Antarctica & Islands tour

Plancius, Antarctica
King Penguins at Volunteer Point, Falkland Islands
Leopard Seal, Antarctica
Natural arch made of ice, Antarctica
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Cruise to Antarctica via the Falkland Island & South Georgia

Enjoy an adventure cruise to the Antarctic Peninsula Sea via the Falkland Islands and South Georgia on board the m/v Plancius or m/v Ortelius. This cruise to the snow covered southern continent offers an amazing opportunity to view spectacular scenery and unique wildlife from the comfort of a fully equipped expedition vessel. This once in a lifetime holiday starts in Ushuaia at the southernmost tip of Argentina. Here we embark upon our cruise ship and head out into the Atlantic. Our first stop is the famous Falkland Islands (Malvinas) and a chance to view Gentoo, King, Magellanic and Rockhopper penguins. From here we'll sail east to the historic whaling island of South Georgia, with its wide spectrum of landscapes and wildlife, like the Elephant seals, Fur seals, King and Macaroni Penguins. We'll then sail south and west to the Antarctic Peninsula, visiting the South Orkney Islands en route, and our first encounter with sea ice. Ice permiting, we'll sail into the Weddell Sea through the ice-clogged Antarctic Sound. Huge tabular icebergs will greet our arrival to the eastern side of the Antarctic Peninsula and a visit Brown Bluff where you may set foot on the Continent. Our next stop is Deception Island, famous for its huge volcanic crater that makes an excellent natural harbour. The abandoned whaling station here is home to a wealth of bird life including Cape Pigeons, Dominican Gulls, and various species of Skuas, Terns and Petrels. From here we'll cruise back across the Drakes Passage to Ushuaia. Note: 2018 departures are extended to 20 or 21 days.

Highlights
Remote Atlantic islands, amazing Antarctic wildlife, Zodiak boat trips, shore excursions, pristine wilderness landscapes
Destinations
  • Antarctica
  • Polar
Tour Types
  • Singles
  • Adventure
  • Small Group
  • Cruise
  • Active
  • Scenic
  • Wildlife
  • Winter
  • Snow Activities
Day 1, Afternoon board expedition vessel
In the afternoon, we embark in Ushuaia, Tierra del Fuego, Argentina, the southernmost city in the world located at the Beagle Channel and sail through this scenic waterway for the rest of the evening. Arrival airport transfers and pre-cruise accommodation in Ushuaia is available on request.
OVERNIGHT:
Expedition vessel
MEALS:
Dinner

Day 2, At sea, en-route to the Falkland Islands
At sea, in the westerlies the ship is followed by several species of albatrosses, storm petrels, shearwaters and diving petrels.
OVERNIGHT:
Expedition vessel
MEALS:
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3, On the Falkland Islands
In the Falkland Islands (Malvinas) we plan to spend the whole day on the fascinating western side of the archipelago. A hike along the Shore of Carcass Island will give us views of Magellanic and Gentoo-Penguins, as well as close encounters with water fowl and Night herons and passerines. In addition, on Saunders we will be able to observe four species of breeding penguins (Gentoo, King, Magellanic and Rockhopper), Black-browed Albatrosses and King Cormorants.
OVERNIGHT:
Expedition vessel
MEALS:
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4, Port Stanley
In Stanley, the capital of the Falklands, we can experience Falkland culture, which has some South American characteristics as well as Victorian charm. In Stanley and the surrounding area we can see quite an important number of stranded clippers from a century ago. All passengers are free to wander around on their own. We recommend a visit to the local church and museum (admission fees not included).
OVERNIGHT:
Expedition vessel
MEALS:
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5, On our way to South Georgia
On our way to South Georgia we will cross the Antarctic Convergence. Entering Antarctic waters, the temperature may drop significantly in the time span of only a few hours. Near the Convergence we will see a multitude of southern seabirds near the ship; several species of Albatrosses, Shearwaters, Petrels, Prions and Skuas.
OVERNIGHT:
Expedition vessel
MEALS:
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6, On our way to South Georgia
At sea towards South Georgia.
OVERNIGHT:
Expedition vessel
MEALS:
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7, South Georgia
In the afternoon of day 7 we arrive at our first landing site in South Georgia. We might visit the bay of Elsehul, with its very active fur seal breeding beach.
OVERNIGHT:
Expedition vessel
MEALS:
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8, South Georgia
We set course to Right Whale Bay, Salisbury Plain, Godthul, St. Andrews Bay, Gold Harbour, Cooper Bay and Drygalski Fjord to give you a good opportunity to see a wide spectrum of landscapes and wildlife, like the Elephant seals, Fur seals, King and Macaroni Penguins. One of the highlights might be our visit to Prion Island, where we will witness the breeding efforts of the huge Wandering Albatross and enjoy watching their displays (the island is closed for visitors during breeding season from 20 Nov - 07 January).
OVERNIGHT:
Expedition vessel
MEALS:
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9, South Georgia
At Fortuna Bay we might try to follow in the footsteps of the great British Explorer Ernest Shackleton and hike over to Stromness Bay. There and at Grytviken we'll see an abandoned whaling village, where King Penguins now walk in the streets and seals have taken over the buildings.
OVERNIGHT:
Expedition vessel
MEALS:
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10, South Georgia
At Grytviken we'll also offer a visit to the Whaling History Museum as well as to Shackleton's grave nearby. We will depart from South Georgia in the afternoon of day 10.
OVERNIGHT:
Expedition vessel
MEALS:
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 11, At sea
Where the ship is again followed by a multitude of seabirds. At some point we might encounter sea-ice, and it is at the ice-edge where we might have a chance to see some high-Antarctic species like the McCormick Skua and Snow Petrel.
OVERNIGHT:
Expedition vessel
MEALS:
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 12, South Orkney Islands, we plan a visit to Orcadas station
We are planning on a visit to Orcadas station, an Argentinean base located in the South Orkney Islands. The friendly base personnel will show us their facilities and we can enjoy the wonderful views of the surrounding glaciers.
On Laurie Island we may visit the Argentine base Orcadas Station. It was here that the Scottish explorer W.S. Bruce established a small research station in 1903. The station was taken over by the Argentines the subsequent year and has since been recording meteorological data. At this friendly station one can experience how it is to live and work on an isolated station in Antarctica. Around Orcadas Station we can see breeding Southern Giant Petrels. With permission of the base personnel we may also visit Punta Cormoran, which has an Adélie Penguin colony.
OVERNIGHT:
Expedition vessel
MEALS:
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 13, At sea towards Antarctica
At sea towards Antarctica.
OVERNIGHT:
Expedition vessel
MEALS:
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 14, Antarctic Peninsula
If the ice permits we will sail into the Weddell Sea through the ice-clogged Antarctic Sound. Huge tabular icebergs will announce our arrival to the eastern side of the Antarctic Peninsula. We plan to visit Brown Bluff where we may set foot on the Continent. In good sailing conditions we may decide to extend our time in the Weddell Sea.
OVERNIGHT:
Expedition vessel
MEALS:
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 15, Antarctic Peninsula
In Deception Island our ship braves into the entrance of the crater through the spectacular Neptune's Bellows. Deception itself is a sub-ducted crater, which opens into the sea, creating a natural harbour for the ship. Here we find hot springs, an abandoned whaling station, thousands of Cape Petrels and many Kelp Gulls, Brown and South Polar Skuas and Antarctic Terns. Wilson's Storm Petrels and Black-bellied Storm Petrels nest in the ruins of the whaling station in Whalers Bay. We leave from here and sail through the Shetland Islands attempting to land at Half Moon Island with a large Chinstrap penguin rookery and the usually non-occupied Argentinean Camara station. From here we head to the open sea with direction Ushuaia.
OVERNIGHT:
Expedition vessel
MEALS:
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 16, Antarctic Peninsula
We may visit Cierva Cove were we find ourselves in a world of icebergs well suited for an exploratory Zodiac cruise in search of fantastic photo opportunities. Humpback whales, Crabeater seals and Leopard seals are often seen here and a small rookery of Chinstraps are found on a small island in the bay. The landscape is typical Antarctica with huge glaciated mountains all around. Mikkelsen Harbour on the southern side of Trinity Island was discovered by the Swedish Antarctic Expedition of 1901-04. Gentoo penguins nest on the island and Weddell seals often haul out on shore. We also find remains of the early 20th Century Whaling period and an Argentinean refuge hut.
OVERNIGHT:
Expedition vessel
MEALS:
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 17, At sea en-route to Ushuaia
On our way north we are again followed by a great selection of seabirds while crossing the Drake Passage.
OVERNIGHT:
Expedition vessel
MEALS:
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 18, At sea en-route to Ushuaia
Full day sailing back across the Drake Passage. There will be plenty of time to go through your photos and look back on your trip of a lifetime to Antarctica.
OVERNIGHT:
Expedition vessel
MEALS:
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 19, We disembark our expedition vessel in Ushuaia
The end of our voyage. We arrive in the morning in Ushuaia and disembark after breakfast. A group transfer to the airport for your flight home is included.
OVERNIGHT:
N/A
MEALS:
Breakfast
  • Voyage aboard the indicated vessel as indicated in the itinerary
  • All meals throughout the voyage aboard the ship including snacks, coffee and tea
  • All transport in private vehicles
  • All shore excursions and activities throughout the voyage by Zodiac
  • Program of lectures by noted naturalists and leadership by experienced expedition staff
  • Free use of rubber boots and snowshoes
  • All miscellaneous service taxes and port charges throughout the programme
  • Pre-scheduled group transfer from the vessel to the airport in Ushuaia (directly after disembarkation)
  • Comprehensive pre-departure material

Dates Price Single Availability
01-Nov-2020 for 19 Nights Visit website
01-Nov-2020 for 19 Nights Visit website
02-Dec-2020 for 19 Nights Visit website
20-Dec-2020 for 19 Nights Visit website
17-Jan-2021 for 19 Nights Visit website

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Meals:18 breakfasts, 17 lunches, 18 dinners
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