Voyage South Georgia, Falklands & Antarctica

Alongside the obvious highlights of the destinations themselves, we like this voyage for this modern ship’s spaciousness and stability ensuring comfortable sea days. Combined with a sizeable expedition staff and an extensive programme of activities, Southern Ocean travel doesn’t come much better.

18 - 21 Days

$18,195

Voyage South Georgia, Falklands & Antarctica - 18 - 21 - $18,195

Trip Summary and Itinerary Map

  • 11 days ‘off ship’ exploring – South Georgia (4), Antarctica (6) & The Falklands (1)
  • A landing at Point Wild on Elephant Island will be attempted, if conditions allow
  • We like this 146 passenger ship for its superior stability, top ice class rating & large expedition staff
  • Complimentary yoga and photo workshops led by professional photographer. Kayaking available for an additional cost
  • Added advantage of the loan of a parka jacket, waterproof trousers, boots, binoculars, trekking pole & waterproof backpack

Start from Santiago and end at Santiago

Landmarks visited on Voyage South Georgia, Falklands & Antarctica

Operator's Itinerary

Day 1 - Santiago:

Arriving in Santiago, the cultural centre of Chile, you will make your way to your hotel for an included pre-voyage stay. In the evening, we encourage you to visit the welcome desk set up in the lobby of the hotel to check in with your voyage’s representative and to collect luggage tags.


Day 2 - Stanley:

We depart Santiago on a private air charter (included in the price of your voyage) direct to Stanley, the capital of the Falkland Islands. On arrival we’ll transfer from the airport into town, where there is time to explore the town or enjoy a guided visit to nearby Gypsy Cove. The cove will provide your first opportunity for observing local wildlife, including nesting Magellanic penguins and other sea birds.


Days 3 & 4 - At Sea

Rich in bio-diversity, this stretch of the South Atlantic showcases an abundance of astonishing wildlife. We are joined by hundreds of seabirds, as we make our way to South Georgia, including the wandering albatross, giant petrels and smaller cape petrels. Our photography expert will be on hand to show you the best techniques for photographing these magnificent birds. You can also join the ship’s Captain on the bridge to learn about the operations of our modern research vessel.


Days 5 to 8 - South Georgia:

South Georgia has often been called the ‘Serengeti of the Southern Ocean’; as we approach the deep bays of this rugged, rocky outcrop you will begin to see why. We begin our exploration of the island, in the vicinity of Elsehul Bay, by zodiac. Large numbers of fur seals and the much larger elephant seal line the beaches. Living in the tussock grass, king penguins and their chicks may number up to 100,000 birds in some locations, including Salisbury Plains, St Andrews Bay and Gold Harbor. The island is also home to large numbers of nesting albatross and they fill the skies above. South Georgia is also a thrilling location for history enthusiasts as the rusting relics of the early whaling industry are all around us. A highlight is a visit to Grytviken – the largest of the former whaling stations on the island, and the site of Shackleton’s grave; he was buried here in 1921.


Days 9 to 11 - At Sea:

The weather and amount of ice dictates our crossing of the Scotia Sea from South Georgia to Antarctica, leading us perhaps to the South Orkney Islands or Elephant Island. Our Expedition Leader and Captain make their decisions based on the conditions at the time. The South Orkney Islands represent the peaks of a submarine mountain range called the Scotia Arc, connecting South Georgia to the South Shetland Islands. A chance to visit these islands doesn’t come often as they’re often shrouded in fog and surrounded by ice much of the year. Large icebergs announce our arrival in Antarctic waters and we edge ever closer to the frozen continent.


Days 12 to 15 - Antarctic Sound & Gerlache Strait:

After all the anticipation, we enter the icy waters of the Antarctic Peninsula around Mikkelson Harbour or Cierva Cove. Snow covered mountains soar over the dark waters. An incredible abundance of wildlife lives along the shoreline, in the bays and harbours of the Peninsula. Large rookeries, home to chinstrap, gentoo and Adelie penguins and seals living on the ice floes, including the powerful leopard seal that we hope to encounter at some point. Gulls, skuas and cormorants are to be found nesting and feeding at many sites along the Antarctic Peninsula.


Days 16 & 17- South Shetland Islands & Antarctica:

The South Shetland Island chain lies around 60 miles off the coast of the Antarctic mainland. We will explore possible landing sites, including King George Island, Half Moon Island, Yankee Harbour and Hannah Point. If weather conditions permit, we will sail the ship into the flooded volcanic caldera of Deception Island.


Days 18 & 19 - At Sea:

Sailing northeast towards the Falkland Islands we will be joined by hundreds of seabirds. This will include our constant companions: the wandering albatross, giant petrels and cape petrels. We are making our way back to Stanley, and as we do so, the educational presentations continue, along with an entertaining and memorable voyage recap by our Expedition Leader.


Day 20 - West Point & Saunders Island:

We will arrive at the Falkland Islands overnight, and then explore the island of West Point and nearby Saunders Island, in the West Falkland archipelago. Known for its rockhopper penguin rookeries and substantial nesting black-browed albatross colony, West Point gives us the opportunity to observe these spectacular birds in close proximity. This is an immense privilege and an experience not easily forgotten.


Day 21 - Stanley:

As we find ourselves back in the port of Stanley, we say goodbye to our crew and after some free time in town, we’ll make our way to the airport for our return private air charter to Santiago (included in the price of the voyage).


Please note:

  • The 31-Dec-2019 departure is 18 days. It starts by flying from Santiago to Port Stanley (USD $495 per person), spending 6 days in Antarctica and 3 days in South Georgia, before sailing back to Ushuaia. Only the embarkation day is spent in the Falkland Islands.
  • The 8-Oct-2020 departure is a special Photographers' Symposium and is 20 days long. It starts by sailing from Punta Arenas to the Falkland Islands and ends by flying from the Falklands to Santiago. Pre-embarkation hotel night included.
  • The 27-Nov-2020 departure is 21 days long, starts and ends by flying from Santiago de Chile to the Falkland Islands. Pre-embarkation hotel night and return flights (Santiago - Falklands) are included in the voyage price. Spends 4 days in South Georgia, 6 in Antarctica and 1 in the Falkland Islands.
  • The 16-Jan-2021 departure is 18 days long, and it starts by flying from Punta Arenas to Antarctica and ends with a flight from the Falkland Islands to Santiago de Chile. Spend 4 days exploring Antarctica, 4 in South Georgia and 1 in the Falkland Islands.

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.

What our customers think

About The Ship

Built in Finland in 1993, few expedition ships are capable of delivering such a well-appointed, comfortable Antarctic experience on board such a safe and ice strengthened vessel. Spacious cabins, modern stabilising and an outstanding expedition staff all help to enhance the adventure.

Alex Mudd

What really attracts me to this outstanding ship is her large cabins, fast speed and high ice class rating. Few expedition ships can touch her.

Alex Mudd Polar Specialist

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.

Triple Private
Twin Private
Superior
Superior Plus
Shackleton Suite
Captain's Suite
October 2019
19-Oct-2019 Full Full Full Full Full Full
December 2019
31-Dec-2019 Full Full Full Full Full Full
October 2020
8-Oct-2020 $18,195* $20,695 $21,995 $22,495 $24,795 $27,295
27-Oct-2020 Full Full Full Full Full Full
November 2020
27-Nov-2020 $21,795 $25,295 $26,395 $26,995 $29,495 $32,595
January 2021
16-Jan-2021 $22,895 Full $26,495 $27,095 $29,595 Full

* Note: Prices are per person. Paid in USD ($) - figure above is based on today's exchange rate. Actual cost $18195

Additional Notes

  • The 31-Dec-2019 departure is 18 days. It starts by flying from Santiago to Port Stanley (USD $495 per person), spending 6 days in Antarctica and 3 days in South Georgia, before sailing back to Ushuaia. Only the embarkation day is spent in the Falkland Islands.
  • The 8-Oct-2020 departure is a special Photographers' Symposium and is 20 days long. It starts by sailing from Punta Arenas to the Falkland Islands and ends by flying from the Falklands to Santiago. Pre-embarkation hotel night included.
  • The 27-Nov-2020 departure is 21 days long, starts and ends by flying from Santiago de Chile to the Falkland Islands. Pre-embarkation hotel night and return flights (Santiago - Falklands) are included in the voyage price. Spends 4 days in South Georgia, 6 in Antarctica and 1 in the Falkland Islands.
  • The 16-Jan-2021 departure is 18 days long, and it starts by flying from Punta Arenas to Antarctica and ends with a flight from the Falkland Islands to Santiago de Chile. Spend 4 days exploring Antarctica, 4 in South Georgia and 1 in the Falkland Islands.

Single Supplement And Child Policy

For those travelling solo and want their own cabin, the single supplement is 1.5 to 2 times the cost of a single berth, please contact us for details. However, there is no single supplement for passengers willing to share a cabin. 

Children are welcome. 25% discount young traveller discount up to 17 years and 20% off for those aged 18 - 21. 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 $795 All departures. Basic competency required.
Add on icon Photography Photography Complimentary All departures. Workshops with a professional photographer.

Includes

  • Direct charter flight(s) between Santiago/ Port Stanley on certain departures
  • Voyage aboard the vessel as indicated in the itinerary
  • Accommodation & meals during the voyage on full board
  • All shore excursions and zodiac activities
  • Activities including photo workshops & yoga
  • Educational lectures by expert onboard polar guides
  • Loan of rubber boots, waterproof pants and parka jacket 
  • Loan of rucksack and binoculars
  • Comprehensive pre-departure information
  • Port taxes and any entry fees to landing sites
  • Free access to multimedia room and download stations
  • Onboard sauna, plunge pool, jacuzzi and fitness centre including massage options (charge applies for massage and treatments)

Excludes

  • Any flights to/from voyage start and end points
  • Any additional pre/post land services, including meals
  • Transfers not specified in the itinerary
  • Optional adventure activities (e.g. kayaking)
  • Soft drinks and alcoholic beverages
  • 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)
  • Telecommunication charges 

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