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Falklands, South Georgia & Antarctica via Ushuaia 2021-2022

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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. We’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. This 21-day polar voyage aboard the MS Seaventure features the unspoiled scenery, exhilarating wildlife, and rich history of the Antarctic Peninsula, as well as the crown jewels of the Southern Ocean: South Georgia and the Falkland Islands.
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Highlights
  • Explore the museum, shops, and pubs of Stanley, East Falkland
  • Cruise the most scenic bays and channels of the Antarctic Peninsula
  • Stop at historic Grytviken Whaling Station, home of the whaling museum
  • View penguin rookeries, seal wallows, bird colonies and whale feeding areas
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  • Small Ship
Activity Level: Relaxed
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Day 1: Arrive in Buenos Aires

Arrive in Ezeiza International Airpor, Buenos Aires then transfer to the Alvear Art Hotel. Spend overnight with dinner included.

Day 2: Charter flight to Ushuaia | Embark

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Dinner
Enjoy breakfast at Alvear Art Hotel, then transfer to the airport in Buenos Aires. Take your Charter Flight to Ushuaia via Airbus 320 with "European Business Class" seating. Take lunch in Ushuaia before embarkation aboard the Seaventure in the afternoon.

Be greeted by your Expedition Team and the ship’s officers. The Captain’s welcome dinner will follow a concise safety and orientation briefing. After dinner, relax and take in the scenery on your early evening sail through the Beagle Channel, past porpoising Magellanic penguins, Rock Cormorants, and Black-browed albatross.

Day 3: Southern Ocean

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Among the wildlife spotting opportunities as you sail south are the albatrosses, prions, and petrels that frequently follow the ship. Your Expedition Team is sure to be out on deck as well, looking for the whales and dolphins that may also be seen in the area. On board experts begin the presentations with informative and entertaining talks on the wildlife, history, and geology of the Falkland Islands and Southern Ocean. Helpful briefings on environmental regulations and expedition safety are held in the ship's comfortable lounge.

Day 4: West Falklands

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
The westernmost settled outposts in the Falklands are remote farms that have been family-owned for six and seven generations. The sheep graze alongside albatross colonies and rockhopper, king, and Magellanic penguin rookeries while striated caracaras patrol overhead and upland geese graze at the water's edge. A visit to one of these homesteads often includes an invitation for cakes and a cup of tea.

Day 5: Stanley | East Falkland

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Chosen for its sheltered harbor and access to abundant fresh water and peat for fuel, Stanley is easy to discover on foot as most shops and services are centered on the port. The museum, the post-office featuring first day covers, plenty of shops with locally-made wool items, and Stanley's lively pubs are all available. It is also possible to experience the wildlife of the Falklands from the town, including sea lions and dolphins in the harbor or bird life in nearby Gypsy Cove.

Day 6-7: Southern Ocean

  • Ship
  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
There is plenty of wildlife spotting as the ship makes its way east across the Antarctic Convergence and officially enters Antarctic waters. Shipboard presentations continue, featuring the exciting history and abundant wildlife of South Georgia.

Day 8-11: South Georgia

  • Ship
  • 4 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 4 Dinners
South Georgia holds a unique position inside the Antarctic Convergence, yet it remains outside the limit of the yearly sea ice - this makes the 3,755 square kilometer island an ideal home for tens of millions of breeding penguins, seals, and seabirds. Magnificent mountain scenery, glaciers galore, a rugged coastline punctuated with castellate and tabular icebergs, a rich historical tapestry, and an astounding array of wildlife are all available as you travel down South Georgia's leeward coast.

Landing sites feature huge elephant seals, aggressive fur seals, macaroni penguins, albatross, petrels, skuas, and gulls. King penguins, from fuzzy little chicks to fattened adults, can be seen by the hundreds of thousands! Plan to visit historic Grytviken Whaling Station, home of the whaling museum, Norwegian seaman's church, the active British Antarctic Survey station, plus the tiny graveyard where the great Antarctic explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton is buried.

Day 12-13: Scotia Sea

  • Ship
  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
Heading farther south, informative presentations continue and you can wildlife watch as the icebergs become more and more plentiful.

Day 14-17: Antarctic Peninsula and South Shetland Islands

  • Ship
  • 4 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 4 Dinners
In the waterways of the Antarctic Peninsula, hope to make as much time as possible to explore by inflatable Zodiac boats and marvel up close at nature’s glory. Your Expedition Leader and Captain create a flexible itinerary based on weather, ice, and opportunity.  Aim for 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, the Humpback Whale favored Wilhelmina Bay, the striking Lemaire Channel, the wildlife-filled Penola Channel, or the majestic Neumayer Channel. You may stop at an active scientific base such as Poland’s Arctowksi or Ukraine’s Vernadskiy as well as 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 assertive Antarctic fur seal. Minke and humpback whales are frequent visitors in the late season and orca sightings are also common.

Day 18-19: Drake Passage

  • Ship
  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
As you leave this magical place and make your way north, heading again across the Antarctic Convergence and the Drake Passage, continue your presentation series and wildlife spotting. Sailing back to Ushuaia through the Beagle Channel, celebrate the conclusion of your expedition with a special slideshow. 

Day 20: Ushuaia | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
With huge smiles on weary, content faces, disembark in the morning. You will be transferred to the Ushuaia airport for your private group charter flight via Airbus A320 back to Ezeiza Int’l Airport (EZE) in Buenos Aires for international departure.

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Notes

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:
- One pre-voyage night hotel accommodation in Buenos Aires
-Transfer from airport in embarkation city 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
- Our Citizen Science program: participation in a variety of scientific activities that support important research projects
- 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 Ushuaia
- Transfer from airport to group hotel, unless arriving on Day 1 of the itinerary
- 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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