Summary : Journey from Ushuaia, Argentina, nicknamed "The End of the World," to the rocky ridges, white sand beaches, and open plains of the wildlife-rich Falkland Islands (Islas Malvinas). Along the way, land on Cape Horn if conditions permit. Visit historic sites, learn about the islands' history, meet farming families, and observe the rugged beauty of remote locations such as New Island, Weddell Island or West Point. In Port Stanley, immerse yourself in the culture of a remote British outpost. Throughout the adventure, enjoy a newly built expedition ship, an engaging program led by experienced guides, Zodiac rides and excursions on shore, and scout for birds, penguins, whales, and seals.
Activities : Birding, Culture, Hiking, Dedicated Solo Cabins, Triple/Quad Cabins
$4,995 to $11,995
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Your journey begins at the pier in Ushuaia, Argentina, with an 8 p.m. embarkation. Sail along the Beagle Channel towards Puerto Williams, Chile, the southernmost town in the world, where the ship will clear formalities for a Cape Horn approach.
After an overnight crossing of Nassau Bay, awake in full view of legendary Cape Horn! Weather permitting, board a Zodiac and be one of the few privileged adventurers to step foot on this famous and rarely visited island. Explore the area in depth before setting course north towards the Falkland Islands.
As you sail through the South Atlantic en route to the Falkland Islands (Islas Malvinas), attend an engaging program of lectures and presentations. In the company of knowledgeable guides, watch for wildlife from the lounge or from the outside decks. You may spot magnificent seabirds, such as albatrosses and petrels, as well as different species of whales.
Ruggedly beautiful and remote, places such as New Island, Weddell Island or West Point are located at the extreme west of the Falklands’ archipelago. Dramatic cliffs contrast with sheltered sandy bays and natural harbors, hosting a large concentration and great diversity of wildlife. Some of the best wildlife experiences are just a short distance from the settlements.
Named after HMS Carcass, which visited in the late 18th century, the terrain is varied with rocky ridges, steep cliffs, open plains, white sand beaches, and coves. Saunders is the second largest offshore island and has varied terrain, from rocky hills to sweeping shorelines. It is an important bird area and has exceptional wildlife. All five breeding species of penguin can be spotted here along with black-browed albatross and many other bird species.
Cruise down the Falkland Sound, sightseeing its rough and untouched landscapes, and immerse yourself in the history of the islands. Visit settlements and meet the locals, getting to know the culture of farming families. Historians will introduce you to regional geopolitics.
Join your expedition team on guided walking tours in town or to Gypsy Cove. Or choose to explore on your own and absorb the local atmosphere: grab lunch at a pub, visit the maritime museum or the church, hunt for souvenirs, or walk down Ross Road and observe the war memorials at the waterfront.
Note that small-group day tours and half-day tours by 4x4 vehicle or helicopter can be purchased on board the ship. Options will be presented on board.
Disembark the ship and transfer to the airport at Mt. Pleasant.
Note: The reverse program starts at the airport in Mount Pleasant, with a transfer to and embarkation in Port Stanley on Day 1. It ends on Day 8 at the pier in Ushuaia with disembarkation at 5 p.m. An itinerary description is available upon request.
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. ExpeditionTrips is not responsible for itinerary changes.
Mandatory Travel Insurance:
As a requirement of participation on this expedition, all passengers must purchase insurance that includes medical evacuation and repatriation in remote areas, including Antarctica. Other conditions may apply based on pre-existing conditions. 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 U.S. residents with travel protection options.
Reverse Itinerary: 10/17/2020
The reverse itinerary starts in Mount Pleasant, with a transfer and embarkation in Port Stanley, Falkland Islands, on Day 1. Day 8 includes a short visit to Puerto Williams before disembarkation in Ushuaia at 5 p.m.
Minimum age for children aboard these departures is 12 years old.
From whale sightings and identification to seabird surveys, each trip offers the opportunity to assist in data collection to benefit a variety of research studies. Please contact ExpeditionTrips for additional details.
Hotel & Transfer Packages:
Travelers can purchase a hotel and transfer package that includes economy airfare, airport welcome service, transfers, and 4-star hotel accommodation with breakfast. These packages are available between Punta Arenas, Chile and Port Stanley, Falkland Islands and/or between Santiago, Chile and Punta Arenas. Please contact ExpeditionTrips for package details and pricing.
Transfer between ship and airport in Falkland Islands; shipboard accommodations; guided shore excursions; onboard lectures and entertainment; comprehensive pre- and post-voyage information material; gear on loan (waterproof boots); all meals onboard the ship; wine, beer, juice, and soft drinks served with lunch and dinner aboard the ship; coffee, tea, chocolate, cappuccino, water, and snacks aboard the ship throughout the expedition; IAATO passenger fee. Subject to change without notice.
Airfare, accommodation, meals, excursions and transfers other than those included in the itinerary; preferred seating on Antarctic flights; optional activities in Port Stanley; mandatory medical evacuation/repatriation insurance; personal travel insurance; recommended travel protection policy; personal expenses (beverages purchased at the ship’s bar, communication, laundry, souvenirs, etc.); gratuities; visas for Chile, Argentina, and/or the UK; passport expenses; any arrival and/or departure tax, if applicable; fuel surcharge may apply.
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