Explorers & Kings: Falklands,S.Georgia,Antarctica

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

An epic Antarctica adventure that leaves you wanting for nothing more. This 20-day comprehensive expedition combines the best of the white continent with the most coveted highlights along the way. See the historic and remote Falkland Islands as well as South Georgia, the reputed ‘wildlife creche of the south’.  This formidable round trip doesn’t back track. It is designed to include the most remote and lesser visited sites that have been left untamed and unspoilt.  Enjoy up-close encounters with jaw-dropping colonies of penguins and seals. Keep your eyes peeled for pods of humpback, orca and minke whales swimming by. This is a truly immersive wilderness experience at the very southern end of our planet. This itinerary delivers more wildlife encounters than perhaps any other so it’s ideal for photographers and animal-lovers alike.

Departing from Ushuaia, this 3 week expedition is one of the longest and most comprehensive tours of Antarctica, Falklands and South Georgia. It offers optional activities such as  kayaking, and paddling as well as visits to Sir Ernest Shakelton’s gravesite and sightseeing tours of historic sites in the Falklands.

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This voyage is epic - Covers the Antarctic Region's major highlights such as the Falkland Islands, South Georgia & the Antarctic Peninsula in on trip

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Tour Itinerary

Day 1
Ushuaia

Your gateway for this expedition is Ushuaia, Argentina. Nestled within the Tierra del Fuego archipelago, Ushuaia has a small-town feel yet boasts many shops, museums, cafés and restaurants that you can enjoy before your voyage. If you’re feeling adventurous, the nearby national park and Martial Glacier offer plenty of outdoor activities, such as hiking.

Day 2
Embarkation

As you embark, the anticipation grows. Trade your land legs for sea legs, meet and greet your fellow travelers and get acquainted with your ship. Since every Antarctic adventure presents new opportunities and experiences, embarkation day is just as exciting for your Expedition Team as it is for you. On board to ensure your comfort and safety, your team will also help make your wildlife dreams come true.

Day 3
At sea

Your days at sea are filled with presentations and lectures led by your Expedition Team, who will prepare you for the wildlife that will greet you upon your arrival. In between presentations, spend time chatting with your shipmates over a drink at the bar, or enjoy the fresh air and views on the outer decks.

Day 4-5
Falkland Islands (Islas Malvinas)

Upon your arrival in the Falklands (Malvinas), your camera will get its first real workout capturing the abundant wildlife and rugged feel of this sub-Antarctic region. The archipelago contains two main islands, East Falkland and West Falkland, which you will explore during daily Zodiac excursions and landings.

Stanley, also known as Port Stanley, is often a favored landing site, as the town offers a unique British outpost feel, complete with eclectic charm. You’ll be free to explore, grab a pint at the local pub or visit numerous churches and museums.

In terms of wildlife, the archipelago is home to Magellanic, gentoo and southern rockhopper penguins. If you’re lucky, you may even spot king penguins here as well! You can expect to see black-browed albatross, plus two endemic bird species—the flightless Falkland steamer duck and possibly the elusive Cobb’s wren.

Your team of lecturers and specialists will be sure to educate you on the local flora and fauna, making the most out of your time in the Falklands.

Day 6-7
At sea

Sailing southeast to South Georgia, you’ll officially enter Antarctic waters once you cross the Antarctic Convergence, an invisible biological boundary encircling the continent. This meeting of oceans, where the cold Antarctic waters mix and mingle with the warmer waters of the Indian, Pacific and Atlantic Oceans, helps create the abundance of krill that attracts whales and seals to this part of the world. Your Expedition Team will notify you when you cross this invisible yet important line, and also look out for the seabirds and marine life that frequent the area.

Day 8-11
South Georgia

This remote, mountainous island was a popular stop for many historic Antarctic expeditions and was once a haven for hunting whales and seals. Today, island wildlife populations are rebounding, but you’ll still see remnants of old whaling stations and other abandoned outposts.

One significant and historic site is the grave of the great explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton. You can visit his grave at the settlement of Grytviken, which is also home to an old whaling station, plus a museum, gift shop, church and small research station.

Although South Georgia’s history is an important attraction to the island, its incredible densities of wildlife make it truly memorable. Each landing you make on South Georgia, often referred to as the Galapagos of the Poles, will open your eyes to the wondrous lives of new, enthralling creatures.

One day you may see rookeries with hundreds of thousands of pairs of king penguins waddling on a beach, and the next, you may visit another beach blanketed with thousands of fur or elephant seals. The grasses, mountains and beaches of South Georgia all play an important role in the breeding and survival of different species on the island. This fragile and interwoven relationship is something your Expedition Team will explain to you during your time here.

Day 12-13
At sea

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

If conditions allow, we may attempt landfall on the South Orkney Islands, our first official stop in Antarctica.

Day 14-17
South Shetland Islands & Antarctic Peninsula

The most common reaction upon reaching the White Continent is a sense of reverence and awe. The experience is beyond 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 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. During Zodiac cruises, keep an eye out for Antarctic whales such as minkes, which may give you a chance for an intimate experience with these majestic animals. Each day and each excursion will present a new collection of creatures to entertain 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 18-19
Crossing the drake passage

After more than two weeks of endless wildlife encounters, your journey home begins. Crossing the Drake is your unofficial rite of passage, completing your Antarctic adventure.

Enjoy your final moments celebrating with your fellow shipmates. The busy, populated world awaits your return, so savor the silence of the sea as long as you can.

Day 20
Ushuaia Depart

This morning you will arrive back in to Ushuaia.

What’s Included

Accommodation
  • Included Copy 20 Cabin onboard: Ocean Adventurer, Ocean Diamond
  • Included Copy 31 Cabin upgrades available
Food
  • Included Copy 20 All meals, snacks, soft drinks and juices on board throughout your voyage
Fees & Services
  • Included Copy 20 Activities / sightseeing as mentioned, zodiacs and shore landings
  • Included Copy 31 Kayaking, paddling, (additional charge)
  • Included Copy 20 A photographic journal documenting the expedition
  • Included Copy 20 Rubber boots for shore landings (to borrow)
  • Included Copy 20 Parka for your warmth & comfort (to keep)
  • Included Copy 20 Leadership throughout the voyage by our experienced Expedition Leader
  • Included Copy 20 Emergency evacuation insurance to a maximum benefit of US$500,000 per person
  • Included Copy 20 On-board lectures and educational presentations from polar specialists
  • Included Copy 7 Baggage, cancellation, interruption and medical travel insurance — strongly recommended
  • Included Copy 7 International flights, Gratuities, Laundry, bar, beverage and other personal charges
Transportation
Ocean Diamond | Antarctic Cruise Ship

189 Passengers

Ocean Adventurer | Arctic & Antarctic Cruise Ship

132 Passengers

Activities

  • Included Explore Falkland Islands, South Georgia & Antarctica on land and by zodiac
  • Included Kayaking or Paddling in Antarctica ( Additional costs apply)
  • Included Wander the quaint British town of Stanley in the Falkland Islands
  • Included Fantastic birdlife - huge King penguin colonies, Adelie, Gentoo and Chinstap penguins & more
  • Included Lectures on all things Antarctica history, geology and wildlife
  • Included Zodiac cruising through stunning landscapes
  • Included Do something crazy - take a polar plunge!
  • Included Wildlife mecca - watch the antics of seals!
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Duration

20 days

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$13,495 USD

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