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The Falklands, South Georgia and the Antarctic Peninsula
24 Days


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The Falklands, South Georgia and Antarctic Peninsula

24-day adventure with Richard Polatty

Join naturalist and guide extraordinaire Richard Polatty in Antarctica in February, 2014.

Many of you may know Richard from the Galápagos Islands, where he has been INCA's guide manager and lead guide for decades. He brings his adroit talents to this INCA adventure in Antarctica.

Read our recent Interview with Richard Polatty!

Our adventure follows the routes of great explorers to the Antarctic Peninsula. You'll visit the Falklands, South Georgia Island, the Orkney Islands, Elephant Island, the South Shetland Islands, and the Antarctic Peninsula. Sea kayaking is an option.

We get started with two days exploring Buenos Aires, then head to Ushuaia to board our polar vessel, the Akademik Sergey Vavilov.

From Ushuaia we sail the Beagle Channel in an easterly direction to the Falkland Islands. We’ll explore West Point Island where Rockhopper and Magellanic Penguins and Blackboard Albatross nest among tufts of tussock grass. At Volunteer Point we’ll meet brightly-colored King Penguins. History buffs will be keen to explore Port Stanley – the smallest and most isolated capital city in the world.

In the company of the great Wandering Albatross, we navigate eastward until the spectacular ice-crowned mountains of South Georgia appear on the horizon. Our first landfall is the abandoned whaling station at Grytviken, where we visit the grave of Sir Ernest Shackleton, one of the greatest Antarctic explorers.

In the following days we thread our way through the magical fjords and bays of this South Atlantic ‘Ark’. As the only speck of land for many hundreds of miles, South Georgia is one of the planet’s most astonishing wildlife havens. A sea of 100,000 colorful King Penguins crowds the beaches at Salisbury Plain against a backdrop of towering snow-covered mountains. Another 75,000 nest at the Bay of Isles. South Georgia is also home to mind-boggling numbers of elephant and fur seals, Macaroni Penguins and important populations of albatross.

Crossing the Scotia Sea, we enter a magical world of icebergs and ice-covered mountains as we reach the South Shetlands and the bays and channels of the Antarctic Peninsula. On frequent excursions ashore and by inflatable Zodiac boat, we’ll view Adelie, Chinstrap and Gentoo Penguins, as well as humpback and minke whales and several species of seal.

Note: Weather, ice, or other conditions may require changes to our itinerary and certain shore excursions altered.



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Akademik Sergey Vavilov description, deck plan, images

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Richard Polatty in Antarctica

Richard Polatty is no greenhorn on the frozen continent. He has been guiding expeditions in Antarctica for over 20 years, has been an expedition leader on four different ships, and is a veteran of nearly 60 round trips to the Antarctic. Additionally, he has done scientific research with the Antarctic Site Inventory for Oceanites. Richard will work in conjunction with the ship expedition leader and naturalists to craft an incomparable Antarctic experience for you.

Read the interview!

King Penguin colony on South Georgia Island

Top: Gentoo Penguins on the Antarctic Peninsula.
Above: King Penguin colony on South Georgia Island.



2 nights Buenos Aires, walking tours of Buenos Aires

1 night Ushuaia, tour of Ushuaia and surrounding area

19 days exploring the Falkland Islands, South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands, Elephant Island, the South Shetland Islands and the Antarctic Peninsula with guide Richard Polatty aboard the Akademik Sergey Vavilov. Sea kayaking option.

Itinerary Summary

Day 1

Depart USA

Day 2

Arrival in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Afternoon tour of Buenos Aires. Welcome cocktail with Richard Polatty

Day 3

Morning free. Afternoon tour of Buenos Aires.

Day 4

Transfer to Ushuaia. Depending on arrival time, tour Ushuaia.

Day 5

Morning tour of Tierra del Fuego National Park. Board Akademik Sergey Vavilov.

Day 6

At sea

Days 7-8

The Falkland Islands

Days 9-10

At sea

Days 11-13

South Georgia

Days 14-16

At sea and South Orkney Islands

Days 17-20

Elephant Island, South Shetland Islands, Antarctic Peninsula

Days 21-22

At sea crossing Drake's Passage

Day 23

Disembark in Ushuaia, start flights home

Day 24

Arrive home

For a detailed look at this itinerary, please see our Detailed Itinerary



Feb 2 - Feb 25

Prices & Supplements


$19,995 Private Twin; $20,995 Superior; $21,795 Shackleton Suite

Sea Kayaking

$795 per person


1.5 (Single supplement is not available in the Triple category), 2 for Suites


Price includes: all port taxes, hotel and class of cabin accommodation on a shared basis, airport transfers, land tours and meals as indicated, all ship board meals and non-alcoholic beverages, and all ship board gratuities.

Not Included...

Not included are airfare, airport taxes, laundry, alcoholic beverages, excess baggage charges, ship board telephone, internet or fax charges, or other items of a personal nature. Price also excludes any insurance coverage of any kind. Trip cancellation/interruption and emergency evacuation and medical insurance are required. We also recommend travel accident, travel delay, baggage delay or baggage theft coverage.

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