Start Ushuaia; overnight in hotel.
Morning is free to explore Ushuaia as the transfer to the ship takes place in the afternoon. This is a day for introductions and getting acquainted with your ship. Meet your fellow shipmates, be introduced to your Expedition Team and snap a few photographs of Ushuaia as you head to sea.
Day 3 - 4
Legendary for its high winds and rolling seas, you may get lucky and have surprisingly calm seas. Spend your time in the lounge or chatting with your fellow travellers. As you develop your sea legs during the crossing, our Expedition Team will begin their series of presentations to help you with your upcoming Zodiac and land excursions. You officially enter Antarctica when the ship crosses the Antarctic Convergence, a biological boundary that fluctuates around 60° south.
Day 5 - 8
Spellbound, shocked and awe-inspired are common reactions to arriving in Antarctica. The indescribable feeling of stepping foot on this untouched, unique environment is something you'll remember forever. Antarctica is a land of extremes; at one moment you'll be overcome with a feeling of complete desolation and silence, at the next moment you'll be inspired by nature as a calving glacier crashes into the sea or a penguin unwittingly provides comic relief as it waddles by.
Your camera will constantly be fixated on Adelie, Chinstrap and Gentoo penguins, along with Weddell, Fur, Crabeater and Leopard seals. Minke and Humpback whales are also commonly sighted in the clear Antarctic waters.
When it comes time for an animal break, the Expedition Team will take you on guided hikes to glaciers, research stations and snowy mountains to help you appreciate the landscape, and what it takes to live in such an extreme environment.
Day 9 - 10
The days at sea are enjoyed out on deck or taking in presentations by the Expedition Team.
Day 11 - 14
With a rich history of exploration in the Antarctic, South Georgia has many stories to tell. The original inhabitants here arrived to hunt whales and Fur and Elephant seals to perilously low levels. Thankfully populations have rebounded and whaling and sealing ceases to exist today. There are many remnants of these days gone by; including several whaling stations and other abandoned outposts.
Perhaps the most historic and famous site on the island is the grave of the great explorer, Sir Ernest Shackleton. You can visit his grave at the settlement of Grytviken, which is also home to a museum, small gift shop, church and an active scientific research station.
South Georgia is sometimes called the Galapagos of the Poles as it is home to a captivating number of inquisitive and curious creatures. Indeed, the number of animals you'll see here will rival that of all the other days of your voyage combined.
Each landing we make on South Georgia will open your eyes to a new wonder of wildlife; one day may be a beach filled with a hundred thousand pairs of King penguins, the next may present some close encounters with massive Elephant seals or the smaller Fur seals. Different penguin and bird species utilize the island landscape differently here, making it a fascinating destination teeming with wildlife from the shoreline to the top of the highest grassy hills.
Day 15 - 17
The next few days at sea can be as busy or as relaxing as you desire. Go on deck to spot whales and sea birds flying overhead, or attend lectures from our on-board specialists. Whatever you choose, remember to take a moment to reflect on the amazing creatures you've met so far.
Day 18 - 19
Upon arrival in the Falklands (Malvinas), you'll be greeted by abundant wildlife and a feeling of rugged remoteness. The Falkland archipelago is great for exploring by Zodiac excursions and daily landings.
One landing that will surely stick out in your memory is at Port Stanley. This unique British outpost has a ramshackle charm to it, with plenty of churches and museums to explore, as well as some friendly locals willing to chat over a drink at the pub.
If you're itching for some different wildlife then you've seen thus far, then how do Magellanic and Rockhopper penguins sound? Or, perhaps you'll even spot some King penguins here as well. Other impressive birds you can expect to see here include Black-browed albatross and two endemic bird species: Cobb's wren and the Falkland's flightless Dteamer duck.
With such a smattering of interesting flora and fauna in the Falklands, your team of lecturers and specialists will be sure to educate you on your surroundings and answer any questions about the sights and species you've seen.
Day 20 - 22
It is always a bittersweet moment to turn the ship away from the penguins and icebergs and towards Buenos Aires. As the magical silence of Antarctica fades away, enjoy some final chats with your new friends on the ship and celebrate your successful journey to a land like no other.
In the early morning you arrive in Buenos Aires where your voyage ends. You are transferred either to town on to the airport for your onward flight.