17 days

Antarctic Express - Fly/Cruise Antarctica, South Georgia & the Falklands 2015-16

Antarctic Express - Fly/Cruise Antarctica, South Georgia & the Falklands 2015-16

Antarctica’s seabirds

Touring icebergs by kayak

Whales

Shop for fine wool in Stanley

The albatross; bird-watching in the Falklands

The grave of Shackleton

The breeding grounds of South Georgia

The presence of silence in Antarctica

The king penguins of Salisbury plains

The rolling hills ‘camp’ of the Falklands

Ushuaia

‘Slicing the silence’, voyage to Antarctica

Seals

South Shetland Islands

Light of the Antarctic

The epic icebergs and landscape of the Antarctic Peninsula

Trip rating
  • Our most immersive and diverse expedition, this voyage offers a comprehensive Antarctic and Southern Ocean experience in significantly less time. You’ll take a short three-hour flight to the white continent to see all the highlights, visit the wildlife paradise of South Georgia, as well as the distinct culture and charm of the remote Falkland Islands (Islas Malvinas). Exploring extremes is the hallmark of this voyage, which offers unprecedented pristine landscapes and wildlife viewing opportunities. Conclude your once-in-a-lifetime experience with a flight back to Punta Arenas, Chile.

    Note: Weather, ice and other mitigating factors may result in changes to our itinerary and alteration to certain shore excursions.

    Why we love it

    • Taking Zodiac rides to search out fascinating wildlife and seeing landscapes like nowhere else on earth.
    • For the wealth of knowledge and expertise on board – the expert lectures are a wonderful complement to what you see each day.
    • Flying from Punta Arenas over the Drake Passage is perfect for those nervous of crossing the Drake Passage.
    • This trip is a wonderful mix of time at sea and time visiting the region's fascinating islands.

    Itinerary

    Day 1 - Punta Arenas, Chile

    Your adventure begins in Punta Arenas, Chile, the most populated city in Patagonia. If you arrive early, there are many museums, restaurants and shops to keep you busy for days. By early afternoon, a representative will meet everyone at the official starting point hotel, where you’ll enjoy a welcome dinner and be briefed about preparing for your embarkation day.

    Dinner

    Day 2 - Embarkation Day: Fly from Punta Arenas to King George Island

    Your charter flight from Punta Arenas to Antarctica will have you crossing the legendary Drake Passage in only a few hours. Far below, the ship is approaching King George Island for your arrival. Your first glimpse of dramatic Antarctica landscapes will be from a very unique perspective, as your plane descends for landing in the South Shetlands. After landing, stretch your legs and spend some time exploring the island before being transferred by Zodiac to your ship. Meet the rest of your shipmates and set sail for the Antarctic Peninsula!

    (PLEASE NOTE: There is a luggage limit of 15kg checked baggage and 5kg hand baggage on the flight and this is strictly adhered to.)

    Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

    Day 3-6 - South Shetland Islands and Antarctica

    There are few places in the world as evocative as Antarctica. As your ship approaches the white continent, don’t be surprised if you are overcome by feelings of excitement and awe. Much of Antarctica is indescribable and can only be fully appreciated through your own eyes.

    Your first sightings will be from the ship itself. As the captain and expedition team keep their eyes out for whales and seabirds, you’ll be alerted to any new sightings. Our team of expert lecturers will also provide in-depth explanations of the geology, history and wildlife of the region.

    Even more exciting are your daily excursions to land. Your first Zodiac landing is something you’ll never forget! Walking up to a beach that is dotted with penguins and seals is the most intimate way to experience the unique wildlife of Antarctica. Each landing is different and is dependent on weather, but every day presents new sightings and photo opportunities and it won’t be long before you can tell the difference between an Adelie, gentoo or chinstrap penguin.

    You may take a Zodiac cruise in search of whales and icebergs in Pleneau Island one day, followed by a hike to a penguin rookery the next day. From the booming shot of a calving glacier at Petermann Island to the complete silence of night while camping on the ice in Antarctica, you’ll welcome each day with the excitement and energy of a young child. Our expedition team will be with you all along the way, providing insights into the places you visit and offering photography tips to get the most out of your expedition.

    Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

    Day 7-9 - At Sea

    Spend your days at sea enjoying the view from the deck, or taking in presentations by the expedition team.

    Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

    Day 10-12 - South Georgia

    With a rich history of exploration in the Antarctic, South Georgia has many stories to tell. You’ll learn that the original inhabitants here arrived to hunt whales and fur and elephant seals to perilously low levels. Thankfully populations have rebounded and whaling and sealing ceases to exist today. You will also see many remnants of these days gone by; including several whaling stations and other abandoned outposts.

    Perhaps the most historic and famous site on the island is the grave of the great explorer, Sir Ernest Shackleton. You can visit his grave at the settlement of Grytviken, which is also home to a museum, small gift shop, church and an active scientific research station.
    After that history lesson, you’ll surely be ready for some wildlife encounters. South Georgia is sometimes called the “Galapagos of the Poles” as it is home to a captivating number of inquisitive and curious creatures. Indeed, the number of animals you’ll see here will rival that of all the other days of your voyage combined.

    Each landing you make on South Georgia will open your eyes to a new wonder of wildlife; one day may be a beach filled with a hundred thousand pairs of king penguins, the next may present some close encounters with massive elephant seals or the smaller fur seals. Different penguin and bird species utilize the island landscape differently here, making it a fascinating destination teeming with wildlife from the shoreline to the top of the highest grassy hills.

    Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

    Day 13-14 - At Sea

    The next few days at sea can be as busy or as relaxing as you desire. Go on deck to spot whales and sea birds flying overhead, or attend lectures from our on-board specialists. Whatever you choose, remember to take a moment to reflect on the amazing creatures you’ve met so far.

    Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

    Day 15 - Port Stanley, Falkland Islands (Islas Malvinas)

    Upon arrival in the Falkland Islands, you’ll be greeted by a feeling of rugged remoteness. Port Stanley is a unique outpost with a British countryside charm to it. There are plenty of churches and museums to explore, as well as some friendly locals willing to chat over a drink at the pub.

    Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

    Day 16 - Disembarkation and flight from Falklands to Punta Arenas

    After your fortnight of exploration, you say goodbye to your expedition team and disembark at Port Stanley. It's an hour's drive to Mount Pleasant Airport - the only international airport in the Falklands. Your 2 hours and 40 minutes flight takes you across the South Atlantic and back to Punta Arenas, Chile, bringing your adventure to an end. After we transfer you from the airport to the hotel, you are free to enjoy a final dinner in the city to reminisce about your amazing experiences in Antarctica, South Georgia and the Falklands.

    Breakfast

    Day 17 - Punta Arenas, Chile

    Say farewell to your new friends as the trip ends this morning.

    Breakfast
  • What to Know

    What's Included

    • Shipboard accommodation with daily housekeeping.
    • All breakfasts, lunches and dinners on board throughout your voyage.
    • All shore landings per the daily program.
    • Leadership throughout the voyage by our experienced expedition leader, including shore landings and other activities.
    • All Zodiac transfers and cruising per the daily program.
    • Formal and informal presentations by our expedition team and guest speakers as scheduled.
    • Photographic journal on DVD, documenting the voyage.
    • A pair of waterproof expedition boots on loan for shore landings.
    • A waterproof expeditions parka to keep.
    • Coffee, tea and cocoa available around the clock.
    • Hair dryer and bathrobes in every cabin.
    • Comprehensive pre-departure materials including an informative Antarctic Reader.
    • All miscellaneous service taxes and port charges throughout the program.
    • All luggage handling aboard ship.
    • Emergency evacuation insurance for all passengers to a maximum benefit of US$100,000 per person.
    • All flights between Punta Arenas (PUQ) and Antarctica (KGI), and Mount Pleasant Airport in the Falklands (MPN) and Punta Arenas (PUQ), as specified in the itinerary.
    • One night pre-night and one-post night expedition hotel accommodation in Punta Arenas.
    • A group arrival transfer in Punta Arenas from the airport to the included hotel (on Day 1 only).
    • Group transfers between the hotel and airport in conjunction with the charter flight to/from Antarctica/Falklands.

    Not Included

    • Any airfare unless otherwise specified in the itinerary.
    • Passport and visa expenses.
    • Government arrival and departure taxes.
    • Any meals ashore with the exception of breakfast at the host hotel before embarkation.
    • Baggage, cancellation and medical travel insurance.
    • Excess baggage charges.
    • Laundry, bar, beverage and other personal charges unless specified.
    • Telecommunications charges.
    • The voluntary gratuity at the end of the voyage for shipboard staff and crew.

    Safety Information

    Safety is paramount on a Peregrine voyage. Due to new International Security Regulations, you will not be able to approach the ship on your own. You will have to arrive with the rest of the group, accompanied by a Peregrine representative. Full details of embarkation/disembarkation procedures will be supplied with your final documentation. On board you will be asked to participate in the obligatory lifeboat drill. We will also conduct important briefings on landing procedures and Zodiac operations.

  • Map Itinerary

  • Our Ships

    Sea Adventurer (formerly the Clipper Adventurer)

    Sea Adventurer (formerly the Clipper Adventurer)

    This Polar Adventure Ship was built in 1975. Sea Adventurer (formerly know as the Clipper Adventurer) underwent a $13 million conversion in 1998. Her proud reputation is complimented by her well-appointed, elegance. Sea Adventurer is the perfect expedition ship for people who enjoy soft adventures and creature comforts. All cabins have outside views and facilities en suite.

    Sea Adventurer is equipped with Zodiacs for shore landings and ocean level cruising, yet offers fine dining, and cabins with exterior views and facilities en suite.

    Departure Dates for the Sea Adventurer (formerly the Clipper Adventurer)

    • 26 Feb 2016 - 13 Mar 2016
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Start City: Punta Arenas
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