Discover Buenos Aires—‘the Paris of the Americas’, explore abandoned whaling stations and visit Shackleton’s grave, meet the hardy locals of the Falkland Islands, visit king penguin colonies of over a million birds, explore the South Shetland Islands as they begin to thaw for the summer, encounter stunning glaciers and mighty icebergs
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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 than 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 and gentoo varieties) and 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.
Arrive at any time, arrival transfer included.
Embarkation on the MS Expedition begins in the afternoon at the port of Buenos Aires.
As you make the passage southeast, become acquainted with the ship. Lectures and information sessions about the extraordinary human and natural history of the Antarctic region begin.
The Falkland Islands provide a rare opportunity to witness the biological diversity and extraordinary scenery of the southern islands. Penguins and albatross 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.
Sailing east, you'll set course for South Georgia. Days at sea are filled with lectures to prepare us for landings. Keep your eyes peeled for the many whales that inhabit these waters.
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. Visiting a huge colony of king penguins is a major highlight of this part of the journey. Weather permitting, we will have four full days to explore this island.
Turn south and sail for two days, retracing Shackleton's route backwards as we head towards Elephant Island and the Antarctic Peninsula.
Experience some of the most unique wildlife and awe-inspiring scenery in the world as you set foot on the Antarctic continent. 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 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.
Reflect on your memorable adventure and take in some final lectures as you head back to Ushuaia. Keep a careful look out for your last chance to spot whales.
Disembark in the morning.
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