South Georgia & Antarctic Peninsula, 17 days - sail/fly
South Georgia’s remote, untamed landscape is simply stunning. Marvel at the haunting cries of light-mantled sooty albatross, adorable fur seal pups learning to swim and herds of reindeer cantering across lush, grassy flats. Hike up tussock-covered slopes, past mossy streams for magnificent views of macaroni penguins, courting albatross and glaciated mountain peaks. Scattered across the mighty Southern Ocean, the tiny arc of windswept islands and harbours are some of the world’s greatest wildlife sanctuaries. Famed for its abandoned whaling stations and Shackleton’s heroic journey, South Georgia is home to literally millions of fur seals and penguins, wallows of elephant seals, herds of reindeer and nesting albatross. This remarkable voyage also includes time to explore the Antarctic Peninsula.
Day 1 Ushuaia - Embarkation Day
We embark in the afternoon, with a journey through the picturesque Beagle Channel. Be sure to keep your eyes peeled and be out on deck, as the channel is home to a wide variety of wildlife including seabirds and seals. Rainbows are common here too, creating a great photography opportunity to kick off the start to your Antarctic adventure..
Day 2-3 The Drake Passage
The identification of an amazing variety of seabirds, including many albatrosses, which follow in our wake. The Ushuaia's open bridge policy allows you to join our officers on the bridge and learn about navigation, watch for whales, and enjoy the view. A full program of lectures will be offered as well. The first sightings of icebergs and snow-capped mountains indicate that we have reached the South Shetland Islands, a group of twenty islands and islets. With favourable conditions in the Drake Passage our lecturers and naturalists will accompany you ashore.
Day 4-6 South Shetland Islands
We visit the South Shetland Islands before sailing overnight down Gerlache Strait. Awaken to the thrill of Antarctica, where we plan to visit busy penguin rookeries, historic sites and make a continental landing.
Day 7-8 Elephant Island - South Orkney Islands
Pack ice permitting, we step ashore on the dramatic South Orkney Islands, before crossing whale-rich waters to Elephant Island, integral to Shackleton’s survival story.
Day 9 At Sea
Day 10-12 South Georgia
We have ample time to explore the network of harbours along South Georgia’s spectacular northern coast, visiting wildlife havens that include the world’s largest king penguin rookeries and majestic albatross nests. Kayakers revel in paddling the coastline’s nooks and crannies, accompanied by playful seals. In Stromness and Grytviken harbours, 3000-metre peaks form dramatic backdrops to the remains of whaling stations. Kelp-strewn beaches are cluttered with basking elephant seals, feisty fur seals and a plethora of penguins.
Day 13-14 At Sea
The Expedition Team prepares you for landings and Zodiac cruises along the coast of South Georgia. Learn about penguins, reindeer and the island's connection to Sir Ernest Shackleton.
Day 15-16 Falkland Islands
We visit an outlying island in the Falkland group, greeted onshore by a fascinating mix of sea lions, elephant seals, Magellanic penguins and waterbirds. Stanley, the Falklands’ undeniably British capital, features an excellent war museum, quirky post office, picturesque houses, welcoming shops and pubs.
Day 17 Disembarkation & Fly to Santiago
Disembark and take your economy flight from Stanley (Falkland Islands) to Punta Arenas. End of program.
Please remember, the price can increased by fuel surcharge, when applicable. Contact us for details.
Important reminder: Embracing the unexpected is part of the legacy – and excitement – of expedition travel. There are no guarantees that we can achieve everything we set out to accomplish. A measure of flexibility is something all of us must bring to a voyage. There are nearly 200 recognized sites in the Antarctic Peninsula and South Shetlands and the places mentioned above may be changed to others equally as interesting.
Price per person in a double or twin cabin
Final price is subject of departure date, availability and cabin standard.
*Flight from Stanley, Falkland Islands to Punta Arenas, Chile* Transfer from ship to Stanley airport* Shipboard accommodation* All breakfasts, lunches and dinners on board throughout your voyage* All shore landings per de daily program* Leadership throughout the voyage by experienced leader* Lecture, videos, slide and film shows and guide services* Medical services, there is a resident doctor and well-equipped clinic on board* Port taxes and port charges impoed by government authorities* Port taxes and port charges imposed by government authorities* Pre-departure information and briefing*
*Air transport or transfers to and from the ship, not included in the above* Passport and visa expenses, airport departure taxes* Personal travel insurance* Laundry, bar, beverage and other personal charges unless specified* Tips*
Extended stay in Chile / Argentina
Kayaking Surcharge $ 1,250 AUD
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