Summary : South Georgia adds another dimension to your Antarctic adventure. This historic island offers superb photographic opportunities, vast king penguin colonies, fur and elephant seals, and the chance to follow in the wake of one of the great heroes of Antarctic exploration: Sir Ernest Shackleton, who is buried in Grytviken at the foot of South Georgia’s mountain range. On the Falkland Islands, spend time leisurely hiking to penguin rookeries and other unspoiled wildlife habitats, or perhaps stroll the village streets of Stanley. Select departures are Family Holiday Voyages.
Activities : Birding, Child-Friendly, Culture
$999,999,999 to $0
Arrive in Buenos Aires, where immediate check-in has been arranged. With its wide boulevards and European-style buildings, romantic Buenos Aires boasts an energy all its own. Relax before this afternoon’s optional tour of the city’s highlights, including the Plaza de Mayo, the stately Casa Rosada, the Cabildo and the Metropolitan Cathedral. Get to know your fellow guests this evening at a welcome cocktail party.
Following breakfast, transfer to the airport for your charter flight to Ushuaia, the southernmost city in the world. Upon arrival, enjoy sightseeing (time permitting). Later, board the ship and settle in for your first night on board. Wander the decks, relax in the lounge and mingle with fellow travelers in anticipation of your voyage.
As you sail east toward the Falklands, your expert lecturers begin their informal series of enlightening daily discussions on the flora, fauna, geology and the history of the region. The waters here are rich in krill, making them a favorite with local wildlife searching for food. Alongside your naturalist guides, spot whale and seabirds from the outside decks. A professional photography enrichment coach is on hand to assist with specific camera and composition questions and lead lectures on various skills.
Today, enjoy the opportunity to step back in time to a place where nature reigns supreme. Spend the day walking to penguin rookeries and other unspoiled wildlife habitats, or perhaps strolling the charming streets of the village of Stanley, the Falklands’ capital.
As the ship approaches South Georgia, deck-side sightings of whale, seal and other wildlife become more frequent. The time spent cruising to South Georgia is filled with informative lectures — as well as casual talks with your guides — that soon have you scanning the seas like an expert.
South Georgia is actually a nearly submerged continuation of the Andes mountain range, and your days here are spent exploring its glacier-carved coves and rugged shores. Visit the impressive Salisbury Plain, St. Andrews Bay or Gold Harbor, all home to vast colonies of king penguins, as well as fur and elephant seals. You also have the opportunity to retrace part of the route taken by Ernest Shackleton during his historic crossing of South Georgia Island in 1916. Weather permitting, you may visit his gravesite in Grytviken.
During your time cruising the deep-blue Scotia Sea — rich with marine mammals and fish — expert lecturers recap your adventures in South Georgia. They also enlighten with more enriching details of what’s to come once setting foot on the Seventh Continent; from the terrain to the hardy wildlife that inhabits this forbidding but beautiful environment.
The ship’s itinerary calls for landings on the Antarctic Peninsula and a number of South Shetland Islands, which may include Half Moon, Penguin and Deception. Other possible island visits may include Cuverville, Paulet and Goudier. There are also plans to sail through Paradise Bay and the Lemaire Channel, the latter often referred to as “Kodak Alley” for its breathtaking, picture-perfect beauty. Enjoy additional opportunities for exploration, including a stop at a scientific research station. While on board, keep an eye out for whales and birdlife from the deck or from your own cabin’s private balcony.
Bid farewell to Antarctica as you cruise back to Ushuaia through the Drake Passage, where there are more chances to observe marine and bird life. Reflect and compare notes of the incredible journey with fellow travelers, either on deck or in one of ship’s comfortable gathering spots.
Disembark after breakfast and transfer to the airport to board your flight home via Buenos Aires.
Read this itinerary as a guide only; the exact route and program varies according to ice and weather conditions - and the wildlife you encounter. Flexibility is the key to the success of this expedition.
Mandatory Travel Insurance:
As a requirement of participation on this expedition, all passengers must purchase emergency evacuation/repatriation insurance at a minimum coverage of $50,000. ExpeditionTrips strongly recommends at least $200,000 Emergency Medical/Evacuation coverage for Antarctic trips which includes coverage for cancellation, trip disruption, baggage and personal property. ExpeditionTrips can assist you with this.
One-night pre-cruise hotel in Buenos Aires; accommodation and meals on the ship; arrival transfer to the starting hotel regardless of day of arrival; transfer to the airport on the day of debarkation; local bottled water during sightseeing; complimentary standard bar drinks, beer, house wine, soft drinks, coffee drinks, juices and bottled water (excluding premium wines, liquors and Champagnes) while on board; hotel taxes; cabin categories 6-8 include butler service; parka; and gratuities except to the Tour Director/Extension guide/safari driver-guides. Subject to change without notice.
International air transportation; round-trip charter flight between Buenos Aires/Ushuaia; passport or visa expenses; reciprocity and other border fees; laundry; meals, beverages or sightseeing not included in itinerary; premium wines, liquors and champagnes; communication charges; all items of a personal nature; transfers to meet flights on days other than those specified; travel insurance; excess baggage charges; airport departure tax; Argentinian Reciprocity Fee; fuel surcharge may apply.