Comprehensive Antarctica Expedition
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What Makes Our Antarctica Trips Special?

  • With over 30 years of experience in Antarctica, we know the continent intimately and have selected the best designed itineraries that combine adventure, style and safety.
  • Small ships provide a wonderful advantage, letting you anchor closer to shore and allowing more time to explore on land—larger vessels are far less maneuverable, and because of regulations in Antarctica must have their passengers wait in shifts to make landfall.
  • A stellar team of on-board experts accompanies you on twice-daily landings and provides fascinating presentations on their fields of expertise, from marine biology to Antarctic history.
  • Each of the ships we’ve chosen have ice-strengthened hulls and advanced stabilization systems—and all adhere to the IAATO’s strict environmental guidelines designed to preserve Antarctica’s unique environment.
  • The majority of the itineraries we’ve selected are aboard all-suite luxury expedition ships with ocean-view staterooms, and abundant public space for relaxing. A few adventure expedition ships are also featured which offer fascinating options to camp, ski, kayak and even scuba in Antarctica.
Choose from a Variety of Ships
We offer several exciting voyages to Antarctica aboard a variety of ships. This is the general information for Antarctica, South Georgia & the Falklands. To see the exact itinerary for each ship, click on the ship links below.

Overview

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.

Days 1-7
Ushuaia / Falkland Islands

Voyage to the rugged Falklands, where you’ll see Magellanic penguins, nesting gentoo penguins in their burrows, and dashing rockhopper penguins, with their cliff colonies and devil-may-care surf landings. You’ll also visit Port Stanley, the quaint British capital. On Days 6 and 7, watch for whales and albatrosses as you cross the Antarctic Convergence to South Georgia.

Days 8-11
South Georgia Island

Rearing 10,000 feet out of the sea, supremely isolated South Georgia is one of the most spectacular islands in the world—and host to a phenomenal concentration of subantarctic wildlife. Landings include Salisbury Plain, with its thousands of king penguins, and the old Norwegian whaling station of Grytviken, where you’ll make a toast to fabled explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton.

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

Cross the Scotia Sea to the Antarctic Peninsula, with its ice-covered mountains. Visits may include Paulet Island, with its stunning tabular icebergs, Deception Island, a sea-filled volcanic crater, and awe-inspiring Lemaire Channel, a great place to spot whales. You’ll walk amid teeming penguin colonies, visit a research station, explore by Zodiac, and perhaps take a bracing dip in the hot springs at Deception Island. Return to Ushuaia via the Drake Passage and depart on Day 20.

Highlights

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

Details

Activity: Wildlife & Natural History, Small Ship Cruising
Trip Level:

19-22 day expedition cruise, nature walks on uneven ground, Zodiac cruising with wet landings, possibility of rough seas and
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