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Christmas in Falklands & Antarctica in Luxury

Christmas in Falklands & Antarctica in Luxury 16 Days

Prices From £13,300pp
20 DEC, 2019 | Up to 15 nights

Christmas in Falklands & Antarctica in Luxury 16 Days

Aboard: Silver Cloud Expedition

If you have always dreamt of a white Christmas, then this is the answer. Explore the rolling moorland of the Falkland Islands and marvel at overwhelming icebergs Antarctica offers. Visit historic sites of the early explorers and the remains of impressive whaling operations as sea-lions, seals, dolphins and penguins frolic nearby. Be prepared for astounding diversity on this dazzling journey of discoveries. A team of passionate and expert professionals will accompany you throughout this unforgettable adventure on Earth's final frontier.

Highlights

  • Celebrate Christmas on the remarkable Antarctica Peninsula
  • Explore the beautiful Falkland Islands
  • Spectacular and varied scenery
  • Prolific land, marine and avian wildlife including huge penguin colonies
  • Exciting Zodiac excursions and landings
  • Kayaking option available

What's Included

  • Full board accommodation on board ship, including all beverages
  • Return charter flights Santiago - Ushuaia
  • 1 night pre-cruise hotel stay
  • Transfers to and from ship
  • Highly qualified expedition team
  • Excursions and activities, including explorations by Zodiac
  • Complimentary expedition gear: parka, backpack and water bottle
  • Personalised service with a butler for all suites
  • Inclusive room-service, select wines, spirits and soft drinks throughout the ship
  • Free WIFI throughout the ship
  • Onboard Gratuities

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Take advantage of our vast experience, passion and expertise to help you hand craft the perfect Antarctica, Falklands adventure for you.

Zoe Savage-Morton Travel Specialist

With countless travel experiences and an enduring hunger for adventure, Zoe knows exactly what’s needed to craft a holiday of a lifetime. Her experience and generosity of spirit are legendary and she’ll help you build an itinerary that will make all your dreams come true.

Michael Gardiner Senior Travel Expert

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.

Simon Rowland Senior Travel Expert

As Senior Travel Expert, Simon has an absolute wealth of experience in adventure travel in some of the most fascinating places in the world. With in-depth knowledge and fantastic organizational skills, Simon’s first-hand experience and genuine passion drive him to work to create your perfect itinerary.

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Ushuaia, Argentina
1Day

Ushuaia, Argentina

Embark Silver Cloud, settle in and attend a mandatory safety drill before leaving port. During the afternoon you will be introduced to some of the important crew members and your Expedition Team. At sail away bid farewell to Tierra del Fuego and take the famous Beagle Channel heading for the South Atlantic.

At Sea
2Day

At Sea

As we set sail on our initial transit, familiarise yourself with the elegant Silver Cloud and the Expedition Team members. Attend wildlife, geography and history discussions hosted by our expert naturalists and guest lecturers preparing you for the exciting adventures that lie ahead.

Westpoint Island & New Island, Falklands
3Day

Westpoint Island & New Island, Falklands

The remarkable beauty of the remote Falkland Islands can best be seen on New Island. The westernmost of the inhabited islands of the archipelago, it is a wildlife and nature reserve, and an environmental conservation group protects its many birds and animals. There are rookeries where Rockhopper Penguins and Blue-eyed Shags share the same nesting area. Black-browed Albatrosses can be seen going about their daily routines and it is easy to spot Upland Geese. More than 40 species of birds breed on the 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 Magellanic Cormorants can also be found on the island.

Stanley
4Day

Stanley

Tiny Stanley, capital of the Falklands, seems in many ways like a British village fallen out of the sky. Many homes are painted in bright colours, adding visual appeal to this distant outpost. Not far offshore, the wreck of the Lady Elizabeth, is one of the many vessels remaining as a silent testimonial to the region's frequent harsh weather conditions. The islands, also known by their Spanish name of Islas Malvinas, are home to arguably more tuxedo-clad inhabitants of the penguin variety than human residents. Various species, such as Gentoo, Magellanic and the more elusive King penguins can be found here. See the totem pole and the whalebone arch in front of the town cathedral, or have a beer at one of the charming local pubs. The dockside Falkland Islands Museum is also worth a visit, covering the natural and cultural history of the region.

At Sea
5Day

At Sea

As we sail towards Antarctica spend some time on deck watching the horizon and the variety of seabirds that glide in the air currents of our ship’s wake - such as the Wandering Albatross, Cape Petrels, White-chinned Petrels and Sooty Shearwaters, and keep your eyes peeled for icebergs.

Elephant Island
6Day

Elephant Island

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’. If conditions cooperate, you might take a Zodiac cruise. A bust here commemorates the Chilean captain who finally helped Shackleton rescue the men in mid-winter.

Antarctic Sound
7Day

Antarctic Sound

We will start at the top of the Antarctic Peninsula, venturing into Antarctic Sound and its magnificent array of tabular icebergs, historical sites and Adelie and Gentoo Penguin rookeries. The Sound is referred to romantically as the “parking lot” for these massive continental icebergs, which rise out of the water like giant white-blue blocks. Depending on weather and ice conditions Silver Cloud might visit Brown Bluff, Hope Bay and cruise the Antarctic Sound.

Brown Bluff, (a 2,200-foot bluff on the Antarctic continent) is an ice-capped, 745-metre-high, flat-topped mountain with a prominent cliff of reddish-brown volcanic rock. The coastal area at the base of Brown Bluff is used by Adelie and Gentoo Penguins, Kelp Gulls, and Cape Petrels as a breeding area. Under good climatic conditions a walk onto a nearby glacier might be feasible.

Hope Bay has one of the largest Adelie Penguin colonies in Antarctica and a Zodiac cruise past the Argentine Station “Esperanza” will show some of the penguins, Weddell seals and Blue-eyed Shags.

Depending on ice conditions, Zodiac cruises and a landing might be possible.

Antarctic Peninsula
8 - 12Days

Antarctic Peninsula

While sailing in Antarctica’s vast white wilderness, a flexible itinerary will allow us to take advantage of favourable sea and weather conditions. In the true spirit of expedition cruising, each day the Expedition Leader and Captain will determine our best course depending on weather, ice conditions and wildlife we may encounter. Here are some of the places we may visit:

Cuverville Island, Errera Channel:

The island was discovered by Gerlache’s Belgian Antarctic expedition of 1897–99, and was named for a vice admiral in the French navy.
Large, bare rock areas provide nesting sites for Gentoo Penguins. Snow Petrels and Cape Petrels also may be seen, whilst Wilson’s Storm-petrels nest in the higher scree of the island. During Zodiac tours, hauled-out Weddell and Antarctic fur seals are quite often encountered.

Paradise Bay (on the Antarctic Peninsula):

The bay is well named for its spectacular scenery of mountains, glaciers and icebergs. The Silver Cloud will reach Argentina’s “Base Almirante Brown”, one of many Antarctic research stations. Here, you will actually set foot on the mainland of Antarctica.
You can also view the wildlife from sea level while cruising in our Zodiacs. Apart from observing nesting shags in the cliffs there is a good chance to see crabeater seals relaxing on ice floes, and you might even locate Minke whales.

Neko Harbour (on the Antarctic Peninsula):

Neko Harbour offers a visit to small penguin rookeries, a nice Zodiac cruise in search of whales and the possibility to hike onto a glacier for spectacular views of the glaciers, the bay and the ship. The common breeding birds are Gentoo Penguins, but Chinstrap Penguins, Kelp Gulls and skuas can be seen too. Seals are often hauled-out close to the landing site.

Lemaire Channel (Between Booth Island and the Peninsula):

The Lemaire Channel (named by Adrien de Gerlache after a Belgian explorer who never came to Antarctica) was first crossed in 1898. The spectacular scenery of the steep snow-covered mountains and the tranquil waters in conjunction with the probability to see whales and seals will make this one of the most memorable places during the voyage.

Port Lockroy, Goudier Island:

The British built a listening station here during WWII, which was later used as a research station in the 1950s and since 1996 as a museum and gift shop and Post Office. While you are inside sending a postcard from this lonely outpost, Snowy Sheathbills and Gentoo Penguins roam outside the museum.

South Shetland Islands
13Day

South Shetland Islands

We will end our Antarctic sojourn in the South Shetland Islands.

Port Foster, Whalers Bay and Telefon Bay are all located in Deception Island, an excellent example of a caldera that can be reached from the sea. We plan to sail into the caldera through the narrow entrance called Neptune’s Bellows. Ashore Deception Island’s interesting history -from whaling to scientific studies- still shows remains of a former whaling station, including the boilers used to make whale oil in the early 1900s, and houses belonging to a British research base. The unique volcanic features of the area can be seen during hikes.

Drake Passage Return
14 - 15Days

Drake Passage Return

The Drake Passage has a notorious reputation for its turbulent seas due to the westerly winds and the funneling effect of the passage. The Antarctic Convergence, a natural boundary where cold polar water flows northward and warmer equatorial water moves southward, is within the Drake Passage. When these two currents meet, nutrients are pushed to the surface, often attracting a multitude of seabirds and whales. Black-browed Albatross, Sooty Shearwaters and White-chinned Petrels glide in the air currents alongside and in the wake of the ship.

Ushuaia
16Day

Ushuaia

After breakfast, disembark Silver Cloud.

A view from Above

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Silver Cloud Expedition
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Silver Cloud Expedition

This ship has been completely refurbished to create the most luxurious ice-class expedition cruise ship. On board are all the facilities and comfort of a luxury liner combined with the intimacy of a small 200-260 passenger vessel.

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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

Overall I think that it was an excellent trip that was well worth the price paid and I would have no hesitation recommending your company to others.

Steve Sutton

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.

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