Journey to unforgettable Antarctica via the Falkland and South Georgia islands

Experience an adventure tour of Antarctica and explore the unique conditions at the end of the Earth. Embark from Ushuaia and travel through the Beagle Channel to the Falkland Islands, where a treasure trove of bird life and cheeky penguins put on a show on the rocky shores. Then head through the Antarctic Convergence on the way to South Georgia, and get your first taste of Antarctic life on this remote island made famous by Shackleton. Incredible icy bays, abandoned whaling stations and an abundance of noisy wildlife are just some of the sights to greet you before sailing further along the Antarctic Peninsular to spend days exploring the area on zodiacs, witnessing ethereal icebergs and soaking in the incredible landscapes and wildlife of Antarctica. Benefit from the navigational expertise and local knowledge of a professional crew and make the most of this once-in-a-lifetime experience.

Start
Ushuaia, Argentina
Finish
Ushuaia, Argentina
Countries
Antarctica,
Argentina
Themes
Polar, Wildlife
Code
GQMYD
Physical rating
Cultural rating
Ages
Min 8
Group size
Min 1, Max 18
Carbon offset
2 240kg pp per trip


Highlights

  • Discover the remote Falkland Islands
  • Settle in on deck and watch weather systems unfold
  • Recount Shackleton’s heroic journey at South Georgia Island
  • Cross the Antarctic Convergence
  • Set foot on the world’s highest, coldest and driest continent
  • Explore the legendary Drake Passage

Itinerary

Travel to the bottom of the Earth, and begin the adventure in the world’s southernmost city, Ushuaia. Capital of the Tierra Del Fuego Province, this city offers spectacular views out across the Beagle Channel for anyone willing to hike to the top of the steep streets. Enjoy an evening at some of the local haunts before departing tomorrow.
Set foot aboard your floating home for the next week, and commence the cruise through the waters of the beautiful Beagle Channel. This narrow passage of water cuts through the islands of Tierra del Fuego and is a haven for local wildlife like penguins, cormorants and albatross.
Follow the beckoning horizon and settle in to the relaxing nature of life at sea. With an expedition team of experts, enjoy their onboard presentations as the perfect introduction to the landscapes and habitats that await.
Explore the spectacular landscapes of the Falkland Islands and stay on the lookout for some of the local birdlife. With such a rich diversity of flora and fauna, ‘Les Islas Malvinas’ are a southern paradise.
Sail across the Antarctic Convergence and enter the polar waters for the first time. Listen to expert presentations to prepare for the upcoming shore landings.
Arrive at the remote island of South Georgia and gaze up at the jagged mountains that rise straight from the ocean towards the heavens. Follow in the footsteps of Sir Ernest Shackleton, hiking the inhospitable, rocky crags and mountains around the island, or visit the old whaling station where he met with rescue.
Continue south towards the South Shetland Islands and the Antarctic Peninsula, and make the most of the ongoing presentations and lectures provided by the expedition team.
Cross into the Antarctic Peninsula, where a myriad of potential adventures are available. Depending on weather conditions, why not take the ‘polar plunge’ into the frigid waters of Paradise Bay, or visit a pebbled beach and wait for the curious penguins to approach.
Prepare for the notorious waters of the Drake Passage, where the massive flow of the Antarctic Circumpolar Current travels, unimpeded by land, around the entire latitude.
After a shipboard breakfast, we’ll transfer you to the airport for your flight home. When booking your flight please remember that delays can occur, so we recommend not booking a flight before about midday.
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Inclusions

Meals
19 breakfasts, 17 lunches, 18 dinners

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Notes

Please note an increased non-refundable deposit of A$2000 is required at time of booking. Full payment is due 90 days prior to departure.

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