Trip Summary and Itinerary Map
- The shortest voyage available combining Antarctica & South Georgia courtesy of timesaving flights at the beginning and end
- Starts & finishes in Punta Arenas, Chile
- An outstanding itinerary which packs in many highlights in just 17 days
- Travelling on a ship renowned for its stability for only 80 guests
- Optional activities include complimentary hiking, photography workshops & yoga, plus kayaking (additional charge)
- We like this voyage as it offers the loan of a parka jacket, boots + trousers (the only one to include all three)
Day 1: Punta Arenas, Chile
Our journey commences in Punta Arenas, located in southern Chile, where we board our two-hour flight across the Drake Passage to Antarctica.
Upon arrival at the King George Island in Antarctica, we embark our ship via Zodiac inflatable crafts.
Days 2-4: Antarctic Peninsula
Overnight we navigate through the Gerlache Strait and awake to the towering peaks of the Antarctic continent laid out before us. For the next three days we have a varied itinerary exploring the Gerlache coastline. Southerly Petermann Island, is home to a sizeable penguin rookery where both Adelie and gentoo penguins nest side by side.
The landscape all along this section of the Antarctic coastline feature heavily glaciated mountains permanently covered in ice and snow. Our activity program is in full swing by now, and each day we enjoy guided walks on shore, visits to wildlife colonies, and Zodiac cruising among the ice with our expert guides providing insight and interpretation.
Wilhelmina Bay is another favourite location where we frequently encounter pods of humpback whales.
Day 5: Weddell Sea
We are now heading north towards Antarctic Sound - the gateway into the icy Weddell Sea. Along the way we hope to make a planned visit at Deception Island. If weather conditions permit, we sail the ship right into the middle of a volcanic caldera.
This is a very dramatic place and home to several penguin rookeries along the black sand beaches. History is all around us as we explore the old whaling station, with the rusted relics and dilapidated wooden structures.
Fur seals gather among the old structures seeking protection from the elements. Our goal is to enter the icy Weddell Sea, through the broad channel that separates the continent of Antarctica from Joinville Island. This region is also home to some of the largest Adelie penguin rookeries found in Antarctica.
Day 6: Elephant Island
After several busy days of exploration along the Antarctic Peninsula and entrance to the Weddell Sea, we head for Elephant Island - a location forever connected to the story of Sir Ernest Shackleton and the HMS Endurance expedition a century ago.
On the windswept north coast, exposed to the swells of the South Atlantic is Point Wild. It was here that Shackleton and his exhausted men camped under their upturned boats - pondering their chances of survival.
Shore landings here are notoriously tricky due to often gale force winds and pounding surf onto the rocky beach. This is a thrilling location for anyone with a passion for polar history.
Days 7-8: Scotia Sea
As we depart Elephant Island we cannot help but ponder the journey made by Shackleton and his four companions - as they attempted the near impossible - navigating 800 nautical miles in a 30 foot converted lifeboat across the tempestuous Scotia Sea to South Georgia.
We make a much easier time of the crossing in our state of the art expedition ship. Onboard experts keep us busy with fascinating presentations and lead lively discussions throughout the day.
The great pelagic seabirds are sure to keep us company - and we anticipate excellent sightings of albatross and giant petrels soaring on the winds of the South Atlantic Ocean. Anticipation builds as the mountainous peaks appear on the horizon, marking our arrival at South Georgia.
Days 9-12: South Georgia
South Georgia has often been called the most staggering wildlife show on earth and as we approach the deep bays of this rugged, rocky outcrop you begin to see why. Dark sand beaches, tussock covered hinterland and a backdrop of towering peaks and glaciers are a feast for all the senses.
Seals cover the beaches, seabirds fill the skies and living in rookeries of immense size, live the majestic king penguins. Our aim is to visit a number of these huge colonies - where naturalists estimate that more than 100,000 adult and juvenile penguins live in close proximity.
Locations we hope to visit include Gold Harbour, Royal Bay, St Andrews Bay and Salisbury Plain. A highlight is a visit to Grytviken - the largest of the former whaling stations on the island, and where we visit the gravesite of Shackleton, buried here in 1921.
Days 13-15: Southern Ocean
Sailing north towards the Falkland Islands commences. Much of our time is spent scanning the horizon in search of whales and other marine mammals.
The spectacular seabirds including several albatross and petrel species are our constant companions as they soar above the ship. Our onboard educational program continues and our experts recap our remarkable journey to date.
These days provide a good opportunity to catch up on journal entries, sort through your images in the multimedia room and catch some rest after a busy two weeks of activity.
Day 16: Falkland Islands
After several days crossing, Sea Lion Island marks our arrival into the Falkland Islands. This windswept location, situated in the southern archipelago provides one further day of activity. We launch our Zodiacs and go ashore to view the remarkable wildlife colonies found here.
Three species of penguins including Gentoo, magellenic and rockhopper exist in the vicinity. Southern Elephant seals and South American sea lions are found hauled out on the beaches.
Once ashore we also look for King cormorants and striated caracaras. Weather permitting we may have time to visit neighbouring Bleaker Island, another settlement on the exposed south-eastern coast of the Falklands.
Day 17: Stanley, Falkland Islands and Punta Arenas, Chile
This morning we navigate through the narrows and into the port of Stanley. We have time to explore before we make our way to the airport for our return flight to Punta Arenas in southern Chile.
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.
The 2nd Feb 2019 departure operates in reverse, flying to The Falklands at the beginning and finishing with a charter flight from Antarctica to Punta Arenas.
About The Ship
- A 4* expedition ship for only 96 guests
- Everyone can go ashore together
- 1A ice class rating + superior stability
- Camping, kayaking, snowshoeing, photo workshops
- Hot tub & sauna
- Boots, jacket & trousers are provided on loan
Watching this ship from the bridge cut through rough seas really demonstrated her superior strength.
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 $15995
Note that the 2-Feb-2019 departure operates in reverse, flying to The Falklands at the beginning and finishing with a charter flight from Antarctica to Punta Arenas.
Optional Adventure Activities
Enhance your trip with the following add-on. Limited places per activity, get in contact to check availability.
Kayaking (USD $795) - all departures. Equipment provide.
Single Supplement and Child Policy
For those travelling solo and want their own cabin, the single supplement is 1.5 to 2 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 are welcome. 25% young traveller discount up to 17 years and 20% off for those aged 18 - 21. Please contact us for details.
- Flights P. Arenas/Falklands & Antarctica/P. Arenas
- Voyage aboard the vessel as indicated in the itinerary
- Accommodation & meals during the voyage on full board
- All shore excursions and zodiac activities
- Activities including photo workshops & yoga
- Educational lectures by expert onboard polar guides
- Loan of rubber boots, waterproof pants & parka jacket
- Loan of rucksack and binoculars
- Comprehensive pre-departure information
- Port taxes and any entry fees to landing sites
- Free access to multimedia room & download stations
- Any flights to/ from voyage start & end points
- 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)