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Falklands, South Georgia & Antarctica + Circle 23 daysAboard: Greg Mortimer Sylvia Earle
Join this exciting expedition aboard the brand-new polar vessel the Sylvia Earle and combine a discovery of the best of what the Antarctica region has to offer with the thrilling possibility of completing a feat seldom few have achieved…crossing the Antarctic Circle! Sailing to and from Ushuaia you will journey far south for a classic Antarctic Peninsula cruise where you will discover a land of towering icebergs, pristine scenery and enchanting wildlife. Your ship will make its way deep into southern Antarctic territory for exciting ice navigation that will soon see you raising a glass in celebration of being one of very few people to have ever ‘Crossed The Circle’! You will then sail on for an in-depth exploration of the wildlife paradise of South Georgia, home to millions of fur seals and penguins, wallows of elephant seals, and nesting albatross, as well as captivating historical sites, before a brief visit to the beautiful Falkland Islands, with time for hopefully a few landings on some of the more remote and intriguing islands.
This trip operates on various dates aboard 2 different vessels - the Sylvia Earle and the Greg Mortimer. Mentioned activities may not be applicable to all departure dates. Please enquire for full rates and dates.
- Attempt to cross the Antarctic Circle!
- Spectacular scenery throughout
- Explore the wildlife paradise of South Georgia
- Step foot on the Antarctic Peninsula
- Enjoy a brief exploration of the Falklands
- Amazing wildlife including an abundance of penguins, birds and whales
- Activity options including kayaking and snorkelling (select departures - costs apply)
- Enjoy exciting Zodiac cruises throughout
- Visit historical and scientific sites
- Resident photography guide
- Full board accommodation on board ship with daily breakfast, lunch and dinner, afternoon tea and snacks
- Wines, beers and soft drinks with dinner
- 1 night accommodation in Ushuaia pre-voyage, with breakfast and half-day city tour included
- Transfers from ship & luggage transfer to ship
- Captain's Welcome and Farewell drinks including four-course dinner, house cocktails, house beer and wine, non-alcoholic beverages
- All Zodiac landings and excursions
- Programme of expert lectures
- Loan of rubber boots
- Complimentary 3-in-1 polar jacket
Book select dates now and receive a 10% discount off the published rates!
Offer applicable when booked before 1st March 2023
Applies to new bookings in select cabins on select departures only. Subject to availability, cannot be combined with any other offer, and may be withdrawn at any time. Full terms & conditions apply. / Available on selected dates/vessels.
No Single Supplement With Cabin Mate Finder!
Solo travellers willing to share a cabin with a carefully selected co-traveller will pay no single supplement! Or just a 50% supplement if you prefer a single occupancy room!
Offer applicable when booked before 27th December 2023
Sharing travellers will be paired with a roommate of the same sex. Sharing places are subject to availability and will rely on being matched to a suitable roommate. / Available on selected dates/vessels.
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Your journey begins in Ushuaia, the world’s southernmost city. Arrive independently and transfer to the hotel for your included overnight stay. Enjoy time seeing the sights and sounds of this city which is renowned for its enchanting scenery, before enjoying a good night’s sleep in preparation for the adventures ahead.
Ushuaia - Embarkation
After a leisurely breakfast at your hotel, you can join your included half-day tour of Ushuaia and its surrounds. This beautiful city is the capital of the Tierra del Fuego province and its unique landscape of mountains, sea, glaciers and forest is simply a delight to explore. This fantastic tour will take you to some of Ushuaia’s most impressive areas including The Mission, Solier and Brown neighbourhoods where you can see the ancient houses belonging to the first families in Tierra del Fuego and superb views over Ushuaia and the Beagle Channel. There will also be time to visit the End of the World Museum where you can get an insight into the history of Tierra del Fuego, before heading to the port in the mid-afternoon to board the Sylvia Earle. Settle into your comfortable cabin and get to know your home for the next 21 nights as the ship sets sail through the scenic Beagle Channel and we begin our epic adventure of a lifetime. A luggage transfer from the hotel is included today.
At Sea - Drake Passage & South Shetlands
As your ship sails south through the famous Drake Passage keep an eye out in one of the many observation areas for the whales and seabirds, including albatross, which follow the ship, and the first of many iceberg sightings. Enjoy informative lectures on the wildlife, history and geology of the areas you are about to discover and attend bio security briefings for your time in Antarctica. As we approach the Shetland Islands on day 4, the excitement will build as we prepare the first of many landings in Antarctica. Possible landing sites here may include the Aitcho, Robert or Deception Islands.
Antarctic Peninsula & Circle
As you awake on day 5 the sight that awaits this morning is the stunning Antarctic Peninsula. A land of superlatives, Antarctica’s vast proportions are a sight to behold. Enjoy twice daily Zodiac excursions to explore penguin rookeries, visit historic sites and scientific stations, get up close to the masses of elaborate icebergs, and attempt the incomparable feat of crossing the Antarctic Circle. Watch seals basking on the ice floes, join an excursion in search of orca sightings, and enjoy the exhilaration of stepping foot on the white continent. As with all polar expeditions, your exact itinerary in Antarctica will be dictated by weather and wildlife sighting opportunities so be prepared for the unexpected. Making the most of every moment, your captain will choose the best course each day for wildlife viewings and adventures, with a new experience guaranteed each day.
Some of the fantastic landing sites we expect to visit throughout your time in Antarctica include the beautiful protected bay of Paradise Harbour where you can enjoy an exciting Zodiac cruise in search of whales including humpbacks, minkes and orcas, seals and various bird species including terns, gulls and blue-eyed shags.
Other areas along the Peninsula we hope to visit include the Hydrurga Rocks where you can search for observations of Weddell seals, leopard seals and chinstrap penguins, Neko Harbour where dramatic scenery of towering peaks and calving glaciers plays host to a large colony of gentoo penguins and more Weddell seals, and the important scientific research spot of Port Lockroy where we can learn all about Antarctica’s history and where you can send a postcard from the world’s most southern Post Office! Other possible landing sites include the Petermann and Pleneau Islands, Cuverville Island, Danco Island and the Melchior Islands.
Having reached the most westerly point of the Peninsula, your ship will sail through the exceptionally scenic Lemaire Channel, where time in the observation lounge or on deck will reward in incredible views of the surrounding towering cliffs and majestic icebergs reflecting off the silky still water surfaces. Pushing further south the goal will be to reach and cross the Antarctic Circle, and as we raise a glass of sparkling wine to celebrate this remarkable feat, you can enjoy a moment of reflection at the magnitude of being one of the world’s few fortunate travellers to have ever ventured this far south! After a brief exploration below the circle it will be time to turn the ship around and head back north along the Peninsula again.
Throughout your time in Antarctica we will have approximately 18-20 hours of daylight in which to enjoy exploration on land and by sea, with your expert expedition team and resident photography coach accompanying you throughout. For the more adventurous there will be ample opportunities for kayaking and snorkelling excursions. Please note, kayaking and snorkelling incur an additional cost and should be booked in advance.
At Sea Towards South Georgia
Leaving the wonders of Antarctica behind, we will now make our way towards beautiful South Georgia. Your onboard lecture and presentation programme will continue, now focusing on the legendary stories of Sir Ernest Shackleton who along with five of his hardy crew took this very route across the Scotia Sea to seek help for the rest of their crew who had been stranded on Elephant Island. There will also be bio-safety briefings for your time in South Georgia and ample time for bird and marine life spotting from the decks and observation lounges. This will also be a great time to simply relax after a busy time in Antarctica.
Welcome to the wildlife paradise of South Georgia, a mostly uninhabited land filled with historic associations, spectacular scenery and the world’s largest king penguin rookeries. Lying wholly within the Antarctic Convergence, South Georgia is a life-sustaining haven to some of the world’s largest congregations of wildlife, and your time here will allow for an in-depth exploration of the island, with your captain choosing each day the best spots to visit for the ultimate wildlife and scenic experiences. You will explore the stunning northern coast as well as the Stromness and Grytviken harbours, where 3000-metre peaks form dramatic backdrops to the remains of whaling stations. You can enjoy Zodiac excursions each day, and for the kayakers there are plentiful areas along the beautiful coastline to explore and get up close to the playful seals that frequent the waters. Enjoy walks along the beaches where an abundance of basking elephant seals, feisty fur seals and busy penguins jostle for the perfect spot, and take the time to soak up the sights and sounds of this simply remarkable island.
Synonymous with the epic expedition of survival by Shackleton, Worsley, and Crean, if conditions permit we will attempt to follow in their footsteps and complete the final leg of their journey on a walk from Fortuna Bay to Stromness. Our expert historians will share tales along the way of these hardy explorers’ feats and fates. We will also be able to pay our respects at Shackleton’s final resting place in Grytviken.
As well as gaining some in-depth knowledge of Shackleton’s feats, our main focus here will be on the indescribable numbers of wildlife that is found here. In St Andrews Bay you can enjoy a walk along the long black sandy beach to visit the largest King penguin colony on the island as well as hundreds of elephant seals. The sight and sound of over 200,000 pairs of King penguins at different stages of their breeding cycle jostling with the seals for prime spots along the beach, all set amongst the most incredible backdrop of spectacular snow-capped mountains, is something you won’t forget in a hurry. In Godthul you can enjoy a gentle walk along the tussock to a spectacular plateau offering magnificent views across the island, and seek out the large Macaroni penguin colony on the way back down, whilst in Salisbury Plains you will be greeted by 100,000 more pairs of king penguins as well as fur and elephant seals.
Aside from the penguins, there will be ample opportunities for enjoyable Zodiac cruises and walks, including in Fortuna Bay and across the landscapes of Grytviken where you can see the reminders of the historic whaling days. Another highlight will be the Bay of Isles where you can observe, from a safe distance, the magnificent wandering albatrosses proudly protecting their chicks. Other areas we may visit include Cooper Bay, Drygalski Fjord and Elsehul Bay.
At Sea - Towards the Falklands
As your ship sails northwest towards the Falkland Islands, keep an eye out in one of the many observation areas for the seabirds, including albatross and giant petrels, which follow the ship, and possibly some whale sightings. Enjoy informative lectures on the wildlife, history and geology of the areas you are about to discover and attend bio security briefings for your brief visit to the Falklands. Your onboard photography guide can help you to perfect your wildlife photos in preparation for your next landings and offer tips on editing and storing the countless photos you will no doubt already captured on this unforgettable journey..
The Falkland Islands
Today it is time for your last adventure as we enjoy a brief visit to the wildlife hotspot of the Falkland Islands. Upon arrival here we will hope to land at the aptly named Sealion Island to visit the nature reserve and discover how the island’s raw beauty and solitude make it a haven for both wildlife and visitors alike. Whilst here you can hope to enjoy observations of bountiful elephant seals and sea lions as well as an abundance of birds including Magellanic, Rockhopper, Macaroni, King and Gentoo penguins, Striated and Crested Caracaras, southern giant petrels, thrushes and finches. There are also good chances of seeing Peale’s dolphins and maybe even pods of orcas. We will then visit historic Stanley, the uniquely charming capital of the archipelago, where you can enjoy a short walk around to get an insight into the way of life in this remote town.
Back to Ushuaia
As your epic adventure sadly comes to an end, we will spend a final day at sea sailing back towards Ushuaia. On the morning of day 23 you will awake to your ship gently cruising along the Beagle Channel into Ushuaia, and after breakfast it will be time to say goodbye as you disembark and transfer to the airport or to a downtown location should you wish to extend your time here.
A view from Above
The brand new (2018-19) “Greg Mortimer” is a purpose-built expedition vessel capable of negotiating the strongest winds and waves, and has been built to world-class polar standards. The Greg Mortimer redefines expedition cruising for the future, utilising the ULSTEIN X-BOW, a cutting edge nautical technology which allows for gentle travel and motion at sea, reduced vibrations, improved comfort and safety on board, virtual anchoring, lower fuel consumption and lower air emissions. Robust, powerful, and built with passengers’ comfort and safety at the forefront of design, the Greg Mortimer features a modern ice-strengthened hull at ice class 1A, four sea-level launching platforms for fast and efficient access to Zodiacs, a custom-built activity platform, the most up-to-date and concise safety features including the latest ‘return to port’ technology, and has been built to meet and exceed the strict environment standards of the Polar Code, for non-intrusive and low-impact voyages. For exceptional at sea wildlife and scenery viewing opportunities the ship has custom-built hydraulic platforms offering unobstructed views, an indoor observation lounge, side viewing platforms and an outdoor top deck which allows for 360-degree views. With space for 132 passengers the ship has 80 well designed staterooms with en-suite bathrooms, ranging from porthole to balcony categories, a large dining room/restaurant with family style dining, a spacious lecture room, a well stocked library, Wellness Centre complete with gym equipment, sauna and spa, a multimedia room and a fully-stocked medical centre.
Setting sail for her maiden voyage in December 2022, this outstanding purpose-built expedition vessel honours the long-standing conservation efforts of the highly accomplished marine biologist, oceanographer and explorer, Sylvia Earle. Capable of negotiating the strongest winds and waves, the vessel has been built to world-class polar standards and utilises the ground-breaking ULSTEIN X-BOW technology which allows for faster, more comfortable travel, improved safety, reduced emissions and lower fuel consumption. The vessel boasts one of the lowest polluting marine engines in the world and also utilises virtual anchoring to protect the sea floor. In terms of safety, the ship will feature industry-leading safety technology that exceeds the requirements for a ship of this size and will also feature world class return-to-port equipment and a fully-stocked medical clinic. In terms of comfort onboard, the Sylvia Earle will be hard to beat. The vessel features a distinctive Glass Atrium Lounge at the bow of the ship with a stunning panoramic view on both port and starboard side, a swimming pool and jacuzzi where you can admire impressive scenery while watching the world go by. A gym, sauna and wellness centre add to the luxury touches onboard and there are various places to relax after a long day of adventures including a beautiful library and a number of bars, lounges and observation areas. Delicious meals will be served in the elegant dining room and presentations will be provided in the state-of-the-art lecture theatre. With capacity for 132 passengers, the ship has 74 elegantly designed staterooms with en-suite bathrooms, ranging from porthole to balcony categories. Each cabin features stylish design, a flat screen TV, large comfortable beds, windows or balconies and closet spaces. Please note - for now, images shown are artist impressions/renders only
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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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