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Antarctica, South Georgia & the Falkland Islands
|from $13,490* per person||18 Days||January, December|
|Luxury accommodations||Exertion level: 4|
|Operator: Wilderness Travel||15 people max|
- Ushuaia, argentina
- Boats, Barges & Small Ship Cruises trips
This dream journey takes us to Antarctica, fabled Terra Australis Incognita, and beyond, on a comprehensive cruise of the Southern Ocean and its epic destinations. Aboard the 106-guest Sea Spirit, one of the most spacious and luxurious expedition vessels cruising the Antarctic, we explore the wildlife-rich oasis of the Falkland Islands, breathtaking South Georgia Island, with its enormous colonies of stately king penguins and haunting tales of Shackleton, and the celebrated Antarctic Peninsula, a land of towering peaks, glacier-lined fjords, and an incredible array of wildlife. Our “go-anywhere” Zodiacs grant us access to hidden bays full of drifting icebergs and to pebbled shores where we walk amid chattering penguins, while our expert naturalists and historians unlock the secrets of the awesome world of Antarctica.
Antarctica, Argentina, South America
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Ushuaia / At Sea / The Falkland Islands
After an overnight in the Patagonian town of Ushuaia on the Beagle Channel, we voyage to the Falklands Islands for fascinating encounters with Magellanic penguins, nesting gentoos, and dashing rockhopper penguins. We also visit Port Stanley, the quaint capital, then head out to sea, watching for whales as we cross the Antarctic Convergence.
South Georgia Island
South Georgia is absolutely stunning?more than a hundred glaciers flow from its spine of mountains to the sea. Our Zodiacs take us to amazing places including the Salisbury Plain, with its elegant king penguins in the tens of thousands, and the Bay of Isles, where we find nesting wandering albatross and breeding colonies of fur seals. At Grytviken, a former whaling station, we visit the simple grave of legendary explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton.
Scotia Sea / Antarctic Peninsula and its Islands
Antarctica is a spectacular wilderness of glaciated mountains rising above a cobalt sea. Our explorations may include the chinstrap penguin colonies of the Aitcho Islands, aptly named Paradise Bay, famed for towering tabular icebergs, and Pleneau Island, with its gentoo penguin rookeries. When we enter amazing Deception Island, we navigate through a narrow passage called Neptune’s Bellows and find ourselves in the magnificent ocean-filled crater of a collapsed volcano. This sea-filled volcanic crater has a natural thermal spring?bring your bathing suit for a hot soak in Antarctica! We also navigate through the sublime Lemaire Channel and watch for humpback, minke, and gray whales as we cruise the expansive Neumayer Channel. On all outings, our naturalists share their expertise and knowledge of this legendary corner of the world.
Drake Passage / Ushuaia
Our journey comes full circle as we voyage across the famed Drake Passage and arrive in Ushuaia. Disembark on Day 20 and depart.