But Antarctica’s white wilds is as fragile as it is flawless and this visit will ensure you get a greater insight into today’s social commentary on climate and environmental change. You’ll bookend your holiday in Antarctica in Ushuaia, Argentina, which is often billed as the ‘end of the world’ and is fully deserving of its outpost status. It’s the last thing you’ll see resembling anything like a city before you set sail into the wilderness aboard a Silversea cruise, where luxury and expert naturalists abound in equal measure. This is a cruise that is far more than just Antarctica; in fact, your first port of call is a Falkland Islands tour, where you’ll hop off with Silversea’s experts to explore several of its isles in search of albatrosses, penguins and seals, as well as its chequered history in Stanley.
Spend a couple of relaxing days at sea before it’s land ahoy again, this time among the glaciated peaks and legendary exploration history of South Georgia. This is an island packed with otherworldly wildlife encounters you’ll get to experience, like a giant colony of king penguins stretching as far as the eye can see. For the more adventurous, you can leave the Zodiac behind you and kayak the frozen waters instead. If the Falklands and South Georgia were just appetisers, then it’s time for the main course: Antarctica itself. See some of its most legendary locations for yourself, starting with Elephant Island, where Ernest Shackleton and his men sought salvation during their expedition in 1916.
Your journey carries on south to the Antarctic Sound, where you’ll glide past huge tabular icebergs and Cape petrels soaring overhead and disembark to go hiking and kayaking in the real Antarctica you’ve dreamed about. You’ll wind back towards South America via the Antarctic Peninsula and its scientific research bases, cathedral-sized icebergs and cyan-tinted glaciers, with the opportunity to see them all close-up in a Zodiac or on foot. Spy more research stations and wildlife on the South Shetland Islands – the north-western tip of the Antarctic Peninsula – before fording the fabled waters of the Drake Passage as you head back to Ushuaia, satisfied with your all-encompassing immersion in the Seventh Continent.
A frontier like Antarctica deserves your paramount attention. Silversea's ultra-luxe ship Silver Cloud allows you to do exactly that, with its team of naturalists, catalogue of excursions and fleet of Zodiacs and kayaks giving you all the tools to maximise your time in the White Continent. Back on deck, your spacious suite, the spa and excellent onboard cuisine mean you fully relax ahead of the next icy adventure.
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