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Falklands & South Georgia

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Join the Sea Spirit for an extended 20-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 Puerto Madryn, Argentina
Day 2 : Embarkation in Puerto Madryn
Days 3-4 : South Atlantic Ocean
Days 5-6 : Falkland Islands
Days 7-8 : Southern Ocean
Days 9-11 : South Georgia
Days 12-13 : Southern Ocean
Days 14-17 : South Shetland Islands and the Antarctic Peninsula
Days 18-19 : Beagle Channel
Day 20 : Disembark | 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 Puerto Madryn, Argentina

Welcome to Puerto Madryn in Argentine Patagonia, starting point of your expedition. Upon your arrival at the airport you'll be provided a transfer to your hotel, which 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

This 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 5-6 Falkland Islands

  • Ship
  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
The remote and sparsely-populated Falkland Islands are a birders’ paradise. We anticipate visiting one or more 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. Our route and exploration opportunities are dependent on weather among these windswept islands.

We also intend to visit Stanley, 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 7-8 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 9-11 South Georgia

  • Ship
  • 3 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 3 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 12-13 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 14-17 South Shetland Islands and the Antarctic Peninsula

  • Ship
  • 4 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 4 Dinners
The Antarctic Peninsula region contains some of the world’s most impressive scenery and wildlife viewing opportunities. Ice-strewn bays and channels are surrounded by towering mountain peaks covered in permanent snow and immense glaciers. Icebergs of every size and description complete an image of incomparable beauty. Waters rich with krill are home to a variety of whale and seal species. The whole area is alive with penguins foraging at sea and forming large nesting colonies at special places on land. Antarctic research stations of various nationalities can also be found here.

The South Shetland Islands are the northernmost islands in Antarctica. This wild and beautiful island chain contains numerous landing sites rich with wildlife, fascinating geology, and historical significance. Our first encounter with Antarctica will likely be Elephant Island, where men from Shackleton’s famous Endurance expedition spent the winter. We also hope to visit Deception Island, a flooded but still active volcanic caldera containing the remains of a derelict whaling station.

Farther south, the Antarctic Peninsula itself contains sheltered bays, abundant wildlife, and fantastic vistas of mountains and glaciers. Weather and ice permitting, we plan to spend a day in the vicinity of the peninsula with the hope of making a landing on the continent of Antarctica.

Antarctica is a true wilderness and is subject to unpredictable weather and ever-changing ice conditions, which dictate our route and exploration opportunities. This is a real expedition where we exploit every opportunity to experience excellent wildlife viewing, amazing scenery, and Zodiac excursions.

Day 18-19 Beagle Channel

  • Ship
  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
From Antarctica we head north through the Drake Passage toward South America, always on the lookout for marine mammals and rare seabirds. Finally we enter the famous Beagle Channel between the Argentine and Chilean sides of Tierra del Fuego.

Day 20 Disembark | Ushuaia, Argentina

After breakfast we say farewell in the city of Ushuaia, the southernmost city in the world. We provide a group transfer to the airport or to the town center if you wish to spend more time here. As you look back on your wonderful experience in the Falklands, South Georgia and Antarctica, you may already be looking forward to your next incredible adventure to the ice!

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Puerto Madryn - Hotels

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Notes

Travel Insurance:
All passengers must have comprehensive travel insurance coverage with a minimum $200,000 (Antarctica) and $150,000 (Arctic) emergency medical coverage. 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

  • 18 Breakfasts, 17 Lunches, 18 Dinners
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Our guide and driver were very good with their knowledge and were very helpful with our questions. It was a very pleasant visit that would have been impossible to do on our own. Hotels and restaurants were fantastic. The special places we got to go to, like the kitchens, were great. Enjoyed the entire trip!
Meyer Smolen

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