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King Penguin in South Georgia

Falkland, South Georgia and Antarctica

Example 19 Day Cruise aboard SH Minerva
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Live out your goal of visiting Antarctica during this remarkable 19-day voyage on board our luxury ice-class expedition ship. The renowned two-day Drake Passage sea crossing marks the beginning of your journey to this frigid wilderness. Travel to South Georgia while following in the footsteps of renowned explorer Ernest Shackleton. Here, you can scramble onto beaches that are crowded with penguins. Get ready for amazing photo chances as you sail around the Antarctic Peninsula and pass majestic icebergs. This immersive cruise is the ultimate Antarctica journey that will make for the trip of a lifetime.
 
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Highlights
  • Experience beaches with thousands of rockhopper, gentoo and king penguins
  • Discover the island where explorer Ernest Shackleton spent his last days
  • Explore the wildlife scenery of the Lemaire Channel
  • Observe southern right whales as you sail towards the Falkland Islands
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Day 1: Buenos Aires

Arrive in Buenos Aires, relax and spend the overnight here preparing for your adventure.
 

Day 2: Ushuaia, Argentina

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Dinner
Fly from Buenos Aires to Ushuaia and embark on SH Minerva for your Polar adventure.

Ushuaia is the gateway to the White Continent. Found at the southernmost tip of South America in Argentinian Patagonia, the city is often described as “the End of the World”. The city’s mountain backdrop rises above the harbor and entrance to the Beagle Channel. The town itself is walkable and has a few small museums as well as pubs, restaurants and cafes - a good place to try Patagonian lamb cooked over open fire pits.

Day 3-4: At Sea

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  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
You can spend your day at sea enjoying the many facilities available. Head to the sauna, get in a workout in the state-of-the-art gym or relax in the jacuzzi whilst taking in incredible views along the way. If you prefer to learn a little more about your surroundings, listen to an informative talk or have a chat with one of our knowledgeable onboard experts.
 

Day 5: South Shetland Islands

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
While the South Shetlands’ proximity to Antarctica makes the ice-bound sea impassable during winter (April to October), these are the first islands to see snow melt in spring (November) and the slightly warmer temperature means that the fauna is also different from what you see in Antarctica proper. As you go ashore by Zodiac, notice ferns, grasses, lichens and native flora that have more in common with Patagonia than they do with Antarctica.
 

Day 6-8: Antarctic Peninsula

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  • 3 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 3 Dinners
Among captivating glaciers, majestic icebergs and snowy islands, the Antarctic Peninsula is where most visitors to the White Continent will live out their Antarctica dream. The Antarctic Peninsula, the most accessible area of the continent, hosts several scientific bases and some of the most interesting wildlife scenery, such as the extremely photogenic Lemaire Channel. Shore excursions might include Petermann Island, where among Adelie penguins, blue-eyed shags and skuas, huge, lumbering elephant seals haul out.
 

Day 9: South Shetland Islands

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
While the South Shetlands’ proximity to Antarctica makes the ice-bound sea impassable during winter (April to October), these are the first islands to see snow melt in spring (November) and the slightly warmer temperature means that the fauna is also different from what you see in Antarctica proper. As you go ashore by Zodiac, notice ferns, grasses, lichens and native flora that have more in common with Patagonia than they do with Antarctica.
 

Day 10: At Sea

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Days at sea are the perfect chance to relax, unwind and do whatever takes your fancy. So whether that is going to the gym, visiting the spa, trying to spot a whale from the deck, reading a chapter or two, or simply topping up your tan, these blue sea days are the perfect balance to the green days spent exploring on land.
 

Day 11-13: South Georgia

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  • 3 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 3 Dinners
Often called the “Galapagos of the Poles”, South Georgia has a number of landing sites where you get up close to half a million king penguins or three million breeding pairs of macaroni penguins, making up the largest population in the world. If you are lucky you will also see harrumphing elephant seals - from a distance! Visit Grytviken, the historic whaling station where legendary British explorer Ernest Shackleton (1874–1922) is buried.
 

Day 14-15: At Sea

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  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
Today as you sail, you’ll bask in the endless comforts of your ship. From the deck, marvel at the dramatic sea views. Relax with a nurturing facial treatment or massage in the spa or delve into the ship’s learning resources. Or, simply take refuge in your cabin and enjoy the opportunity to rest.
 

Day 16: Saunders Island | West Point Island

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Black-browed albatross soar above this rugged weather-beaten island in the west of the Falklands, while Commerson’s dolphins swim below. With a sparse population of people and sheep, this inhabited island is also home to fur seals, burrowing rockhopper penguins, Magellanic penguins and imperial cormorants who roost in the jagged cliffs and the striking Cliff Mountain towering above the dramatic coastal scenery. As you hike across the moss, keep an eye open for pink-petalled Felton’s flowers. Birdlife is the big draw on this lush sheep-farming island, where thousands of rams and ewes roam. Settled by British explorers in 1765, the island’s unique scenery includes the beaches at The Neck filled with the cacophony of rockhopper, Gentoo and king penguin colonies, and you might spot the pillar-shaped nests of black-browed albatross. Nine of the Falklands’ 14 endemic plants, including silvery buttercup and hairy daisy, grow here and are a real treat.
 

Day 17: Port Stanley

  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Anyone familiar with Britain’s trademark red post boxes might spot a resemblance in this British outpost. Port Stanley, on East Falkland, is the tiny capital of the Falkland Islands and is small enough to get around on foot. You can visit The Historic Dockyard Museum devoted to maritime history and exploration or pop into the post office. Magellanic penguins gather in hordes at nearby Gypsy Cove, and sea lions and dolphins frolic in the harbor.
 

Day 18: At Sea

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
You can spend your day at sea enjoying the many facilities available. Head to the sauna, get in a workout in the state-of-the-art gym or relax in the jacuzzi whilst taking in incredible views along the way. If you prefer to learn a little more about your surroundings, listen to an informative talk or have a chat with one of our knowledgeable onboard experts.

 

Day 19: Ushuaia | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
Nestled in the foothills of the snow-capped Martial Range, Ushuaia’s colorful streets and mismatched buildings cascade from the imposing mountains before coming to an abrupt halt at the shores of the Beagle Channel. As one of the world’s southernmost cities, Ushuaia carries its ‘end of the world’ reputation well. The moody weather and dramatic surroundings certainly help. Board your boutique ship before departing for your journey through one of the most captivating wilderness regions of the world.
 

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Included
  • 18 Breakfasts, 16 Lunches, 17 Dinners
  • 18 Nights Accommodations
  • Accommodations as listed
  • Ground transportation as listed
  • Excursions and activities as listed
  • Meals as listed
  • Room Service 
  • Wifi
  • Return regional flights to the port of embarkation and/or disembarkation (where specified)
  • One night pre-cruise accommodation with breakfast in a 4/5-star hotel or onboard.
  • Coffee, tea, soft drinks & select alcoholic beverages 24 hours a day.
  • Lecture programs by our experienced expedition team and guest speakers
  • Onboard gratuities & port taxes
  • Branded Swan Hellenic expedition parka and use of rubber boots in Polar Regions.
  • All transfers between Airport, Hotel and Ship
  • Transfers and Flights: Buenos Aires - Ushuaia - Buenos Aires 
Excluded
  • Travel Insurance
  • Personal Expenses
  • Flight costs (please request a quote)
  • Additional excursions during free time
  • Fuel and transportation surcharges (when applicable)
  • Passport and Applicable Visa Expenses

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