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Antarctica, South Georgia & Falklands Revealed

Purpose-built to tackle polar waters, an eco-minded vessel makes the ocean crossing between Antarctica and the wildlife Eden of South Georgia as comfortable as possible. Traverse the breathtaking Antarctic Sound where huge tabular icebergs dwarf the ship and immerse yourself in the cacophony of thousands of king penguins in South Georgia.

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Trip type

Falklands & S. Georgia

Trip length

19 Days

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$13,590 -$47,195

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Antarctica, South Georgia & Falklands Revealed - 19 Days - $13,590

Trip Summary and Itinerary Map

  • 10 days 'off ship' exploring - Antarctica (4), South Georgia (4) and Falkland Islands (2)
  • Ship featuring X-bow technology, stabilisers and low emission engines  
  • Antarctic operational experience since 2017 
  • Expedition staff to guest ratio of 1:8
  • Spacious bright cabins with options for balconies and dedicated single rooms
  • Onboard jacuzzis, spa and gym, plus complimentary drinks with dinner
  • Kayaking & snowshoeing available on selected departures (additional cost)

Start from Ushuaia and end at Ushuaia

Landmarks potentially visited on Antarctica, South Georgia & Falklands Revealed

Operator's Itinerary

Day 1: Embarkation in Ushuaia

Arrive in Ushuaia, Argentina, the world’s southernmost town. Explore the quaint city or local countryside. Perhaps consider a day trip off the beaten path to the raw, natural archipelago of Tierra del Fuego; a hiker's paradise with rugged snow-capped mountains, glaciers, flower meadows and boggy quagmires. In the afternoon, we board our ship and our journey begins. Navigating the Beagle Channel, a strait in the Tierra del Fuego Archipelago, we depart for Antarctica.


Days 2 & 3: At Sea

We cross the famed Drake Passage - a body of water that marks the intersection of the cold Antarctic with the warmer Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. The Drake Passage is known for strong westerly winds and heavy sea, earning its nickname of ‘The Roaring Fifties’. While this passage may be challenging, you can rest confidently aboard our purpose-built expedition vessel, with stabilizers, powerful engines and a highly qualified crew.

The most spirited sailors consider crossing the Drake Passage a lifetime achievement and you will be able to tick it off on the list yourself. As we cross the Drake, excitement builds as Antarctic wildlife comes into view - we can expect our first sightings of seals, penguins and albatrosses. Then it is on to explore the sub-Antarctic islands of the South Shetland chain, marvelling at the captivating landscapes along the way. Weather permitting, we hope to make our first landfall on King George Island and then continue south to the tip of the Antarctic Peninsula.


Days 4 to 7: Exploring the Antarctic Sound & Weddell Sea

During our time spent in the Antarctic Sound, (named in 1902 after the Swedish vessel Antarctic), the captain and the expedition team will keep a watchful eye on the mighty tabular icebergs, born from the floating Larsen Ice Shelf further south. We hope to make landings both on the continent itself and the surrounding islands in the Antarctic Sound and the Weddell Sea, always on the lookout for some of the large penguin colonies nearby.

Over the next few days, the itinerary and activities will depend on weather and ice conditions. The route and shore landings will be determined by the Captain and Expedition Leader and communicated via regularly scheduled briefings to the guests.


Days 8 & 9: Sailing north

Leaving the Weddell Sea, we continue our journey into the open sea, following the same route as intrepid explorer Ernest Shackleton and his men more than hundred years ago. Having lost their ship Endurance in the Weddell Sea, the group moved slowly north on ice floes and later in open lifeboats to reach Elephant Island. From there a smaller group set out on one of the most remarkable boat journeys in polar history. Shackleton and five of his men took two weeks to navigate the 720 nautical miles to South Georgia to call for recovery of the stranded crew on Elephant Island. We, on the other hand, will reach the same spot after just a few days at sea!


Days 10 to 13: South Georgia

South Georgia offers stunning wildlife experiences; a wealth of breeding penguins, sea birds, sea lions and seals all seek shelter in this oasis amidst the roaring Southern Ocean. Previous whaling history surrounds us in the fjords that we explore, not least of all in Grytviken, the only inhabited settlement on this mountainous island. Grytviken is also the final resting place of Shackleton, after he died on another Antarctica voyage in 1922. We will explore the fjords of the north coast for 2-3 days and take as many shore landings as time and sea conditions allow.


Days 14 & 15: At Sea

Spend your days at sea participating in lectures and other activities hosted by your expedition team, reading books in the ship’s library, simply relaxing or perhaps watching the ubiquitous storm petrels and albatrosses from the top deck.


Days 16 & 17: Port Stanley & Falkland Islands

During the morning we approach the Falkland Islands and in the early afternoon our vessel will anchor in the sheltered natural harbour of Port Stanley. Using Zodiac boats, we will land in the town centre, and take a leisurely stroll through the streets of Port Stanley. Weather permitting, on the following day we will make landings at two of the islands’ many magnificent wildlife spots.


Day 18: Returning to Ushuaia

The last leg of this adventurous voyage sees us heading back to Ushuaia.


Day 19: Disembarkation

After saying farewell to the vessel and crew, we disembark on the final morning after breakfast.


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 Antarctica, South Georgia & Falklands Revealed

Antarctica, South Georgia & Falklands Revealed trips scored 4.4/5 from 7 reviews

Salisbury Plain penguins and fur seal pups

Travelled: February 2024

Anonymous -

Seeing and being with all of the penguins and seals.

Travelled: February 2024

Julie -

Too many to pick Just one. Many wildlife encounters with whales were up there

Travelled: February 2024

Steven -

The feeding frenzy of humpback whales and penguins

Travelled: February 2024

Anonymous -

there are so many highlights, impossible to find just one - from the beauty and incredible shades of white and blue of the icebergs and the 'fizzing' sound as the smaller 'bergie bits' melt, to the constant wildlife around the ship, eg birds, whales, dolphins, penguins everywhere we went, albatrosses following the ship, the black browed albatross colony [with chicks] on Falkland islands, sailing alongside the huge A23 iceberg, the impressive specialist knowledge of the expedition team, the friendliness of the onboard hotel crew, the skill and amenability of the captain as he maneouvered the ship in places where bigger ships can't go

Travelled: January 2024

Lesley -

Can’t pick just one. Seeing Antarctica was truly special, but South Georgia was the biggest surprise.

Travelled: January 2024

Steven -

Seeing the animals in their own environment

Travelled: January 2023

Denette -

Review:

I sailed aboard Ocean Victory in February 2022 and loved waking up to panoramic views of sculptural icebergs and jagged glaciated mountains through the floor-to-ceiling balcony doors.  A perfect way to start the day!

Lizzie Williams Polar Product & Partnerships Manager

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.

2024

2025

Additional Notes

Please note: 

  • The departures on 19-Nov-2024 and 19-Dec-2024 are 18 days long and spends one day less in South Georgia than the above itinerary.

Single Supplement And Child Policy

Single Supplement: For those travelling solo and want their own cabin, the ship has dedicated single cabins (Category G). If you want an alternative option, the single supplement in a twin cabin is 75% . However, there is no single supplement for passengers willing to share a cabin, which is possible in Category F triples or Category 3 twin share balcony staterooms. 

Child Policy: At date of embarkation, the minimum age restriction of 8 years and a minimum height and weight requirement of 64 lbs or 29kg and 48” or 1.2 meters must be met.

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 Paddling Paddling $345 One-off paddle session during the course of your voyage. Available on all departures, subject to weather conditions. Previous kayaking experience is required. Cannot be booked in advance; onboard booking only.

Includes

  • Voyage aboard the vessel as indicated in the itinerary
  • Accommodation & meals during the voyage on full board
  • Welcome and farewell drinks
  • Free tea and coffee 24 hours daily
  • House wine, beer and soda included with dinner
  • All Zodiac landings and excursions as per itinerary
  • Expedition parka
  • Rubber boot rentals
  • Guiding and lectures by our expedition leader and team
  • Complimentary photo workshop from the onboard photographer
  • English-speaking expedition team
  • Taxes
  • Access to online visual journal after your voyage including photos, species list, log and more
  • Port fees and taxes required for your voyage
  • Short shuttle transfer from water's edge pickup point to ship for embarkation
  • Shuttle transfer after disembarkation directly from the ship to the airport in the morning

Excludes

  • Any flights to and from points of embarkation/disembarkation
  • Any pre/post land services, including meals, transfers & hotel accommodation
  • Visa, passport and any vaccination or Covid19 testing expenses
  • Personal travel insurance
  • Optional activities and excursions not mentioned in the itinerary (i.e. kayaking, snowshoeing )
  • Single room supplement and stateroom upgrades
  • Meals not on board the ship
  • Tips for the crew (we recommend USD $14 per person per day)
  • Additional onboard personal expenses e.g. laundry, internet access
  • Personal expenses

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