Ultimate Antarctica: Falklands, South Georgia & the Antarctic Circle (Ocean Endeavour)

23 Days | Sail where few explorers have sailed before – through the Falklands, South Georgia and the fabled Antarctic Circle

Polar
Wildlife
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CAD $22,743
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Discover all that Antarctica has to offer on this epic 23-day expedition that explores the Falkland Islands, South Georgia islands and the Antarctic peninsula, including crossing the rarely seen Antarctic Circle! Explore ‘The End of the World’ on the longest Antarctica trip available – a voyage of discovery aboard the Ocean Endeavour, where you’ll marvel at spectacularly rugged landscapes, thousands of king penguins and the abundant wildlife meccas of the south. Glide through ice floes in a Zodiac with your Expedition Team and take part in fascinating educational presentations. Keep your eye out for predatory seals, wandering albatross and migrating whales as you pass by towering ice-blue glaciers and icebergs. Round this unforgettable adventure off by reaching latitude 66°33’S, as you cross the fabled Antarctic Circle. With optional adventures like camping on the ice (there’s no better spot to experience the sound of silence), day paddling across icy waters and expert photography workshops, this journey of discovery and mateship is sure to be the trip of a lifetime.

Trip overview

Map of Ultimate Antarctica: Falklands, South Georgia & The Antarctic Circle (Ocean Endeavour) including Antarctica, Argentina and Falkland Islands (Malvinas)
Start
Ushuaia, Argentina
Finish
Ushuaia, Argentina
Theme
Polar, Wildlife
Destinations
Argentina, Falkland Islands, Antarctica
Physical rating
Indicates how physically exerting a trip is, and how fit you will need to be to enjoy it. More info on physical ratings
Style
Comfort
Ages
Min 8
Group size
Min 1 - Max 200
Trip code
GQMUA
This trip generates 452.84 kg of CO2-e per person per day.
We offset these emissions on your behalf. But we know that is not enough, so we also have a carbon reduction target.

Why you'll love this trip
  • Try your hand at wildlife photography, witness thousands of nesting penguins and spot the largest albatross colony in the world in the Falkland Islands.
  • Learn about the epic survival of Sir Ernest Shackleton in South Georgia and visit the site where he was buried, among sub-Antarctic landscapes and abundant wildlife.
  • Explore the Antarctic Peninsula and cross the rarely experienced Antarctic Circle – reaching latitude 66°33’S. Keep your eyes out for migrating humpback whales!
  • Experience daily Zodiac excursions and onshore landings in Antarctica and personalise your expedition with our wide range of optional adventures (like photography lessons and sea kayaking).
  • Benefit from a variety of onboard activities on the Ocean Endeavour, including educational lectures and the Citizen Science Program, all led by our expert Expedition Team.

Is this trip right for you?
  • The Ocean Endeavour is an ice-strengthened ship – large, sturdy and suited to the unpredictable Antarctic waters. Some people may experience seasickness in occasional rough seas however, we do have a doctor on board should you need assistance. Over-the-counter seasickness medication is usually an easy fix.  
  • Temperatures in the Antarctic can get very cold, but it also can get surprisingly warm when the sun comes out. We recommend dressing in layers when you journey outside. We’ll provide you with waterproof boots on loan that are sturdy and warm, as well as an inner jacket that is yours to keep. Please see the Essential Trip Information for notes on what to pack. 
  • Depending on the weather, you’ll be travelling around in a Zodiac boat quite regularly to explore the area and search for wildlife. It can get cold and wet on the Zodiac, so make sure you dress appropriately and keep your camera safe and dry. A fair level of mobility is needed for wet and dry landings from the boat, as well as on steep terrain, snow and other uneven surfaces. The Ocean Endeavour has a lift, but you’ll need to take the stairs to get to the gangway and some other parts of the ship that the lift does not provide access to. 
  • The weather plays a pivotal part in this adventure and, although there’s an itinerary in place, there are no guarantees that you’ll be able to do everything that is planned. A level of flexibility and openness to embracing the unexpected are important in expedition travel, especially in such a remote area like the Antarctic. There are nearly 200 recognised sites in the Antarctic Peninsula and South Shetlands and the places mentioned in the itinerary may need to be changed to other locations – which are just as interesting and beautiful! We may also be confined to the ship during rough weather, but there are plenty on onboard resources and activities. The ship’s library and educational lectures are ideal ways to stay entertained, while the wellness spa, saunas, gym and yoga classes will keep you fresh for when the weather clears. 

Boats

Ocean Endeavour
Ocean Endeavour
BOAT TYPE: Expedition PASSENGERS: 200
The Ocean Endeavour is a comfortable and spacious ship with a gym, library and wide range of cabin types.
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Itinerary

Map of Ultimate Antarctica: Falklands, South Georgia & The Antarctic Circle (Ocean Endeavour) including Antarctica, Argentina and Falkland Islands (Malvinas)

Inclusions

Meals

22 breakfasts, 20 lunches, 21 dinners

Transport

Expedition cruise ship, zodiac

Accommodation

Comfortable Hotel (1 night), Expedition Cruise Ship (21 nights)

Activities
  • Welcome Briefing
  • Daily Briefings and Recap
  • Citizen Science Program
  • Onboard Lecture Program
  • Guided walking Excursions
  • Zodiac Excursion/Cruising
Add on activities
  • Photography Program - USD1299
  • Onboard Gym and Sauna - Free
  • Yoga and Meditation Classes - Free
  • Onboard Spa treatments (various prices apply) starting from - USD95
  • Kayaking Program - USD1299
  • Day Paddle - USD299
  • Polar Plunge - Free
  • Stand Up Paddleboarding - USD299
  • Snowshoeing - USD150
  • Camping - USD399

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Important notes

SPECIAL BOOKING CONDITIONS
You are required to pay a non-refundable deposit of AUD3000, USD2000, EUR1800, NZD3200, GBP1600, CAD2600, CHF1800 or ZAR34,000 per person per trip for your booking to be confirmed. Full payment is required 95 days prior to departure.
Please refer to our “Booking and Conditions” section on our website including the special conditions that apply to Antarctica Voyages (Ocean Endeavour)

COVID 19 VACCINATION
COVID-19 vaccination is a pre-embarkation requirement for all guests, staff, and crew on all Ocean Endeavour voyages. We will request a copy of your COVID-19 vaccination status on Day 1

ADVENTURE OPTIONS
Approaching a looming glacier in a sea kayak, strapping on snowshoes to reach the best icy viewpoints, capturing the perfect photo of a seal hunting its prey or camping under an Antarctic perpetual twilight – these are just some of the ways you can enrich your exploration of the great White Continent with our additional activities. A range of Paid Adventure Options is available on the Ocean Endeavour, on selected voyages, subject to availability. Your booking agent can assist with availability and pricing.
• Kayaking or Photography Program - Voyage-duration program available on all voyages. Pre-book via your booking agent.
• Day Paddle or Stand Up Paddleboarding- One-off excursion available on all voyages. Pre-book via your booking agent. Additional spaces may be available to book on board via the Expedition Team
• Camping - One-off excursion available on selected voyages. Pre-book via your booking agent.
• Snowshoeing - One-off excursion available on selected voyages. Book on board via the Expedition Team.

Essential Trip Information

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Ultimate Antarctica: Falklands, South Georgia & the Antarctic Circle (Ocean Endeavour)
From
CAD $22,743