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Circumnavigation of South Georgia & the Falkland Islands

Our comprehensive South Georgia adventure travel tour aboard the Sea Adventurer will capture everything, from the snow-covered plateaus and cliffs draped in 15-foot icicles to the stunning wildlife: majestic king penguins, four species of albatross, fur seals, and more. On this exciting wildlife expedition, get up close and personal with the amazing creatures that call this region home. We’ll also pay homage to the man most famous for South Georgia expedition travel, Sir Ernest Shackleton, at his Grytviken gravesite.

25 October, 2019 to 10 November, 2019 Make a booking request for  Circumnavigation of South Georgia & the Falkland Islands, departing on 25 October, 2019

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Prices to be confirmed £ 19750 GBP pp

Circumnavigation of South Georgia & the Falkland Islands itinerary:

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Day 1: Santiago, Chile
Upon arrival in Santiago transfer to our hotel. Enjoy brunch and spend the rest of the day relaxing or join an optional sightseeing excursion. Welcome dinner and overnight at our hotel.
Day 2: Santiago / Stanley, Falkland Islands / Embark Sea Adventurer
After breakfast board your flight to Stanley, and enjoy free time to explore this charming British-flavored town. Embark the Sea Adventurer this evening.
Days 3 & 4: Cruising the Scotia Sea
Spend two days at sea, attending informative lectures on the history, geology, and amazing wildlife of this region. Join naturalists on deck to search for the marine mammals and seabirds that flourish in these nutrient-rich waters.
Days 5-11: South Georgia
Elsehul Bay – This beautiful bay is home to thousands of fur seals. Listen for the high-pitched trumpeting of king penguins amid the magnificent sounds of marine mammals echoing throughout the bay. Right Whale Bay – Land on a volcanic black-sand beach in search of southern fur seals, elephant seals, king penguins, and the other bird species known to inhabit the area. Salisbury Plain – Two glaciers flank Salisbury Plain on South Georgia’s north coast. Here, more than 200,000 king penguins congregate and breed, and you are greeted by one of the more remarkable sights—and sounds—on Earth. Hercules Bay – At this rocky bay you have the opportunity to view macaroni penguins, the most numerous of all penguin species. Stromness Bay – Site of Shackleton’s arrival after crossing the island’s glaciers on foot, Stromness offers views of cliffs and a glacier, which the adventurer and his companions descended. Grytviken – Explore Grytviken on foot, discovering the ruins of this once-active whaling station. The cemetery holds a special fascination, as it is here that Shackleton is buried. Hiking along the beach you will see penguins and other seabirds, as well as marine mammals. Royal Bay – The 1882 German transit of Venus expedition conducted its research at this large bay, and remains of the party’s buildings still stand on shore. Ross Glacier forms a dramatic backdrop to the wild scenery, where 50,000 king penguins await. Gold Harbour – At the foot of the Bertrab Glacier, Gold Harbour is often referred to as the “jewel in the island’s crown.” In addition to a large king penguin colony, you are likely to see elephant and fur seals, gentoo penguins, giant petrels, and with luck, light-mantled albatross. Cooper Bay – This bay features spectacular rock headlands with sharp cleavages of metamorphosed sandstone, presenting intriguing geological perspectives. Here you are likely to encounter light-mantled albatross; king, gentoo, and macaroni penguins; prions, petrels, and terns; and fur, Weddell, and elephant seals. Peggotty Bluff – Visit Peggotty Bluff where Ernest Shackleton’s party established a camp in 1916.
Day 12: Cruising the Scotia Sea
Our lecturers recap our experiences at South Georgia.
Day 13: Saunders, Falkland Islands
On Saunders Island you will find colonies of gentoo, rockhopper, and Magellanic penguins, as well as black-browed albatross.
Day 14: Steeple Jason Island
Today visit one of the largest albatross colonies in the world with thousands of black-browed albatross sitting atop their nests. Also ashore are rookeries of gentoo penguins and South American sea lions.
Day 15: At Sea
Lecturers recap your experiences as you cruise toward the southernmost city in the world.
Day 16: Ushuaia, Argentina / Disembark / Buenos Aires
Disembark and transfer to the airport for your flight to Buenos Aires (if required an extra charge), connecting with independent flights or staying overnight.

Circumnavigation of South Georgia & the Falkland Islands reverse itinerary:

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Disembark and transfer to the airport for your flight to Buenos Aires (if required an extra charge), connecting with independent flights or staying overnight.
Lecturers recap your experiences as you cruise toward the southernmost city in the world.
Today visit one of the largest albatross colonies in the world with thousands of black-browed albatross sitting atop their nests. Also ashore are rookeries of gentoo penguins and South American sea lions.
On Saunders Island you will find colonies of gentoo, rockhopper, and Magellanic penguins, as well as black-browed albatross.
Our lecturers recap our experiences at South Georgia.
Elsehul Bay – This beautiful bay is home to thousands of fur seals. Listen for the high-pitched trumpeting of king penguins amid the magnificent sounds of marine mammals echoing throughout the bay. Right Whale Bay – Land on a volcanic black-sand beach in search of southern fur seals, elephant seals, king penguins, and the other bird species known to inhabit the area. Salisbury Plain – Two glaciers flank Salisbury Plain on South Georgia’s north coast. Here, more than 200,000 king penguins congregate and breed, and you are greeted by one of the more remarkable sights—and sounds—on Earth. Hercules Bay – At this rocky bay you have the opportunity to view macaroni penguins, the most numerous of all penguin species. Stromness Bay – Site of Shackleton’s arrival after crossing the island’s glaciers on foot, Stromness offers views of cliffs and a glacier, which the adventurer and his companions descended. Grytviken – Explore Grytviken on foot, discovering the ruins of this once-active whaling station. The cemetery holds a special fascination, as it is here that Shackleton is buried. Hiking along the beach you will see penguins and other seabirds, as well as marine mammals. Royal Bay – The 1882 German transit of Venus expedition conducted its research at this large bay, and remains of the party’s buildings still stand on shore. Ross Glacier forms a dramatic backdrop to the wild scenery, where 50,000 king penguins await. Gold Harbour – At the foot of the Bertrab Glacier, Gold Harbour is often referred to as the “jewel in the island’s crown.” In addition to a large king penguin colony, you are likely to see elephant and fur seals, gentoo penguins, giant petrels, and with luck, light-mantled albatross. Cooper Bay – This bay features spectacular rock headlands with sharp cleavages of metamorphosed sandstone, presenting intriguing geological perspectives. Here you are likely to encounter light-mantled albatross; king, gentoo, and macaroni penguins; prions, petrels, and terns; and fur, Weddell, and elephant seals. Peggotty Bluff – Visit Peggotty Bluff where Ernest Shackleton’s party established a camp in 1916.
Spend two days at sea, attending informative lectures on the history, geology, and amazing wildlife of this region. Join naturalists on deck to search for the marine mammals and seabirds that flourish in these nutrient-rich waters.
After breakfast board your flight to Stanley, and enjoy free time to explore this charming British-flavored town. Embark the Sea Adventurer this evening.
Upon arrival in Santiago transfer to our hotel. Enjoy brunch and spend the rest of the day relaxing or join an optional sightseeing excursion. Welcome dinner and overnight at our hotel.
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Sea Adventurer, the ship servicing  Circumnavigation of South Georgia & the Falkland Islands

Sea Adventurer

Vessel Type: Comfortable Expedition

Length: 90 metres

Passenger Capacity: 118

Built / refurbished: 1975 / 1998

The 118-passenger Sea Adventurer, (formerly the Clipper Adventurer) is among the very few vessels in the world specifically constructed for expedition voyages to the remote polar regions. Her ice-strengthened hull permits her to glide easily and safely through ice-strewn waters that are not accessible to conventional cruise vessels.

She has advanced communications and navigation equipment, and newly installed, state-of-the-art Sperry Gyrofin stabilizers. In 1998 the Adventurer had a $13 million conversion done in Scandinavia. She is a handsome expedition vessel, done in the style of great ocean liners when ships were ships. With lots of varnished wood, brass, and wooden decks, the ship has all new outside cabins, with lower beds and private facilities.

There is a Main Lounge, bar, Clipper Club, library/card room, gymnasium and gift shop. A multi-national staff serves American and Continental cuisine. The ship has a fleet of 10 Zodiacs and a special loading platform. An ice class rating of A-1 allows the Clipper Adventurer to go to places larger cruise ships can only dream of, and she does it in comfort and style unsurpassed by other vessels her size.

Cabins: All cabins have a window with outside view. Each has private facilities.

 

Cabins and amenities

  • 61 outside cabins with exterior views and private facilities.
  • Decks 4 and 5 have exterior access, with outside seating.
  • Window-lined dining room on Deck 4 with unreserved seating.
  • Lounge/Presentation Room.
  • 2 bars.
  • Library.
  • Gift shop.
  • 4 hour beverage station.
  • Ship-to-shore satellite communications with email, and wireless, Internet access.
  • Clinic with licensed doctor.
  • Exercise room.

Deck Plan for some trips may vary, please ask for details.


Cabin layout for Sea Adventurer
• Spend seven days exploring South Georgia, a land of majestic beauty and amazing wildlife.
• Visit the beautiful, windswept Falkland Islands to view nesting black-browed albatross, Magellanic and rockhopper penguins, along with a host of endemic birds found nowhere else in the world.
• Witness huge colonies of king penguins; with over 200,000 at Salisbury Plain, the colony extends for miles along the sandy beach and tussock-covered hillside.
• Learn about early polar exploration and whaling history, including a visit to the burial site of Sir Ernest Shackleton.
• Watch the antics of fur and elephant seals—males protecting harems, juveniles sparring, and females tending to adorable young pups.


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Travel on the Sea Adventurer

The Falkland Islands consist of two main islands and several hundred smaller islands in the South Atlantic, 300 miles off the east coast of southern South America. The most popular reason to visit is for the scenic beauty and the flora and fauna. Bird and marine species are the most prevalent fauna and include five species of penguin, four species of seal, albatross, petrels, geese, hawks and falcons. Porpoises and dolphins are often sighted with the occasional sighting of whales. Most visitors to the islands come in summer, between October and March, to enjoy the spectacular wildlife and quaint rural lifestyle. South Georgia ranks as one of the world’s top wildlife watching destinations. Visitors are treated some extraordinary vistas and a vast array of wildlife; 100,000 pairs of King Penguins; five million pairs of macaroni penguins; a thriving fur seal population; thousands of elephant seals. Snow covered peaks reach over 2000 metres into the sky, and are intersected by glaciers to provide a dramatic backdrop to the islands scenery. Historically the only inhabitants were whalers, and now the tiny town of Grytviken is more of a living museum to those times.

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