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This is the once in a lifetime expedition, taking in the spectacular flora and fauna of the Falkland Islands before immersing yourself in the unique history and exquisite, rare wildlife of South Georgia.
The Falkland archipelago contains two main islands, East and West, which you will explore by Zodiac excursions and daily landings. South Georgia is full of history, but it is the wildlife here that is truly fascinating. Often referred to as the 'Galapagos of the Poles', South Georgia contains an exceptional quantity of wildlife, which means each landing has a new sight to behold.
You'll visit Antarctic research stations, witness minke whales breaching from your Zodiac, share magical moments with king penguins and celebrate crossing the Antarctic Circle with like-minded travellers, an experience that you will cherish forever.
Day 1: Buenos Aires, Argentina
Day 2: Ushuaia, Argentina and Embarkation
Day 3: At Sea
Days 4 & 5: Falkland Islands
Days 6 & 7: At Sea
Days 8 - 11: South Georgia
Days 12 & 13: At Sea
Days 14 - 16: The South Shetland Islands and Antarctic Peninsula
Days 17 & 18: The Antarctic Circle
Days 19 & 20: Northbound Along the Peninsula
Days 21 & 22: Cross the Drake Passage
Day 23: Disembark in Ushuaia & fly to Buenos Aires, Argentina
You will arrive in Buenos Aires on the first day of your itinerary. Upon arriving in this splendid city, known for its rich architecture and European heritage, you will transfer to your hotel.
After breakfast, you will transfer to the airport and board a charter flight to Ushuaia. Ushuaia is the southernmost city in the world and serves as the gateway to Antarctica. Upon arrival, you will have a little time to explore this quaint port town before heading to the pier. You will board the ship in the late afternoon and sail down the historic Beagle Channel.
There is plenty do onboard the ship as you sail for the Falklands, whether you choose to relax and read a book in the library, enjoy a few drinks at the bar with your shipmates, relax in the sauna or keep an eye out for wildlife on deck
There are two main islands in the Falklands, East and West. You will have the chance to explore these on zodiac excursions with landings on both days. On these rugged islands, humans are heavily outnumbered both by sheep and by penguins. You will spend some time in Stanley which has a distinctly British flavour to it.
En route to South Georgia, you will cross the Antarctic Convergence - the invisible biological boundary unique to Antarctica, where the cold waters of the Antarctic merge with warmer Sub Antarctic, these rich waters are home to large quantities of krill and you will be able to see lots of wildlife here taking part in a feeding frenzy.
On arriving at South Georgia, you will see the remnants of the old Whaling Stations, these rusting buildings might not look like much, but it was here that Sir Earnest Shackleton finally returned to civilisation and was able to summon help for his men who had been left stranded on Elephant Island and in the Ross Sea. There is an abundance of wildlife here too including king penguin rookeries with over a 100,000 pairs, plus fur and elephant seals.
After leaving South Georgia you are finally en route to Antarctica! While you’re at sea, you will be able to enjoy presentations by the Expedition Team, who will cover everything from the history and geology of Antarctica to tips on identifying different species and what makes each of them unique.
On arriving at Antarctica, you will be overwhelmed by the sheer magnitude and beauty of the place.
You will spend your time here enjoying a variety of activities like Zodiac cruises, snowshoeing and visits to penguin rookeries.
The wildlife here is incredible from Minke whales and humpback whales to penguins, leopard seals, petrels and albatross.
Few expedition ships make it as far as the Antarctic Circle, so you will be one of a lucky few to make it this far. As you cross the famous line, 66°33’ S you will be able to raise a toast in style. This is Antarctica at it’s most incredible, home to the midnight sun, with the potential for fantastic iceberg sightings.
By now, your knowledge of Adélie, chinstrap and gentoo penguins will be matched by your ability to differentiate between a leopard, fur and Weddell seal. As you head north, Zodiac excursions will fill your days, and your Expedition Team will always be on the lookout for species of penguins, seals and whales that may have eluded you so far.
As you recross the Drake, Antarctica fades away, leaving you with a collection of memories to last a lifetime. Excited conversations with your newfound friends will make the crossing fly by, regardless of weather and sea conditions. Your Expedition Team will round up its series of presentations with a slideshow of the great landing sites and wildlife you’ve witnessed over the course of your voyage. Be sure to take some time to reflect on everything you’ve experienced so far.
You will arrive in Ushuaia in the morning, after breakfast. After disembarking, you will get a little taste of Patagonia by touring Tierra del Fuego National Park before transferring to the airport for the return group charter flight to Buenos Aires.
The Ocean Diamond is a modern, stable super-yacht designed for exploring the remote waters of Antarctica. She carries a maximum of 189 passengers, and cruises are run with a focus on exploration. On-board you will find expansive common spaces, a club lounge and an elegant restaurant serving a variety of delicious cuisine.
Ultramarine is a purpose-built ship carefully designed to optimise your polar expedition experience so that you can discover some of the most mesmerising places on Earth and immerse yourself in the awe-inspiring landscapes of the polar regions. Equipped with two helicopters, she also brings you access to new places accessible only by air, pushing the opportunities for polar exploration even further and bringing you more options for adventure than ever before.
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