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Explore Antarctica, South Georgia and Falklands

On a long voyage with so many days at sea, the journey is made more enjoyable aboard this comfortable, well appointed 4* ship with its capacious cabins and dedicated staff. Choice of 17-23 day departures per season, with optional kayaking for the energetic.

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Trip type

Falklands & S. Georgia

Trip length

17-23 Days


$14,795 -$43,995

Ship Comfort

Comfort & Adventure

Explore Antarctica, South Georgia and Falklands - 17-23 Days - $14,795

Trip Summary and Itinerary Map

  • 11 days ‘off ship’ exploring: The Falklands (2), South Georgia (5) & Antarctica (4)
  • A well-balanced itinerary with plenty of time in each destination
  • An elegant ship with large cabins – double the average Antarctic cabin floor space
  • Antarctic operational experience since 2013 
  • Expedition staff to guest ratio of 1:8
  • Kayaking (additional cost)
  • Complimentary 5* Ushuaia hotel stay + parka jacket

Start from Ushuaia and end at Ushuaia

Landmarks potentially visited on Explore Antarctica, South Georgia and Falklands

Operator's Itinerary

Day 1: Ushuaia, Argentina

The small city of Ushuaia combines everything to be a perfect starting point for Antarctic cruises. It locates at the southern tip of South America Continent and is regarded as the world's southernmost city.

Being the capital of the Tierra del Fuego archipelago, Ushuaia boasts the southernmost Tierra del Fuego National Park and beautiful landscapes of Beagle Bay and Andes mountains. No less important are the local restaurants offering delicious king crab, cooked to a dozen different recipes. Spend the night at a 5* lodge, one of the "Leading Hotels of the World".

Day 2: Ushuaia, embarkation

In the afternoon there is a group transfer to the pier, where you will be welcomed aboard the expedition ship. Explore the ship and get comfortable in your home away from home for the extraordinary adventure to come.

Savour the anticipation of your Antarctic dreams coming true as we slip our moorings and sail toward a true wilderness where wildlife abounds. The scenery as we sail through the Beagle Channel on our first evening is wonderful and there is already the possibility of marine mammal encounters.

Day 3: At sea towards Falklands

After transiting the Beagle Channel and passing the islands of Tierra del Fuego, we head northeast toward the Falkland Islands. We keep a lookout for marine mammals such as dolphins and whales. The ship’s stabilizing fins provide comfort in the event of rough seas.

Days 4-5: The Falklands

The remote and sparsely-populated Falkland Islands are a birders’ paradise. We anticipate visiting one or more of the isolated outer islands where large colonies of penguins and albatross are easily accessible. The Falklands are also a great place to observe marine mammals. Fur seals and elephant seals can be found on sandy beaches while the waters in and around the archipelago are home to various whale and dolphin species. Our route and exploration opportunities are dependent on weather among these windswept islands.

We also intend to visit Stanley, the charmingly British capital of the Falkland Islands. Attractions within pleasant walking distance along the waterfront promenade include the Falkland Islands Museum, the governor’s house, a cathedral with impressive whalebone arch outside, a war memorial, quality gift shops, pubs, and views of shipwrecks in the harbor.

Days 6-7: At sea towards South Georgia

From the Falkland Islands we head east toward South Georgia, passing the remote, seabird-covered pinnacles known as Shag Rocks on the way. We also cross the Antarctic Convergence, the biological boundary of the Southern Ocean. Briefings, bio-security procedures, and lectures from our expert staff prepare you for our arrival in South Georgia.

Days 8-12: South Georgia

This is expedition cruising at its most authentic. Our route and exploration opportunities in South Georgia are heavily dependent on the weather conditions we encounter. Our experienced captain and expedition leader decide the itinerary and continually adjust plans as conditions and opportunities warrant. You can be sure that the best possible advantage will be taken of the circumstances presented to us by Nature in this wild and remote corner of the world. We take every safe opportunity to go ashore in this amazing place.

South Georgia is a scenic wilderness and an unrivalled paradise for subantarctic wildlife viewing. The islands are said to host upwards of 100 million seabirds, including numerous species of albatross, penguins, prions, petrels, and terns. On beaches such as those at Salisbury Plain and St. Andrews Bay, over 100,000 elephant seals and three million fur seals jostle for space among innumerable penguins including stately king penguins and sprightly macaroni penguins. The recently completed rat eradication program is sure to make this wilderness even more pristine and rich with birdlife.

The bountiful waters surrounding South Georgia are also inhabited by an increasing number of whales. The historical whaling station of Grytviken is now home to the excellent South Georgia Museum managed by the South Georgia Heritage Trust. This is also the final resting place of Ernest Shackleton, the legendary polar explorer.

Our days in South Georgia are filled with memorable excursions, sumptuous meals, presentations by our experts, and enough incredible scenery and wildlife to fill your camera and overwhelm your emotions.

Days 13-14: Southern Ocean

After our amazing time in South Georgia we proceed southwest toward the Antarctic Peninsula. Pelagic seabirds including the majestic albatross are common in these waters and can readily be viewed from panoramic open decks or from exterior stateroom windows and balconies.

Days 15-18: The Antarctic Continent and the South Shetlands

The wilderness of Antarctica is subject to unpredictable weather and ever-changing ice conditions, which dictate our route and exploration opportunities. This is a real expedition. We exploit every opportunity to experience excellent wildlife viewing, amazing scenery, and excursions via Zodiac.

The Antarctic Peninsula region contains some of the world’s most impressive scenery and some of Antarctica’s best wildlife viewing opportunities. Protected bays and narrow channels are surrounded by towering mountain peaks covered in permanent snow and immense glaciers. Icebergs of every size and description complete an image of incomparable beauty. Waters rich with krill are home to a variety of whale and seal species. The whole area is alive with penguins foraging at sea and forming large nesting colonies at special places on land. The area is also home to Antarctic research stations of various nationalities. Some stations have a gift shop and post office.

The South Shetland Islands are the northernmost islands in Antarctica and will likely be our first sighting of land. This wild and beautiful island chain contains numerous landing sites with abundant wildlife and historical significance. Among them is Elephant Island, where men from Shackleton’s famous Endurance expedition spent the winter.
Farther south, on the Antarctic Peninsula, the vast Gerlache Strait area contains sheltered bays, accessible wildlife, and stunning scenery.

Days 19-20: At sea towards Ushuaia

From Antarctica we head north through the Drake Passage toward South America. Presentations and workshops by our expert staff, as well as our range of onboard recreation facilities, ensure that these days at sea are not idly spent. This is also the time for our End of Voyage ceremonies including slideshow and farewell dinner.

Day 21: Disembarkation in Ushuaia

After breakfast we say farewell in the city of Ushuaia, where we started. We provide a group transfer to the airport or to the town center if you wish to spend more time here. As you look back on your wonderful experience in Antarctica, you may already be looking forward to your next incredible adventure to the ice!

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 Explore Antarctica, South Georgia and Falklands

Explore Antarctica, South Georgia and Falklands trips scored 4.2/5 from 11 reviews

10/10 - The crew and expedition staff were top notch. Always approachable and very knowledgeable, and always willing to help or answer a question.

Travelled: February 2024

Doug Pemberton - Canada

10/10 - Brilliant trip.

Travelled: January 2024

Colin Shaun Stanley-Adams - UK

It was a good trip and covered a lot of territory. It was fairly long with a lot of "downtime," but this was built into the itinerary. It was nice to see the difference between the Falkland Islands, South Georgia, and finally all the ice and snow of the Antarctic Peninsula.

Travelled: January 2024

Carole Gates - USA

It's a "trip of a lifetime". Opportunity to see the icy continent and actually to set foot on it. When not at sea, there are opportunities for excursions twice daily - not hampered by too many people as may be the case on larger boats. Food on board excellent - one had to be cautious to avoid overeating.

Travelled: January 2024

Francis Heyes - Spain

10/10 - Couldn’t have been better. Most memorable moment? First excursion on Saunders Island in the Falklands with 4 penguin species and albatross and other birds.

Travelled: January 2024

Derek Smithee - USA

10/10 - The ship, expedition leaders and everything we saw was wonderful.

Travelled: February 2023

Tara Kacmarcik - USA

10/10 - There are no pictures or words that can accurately describe the variety of wildlife and scenery one would encounter on this trip.

Travelled: February 2023

Donna Potaczek - USA

Most memorable moment: the penguin colonies on South Georgia. Each time seeing the massive colonies on South Georgia I was blown away. It was beyond words.

Travelled: February 2022

Ron Hart - USA

The weather, sea, landscapes, and animal life on land, sea, and air all participated in the making of a very special trip. The food was awesome as well.

Travelled: February 2022

Ron Hart - USA

Most memorable moment: kayaking through brash ice near the Argentinian research station and seeing leopard seals basking on icebergs.

Travelled: February 2022

Graham Collins - Canada

The trip was fantastic and we were overwhelmed with the wildlife we saw and the experience of being in Antarctica.

Travelled: February 2022

Graham Collins - Canada

Expedition team was very knowledgeable and safety was their main concern. They did a brilliant job of ensuring we got ashore and back onboard safely.

Travelled: February 2022

Graham Collins - Canada

Beautiful scenery. Abundant wildlife. Great weather. Comfortable ship. Fantastic kayaking!

Travelled: February 2022

Alison Collins - Canada

It was sheer perfection from start to finish and worth every single cent and more. We went with high expectations and they were way exceeded. When your expedition leader says “never come back to Antarctica as you’ll be very disappointed” you know you’ve been very lucky! How we beat this we have no idea!

Travelled: December 2015

Phil & Mickey - Australia


I was really wowed by this ship’s large cabins and an enthusiastic expedition team rounded off a terrific voyage.

Alex Mudd Head of Swoop Antarctica

Prices, Departures and Inclusions

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




Additional Notes

  • The 02-Nov-2024 voyage is shorter at 17 days long and has an alternative itinerary. The arrangements begin at Santiago airport in Chile, not Ushuaia as outlined above. Please note that these two voyages do not include a pre-cruise hotel night. They do, however, include the cost of the flight from Santiago across to the Falkland Islands, cutting out a day at sea. As well as the extra flight arrival day, you'll spend a further day exploring the Falkland Islands before heading to South Georgia. You will have four days here before heading onto the Antarctic Peninsula for four days, as per the itinerary. You'll then finish the trip in Ushuaia, Argentina. 
  • The 17-Nov-2024 and 05-Jan-2025 voyages are 21 days long
  • The 26-Feb-2025 voyage is 23 days long and ends in Buenos Aires

Single Supplement And Child Policy

For those travelling solo who would like their own cabin, the single supplement is 1.7 to 2 times the cost of a single berth, depending on cabin category. Please contact us for details. There is no single supplement for passengers willing to share a cabin. 

Children aged 12 years old or over are permitted on this trip. The rate for children (16 and under) is currently $250 per night, based on occupancy with two adults - please note that this is subject to change. Please contact us for details.

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 $895 All departures. Basic competency required.


  • Pre-embarkation hotel night with breakfast
  • Transfers as indicated
  • Complimentary parka jacket
  • Digital voyage log
  • Voyage aboard the vessel as indicated in the itinerary
  • Accommodation and meals during the voyage on full board
  • All shore excursions and zodiac activities
  • Leadership throughout the voyage by our experienced Expedition Leader and Expedition Team
  • 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 landing sites


  • Flights to and from points of embarkation/disembarkation
  • Any additional pre/post land services, including meals
  • Transfers not specified in the itinerary
  • Optional adventure activities (e.g. kayaking)
  • Visa, passport and any vaccination expenses
  • Airport arrival or departure taxes
  • Personal travel insurance
  • Items of a personal nature - laundry, beverages, etc
  • Customary staff gratuity at the end of the voyage
  • Additional onboard purchases (i.e. gift shop)
  • Fuel surcharge may be applied for all bookings

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