Summary : Discover the islands of the Southern Ocean – which like solitary gems reflect a dazzling abundance of life usually hidden from view. Start this extraordinary expedition in Puerto Madryn near the fabulous Península Valdés in Argentine Patagonia. First, in the Falkland Islands, marvel at a stark and beautiful archipelago where abundant penguins and albatross nest side by side. Sail forth through legendary waters where marine mammals lurk in astonishing numbers. On the island of South Georgia, amidst dramatic Southern Ocean seascapes, explore a pristine wilderness swarming with stately king penguins, raucous fur seals, jousting elephant seals, and a profusion of seabirds. Finish in Ushuaia, in Argentina’s gorgeous Tierra del Fuego: gateway to Antarctica.
Activities : Birding, Culture, Hiking, Kayaking, Photography, Triple/Quad Cabins
$999,999,999 to $0
Welcome to Puerto Madryn in Argentine Patagonia, starting point of your expedition. Upon your arrival at the airport you will be provided with a transfer to your hotel, which is arranged ahead of time and included in your voyage. For the rest of the day, you are free to explore this welcoming seaside city at your leisure. Take advantage of the sandy beaches and restaurant-lined promenade on Golfo Nuevo with views of wild Peninsula Valdes.
In the afternoon, enjoy a group transfer to the pier where you will be welcomed aboard your luxury expedition ship. Explore the ship and get comfortable in your home away from home for the extraordinary adventure to come. As you sail through Golfo Nuevo on your first evening, enjoy your first chance to see whales like the southern right.
From Golfo Nuevo, sail south through the South Atlantic Ocean toward the Falkland Islands. Keep a lookout for dolphins and whales. Presentations and workshops by your expert staff, as well as a range of recreational facilities aboard your ship, ensure that these days at sea are not idly spent.
The remote and sparsely-populated Falkland Islands are a birders' paradise. Visit some of the isolated outer islands where large colonies of penguins and albatross are easily accessible. The Falklands are also a great place to observe marine mammals. Fur seals and elephant seals can be found on sandy beaches while the waters in and around the archipelago are home to various whale and dolphin species.
From the Falkland Islands, head east toward South Georgia, passing the remote, seabird-covered pinnacles known as Shag Rocks on the way. Cross the Antarctic Convergence, the biological boundary of the Southern Ocean. Briefings and lectures from your staff prepare you for your arrival to epic South Georgia.
This is expedition cruising at its most authentic. Your route and exploration opportunities in South Georgia are heavily dependent on the weather conditions you encounter. Your experienced captain and expedition leader decide the itinerary and continually adjust plans as conditions and opportunities warrant. You can be sure that the best possible advantage will be taken of the circumstances presented to you by nature in this wild and remote corner of the world. Look forward to taking every safe opportunity to go ashore in this amazing place.
South Georgia is a scenic wilderness and an unrivaled paradise for sub-Antarctic wildlife viewing. The islands are said to host upwards of 100 million seabirds, including numerous species of albatross, penguins, prions, petrels, and terns. On beaches such as those at Salisbury Plain and St. Andrews Bay, over 100,000 elephant seals and three million fur seals jostle for space among innumerable penguins including stately king penguins and sprightly macaroni penguins.
The bountiful waters surrounding South Georgia are also inhabited by an increasing number of whales. The historical whaling station of Grytviken is now home to the excellent South Georgia Museum managed by the South Georgia Heritage Trust. This is also the final resting place of Ernest Shackleton, the legendary polar explorer.
Your days in South Georgia will be filled with memorable excursions, sumptuous meals, presentations by your expert crew and expedition leaders, and enough incredible scenery and wildlife to fill your camera and delight your senses.
After your amazing time in South Georgia proceed west back toward the Falkland Islands. Pelagic seabirds including the majestic albatross are common in these waters and can readily be viewed from panoramic open decks or from exterior stateroom windows and balconies.
Your route and exploration opportunities are dependent on weather among these windswept islands. Stanley is the charmingly British capital of the Falkland Islands. Attractions within pleasant walking distance along the waterfront promenade include the Falkland Islands Museum, the governor’s house, a cathedral with impressive whalebone arch outside, a war memorial, quality gift shops, and pubs.
From the Falkland Islands sail southwest toward the tip of South America and enter the Beagle Channel. This is the time for your End of Voyage ceremonies including a slideshow and farewell dinner.
After breakfast say farewell in the city of Ushuaia, the southernmost city in the world. You will be provided with a group transfer to the airport or to the town center if you wish to spend more time here.
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.
Bilingual Departure: English/German
Mandatory Travel Insurance:
All guests are required to have comprehensive travel insurance coverage including medical, evacuation, cancellation and trip interruption. Proof of coverage is required prior to embarkation. 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. Other conditions may apply based on pre-existing conditions.
Kayaking: $850 per person
Space is limited. Sign up at the time of booking to secure your spot. You must book your spot before you join the vessel for your voyage. Weather permitting, sea kayakers will have the opportunity to paddle through tranquil waters filled with glittering icebergs and porpoising penguins while surrounded by magnificent glaciers and mountains. Participants must be at least 18 years old, in good health, have appropriate physical fitness, and have previous kayaking experience.
Photography Program: Included in price
Learn and practice your photography alongside an experienced professional. An expert Photographer will be on hand to answer your questions and give advice, both in the form of on-board lectures and workshops on shore. Explore the key elements of photography in a fun and relaxed setting, with plenty of opportunities for questions and feedback. Learn how to see light in a new way and experiment with the techniques of composition and framing.
Group transfers from airport to hotel on the day prior to departure; 1 pre-voyage hotel night in Puerto Madryn (if a single traveler reserves a shared cabin aboard the ship, they will automatically receive shared hotel accommodations on the pre-cruise night at the hotel); group transfer to the ship on day of embarkation; group transfer to airport or central location upon disembarkation in Ushuaia; shipboard accommodations; scheduled landings/excursions; meals on board ship; coffee/tea station 24 hours on ship; welcome and farewell cocktail on ship; a pair of rubber boots on loan for shore landings; expedition parka (yours to keep); port fees; pre-departure materials; digital Voyage Log. Subject to change without notice.
Airfare; visa and passport fees (if applicable); luggage, medical and trip cancellation insurance; excess baggage charges; soft drinks and alcoholic beverages other than those mentioned as included; kayaking; personal expenses such as laundry, and onboard communications (telephone calls, faxes, and e-mail service); gratuities to shipboard personnel; fuel surcharge may apply; emergency evacuation insurance; pre- or post-cruise travel
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