Trip Information

Duration
21 Days
Departs
January & February
Ship
G-Expedition
From
£10999

Departure Dates:

  • 2021: 10th January, 10th February
  • 2022: 11th January

This Expedition Includes:

  • 1 night pre-expedition hotel stay in Ushuaia, Argentina
  • Zodiac excursions accompanied by the Expedition Team
  • Daily programme of lectures and education presentations
  • Waterproof boots and complimentary expedition parka

Expedition Highlights:

  • Meet members of the local community on Stanley in the Falkland Islands
  • Look out for breaching whales as the ship sails towards South Georgia
  • Visit the grave of noted explorer Ernest Shackleton on South Georgia
  • Set foot on the Antarctic continent and spot penguins, seals and whales

Itinerary Summary

Embarking G-Expedition in Ushuaia, you will spend the evening in port before sailing for the Beagle Channel before arriving in the Falkland Islands, one of the most biologically diverse and extraordinary places to visit in the southern islands. You’ll have several days here to explore and learn more about this fascinating land and its wildlife.

Days six and seven will be spent sailing the Southern Sea before you arrive in South Georgia for 3 full days of exploration. South Georgia is home to many interesting sights, including the grave of polar explorer Ernest Shackleton. King Penguins are also a popular attraction here so be sure to have your camera ready.

You will leave South Georgia and Sail for two days, retracing Shackleton’s route backwards on course towards Elephant Island and the Antarctic Peninsula. This allowing another great opportunity to spot wildlife from the deck of G-Expedition.

Days fourteen to eighteen will be spent exploring the Antarctic continent and weather permitting, two shore landings will be attempted every day. Penguins, seals and orca are all usually spotted in the Tierra de O’Higgins area.

Your journey through the Drake Passage and back to Ushuaia will offer time to reflect on the voyage of a lifetime and one last chance to spot some of the world’s most wonderful marine life.

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Day-by-Day Itinerary

  • Day 01 Ushuaia
  • Day 02 Ushuaia/Beagle Channel
  • Day 03 Beagle Channel/Falkland Islands (Islas Malvinas)
  • Day 04-05 Falkland Islands (Islas Malvinas)/Southern Ocean
  • Day 06-07 Southern Ocean/South Georgia
  • Day 08-11 South Georgia/Scotia Sea
  • Day 12-13 Scotia Sea/Tierra de O'Higgins, Península
  • Day 14-18 Tierra de O'Higgins, Península/Drake Passage
  • Day 19-20 Drake Passage/Ushuaia
  • Day 21 Ushuaia

About Your Ship

G Expedition is a purpose-built Ice Class 1B ship which operates primarily in Antarctica and the Arctic. She offers an intimate small-ship environment for just 134 guests and boasts a comfortable interior with all of the facilities required for an unforgettable time in the world’s most remote regions.

Having undergone a complete refurbishment in 2009 which saw huge improvements made to the accommodation and public areas, G Expedition has also been fitted with a new engine which allows her to navigate polar waters much faster, thus allowing for more exploration.

Exploration and discovery are at the heart of every G Expedition itinerary. As such, the ship is equipped with a fleet of Zodiacs and aims to make at least two landings per day, promising that every day is never the same. The highly-trained Expedition Team are on-hand throughout every trip off the ship in order to navigate safe passages, point out landmarks and give background on the history, wildlife and geology of the places you will visit.

Keen photographers – or even those with just a passing interest – will be delighted to know that every G Expedition voyage is accompanied by a professional photographer who runs a photography workshop with a view to helping guests capture the best possible images during their time away.

G Expedition offers five categories of accommodation. Even the smallest grades still manage to be relatively spacious and the additional fold-down bed makes them an ideal choice for those travelling in a party of three guests. All of the cabins (categories 1-4) and the suites (category 5) offer ensuite bathroom facilities, a writing desk and ocean views from either a porthole or a larger ceiling-to-floor window.

Dining on G Expedition takes place in the ship’s main dining room which serves fine cuisine in one sitting for all guests. Breakfast and lunch are served buffet-style, while dinner in the evening is table service. Alternative meal options are available for vegetarians or those with special dietary requirements.

When conditions permit, you may also have the opportunity to enjoy a meal out on the 360 degree Observation Deck. This is a truly special experience, allowing you to dine while basking in the splendour of the incredible surroundings. Depending on where you are exploring, you might even be lucky enough to see a breaching whale, a waddle of penguins or a curious Polar Bear nearby.

When you are not exploring ashore, G Expedition offers a number of spaces in which to relax. The key venue is the Discovery Lounge which is where the expedition’s daily briefings, lectures and educational seminars take place. Tea and coffee is complimentary in the Discovery Lounge and it’s free to use at any time of the day should you wish. During the evenings, guests are invited to the Polar Bear Pub, where you can enjoy the drink of your choice while listening to the soothing sounds of the ship’s resident musicians.

G Expedition boasts a dedicated Lonely Planet library where you can borrow books to read up about the region you are exploring or get some ideas for your next adventure.

The ship also offers WiFi access in certain areas of the ship, a gym, a sauna and a mud room where you can leave your belongings without having to carry them back to your cabin or suite following a landing.

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