Trip Summary and Itinerary Map
- 8 days ‘off ship’ exploring = The Falklands (2) & South Georgia (5)
- With extended time exploring paradisiacal South Georgia, this voyage is ideal for wildlife lovers who have previously been to Antarctica
- Sail in comfort on a high tech purpose-built X-bow expedition ship
- Benefit from a hugely experienced expedition team who will maximise your time exploring these wild islands
- Enhance your wildlife photography with tips from the onboard National Geographic certified photographer
Day 1: Fly overnight to Buenos Aires or Santiago (Optional– additional cost)
On selected voyage departures an optional international flight package may be offered, which departs the US this evening on an overnight flight to South America. Depending on your specific expedition date’s starting location, your destination will either be Buenos Aires (Argentina) or Santiago (Chile).
If flights are not offered on your voyage date then please make your own way to the start point of your expedition services.
Day 2: Arrive into Buenos Aires or Santiago
For expeditions which start in Buenos Aires: Today arrive into Argentina’s capital Buenos Aires, set on the Rio de la Plata, and check in to the included Alvear Art Hotel (or similar). In the afternoon, you will have a guided introductory tour of the city, seeing its Beaux Arts palaces, grand boulevards, and the famous balcony forever associated with Eva Peron.
For expeditions which start in Santiago: Arrive into Chile’s capital city of Santiago and check in to the included Mandarin Oriental (or similar). The capital is nearly surrounded by the Andes, which form an inspiring backdrop to your afternoon guided tour of this vibrant city. Explore the Plaza de Armas, the main square, and nearby Presidential Palace, enjoying wonderful views from the many hills that dot the city.
Day 3: Fly to Ushuaia (Mandatory - additional cost)
Today you will join your fellow expeditioners on a charter flight to Ushuaia, Argentina - the most southerly city in the world. Fly over the dramatic landscapes of Patagonia before landing in Ushuaia. Before boarding the ship your group may visit the wilderness of Tierra del Fuego National Park, with its beautiful forest of southern beech. Lunch will be served onboard a private catamaran while cruising the Beagle Channel. Look out for South American sea lions and cormorants clustered on rocky outcrops. You may even spot your first penguins - look out for Magellanic penguins porpoising through the water.
In the afternoon you will embark on your ship and set sail for the Falkland Islands.
Please note that the mandatory charter flight package is at additional cost and includes your flights to and from Ushuaia.
Day 4: At sea in the South Atlantic
Settle into shipboard life, enjoying educational presentations from the team of naturalists, in preparation for the wildness ahead in the Falklands. We strongly recommend spending time on deck and on the bridge, scanning for seabirds including huge albatrosses which may pass over the ship.
Days 5 & 6: Exploring the Falkland Islands
Each of the 700+ islands which comprise the Falklands archipelago is a variation on the theme of topographical beauty, with white-sand beaches, vaulting cliffs, windswept moors and the sunlit yellows and sage greens of waving tussock grass.
The islands are home to thousands of gentoo, rockhopper and Magellanic penguins, as well as fur and elephant seals. It is fascinating to see the unique Falklands combination of exotic wildlife and small farming communities!
Days 7 & 8: At sea towards South Georgia
During your days at sea, there will be opportunities to learn about the fascinating history of exploration in the region, as well as the flora, fauna and geology of South Georgia. Guides will be out on deck to help you identify the seabirds that follow the ship - look out for wandering albatross, prions and black-browed albatross.
Days 9 to 13: South Georgia
Explore the spectacular coastline of the island of South Georgia. In keeping with the unpredictable nature of an expedition, the schedule is kept flexible to work around the weather conditions and impromptu wildlife opportunities. During your time here you will be heading off the ship to explore by walking, hiking, kayaking and Zodiac excursions.
As the ship is deftly sailed around the dramatic coastline, stops may include the haunting remnants of Grytviken, the final resting place of Sir Ernest Shackleton. You may also call in at Stromness Bay, where Shackleton, Tom Crean and Frank Worsley finally reached help at a whaling station after their epic odyssey from Elephant Island.
Days 14 & 15: At sea towards the Falklands
Leave South Georgia and begin your journey back towards the Falklands. Head out on the deck or up to the Bridge to observe expert navigation at work as the skilled Captain and officers sail these challenging waters. There'll also be time to relax and enjoy a massage in the wellness centre, work out in the gym, and browse in the library.
Day 16: Visit Stanley
Depending on the weather conditions, you may get to the Falklands with time for an afternoon visit to Port Stanley, to enjoy its unique blend of quintessential British charm meets Atlantic wilderness. In the evening you will set sail for Ushuaia.
Day 17: At sea towards Ushuaia
Today journey back across the ocean towards your final destination of Ushuaia. Make sure to be out on deck as you head up the Beagle Channel to enjoy your final wildlife spotting opportunities of the voyage.
Day 18: Fly north from Ushuaia (Mandatory – additional cost)
After breakfast, disembark and transfer to the airport for your charter flight back to either Buenos Aires or Santiago. For those select departures with optional flights back to the US you will take your onward flight overnight tonight.
If you are arranging your own international flights home, please ensure your plane is due to depart after 9.30pm at the absolute earliest. Alternatively you may wish to arrange an additional night in the city and fly on tomorrow.
Day 19: Arrive back into the US (Optional - additional cost)
For those who have booked optional overnight flights, you will arrive into your destination today.
About The Ship
Capacity for just 126 guests: intimate onboard and expedition experience
X-bow technology - cuts through choppy waters, improved onboard stability and maximum sailing comfort
69 cabins, 75% of which have a private balcony, including 12 dedicated solo occupancy rooms
Innovative social areas including a panoramic yoga studio, science hub, infinity edge Jacuzzis and outdoor sleeping 'igloos'
Large fleet of kayaks allows all guests to try out the unique sensation of paddling in icy waters
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.
|Category 01 - Window||Category 02 - Window||Category 03||Category 04||Category 05 - Balcony||Single||Category 06 - Junior Balcony Suite||Category 07 - Superior Balcony|
* Note: Prices are per person. Paid in USD ($) - figure above is based on today's exchange rate. Actual cost $24940
For all departures there is a mandatory internal round trip flight package (Santiago–Ushuaia or Buenos Aires–Ushuaia depending on your departure date). The additional price of this package is approximately USD$1,280 per person Buenos Aires-Ushuaia or USD $1,570 per person Santiago-Ushuaia. Please contact us for more details.
For departures sailing from November 2024 to March 2025 the voyage start date no longer reflects the above itinerary’s “day 1” and instead refers to the arrival date into the starting city e.g. “day 2”. You would then need to arrange your international flights to take off 1 day earlier as a minimum.
Please note that the departure on 28th February 2025 operates in/out of Santiago, with your included pre-night there. All other departures currently listed operate out of Buenos Aires with your included pre-night in the Argentine capital.
Single Supplement And Child Policy
For those travelling solo and want their own cabin, this ship has a good number of dedicated single cabins, please contact us for details. However, there is no single supplement if you are willing to share a cabin.
Children are very much welcome. Young travellers receive a $500 discount off the voyage price. Please contact us for details.
Optional Adventure Activities
Enhance your trip with the following add ons. Limited places per activity.
Get in contact to check availability.
|Photography||Complimentary||All departures. Workshops with professional photographer.|
|Paddling||Complimentary||One-off paddle session. Available on all departures, subject to weather and ice conditions. Cannot be booked in advance; onboard booking only.|
- One night hotel pre-embarkation (Buenos Aires or Santiago)
- Accommodation and meals while onboard on full board basis
- Voyage aboard the vessel as indicated in the itinerary
- All shore excursions and Zodiac activities
- Use of kayaks
- Beverages including alcoholic drinks, except for certain super-premium brands
- One 3-in-1 lined expedition parka per guest
- Transfers to and from group flights
- Educational lectures by expert onboard polar guides
- Access to an onboard doctor and basic medical services
- Comprehensive pre-departure information
- Port taxes and any entry fees to historic landing sites
- Crew gratuities
- Mandatory domestic charter flight package
- International air fare
- Any additional pre/post land services, including meals
- Transfers not specified in the itinerary
- Waterproof boots (can be hired online and sent to the ship for approx. $90)
- Visa, passport and any vaccination expenses
- Airport arrival or departure taxes
- Personal travel insurance
- Items of a personal nature
- Voyage DVD
- Additional onboard purchases (i.e. gift shop, internet, laundry)