The Falklands, South Georgia and Antarctica via Ushuaia

Antarctic Peninsula, South Georgia & the Falkland Islands

Starting from $14,295

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On this voyage you get Antarctica - and a whole lot more. In addition to making multiple landings on the Antarctic Peninsula, we'll spend several days at both South Georgia and the Falkland Island - like Antarctica, are both extraordinary wildlife-rich destinations.

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Special Offer

Save up to $1,500 on select cabin categories on the January 2021 departure when you book by October 31, 2019!
Save up to $1,750 on select cabin categories on the February 2021 departure when you book by October 31, 2019!

• Valid on new bookings only
• Not available on group bookings
• Cannot be combined with other offers
• TravelWild reserves the right to limit, change or discontinue this offer without notice

 

Starting from $14,295

Rates & Dates Prices are per person and shown in USD.

TriplePortholeWindowPromenadeDeluxeVerandaPenthouseOwner's Suite
Jan 23, 2020 - Feb 11, 2020$17,595
 
$21,795
 
$23,995
 
$25,595
 
$25,795
 
$27,995
 
$30,795
 
$32,995
 
Feb 23, 2020 - Mar 13, 2020$14,295
 
$16,995
 
$18,995
 
$19,695
 
$19,995
 
$21,995
 
$24,595
 
$27,795
 
Jan 3, 2021 - Jan 23, 2021$17,995
 
$22,495
 
$24,795
$23,795
$26,195
$24,945
$26,595
$25,345
$28,295
$26,795
$30,995
$29,495
$32,995
$31,495
Feb 23, 2021 - Mar 15, 2021$14,295
 
$17,595
 
$19,495
$18,245
$20,495
$18,995
$20,995
$19,495
$21,995
$20,245
$24,595
$22,845
$26,495
$24,745

Itinerary

Please Note: The 2021 departures are 21-day tours, with an additional day at the start of the itinerary that includes hotel reservations for two nights. Embarkation for the 2021 departures happens on day 3.

Day 1: Ushuaia

Enjoy the Argentinean leather markets and succulent lamb dishes that make Patagonia famous as you explore the southernmost town in the world. Highlights of Ushuaia include an award-winning museum and trips to nearby Tierra del Fuego National Park and its popular “Train at the End of the World”.

Day 2: Embarkation

Arriving at the ship in the afternoon, you will be greeted by our Expedition Team and ship's officers at a safety and orientation briefing followed by the Captain's welcome dinner. After dinner, relax and take in the mountainous scenery on our early evening sail down the Beagle Channel past Magellanic Penguin, Rock Cormorant, and Sea Lion colonies.

Day 3: Southern Ocean

Among the wildlife spotting opportunities as we sail south are the albatrosses, prions, and petrels that frequently follow the ship. Our Expedition Team will be out on deck as well, looking for the whales and dolphins that may also be seen in the area. Our experts will begin the presentations with informative and entertaining talks on the wildlife, history, and geology of the Falkland Islands and Southern Ocean. Helpful briefings on environmental regulations and expedition safety will also be held in the comfortable lounge.

Day 4: West Falklands

The westernmost settled outposts in the Falklands are remote farms that have been family-owned for six and seven generations. The sheep graze alongside albatross colonies and rockhopper, king, and macaroni penguin rookeries while striated caracaras patrol overhead and upland geese graze at the water's edge. A visit to one of these homesteads often includes an invitation for cakes and a cup of tea.

Day 5: Stanley, East Falkland

Chosen for its sheltered harbor and access to abundant fresh water and peat for fuel, Stanley is easy to discover on foot as shops and most services are centered on the port. The museum, the post-office featuring first day covers, plenty of shops with locally made wool items and Stanley's lively pubs will all be available. It is possible to experience the wildlife of the Falklands from the town, including sea lions and dolphins in the harbor or bird life in nearby Gypsy Cove.

Days 6-7: Southern Ocean

There will be plenty of wildlife spotting as we make our way east across the Antarctic Convergence and officially enter Antarctic waters. Shipboard presentations will continue featuring the exciting history and abundant wildlife of South Georgia

Days 8-11: South Georgia

Its unique position inside the Antarctic Convergence yet outside the limit of the yearly sea ice makes this 3,755 square kilometer island home to tens of millions of breeding penguins, seals and seabirds. Magnificent mountain scenery, glaciers galore, a rugged coastline punctuated with castellate and tabular icebergs, a rich historical tapestry, and an astounding array of wildlife are all available to us as we travel down South Georgia's leeward coast. Landing sites feature huge elephant seals, aggressive fur seals, macaroni penguins, albatross, petrels, skuas, and gulls. King penguins from fuzzy little chicks to fattened adults can be seen in the hundreds of thousands. We plan to visit historic Grytviken whaling station, home of the whaling museum, Norwegian seaman's church, the active British Antarctic Survey station plus the tiny graveyard where the great Antarctic explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton is buried.

Days 12-13: Scotia Sea

Heading farther south, we continue our informative presentations and wildlife watching as the icebergs become more and more plentiful.

Days 14-17: Antarctic Peninsula & South Shetland Islands

The land of superlatives, Antarctica! Our Expedition Leader and Captain will create a flexible itinerary based on weather, ice, and opportunity. Approaching the Antarctic Peninsula from the east we cross the northern boundary of the Weddell Sea; this large cold body of water rotates clockwise driving cold water and ice north towards South Georgia and the South Orkney Islands. Large tabular icebergs born in the Weddell drift north into our path while the ocean currents drive nutrients from the deep, feeding countless species of marine animals. Large groups of whales are common, along with scores of seabirds thriving off the bounty the Weddell provides. Our route will stress the most scenic bays and channels of the Peninsula with stops at penguin rookeries, seal wallows, bird colonies and whale feeding areas as well as sites of historic and scientific interest. The trip may include picturesque Neko Harbor, sheltered Paradise Harbor, Wilhelmina Bay (a favorite of humpback whales!), or the majestic Neumayer Channel. We may stop at an active scientific base such as Poland’s Arctowksi or a historic base such as U.K.’s Port Lockroy or Wordie House. Adelie, chinstrap and gentoo penguins abound, and Weddell, crabeater and elephant seals are often found hauled out to rest along with predatory leopard seals and the aggressive Antarctic fur seal. Minke and humpback whales are frequent visitors in the late season and orca sightings are also common.

Days 18-19: Drake Passage

We will continue our lecture series and wildlife spotting as we sail back to Ushuaia and reflect on beautiful Antarctica and its fragile future. We arrive at Ushuaia in the early hours of Day 20.

Day 20: Ushuaia Disembarkation

Morning disembarkation lets you catch a flight to Buenos Aires or stay in Ushuaia for more sights and adventure.

Highlights

  • Visit three diverse and spectacular biomes including the temperate Falkland Islands, sub-Antarctic South Georgia and the frozen Antarctic continent
  • Encounter hundreds of thousands of stately king penguins on the beaches of incomparable South Georgia
  • Experience abundant wildlife including seabirds, seals and even some of the great whales at close range
  • Explore the spectacular Antarctic wilderness in a casual atmosphere of like-minded travelers
  • Cruise in comfort along towering icebergs, serrated maritime mountains and luminous glaciers
  • Zodiac landing craft allow visitation on remote shorelines and otherwise inaccessible areas
  • The ship's "open bridge policy" allows observation of its sophisticated navigation equipment and provides an excellent location to view wildlife the landscape (subject to weather and critical navigation maneuvers)
  • Expert lecturers and naturalist guides

Included

  • One pre-voyage hotel night in designated embarkation city for 2019-2020 season
  • Two pre-voyage hotel nights in designated embarkation city for 2020-2021 season
  • Shipboard accommodations
  • All scheduled shore landings
  • All meals onboard
  • Coffee, tea, cocoa and espresso available 24 hours daily
  • Welcome and Farewell cocktail parties
  • House wine with dinner
  • Soft drinks included at all time
  • A pair of boots for use during the voyage
  • A waterproof jacket to keep
  • WiFi from the public computers in the library
  • 200 MB WiFi card (for use on your personal devices)
  • Daily international news service
  • All port fees
  • In Ushuaia, transport from central location to ship for embarkation
  • One group transfer from ship to airport or central location upon disembarkation in Ushuaia
  • Digital Voyage Log

Adventure Options

  • Kayaking:
    • $695 (2019-2020 season)
    • $895 (2020-2021 season)
 

PLEASE NOTE: Due to the nature of expedition cruising, itineraries are subject to change due to weather, ice conditions, natural and cultural events, wildlife viewing opportunities and other logistical considerations. In general, a ship's crew will endeavor to complete the itinerary provided, but the ultimate decision lies with the ship's captain and expedition leaders.

 
 
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