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Falkland Islands, South Georgia & Antarctica

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This far-reaching polar expedition includes visits to three different locations. the Falkland Islands, South Georgia, and finally Antarctica. The sub-Antarctic Falkland Islands and the island of South Georgia are home to a proliferation of unique wildlife and birdlife. There are penguin rookeries with more than 100,000 nesting birds and the beaches are covered in fur seals and elephant seals. Seabirds, including many of the albatross species, call these islands home, nesting and raising their young in this wild and remote environment. All three of these locations feature a fascinating history and stunning scenery.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Santiago, Chile
Day 2 : Fly to Stanley, Falkland Islands | Embark
Days 3-4 : At Sea - Towards South Georgia
Days 5-8 : Exploration of South Georgia
Days 9-11 : At Sea - Towards Antarctica
Days 12-15 : Antarctic Sound & Gerlache Strait
Days 16-17 : South Shetland Islands & Antarctica
Days 18-19 : At Sea - Towards Falkland Islands
Day 20 : West Point Islands & Saunders Island, Falkland Islands
Day 21 : Stanley, Falkland Islands | Disembark | Fly to Santiago

Highlights

  • Visit South Georgia and get up close to the astonishing wildlife
  • Explore some of the most remote regions on Earth
  • Observe the spectacular Gentoo and Adelie penguins
  • Learn about the local environment, wildlife and history from polar experts

Ship

RCGS Resolute

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Abandoned whaling village of Stromness, South Georgia A group of penguins in the Falkland Islands An old ship rusts in a Falkland Islands harbor King Penguins at Fortuna Bay, South Georgia Icebergs reflected in Antarctica's Paradise Bay

Day 1 Santiago, Chile

Once you’ve arrived in Santiago, the cultural center of Chile, make your way to the hotel for an included pre-voyage stay. This evening, you are encouraged to visit the welcome desk set up in the lobby of the hotel to check in with the representative and to collect luggage tags for your voyage. 

Day 2 Fly to Stanley, Falkland Islands | Embark

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Depart Santiago this morning on your private air charter (this flight is included in the price of your voyage) direct to Stanley, the small capital of the Falkland Islands. You will be met on arrival and transferred from the airport into town. There is time to explore the town or enjoy a guided visit to nearby Gypsy Cove which provides your first opportunity for observing the local wildlife, including nesting Magellanic penguins and other sea birds. Making your way to the port, board your expedition ship, RCGS Resolute in the afternoon. After settling into your cabins and exploring the ship, meet the expedition team and fellow passengers. Excitement is in the air as you enjoy a welcome cocktail and cast off to explore one of the most remote regions on Earth.

Day 3-4 At Sea - Towards South Georgia

  • Ship
  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
This stretch of the South Atlantic is rich in its bio-diversity and showcases an abundance of astonishing wildlife. The ship is joined by hundreds of seabirds including the wandering albatross. Giant petrels and smaller Cape petrels are also constant companions as you make your way to South Georgia. Photographing these magnificent birds takes patience and skill and the photography expert will be on hand to show you the best techniques. Join the ship’s Captain on the bridge and learn about the operations of the modern research vessel. Throughout the day the onboard experts educate you with a series of presentations about the environment, wildlife and history of the locations you might visit in the coming days. History is a key theme of this voyage and the epic story of Shackleton is central to this journey.

Day 5-8 Exploration of South Georgia

  • Ship
  • 4 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 4 Dinners
South Georgia has often been called the ‘Serengeti of the Southern Ocean’ – and as you approach the deep bays of this rugged, rocky outcrop, you will begin to see why. Launching the Zodiacs you begin your exploration of the island, in the vicinity of Elsehul Bay. Large numbers of fur seals and the much larger elephant seal will line the dark sand beaches. Living in the tussock grass, king penguins and their chicks may number up to 100,000 birds in some locations, including Salisbury Plain, St Andrews Bay, and Gold Harbour. The island is also home to large numbers of nesting albatross as they fill the skies above, coming and going from the nest.

South Georgia is a thrilling location for history lovers and the rusting relics of the early whaling industry are all around. Observe several of the old stations at locations including Leith, Husvik and Stromness. A highlight is a visit to Grytviken – the largest of the whaling stations, situated at the head of Cumberland Bay. It is here you visit the gravesite of Sir Ernest Shackleton. For many, being in the presence of the great explorer will be a highlight of the trip. An excellent museum at Grytviken, maintained by the South Georgia Heritage Trust and the restored church built by the original Norwegian whalers provides a fascinating glimpse into the past.

Day 9-11 At Sea - Towards Antarctica

  • Ship
  • 3 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 3 Dinners
Weather and ice will dictate your crossing of the Scotia Sea from South Georgia to Antarctica, leading you perhaps to the South Orkney Islands or Elephant Island. As with all of your itinerary planning, the Expedition Leader and Captain will make a decision based on the conditions at the time. The South Orkney Islands represent the peaks of a submarine mountain range called the Scotia Arc, connecting South Georgia to the SouthShetland Islands. Often shrouded in fog and surrounded by ice much of the year, a chance to visit these islands doesn’t come often. As you edge ever closer to the frozen continent, large icebergs announce your arrival in Antarctic waters. If conditions allow, hope to see the dark cliffs of Elephant Island appear on the horizon. Shackleton and his men were encamped here for many months, having lost HMS Endurance in the thick sea ice, far to the south in the Weddell Sea in 1915. From the tiny beach at Point Wild, Shackleton and five companions set off on the rescue mission to South Georgia, aboard the tiny lifeboat, James Caird. To this day, the epic ocean crossing is considered one of the greatest in history. If conditions allow, attempt a landing at Point Wild on Elephant Island.

Day 12-15 Antarctic Sound & Gerlache Strait

  • Ship
  • 4 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 4 Dinners
After so much anticipation, enter the icy waters of the Antarctic Peninsula in the vicinity of Mikkelson Harbour or Cierva Cove. Snow covered mountains soar from the dark waters. Along the shoreline in the bays and harbors of the Peninsula lives an incredible abundance of wildlife. Large rookeries are home to chinstrap, Gentoo and Adelie penguins. Seals live on the ice floes, including the powerful leopard seal that you can encounter. Gulls, skuas, and cormorants are also found nesting and feeding at many sites along the Antarctic Peninsula. Explore by Zodiac boat and on the shore where a range of exciting activities await. Locations to visit include Wilhelmina Bay, Orne Harbour, Cuverville Island, and the Errera Channel. Join the photographic guide taking pictures of stunning icebergs. Or enjoy a hike to the top of a snowy mountain saddle with one of your adventure guides. If the opportunity presents itself, visit a science base or an old historic hut. The sea kayakers may paddle up to several miles from the ship, offering a truly memorable experience.

Day 16-17 South Shetland Islands & Antarctica

  • Ship
  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
Around 60 miles off the coast of the Antarctic mainland you find the South Shetland Island chain. Possible landing sites could include King George Island, Half Moon Island or Yankee Harbour. Weather conditions permitting, sail the ship into the flooded volcanic caldera of Deception Island. There are some outstanding hikes at these locations and the old whaling station and aircraft hangar at Deception Island beg for further exploration.

Day 18-19 At Sea - Towards Falkland Islands

  • Ship
  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
Sailing northeast towards the Falkland Islands you will be joined by hundreds of seabirds, including the wandering albatross who you've comes to know well on this journey. Giant petrels and smaller Cape petrels are also constant companions. As you make your way back to Stanley, the educational presentations continue and enjoy an entertaining and memorable voyage recap by the Expedition Leader. Join the photography experts at the multimedia station and download your precious images. Approaching the coast of the Falkland Islands in the early evening light, enjoy a special dinner attended by the Captain of the ship.

Day 20 West Point Islands & Saunders Island, Falkland Islands

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Arriving into the Falkland Islands overnight, explore the island of West Point and nearby Saunders Island – in the West Falkland archipelago. West Point is known for its rockhopper penguin rookeries and substantial nesting black-browed albatross colony. The opportunity to observe these spectacular birds in close proximity on the nest is an immense privilege and an experience not easily forgotten. One final highlight awaits– a visit to the wildlife-rich Saunders Island. Along with the whites and beaches and in the surrounding tussock grass hope to encounter no less than four penguin species living in close quarters including Gentoo, Magellanic and rockhopper - and your ultimate goal during the Falkland Island visit, observing the impressive king penguin. Saunders Island is a fitting end to your epic Antarctic adventure. Charting a course for the port of Stanley in the early evening, enjoy a special dinner attended by the Captain of the ship and reflect on one of life’s great travel experiences.

Day 21 Stanley, Falkland Islands | Disembark | Fly to Santiago

  • 1 Breakfast
This morning, find yourself back in the port of Stanley. Say goodbye to the crew and after some free time in town, make your way to the airport for your return private air charter to Santiago (included in the price of your voyage). On arrival in Santiago, your journey comes to an end. 

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Santiago - Hotels

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$21,795
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Main Deck Triple
Located on Deck 3 these cabins feature the option for a double or two single beds and a third Pullman berth, which can fold out from the wall if required. A sectional lounge is placed by the portholes with a writing desk and chair, ample storage and private washroom facilities. A flatscreen entertainment system is also included. These cabins provide easy access to the expedition room and gangway.
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Twin Private Cabin
Twin Private cabins are located on Deck 4 and have the option for either a queen or two single configured beds. Features include a comfortable lounge adjacent to the large picture window, writing desk and chair, ample storage and private washroom facilities with shower.
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Superior Cabin
Located forward on Deck 5 the Superior cabins have the option for either a queen or two single beds. Features include a comfortable lounge adjacent to the large picture window, writing desk and chair, ample storage and private washroom facilities with shower.
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Superior Plus Cabin
Superior Plus cabins are located midships on Deck 5. They are spacious and well appointed with the option for either a queen or two single beds. A comfortable lounge is placed by the large picture window, writing desk and chair, ample floor to ceiling cabinet storage and private washroom facilities with shower.
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Shackleton Suite
The Shackleton Suites are situated on Deck 6. Suites include the comfort of a sectional lounge, writing desk, substantial floor to ceiling cabinetry, and washroom facilities with shower. A flat screen entertainment system is also included. Sleeping quarters feature the option for either a queen or two single beds with upgraded linen/ pillows.
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One Ocean Suite
The One Ocean Suites are situated on Deck 6 and offer an indulgent amount of space. Sleeping quarters feature a queen size bed with upgraded linen/pillows. Included is a comfortable sectional lounge with matching club chairs, a large desk, expansive floor to ceiling cabinetry, and spacious washroom facilities with both a shower and bathtub.

Notes

- Rates are quoted in U.S. dollars and represent costs per person, double occupancy.  

Your expedition includes: 
  • Comprehensive pre-voyage information package including details to help you prepare for your trip
  • A pre-voyage night in our signature hotel in Santiago the night before the voyage commences.
  • Transfer from the hotel to the port on embarkation day and from the ship to the airport on disembarkation day
  • Private air charter between Santiago (Chile) and Stanley (Falkland Islands) and from Stanley back to Santiago
  • Shipboard accommodation in your selected cabin category with daily housekeeping. Cabins feature outside views with windows or portholes
  • All breakfasts, lunches, and dinners on board throughout your voyage with daily afternoon tea
  • 24-hour tea, coffee, hot chocolate in bar/lounge plus in-cabin tea and coffee making facilities
  • Experienced Expedition Leader and professional expedition team of marine biologists, naturalists, historians, adventure guides and photographers
  • Daily off-ship excursions by Zodiac boat breaking into small groups for shore landings
  • Guided hikes and walks on shore of various durations for guests of all abilities
  • Visits to wildlife colonies, historic sites, places of outstanding natural beauty and science stations
  • Educational presentations and talks by polar experts in their field (i.e. marine biologists, naturalists, historians, etc). Onboard or on shore
  • Resident photography guide available to assist all guests plus access to computers in the multimedia lab for image downloads, file back up and management
  • An emergency-trained medical physician onboard every voyage
  • Dedicated hospitality team including Hotel Manager, four chefs, professional bar staff and AdventureConcierge staff
  • Onboard sauna, plunge pool, Jacuzzi and fitness center including massage options (charge applies for massage and treatments)
  • Sea Kayaking program available (additional charge ofUS$795pp) – must be reserved at the time of booking your voyage and you must have some prior paddling experience
  • Access to a well-stocked library full of polar reference books
  • End of voyage video, photos, and take-home USB
  • Port fees and all permits to access visited area

Expedition does not include:
  • Any international or local airfare unless otherwise specified in the voyage itinerary
  • Visa and passport expenses
  • Pre or post-cruise hotel accommodation unless otherwise specified in the itinerary (or pre-arranged)
  • Pre or post-cruise transfers unless otherwise specified in the itinerary (or pre-arranged)
  • Personal expenses on board such as alcoholic beverages, bar charges or laundry expenses
  • Telecommunication charges (i.e. email, satellite phone)
  • Baggage, cancellation or medical travel insurance-related expenses (travel insurance is mandatory on all voyages)
  • A voluntary gratuity at the end of the voyage for expedition staff and ship crew (suggested amount –US$15-20 per day)
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