Trip Details at-a-Glance
|Lodging:||18 nights aboard 110-passenger expedition vessel, 1 night hotel|
|Meals:||All meals included|
|Activity:||Wildlife & Natural History, Small Ship Cruising|
19-day expedition cruise, nature walks on uneven ground, Zodiac cruising with wet landings, possibility of rough seas and cold weather
- Antarctic Peninsula, South Georgia, and the Falklands in one journey
- Zodiac excursions amid extraordinary wildlife including thousands of penguins
- Expert Antarctic naturalists and historians to enrich your experience
Choosing the Right Trip
We work hard to help you choose the right trip for you, paying attention to your individual interests, abilities, and needs. If you have questions about the level of comfort or any of the activities described in this itinerary, please contact us.
We are proud to have an exceptionally high rate of repeat travelers. For more information, we would be happy to put you in touch with a client who has traveled with us.
Once you have signed up on the trip, we send a complete packing list, relevant health information, and required travel documents.
Choose from a Variety of Ships
We offer several exciting voyages to Antarctica aboard a variety of ships. This is the detailed information for Antarctica, South Georgia & the Falklands: Sea Adventurer. To see all departures on all ships, please click here.
Experience three epic destinations of the Southern Ocean: the wildlife-rich oasis of the Falkland Islands, breathtaking South Georgia Island, with its legends of Shackleton and massive colonies of king penguins, and the celebrated Antarctic Peninsula, a world of towering peaks and icebergs. On our small-ship expedition cruise during the austral summer, adventures by go-anywhere Zodiacs grant us fantastic access to hidden bays full of drifting bergs and shores thronged with chattering penguins and basking elephant seals, while our expert naturalists and historians illuminate the fascinating world of the Antarctic.
Arrive in Ushuaia and transfer to the Arakur Ushuaia Resort & Spa. The rest of the day is at leisure with a welcome dinner and overnight at our hotel.
Ushuaia / Embark Sea Adventurer
Today, enjoy a boat trip on the Beagle Channel and disembark in Tierra del Fuego National Park for nature hikes surrounded by dramatic scenery. Or, visit Martial Glacier, followed by a city tour and lunch in Ushuaia. Board the Sea Adventurer this afternoon and set sail for the Falkland Islands.
At Sea / Carcass Island, Falkland Islands / Saunders Island
Attend lectures on the natural and historical highlights ahead during a day at sea. On Carcass Island visit gentoo and Magellanic penguin rookeries and stroll along beautiful beaches to search for seabirds. On Saunders Island you will find colonies of gentoo, rockhopper, and Magellanic penguins, as well as black-browed albatross.
Cruising the South Scotia Sea
Lecturers recap your experiences and prepare you for your visit to South Georgia. On deck, join naturalists in search of the seabirds and marine mammals that flourish in these nutrient-rich waters.
Flexibility in this area is a must. Many of our leaders have been to South Georgia numerous times and, if the weather is in our favor, they may offer a landing before breakfast or even after dinner. Call at some of the many islands, bays, and coves where you will see outstanding birdlife and elephant and fur seals close at hand. The following is a list of places we plan to visit on South Georgia. Some of them are pending final government approval.
Elsehul Bay – This beautiful bay is home to thousands of fur seals as well as macaroni penguins, the most numerous of all penguin species. Listen for the high-pitched trumpeting of king penguins amid the magnificent sounds of marine mammals that echo in the bay.
Salisbury Plain – Two glaciers flank Salisbury Plain on South Georgia’s north coast. Here, more than 200,000 king penguins congregate and breed, and you are greeted by one of the more remarkable sights—and sounds—on Earth.
Stromness Bay – Site of Sir Ernest Shackleton and his party’s arrival after their harrowing crossing of the island’s glaciers on foot, Stromness offers views of cliffs and a glacier from which the adventurer and his companions descended.
Grytviken – Go ashore to discover the ruins of this once-active whaling station. The cemetery holds a special fascination, as it is here that Shackleton is buried. Seabirds, penguins, and marine mammals can also be found here.
Gold Harbour – At the foot of the Bertrab Glacier, Gold Harbour is often referred to as the “jewel in the island’s crown.” In addition to a large king penguin colony, you are likely to see elephant and fur seals, gentoo penguins, giant petrels, and with luck, light-mantled albatross.
Naturalists recap your memorable visit to South Georgia and introduce you to the history, geology, and wildlife of the Antarctic Peninsula and its surrounding islands.
Today arrive at Elephant Island, made famous by the Shackleton expedition. Awesome glaciers, speckled with pink algae, create a dramatic backdrop. Weather permitting, enjoy a Zodiac cruise around the island and the opportunity to view a thriving chinstrap penguin colony.
As you cruise the waters of the Antarctic Peninsula and its adjacent islands, landings are dependent upon weather and ice conditions. There is the possibility that you may visit a research station and witness the scientific activities conducted by the multinational community of scientists working there. The expeditionary nature of this voyage precludes guaranteeing specific stops; in the past we have visited the locations below. This list serves as a guideline only of the places you may experience.
Brown Bluff – Located on the Antarctic continent, Brown Bluff rises 2,450 feet above an ash beach littered with bizarrely shaped boulders. Some 20,000 pairs of Adelie, and
hundreds of gentoo penguins, make their home here. Skuas and pintado petrels nest near the top of the cliff and kelp gulls fill the air with perpetual sound and motion.
Deception Island – As you approach Deception through Neptune’s Bellows, a channel just wide enough for the ship to navigate, southern fulmars and pintado petrels soar overhead. Weigh anchor inside a volcano whose collapsed cone was filled by rushing seawater.
Lemaire Channel and Pleneau Island – Cruising the beautiful Lemaire Channel, keep watch for the humpback and minke whales frequently spotted here. This narrow channel is one of the most visually impressive areas of the Antarctic Peninsula. Steep mountain peaks jut out of the sea on both sides, and the waters are often choked with icebergs and frequented by crabeater seals. A stunning labyrinth of grounded icebergs lies in the shallow waters west of Pleneau Island, presenting a superb Zodiac cruising experience. Crabeater and leopard seals haul out on the ice, and elephant seals and gentoo penguins occupy the island itself.
During your Drake crossing, watch for wandering and black-browed albatross, sooty shearwaters, and white-chinned petrels. Whales are also frequently seen in these waters.
Ushuaia, Argentina / Disembark
Disembark in Ushuaia and transfer to the airport for homeward-bound flights.
Optional Pre-Voyage Extension: Patagonia with Torres Del Paine
Saturday, January 2 – Saturday, January 9
Encompassing 615,000 acres of expansive grasslands and the fantastic pinnacles of the Andean mountains, Torres del Paine National Park is a stunning UNESCO Biosphere Reserve and Chile’s premier Patagonian destination. Here peaks of twisted, snow-dusted granite—endowed with waterfalls, emerald lakes, and verdant valleys—tower above the plains of Patagonia.
Saturday, January 2, 2016
Board your overnight flight to Santiago, Chile.
Sunday, January 3
Santiago, Chile / Punta Arenas
Connect with your flight to Punta Arenas. The afternoon is at leisure, with dinner and overnight at our hotel.
Monday, January 4
Punta Arenas / Puerto Natales / Torres del Paine
Today travel north through dramatic Patagonia steppe landscapes stopping for lunch at Puerto Natales. Upon arrival in Torres del Paine, enjoy dinner at Hotel Rio Serrano, your base for three nights.
Tuesday and Wednesday, January 5 & 6
Torres del Paine
Spend two full days exploring Torres del Paine National Park. Nearly 150 native animal species reside in the steppe and forested areas, including Patagonian foxes, vicuñas, and guanacos. Among the 100 species of resident birds are high-stepping lesser rheas, the New World’s largest bird, and elegant Andean condors that soar high above the landscape.
Thursday, January 7
Torres del Paine / El Calafate, Argentina
Depart overland for the charming town of El Calafate, stopping en route for nature viewing and photography. Spend two nights at Posada Los Alamos.
Friday, January 8
Spend a full day visiting the Perito Moreno Glacier.
Saturday, January 9
El Calafate / Ushuaia / Embark Sea Adventurer
Board your short flight for Ushuaia and enjoy a tour of this southern- most city in the world. Embark the Sea Adventurer in the late afternoon.
What the Trip is Like
The trip is rated Level 1+, Easy. You will be traveling to a very remote destination. You must be able to complete on board safety drills and emergency evacuation procedures without the assistance of others. Rolling seas and windy conditions require you to be stable on your feet, especially when walking on slippery decks or up and down steep gangways. Shore excursions often require hiking over uneven terrain without the benefit of a developed trail. Some agility is required for getting in and out of the Zodiac landing crafts. While several Zodiac landings are dry, many will require that you step in the water to get ashore. Zodiac and shore excursions are weather permitting.
Jan 8-27, 2016
Prices are for 2016
Cruise Rates by Cabin Category
Per person, double occupancy
Category 2 Single Occupancy: $24,980
Category 3 Single Occupancy: $25,980
Trip Payment Schedule*
At time of reservation: 25%
of trip cost
130 days prior to departure: Balance
*Please note that this differs from our regular catalog departures.
Cancellation and Transfer Fee Schedule*
Minimum fee: $750 per person
180-120 days prior to departure: 25% of trip cost
119-60 days prior to departure: 50% of trip cost
59 days or less: 100% of trip cost
*Please note that this differs from our regular catalog departures.
- Twin cabins on Main and A-Deck are similar in amenities and average about 136 square feet; all cabins on Promenade Deck are slightly larger and average 165 square feet; suites are 211 square feet.
- All cabins have a bathroom with shower, individually controlled heat/air conditioner, in-room music system, an intercom system for announcements, European-type outlets (two round sockets) at 220 volts, ample wardrobespace, full length mirrors, locked drawer, emergency buttons to call reception, desk and chair, and hair dryer.
- All cabins have two twin lower beds. A few triple cabins are available.
- Ocean view: cabins on A-Deck have two portholes, 12 inches in diameter; cabins 200-211 have one porthole, 12 inches in diameter; cabins 212-231 have one window, 24 inches by 17 inches; and cabins on Promenade Deck and the suites have one window, 22 inches by 16.5 inches.
Trip Cost Includes:
- All gratuities
- Accommodations in our hotel and on board the Sea Spirit as outlined in the itinerary
- All onboard meals
- Soft drinks, wine, and beer with lunch and dinner
- All group meals on land
- Arrival and departure transfers on group dates
- Services of the expedition staff, including lectures, briefings, slide/film shows
- All group activities and excursions
- Kayaking (not guaranteed, limited availability)
- Landing and port fees
- $50,000 of medical expense coverage and $75,000 in emergency evacuation insurance.
Trip Cost Does Not Include:Any airfare; passport, visa, and Argentine Reciprocity fees ($160); excess baggage charges; airport arrival and departure taxes; transfers for independent arrivals and departures; passport and/or visa fees; travel insurance; items of a personal nature such as laundry, bar charges, alcoholic beverages except as listed, e-mail/Internet/fax/telephone charges.
Arrival & Departure InformationYou are responsible for your own transportation arriving to and departing from Argentina. For more detailed information, including transfers, please call our office at 1-800-368-2794.
Please do not purchase your tickets until you are confirmed on the trip and have reviewed your proposed air schedule with our office. Once your tickets have been purchased, please send us a copy of your airline schedule.
Date: Day 1
Suggested Airport for Arrival
Buenos Aires, Argentina (Airport Code: EZE)
Date: Day 20
Suggested Airport for Departure
Buenos Aires, Argentina (Airport Code: EZE)
A valid passport is required for your trip. Be sure to check the expiration date. Your passport must be valid for six months after your date of exit from Argentina. In addition, we recommend your passport has at least two completely blank visa pages for every country you will be visiting. It is very important that the blank pages say “Visas” at the top. The last few pages of your passport, which say “Amendments and Endorsements,” and the final page of your passport, which may not have a page number, are not considered to be legitimate visa pages. You can request a new passport or have extra pages inserted in your current passport through a visa service agency or the US Passport Services Office. Be sure to allow sufficient time to acquire this before your trip.
It is a good idea to carry a photocopy of the photo page and the entry stamp page of your passport as an additional piece of identification, as well as two extra passport photos.
US citizens do not need a visa for Argentina but there is a Reciprocity Fee for US and Canadian citizens that must be purchased online prior to departure. The fee amount fluctuates so please double check prior to departure. You can pay the fee with a credit card. The fee is valid for 10 years or the duration of the passport’s validity.
If you are a citizen of any country other than the US, check with a local consulate for entry requirements.
The 110-guest Sea Adventurer is an expedition ship equipped with stabilizers and an ice-strengthened hull that allow her to navigate easily in the most rugged environments. Each cabin has an ocean view, individually controlled heat/air conditioner, an in-room music system, and en suite bathroom facilities. Public spaces on board include a window-lined dining room that seats all guests at leisurely single seatings, a spacious lounge, polar library, gift shop, laundry, and small gym. A fleet of Zodiacs permits landing anywhere nature or curiosity dictates.