Summary : Embark on an expedition to South America, Patagonia, Falkland Islands—and Antarctica. Experience the dynamic South American city of Montevideo, see sheep grazing next to penguins in the Falkland Islands, then cross the Drake Passage to the remote white wilderness of Antarctica. Enjoy full expedition days with optional activities such as kayaking, then return to the ship for daily science lectures, a Young Explorers children's program, and photography workshops.
Activities : Birding, Child-Friendly, Culture, Hiking, Kayaking, Photography
NEW – Pre-Bookable Kayaking
$7,268 to $30,835
Enjoy an included overnight hotel stay with breakfast in Buenos Aires, and enjoy its enchanting combination of European flair and Latin American charm.
After an included flight, find yourself in the world's southernmost town, flanked by the southernmost point of the Andes Mountain Range. Embark your ship and enjoy a welcome dinner.
Once you've crossed the Antarctic Convergence, you will notice that the air becomes crisper and colder. From deck, you might start seeing icebergs or whales in the water.
Antarctica is sure to overwhelm you. Endless white horizons, an ocean full of glorious icebergs, and whales. Maybe even more awe-inspiring will be your meeting with huge colonies of penguins. They are not afraid of humans, so you can look forward to true close encounters with this most charming of bird species. Go ashore to explore the impressive Antarctic scenery. You'll enjoy close encounters with wildlife and glaciers, and an old whaling station and its relics. There are great opportunities to spot whales from the deck.
You are now in one of the most remote areas of the world. Land several times for unforgettable experiences as weather and ice conditions allow. Among the locations you may visit are Half Moon Island, Yankee Harbor, and Cuverville Island, home to a large colony of gentoo penguins. Neko Harbor is beautifully located in the innermost part of Andvord Bay, and Paradise Harbor got its descriptive name from the whalers who came here long ago: When storms were at their worst, this is where they came to seek shelter. The high glacier walls in Wilhelmina Bay convey the mighty power of ice, from calving glacier fronts to floating bergy bits.
Enjoy a day at sea, sharing experiences, exchanging stories, photos, and films with your fellow adventurers. Be on deck to fully enjoy the feeling of being at sea.
When you arrive in the Falkland Islands, you will experience everything from red buses and English pubs in the capital of Stanley, to penguins, hikes, and kayaking clear waters. New Island is a lovely inlet with sandy white beaches and turquoise waters. It could easily be mistaken for a Caribbean island if it was a little warmer. You will pass an old shipwreck on your way ashore to enjoy a day among penguins and seals. While you are here, you can join several optional excursions like history tours, bird watching tours, nature walks, and even a scenic plane tour where you can discover the Falklands by air in a classic island-hopping aircraft.
After exhilarating days in Antarctica and the Falklands, your days onboard are spent crossing the South Atlantic Ocean. Spend time with family, old friends, new friends, and your expedition team. Enjoy a farewell dinner on the last evening.
You disembark in Montevideo. The city has a sly sophistication and surprising cultural diversity for such a small population, boasting a picturesque blend of colonial Spanish, Italian, and Art Deco style. You might have time to visit the Ciudad Vieja (Old Town) with its 18th century buildings, the vibrant Mercado del Puerto, the bustling Avenida 18 de Julio with its numerous theaters, museums and art galleries, or the stretch of white, sandy beaches surrounding the city before you fly home.
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.
Although travel insurance is not mandatory to participate in this voyage, 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. Other conditions may apply based on pre-existing conditions. ExpeditionTrips can assist U.S. residents with travel protection options.
Medical Declaration Form:
All travelers must complete a confidential medical declaration form, signed by a doctor, stating that they are fit to travel. This form will be available in advance of travel, and must be filled out, brought on board, and personally delivered to the doctor upon embarkation. Boarding may denied if this form is not presented at the time of embarkation.
Multilingual Departures: English/Norwegian/German (All Departures)
Kayaking: Pre-bookable, please inquire
Embark on a 2-4 hour kayaking excursion accompanied by expert guides in a stable double kayak. Included: head-to-toe kayaking gear, including a dry suit; snack and/or lunchbox as needed. Outings are subject to weather and prevailing ice conditions. Please contact ExpeditionTrips to pre-book kayaking.
Basic Kayaking Certification Program:
Learn how to effectively maneuver a kayak and perform simple, practical kayaking exercises and drills, as well as basic kayaking safety procedures. This course is up to 16 hours in duration over two non-consecutive days. Kayaking excursions on the water will be 2-4 hours in length. Graduates of the class will receive a basic kayaking certification from the Norwegian Paddle Association: Norsk Padleforbunds. The program is led by two professional kayaking guides, with a maximum of 8 participants. No previous paddling experience is necessary. The program is conducted in English. All equipment, including a dry suit, is provided for participants. Good physical fitness is essential. Children 13 years and older may participate on request. Please Note: This program is not combinable with the Explorer Photography School program. Pre-bookable (recommended) or bookable onboard, subject to availability. Please contact ExpeditionTrips for details and booking information.
Explorer Photography School:
Participate in three photography workshops: Workshop #1: Basic Image Editing (2 hours, divided into two sessions or more); Workshop #2: Wildlife and Landscape Photography; Workshop #3: DSLR Video Instruction. The program is taught by two professional photographers, with a maximum of 10 participants. It is conducted in English and intended for advanced beginners to experienced photographers. Included: photography booklet, designated workstation with photo editing software, priority access to the photo and optics test center equipment, and a Zeiss Lens Cleaning kit. Please Note: This program is not combinable with the Basic Kayak Certification program. Pre-bookable (recommended) or bookable onboard, subject to availability. Please contact ExpeditionTrips for details and booking information.
Depending on weather conditions, there may be an opportunity to sign up for hiking during the voyage. The duration of the hike depends on the tour. Hiking is not pre-bookable or guaranteed. Please contact ExpeditionTrips for details.
Photography Program: Included
Join onboard photography lectures about still photography, video photography, and wildlife photography. Lectures are included in the price of the voyage. Those interested in a more in-depth photography expedition are encouraged to consider to optional, pre-bookable Explorer Photography School program. Please contact ExpeditionTrips for details.
Science Center: Included
'Hands-on' science program where guests can perform their own science experiments with the assistance of professional biologists and geologists. Featuring ten Leica DM500 biological microscopes and ten Leica EZ4 geological microscopes, groups of 2-3 guests per microscope will work with a trained biologist or geologist. Occasionally, scientists invite guests along to sample biomaterial for use in the science center. There is also a large screen connected to the scientist's microscope for viewing during every session.
Depending on weather and land conditions, there may be an opportunity to sign up for snowshoeing during the voyage. Due to popular demand, snowshoers are chosen by lottery as there is a set limit to the number of guests allowed to go onshore at one time. Snowshoeing is not pre-bookable or guaranteed. Please contact ExpeditionTrips for details.
Young Explorers Program: Included
Designed for children traveling with adults to magnificent destinations where the focus is on education, fun, and participation. A dedicated staff member will lead age-appropriate lectures and field research with your Young Explorer on topics ranging from science, polar history, photography, and navigation. Activities and learning are designed for children between the ages of 7-13 (although all ages can join in!)
Optional activities for this trip are subject to change without notice. Please contact ExpeditionTrips for details.
Economy flight from Buenos Aires to Ushuaia; one pre-cruise hotel night in Buenos Aires, including breakfast; transfer from the hotel to the airport in Buenos Aires; transfer from the airport to the ship in Ushuaia; cabin accommodations and meals aboard the ship; complimentary tea and coffee; one landing (approx. 60-90 min.) per day; one small boat cruise (approx. 60-90 min.) per day; professional English-speaking expedition team that gives lectures and accompanies landings and activities; onboard science center; Young Explorers program for children; gear on loan (waterproof rubber boots); and a wind- and water-resistant jacket. Expedition Suites (Q, M, MG, MX) include a separate check-in; welcome package with sparkling wine on embarkation day; suite breakfast; soft drink and wine packages; fleece blanket/throw; cabin kit with a bathrobe, slippers, and other beauty articles; espresso maker; Wi-Fi; turn-down service; and laundry service. Subject to change without notice.
Airfare not detailed in the inclusions; transfers not detailed in the inclusions; passport and visa fees; travel insurance; luggage handling; alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks except as mentioned; mini bar replenishment; optional excursions and gratuities; items of a personal nature such as laundry; walking sticks and binoculars can be rented for an additional charge; fuel surcharge may apply.
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