Thursday, October 28, 2010
USA / Santiago, Chile
Depart on your independent overnight fight.
Friday, October 29
Upon arrival in Santiago transer to our hotel.Enjoy brunch at the hotel restaurant and spendthe rest o the day relaxing or join an optionalsightseeing excursion. Welcome dinner andovernight at our hotel.
Saturday, October 30
Santiago / Stanley, Falkland Islands /Embark
Ater breakast board the fight to Stanley,Falkland Islands, and embark the
. Beore sailing this evening, we havetime to explore the charming town o Stanley.
Sunday, October 31
Steeple Jason Island
oday we visit one o the largest albatrosscolonies in the world; we will see thousandso black-browed albatross sitting atop theirnests. Also ashore are rookeries o gentoopenguins and South American sea lions.
Monday, November 1
Carcass Island /Pebble Island, Falkland Islands
On Carcass Island we explore gentoo andMagellanic penguin rookeries and walk thebeautiul beaches which are rich with seabirds.On Pebble Island we hope to spot rockhopper,macaroni, and Magellanic penguins along thecoast. Te island’s ponds and marshes reveal wild ducks, grebes, and black-necked swans.
Tuesday & Wednesday, November 2 & 3
Cruising the South Scotia Sea
Our lecture series commences with presentationsand inormal discussions with our naturalists. Join Jack Grove and Peter Harrison on deck tosearch or the marine mammals and seabirdsthat fourish in these nutrient-rich waters.
Thursday – Thursday, November 4 – 11
Flexibility on this expedition is a must.Te expeditionary nature o this voyage pre-vents us publishing a day-by day itinerary, butthe ollowing is a list o places we plan to visit.Some o them are pending nal governmentapproval.
Elsehul Bay –
Tis beautiul bay is hometo thousands o ur seals. Listen or the high-pitched trumpeting o king penguins amidthe magnicent sounds o marine mammalsechoing throughout this bay.
Right Whale Bay –
We land on a volcanicblack-sand beach in search o southern urseals, elephant seals, king penguins, and theother bird species known to inhabit the area.
Salisbury Plain –
Tousands upon thousandso king penguins greet us, in several states o plumage. wo glaciers and rugged snowcappedridges orm a spectacular background or thehuge king penguin rookery.
Hercules Bay –
At this rocky bay we havethe opportunity to view macaroni penguins,the most numerous o all penguin species.
Stromness Bay –
Site o Shackleton’s arrivalater crossing the island’s glaciers on oot.Stromness oers views o clis and a glacier, which the adventurer and his companionsdescended.
We explore Grytviken on oot,discovering the ruins o this once-active whalingstation. Te cemetery holds a special ascination,as it is here that Shackleton is buried. Hikingalong the beach we can see penguins and otherseabirds, as well as marine mammals.
Royal Bay –
Te 1882 German transit o Venus expedition conducted its research atthis large bay, and remains o the party’sbuildings still stand on shore. Ross Glacierorms a dramatic backdrop to the wildscenery, where 50,000 king penguins await.
Gold Harbour –
Gold Harbour, at the oot o the Bertrab Glacier, is home to a colony o tenso thousands o king penguins. We are likely tosee elephant seals, ur seals, and light-mantledsooty albatross.
Cooper Bay –
Tis bay eatures spectacularrock headlands with sharp cleavages o meta-morphosed sandstone, presenting intriguinggeological perspectives. Here we are likely to encounter light-mantled sooty albatross;king, gentoo, and macaroni penguins; prions,petrels, and terns; in addition to ur, Weddell,and elephant seals.
Friday & Saturday, November 12 & 13
Cruising the South Scotia Sea
Our lecturers recap our experiences atSouth Georgia.
Sunday, November 14
Sea Lion Island, Falkland Islands
oday we walk with our naturalists along thecoast o Sea Lion Island to a gentoo penguincolony and a large reshwater pond supportingan excellent variety o Falklands waterowl.
Monday, November 15
Our lecturers sum up our travels as wecelebrate 20 years o discovery and all wehave experienced on this anniversary voyage.
Tuesday, November 16
Ushuaia, Argentina / Disembark
/ Buenos Aires, Argentina
Disembark the ship and transer to the airportor the fight to Buenos Aires, connecting tothe USA.
Wednesday, November 17
USA / Home
Early-morning arrival in the USA and connect with homeward fights.
MACARONI PENGUINSGENTOO PENGUINSHACKLETON’S GRAVESITECOOPER BAY
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