Trip Summary and Itinerary Map
- 10 days ‘off ship’ exploring - The Falklands (2), South Georgia (4) & Antarctica (4)
- A well-balanced itinerary with plenty of time in each destination
- An elegant ship with large cabins - double the average Antarctic cabin floor space
- Kayaking (additional cost)
- Complimentary 5* Ushuaia hotel stay + parka jacket
Day 1: Ushuaia, Argentina
The small city of Ushuaia combines everything to be a perfect starting point for Antarctic cruises. It locates at the southern tip of South America Continent and is regarded as the world's southernmost city. Being the capital of Tierra del Fuego archipelago Ushuaia boasts the southernmost Tierra del Fuego National Park and beautiful landscapes of Beagle Bay and Andes mountains. Not less important (and even more for someone) the local restaurants offer super delicious king crab, cooked to dozen different recipes. Overnight at a 5* lodge, one of the "Leading Hotels of the World".
Day 2: Ushuaia, embarkation
In the afternoon, we embark the expedition vessel and set sail down the scenic Beagle Channel.
Day 3: At sea towards Falklands
Escorted by seabirds and whales, we make our way to the Falkland Islands.
Days 4-5: The Falklands
The Falkland Islands are a small country of moors and rugged coastlines carved by the South Atlantic, where the wildlife and plant life form a link between Patagonia and Antarctica. On the beaches of the islands, Elephant seals are a spectacular sight when battling to establish territories at the start of the breeding season or even simply relaxing at the sea. Sea lions and Fur seals are also easily seen around the Islands. As many as a million penguins nest in the Falklands every summer, representing five of the world's seventeen species: King, Gentoo, Rockhopper, Magellanic and Macaroni penguins. What's more, for the Gentoo, the Falklands are home to the largest population on Earth.
The capital of the Falklands Port Stanley is the southernmost British outpost. Together with many reminders of its British heritage such as red phone boxes and English pubs the town boasts more unusual sights like a whalebone arch and many shipwrecks along the coast.
Days 6-7: At sea towards South Georgia
Clear your camera's memory as we sail towards the "capital" of Antarctic wildlife.
Days 8-11: South Georgia
South Georgia is an unmissable destination within Antarctica. This sub-Antarctic region is a peak emerging from the Scotia Arc, an underwater mountain chain that extends the Andes to the Antarctic Peninsula. This long and narrow, whale bone shaped island is a home to:
- Four seal species: Southern Elephant seal, Antarctic fur seal, Weddell seal, and Leopard seal.
- Several whale species: Southern Right whales, Humpbacks, Fin whales, Sperm whales, Orca whales, and Southern Bottlenose whales.
- Antarctic seabirds, about 46% of the world's breeding population of grey-headed albatrosses; northern giant petrels, white-chinned petrels, and Antarctic prions. Most of the world's population of the South Georgia blue-eyed shags live there, some 7,500 pairs.
- Penguins: around half the world's population of macaroni penguins, along with 100,000 pairs of Gentoo penguins and about 6,000 breeding pairs of Chinstrap penguins.
- The most attractive residents of the South Georgia are King penguins with their orange-yellow crowns. The total number of King penguins is around 400,000 breeding pairs.
We spend 4 days among the alpine landscapes and penguins. Further, we visit the historic settlement of Grytviken with its whaling era remnants is one of the highlights of South Georgia.
Days 12-13: At sea towards Antarctica
Our invited experts on Antarctic wildlife, history and geology give lectures and presentations preparing us for the meeting with wild spaces of the Sixth Continent.
Days 14-17: The Antarctic Continent and the South Shetlands
Our Captain and Expedition Leader will do their best to show you all the faces of Antarctica. We hope to tick off 5 penguin, 6 seal and several whale species in Antarctic checklist. While cruising along narrow Antarctic waterways we admire huge icebergs of different shapes, sizes and colours. We visit scientific stations representing several different countries and learn about Antarctic scientific researches straight from the source. Of course setting foot on the actual Antarctic Continent is also on agenda.
Days 18-19: At sea towards Ushuaia
This last sea passage separates the magic world we'd discovered from the rest of the world, where we will be in several days. Use these days to refresh your memories and bid farewell to birds and whales you identify easily now.
Day 20: Disembarkation in Ushuaia
Our morning disembarkation in Ushuaia is followed by group transfer to the airport. Or you may stay at the city centre if you plan a longer stay in Ushuaia.
- The 26-Feb-2019 voyage starts in Ushuaia (Argentina) and ends in Puerto Madryn (Argentina). It is 22 days long.
- The 25-Feb-2020 voyage starts in Ushuaia (Argentina) and ends in Montevideo (Uruguay). It is 23 days long.
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
It was sheer perfection from start to finish and worth every single cent and more. We went with high expectations and they were way exceeded. When your expedition leader says “never come back to Antarctica as you’ll be very disappointed” you know you’ve been very lucky! How we beat this we have no idea!
Phil & Mickey, Australia December 2015
About The Ship
- An elegant 4* vessel for 114 guests
- Very spacious cabins, double the average
- 1D ice class rating
- Optional kayaking & camping available
- Complimentary jacket & loan of rubber boots
- Includes a 5* hotel stay in Ushuaia
I was really wowed by this ship’s large cabins and an enthusiastic expedition team rounded off a terrific voyage.
John Newby 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 USD ($) - figure above is based on today's exchange rate. Actual cost $13195
Please note small itinerary variations on the following departure dates below:
- The 26-Feb-2019 voyage starts in Ushuaia ends in Puerto Madryn (Argentina). It is 22 days long.
- The 25-Feb-2020 voyage starts in Ushuaia but ends in Montevideo (Uruguay). It is 23 days long.
Single Supplement And Child Policy
For those travelling solo and want their own cabin, the single supplement is 1.7 to 2 times the cost of a single berth, depending on cabin category, please contact us for details. However, there is no single supplement for passengers willing to share a cabin.
Children 8 years old or over are welcome. Children 8-12 years old are only charged 150 USD per cruise night. Please contact us for details.
- One 5* hotel night in Ushuaia with breakfast
- Transfers as indicated
- Complimentary parka jacket
- Digital voyage log
- 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
- 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. kayaking)
- 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)