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Antarctica, Patagonia & Falklands Special

Antarctica, Patagonia & Falklands Special 19 Days

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March Only | 18 nights

Antarctica, Patagonia & Falklands Special 19 Days

Aboard: Fridtjof Nansen

Join us for this unique adventure that gives you the rare opportunity to experience South America, Patagonia, the Falkland Islands and Antarctica in one thrilling itinerary. Enjoying fantastic wildlife and adventure opportunities at every turn, you will travel from the vibrant Argentinean capital of Buenos via included flight to Ushuaia in Tierra del Fuego to board your expedition vessel and set sail for the wonders of the Antarctic Peninsula. Here, you will have plenty of time to immerse yourself in the beauty of the White Continent, marvelling at incredible scenery and delighting in the myriad bird and marine wildlife. Throughout your journey you will enjoy exciting Zodiac cruises through the iceberg-rich waters and come ashore to see the wildlife up close including thousands of penguins and an abundance of seals and whales. Travelling in the company of a high class expedition team you can make use of the first class lecture and presentation programme, as well as enjoying the interactive onboard science centre. Or if you prefer you can simply sit back and watch the icebergs float by as you soak up the sights in this remarkable pristine paradise at the bottom of the world.

Then it’s time to sail north to the remote and beautiful Falkland Islands for 3 days of wildlife, scenic and cultural experiences before venturing on to the Unesco World Heritage Site of Peninsula Valdes to discover its abundant marine wildlife, and back to Buenos Aires.

Highlights

  • Discover the hidden gems of the Falkland Islands
  • Visit the Unesco World Heritage site of Peninsula Valdes
  • Step foot on the Antarctic continent
  • Spectacular scenery throughout
  • Marine wildlife and myriad birds including thousands of penguins
  • Exciting Zodiac landings and excursions
  • High-tech science centre and informative lecture programme
  • Kayaking options available

What's Included

  • Full board accommodation on board ship including beverages with meals
  • One hotel night in Buenos Aires before the voyage, including breakfast
  • Economy flight from Buenos Aires to Ushuaia pre-voyage
  • Transfers from hotel to airport and airport to ship
  • Wind and water-resistant jacket
  • Landings with small boats and activities on board and ashore
  • Professional English-speaking Expedition team that gives lectures as well as accompany landings and activities
  • Free tea and coffee

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

Michael Gardiner Senior Travel Expert

Mike lives and breathes adventure travel and has a wealth of experience in some of the most exciting and inspirational destinations in the world. His expertise and first-hand experience afford him the skills to help build holidays to remember.

Zoe Savage-Morton Travel Specialist

Having amassed a host of extraordinary adventures in destinations all over the world, Zoe’s experience, skills and enthusiasm for helping clients plan their ideal itinerary will help make your holiday unforgettable, action packed and life-changing.

Simon Rowland Senior Travel Expert

Simon’s deep passion for and first-hand knowledge of a vast range of destinations all over the world gives him the ideal skills to help you create a truly unforgettable wildlife inspired adventure to the most exciting places on the planet.

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Buenos Aires
1Day

Buenos Aires

Your exciting itinerary will begin in Buenos Aires, the bustling and vibrant capital of Argentina, where after having arrived independently you will make your way to your included hotel for an overnight stay. The rest of the day is at your leisure, and we can arrange an optional city tour in the afternoon if you wish. In the evening you can spend some time sampling the city’s unique atmosphere before getting a good night’s sleep in preparation for the adventures that lie ahead.



Ushuaia
2Day

Ushuaia

After breakfast at your hotel you will take your transfer to the airport for your included flight to Ushuaia, the southernmost town in Argentina, where your ship awaits. After settling in to your comfortable cabin and familiarising yourself with the ship, you can enjoy a fantastic welcome dinner and spend some time on deck as we sail through the scenic Beagle Channel towards the Drake Passage.



At Sea - Drake Passage
3 - 4Days

At Sea - Drake Passage

We will now spend up to 2 days making our way across the famous Drake Passage towards Antarctica. Spend time on deck spotting our first sightings of icebergs and looking out for the seabirds and whales following the ship, or attend some of the interesting presentations on the history, wildlife and environment of Antarctica. We will cruise across the Antarctic Convergence and the temperatures will start to drop, raising the anticipation for the adventures that lie ahead.



Antarctica
5 - 9Days

Antarctica

Today we have reached one of the most remote areas on earth…Antarctica! A land of superlatives, Antarctica will without doubt take your breath away. We will spend our days here exploring by Zodiac and on foot to get up close to one of nature’s most remarkable areas. As you set foot on the endless expanse of snow and ice it is not uncommon to feel sense of euphoria as you discover a land where few have been and experience unforgettable scenery and wildlife encounters. Throughout your time here you are likely to see thousands of penguins along with numerous seals, whales and seabirds, all set amongst the most picture perfect landscapes you could imagine.

Any expedition to Antarctica requires an element of flexibility as ice and sea conditions can often dictate the routes taken, and your captain will choose each day the best route to take to ensure you experience everything that this amazing region has to offer, with each day offering a new and exciting experience. The first area we expect to visit will be the often mist-shrouded volcanic islands of the South Shetland Islands group, and make sure to have your cameras ready as we visit the staggeringly photogenic Half Moon Island, home to the most beautiful Antarctic scenery imaginable, and Yankee Harbour to visit its large colony of Gentoo penguins. As we sail to the Peninsula itself we will plan to stop at Cuverville Island to see another of the largest known colonies of Gentoo penguins, the aptly named Paradise Bay and beautifully scenic Neko Harbour. For whale spotting we may visit Wilhelmina Bay, often called “Whale-mina Bay”, because of the large number of humpback whales that are often spotted here.

Each day will bring a new adventure and focus, with planned activities designed to ensure every moment is memorable. And the fun isn’t restricted to land, as your expert expedition crew will deliver activities and talks to suit a wide range of interests. Your onboard photography expert will offer hints and tips for capturing the perfect pictures and if you prefer to stay on board there will be excellent viewing opportunities from the deck or observation lounges.

From hiking across the snowscapes and optional kayaking excursions to wildlife Zodiac cruises and expert lectures and discussions, this may be the pinnacle of your trip of a lifetime.

At Sea
10 - 11Days

At Sea

After the excitement of Antarctica we now make our way northwards again towards the Falkland Islands. Your programme of expert presentations and lectures will continue along with bio-environmental briefings preparing you for your time on the islands. The Falklands are a haven for birdlife so keen birders will enjoy some time on deck or in the observation lounge. Your onboard photography expert may join you to offer some tip and hints on capturing the perfect pictures.



Falkland Islands
12 - 14Days

Falkland Islands

We arrive off the coast of the Falkland Islands on the morning of day 12 and prepare to make land to discover these remote and fascinating islands that are simply teeming with wonders of wildlife and nature. The Falkland Islands are home to fantastically clear blue skies, seamless horizons, vast open spaces and stunning white beaches, and we will spend 3 days here exploring some of what the islands have to offer. Stanley, the islands’ charming capital town, makes a wonderful starting point for the various excursions we offer in the area and we expect to visit some of the smaller islands to see immense colonies of albatross and rockhopper, king and macaroni penguins, as well as striated caracaras and upland geese, residing alongside the sheep grazing on the grasslands. The photographic opportunities here are endless, with curious penguins likely to approach you to take a closer look and beautiful scenery providing the perfect backdrop. Stanley itself is easy to explore on foot and you will have time to visit some of the shops, welcoming pubs and take a stroll along the harbour.

While we are here, you can join several optional excursions like history tours, bird watching tours, nature walks and even a scenic plane tour where you can discover the Falklands by air in a classic island-hopping aircraft. There will also be chances for hikes in the hills or along the coastline, or kayaking in the clear waters surrounding the islands.

Islands we may visit include New Island, where with the white sandy beaches and turquoise sea you could be forgiven for thinking you had landed in the Caribbean, and the birding paradise of Carcass Island.

At Sea
15Day

At Sea

Today will be spent at sea as we make our way towards Puerto Madryn. Make sure to spend some time enjoying the sun on deck or in the observation lounge watching the myriad seabirds that follow the ship and looking out for whale sightings. Your programme of expert lectures and presentations will continue, and this is also the perfect time for some relaxation after your recent adventures.



Puerto Madryn
16Day

Puerto Madryn

Today we will arrive in Puerto Madryn, the gateway to the UNESCO World Heritage site of the Valdez Peninsula. This beautiful nature reserve overlooking the huge natural amphitheatre of Nuevo Gulf is one of the most vibrant areas in Patagonia and is home to some of the country's most dramatic wildlife habitats, with elephant seals, Magellan penguins, the southern right whale and a great variety of birds. We have a number of optional activities and excursions available today including horseback riding, snorkelling or kayaking with sea lions, whale watching or a visit to Estancia San Lorenzo where you will see wildlife including rheas (flightless, ostrich-like birds), guanacos (related to alpacas and llamas) and elephant seals.

Please note: optional excursions today are not included in the cost of your voyage.

At Sea
17 - 18Days

At Sea

After our in-depth exploration of these remarkable areas it’s time to head back to reality as we sail towards Buenos Aires. Spend some time on deck looking for more seabird sightings, relax in the welcoming lounge and share tales of your adventures, or enjoy the final presentations and lectures. Whatever you choose to do with these last few days you can be sure that you will be filled with contentment as you dissolve the fact that you have just visited some of the most impressive and remote regions on the planet.



Buenos Aires
19Day

Buenos Aires

Your thrilling adventure sadly comes to an end in Buenos Aires where it will be time to bid a fond farewell to your expedition team as we disembark and head homewards or onwards. If you’re itching for more adventure there are ample opportunities for extensions here in this remarkable city, and we would be more than happy to help arrange these for you.

A view from Above

All Aboard

Fridtjof Nansen
Luxury vessel

Fridtjof Nansen

The next generation of expedition ship, this brand new custom-built vessel (launching 2019) features a revolutionary battery hybrid powered propulsion system. Combining state of the art technology with a premium on board experience the ship has a rich and comfortable interior design using the finest Scandinavian materials, and offers 3 excellent restaurants, a welcoming explorer lounge, a large gym and wellness centre, a fantastic infinity pool and Jacuzzis, and huge indoor and outdoor observation decks. The highlight of this vessel for many will be the onboard Nansen Science Centre, an interactive area where guests can develop a deeper understanding of the areas we will be exploring. All of the spacious accommodation cabins on the Fridtjof Nansen are outside cabins and have been stylishly decorated and sumptuously furnished. All cabins have windows and 50% of them feature a private balcony. Premium aft suites feature private outdoor Jacuzzis with spectacular views.

we work hard to earn passionate reviews from our clients.

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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