Antarctica Encompassed

From Ushuaia to Puerto Madryn
  • All Antarctic Cruises
  • South Georgia & The Falkland Islands
  • Antarctic Peninsula
  • Cruising
  • Wildlife
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Tour Description

Antarctica Encompassed is the ultimate wildlife and wilderness Antarctic tour. The world’s most southerly city, Ushuaia, is where your journey will begin. After crossing the infamous Drake Passage you will catch your first sight of land when we reach the beautiful and history-rich South Shetland Islands. Sailing around this area and the Antarctic Peninsula the waters and land teem with life. Marine mammals such as seals and humpback whales can be spotted from the deck as your Antarctic cruise weaves through narrow channels and into secluded bays and inlets. The landscape, of course, is astounding. Colossal glaciers spill from magnificent mountains and icebergs dot the water.

Next stop of your Antarctica cruise is South Georgia - an unparalleled wildlife haven. Upwards of 100 million seabirds are said to inhabit the area including albatross and many species of penguin. Thousands upon thousands of elephant and fur seals cluster on beaches and ice floes, and a visit to the final resting place of Antarctic explorer Ernest Shackleton is also possible. Your Antarctic trip then heads to the charming, windswept archipelago of the Falkland Islands. Marine, land and bird life here are as abundant as on the rest of the cruise, and trips can be made ashore to experience these locals up close. Throughout your Antarctica cruise, our expert crew will guide you in every aspect of Antarctic life.

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Tour Itinerary

Day 1
Ushuaia

Upon your arrival in to Ushuaia, you will be met and transferred to your hotel
Afternoon is at leisure. Overnight in Ushuaia.

Day 2
The Beagle Channel

Morning at leisure for you to enjoy Ushuaia before your afternoon transfer to board the MV Sea Spirit. Time to explore the ship before we set sail for Antarctica. The scenery as we sail through the Beagle Channel on our first evening is wonderful and there is already the possibility of marine mammal encounters.

Day 3-4
Drake Passage

After transiting the Beagle Channel and passing the islands of Tierra del Fuego, we head south across the Drake Passage. The ship’s stabilizing fins provide comfort in the event of rough seas. Briefings, orientations, and lectures from our expert staff prepare you for our arrival in Antarctica

Day 5-8
Antarctic Peninsula

The wilderness of Antarctica is subject to unpredictable weather and ever-changing ice conditions, which dictate our route and exploration opportunities. We exploit every opportunity to experience excellent wildlife viewing, amazing scenery, and excursions via Zodiac.

The Antarctic Peninsula region contains some of the world’s most impressive scenery and some of Antarctica’s best wildlife viewing opportunities. Protected bays and narrow channels are surrounded by towering mountain peaks covered in permanent snow and immense glaciers. Icebergs of every size and description complete an image of incomparable beauty. Waters rich with krill are home to a variety of whale and seal species. The whole area is alive with penguins foraging at sea and forming large nesting colonies at special places on land. The area is also home to Antarctic research stations of various nationalities. Some stations have a gift shop and post office.

The South Shetland Islands are the northernmost islands in Antarctica and will likely be our first sighting of land. This wild and beautiful island chain contains numerous landing sites with abundant wildlife and historical significance. Among them is Elephant Island, where men from Shackleton’s famous Endurance expedition spent the winter.

Farther south, on the Antarctic Peninsula, the vast Gerlache Strait area contains sheltered bays, accessible wildlife, and stunning scenery.

Day 9-10
At Sea

From Antarctica we head northeast toward South Georgia. Pelagic seabirds including the majestic albatross are common in these waters and can readily be viewed from panoramic open decks or from exterior stateroom windows and balconies. Briefings, bio-security procedures, and lectures from our expert staff prepare you for our arrival in South Georgia.

Day 11-14
South Georgia

Our route and exploration opportunities in South Georgia are heavily dependent on the weather conditions we encounter. Again you can be sure that the best possible advantage will be taken of the circumstances presented to us by Nature in this wild and remote corner of the world. We take every safe opportunity to go ashore in this amazing place.

South Georgia is a scenic wilderness and an unrivalled paradise for sub Antarctic wildlife viewing. The islands are said to host upwards of 100 million seabirds, including numerous species of albatross, penguins, prions, petrels, and terns. On beaches such as those at Salisbury Plain and St. Andrews Bay, over 100,000 elephant seals and three million fur seals jostle for space among innumerable penguins including stately king penguins and sprightly macaroni penguins. The recently completed rat eradication program is sure to make this wilderness even more pristine and rich with birdlife.

The bountiful waters surrounding South Georgia are also inhabited by an increasing number of whales. The historical whaling station of Grytviken is now home to the excellent South Georgia Museum managed by the South Georgia Heritage Trust. This is also the final resting place of Ernest Shackleton, the legendary polar explorer.

Our days in South Georgia are filled with memorable excursions, sumptuous meals, presentations by our experts, and enough incredible scenery and wildlife to fill your camera and overwhelm your emotions

Day 15-16
At Sea

From South Georgia we head west toward the Falkland Islands. Presentations and workshops by our expert staff, as well as our range of onboard recreation facilities, ensure that these days at sea are not idly spent

Day 17-19
The Falkland Islands

The remote and sparsely-populated Falkland Islands are a birders’ paradise. We anticipate visiting one or more of the isolated outer islands where large colonies of penguins and albatross are easily accessible. The Falklands are also a great place to observe marine mammals. Fur seals and elephant seals can be found on sandy beaches while the waters in and around the archipelago are home to various whale and dolphin species. Our route and exploration opportunities are dependent on weather among these windswept islands.

We also intend to visit Stanley, the charmingly British capital of the Falkland Islands. Attractions within pleasant walking distance along the waterfront promenade include the Falkland Islands Museum, the governor’s house, a cathedral with impressive whalebone arch outside, a war memorial, quality gift shops, pubs, and views of shipwrecks in the harbor.

Day 20-21
At Sea

From the Falkland Islands we proceed north toward Puerto Madryn. We keep a lookout for marine mammals such as dolphins and whales. This is also the time for our End of Voyage ceremonies including slideshow and farewell dinner.

Day 22
Puerto Madryn Depart

After breakfast we say farewell in the city of Puerto Madryn. We provide a group transfer to the airport or to the town center if you wish to spend more time here. As you look back on your wonderful experience in Antarctica, you may already be looking forward to your next incredible adventure to the ice!

What’s Included

Accommodation
  • Included Copy 20 1 night pre-cruise in a standard hotel in Ushuaia
  • Included Copy 20 20 nights on board MV Sea Spirit in a triple cabin
  • Included Copy 31 Cabin upgrades available
Food
  • Included Copy 20 Breakfast daily
  • Included Copy 20 All meals on board throughout the voyage
  • Included Copy 20 Tea and coffee station 24 hours daily
  • Included Copy 31 Excludes drinks
Fees & Services
  • Included Copy 20 Group transfer from the airport to the hotel on a day prior to departure
  • Included Copy 20 Group transfer to the ship on the day of embarkation
  • Included Copy 20 All scheduled landings/excursions (subject to weather and ice conditions)
  • Included Copy 20 Leadership throughout the voyage by our experienced Expedition Leader & Expedition Team
  • Included Copy 20 Expedition parka
  • Included Copy 20 Rubber boots for shore landings for the time of the cruise
  • Included Copy 20 Welcome and Farewell cocktails
  • Included Copy 20 All port fees
  • Included Copy 20 Group transfer to airport or central location upon disembarkation
  • Included Copy 20 Re-departure materials
  • Included Copy 20 Digital voyage log
  • Included Copy 31 Sea kayaking is available on this expedition for an additional US$895 per person. Please contact us
Transportation
Ocean Atlantic | Antarctic Cruise Ship

195 Passengers

Land, Air, Ship, Train ...

Activities

  • Included Ushuaia city tour at your leisure
  • Included Beagle Channel boat tour
  • Included Photograph seabirds in Antarctica
  • Included Drake passage crossing
  • Included Lectures of Antarctic history, geology and biology
  • Included Zodiac expeditions through the icebergs
  • Included Discover elephant seals, albatrosses and penguins colonies in Antarctica
  • Included Antarctic Peninsula & South Georgia
  • Included Discover the wide variety of Antarctic wildlife
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Duration

22 days

Price from

$13,395 USD

Per person, sharing

Based On Lowest Cabin

Departure dates are available upon request
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