Day 1 Arrive Buenos Aires
Day 2 Fly to UshuaiaWe fly south to Ushuaia (web cam and info). Free afternoon and evening to enjoy the world’s southernmost city.
Day 3 Ushuaia Tierra del Fuego National ParkEnjoy a morning tour to Tierra del Fuego National Park before boarding our ship, the Explorer (information sheet in pdf), in the afternoon.
Day 4 At SeaDuring the crossing we’ll meet our guides, ship’s crew and lecturers. We’ll also begin the lecture and information sessions to learn about the extraordinary human and natural history of the Antarctic region.
Day 5,6 Falkland IslandsRockhopper penguins, elephant seals and sea lions are abundant in the Falklands. Visit Port Stanley and its colourful, friendly inhabitants. (Tourism information)
Day 7,8 At SeaWe sail east towards South Georgia. Keep your eye out for whales, seals and seabirds.
Day 9-12 South GeorgiaHome to many marvels including Shackleton’s Grave, a former whaling station and prolific wildlife. A huge colony of king penguins is the highlight of this part of the journey. (Location establishing picture of Ernest Shackleton's Grave at Grytviken, South Georgia.)
Day 13,14 At SeaWe turn south and sail for two days, retracing Shackleton's route backwards as we head towards Elephant Island and the Antarctic Peninsula.
Day 15-18 AntarcticaA chance to step foot on Antarctica! Weather and ice permitting we’ll visit the South Shetland Islands, and Antarctica itself. Possible landings include
- Paradise Harbour (aka Paradise Bay),
- Neko Harbour or
- Wilhelmina Bay and
- cruising Lemaire Channel, Errera Channel or Neumayer Channel.
Day 19,20 Drake PassageHead back to Ushuaia across the Drake Passage. Reflect on our memorable adventure and take in some final lectures from our experienced staff. Last chance for whale watching. (Map of ocean circulation, re Drake Passage)
Day 21 UshuaiaA final breakfast on the Explorer before heading to the airport and flying to Buenos Aires.
Day 22 Buenos AiresA free day to explore Buenos Aires. In the evening we get together for a farewell dinner and Tango show.
Day 23 Depart Buenos Aires