Antarctica Explorers’ Quest - Falkland Islands, South Georgia and the Antarctic Peninsula

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How big are the groups?
What is included in the tour price?
Travel Insurance
Are these “educational” voyages?
What are the meals like?
What about the weather?
When is payment due?
What should I take on the trip?
Can you arrange my flights?
What if I would like more information?
Sea Kayaking Option:
Ice Camping Option:
Mountaineering Option:
Cross-country Skiing Option:
 

How big are the groups?

The Akademik Shokalskiy carries 48 passengers; the Akademik Sergey Vavilov 104 passengers; the M/S Ocean Nova 68 passengers; the Lyubov Orlova 112 passengers; and the Clipper Adventurer carries 122 passengers.

 

What is included in the tour price?

• The voyage aboard the vessel as indicated in the itinerary
• Pre-cruise accommodation on a shared basis with breakfast as indicated in the itinerary
• All meals throughout the voyage aboard the ship
• All shore excursions and activities throughout the voyage by Zodiac
• Program of lectures by noted naturalists, leadership by experienced expedition staff
• A pair of rubber boots to loan
• Transfers and baggage handling between the hotel and the ship for embarkation and from the ship to the centrally located port exit after disembarkation
• Comprehensive pre-departure materials and Antarctic handbook
• All miscellaneous service taxes and port charges throughout the program
• Photographic Album on DVD.
• An adventure parka to keep — with the exception of voyages aboard the Lyubov Orlova only

 

Travel Insurance

Medical and cancellation insurance are not included in the cost of the program, but is strongly recommended. Emergency Evacuation insurance (with a maximum benefit of $100,000) is included, however MEDICAL coverage is not. ElderTreks offers a fully comprehensive policy to insure you fully, please call for details.

 

Are these “educational” voyages?

With formal lectures, as well as informal briefings, your lecturers and expedition leader will cover all aspects of the voyage including ornithology, marine biology, geography, geology, history and the environment, as well as practical things like photography.

 

What are the meals like?

The European chefs serve delicious international cuisine. The bar is stocked with a good selection of wine and spirits.

 

What about the weather?

In very general terms, be prepared for temperatures that range from 5°F (-15°C) to 40°F (4°C). If you are properly dressed, even subzero temperatures can be quite comfortable.

 

When is payment due?

A non-refundable deposit of $1700 USD is required to confirm a reservation with final payment due 120 days prior to departure. Deposits can be made by credit card. Final payments can be made by check or credit card. Because the deposit is non-refundable, you are strongly encouraged to obtain trip cancellation insurance. Cancellation charges are outlined in Terms & Conditions section of our brochure.

 

What should I take on the trip?

Once you have made your final payment, an “Expedition Cruising-Preparing for your Antarctic Voyage” primer will be sent to you.

 

Can you arrange my flights?

We would be happy to take care of your air arrangements. ElderTreks offers personalized flight itineraries — not group flights. Stop over en route, come in a few days early, or extend your stay. Call us for a customized itinerary.

 

What if I would like more information?

If you have any further questions about the trip, please feel free to contact our office for additional information. A Trip Kit containing further details on the destination will be sent to you once you have made final payment.

 

Sea Kayaking Option:

A fantastic way to explore the little bays, waterways and the wide expanses of Antarctica! We use 5-meter (16 ft) Prijon double sea kayaks, equipped with rudders, which are very stable, surprisingly comfortable and incredibly tough — perfect for paddling through such an icy environment. Each trip is led by two experienced and highly qualified kayak instructors and a Zodiac safety boat stays in constant communication ready to assist should the need arise.

There will be a maximum of ten kayakers per departure. Weather and ice permitting we plan to make a minimum of four kayak excursions, each paddling over several miles and typically lasting for two to three hours.

 

Ice Camping Option:

This will be a great opportunity to enhance your appreciation of Antarctica as a wilderness and to experience a more personal and private connection with the continent. We aim to give you a sense of independence, while still retaining our high safety standards. Two experienced staff will supervise campers throughout the night.

There will be a maximum of 10 campers allowed ashore. Weather and ice permitting we plan to offer one night of camping during each voyage. All meals will be taken onboard the vessel.

 

Mountaineering Option:

If gazing up at spectacular Antarctic icebergs isn’t awe-inspiring enough, you can always put your mountaineering skills to work and try climbing one of the ice cliffs. Our expert guides provide detailed briefings and all the equipment you need, then offer helpful direction as you climb. If you’re up for the challenge, this will add a whole new dimension to your Antarctic adventure.

 

Cross-country Skiing Option:

Another unforgettable way to experience the spectacular landscapes of Antarctica is on a pair of cross-country skis. Traveling quickly and quietly under your own power, you can explore deeper into the White Continent than you’d be able to reach on food, while taking advantage of the long hours of daylight. We supply the equipment and expert guides, you provide the energy, enthusiasm and ideally a bit of previous experience-and together we break trail (subject to weather conditions, of course) through an incredible pristine world of snow and ice.

 

1-800-741-7956 North America  •  0808-234-1714 United Kingdom  •  416-588-5000 Worldwide
 
 

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