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Grytviken, South Georgia

Falklands & South Georgia

Best of the Southern Ocean - Example 19 Day Cruise aboard Sea Spirit
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Join the Sea Spirit for an extended 19-day cruise that includes the Falkland Islands and South Georgia. This voyage provides an opportunity to explore the untold beauty of one of the most remote parts of the world. Starting in Puerto Madryn, experience the most spectacular scenery in the Southern Ocean, historic sites, research stations, the Falkland Islands, South Georgia, and incredible wildlife. 

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Arrive in Puerto Madryn, Argentina
Day 2 : Embarkation in Puerto Madryn
Days 3-4 : South Atlantic Ocean
Day 5 : Falkland Islands
Days 6-7 : Southern Ocean
Days 8-13 : South Georgia
Days 14-15 : Southern Ocean
Days 16-17 : Falkland Islands
Day 18 : Beagle Channel
Day 19 : Disembarkation in Ushuaia, Argentina

Highlights

  • Visit isolated outer Falkland Islands & the capital Stanley
  • View millions of seabirds, including petrels, albatross, and penguins
  • Explore the historical whaling station of Grytviken & South Georgia Museum
  • Observe marine mammals such as fur seals, elephant seals, and whales

Ship

Sea Spirit

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Grytviken, South Georgia Old whaling boat in Grytviken Rockhopper penguins Pensioners Cottages in Stanley, East Falkland St Andrew, South Georgia

Day 1 Arrive in Puerto Madryn, Argentina

Welcome to Puerto Madryn in Argentine Patagonia, starting point of your expedition. Upon your arrival at the airport a transfer is provided to your hotel, which has been pre-arranged and is included in the price of the voyage. For the rest of the day you are free to explore this welcoming seaside city. Take advantage of sandy beaches and the restaurant-lined promenade on Golfo Nuevo with views of wild Península Valdés.

Day 2 Embarkation in Puerto Madryn

In the afternoon a group transfer is provided to the pier where you are welcomed aboard the luxury expedition ship M/V Sea Spirit. Explore the ship and get comfortable in your home away from home for the extraordinary adventure to come. Savor the anticipation of your dreams coming true as the ship slips its moorings and sails toward a true wilderness where wildlife abounds. As you sail through Golfo Nuevo on your first evening have your first chance to see whales, particularly southern right whales.

Day 3-4 South Atlantic Ocean

  • Ship
  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
From Golfo Nuevo sail south through the South Atlantic Ocean toward the Falkland Islands. Keep a lookout for dolphins and whales. Presentations and workshops by expert staff, as well as a  range of onboard recreation facilities, ensure that these days at sea are not idly spent. The ship’s stabilizing fins provide comfort in the event of rough seas.

Day 5 Falkland Islands

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
The remote and sparsely populated Falkland Islands are a birders’ paradise. Visit some of the isolated outer islands where large colonies of penguins and albatross are easily accessible. The Falklands are also a great place to observe marine mammals. Fur seals and elephant seals can be found on sandy beaches while the waters in and around the archipelago are home to various whale and dolphin species.

Day 6-7 Southern Ocean

  • Ship
  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
From the Falkland Islands head east toward South Georgia, passing the remote, seabird-covered pinnacles known as Shag Rocks on the way. Also cross the Antarctic Convergence, the biological boundary of the Southern Ocean. Briefings, bio-security procedures, and lectures from staff prepare you for your arrival in South Georgia.

Day 8-13 South Georgia

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  • 6 Breakfasts, 6 Lunches, 6 Dinners
This is expedition cruising at its most authentic. Every safe opportunity is offered to go ashore in this amazing place. South Georgia is a scenic wilderness and an unrivalled paradise for subantarctic wildlife viewing. The islands are said to host upwards of 100 million seabirds, including numerous species of albatross, penguins, prions, petrels, and terns. On beaches such as those at Salisbury Plain and St. Andrews Bay, over 100,000 elephant seals and three million fur seals jostle for space among innumerable penguins including stately king penguins and sprightly macaroni penguins. The recently completed rat eradication program is sure to make this wilderness even more pristine and rich with birdlife.

The bountiful waters surrounding South Georgia are also inhabited by an increasing number of whales. The historical whaling station of Grytviken is now home to the excellent South Georgia Museum managed by the South Georgia Heritage Trust. This is also the final resting place of Ernest Shackleton, the legendary polar explorer. Your days in South Georgia are filled with memorable excursions, sumptuous meals, presentations by experts, and enough incredible scenery and wildlife to fill your camera and overwhelm your emotions.

Day 14-15 Southern Ocean

  • Ship
  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
After your amazing time in South Georgia proceed west back toward the Falkland Islands. Pelagic seabirds including the majestic albatross are common in these waters and can readily be viewed from panoramic open decks or from exterior stateroom windows and balconies.

Day 16-17 Falkland Islands

  • Ship
  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
Your route and exploration opportunities are dependent on weather among these windswept islands. Stanley is the charmingly British capital of the Falkland Islands. Attractions within pleasant walking distance along the waterfront promenade include the Falkland Islands Museum, the governor’s house, a cathedral with impressive whalebone arch outside, a war memorial, quality gift shops, pubs, and views of shipwrecks in the harbor.

Day 18 Beagle Channel

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
From the Falkland Islands sail southwest toward the tip of South America and enter the Beagle Channel. This is the time for End of Voyage ceremonies including a slideshow and farewell dinner.

Day 19 Disembarkation in Ushuaia, Argentina

After breakfast say farewell in the city of Ushuaia, the southernmost city in the world. A group transfer is provided to the airport or to the town center if you wish to spend more time here. In this case, the nearby Tierra del Fuego National Park is definitely worth a visit.

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Puerto Madryn - Hotels

Per person starting at
$9,995
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Triple Classic
Averaging 226 sq ft. Two twin beds (convert to a King) and a sofa bed, picture window, two wardrobes and en suite facilities.
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Main Deck Suite
Averaging 248 sq ft. Two twin beds or a King Size bed, minimum two portholes, and en suite facilities.
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Classic Suite
Averaging 226 sq ft. Two twin beds or a King Size bed, picture window, two wardrobes, and en suite facilities.
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Superior Suite
Averaging 215 sq ft. Two twin beds or a King Size bed, picture window overlooking outside walkway, and en suite facilities.
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Deluxe Suite
Averaging 258 sq ft. Two twin beds or a King Size bed, private balcony, walk-in closet or wardrobe, and en suite facilities.
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Premium Suite
Averaging 323 sq ft. Two twin beds or a King Size bed, private balcony, lounge area, and en suite facilities.
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Owner's Suite
Averaging 463 sq ft. King size bed and sofa bed, separate living room with game and meeting area, private deck, and en suite facilities with jetted bathtub.

Notes

Travel Insurance:
All passengers must have comprehensive travel insurance coverage with a minimum $200,000 (Antarctica) and $150,000 (Arctic) emergency medical coverage. The insurance IS included in the Arctic travel package and is NOT included in the Antarctic travel package. Additional insurance is strongly recommended.

Solo Travelers:
All rates posted are per person based on double occupancy. Single supplement: 1.7 for Main Deck and Classic, Superior Suite; twice the posted price for Deluxe, Premium and Owner's Suite.

PLEASE NOTE: This itinerary is for guidance only. Programs may vary depending on local ice and weather conditions.

Included in your cruise fare:
  • 1 pre-voyage hotel night
  • Group transfer from the airport to the hotel on a day prior to departure
  • Group transfer to the ship on day of embarkation
  • Group transfer to airport or central location upon disembarkation
  • Shipboard accommodation
  • All meals on board throughout the voyage
  • Tea and coffee station 24 hours daily
  • All scheduled landings/excursions (subject to weather and ice conditions)
  • Leadership throughout the voyage by your experienced Expedition Leader & Expedition Team
  • Expeditions parka
  • Rubber boots for shore landings for the time of the cruise
  • Welcome and Farewell cocktails
  • All port fees
  • Pre-departure materials
  • Digital Voyage Log
Excluded in cruise fare:
  • Airfare
  • Visa and passport fees (if applicable)
  • Luggage and trip cancellation insurance
  • Soft drinks and alcoholic beverages other than those for special events and celebrations
  • Personal expenses such as laundry and onboard communication (telephone calls, faxes, and e-mail service)
  • Fuel surcharge may be applied for all bookings
  • Emergency Evacuation Insurance to a minimum benefit of US$200,000
  • Staff gratuities
  • Pre- or post-cruise travel expenses

Included

  • 17 Breakfasts, 16 Lunches, 17 Dinners
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