Akademik Sergey Vavilov
Akademik Sergey Vavilov
2015/2016/2017 Itinerary, Dates & FeesPlease click on the dates below to see the specific dates, fees, itinerary, map, inclusions, and exclusions.
Ultimate Antarctica: Amongst Emperors & Kings
On this exceptional voyage, we fly from Punta Arenas and over the Drake Passage to the Weddell Sea, the ice-choked region made famous by the saga of Sir Ernest Shackleton and his men from the Endurance Expedition nearly 100 years ago. Images of massive tabular icebergs, ice-choked waters and human hardship come to mind when contemplating the Weddell Sea. Our journey then takes us north to the beautiful Falkland Islands and we enjoy several days exploring the western archipelago discovering several additional penguin species and viewing nesting albatross. Enjoy a flight back to Punta Arenas at the end of this adventure.
- Dec 8-19, 2015 ($10,045-$15,645) *only one charter flight
- Dec 29, 2015-Jan 9, 2016 ($10,595-$16,995)
- Jan 19-30, 2016 ($10,595-$16,995)
- Feb 23-Mar 5, 2016 ($10,595-$16,995)
South Georgia In-Depth
The Falkland Islands and South Georgia are the jewels of the South Atlantic Ocean. These incredibly remote and wild islands are home to an abundance of wildlife. The Falkland Islands has a rich and storied history, while South Georgia has rightly been called ‘the most staggering wildlife show on earth’. After our in depth exploration, we are certain you will agree. This seldom-visited corner of the planet is a place we know intimately and look forward to visiting every season.
- Jan 30-Feb 13, 2016 ($12,995-$22,295) * This itinerary spends one extra day on the Falklands.
- Oct 15-31, 2016 ($10,395-$16,995)
- Jan 28-Feb 11, 2017 ($13,395-$21,995)
Antarctic Peninsula Explorer & the Falkland IslandsThe Falkland Islands has a rich and storied history. It also features wild, windswept landscapes and is home to an abundance of unique wildlife. It is also the starting point of this exciting new voyage. This expedition combines a visit to the Falklands and an in-depth exploration of the Antarctic Peninsula. Our journey is complete when we explore the South Shetland Islands. The major feature of this new itinerary is the extra days we enjoy exploring – meaning more off ship excursions. Walks ashore with naturalist guides, visits to historic huts, cruising in the zodiac boats to view spectacular icebergs, and witnessing an abundance of wildlife species are just some of the highlights you can expect.
Falkland Islands, South Georgia & AntarcticaThis is our most far-reaching polar expedition itinerary and includes visits to three different locations. There are penguin rookeries with more than 100,000 nesting birds and the beaches are covered in fur seals and elephant seals. Seabirds, including many of the albatross species call these islands home, nesting and raising their young in this wild and remote environment. Icebergs in all shapes and sizes fill the waters, and yet more unique wildlife can be found living in sizable colonies. The waters are full of life and we frequently encounter whales including humpback, minke and orca. This particular departure starts with a short, 90-minute flight from South America to the Falklands Islands where you embark the ship. This saves us almost two days of sea crossings. On this voyage we experience all of the classic highlights but in a shorter amount of time compared to the 18 and 19 night variations of this much-loved itinerary.
Antarctica & the Falkland Islands: Sea Birds and PenguinsAs the short Antarctic Summer approaches, wildlife activity is beginning to reach fever pitch. The huge penguin rookeries are a hive of activity. Nests have been re-established after winter and anxious parents carefully guard precious eggs and feed brand new chicks, some only days old. On this voyage our aim is to see as many as eight different penguin species.Elsewhere, cormorants, gulls and skuas are also busy tending their nests and welcoming the arrival of their newborn. We also anticipate great encounters with various seal species and migrating whales as they arrive to feed in the nutrient rich waters. We make daily excursions ashore with our expert guides and enjoy a great range of activities. Walks and hikes to places of incredible natural beauty, visits to wildlife colonies, historic huts and science stations are just some of the activities on offer. Adventure seekers will also revel in this exciting expedition, timed for the emergence of the short Antarctic Summer –a beautiful time of the season to visit.
- Dec 6-17, 2016 ($10,395-$16,995)
Antarctic Peninsula, Weddell Sea & the Falkland Islands
This exciting expedition, which includes flights, provides great diversity and will appeal to those seeking a truly comprehensive Antarctic experience. It includes visits to the South Shetland Islands, the western and northern sections of the Antarctic Peninsula, the stunning and wild Weddell Sea region located on the eastern side of the Peninsula, and the historic location of Elephant Island –a place forever connected to the epic story of Sir Ernest Shackleton and the Endurance expedition 100 years ago. Adding to the experience will be a visit to several locations in the Falkland Island archipelago –home to nesting albatross and the colorful King penguin.
- Dec 27, 2016-Jan 7, 2017 ($10,895-$17,995)
- Jan 17-28, 2017 ($10,895-$17,995)
- Feb 21-Mar 4, 2017 ($10,895-$17,995)