|For a comprehensive understanding of the Antarctic world and the ineffable grandeur of its wildlife and majestic landscapes, nothing surpasses a voyage to Antarctica, South Georgia and the Falklands. Indeed, this is the adventure of a lifetime. Aboard the all-suite, 100-guest Clelia II you will explore the landmark sites of the Antarctic Peninsula and spend three full days in South Georgia, Shackleton’s final resting place and home to huge colonies of King penguins and other wildlife. On the return to Ushuaia follow the intrigue of the remote Falklands, where the accent is still British and where more than 150 species of birds makes it a bird-watcher’s paradise. Join our team of expert naturalists and lecturers on an unforgettable journey to the spur of the Earth.
BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA
Arrive in Buenos Aires, Argentina’s capital and one of South America’s most beautiful cities, and transfer to the Palacio Duhau – Park Hyatt Buenos Aires for the night. The remainder of the day is at leisure. Evening cocktail reception at the hotel.
BUENOS AIRES | USHUAIA | EMBARK
Fly from Buenos Aires to Ushuaia, a Patagonian city set on the Beagle Channel and surrounded by the Darwin Cordillera and forests of southern beech. Upon arrival, transfer to the ship. Enjoy a spectacular vista of glaciers and green misted mountains as Clelia II navigates the Beagle Channel.
Enjoy a day at sea, listening to lectures and relaxing as Clelia II cruises to the Falkland Islands.
Days 4 & 5
THE FALKLAND ISLANDS
Spend the day exploring the Falkland Islands, including Westpoint Island, where we’ll walk across the moors to a busy rookery of elegant black-browed albatross and raucous rockhopper penguins. On nearby Saunders Island, explore the dramatic beaches, teeming with Gentoo and Magellanic penguins, as well as cormorant and black-browed albatross colonies before continuing to the quaint capital of the islands, Port Stanely.
Days 6 &7
Cruise toward South Georgia.
Days 8 - 10
Spend three days exploring the rugged, ice-bound islands of South Georgia. Once ravaged by the South Atlantic whaling industry, the waters of South Georgia are now strictly protected and harbour abundant numbers of elephant seals, fur seals and king penguins. Our visit may include the Bay of Isles, home to a massive rookery of king penguins; Albatross Island, a paradise for gray-headed, black-browed, light-mantled sooty and wandering albatross; and the town of Grytviken, where Sir Ernest Shackleton is buried in a small cemetery beyond the abandoned whaling station.
SAILING THE SCOTIA SEA
Attend onboard lectures and watch for whales and seabirds as Clelia II cruises the Scotia Sea.
SOUTH ORKNEY ISLANDS
A vista of enormous grounded icebergs is visible as Clelia II approaches the South Orkney Islands to call at Coronation Island. In the company of British scientists from Signy Station, visit the rookeries of penguins and snow and cape petrels that populate the island.
Days 13 - 16
ANTARCTIC PENINSULA AND ITS ISLANDS
Enjoy four days exploring the pristine wilderness of the Antarctic Peninsula, a narrow finger of land that separates the ice-choked waters of the Weddell and Bellingshausen Seas. As Clelia II sails through scenic waterways, witness a breathtaking panorama of icebergs, blue glaciers and jagged, snowcapped mountains. Aboard the ship’s fleet of Zodiacs, cruise among ice floes, land at penguin rookeries and visit with scientists at research stations. Our first day in this incredible region will be at Elephant Island, where in 1916 Sir Ernest Shackleton’s Endurance was stranded, forcing Shackleton and five of his men to undertake a thousand-mile rescue mission on a 20-foot whaleboat to secure help. Although the itinerary varies according to local ice and wind conditions, we also hope to land at such places as Petermann Island, where humpback and minke whales are often sighted offshore; Paradise Bay, the habitat of gentoo and chinstrap penguins and the blubbery Weddell seal; Deception Island, whose waters are often warm enough for swimming; and King George Island, home to several research stations. Voyages through the magnificent Lemaire, Neumeyer, Errata and other protected channels are also planned—and never to be forgotten.
Days 17 & 18
Attend lectures by naturalists and study leaders as Clelia II crosses the Antarctic Convergence, where the warm waters of the north override the colder waters of the Southern Ocean. Then sail through the Drake Passage. Albatross and cape petrels are among the birds that accompany the ship on its passage.
USHUAIA | DISEMBARK | BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA | USA
Disembark in Ushuaia and transfer to the airport for the flight to Buenos Aires.
All itineraries are for guidance only. Programs may vary depending on local ice and weather conditions and in order to take advantage of opportunities to see wildlife.
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