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Falklands, South Georgia & Antarctica via Puerto Madryn

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The sub-Antarctic Falkland Islands/Malvinas and South Georgia are home to some of the most unique and abundant wildlife on earth. With beaches covered in fur seals, elephant seals, and hundreds of thousands of penguins, it’s one of the most jaw-dropping nature scenes you will ever experience. You’ll also explore the fascinating history of the area, dating back to the grandiose times of the ‘Heroic Age of Antarctic Exploration’ of the late 1800s and early 1900s.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Arrive in Puerto Madryn
Day 2 : Puerto Madryn | Embark
Days 3-4 : Southern Ocean
Day 5 : West Falklands
Day 6 : Stanley | East Falkland
Days 7-8 : Southern Ocean
Days 9-12 : South Georgia
Days 13-14 : Scotia Sea
Days 15-18 : Antarctic Peninsula and South Shetland Islands
Days 19-20 : Drake Passage
Day 21 : Ushuaia, Argentina | Disembark
Day 22 : Return Home

Highlights

  • Explore the port of Stanley, Falkland Islands/Malvinas
  • Penguin rookeries with hundreds of thousands of birds on South Georgia
  • Visit Grytviken and the gravesite of Sir Ernest Shackleton
  • Zodiac cruise amongst the ice looking for Minke and humpback whales

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MS Seaventure

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Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Explore penguin rookeries Unforgettable experiences on your Antarctic cruise A group of kayakers pose in the icy waters of Antarctica. Grytviken, South Georgia Grytviken, South Georgia
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Day 1 Arrive in Puerto Madryn

Arrive in Puerto Madryn. Explore this area which is a popular destination for wildlife excursions and known for sightings of Southern Right whales. Attend the optional evening briefing for the opportunity to ask questions and meet some of your fellow travelers.

Day 2 Puerto Madryn | Embark

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Dinner
Arriving at the ship in the afternoon, your Expedition Team and ship staff will greet you on board, followed by a safety and orientation briefing and Captain’s welcome dinner.

Day 3-4 Southern Ocean

  • Ship
  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
As you sail south, important briefings on environmental regulations and expedition safety are held, and you won’t want to miss your experts as they begin their informative and entertaining talks about the wildlife, history, and geology of the area.

Day 5 West Falklands

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
You’ll be exploring some of the westernmost settled outposts in the Falklands/Malvinas, where you can take in the beautiful countryside and look for Black-Browed albatross or Rockhopper, King, and Magellanic penguin rookeries.

Day 6 Stanley | East Falkland

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Stanley is a lively hub of activity nestled in a sheltered harbor. Head out on foot to explore the museum, shops and services centered on the port, or look for sea lions, dolphins, and bird life along the shores.

Day 7-8 Southern Ocean

  • Ship
  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
Things really start to ramp up with plenty of wildlife identifying to do as you make your way east across the Antarctic Convergence and officially enter Antarctic waters. Shipboard presentations continue, featuring topics such as the captivating history and abundant wildlife of South Georgia.

Day 9-12 South Georgia

  • Ship
  • 4 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 4 Dinners
South Georgia is often referred to as the ‘Serengeti of the Southern Ocean’ and it’s easy to see why as you take in tens of millions of breeding penguins, seals, and seabirds. Magnificent mountain scenery, glaciers galore, icebergs, a rich historical tapestry, and an incredible array of wildlife will astound you as you travel down South Georgia's leeward coast. You’ll also visit historic Grytviken whaling station, featuring the tiny graveyard where the great Antarctic explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton is buried.

Day 13-14 Scotia Sea

  • Ship
  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
Heading farther south, you’ll continue our informative presentations and wildlife spotting as the icebergs become bigger and more plentiful.

Day 15-18 Antarctic Peninsula and South Shetland Islands

  • Ship
  • 4 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 4 Dinners
The land of superlatives: Antarctica! Your Expedition Leader and Captain create a flexible itinerary based on weather, ice, and opportunity. The route here aims to highlight the most scenic bays and channels of the Peninsula with stops at penguin rookeries, seal wallows, bird colonies and whale feeding areas as well as sites of historic and scientific interest. The trip may include picturesque Neko Harbor, sheltered Paradise Harbor, Wilhelmina Bay (a favorite of humpback whales!), or the majestic Neumayer Channel. You may also make a stop at an active scientific base such as Poland’s Arctowksi or a historic base such as U.K.’s Port Lockroy or Wordie House. Adelie, chinstrap and gentoo penguins abound, and Weddell, crabeater and elephant seals are often found hauled out to rest along with predatory leopard seals and the aggressive Antarctic fur seal. Minke and humpback whales are frequent visitors in the late season and orca sightings are also common.

Day 19-20 Drake Passage

  • Ship
  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
You leave this magical place and make your way north, once again heading across the Antarctic Convergence and the Drake Passage. You have one last hurrah as you celebrate the conclusion of your expedition with a special slideshow and a final meal together.

Day 21 Ushuaia, Argentina | Disembark

With huge smiles on weary, content faces, disembark in the morning and transfer to the hotel in Ushuaia. Here you can unwind at the resort, relax in the spa, or hit the streets of Ushuaia to explore more sights.

Day 22 Return Home

  • 1 Breakfast
Saying goodbye to the lovely Ushuaia, your Antarctic adventure officially comes to an end. As you continue on, homeward bound or perhaps to another destination, you’ll take with you the unforgettable memories of exploring the last wild place on earth.
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Notes

Single supplement - A limited number of twin suites may be sold for single occupancy at 1.7 times the twin rate.

Travel Insurance - All passengers are required to carry valid travel insurance which must contain medical and evacuation coverage of no less than $150,000 as well as cancellation and trip interruption.

Polar Latitudes’ captain and expedition team will do everything possible to complete the voyage as outlined in the voyage itinerary. However itineraries in polar regions are heavily dependent on weather and ice conditions. Occasionally conditions and or safety concerns require Itinerary changes. The Captain and expedition team will accordingly make every effort to find the best alternative to the original itinerary while keeping passengers informed and updated. 

Included:
- Two pre-voyage nights hotel accommodation in embarkation city; except the Nov 3 2021 voyage, which includes one pre-voyage hotel night in Puerto Madryn, and one post-voyage hotel night in Ushuaia.
-Transfer from airport in embarkation city (Trelew Airport “REL” for the Nov 3 2021 voyage which embarks in Puerto Madryn; Ushuaia Airport “USH” for all other departures) to group hotel if arriving on Day 1 of itinerary, and providing we have your confirmed air itinerary at least 90 days prior to departure
- Transfer from group hotel to ship for embarkation
- Group transfer from ship to airport or central location at disembarkation
- Shipboard accommodations
- All scheduled landings/excursions
- All meals onboard
- Coffee/tea/cocoa 24 hours daily
- Alcoholic (house brands) and non-alcoholic beverages: mineral water, soft drinks, juices, various coffee specialties, tea, house wine white/rose/red, sparkling wine, aperitif, various beers, long drinks, cocktail of the day
- Expedition jacket (yours to keep)
- A pair of boots for use during the voyage
- Wi-Fi from the public computers
- 200 MB WiFi card for use on your personal devices
- Daily international news service
- All port fees
- All landing fees
- Digital Voyage Log

Excluded:
- Any airfare or travel expenses associated with arrival in Puerto Madryn
- Transfer from airport to group hotel, unless arriving on Day 1 of the itinerary
- On the Nov 3 2021 voyage, departure transfer from hotel to airport in Ushuaia
- Pre or post voyage expenses in Ushuaia or Puerto Madryn
- Laundry and personal expenses incurred on board
- Onboard communication charges such as outgoing phone calls, Wi-Fi from personal devices in excess of the 100 minutes provided
- Staff gratuities

Fuel Surcharge:
There will be no fuel surcharge for voyages aboard MS Seaventure if the local price of applicable fuel does not exceed US$1,100 per metric ton. Should the price go above this a surcharge may be applied to cover only the increase in fuel costs.
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