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The Falklands, South Georgia and Antarctica

Ushuaia, Falkland Islands, South Georgia, South Shetland Islands & Antarctic Peninsula

Designed by Evie

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$22,900pp

21 days

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Designed by Evie

This example itinerary from

$22,900pp

21 days

Highlights

  • Discover a wide variety of landscapes and wildlife sightings 
  • Visit rookeries blanketed in thousands of penguins in South Georgia
  • Explore the fascinating history of Antarctic exploration in the late 1800s and early 1900s
  • Zodiac crossings beneath colossal icebergs 
  • Potential encounters with orca, humpback and minke whales

What’s Included

  • All land transfers
  • 2 nights’ accommodation in Ushuaia prior to departure 
  • Full board accommodation on board the Seaventure or Island Sky 
  • Tea and coffee during the voyage
  • All alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages (some super-premium brands excluded)
  • All shore excursions and zodiac cruises
  • A polar expedition jacket

Example Itinerary

Day 1

Ushuaia

  • Enjoy dinner in the world’s most southerly city 
  • Relax at the Arakur Resort and Spa

Ushuaia is the capital of Tierra del Fuego and the world’s most southerly city.

Take the potential stress of flight delays and arrive in Ushuaia with a full day to relax and enjoy the city tomorrow. The expedition team will meet you at the airport and drive you to your hotel in town. Please note this transfer may be shared with other guests on the cruise. True Travel can arrange dinner reservations for you this evening.

Day 2

Ushuaia

  • Explore the sights of Ushuaia at your own leisure 
  • Optional briefing with the cruise team this evening

Discover the history of this weather-beaten town where countless expeditions to Antarctica have begun. 

True Travel can arrange a private guide to give you an insider’s view of the city (not included) or relax and enjoy exploring at your own pace. There are some beautiful vantage points to take in the mountain scenery and plenty of museums and leather markets to discover. This evening the expedition team will be available at the hotel for a pre-departure briefing and to answer any questions.

Day 3

Embarkation

  • Board your luxury Antarctic vessel and settle into your cabin 
  • Enjoy a special Captain’s welcome dinner on board this evening

You will be taken to the port this afternoon where you will board your ship, The Seaventure. The expedition team will be waiting to greet you on board and there will be plenty of time to settle in before your orientation briefing and a special Captain’s welcome dinner.

Day 4

Southern Ocean

  • Set sail towards the Falkland Islands 
  • Enjoy lectures hosted by experts in local geology, history and wildlife

Sail towards the Falkland Islands today with a host of fascinating lectures on board to keep guests informed and entertained. There is plenty of opportunity for bird watching as seabirds soar over the ship’s wake.

Day 5

West Falkland Islands/Malvinas

  • Enjoy the remote landscape of the western islands 
  • Discover an array of birdlife including albatross and penguin rookeries

West Falkland/Malvinas is known for its rugged beauty and the undulating Hornby Hills.

The island is home to thousands of cormorant and penguin species including rockhopper, King and Magellanic penguin. White sandy dunes tumble to the crystal clear water of the South Atlantic where elephant seals bask between feeding.

Day 6

East Falkland/Malvinas and Stanley

  • Explore the highlights of the Falkland’s capital city 
  • Look out for sea lions, dolphins and birdlife along the shores of East Falkland

The island’s tiny capital city is a lively hub of activity tucked into a sheltered harbour. 

Head out on foot to explore the Falkland Island Museum, Government House built in 1845 and perhaps enjoy a drink in one of the town’s four local pubs. Beyond the town, East Falkland is home to exceptional birdlife and marine mammals including sea lions and dolphins.

Days 7 – 8

Southern Ocean

  • Sail east across the Antarctic Convergence and enter Antarctic waters
  • Enjoy fascinating lectures related to South Georgia, the next stop on the voyage

The Antarctic Convergence is the boundary zone between oceans that separates the waters surrounding Antarctica and Antarctic and sub-antarctic regions. 

Sailing further into the Southern Ocean, the wildlife intensifies as conditions are ideal for phytoplankton and krill in these waters. Onboard lecture topics will focus on the wildlife and history of South Georgia including the fated voyage of Sir Ernest Shackleton.

Days 9 – 12

South Georgia

  • Discover the ‘Serengeti’ of the Southern Ocean
  • Visit Sir Ernest Shackleton’s grave 100 years after his death

The sight of tens of millions of breeding penguins, seals and seabirds is one you cannot forget. There is a reason this island is referred to as the Serengeti of the Southern Ocean. Exploring South Georgia’s leeward coast, discover beautiful mountain scenery, glaciers and icebergs in mesmerising shades of blue and a remarkable variety of wildlife. 

There is the opportunity to visit the historic Grytviken whaling station and the burial site of Sir Ernest Shackleton. January 2022 marked the centenary of the great explorer’s death. 100 years on, the legacy of Shackleton lives on and a visit to his final resting point is a humbling experience.

Days 13 – 14

Scotia Sea

  • Follow in the wake of Sir Ernest Shackleton and his team of five others that traversed these waters in 1916 for 900 miles in an adapted lifeboat on their way to South Georgia. 
  • Marvel at the towering icebergs as they become bigger and more plentiful

The Scotia Sea was named after the expedition ship, Scotia was used in these waters by the Scottish National Antarctic Expedition (1902–04). 

With more onboard lectures related to the history, wildlife and geography of the region, you will be gaining a wealth of knowledge. The Seaventure and Island Sky are known for the part they play in scientific research and one of the many benefits of exploring Antarctica with this expedition team is the access to on-the-ground scientific insight.

Days 15 – 18

Antarctic Peninsula & South Shetland Islands

  • Explore the wildlife-rich waters of Antarctica 
  • Visit active scientific research bases and historic landing sites

Over the next few days, the Antarctic voyage will culminate in the world’s most dramatic display of winter landscape and wildlife sightings. 

The experienced captain and crew will plot each day according to the weather and migrating wildlife giving you the best opportunity to see the spectacle of Antarctica’s inhabitants. With 18 – 24 hours of daylight to play with, there is ample time for zodiac landings to walk with penguins and seals. Photographers of all levels will delight in the scenic landscape and camera-friendly wildlife. 

All guests have the opportunity to partake in the ship’s citizen science programme, helping NASA and the Scripps Institute to record the incredible changes happening in one of the world’s most remote regions. Gathering critical on-site data on a regular basis is key to understanding climate change.

Days 19 – 20

Drake Passage

  • Enjoy a farewell Captain’s Dinner 
  • Time to reflect on the remarkable voyage

Say goodbye to Antarctica and sail north towards Argentina. 

Crossing the Drake Passage, there will be time for a final lecture and special slideshow that cannot fail to move even the hardest soul. The Captain will host a farewell dinner and, as always, the expedition team will be on hand to answer burning questions and help guests spot wildlife from the observation deck.

Day 21

Ushuaia

  • Arrive in Ushuaia in the morning 
  • Disembark your expedition cruise

Depending on the weather, most cruises arrive in Ushuaia in the early morning with time for breakfast before disembarking. If you are spending another night in Ushuaia, the team will take you to your hotel in town or to the airport for flights to Buenos Aires or beyond. True Travel will be on hand to help with all the logistics for your onward journey. 

Gavin

From initial consultation through creating and tweaking the itinerary until post return follow up the attention to details and making sure we had the holiday of a lifetime was exemplary. The suggested camps and locations all lived up to expectations and the holiday was enjoyed by all.

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