Falklands, South Georgia and Antarctica: Explorers and Kings

Ocean Endeavour Cruise Ship
Ocean Endeavour
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This is a truly epic adventure through the remote Falkland Islands, the wildlife paradise of South Georgia and the extraordinary landscape of the Antarctic Peninsula. You’ll enjoy unforgettable encounters with untamed wildlife in a vast, dramatic and spectacular setting; you’ll take a step back in time at historically significant sites, and you’ll be mesmerized by the rich diversity and contrasts that make these regions so captivating and unique.

Watch a wild, isolated and extreme world come to life as scores of penguins dive for food, herds of elephant seals bathe in the sun, and pods of orcas pass you by. You’ll be transported to your own wildlife documentary, staged in a magnificent setting of mountains, sea and ice.

Expedition in Brief
• Explore the Antarctic Peninsula, the northernmost tip of the world’s 7th continent, by ship, Zodiac and foot
• Learn about Antarctica’s unique geology, history and wildlife with our expert team of on-board lecturers
• See South Georgia’s incredible wildlife, including 30 breeding bird species and four penguin species
• Follow in the footsteps of Sir Ernest Shackleton’s perilous voyages to South Georgia and pause for a moment at his gravesite
• Wander the quaint British town of Stanley in the Falkland Islands
• Arrive in Buenos Aires, Argentina, the tango capital of the world, and let us take care of the rest of the journey

Brief Itinerary

Day 1 Buenos Aires, Argentina
Day 2 Charter Flight from Buenos Aires to Ushuaia, Argentina and Embarkation
Day 3 At Sea
Days 4 & 5 Falkland Islands (Islas Malvinas)
Days 6 & 7 At Sea
Days 8 to 11 South Georgia
Days 12 & 13 At Sea
Days 14 to 17 South Shetland Islands and Antarctic Peninsula
Days 18 & 19 Crossing the Drake Passage
Day 20 Disembarkation in Ushuaia and Charter Flight to Buenos Aires

Day 1 — Buenos Aires, Argentina

You may arrive in Buenos Aires at any time during Day 1 of your itinerary. Upon arriving in this splendid city, known for its soaring architecture and rich European heritage, you will independently transfer to the group hotel (pre-night hotel included).

Day 2 — Charter Flight from Buenos Aires to Ushuaia, Argentina and Embarkation

After breakfast at the hotel, the group will transfer to the airport and board our private charter flight to Ushuaia, Argentina.

Upon arrival, you will have a little time to explore this quaint port town before heading to the pier.

Embarkation will occur in the late afternoon, after which your vessel will sail down the historic Beagle Channel. This famous channel transects the Tierra del Fuego archipelago in the extreme south of South America. Expect an air of anticipation as you depart—the next time you’ll see land you’ll be in the world’s most southern continent!

Day 3 — At Sea

There are many activities to keep you engaged while you are at sea. Learn to identify seabirds that glide alongside the ship, or attend dynamic presentations by your expedition team. You will be prepped on safety procedures for Zodiac cruises and shore landings, and also be given instructions for getting the most out of your optional kayaking adventures, a truly intimate way to experience Antarctica.

Days 4 & 5 — Falkland Islands (Islas Malvinas)

Upon your arrival in the Falklands (Malvinas), your camera will get its first real workout capturing the abundant wildlife and rugged feel of this region. The archipelago contains two main islands—East Falkland and West Falkland—which you will explore during Zodiac excursions and daily landings.

Stanley, also known as Port Stanley, is often a favored landing site, as the town offers a unique British outpost feel, complete with eclectic charm. You’ll be free to explore, grab a pint at the local pub or visit numerous churches and museums.

In terms of wildlife, the archipelago is home to Magellanic, gentoo and rockhopper penguins. If you’re lucky, you may even spot king penguins here as well! You can expect to see black-browed albatross, plus two endemic bird species—Cobb’s wren and the Falkland’s flightless steamer duck. Your team of lecturers and specialists will be sure to educate you on the local flora and fauna, making the most out of your time in the Falklands.

Days 6 & 7 — At Sea

Sailing south, you’ll officially enter Antarctic waters once you cross the invisible biological boundary called the Antarctic Convergence. Encircling the continent, cold Antarctic waters meet and mix with the warmer waters of the Indian, Pacific and Atlantic Oceans, creating an abundance of krill and marine life that attracts whales and seals to this part of the world. Your expedition team will be sure to keep you posted when you cross this invisible yet important line.

Days 8 to 11 — South Georgia

This remote outpost was a popular stop for many historic Antarctic expeditions and was once a haven for hunting whales and elephant and fur seals. Today, island wildlife populations have rebounded, but you’ll still see remnants of old whaling stations and other abandoned outposts.

One significant and historic site that will be of interest is the grave of the great explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton. You can visit his grave at the settlement of Grytviken, which is also home to an old whaling station, a museum, a gift shop, a church and a small research station.

Although South Georgia’s history is an important attraction to the island, it is the wildlife that you and your shipmates will surely find most captivating. Often referred to as the Galapagos of the Poles, each landing you make on South Georgia will open your eyes to a new wonder of wildlife.

One day you may see rookeries with hundreds of thousands of pairs of king penguins waddling on a beach, and the next day you may visit another beach dotted with thousands of fur or elephant seals. The grasses, mountains and beaches of South Georgia all play an important role in the breeding and survival of different species on the island. This fragile and symbiotic relationship is something that your expedition team will explain to you during your time here.

Days 12 & 13 — At Sea

Say goodbye to the king penguins, as your next destination is Antarctica! Your days at sea are filled with presentations, lectures and workshops led by your expedition team, who will prepare you for the wildlife that will greet you upon your arrival. In between presentations, spend time chatting with your shipmates over a drink at the bar.

If conditions allow, we may attempt landfall on the South Orkney Islands, our first official stop in Antarctica.

Days 14 to 17 — South Shetland Islands and Antarctic Peninsula

The most common reaction upon reaching the White Continent is a sense of reverence and awe. The experience is hard to put into words, since few places are as untouched, unique and enduring as Antarctica.

You will discover that Antarctica is a land of extremes. At one moment you’ll be overcome with a feeling of complete desolation and silence, and at the next moment you’ll be inspired by nature as a calving glacier crashes into brilliant blue sea or a penguin waddles by to inspect your footwear.

Your expedition team will take care of you at each landing, whether you are trekking up a glacier, visiting a research station or consorting with penguin colonies. Chinstrap, Adélie and gentoo penguins are found here, along with Weddell, fur, crabeater and leopard seals. Curious whales, such as minkes, are often attracted to our Zodiacs, giving you a chance to get within reaching distance of these majestic animals. Each day and each landing will present a new collection of creatures to entertain you and keep your camera busy.

As exciting as the Zodiac excursions and landings are, perhaps you’ll treat yourself to an extra-special Antarctic experience by partaking in an optional (extra cost) kayaking excursion or going for a swim in Antarctic waters!

Days 18 & 19 — Crossing the Drake Passage

After more than two weeks of endless wildlife encounters, your journey home begins. Crossing the Drake is your unofficial rite of passage, completing your Antarctic adventure.

Enjoy your final moments mingling with your fellow shipmates. The noisy, busy, populated world awaits your return, so savor the silence of the sea as long as you can.

Day 20 — Disembarkation in Ushuaia and Charter Flight to Buenos Aires

We will arrive in Ushuaia in the morning, after breakfast.

After disembarking, you will get a little taste of Patagonia, touring Tierra del Fuego National Park before transferring to the airport for the return group charter flight to Buenos Aires.

IMPORTANT REMINDER
Embracing the unexpected is part of the legacy – and excitement – of expedition travel. When traveling in extremely remote regions, your expedition staff must allow the sea, the ice and the weather to guide route and itinerary details. This itinerary is a tentative outline of what you’ll experience on this voyage; please be aware that no specific itinerary can be guaranteed. A measure of flexibility is something all of us must bring to a polar expedition.

* Itinerary may be subject to change

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Required Flight and Hotel Package (as noted in Itinerary) - $950 (1 Night in Buenos Aires including breakfast, Group Transfer from Hotel to airport for charter flight to Ushuaia, Group Transfer to Ship. Combined Airport Transfer and express Bus Tour of Tierra del Fuego National Park after disembarkation, Charter Flight to Buenos Aires.)

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Single supplement is available 1.7 times the standard rate for all standard cabins and 2x the rate for Superior Twin and above. Twin Portholes and windows can be shared.  Upper Deck Twin and above can not be booked as a shared berth cabin. 

Adventure Options: Camping - $295, Kayaking - $995, X Country Ski - $575, Mountaineering - $575, Stand-up Paddleboarding - $225, Snowshoe-Included, Photography-Included. Adventure options must be pre-booked and paid for prior to start of the trip. Space is subject to availability. Camping is limited to 60, Kayaking 16, Paddleboarding 10, Mountaineering 10 and Skiing to 15 individuals. Some activities require experience.

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     Triple
Triple on Deck 4 is an interior cabin with three lower berths, and private bath.
Cabin 4100 has 4 lower single beds and a private bathroom with separate shower room.

Approximately 105 to 160 sq. ft. (10-15 m²)
      Single Interior
Single on Deck 5 is an interior cabin with a lower berth and private bath.
Approximately 95 to 105 sq. ft. (9-10 m²)
   

Twin Porthole
Twin Porthole on Deck 4 features a porthole window, two lower berths and private bath.
Cabins 4060, 4062, and 4064 have one lower and one upper berth and private bath.

Approximately 95 to 105 sq. ft. (9-10 m²)

      Twin Porthole Plus-1
Twin Porthole Plus-1 on Deck 4 is twice the size of a Twin Porthole, with one bathroom. It features a suite-like living area, two porthole windows, one double or two single beds, a pull out sofa bed, and one private bathroom.
Approximately 190 to 200 sq. ft. (18-20 m²)
    Twin Porthole Plus-2
Twin Porthole Plus-2 on Deck 4 is twice the size of a Twin Porthole, with two bathrooms. It features a suite-like living area, two porthole windows, one double or two single beds, a pull out sofa bed, and two private bathrooms.
Approximately 190 to 200 sq. ft. (18-20 m²)
      Twin Window
Twin Window on Deck 5 features a picture window, two lower berths and private bath.
Approximately 95 to 105 sq. ft. (9-10 m²)
      Twin Window Plus-1
Twin Window Plus-1 on Deck 5 is twice the size of a Twin Window, with one bathroom. It features a suite-like living area, two windows, two single beds, a pull out sofa bed, and one private bathroom.
Approximately 190 to 200 sq. ft. (18-20 m²)
    Twin Window Plus-2
Twin Window Plus-2 on Deck 5 is twice the size of a Twin Window, with two bathrooms. It features a suite-like living area, two windows, one double or two single beds, a pull out sofa bed, and two private bathrooms.
Approximately 190 to 200 sq. ft. (18-20 m²)
      Upper Deck Twin
Upper Deck Twin features a large picture window (obstructed view), and private bath. On Deck 7, Upper Deck Twin cabins are outfitted with two lower berths. On Deck 8, these cabins offer one double bed.
Approximately 140 sq. ft. (13 m²)
      Superior Twin
Superior Twin features a picture window, and a private bath. On Deck 5, Superior Twins have two lower berths. On Deck 7, Superior Twins feature one double bed.
Cabins 7000 and 7018 have bathtubs; other Superior Twins have showers.

Approximately 205 sq. ft. (19 m²)
      Top Deck Twin
Top Deck Twin on Deck 8 features two large picture windows (one window with partial obstruction), one double bed and private bath.
Approximately 155 sq. ft. (14.5 m²)
      Junior Suite
Junior Suite on Decks 5 and 7 features a picture window, one double bed and private bath.
Cabin 7002 has a bathtub; other Junior Suites have showers.

Approximately 320 sq. ft. (30 m²)
      Owner's Suite
Owner’s Suite on Deck 7 features two large bow-facing windows, one double bed, separate sitting room and private bath with tub.
Approximately 320 sq. ft. (30 m²)