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King Penguins, Beach, South Georgia Islands, Antarctica

Ultimate Antarctica, South Georgia & Falkland Islands

  • TAILOR-MADE

Duration

21 Days

Prices Start from

$15,411 (ex. flights)

Suitable for

Couples Romantic/Honeymoon Adventure Traveller Solo Traveller Photographers

For those with time to spare, this cruise combines the ‘Big 3’ – Antarctica, South Georgia Island and the Falkland Islands – in what is arguably the most sought-after boat voyage in the world. Navigating between highly remote locations and witnessing little-seen ecosystems, welcome to “the most staggering wildlife show on Earth”.

Key Highlights of this Itinerary

Icebergs, Antarctica 1

Once in a Lifetime

This unparalleled journey combines history with the “jewel in the crown” South Georgia.

The grave of Shackleton 2

Antarctic Explorers

Visit Shackleton’s final resting place and learn about his fellow explorers.

King Penguins, Antarctica 3

900,000 King Penguins

Walk amongst the hundreds of thousands of king penguins that inhabit South Georgia.

Sea Explorer, Amongst icebergs, Antarctica 4

Expeditionary Vessels

Travel aboard an ice-strengthened vessel, renowned for its expeditionary feel.

Why we like it

An extraordinary option for expedition cruising, this in-depth exploration of the Falkland Islands, South Georgia Island and Antarctica is a memorable wildlife-centric sailing voyage that travels to some of the planet’s most isolated islands as well as the coveted White Continent. Combining the ultimate bragging rights of sailing the Southern Oceans with days spent exploring some of the Earth’s last pristine wilderness regions, intrepid travellers sailing this route are invited to follow the path of the great polar explorers. Owing to the milder climate and convenient up-welling of nutrients brought by the Antarctic Convergence, this place is a wildlife-lovers’ paradise – from gentoos and rockhoppers to orcas and minkes (maybe even the occasional blue whale), the marine life here is astounding.

Explore our suggested itinerary

Have you always wanted to explore Antarctica? Talk to our experts about tailoring this trip for you.

  • Day 1

    Ushuaia

  • Day 2

    At sea

  • Days 3 - 4

    Falkland Islands

  • Days 5 - 6

    At Sea

  • Day 7 - 10

    South Georgia

  • Days 11 - 12

    At Sea

  • Days 13 - 18

    South Shetland Islands and Antarctic Peninsula

  • Days 19 - 20

    Drake Passage

  • Day 21

    Ushuaia

Day 1

Ushuaia

Catamaran boats in the Ushuaia harbor port, Tierra del Fuego province in Argentina

Situated on the southern shore of Tierra del Fuego, Ushuaia is the most southerly town in the world.

Day 2

At sea

Icebergs, Antarctica

This unparalleled journey combines history with wildlife and the “jewel in the crown” South Georgia.

Days 3 - 4

Falkland Islands

Spend these days in the Falkland Islands, renowned for their amazing wildlife.

Days 5 - 6

At Sea

Day 7 - 10

South Georgia

Elephant seals amongst king penguins

First sighted by Captain James Cook in 1775, the island attracts an astounding concentration of wildlife and is viewed by many as one of the most inspiring places on earth.

Days 11 - 12

At Sea

Days 13 - 18

South Shetland Islands and Antarctic Peninsula

This itinerary offers ample time for exploring this wilderness region that few people have ever visited.

Days 19 - 20

Drake Passage

Leave Antarctica and head north across the Drake Passage to Ushuaia.

Day 21

Ushuaia

Our travel experts can tailor this itinerary to suit you.

Macaroni Penguins, Falkland Islands
Macaroni Penguins, Falkland Islands

Glaciers & Macaronis

From sailing past sea ice from calving glaciers to sipping a tipple in a colourful English pub in the Falkland Islands’ city of Stanley, the unique wonders of the South Atlantic Ocean are not overlooked during this voyage. This sailing will take you to the exhilarating location where the early morning and evening sun turns the cliffs to shades of gold, and to the fjord where it is possible to hear large chunks of glacial ice being calved. These windswept and isolated islands are home to over 60 species of breeding birds including the penguins that easily outnumber humans – find magellanics, gentoos and macaronis with little effort.

Elephant Seals, South Georgia
Elephant Seals, South Georgia

South Georgia Island

Despite its 3,000-metre towering mountains that are permanently covered in snow and ice, the real highlight of South Georgia Island is its wildlife – there are over 50 million seabirds, 5 million seals and 4 million penguin pairs. From rare rockhopper penguins and distinctive fur seals to lazing elephant seals and weaving skuas, there is no shortage of phenomenal wildlife thriving in this glacial region. The jewel in the crown of South Georgia’s biodiversity are the nearly million-strong population of king penguins that survive here in staggering abundance.

Walking with Penguins, Antarctica
Walking with Penguins, Antarctica

Walk the White Continent

Off-ship, days are spent cruising ice-clogged channels by zodiac on the lookout for seals, whales and interesting icebergs. Landings are also a major part of the experience and, for many, setting foot on the white content is the ultimate travel experience in the world. It is also possible to camp out on the ice, kayak to icebergs, see abandoned whaling stations and modern-day research stations. Visit the Ukrainian Vernadsky Station to receive a warm welcome from the station crew and toast to Antarctica.

Greg Mortimer, Antarctica
Antarctica

Days at Sea

Time spent on the high seas is spent whale-spotting, trying to capture photographs of abundant pelagic birdlife that follow the ship, and simply revelling in the remarkable and seemingly endless scenery. In addition, a variety of informal lectures given by the expert expedition staff cover subjects such as polar exploration, photography, marine biology and environmental issues. After following the path of the great polar explorers through the notorious Drake Passage, you will be able to experience the real thrill of expedition cruising – when not eating or sleeping, venture out for long, adrenaline-packed days on land or in a zodiac.

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Sue’s extensive first-hand knowledge of Antarctica was so apparent from our first phone call. She was able to help us select the ideal route and vessel for our needs, and with her guidance we were able to see the emperor penguins!

Destination: Antarctica
Travel Expert: Sue

Sue forewarned us that there would be no words to describe South Georgia and that our photos wouldn’t do it justice, and how right she was. All we can say is “see for yourself”. Thank you, Sue, for your indispensable advice.

Destination: Antarctica
Travel Expert: Sue

We were blown away by Sue’s in-depth knowledge of everything from endemic species to the history of Shackleton and his men. No question we had went unanswered, and no little detail was missed.

Destination: Antarctica
Travel Expert: Sue

Sue's in-depth knowledge of Antarctica, the route options and each of the vessels was invaluable in our preparation for the trip and was a strong differentiator when we were choosing a travel agent. When talking with Sue, we quickly got an honest perspective.

Destination: Antarctica
Travel Expert: Sue

Both telephone and e-mail responses were excellent and all of Sue's expert advice was very much appreciated. She was prompt, supportive and engaging throughout and our expedition to Antarctica was spectacular.

Destination: Antarctica
Travel Expert: Sue

Accommodation

Below you can see some of the wonderful places we recommend you stay on your journey.

Magellan Explorer £££££

The 100 passenger Magellan Explorer launched in December 2019 specialising in fly cruise itineraries to Antarctica. During Antarctic fly cruise itineraries the ship will operate with a maximum of 73 passengers. Specific measures have been taken to minimize Magellan Explorer’s carbon footprint, including state-of-the-art low emission engines.

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Hebridean Sky £££££

Re-launched in early 2016 having undergone a comprehensive refit and upgrade, Hebridean Sky is a 295-foot-long expedition ship that accommodates up to 112 passengers. With the addition of 10 zodiacs and a state-of-the-art stabilization system, a well-stocked library with computers and internet access and a lounge with panoramic views, there is plenty of outdoor deck space and a panoramic top deck observation platform. The suites all offer exterior views, en-suite facilities and a sitting area along with ample storage.

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Ocean Adventurer £££££

  • Russian Arctic

Originally built in 1976 in Yugoslavia, Ocean Adventurer underwent extensive upgrades as part of a multi-million pound renovation in 2017. On this nimble, ice-strengthened vessel, facilities include a well-stocked library, a lounge area, a gym and observation decks. With major technical enhancements, including two new Rolls Royce engines, to increase fuel efficiency and minimise carbon footprint, Ocean Adventurer has the capacity to carry 128 passengers across 63 cabins. Ship-to-shore satellite communications allow for email and wireless internet access, and a stocked library houses a large collection of polar books.

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Ocean Endeavour £££££

  • Spitsbergen

Launched in 1982 as a purpose-built vessel for remote environments, Ocean Endeavour boasts a 1B ice-class that enables her to navigate freely throughout the Arctic summer. At 453-foot-long, she is a stable and spacious vessel with a shallow draft and impressive manoeuvrability that allows her to access isolated fjords, bays and secluded communities. Accommodating up to 199 passengers, Ocean Endeavour has cabins arranged over multiple decks and offers outdoor dining spaces, a swimming pool, a sauna, a hot tub and three lounges.

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Greg Mortimer £££££

  • Russian Arctic

Launched in October 2019, the Greg Mortimer is a purpose-built expedition vessel that features a revolutionary X-Bow design. One of the most dynamic and state of the art ships on the seas, it is designed to slice through the water rather than riding over the waves making for comfortable and fast travels through the polar seas.

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