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Falklands, South Georgia and Antarctica ending in Buenos Aires 2014-15

23 Day Sample Cruise aboard Sea Adventurer
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A comprehensive expedition of extremes, you can’t find a more complete Antarctic experience than this! Venture to the wildlife paradise of South Georgia, remote Falkland Islands (Islas Malvinas) and the always impressive Antarctic Peninsula. Diversity and discovery are the hallmarks of this voyage, which offers pristine landscapes and unprecedented wildlife viewing opportunities. Your once-in-a-lifetime experience ends with a visit to Buenos Aires, the Paris of South America.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Ushuaia, Argentina
Day 2 : Embarkation Day
Days 3-4 : Crossing the Drake Passage
Days 5-8 : South Shetland Islands and Antarctic Peninsula
Days 9-10 : At Sea
Days 11-13 : South Georgia
Days 14-16 : At Sea
Days 17-18 : Falkland Islands
Days 19-22 : At Sea
Day 23 : Disembark in Buenos Aires

Ship

Sea Adventurer

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Kayaking in antarctica Wander vast ice fields on your polar expedition cruise A huge colony of king penguins. A humpback whale dives beneath the Antarctic waters Small penguin families

Day 1 Ushuaia, Argentina

With a population of over 63,000 people, Ushuaia is the southernmost city in the world. The city has grown over the past few years, yet it has retained an easy going, accessible feel, with dramatic mountain surroundings it is a spectacular departure point for your Antarctic cruise. You can spend some time in the nearby Tierra del Fuego National Park, enjoy some Argentinean wines and barbeques in the city or visit the many boutique shops and cafes while preparing for your upcoming adventure.

Day 2 Embarkation Day

Embarkation will occur in the late afternoon, after which your vessel will sail down the historic Beagle Channel. This historic channel transects the Tierra del Fuego archipelago in the extreme south of South America. Expect an air of excitement as you depart - the next time you see land you’ll be in the world’s most southern continent!

Day 3-4 Crossing the Drake Passage

Prepare yourself for potentially rough water, but hope for a smooth sailing as the Drake is unpredictable and always changing. You’ll spend these first days getting to know your shipmates, while your crew will provide safety briefings and insights into what excitement lies ahead.

Day 5-8 South Shetland Islands and Antarctic Peninsula

When the Antarctic Convergence is left in your wake, you will truly begin your Antarctic adventure. It is perhaps the first sight of land itself that is embraced as the true beginning of any Antarctic expedition. Finally begin to appreciate why this region has long captivated the attention of explorers and travelers alike. Your expedition will be unlike any other - creating a unique, personal experience. Take Zodiac excursions from the ship to explore bays, channels and landing sites each day. With wildlife always at the forefront of your minds you will visit penguin rookeries, scout for Humpback and Minke Whales and search for a number of the southern seal species, including the cunning Leopard Seal.

The majesty of the Peninsula’s mountains will enchant you as you scramble up snowy pathways to vantage points offering you 360° views of your surroundings. One of these in particular, in Orne Harbor, gives the opportunity to visit a Chinstrap Penguin colony high up on a ridge. Here you’ll have the choice between going for a mountain hike or depending on the time of year spend time sitting quietly on a pebbled beach to enjoy the antics of curious penguin chicks. While cruising along the Antarctic Peninsula you'll also be given the chance to take a Polar Plunge! Cheer on other travelers or strap on a harness yourself to take a dip and swim in the frigid waters of an icy Antarctic bay.

Amidst the peaceful silence of Antarctica, noisy interruptions become indelible memories such as penguins squabbling over prized pebbles or the boom and crack of a calving glacier in Neko Harbor. You can make a bit of noise yourself too. Hear the echo of voices bounce off a giant glacier, glide your kayak across a quiet bay or strap on some cross-country skis or snowshoes to explore further.

As you sail from island to shore to bay during your four days in the Peninsula, the Expedition Team will educate and entertain you.
Opportunities for quiet contemplation will be provided, along with activities for testing your endurance and more than enough wildlife interactions to satisfy your curiosity.

Day 9-10 At Sea

Your days at sea are enjoyed out on deck or taking in presentations by the Expedition Team.

Day 11-13 South Georgia

With a rich history of exploration in the Antarctic, South Georgia has many stories to tell. You’ll learn that the original inhabitants here arrived to hunt whales and fur and elephant seals to perilously low levels, but thankfully populations have rebounded and whaling and sealing ceases to exist today. You will also see many remnants of these days gone by; including several whaling stations and other abandoned outposts.

Perhaps the most historic and famous site on the island is the grave of the great explorer, Sir Ernest Shackleton. You can visit his grave at the settlement of Grytviken, which is also home to a museum, small gift shop, church and an active scientific research station.

After that history lesson, you’ll surely be ready for some wildlife encounters. South Georgia is sometimes called the Galapagos of the Poles as it is home to a captivating number of inquisitive and curious creatures. Indeed, the number of animals you’ll see here will rival that of all the other days of your voyage combined.

Each landing you make on South Georgia will open your eyes to a new wonder of wildlife; one day may be a beach filled with a hundred thousand pairs of king penguins, the next may present some close encounters with massive elephant seals or the smaller fur seals. Different penguin and bird species utilize the island landscape differently here, making it a fascinating destination teeming with wildlife from the shoreline to the top of the highest grassy hills.

Day 14-16 At Sea

The next few days at sea can be as busy or as relaxing as you desire. Go on deck to spot whales and sea birds flying overhead, or attend lectures from our on-board specialists. Whatever you choose, remember to take a moment to reflect on the amazing creatures you’ve met so far.

Day 17-18 Falkland Islands

Upon arrival in the Falklands (Malvinas), you’ll be greeted by abundant wildlife and a feeling of rugged remoteness. The Falkland (Malvinas) archipelago is great for exploring by Zodiac excursions and daily landings so you’ll get to it right away.

One landing that will surely stick out in your memory is at Port Stanley. This unique British outpost has a ramshackle charm to it with plenty of churches and museums to explore, as well as some friendly locals willing to chat over a drink at the local pub.

If you’re itching for some different wildlife then you’ve seen thus far, then how do magellanic and rockhopper penguins sound? Or, perhaps you’ll even spot some king penguins here as well. Other impressive birds you can expect to see here include black-browed albatross and two endemic bird species: Cobb’s wren and the Falkland’s flightless steamer duck.

With such a smattering of interesting flora and fauna in the Falklands (Malvinas), your team of lecturers and specialists will be sure to educate you on your surroundings and answer any questions about the sights and species you’ve seen.

Day 19-22 At Sea

It is always a bittersweet moment to turn the ship away from the penguins and icebergs and towards Buenos Aires. As the magical silence of Antarctica fades away, enjoy some final chats with your new friends on the ship and celebrate your successful journey to a land like no other.

Day 23 Disembark in Buenos Aires

Your journey ends in Buenos Aires, the Paris of South America, and after enjoying a final breakfast aboard the ship, it is time to part ways and say goodbye. Be transferred to the airport for your homeward flight, or you can continue on your adventure and visit the home of tango.

Sea Adventurer

Per person starting at
$15,995
The Sea Adventurer's Triple Cabin.
Triple
$15,995
Main deck, 2 lower berths, private facilities, porthole
Lower Deck Twin Cabin.
Lower Deck Twin
$17,995
2 lower berths, private facilities, porthole
Main Deck Twin Cabin.
Main Deck Twin with Porthole
$18,595
Main Deck, 2 lower berths, private facilities, porthole
Main Deck Twin with Window Cabin.
Main Deck Twin with Window
$20,595
Main Deck, 2 lower berths, private facilities, 2 windows
The Sea Adventurer's Superior Cabins.
Superior
$22,595
Upper Deck, 2 lower berths, private facilities, windows
The Sea Adventurer's Deluxe Cabin.
Deluxe
$23,995
Upper deck and Captains deck, 2 lower berths, private facilities, windows
The Sea Adventurer's Owner's Suite.
Suite
$25,995
Captains deck, 2 lower berths, windows, private facilities with shower. Tub in Suite 403.

Notes

- Rates are quoted in U.S. dollars and represent costs per person, double occupancy. Request the Twin Share Program where you are matched with a cabin mate of the same gender. Even if a cabin mate is not found for you, no single supplement will be charged.
- Cabins are available for single occupancy at 1.7 times the double occupancy rate. The supplement for a suite is 2 times the shared rate.
- Emergency medical evacuation coverage for a minimum of US$100,000 per person required. Contact us for details on arranging travel insurance.

Important reminder: Embracing the unexpected is part of the legacy – and excitement – of expedition travel. There are no guarantees that we can achieve everything we set out to accomplish. A measure of flexibility is something all of us must bring to a voyage. There are nearly 200 recognized sites in the Antarctic Peninsula and South Shetlands and the places mentioned above may be changed to others equally as interesting.
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This was my first experience with Adventure Life - and I couldn't have been more pleased with the trip. The guides and local staff in both Buenos Aires and Uruguay were terrific - extremely helpful and accommodating. I really enjoyed meeting the friendly staff in Buenos Aires in person (I left my bags with them for the afternoon).
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