Luxury Falklands, South Georgia & Antarctic Islands 23 daysAboard: Sea Spirit
A fantastic journey through the 3 most famous and impressive areas that make up a classic Antarctica cruise. Aboard your luxury vessel you will discover the wonders of the Falkland Islands and the wildlife paradise of South Georgia before an exhilarating exploration of the Antarctic Peninsula and the South Shetland Islands. Sailing from Buenos Aires to Ushuaia, this itinerary showcases the very best of what the Antarctic region has to offer, with unrivalled wildlife encounters and spectacular scenery at every turn.
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- Amazing wildlife
- Spectacular scenery
- Rarely visited locations
- Discover the Antarctica region's three most iconic locations in one epic voyage
- Kayaking option available
- One night's pre-cruise hotel accommodation in Buenos Aires
- Group transfers airport-hotel/ship and return
- All meals on board ship
- All excursions shown in itinerary
- Programme of expert lectures
- Expedition parka
- Loan of rubber boots
- All port fees
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Buenos Aires, Argentina
Arrive independently and enjoy the highlights of Buenos Aires, the capital of Argentina. Upon arrival at the airport a transfer will be provided to your hotel which is included in the price of your voyage. For the rest of the day you are free to explore this vibrant and energetic city that is steeped in rich culture, architecture and unrivalled dining experiences.
Your morning will be free to further explore the city before joining your included transfer to the port to board your luxury expedition ship in the afternoon. Explore your new surroundings and settle in to your cabin as the crew slip the moorings and sail towards the wilderness. In the evening you will be invited to join your new shipmates at the welcome dinner.
Leaving the South American coast behind, your ship will sail southwards into the South Atlantic Ocean towards the Falkland Islands. Keep an eye out on deck for the birdlife that follows the ship, and there may even be spottings of whales and dolphins. Your expert onboard team will provide informative and entertaining lectures on the history, wildlife and geology of the areas you will be visiting, and you will also receive information on the environmental regulations that are in place including appropriate behaviour around the wildlife you will no doubt be encountering on your expedition.
On the morning of day 6 your vessel will be sailing along the coast of the Falkland Islands, the world’s best kept wildlife secret. Your exact route here will be dependent on the weather conditions on this remote and sparsely-populated group of islands, and your Captain will choose the best course to take advantage of the unrivalled wildlife and scenic opportunities available.
A birder’s paradise, the Falklands are home to large colonies of Rockhopper, King and Macaroni penguins and albatross which are easily accessible on the smaller more isolated islands that we intend to visit. Great care must be taken at all times to ensure not to encroach upon these beautiful creatures’ habitats and your team will brief you in regards to safe distances to adhere to. The Falklands are also a fantastic place to enjoy close encounters with marine mammals, with Elephant and Fur seals being found on the numerous sandy beaches and various whale and dolphin species in the waters surrounding the islands.
Stanley, Falkland Islands
On day 7 we hope to visit Stanley, the charming capital of the Falkland Islands where a quintessentially British feel combines with historic sites to make it the perfect spot to finish your exploration of the Falklands. Enjoy a walk along the beautiful waterfront promenade and take the opportunity to visit the Falkland Islands Museum, the governor’s house, the impressive cathedral, the war memorial and the quality gift shops. If time allows enjoy a drink in one of the local pubs and view the famous shipwrecks in the harbour.
There may also be time today for an excursion to the beautiful nature reserve of Gypsy Cove to see its white sandy beaches and vibrant birdlife including Magellanic penguins and the endemic Falklands flightless steamer duck. In the afternoon you will re-board the ship and set sail for South Georgia.
As you leave the Falklands behind and head towards South Georgia your ship will sail east past the remote, seabird-covered Shag Rocks so have your camera ready on deck. Your ship will cross the Antarctic Convergence and officially enter Antarctic waters. Your expert crew will provide lectures and presentations on the wildlife and history of South Georgia as well as briefings on bio-security procedures and the conservation efforts that are in place to protect the natural beauty of the area.
Welcome to the wildlife paradise of South Georgia Island! This exceptionally scenic wilderness is said to be home to over 100 million seabirds, including numerous species of albatross, penguins, prions, petrels, and terns, as well as over 100,000 elephant seals and three million fur seals! Your captain will take advantage of every opportunity for up-close wildlife encounters by creating a flexible itinerary for your time here, and each day the captain (and the weather) will decide which area to visit in order to get the very most from your South Georgia experience.
Likely places for exploration include Salisbury Plain and St Andrew’s Bay where penguins and seals flood the beaches jostling for a coveted spot. Don’t be surprised if your arrival is greeted by the inquisitive penguins coming up to you for a closer inspection!
The bountiful waters surrounding South Georgia are also inhabited by an increasing number of whales and you will have the chance to visit the historical whaling station of Grytviken which is also home to the South Georgia Museum. There will also be chance to visit Ernest Shackleton’s grave to pay your respects at the final resting place of this legendary polar explorer. We also hope to offer a hiking expedition over part of the famous “Shackleton Walk” from Fortuna Bay to the abandoned whaling station at Stromness.
Your time on this uninhabited island will be filled with exciting Zodiac excursions, wildlife encounters and incredible scenery that will live long in your memory. For the kayakers among us there will also be ample opportunities for kayaking excursions.
After an unforgettable time in South Georgia it’s time to set sail for the grand finale of your expedition and the wilderness of Antarctica and the South Shetland Islands. Sailing southwest towards the Peninsula there will be ample time for relaxing, collating the countless photos you will have no doubt taken in South Georgia and attending presentations and briefings in preparation for your time on the white continent.
South Shetland Islands and Antarctic Peninsula
Welcome to the land of superlatives…Antarctica! In authentic expedition style your exact itinerary here will be dependent on ice and weather conditions. Each day your experienced captain and expedition leader will choose the very best course in order to take advantage of every wildlife and adventure opportunity available. The long daylight hours offer plenty of flexibility for Zodiac excursions to make the most of your time in this magical part of the world.
The Antarctic Peninsula is home to some of the world’s most spectacular scenery, with narrow channels surrounded by towering mountain peaks covered in permanent snow and immense glaciers and icebergs of every size imaginable. It is also home to millions of penguins and other birdlife as well as a variety of whale and seal species, making it a nature lover’s paradise.
Your first stop on your Antarctica adventure is likely to be the South Shetland Islands, the northernmost islands in Antarctica. Likely stops here include Elephant Island, where men from Shackleton’s famous Endurance expedition spent the winter. We also hope to visit Deception Island, a flooded but still active volcanic caldera containing the remains of a derelict whaling station.
Your vessel will then sail through the vast Gerlache Strait alongside the Peninsula itself, with plans to stop at places such as Paradise Bay, Neko Harbour and Cierva Cove to step foot on the White Continent and enjoy exciting Zodiac excursions, incomparable photo opportunities, and once-in-a-lifetime wildlife encounters. For the adventurous there is a kayaking option available and this offers a unique and thrilling way to see the nature and feel the magic of Antarctica up-close. Please note, kayaking incurs an additional cost and should be booked in advance.
As your thrilling adventure comes to an end it’s time to head towards Ushuaia as your ship sails northwards through the Drake Passage. Continue your wildlife search as you spend time on deck and enjoy the final presentations and lectures from your onboard team of Antarctica experts. You will be invited to attend a farewell dinner and this is the perfect time to reflect on the unforgettable moments you will have experienced during your expedition.
Arrival into Ushuaia signals the end of your epic adventure. There will be time for breakfast and a fond farewell to your crew and shipmates before disembarking and joining the group transfer to the airport or to a central downtown location.
A view from Above
Sea Spirit is a high-quality purpose-built Antarctica expedition ship with en-suite accommodation for up to 114 passengers. Recently refurbished, all suites and cabins have windows, satellite phone access, flat-screen TV and DVD player and king size or twin beds and a number also have private balconies. There is a passenger lift, spacious dining room, lounge, Polar library, bar, shop, gym and hot tub. The ship has plenty of open deck space and an open bridge policy. A 10mb communications access card is included in every voyage.
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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.Mr J Borg, Malta
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