|A one-of-a-kind expedition takes you to an Emperor Penguin rookery and a King Penguin rookery. The expedition sails from Ushuaia to the Weddell Sea, where you spend 3-days at an Emperor rookery. After 5-days exploring South Georgia, the icebreaker crosses the Southern Ocean to the Falkland Islands - 21 nights/22 days
At the beginning of what is arguably the ultimate penguin expedition, travellers will be introduced to the Expedition Team and Hospitality Team at the Welcome Briefing.
Prepare for rough water, but do not be disappointed if this crossing of the Drake Passage is smooth sailing. The Drake is always changing.
Emperor and King Penguins are the star attractions of this expedition, but they are not the only penguins you will encounter. During landings in the South Shetland Islands you could visit Adelie, Chinstrap and Gentoo Penguin rookeries.
The Captain and Expedition Leader consult charts, weather bulletins and satellite images to determine where to park the icebreaker for efficient helicopter flights to the rookery. From the landing zone, you will walk about 2.4 (1.5 miles) to the rookery, through a sculpture garden of ice. This memorable route is taken each time you visit the rookery during the three days allotted.
While at sea, the Batemans will deliver one of two presentations about their life as activists and artists. Their presentations supplement the in-depth education program delivered by the Expedition Team. If conditions permit, we will attempt a shore landing in the South Orkney Islands.
Wildlife landings on South Georgia will include visits to King Penguin rookeries. King Penguin breed all year round, so you will encounter the meter (3 feet) tall birds in all stages of growth, In addition, you may see elephant and fur seals, Albatross and other species of penguins inhabiting the island, which is now a nature preserve.
For the second time, the Batemans will supplement the in-depth education program with a presentation about their work. Activists as well as artists, the Batemans have a lifetime of stories to share.
When you reach the Falklands (Malvinas) you are no longer in Antarctica, yet you will add three more species of penguins to your life list - Rockhopper, Macaroni and Magellanic Penguins.
If weather and ice conditions permit, during this expedition you will have seen eight different species of penguin in the wild. Only a polar-class icebreaker makes this possible. Overnight in Santiago.
Santiago, Chile, depart for home.
All itineraries are for guidance only. Programs may vary depending on local ice and weather conditions and in order to take advantage of opportunities to see wildlife.
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