Join us on this unique expedition which will begin at the world’s southernmost city and end some 23 days later in Cape Town. A voyage of many thousands of miles that will include some of the most remote and fascinating islands in the southern Atlantic. Our natural world encounters will be extraordinary whether your interest lies in birds, marine life or wildlife; as will the botany and cultural life of the islands.
Exploration, trade and colonial ambitions over many centuries have created unique island communities and lifestyles as islands became stepping stones across the South Atlantic Ocean. With just 100 or so fellow travellers you can enjoy the small ship experience as we travel at a slow pace with an expert expedition team who also relish the chance to undertake such a unique journey and share their knowledge and enthusiasm with you.
This island odyssey begins with a navigation of Cape Horn, where weather permitting we also hope to land, followed by two days in the Falkland Islands where we will discover both the natural and cultural heritage of the islands. We continue to the extraordinary island of South Georgia, one of the world’s natural wonders – ‘the Alps in mid-ocean’, offering remarkable concentrations of shoreline wildlife against a dramatic backdrop of glaciers and snow covered mountains. Here also is the last resting place of the great explorer Shackleton.
Our onward passage will take us to what will perhaps be the highlight of the journey for many, the island of Tristan da Cunha, the world’s most remote island and home to a hardy population of around 250. Tristan was ignored by early explorers as a possible home due to its rugged landscape and harsh climate. It took an extraordinary breed of people, ready to live on the margins of life, to settle and eventually thrive in the world’s most isolated community. We will discover the main settlement on the island, Edinburgh of the Seven Seas, and explore the island on a series of walks. Our remote island hopping adventure ends in Cape Town where we have the morning to enjoy a scenic tour of this beautiful city.
For those who love the sea and long voyages, enjoy travelling off the beaten track and escaping from the world for a few weeks this is a fitting trip and a marvellous adventure. Our days at sea will be punctuated by calls to little visited islands and we will see amazing seabird life, travel with whales, set foot in places where few have trodden before and enjoy good company, some fascinating onboard talks and one of the most comfortable expedition vessels in the world.