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
$8,690 to $15,048
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. Boarding may be denied if this form is not presented at the time of embarkation.
Multilingual Departures: English/German (All Departures)
Photography Program: Included
Join onboard lectures about still photography, video photography, and wildlife photography. Those interested in a more in-depth photography expedition are encouraged to consider the optional, pre-bookable Explorer Photography School program. Please contact ExpeditionTrips for details.
Explorer Science Program: Included
Participate in lectures and activities to cultivate greater knowledge about the regions explored; conduct experiments or examine specimens in the Science Center with the assistance of professional biologists and geologists; or choose to assist with current research.
Young Explorers Program: Included
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. The focus is on education, fun, and participation. Designed for ages 7–13 (although all ages can join in!).
From Explorer Photography School to Basic Kayaking Certification, there are several supplemented activities to choose from. Some are pre-bookable. Most are booked once on board. Please contact ExpeditionTrips for details and rates.
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; shipboard accommodations; Young Explorers program for children; onboard lectures; onboard science center; a wind- and water-resistant parka; gear on loan (waterproof rubber boots); all meals onboard the ship; complimentary tea and coffee. Inclusions subject to change without notice.
Expedition Suites include a separate check-in; welcome package 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 except where noted; fuel surcharge may apply.
SELECT PHOTOS: © Andrea Kalvig Anderson, © Hurtigruten