Trip Summary and Itinerary Map
- 11-12 days ‘off ship’ exploring – The Falklands (1), South Georgia (4), Antarctic Peninsula (6-7*)
- Enjoy glorious sunrises and golden sunsets, perfect for photographers
- Explore on a state-of-the-art expedition vessel, with X-BOW technology assisting with open water crossings
- Optional kayaking and snorkelling activities (additional cost)
- Complimentary pre-cruise hotel stay + parka jacket
Day 1: Arrival in Ushuaia
On arrival in Ushuaia, you will be met and transferred to your hotel. There will be a chance to meet your fellow expeditioners at a voyage briefing and then some free time to enjoy the local cuisine at one of Ushuaia's many restaurants. (Dinner not included).
Day 2: Embarkation Day
Once you have checked out of your hotel there is free time to explore and then the group will meet back at the hotel lobby at 2pm, for a short sightseeing tour of Ushuaia. On the brief introductory tour of Ushuaia, you will visit the neighbourhood of La Mision, the old Government House, and the upper area of the city for beautiful panoramic views of Ushuaia and the Beagle Channel. Alternatively, you may choose to enjoy the time to explore by yourself and rejoin the group for your transfer to the pier for embarkation.After embarkation, you'll have time to settle into your cabin before some mandatory briefings regarding the vessel. As the ship leaves port, we'll gather on the deck to commence our adventure with spectacular views of Ushuaia and Tierra del Fuego. In the evening there is an opportunity to get to know your fellow expeditioners and friendly expedition team and crew at a welcome dinner to celebrate the start of your thrilling adventure to Antarctica.
Day 3: Crossing the Drake Passage
As we commence the Drake Passage crossing, it is time to get comfortable with the motions of the sea. Our expedition team will prepare you for our first landing and share important wildlife guidelines and biosecurity procedures. We will start our lecture program to help you learn more about Antarctica's history, wildlife and environment. As we cross the Drake, our wildlife experiences begin and you will have the chance to watch and photograph the many species of seabird, including majestic albatrosses and giant petrels following in the ship's wake. They rise and fall skilfully, using air currents created by the ship to gain momentum.
Day 4: South Shetland Islands
The excitement will be palpable as we come closer to the South Shetland Islands and the tip of the Antarctic Peninsula today. You will want to be on deck to watch for our first iceberg; the ocean takes on a whole new perspective once we are below the Antarctic Convergence and surrounded by the surreal presence of floating ice sculptures. Weather permitting, we may attempt our first landing in Antarctica in the late afternoon.
Days 5 to 11: The Antarctic Peninsula & Crossing the Antarctic Circle
It's almost impossible to describe the feeling of arriving in Antarctica. Spotting your first iceberg and taking your first deep breath of some of the most fresh, crisp air on Earth are memories likely to remain with you for a lifetime.The western side of the Antarctic Peninsula and the South Shetland Islands are ours to explore, and we have a host of choices available. Your experienced expedition team, will use their expertise to design your voyage from day to day, choosing the best options based on the prevailing weather, ice conditions and wildlife opportunities.
We will generally make landings or Zodiac excursions twice a day, along spectacular ice cliffs or among grounded icebergs, keeping watch for whales, seals and penguins. Zodiacs will also transport you from the vessel to land, where you can visit penguin rookeries, discover historic huts and explore some of the best spots along the peninsula. While ashore we can stretch our legs, wander along pebbly beaches or perhaps up snow-covered ridgelines to vantage points with mountains towering overhead and icy oceans below. If you have chosen an optional activity, you will be given chance to do that when conditions allow, and of course those who are keen will have the chance to fully immerse themselves with a plunge into polar waters - conditions permitting!
In addition to Zodiac cruises and shore excursions, we may cruise in the vessel along some of the narrow, dramatic straits separating offshore islands from the mainland, or perhaps linger in scenic bays to watch whales travelling or feeding. Onboard, itâ€™s a great time to enjoy the observation lounge or make your way to the bridge for uninterrupted views of Antarctica in all its splendour. Keep an ear out for the creak and deep rumble of glaciers as they calf from summit to sea. Be sure to take a quiet moment to experience the wonder of this incredible white continent.
On this voyage, we plan to cross the Antarctic Circle, an imaginary line located at latitude 66 degrees South. This is undoubtedly a unique and special highlight for everyone, and we will celebrate with a toast on the deck. You'll be joining a small group of lucky adventurers who have made it to this part of the world. Approaching and crossing the circle, you will notice some subtle changes in the landscape, icescape, and in the distribution of wildlife. The waters at this time of year will be rich with krill and we hope to see plenty of whales - particularly humpbacks and minkes, and also enjoy the spectacle of adult penguins feeding their ravenous chicks.
Days 12 & 13: The Scotia Sea
En route for South Georgia we'll head across the Scotia Sea, following the same route that explorer Ernest Shackleton and five of his men took in order to find help for the rest of their crew. On 24 April, 1916, they piled into the James Caird, the most seaworthy of their boats, to attempt a perilous journey to South Georgia, some 1290km (802 miles) away. Once in South Georgia, Shackleton would enlist the help of the whalers to return to Elephant Island and rescue the men who had been left behind. The excitement builds as we approach South Georgia; you can catch up with fellow expeditioners in the bar, keep watch for wildlife alongside our naturalist from the bridge, or learn more of the Shackleton story from our onboard historian.
Days 14 to 17: South Georgia
South Georgia is a rugged and small island only 176km (110 miles) long, but with a 3,000m (9,842ft) snow-capped mountain range, some of the world's largest congregations of wildlife and a truly fascinating human history; an island of incredible riches. On approach, you will see jagged mountain peaks rise steeply and seabirds soaring around the ship. Sailing down the east coast, take in the spectacular glaciated scenery and enjoy a little shelter from the prevailing westerly winds; the enchanting coastline is ours to explore. Your expedition team, who have made many journeys to this area, will use their excellent knowledge to plan your voyage from day to day, choosing the best options based on the prevailing weather, sea state and wildlife opportunities.
The Zodiacs are brought out to explore craggy coves and the rocky coastline in search of porpoising penguins, seals hauled out and cliffs teeming with sea birds. Remember to keep an eye out for South Georgia's kelp forests: remarkable and mesmerising underwater ecosystems with fronds which sway back and forth on the water's surface. On shore, you can visit some of the largest king penguin colonies on Earth, take a guided walk among fur and elephant seals and wander through grassy glacial outwash plains and along pebbled-streams.
We also hope to visit the remains of South Georgia's thriving whaling stations and pay our respects to Sir Ernest Shackleton, whose incredible voyage of endurance and survival is synonymous with this island. If you have chosen an optional activity, there will be a chance to do that when conditions allow. In addition to Zodiac cruises and shore excursions, the vessel may cruise through fjords with towering cliffs of ancient stone, or into deeply indented bays towards dramatic glacier fronts. This is a wonderful time to find your own comfy spot in the observation lounge or go up to the bridge to enjoy fabulous views of South Georgia's majestic coast.
Days 18 to 20: At Sea
Between South Georgia and the Falkland Islands (Las Malvinas), you will be entranced by the many seabirds that follow our wake, skilfully using air currents created by the ship to gain momentum. Usually on this leg, we are travelling into the prevailing weather, so it is difficult to estimate our exact arrival time in the Falkland Islands. The onboard lecture program will continue, highlighting all the amazing sights we have witnessed over the past few days and there will be ample time to enjoy observing the sea birds, whale watch from the bridge, or simply relax in the bar with a book. If time and weather conditions permit, we could pass Shag Rocks, a fascinating group of jagged rocky islets protruding from the sea, in the proximity of South Georgia.
Day 21: The Falkland Islands (Las Malvinas)
The Falkland Islands consist of two large islands (East and West Falkland), with over 700 islands scattered off the coast. With windswept coastlines, white sand beaches and crystal-clear water, all but seven of the islands are uninhabited. These beautifully barren islands are true wildlife havens,with a rich diversity of birdlife, including the largest black-browed albatross colony on Earth. The cold, nutrient-rich waters surrounding the islands also make this the perfect location for spotting marine life. There are many beautiful areas to explore across the Falklands, each offering a unique perspective on this magnificent archipelago. Your expedition team will use their expertise to design your voyage, choosing the best options based on the prevailing winds, weather and wildlife opportunities.
Even though we're north of the Antarctic Convergence it can be quite chilly here, so you'll want to layer up before joining Zodiac cruises into rocky coves or along sea cliffs, always keeping watch for seals, sea lions, dolphins and penguins. Zodiacs will transport you from the ship to land, to visit albatross colonies, penguin rookeries and perhaps even have a break for traditional English tea and scone at a local cottage.
We aim to visit historic Stanley, the capital of the Falklands; a charming town with a distinctly British character, with terraced town houses, pioneer cottages and even an iconic red telephone box! Colourful buildings house cosy cafes, English pubs, souvenir shops, a post office and the fascinating Historic Dockyard museum, with displays on the maritime history of the Falkland Islands, natural history and Antarctica.
Day 22: At Sea
As we return to Ushuaia, you may choose to spend your precious remaining time editing photos, enjoying the onboard facilities, or attending final lectures. We will celebrate the end of an unforgettable voyage together, at a special Captain's farewell dinner.
Day 23: Disembark in Ushuaia
On our final day, we will cruise up the Beagle Channel, before quietly slipping into dock in Ushuaia, where we will disembark at around 8am. It is time to say goodbye to your expedition team and fellow passengers as we continue our onward journeys, hopefully with a newfound sense of the immense power of nature. A transfer to Ushuaia airport or to your hotel is included. Please note, at the conclusion of the voyage, we do not recommend booking flights departing from Ushuaia prior to 12pm on the day of disembarkation, to allow for any delays.
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.
About The Ship
- With its sleek X-bow lines and ground breaking design, few new Polar ships have created such excitement.
- Zodiac platforms specially designed for quick boardings and more time exploring
- State-of-the-art stabiliser system and polar code 6 ice rating
- Large comfortable cabins
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.
|Triple||Superior Twin||Porthole Stateroom||Balcony Stateroom||Superior Balcony||Junior Suite||Captain's Suite|
* Note: Prices are per person. Paid in USD ($) - figure above is based on today's exchange rate. Actual cost $23895
Single Supplement And Child Policy
For those travelling solo who would like their own cabin, the single supplement is 1.5 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 8 years old or over are welcome. There isn't any concession on pricing. 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.
|Kayaking||$1,560||All departures. Basic competency required. Price varies from USD$1560 - 1695|
|Polar snorkelling||$740||Selected departures. No experience required. Dry suit provided. Price varies from USD$740 - 1800|
|Photography||Complimentary||All departures. Workshops with professional photographer.|
- Flights: Punta Arenas to Antarctica as indicated in itinerary
- Pre-flight hotel night
- Transfers as indicated in itinerary
- Printed voyage photo book (1 per booking)
- 3-in-1 waterproof polar expedition jacket
- Voyage aboard the vessel as indicated in the itinerary
- Accommodation and meals during the voyage on full board
- Captain's Welcome and Farewell drinks reception
- Beer, house wine and soft drinks with dinner
- 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 and any entry fees to landing sites
- Gratuities for ship crew
- Any flights to and from points of embarkation/disembarkation
- Any additional pre/post land services, including meals
- Transfers not specified in the itinerary
- Optional non-complimentary adventure activities (e.g. kayaking)
- Visa, passport and any vaccination expenses
- Airport arrival or departure taxes
- Travel insurance or emergency evacuation charges
- Optional adventure activities
- Optional activity surcharges
- Items of a personal nature, e.g. laundry, beverages and communication
- Additional onboard purchases (i.e. gift shop)