Cape Horn to the Cape of Good Hope: Feb 28—Mar 22, 2008
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Corinthian II in the Beagle Channel — Photo: Travel Dynamics
A rare opportunity to transit the South Atlantic aboard an elegant small cruise ship. Tremendous seabirding and scenery, visiting such remote island outposts as South Georgia and Tristan de Cunha.
FREE AIRFARE: We are pleased to offer free airfare economy class, from Miami to Buenos Aires and on to Ushuaia, returning from Cape Town to New York.
The southern Atlantic Ocean is an incredible place, renowned for its extravagant wildlife spectacles and spectacular island outposts. This fascinating voyage offers an opportunity to cross the Atlantic from the tip of South America to the tip of South Africa, focusing on the Falkland Islands, South Georgia Island, and Tristan de Cunha. Each step of our journey is sure to produce unforgettable natural history experiences, punctuated by millions of seabirds and other marine life, including blue, humpback, and killer whales.
Travel will be aboard the elegant, all-suite Corinthian II, widely considered one of the most luxurious small cruise ships in existence. From Ushuaia, Argentina, we'll cruise the scenic Beagle Channel and round Cape Horn. Skuas, giant-petrels, and Black-browed Albatross are a sampling of what we'll see. The Falkland Islands are home to an extraordinary concentration of wildlife. We will visit Carcass and Westpoint islands to view penguin colonies, steamerducks, Magellanic Oystercatchers, and several species of geese.
We'll call at Stanley, capital of the Falklands, where we'll learn about the 1982 war between England and Argentina. We will spend three days exploring rugged South Georgia and its stunningly beautiful icebound landscapes. The island and its surrounding waters are alive with collective millions of elephant seals, fur seals, King Penguins, skuas, sheathbills, and shags. Wandering through a colony of 100,000 King Penguins and viewing Wandering Albatrosses at their nests are the highlights of a visit to the Bay of Isles and Prion Island. A stop at the abandoned whaling station at Grytviken includes a visit to the gravesite of Antarctic explorer, Sir Ernest Shackleton.
Halfway between South America and South Africa, lonely Tristan de Cunha sits as the most remote inhabited island in the world. Seen nearly exclusively by true adventurers and dedicated naturalists, the island is a birder's dream, where 14 different types of petrels, Rockhopper Penguins, and albatrosses all nest.
The waters off South Africa are legendary for their richness, and we will find ourselves in the company of a multitude of new seabird species, including Yellow-nosed Albatross and a host of other petrels, shearwaters, and storm-petrels.
This epic voyage concludes with a day-and-a-half in Cape Town, highlighted by an outing to the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve.
A VENT leader will accompany this departure with a minimum of 8 registrations.
All travel, accommodations, and cuisine aboard the Corinthian II; all cabins are suites; conditions aboard ship excellent; excursions in Zodiac landing craft; walking conditions on land vary from sandy beaches to loose rock; temperatures range from low 30s to low 70s (F).