Trip Summary and Itinerary Map
- 8 full days exploring: Antarctica (4), South Georgia (3) & Falklands (1)
- Rare combination of South Georgia & the Antarctic Circle
- Capable of cruising comfortably at 15 knots, this ship cuts down sailing time dramatically
- No adventure activities are offered on this trip, only zodiac excursions
- Complimentary domestic flights, parka jacket & open bar
Day 1: Ushuaia
Fly from Buenos Aires to Ushuaia (included). Direct transfer to the ship OR transfer to Arakur Resort, located inside Cerro Alarken Reserve, where you can enjoy a complimentary excursion with an English-speaking guide. Spend time in the city, take advantage of the included onboard lunch or join an optional excursion to Tierra del Fuego National Park. Embarkation begins in the afternoon.
Day 2: At sea towards Falklands
In the morning, we set off towards the Falklands Islands, a British archipelago with rugged terrain.
Day 3: Falklands Islands
The Falkland Islands are composed of over 700 islets and two main islands, East Falkland and West Falkland, both declared nature reserves. As our ship finds its way towards New Island and Grave Cove, lying in the West of the archipelago, the coastlines, carved by the wind and sea, form numerous isolated inlets with beaches of golden sand. These faraway lands which once attracted seal and whale hinters have become the last sanctuary of the elegant black-browed albatross which glides gracefully through the air against the blue sky, while Southern rockhopper penguins and Elephant seals bask on the shore.
Days 4-5: At sea towards South Georgia
As we navigate the ship towards South Georgia, you will have your last chance to watch out for the Falkland landscapes and wildlife, escorted by sea birds.
Days 6-8: South Georgia
Aboard your ship, discover South Georgia, a region formed by an underwater mountain chain that extends from the Andes to the Antarctic Peninsula. All the wildlife of the Far South can be found there: King and Gentoo penguins, elephant seals, fur seals… You might get the chance to discover the majestic glaciers of Gold Harbour and the vast plains of Fortuna Bay. If you are fortunate enough to land at Salisbury Plain, you can expect a wonderful spectacle: more than 300,000 king penguins, which you will recognise by the bright orange mark on their head and neck, have taken up residence there.
Day 9: At sea towards Antarctica
As the sun slowly sets, the gentle varied blues of the icebergs become harsher, and soon the dark blue of the crevasses and cracks is all that remains: we finally start approaching Antarctica.
Days 10-12 : Antarctic Peninsula
Succumb to the magic of a place unlike any other. To this day, the mythical Antarctic Peninsula still holds real fascination and promises its visitors unforgettable moments. Throughout your adventure in this icy realm, you will find yourself in the heart of a spectacular decor in subtle shades of blue and white, surrounded by exceptional wildlife. Penguins, humpback whales, seals and giant petrels are at home here, as are elephant seals, fur seals, Antarctic minke whales, and orcas. Depending on which sites you will be lucky enough to visit, you may get the chance to observe them and share with them the beauty of these extreme parts.
Each day, based on ice conditions, the Captain and the Expedition Leader will suggest Zodiac outings or landings to discover the infinite riches of the Antarctic Peninsula. Glaciers, ice floe, tabletop icebergs, mountain peaks that plunge straight into the sea, volcanic beaches, research stations, enchanting bays, and vestiges of the whaling industry: these are the faces of the Antarctic that will likely reveal themselves to you, in a hushed and surreal atmosphere. You will sail in the wake of Jean-Baptiste Charcot, Adrien de Gerlache and Sir Ernest Shackleton, great Antarctic explorers who, from the 19th century, set out to conquer these remote and uninhabited lands.,
Day 13: Crossing the Polar Circle
Weather permitting, we'll cross the mythic line of the Antarctic Polar Circle, located along 66°33’ south of the Equator. This iconic area demarcates the point from which it is possible to view the midnight sun during the December solstice. Within this circle, the sun remains above the horizon for 24 consecutive hours at least once a year. Crossing this line, an experience known to few people, is sure to be an unforgettable highlight of your cruise through the polar regions.
Days 14-16: At sea towards Ushuaia
If there is one place, one sea, one waterway dreaded by tourists, researchers and hardened seafarers alike, it is undoubtedly Drake Passage. Situated at the latitude of the infamous Furious Fifties winds, between Cape Horn and the South Shetland Islands, it is the shortest route to Antarctica.
Seasoned navigators will tell you that you must earn your visit to the White Continent! As a convergence zone where cold currents rising up from the South Pole meet warmer equatorial water masses, Drake Passage harbours a very diverse marine fauna. Don't forget to look to the sky to catch a glimpse of elegant albatross and Cape petrels, playfully floating about in the wind around your ship.
We aim to arrive in Ushuaia in the evening of Day 16.
Day 17: Disembark in Ushuaia, Argentina
Disembark the ship in the morning and transfer directly to the airport for your flight from Ushuaia to Buenos Aires (included).
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.
About The Ship
- A modern luxury ship for 200 guests
- 5* experience without the high price tag
- 95% of the suites have a private balcony
- 1C ice class + advanced stabilizing system
- Only zodiac landings & excursions
- Rubber boots are provided on loan
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.
This trip can run as a group trip, with prices starting from $22,057 per person for a complete group. If you are looking to join a group or you are a solo traveller we will help to form likeminded groups of travellers. Please let us know your travel plans.
The trip can also run on a private basis to fit around your plans. Departures may be tailored and can be set up on a date of your choice. Please note that there is a higher price for smaller groups. Please enquire for further details.
Single Supplement And Child Policy
For solo travellers who would like their own cabin, this ship has a good number of single cabins, please contact us for details. However, for passengers willing to share, there is no single supplement.
Children aged 6 years old or over are welcome. In terms of concessions, one child, aged between 6-11 years, sharing their parent's cabin travels free of charge. A teenager, aged between 12-17 years, receives a 50% discount. Please note that not every cabin category can accommodate 3 people. Please contact us for details.
- Flights Buenos Aires/ Ushuaia return
- Open Bar for duration of voyage
- 24 hour room service
- Unlimited wifi on board
- Pre and post voyage transfers
- Voyage aboard the vessel as indicated in the itinerary
- Accommodation and meals during the voyage on full board basis
- 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
- Complimentary waterproof parka jacket
- Comprehensive pre-departure information
- Port taxes and any entry fees to historic landing sites
- Access to fitness room
- Laundry, wake up & photography services
- Flights to and from Buenos Aires
- 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
- 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)