Falklands, South Georgia & Antarctic Islands

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  • Duration
    22
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Highlights

Meet hardy locals and seeing unique wildlife in the Falkland islands, explore abandoned whaling stations and visiting Shackleton’s grave, walk quietly amongst king penguins and watching them surf into the beach, learn about the environment and ecology from industry experts, spot whales and seals while cruising through icebergs on Zodiacs, set foot on the continent of Antarctica

Tour description provided by G Adventures

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.

Itinerary

Day 1 Montevideo
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. Included Activities Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting
Day 2 Montevideo/South Atlantic Ocean (1B, 1D)
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. Additional Notes 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. Included Activities Embarkation of the G Expedition Transport G Expedition
Days 3-5 South Atlantic Ocean/Falkland Islands (Islas Malvinas)
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. Included Activities Daily lectures and educational program Transport G Expedition
Days 6-7 Falkland Islands (Islas Malvinas)/Southern Ocean
Included Activities Falkland Islands Excursion Visit with Stanley Locals Transport G Expedition
Days 8-9 Southern Ocean/South Georgia
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. Included Activities Daily lectures and educational program Transport G Expedition
Days 10-13 South Georgia/Scotia Sea
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. Included Activities South Georgia Island Exploration Transport G Expedition
Days 14-15 Scotia Sea/South Shetland Islands
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. Included Activities Daily lectures and educational program Transport G Expedition
Days 16-19 South Shetland Islands/Drake Passage
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. Included Activities South Shetland Islands Excursion Zodiac Landings Transport G Expedition
Days 20-21 Drake Passage/Ushuaia
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. Included Activities Daily lectures and educational program Transport G Expedition
Day 22 Ushuaia (1B)
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. Included Activities Departure Day (Activities)