Day 1 Ushuaia, Argentina
Spend time at leisure exploring Ushuaia or perhaps visiting nearby Tierra del Fuego National Park. Overnight in a hotel in Argentina's southernmost town.
Day 2 embarkation Day
Embark your ship this afternoon. You will meet the Expedition Team and ship's crew for a safety briefing and welcome orientation, before setting sail down the Beagle Channel on the first leg of your Antarctic adventure.
Day 3 at Sea
Spend time on deck watching the albatross, prions and petrels gliding alongside the ship as you cross the open water, or attend the presentations given by the Expedition Team on a range of polar-related topics.
Days 4-5 Falkland Islands (Islas Malvinas)
Your first landing will be in the Falkland Islands, one of Britain's most remote outposts. The sheltered harbour of Stanley is easy to explore on foot, offering a glimpse into island life, as well as the chance to see wildlife such as the seal lions, Peale's and Commerson's dolphins that frequent the harbour. Amongst the more remote western islands you will find sheep grazing alongside albatross colonies and rockhopper, king, and macaroni penguin rookeries, whilst striated caracaras patrol overhead and upland geese congregate at the water's edge.
Days 6-7 at Sea
Sailing south you will enter Antarctic waters by crossing the Antarctic convergence, an invisible ring around the globe where the cold Southern Ocean meets the warmer waters of the Indian, Pacific and Atlantic Oceans.
Days 8-11 South Georgia
Its unique position inside the Antarctic Convergence yet outside the limit of the yearly sea ice makes this 3,755 square kilometer island home to tens of millions of breeding penguins, seals and seabirds. Magnificent mountain scenery, glaciers galore, a rugged coastline punctuated with castellate and tabular icebergs, a rich historical tapestry and an astounding array of wildlife are all on offer as you travel down South Georgia's leeward coast. Landing sites feature huge elephant seals, aggressive fur seals, macaroni penguins, albatross, petrels, skuas, and gulls. King penguins from fuzzy little chicks to fattened adults can be seen in the hundreds of thousands. A highlight will be a visit to historic Grytviken whaling station, home to the tiny graveyard where the great Antarctic explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton is buried.
Days 12-13 at Sea
Your journey continues with the voyage south to the Antarctic Peninsula, with time to relax, spot wildlife or attend lectures and presentations.
Days 14-17 South Shetland Islands and Antarctic Peninsula
Deception Island, Lemaire Channel, Neko Harbour and Paradise Harbour may be among the iconic sites you visit as you explore the innumerable highlights of the Antarctic Peninsula. Encounter towering, glacier-capped mountains, glistening white icebergs and sparkling waters that reveal a wealth of wildlife including gentoo, Adelie and chinstrap penguins, as well as a variety of seals and cetaceans. Subject to sea, weather and ice conditions you may also visit historic sites and research stations during your journey along the Peninsula.
Days 18-19 The Drake Passage
Crossing the famous Drake Passage is a fitting end to your visit to Antarctica - you are likely to see a variety of seabirds on this final stretch of your journey.
Day 20 Ushuaia
You will be transferred from the ship to the airportupon disembarkation in Ushuaia.
Please note the 19 day itinerary on the Ocean Diamond, Akademik Sergey Vavilov and Sea Adventurer spends one less day exploring South Georgia (days 8-10). The 21 day itinerary on the MS Expedition spends one additional day at the Antarctic Peninsula.
aboard the Sea Spirit & Sea Explorer
These voyages embark in Buenos Aires - outline itinerary as follows
Day 1 Buenos Aires city tour & tango show, overnight stay
Day 2 embarkation
Days 3-5 at sea
Days 6-7 Falkland Islands
Days 8-9 at sea
Days 10-13 South Georgia
Days 14-15 at sea
Days 16-19 Antarctic Peninsula
Days 20-21 at sea
Day 22 Ushuaia disembarkation
Note this itinerary also operates in reverse on the Sea Explorer.
Important note that all voyage itineraries are intended as a guideline only - embracing the unexpected is part of the legacy of expedition travel. Actual routes and landings will be dependent on weather, sea and ice conditions. A degree of flexibility is essential in the polar regions!
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ANTARCTICA 2014: FREE pre-voyage package on selected departures!
Book your Antarctic voyage on board the Akademik Ioffe or Akademik Sergey Vavilov and receive FREE return flights from Buenos Aires to Ushuaia, plus an overnight stay in Ushuaia with return airport transfers.
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