Antarctica, South Georgia & the Falklands : Dec 15, 2014—Jan 08, 2015
Aboard the Sea Adventurer
Register NowTour Details
Starting price per person based on double occupancy. See itinerary for details.
Departs: Ushuaia, Argentina
Tour Limit: 20
Operations Manager: Greg Lopez
Download Itinerary: PDF (325.9 KB)
Please note the participation of a VENT leader(s) on this expedition is dependent on the number of participants registered with VENT. For this cruise the minimum is 15 participants. In the event VENT leader(s) are not able to go on the trip, you will have the excellent leadership of the ship’s staff.
Register for this Tour
Victor Emanuel overlooking King Penguin colony, South Georgia, Antarctica— Photo: Doug Hanna
An unforgettable visit to the “White Continent” in all its majesty. The fantastic birds and mammals of the Southern Ocean, seen in combination with the world’s most spectacular scenery, almost overwhelm first-time travelers.
To many, a trip to Antarctica represents the ultimate travel destination. Here the visitor—a stranger in an ice-locked world of breathtaking beauty—comes face to face with some of the world’s most sensational wildlife spectacles, replete with penguins, skuas, albatrosses, seals, and whales. Soaring mountains, sculpted icebergs, and ice-clogged waterways present landscapes of unsurpassed grandeur.
VENT is proud to present an opportunity for interested travelers, natural history enthusiasts, and birders to venture to the White Continent, a place that has enticed explorers into its waters for more than a century. For this remarkable voyage, we’ve assembled an itinerary that offers maximum opportunities for viewing the birds and mammals of the Antarctic Peninsula AND South Georgia and the Falkland Islands; for birders and natural history enthusiasts this is essential, as most of the wildlife is found on these two South Atlantic island outposts. This comprehensive expedition to the Southern Ocean is truly the trip of a lifetime.
Over the course of this expedition we will witness some of the finest scenery on the planet, enjoy intimate encounters with wildlife that is totally unafraid, and experience the thrill of treading in places where comparatively few have gone before. We will travel aboard the 110-passenger Sea Adventurer, a handsome ship reminiscent of the days of the great ocean liners. She is considered one of the best expedition vessels in Antarctic waters. Once aboard, we will cruise in total comfort, enjoying immaculate accommodations and excellent cuisine.
VIDEO: A Day in the Life: Falklands, South Georgia, Antarctica, by Quark Expeditions
We will have four full days to explore the Antarctic Peninsula, cruising protected waterways, landing on remote islands aboard Zodiac landing craft, experiencing close wildlife encounters, and visiting scientific research bases. We plan to land at such places as Petermann Island, home to a colony of Adelie Penguins; Paradise Bay, where Gentoo Penguins share space with Weddell and leopard seals, and where calving glaciers and icy waters present scenes of overpowering beauty; and Deception Island, known for its volcanically-heated hot springs. We will navigate the magnificent Lemaire and Neumeyer channels, whose narrow waterways are lined with soaring 9,000-foot mountains and encrusted with massive glaciers and snow fields. On every horizon we’ll be surrounded by one dramatic mountain range after another, and all of it buried under timeless snow and ice.
Incredible South Georgia rises from the Southern Ocean like a great alpine citadel. Lofty, snow-covered peaks, windswept moorlands, and a magnificent coastline scalloped with inlets and deepwater fjords provide beautiful scenery in staggering proportions. This outpost hosts some of the world’s most stupendous wildlife spectacles, with hundreds of thousands of King Penguins its most obvious inhabitants. Thousands more albatross, petrels, diving-petrels, Antarctic fur seals, and southern elephant seals roam the island’s beaches and grassy slopes.
Light-mantled Sooty Albatross— Photo: Andrew Whittaker
The Southern Ocean is home to some of the finest pelagic birding in the world. Watching from the ship’s decks, we should see five species of albatross, including the huge Wandering and Royal albatrosses; the gorgeous Snow Petrel; and thousands of other prions, shearwaters, petrels, and storm-petrels. We’ll cross the Antarctic Convergence where the cold waters of the Southern Ocean override the warmer waters to the north. Outside Ushuaia we’ll cruise the Beagle Channel, enjoying spectacular vistas of rugged mountains and rocky headlands.
All travel, accommodations, and meals aboard ship; conditions aboard ship excellent; many excursions in Zodiac landing craft; walking conditions vary from sandy beaches to loose rock; temperatures range from the 30s (F) to 40s; some agility required, but travelers in good health will have no problems.
View the Antarctica photo album created by Michael Scupine and Kim Gittere, participants aboard VENT’s January 5-26, 2014 departure.