Antarctica and South Atlantic Islands to Cape Town 22 daysAboard: Le Lyrial
This extended expedition cruise take you from Ushuaia, in Tierra del Fuego, the southernmost city in the world, to Cape Town in South Africa. Included on the voyage are the Falkland Islands and the South Georgia, a sub-Antarctic region formed by a chain of underwater mountains and home to rich and fascinating wildlife including king penguins, whales, elephant seals, and fur seals. Then on to three of the most isolated islands in the world: Tristan da Cunha, a volcanic and mountainous land remarkable for its 2,000 metre peak; Nightingale, home to rockhoppers and Gough Island, with one of the world’s largest seabird colonies and listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site.
- Abundant marine wildlife throughout
- Myriad terrestrial and sea birds
- Spectacular South Georgia and Falkland Islands
- Remote Tristan da Cunha
- Historical sites
- Beautiful Cape Town
- Full board accommodation on board, including bar/beverage service
- Flight Buenos Aires - Ushuaia
- Transfers between airport and ship
- Zodiac cruises and shore excursions
- Entertainment and expert lecture programme
- Optional excursion in Ushuaia pre-cruise
- Loan of rubber boots
- Expedition parka
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Mike has more than 15 years of experience in the travel industry and continues to be inspired by the people, places and wildlife he discovers. His in-depth personal knowledge of a diverse range of destinations ensures your adventure itinerary will be a holiday like no other.
With a lifetime of unforgettable nature and adventure based travel under his belt, Simon shares his passion, enthusiasm and hands-on experience to help create the perfect itinerary for every client.
Zoe’s abiding love of adventure travel has taken her to some of the most incredible wildlife-rich places on Earth. Her vast experience and genuine desire to share her knowledge makes her an outstanding and invaluable person to help you organise your wildlife adventure trip.
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All our itinerary holidays are fully customisable
Buenos Aires - Ushuaia
Flight Buenos-Aires/Ushuaia (Argentina). Direct transfer on board or transfer to Arakur Resort, located inside Cerro Alarken natural Reserve. Time at leisure, lunch and/or optional excursion to Tierra del Fuego National Park.Embarkation in the afternoon and set sail.
Get used to life on board and spend time on deck watching for your first whale sightings and spotting the various seabirds following the ship.
New Island and Grave Cove
Today, we plan to land at Grave Cove and New Island in the West Falklands. Here, amongst the rugged and beautiful scenery, you will have the opportunity to get close up with several species of penguin, black-browed albatross, petrels and other land and sea birds as well as colonies of fur seals.
Saunders and Steeple Jason Islands
As we sail south, listen to interesting expert lectures and keep a look out for whales and other sea mammals as well as spotting sea birds for the deck.
Salisbury Plain, Stromness and Fortuna Bay
We hope to disembark at the splendid Fortuna Bay among the penguins and be allowed to approach the sea elephants lounging in the weak southern sunshine. This glacial expanse of Salisbury Plain, surrounded by high mountains is home to over 250,000 king penguins and the spectacle is truly amazing.
Grytviken & St Andrew's Bay
At Grytviken, we disembarkand spend time looking at the ruins of this historic whaling station. Here, we will also pay our respects at the grave of the famous explorer, Ernest Shackleton and visit the museum, from where you can also send postcards homefrom one of the most remote places on earth.
Facing out towards the tempestuous Atlantic Ocean, you'll safely disembark along Saint Andrews Bay with the assistance of your naturalist guides. This bay bears a gift that is sure to enchant photographers. From the bay's long grey-sand beach, home to abundant fur seals and elephant seals, you can easily access a vast glacial trough bordered by steep mountainsides and enclosed by Ross Glacier. Here, at the heart of this valley, lies the climax of your visit: the largest colony of king penguins on the South Georgia Islands. You'll be witness to a surreal visual and auditory experience: entire hillsides covered with adult penguins dutifully going back and forth from land to water in order to feed their young.
Gold Harbour and Cooper Bay
Gold Harbor is home to not only king and gentoo penguins but also a large colony of elephant seals - walking amongst these leviathans is an amazing experience. This is also a great place for seein the beautiful light-mantled sooty albatross.
Cooper Bay is home to a large colony of macaroni penguins, distinctive because of their floppy bright yellow crests.
Relax during these days at sea and enjoy the facilities on board ship. Spend time on deck watching for whales and seabirds.
Tristan Da Cunha
One of the most remote settlements in the world. If we can land here, we can spend time exploring the town, Edinburgh-of-the-Seven Seas, climb the volcano and perhaps enjoy a drink in the world's furthermost pub. Look out for the endemic Tristan thrush and albatross.
Nightingale is one of the three main islands in the Tristan group and is home to a large colony of rockhopper penguins. We may be able to land here dependent on sea conditions.
Gough Island is a protected UNESCO reserve and no landings are permitted. We will take a close up cruise around the isalnd looking at the thousands of sea birds nesting on and swooping around the cliffs.
Our last days at sea spent relaxing and looking for marine mammals and different birds as we approach African shores.
Sail past the Cape of Good Hope and upon arrival in Cape Town spend a day enjoying the sights and sounds of this cosmopolitan city, set in the beautiful surroundings of Table Bay. Disembark and transfer to airport or hotel.
A view from Above
A sleek new luxury ship with 122 cabin/suites, each with private balcony. There are lifts to all decks, dining room, theatre/presentation room and all the facilities to be expected of a five star yacht. The sip enters service in April 2015 and full details will be available after that date.
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Now that I am back from my odyssey voyage, I thought I would let you know that after all that planning it really did exceed my expectations – we managed landings everywhere even on Tristan da Cuhna and had great bird sightings. The guides all knew what they were talking about too and made sure I got some great photos – still sorting them all out! Thanks for everything and see you at Birdfair!Dave Martin
I want to thank you for all you did to make my recent Falklands trip run so smoothly and comfortably. Thank you for all your help over the diet too.Dr Lorna Mairs
Just a quick note to express my sincere thanks to you and all your staff for making this an epic adventure of immense proportions. Everything went smoothly, pickups, hotels and most of all the expedition itself. Truly a mind blowing experience unlike any I have ever taken.Mr J Borg, Malta
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