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South Georgia & Antarctic Expedition

  • Overview
    The Europa sails from Stanley on the Falkland Islands towards South Georgia. During this leg the Europa can usually take advantage of the prevailing strong (and sometimes stormy) westerly winds making for a good crossing to South Georgia You will be able to experience all the aspects of seaman’s life, including watch keeping, climbing the masts and classic navigation. In sailing, teamwork is the keyword. On board you learn the names of the hundreds of different lines and 30 sails. Everybody will experience the voyage differently; The horizon will sail with the ship day after day, Wandering Albatrosses, dolphins who play in the bow wave, a waxing and waning moon, etcetera. If you have a bit more time at hand, combine this trip with some extra sailing days and join the ship in Montevideo. As you will not need a flight ticket to the Falklands that is budget proof solution for 18 extra days of sailing and exploring. Three night bed & breakfast on board when in Port Stanley is included in the special combination fare
    Duration: 34 days
    Passengers: 48 passengers
    Embarkation Point: Stanley, Falkland Islands
    Disembarkation Point: Ushuaia, Argentina
    Physical rating: Expedition
    Fly/Cruise: Cruise only
    Single Supplement: Unavailable
  • Itinerary
    • Day 1/34 - South Georgia & Antarctic Expedition

      South Georgia
      When we reach South Georgia we will anchor here for a week in different bays surrounded by mountains, glaciers, beaches and steep cliffs, inhabited by albatrosses and thousands of penguins, including the King Penguin. The helm grass on the coast of South Georgia provides ideal shelter for Fur Seals and Elephant Seals. We’ll find the remains of a former whaling station at Grytviken and see the grave of Shackleton, one of the most heroic pole travellers. It is an old tradition to drink a glass of whisky near his grave. We then sail towards the Weddell Sea. The Weddell Sea is covered with icebergs and is bordered at the south by the large Larsen and Ronne Ice Shelf, where large icebergs break away.

      Thousands of Penguins
      Only very few people visit the Weddell Sea and we will stay in this area for a couple of days. Steep glaciers, walls of ice with magical shapes and surreal colours will surround the EUROPA with floating growlers on which Leopard Seals rest. We hope the area will be accessible and that sheltered bays can be found for anchoring and going ashore. Visitors on shore will often be welcomed by thousands of penguins. From the Weddell Sea we set sail westward of the Antarctic peninsula. We visit the spectacular Deception Island, an active imploded volcano (caldera). We sail through Neptune’s Bellows into the caldera and walk on the steaming black beaches.

      Drake Passage
      The crossing of the Drake Passage is approximately 450 nautical miles. The seas around Cape Horn have the reputation of being stormy, but in between the lows they are calm. Let us hope that the wind is favourable when we return towards Argentina. Back in the watch system, we have time to absorb everything we have done, to let it all settle in. We will be accompanied on this passage by dolphins and many sea birds. Cape Petrels, White-chinned Petrels and albatrosses are our companions. Albatrosses are the best equipped for a permanent stay at sea. Their territory is the open ocean. They love windy regions, because they are unable to fly with little wind. During the crossing everybody can help the crew to steer, set, shorten, take away and stow sails.

    Please consider that our voyages are expeditionary in nature. This means, that there are no concrete itineraries, your Captain and Expedition Leader will utilise their vast experience to chart the best course for your expedition depending on the climatic and environmental conditions. Mentioned highlights and wildlife cannot be guaranteed.

  • Adventure Activities

    South Georgia; Wildlife Mecca

    One of the true wildlife experiences on our planet, often the wildlife displays here are referred to as the greatest on Earth. Set amongst awe inspiring scenery and home to King penguins, Wondering albatross and Elephant seals, it’s hard to imagine how early pioneers survived in this harsh landscape.

    Arrive in Antarctica under sail!

    Arriving into Antarctic under sail, is a privilege afforded to a few adventurous sailing souls. The Bark Europa is the only Tall Ship sailing in Antarctica waters, you’ll share moments of absolute tranquility with your companions,as the ship sails silently through the Antarctic waters.


    Taking centre stage on your Antarctic Peninsula expedition, are the Brushtail penguin species. These photogenic and intriguing species include, Gentoo, Chinstrap and Adelie penguins. The species are in abundance across Peninsula and are always performing.

    On board voyages in our other details you may come across Rockhopper, Macaroni, Magellanic, King and Emperor penguins.

  • Inclusions
    Inclusions / Exclusions

    Included in your Expedition

    - Hot beverages
    - All meals onboard
    - Hiking & guided walks
    - Zodiac & shore excursions
    - All onboard educational presentations
    - Pre-departure information package

    Not included in your Expedition

    - - in total); South Georgia GBP 200- p.p. (34 and 52 day voyages) and Tristan da Cunha GBP 30- p.p. (52 day voyage)
    - Landing fees excluded: Falklands between GBP 10- and GBP 20- per landing (approx GBP 120
    - Spa treatments
    - Trip interruption / cancellation insurance
    - Travel medical insurance including medical repatriation (mandatory)
    - Medical expenses - fees / prescriptions / medications
    - Postage / telephone calls / email
    - Personal laundry
    - Soft drink and alcoholic beverages
    - Personal expenses
    - Pre & post cruise transfers and hotel
    - Airport taxes
    - Visa and passport fees
    - International & internal airfares
    - Gratuities
  • Map
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  • Gallery
  • Vessel


    Many people who come on board struggle to believe the history of the hull of this classic three-master. The Special purpose sail training ship EUROPA was built in 1911. In 1994 she was fully restored as a barque (three mast rigged ship) and now roams the seas of the world in the best seafaring tradition. With a professional crew of maximum 14 and a complement of 48 voyage crew members of different ages and nationalities, EUROPA is powered by canvas and co-operation. The crew makes sure the ship operates safely. The atmosphere on board reflects an adventurous maritime history. The traditional mahogany deckhouse, teakwood decks and floors as well as the beautiful interior with authentic early 20th century details provide a perfect ambiance for a fantastic voyage.

    Everyone is welcome to take the helm, set sails, assist with manoeuvres, navigation, weather observations, furling the sails on the yards and much more. The permanent crew will give lectures and instruct you during the voyage in steering, navigation and line handling. This will be done in a “Dutch” style, so without yelling, blowing whistles and so on. Also, you will find no uniforms on the Bark EUROPA. Crossing the ocean properly with a square rigger under sail like the Bark EUROPA is a team effort, so we appreciate every input from the voyage crew. Sailing experience is not necessary. Instructions will be given in watch responsibilities, basic sail theory, line handling, steering and navigation. There is always something new to see or to learn from the crew, of the voyage crew or by our environment. For some of the guests sailing on board EUROPA feels like an escape from their daily routine. Think of a relaxing time without your phone and without internet. Without Google you turn to each other and books for information. Let the people onboard surprise you with their knowledge of very diverse subjects. Live in the moment and admire the wonder of nature. During a voyage on board you establish a routine that is relaxing and comfortable but keeps you occupied.

    The ship is ideal for ocean crossings and longer voyages, with various places for relaxing: library, lounge, poker corner and deckhouse. These different areas allow you to do your own thing: perhaps some quiet reading or a more active role in the social life in the deckhouse. In the aft of the ship you have the Library. This is usually the most quit place of the ship so ideal to read a book or work on your own logbook. On tweendeck level you will find the Lounge. Breakfast is served here but this room also is used by the guides to have their lectures and show their movies. In the deckhouse you will find the ships Bar with the nice benches to meet your fellow crew and toast on another wonderful day.

    There are four 2-person cabins, four 4-person cabins and four 6-person cabins. The classic romantic bunks are very comfortable. All cabins are provided with ensuite shower and toilet. There are 12 cabins, of which four are 2 person cabins, four are 4-person cabins and four are 6 person cabins.

    Features & Facilities
    Key Facts
    Luxury star rating: 3
    Guests #: 40
    Crew #: 62
    Ice Class:
    Speed: 12
    Technical Specs
    Year built:
    Length: 56m
    Width: 7
    Elec Outlets: 220V / 2 Round Pin
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4/6 Person Cabin

18 Nov 2017 - 21 Dec 2017
Comfortable bunk cabins with private facilties
USD$ 11,076pp
USD$ 11,076pp

2 Person Cabin

18 Nov 2017 - 21 Dec 2017
Comfortable twin cabin with private facilities
USD$ 12,140pp
USD$ 12,140pp