Falklands, South Georgia & Antarctica

An extended expedition to all sub-Antarctic highlights

A life-defining experience that combines true adventure with unbeatable comfort and luxury. Take an extended expedition to all the sub-Antarctic highlights aboard the luxurious expedition ship, M/V Sea Spirit. Besides the unearthly beauty of the Antarctic Peninsula you’ll get an audience with the “kings of Antarctic” – the rare and most beautiful king penguins on the wild and rugged island of South Georgia. Other highlights include eerily-abandoned whaling stations, the grave of the famous explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton, the Falkland Islands, and of course, landing on the Antarctic continent itself.

This is one of dozens of Antarctic cruises organised by Chimu Adventures. Get in touch with a travel expert now to discuss alternative durations and budget levels.

Days

21

From only

$13,225 pp

  • 20 action-packed days aboard the luxury expedition ship M/V Sea Spirit
  • Two landings per day at the Antarctic Peninsula.
  • Expert guides and lectures.
  • IAATO accredited.
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Itinerary

What you'll do and see

Arrival to Ushuaia

Day 1

Arrival to Ushuaia

You'll be met at arrivals by a Chimu Adventures guide and taken to your pre-cruise hotel. Depending on your arrival time you'll have time to explore Ushuaia, the southernmost city in the world. Your guide will be happy to offer dining recommendations.

Hotel Albatross

Hotel Albatross

A modern, comfortable hotel facing the Beagle Channel and just minutes from the port for convenient embarkation. The Albatross has an on-site spa, hot tub and massage room.

Embarkation

Day 2

Embarkation

Spend the morning at your leisure, exploring the city or enjoying an optional visit to Tierra del Fuego National Park, or a hike to Marshall Glacier.

That afternoon you'll be welcomed aboard the luxury expedition ship M/V Sea Spirit. Settle into your berth and prepare for the adventure to come. As the ship departs through the Beagle Channel you'll receive an expedition overview and enjoy your first meal with your fellow passengers.

Includes: breakfast, dinner
M/V Sea Spirit

M/V Sea Spirit

Freshly refurbished, the Sea Spirit is a luxurious expedition ship carrying a maximum of 116 passengers. All berths are on-suite with exterior views. The ship offers all the amenities and cuisine of a fine hotel, plus a free 10MB internet card, and facilities for kayaking and camping, climbing and cross-country skiing while at Antarctica. The ship’s stabilising fins provide comfort in the event of rough seas.

South Atlantic Ocean

Day 3

South Atlantic Ocean

After transiting the Beagle Channel and passing the islands of Tierra del Fuego, you'll steam northeast toward the Falkland Islands. Keep a lookout for marine mammals such as dolphins and whales.

On cruise days you're free to make use of the on-board facilities, and enjoy the first of a series of lectures on Antarctic history, wildlife and science.

Includes: breakfast, lunch, dinner
Falkland Islands

Day 5 - 6

Falkland Islands

The remote and sparsely-populated Falkland Islands are a birders’ paradise. You'll visit one or more of the isolated outer islands where large colonies of penguins and albatross are easily accessible, along with fur seals and elephant seals and various whale and dolphin species.

You'll also call at Stanley, the charmingly British capital of the Falkland Islands.

Includes: breakfast, lunch, dinner
Southern Ocean

Day 6 - 7

Southern Ocean

From the Falkland Islands you'll set a bearing east toward South Georgia, passing the remote, seabird-covered pinnacles known as Shag Rocks on the way. En-route you'll enjoy briefings, bio-security procedures, and fascinating seminars from the on-board experts to prepare for your arrival in South Georgia.

Includes: breakfast, lunch, dinner
South Georgia

Day 8 - 12

South Georgia

This is expedition cruising at its most authentic. South Georgia is a scenic wilderness and an unrivalled paradise for sub-Antarctic wildlife viewing. The islands are home to over 100 million seabirds, including albatross, penguins, prions, petrels, and terns. On beaches such as those at Salisbury Plain and St. Andrews Bay, over 100,000 elephant seals and 3 million fur seals jostle for space among innumerable penguins including stately king penguins and sprightly macaroni penguins.

The bountiful waters surrounding South Georgia are inhabited by an increasing number of whales. The historical whaling station of Grytviken is now home to the excellent South Georgia Museum managed by the South Georgia Heritage Trust. This is also the final resting place of Ernest Shackleton, the legendary polar explorer.

Your days in South Georgia are filled with memorable excursions, sumptuous meals, presentations by on-board experts, and enough incredible scenery and wildlife to fill your camera and overwhelm your emotions.

Includes: breakfast, lunch, dinner
Southern Ocean

Day 13 - 14

Southern Ocean

After an amazing stay in South Georgia you'll proceed southwest toward the Antarctic Peninsula. Pelagic seabirds including the majestic albatross are common in these waters and can readily be viewed from panoramic open decks or from exterior stateroom windows and balconies.

Includes: breakfast, lunch, dinner
South Shetland & Antarctic Peninsula

Day 15 - 18

South Shetland & Antarctic Peninsula

The Antarctic Peninsula region contains some of the world’s most impressive scenery and some of Antarctica’s best wildlife viewing opportunities. Protected bays and narrow channels are surrounded by towering mountain peaks covered in permanent snow and immense glaciers. Icebergs of every size and description complete an image of incomparable beauty. Waters rich with krill are home to a variety of whale and seal species. The whole area is alive with penguins foraging at sea and forming large nesting colonies at special places on land. The area is also home to Antarctic research stations of various nationalities. Some stations have a gift shop and post office.

The South Shetland Islands are the northernmost islands in Antarctica and will likely be your first sighting of land. This wild and beautiful island chain contains numerous landing sites with abundant wildlife and historical significance. Among them is Elephant Island, where men from Shackleton’s famous Endurance expedition spent the winter.

Further south, on the Antarctic Peninsula, the vast Gerlache Strait area contains sheltered bays, accessible wildlife, and stunning scenery.

Includes: breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 19 - 20

Drake Passage

From Antarctica you'll head north through the Drake Passage toward South America. Presentations and workshops by the on-board experts, as well as the full range of onboard recreation facilities, ensure that these days at sea are not idly spent. This is also the time for your End of Voyage ceremonies including slideshow and farewell dinner.

Includes: breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 21

Disembark in Ushuaia

And so the expedition comes to a close. You'll say your goodbyes to your crew and new friends as you disembark back in Ushuaia.

Depending on your onward journey you'll be returned to the airport, hotel, or perhaps your onward destination in Patagonia. Speak to a Chimu Adventures advisor to discuss your options!

Includes: breakfast

What people are saying

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Heidi Schlennstedt
02/11/2017

It was a wonderful trip, the adventure of a lifetime and a dream fulfilled and your presence on the ship made it that much more special.

The effort put in to ensure the best possible expedition for your passengers was indeed first rate. Attention to detail, service and staff friendliness, from the hotel staff to expedition staff, cannot be faulted.

I hope to use Chimu again one day when I would like to venture through South America more thoroughly.

Falklands, South Georgia & Antarctica

What's included & what's not included

Included Accommodation

19 nights ship-board accommodation on the luxury M/V Sea Spirit. One hotel night in Ushuaia.

Included Guide

Expert guided landings and excursions on the Antarctic Peninsula, plus a series of lectures while onboard.

Included Meals

All meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) aboard the ship.

Included Transport

All ground transfers.

Days

21

From only

$13,225 pp

  • 20 action-packed days aboard the luxury expedition ship M/V Sea Spirit
  • Two landings per day at the Antarctic Peninsula.
  • Expert guides and lectures.
  • IAATO accredited.
This tour is operated by