Trip Summary and Itinerary Map
- A total of 9 full days ‘off ship’ exploring - South Georgia (7 days) & Falklands (2 days)
- Unique itinerary - only one November 2018 departure
- We like this award winning ship for its newly renovated cabins - the most comfortable vessel sailing this sub Antarctic route
- Complimentary hotel night in Ushuaia and Parka jacket. Kayaking is also available for the active adventurer (additional charge)
Day 1: Ushuaia, Argentina
You will begin your journey in Ushuaia, a small but bustling port town at the tip of South America. This Argentine town is an ideal gateway for you to explore the southern extent of Patagonia while preparing for your adventure ahead. Get active in the mountains or enjoy handcrafted chocolate at a cafe in town.
Day 2: Ushuaia, Argentina and Embarkation
Embarkation will occur in the late afternoon, after which your vessel will sail down the historic Beagle Channel. Named after the famed ship on which Charles Darwin voyaged, the channel presents great photo opportunities to capture seabirds hovering overhead and seals and sea lions lounging on land. Expect an air of anticipation as you depart--the next time you'll see land, you'll be in a wildlife wonderland!
Day 3: At Sea
There are many activities to keep you engaged while you're at sea. Learn to identify seabirds gliding alongside the ship, attend dynamic presentations by your Expedition Team, relax in our polar library or simply spend some time out on deck. You will also be prepped on safety procedures for Zodiac cruises and shore landings, so you can make the most of the adventure that awaits.
Days 4 and 5: Falkland Islands (Islas Malvinas)
Upon your arrival in the Falklands (Malvinas), your camera will get its first real workout capturing the abundant wildlife and rugged feel of this sub- Antarctic region. The archipelago contains two main islands (East Falkland and West Falkland) which you will explore during daily Zodiac excursions and landings. The archipelago is home to thriving Magellanic, gentoo and rockhopper penguin colonies, and if you're lucky, you may even spot king penguins, too! Your team of specialists will be sure to educate you on the local flora and fauna as well.
Days 6 and 7: At Sea
Sailing south to South Georgia, you'll officially enter Antarctic waters once you cross the Antarctic Convergence, an invisible biological boundary encircling the continent. This meeting of oceans, where the cold Antarctic waters mix and mingle with the warmer waters of the Indian, Pacific and Atlantic Oceans, is what creates the abundance of krill that attracts whales and seals to this part of the world. Your Expedition Team will notify you when you cross this invisible yet important line, and also look out for the seabirds and marine life that frequent the area.
Days 8 to 13: South Georgia
South Georgia was a popular stop for many historic Antarctic expeditions and was once a haven for hunting whales and elephant and fur seals. Today, wildlife populations have rebounded, but you'll still find remnants of old whaling stations and other abandoned outposts scattered across the island. Although South Georgia's storied history is an important attraction, it is the abundant wildlife that is sure to captivate.
Days 14 to 17: At Sea
After two weeks of endless wildlife encounters, your journey home begins. Mingle with your fellow shipmates, sharing stories and photos in the lounge. The noisy, busy world awaits your return, so savour the silence of the sea as long as you can, enjoying your final moments on deck, reflecting on all the amazing things you've seen & experienced.
Day 18: Disembark in Ushuaia
Today you'll say goodbye to your Expedition Team and fellow travellers, disembarking in the morning to catch your homeward flights.
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About The Ship
- A 3-4* expedition vessel for 128 guests
- A spacious ship with extensive public areas
- High 1A ice class
- Rounded stern & stabilisers = superior stability
- Optional kayaking & camping available on selected depatures
- Complimentary jacket & loan of rubber boots
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.
There are more cabin categories available than in the above matrix, please contact us for details.
- Shipboard accommodation with daily housekeeping
- All meals, snacks, soft drinks and juices on board
- Beer and wine during dinner
- All shore landings per the daily program
- Leadership throughout the voyage by our experienced Expedition Leader
- All Zodiac transfers and cruising per the daily program
- Formal and informal presentations by our Expedition Team and special guests as scheduled
- A photographic journal documenting the expedition Photography guide on Expedition
- Team Waterproof expedition boots on loan for shore landings
- An official Expeditions parka to keep Coffee, tea and cocoa available around the clock
- A hair dryer and bathrobes in every cabin
- Comprehensive predeparture materials, including a map and an informative Antarctic Reader
- All miscellaneous service taxes and port charges throughout the program
- All luggage handling aboard the ship
- All gratuities Emergency evacuation insurance to a maximum benefit of US$500,000 per person
- Group transfer in Ushuaia from the airport to the pre-expedition hotel on Day 1
- One night's pre-expedition hotel accommodation in Ushuaia, with breakfast Group transfer from the hotel to the ship on embarkation day
- Group transfer upon disembarkation in Ushuaia from the ship to the local airport
- International airfare Passport and visa expenses
- Government arrival and departure taxes not mentioned above
- Meals ashore unless otherwise specified
- Baggage, cancellation, interruption and medical travel insurance--strongly recommended
- Excess-baggage fees on international flights
- Mandatory waterproof pants for Zodiac cruising, or any other gear not mentioned
- Laundry, bar, beverage and other personal charges unless specified Phone and Internet charges
- Additional overnight accommodation
- Optional adventure activities