Falklands, South Georgia and Antarctica


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, gentoo, and Adélie 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.

ITINERARY

Day 1: Montevideo — Arrive in Montevideo at any time. Arrival transfer included. Enjoy the sights and sounds of Uruguay’s capital city.

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 are abundant here, and the Falklands have the largest black-browed albatross colony in the world. In Stanley, meet the hardy local inhabitants whose colourful 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. South Georgia is also the home over half of the world’s enormous southern elephant seals, the largest of all seals. Keep an eye out for newly birthed southern elephant pups. Weather permitting, enjoy 3-4 days free to explore this island.

Days 14–15: South Shetland Islands/Antarctica — Plotting a southwesterly course across the Scotia Sea, sail for two days, retracing Shackleton’s route backwards.

Days 16–19: South Shetland 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. The ship will attempt to reach the Antarctic Peninsula for a landing, weather and ice-permitting.

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 — Disembark in the morning.

Please note: Specific sites visited will depend on ice and weather conditions, the planned itinerary will be updated at the time of final preparations as well as throughout the voyage in order to take advantage of favourable conditions.


Trip summary

Vessel:
G Expedition
Voyage:
Falklands, South Georgia and Antarctica
Duration:
21 nights / 22 days
Start:
Montevideo, Uruguay
Finish:
Ushuaia, Argentina


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Season 2018/2019

DateCategory 1A QuadCategory 1 TripleCategory 2 TwinCategory 3 TwinCategory 4 TwinCategory 5 Double
Oct 23, 2018
Nov 13, 2018
SOLD OUTSOLD OUTSOLD OUTUS$11,999
US$15,999
SOLD OUTSOLD OUT

Season 2019/2020

DateCategory 1A QuadCategory 1 TripleCategory 2 TwinCategory 3 TwinCategory 4 TwinCategory 5 Double
Oct 22, 2019
Nov 12, 2019
US$11,999US$13,199US$15,399US$15,999US$16,999US$18,999

WHAT’S INCLUDED

  • 20 nts aboard the G Expedition
  • 1 nt hotel in Montevideo
  • Arrival and departure transfers
  • Zodiac excursions with our expert expedition team
  • Lectures and educational programs
  • Waterproof boots supplied for USA sizes 6 – 16
  • Expedition parka

ACCOMMODATIONS

Twin-share hotel (1 nt), aboard the G Expedition in quad-, triple-, twin-share cabins, or suites (all with en suite bathrooms and porthole or window, 20 nts). Please note that all cabins consist of twin-size berths and are ocean-facing. Suites have one queen-size bed.

MEALS

21 breakfasts, 19 lunches, 20 dinners
Allow USD25-35 for meals not included. Drinks and tips on board not included.

TRANSPORTATION

G Expedition, Zodiac, private bus, walking.

STAFF & EXPERTS

One expedition team member per 10 guests.

AVAILABLE EXTRAS

Antarctica Camping – From US$349

Follow in the footsteps of bold explorers and experience this land’s awe-inspiring splendours first-hand. Our Antarctica camping experience includes time to enjoy the beauty of Antarctica near your campsite with ample photography options. Experience the sounds of heaving ice, the fresh scent of the sea, and the stars at night. Nothing gets you closer to the humbling forces of nature than spending a night ashore!

Antarctica Kayaking – From US$1,199

Weather permitting, you will head out in kayaks on days where zodiac landings are also available. Kayaking as part of a group lead by experienced and skilled leaders allows an opportunity to experience these remote regions from another vantage point. No other activity gets you as close to the natural environment!

Antarctic Pre/Post Cruise Add-On – From US$869

When you travel with us, we make sure that getting from A to B is always smooth sailing. That’s why we offer a Buenos Aires hotel and flight package, which takes care of your accommodation in BA, flight to Ushuaia, and your transfers to and from the airport. After the cruise, you will be transferred back to the airport to catch a flight to Buenos Aires, where the package ends on arrival. The only thing that you have to do? Remember to pack your thermal underwear! For more information about our BA flight and hotel packages, call us or check the Extras section when you book online.

SINGLE TRAVELLERS

Single travellers can choose between “single occupancy” at a supplement of 1,7 x the standard price, or “sharing basis” in Twin, Triple or Quadruple category at no additional cost.

INSURANCE

Passengers are required to be adequately covered by a travel insurance policy that covers aero-medical evacuation from Antarctica as a result of a medical emergency during the trips, including emergencies related to pre-existing health conditions.

RESERVATIONS AND PAYMENT

A deposit of U$750 per person is required per person to confirm reservations with final payment due 90 days prior to departure.

Payments can be made by wire transfer or by credit cards (Visa or MasterCard). Payments by credit card are subject to a 2.5% fee.