Valdes Peninsula, Falklands & Antarctica
Valdes Peninsula, the Falklands and Antarctica in Luxury 17 days aboard Silver Cloud Expedition
Starting in Buenos Aires, this luxury expedition spends time on the wildlife-rich Valdes Peninsula before crossing to the Falkland Islands.This is followed by an extended visit to the South Shetland Islands and Antarctic Peninsula. A varied, wildlife and scenery rich adventure.
- Patagonia excursion
- Falkland Islands
- Spectacular polar scenery
- Amazing avian and marine wildlife
- Full board on board ship, including all beverages
- Butler service in all suites
- Zodiac and shore excursions
- Programme of expert lectures
- Free wifi
- Expedition parka
ITINERARY16 Nights 17 Days
- Day 1 | Buenos Aires
- Days 2 - 3 | At Sea
- Day 4 | Puerto Madryn
- Day 5 | At Sea
- Days 6 - 7 | Falkland Islands
- Day 8 | At Sea
- Days 9 - 14 | South Shetland Islands & Antarctic Peninsula
- Days 15 - 16 | Drake Passage
- Day 17 | Ushuaia
Spend time before embarkation in this vibrant city. Take in a tango show and visit the colourful Boca area; dine out on succulent Argentinian beef cooked for you on open grills.
Set sail in the afternoon and head down the South American coastline.
Time spent at sea relaxing and spending time on deck looking for birds and marine mammals. Enjoy the first of your programme of expert lecture about the geology and wildlife of the Valdes Peninsula, UNESCO World Heritage site.
You have a choice of excursions today. Take a bus the 100 km into the Valdes Peninsula, a wildlife haven from where you might see southern right whales close to shore, orca, sea lions, elephant and fur seals and Magellenic penguins as well as sea birds. Alternatively, travel to the splendid paleontological museum at Bryn Gwn to see the amazing collection of fossils from this part of Patagonia.
Time spent at sea relaxing and spending time on deck looking for birds and marine mammals. Enjoy the expert lectures about the history, geology and extensive wildlife of the Falkland Islands.
A planned morning landing on the remote New Island, a wildlife and nature reserve. Take a walk across the island to see a rookery of eponymous rockhopper penguins, which share their nesting area on the cliff with blue-eyed shags. After lunch, make a Zodiac landing at West Point Island and walk across the rolling moorland to see at close quarters nesting colonies of black-browed albatross and rockhopper penguins. Lots more birds to see as well including grass wrens, long-tailed meadowlarks, Falkland thrushes and striated caracaras. Enjoy tea and cakes at the homestead with the island's owners.
Take a guided city tour of this very British port town or just wander along the harbourside and back lanes. The museum is well worth a visit and there are several species of birds to be seen, including southern giant petrels.
As you cross the Atlantic Convergence, you are followed by albatross, prions, petrels and other seabirds. Look out for whales and penguins and your first icebergs.
South Shetland Islands & Antarctic Peninsula
On day 9, we come to Elephant Island, with its steep cliffs and colonies of chinstrap and other penguins. This was where Ernest Shackleton's crew stayed whilst Shackleton himself set sail on his epic crossing to South Georgia in the small boat, James Caird.
On arriving, in the Peninsula waters, we spend these days sailing along the coast and visiting islands and landing sites, taking in the profusion of wildlife, the magnificent scenery and some scientific settlements or bases. We hope to visit Brown Bluff, Paulet island, Cuverville Island, spectacular Paradise Bay, the British post office at Port Lockroy and volcanic Deception Island. We expect to see myriad birdlife, including snowy sheathbills, blue-eyed shags, kelp gulls, snow, cape and Wilson's storm petrels, skuas and terns, as well as lots of penguins. We will also look out for leopard and other seals as well as whales
We will continue our lecture series and wildlife spotting as we sail back to Ushuaia and reflect on beautiful Antarctica and its fragile future. We arrive at Ushuaia in the early hours of Day 17.
Morning disembarkation lets you catch a flight to Buenos Aires or stay in Ushuaia for more sights and adventure.
What Our Customers
Superlatives abound – a truly amazing experience...awesome. Thanks to all for making it such a memorable experience.
We had the time of our lives on board ship...if anybody wants to go to Antarctica, we will certainly advise to go with you.
Huge congratulations to you and all the team for the perfect organisation throughout the trip. From the early planning to the last transfer, everything went without a hitch.
Now that I am back from my odyssey voyage, I thought I would let you know that after all that planning it really did exceed my expectations – we managed landings everywhere even on Tristan da Cuhna and had great bird sightings. The guides all knew what they were talking about too and made sure I got some great photos – still sorting them all out! Thanks for everything and see you at Birdfair!
I came to Wildfoot because a friend had booked with you when you were Antarctica Bound and they were right. Everything went perfectly, even when our flight was cancelled, you made sure we still made it to the ship with time to spare. L’Austral is a beautiful ship with first class service and food and the guides looked after us well. Very happy to recommend Wildfoot and L’Austral...
The adventure really was a 'trip of a lifetime' and we are so glad we tagged an extra day in Buenos Aires at either end and that we went Premium Economy, it made all the difference. The ship Sea Explorer was exactly as Simon had described and was very comfortable. South Georgia was the highlight but we were surprised how much wildlife there was to see on the Falklands and we might well book one of your nature trips to the Falklands in the future.
I want to thank you for all you did to make my recent Falklands trip run so smoothly and comfortably. Thank you for all your help over the diet too.
• I wanted to send you a quick thank you email. We had a fantastic trip, the boat, staff, scenery, itinerary, and pretty much everything else was incredible! Thank you so much for arranging the cabin upgrade, we were delighted to have our own room! We had a really brilliant time, and wanted to say thanks so much for being so helpful throughout, we're lucky to have found you.
We had a very special experience organized by you in Feb, especially the wedding in Antarctica and our stay in Patagonia. Thank you.
Many thanks for all you help with our polar trip which exceeded all expectations. We will certainly recommend your company and seriously consider yourselves for future trips.
I just want to thank you for all your help with my Ross Sea trip. It was really the trip of a lifetime & the ship & crew were excellent.
Overall I think that it was an excellent trip that was well worth the price paid and I would have no hesitation recommending your company to others.
I'm sure you get plenty of compliments, but I just want to follow up telling you what a great time we had on the MS Expedition Antarctica Classic cruise. We were very pleased with all of the staff, on the ground and on the ship. Everyone was so friendly and knowledgeable. We greatly appreciated their experience and expertise. Their very careful attention to all of the environmental rules and precautions should also be lauded. Thank you for all of your service and attention. If we're planning on one of the other regions that you serve, we'll definitely be in touch!!
We would like to thank you with all our heart for our fabulous trip. It was amazing. Everything was perfect. I recommend Antarctica and South America to everybody. Doing business with you was also a great experience. You are the best travel agent I ever met. I hope to have the chance to do business with you again in the future.
We've just got back from out trip to Patagonia and the Antarctic and want to say a big thank you to all of you at Wildfoot but specifically you, Tina and Sara, for organising our trip and sorting out all my queries before we went. You've all been thoroughly professional - and friendly with it. I always get concerned that hotels won't have received the booking, the air e-tickets won't be recognised or luggage ends up somewhere other that where we are, but I didn't need to worry as everything was well planned in advance and the various elements, air travel, two cruises, hotels etc, fitted seamlessly. You can take this as a 10 out of 10 satisfaction rating and recommendation for your company. You will certainly be my 'go to' provider if we ever do anything similar in the future. Thanks once again for our trip of a lifetime.
I just wanted to say an enormous thank you for your help with my trip. It was the best two weeks of my life! MS Expedition was amazing – their itinerary, their crew, their spirit. It was truly exceptional.One of the best things was how they arranged the rooms, I just had the best roommates and that really made a big difference to the trip. We got to see some fast ice and got out to walk on it – literally walking on the frozen sea. Amazing! I am saving for my next trip and I would not dream of going with anyone but you guys again. Good work! A dream very much come true.
I hope you’re well. I wanted to drop you a line to say we are back from Antarctica and had a wonderful time with Ponant. The trip exceeded our expectations in every respect, and I haven’t yet found enough superlatives to describe it to friends! Antarctica was breathtaking (as you know), and we loved pretty-much everything about Ponant. It was the perfect fit for us and I’m very grateful to you for taking the time to help with the booking. Having read the nightmares that Silversea have been having with the Silver Cloud, we felt lucky to be onboard Le Lyrial. Of course the only downside of a trip like this is we want to go back - best start saving now! Thanks again for all of your help and support with the booking process. Ponant was exactly as you described it. We have our eye on a couple of other cruises with them so I might be in touch soon.
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