Weddell Sea & Falkland Islands - Fly/Sail

From Punta Arenas to Punta Arenas
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  • Antarctic Peninsula
  • South Georgia & The Falkland Islands
  • Cruising
  • Wildlife
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Tour Description

This unique Antarctica cruise ventures into the Weddell Sea, situated on the eastern side of the Antarctic Peninsula. The region is home to colossal tabular icebergs, several historic sites and massive penguin rookeries.

Flying in from Punta Arenas in Chile across the formidable Drake Passage to King George Island, this is where we will begin our Antarctica cruise. Cruising in and around the bays of the Antarctic Peninsula the scenery is awe-inspiring and wildlife is abounding. As we cruise through the Weddell Sea and it's landscape of monumental icebergs, it will become evident why a trip to Antartica is like no other.  Turning north we follow in the footsteps of the Antarctic explorers, as we aim to visit remote Elephant Island, linked forever to the epic Shackleton story. Following this our Antarctic cruise takes us to the Falkland Islands. Here we will see a number of the sub-Antarctic penguins species including Rockhopper, Magellanic and King penguins as well as nesting albatross and petrels.

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Stunning icebergs as you sail through the Waddell Sea

Witness an emperor penguin colony

Professional photographer aboard the ship

Tour Itinerary

Day 1
Punta Arenas

Depart Punta Arenas on our two-hour flight across the Drake Passage to Antarctica. Arrive at King George Island in Antarctica, where we will embark our ship via Zodiac inflatable crafts.

Day 2-4
Antarctic Peninsula and Deception Island

We will navigate overnight across the Bransfield Strait & will arrive at the towering peaks of the Antarctic continent. Over the next three days there is a varied itinerary exploring the Gerlache coastline of Antarctica. If ice conditions allow, we cruise through the Lemaire Channel. Planned visits may include Paradise Harbour, Orne Harbour, or Andvord Bay, or a cruise through the Errera Channel to visit the penguin rookeries at Cuverville Island. Eventually we will head towards Antarctic Sound – gateway into the icy Weddell Sea. We aim to make a visit at Deception Island (weather dependent)

Day 5-7
Weddell Sea

Our journey continues into the Weddell Sea. Antarctic icecaps can be seen for the first time. The gargantuan icebergs break from the ice shelves and drift north on the currents. Have your cameras ready for stunning photographic opportunities. If weather conditions co-operate we spend the night camping in Antarctica.

Day 8
Elephant Island

Arrive in the southern tip of Elephant Island. This is home to an impressive chinstrap penguin colony. Macaroni penguins also breed here & are a species we have yet to encounter to date. Weather permitting, we may visit the fabled location of Point Wild on the north coast of Elephant Island. This is where Shackleton & his men were encamped under their upturned life boats, before five men set off on a rescue mission to South Georgia. Landings at this location are tricky due to the currents & surf on the beach.

Day 9-10
Southern Ocean

Sailing north to the Falkland Islands, the spectacular seabirds are our constant companions soaring above the ship. Our onboard educational program continues and we enjoy interactive presentations and lively discussions.

Day 11
Falkland Islands 

Having travelled overnight, we soon arrive at the Falkland Islands. We hope to explore West Point or neighboring Carcass Island. Best known for rockhopper penguins & nesting black browed albatross colonies. Our final highlight awaits –Saunders Island, where we hope to encounter four penguin species living in close quarters, including the mighty king penguin. Charting a course for the port of Stanley tonight, we enjoy a special dinner attended by the Captain of the ship.

Day 12
Stanley, Falkland Islands and Punta Arenas, Chile

As we navigate through the narrows & into the port of Stanley. We have time to explore before we make our way to the airport for our return flight to Punta Arenas.

What’s Included

Accommodation
  • Included Copy 20 Cabin accommodation in your selected cabin category
Food
  • Included Copy 20 All meals onboard the ship
Fees & Services
  • Included Copy 20 Transfer to the ship on embarkation day
  • Included Copy 20 Experienced Expedition Leader and expedition team
  • Included Copy 20 Dedicated hospitality team including Hotel Manager, four chefs, professional bar staff and Adventure
  • Included Copy 20 Antarctica gear hire package comprising of windproof/waterproof jacket and pants and rubber boots
  • Included Copy 20 Professional photographer aboard to assist guests
  • Included Copy 20 Access to computers in the multimedia centre for image downloads, file back up and management
  • Included Copy 20 An emergency trained doctor onboard
  • Included Copy 20 Onboard sauna, plunge pool and fitness centre including personal trainer and massage options
  • Included Copy 20 Access to well stocked library full of polar reference books
  • Included Copy 20 Opportunity to camp onshore for a night weather permitting
  • Included Copy 20 Transfer at the end of your voyage to Ushuaia airport or downtown hotel
Transportation
Navigator "Akademik Ioffe" | Antarctic Cruise Ship

96 Passengers

Voyager "Akademik Sergey Vavilov" | Antarctic Cruise Ship

92 Passengers

Activities

  • Included Daily shore excursions by Zodiac boat
  • Included Guided hikes and walks ashore
  • Included Visit historic sites, research stations and wildlife colonies
  • Included Educational presentations and talks aboard and on shore
  • Included Sea Kayaking programme available (additional charge see trip dossier for details)
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Duration

12 days

Price from

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Departure dates are available upon request
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