Summary : A frosted wilderness of glistening white as far as the eye can see, dominated by natural ice sculptures like enormous works of avant-garde art, await you. Hear the calls of penguins multiplied by the thousands, watch leopard and crabeater seals perfectly at ease in the company of visitors, feel the unspeakable magnificence of a whale breaching from beneath cold ocean waters. Experience the wonders of the Antarctic while taking full advantage of the luxurious all-inclusive lifestyle and uncompromising service, including spacious suites and comfortable common areas.
Activities : Birding, Culture, Hiking
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Departing from Buenos Aires, take a charter flight to Ushuaia and transfer to the port. Embark Silver Explorer and bid farewell to Tierra del Fuego, the ‘Land at the End of the World.’ This evening, after settling in and setting sail, you will be introduced to your Expedition Team.
As you set sail on the first leg of your journey, welcoming expedition staff will give talks and presentations that will prepare you for the exciting adventures that lay ahead. Learn about the inner workings of the Silver Explorer and interact with officers regarding navigation techniques. Tonight, you are invited to attend a special Welcome Aboard cocktail party whereat the Captain will introduce his senior officers and various members of the Silver Explorer crew.
Stanley is the capital of the remote Falkland Islands, and has a distinct British ambiance and feel. Stroll through the charming streets of this colorful little town, lined with quaint cottages and a variety of traditional pubs. Visit a 19th-century Anglican cathedral, wander through the small local museum, and see the lingering reminders of the 1986 Falklands War.
In the morning, watch for Peale’s dolphins and the distinctive black and white markings of the Commerson’s dolphin as Silver Explorer approaches West Point Island. Upon arrival, photographic opportunities are everywhere as you walk across rolling moorland and admire colonies of black-browed albatrosses that nest side-by-side with feisty rockhopper penguins. Learn about the island’s unique vegetation including the rare Felton plant. The hospitable island owners are always happy to answer your questions and share their stories.
New Island is a wildlife and nature reserve, and its many birds and animals are protected by an environmental conservation group. Once ashore, hike into the rocky cliffs to a rookery where rockhopper penguins and blue-eyed shags share the same nesting area. Observe black-browed albatross going about their daily routines and may even spot upland geese. The onboard historian will tell you about ‘Barnard's barn’ – a stone structure once belonging to an early settler, as well as the wreck of the Protector III – an old minesweeper used for seal hunting, now grounded just off the shore.
The Drake Passage has a notorious reputation for its turbulent seas due to the Antarctic Convergence, a natural boundary where cold polar water flowing northward and warmer equatorial water moving southward mix. When they meet, nutrients are pushed to the surface, often attracting a multitude of seabirds and whales. Spend some time on deck watching the horizon and the variety of seabirds that float in the air currents of the ship’s wake such as the black-browed albatross, sooty shearwaters and white-chinned petrels.
Past the furthest reaches of Tierra del Fuego and beyond your wildest imagination lies the last great frontier – Antarctica’s vast white wilderness. Landscapes formed by the harshest wrath of mother nature, yet blessed by an isolated independence and tranquility await. A place where remarkable natural beauty and wildlife species exist and, in fact thrive despite the harsh climate. Witness the dramatic splendor of spectacular iceberg sculptures, marvel at calving glaciers and experience up-close encounters with marine mammals. Watch for seals sunbathing on slow-moving ice floes and for humpback, minke, and orca whales breaching from below the frigid waters. Each day partake in Zodiac departures, and, if conditions permit, visit a variety of penguin rookeries and scientific research stations. Perhaps a Zodiac cruise amidst colorful icebergs or a special excursion with your expert guest naturalist will be the highlight of your day’s agenda.
Navigating the return through the Drake Passage, watch for seabirds and wildlife you may have missed on the first trip. Take this opportunity to attend additional presentations offered by the Expedition Team lecturers and to swap photos with new friends as you travel towards Ushuaia.
After breakfast, disembark the Silver Explorer. You are then transferred to the airport for your return charter flight to Buenos Aires.
This itinerary is subject to change. ExpeditionTrips is not responsible for itinerary changes.
ExpeditionTrips strongly recommends at least $200,000 Emergency Medical/Evacuation coverage which includes coverage for cancellation, trip disruption, baggage and personal property. ExpeditionTrips can assist you with this.
All ocean-view suite accommodation; onboard meals; butler service; complimentary beverages served throughout the ship (an assortment of complimentary wines, champagne and spirits); all onboard gratuities (except spa); expedition parka and backpack; port charges and handling fees; Silver, Medallion, Grand and Owner's Suite guests receive laundry service and dinner at Officer's table. Subject to change without notice.
International airfare; air charter package round-trip between Buenos Aires and Ushuaia and includes the applicable transfers between the airport/pier; transfers and luggage handling; government fees and taxes; passport expenses; items of a personal nature; fuel surcharge may apply.