Shackleton's Falklands, South Georgia & Antarctica

From Puerto Madryn to Ushuaia
  • All Antarctic Cruises
  • South Georgia & The Falkland Islands
  • Antarctic Peninsula
  • Small Ship Cruising
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Tour Description

This is an epic voyage of discovery aboard the Ocean Endeavour, as you follow in the footsteps of Ernest Shackleton and unearth the secrets of Antarctica, South Georgia and the Falklands.

Marvel at spectacular rugged scenery, mingle with thousands of King penguins, seals and observe soaring albatross in the wildlife meccas of South Georgia and the Falklands. Glide through ice floes in a zodiac with expert guides among Antarctica’s towering icebergs and majestic glaciers in search of whales and predatory leopard seals.  With optional adventures including camping, kayaking, Stand-up Paddleboarding, and photography workshops, this journey of discovery will be etched in your memory (and heart) forever

This unforgettable journey to Antarctica is aboard the Ocean Endeavour, which has one of the best guide to passenger ratios in Antarctica (1:8). The ship is equipped with a large Zodiac fleet designed for maximum comfort & uninterrupted views. Amenities onboard include an expedition lounge, restaurant, bar,  Jacuzzi, library, gym, sundeck, spa facilities and sauna. There is also dedicated single occupancy cabins with no single surcharge

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"Aside from the magic of Antarctica, this journey allows you to explore the history of Ernest Shackleton and his crew. Learn about their expedition and one of the greatest survival stories of all times" Tara, Team Viva

The best opportunities to view huge numbers of Antarctic wildlife on many different islands, remote coves and incredible hikes...this trip visits South Georgia, the Falklands and Antarctica itself in 3 weeks!

Plenty of walks and zodiac rides into the vast frozen wilderness that is hauntingly beautiful, with magical vistas and untamed wildlife. Book early if you want to try camping in this wilderness too!

Tour Itinerary

Day 1
Puerto Madryn

Welcome to Puerto Madryn, Argentina! Your journey begins in northern Patagonia, on a sandy coast known for its abundant marine wildlife. You can arrive at any time today. Transfer to your hotel, settle in and enjoy some free time at ‘the gateway to the Peninsula Valdes’. Explore the town, try one of the local Argentinian delicacies or take a seat on the
coast and stare out to sea. You are free as an albatross until the optional icebreaker meeting this evening. After your briefing, maybe get together with a few of your fellow travelers for dinner at a local restaurant, where you can theorize on what’s to come on your upcoming Antarctic adventure.

Please note: An arrival transfer from the airport on Day 1 is included in your voyage fare.

Overnight in a Standard Room at Pre-Voyage Puerto Madryn Accommodation including breakfast.

Day 2
Embarkation in Puerto Madryn

Today, you’ll hop aboard the Ocean Endeavour – your home for the next 20 days. Set sail towards the Falkland Islands, where your journey in Shackleton’s footsteps begins. Sir Ernest Shackleton is known as one of the greatest polar explorers, with one of the best survival stories that has ever touched the Antarctic (or the world). Shackleton led the British Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition between 1914 and 1916, planning to cross Antarctica from a base on the Weddell Sea towards McMurdo Sound, via the South Pole. Unfortunately, their ship Endurance became trapped in ice off the Caird Coast, and this began the epic story of survival for Shackleton and his men – all of whom survived due to the skill, optimism and extraordinary leadership of their team and Captain.

Day 3-4
At Sea

With nothing but you and the big blue for the next couple of days, take advantage of all the amenities and activities on board your fully equipped expedition vessel. Brush up on your history in the library, relax in the spa and sauna or watch the ice floes pass you by on the sundeck. Look up and you might just spot one of the huge albatrosses along their migration route. Keep your eyes peeled for breaching whales and other marine mammals in the southern oceans and cozy up with a drink while you get to know your shipmates at the bar. There will also be a series of lectures and presentations throughout the day, available to educate you about the local geography, environment and wildlife you can expect along the way. These are a great way to prepare for your expedition, so take it all in while you hear from an expert team that highlight the dramatic history and wildlife encounters that may await you.

Day 5-6
Falkland Islands

Have your camera ready as you approach the ruggedly beautiful Falklands archipelago to capture not only the abundant wildlife, but also the incredible scenery. The two main islands (East Falkland and West Falkland) have much to offer and provide a rare opportunity to witness the biological diversity, extraordinary landscape and history of the southern islands. The Falklands are a wildlife photographer’s dream and have the largest black-browed albatross colony in the world, as well as five species of penguins that breed on the islands. Learn about the intriguing and controversial history of the Falkland Islands as you explore the quaint capital of Stanley. Near the town, you may see southern giant petrels, Falkland steamer ducks, kelp gulls or dolphin gulls (calling all birdwatchers!). There are also black-crowned night herons, red-backed hawks, peregrine falcons and turkey vultures. Witness dramatic landscapes, including wetlands, lakes and some rolling peaks, as you explore the other stunning islands in the archipelago. Weather permitting, this will include Saunders Island, the second largest island in the Falklands. The Neck, which is a narrow peninsula with sandy beaches and subtle cliffs, is home to gentoo, Magellanic, king and rockhopper penguins.

Day 7-8
At Sea

Farewell the Falkland Islands and prepare for what lies ahead in South Georgia – fascinating history, geology and of course – wildlife. From the outer decks, you can scan the horizon for seabirds and underwater silhouettes. You’ll have another chance to attend presentations from the expert team, which highlight the dramatic history of the area, extraordinary marine wildlife encounters and so much more. These days at sea are a great opportunity to swap stories with your fellow expeditioners, whether that be in the Jacuzzi or over lunch at Polaris restaurant.

Day 9-12
South Georgia

Arrive in South Georgia, where across the island, dark volcanic beaches are backgrounded by hanging glaciers and local king penguins nest among tussock grass. Over the next few days, explore the island, once the homestead of whalers and isolated explorers – now, a protected area with dedicated Antarctic research teams. Learn more about Sir Ernest Shackleton’s story on your various excursions to land. It’s on these very shores in South Georgia that Shackleton landed his crew of the James Caird in search of help for his party who were stranded back on Elephant Island. You’ll spend several days retracing Shackleton’s steps, as well as visiting his grave at the ex-whaling station of Grytviken, located on the east side of the island. Wander among hundreds of thousands of king penguins in the dramatic South Georgian light, as you consider the extraordinary feat that was Shackleton’s (and his crew’s) fight for survival. Your Expedition Team will help bring these days to life, with educational presentations, daily excursions and the option of paid activities, like day paddling and photography lessons.

Please note: Special Information
Potential excursions and landing sites are determined by weather and ice conditions and cannot be guaranteed in advance.

Kayaking, snowshoeing and other optional extra excursions must be booked in advance. Additional costs apply and space is limited. Please speak to your Destination Specialist for more information.

Beginners interested in kayaking should take an introductory course prior to the voyage, including how to complete a wet exit. Regardless of your experience, we recommend you take part in some kayaking practice prior to the voyage to ensure that you are comfortable on the water in icy conditions. Kayaking adventures are only conducted during calm weather.

Day 13-14
At Sea

Take in panoramic views from the observation lounge and spacious decks or make the most of the onboard facilities during your days at sea. Whether you’re looking for a quiet place to reflect, or somebody to help you edit your photos of the penguin colonies, the Ocean Endeavour has something for you. Rejuvenate mind and body with one of the relaxing wellness facilities onboard. Get the blood pumping at the gym, join a ‘floe’ yoga and meditation class or indulge in a massage or facial at the spa. The ship is yours to explore!

Day 15-18
South Shetland Islands & Antarctica Peninsula

Voyage south towards continental Antarctica. Your days will begin with a wake-up call from your Expedition Leader around 7 am, which gives you time to prepare for the day before joining your fellow expeditioners for breakfast. You’ll usually have two excursions per day – one in the morning and one in the afternoon, with lunch served in between. For the next four days, enjoy copious wildlife, small group outings on the Zodiacs and unforgettable vistas at every turn. With multiple landing sites available, your Ocean Endeavour crew will work out the best places to stop, considering the elements, accessibility and potential for wildlife sightings. There may also be the chance for snowshoeing, sea kayaking or a camping adventure – the paid excursions (which are all weather and time-of-year dependent) can make for some of the greatest memories. Well-known sites like Neko Harbour, Orne Harbour and Paradise Bay will also be on the Captain’s radar.

Day 19-20
At Sea, Drake Passage

Settle back into life at sea as you prepare for the return journey across the Drake Passage. The Ocean Endeavour will track north towards Cape Horn and your destination in Ushuaia, Argentina. During this time, you can attend more onboard lectures and travel talks, and enjoy our voyage slideshow including images taken by our Expedition Photographer – yours to enjoy and share after your expedition. Now is also the chance to catch up with your shipmates and share stories about your voyage over a meal or a drink at the bar.

Day 21
Disembarkation in Ushuaia

Your Antarctic adventure draws to a close as you disembark the Ocean Endeavour following breakfast. Farewell your fellow guests and your Expedition Team and join a transfer to Ushuaia airport for your onward journey (included for selected flight departures today) or to the city centre of Ushuaia, where you can make your way to your hotel if you are extending your stay and want to spend some more time exploring this incredible part of the world. With much to see and do in this quaint ‘End of the World’ town, including the Museo Maritimo, Avenida San Martin or even an adventurous hike to the Martial Glacier, your adventure doesn’t have to end here. If you would like to stay additional nights in Ushuaia, please speak to your booking agent.

Please note: A transfer to the city centre after disembarkation OR a transfer to the airport for onward flights (for selected departures today only) is included. If you are extending your stay or do not meet the requirements for the included transfers then we can arrange transportation at an additional cost, please discuss this with your booking agent.

You are advised not to book a flight out of Ushuaia before midday on disembarkation day, in case of delays caused by unfavourable weather conditions.
Cruise itinerary is subject to change depending on weather conditions, ice conditions and other factors.

What’s Included

  • Included Copy 20 19 nights accommodation aboard the Ocean Endeavor
  • Included Copy 20 1 night hotel accommodation with breakfast in Puerto Madryn
  • Included Copy 20 All meals including snacks whilst aboard the Ocean Endeavor
Fees & Services
  • Included Copy 20 Onboard lecture program (all voyages) from expedition staff and naturalists
  • Included Copy 20 Group transfer from hotel to pier
  • Included Copy 20 Use of gym, sauna and on-board Jacuzzi
  • Included Copy 20 Free use of rubber boots on land
  • Included Copy 20 All onshore excursions and Zodiac cruising (excluding optional activities with cost)
  • Included Copy 20 Use of waterproof outer shell jacket
  • Included Copy 31 Optional Activities whilst on-board; kayaking, private photo workshops
  • Included Copy 31 Camping, snowshoeing, Stand-up Paddleboarding, subject to conditions
  • Included Copy 20 Onboard yoga
  • Included Copy 20 All port taxes
  • Included Copy 7 Airfares, travel insurance & personal expenses such as beverages, laundry
  • Included Copy 7 Gratuities for the crew

Ocean Endeavour

200 Passengers


  • Included Explore Falkland Islands, South Georgia & Antarctica on land and by zodiac
  • Included Amazing wildlife, seals, whales, penguins, including huge penguin colonies in South Georgia
  • Included Learn about the epic survival of Sir Ernest Shackleton in South Georgia
  • Included Land on the white continent of Antarctica
  • Included Optional camping
  • Included Benefit from a variety of onboard activities, Citizen Science, add on kayaking and more
  • Included Optional Photography Workshops, Stand-up Paddleboarding
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