Trip Summary and Itinerary Map
- 10 or 11 days ‘off ship’ exploring - The Falklands (2), S. Georgia (4), S. Orkneys (1) & Antarctica (3 or 4)
- Includes the little visited South Orkney Islands (weather dependent)
- Scuba diving available on limited departures (additional cost)
Day 1: In the afternoon we embark our vessel in Ushuaia
In the afternoon, we embark in Ushuaia, Tierra del Fuego, Argentina, the southernmost city in the world located at the Beagle Channel and sail through this scenic waterway for the rest of the evening.
Day 2: At sea towards the Falkland Islands
At sea, in the westerlies, the ship is followed by several species of albatrosses, storm petrels, shearwaters and diving petrels.
Day 3: On the Falkland Islands
In the Falkland Islands (Malvinas) we plan to spend the whole day on the fascinating western side of the archipelago. A hike along the Shore of Carcass Island will give us views of Magellanic and Gentoo-Penguins, as well as close encounters with water fowl and Night herons and passerines. In addition, on Saunders, we will be able to observe four species of breeding penguins (Gentoo, King, Magellanic, and Rockhopper), Black-browed Albatrosses and King Cormorants.
Day 4: Port Stanley, Falkland Islands
In Stanley, the capital of the Falklands, we can experience Falkland culture, which has some South American characteristics as well as Victorian charm. In Stanley and the surrounding area, we can see quite an important number of stranded clippers from a century ago. All passengers are free to wander around on their own. We recommend a visit to the local church and museum (admission fees not included).
Days 5-6: At sea on our way to South Georgia
On our way to South Georgia, we will cross the Antarctic Convergence. Entering Antarctic waters, the temperature may drop significantly in the time span of only a few hours. Near the Convergence we will see a multitude of southern seabirds near the ship; several species of Albatrosses, Shearwaters, Petrels, Prions and Skuas.
Days 7-10: South Georgia
In the afternoon of day 7, we arrive at our first landing site in South Georgia. We might visit the Bay of Elsehul, with its very active fur seal breeding beach, and then set course to Right Whale Bay, Salisbury Plain, Godthul, St. Andrews Bay, Gold Harbour, Cooper Bay and Drygalski Fjord to give you a good opportunity to see a wide spectrum of landscapes and wildlife, like the Elephant seals, Fur seals, King and Macaroni penguins.
One of the highlights might be our visit to Prion Island, where we will witness the breeding efforts of the huge Wandering Albatross and enjoy watching their displays (the island is closed for visitors during breeding season from 20th November to 7th of January). At Fortuna Bay, we might try to follow in the footsteps of the great British Explorer Ernest Shackleton and hike over to Stromness Bay. There and at Grytviken we'll see an abandoned whaling village, where King Penguins now walk in the streets and seals have taken over the buildings. At Grytviken, we'll also offer a visit to the Whaling History Museum as well as to Shackleton's grave nearby. We will depart from South Georgia in the afternoon of day 10.
Day 11: At sea towards the South Orkney Islands
Where the ship is again followed by a multitude of seabirds. At some point, we might encounter sea-ice, and it is at the ice-edge where we might have a chance to see some high-Antarctic species like the McCormick Skua and Snow Petrel.
Day 12: South Orkney Islands
We are planning on a visit to Orcadas station, an Argentinean base located in the South Orkney Islands. The friendly base personnel will show us their facilities and we can enjoy the wonderful views of the surrounding glaciers.
Day 13: At sea towards Antarctica
At sea towards Antarctica.
Days 14-17: Antarctic Peninsula
If the ice permits, we will sail into the Weddell Sea through the ice-clogged Antarctic Sound. Huge tabular icebergs will announce our arrival to the eastern side of the Antarctic Peninsula. We plan to visit Brown Bluff where we may set foot on the Continent. In good sailing conditions, we may decide to extend our time in the Weddell Sea.
The volcanic islands of the South Shetlands are windswept and often shrouded in mist, but do offer subtle pleasures. Crabeater and Leopard seals are often seen here and a small rookery of Chinstraps are found on a small island in the bay. The landscape is typical Antarctica with huge glaciated mountains all around.
Mikkelson Harbour on the southern side of Trinity Island was discovered by the Swedish Antarctic Expedition of 1901-04. Gentoo penguins nest on the island and Weddell seals often haul out on shore. On Half Moon Island we will find Chinstrap Penguins and Weddell Seals often haul out on the beach near the Argentinean station Camara.
In Deception Island, our ship braves into the entrance of the crater through the spectacular Neptune's Bellow. Deception itself is a sub-ducted crater, which opens into the sea, creating a natural harbour for the ship. Here we find hot springs, an abandoned whaling station, thousands of Cape Petrels and many Kelp Gulls, Brown and South Polar Skuas and Antarctic Terns. Wilson's Storm Petrels and Black-bellied Storm Petrels nest in the ruins of the whaling station in Whalers Bay.
Days 18-19: At sea towards Ushuaia
On our way north we are again followed by a great selection of seabirds while crossing the Drake Passage.
Day 20: Ushuaia
We arrive in the morning in Ushuaia and disembark after breakfast.
Please note small itinerary variations on the following departure dates below:
- The 22-Dec-2018, 30-Nov-2019, 16-Dec-2019, 19-Jan-2020 voyages are 19 days long, spending a day less on the Antarctic Peninsula
- The 24-Feb-2020 voyage is 23 days long, spending 3 days in the South Shetlands and exploring the northern tip of the Antarctic Peninsula
NOTE: This itinerary is for guidance only as each voyage will vary depending on ice and weather conditions, and opportunities to see wildlife. Flexibility is key and all part of the adventure of an expeditionary cruise.
What our customers think
All staff and crew were brilliant at handling the Zodiac excursions. We particularly enjoyed having expedition staff driving the boat on excursions as they were able to talk to us about what we were seeing. We loved doing the Shackleton Hike - the crew brought his story to life for us in many ways.
Colin & Jacqui, UK November 2017
It was a fabulous trip, something I had dreamt of doing since the late 1960's. I was absolutely thrilled by the whole package and experience. A personal experience of exploration and learning which I will always treasure.
Rae, New Zealand December 2017
Expedition staff were excellent! The icebergs were unbelievable and we were stunned by the glaciers. Penguins caught my heart and I loved the many species of penguins and other birds.
Susan & Jay, Washington December 2017
We saw an amazing amount of wildlife, seven penguin species and four whale species. Walking on an ice floe in the Weddell sea was perfect.
David & Jill, UK November 2017
About The Ship
- A 3-4* expedition vessel for 116 guests
- All cabins have been recently updated
- A broad, heavy design = great stability
- High 1A ice class rating
- Kayaking, camping, mountaineering, hiking
- Rubber boots are provided on loan
With its original working ship roots, this vessel feels like being on a real expedition, but without the discomfort.
Alex Mudd Polar Specialist
Prices, Departures and Inclusions
Prices quoted below are per person based on 2 people sharing. Cabin availability changes all the time so please contact us for up-to-date details and information on specific cabin availability.
* Note: Prices are per person. Paid in EUR (€) - figure above is based on today's exchange rate. Actual cost €10950
Please note small itinerary variations on the following departure dates below:
- The 22-Dec-2018 | 30-Nov-2019 | 16-Dec-2019 | 19-Jan-2020 voyages are 19 days long, spending a day less on the Antarctic Peninsula
- The 24-Feb-2020 voyage is 23 days long, spending 3 days exploring the South Shetlands and the northern tip of the Antarctic Peninsula before crossing the Antarctic Circle
Single Supplement And Child Policy
For those travelling solo and want their own cabin, the single supplement is 1.7 times the cost of a single berth, please contact us for details. However, there is no single supplement for passengers willing to share a cabin.
Children aged 10 years old or over are welcome. On select departures, children under 16 may receive a 40 % discount, please contact us for details
Optional Adventure Activities
Enhance your trip with the following add ons. Limited places per activity.
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- Voyage aboard the vessel as indicated in the itinerary
- Accommodation & meals during the voyage on full board
- All shore excursions and zodiac activities
- Educational lectures by expert onboard polar guides
- Access to an onboard doctor and basic medical services
- Loan of rubber boots for the voyage's duration
- Comprehensive pre-departure information
- Port taxes & any entry fees to landing sites (except additional fees for museums in Port Stanley, Falklands)
- Flights to & from points of embarkation/disembarkation
- Any additional pre/post land services, including meals
- Transfers not specified in the itinerary
- Optional adventure activities (e.g. diving)
- Visa, passport and any vaccination expenses
- Airport arrival or departure taxes
- Personal Travel insurance
- Items of a personal nature - laundry, beverages, etc
- Customary staff gratuity at the end of the voyage
- Additional onboard purchases (i.e. gift shop)