Falklands, South Georgia & Antarctic Islands

Itinerary

Day 1Montevideo

Arrive at any time (arrival transfer included).

Arrival day. An arrival transfer will meet you at the airport to take you to the hotel. There are no planned activities so enjoy the city. There will be a group meeting in the early evening to discuss the plans for tomorrow.

Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting
Afternoon

Tonight, the adventure begins. Feel free to explore — but make sure you're back in time to meet your group. After introductions, your CEO will review the details of your trip.

Day 2Montevideo/South Atlantic Ocean(1B, 1D)

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.

Free Time
MontevideoMorning

Teeming with people and full of cultural activity, this bustling metropolis is the capital of Uruguay. Enjoy a walk and admire neoclassical and art deco buildings in its historical downtown area. Visit a tango bar or a beachfront disco at Punta Carretas or Positos neighbourhoods for a taste of its vibrant nightlife.

G Expedition
Montevideo – South Atlantic Ocean

Not too big, not too little, our 134-passenger polar expedition ship is just right.

Embarkation of the G Expedition
16:00Afternoon

In the afternoon, join your fellow passengers to take your group transfer and begin your journey on the G Expedition. Please refer to your welcome letter or the joining instructions posted in the lobby of the start hotel. Make sure you have your passport handy as you are about to embark on the adventure of a lifetime.

Days 3–5South Atlantic Ocean/Falkland Islands (Islas Malvinas)(1B, 1L, 1D)

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.

Daily lectures and educational program

Attend lectures hosted throughout the day on everything from local wildlife to geology to history.The G Expedition has one of the highest ratios of expedition team members to guests – with one expert for every ten guests there is always someone on hand to answer questions and provide greater insight and appreciation of the world at its extremes. The expedition team is comprised of professional and highly skilled historians, marine biologists, and naturalists who offer keen insight and a unique personal perspective to each and every adventure.

G Expedition
South Atlantic Ocean – Falkland Islands (Islas Malvinas)

Not too big, not too little, our 134-passenger polar expedition ship is just right.

Days 6–7Falkland Islands (Islas Malvinas)/Southern Ocean(1B, 1L, 1D)

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.

Falkland Islands Excursion
Falkland Islands (Islas Malvinas)

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
Stanley

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.

G Expedition
Falkland Islands (Islas Malvinas) – Southern Ocean

Not too big, not too little, our 134-passenger polar expedition ship is just right.

Days 8–9Southern Ocean/South Georgia(1B, 1L, 1D)

With course set for South Georgia, days at sea are filled with 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.

Daily lectures and educational program

Attend lectures hosted throughout the day on everything from local wildlife to geology to history.The G Expedition has one of the highest ratios of expedition team members to guests – with one expert for every ten guests there is always someone on hand to answer questions and provide greater insight and appreciation of the world at its extremes. The expedition team is comprised of professional and highly skilled historians, marine biologists, and naturalists who offer keen insight and a unique personal perspective to each and every adventure.

G Expedition
Southern Ocean – South Georgia

Not too big, not too little, our 134-passenger polar expedition ship is just right.

Days 10–13South Georgia/Scotia Sea(1B, 1L, 1D)

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. 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 Island Exploration
South Georgia

Spend three days exploring South Georgia Island if weather permits. Observe a large colony of King penguins, the second largest species of penguin that stand almost 100cm (3 ft) tall. Nearby islands are the nesting grounds for Wandering albatross, a species of albatross that only stays on land to breed and eat. Hopefully in the three days in the area the group will get a chance to spot one of these majestic sea birds during the small amount of time it spends on land.

G Expedition
South Georgia – Scotia Sea

Not too big, not too little, our 134-passenger polar expedition ship is just right.

Days 14–15Scotia Sea/South Shetland Islands(1B, 1L, 1D)

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.

Daily lectures and educational program

Attend lectures hosted throughout the day on everything from local wildlife to geology to history.The G Expedition has one of the highest ratios of expedition team members to guests – with one expert for every ten guests there is always someone on hand to answer questions and provide greater insight and appreciation of the world at its extremes. The expedition team is comprised of professional and highly skilled historians, marine biologists, and naturalists who offer keen insight and a unique personal perspective to each and every adventure.

G Expedition
Scotia Sea – South Shetland Islands

Not too big, not too little, our 134-passenger polar expedition ship is just right.

Days 16–19South Shetland Islands/Drake Passage(1B, 1L, 1D)

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 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.

South Shetland Islands Excursion
South Shetland Islands

Explore the South Shetland Islands. Ask the Expedition team for tips on exploring this stunning landscape. Look out for Adelie, Gentoo and Chinstrap penguins.

Zodiac Landings
Antarctica

Hop into one of the Expedition’s 14 Zodiacs and take the quick, safe trip from the ship to the shore to encounter the awe-inspiring wilderness of Antarctica. Thanks to the performance of these boats in remote conditions, quick trips to shore are easily accomplished. Get up close to towering icebergs, glaciers and amazing wildlife. Depending on weather conditions these excursions will hopefully happen daily.

G Expedition
South Shetland Islands – Drake Passage

Not too big, not too little, our 134-passenger polar expedition ship is just right.

Days 20–21Drake Passage/Ushuaia(1B, 1L, 1D)

Reflect on a memorable adventure and take in some final lectures on route back 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.

Daily lectures and educational program

Attend lectures hosted throughout the day on everything from local wildlife to geology to history.The G Expedition has one of the highest ratios of expedition team members to guests – with one expert for every ten guests there is always someone on hand to answer questions and provide greater insight and appreciation of the world at its extremes. The expedition team is comprised of professional and highly skilled historians, marine biologists, and naturalists who offer keen insight and a unique personal perspective to each and every adventure.

G Expedition
Drake Passage – Ushuaia

Not too big, not too little, our 134-passenger polar expedition ship is just right.

Day 22Ushuaia(1B)

Disembark in the morning.

Our adventure comes to a close. Have a final breakfast on the expedition ship before saying our goodbyes as we disembark in Ushuaia in the morning. Fly out of Ushuaia anytime from noon onwards.

Departure Day (Activities)
Morning

Depart on arrival to your final destination. Your CEO can help with any onward travel arrangements you require.