For most, a trip to Antarctica will be a once-in-a-lifetime experience, and for those with the time, there is no voyage more extraordinary than Antarctica, South Georgia & Falkland Islands.
Days 1 & 2: Arrive Buenos Aires
Day 3: Ushuaia
Day 4: At sea
Days 5 - 7: Antarctic Peninsula
Days 8 & 9: At sea
Days 10 & 11: South Georgia
Day 12: At sea
Days 13 & 14: Falkland Islands
Days 15 - 19: At sea
Days 20 & 21: Rio de Janeiro - UK
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Fly from the UK overnight to Buenos Aires. (Regional airports available on request).
You’ll be transferred to a luxurious hotel for an overnight stay. Latin passion and European Romance define the beautiful city of Buenos Aires, a dynamic mecca known for its wide-ranging architectural styles, contemporary and historic arts, and culinary pleasures and parrillas (steakhouses).
Today you'll fly from Buenos Aires to Ushuaia, where you’ll board the state-of-the-art, Scenic Eclipse. Within the Tierro del Fuego archipelago, adventurers flock to Ushuaia for its excellent hiking, sailing and kayaking.
Make yourself at home onboard your stunning vessel, where luxury is almost limitless. As your ship sails south, wildlife spotting opportunities abound; the Scenic Discovery Team will be out on deck looking for albatross, prions, and petrels that follow the ship and will begin their lectures on history and geology of the Falkland Islands and the Southern Ocean.
The Antarctic Peninsula contains some of the world’s most impressive scenery and wildlife. A network of channels surrounded by towering mountain peaks covered in snow and enormous glaciers abound. Waters rich with krill are home to whales, penguins and seals – alive, rich and thriving with activity – there is no place on the planet like Antarctica.
Your ship now sails towards South Georgia and gives you time to slow to the rhythm of the sea. There will be plenty of time to simply relax and be entranced by the many seabirds you will encounter on the way. You may decide to join the avid whale watchers hoping to get a glimpse of leviathan, or simply contemplate the vastness of the sea.
South Georgia is one of the most beautiful places in the world. The island is a tiny speck in the vastness of the South Atlantic Ocean, one of the most remote parts of our planet. A 3,000-metre mountain range forms the spine of this long, narrow island. Between the mountains, shattered glaciers carve their way through tussock grass to the deeply indented coastline. Despite being such a small outpost in the vastness of the South Atlantic, the sea around South Georgia is one of the most productive areas on Earth. The abundant marine life supports millions of seals, whales, penguins and other seabirds.
You'll visit Elephant Island. The island from which Shackelton and five of his crew sailed in the James Caird for 16 days and 1,300 kilometres and finally found safety in the tiny entrance of Cave Cove. This epic story of survival began with the sinking of his ship, the Endurance, in the Weddell Sea, six months earlier. As you explore South Georgia, you will have the opportunity to reflect on Shackleton’s epic journey.
Time spent at sea is yours to do with as you please. Our world-class amenities are certain to keep you busy, from the onboard theatre and Spa Sanctuary to wonderful dining experiences. Spot icebergs and marine life from the comfort of your private verandah.
Remote and sparsely populated, the Falkland Islands are a wildlife lovers paradise. You will visit a number of the outer islands, where large colonies of penguins and albatross thrive. Fur seals and elephant seals scatter sandy beaches; while the surrounding waters are home to whales and dolphins. You will also visit the very British capital, Stanley and its small but thriving community.
As your ship heads north to Ushuaia, you will have time to reflect on your experience of a lifetime, knowledge garnered from our Discovery team and the unsurpassed luxury of Scenic Eclipse.
It’s time to say farewell to your new-found friends and the crew and transfer to the airport for your flight to the UK
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