Montevideo, Uruguay to Ushuaia, Argentina
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 that 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.
DATES: October 23 – November 15 2017
Duration: 24 days / 23 nights
Departure Port: Montevideo, Uruguay
Port of arrival: Ushuaia, Argentina
Ship: G EXPEDITION
Meet hardy locals and see unique wildlife in the Falkland islands, explore abandoned whaling stations and visit Shackleton’s grave, walk quietly amongst king penguins and watch them surf onto the beach, learn about the environment and ecology from industry experts, spot whales and seals while cruising through icebergs on Zodiacs.
Day 1: Arrive Montevideo, Uruguay
You will be met and transferred to your hotel. Remainder of the day is free.
Day 2: Montevideo/South Atlantic Ocean
Embarkation on the G Expedition begins in the afternoon at the port of Montevideo.
Days 3–5: South Atlantic Ocean – Falkland Islands (Islas Malvinas)
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.
Days 6–7: Falkland Islands (Islas Malvinas) – Southern Ocean
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 colorful houses provide contrast to the long, dark winters.
Days 8–9: Southern Ocean/South Georgia
With course set for South Georgia, days at sea are filled with historical and biological lectures to prepare for landings. Look out for the many whales that inhabit these waters.
Days 10–13: South Georgia/Scotia Sea
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.
Days 14–15: Scotia Sea/South Shetland Islands
Plotting a southwesterly course across the Scotia Sea, sail for two days, retracing Shackleton’s route backwards.
Days 16–19: South Islands – Drake Passage
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.
Days 20–21: Drake Passage – Ushuaia
Reflect on a memorable adventure and take in some final lectures en route to Ushuaia. Keep
a careful look out for a last chance to spot whales.
Day 22: Ushuaia to Buenos Aires
Disembark in the morning. Transfer to the airport for your included flight to Buenos Aires. Transfer to your hotel. Free time to explore before your evening Tango Dinner Show, including transfers.
Day 23: Full day tour of beautiful Buenos Aires.
You may wish to take a late night flight home tonight, or stay in your included hotel and depart the next day. Or explore more areas of Argentina – Wine tours and more.
Day 24: Transfer to Airport
|Single - 2 Cabins||$8,295|
20 nights aboard the G Expedition.
1 night hotel in Montevideo.
Arrival and departure transfers.
Zodiac excursions with our expert expedition team.
Lectures and educational programs.
Waterproof boots supplied for USA size 6 – 16.
Transfers in Ushuaia and Buenos Aires,
Two nights hotel in Buenos Aires,
Flight from Ushuaia to Buenos Aires,
Tango Dinner Show and Buenos Aires tour.