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Antarctica, Falklands, and South Georgia

Antarctica Cruise

  • Silver Explorer
  • Luxury Expedition Ship
  • 144 Capacity
  • 19 Days
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Summary : A frosted wilderness of glistening white—enhanced by blue ice sculptures like enormous works of avant-garde art—awaits you. Hear the cries of penguins multiplied by the thousands, watch for elusive leopard seals and lounging crabeater seals perfectly at ease in their natural environment, and feel the unspeakable magnificence of a whale cresting the ocean's surface. Visit Stanley, the quaint village of the Falkland Islands, and marvel at the king penuins of South Georgia with their regal orange plummage. Experience the wonders of the Antarctic while taking full advantage of the luxurious all-inclusive lifestyle aboard Silver Explorer, including spacious suites and comfortable common areas.

Activities : Birding, Culture, Hiking, Triple/Quad Cabins

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Itinerary
Day 1
Ushuaia, Argentina

Arrive in Ushuaia and transfer to the ship to embark the vessel. As you sail away, enjoy the mountain-lined shoreline of the Beagle Channel while you leave Ushuaia and bid farewell to Tierra del Fuego, the Land at the End of the World.

Day 2
At Sea

Days at sea are the perfect opportunity to relax, unwind, and catch up with what you’ve been meaning to do. So whether that is whale watching from the Observatory Lounge, writing home to your loved ones, these blue sea days are the perfect balance to busy days spent exploring shore side.

Day 3
West Point Island / Saunders Island

Located slightly northwest of West Falkland, West Point Island is used for sheep farming and nature observations. Peale’s dolphins and the distinctive black and white markings of the Commerson’s dolphin can usually be seen in the waters around West Point Island. Rolling moorland and steep cliffs make for great photographic opportunities, but the main attraction is the Devil’s Nose, a cliffside colony of black-browed albatrosses nesting side-by-side with feisty rockhopper penguins. Magellanic penguins and cormorants can also be found on the island.

Saunders Island is the fourth-largest of the Falkland Islands in the western portion of the archipelago. The island’s topography is unusual, being made up of three peninsulas linked by narrow necks, and three big upland areas. Today the island is run as a sheep farm, but has historical importance as the location of the first British settlement in the Falklands. Saunders’ wildlife is also impressively varied.

Day 4
Stanley, Falkland Islands (Islas Malvinas)

Quaint little Stanley, capital of the Falklands, is reminiscent of a British village. Many homes are painted in bright colors, adding visual appeal to this distant outpost. The islands, also known by their Spanish name of Islas Malvinas, are home to tuxedo-clad inhabitants of the penguin variety as well as human residents.

Day 5
At Sea

Days at sea are the perfect opportunity to relax, unwind, and catch up with what you’ve been meaning to do. So whether that is whale watching from the Observatory Lounge, writing home to your loved ones, these blue sea days are the perfect balance to busy days spent exploring shore side.

Day 7 – 9
South Georgia

South Georgia is a breathtaking destination of towering snow-covered mountains, mighty glaciers, and low-lying grasslands that attract an astounding concentration of wildlife. It is possible to find Southern fur seals, Southern elephant seals and a variety of albatross species including black-browed, light-mantled sooty, grey-headed and the spectacular wandering albatross, plus thousands of king and macaroni penguins. South Georgia is also linked to the early Antarctic explorers with much history to learn about and discover.

Day 10 – 11
At Sea

Participate in onboard activities, relax in one of the lounges, or peruse an array of titles and topics in the well-stocked Library. Take a stroll on deck and enjoy the solitude and splendor of the vast sea and sky. During the cruise towards the Antarctic Peninsula you might see some of the giant tabular icebergs coming from the Weddell Sea.

Day 12
Elephant Island, South Shetland Islands

Awesome glaciers flecked with pink algae can be seen approaching Elephant Island—so named either for its elephant-like appearance or for sightings of elephant seals here. Elephant Island is home to several chinstrap penguin rookeries, as well as 2,000-year-old moss colonies. Weddell seals and macaroni penguins can also be spotted. In 1916, when Ernest Shackleton’s ship Endurance was crushed in pack ice in the Weddell Sea, the crew was stranded here for more than 4 months finding shelter under two upturned lifeboats on the spit of land Shackleton’s men named ‘Point Wild’.

Day 13 – 16
Antarctic Sound / Antarctic Peninsula / South Shetland Islands

The Antarctic Sound is a stretch of water named after the first ship to have passed through this body of water from the Bransfield Strait to the Weddell Sea in 1902. Sites that have to do with this story, like Hope Bay or Paulet Island, are sometimes visited. At Paulet, Hope Bay, and Brown Bluff—Adelie and Gentoo penguins breed, as do Kelp Gulls, Cape Petrels, Snow Petrels, and Skuas.

Remote and otherworldly, Antarctica is irresistible for its spectacular iceberg sculptures and calving glaciers, and for the possibility of up-close encounters with marine mammals and the iconic penguins. The Antarctic Peninsula—the main peninsula closest to South America—has a human history of almost 200 years, with explorers, sealers, whalers, and scientists who have come to work, and eventually intrepid visitors coming to enjoy this pristine and remote wilderness.

Some 770 kilometers (478 miles) south of Cape Horn, the South Shetland Islands are separated from the Antarctic Peninsula by the Bransfield Strait. Nine major islands make up the group. The region was the first to be exploited by sealers in the early 19th century, and because of its proximity to South America, it still is the most visited by scientists and tourists. Chinstrap, Adelie, Gentoo and macaroni penguins all breed here.

Day 17 – 18
Drake Passage

Spend some time on deck watching the horizon and the variety of seabirds that may float in the air currents of the ship’s wake such as the black-browed albatross, sooty shearwaters, and white-chinned petrels. As you return to Ushuaia, take advantage of the opportunity to listen to additional presentations offered by onboard specialists and swap prized photos with new found friends.

Day 19
Ushuaia, Argentina

Disembark the vessel after breakfast and transfer to the airport for your flight to Buenos Aires.

Notes

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.

Travel Insurance:
Although travel insurance is not mandatory to participate in this voyage, ExpeditionTrips strongly recommends at least $200,000 Emergency Medical/Evacuation coverage 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.

Included:
Transfers between airport and ship; shipboard accommodations; Wi-Fi onboard ship; Haglofs parka; backpack; all meals onboard ship; butler service onboard ship; self-serve laundrette; select wines, champagnes, spirits, and soft drinks onboard ship; gratuities (except spa) onboard ship. Silver, Medallion, Grand and Owner's Suite guests receive laundry service and dinner at Officer's table. Subject to change without notice.

Not Included:
Airfare; travel insurance; government fees and taxes; visa and passport expenses; gifts and items of a personal nature such as laundry, premium alcohol, spa options, etc.; fuel surcharge may apply.

Photos: © Creative Services of Silversea Cruises, © Bruno Cazarini (king penguins, hike), © Richard Sidey (waterfall, albatross, ice, seal)

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