Summary : Explore the rocky ridges, white sand beaches, and open plains of the wildlife-rich Falkland Islands (Islas Malvinas), then sail for the stunning wildlife of South Georgia. One of the planet’s most significant biological hotspots, South Georgia is often referred to as the ‘Serengeti of the Southern Ocean.’ Imagine tens of thousands of king penguins—stretching as far as the eye can see from the ocean to the base of alpine peaks. Go ashore at pivotal historic sites from the Heroic Age of Antarctic Exploration. Throughout the adventure, enjoy a newly built expedition ship, an engaging program led by experienced guides, and Zodiac rides and excursions on shore.
Activities : Birding, Culture, Hiking, Dedicated Solo Cabins, Triple/Quad Cabins
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Pick up at the airport in Port Stanley, town visit, and embarkation.
During a morning visit to Saunders Island, enjoy the long white-sand beach and look out for rockhopper penguins, nesting black-browed albatross, and sub-Antarctic gentoo penguins. In the afternoon, visit Carcass Island. Enjoy an easy hike to the settlement, bird watching, and a typical Falklands tea experience.
Visit New Island, a classic West Falklands experience with albatross and penguin colonies. Depending on local conditions you may visit Weddell Island in the afternoon.
This morning land at Bleaker Island, a natural reserve with a famous bird area featuring a large variety of birds. In the afternoon, head to South Georgia.
As you sail toward South Georgia, attend an engaging program of lectures and presentations. In the company of knowledgeable guides, watch for wildlife from the lounge or outside decks. You may spot magnificent seabirds, such as albatrosses and petrels, as well as different species of whale.
Depending on sea conditions, arrival is planned for the afternoon—you may take an evening Zodiac cruise at Elsehul Bay.
Your first landing is at Grytviken. Clear Customs and then visit the historical site, which includes a small museum and Ernest Shackleton’s grave site. In the afternoon, land at Fortuna Bay / Stromness to see king penguins. Here you will learn more about Shackleton and his expedition. There is also an optional 2-3 hour “Shackleton walk."
In the morning, plan to land at Gold Harbor. This is a spectacular location with king penguins, elephant seals, and hanging glaciers. There are also sooty albatross here. In the afternoon, visit Cooper Bay on a Zodiac cruise and hope to see macaroni penguins.
St. Andrews Bay is the destination for a morning excursion. See a large king penguin colony and elephant seal bulls. In the
afternoon, take a Zodiac cruise and land at Ocean Harbor. The highlights here are a shipwreck and remains of the whaling industry.
In the morning, visit Prion Island to see the nesting wandering albatross. In the afternoon, head to Salisbury Plain for more king penguins and stunning landscapes.
As the ship makes its way back to the Falkland Islands (Islas Malvinas), the program of lectures and presentations continues.
Upon arrival at Port Stanley, disembark and transfer to the airport for your return flight.
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.
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:
For your convenience, on a request basis packages are available that include an airline ticket in economy class for the commercial flight from Santiago or Punta Arenas to Port Stanley, and/or return, and hotel accommodation in either Santiago or Punta Arenas. These packages are
designed to facilitate your arrival to and departure from the Falklands (Malvinas). Scheduled flights are operated on Saturdays by Latam Airlines. Please note that premium economy, business class, and first class service is not available. Please request further details at time of reservations.
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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