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 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 Itineraries, Dates & Fees
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Antarctica Peninsula Adventure Itinerary
Join us on the ultimate first time experience the Antarctic. As the ice recedes from the Antarctic Peninsula, profusions of penguins, flocks of seabirds, pods of whales and rafts of seals overtake the area. We take this opportunity to immerse ourselves by zodiac and on foot in the wildlife of the Antarctic. Experience everything the area has to offer from towering glaciers and massive icebergs, to mountainous landscapes and the natural Antarctic beauty. Come join us as we discover a true Antarctic Peninsula Adventure!
Marine Mammals in Antarctica Itinerary
The 10-day trip will be accompanied by Dr Ari Friedlaender, a Research Scientist at Duke University, who has been to the Antarctic nearly 20 times on scientific voyages and whose work focuses on the feeding behavior and movement patterns of marine mammals around the world. Ari, who is actively studying how climate change and global warming are affecting whales and other krill predators, is currently leading a project to track the long-term movement patterns of humpback whales around the Antarctic Peninsula to understand how they are being affected by changes to their environment.
Participants will learn how to document whale numbers, help to conduct photo surveys, determine movement patterns and identify individual animals. They will also be able to locate and document behavior of whales that have previously been fitted with satellite tracking devices.
Els Vermeulen, international marine consultant and founder of the Marybio Foundation, which aims to contribute to the conservation of marine mammals in Argentine Patagonia, will also join the voyage. Els is scientific advisor to the Belgian delegation in the International Whaling Commission, and a perfect companion to have on board during this special interest expedition.
Antarctic Peninsula Explorer & 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.
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.
Antarctica & the Falkland Islands: Penguins and Sea Birds
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.
Christmas in Antarctica
This exciting new Antarctic expedition, which includes flights, may well provide the most unique ‘white Christmas’ you will ever experience. Over the course of 11-days you will enjoy up to eight days of off-ship exploration along the Antarctic Peninsula, visiting a large number of landing sites and cruising among the ice floes in our Zodiac boats.
Quest for the Antarctic Circle
This exciting new Antarctic expedition provides a modern twist on a much loved classic.Utilizing our decades of experience exploring Antarctica, we have designed a new voyage allowing us to reach our objective of the Antarctic Circle in just 11 days. On the way south, we enjoy eight days of off-ship exploration along the Antarctic Peninsula, visiting a large number of landing sites and cruising among the ice floes in our Zodiac boats. Each day we explore on shore by foot, observing wildlife colonies, visiting historic huts and science bases, photographing icebergs and soaking up the incredible landscapes that surround us. For a relatively short voyage, this trip packs a serious punch and offers fantastic scenery, wildlife, historic and scientific interest.
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)