South Georgia and Antarctic Peninsula: Penguin Safari

South Georgia and Antarctic Peninsula: Penguin Safari

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South Georgia and Antarctic Peninsula: Penguin Safari

16 Days Starting and ending in Ushuaia

Visiting: Ushuaia, Tierra del Fuego National Park, ሀመር።, South Georgia Island, South Orkney Islands, Antarctic Great Wall Station, Drake Passage

Tour operator:

Exodus

Tour code:

PTF

Guide Type:

Fully Guided

Group size:

2 - 189

Physical rating:

Leisurely

Age range:

18-99

Special diets catered:

Please inform Exodus of specific dietary requirements

Tour operated in:
English
Trip Styles:

Adventure Tours

Activities:

Sightseeing, Walking

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Tour Overview

On this adventure, massive albatross and Pintado petrel swoop and soar around the ship, guiding us toward South Georgia. Beaches teeming with King penguins and Elephant seals greet us on this fabled island, where we’ll pay our respects to famed explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton. Antarctica awaits, with its geographic contradictions and overwhelming enormity. Relax on a Zodiac ride, hike glistening glaciers, share comical moments with inquisitive penguins, and witness the rugged peninsula. Antarctica will surprise and delight, and never disappoint.

Highlights

  • Experience the quintessential wildlife experience of the “Galapagos of the Poles”

  • Reflect at the resting place of the great explorer, Sir Ernest Shackleton

  • Visit South Georgia’s King penguin rookeries – the largest in the world

  • Witness abundant Antarctic wildlife, including penguins, seals, whales and more

  • Visit abandoned whaling stations and learn stories of inhabitants who called South Georgia home

  • Accompanied by extremely qualified Expedition Staff

  • Travel on a small expedition vessel

  • Experience western Peninsula highlights and visit iconic landing sites

Itinerary

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Day 1 : Start Ushuaia, Argentina

Location: Ushuaia

Meals Included: No Meals

Begin your journey in Ushuaia, a small but bustling port town at the tip of

South America. This Argentine town is an ideal gateway for you to explore the

southern extent of Patagonia while preparing for your adventure ahead. Get

active in the mountains or enjoy handcrafted chocolate at a café in town.



Day 2 : Embarkation Day

Location: Tierra del Fuego National Park

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Embarkation will occur in the late afternoon, after which your vessel will

sail down 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 - 6 : At Sea

Location: Tierra del Fuego National Park

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

There are many activities to keep you engaged while at sea. Learn to identify

seabirds that glide alongside the ship, or attend dynamic presentations by

the Expedition Team. You will be prepped on safety procedures for Zodiac

cruises and shore landings.



Day 7 - 8 : South Georgia

Location: South Georgia Island

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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 photograph these rocks rising out of the icy ocean

waters. Shags and prions often rest here.



After enjoying South Georgia from a distance, we’ll head toward its

numerable beaches to find a protected bay for your first land excursion.

Landing sites on South Georgia are varied, largely determined by the weather

conditions of your voyage. Whichever sites we visit, they’ll provide you

with wildlife encounters unrivaled anywhere else on earth.



This is one of the most fertile breeding grounds in the world for

subantarctic wildlife, with beaches blanketed with penguins. It won’t take

you long to realize that South Georgia is a paradise for bird lovers, as

burrowing seabirds, albatross and petrels can be seen in abundance.



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. The 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

subantarctic waters. Many travellers 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

Location: South Orkney Islands

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Say goodbye to the King penguins, as your next destination is Antarctica!

Days at sea are filled with presentations and lectures led by the Expedition

Team, who will prepare you for the wildlife that will greet you upon your

arrival. In between activities, spend time chatting with your shipmates over

a drink at the bar.



If conditions allow, we may attempt landfall on the South Orkney Islands, our

first official stop in Antarctica.



Day 11 - 13 : Antarctic Peninsula

Location: Antarctic Great Wall Station

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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, unique and enduring as Antarctica.



Discover that Antarctica is a land of extremes. At one moment you’ll be

overcome with a feeling of complete desolation and silence, and at the next

moment, you’ll be inspired by nature as a calving glacier crashes into

brilliant blue sea or a penguin waddles by to inspect your footwear.



The Expedition Team will take care of you at each landing, 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 curious whales,

such as minkes, while on a Zodiac cruise. Each day and each landing will

present a new collection of creatures to delight you and keep your camera

busy.



Day 14 - 15 : Crossing The Drake Passage

Location: Drake Passage

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

After more than a dozen days of memorable wildlife encounters, your journey

home begins. Crossing the Drake is your unofficial rite of passage, to spend

time on the deck, watching for seabirds and scouting for whales, enjoy

presentations by the Expedition Team, or simply relax and reminisce about

your experiences.



Day 16 : Disembark In Ushuaia

Location: Ushuaia

Meals Included: Breakfast

You will arrive in Ushuaia in the morning, which allows for you to continue

your adventure on land or catch your flights home.



What's Included

  • Meals
    7 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 6 dinners.

  • We can include flights from the UK.  Please contact us for a quote.

  • Beer and wine during dinner

  • All meals while on the ship

  • All accommodation

  • Tour leader throughout and qualified Expedition Staff

  • All transport and listed activities

What's Not Included

  • Visas or vaccinations

  • Travel insurance

  • Single accommodation (available on request)

Food


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 from around the world on sale.

*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 buffet, or the occasional BBQ.

*Dinner:* Three or four courses with a starter of soup and/or salad, a
choice of mains with at least one vegetarian option and a dessert, with tea
and coffee.

Vegetarians and vegans can be well catered for on this holiday - please do
inform us before departure of any special dietary requests so that our local
team can be well prepared.

Accommodation

The South Georgia and Antarctic Peninsula: Penguin Safari is offered on the  Ocean Explorer and the World Explorer which are Polar Adventure Ships. One night in a standard hotel in Ushuaia included. Full board accommodation on the ship, generally on a twin share basis in a variety of cabin types, all with en suite facilities. Please visit the Polar Fleet page 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 excellent 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.

Check out our Q&As

  • Are airport transfers included in this tour?

    No

  • Are flights included in this tour?

    We can include flights from the UK. Please contact us for a quote.

  • Are children permitted to take part in the tour?

    18+ age people can go on this tour.

  • Are the local guides on the tour English speaking?

    Yes

  • What happens if I need to change my holiday date once I’ve booked?

    If you wish to make any changes to your booking, particularly if you need to alter any flights booked through us, please let us know as soon as possible. There is a booking or flight amendment fee of £40 per change and flight amendments often incur extra airline costs depending on the changes to be made and if the ticket has been issued or not.

  • How long has the tour company been trading?

    Exodus has been trading since 1974

  • What documents will I receive before I travel?

    Your final joining instructions and flight details, if booked with us, will then be sent out 2 to 3 weeks before departure. If you would like a hard copy posted, or if you require these any earlier, please contact the customer operations team. We advise that if you are booking connecting travel before receiving these, please ensure you leave plenty of time.

  • Do you operate a “single share” option and how does it work?

    Travellers are welcome to opt to share a room with a tour member of the same gender for no additional charge. If you'd like your own room, we can request a single supplement so that you will have your own room throughout.

  • Can I join the tour once it has departed?

    You are welcome to meet the group after the tour has departed however there is no reduction in rate for joining a tour after the departure date.

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Gergana Racheva  

Very helpful and prompt service

06-Jan-2023

Very helpful and prompt service. I called to check for an already booked trip and once we sorted this, the agent was ready to help me with another booking as well. He actually waited for me to book my flight tickets, answered all my questions, informed me of all my options. Exodus is a tour company I am using regularly due to the quality of their trips, ease of booking and helpfulness of their customer service team

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Stunning walking. Walking the Amalfi Coast

04-Nov-2021

This trip takes you through the most beautiful parts of the Mediterranean walking with a guide and also discovering the wonders of Pompeii and Vesuvius. The hotel had a nice feel as family run, spotless and comfortable rooms, we were well looked after for breakfasts and dinner each day, and the barmen fixed some mean cocktails for us.!

Paul Green  

It's amazing what you can do in a week! Cycling the Dalmatian Coast.

08-Oct-2021

This holiday was extremely enjoyable. The itinerary is well planned and the route takes you to a variety of destinations. Not having been to Croatia before I didn't know there were so many beautiful small islands and I loved the ferry and catarmaran rides. The coastal route we took was dramatic and the World Heritage sites in Split and Dubrovnik very interesting and worth visiting. The Adriatic Sea was warm, blue and inviting, good for swimming even in October. The hotels we stayed in varied in size from medium to large. I particularly liked the one just outside Dubrovnik as I had a sea view. Tourists were plentiful in Split and Dubrovnik but in the other places we stayed there was an end of season feel and it was quiet on the roads and in the resorts. The food was good and our guide was always able to recommend a nice restaurant for our evening meal. The weather in October was good for cycling - not hot, partly cloudy most days and one day it rained!

Mrs Y Morrison  

Fabulous company and trip

06-Jan-2023

We went overland from Cape Town to Zimbabwe through Botswana and Namibia. What a fantastic trip. Our first time with Exodus although we have travelled extensively around the world. We would highly recommend this company for such a brilliant trip - we got everything and more all at a good price. Thanks to everyone involved. We are looking at our next trip!

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John Edwards (Google Reviewer)  

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19-Aug-2023

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Rob Burridge (Google Reviewer)  

I'v just come back from...

17-Jul-2022

I'v just come back from an amazing Wildlife & Wilderness trip in Botswana and I highly recommend Exodus Travels. Our guide Brian, was extremely knowledgeable on both the wildlife and history of Botswana and neighbouring countries. The other three staff, Abbis, Chief & Mr T, who accompanied us through out our 2 week trip, put in the hard work and made sure our camp was always prepared and that we we're well fed and looked after. The tour took us to some beautiful places and we saw some amazing wildlife, and on several occasions this was due to Brian's knowledge of the area and wildlife behaviour. Exodus have been very quick to respond to any queries I had, and the whole experience ran smoothly. I was also pleased to hear that during lockdown they provided staff with food packages 👍. I'd normally go on self organised trips, however, with this trip, the tour and guide Brian took us to places not possible otherwise and showed us things that we would'v missed out on. All of which were the highlights of the tour.

Daphne Partridge (Google Reviewer)  

After 14 roup adventure holidays...

26-Nov-2023

After 14 roup adventure holidays with Exofus we would not hesitate to recommend them as an excitingholiday company. They take you off the beaten track but offer great support and expertise :)

Alison Payton (Google Reviewer)  

I've done 8 trips in...

17-May-2023

I've done 8 trips in the last 14 years with Exodus, and have been rewarded with a 10% discount on all future bookings. I feel very confident that I'll receive pleasant, efficient service, and have the unusual holiday experience that I'm looking for each time. I've trekked to the top of snow-capped peaks, wild-camped in the desert, seen amazing spectacles of nature, visited 4 capital cities in a week, and learned about local culture and experienced local hospitality in a way that I simply wouldn't on a conventional holiday. The quality of the accommodation and guides can vary, but this is mainly down to cultural differences and things that Exodus can't control. I've only ever complained once, my complaint was taken seriously, and I was sent a discount voucher - you can't say fairer than that. I remain a loyal customer.

Jacquelyn Moore (Google Reviewer)  

Food came quickly. Staff very...

07-Mar-2024

Food came quickly. Staff very friendly and polite . However the chef or person preparing the food did not seem to read the menu! If it says a meal should come with vegetables, you should not have to ask for them. They served shepherds pie with garlic bread! The munchies ice cream sundae said it should come in a glass with a flake but came in a little bowl with just a few munchies! When asking the staff were happy to replace and correct but customer should get what they order and what menu says first time round!!

johanna leonor (Google Reviewer)  

If you like to be...

07-Sep-2023

If you like to be mistreated Exodus is perfect for you. If you enjoy terrible choices for hotels and pseudo restaurants Exodus is perfect for you. Careless about their clients and loveless about their propositions. Exodus has been a dissatisfaction and disappointment about every dealing i and my group have had with him. Especially a man called Simone who just cares about the money he can get from you couldn’t care less about service.

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