Cape to Cape: A Voyage from Cape Horn to Cape Town
Day 1: Buenos Aires
Arrive in Buenos Aires and check-in a hotel in the heart of Buenos Aires. Set out on a guided tour of this seductive city on the Rio de la Plata, seeing its Beaux-Arts palaces and parks. Visit Recoleta—the final resting place of Argentina’s iconic first lady, Eva Peron—and enjoy a private visit to El Zanjon de Granados, one of the city’s premier museums. Gather for a welcome reception at our hotel.
Sea Lions in the Beagle Channel
Day 2: Embark
Fly to Ushuaia, the southernmost city in the world. Enjoy lunch on a catamaran cruise of the Beagle Channel before embarking on your ship.
Day 3: Day-at-Sea
Awake well into your journey to the Falklands, with time to settle into shipboard life and enjoy the many onboard amenities. Hear talks from our staff and expedition experts preparing you for the exciting days ahead.
Day 4: Falkland Islands
King Penguins on Saunders Island in the Falkland Islands
Explore the Falklands and get an insider’s view of this isolated outpost of the United Kingdom where we’ll meet the rugged, friendly islanders who call it home. Visit the picturesque Victorian town of Port Stanley. Raise a pint at the local pub and see the Anglican Cathedral with its unusual Gothic archway of whalebones. Time permitting, we’ll head out of town to Gypsy Cove to see the small colony of Magellanic penguins.
Days 5 & 6: Day-at-Sea
During our days at sea, we learn about the fascinating history of Antarctic exploration, as well as the flora, fauna and geology of South Georgia. Our naturalists help identify the seabirds that follow us: wandering albatross, prions and black-browed albatross.
Days 7-9: South Georgia
South Georgia Penguins
We make the most of our three days, keeping a flexible schedule to take advantage of the unexpected. Walk the beach, mere yards from a huge elephant seal. Paddle a kayak as curious fur seals play alongside. Renowned for its beauty and vast colonies of king penguins, this is also the final resting place for the legendary polar explorer, Sir Ernest Shackleton. Hike along mountain passes as you follow Shackleton’s epic route.
Day 10-13: Day-at-Sea
Choose from an array of shipboard activities. Attend a photo workshop with a photography expert, treat yourself to a massage or a wellness class, or visit the Bridge to learn about navigation. As we approach the remote islands of the Mid-Atlantic Ridge, spot active volcanic cones from the ship’s deck.
Day 14: Tristan da Cunha
Today we step foot on the planet’s most remote, inhabited island, Tristan da Cunha. A far-flung outpost of the United Kingdom, the fiercely proud islanders were evacuated to England in 1961 due to a volcanic eruption—with most voting to return to Tristan. Get to know the islanders, who are proud of their international status as “the remotest island.” Learn firsthand about their culture and history and discover what “rush hour” is like on an island with a population of approximately 300 people.
Tristan Albatross on Inaccessible Island
Day 15: Nightingale and Inaccessible Island
With no human inhabitants, neighboring Nightingale and Inaccessible Island are a pristine wildlife haven, where you are likely to encounter “Life List” bird species, such as the rare northern rockhopper penguin and the Tristan albatross. Aptly named “Inaccessible Island,” a UNESCO World Heritage site, is edged by sheer cliffs rising from the sea that have allowed its native species to flourish almost untouched by mankind. Discover these pristine wildernesses as you explore by Zodiac, kayak and on foot.
Day 16-19: Day-at-Sea
Spend these last few days relaxing at sea. Presentations on a wide array of topics are punctuated with deck time to enjoy the warmer, sunnier days of the subtropics. Look for marine life, read in the library, workout in the fitness center or have a massage in the wellness center. Celebrate your epic adventure at our festive farewell dinner.
Day 20: Disembark in Cape Town, South Africa
Kirstenbosch Botanical Garden
An ocean away from our starting point, we arrive in beautiful Cape Town, cradled picturesquely in a natural amphitheater at the edge of the Atlantic. Ride a cable car to the top of the city’s landmark, flat-topped Table Mountain (weather permitting), and take in extraordinary panoramic views of the city, the coast and the ridge of mountains that lead to the Cape Peninsula and the Cape of Good Hope. Pay a visit to Kirstenbosch Botanical Garden and stroll among the unusual fynbos and the huge showy blossoms of protea, the national flower of South Africa. Depart on overnight flights home.
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