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Discover South Georgia, Antarctica and Falklands

This voyage stands out by visiting the Antarctic Peninsula first and keeping the wonders of South Georgia for the second half. Plus you’ll be travelling on board one of the most exciting new Polar ships with spacious cabins, state-of-the-art technology and optional kayaking.

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Trip type

Falklands & S. Georgia

Trip length

19-25 Days

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$22,595 -$59,495

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Discover South Georgia, Antarctica and Falklands - 19-25 Days - $22,595

Trip Summary and Itinerary Map

  • Spend 5 days in South Georgia, 4 days in Antarctica and 1 day in the Falkland Islands
  • Includes the possibility to join Shackleton's 3 day alpine crossing of South Georgia (additional cost and limited spaces)
  • Antarctic operational experience since 1992
  • A low expedition staff to guest ratio of 1:8 to ensure a high level of personalisation
  • Kayaking, snorkelling & mountaineering available on selected departures (extra cost)
  • Complimentary pre-embarkation hotel night, parka jacket & post-voyage digital photo book, as well as drinks with dinner

Start from Ushuaia and end at Ushuaia

Landmarks potentially visited on Discover South Georgia, Antarctica and Falklands

Operator's Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in Ushuaia

Arrive in Ushuaia, where you will be transferred to our downtown hotel.


Day 2: Embark ship in Ushuaia

This morning, enjoy a leisurely breakfast at the hotel before exploring Ushuaia on a half-day city tour.

Ushuaia, capital city of the province of Tierra del Fuego, is located on the shores of the Beagle Channel and it is surrounded by the Martial Range, which offers a unique landscape as a result of the combination of mountains, sea, glaciers and forest. The city tour will visit The Mission, Brown and Solier neighbourhoods, where you can see old houses belonging to the first families in Tierra del Fuego, such as the Beban, the Pastoriza, and the Ramos. Head 11 kilometres (6.8 miles) out of town to Martial Glacier. The ride in the chair lift to the trails leading up to the glacier provides wonderful regional views and of Ushuaia town, the Beagle Channel and its islands. Afterwards, continue to the End of the World Museum with exhibitions explaining the history of Tierra del Fuego.

Transfer to the pier where our expedition team will warmly welcome you on board the vessel at approximately 4.00 pm (final embarkation time will be provided in your final documentation). As we pull away from port, we’ll gather on the deck to commence our adventure with spectacular views over Ushuaia and Tierra del Fuego. You’ll have time to settle into your cabin before our important briefings.


Day 3: Drake Passage

As we commence the Drake Passage crossing, we make the most of our time getting comfortable with the motions of the sea. Our expedition team prepare you for our first landing with important wildlife guidelines and biosecurity procedures, and start our lecture program to help you learn more about Antarctica’s history, wildlife and environment. Our wildlife experiences begin as we enjoy watching and photographing the many seabirds, including majestic albatrosses and giant petrels following in our wake. They rise and fall skilfully, using air currents created by the ship to gain momentum.


Day 4: Drake Passage and South Shetland Islands

Nearing the tip of the South Shetland Islands on day four, the excitement is palpable with everyone converging on the bridge watching for our first iceberg. The ocean takes on a whole new perspective once we are below the Antarctic Convergence and are surrounded by the surreal presence of floating ice sculptures. The memory of your first big iceberg sighting is likely to remain with you for a lifetime. Weather permitting, we may attempt our first landing in Antarctica by late afternoon.


Days 5 to 8: Antarctic Peninsula

Over the next few days a host of choices are open to us, and depending on ice and weather conditions, the western side of the Antarctic Peninsula is ours to explore. Our experienced expedition team, who have made countless journeys to this area, will use their expertise to design our voyage from day to day. This allows us to make best use of the prevailing weather, ice conditions and wildlife opportunities.

Because we are so far south, we will experience approximately 18-20 hours of daylight and the days can be as busy as you wish. We will generally try for two landings or Zodiac excursions each day; cruising along spectacular ice cliffs; following whales that are feeding near the surface; and landing on the continent and its off-shore islands to visit penguin rookeries, seal haul outs, historic huts, and a few of our other favourite spots along the peninsula. There are many exciting places we can choose to visit and our itinerary is deliberately flexible to allow us to pick the best spots on the day based on ice and weather conditions.

A sample of some of the types of places where we may cruise through, land, hike, photograph or view spectacular wildlife include:

  • Beautiful protected bays around the Antarctic Peninsula surrounded by magnificent peaks and spectacular glaciers, areas that are havens for whales as we keep our eyes open for humpbacks, orcas, minkes, and crabeater seals, as we explore bays in Zodiacs.
  • Wildlife-rich islands where glaciers and mountains dominate the vista and we can see large chinstrap penguin colonies tucked in between basaltic turrets coloured by yellow and orange lichens, and where often fur seals and elephant seals are hauled out on the pebble beaches. Harbours home to gentoo penguins, and that regularly host Weddell seals. The scenery is dramatic towering peaks and calving glaciers surround the harbour. The thundering crack of the glaciers as they calve is sure to stop you in your tracks.
  • Lemaire Channel – If ice conditions allow, standing on the observation deck of your vessel quietly as the ship sails along the narrow Lemaire Channel could certainly be one of the highlights of our voyage. Cliffs tower 700 metres / 2,296 feet straight out of the ocean on either side of the ship. The water can sometimes be so still that perfect reflections are mirrored on the surface and it is clear to see why this Channel is often called “Kodak Alley”. Gigantic icebergs may clog the channel, creating navigational challenges for our Captain and crew; occasionally they may even obstruct our passage.

Days 9 & 10: Scotia Sea

En route for South Georgia we’ll head across the Scotia Sea, following the route that Shackleton and five of his men took in order to find help for the rest of their crew. On 24 April, 1916, they piled into the James Caird, the most seaworthy of their open boats, to attempt this perilous journey to South Georgia, some 1290 km (802 miles) distant. Shackleton hoped to reach South Georgia in two weeks. There he would enlist the help of the whalers to return to Elephant Island and rescue the men who had been left behind. As excitement builds for South Georgia, catch up with fellow expeditioners in the bar, keep watch for wildlife alongside our naturalist from the open bridge, or learn more of the Shackleton story from our historian.


Days 11 to 15: South Georgia

Over the next few days, marvel at South Georgia’s incredible scenes such as enormous and bustling king penguin colonies, fur seals jostling for space on the beach, jaw-dropping mountain landscapes and learn of Shackleton’s epic rescue journey. On Zodiac-cruises, discover bays filled with raucous and playful fur seals, and land on pebble beaches to meet curious penguins. Challenge yourself on hikes and enjoy dazzling pristine landscapes seen by few. South Georgia is a place where you can truly feel like you’ve really escaped from your normal daily life.

South Georgia is one of the world’s most amazing natural environments. Just a speck in the vastness of the South Atlantic Ocean, and lying wholly within the Antarctic Convergence, South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands are a life-sustaining haven to some of the world’s largest congregations of wildlife. The surrounding sea is one of the most productive areas on Earth and supports the life of millions of seals, whales, penguins and other seabirds. A mountain range forms the spine of this long, narrow island.

Between the mountains, shattered glaciers carve their way through tussock grass to the deeply indented coastline – a landscape that is synonymous with the epic expedition of survival by Shackleton, Worsley, and Crean. Abandoned rusting whaling stations and remnants of explorers reflect a time of long ago, while summer workers conduct scientific and regeneration projects.

As we explore South Georgia, we will have the opportunity to reflect on Shackleton’s epic journey. If conditions permit, we plan to follow in Shackleton, Worsley, and Crean’s footsteps and complete the final leg of their walk from Fortuna Bay to Stromness.
A sample of some of the places where we may land in South Georgia include:

Grytviken – originally a Norwegian sealing and whaling station, it was finally closed in 1965. Sir Ernest Shackleton’s body was laid to rest at Grytviken.

St Andrews Bay – the long black sandy beach fronts a broad valley that stretches well back from the sea. This valley shelters the largest king penguin colony on South Georgia.

Godthul – imagine indented bays lined with bleached whale bones, teeming with fur seals and penguins just ‘hanging about’. A careful descent leads us to a magnificent Macaroni penguin rookery.

Salisbury Plains – Salisbury Plain has one of the largest king penguin colonies on South Georgia. With about 100,000 pairs, the shore and beach can be completely crammed with penguins. Along the beach you will also find fur and elephant seals in the mix.

Fortuna Bay & Stromness – Fortuna Bay is surrounded by high mountains with glaciers pushing down from the high country to terminate in the open valley that is home to a small king penguin colony. This is where Shackleton, Worsley, and Crean descended from the treacherous glaciers of the interior on their way to Stromness whaling station.


Days 16 & 17: At Sea

Between South Georgia and the Falklands~Malvinas, you will be entranced by the ceaseless flight of the many seabirds that follow our wake, skilfully using the air currents created by the ship to gain momentum. On this leg, we are usually travelling into the prevailing weather so it is difficult to estimate our arrival time in the Falklands~Malvinas. Our lecture program will continue and highlight all of the amazing sights we have witnessed over the past few days. We’ll have ample time to enjoy the rest of our time observing the sea birds, whale watching from the bridge, or simply relaxing in the bar with a book.

If time and weather conditions permit, we could pass close to Shag Rocks, a fascinating group of jagged rocky islets protruding from the sea, in the proximity of South Georgia.


Day 18: At sea / Falkland Islands

The sea and weather conditions en route from South Georgia will determine the time of your arrive into the Falkland Islands today. Located 477 kilometres/296 miles east of southern Argentina, the Falklands are a unique mix of wildlife hotspot and inhabited outpost. There are two main islands, East and West, with only seven of the archipelago's 700 islands are inhabited. The cold nutrient-rich waters surrounding the islands makes them a prime location for marine life including seabirds and seals.

Day 19: At sea / Falkland Islands

Your time in the Falklands may includes a visit to the charming town of Stanley, where quintessentially English red phone booths and postboxes sit alongside a huge whalebone arch.  During your time on the island you may have the opportunity to meet some of the locals, or even pop into a local farmstead for a traditional spread of tea and scones. 

Tussac grass covers much of the islands, providing an ideal habitat for elephant seals and sea lions that can be found on many of the islands' spectacular beaches. A plethora of birds such as thrushes, finches, tussac birds and Magallenic penguins also inhabit the tussac. Pods of orcas, Peale’s dolphins and leopard seals may also be seen in the waters around the island. The island’s southern giant petrels, with a wingspan of two metres, act as a welcoming party to ships as they approach landing sites such as Sea Lion Island. Rockhopper, gentoo and Magellanic penguins come to Sea Lion Island to breed. Macaroni, king penguins and Striated and Crested Caracaras are also common seen on the island.


Day 20: At Sea

You may choose to spend the sea day returning to Ushuaia editing your photos, enjoying the onboard facilities, or listening to an informative lecture. Spend time out on deck as there are still great opportunities to spot birds as you head towards Ushuaia.  


Day 21: Disembark Ushuaia

Upon disembarkation, you can choose to transfer to Ushuaia airport to continue on your onward journey for more adventures.


PLEASE NOTE: 

This itinerary is for guidance only as each voyage will vary depending on ice and weather conditions, and opportunities to see wildlife. Flexibility is key and all part of the adventure of an expeditionary cruise.

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What our customers think of Discover South Georgia, Antarctica and Falklands

Discover South Georgia, Antarctica and Falklands trips scored 4.5/5 from 29 reviews

Kayaking with humpbacks appearing underneath and around us

Travelled: February 2024

Janet -

Seeing the wildlife (penguins, seals) so close up. Passing by the world's largest iceberg.

Travelled: February 2024

Heinz Dieter -

Seeing multitude of penguins and other wildlife

Travelled: February 2024

Jerry -

Seeing the King Penguin colony on South Georgia

Travelled: February 2024

Diane -

Observing wildlife in their natural habitat. Penguins are hilarious!! Increased understanding and respect for the need to limit human impact on the environment and ecology. Sadness at witnessing the impact of avian flu (mass mortality of seals).

Travelled: February 2024

Anonymous -

The numerous wildlife encounters. Really enjoyed seeing all the different species of seals and penguins in their natural habitat.

Travelled: February 2024

David -

There were two - setting foot on the main continent of Antarctica during sunset and experiencing the sheer size and scope of the wildlife on South Georgia (especially seeing the playful personalities of the Gentoo penguins and seal pups).

Travelled: January 2024

Anonymous -

Evening zodiac tour in Antarctica was truly special, as was visiting Gritvyken and Shackeltons' grave.

Travelled: January 2024

Suzanne -

Going on a Zodiac in Antarctica was the first, the second was South Georgia wildlife

Travelled: January 2024

Laura -

Seeing hundreds of thousands of king penguin on South Georgia

Travelled: January 2024

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Extremely hard to choose one memorable moment when the entire trip was awesome. Moment to moment was an adventure. Huge thanks to each and every person involved in making our Antarctica voyage a true treasure.

Travelled: December 2023

Judith -

Getting to and landing on Elephant Island where Shackleton's men stayed for almost five months. Very rare opportunity due to usual bad seas and weather. We had blue skies and sunshine.

Travelled: December 2023

Anonymous -

My most memorable moment (a billion to choose from, this one stands out) was witnessing my Mom take her first steps on Antartica! together we have visited all 7 now.

Travelled: December 2023

Paul -

Seeing the Iceberg, A23a and soon after two Blue whales,

Travelled: December 2023

Karen -

Making our first steps on the 7th continent and actually landing at Point Wild. Both incredibly powerful moments for us

Travelled: December 2023

Fiona -

The first time I set foot on the Antarctic Peninsula it really brought home to me that I was there.

Travelled: December 2023

Phyllis -

viewing the mountain peaks and glaciers on the antarctic peninsula

Travelled: April 2023

David -

Where to begin - it was all so amazing!! But, it would have to be the moment we landed on Gold Harbour with 50,000 King penguins. They wandered around us, curious but timid. I cried tears of joy.

Travelled: April 2023

Tanya -

King penguins and icebergs

Travelled: March 2023

Helen -

The Cruise was notable for having Greg run the trip. He seemed to know the weather and pointed us in the right direction each day. Most often the landings were great experiences, The staff and food as well as the accomodations were excellent as well. I loved every other aspect of the trip and would have liked a longer trip(in my dreams). If there was one hiccup, it was going to Stanley(staying in town was a waste of time unless you knew or were told to go to a bay to see penguins, etc, but it all was so disorganized at that time, we were not told about that option), I personally would have enjoyed a trip to an albatross colony. Perhaps most important to me was rooming with my grandson and spending the time with him and my daughter who live in Australia. I loved kayaking, the sights we saw, even kayaking in brash ice were real treats, and the support team were all engaged and fun to be with on this journey!

Travelled: March 2023

Paul -

Review:

With her slick lines, small number of guests, well-priced balcony suites and onboard hot tub, this is one of the hottest ships in Antarctica right now.

Alex Mudd Head of Swoop Antarctica

Prices, Departures and Inclusions

Prices quoted below are per person based on 2 people sharing. Cabin availability changes all the time so please contact us for up-to-date details and information on specific cabin availability.

2024

2025

Additional Notes

The 02-Dec-2024, 27-Dec-2024 and 2-Jan-2025 departures operate in reverse, heading to the Falkland Islands first, then South Georgia, then Antarctica.

The 02-Jan-2025 departure is 20 days long and return from King George Island via a flight to Punta Arenas.

All other departures are 21 days long.


Please note that the following departures deviate from the above day-by-day itinerary:

13-Mar-2024, 24-Oct-2024 and 18-Dec-2024: These departures spend 4 days (Days 5 to 8) exploring the Antarctic Peninsula. They then continue up to South Georgia and spend 4 days there (1 fewer than the itinerary above). Finally, they sail on to the Falklands and spend 2 full days exploring there, before returning to Ushuaia on Day 21.

The 16-Mar-2025 departure follows a significantly different itinerary and is 20 days in length. This trip spends an additional day in Antarctica, travelling through the Antarctic Sound to the spectacular Weddell Sea. From here you will head north via Elephant Island to South Georgia and spend 5 days (as per the above itinerary). However, you will then sail directly from South Georgia back to Ushuaia (3 sea days), so please note that you do not visit the Falklands with this itinerary.

Single Supplement And Child Policy

For those travelling solo who would like their own cabin, the single supplement is 1.5 times the cost of a single berth, please contact us for details. However, there is no single supplement for passengers willing to share a cabin. 

Children aged 8 years old or over are welcome. There isn't any concession on pricing. Please contact us for details.

Optional Adventure Activities

Enhance your trip with the following add ons. Limited places per activity.
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Activity Cost Additional Information
Add on icon Kayaking Kayaking $1,695 An immersive full sea kayaking program for those who want to kayak multiple times (as often as weather and ice conditions allow). Prior kayaking experience to at least intermediate level is required and you must be able to do a wet exit to participate. Subject to weather and ice conditions. Booking in advance is essential. Available on select departures. Cost varies from USD $1695-1745.
Add on icon Polar snorkelling Polar snorkelling $740 Available on select departures. Cost varies from USD $740-835. No experience required. Dry suit provided. Please note that snorkelling is generally not offered in the Falklands and South Georgia due to the more challenging conditions there, so it will be included in Antarctica only.
Add on icon Skiing Skiing $1,260 Available on select departures. Cost varies from USD $1260-2220.
Add on icon Snowshoeing Snowshoeing $370 Available on select departures. Cost varies from USD $370 - 440
Add on icon Mountaineering Mountaineering $2,200 Follow in the footsteps of Shackleton for a special crossing of South Georgia on foot. Available on select departures.
Add on icon Camping Camping $150 Available on select departures. Cost varies from USD $150-165
Add on icon Paddling Paddling $640 Available on select departures. A gentler option staying closer to shore and using inflatable kayaks, in a group of maximum 6 participants. Includes multiple outings, subject to suitable weather and ice conditions. Suitable for novices and only offered in calm conditions. Booking in advance is essential. Please note that the paddling is not offered in the Falklands and South Georgia due to the more challenging conditions here, so will take place in Antarctica only.

Includes

  • A 3-in-1 waterproof polar expedition jacket
  • Voyage aboard the vessel as indicated in the itinerary
  • Accommodation during the voyage on full board basis
  • Captain's Welcome and Farewell drinks reception
  • Beer, house wine and soft drinks with dinner
  • All shore excursions and zodiac activities
  • Educational lectures by expert onboard polar guides
  • Complimentary WiFi
  • Access to an onboard doctor and basic medical services
  • Loan of rubber boots for the voyage's duration
  • Comprehensive pre-departure information
  • Port taxes and any entry fees to historic landing sites
  • A digital photo book produced with photos and ship logs from your voyage

Excludes

  • Flights to and from points of embarkation/disembarkation
  • Any additional services before and after your voyage
  • Transfers not specific to the itinerary
  • Travel insurance or emergency evacuation charges
  • Optional adventure activities
  • Optional activity surcharges
  • Any visa, passport and vaccination expenses
  • Airport arrival or departure taxes
  • Items of a personal nature: laundry, beverages, etc
  • Additional onboard purchases (i.e. gift shop)
  • Gratuities for ship crew

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