Special encounters await you in the endless ice – for example, on the South Shetland Islands and the Antarctic Peninsula, where colonies of gentoo penguins await your visit. Again and again, the Zodiacs will take you to hidden places with spectacular panoramas and surprising wildlife sightings. One of the most impressive sights of your expedition comes as the partially glaciated peak of South Georgia rises from the waters. The crowning glory is Stanley, the small capital of the Falklands with its British charm.
Scheduled flight from Germany to Buenos Aires
Overnight stay with breakfast
Charter flight from Buenos Aires to Ushuaia/Argentina,
departure 19.00 hrs
Sailing through the Drake Passage
South Shetland Islands , Antarctic Peninsula , South Orkney Islands
South Shetland Islands
Although the South Shetland Islands are largely glaciated, their climate is mild in Antarctic terms. Board a Zodiac and set out for Half Moon Island, where vast fields of snow contrast starkly with the dark rock depending on the season. The volcanic legacy of the archipelago becomes particularly intense on Deception Island: board your expedition ship and the Zodiacs and head deep into the caldera whose collapsed volcanic cone forms the island. Hot underground springs cover the beach in mystical steam at the right the water level.
Setting foot on the Antarctic mainland is an unforgettable experience. Tranquil and endless, the shimmering masses of ice stretch out before you and take your breath away. Get up-close to penguin colonies, the fascinating water ballet of the icebergs and mighty mountain ranges that guard the coast – the endless ice of the Antarctic Peninsula will make a profound impression on your heart and soul.
Relaxation at sea
Fur seals, elephant seals and gigantic colonies of king penguins – South Georgia’s animal kingdom is one of our planet’s greatest wonders. The king penguins raise their young in the subantarctic summer and autumn – fluffy brown chicks crowding the shores like a huge kindergarten. Take a look behind the scenes of this unique animal paradise on walks, hikes and Zodiac rides.
Relaxation at sea
Geographically, the Falkland Islands are part of Argentina, but politically they belong to the United Kingdom. British influences are evident throughout Stanley, the capital. The most striking example is the impressive Christ Church Cathedral, which adorns its centre. The Falkland Museum provides deep insights into Stanley’s past.
Relaxation at sea
Buenos Aires/Argentina, arrival 18.00 hrs
Overnight stay on board
Scheduled flight from Buenos Aires to Germany
Arrival in Germany
The following programmes can be booked.
Please note that our pre- and post-cruise programmes are conducted in German and are charged additionally to the travel package. The prices and conditions for these programmes can be found on the German travel details page and are charged additionally to the travel package. For individual programmes kindly consult your travel agent.
The following programmes are offered in German:
Our popular pre- and post-cruise programmes include a broad spectrum of excursions and are usually accompanied by experienced Hapag-Lloyd Cruises tour guides. Recommended for guests who like to share their experiences with a group of like-minded travellers. Explore specially selected highlights of your holiday destination and enjoy the convenience of group travel – we will take care of the transfers, excursions and overnight stays.