|Day 1||Puerto Madryn, Argentina||Transfer from airport, overnight hotel|
|Day 2||Embarkation Puerto Madryn||Golfo Nuevo|
|Days 3-4||At Sea||Southern Atlantic, whales and sea birds|
||Falkland Islands||Outer Islands|
|Days 6-7||At Sea||Southern Ocean|
|Days 8-13||South Georgia||King Penguins, Elephant seals & Wandering Albatross|
|Days 14-15||At Sea||Southern Ocean|
|Days 16-17||Falklands Islands||Penguin and albatross colonies & Port Stanley|
|Day 18||At Sea – Beagle Channel||Southern Ocean|
|Day 19||Disembark Ushuaia||Transfer to town or airport|
Transfer from Puerto Madryn airport, in Argentine Patagonia, to your hotel. Remainder of the day you are free to explore this welcoming seaside town.
In the afternoon transfer to the pier before boarding the luxury expedition ship M/V Sea Spirit. Explore the ship and get comfortable in your home away from home for the extraordinary adventure to come. Set sail for the Falkland Islands through the Golfo Nuevo. On your first evening you have your first chance to see whales, particularly southern right whales.
Sailing south through the South Atlantic Ocean toward the Falkland Islands. We keep a lookout for dolphins, whales as well as the petrels, prions and albatross. Sea days are perfect opportunities for presentations by the ship’s expert staff, preparing you for the first stop – the Falklands.
The remote and sparsely-populated Falkland Islands are a birders’ paradise. We anticipate visiting some of the isolated outer islands where large colonies of penguins and albatross are easily accessible. The Falklands are also a great place to observe marine mammals. Fur seals and elephant seals can be found on sandy beaches while the waters in and around the archipelago are home to various whale and dolphin species.
From the Falkland Islands head east toward South Georgia, passing the remote, seabird-covered pinnacles known as Shag Rocks on the way. Crossing the Antarctic Convergence, the biological boundary of the Southern Ocean, there are increased chances of whale sightings. Briefings, bio-security procedures, and lectures from the expedition staff prepare you for our arrival in South Georgia.
This is expedition cruising at its most authentic. The voyage itinerary and exploration opportunities in South Georgia are heavily dependent on the weather conditions we encounter. The experienced captain and expedition leader decide the itinerary and continually adjust plans as conditions and opportunities warrant. You can be sure that the best possible advantage will be taken of the circumstances presented by nature in this wild and remote corner of the world. We take every safe opportunity to go ashore in this amazing place.
South Georgia is a scenic wilderness and an unrivaled paradise for sub-antarctic wildlife viewing. The islands are said to host upwards of 100 million seabirds, including numerous species of albatross, penguins, prions, petrels, and terns. On beaches such as those at Salisbury Plain and St. Andrews Bay, over 100,000 elephant seals and three million fur seals jostle for space among innumerable penguins including king penguins and macaroni penguins. The recently completed rat eradication program is sure to make this wilderness even more pristine and rich with birdlife.
The bountiful waters surrounding South Georgia are also inhabited by an increasing number of whales. The historical whaling station of Grytviken is now home to the excellent South Georgia Museum managed by the South Georgia Heritage Trust. Grytviken is also the final resting place of Ernest Shackleton, the legendary polar explorer.
Our days in South Georgia are filled with memorable excursions, sumptuous meals, presentations by our experts, and enough incredible scenery and wildlife to fill your camera and overwhelm your emotions.
After your amazing time in South Georgia sail west back toward the Falkland Islands. Pelagic seabirds including the majestic wandering and black-browed albatross are common in these waters and can readily be viewed from open decks or from exterior stateroom windows and balconies.
Our route and exploration opportunities are dependent on weather among these windswept islands. Port Stanley is the charmingly British capital of the Falkland Islands. There are several attractions within walking distance along the waterfront promenade including the Falkland Islands Museum, the governor’s house, a cathedral with impressive whalebone arch outside, a war memorial, gift shops, pubs, and views of shipwrecks in the harbor.
From the Falkland Islands we sail southwest toward the tip of South America and enter the Beagle Channel. This is the time for our End of Voyage ceremonies including slideshow and farewell dinner.
Disembarking after breakfast you say farewell in the city of Ushuaia, the southernmost city in the world. A group transfer to the airport or to the town centre is provided.