Scandinavian-built for the Russian Academy of Science, this ship was designed to travel quietly during hydro-acoustic research. She is exceptionally stable, yet maneuverable. She accommodates 92 guests in a variety of cabin categories, with private, semi-private, and shared facilities, all with exterior views. Amenities include a sauna and plunge pool. The Vavilov has one elevator between passenger deck levels and the bridge level.
2016/2017 Itinerary, Dates & Fees
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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.
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.
Antarctic Peninsula Explorer & the Falkland Islands
The 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 & Antarctica
This 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: Seabirds and Penguins
As 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.
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)
Antarctica Epic: In-Depth Combination Voyage
This exciting new expedition has been many years in the making. It is undoubtedly the most comprehensive journey to Antarctica ever offered. Only scientists and researchers, who spend many months working at the numerous research stations in Antarctica, can claim to spend more time ‘down on the ice’. This unique experience links two existing voyages to create one‘super adventure’. Over the course of three weeks, we spend an unprecedented 16 days exploring the Antarctic Peninsula, South Shetland Islands, the spectacular, icy Weddell Sea region and the wildlife-rich Falkland Islands.Our January and February departures will also journey below the Antarctic Circle –providing yet another amazing highlight! In practical terms, this voyage will provide you with more than THIRTY off-ship excursions.
- Dec 17, 2016-Jan 7, 2017 ($14,995-$19,995)
- Jan 7-28, 2017 ($14,995-$19,995)
- Feb 11-Mar 4, 2017 ($14,995-$19,995)