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Antarctic Express: Fly South, Cruise the Peninsula, South Georgia, & the Falklands

Example 17 Day Cruise aboard Sea Adventurer
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Explore more of pristine Antarctica in significantly less time by flying from Stanley, Falkland Islands (Malvinas) back to Santiago, Chile on the culmination of your journey. In just 17 days, explore the remote South Shetland Islands and Antarctic Peninsula, historically significant South Georgia, and the Falkland Islands (Islas Malvinas), teeming with wildlife. As you explore the rugged remoteness and magnitude of these spectacular regions, marvel at the abilities its bountiful penguins, seals and whales have to completely charm you. You never feel quite as alive as you do here, following in the footsteps of famed explorers, gliding past towering ice-blue glaciers, or wandering across rare polar beaches and dramatic landscapes, taking it all in.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Arrive in Ushuaia, Argentina
Day 2 : Embarkation Day
Days 3-4 : Crossing the Drake Passage
Days 5-7 : Antarctic Peninsula | South Shetland Islands
Days 8-10 : At Sea
Days 11-13 : South Georgia
Days 14-15 : At Sea
Day 16 : Disembark Stanley, Falklands Islands | Fly to Santiago, Chile
Day 17 : Depart Santiago

Highlights

  • Cross the Drake Passage and enjoy the convenience of flying back to Chile
  • Experience unprecedented wildlife viewing: penguins, birds, seals & whales
  • Visit historic sites including the grave of the great explorer, Shackleton
  • Enjoy on-board lecturers & educational presentations from polar specialists

Ship

Sea Adventurer

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Kayaking in antarctica The Falkland Islands from above A group of King penguins. An old ship rusts in a Falkland Islands harbor Whale bones at the Grytviken whaling station

Day 1 Arrive in Ushuaia, Argentina

Begin your journey in Ushuaia, a small but bustling port town at the tip of South America. This Argentinean town is an ideal gateway for you to explore the southern extent of Patagonia while preparing for your adventure ahead. Get active in the mountains or enjoy handcrafted chocolate at a café in town.

Day 2 Embarkation Day

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
The Beagle Channel sets you on your way as the ship sails in the late afternoon. The channel opens up to the vastness of the Southern Ocean, where your next land sighting is along the Antarctic Peninsula. Named after the famed ship in which Charles Darwin voyaged, the channel presents great photo opportunities to capture sea
birds hovering overhead.

Day 3-4 Crossing the Drake Passage

  • Ship
  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
The waters of the Drake Passage are unpredictable, so hope for clear skies and a calm ocean. You have plenty of time to gaze out at the sea, get to know your fellow shipmates and chat with your Expedition Team. Time over these two days is spent preparing for the exciting days ahead, with numerous educational and informative lectures from your Expedition Team. Learn about everything from safety procedures to the history of whaling in Antarctica.

Day 5-7 Antarctic Peninsula | South Shetland Islands

  • Ship
  • 3 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 3 Dinners
Get the sense that you've arrived on a new planet during the start of your Antarctic voyage, as the pristine nature and dramatic environments are like nothing else on earth. From the vessel you can watch whales swim and feed in nutrient-rich waters and spot penguins frolicking in the water and jumping aboard ice floes. Just as amazing as the wildlife are the towering snow-covered mountains and massive glaciers of the Peninsula, which are your playground for the next four days.

Day 8-10 At Sea

  • Ship
  • 3 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 3 Dinners
Spend your days at sea enjoying the view from the deck, or taking in presentations by the expedition team.

Day 11-13 South Georgia

  • Ship
  • 3 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 3 Dinners
With a rich history of exploration in the Antarctic, South Georgia has many stories to tell. Learn that the original inhabitants here arrived to hunt whales and fur and elephant seals to perilously low levels. Thankfully populations have rebounded and whaling and sealing cease to exist today. Explore 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. 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, experience 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 seen here rival that of all the other days of your voyage combined.

Each landing you make on South Georgia opens 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 14-15 At Sea

  • Ship
  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
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 on-board specialists. Whatever you choose, remember to take a moment to reflect on the amazing creatures you’ve met so far.

Day 16 Disembark Stanley, Falklands Islands | Fly to Santiago, Chile

  • Hotels
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Upon arrival in the Falklands (Malvinas), be greeted by a feeling of rugged remoteness. Disembark in Stanley, a unique outpost with a British country charm. There are plenty of churches and museums to explore, as well as friendly locals willing to chat over a drink at the pub. This afternoon, board a charter flight to Santiago, Chile. Overnight at airport hotel.

Day 17 Depart Santiago

  • 1 Breakfast
In the morning, enjoy breakfast before continuing on your flight home.

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Santiago - Hotels

Ushuaia - Hotels

Per person starting at
$19,995
The Sea Adventurer's Triple Cabin.
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Triple
Main deck, 2 lower berths, private facilities, porthole
Lower Deck Twin Cabin.
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Lower Deck Twin
2 lower berths, private facilities, porthole
Main Deck Twin Cabin.
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Main Deck Twin with Porthole
Main Deck, 2 lower berths, private facilities, porthole
Main Deck Twin with Window Cabin.
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Main Deck Twin with Window
Main Deck, 2 lower berths, private facilities, 2 windows
The Sea Adventurer's Superior Cabins.
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Superior
Upper Deck, 2 lower berths, private facilities, windows
The Sea Adventurer's Deluxe Cabin.
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Deluxe
Upper deck and Captains deck, 2 lower berths, private facilities, windows
The Sea Adventurer's Owner's Suite.
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Suite
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 everything can be accomplished. A measure of flexibility is something all 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.

Rates Include:
  • Group transfer in Ushuaia from airport to pre-expedition hotel on Day 1
  • One night pre-expedition hotel accommodation in Ushuaia with breakfast
  • Group transfer from hotel to ship in Ushuaia
  • Group transfer from ship to airport in Stanley post-expedition
  • Flight from Stanley to Santiago
  • One night post-expedition airport hotel accommodation in Santiago with breakfast
  • Shipboard accommodation with daily housekeeping
  • All breakfasts, lunches, dinners, and snacks on board throughout your voyage
  • All shore landings per the daily program
  • Leadership throughout the voyage by your experienced Expedition Leader, including shore landings and other activities
  • All Zodiac transfers and cruising per the daily program
  • Formal and informal presentations by your Expedition Team and guest speakers as scheduled
  • Photographic Journal on DVD, documenting the voyage
  • A pair of waterproof expedition boots on loan for shore landings
  • Snowshoes available on loan for shore excursions on designated voyages
  • An official parka to keep
  • Coffee, tea and cocoa available around the clock
  • Hair dryer and bathrobes in every cabin
  • Comprehensive pre-departure materials, including a map and an informative Antarctic Reader
  • All miscellaneous service taxes and port charges throughout the program
  • All luggage handling aboard ship
  • Emergency Evacuation Insurance for all passengers to a maximum benefit of USD $100,000 per person

Rates Exclude:
  • International airfare
  • Passport and visa expenses
  • Government arrival and departure taxes not mentioned above
  • Meals ashore unless otherwise specified
  • Baggage, cancellation, interruption, and medical travel insurance
  • Excess baggage charges
  • Waterproof pants for Zodiac cruising, or any other gear not mentioned
  • Laundry, bar, beverage and other personal charges unless specified
  • Phone and internet charges
  • Voluntary gratuity at the end of the voyage for shipboard staff and crew
  • Additional overnight accommodation
  • Optional kayaking activities
  • Transfer from hotel to airport at the end of the expedition

Included

  • 16 Breakfasts, 15 Lunches, 16 Dinners
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This was our first trip to South America and we were a little nervous. But Adventure Life made things so easy! All our questions were answered before we left, and our guide, Vidal, was amazing! He gave us enough space to explore without rushing us along. He also knew where the best picture taking opportunities were, which was great.
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