Antarctica, South Georgia & the Falkland IslandsJanuary 16, 2015 - February 6, 2015
January 7, 2016 - January 28, 2016
Below please find the day-by-day itinerary for this expedition. Unless otherwise noted, daily excursion options are included in the cost of the trip. We do our best to adhere to the scheduled itinerary, but in the spirit of our expeditionary style of travel we may deviate slightly to take full advantage of encounters with the destination and its people, culture, and wildlife.
Jan 16 - Jan 17 Depart USA / Buenos Aires, Argentina / Ushuaia
Depart from home on your independent flight via Buenos Aires, arriving in Ushuaia the next day. Transfer to our hotel for brunch. The rest of the day is at leisure with a welcome dinner and overnight at our hotel.
January 18 Ushuaia / Embark Sea Spirit
Join an excursion to nearby Tierra del Fuego National Park for nature hikes surrounded by dramatic scenery. After lunch at a local restaurant, explore Ushuaia and visit the small End of the World Museum. Board the Sea Spirit this afternoon and set sail for the Falkland Islands.
Jan 19 - Jan 20 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.
Jan 21 - Jan 22 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.
Jan 23 - Jan 25 South Georgia
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.
Jan 26 - Jan 27 At Sea
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.
January 28 Elephant Island
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.
Jan 29 - Feb 2 Antarctic Peninsula
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.
Feb 3 - Feb 4 Drake Passage
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
Feb 5 - Feb 6 Ushuaia, Argentina / Disembark / Buenos Aires / USA
Disembark in Ushuaia and transfer to the airport for your flight to Buenos Aires, connecting with your independent overnight flight. Arrive in the USA on February 6.