November 26, 2023
AAA Travel invites you on an exclusive classic voyage with Expert Host Denise Landau!
Our Antarctic Expert, Denise Landau, owns an environmental consulting company-working on projects on multiple continents and is the President of “Friends of South Georgia Island” . She is on the Board of Governors for the American Polar Society and has had a glacier named in her honor, the “Landau Glacier”. Please see full Bio below.
Sail aboard the luxurious Ocean Victory, an exploration vessel with the latest developments in marine engineering. This intimate ship offers unmatched comfort and safety in Polar waters with first-in-class luxury amenities. Explore one of the world’s top wildlife destinations, with expertly guided Zodiac excursions and shore landings, you’ll encounter a rich variety of penguins, seals, whales and marine birds. Expert-led discussions and shore excursions make this a journey of a lifetime!
*Rates are per person, double occupancy based on category D porthole stateroom. Other categories available and prices vary. A 25% Non- Refundable deposit per cabin is due at time of booking with LEGAL names and birthdates. Rates do not include airfare. Hotels, events and itinerary are subject to change. Due to its remote location and governmental requirements, travel insurance is required for travel to Antarctica including, emergency medevac and repatriation coverage of $200,000 in the event of an unexpected emergency. Events and inclusions listed may be substituted or eliminated and have no cash value. Passports are required for US citizens and must be valid 6 month beyond return date of tour. This tour requires average physical activity. Passengers must be in general good health and physically capable of performing normal onboard and onshore activities, which may require moderate exertion, with a high degree of self-sufficiency. Travelers will need to be capable of boarding Zodiacs via gangways and navigate the onboard stairs between decks. The Auto Club Group is not responsible for errors or omissions in the promotion of this tour.
You’ll be met on arrival and escorted to the 5-star Los Cauquenes Resort and Spa where Beagle Channel-view rooms have been reserved for you.
Optional: 2 night Pre-Cruise Package in Buenos Aires Nov 24-26, 2023 - From $2099 per person, based on double occupancy
Discover the historic landmarks of Buenos Aires with a unique twist, as our engaging guide relates the sites you’ll see to the colorful life of Evita!
Peel back layers of history at Zanjon de Granados, an unusual subterranean architectural site that dates back to the 1700’s.
Thrill to authentic Tango at La Ventana, known for the passion of its dancers and musicians.
With 2 nights luxury hotel and guaranteed early check in; 4 meals with wine at lunch + dinner; comprehensive sightseeing; all transfers; one internal flight; and all gratuities
AAA EXCLUSIVE HIGHLIGHTS:
- Rates include a $100 per person donation to the Friends of South Georgia Island**
- Lectures and insights from our onboard experts every day of your voyage, at sea and ashore
- Discover Tierra del Fuego National Park at the End of the World, a land of mountains, sea coasts, forests and waterways
- Numerous Zodiac excursions revealing mythic seascapes and terrain of the wild and pristine coast of the Antarctic Peninsula
- Penguin mating, nesting and egg laying rituals—seen this time of year
- Pristine snow and ice vistas due our early season visit.
- Luxury accommodations for 2 nights pre-cruise
- Cruise on the Ocean Victory, outside cabin, 9 nights
- 29 meals and open bar on board the ship
- Parka to keep
- Boots will be provided for onboard for use on during the trip
- All sightseeing + shore excursions
- All transfers and luggage handling
- Port charges and all gratuities
- Services of an Expert Antarctica Host
**Friends of South Georgia Island is a non-profit
organization dedicated to raising funds to protect and
conserve the natural and cultural heritage of South
Georgia, restoring the ecological balance and returning it
to the incredibly rich and biodiverse island it once was.
Denise Landau Bio
Denise Landau combines her love of natural history and expedition travel with a focus on environmental protection and education. She owns an environmental consulting company-working on projects on multiple continents and is the President of “Friends of South Georgia Island” (www.fosgi.org). Denise is also a Trustee for the Scottish charity, South Georgia Heritage Trust (www.sght.org). In having actively participated in both of these Sub-Antarctic South Georgia organizations, she oversaw the highly respected and successful Habitat Restoration, biological conservation and cultural heritage projects.
She was Acting President and is on the Board of Governors for the American Polar Society (www.aps.org) and founding /board member of Linking Tourism and Conservation (www.ltandc.org) and a fellow for the Canadian Royal Geographical Society. She is constantly looking at how to create projects in order to benefit all the organizations she’s involved in.
Denise has a Bachelor of Science in Field Natural History and Wildlife Biology from Michigan State University and has been able to combine her love for adventure, wildlife and wilderness whilst at the same time developing strategic conservation management policies and working on a governmental level to implement such policies worldwide. She has been actively involved in building bridges between the cruise tourism industry, governments and environmental groups for the last 30 years. Until 2008 she had been the Executive Director of the International Association of Antarctica Tour Operators (IAATO), an organization which under her leadership set the highest environmental operating standards within a self-regulatory regime anywhere in the world. As a result of her many years of work within the industry she was awarded, by the US government in 2009, a glacier named in her honor, located in the Antarctic Peninsula – the “Landau Glacier”.
She began her career as a park ranger in North Cascades National Park, followed by 3 years in Glacier Bay National Park (Alaska) and North Cascades National Park Washington (USA). On shoulder seasons she began working on ships as a naturalist, lecturer first in Alaska in the early 1980’s and has since travelled all seven continents in search of remote corners of the world. She has spent many years sailing and or logistical planning in both the Antarctic and the Arctic.
Time permitting, Denise adores skiing and is a fully certified ski instructor-ski pro. She has taught downhill skiing in Aspen-Snowmass, Colorado, USA for 42 years. Whenever possible she spends her free time bird and all wildlife watching, hiking, bicycling, swimming, and kayaking. Denise is married to avid –bird and wildlife specialist and tour leader- Dick Filby of “Rare Bird Alert” from the United Kingdom. Living on two continents presents its challenges but the rewards are far greater.
Ocean Victory (click to enlarge)
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