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
- Kayaking (additional cost)
- Complimentary 5* Ushuaia hotel stay + parka jacket
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 4/5 from 6 reviews
The abundance of wildlife and incredible scenery made each day uniquely memorable.
Travelled: April 2023
Penguin Colonies on South Georgia....... each time seeing the massive colonies on South Georgia I was blow away. It was beyond words.
Travelled: April 2022
Kayaking through brash ice near the Argentinian research station and seeing leopard seals basking on icebergs.
Travelled: March 2022
All kayaking but especially through ice in Antarctica and coming upon a leopard seal on the ice. Stepping on to the Antarctic continent Abundant wildlife in South Georgia Stunning scenery
Travelled: March 2022
Seeing the stars on deck
Travelled: March 2023
Travelled: April 2020
About The Ship
- An elegant 4* vessel for 114 guests
- Very spacious cabins, double the average
- 1D ice class rating
- Optional kayaking & camping available
- Complimentary jacket & loan of rubber boots
- Includes a 5* hotel stay in Ushuaia
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.
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* Note: Prices are per person. Paid in USD ($) - figure above is based on today's exchange rate. Actual cost $14795
- The 28-Oct-2023 and 02-Nov-2024 voyages are shorter at 17 days length and have 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. In addition to the flight arrival day, you will spend a further day exploring the Falkland Islands before heading to South Georgia. You will have 4 days here before heading onto the Antarctic Peninsula for 4 days, as per the itinerary. You will then finish the trip in Ushuaia, Argentina.
- The 06-Jan-2024, 17-Nov-2024 and 05-Jan-2025 voyages are 21 days long
- The 27-Feb-2024 and 26-Feb-2025 voyages are 23 days long and end 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. However, there is no single supplement for passengers willing to share a cabin.
Children aged 12 years old or over are welcome. Children aged 6-11 on a case by case basis. The rate for children (16 and under) is $150 per night, based on occupancy with two adults. Please contact us for details.
- 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