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Falklands, South Georgia & Antarctica 2014-15

Trip Length

Trip Code

20 days GPFA14

Countries Visited

Antarctica, Falkland Islands, South Georgia, Argentina

Start City

End City

Ushuaia Ushuaia
Falklands, South Georgia & Antarctica 2014-15

Ernest Shackleton’s ship, the Endurance, became trapped in ice in January 1915. In August 1916, thanks to Shackleton’s valiant efforts, the 28-man crew was rescued. In that entire time, not one man died. Chuck Norris prays to Shackleton in times of hardship.

Falklands, South Georgia & Antarctica 2014-15


Day to Day Itinerary

Day 1: Ushuaia

Get prepped for your Antarctica expedition in Ushuaia, the world’s southernmost town. Relax in the hotel, tuck into some fondue or a crab omelette at Moustacchio Restaurant, hike Martial Glacier or stay up all night in the casino. That last one’s probably not such a good idea, actually. Don’t do that.

Day 2: Ushuaia - Embarkation Day

Meals included: 1 breakfast, 1 dinner

Meet your shipmates and Expedition team. Set sail in the afternoon.

Day 3: At Sea

Meals included: 1 breakfast, 1 lunch, 1 dinner

Who lives in a pineapple under the sea? Spongebob Squarepants, that’s who. Unfortunately he’s not here, so you’ll have to make do with all the incredible birdlife soaring overheard. Be sure to pick the brains of the Expedition Team too, these guys know their frozen continents.

Day 4-5: Falkland Islands

Meals included: 2 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners

The Falkland Islands have had a turbulent history. The British say they found it in the16th century and claim it belongs to them. The Argentines disagree, and invaded the island in 1982 to get it back. The British won, and to this day the Falklands remain a British Overseas Territory. That aside, this place has some world-class wildlife. 

Day 6-7: At Sea

Meals included: 2 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners

You’re officially in Antarctica when you cross the Antarctic Polar Front. Although you’ll have no idea exactly when this happens because all of the sea looks the same. Luckily, your clued-up Expedition Team will let you know. Until then, just enjoy the sights, sea-breeze and sangria. Just kidding, there’s no sangria on this ship. 

Day 8-10: South Georgia

Meals included: 3 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners

Viewing the abandoned whaling stations at South Georgia is weird. It’s like, dude, people actually hunted whales and elephant seals, thereby causing a massive decline of the wild populations of these animals? Yeah, that happened. Visit the grave of Sir Ernest Shackleton and reaffirm your faith in humanity.

Day 11-12: At Sea

Meals included: 2 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners

Set sail for Antarctica and get schooled by your crew on what lies ahead at this other-wordly part of the…world. You’ll be excited, nervous and perhaps a little tired of spending so much time on a boat, but it’s all worth it when you think about what’s to come.

Day 13-17: South Shetland Islands and Antarctic Peninsula

Meals included: 5 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 5 dinners

Prepare to be smacked in the face (not literally) by the unbridled wonder of Antarctica. Set foot on the continent and hike up a glacier, visit a research station and hang out with colonies of penguins. If you feel a little light-headed it’s because your body isn’t used to this much awesome.

Day 18-19: Crossing the Drake Passage

Meals included: 2 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners

Take it from us: Drake Lake is better than a Drake Shake. Pray for the former as you head across this notorious stretch of water back towards dry land. Recount your experiences with companions, perhaps have a little cry and be humbled by the last 20 days of your life. We reckon they’ll stay with you for a while.

Day 20: Disembarkation in Ushuaia, Argentina

Meals included: 1 breakfast

Your voyage comes to an end after breakfast. Bid farewell to your shipmates and the expedition team and disembark in Ushuaia.


Your Trip

Nuts and Bolts

Summary of accommodation, transport & meals

Transport

Accommodation

Meals

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Important Information

These Trip Notes should be read in conjunction with Gecko’s Antarctica pre-departure information that is provided to you shortly after booking (or which can be requested prior to booking). A second information manual dealing with Antarctic history, geology, geography, marine and bird life will also be provided.

1. Budgeting: in addition to funds for onboard expenses, it is sometimes possible to purchase souvenirs such as books, t-shirts, stamps, postcards, windcheaters, caps and similar items at some of the research stations in the Antarctic Peninsula area. Mail can sometimes be posted from these stations as well. Transactions are usually in US dollars cash.

2. Clothes: please read our Antarctic pre-departure information carefully. Although you don’t need to make expensive, specialist-clothing purchases for this trip, you will need clothes that adequately protect against cold and wet conditions. (Sea spray is common on board Zodiacs). It is recommended that you have warm, waterproof clothing available for use upon arrival in Ushuaia, to protect yourself against the inclement weather.

3. Motion sickness: the waters of the Drake Passage can be some of the roughest seas in the world, although at other times they are so smooth that it is referred to as the 'Drake Lake'! Although our vessels are among the most stable ships in their class, we will still inevitably encounter motion. Unless you are certain you are impervious to the problem, you should take precautions against seasickness. Your doctor can advise you as to the best methods for avoiding this uncomfortable condition.

4. Gratuities: we suggest you allow the equivalent of US$11-13 a day for gratuities for the crew and expedition staff. This is usually collected just prior to the end of the cruise. If you wish, the amount can be paid by Visa or MasterCard.

5. Sea kayaking: there are separate Trip Notes for the sea kayaking option. Please note that this option must be booked prior to your departure from home and it cannot be booked on the ship. Some prior experience is required and places are limited.

Gecko's Voyage Documentation
Once you have booked your voyage to the Polar regions with Gecko's, you will be required to complete a series of online forms. You will be sent a link via email (my polar forms) which will take you to an enrolment form, cruise contract, medical form, arrival/departure information form and expedition parka size order form. These forms must be completed.

Argentinean Reciprocity Fee (visitor visa)

This will now be done entirely ONLINE, effective October 31, 2012 (for arrivals to Aeroparque airport) and December 28, 2012 (for arrivals to Ezeiza airport).

Until now, this fee was paid upon arrival at the airport. From the dates listed above, US/AUS/CAN tourist or business visitors must pay the reciprocity rates with their credit card through the online system. After these dates, cash payments will NOT be accepted at the airports.
The rates are USD160 for Americans, USD100 for Australians and USD75 for Canadians, for single entry.

How to pay the reciprocity fee online:
• Visit www.migraciones.gov.ar or www.provinciapagos.com.ar and register to start the process
• Fill out the form with the corresponding personal and credit card information
• Print the payment receipt
• Present the printed receipt at Immigration Control on arrival in Argentia. The receipt will be scanned by the Immigration officials, the information will be checked, and entry to the country will be registered

About this Information

The information provided here is given in good faith and has been compiled with all reasonable care. However, things change and some of the information may become out of date. Please ensure that you have the most up-to-date information for your trip. We recommend that you check the trip notes for your tour around one month before departure. If you have any queries, please contact your travel agent or our staff in Australia. We are here to help you!

Last Updated

18 September 2013


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