Antarctica, South Georgia & Falklands
JOIN 'THE URBAN BIRDER' David Lindo IN ANTARCTICA!
JOIN 'THE URBAN BIRDER' David Lindo IN ANTARCTICA!
Antarctica, South Georgia & Falklands 18 days aboard Polar Pioneer
Explore the spectacular Antarctic Peninsula, photographing penguins, seals, whales and historic sites, hopefully stepping onto the continent itself, before sailing on to Elephant Island and South Georgia where, as the days grow longer, the mountains shed their snowy mantle, king penguins shuffle eggs on their feet, elephant seals pup and fur seals are rambunctious. Currents of krill sweep up from the Weddell Sea, providing food for one of the greatest wildlife concentrations on the planet. Immerse yourself in whaling history and visit Shackleton’s grave. Finish off by calling at the Falkland Islands before returning to the South American continent.
- Spectacular Antarctic and South Georgia scenery
- Amazing wildlife including penguins, birds and whales
- Photography workshop & 1 on 1 instruction
- Antarctic kayaking option
- Zodiac amongst sculpted icebergs
- Visit historical and scientific sites
- Full board accommodation on board ship
- Flight from Santiago, Chile (or Punta Arenas) to Stanley, Falkland Islands
- Transfer from Falkland Island's airport to ship
- Stanley town tour (time permitting)
- Zodiac landings and excursions
- Programme of expert lectures
- Loan of rubber boots
- Polar parka
Special Offer Details
The first 25 passengers booked on this sailing will receive up to 15% discount off select cabins! . Offer applicable when booked before 30th September 2017
Offer applies to first 25 bookings in select cabins. Subject to availability. Full terms & conditions apply.
ITINERARY17 Nights 18 Days
- Day 1 | Santiago to Stanley
- Days 2 - 4 | At Sea
- Days 5 - 8 | South Georgia
- Days 9 - 10 | At Sea
- Day 11 | Elephant Island
- Days 12 - 15 | Antarctica
- Days 16 - 17 | Drake Passage
- Day 18 | Ushuaia
Santiago to Stanley
Flight from Santiago to Stanley, the capital of the Falkland Islands. Time permitting we will join a tour of this fascinating town before embarkation and setting sail towards South Georgia.
Sailing towards South Georgia. If time and weather permits, we may pass Shag Rocks - the six small islands in the westernmost extremity of South Georgia. We will come close to this amazing birdlife refuge and, hopefully, spend time observing birds from our Zodiacs.
Spring brings an explosion of life to South Georgia and we have ample time to explore the island. We visit wildlife havens that include the world’s largest king penguin rookeries, majestic albatross nests and beaches cluttered with basking elephant seals, feisty fur seals and penguins. Inspired by Shackleton’s epic, we hope to retrace the expedition’s final steps from Fortuna Bay to Stromness, and also visit the explorer's grave at Grytviken.
We bid farewell to South Georgia and begin our crossing towards Antarctica. You'll have time to unwind and reflect as you prepare for the next leg of our adventure.
Conditions permitting, we approach Cape Wild, a bleak, rocky spit along Elephant Island’s dramatic north coast. If conditions allow, we’ll Zodiac cruise, possibly even step ashore, to pay tribute to Shackleton’s 22 men who survived 4 months here.
We cruise from the South Shetland Islands and through spectacular Gerlache Strait, passing the western flank of the Antarctic Peninsula - where you'll step foot on the continent. We may encounter pack ice, and penguin rookeries alive with courtship, mating and nest-building. Leopard seals and South Polar skuas are on the hunt, while shy giant petrels incubate their eggs. With nearly 24 hours daylight, we pack in as much as possible, visit historic sites, attempting to land on the continent proper and Zodiac cruising amongst spectacular icebergs
The Drake Passage offers excellent birdwatching from the outer decks or the warm bridge. A time to celebrate and reflect on our time in Antarctica as we head north towards Ushuaia.
Dawn greets us in the Beagle Channel. We dock in Ushuaia for disembarkation and transfer to airport or town.
What Our Customers
Superlatives abound – a truly amazing experience...awesome. Thanks to all for making it such a memorable experience.
We had the time of our lives on board ship...if anybody wants to go to Antarctica, we will certainly advise to go with you.
Huge congratulations to you and all the team for the perfect organisation throughout the trip. From the early planning to the last transfer, everything went without a hitch.
Now that I am back from my odyssey voyage, I thought I would let you know that after all that planning it really did exceed my expectations – we managed landings everywhere even on Tristan da Cuhna and had great bird sightings. The guides all knew what they were talking about too and made sure I got some great photos – still sorting them all out! Thanks for everything and see you at Birdfair!
I came to Wildfoot because a friend had booked with you when you were Antarctica Bound and they were right. Everything went perfectly, even when our flight was cancelled, you made sure we still made it to the ship with time to spare. L’Austral is a beautiful ship with first class service and food and the guides looked after us well. Very happy to recommend Wildfoot and L’Austral...
The adventure really was a 'trip of a lifetime' and we are so glad we tagged an extra day in Buenos Aires at either end and that we went Premium Economy, it made all the difference. The ship Sea Explorer was exactly as Simon had described and was very comfortable. South Georgia was the highlight but we were surprised how much wildlife there was to see on the Falklands and we might well book one of your nature trips to the Falklands in the future.
I want to thank you for all you did to make my recent Falklands trip run so smoothly and comfortably. Thank you for all your help over the diet too.
• I wanted to send you a quick thank you email. We had a fantastic trip, the boat, staff, scenery, itinerary, and pretty much everything else was incredible! Thank you so much for arranging the cabin upgrade, we were delighted to have our own room! We had a really brilliant time, and wanted to say thanks so much for being so helpful throughout, we're lucky to have found you.
We had a very special experience organized by you in Feb, especially the wedding in Antarctica and our stay in Patagonia. Thank you.
Many thanks for all you help with our polar trip which exceeded all expectations. We will certainly recommend your company and seriously consider yourselves for future trips.
I just want to thank you for all your help with my Ross Sea trip. It was really the trip of a lifetime & the ship & crew were excellent.
Overall I think that it was an excellent trip that was well worth the price paid and I would have no hesitation recommending your company to others.
I'm sure you get plenty of compliments, but I just want to follow up telling you what a great time we had on the MS Expedition Antarctica Classic cruise. We were very pleased with all of the staff, on the ground and on the ship. Everyone was so friendly and knowledgeable. We greatly appreciated their experience and expertise. Their very careful attention to all of the environmental rules and precautions should also be lauded. Thank you for all of your service and attention. If we're planning on one of the other regions that you serve, we'll definitely be in touch!!
We would like to thank you with all our heart for our fabulous trip. It was amazing. Everything was perfect. I recommend Antarctica and South America to everybody. Doing business with you was also a great experience. You are the best travel agent I ever met. I hope to have the chance to do business with you again in the future.
We've just got back from out trip to Patagonia and the Antarctic and want to say a big thank you to all of you at Wildfoot but specifically you, Tina and Sara, for organising our trip and sorting out all my queries before we went. You've all been thoroughly professional - and friendly with it. I always get concerned that hotels won't have received the booking, the air e-tickets won't be recognised or luggage ends up somewhere other that where we are, but I didn't need to worry as everything was well planned in advance and the various elements, air travel, two cruises, hotels etc, fitted seamlessly. You can take this as a 10 out of 10 satisfaction rating and recommendation for your company. You will certainly be my 'go to' provider if we ever do anything similar in the future. Thanks once again for our trip of a lifetime.
I just wanted to say an enormous thank you for your help with my trip. It was the best two weeks of my life! MS Expedition was amazing – their itinerary, their crew, their spirit. It was truly exceptional.One of the best things was how they arranged the rooms, I just had the best roommates and that really made a big difference to the trip. We got to see some fast ice and got out to walk on it – literally walking on the frozen sea. Amazing! I am saving for my next trip and I would not dream of going with anyone but you guys again. Good work! A dream very much come true.
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