Penguin Safari South Georgia & Antarctica

From Ushuaia to Ushuaia
  • All Antarctic Cruises
  • South Georgia & The Falkland Islands
  • Cruising
  • Wildlife
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Tour Description

This adventure is the fastest way to get to the rarely visited South Georgia Island while also stepping foot on the 7th Continent. As we set sail, photograph massive albatross and pintado petrel as they swoop and soar around the ship, guiding us toward South Georgia. Beaches teeming with king penguins and elephant seals greet us on this fabled island, where we’ll pay our respects to famed explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton. Antarctica awaits, with its geographic contradictions and overwhelming enormity. Relax on a Zodiac ride, hike glistening glaciers, share comical moments with inquisitive penguins, or witness the rugged peninsula from a sea kayak. Antarctica will surprise and delight, and never disappoint.

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Cruise around beautiful South Georgia

Enjoy two weeks of endless wildlife encounters

Many opportunities for Zodiac exploring and shore landings

Tour Itinerary

Day 1

Your journey starts in Ushuaia, a small but bustling port town at the tip of South America. This Argentine town is an ideal gateway for you to explore the southern extent of Patagonia while preparing for your adventure ahead. Get active in the mountains or enjoy handcrafted chocolate at a café in town.
Overnight in Ushuaia

Day 2
Ushuaia - Embarkation Day At Sea

Embarkation will occur in the late afternoon, after which your vessel will sail down the historic Beagle Channel. Named after the famed ship on which Charles Darwin voyaged, the channel presents great photo opportunities to capture seabirds hovering overhead and seals and sea lions lounging on land. Expect an air of anticipation as you depart—the next time you’ll see land, you’ll be in a wildlife wonderland!
Overnight on board Ocean Adventurer in your chosen cabin

Day 3-6
At Sea

There are many activities to keep you engaged while you are at sea. Learn to identify seabirds that glide alongside the ship, or attend dynamic presentations by your Expedition Team. You will be prepped on safety procedures for Zodiac cruises and shore landings, and also be given instructions for getting the most out of your optional sea kayaking adventures (extra cost), a truly intimate way to experience Antarctica.

If conditions are right, the first indication that you are approaching South Georgia is the sight of birds around a group of rocky spires called Shag Rocks. Have your binoculars and cameras ready to capture these rocks rising out of the icy ocean waters. Shags and prions often rest here, and due to nutrient rich upwellings around the rocks it can be a good place to keep a lookout for whales.

Day 7-8
South Georgia

After enjoying South Georgia from a distance, we’ll head toward its numerable beaches to find a bay for your first land excursion. Landing sites are varied, largely determined by the weather conditions of your voyage. Whichever sites we visit, they’ll provide you with wildlife encounters unrivaled anywhere else on earth.

South Georgia is one of the most fertile breeding grounds in the world for sub-Antarctic wildlife, with beaches blanketed with penguins. It won’t take you long to realize that you are in a bird paradise, as burrowing seabirds, albatross and petrels can be seen in abundance.

You’ll find that South Georgia, once a popular base for whalers and sealers, is also scattered with abandoned relics and evidence of human activity from centuries gone by. Your Expedition Team will help bring those days to life while you visit old whaling stations and enjoy presentations on the South Georgia of then and now.

One of the most significant sites you will visit on the island is Grytviken. This settlement is one of the first whaling stations established in sub-Antarctic waters. Many travelers find that this place has a special appeal, as it is home to the remains of Sir Ernest Shackleton, one of the most famous Antarctic explorers.

Day 9-10
At Sea

Say goodbye to the king penguins, as your next destination is Antarctica! Your days at sea are filled with presentations and workshops led by your Expedition Team, who will prepare you for the wildlife and landscapes that will surround you upon your arrival.

Day 11-13
Antarctic Peninsula

The most common reaction upon reaching the White Continent is a sense of reverence and awe. The experience is hard to put into words, since few places are as untouched and enduring as Antarctica.

You will discover that Antarctica is a land of extremes. At one moment you’ll be overcome with a feeling of complete isolation and silence, and at the next moment you’ll be inspired by nature as a calving glacier crashes into a brilliant blue sea or a penguin waddles by to inspect your footwear.

Your Expedition Team will take care of you at each excursion, whether you are Zodiac cruising, visiting a historical site or consorting with penguin colonies. Chinstrap, Adélie and gentoo penguins are found here, along with Weddell, fur, crabeater and leopard seals. Keep a lookout for Antarctic whales, such as minkes, while on a Zodiac cruise. Each day and each excursion will present a new collection of creatures to delight you and keep your camera busy.

As exciting as the Zodiac excursions and landings are, perhaps you’ll treat yourself to an extra-special Antarctic experience by partaking in an optional paddling excursion (at an extra cost) or cast reason aside and jump into Antarctic waters for the polar plunge!

Day 14-15
Crossing the Drake Passage

After more than a dozen days of unique wildlife encounters and remarkable landscapes, your journey home begins. Crossing the Drake is your unofficial rite of passage. Spend time on deck watching for seabirds and whales, enjoy presentations by your Expedition Team, or simply relax and reminisce about your experiences.

Day 16
Disembark in Ushuaia

Today you’ll say goodbye to your Expedition Team and fellow travelers, disembarking in the morning to catch your homeward flights

What’s Included

  • Included Copy 20 1 night pre-cruise accommodation in Ushuaia
  • Included Copy 20 15 nights on board Ocean Adventurer in your chosen cabin
  • Included Copy 31 Variety of cabins - price varies, please ask for details
  • Included Copy 20 Hair dryer and bathrobe in every cabin
  • Included Copy 20 All meals during your cruise
  • Included Copy 20 Coffee, tea and cocoa available around the clock
  • Included Copy 20 Breakfast at Ushuaia hotel on Day 2
  • Included Copy 7 Beverages (other than coffee and tea)
Fees & Services
  • Included Copy 20 All scheduled landings/excursions (weather permitting)
  • Included Copy 20 Guiding and lectures by expedition leader and team
  • Included Copy 20 English speaking expedition team
  • Included Copy 20 Photographic journal documenting the expedition
  • Included Copy 20 Waterproof expedition boots on loan for shore landings
  • Included Copy 20 Expedition parka to keep
  • Included Copy 20 Comprehensive onboard materials, including a map and an informative Arctic Reader
  • Included Copy 20 All miscellaneous service taxes and port charges throughout the program
  • Included Copy 20 All luggage handling aboard the ship
  • Included Copy 20 Emergency evacuation insurance to a maximum benefit of US$500,000 per person
  • Included Copy 20 Group transfer in Ushuaia from the airport to the pre-expedition hotel on Day 1
  • Included Copy 20 Group transfer from the hotel to the ship on embarkation day
  • Included Copy 20 Group transfer upon disembarkation in Ushuaia from the ship to the local airport
  • Included Copy 7 International Airfares
  • Included Copy 7 Visas and passport fees (if applicable)
  • Included Copy 7 Travel Insurance
  • Included Copy 7 Laundry and personal expenses incurred onboard
  • Included Copy 7 Gratuities for the crew (recommended US$15.00 per person per day)
World Explorer | Arctic & Antarctic Cruise Ship

125 Passengers

Ocean Diamond | Antarctic Cruise Ship

189 Passengers


  • Included Discover the wide variety of Antarctic wildlife
  • Included Drake Passage crossing
  • Included Optional paddling in Antarctica excursion
  • Included Whale watching
  • Included Photograph seabirds
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18 days

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$15,295 USD

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