Uncover the diverse wildlife and storied history of these remote islands, beginning in cosmopolitan Buenos Aires and ending in Ushuaia, the gateway to Tierra del Fuego National Park.. Enjoy the freedom to customise your trip with optional activities, perhaps choosing to explore the water on a kayaking expedition or join an onboard yoga class.. Whereas most polar expeditions of this kind have a crew-to-passenger ratio of ten, fifteen or twenty to one, Peregrine expeditions on the Ocean Endeavour have an expedition crew member for every 8 passengers for a greater personal touch. Our experienced leaders have made hundreds of polar voyages. Learn about the region’s history, geography and wildlife from experts in marine biology, glaciology and history
Brimming with penguins, seals and the largest black-browed albatross colony in the world, the Falkland Islands are nothing short of a remarkable sub-Antarctic destination. Located 490 kilometres east of Patagonia in the South Atlantic Ocean, this much-fought-over territory has been variously settled and claimed by France, Spain, Britain and Argentina, and it’s not hard to see why. En route from Buenos Aires, touch down in the Falklands and discover not only iconic wildlife and birdlife, but also vast swathes of beautiful rolling landscapes, a fascinating naval history and a local culture rich in British charm. Waste no time in experiencing this extraordinary sub-Antarctic zone for yourself.
Breakfast Included: 9 Lunches Included: 7 Dinner Included: 8
Your sub-Antarctic adventure begins in Buenos Aires, Argentina’s vivacious and eye-catching capital city. You can arrive at any time and independently transfer to the group hotel – accommodation is included for the night. After checking in, meet your fellow travellers and be briefed by the expedition team about the journey ahead. If you arrive early into Buenos Aires, there’s plenty to see and do. Perhaps explore the neighbourhood of La Boca, pay your respects to Eva Peron at the famous Recoleta Cemetery or search through the antique markets of San Telmo.
Buenos Aires – Embarkation Day
This morning is free for you to continue exploring Buenos Aires and pick up any last-minute essentials. In the afternoon, transfer to from the harbour where the Ocean Endeavour, your home for the next 10 or so days, will be waiting. Wave goodbye to this fascinating, lively city – the next few days will be spent following Argentina’s coastline south towards the Falklands. This evening, spend some time getting to know your shipmates over a celebratory dinner and drinks.
One of the major perks of a journey aboard the Ocean Endeavour is its full health and wellness centre, which includes a gym, heated salt-water pool and saunas. Yoga classes are also available to keep you entertained and feeling fresh while at sea. Alternatively, the reading lounges are a great place to pass an afternoon at sea and learn some more about the Falklands, Antarctica and its surrounding areas.
Welcome to the Falklands. We’ll be exploring the two main islands on Zodiac excursions and daily landings. Wildlife sightings around the Falkland Islands will likely include at least three species of penguin and two endemic bird species – Cobb’s wren and the flightless steamer duck. The expedition team will educate you on the local flora and fauna so you will know what you’re looking for. Other potential landing sites include West Point Island, Saunders Island, Sea Lion Island and Bleaker Island. For detailed information on potential landing sites, please see https://www.peregrineadventures.com/en-au/antarctica/landing-sites
There’s also a chance to participate in an optional kayaking adventure (at an additional cost). These trips are taken in small groups and some experience is essential. Beginners interested in kayaking should first take an introductory course prior to the voyage, which includes how to perform a wet exit. We also strongly recommend that regardless of your experience, you take part in some kayaking practice prior to the voyage to ensure that you are comfortable on the water.
As our explorations of the Falklands draw to a close, we cruise further south toward our final destination: Ushuaia, Argentina. This is a chance to further enjoy the onboard facilities, share photographs with fellow shipmates, or simply enjoy some rest and relaxation. The final dinner together is always a highlight, so live it up and toast what’s been an incredible journey to a unique destination.
Ushuaia – Disembarkation Day
Say a final farewell to your fellow travellers as this adventure comes to an end in Ushuaia. The town serves as the gateway to Tierra del Fuego National Park and well worth spending some time exploring if you have the time.