Falklands, South Georgia and Antarctic Islands
» Oct 22 2019 – Nov 12 2019 (22 DAYS)
» EMBARKATION: Montevideo
» DISEMBARKATION: Ushuaia
EXPEDITION IN BRIEF
- Spend time on deck searching for whales and watching soaring albatross
- Get up close and personal with a variety of penguin species
- Discover the intricacies of the Antarctic region through our onboard lecture program
- Day 1 – Montevideo
- Day 2 – Embarkation
- Days 3 to 5 – South Atlantic Ocean/Falkland Islands
- Days 6 and 7 – Falkland Islands/Southern Ocean
- Days 8 and 9 – Southern Ocean/South Georgia
- Days 10 to 13 – South Georgia/Scotia Sea
- Days 14 and 15 – Scotia Sea/South Shetland Islands
- Days 16 to 19 – South Shetland Islands
- Days 20 and 21 – Drake Passage
- Day 22 – Disembark in Ushuaia
Challenge. Desolation. Unlimited wonder. It’s not difficult to grasp what attracted the great explorers to Antarctica. Get a personal appreciation for the struggle to tame the bottom of the world on this 22-day adventure to the land that entranced Ernest Shackleton and countless others since. Down here, you’ll explore the Falkland Islands, encounter abandoned whaling stations on South Georgia Island, and pay your respects at Shackleton’s grave. Elsewhere, you’ll catch up with penguins (king, chinstrap, gentoo, and Adélie varieties), learn all about them through daily lectures, get close to whales and cavorting seals from a Zodiac boat, and keep an eye peeled for towering icebergs and massive glaciers. Prepare to be astonished.
ITINERARY DAY BY DAY
Day 1 – Montevideo
Arrive in Montevideo at any time. Arrival transfer included. Enjoy the sights and sounds of Uruguay’s capital city.
There will be a welcome desk in the lobby of the start hotel that will provide more specific information on the G Expedition and your upcoming adventure.
Day 2 – South Atlantic Ocean
Embarkation on the G Expedition begins in the afternoon at the port of Montevideo.
Embark on the G Expedition. Transfer as a group in the early afternoon. The morning is free, take the chance to explore one of Montevideo’s colourful neighbourhoods. The evening is spent onboard the ship sailing southwards towards the Falkland Islands.
Please note while it is our intention to adhere to the itinerary described below, there is a certain amount of flexibility built into the itinerary and on occasion it may be necessary, or desirable to make alterations. On the first day on board, meet the Expedition Leader for an expedition overview.
Days 3 to 5 – Falkland Islands
With course set southeast, become acquainted with the ship. Enjoy the lecture and educational sessions about the extraordinary human and natural history of the Antarctic region.
Spend time on deck to spot wildlife including albatross and possibly whales and dolphins. Relax in the library, grab a drink in the Polar Bear Pub, or make some new friends in the Discovery Lounge.
Days 6 and 7 – Falkland Islands/Southern Ocean
The Falkland Islands provide a rare opportunity to witness the biological diversity and extraordinary scenery of the southern islands. Penguins are abundant here, and the Falklands have the largest black-browed albatross colony in the world. In Stanley, meet the hardy local inhabitants whose colourful houses provide contrast to the long, dark winters.
Falkland Islands Excursion
Witness the biological diversity and spectacular scenery of the southern islands on a stop at the Falkland Islands. With any luck, catch a glimpse of penguins like the Magellanic, Rockhopper and Gentoo species. Keep a look out for some of the island’s other wildlife like sea lions, king cormorants, black-browed albatross, skuas, night herons, giant petrels, striated caracaras, and sheep.
Visit with Stanley Locals
Stop at Port Stanley for an opportunity to meet the hardy local inhabitants whose colourful houses provide contrast to the long dark winters. The town is the capital of the Falkland Islands, most locals head to Stanley to do their shopping, visit the post office, or go golfing. The bomb disposal unit from the Falklands War in 1982 is also in the town as well as several war museums.
Days 8 and 9 – Southern Ocean/South Georgia
With course set for South Georgia, days at sea are filled with historical and biological lectures to prepare for landings. Look out for the many whales that inhabit these waters.
Our lecture series resumes to prepare us for South Georgia, spend plenty of time on deck to identify the abundant sea birds of the South Ocean.
Days 10 to 13 – South Georgia/Scotia Sea
Home to many interesting sites (including the grave of polar explorer Ernest Shackleton), South Georgia has several former whaling stations and boasts plenty of wildlife. Visit a huge colony of king penguins, a major highlight of this part of the journey. South Georgia is also the home over half of the world’s enormous southern elephant seals, the largest of all seals. Keep an eye out for newly birthed southern elephant pups. Weather permitting, enjoy 3-4 days free to explore this island.
South Georgia Island is home to many marvels including Shackleton’s grave, former whaling stations, incredible scenery and prolific wildlife. Weather permitting spend 3-4 full days and opt to explore this island. A huge colony of king penguins is the highlight of this part of the journey. On nearby islands look out for the wandering albatross in their nesting grounds.
South Georgia is also the home over half of the world’s enormous southern elephant seals, the largest of all seals. Keep an eye out for newly birthed southern elephant pups alongside their mothers.
Days 14 and 15 – Scotia Sea/South Shetland Islands
Plotting a southwesterly course across the Scotia Sea, sail for two days, retracing Shackleton’s route backwards.
Plotting a southwesterly course across the Scotia Sea, sail for two days the legendary Elephant Island in the South Shetland Islands. The waters are rich with nutrients and the long summer days provide the ingredient that is missing most of the year. The result is a complex food chain topped by several species of whales, seals, and seabirds.
Days 16 to 19 – South Shetland Islands/Drake Passage
Experience some of the most unique wildlife and awe-inspiring scenery in the South Shetland Islands, just north of the Antarctic Peninsula. Attempt two shore landings per day (weather permitting), and encounter gentoo, chinstrap, and Adélie penguin rookeries; Weddell, crabeater, and leopard seals; and orca, humpback, and minke whales in the cold Antarctic waters. The ship will attempt to reach the Antarctic Peninsula for a landing, weather and ice-permitting.
The peninsula also has a remarkable human history; during the voyage we will learn about some of the most important and dramatic expeditions to this remote corner of the world.
Days 20 and 21 – Drake Passage
Reflect on a memorable adventure and take in some final lectures en route to Ushuaia. Keep a careful look out for a last chance to spot whales.
Turning north, embark upon the 400 mile crossing of the passage that bears the name of the 16th century English explorer Sir Francis Drake. The G Expedition is at home in this part of the Southern Ocean, known for the unimpeded never ending fetch of the winds that encircle the Antarctic.
At some point on the first day, cross the Antarctic Convergence, a meeting of cold polar water flowing north and warmer sub-antarctic water moving in the opposite direction. It is the largest biological barrier on earth and is marked by a change in temperature, salinity and nutrient levels. The north flowing Antarctic waters predominantly sink beneath southward moving sub-antarctic waters. While further south associated areas of mixing and upwelling create an ocean very high in marine productivity.
Wandering, Black-browed and Light-mantled Sooty Albatross, Prion’s and Cap Petrels are among some of the species of seabirds that may join the Expedition on the journey towards the South American continent.
Day 22 – Ushuaia
Disembark the G Expedition after breakfast.
CABINS & PRICES
|CAT 1A Quad||USD 11,999|
|CAT 1 Triple||USD 13,199|
|CAT 2 Twin||USD 14,999|
|CAT 3 Twin||USD 15,999|
|CAT 4 Twin||USD 16,999|
|CAT 5 Double||USD 18,999|
All rates per person in USD
- One pre-voyage night at hotel
- 20 nights abroad the G Expedition
- Arrival and departure transfers
- Zodiac excursions with an expert expedition team
- Lectures and educational programs
- Waterproof boots supplied for USA sizes 6-16
- Expedition parka
- All onboard meals
- Visa and passport fees (if applicable)
- Luggage and trip cancellation insurance
- Soft drinks and alcoholic beverages (coffee, tea and water are free of charge)
- Personal expenses such as laundry and onboard communication (telephone calls and e-mail service)
- Emergency Evacuation Insurance to a minimum benefit of USD 200,000
- Staff gratuities