South Georgia & The Falklands Special 17 DaysAboard: Sylvia Earle
Sail aboard the brand-new Polar expedition vessel Sylvia Earle as you enjoy this in-depth exploration of the Subantarctic lands of the Falklands and South Georgia. Your itinerary begins with a flight from Santiago in Chile to Stanley, the capital of the Falklands~Malvinas, where your expedition ship awaits you. You will then step aboard for a 15-day sail through these remarkable lands that are steeped in wildlife, history, and memorable scenery. Your 4 day journey through the Falklands archipelago will allow you to fully explore these beautifully barren islands and their amazing birdlife, including various penguin species and huge colonies of black-browed albatross.
In the wildlife paradise of South Georgia, you will enjoy 4 more days of in-depth discovery, soaking up the incredible wildlife displays of millions of penguins and seals bustling along the beaches surrounded by stunning glaciers and jagged peaks, and learn all about the island’s importance to the story of legendary explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton.
Travelling in the company of Polar experts, you will enjoy daily Zodiac cruises, land visits, photography coaching and fascinating lectures and presentations.
- An in-depth exploration of the wildlife paradise of South Georgia
- Discover the beautify, history and wildlife of the Falklands/Malvinas
- Amazing wildlife including an abundance of penguins, birds and whales
- Activity options including kayaking, snorkelling and a Shackleton Crossing mountaineering adventure (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 Santiago pre-voyage, with breakfast included
- Flight from Santiago to Stanley in the Falkland Islands
- City tour of Stanley prior to embarkation
- 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
So much to experience
Our popularitinerary Suggestions
All our itinerary holidays are fully customisable
Your itinerary begins in Santiago, the vibrant capital of Chile, where upon arriving independently you will be greeted at the airport and transferred to the hotel for your included overnight stay. There will be a briefing in the evening to meet your fellow expeditioners and then the evening will be at your leisure.
You may wish to arrive in Santiago a couple of days early to see more of this memorable city.
The Falkland Islands
After breakfast in the hotel on the morning of day 2, you will transfer to the airport for your included flight to Stanley, the capital of the Falkland Islands. Upon arrival in Stanley there will be time for a tour of this charming town to discover its distinctly British feel, colourful houses, quaint pubs and cafes and fascinating museum. The tour will end at the pier where you will board your vessel.
After settling in to your comfortable cabin and familiarising yourself with the ship’s facilities, we will set sail.
Over the next 4 days we hope to visit a number of the islands, enjoying twice daily landings or Zodiac excursions. Your expert expedition team will assess the elements and choose the perfect landing sites for each adventure. There will be Zodiac cruises through rocky coves and along sea cliffs in search of sightings of seals, sea lions, penguins, dolphins and an abundance of seabirds. We will hope to visit albatross colonies, penguin rookeries and maybe even enjoy a cup of tea with the locals in some of the traditional cottages on the islands. Whichever islands in the archipelago that we visit, the scenery will be beautiful, and the wildlife even more so.
As we leave The Falkland Islands behind we will spend approximately 2 to 3 days at sea sailing through the Scotia Sea towards the wildlife paradise of South Georgia. Your informative and entertaining lecture programme will continue along with bio-security briefings for your time on the island. As we pass the Shag Rocks keep an eye out on deck for the abundant seabirds that follow the ship.
Welcome to the wildlife paradise of South Georgia, a mostly uninhabited land filled with historic associations, spectacular scenery and some of 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. On this expedition you will have the unique chance to partake in a special 3-day Shackleton Crossing mountaineering excursion where you will attempt to repeat the full journey taken by Shackleton and his men across an extreme mountain environment from King Haakon Bay to Stromness. This energetic activity will see you cover a distance of around 50 kilometres, and a suitable level of alpine trekking experience will be necessary to participate. The cost of this excursion is not included as part of your package and the activity should be booked in advance.
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.
As you bid farewell to glorious South Georgia, we will spend approximately 4 days at sea sailing towards Ushuaia where your expedition ends. These days are the perfect chance to relax after the excursions of the last 2 weeks, and maybe spend some time collating and editing the countless pictures you will no doubt have taken on your journey. You can catch the last of the informative lecture and presentation program, chill out on deck looking for seabirds and whales, or enjoy the fantastic onboard facilities such as the swimming pool and wellness centre.
On the evening of day 16 you will be invited to join the captain’s farewell reception.
On the morning of day 17 you will awake to your ship gently cruising along the Beagle Channel into Ushuaia, as your epic adventure comes to an end. 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 in Ushuaia.
A view from Above
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
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
Too much to choose from? This is where we come in
Take advantage of our vast experience, passion and expertise to help you hand craft the perfect Antarctica, Falklands adventure for you.
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.
Mike has more than fifteen years hands-on experience in the industry, travelling to some of the most incredible wild places on the planet. His far-reaching knowledge and invaluable skills will ensure that your wildlife travel adventure is a dream come true.
With countless travel experiences and an enduring hunger for adventure, Amy 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.