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 only 100 guests, spacious cabins, state-of-the-art technology and optional kayaking.

18 Days

$19,800

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Discover South Georgia, Antarctica and Falklands - 18 - $19,800

Trip Summary and Itinerary Map

  • Spend 4 days in South Georgia & 4 days in Antarctica
  • Includes the possibility to visit the little visited South Orkney Islands & Elephant Island
  • Only 100 guests means faster logistics and everyone can do landings together 
  • Kayaking, camping, mountaineering & ski touring (extra cost), plus snowshoeing (complimentary)
  • Complimentary parka jacket & post voyage photo book

Start from Ushuaia and end at Ushuaia

Landmarks visited on Discover South Georgia, Antarctica and Falklands

Operator's Itinerary

Day 1: Santiago to Stanley, Falkland Islands/Malvinas

Make your way to the airport to board your flight in either Santiago or Punta Arenas. Arrive in Stanley in the afternoon before enjoying a tour of the Falkland Island's charming capital. You'll board the Polar Pioneer this afternoon. Take some time to settle in & explore your new home for the next 18 days. Stand out on deck and watch Stanley fade in the distance as we begin our adventure!



Days 2-3: At sea bound for South Georgia

Between the Falklands and South Georgia, stand out on the deck for the fascinating parade of seabirds that follow our wake, or perhaps keep watch for breaching whales. Our team of experts will also entertain and educate abut South Georgia as we get closer to our first landing. If time and weather permits, we may pass close by Shag Rocks - a fascinating group of rocky inlets protruding from the sea.


Days 4-8: South Georgia

We'll have ample time to explore the island's spectacular northern coast as spring brings an explosion of life. We visit wildlife havens that include the world's largest king penguin rookeries, majestic albatross nests and beaches cluttered with basking elephant seals, feisty fur seals and penguins. Kayakers revel in paddling the coastline's nooks and crannies, accompanied by playful seal pups. We learn of Shackleton's Epic and hope to retrace his expedition's final steps from Fortuna Bay to Stromness. In Grytviken, we enjoy a guided tour of the fascinating South Georgia Museum, and toast 'The Boss' and his right-hand man, Frank Wild, at their graveside. 


Days 9-10: At Sea towards Antarctica

En route for Antarctica, we head southward along the Scotia Sea, the same stretch of ocean that Shackleton and five of his men crossed in order to find help for the rest of their crew. As excitement builds for Antarctica, catch up with fellow expeditioners in the bar, keep watch for wildlife alongside our naturalist, or learn more of the Shackleton story from our historian.


Day 11: Elephant Island

We approach Point Wild, a bleak, rocky spit along Elephant Island's dramatic north coast. If condition allow, we'll Zodiac cruise, possibly even step ashore, to pay tribute to Shackleton's 22 men who survived here for four months, living under upturned lifeboats.


Days 12-15: Antarctic Peninsula

Once we arrive in the calmer waters of the Bransfield & Gerlache Straits, we'll generally be landing two to three times a day. We may encounter pack ice, and penguin rookeries alive with courtship, mating and nest-building. Leopard seals and South Polar skuas are on the hunt, while shy giant petrels incubate their eggs. With nearly 24 hours daylight, we pack in as much as possible, visit historic sites, attempting to land on the continent proper and Zodiac cruising amongst spectacular icebergs.


Days 16-17: Drake Passage

Our landings come to an end as we enter the Drake Passage for our return journey to South America. With lectures and videos to complete our Antarctic experience, there is still plenty of time to experience the magic of the Southern Ocean. As we approach the tip of South America, our Captain may may sail close to legendary Cape Horn, time and weather permitting.


Day 18: Ushuaia, Argentina

During the morning we travel up the Beagle Channel to dock in Ushuaia, then transfer to our hotel or continue our onward journeys, perhaps to discover the wonders of Patagonia on a connecting Patagonia Discovery Trek!


Additional Notes

The 28-Dec-2020 and 14-Mar-2021 departures are 1 day longer, which will be spent in either the South Orkney Islands or Weddell Sea.


This itinerary is for guidance only as each voyage will vary depending on ice and weather conditions, and opportunities to see wildlife. Furthermore, it's important to understand that the charter flight(s) to/ from Antarctica are particularly prone to weather, which requires a flexible flight schedule.


Optional Adventure Activities:

  • Sea Kayaking ($1,050 per person)
  • Shackleton ‘Alpine crossing’ of South Georgia - *29th Nov 2019 & 14th March 2020 departures only* ($1,400 per person)

What our customers think

About The Ship

  • With its sexy and sleek X-bow lines and ground breaking design, few new Polar ships have created such excitement.
  • Zodiac platforms specially designed for quick boardings and more time exploring
  • Rolls Royce stabiliser system and polar code 6 ice rating  
  • Large comfortable cabins

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.

Balcony Stateroom
Stateroom - Triple
Stateroom - Twin
Balcony Suite
Junior Suite
Captain's Suite
November 2019
29-Nov-2019 Full Full Full Full Full Full
December 2019
28-Dec-2019 Full Full Full Full Full Full
March 2020
14-Mar-2020 Full Full Full Full Full Full
December 2020
8-Dec-2020 $23,500 $19,800* $22,000 Full $36,700 $42,900

* Note: Prices are per person. Paid in USD ($) - figure above is based on today's exchange rate. Actual cost $19800

Additional Notes

The 28-Dec-2020 and 14-Mar-2021 departures are 1 day longer, which will be spent in either the South Orkney Islands or Weddell Sea.

8-Dec-2020 departure only: optional activity of Shackleton Crossing on Foot (US$ 2220)

Single Supplement And Child Policy

For those travelling solo who want their own cabin, the single supplement to have your own twin cabin varies between 1.25 - 1.7 times the cost of a single berth. There is no single supplement for passengers willing to share a cabin.

For young travellers there’s a minimum age of 8 years. There isn't any concession on pricing.

Optional Adventure Activities

Enhance your trip with the following add ons. Limited places per activity.
Get in contact to check availability.

Activity Cost Additional Information
Add on icon Kayaking Kayaking $1,470
Add on icon Snowshoeing Snowshoeing $370
Add on icon Polar snorkelling Polar snorkelling $740

Includes

  • Complimentary parka jacket
  • Voyage aboard the vessel as indicated in the itinerary
  • Accommodation during the voyage on full board basis
  • Beer, house wine and soft drinks with dinner
  • All shore excursions and zodiac activities
  • Educational lectures by expert onboard polar guides
  • 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 printed photo book produced with photos 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
  • Optional adventure activities
  • Any visa, passport and vaccination expenses
  • Airport arrival or departure taxes
  • Items of a personal nature: laundry, beverages, etc
  • Customary staff gratuity at the end of the voyage
  • Additional onboard purchases (i.e. gift shop)

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