Summary : Embark on an expedition to South America, the Falkland Islands—and Antarctica. Start in Buenos Aires, then cross the Drake Passage to explore the most remote place on planet Earth. Go ashore to meet penguins in their noisy and crowded colonies. Explore icy shores and get a closer look at seals and whales. Enjoy full expedition days with optional activities such as kayaking. Experience the culture and wildlife of the Falkland Islands: sheep graze next to penguins, and red English buses and cozy pubs dot the villages and towns. Onboard, spend time in the lounge while taking in the scenery through two-story panoramic windows, attend educational presentations, learn in the Science Center, or take a photography workshop. Children ages 7-13 can participate in the Young Explorers Program to gain a deeper understanding of nature, climate, and culture. Your adventure comes to a close in picturesque Montevideo, Uruguay.
Activities : Birding, Child-Friendly, Culture, Hiking, Kayaking, Photography
NEW – Pre-Bookable Kayaking
$11,183 to $30,835
Your adventure starts with an overnight stay in Buenos Aires, the bustling capital of Argentina. Take an optional city tour in the afternoon or explore on your own. Spend the evening at your leisure and discover the 'Paris of South America' for yourself.
Take an early morning flight to Ushuaia where your ship awaits. Once onboard, kick off your journey with a welcome dinner.
Prepare yourself for Antarctica as you cross the infamous Drake Passage. Attend lectures, spend some time on deck, enjoy the sun, and look out for wildlife as the ship makes its way south. Or head over to the panorama lounge over the bow, with wall-to-wall windows that bathe the room in natural light and provide extraordinary views.
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 the 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.
Your expedition team will continue its lecture program, covering history and the great explorers, marine biology, wildlife, oceanography, and climate change. Spend some time on deck and look out for wildlife as the ship makes its way north to the Falklands.
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 there, you can join several optional excursions like history tours, bird watching tours, and nature walks.
Days at sea are full of activity and learning. Share experiences and exchange stories, photos, and videos with your fellow adventurers.
Your journey comes to an end in Uruguay. Montevideo boasts colorful cultural diversity, with a picturesque blend of colonial Spanish, Italian, and Art Deco architectural styles. Long considered one of South America's most interesting cities, you can 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, and the stretch of white, sandy beaches surrounding the city after disembarking your ship.
The above itinerary is a guide only, as the exact program depends on weather and ice 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)
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.
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.
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 and the ship in Ushuaia; shipboard accommodations; Young Explorers program for children; onboard photography lectures; onboard science center; a wind- and water-resistant parka; gear on loan (waterproof rubber boots); all meals onboard the ship; complimentary water, tea, and coffee. 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; optional excursions and gratuities; items of a personal nature such as laundry; fuel surcharge may apply.
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