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Antarctic Peninsula, Falkland Islands & South Georgia 2015-16: From Buenos Aires

Antarctic Peninsula, Falkland Islands & South Georgia 2015-16: From Buenos Aires

Antarctica’s seabirds

The epic icebergs and landscape of the Antarctic Peninsula

Seals and seabirds of the Beagle Channel

South Shetland Islands

The presence of silence in Antarctica

Touring icebergs by kayak

Whales

The grave of Shackleton

Seals

The breeding grounds of South Georgia

‘Slicing the silence’, voyage to Antarctica

The albatross; bird-watching in the Falklands

Cruise the Beagle Channel

Light of the Antarctic

Shackleton

Shop for fine wool in Stanley

The king penguins of Salisbury plains

The rolling hills ‘camp’ of the Falklands

Argentina's capital Buenos Aires

Ushuaia

Trip rating
  • This extended expedition encompasses the wildlife paradise of South Georgia, the remote Falkland Islands (Islas Malvinas), as well as the extraordinary beauty of the Antarctic Peninsula. You’ll experience a great diversity of environments and landscapes, which will provide unprecedented wildlife viewing opportunities. Join us for the quintessential Antarctic experience for polar travellers!

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

     

    Important reminder: Embracing the unexpected is part of the legacy – and excitement – of expedition travel. There are no guarantees that we can achieve everything we set out to accomplish. A measure of flexibility is something all of us must bring to a voyage.

    Itinerary

    Day 1 - Buenos Aires, Argentina

    Elegant and exciting Buenos Aires is where Old World sophistication dances to the beat of tango music. Argentina's capital is certainly one of the world's most eclectic places, with various neighbourhoods reflecting the city's diverse cultural heritage. Grand colonial edifices surround the Plaza de Mayo, while glamour and grit walk side-by-side down the pedestrian streets of Florida and Lavalle. The colourful areas of Recoleta, San Telmo and La Boca all tell their own stories in this city where reality and romance are never too far from each other.

    You may arrive in Buenos Aires at any time during Day 1 of the itinerary and no meals are included on this day.

    Arrival Transfers: Please note an arrival transfer from the airport on Day 1 is included in your voyage fare. Full details will be sent with your final joining instructions.

    Accommodation: If you arrive earlier or wish to extend your stay and need accommodation, please ask Peregrine or your agent for details and costs.

    Day 2 - Ushuaia - Embarkation Day

    After breakfast at the hotel you will be transferred with your group to the airport and board our private charter flight to Ushuaia, in the far south of Argentina. Upon arrival, we’ll take a short city tour of this quaint port town before heading to the pier.

    Embarkation will occur in the late afternoon, after which the vessel will sail down the historic Beagle Channel. This historic channel transects the Tierra del Fuego archipelago in the extreme south of South America. Historic visitors who have traversed this channel include Charles Darwin, who journeyed through this region in the famous HMS Beagle. As we continue south, travelers will keep watch on deck for seabirds, seals and dolphins that can approach the vessel.

    Breakfast | Dinner

    Day 3 - At Sea

    As we sail to the northeast we have the chance to enjoy a series of presentations that include talks on wildlife, ice and polar history, which will undoubtedly create enormous anticipation for our upcoming adventures. On deck the first sightings of albatross and petrels are likely to add to our sense of excitement, whilst our team of experts will be on hand to help us spot whales and identify the various other seabirds. There are many activities to keep you engaged while you are at sea. You will be prepped on safety procedures for your Zodiac cruises and shore landings. You’ll also be given instructions for getting the most out of your optional kayaking adventures, a truly intimate way to experience Antarctica.

    Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

    Day 4-5 - Falkland Islands (Islas Malvinas)

    Upon arrival in this archipelago your cameras will get their first real workout capturing the abundant wildlife and the rugged feel of the Falklands (Malvinas). The archipelago contains two main islands - East and West, which we will explore by Zodiac excursions and daily landings.
    Port Stanley is often a favourite landing site as the town offers a unique British outpost feel to it, complete with a bit of a ramshackle charm. You’ll be free to explore the town, grab a pint at the local pub or visit the numerous churches and museums.
    In terms of wildlife, the archipelago is home to Magellanic, gentoo and rockhopper penguins. If lucky, you may even spot king penguins here as well! You can expect to see black-browed albatross and two endemic bird species - Cobb’s wren and the Falkland’s flightless steamer duck.

    Your team of lecturers and specialists will be sure to educate you on the local flora and fauna so that you get the most out of your time in the Falklands.

    Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

    Day 6-7 - At Sea

    Leaving the Falklands, our journey continues southeast towards the island of South Georgia. We have a chance to learn more about Antarctic conservation as well as the fascinating history of the area, as our on-board presentations continue. Of course, there is ample time to scan the seascape from the top deck in search of marine mammals and seabirds.

    Sailing south, you’ll officially enter Antarctic waters by crossing the invisible biological boundary called the Antarctic Convergence. Encircling the continent, cold Antarctic waters meet and mix with the warmer waters of the Indian, Pacific and Atlantic Oceans, creating the abundance of krill and marine life that attracts whales and seals to this part of the world. Expedition staff will be sure to keep you posted when you cross this invisible, yet important line.

    Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

    Day 8-11 - South Georgia

    This remote outpost was a popular stop for many historic Antarctic expeditions and was once a haven for hunting whales and elephant and fur seals. Today, South Georgia Island wildlife populations have rebounded, but you’ll still see remnants of those old whaling stations and other abandoned outposts.

    One significant and historic site that will be of interest 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 an old whaling station, a museum, gift shop, church and a research station of approximately 20 scientists and support personnel.

    While South Georgia’s history is an important attraction to the islands, it is the wildlife on South Georgia that you and your shipmates will surely find most captivating. Often referred to as the 'Galapagos of the Poles', each landing you make on South Georgia will open your eyes to a new wonder of wildlife.

    One day you may see rookeries with a hundred thousand pairs of king penguins waddling on the beach. The next day you may visit another beach with thousands of fur or elephant seals. The grasses, mountains and beaches of South Georgia all play an important role in the breeding and survival of different species on the island, this fragile and symbiotic relationship is something that your expedition team will share with you during your time here.

    Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

    Day 12-13 - At Sea

    Say goodbye to the king penguins, as your next destination is Antarctica! Your days at sea are filled with seminars from your expedition team, who will prepare you for the wildlife that will be greeting you upon your arrival. In between presentations, spend time chatting with your shipmates over a drink at the bar. If conditions allow, we may attempt landfall on the South Orkney Islands, which are officially in Antarctica.

    Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

    Day 14-17 - South Shetland Islands and Antarctic Peninsula

    The most common reaction to arriving at the white continent is a sense of reverence and awe. The experience is hard to put into words, as few places are as untouched, unique and enduring as Antarctica. You will discover that Antarctica is a land of extremes. At one moment you’ll be overcome with a feeling of complete desolation and silence, at the next moment you’ll be inspired by nature as a calving glacier crashes into the brilliant blue sea or a penguin comes waddling by to inspect your footwear.

    Your expedition team will take care of you at each landing, whether it is trekking up a glacier, visiting a research station or consorting with penguin colonies. Chinstrap, Adélie and gentoo penguins are found here, along with Weddell, fur, crabeater and leopard seals. Curious whales, such as minkes, are often attracted to Zodiacs as well, giving you a chance to get within reaching distance of these majestic animals. Each day and every landing will present a new collection of creatures to entertain you and keep your camera shutter busy.

    As exciting as the Zodiac excursions and landings are, perhaps you’ll treat yourself to an extra special Antarctic experience by partaking in an optional (at extra cost) kayaking excursion or going for a swim in Antarctic waters!

    Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

    Day 18-19 - Crossing the Drake Passage

    After more than two weeks of endless wildlife encounters, your journey home begins. Crossing the Drake Passage is your unofficial rite of passage, completing your Antarctic adventure.

    Enjoy some final moments mingling with your fellow travellers. The noisy, busy, populated world awaits your return, so savour the silence of the sea as long as you can.

    Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

    Day 20 - Disembarkation in Ushuaia and fly to Buenos Aires, Argentina

    After breakfast aboard the ship we arrive back in Ushuaia. After disembarkation, you will have a little time to explore Ushuaia before we transfer to the airport for the return group charter flight to Buenos Aires.

    Breakfast
  • What to Know

    What's Included

    • One night pre-expedition hotel accommodation with breakfast in Buenos Aires as indicated in the itinerary.
    • 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.
    • Group transfer from Buenos Aires hotel to the airport.
    • Return charter flights from Buenos Aires (EZE) to Ushuaia (USH).
    • Group transfer from Ushuaia Airport to the ship on embarkation day, with city tour of Ushuaia en route.
    • Group transfer from the ship to Ushuaia Airport on disembarkation.

    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.
    • Massage services on the Ocean Diamond are available for onboard purchase.

    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.

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Start City: Buenos Aires
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