Expedition
SHMinerva - Guests
Shackleton's Discovery
Falkland, South Georgia & Antarctic Peninsula: 19 Days

Dream big on the epic 19-day Falklands & Antarctica Discovery cruise on board our boutique ship that takes you places you will never forget. Our trip also includes the two-day sea crossing of the notorious Drake Passage. Taking in the sights of the Falkland Islands, as well as South Georgia and Elephant Island, you will visit beaches crammed with penguins which will stir the emotions as you get up close. Magnificent icebergs provide a phenomenal backdrop to your days at sea. The exceptional landscape and incredible wildlife encounters make your voyage the ultimate Antarctica trip leaving few places left to visit on your bucket list.


 

 

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Experience incredible penguin encounters as you get up close to these polar rockstars
  • Take in this vast frozen wilderness as it changes colour from glassy white to turquoise and green
  • Keep an eye out for black-browed albatross in the Falklands as we come ashore to these remote communities
  • Listen to our engaging polar experts and learn tips from our on-board photographers

DATES / RATES

Rates are listed per person in USD
Start DateEnd DateOceanview D4Oceanview M4Balcony D5Balcony M5Balcony D6SuitePremium Suite
Oct 19, 2022Nov 05, 202225,64226,87229,60631,04534,24239,88546,524
Rates are listed per person in USD
Start DateEnd Date(Starting from)
Oceanview D4
(Mid-range)
Balcony M5
(High-end)
Premium Suite
Oct 19, 2022Nov 05, 202225,64231,04546,524


ITINERARY

DAY 1 BUENOS AIRES
Argentina's cosmopolitan capital is known as "The Paris of South America". But this metropolis is as much about its neighbourhoods (barrios) and cafe culture. Each district has its own character - none more so than colourful and lively La Boca, where tango dancers perform in the streets. Ships dock into the regenerated waterfront barrio Puerto Madero. Be sure to also visit the handsome district of Recoleta, famous for the cemetery where Eva "Evita" Peron is buried.

DAY 2-4 AT SEA
Sea days are rarely dull. Take the time to sit back and let the world go by. The ship's observation decks provide stunning views of the passing ocean. A day at sea gives you the opportunity to mingle with other passengers and share your experiences of this incredible trip or head to our library which is stocked full of reference books. Get an expert's view in one of our on-board lectures or perhaps perfect your photography skills with invaluable advice from our onboard professional photographers.

DAY 5 WEST POINT ISLAND & SAUNDERS ISLAND
Black-browed albatross soar above this rugged weather-beaten island in the west of the Falklands, while Commerson's dolphins swim below. With a sparse population of people and sheep, this inhabited island is also home to fur seals, burrowing rockhopper penguins, magellanic penguins and imperial cormorants who roost in the jagged cliffs and the striking Cliff Mountain towering above the dramatic coastal scenery. As you hike across the moss, keep an eye open for pink-petalled Felton's flowers. Birdlife is the big draw on this lush sheep-farming island, where thousands of rams and ewes roam. Settled by British explorers in 1765, the island's unique scenery includes the beaches at The Neck filled with the cacophony of rockhopper, gentoo and king penguin colonies, and you might spot the pillar-shaped nests of black-browed albatross. Nine of the Falklands' 14 endemic plants, including silvery buttercup and hairy daisy, grow here and are a real treat.

DAY 6 PORT STANLEY
Anyone familiar with Britain's trademark red post boxes might spot a resemblance in this British outpost. Port Stanley, on East Falkland, is the tiny capital of the Falkland Islands and is small enough to get around on foot. You can visit The Historic Dockyard Museum devoted to maritime history and exploration or pop into the post office. Magellanic penguins gather in hordes at nearby Gypsy Cove, and sea lions and dolphins frolic in the harbour.

DAY 7-8 AT SEA
Sea days are rarely dull. Take the time to sit back and let the world go by. The ship's observation decks provide stunning views of the passing ocean. A day at sea gives you the opportunity to mingle with other passengers and share your experiences of this incredible trip or head to our library which is stocked full of reference books. Get an expert's view in one of our on-board lectures or perhaps perfect your photography skills with invaluable advice from our onboard professional photographers.

DAY 9-10 SOUTH GEORGIA
Often called the "Galapagos of the Poles", South Georgia has a number of landing sites where you get up close to half a million king penguins or three million breeding pairs of macaroni penguins, making up the largest population in the world. If you are lucky you will also see harrumphing elephant seals - from a distance! We also visit Grytviken, the historic whaling station where legendary British explorer Ernest Shackleton (1874-1922) is buried.

DAY 11 AT SEA
Sea days are rarely dull. Take the time to sit back and let the world go by. The ship's observation decks provide stunning views of the passing ocean. A day at sea gives you the opportunity to mingle with other passengers and share your experiences of this incredible trip or head to our library which is stocked full of reference books. Get an expert's view in one of our on-board lectures or perhaps perfect your photography skills with invaluable advice from our onboard professional photographers.

DAY 12 SOUTH SHETLAND ISLANDS
While the South Shetlands' proximity to Antarctica makes the ice-bound sea impassable during winter (April to November), these are the first islands to see snow melt in spring (March) and the slightly warmer temperature means that the fauna is also different from what you see in Antarctica proper. As we go ashore by Zodiac, notice ferns, grasses, lichens and native flora that have more in common with Patagonia than they do with Antarctica.

DAY 13-14 ANTARCTIC PENINSULA
Among captivating glaciers, majestic icebergs and snowy islands, the Antarctic Peninsula is where most visitors to the White Continent will live out their Antarctica dream. The Antarctic Peninsula, the most accessible area of the continent, hosts several scientific bases and some of the most interesting wildlife scenery, such as the extremely photogenic Lemaire Channel. Shore excursions might include Petermann Island, where among Adelie penguins, blue-eyed shags and skuas, huge, lumbering elephant seals haul out.

DAY 15 SOUTH SHETLAND ISLANDS
While the South Shetlands' proximity to Antarctica makes the ice-bound sea impassable during winter (April to November), these are the first islands to see snow melt in spring (March) and the slightly warmer temperature means that the fauna is also different from what you see in Antarctica proper. As we go ashore by Zodiac, notice ferns, grasses, lichens and native flora that have more in common with Patagonia than they do with Antarctica.

DAY 16-17  AT SEA
Sea days are rarely dull. Take the time to sit back and let the world go by. The ship's observation decks provide stunning views of the passing ocean. A day at sea gives you the opportunity to mingle with other passengers and share your experiences of this incredible trip or head to our library which is stocked full of reference books. Get an expert's view in one of our on-board lectures or perhaps perfect your photography skills with invaluable advice from our onboard professional photographers.

DAY 18 USHUAIA
Ushuaia is the gateway to the White Continent. Found at the southernmost tip of South America in Argentinian Patagonia, the city is often described as "the End of the World". The city's mountain backdrop rises above the harbour and entrance to the Beagle Channel. The town itself is walkable and has a few small museums as well as pubs, restaurants and cafes - a good place to try Patagonian lamb cooked over open fire pits.

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WHAT'S INCLUDED

  • Return regional flights to the port of embarkation and/or disembarkation (where specified)
  • Group return transfers from the airport to the cruise port (via our included accommodation where applicable)
  • One night pre-cruise accommodation with breakfast in a 4/5-star hotel or onboard
  • All meals onboard
  • 24-hour room service
  • Coffee, tea, soft drinks and selected alcoholic beverages available 24-hours per day
  • Lecture programmes by our experienced expedition team and guest speakers
  • Standard WiFi
  • Onboard gratuities and port taxes
  • One selected shore excursion/expedition activity per port of call
  • Branded Swan Hellenic expedition parka and use of rubber boots in Polar Regions
  • Itineraries are correct at time of publishing and may be subject to change

  • Lecture Programme
  • Zodiac Excurcions
  • Polar Plunge

 

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