colony of king penguins and seals in South Georgia Island

South Georgia Island's wildlife

The spectacualr sub-Antarctic island of South Georgia is one of the important penguin nesting grounds on earth and a haven for many other species, from seals to albatross.

Photo by Bill Abbott

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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 deluxe 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 cold weather


  • Antarctic Peninsula, South Georgia, and the Falklands in one journey
  • Zodiac excursions amid extraordinary wildlife including thousands of penguins
  • Expert Antarctic naturalists and historians to 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.


We are proud to have an exceptionally high rate of repeat travelers. For more information, we would be happy to put you in touch with a client who has traveled with us.

Departure Notes

Once you have signed up on the trip, we send a complete packing list, relevant health information, and required travel documents.

Experience three epic destinations of the Southern Ocean: the wildlife-rich oasis of the Falkland Islands, breathtaking South Georgia Island, with its legends of Shackleton and massive colonies of king penguins, and the celebrated Antarctic Peninsula, a world of towering peaks and icebergs. On our small-ship expedition cruise during the austral summer, adventures by go-anywhere Zodiacs grant us 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 fascinating world of the Antarctic.


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

From Ushuaia, set on the Beagle Channel, we board our expedition ship and voyage to the distant Falklands. Here we enjoy explorations by Zodiac and encounters with Magellanic penguins, nesting gentoos, and dashing rockhopper penguins. We also call at Port Stanley, the very British capital, where we may have a pint at the local pub.

Days 8-10
South Georgia Island

Towering, 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. At Grytviken, we visit Shackleton’s simple grave.

Days 11-20
Scotia Sea / Antarctic Peninsula

Deception Island, Paradise Bay, Gerlache Strait, and the awesome Lemaire Channel are among our iconic destinations as we experience the majesty of the Antarctic Peninsula, exploring penguin colonies, watching calving glaciers, and visiting scientists at a research station. We return to Ushuaia via the Drake Passage. Depart on Day 20.

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Note: These cruises are not exclusive Wilderness Travel departures. 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



Oct 28-Nov 18, 2014  Sea Explorer*

Nov 17-Dec 6, 2014  Sea Spirit
Jan 17-Feb 5, 2015  Sea Spirit
Feb 23-Mar 16, 2015  Sea Explorer*

*22-day itinerary
Cruise length, itinerary and ship vary by departure.

Trip Cost

To see complete breakdown of cabin prices by category and a deck chart for each ship, click on ship name.

Sea Spirit
20-day itinerary from $17,295

Sea Explorer
22-day itinerary from $12,995

Argentine Reciprocity Fee for US citizens: $160
   (must be obtained in advance online)

Trip Cost Includes:

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Trip Cost Does Not Include:

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Trip Payment Schedule*

Sea Spirit (Nov 2014 only)
At time of reservation: 20%
130 days prior to departure: Balance

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*Please note that this differs from our regular catalog departures.

Cancellation and Transfer Fee Schedule*

Sea Spirit (Nov 2014 only)
Minimum fee: $1000 per person
179-120 days prior to departure: deposit is forfeited
119 days or less prior to departure: 100% of cruise cost

*Please note that this differs from our regular catalog departures.

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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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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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