MARCH 2021: LOST ARCHIPELAGOS: FALKLAND, SOUTH GEORGIA AND TRISTAN DA CUNHA

 

06 – 28 March 2021

On board the luxurious Le Lyrial, 142 meters and 200 passengers, we will explore the Southern Atlantic Ocean to discover some of the most remote lands on the planet: Falkland Islands, South Georgia and Tristan da Cunha Archipelago. The intimate and luxurious atmosphere of our boat will provide us with the unique opportunity to visit these extreme lands windswept by the roaring 40 and the furious 50 in a safe and comfortable way. We will sail from America to Africa, sailing from Ushuaia we will reach Cape Town after 3 weeks. The Falklands are the first lands we will encounter and we will disembark in 4 of them, some of which are very isolated and rarely visited, New Island and Steeple Jason Island. South Georgia will follow, there we will explore the jagged and spectacular east coast. Later we will visit the Tristan da Cunha archipelago. Wild and primordial, these lands are home to a great concentration of fauna, among the highest in the world. Here the cold waters of Antarctica mix with the more temperate water of the Atlantic Ocean producing the best condition for a unique food availability able to support a large number of animals both in the water and out of it. Sperm Whales, Orcas, Fin Whales, Humpback Whales, Sea Lions, Fur Seals, Elephant Seals along with millions of penguins that nest here; huge colonies of hundreds of thousands of King, Rockhopper, Gentoo, Magellan, Macaroni, Chinstrap, and 6 species of Albatrosses.

PROGRAM

 06  March
Arrival at Buenos Aires.
Free time. Dinner.
Overnight at Hotel****.

07  March
After breakfast transfer to the airport and flight Buenos Aires – Ushuaia.
Lunch and free time to visit Ushuaia.
In the late afternoon we will board Le lyrial and begin to cruise in the Beagle Channel and then in the Atlantic Ocean. This luxurious boat offers its guests ample common spaces on board, theater, 2 restaurants, fitness center, Hammam, swimming pool. Unlimited wifi access and open bar are included in the price, an ideal solution for a trip like this that requires several days of open ocean sailing.
Overnight on board.

08  March
In navigation in the Southern Atlantic Ocean towards the Falkland Islands.
Overnight on board.

09  March
Today we will reach New Island, one of the remotest islands of the Falklands. Located in the extreme west of the archipelago it is difficult to reach and not often visited, but it offers spectacular scenery made of imposing cliffs and immaculate sandy beaches, and a large concentration of wildlife, so as to hold two natural reserves. In particular, there are 4 species of Penguins: King, Magellanic, Rockhopper and Gentoo; colonies of Black Browed Albatrosses, Imperial Shag and Sea Lions.
In the afternoon we will visit Grave Cove, a protected bay located on the west coast of West Falkland. Some whaler graves located on the beach give the name to the place that hosts 3 species of Penguins: Magellanic, Rockhopper and the largest colony of Gentoo of the Falklands as well as a colony of Black Browed Albatrosses. The surrounding waters are frequented by Commerson’s Dolphins.
Overnight on board.

10  March
In the morning we will be anchored off Steeple Jason Island, a small cameo, far from the major islands and therefore rarely reached by tourists, offers some of the most dramatic views of the archipelago. The largest colony in the world, about 160,000 pairs, of Black Browed Albatrosses is the main attraction of the island and extends for 5 kilometers, but there are also Rockhopper Penguins, Gentoo, lmperial Shag, Southern Giant Petrels together with the aggressive Caracara and Skua.
Saunders is one of the pearls of the Falklands, home to colonies of Gentoo, Rockhopper and Magellanic penguins, Macaroni and Chinstrap penguins have rarely been spotted here. Since 1980 a small colony of King Penguins has also been established. Four species of birds of prey, Imperial Shag and Rock Shag, Black-necked Swans and many other sea birds are easily accessible at different points of the island. However, the main attraction for wildlife enthusiasts is undoubtedly the colony of Black Browed Albatrosses, which extends along the coast north of the “Neck”, so called because it is a sandy isthmus between two hills. The beach to the north is covered with beautiful white sand lashed by majestic waves and is the “home” of all the penguin and bird species mentioned above, right where we will disembark.
Overnight on board.

11-12  March
In navigation in the Southern Atlantic Ocean towards South Georgia.
Overnight on board.

13  March
Today we will reach the north-eastern coasts of South Georgia where we will spend the next three days.
First we will discover Salisbury Plain. A spectacular plain bordered by the Lucas glacier and the Grace glacierwhich holds the second colony in size of King Penguins of the island, 60,000 pairs who become 250,000 animals in the period of the moult, they are everywhere, literally as far as the eye can see. Salisbury Plain is not only penguins, there are also Fur Seals and Elephant Seals, the latter amassed in one of the largest colonies in South Georgia.
Fortuna Bay offers a picturesque alpine setting and is the place where Shackleton arrived after crossing the island from west to east and before reaching Stromness. A colony of King Penguins occupies the space in front of the König glacier about a kilometer from the beach where Elephant Seals and Fur Seals gather. In the bay there is also a small colony of Gentoo Penguins and often the Sooty Albatrosses are spotted there beside the Reindeers introduced here by the Norwegian whalers.
Continuing east we will explore Stromness where the remains of the whaling station abandoned in the 60s of the 20th century offer a glimpse into the life of the whalers of the last century. Reindeer, Fur Seal, Antarctic Tern, Skua, Elephant Seals and a small colony of Gentoo Penguins inhabit the bay.
Overnight on board.

14  March
Today we will explore the spectacular Saint Andrews Bay where few peaks over 2000 meters are the backdrop to the huge and endless colony of King Penguins, the largest of the island, about 150,000 pairs. The beach also hosts the largest concentration of Elephant Seals of South Georgia and a Reindeer herd. Such a large concentration of wildlife can only attract predators and necrophages such as Southern Giant Petrels, Skuas, Sheatbills, Antartcic Terns and Wondering Albatrosses as well as the voracious Leopard Seals.
Grytviken is the administrative center of the island and offers the visitor several attractions: the church, the old whaling station, the museum, Shackleton’s grave, the post office and the scientific station. Elephant Seals and Sea Lions are quite common as are the King Penguins.
Overnight on board.

15  March
During the night we will sail to the south-eastern part of the island and today’s first visit will be to Gold Harbor, a natural amphitheater made of suspended glaciers and vertical rocky walls dominated by the snow-capped peak of Mount Paterson. 25,000 pairs of King Penguins, 300 pairs of Gentoo Penguins, Southern Giant Petrels and Antarctic Terns, Imperial Cormorants and Light mantled Sooty Albatrosses, Fur Seals and Elephant Seals are the inhabitants of the bay.
Further south east is the Cooper Bay, the last place we will visit in South Georgia.
The fauna here is different from the one encountered so far, we will find four species of penguins: the largest colony of Chinstrap of the island, about 10,000 pairs; several thousand Macaroni; 4000 pairs of Gentoo and about 250 pairs of King.
Overnight on board.

16-19  March
In navigation in the Southern Atlantic Ocean towards Tristan da Cunha archipelago.
Overnight on board.

20  March
We will arrive today at Tristan da Cunha, the island is part of the British Overseas Territories and is home to the most isolated human settlement in the world. It is a volcanic island dominated by the summit of Queen Mary’s Peak more than 2,000 meters above the sea level. Tristan Da Cunha hosts a vibrant avifauna composed of rather rare birds, from the endemic Tristan Albatross to the Atlantic Yellow-nosed Albatross up to the Atlantic Petrel that nests in large flocks only in this archipelago. Approximately 90% of the population of Northern Rockhopper Penguin, different but very similar to the Rockhopper Penguin nesting in the Falklands, comes to nest on this vital outpost, while the Subantarctic Fur Seal occupy the beaches and Whales and Dolphins swim in the surrounding waters.
Overnight on board.

21  March
Over one million sea birds nest in this otherwise uninhabited island, Nightingale is the smallest in the Tristan da Cunha archipelago. The steep coast and jagged cliffs rise imposingly from the waters of the Southern Atlantic Ocean, they are the result of great volcanic upheavals, the last of which in 2004. Nightingale Island is a protected area for some of the rarest bird species of the world and landing is allowed only in some areas of the island. Small colonies of Northern Rockhopper Penguin patrol the rocks and jump on the boulders, the graceful flight of the Atlantic Yellow-nosed Albatross and the Sooty Albatross and the dives of the endemic Atlantic Petrel will surround our visit.
Overnight on board.

22  March
Today we will arrive at the Gough island, which is also part of the Tristan da Cunha archipelago and like the other islands is volcanic; with the exception of the staff of the South African weather station it is uninhabited. Together with Inaccessible Island it constitutes the UNESCO World Heritage site of Gough and Inaccessible Islandsas protected nature reserves and important area for birdlife. Gough Island is the home of the endemics: Tristan Albatros, Atlantic Petrel, Gough Mooren, Gough Bunting and of the Northern Rockhopper Penguin. This island is the only one of the archipelago in which the Southern Giant Petrel nest and the Elephant Seals are present.
Overnight on board.

23-26  March
In navigation in the Southern Atlantic Ocean towards Cape Town.
Overnight on board.

27  March
Today we will be sailing around the Cape of Good Hope to end our adventure in Cape Town in South Africa where we will arrive in the morning.
Free day for optional excursions.
Overnight on board.

28  March
We will disembark in the morning.

* This voyage is a real expedition in seldom explored areas and the program could be changed due to weather conditions; it is essential to be flexible.

Included in the price:

– 1 night at hotel in Buenos Aires in double room, breakfast included.
– Airport transfers (excluded from airport to hotel in Buenos Aires).
– Voyage aboard the ship as indicated in the itinerary in a cabin of your choice. 
– All excursions and activities throughout the voyage.
– Three meals a day during the cruise (excluded lunch 6 March).
– Unlimited Wifi.
– Open bar.
– Room service.
– Complimentary boot rentals.
– Polar parka for you to keep.
– English speaking guides.

Not included:

– Flights.
– Visa expenses.
– Not indicated meals.
– Transfer from airport to hotel in Buenos Aires.
– Tips 12 Euro night/person mandatory.

Voyage Map

PRICE PER PERSON Superior Stateroom Double Euro 9.800
(numerous categories of cabins are available, information on request)

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