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Crossing vast oceans, travel from the tip of South America to the Falkland Islands, extremely remote Tristan da Cunha, and on to the tip of South Africa. Various seabirds, penguins, seals and whales should share your journey. Soak up history in the Falkland Islands, and visit Shackelton’s grave on South Georgia. Thousands of King penguins blanket the plains there. At the tip of South Africa take a funicular at the Cape of Good Hope, or the cable car to the top of Table Mountain - - both forContact us about this trip Share
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Day 1: Ushuaia, Argentina
Fly from Buenos Aires to this exquisitely lovely town at the base of steep snowy mountains with rocky islands all around. Tierra del Fuego actually feels like the Land at the End of the World. Embark the luxurious Silver Explorer, explore new surroundings, and meet your Expedition Team.
Day 2: At Sea
Listen to special presentations about upcoming adventures, and enjoy a Welcome Aboard cocktail party hosted by the Captain.
Day 3: West Point Island, New Island – Falkland Islands
Watch for 2 types of dolphins and be entertained by Rockhopper penguins. Learn about the rare Felton plant and other vegetation as you walk across rolling moorland. Visit colonies of black-browed albatross, see blue-eyed shags and possibly upland geese. Learn about the wrecked minesweeper grounded just offshore, the Protector III.
Day 4: Stanley, Falkland Islands
Take an excursion in 4x4 vehicles and learn about Falkland farm life on the way to Bluff Cove. Wander through thousands of Gentoo penguins and see King and Magellanic penguins as well. Watch for dolphins in the surf, seabirds, and possibly sea lions. Enjoy a complimentary treat at the Sea Cabbage Café, and hopefully watch as local wool is spun and felted.
Visit the capital of Stanley with British influence found in charming streets, pubs, and quaint cottages. While there are vestiges of the British/Argentina Falklands War in 1986, islanders have returned to quietly raising sheep.
Days 5-6: At Sea
Days 7-10: South Georgia
Visit exquisite areas here with towering snowy mountains, huge icebergs, and much wildlife. The concentration of life is astounding with multitudes of various penguins, seals and seabirds. Learn the history of Captain Cook’s landing (1775), and visit the grave of Ernest Shackelton who came when his ship sank (1916).
Additional possible sites to see at South Georgia include:
Cooper Bay: Huge icebergs surround this bay, and a variety of penguins are here including Macaroni and Chinstraps.
Gold Harbour: There is a large King penguin colony near the Weddell Glacier, and seals abound.
Grytviken: Shackelton’s grave is here, and there are remains of a whaling station, now a museum.
Salisbury Plain: Take in the sight of hundreds of thousands of King penguins blanketing this plain.
Days 11-14: At Sea
Days 15-16: Tristan da Cunha
With fewer than 300 residents, visit this most remote inhabited archipelago. On a guided walk, head to the 1961 lava flow and volcanic cone. A view over the settlement should not be missed, and you will have a chance to meet with some of the school children. Seabirds include the Atlantic yellow-nosed albatross, sooty albatross, Tristan thrush and endangered Tristan wandering albatross. You can also visit Northern Rockhopper penguins (90% of the world’s population breeds here).
Days 17-20: At Sea
Days 21-22: Cape Town, South Africa
On arrival in the early evening, you are on your own to explore and experience the delightful waterfront of Cape Town. The next day take a scenic ride out to Cape Point, the most south-westerly tip of Africa. Enjoy a guided walk through the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve, then head up a funicular railway for spectacular views from the top. After lunch, visit the African Penguin Colony at Boulders Beach.
An alternative plan takes you up in the revolving cable car to the top of Table Mountain. Flat on top, this massif provides excellent views of the beaches all around and out to famous Robben Island.
Day 23: Disembark after breakfast.
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.