
quest for scientific betterment and the improvement of our understanding of a complicated planet.
Antarctica is about human cooperation in an excessively inhospitable environment. "To anyone who goes
to the Antarctic, there is a tremendous appeal, an unparalleled combination of grandeur, beauty,
vastness, loneliness, and malevolence - all of which sound terribly melodramatic - but which truthfully
convey the actual feeling of Antarctica. Where else in the world are all these descriptions really true?"
Captain T. L. M. Sunter M/V Akademik Ioffe or M/V Akademik Sergei Vavilov

Day 10 - (B, L, D)
Drake Passage
At Sea Several lectures as well as an expedition recap will be offered today during our final day at sea as
you head toward South America. Lectures might include "Polar Madness: Race for the Poles," "Triumph &
Tragedy: Poles Achieved," "The Antarctic Ecosystem" or others. Passing over the Antarctic Convergence
where cold waters of the Antarctic meet the warmer seas of the Atlantic and Pacific, the surfacing
nutrients attract many species of seabirds and whales - an ideal opportunity for wildlife watching. M/V
Akademik Ioffe or M/V Akademik Sergei Vavilov

Day 11 - (B)
Ushuaia, Argentina / Home
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Morning arrival in Ushuaia where we will disembark the ship and transfer to the Argentine airport for your
flights home.

The length of trip and number of days spent in Antarctica will be determined by the departure date you
select.

View the Ship - Akademik Ioffe

ACCOMMODATIONS MAIN DECK TWIN - 16 CABINS These cabins have upper and lower bunk beds,
opening portholes, ample storage space, desk, chair, and sofa. There is a washbasin with hot and cold
water. Toilet and shower facilities are communal.

UPPER DECK TWIN - 12 CABINS These cabins have a lower berth, sofa bed, opening window, desk, chair,
and ample storage space. The washbasin with hot and cold water and toilet and shower facilities are
shared with one adjacent cabin.

SUPERIOR TWIN - 18 CABINS These cabins have one lower berth, sofa bed, opening window, desk, chair,
and ample storage space. There is a washbasin with hot and cold water, and private toilet and shower
facilities. These cabins are also larger and on a higher deck.

SUPERIOR PLUS - 10 CABINS These cabins have two lower berths, a sofa, opening window, desk, chair,
and ample storage space. There is a washbasin with hot and cold water, and private toilet and shower
facilities. These cabins are also larger than the Superior cabins. They are also newer and on a higher deck.

MAIN DECK TRIPLE - 2 CABINS These cabins have upper and lower bunk beds, a sofa bed and opening
portholes. There is a washbasin with hot and cold water. Toilet and shower facilities are communal. All
three clients requesting a triple room must register together.

For those traveling alone, we will same gender clients share in twin accommodations. If a roommate
cannot be found, you will have the cabin to yourself without the need to pay the single cabin supplement.
If you would like a single cabin you need to pay 1.6 times the twin cabin rate.


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PROGRAM FEATURES
 Travel aboard the M/V Akademik Ioffe or M/V Akademik Sergei Vavilov. This Russian vessel is a modern
6,450-ton ship that is equipped with stabilizers and built specifically for cruising the polar regions. The
ship has a crew of 53 and accommodates 100 passengers. 24-hour bridge access, sundeck and sauna,
small fitness room, well-stocked library, on-board physician, and daily cabin service.
 Rates include cruise transportation, all meals, lectures, and services aboard ship. Not included: airfare
to/from Ushuaia, Argentina, insurance (a comprehensive insurance package must be purchased for this
program), hotel stays, transfers, wine, liquor, and other personal items.
 You will travel on smaller craft (zodiacs) launched from your cruise ship to the many islands and mainland
Antarctica. Visits to research stations are also planned.
 All departures will have an opportunity to spend a night sleeping out "on the ice." All the equipment
including sleeping bags and tents will be provided at no additional cost. Kayaking will be available on the
same dates at an extra charge of $525 per person (subject to change). Reservations and payment in
advance must be made for the excursion.
 As with all of our expeditions weather, ice or other conditions may require that changes be made to our
itinerary and that certain shore excursions be altered.
 Because of the uniqueness of this trip, payment schedules and cancellation penalties are different for this
program than other Learning Vacations. Payment amounts are larger and due earlier than those for other
programs. A non-refundable deposit of $1,250 per person is due upon registration. Balance of payment is
due more than 100 days prior to your departure date. Cancellation penalties are very high - From the time
of registration to 90 days prior - Full monies on deposit; 90 days or less prior to departure - 100% of
program price. You must enroll in a comprehensive travel insurance package. Passports are required for
all U.S. citizens. Any passport or visa processing costs not included.

ANTARCTICA PROGRAM PRICE Aboard Akademik Ioffe
Departure
Date Sailing
Nights Main Upper Superior Superior
Plus Triple
Cabin
Nov. 22nd 19 $9,450 $10,050 $11,500 $12,350 $7,800
Dec. 11th 10 $6,750 $7,200 $8,650 $9,050 $5,500
Dec. 21st 12 $9,150 $9,550 $10,950 $11,600 $8,150
Jan. 2nd 10 $8,050 $8,650 $9,700 $10,450 $7,250
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Jan. 12th 13 $9,900 $10,400 $11,950 $12,550 $8,800
Jan. 25th 12 $9,150 $9,550 $10,950 $11,600 $8,150
Feb. 6th 18 $11,950 $12,950 $14,850 $15,750 $10,850
Feb. 24th 11 $7,750 $8,200 $9,650 $10,200 $6,150
Mar. 6th 10 $7,050 $7,450 $8,750 $9,250 $5,600

Aboard Akademik Vavilov

Departure
Date Sailing
Nights Main Upper Superior Superior
Plus Triple
Cabin
Nov. 19th 19 $9,450 $10,050 $11,500 $12,350 $7,800
Dec. 8th 10 $6,750 $7,200 $8,650 $9,050 $5,500
Dec. 18th 10 $6,750 $7,200 $8,650 $9,050 $5,500
Dec. 28th 12 $9,150 $9,550 $10,950 $11,600 $8,150
Jan. 9th 18 $11,950 $12,950 $14,850 $15,750 $10,850
Jan. 27th 10 $8,050 $8,650 $9,700 $10,450 $7,250
Feb. 6th 12 $9,150 $9,550 $10,950 $11,600 $8,150
Feb. 18th 10 $7,050 $7,450 $8,750 $9,250 $5,600
Feb. 28th 10 $7,050 $7,450 $8,750 $9,250 $5,600

Does not include international airfare, giving you the flexibility to use your frequent flyer miles or search
the internet for the best airfares available.

Camping for one night "on the ice" is available and included in program price. Kayaking is available at an
extra charge of $595 per person. Reservations are required.

Single Cabin rate is 1.6 times the twin cabin rate.

Hotel night = $99 per person double occupancy
Single room = $169 per person

B - Breakfast
L - Lunch
D - Dinner
Drinks are not included.

November 22 - Dec 11, 2007 or
November 19 - Dec 8, 2007
Our most complete and varied Antarctic journey allows you to experience all the attractions of the
Antarctic Peninsula area offered on our shorter trips, along with the wonderful attractions of two amazing
and very different sub-Antarctic island groups. It provides those with the additional time a unique
opportunity to experience some of the world’s most amazing wildlife and scenery.

The expedition commences with a visit to the Falkland Islands, a little over a day’s sailing from Ushuaia.
The Falklands are a far-flung group of islands lying in the south Atlantic, most of them small, barren, and
uninhabited, which boast an abundance of wildlife (some not found further south), a fascinating history -
both ancient and recent, and wild and wonderful wilderness vistas. Lying north of the Antarctic
Convergence, these islands have a relatively warmer climate than that of our other destinations. This in
turn enables these islands to sustain moorland vegetation of ferns and grasses sufficient to support not
only a varied marine and bird population, but also herds of sheep and cattle. A thousand rocks and
islands, most of them uninhabited, make for an impressive wilderness. Sixty species of bird, of which two-
thirds feed on land, arrive here seasonally to breed,. Among these migratory visitors, the wandering
albatross and its smaller relatives such as the black-browed albatross are perhaps the most enigmatic,
and we also hope see the rare rockhopper penguin and the beautifully coloured king penguin.

We then sail southeast, crossing the Antarctic Convergence to the remote, rugged and hauntingly
beautiful island of South Georgia, the first of the true sub-Antarctic islands. Here too, a remarkable history
is unveiled, with the names such as Cook and Shackleton to the fore. However, it is the soaring snow-clad
mountains and massive glaciers, and the huge king penguin rookeries and the thousands of sub-Antarctic
fur seals, which provide a scenic and wildlife experience perhaps unequalled on the face of this planet.
Here too, we expect to see the comical macaroni penguin, and perhaps the introduced reindeer.

We then set course to the southwest for the off-shore islands of the Antarctic Peninsula, hoping to effect a
landing at the remote and often mist-shrouded South Orkney Islands along the way. On approaching the
Antarctic mainland, icebergs in a thousand different shapes and sizes and colours often dot the waters.
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Frequently, penguins are seen resting on ice flows or porpoising through the waters; at other times these
flows may make for a resting place for crabeater seals or the predatory leopard seal. Nearby, you visit the
South Shetland group, comprised of some 20 islands, including King George, Half Moon, Aicho and
Livingston islands. The area is a favourite feeding spot for humpback whales and we would hope to sight
some of these magnificent creatures at close proximity; in addition, during your landings you should be
able to observe Adelie, gentoo and chinstrap penguins, as well as fur seals, cormorants and petrels.
Weather permitting, we may enter the flooded volcanic caldera of Deception Island.

The Antarctic Peninsula itself offers an abundance of marine mammals and spectacular bird life. Home to
six species of seal including the Southern elephant seal and Antarctic fur seal, the region also boasts
massive penguin rookeries - with gentoos, Adelies and chinstraps the most prominent. A number of whale
species often sighted as are a wide variety of seabirds including albatross, petrels, shearwaters and skuas.

The landscape is spectacular. There are large icebergs (some of which contain natural caves shrouded in
an eerie translucent light) eroded and carved into stunning sizes, shapes and colour. There are chunks of
broken pack-ice dotting the water, and a sweeping ice-cap rising above the shore line which masks
mountains and fills trenches, binding together a continent which is, in total, about the same size as Africa.
One can but marvel at the resolve of the early explorers in their quest to conquer this inhospitable land.

ITINERARY - 19 nights

DAY 1: USHUAIA
You board the Akademik Ioffe in the afternoon at Ushuaia on Tierra del Fuego, the southern tip of South
America, and sail through the Beagle Channel in the early evening. The long days mean plenty of evening
light in which to experience the beauty of the channel, and to perhaps enjoy your first wildlife sightings.

DAY 2: AT SEA
We sail in a northeasterly direction, enjoying a series of presentations that prepare you for the coming
adventure. On deck the first sightings of albatross and petrels add to the sense of excitement.

DAYS 3 & 4: FALKLAND ISLANDS
Reaching the Falklands overnight, you then explore the islands of the West Falkland Archipelago on your
first shore excursions, perhaps including West Point and Saunders Islands, both rich in marine wildlife and
bird life. The breathtaking cliffs at West Point are home to busy rookeries of rockhopper penguins and
magnificent black-browed albatross, while Steeple Jason Island has one of the largest colonies of thin-
billed prions. The next day you visit Stanley, capital of the Falkland Islands, with its brightly painted
houses and renowned philatelic bureau and excellent museum. While here you may also observe oyster
catchers, geese and the endemic steamer duck along the rocky shores. Magellanic penguins nest in the
tall tussock grass on privately owned Carcass Island, where you may see a variety of land birds. Stanley
Harbour exudes an aura of history from the 19th century – especially maritime history - when it was a
major port for sailing vessels attempting to round the Horn, or seeking refuge after completing such a
journey.

DAYS 5 & 6: AT SEA
As we now head southeast your presentations continue, discussing various aspects of conservation and
the fascinating history of Antarctic exploration. You also have time to look for marine mammals and
seabirds, from the top deck of the Akademik Ioffe - whales and dolphins are often sighted. We cross the
Antarctic Convergence during this time, and a drop in temperature becomes apparent.

DAYS 7 - 10: SOUTH GEORGIA
Reaching South Georgia you observe towering, snow-covered mountains and glaciers when conditions are
clear. South Georgia is the most mountainous of the many islands of the Southern Ocean and is a
spectacular sight. We will cruise the more protected eastern coast of the island, seeking out suitable
landing spots as conditions permit. It is hoped to get ashore at Salisbury Plain where colourful king
penguins crowd the beaches in numbers that will leave you spellbound. The vast area is covered in a sea
of birds: of adults and their young in hundreds of thousands. Another 75,000 king penguins nest at the
Bay of Isles. Everywhere, albatross, skuas and giant petrels wheel overhead, whilst fur seals are found in
good numbers along the shore or are seen frolicking in the water. At Grytviken, you visit the old whaling
station, and the grave of Sir Ernest Shackleton, undoubtedly one of the greatest of the Antarctic
explorers.

DAYS 11 & 12: SOUTH ORKNEYS
Crossing the Scotia Sea to the south–west, you head for the South Orkney Islands which are linked to the
Antarctic Peninsula by a massive range of sub-marine mountains. Huge breeding grounds of Weddell seal
have recently been discovered here. Time and weather permitting, you may land at Coronation Island,
known for its extensive moss beds, nesting penguins and beautiful snow petrels, or perhaps visit the
Argentinian meteorological station located on Laurie Island in this remote and seldom-visited part of the
world.
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DAYS 13 – 17: SOUTH SHETLAND ISLANDS AND THE ANTARCTIC MAINLAND
En route to the South Shetland islands you may land at Elephant Island, depending on the ship’s progress
and the weather. It is from this island that Sir Ernest Shackleton set out for South Georgia in a small boat
in 1916, undertaking one of the most remarkable sailing journeys of all time and returning 132 days later
to rescue his men. You then spend several days cruising among the South Shetlands, an archipelago of
around 20 islands, and the bays and channels of the Peninsula. You enjoy frequent shore excursions by
inflatable Zodiac boat, exploring perhaps King George, Half Moon, Aicho or Livingston islands. You
experience superb encounters with Adelie, chinstrap and gentoo penguins, and several species of seal, as
well as enjoying stunning scenery. Weather permitting, you may enter the flooded caldera of Deception
Island to explore the abandoned whaling station or perhaps enjoy a spectacular walk to some of the
higher points of the crater rim. At Paradise Bay or Hope Bay on the Antarctic mainland, you will witness
some of the most dramatic scenery the Antarctic has to offer. If the weather is kind you’ll have the chance
to set foot on the Antarctic continent.

DAYS 18 & 19: DRAKE PASSAGE
Leaving the Antarctic Peninsula you head back across the Antarctic Convergence and the Drake Passage.
The crossing is completed with the rounding of Cape Horn.

DAY 20: USHUAIA
In the early morning you arrive back in Ushuaia where the cruise ends. You are transferred to your hotel
or to the airport for your onward flight.

Please note that due to the nature of this expedition, weather, ice, or other conditions may require
changes be made to the itinerary and/or cancellation of certain shore excursions. Every effort will be made
to adhere to the itinerary, within the limits of safety and time constraints.

INCLUDED IN THE CRUISE PRICE
Arrival transfer at Ushuaia, ship-board accommodation, highly experienced expedition leader, crew and
presenters, all meals, afternoon teas most days, access to public viewing areas, shore excursions by
Zodiac boat, on-board presentations, videos, slide and film shows, on-board medical officer, port taxes
and/or landing fees at Ushuaia, Stanley and South Georgia, departure transfer, comprehensive pre-
departure manuals.

NOT INCLUDED
All airfares. Visa and passport fees, airport departure taxes, pre-trip or post-trip hotel accommodation,
laundry, postage, telephone calls, drinks, medical expenses, travel insurance, emergency evacuation
charges, gratuities to staff and crew.

Notes:
1. These notes should be read in conjunction with our Antarctica - Trip Information Guide booklet and the
Ship’s Notes that are provided to you shortly after booking (or which can be requested prior to booking). A
further manual, dealing with Antarctic history, geology, geography, marine and bird life will be provided
with final trip documents about two weeks prior to departure.

2. Budgeting. In addition to funds for on-board expenses, it is possible to purchase souvenirs in the form
of books, t-shirts, stamps, windcheaters, caps and similar items at Stanley, Grytviken, and even at some
of the research stations in the Antarctic Peninsula area. Visa and Mastercard are accepted in some
locations but not all - $US cash may be required.

3. Clothes: Please read our Antarctica - Trip Information Guide carefully. You do not need specialist
clothing, but you must have adequate protection against the cold, and against possible wet conditions.

4. The Drake Passage: The waters of the Drake Passage can be some of the roughest seas in the world -
at other times they are so smooth it is referred to as the 'Drake Lake'! The Akademik Ioffe is one of the
most stable ships in its class; however, you should take precautions against seasickness. Your doctor can
advise you as to the best methods for avoiding this uncomfortable complaint.

5. Gratuities. We suggest you allow the equivalent of $US10 a day for gratuities for the crew and
expedition staff. This is usually collected shortly before the end of the cruise. It can be paid by Visa or
Mastercard if you wish.

January 9 - 27, 2008
February 6 - 24, 2008

ITINERARY - 18 nights

DAY 1: USHUAIA
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You board the Akademik Ioffe in the afternoon at Ushuaia on Tierra del Fuego, the southern tip of South
America, and sail through the Beagle Channel in the early evening. The long days mean plenty of evening
light in which to experience the beauty of the channel, and to perhaps enjoy your first wildlife sightings.

DAY 2: AT SEA
We sail in a northeasterly direction, enjoying a series of presentations that prepare you for the coming
adventure. On deck the first sightings of albatross and petrels add to the sense of excitement.

DAYS 3 & 4: FALKLAND ISLANDS
Reaching the Falklands overnight, you then explore the islands of the West Falkland Archipelago on your
first shore excursions, perhaps including West Point and Saunders Islands, both rich in marine wildlife and
bird life. The breathtaking cliffs at West Point are home to busy rookeries of rockhopper penguins and
magnificent black-browed albatross, while Steeple Jason Island has one of the largest colonies of thin-
billed prions. The next day you visit Stanley, capital of the Falkland Islands, with its brightly painted
houses and renowned philatelic bureau and excellent museum. While here you may also observe oyster
catchers, geese and the endemic steamer duck along the rocky shores. Magellanic penguins nest in the
tall tussock grass on privately owned Carcass Island, where you may see a variety of land birds. Stanley
Harbour exudes an aura of history from the 19th century – especially maritime history - when it was a
major port for sailing vessels attempting to round the Horn, or seeking refuge after completing such a
journey.

DAYS 5 & 6: AT SEA
As we now head southeast your presentations continue, discussing various aspects of conservation and
the fascinating history of Antarctic exploration. You also have time to look for marine mammals and
seabirds, from the top deck of the Akademik Ioffe - whales and dolphins are often sighted. We cross the
Antarctic Convergence during this time, and a drop in temperature becomes apparent.

DAYS 7 - 10: SOUTH GEORGIA
Reaching South Georgia you observe towering, snow-covered mountains and glaciers when conditions are
clear. South Georgia is the most mountainous of the many islands of the Southern Ocean and is a
spectacular sight. We will cruise the more protected eastern coast of the island, seeking out suitable
landing spots as conditions permit. It is hoped to get ashore at Salisbury Plain where colourful king
penguins crowd the beaches in numbers that will leave you spellbound. The vast area is covered in a sea
of birds: of adults and their young in hundreds of thousands. Another 75,000 king penguins nest at the
Bay of Isles. Everywhere, albatross, skuas and giant petrels wheel overhead, whilst fur seals are found in
good numbers along the shore or are seen frolicking in the water. At Grytviken, you visit the old whaling
station, and the grave of Sir Ernest Shackleton, undoubtedly one of the greatest of the Antarctic
explorers.

DAYS 11 & 12: SOUTH ORKNEYS
Crossing the Scotia Sea to the south–west, you head for the South Orkney Islands which are linked to the
Antarctic Peninsula by a massive range of sub-marine mountains. Huge breeding grounds of Weddell seal
have recently been discovered here. Time and weather permitting, you may land at Coronation Island,
known for its extensive moss beds, nesting penguins and beautiful snow petrels, or perhaps visit the
Argentinian meteorological station located on Laurie Island in this remote and seldom-visited part of the
world.

DAYS 13 – 16: SOUTH SHETLAND ISLANDS AND THE ANTARCTIC MAINLAND
En route to the South Shetland islands you may land at Elephant Island, depending on the ship’s progress
and the weather. It is from this island that Sir Ernest Shackleton set out for South Georgia in a small boat
in 1916, undertaking one of the most remarkable sailing journeys of all time and returning 132 days later
to rescue his men. You then spend several days cruising among the South Shetlands, an archipelago of
around 20 islands, and the bays and channels of the Peninsula. You enjoy frequent shore excursions by
inflatable Zodiac boat, exploring perhaps King George, Half Moon, Aicho or Livingston islands. You
experience superb encounters with Adelie, chinstrap and gentoo penguins, and several species of seal, as
well as enjoying stunning scenery. Weather permitting, you may enter the flooded caldera of Deception
Island to explore the abandoned whaling station or perhaps enjoy a spectacular walk to some of the
higher points of the crater rim. At Paradise Bay or Hope Bay on the Antarctic mainland, you will witness
some of the most dramatic scenery the Antarctic has to offer. If the weather is kind you’ll have the chance
to set foot on the Antarctic continent.

DAYS 17 & 18: DRAKE PASSAGE
Leaving the Antarctic Peninsula you head back across the Antarctic Convergence and the Drake Passage.
The crossing is completed with the rounding of Cape Horn.

DAY 19: USHUAIA
In the early morning you arrive back in Ushuaia where the cruise ends. You are transferred to your hotel
or to the airport for your onward flight.
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Please note that due to the nature of this expedition, weather, ice, or other conditions may require
changes be made to the itinerary and/or cancellation of certain shore excursions. Every effort will be made
to adhere to the itinerary, within the limits of safety and time constraints.

				
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