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Falklands, South Georgia & Antarctica Explorer

Start your adventure in Puerto Madryn, a mecca for southern right whales and then sail to the wildlife paradise of South Georgia, stopping off at the Falkland Islands and Antarctic Peninsula en route. This three week odyssey on a stylish 139-passenger ship, with cavernous suites and fine dining offers the very best of the Southern Ocean, at a fair price.

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Trip type

Falklands & S. Georgia

Trip length

22 Days



Ship Comfort

Comfort & Adventure

Falklands, South Georgia & Antarctica Explorer - 22 Days - $20,895

Trip Summary and Itinerary Map

  • 10 days ‘off ship’ exploring - The Falklands (2), Antarctica (4), South Georgia (4)
  • This very comfortable ship’s amazing guides and state-of-the-art stabilisers really help make the difference
  • Antarctic operational experience since 2012
  • A low expedition staff to guest ratio of 1:7, which ensures a high level of personalisation
  • Wine, beer and soft drinks are included with lunch and dinner
  • Optional kayaking (additional charge)
  • Complimentary Puerto Madyn hotel stay: pre-embarkation
  • Complimentary Ushuaia 5* hotel stay: post-embarkation, parka jacket & 100 mins free WiFi

Start from Puerto Madryn and end at Ushuaia

Landmarks potentially visited on Falklands, South Georgia & Antarctica Explorer

Operator's Itinerary

Day 1 - Puerto Madryn:

Located in the Patagonian province of Chubut, Puerto Madryn is a popular destination for wildlife excursions: considered to be the best place in Argentina to see Southern right whales. Here, you can take a whale watching trip, look for nesting cormorants and elephant seals, or experience a walk through a colony of Magellanic penguins and myriad species of native seabirds.
Check into your included hotel for the night; there will be an optional evening briefing which is a great opportunity for you to ask questions and to meet some of your fellow travellers.

Day 2 - Embarkation:

Arriving at the ship in the afternoon, you will be greeted by the Expedition Team and ship’s officers at a safety and orientation briefing which is followed by the Captain’s welcome dinner. Then, watch the city lights fade in the fresh night air as we set sail.

Days 3 & 4 - Southern Ocean:

As we sail south, albatrosses, prions, and petrels will frequently follow the ship. Our Expedition Team will join you out on deck spotting the whales and dolphins that can be seen in the area. Our experts will begin their onboard presentations with informative and entertaining talks on the wildlife, history, and geology of the Falkland Islands (Las Malvinas) and the Southern Ocean. You can also attend helpful briefings on environmental regulations and expedition safety in our comfortable lounge. Those interested in Citizen Science can take part in sea bird sighting surveys, or help collect salinity samples and weather data along the way.

Day 5 - West Falklands:

Remote farms that have been family-owned for six and seven generations are the westernmost settled outposts of the Falkland Islands, where sheep graze alongside albatross colonies. You will also find rockhopper, king, and Magellanic penguin rookeries while striated caracaras patrol overhead and upland geese graze at the water’s edge. A visit to one of these homesteads often includes an invitation for a cup of tea and a slice of cake.

Day 6 - Stanley, East Falkland:

Stanley is easy to discover on foot: most shops and services are centered on the port. The museum, the post-office featuring first day covers, plenty of shops with locally made wool items, and Stanley’s lively pubs are all worth a visit. It is also possible to experience the wildlife of the Falklands from the town, with sea lions and Peale’s and Commerson’s dolphins in the harbour and plenty of bird life in nearby Gypsy Cove.

Days 7 & 8 - Southern Ocean:

We make our way east across the Antarctic Convergence and there will be plenty of wildlife spotting as we officially enter Antarctic waters. Onboard presentations will continue, featuring the exciting history and abundant wildlife of South Georgia.

Days 9 to 12 - South Georgia:

South Georgia will feature landing sites that host huge elephant seals, aggressive fur seals, gentoo penguins, albatross, petrels, skuas, gulls and hundreds of thousands of king penguins, from fuzzy little chicks to fattened adults. We will visit historic Grytviken whaling station, home of the whaling museum, Norwegian seaman’s church, the active British Antarctic Survey station and the tiny graveyard where the great Antarctic explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton is buried.

Days 13 & 14 - Scotia Sea:

Heading farther south, we keep a regular wildlife watch, observe as the icebergs become more and more plentiful and onboard presentations will continue.

Days 15 to 18 - The Antarctic Peninsula & South Shetland Islands:

In the waterways of the Antarctic Peninsula, we will explore using inflatable Zodiac boats and get a chance to witness nature’s glory up close.  Our Expedition Leader and Captain will create a flexible itinerary based on weather, ice, and wildlife watching opportunities.  We will aim for the most scenic bays and channels of the Peninsula, stopping at penguin rookeries, seal wallows, whale feeding areas and bird colonies, as well as sites of historic and scientific interest.

Adelie, chinstrap and gentoo penguins abound, and Weddell, crabeater and elephant seals are often found hauled resting, along with predatory leopard seals and the assertive Antarctic fur seal. Minke and humpback whales are frequent visitors in the late season and orca sightings are also common.

Days 19 & 20 - Drake Passage:

We leave this magical place and make our way north. Heading again across the Antarctic Convergence and the Drake Passage, we will continue our onboard presentation series and wildlife spotting. We celebrate the conclusion of our expedition with a special slideshow as we sail back to Ushuaia through the Beagle Channel.

Day 21 - Disembarkation

With huge smiles on weary, content faces, we disembark in the morning and transfer to Ushuaia's finest 5 star hotel (enquire for more details). Here you can unwind at the resort, relax in the spa, or hit the streets of Ushuaia to explore more sights.

Day 22 - Ushuaia 

Today, our Antarctic adventure officially comes to an end. As you continue on, homeward bound or perhaps on to another adventure, you’ll take with you the unforgettable memories of exploring the last wild place on earth.

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 Falklands, South Georgia & Antarctica Explorer

Falklands, South Georgia & Antarctica Explorer trips scored 4.6/5 from 14 reviews

10/10 - This trip was better than expected. We had perfect weather, the ship crew was fantastic, and they made sure we had every opportunity to land and explore. The small ship exploring is the only way to visit Antarctica.

Travelled: November 2023

Karen Yamamoto-Fosberg - USA

We had a fantastic expedition team. They were all so excited to venture out with us. Their knowledge of the land and wildlife is awesome.

Travelled: November 2023

Karen Yamamoto-Fosberg - USA

10/10 - It was an amazing adventure that just got better and better. The ship was great and all the staff were happy, knowledgeable and couldn’t do enough for you.

Travelled: November 2023

Alison Pullinger - UK

10/10 - The beauty, the weather, the fauna seen in such numbers at close quarters, the professionalism of the expedition staff, the captain and his entire crew, the learning experience, the history and science, the friendships made, the delicious food, the comfort of the cabin - all contributed to an amazing holiday. A privilege to visit these special places of the world. Thank you.

Travelled: November 2023

Penelope Simcox - New Zealand

10/10 - Hit all the 'check marks' of the objective, frequent landings, abundant sea life encounters, King penguins, Antarctic continent landing, and informative lectures and leaders.

Travelled: January 2023

Elizabeth Griffiths - Canada

Very knowledgeable and friendly. All the expedition team had the skill sets in their 'discipline' and lectures were enjoyable and informative. The geology lecture might have been my favourite (only because I'm a geologist).

Travelled: January 2023

Elizabeth Griffiths - Canada

10/10 - I wanted this itinerary. Wouldn’t have wanted to give up any of it.

Travelled: January 2023

Jana Dreyzehner - USA

Most memorable moment: Being surrounded by so much wildlife, penguins, fur seals elephant seals and more...

Travelled: November 2022

Angela Goodwin - UK

The team were all very knowledgeable, and seemed keen to tell us everything they knew about all the wildlife we encountered.

Travelled: November 2022

Angela Goodwin - UK

The wildlife was amazing! There is such an abundance and variety of everything on shore and off. Even our at sea days were full of sea birds around the ship and whales close by. We saw thousands of penguins and seals everywhere we went. With the kayaking and zodiac cruises we got perspective of animals from the water as well!

Travelled: November 2022

Jennifer Crews - Canada

It has exceeded my expectations. We had unforgettable wildlife encounters. We discovered why South Georgia is called The Serengeti of the Antarctic! We were surrounded by hundreds of thousands penguins, fur seals, elephant seals to such an extent that it was sometimes too dangerous to make a zodiac landing as the wildlife on shore was too dense.

Travelled: November 2022

Helena Polackova - UK

The expedition team was so knowledgeable, friendly and all was delivered with good humour. On sea days, we had opportunities to attend many lectures or watch them in our cabins if the seas were rough. The lectures were extremely informative and interesting.

Travelled: November 2022

Helena Polackova - UK

10/10 - I can’t even put into words how I felt, the sheer beauty of our planet was so overwhelming. Swoop and the expedition team on the ship were so extraordinary. I enjoyed every single moment. I honestly can’t think of one single thing that would have improved this trip.

Travelled: November 2022

Sandra Whitlock-Baker - UK

The expedition team was just fantastic - approachable, friendly, knowledgeable, helpful. We were totally happy with them.

Travelled: February 2020

Christi Tan - Singapore

The diversity and the quantity of wildlife was amazing. We got great pictures.

Travelled: January 2020

Deepak Nanda - United States Of America

Our Antarctica expedition was truly fabulous! It seems impossible to name just one highlight, but if I must, it would be the hour or so we spent cruising amongst a group of 200 humpback whales. They were so close you didn't know where to look first.

Travelled: December 2018

Elaine Green - United States Of America

We went knowing little about the area and were really glad we chose the longer voyage. South Georgia was stunning. We would definitely recommend this voyage and this ship.

Travelled: November 2018

Donna & Ralph Briskin - United States Of America

The highlight was without a doubtSouth Georgia due to its magnificent scenery and wildlife. The expedition staff on board were excellent. Very experienced and knowledgeable.

Travelled: January 2018

Steven Goldman - United States Of America


This ship has so many strong attributes, but for me it’s Seaventure's wide expanse of windows in every social area. The wrap-around windows in the Panorama Lounge make for a perfect spot to defrost after a busy day exploring, without missing any of the jaw-dropping landscapes!   

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.

Single Supplement And Child Policy

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

Children aged 12 years old or over are welcome. 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 $895 An immersive full kayaking program for those who want to kayak multiple times (as often as weather and ice conditions allow) with a maximum of 10 fixed participants. Booking in advance is essential.
Add on icon Paddling Paddling $250 One-off discovery paddle session with a maximum of 14 participants per session. Available on select departures, subject to weather conditions. Previous kayaking experience is required. Booking in advance is strongly recommended.


  • All airport/ hotel/ ship transfers on Day 1
  • For trips departing from October 2023 - March 24: all alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages included (some super premium brands are excluded). For trips departing October 2024 - March 2025: beer/wine/soft drinks are included with lunch and dinner
  • Complimentary parka jacket
  • Daily international news service
  • Post voyage digital log
  • Pre-voyage 5* hotel night in Puerto Madryn
  • Post-voyage 5* hotel night in Ushuaia
  • Free public internet and 200Mb of Wi-Fi
  • Voyage aboard the vessel as indicated in the itinerary
  • Accommodation and meals during the voyage on full board
  • 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


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

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