A modern and comfortable ship, the Akademik Sergey Vavilov features an ice- strengthened hull. The ship has 6 choices of cabins depending on your budget and a maximum of 96 clients. The public areas include a place for small group briefings and information sessions for passengers to enjoy. As well as, an expansive bar and lounge on deck six, ideal for socialising whilst enjoying 180 degree views. Furthermore, the library and reading room feature a wide array of books with information on the polar region. Delicious meals are enjoyed in the dining room. Other facilities include the theatre style presentation room, gift-shop, fitness room, massage room, hot water spa as well as a sauna and plunge pool.
You will board your scheduled flight to Stanley, Falkland Islands. You will be met on arrival and transferred to the pier. There is time to explore the town before embarkation. Cast off, bound for Antarctica during the afternoon. (D)
Days 2 - 3Southern Ocean
Bound for South Georgia, this stretch of the South Atlantic is rich in its bio-diversity and showcases an abundance of astonishing wildlife. Look out for the wandering albatross, giant petrels and smaller Cape petrels. Join the education series throughout the day with onboard experts who cover topics such as the environment, wildlife, history, and the locations that are planned to visit in the coming days.
Days 4 - 7South Georgia
On arrival in South Georgia you will see majestic snow-covered mountains. The first stop planned is the historic and dramatic location of King Haakon Bay then Salisbury Plain. The black sand beaches and tussock covered dunes are home to a staggering 100,000 ing penguin adults and their young. Fur seals can also be seen poking their heads above the water; the elephant seals will enjoy lazing about the beach, while the skuas and giant petrels fill the skies above. You will visit and learn about the history of Stromness and Grytviken, whaling stations in the 1930’s. Weather permitting, there will be a small hike across the saddle separating Fortuna Bay from neighboring Stromness, following the footsteps of Shackleton, Crean and Worsley. Journeying further southeast, you will reach Cumberland Bay for some interesting explorations. (B, L, D)
Days 8 - 10South Georgia
The next few days will see you visit St Andrew’s Bay and Gold Harbor - where you will see an abundance of wildlife including fur seals, elephant seals and massive colonies of the colorful king penguins. Gold Harbor is so called because the sun's rays make the cliffs yellow with their light in the morning and evening. Drygalski Fjord at the far eastern extremity of the island is another spectacular site in South Georgia. (B, L, D)
Days 11 - 13Southern Ocean
You will have the opportunity to catch up on journal entries, or perhaps downloading and reviewing photos in the multi-media room with the onboard photography expert. The return journey offer frequent sightings of the majestic albatross, petrels and other seabirds. (B, L, D)
Day 14Falkland Islands
Approaching Sea Lion Island close to the Falkland Islands, you will go ashore on the Zodiacs and view the incredible diversity of wildlife found at this location. Three species of penguin including gentoo, magellanic and rockhopper, as well as southern elephant seals and South American sea lions are known to inhabit the area. (B, L, D)
Day 15Stanley - Falkland Islands - Punta Arenas, Chile
Arrive early morning in Port Stanley. You will be transferred to the airport for your return flight to Punta Arenas in southern Chile (B, L)