Enjoy the Argentinean leather markets and succulent lamb dishes that make Patagonia famous as you explore the world's southernmost town. Visit Ushuaia's The End of the World Museum and take a trip to Tierra del Fuego National Park. Spend the night at Arakur Hotel & Resort, one of the Leading Hotels of the World. Explore the trails, take a spa to relax and soak in the surroundings.
Enjoy your morning in Ushuaia before arriving at the ship in the afternoon. Step aboard, and meet our Expedition Team and ship's officers at a safety and orientation briefing followed by the captain's welcome dinner. Then, watch the city lights fade in the fresh night air as you head out into Golfo Nuevo, and then into the southern Pacific.
Sailing southward, there’ll be opportunities to see the albatross, prion, and petrel that frequently follow the ship. Our expedition team will be out on deck in search of the whale and dolphin that can be seen in the area. From the comfortable lounge, enjoy our experts’ presentations with informative and entertaining talks. Topics will cover the wildlife, history, and geology of The Falkland Islands and Southern Ocean. You’ll also be given helpful briefings on environmental regulation and expedition safety.
Visit one of the remote farms on the westernmost outposts of the Falkland Islands, and you could be treated to tea and local cakes. Cross the rough grazing ground in search of albatross colonies and penguin rookeries. You can also see striated caracaras patrolling overhead and upland geese grazing at the water's edge.
Stanley was first chosen for its sheltered harbour and access to abundant fresh water and peat for fuel. With a current population of only just over 2,000, it’s the central shopping district for the Falklands. There are plenty of shops with locally made wool products, and Stanley's lively pubs are also well worth a visit. There are often sea lion and Peale's and Commerson's dolphin in the harbour, and abundant birdlife at nearby Gypsy Cove.
Continuing into the Southern Ocean, there are plenty of marine and birdlife to spot. Heading east across the Antarctic Convergence, you’ll officially enter Antarctic waters. Shipboard presentations will continue, focusing on the exciting history and abundant wildlife of South Georgia.
South Georgia sits inside the Antarctic Convergence yet outside the limit of the yearly sea ice. Therefore, it’s home to tens of millions of breeding penguin, seal and seabirds. Gaze on the magnificent mountains and glaciers, and castellate and tabular icebergs which punctuate the coastline. Visit historic Grytviken whaling station too, home of the whaling museum. You’ll also find an active British Antarctic Survey station, and the resting place of the great Antarctic explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton.
Heading further south, the informative presentations and wildlife watching will continue. Watch the icebergs become more and more plentiful and feel the ever-increasing chill in the wind.
In the waterways of the Antarctic Peninsula, you can explore by inflatable Zodiac boats. The Expedition Leader and Captain will create a flexible itinerary based on weather, ice, and opportunity. See the Antarctic Peninsula’s most scenic spots, such as Lemaire and Neumayer channels, with stops at penguin rookeries, seal wallows, bird colonies and whale-feeding areas, and you can also visit some of the active scientific bases in the area.
It’s time to leave the Antarctic and head back north, again passing through the Antarctic Convergence and the Drake Passage. The presentation series and wildlife spotting will continue too. In the Beagle Channel, the conclusion of the expedition is celebrated with a special presentation before arriving in Ushuaia.
The morning disembarkation allows you a little time to see Ushuaia, before you catch the flight home. Alternatively, however, you can stay here for a few more sights and adventures.