Antarctica, South Georgia and the Falkland Islands
23 Nights / 23 Days • Expedition Cruise
The ultimate Southern Ocean experience, this expedition takes you into majestically spectacular wildness.
Not even the vast migrations of Africa can rival the awesomeness of seeing a king penguin colony of tens of thousands individuals stretching as far as the eye can see. Or albatross colonies that fill the windward edges of the remote islands they call home. You’ll have other rare sightings here too: massive, in both senses of the word, herds of elephant seals: and a wandering albatross stretching its 11-foot wings.
For most travelers, visiting Antarctica is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. So, for those with the luxury of time, optimizing your time and interest by including South Georgia and the Falklands makes sense. And makes for a genuine experience-of-a-lifetime. This voyage has it all.
- 19 nights on board + 1 night pre-cruise hotel
- Guided hikes and walks led by naturalist and expedition guides
- All shore excursions and landings
- All meals including 24 hour coffee/tea
- All meals and non-alcoholic beverages (including sodas, specialty coffees etc.)
- Hors d’oeuvres & snacks during Recap
- All excursions and shore landings
- Zodiac & kayak explorations
- Snorkeling, including wetsuits, masks, fins & snorkel where relevant
- Presentations and guest speakers in the lounge
Price is per person, based on double occupancy.
Applies to departure on Feb 15, 2018
Multiple dates available (see below)
DAY 1 - International Flights to Chile or Argentina
Depart U.S. this evening on an overnight flight to Buenos Aires (Explorer) or Santiago (Orion)
DAY 2 - Overnight Hotel in Buenos Aires (Explorer) or Santiago (Orion)
Guests traveling aboard Explorer arrive this morning in cosmopolitan Buenos Aires, set on the Rio de la Plata, and check in to the fine Sofitel Buenos Aires. In the afternoon, we have a guided overview of the city, seeing its Beaux Arts palaces, grand boulevards, and the famous balcony forever associated with Eva Peron.
Guests traveling aboard Orion arrive today in Santiago. We check in to the fine Ritz Carlton Hotel, centrally located in Santiago, and have the morning to relax. Santiago is nearly surrounded by the Andes, which form an inspiring backdrop to our afternoon guided overview of this vibrant city. We explore the Plaza de Armas, the main square, and nearby Presidential Palace, enjoying wonderful views from the many hills that dot the city.
DAY 3 - Fly to Ushuaia, Argentina/Embark Ship
Today we fly by private charter flight to Ushuaia, Argentina (regardless of being in Santiago or Buenos Aires). Our flight will bring us over Patagonia before landing in Ushuaia, the southernmost city in the world. If the weather is fine, you’ll have a chance to view the spectacular mountains rising out of the Beagle Channel as you enjoy lunch on a catamaran cruise. Then, you’ll embark the expedition ship and set sail, (B,L,D)
DAY 4 - At Sea
This morning you will awake in the “Furious Fifties”, an iconic part of the Southern Ocean. Sometimes misty and gray, other times calm and clear, while crossing this legendary portion of the sea, you will be escorted by a host of sea birds, including the black-browed albatross. (B,L,D)
DAYS 5 - 6 - Falkland Islands
The Falklands boast the largest albatross colony in the world, irresistible Magellanic penguins in their burrows amid the green tussock grass and Peale’s dolphins riding the waves. Stroll the photogenic tin-roofed, Victorian-style houses of Port Stanley. Visit the Anglican Cathedral with its organic archway of whalebones, and the Falkland Islands Museum. (B,L,D)
DAYS 7 - 8 - At Sea
Whales beneath, birds above, as you continue on. Our naturalists will prepare us for the exciting days ahead with presentations on the wildlife of South Georgia, and, of course, the inspiring story of Sir Ernest Shackleton and theEndurance. (B,L,D)
DAYS 9 - 13 - South Georgia Island
Sometimes dubbed “the Galapagos of the South” this remote place is the home to vast penguin colonies and almost unimaginable numbers of birds and seals. This is also the final resting place for explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton – and we’ll hoist a toast at his gravesite. Teeming wildlife and breathtaking scenery greet our ship as our Zodiacs make landfall. Vast penguin colonies give you the opportunity to be surrounded by tens of thousands of king penguins! (B,L,D)
DAYS 14 - 15 - At Sea
As we voyage, head up to the Bridge to watch for icebergs and observe expert navigation at work as our skilled Captain and officers sail these historic waters. There’ll also be time to enjoy a massage in the wellness centre, workout in the gym, and browse in the library. Each day our naturalists offer talks that add depth to your experience. (B,L,D)
DAYS 16 - 20 - Antarctica
With long hours of daylight, we make the most of our days exploring the Antarctic Peninsula and surrounding islands. Our schedule is flexible, allowing us to take advantage of the unexpected. We’ll sail through the incomparable Lemaire Channel and land on the “White Continent,” exploring via Zodiac, kayak and on foot, and using our arsenal of tools for exploration. (B,L,D)
DAYS 21 - 22 - At Sea
You’ll awake this morning into your journey across the Drake Passage. Lying between Cape Horn and the Antarctic Peninsula, the Drake holds a unique place in maritime lore. The Drake Passage is unforgettable-a milestone in any adventurer’s personal travel history. Your last days at sea will give you one more opportunity to watch for marine life and to reflect on all that you have seen and heard. Enjoy talks from the staff, bringing to summary the colossal scope of this voyage. (B,L,D)
DAYS 23 - 24 - Disembark and return to Santiago or Buenos Aires
After breakfast, we disembark in Ushuaia with some time to explore before proceeding to the airport for our LAN charter flight (guests on Explorer fly Ushuaia to Buenos Aires; guests on Orion fly Ushuaia to Santiago.) Please confirm departure and arrival cities with an Expedition Specialist before booking your flights. (Day 23: B,L)
Expedition Cruising relies on many factors such as weather, water and ice conditions. Therefore, while the captain and crew make every possible effort to follow the posted itinerary, there are sometimes necessary changes made for the safety and enjoyment of the passengers on board. This is the nature of expedition cruising.
- Ask us about affordable airfares and pre- or post-stay options
- Many cabin types are available
- Many similar trips are available to suit most budgets (higher or lower!) please ask.
Dates & Prices:
|Please note: all prices are in USD, based on double occupancy in a Category 1 cabin.|
Price is per person based on two people sharing a Category 1 Cabin. Other room types: please inquire. Proof of insurance is mandatory; if you need to purchase trip cancellation or health insurance please inquire. For full Booking Conditions, please see thetravelsociety.com/booking-conditions/ Tour is operated by The Travel Society, Inc., 174 Spadina Ave., Suite 404, Toronto, ON, M5T 2C2, Canada; 1 (877) 926 2500; TICO Registration #1280649