Antarctica, South Georgia, and The Falkland Islands (22 Days)

Cruise Line: Zegrahm Expeditions
Ship: Island Sky  |  2 Reviews
Buenos Aires, Argentina to Buenos Aires, Argentina
Dates: 24 Jan 2019 - 14 Feb 2019

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24 Jan 2019
Air travel
25 Jan 2019
Air travel
Buenos Aires, Argentina
Air travel
Ushuaia, Argentina

Board your independent flight via Buenos Aires, arriving in Ushuaia the next day. Transfer to our group hotel with the rest of the day at leisure. Gather at the hotel this evening for a welcome dinner and overnight.

26 Jan 2019
Tierra del Fuego National Park, Argentina
Ushuaia, Argentina

Today, enjoy a boat trip on the Beagle Channel and disembark in Tierra del Fuego National Park for nature hikes surrounded by dramatic scenery. Board the Ocean Diamond this afternoon and set sail for the Falkland Islands.

27 Jan 2019

Attend lectures on the natural and historical highlights ahead during a day at sea.

28 Jan 2019
Saunders Island, Falkland Islands (Malvinas)
29 Jan 2019
Port Stanley, Falkland Islands (Malvinas)

Go ashore on Saunders Island to find colonies of gentoo, rockhopper, and Magellanic penguins. The next day, visit Stanley, the British-flavored capital of the Falklands.

30 Jan 2019
Scotia Sea

Lecturers recap your experiences and prepare you for your visit to South Georgia. On deck, join naturalists in search of the seabirds and marine mammals that flourish in these nutrient-rich waters.

31 Jan 2019
Scotia Sea
01 Feb 2019
Elsehul, South Georgia And The South Sandwich Islands
DAY 10
02 Feb 2019
Salisbury Plain, United Kingdom
DAY 11
03 Feb 2019
Stromness, South Georgia And The South Sandwich Islands
Grytviken, South Georgia And The South Sandwich Islands
Gold Harbour, United Kingdom

Flexibility in this area is a must. Many of our leaders have been to South Georgia numerous times and, if the weather is in our favor, they may offer a landing before breakfast or even after dinner. Call at some of the many islands, bays, and coves where you will see outstanding birdlife and elephant and fur seals close at hand. The following is a list of places we plan to visit on South Georgia; some of them are pending final government approval. Elsehul Bay – This beautiful bay is home to thousands of fur seals as well as macaroni penguins, the most numerous of all penguin species. Listen for the high-pitched trumpeting of king penguins amid the magnificent sounds of marine mammals that echo in the bay. Salisbury Plain – Two glaciers flank Salisbury Plain on South Georgia's north coast. Here, more than 200,000 king penguins congregate and breed, and you are greeted by one of the more remarkable sights—and sounds—on Earth. Stromness Bay – Site of Sir Ernest Shackleton and his party's arrival after their harrowing crossing of the island's glaciers on foot, Stromness offers views of cliffs and a glacier from which the adventurer and his companions descended. Grytviken – Go ashore to discover the ruins of this once-active whaling station. The cemetery holds a special fascination, as it is here that Shackleton is buried. Seabirds, penguins, and marine mammals can also be found here. Gold Harbour – At the foot of the Bertrab Glacier, Gold Harbour is often referred to as the "jewel in the island's crown". In addition to a large king penguin colony, you are likely to see elephant and fur seals, gentoo penguins, giant petrels, and with luck, light-mantled albatross.

DAY 12
04 Feb 2019

Naturalists recap your memorable visit to South Georgia and introduce you to the history, geology, and wildlife of the Antarctic Peninsula and its surrounding islands.

DAY 13
05 Feb 2019
DAY 14
06 Feb 2019
Elephant Island (Cape Lookout), Antarctica

Today, arrive at Elephant Island, made famous by the Shackleton expedition. Awesome glaciers, speckled with pink algae, create a dramatic backdrop. Weather permitting, enjoy a Zodiac cruise around the island and the opportunity to view a thriving chinstrap penguin colony.

DAY 15
07 Feb 2019
Brown Bluff, Antarctica
DAY 16
08 Feb 2019
Deception Island, Antarctica
DAY 17
09 Feb 2019
Lemaire Channel (Cruising), Antarctica
DAY 18
10 Feb 2019
Pleneau Island, Antarctica

As you cruise the waters of the Antarctic Peninsula and its adjacent islands, landings are dependent upon weather and ice conditions. There is the possibility that you may visit a research station and witness the scientific activities conducted by the multinational community of scientists working there. The expeditionary nature of this voyage precludes guaranteeing specific stops. In the past we have visited the locations below. This list serves as a guideline only of the places you may experience. Brown Bluff – Located on the Antarctic continent, Brown Bluff rises 2,450 feet above an ash beach littered with bizarrely shaped boulders. Some 20,000 pairs of Adélie, and hundreds of gentoo penguins, make their home here. Skuas and pintado petrels nest near the top of the cliff and kelp gulls fill the air with perpetual sound and motion. Deception Island – As you sail into Deception Island through Neptune's Bellows, a channel just wide enough for the ship to navigate, southern fulmars and pintado petrels soar overhead. Weigh anchor inside a volcano whose collapsed cone was filled by rushing seawater. Lemaire Channel and Pleneau Island – Cruising the beautiful Lemaire Channel, keep watch for the humpback and minke whales frequently spotted here. This narrow channel is one of the most visually impressive areas of the Antarctic Peninsula. Steep mountain peaks jut out of the sea on both sides, and the waters are often choked with icebergs and frequented by crabeater seals. A stunning labyrinth of grounded icebergs lies in the shallow waters west of Pleneau Island, presenting a superb Zodiac cruising experience. Crabeater and leopard seals haul out on the ice, and elephant seals and gentoo penguins occupy the island itself.

DAY 19
11 Feb 2019
Drake Passage (Cruising)

During your Drake crossing, watch for wandering and black-browed albatross, sooty shearwaters, and white-chinned petrels. Whales are also frequently seen in these waters.

DAY 20
12 Feb 2019
Drake Passage (Cruising)
DAY 21
13 Feb 2019
Ushuaia, Argentina
Air travel
Buenos Aires, Argentina
DAY 22
14 Feb 2019
Air travel

Disembark in Ushuaia and transfer to the airport for your flight to Buenos Aires, connecting with your independent overnight flight. Arrive in the USA on January 26.

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About the Ship

Papua New Guinea
Island Sky

Built in 1992 and recently refurbished, public spaces include a large lounge, elegant bar, library, and a single-seating dining room. Outside decks feature a bar and a sun deck where meals are served in pleasant weather. All suites feature ocean views, a sitting area, en suite bathroom, large wardrobes, small refrigerator, and television.

What's Included


  • Included:  All gratuities; accommodations as outlined in the itinerary; all onboard meals and group meals ashore, including soft drinks, beer, and wine with lunch and dinner; arrival and departure transfers on group dates; services of the expedition staff including lectures, briefings, slide/film shows; all group activities and excursions; landing and port fees; and medical expense coverage and emergency evacuation insurance.

Not Included

  • Not Included: All air transportation (except where noted); optional estensions and excursions as noted in the itinerary; excess baggage charges; airport arrival and departure taxes; transfers for independent arrivals and departures; passport and/or visa fees; travel insurance; items of a personal nature such as laundry, bar charges, alcoholic beverages (other than listed above); e-mail/internet/fax/telephone charges.

About Us

With over 25 years in expedition travel, Seattle-based Zegrahm Expeditions Inc. is a leading adventure travel company specializing in small-ship expedition cruises, tours, and safaris to remote and intriguing destinations around the world. Led by expert guides and lecturers, Zegrahm itineraries are carefully crafted and all-inclusive, feature deluxe accommodations, and operate in all seven continents.

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Virtually everything is included: gratuities, transfers, group hotels, wine and beer with lunch and dinner, and a variety of excursions including snorkeling and birding.

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Shore Excursions

Buenos Aires, Argentina - 25 Jan 2019

Salisbury Plain, United Kingdom - 02 Feb 2019

Stromness, South Georgia And The South Sandwich Islands - 03 Feb 2019

Buenos Aires, Argentina - 13 Feb 2019

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