Antarctica, South Georgia and the Falklands

Towering Icebergs, Thousands of Penguins, and Tales of Shackleton

Antarctica, South Georgia and the Falklands route-map

Trip Details at-a-Glance

Cost From: $12,995  
Length: 20 days
Arrive: Ushuaia, Argentina
Depart: Ushuaia, Argentina
Lodging: 18 nights aboard a 112-guest expedition ship, 1 hotel night
Meals: All meals included
Activity: Wildlife & Natural History, Small Ship Cruising
Trip Level: 19-day expedition cruise, nature walks on uneven ground, Zodiac cruising with wet landings, possibility of rough seas and
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Highlights

  • Antarctic Peninsula, South Georgia, and the Falklands—all on one great journey!
  • The epic wildlife experience including South Georgia’s thousands-strong king penguins
  • Expert Antarctic naturalists and historians enrich your experience


It was surreal—like being on another planet.Charles A.—Berkeley, CA

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Choosing the Right Trip

We work hard to help you choose the right trip for you, paying attention to your individual interests, abilities, and needs. If you have questions about the level of comfort or any of the activities described in this itinerary, please contact us.

References

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Departure Notes

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Experience three epic destinations of the Southern Ocean: the wildlife-rich oasis of the Falkland Islands, breathtaking South Georgia Island, with its tales of Shackleton and massive colonies of king penguins, and the Antarctic Peninsula, a dazzling realm of glaciers, icebergs, and towering peaks rising straight from the sea. On our expedition cruise to this incredible land, adventures by go-anywhere Zodiacs grant you fantastic access to hidden bays full of drifting bergs and shores thronged with chattering penguins and basking elephant seals, while our expert naturalists and historians illuminate the mesmerizing world of the Antarctic.

Itinerary

Days 1-7
Ushuaia / At Sea / The Falkland Islands

In Ushuaia, board our ship and voyage to the rugged Falklands, where you enjoy explorations by Zodiac and encounters with Magellanic penguins, nesting gentoos, and dashing rockhopper penguins.

Days 8-11
South Georgia Island

Glacier-clad South Georgia Island is a spectacular sight, sheering out of the Southern Ocean in wondrous isolation. Our Zodiacs bring us to nesting sites of wandering albatross and vast rookeries with thousands of tall king penguins carpeting the shores (this is the only place where you can see nesting king penguins). At Grytviken, an old whaling station, we visit the great explorer Shackleton’s evocative grave.

Days 12-20
Scotia Sea / South Shetland Islands / Antarctic Peninsula

After crossing the Scotia Sea, we arrive in Antarctica, a pristine and spectacular wilderness of ice-blue glaciers and glaciated mountains rising above a cobalt sea. You’ll experience its glorious majesty while exploring penguin colonies, watching calving glaciers, visiting a research station, and cruising isolated bays by Zodiac (curious whales often approach us, giving you a chance to get close to these majestic animals). Options for sea kayaking and snowshoeing are available, conditions permitting. Return to Ushuaia via the Drake Passage. Disembark and depart on Day 20.

Note: This cruise is not an exclusive Wilderness Travel departure. The itinerary, lecturers, and other arrangements are subject to change at the discretion of the ship operator.

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What the Trip is Like

The trip is rated Level 1+, Easy. You will be travelling to a very remote destination. You must be able to complete on board safety drills and emergency evacuation procedures without the assistance of others. Rolling seas and windy conditions require you to be stable on your feet, especially when walking on slippery decks or up and down steep gangways. Shore excursions often require hiking over uneven terrain without the benefit of a developed trail. Some agility is required for getting in and out of the Zodiac landing crafts. While several Zodiac landings are dry, many will require that you step in the water to get ashore. Zodiac and shore excursions are weather permitting.

Explanation of Trip Levels

 

Choose from a Variety of Ships

We offer several exciting voyages to Antarctica aboard a variety of ships. Click on the individual ship names below to see the Detailed Itinerary for that departure, along with specific pricing, ship information, and Arrival & Departure details.

Departures

Dec 22, 2014-Jan 9, 2015 Silver Explorer
Jan 17-Feb 5, 2015 Sea Spirit by Zegrahm
Jan 19-Feb 6, 2015 Silver Explorer
Feb 23-Mar 16, 2015 Sea Explorer
Oct 29-Nov 18, 2015 Sea Explorer
Nov 14-Dec 2, 2015 Silver Explorer
Dec 16, 2015-Jan 3, 2016 Ortelius
Jan 8-27, 2016 Sea Adventurer by Zegrahm
Jan 22-Feb 9, 2016 Ortelius
Jan 30-Feb 18, 2016 Sea Explorer

Prices

Sea Explorer from: $11,395
Sea Spirit from: $15,595
Sea Spirit by Zegrahm from: $18,980
Silver Explorer from: $16,950
Sea Adventurer by Zegrahm from: $18,980
Ortelius from: $13,200

Silver Explorer

The Silver Explorer, a purpose-built expedition ship with the intimate onboard ambience of a private yacht, has been designed specifically ...
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Ortelius

The 106-guest, ice-strengthened Ortelius is an excellent vessel for expedition cruising in the Arctic and Antarctica. Built in 1989, she ...
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Sea Explorer

The elegant, all-suite 114-guest Sea Explorer has established itself as one of the finest expedition cruise ships in Antarctica. With an ...
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Sea Spirit

One of the most spacious and luxurious expedition vessels in operation, the Sea Spirit carries a maximum of 112 guests in all ...
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Client Comments

It was surreal—like being on another planet. Charles A., Berkeley, CA Truly amazing—the trip of a lifetime! Jim and Chris W., Portland, OR This was the “trip of a lifetime.” I enjoyed every minute of it! Susan D., Hartland, WI This trip is unique—there is nothing comparable. The expedition director was superb, and the procedures for getting ashore were well organized. There was a rich variety of lectures that expanded the experience and our knowledge. Stuart G., Golden, CO
The entire expedition staff was awesome! Bernd B., Reno, NV It was the thrill of a lifetime to visit the Falklands and South Georgia in addition to Antarctica. The Zodiac rides were great and the staff was always making every effort for us to see and do everything. Joanne G., Denver, CO This trip was way better than we imagined it could be! Anik C., Victoriaville, Quebec