Join Chimu Adventures on exclusive Antarctica expedition at a very special early bird price. Availability on board this luxurious and comfortable vessel is strictly limited so please get in touch for more details on how to visit Antarctica, South Georgia and the Falkland Islands with us.
Antarctica Encompassed is the ultimate wildlife and wilderness adventure. The world’s most southerly city, Ushuaia, is where your journey will begin. Catch your first sight of land after the infamous Drake Passage when we reach the beautiful and history-rich South Shetland Islands before we sail on to South Georgia and the Falkland Islands. Endless wildlife viewing opportunities await –busy penguin colonies, sparring elephant seals, peaceful whales – while the contrasting landscapes en route will leave you breathless.
1 pre-voyage hotel night in Ushuaia
Group transfer from the airport to the hotel on day 1
Group transfer to the ship on day of embarkation
All meals on board throughout the voyage
Tea and coffee station 24 hours daily
All scheduled landings/excursions
Experienced Expedition Leader & Expedition Team
Rubber boots for shore landings for the time of the cruise
Welcome and Farewell cocktails
All port fees
Group transfer to airport or central location upon disembarkation
Digital voyage log
Airfares to/from embarkation and disembarkation city
Visa and passport fees (if applicable)
Beverages (other than tea and coffee)
Laundry and personal expenses incurred onboard
Gratuities for the crew (recommended US$15.00 per person per day)
Difficulty Rating: 1 (easy)
Single Surcharge: Available upon request
Please note that itinerary is subject to change depending on weather and ice conditions.
The following activity is available on this voyage, please contact us for details:
Kayaking (US$895 per person)
Previous kayaking experience is required
Price Dependent upon: Season and availability
Trip Code: ACTSAE
Prices: AUD $18865
Duration: 22 days
DAY 1: Ushuaia, Argentina
Welcome to Ushuaia, the world’s southernmost city and starting point of our expedition. Upon your arrival at the airport we provide a transfer to your hotel, which has been arranged by us and is included in the price of the voyage. For the rest of the day you are free to explore the city. Take advantage of souvenir shopping and a variety of dining options in the city center.
DAY 2: Embarkation in Ushuaia
In the afternoon we provide a group transfer to the pier and welcome you aboard the luxury expedition ship M/V Sea Spirit. Explore the ship and get comfortable in your home away from home for the extraordinary adventure to come. Savor the anticipation of your Antarctic dreams coming true as we slip our moorings and sail toward a true wilderness where wildlife abounds. 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: Across the Drake Passage - Day 3 & 4
After transiting the Beagle Channel and passing the islands of Tierra del Fuego, we head south across the Drake Passage. On the way we cross the Antarctic Convergence, the biological boundary of the Southern Ocean. 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: South Shetland Islands & Antarctica - Day 5 to 8
The wilderness of Antarctica is subject to unpredictable weather and ever-changing ice conditions, which dictate our route and exploration opportunities. This is a real expedition. Our experienced captain and expedition leader decide the itinerary and continually adjust plans as conditions and opportunities warrant. 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: Southern Ocean - Day 9 & 10
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: South Georgia Island - Day 11 to 14
This is expedition cruising at its most authentic. 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 subantarctic 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: Southern Ocean - Day 15 & 16
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: Falkland Islands - Day 17 to 19
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: South Atlantic Ocean - Day 20 & 21
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: Disembarkation in Puerto Madryn, Argentina
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!
Please note that the above itinerary is just a guide. Antarctica cruises are subject to weather, ice and other local conditions, as such, the actual itinerary is determined as the cruise progresses.