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South Georgia & The Falklands In-Depth

Uniquely focused on extensive exploration of South Georgia and the Falkland Islands, without heading further south to Antarctica. Spend 8 full days exploring these bountiful sub-Antarctic Islands, brimming with both wildlife and history. Limited to spring and late summer month departures only, with superb wildlife and light conditions for keen photographers.

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South Georgia & The Falklands In-Depth

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Trip type

Falklands & S. Georgia

Trip length

17 Days


$24,940 -$49,450

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South Georgia & The Falklands In-Depth - 17 Days - $24,940

Trip Summary and Itinerary Map

  • 8 days ‘off ship’ exploring = The Falklands (2) & South Georgia (5)
  • With extended time exploring paradisiacal South Georgia, this voyage is ideal for wildlife lovers who have previously been to Antarctica 
  • Sail in comfort on a high tech purpose-built X-bow expedition ship 
  • Antarctic operational experience since 1966, the original pioneer
  • Expedition staff to guest ratio of 1:12
  • Benefit from a hugely experienced expedition team who will maximise your time exploring these wild islands
  • Enhance your wildlife photography with tips from the onboard National Geographic certified photographer 
  • Includes a selection of complimentary alcoholic drinks

Start from Buenos Aires to Antarctica and end at Santiago

Landmarks potentially visited on South Georgia & The Falklands In-Depth

Operator's Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive into Buenos Aires or Santiago

For expeditions which start in Buenos Aires: Today arrive into Argentina’s capital Buenos Aires, set on the Rio de la Plata, and check in to the included Alvear Art Hotel (or similar). In the afternoon, you will have a guided introductory tour of the city, seeing its Beaux Arts palaces, grand boulevards, and the famous balcony forever associated with Eva Peron. 

For expeditions which start in Santiago: Arrive into Chile’s capital city of Santiago and check in to the included Mandarin Oriental (or similar).  The capital is nearly surrounded by the Andes, which form an inspiring backdrop to your afternoon guided tour of this vibrant city. Explore the Plaza de Armas, the main square, and nearby Presidential Palace, enjoying wonderful views from the many hills that dot the city. 

Day 2: Fly to Ushuaia (Mandatory - additional cost)

Today you will join your fellow expeditioners on a charter flight to Ushuaia, Argentina - the most southerly city in the world. Fly over the dramatic landscapes of Patagonia before landing in Ushuaia. Before boarding the ship your group may visit the wilderness of Tierra del Fuego National Park, with its beautiful forest of southern beech. Lunch will be served onboard a private catamaran while cruising the Beagle Channel. Look out for South American sea lions and cormorants clustered on rocky outcrops. You may even spot your first penguins - look out for Magellanic penguins porpoising through the water.

In the afternoon you will embark on your ship and set sail for the Falkland Islands.  

Please note that the mandatory charter flight package is at additional cost and includes your flights to and from Ushuaia. 

Day 3: At sea in the South Atlantic

Settle into shipboard life, enjoying educational presentations from the team of naturalists, in preparation for the wildness ahead in the Falklands. We strongly recommend spending time on deck and on the bridge, scanning for seabirds including huge albatrosses which may pass over the ship. 

Days 4 & 5: Exploring the Falkland Islands

Each of the 700+ islands which comprise the Falklands archipelago is a variation on the theme of topographical beauty, with white-sand beaches, vaulting cliffs, windswept moors and the sunlit yellows and sage greens of waving tussock grass. 

The islands are home to thousands of gentoo, rockhopper and Magellanic penguins, as well as fur and elephant seals. It is fascinating to see the unique Falklands combination of exotic wildlife and small farming communities!

Days 6 & 7: At sea towards South Georgia

During your days at sea, there will be opportunities to learn about the fascinating history of exploration in the region, as well as the flora, fauna and geology of South Georgia. Guides will be out on deck to help you identify the seabirds that follow the ship - look out for wandering albatross, prions and black-browed albatross.

Days 8 to 12: South Georgia

Explore the spectacular coastline of the island of South Georgia. In keeping with the unpredictable nature of an expedition, the schedule is kept flexible to work around the weather conditions and impromptu wildlife opportunities. During your time here you will be heading off the ship to explore by walking, hiking, kayaking and Zodiac excursions.

As the ship is deftly sailed around the dramatic coastline, stops may include the haunting remnants of Grytviken, the final resting place of Sir Ernest Shackleton. You may also call in at Stromness Bay, where Shackleton, Tom Crean and Frank Worsley finally reached help at a whaling station after their epic odyssey from Elephant Island. 

Days 13 & 14: At sea towards the Falklands

Leave South Georgia and begin your journey back towards the Falklands. Head out on the deck or up to the Bridge to observe expert navigation at work as the skilled Captain and officers sail these challenging waters. There'll also be time to relax and enjoy a massage in the wellness centre, work out in the gym, and browse in the library. 

Day 15: Visit Stanley

Depending on the weather conditions, you may get to the Falklands with time for an afternoon visit to Port Stanley, to enjoy its unique blend of quintessential British charm meets Atlantic wilderness. In the evening you will set sail for Ushuaia.

Day 16: At sea towards Ushuaia

Today journey back across the ocean towards your final destination of Ushuaia. Make sure to be out on deck as you head up the Beagle Channel to enjoy your final wildlife spotting opportunities of the voyage. 

Day 17: Fly north from Ushuaia (Mandatory  – additional cost)

After breakfast, disembark and transfer to the airport for your charter flight back to either Buenos Aires or Santiago. For those select departures with optional flights back to the US you will take your onward flight overnight tonight.

If you are arranging your own international flights home, please ensure your plane is due to depart after 9.30pm at the absolute earliest. Alternatively you may wish to arrange an additional night in the city and fly on tomorrow. 

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A feature that we have never seen on any other ship are the 'igloos'. These geodesic domes are located out on deck and make a wonderfully quirky sheltered place to enjoy the view by day. They can also be booked on board for overnight stays: glamping polar-style!

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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.



Category 01 - Window Category 02 - Window Category 03 Category 04 Category 05 - Balcony Single Category 06 - Junior Balcony Suite Category 07 - Superior Balcony
October 2024
8-Oct-2024 $24,940* $25,960 $31,290 $34,500 $38,410 $39,130 $44,210 $48,990 Enquire
February 2025
28-Feb-2025 $25,170 $25,930 $31,580 $34,820 $38,770 $44,620 $40,930 $49,450 Enquire

* Note: Prices are per person. Paid in USD ($) - figure above is based on today's exchange rate. Actual cost $24940

Additional Notes

For a seamless travel experience, all departures have a compulsory wrap-around package in either Santiago or Buenos Aires (depending on departure date) which includes one night's hotel accommodation, charter flights to Ushuaia (return), and transfers. The additional price of this package is approximately US$1,280 per person Buenos Aires-Ushuaia (NG Endurance & Explorer) or US$1,570 per person Santiago-Ushuaia (NG Resolution). Please contact us for more details.

Please note that the departure on 28 February 2025 operates in/out of Santiago, with your included pre-night there. All other departures currently listed operate out of Buenos Aires with your included pre-night in the Argentine capital.  

Single Supplement And Child Policy

For those travelling solo who want their own cabin, this ship has a good number of dedicated single cabins. Please contact us for details. There is no single supplement if you're willing to share a cabin.

Children of all ages are permitted on this trip. Young travellers receive a $500 discount off the voyage price. 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 Photography Photography Complimentary All departures. Workshops with professional photographer.
Add on icon Paddling Paddling Complimentary One-off paddle session. Available on all departures, subject to weather and ice conditions. Cannot be booked in advance; onboard booking only.


  • One night hotel pre-embarkation (Buenos Aires or Santiago)
  • Accommodation and meals while onboard on full board basis
  • Voyage aboard the vessel as indicated in the itinerary
  • All shore excursions and Zodiac activities
  • Use of kayaks
  • Beverages including alcoholic drinks, except for certain super-premium brands
  • One 3-in-1 lined expedition parka per guest
  • Transfers to and from group flights
  • Educational lectures by expert onboard polar guides
  • Access to an onboard doctor and basic medical services
  • Comprehensive pre-departure information
  • Port taxes and any entry fees to historic landing sites
  • Crew gratuities


  • Mandatory domestic charter flight package 
  • International air fare
  • Any additional pre/post land services, including meals
  • Transfers not specified in the itinerary
  • Waterproof boots (can be hired online and sent to the ship for approx. $90)
  • Visa, passport and any vaccination expenses
  • Airport arrival or departure taxes
  • Personal travel insurance
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Voyage DVD
  • Additional onboard purchases (i.e. gift shop, internet, laundry)

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