|Journey to South Georgia and Antarctica for an in-depth exploration of two of the Earth’s most astonishing places. Our adventure includes five days in the Sub-Antarctic island of South Georgia, shaped like a whalebone and rising to 9,626 feet at Mount Paget’s peak. We will follow in the wake of Ernest Shackleton, among a host of other explorers. Peter Hillary, son of Sir Edmund Hillary, is our special expedition leader on this unforgettable adventure through South Georgia’s rugged and icy wildlife sanctuary—whose native inhabitants include abundant species of albatross as well as vast colonies of penguins and fur seals and elephant seals—and through our equally spectacular exploration of the Antarctic Peninsula and its surrounding islands - 20 nights/21 days
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 to relax. 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, glaciers, 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.
Day 3 - 4
Attend lectures by naturalists and study leaders as Clelia II sails to South Georgia. Albatross and cape petrels are among the birds that accompany the ship on its passage.
Day 5 - 10 SOUTH GEORGIA
Spend six 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. Visit 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 the small cemetery beyond the abandoned whaling station.
Day 11 - SAILING THE SCOTIA SEA
Attend on-board lectures and watch for whales and seabirds as Clelia II cruises the Scotia Sea.
Day 12 - 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.
Day 13 - ELEPHANT ISLAND
Today explore 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.
Day 14 – 18
ANTARCTIC PENINSULA AND ITS ISLANDS
Enjoy five 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. Although the itinerary varies according to local ice and wind conditions, we 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.
Day 19 - 20
As Clelia II sails northward across the Antarctic Convergence, where the cold waters of the Southern Ocean override the warmer waters to the north. Enjoy three days at sea attending lectures and relaxing aboard ship.
USHUAIA | DISEMBARK | BUENOS AIRES, Argentina
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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