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Outline itinerary

Day 1Ushuaia
Day 2At sea
Day 3Falkland Islands
Day 4Stanley (Falkland Islands)
Day 5At sea
Day 6At sea
Day 7South Georgia
Day 8South Georgia
Day 9South Georgia
Day 10South Georgia
Day 11At sea
Day 12South Orkney Islands
Day 13At sea
Day 14Antarctic Peninsula
Day 15Antarctic Peninsula
Day 16Antarctic Peninsula
Day 17Antarctic Peninsula
Day 18At sea
Day 19At sea
Day 20Ushuaia

Included

Cruise, all accommodation, all meals throughout the voyage aboard the ship including snacks, coffee and tea, all shore excursions and activities throughout the voyage by Zodiac, program of lectures by noted naturalists and leadership by experienced expedition staff

Not included

Any airfare whether on scheduled or charter flights, tips and personal expenses

Extra

PLEASE NOTE: A typical itinerary to the Falklands, South Georgia and the Antarctic Peninsula is illustrated below. All itineraries are for guidance only. Programs may vary depending on local ice and weather conditions, the availability of landing sites and opportunities to see wildlife. The final itinerary will be determined by the Expedition Leader on board. Flexibility is paramount for expedition cruises.

Price

Quadruple
EUR 11650,-

Triple
EUR 12700,-

Twin deluxe
EUR 15650,-

Twin Porthole
EUR 13900,-

Twin Window
EUR 14500,-

Superior
EUR 16700,-

Tour leader

Nederlands- of Engelstalige expeditieleider

English speaking expedition leader

Number of participants

Minimum 1, no maximum if spaces available

Accommodation

Two-, three-or four-person cabin with private toilet and bathroom

Difficulty level of the tour

Good physical condition is required regarding walking on slippery and accentuated surfaces after landing ashore.

Climate

Please prepare for low temperatures which, combined with strong wind, produce chilly conditions. Warm, wind- and waterproof clothing is recommended

Falklands, South Georgia and Antarctic Peninsula

Falklands South Georgia Antarctica
Duration:20 days
Departure:16-02-2019
Price: from EUR 11650,-
Tour leader:Nederlands- of Engelstalige expeditieleider
Code: C1909

An expedition cruise to the Trinity "Falkland Islands - South Georgia - Antarctic Peninsula" must be the ultimate cruise for the 'Antarctic' enthusiast. A visit to the spectacular Falkland Islands, which most people only known from the Falklands War in 1982, 500 kilometers off the eastern coast of Argentina is truly a 'off the beaten track" destination. Two full days sailing from the Falklands is one of the most remote, untouched and spectacular places on earth: the island of South Georgia. The island is 170km long and composed entirely of snow covered mountains, some almost 3000m high, with no less than 160 glaciers. The island is home to millions of seabirds and seals and a walk on the Salisbury Plain between King Penguins is an unique and unforgettable experience. In conclusion, we spend three full days in the waters around the Antarctic Peninsula. We hope to land several times on the Peninsula, if conditions permit, before we head back to Ushuaia.

 

Day 1: Departure from Ushuaia  

In the afternoon, we embark in Ushuaia, Tierra del Fuego, Argentina, the southernmost city in the world located at the Beagle Channel and sail through this scenic waterway for the rest of the evening.

Day 2: At sea

In the Westerlies the ship is followed by several species of albatrosses, storm petrels, shearwaters and diving petrels.

Day 3: Falklands Islands 

In the Falkland Islands (Malvinas) we plan to spend the whole day on the fascinating western side of the archipelago. A hike along the Shore of Carcass Island will give us views of Magellanic and Gentoo-Penguins, as well as close encounters with water fowl and Night herons and passerines. In addition, on Saunders we will be able to observe four species of breeding penguins (Gentoo, King, Magellanic and Rockhopper), Black-browed Albatrosses and King Cormorants.

Day 4: Port Stanley, Falklands Islands 

In Stanley, the capital of the Falklands, we can experience Falkland culture, which has some South American characteristics as well as Victorian charm. In Stanley and the surrounding area we can see quite an important number of stranded clippers from a century ago. All passengers are free to wander around on their own. We recommend a visit to the local church and museum (admission fees not included).

Day 5 - 6: At sea

On our way to South Georgia we will cross the Antarctic Convergence. Entering Antarctic waters, the temperature will drop by as much as 10 degrees C in the time span of only a few hours. Near the Convergence we will see a multitude of southern seabirds near the ship; several species of Albatrosses, Shearwaters, Petrels, Prions and Skuas.

Day 7 - 10: South Georgia 

In the afternoon of day 7 we arrive at our first landing site in South Georgia. We might visit the bay of Elsehul, with its very active fur seal breeding beach, and then set course to Right Whale Bay, Salisbury Plain, Godthul, St. Andrews Bay, Gold Harbour, Cooper Bay and Drygalski Fjord to give you a good opportunity to see a wide spectrum of landscapes and wildlife, like the introduced Reindeer, Elephant seals, Fur seals, King and Macaroni Penguins. One of the highlights might be our visit to Prion Island, where we will witness the breeding efforts of the huge Wandering Albatross and enjoy watching their displays (the island is closed for visitors during breeding season from 20 Nov – 07 January). At Fortuna Bay we might try to follow in the footsteps of the great British Explorer Ernest Shackleton and hike over to Stømness Bay. There and at Grytviken we’ll see an abandoned whaling village, where King Penguins now walk in the streets and seals have taken over the buildings. At Grytviken we’ll also offer a visit to the Whaling History Museum as well as to Shackleton´s grave near by. We will depart from South Georgia in the afternoon of day 10.

Day 11: At sea

Where the ship is again followed by a multitude of seabirds. At some point we might encounter sea-ice, and it is at the ice-edge where we might have a chance to see some high-Antarctic species like the McCormick Skua and Snow Petrel.

Day 12: South Orkney islands 

We are planning on a visit to Orcadas station, an Argentinean base located in the South Orkney Islands. The friendly base personnel will show us their facilities and we can enjoy the wonderful views of the surrounding glaciers.

Day 13: At sea

Enroute to the Antarctic Peninsula

Day 14 - 17: Antarctic Peninsula 

We will sail into the Weddell Sea through the ice-clogged Antarctic Sound. Huge tabular icebergs will announce our arrival to the eastern side of the Antarctic Peninsula. We plan to visit Brown Bluff where we may set foot on the Continent. In good sailing conditions we may decide to extend our time in the Weddell Sea. Charlotte Bay on the west coast of Graham Land was discovered by Adrien de Gerlache during the 1897–99 Belgica expedition and named after the fiancée of Georges Lecointe, Gerlache's executive officer, hydrographer and second-in-command of the expedition. The topography of the surrounding area is mountainous, with nunataks rising through the ice. Charlotte Bay is often filled with icebergs. Mostly we see seals on floes in Charlotte Bay, and occasional, kelp gulls, skuas, shags, or penguins. In Wilhelmina Bay we will admire the rugged ice coated mountains of the Arctowski Pensinsula. At Deception Island our ship braves into the entrance of the crater through the spectacular Neptune’s Bellow into the ring of Deception Island. Deception itself is a sub-ducted crater, which opens into the sea, creating a natural harbour for the ship. Here we find hot springs, an abandoned whaling station, thousands of Cape Pigeons and many Dominican Gulls, Brown and South Polar Skuas and Antarctic Terns. Wilson’s Storm Petrels and Black-bellied Storm Petrels nest in the ruins of the whaling station in Whalers Bay. We leave from here and sail through the Shetland Islands (Half Moon) to the open sea with direction Ushuaia.

Day 18 - 19: At sea

On our way north we are again followed by a great selection of seabirds while crossing the Drake Passage.

Day 20: Ushuaia 

We arrive in the morning in Ushuaia and disembark.

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