This luxury expedition cruise gives the traveller a rare view of the wild-life and unique landscape of the Antarctic Peninsula accompanied by an expedition team of scientists and experts.
Follow in the footsteps of early explorers across Antarctica and see unique wildlife in its natural wilderness habitat, including albatross, rockhopper, Megellanic and king penguins, and seals resting on moving ice floes. Explore the Falkland Islands visiting the nature reserve on New Island and stroll through the streets of Stanley, capital of the Falklands. Discover the breathtaking destination South Georgia with its snow-covered mountaints and sail across the spectacular Antarctic Peninsula.
Itineraries are intentionally unstructured, as following only a tentative schedule allows for moment-by-moment flexibility. The expedition leader will work closely with the Captain to maximise the opportunities for adventure and exploration. Inflatable Zodiac boats allow exploration of places that would otherwise be inaccessible and provide opportunities for up-close explorations.
SV740 Operated by Silversea
Antarctic Luxury Expedition Itinerary
Day 1 - Ushuaia (Argentina)
Fly from Buenos Aires to Ushuaia to embark Silver Explorer and meet the Expedition Team.
Day 2 - At sea
As Silver Explorer sails to the Falkland Islands, the on-board team of expert guides will give a preview of the expedition area.
Day 3 - West Point Island - Saunders Island
Today's adventure introduces the remarkable beauty of the remote Falkland Islands. Watch out for Peale's dolphins and Commerson's dolphins as Silver Explorer approaches West Point Island. Learn about the island's unique vegetation including the rare Felton plant. Saunders Island is where the first British settlement was located, and wildlife here includes gentoo, king, rockhopper and macaroni penguins as well as imperial shags and black-browed albatrosses.
Day 4 - Stanley
Stanley is the capital of the remote Falkland Islands, and has a distinct British ambience. Stroll through the charming streets of this colourful little town, lined with quaint cottages and a variety of traditional pubs. Visit the 19th-century Anglican cathedral and wander through the small local museum. Some lingering reminders of the 1986 Falklands War between Britain and Argentina may still be seen though the island has settled back to its quiet business of raising sheep.
Days 5-6 - At sea
Two days at sea on board Silver Explorer with time to savour amenities usually found only on larger ships, including a spa, sauna, fitness centre, live evening entertainment and two top-deck whirlpools.
Days 7-9 - South Georgia
South Georgia is a beautiful and rugged island wildlife sanctuary. Its snow covered peaks, blue glacier ice and emerald green bays are breathtaking sights which can be explored from the ship's zodiacs. As well as being inhabited by many sea and land birds and seals, this area was explored by Captain James Cook and Ernest Shackleton. Possible visits include: Cooper's Bay where their in a zodiac expedition to see the icebergs and penguins; Gold Harbour where a large king penguin colony can be found; Grytviken where there is a historic whaling station and burial site of famous explorer Shackleton and Salisbury Plain.
Days 10-11 - At sea
Further time to enjoy the on board facilities and lectures from the Expedition Team. The Silver Explorer has a Connoisseur's Corner, formerly The Humidor, where guests can enjoy fine cigars and cognacs.
Day 12 - Elephant Island (South Shetland Islands)
It is from this island that Sir Ernest Shackleton set out for South Georgia in a small boat in 1916, undertaking one of the most remarkable sailing journeys of all time and returning 132 days later to rescue his men.
Days 13-16 - Cruise and explore the Antarctic Peninsula
Antarctica is one of earth's last great frontiers. Silver Explorer follows in the footsteps of pioneering spirits to a land of pristine and unspoilt landscapes. Our itinerary will be dictated by sea and weather conditions, but weather permitting, exploration of Antarctica's natural diversity continues. Passing thick pack ice which shimmers beneath a southern sky, watch out for icebergs and for whales breaching the surface of the water.
Days 17-18 - Drake Passage
Returning to South America through the Drake Passage, the clarity of the air affords spectacular views of the southern night skies. This is the area known as the Antarctic Convergence where the cold polar water meets warmer equatorial water.
Day 19 - Ushuaia (Argentina)
Disembark Silver Explorer in Ushuaia and fly to Buenos Aires.
Please note this itinerary is subject to weather conditions