An Epic World Tour from Ushuaia to Tromso

Overview

Explore the world’s most extreme latitudes, uncharted wonders, and breathtaking wildlife aboard the first-ever Expedition World Cruise. Aboard the Silver Cloud—the most spacious and comfortable ice class vessel in expedition cruising—sail from the southernmost wilds of Antarctica to the sunlit summer skies of the Northern Arctic Circle. Over a period of 167 days, you’ll visit 107 ports in 30 countries to witness surreal underwater seascapes, gleaming cities of antiquity, rare endemic wildlife, and geological splendors on windswept coastlines. There are other world cruises, but this is the first Expedition World Cruise designed to be experience-focused. Enjoy immersive shore excursions, lectures from world-class experts, and exclusive events like dinner on London Tower Bridge’s walkway, a private evening at The China Club Singapore, and a number of other exceptional private events around the world. Challenge your sense of adventure and be among the first to cruise the world on this once-in-a-lifetime expedition!

Note: This cruise is not exclusive to, nor operated by, Wilderness Travel, who acts solely as agent in booking your reservation with the ship operator. The itinerary, lecturers, and all other arrangements are subject to change at the discretion of the cruise line.

Itinerary

Days 1-19, Jan 30-Feb 17, 2021
Argentina / Antarctica / Chile

Your journey across the world begins in Ushuaia, Argentina, considered the southernmost city in the world. From Ushuaia, cruise through the Drake Passage and make your way to Antarctica, one of the planet’s most remote, extreme, and enchanting wildernesses. The Antarctic Sound will be one of your first encounters of this white-washed kingdom, located at the northerly tip of the Antarctic Peninsula—which sprawls up like a tentacle towards Tierra del Fuego, South America’s most southerly point, otherwise known as the ‘End of the World’. Come face-to-face with stadium-sized islands of ice and meet the extraordinary birdlife that reside here. Watch on, as colonies of Gentoo penguins hop around, and cape petrels sweep overhead, as the continent’s unique wildlife thrives around you. You’ll spend several thrilling days in the Antarctic Peninsula with its cathedral-sized icebergs and blue-hued glaciers, slowly slipping from imposing locations like Hope Bay. Blanched mountain peaks cover the peninsula, as well as thousands of Adelie penguin pairs.

Crossing the Drake Passage, the Silver Cloud winds its way through the vast expanses of the Chilean Fjords that reveal mountains, waterfalls, and hardy flora clinging to rocks. The English Narrows warrant time spent on outer decks keeping an eye out for Magellanic Diving Petrels, Steamer Ducks, and the rare endemic Chilean dolphin. You make your way to Tortel, Chile, in Southern Patagonia, known as the “footbridge city” for the unique beauty of its wooden walkways built from cypress wood running four and a half miles around the cove. In Castro, Chile, bright wooden huts teeter on stilts, and in Puerto Montt, you can stroll along Playa Pelluco or explore the countryside. Visit the lively markets in Niebla, Chile, a small village on the banks of the Rio Valdivia, and enjoy Valparaiso’s dramatic topography—45 cerros, or hills, overlooking the ocean that require the use of winding pathways and wooden funiculars to get up the many grades.

Days 20-41, Feb 18-Mar 11, 2021
Chile / Easter Island / Pitcairn Island / French Polynesia

From Valparaiso, the Silver Cloud sails to Robinson Crusoe Island, roughly 370 miles off the coast of Chile. A rugged volcanic archipelago, it’s the largest of the Juan Fernandez Islands and a UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve. Alexander Selkirk Island, part of the Juan Fernandez archipelago named after the sailor who served as the template for Daniel Defoe’s novel, is your next point of exploration. The island is home to a rare number of endangered plant and animal species, including the Masafuera Rayadito, of particular interest to researchers. Several days at sea allows for time to read and watch for whales while the ship makes her way to Easter Island. One of the most isolated places on earth, Easter Island is now famous as the world’s largest open air museum on account of the fascinating Moai, or human-like stone statues that still remain very much a mystery. One of the other mysteries are the texts written on the so-called ‘rongo rongo tablets.’ The island owes its origins to three volcanoes: Poike, Rano Kau, and Maunga Terevaka.

After three relaxing days at sea, arrive to Adamstown (Pitcairn Island). With a total of around 50 residents on the island, Adamstown is the capital of the Pitcairn Islands and the only populated settlement. On shore, visit the local museum, the historic Adamstown Church, Fletcher Christian’s cave, or keep a lookout for the Pitcairn Reed Warbler. Your next destination is Atuona in the Marquesas Islands—shaped like a seahorse with a mountain range running southwest to northeast. Atuona is a peaceful little port at the head of the Taaoa Bay, and the last resting place of Paul Gaugin and the singer Jacques Brel. The next morning you arrive at Fatu Hiva, the southernmost island in the Marquesas Group. Steep cliffs, sharp mountain peaks, and many narrow valleys form an impressive obstacle when exploring this volcanic island. The two villages of Omoa and Hana Vave have combined some 650 inhabitants, and Hana Vave is home to Bay of Virgins, one of the most photographed bays in the Marquesas Islands. Your exploration of French Polynesia continues in the Fakarava Tuamotu Archipelago, renowned for its drift diving, and is the second largest of the Tuamoto atolls. Rangiora Island, (“Endless Sky” in Tahitian) is French Polynesia’s largest atoll. Upon arrival here you can swim in the clear blue water and stroll along white sandy beaches. Moorea Island, the “sister island” of Tahiti, is ringed by a colorful coral reef, perfect for snorkeling, and the island is easily explored by car or motorboat. No trip to French Polynesia is complete without a visit to Tahiti, a postcard-perfect land of turquoise water and palm trees. Snorkel in the clear blue lagoon, hike through lush, green mountains, and beachcomb along the stunning black beaches while you enjoy the slow-paced life of this Polynesian paradise.

Days 42-53, Mar 12-23, 2021
Tahiti / Bora Bora / Cook Islands / Samoa / Fiji

Say good-bye to Tahiti, the center of tropical paradise, and sail to Bora Bora—every bit as breathtaking as the name suggests. Thatched wooden huts stand out over shallow, sparkling seawater with colorful fish swimming just below. Soak up the sun on Matira beach or, if you want to get active, hike the verdant slopes of Mount Pahia, circle the island by “Le Truck,” or snorkel among rays and sharks. Enjoy the pool and ocean views on your day at sea as the Silver Cloud navigates towards the Cook Islands. On laidback Rarotonga, the locals love to get out and play. Join them in snorkeling, diving, riding—bikes, horses, and scooters—go fishing, bush walking, or play a game of tennis. Prepare yourself for the intoxicating beauty of Aitutaki, your next stop in the Cook Islands. Bright white sand, palm tree forests, and an intensely blue ocean await. Aitutaki’s lagoon is alive with a kaleidoscopic swirl of tropical fish, and snorkeling opportunities are sublime. On the low-lying atoll of Palmerston Island, explore the underground gardens and “Duke’s Pool,” where you can swim among colorful reef fish, sea cucumbers, and sea turtles.

Cross the Date Line on your day at sea while making your way to Samoa, the first independent nation of Polynesia. Located on Upolu Island, Apia, Samoa, is shaded by palms and huge umbrella trees, and has the appearance of a typical South Seas town. Traditional open-sided houses with thatched roofs on platforms of coral or concrete, also known as ‘fales’, are abundant. Some of the island’s loveliest scenery, including the Falefa Falls and Le Mafa Pass, can be found East of Apia. Sail on to Somosomo (Taveuni), Fiji, the largest village on Fiji’s third largest island. The reefs along the Somosomo Strait are considered among the best in the South Pacific as tidal currents and constant year–round water temperature create the ideal environment for some 390 species of hard and soft corals and over 1,500 species of fish. Other attractions are the Bouma National Park with its waterfalls and Lake Tangimaucia. North of Nadi through sugarcane plantations and past the Sabeto Mountains is Lautoka, nicknamed the Sugar City for the local agriculture and its big processing mill. Enjoy the pleasant waterfront and main harbor in this city of around 50,000.

Days 54-66, Mar 24-Apr 5, 2021
Fiji / Vanuatu / Solomon Islands / Papua New Guinea / Australia

Leaving Fiji’s green mountains in the distance, the Silver Cloud sails west towards Vanuatu. Pentecost Island is a lush, mountainous, tropical island with no towns—most of the islanders live in small villages and grow their own food in small gardens. Local traditions are strong, including the age-old ritual of land diving. Sail on to volcanically active Ambrym Island with its dark sandy beaches. Ambryn is known as the island of magic and is the source of five local languages, as well as the traditional masked ‘Rom’ dance.  The following morning, arrive at Champagne Beach with its effervescent bubbles of volcanic origin that are occasionally found in the waters. Huge fish poison trees and Alexandrian laurel give cooling shade to these crystal clear waters. Following Vanuatu, you have two days to explore the Solomon Islands. Stretching 25 miles wide, Nendo Island is the largest of the Santa Cruz group of islands located in the Temotu province, and is an inactive volcano (though still prone to earthquakes from other nearby volcanoes). The Solomons are best known for strings of traditional shell money and elegant carvings based on local stories and legends, and you’ll find these on Santa Ana Island at Port Mary where a bright white sand beach with huge shade-giving trees runs along the shoreline in front of the tidy village.

Continue sailing west and enjoy a day to rest and recoup on your way to Papa New Guinea. Rabul is the first of several landings in Paua New Guinea. The town is inside the flooded caldera of a giant volcano and several sub-vents are still quite active today! Each day for the next week you’ll discover new islands in this magical realm. Madang’s peninsula-setting is a showplace of parks, waterways, luxuriant shade trees and sparkling tropical islands. The Tami Islands are a small archipelago of just four islands located south of Finschhafen in the Huon Gulf, and the people are renowned for their elaborately carved, oblong-shaped “Tami bowls.” On Dobu Island, learn the legend of the local “witch” doctors that were featured in the book, Island of Sorcerers, and stroll through the main village past traditionally thatched houses and gardens. Head to the famous hot springs and mud pools on Fergusson Island, and enjoy the scenery on Samarai Island, the last stop in Papua New Guinea. Sailing on, you’ll arrive to an entirely different nation: Australia. The city of Cairns makes a good base for exploring Queensland. The people are warm and friendly, the sights spectacular, and—at the right time of year—the beachside lounging is world-class.

Days 67-88, Apr 6-27, 2021
Australia / Indonesia / Singapore

In the fabulous city of Cairns, you can seek out everything from rainforest to wallabies, before the Silver Cloud makes her way to Thursday Island, Australia. Located adrift from the northern tip of the Australian mainland, it’s one of the tropical Torres Strait islands, which are scattered between the mainland and Papua New Guinea. Following Thursday Island, visit Darwin, Australia's most colorful, and exotic, capital city. Surrounded on three sides by the turquoise waters of the Timor Sea, the streets are lined with tropical flowers and trees, and it’s a great jumping off point for exploration of Kakadu and the Kimberley region. In the morning, arrive at King George Falls, a 260-foot high thundering spectacle of twin cascades. You’ll have two days to explore this realm—home to an immense mangrove system surrounded by red sandstone cliffs, numerous bird species, mudskippers, fiddler crabs, and the infamous saltwater crocodile (the most aggressive crocodile known to humans!). Your final destination in Australia is the Buccaneer Archipelago—roughly 800 islands that shelter the impressive spread of Yampi Sound. Keep a lookout for white-bellied Sea Eagles, Ospreys, and Eastern Reef Egrets as well as bottlenose dolphins that come here to feed.

Departing Australia, enjoy the ship's comfortable lounges and restaurants as she makes her way to Ende Flores, Indonesia, part of the Lesser Sunda Islands and the gateway to Kelimutu National Park, where you can explore the three colored lakes of Kelimutu. Sail on to Kalabahi, the capital and main seaport of Alor Island and the largest landmass of the Alor archipelago. The traditional dances and welcome ceremonies express the close-knit society of the Abui people living here who harvest, dry, roast, and grind their coffee by hand. A yellow sand beach encircling the densely forested island of Pulau Kital welcomes you in the early morning. You can spend the day strolling through lush vegetation including frangipani, Bougainvillea, and beach almond. You’ll also visit Anano Island, home to Wakatobin Marine Park known to have one of the highest coral and fish species in the world, Bau-bau, the main city on mangrove-filled Buton Island, and Palopo, the gateway to Tana Toraja, an ancient and mysterious land where residents adorn their homes with water buffalo killed in ceremonies and ornate carvings. Two restful days at sea bring you to Semarang, Indonesia. Enjoy a full day exploring one of the oldest cities in Indonesia, situated on Java’s north coast between the shore of the Java Sea and a small ridge of the mountains. Leaving behind the traditional villages of Indonesia, you’ll arrive to an entirely different port—the gleaming city-state of Singapore. Near the northern peak is the causeway leading to West Malaysia, and Kuala Lumpur is less than four hours away by car. At the southern foot, you’ll find modern office towers, working docks, and “supertrees”—solar-powered vertical gardens. Offshore is Sentosa Island, and over 60 other smaller islands. Three full days give you time to explore this fascinating realm.

Days 89-104, Apr 28-May 13, 2021
Singapore / Indonesia / Sri Lanka / India

After exploring Singapore, you sail into the Sunda Strait of Indonesia to Anak Krakatoa, an active volcanic island that first emerged from the sea in 1930 and produces fumaroles, lava flows, and beautifully colored rocks. The UNESCO World Heritage Site of Ujung Kulon National Park rests at the southwestern tip of Java and contains the largest remaining lowland rain forest on the Java plain, as well as the Natural Reserve of Krakatoa—keep watch for the hundreds of birds that make this their home like Tiger Shrikes and Javan Kingfisher. Padang, Indonesia, is part old port town, part modern capital of West Sumatra, and after a full day here you sail to Bawemataluwo, a small village in the Nias Islands with bountiful birdlife and traditional warrior rituals still practiced by villagers. Your final two days in Indonesia will be spent in Gunung Leuser National Park, a 3,000 square mile World Heritage Site and home to some of the world’s rarest mammals including the Sumatran elephant, Sumatran tiger, and Sumatran rhinoceros, as well as orangutans, sambar deer, and leopard cat.

Birdwatch, catch up on reading, and attend onboard lectures as you sail the Indian Ocean to Sri Lanka. Spend a day in Galle, an ancient Muslim port and World Heritage Site with surviving Dutch-colonial architecture, as well as a day in Colombo, Sri Lanka’s capital buzzing with fine restaurants, beautiful Buddhist temples, and golden sandy beaches. An overnight sail brings you to Cochin, India, for three days of exploration where this hodgepodge of cultures collide on the banks of the Cochin estuary. Chinese fishing nets the size of skyscrapers, Dutch architecture, and pretty Portuguese palaces blend with Raj era remnants, spires of old-world mosques, and near-abandoned synagogues. Experience rural India at its best while savoring the scent of cardamom, tasting spicy dal roti, and meandering down a network of creeks and lagoons past palms and rice paddies on a backwater cruise.

Days 105-123, May 14-Jun 1, 2021
India / Oman / Egypt / Greece

Take advantage of a restful day on the Silver Cloud as you make your way to the gateway to Goa—Mormugao, India. Spend the day in this storied city visiting its beaches, heritages sites, and ancient fortifications. Leaving India, you’ll sail the Arabian Sea to Muscat, Oman. This capital city, hemmed on one side by spectacular jagged mountains and the other by the royal blue sea, is filled with an arabesque blend of white-washed, traditional architecture, low-rise buildings surrounded by manicured palms, and intricately designed domes set atop the minarets of mosques and sand-colored villas. The following day you’ll arrive to Sur, Oman, where science aficionados will be lured by the impressive Ras Al Jinz Scientific and Visitor Center, and the maritime museum features an in-depth discovery of the city’s history. From here, sail to Salalah, Oman, whose lush landscape results from the fine mist and frequent rains of the monsoons. Waterfalls and rolling grasslands thrive in this unique region. Four days aboard the Silver Cloud give you a chance to rest up before arriving to Egypt. Safaga is the closest beach resort to Luxor and the Valley of the Kings which lies 124 miles to the southwest, and it’s a laidback alternative to the busy scene in nearby Hurghada. Your Egyptian explorations continue, taking you through the Suez Canal, a historical transit that enhanced the colonization of Africa and facilitated World Commerce. It plays a pivotal role in trading and tourism, and offers access from Asia to the Mediterranean.

Rhodes Island, Greece, has been described by travelers as a town of two parts: a castle town and a lower city. Today, the Old Town is a World Heritage Site that incorporates the high town and lower city, and the modern metropolis, or New Town, spreads away from the walls that encircle the Old Town. Spend the morning wandering among its narrow streets and medieval buildings, then head to Symi, Greece, in the afternoon, a part of the Dodecanese Islands. Symi’s harbor, Gialos, is a picture-postcard village where vivid, brightly-painted facades reflect Symi’s rich history dating back to ancient times. An enriching tour of Greece awaits. In Naxos, the largest of the Cyclades Islands, museums house ancient archaeology and history, and fertile lands produce gorgeous olives, grapes, figs, and citrus fruits. In laidback Folegandros, enjoy mouthwatering cuisine, stunning beaches, azure Aegean waters, and secluded coves. Athens is a historical mecca where you can walk from the stunning Acropolis perched high on the hill to the honey-colored Parthenon. Visit the ancient marketplace, Agora, and relax in cafes and tavernas as you discover Syntagma Square, Omonia Square, and the shops of ritzy Kolonaki nestled at the foot of Mt. Lycabettus.

Days 124-138, Jun 2-16, 2021
Greece / Tunisia / Italy / Algeria / Spain / Portugal

Athens is a highlight of your Mediterranean adventures, and Monemvasia (Laconia) welcomes you warmly. The island boasts a varied and colorful past that can be traced to the 8th-century when Greeks fleeing the Slav invasion of Lakonia found refuge there. Sailing on, Itea’s beautiful orange domed church will beckon you ashore, and you’ll discover the ancient wonders of Delphi set on the slopes of Mount Parnasus. Following Itea, visit Nafpaktos, an ex-Venetian stronghold whose name means “boatyard,” dating back to the Doric period when they first used the island to build rafts. Stroll the lanes of this idyllic town among naval houses steeped in history and covered in bougainvillea. An overnight sail brings you to Albania, where tourism is in the very early stages since opening to outsiders in the 20th century. Ksamil is a land of craggy cliffs, long ribbons of golden sand, and is a World Heritage Site that houses archaeological remains dating back to the second millennium B.C. An hour’s drive will get you to Syri I Kalter Lake (loosely translated as “the blue eye”), fed by a natural spring that bubbles to the surface, making for a cool escape from the heat, before a restful day on the Silver Cloud.

Sousse, Tunisia, is a glistening town dating back to the 11th century where you can visit the local mosque and the catacombs beneath it, and meander through the narrow streets, stopping for a rich cup of coffee. Awake the next morning to the dolce vita of Italy. Porto Empedocle, Sicily, welcomes you to this fascinating realm of ancient history, incredible cuisine, and beautiful scenery. Venture ashore to visit the famous Valley of the Temples or explore Agrigento’s busy town center with its numerous shops. The next day you’ll explore Trapani, on Sicily’s west coast, which lies below the headland of Mount Erice and offers stunning views of the Egadi Islands on a clear day. In Cagliari (Sardinia), the island’s largest city, enjoy its Byzantine churches, Roman ruins, Pisan towers, and the bustle of San Benedetto’s market, and cap off your day with a glass of ruby-colored Cannonau wine. From here, sail to Bejaia, Algeria, on the slopes of Mount Gouraya where you can discover its 16th-century mosque, a Spanish fortress, and an old Kasbah. Relax at sea as you sail west to enjoy two days in Seville, Spain, home to Flamenco, birthplace of Diego Valazquez, and a beautiful city of tapas, Mudegar architecture, and fountain-filled gardens. A quiet day in Portimao, Portugal, allows for strolls along the riverside before you arrive to Lisbon. Spread over seven hills, stepped alleys date back to Moorish times, old neighborhoods are lined with pastel-colored houses, and you can ride the antique 28 eléctrico (streetcar) most of the way up to Saint George’s Castle for expansive views.

Days 139-156, Jun 17-Jul 4, 2021
Portugal / Spain / France / United Kingdom / Iceland

Lively Lisbon is followed by Portugal’s second largest city, Oporto. Also called Porto for short, the word easily brings to mind the city's most famous product—port wine. Its strategic location on the north bank of the Douro River has given the city importance from being a Roman fort, to a Moorish cultural mecca, and now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Be sure and savor some sweet Port wine before making your way to La Coruna, Spain, tucked into the northwest corner of Iberia with a surprisingly green, misty countryside. Many of the buildings in the old section feature the characteristic glazed façades that have earned La Coruña the name "City of Crystal." Rest up on the Silver Cloud for a day before arriving to Saint Malo (Brittany), France, a romantic fishing port and home to many phenomenal sailors. Honfleur, France, the most picturesque of the Côte Fleurie's seaside towns, is a time-burnished place with a surplus of half-timber houses and cobbled streets that are lined with a stunning selection of stylish boutiques.

London greets you with rich history, world-renowned art, and its famous landmarks—the Tower of London, the Buckingham Palace, and the London Bridge, to name a few. The following afternoon you’ll glide into St. Peter Port in Guernsey with its tiny churches, blooming floral displays, and the 800-year-old Castle Cornet. Find your way through the Cobblestone streets and well-tended gardens, before leaving in the morning for the Isles of Scilly. Visit St. Mary’s, a hidden gem with white sandy beaches and a coastline of archaeological sites and country paths, as well as Tresco, arguably the most attractive of the Isles of Scilly due to its Abbey Garden—home to thousands of exotic species from around 80 different countries. Your travels in the United Kingdom will also bring you to the historic valley settlement of Pembroke, the famous Abbey of Iona, the verdant moors and stunning scenery of Fort William, Scotland, and to St. Kilda where sea stacks and cliffs are home to the most important breeding colony in northwest Europe. A day at sea gives you time to rest up for Iceland. You’ll journey to Vestmannaeyjar, a town and an archipelago off the southern coast and the only inhabited island in the group. In the afternoon, witness Cruise Surtsey, named after the Norse fire god Surtur. At 492 feet above sea level, this volcanic island is an interesting study of the colonization process of new land by plant and animal life. You’ll awake the next day in Reykjavik, a colorful sight of vibrant houses and ever-changing hues on a bay beneath Mt. Esja.

Days 157-167, Jul 5-15, 2021
Iceland / Norway

On Iceland’s north coast are the impressive cliffs of Latrabjarg—Europe’s largest bird cliff. You’ll arrive here after leaving Reykjavik to witness the home of millions of seabirds. Atlantic Puffins, Northern Gannets, Razorbills and guillemots have each selected their preferred areas in and above the cliff in which to roost and nest. The Latrabjarg cliffs reach heights of up to 440 meters along a staggering 8 and a half mile stretch of the coast. In the afternoon, visit the iconic Dynjandi Waterfalls, regarded as one of Iceland’s most impressive and majestic waterfalls, also nicknamed ‘The Bridal Veil’ because of the shape of its spray over the rocks. Vigur Island is a green oasis, and home to a single farming family, where you’ll see large numbers of seabirds in the morning, and in the afternoon you’ll cruise along Hornbjarg Cliffs, considered one of the nation’s most spectacular cliffs. Your final port in Iceland is Akureyri, the capital of the north and the gateway to a thrilling land of roaring waterfalls, soaring volcanoes and glorious wildlife. It may lie a mere 60 miles from the Arctic Circle, but Akureyi blossoms with a bright, cosmopolitan feel, and explodes into life during the summer months, when its outdoor cafes and open-air bathing spots fill up with visitors ready to immerse themselves in Iceland’s cinematic scenery. Feel the thundering impact of Iceland’s celebrated natural wonders at Godafoss Waterfalls, known as the ‘Waterfalls of the Gods.’

Kick back with your binoculars on the deck of the Silver Cloud as you sail to Norway. A morning arrival in the Svalbard Northern Region will reward you with phenomenal natural beauty. There are several deep fjords and prominent glaciers in the northern reaches of Svalbard, as well as the northern hemisphere’s widest glacier front. The Northern Region is also known to have several walrus haul-outs and areas defined as “Arctic Desert.” Take walks and hikes ashore over the next few days for a closer look at the flora and wildlife. Svalbard’s southern region and Spitsbergen’s west coast is less ice-clogged due to the Gulf Stream. Here you’ll witness glaciers on foot or from the ship, as well as craggy mountains, impressive geological formations, and a variety of sea life. Norway’s natural wonders are the perfect grand finale to your epic voyage—sail to isolated Bear Island, and unglaciated Nature Reserve of steep cliffs that are frequented by seabirds, the Gjescaerstappan Islands that jut dramatically out of the ocean and are covered in green blankets of grass, and cruise along the North Cape at the very tip of Norway and inside the Arctic Circle. Just 1,000 miles from the North Pole, this is the land of the midnight sun and 24-hour spectacular scenery. The Silver Cloud will anchor off Skarsvag, the “most northerly fishing village in the world”, and, weather conditions permitting, you’ll head ashore to admire the spectacular panorama while watching for reindeer in the hillsides. Disembark in Tromso, nicknamed the Paris of the north, with its ice-capped mountain ridges and jagged architecture that is an echo of the peaks.

Highlights

Highlights

Spend a week in Antarctica, one of the planet's most remote, extreme, and enchanting wildernesses
Snorkel and dive in some of the world's most ethereal waters including Tahiti, Bora Bora, and Fiji
Discover traditional island cultures of Paupua New Guinea, Vanuatu, Samoa, and Indonesia
Witness King George Falls, one of the Australia's most dramatic spectacles
Enjoy some of India's storied cities, spicy flavors, and fascinating heritage sites
Visit some of Europe's most beautiful cities and ports including Seville, Spain, and Honfleur, France
Explore Iceland's roaring waterfalls, soaring volcanoes, and glorious wildlife
Enjoy onboard lectures given by expert naturalists, international cuisine and world-class wines, and a high crew-to-guest ratio
Visit 30 countries and 107 ports over 167 days

Details

Length: 167 days
Cost From: $99,000  
Arrive: Ushuaia, Argentina
Depart: Tromso, Norway
Lodging: 167 days aboard a comfortable ice class expedition vessel
Meals: All meals aboard ship included (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
Activity: Small Boat & Yacht Cruising, Cultural Adventures, Wildlife & Natural History, Special Interest, Photography, Small Ship Cruising
Trip Level:

Walking, diving, snorkeling, Zodiac, and shore excursions