Antarctica, Falklands & South Georgia Photographic Special

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Exclusive photographic charter to South Georgia and Antarctica accompanied by Paul Goldstein and Chris Packham.

Over a hundred years ago a team of remarkable explorers travelled many hundreds of miles to South Georgia in not much more than a rowing boat in the wrong season. Despite their not inconsiderable hardships they were awe-struck by the beauty of this remarkable island. This dramatic jewel in the South Atlantic has been luring people to its shores ever since that fabled date when Commander Shackleton landed on its Southern shore. Comfort levels may have improved since then but this is still a proper adventure and the luxury trimmings and pampered accoutrements seemingly critical on many svelte vessels will not be evident on the Akademik Sergey Vavilov – the best ship for any itinerary of this sort. In November 2017 one hundred people will again travel there under the stewardship of Paul Goldstein and Chris Packham, to make the very most out of this fascinating island and the Peninsula further South.

Paul says: “For wilderness or photography fans, this expedition is nirvana. There will be plenty of daylight hours which we intend to use, it does not surprise me in the slightest that so many people return to these pristine areas. Six million King penguins can’t be wrong.”

Says Chris: “Frenetic, frenzied, noisy, seemingly active at all hours ….but that’s enough about working with Paul Goldstein, I am utterly thrilled to be going back to South Georgia and Antarctica with him and Exodus. It is the most exciting wildlife destination I know and on board the best ship. Also, being with Paul I know I will, like everyone else, have to store up on some sleep but it will be worth it as he and I, plus one hundred faunal followers, are going to make the very most from this savage wilderness.”


  • Exodus Exclusive photographic charter accompanied by Paul Goldstein and Chris Packham
  • King penguin colonies on the wild and windswept beaches of South Georgia
  • Watch Gentoo penguins surf to the shore in the Falkland islands
  • Spacious observation deck of the Vavilov is ideal for Photography (expert tuition included)

Key information

  • 17 day ship only expedition on the Akademik Sergey Vavilov
  • Maximum group size of 100, plus expedition staff
  • A choice of cabin types, all with shared or en suite facilities
  • Exodus Exclusive Photographic Charter with Paul Goldstein and Chris Packham

What's included

  • All meals while on the ship
  • All accommodation
  • All transport and listed activities
  • Tour leader throughout and qualified Expedition Staff

What's not included

  • Travel insurance
  • Single accommodation (available on request)
  • Visas or vaccinations

Responsible Travel

At Exodus we believe in the power of Responsible Travel.

Every time we travel, we are part of a global movement that creates jobs, builds more sustainable societies, encourages cultural understanding and safeguards common natural and cultural heritage. To learn more about what Responsible Travel means to Exodus click here… 


  • Day 1

    Start Port Stanley, Falkland Islands.

    Embark and being exploration.

    Meals included: Dinner
  • Days 2-3

    At sea sailing towards South Georgia.

    The moment the ship leaves Port Stanley the photographic action starts as birds follow the stern throughout its ocean journey. Those days sailing east are spent honing one’s craft on the ship’s many vantage points with albatrosses, petrels and prions being the favoured targets as they dive and fly sorties above the multi-coloured spray and spume.

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Days 4-9

    Exploring South Georgia.

    South Georgia has a fascinating history with the triumvirate of legacies from Shackleton, whaling and the war, however this is a photographic charter and the vast bulk of the time will be spent on the fertile beaches of Salisbury Plain, Gold Harbour, St Andrews Bay, Royal Bay and Elsehul. By law we have to land at Gritvyken and will spend a morning there but no longer. If the weather is kind there will probably be a few other additions to this unscripted itinerary.

    There is plenty of daylight at the end of November and this expedition plans on using all of it, so be prepared for some very long days. With a ship like the Vavilov and the team of experts on board these five to six days will be remarkable. The principle quarries will be the King penguins, Gentoo penguins,  Elephant seals, Giant petrels and albatrosses – millions of them, as well as the dizzying backdrops that make this remote yet savage island perhaps the most breath-taking in the world.

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Days 10-11

    At sea sailing towards the Antarctic Peninsula.

    This journey south can be spectacular as it is common to see large tabular icebergs along the way. There may be time for a landing at the Argentine base in the South Orkney Islands before continuing to the Antarctic Peninsula.

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Days 12-14

    Exploring the Antarctic Peninsula.

    It is impossible to say where exactly we will land on the Antarctic continent and it may even be possible to follow the infamous path of the Endurance into the Weddell Sea down the Eastern Peninsula, ice permitting, or perhaps to sail south through the Lemaire Channel and visit Neko Harbour and Paradise Harbour on the Western side. At this stage of the early season the icebergs are extraordinary, frequently with legions of penguins, be they Adelie or Chinstraps, clinging to their slippery columns and other icy lookout points. Whatever the itinerary, the drill will be similar to that in South Georgia: long days, very early starts and a monstrous assault on every human sense and faculty.

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Days 15-16

    Sailing back through the Drake Passage.

    Leaving the Antarctic Peninsula overnight our ship heads back across the Antarctic Convergence and the Drake Passage. The crossing is completed with the rounding of Cape Horn, weather permitting.

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 17

    Disembark and end in Ushuaia.

    Meals included: Breakfast

Essential Info

Group Information

The Akademik Sergey Vavilov takes a maximum capacity of 100 passengers.


Falkland Islands

No visa required.

South Georgia

No visa required for British, US, Canadian, Australian, New Zealand and most EU passports.


No visa required for British passport holders.


All nationalities require a full passport that must be valid for 6 months beyond the intended length of stay.

No visa required for holders of British passport.

The Argentine government charges a reciprocity fee which applies to Canadian and Australian citizens. The amounts are as follows: Australians - US$100 (multiple entry) Canadians - US$75 (single entry) This fee must be paid before you enter Argentina. For full details, and to make the payment, please visit:



There are no specific health risks.


There are no mandatory vaccination requirements.

Bilharzia is known to occur in some of the lakes or rivers in Argentina, we therefore advise all to take advice from your guide or leader locally before venturing for a swim.

Dengue fever is also a known risk in Argentina. It is a tropical viral disease spread by daytime biting mosquitoes. There is currently no vaccine or prophylaxis available for Dengue, and therefore the best form of prevention is to avoid being bitten. We recommend you take the usual precautions to avoid mosquito bites.

Due to a recent outbreak of Yellow Fever in the Misiones province of Argentina, vaccinations are strongly recommended if you intend to visit the Iguazu Falls.

Zika fever is a mosquito‐borne viral disease and a known risk in places visited on this trip. There is currently no vaccine or prophylaxis available and therefore the best form of prevention is to avoid being bitten. We recommend you take the usual precautions to avoid mosquito bites. For the latest information please visit‐virus‐q‐a .

Eating and Drinking

All meals while on the ship included.

Typical Meals

The ships galley offers good quality service and cuisine throughout, with excellent chefs preparing international menus including vegetarian dishes, accompanied by a wide variety of drinks on sale from around the world.

Breakfast: Buffet style – unlimited tea and coffee, a selection of fruit juices, hot options including bacon and eggs or omelettes, a selection of bread and toast and jam/honey/marmalade, fruit and cereal.

Lunch: Three course set meal, or the occasional buffet or BBQ.

Dinner: Three courses with a starter of soup, salad or anti-pasto, a choice of three mains with at least one vegetarian and one seafood option and a dessert of sweet pudding or ice cream or fruit, tea and coffee.

Is this trip for you?

Travelling Conditions

The voyages are designed to be as flexible as possible, taking advantage of circumstances and events as they occur, as well as passengers' wishes and particular interests wherever possible. The atmosphere on board is relaxed and friendly with expedition staff, including naturalists and Polar experts, on hand and the opportunity to mingle with people from all over the world. The ship is kept warm, clean and comfortable.

On the Zodiac cruises you are sitting still for most of the time with the potential for some sea spray and a cold headwind - if you are not dressed appropriately you will get cold. On the shore excursions, the majority of landings are wet which means that the Zodiacs beach and you are helped to slide into the ankle deep shore break before walking up onto dry land (wellington boots are issued to all passengers).

There are, of course, no paths, so be prepared for slippery, rough terrain and sometimes fairly deep snow. Back on board the cosy ship after each adventure, you can have a hot shower and then relax with a tea, coffee, hot chocolate or something stronger from the bar.


Akademik Sergey Vavilov

The Antarctica, Falklands & South Georgia Photographic Special voyage is offered on the Akademik Sergey Vavilov which is a Polar Adventure Ship. Full board accommodation on the ship, generally on a twin share basis in a variety of cabin types, all with shared or en suite facilities. Please visit the Polar Fleet page ( for Ship Information and Deck Plans.

Polar Adventure Ships:

These are small ice rated vessels well qualified for Polar waters. Intimate adventures are always more enjoyable with like-minded passengers and staff, so these voyages are for people who like flexible itineraries and plenty to keep them busy. Activities include frequent Zodiac excursions, trekking, kayaking and many hours on deck in areas that other ships only dream about accessing. Food and staff are superb and every guest benefits from the technical advances of this superb fleet. Rest assured our Polar Adventure Ships enable any traveller to maximize their experience sensitively in the Poles.

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Dates & Prices

An overview of flight options

Exodus is committed to making joining our tours as easy as possible, wherever you live. We generally only block book seats from London, but this certainly does not mean that you need to fly from there. Depending on the route and airlines available, there will usually be various options available for those who want to fly from their local airport.

This page aims to provide a useful overview of the options available to our clients. However, the best flight arrangements should be tailored to your personal requirements, so please contact our Sales team for expert advice.


What kind of options do I have ?

1. We can book for you: Flights from anywhere in the world - not via London  

Depending on the route, this may be direct or via an overseas hub like Amsterdam, the Middle East or elsewhere. On short haul routes there may be direct flights with low cost airlines, charter flights or scheduled airlines. Exodus can book most, but not all, of these for you. The most appropriate airline may be different to that which we use for the group flight from London, but many people now travel on different airlines and meet up with their fellow passengers at the destination.

Pros Cons
  • May be the most direct route
  • Often the extra fare compared to the London flight is minimal.
  • As you will be in the hands a single airline for your entire journey, the airline will be responsible for your bags and your connections.
  • You may not be able to join the group transfers. However, we can usually arrange private transfers, or book your flights to try and coincide with the group transfers. See notes on transfer arrangements below.


2. We can book for you: Connecting flights from your local airport to London

Exodus can book connecting flights to London so you can join the group flight there. Connecting times will be followed according to airline advice, or as requested by clients. There are two types of fares we can use for this option: a 'through-fare' or a 'published fare'.
a) A 'through-fare' is where you will be in the main airline's care throughout. You change planes, but your bags are checked all the way through to your final destination. 

b) A 'published fare' ticket is completely seperate from your onward ticket from London. It is usually cheaper than a through-fare but will need to be paid for and issued as soon as it is booked. This can be a problem if your tour has not yet reached minimum numbers. On 'published fares' neither airline is aware that you have connecting flights, so Exodus is responsible for timing your connection, not the airlines involved. The tickets are also usually non changeable and non refundable.

Pros Cons
  • Depending on the fare type, Exodus or the airline is responsible for flight connections.
  • Through fare tickets can be expensive.
  • On a published fare, tickets must be issued immediately; tickets on published fares can be very difficult to change if onward flight times change; bags are not checked though to your final destination.
  • Published fares are non-refundable.


3. Booking some or all of the flights yourself

You can also book connecting air travel yourself, either to London, or all the way to the start point. There may be certain airlines or routes we don't have access to, so this is always an option. However, if you make your own travel arrangements you become liable for any delays, cancellations or missed connections, and Exodus is not required to offer refunds if you have trouble reaching the start of your trip.

Pros Cons
  • You might find cheaper fares, or routes not available to Exodus.
  • You are responsible for any delays or missed connections, and the cost of the tour is not protected should you miss your flight be cancelled.


 Notes on transfer arrangements

Sometimes it is possible to travel on a different airline to the group flight from London. Where this is the case, we need to think about ensuring you meet up with the group with minimum extra cost and hassle.

  • On certain trips, it is easy to arrive on a different flight and still meet the group at the hotel with time in hand. We can usually arrange private transfers (at extra cost) or offer advice on taking a taxi to the start hotel.
  • On other trips (especially in Europe), the transfer meets the group flight and then travels some distance to the first night's accommodation. Where this is the case, our Sales team will try to arrange flights that arrive before (and depart after) the group. However, we do have to make it clear in your final documentation that if your flights are delayed, the transfer cannot wait for you. While Exodus or our local operators will do what we can to help you reach the start point of the tour, any additional costs must be paid by the client. 


Next steps? 

Call our Sales team on: 0203 733 0698

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