Witness the beauty, grandeur and storied history of the Falkland Islands and Antarctic Peninsula.

Can't decide between the pristine, otherworldly landscapes of Antarctica and the rugged Falkland Islands? Visit both on this 19-day adventure taking in some of the most remote, beautiful sites and sights in the world. From the Falklands' maritime history, quirky British culture and epic penguin rookeries to the Antarctic Peninsula's calving icebergs, whales and seals, this cruise showcases the best of a region that should already be at the top of any traveller's bucket list.

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Start
Buenos Aires, Argentina
Finish
Ushuaia, Argentina
Destinations
Antarctica, Argentina, Falkland Islands
Style
Comfort
Theme
Polar, Wildlife
Code
GQMFA
Physical rating
Ages
Min 8
Group size
Min 1, Max 200

Why you'll love this trip

  • Experience the best of both worlds: the timeless landscapes of Antarctica and the storied history of the Falkland Islands.

  • Enjoy the freedom to customise your trip with a wide range of optional activities. In addition to regular Zodiac excursions, choose to explore the water on a kayaking expedition, sign up for a photography masterclass, rejuvenate with some onboard yoga and massage, or camp out overnight like a true polar explorer

  • Whereas most polar expeditions of this kind have a crew-to-passenger ratio of ten, fifteen or twenty to one, Peregrine expeditions on the Ocean Endeavour have an expedition crew member for every 8 passengers for a greater personal touch

  • Our experienced leaders have made hundreds of polar voyages. Learn about the history, geography and wildlife of the Antarctic from experts in marine biology, glaciology and history

  • Rest assured you will leave only footprints behind. Your Antarctica expedition is carbon offset, and we serve only sustainably-sourced seafood, avoid single-use plastics and use biodegradable and phosphate-free cleaning products on board

  • This is the perfect adventure for solo travellers, with single cabins at the same price as some twins

Is this trip right for you?

  • •Although our ice-strengthened ships are big and sturdy, the Antarctic waters can be unpredictable and rough. Some people may experience seasickness, especially through the Drake Passage and other open water crossings, so please be prepared with medications to combat this – we’d hate for you to miss a single minute of this journey. There is also a doctor on board should you need further assistance.

  • •Believe it or not, temperatures in the Antarctic can be freezing. And yet it can get surprisingly warm when the sun comes out, for instance, or with increased physical activity. It’s best to dress in layers when you journey outside and we’ll provide you with waterproof boots that are sturdy, warm and highly fashionable (in Antarctica, at least). Please see the trip notes for information about what to bring.

  • •Depending on the weather, you’ll be zipping around in a Zodiac boat quite regularly to explore the area and search for wildlife. It can get very cold and wet on the Zodiac, so make sure you dress appropriately and keep your camera safe and dry. Being cold and miserable is one thing, having no photos to show for it is another. Sturdy sea legs are 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 for. A level of flexibility and openness to embracing the unexpected are important in expedition travel, especially in such a remote area. There are nearly 200 recognised sites in the Antarctic Peninsula and South Shetlands; the places mentioned in the itinerary may need to be changed to others (which are equally as interesting). We may also be confined to the ship during rough weather. 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.

Itinerary

Your Antarctic adventure begins in Buenos Aires, Argentina’s lively capital. You can arrive at any time and independently transfer to the group hotel – accommodation is included for the night. After checking in, meet some of your fellow travellers and be briefed by the expedition team about the journey ahead. There’s plenty to see and do if you arrive into BA early too. Perhaps explore the neighbourhood of La Boca, pay your respects to Eva Peron at the famous Recoleta Cemetery or search through the antique markets of San Telmo. If all else fails, sample some of the steak and wine Argentina is so famous for.
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Enjoy a free morning exploring the sights of Buenos Aires, or take advantage of the time to pick up any essentials you may have left at home. In the afternoon you'll transfer to the Ocean Endeavour, your floating home for the next 10 or so days, and wave goodbye to Buenos Aires. The Ocean Endeavour will follow the Rio de la Plata then turn south down the coast towards the Falklands. Tonight, join your shipmates at dinner and drinks and get to know the other travellers who will be sharing this incredible journey with you.
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
One of the major perks of a journey aboard the Ocean Endeavour is its full health and wellness centre, which includes a gym, heated salt-water pool and saunas. Yoga classes are also available to keep you entertained and feeling fresh while at sea. Alternatively, the reading lounges are a great place to pass an afternoon at sea and learn some more about the Falklands, Antarctica and its surrounding areas.
Meals Included
  • Breakfast (3)
  • Lunch (3)
  • Dinner (3)
Welcome to the Falklands! We’ll be exploring the two main islands on Zodiac excursions and daily landings. Wildlife sightings around the Falkland Islands will likely include at least three species of penguin and two endemic bird species – Cobb’s wren and the flightless steamer duck. The expedition team will educate you on the local flora and fauna so you will know what you’re looking for and other potential landing sites include West Point Island, Saunders Island, Sea Lion Island and Bleaker Island.

Though the wildlife is impressive, it's not the Falkland's only drawcard. These islands have a rich history and distinctly British culture with pubs and buildings that could've come straight from an Enid Blyton novel. Spend some time exploring Stanley, the territory's capital, which is located on the island of East Falkland. Its museum has a wealth of information concerning the 1982 Falklands War and the region's Antarctic and maritime history. The landing sites visited will depend on the ship's location and weather conditions, but for information on potential landing sites please visit: https://www.intrepidtravel.com/au/antarctica-landing-sites

There’s also a chance to participate in optional kayaking adventures (at an additional cost). These trips are taken in small groups and some experience is essential. Beginners interested in kayaking should first take an introductory course prior to the voyage, which includes how to perform a wet exit. We also strongly recommend that regardless of your experience, you take part in some kayaking practice prior to the voyage to ensure that you are comfortable on the water.
Meals Included
  • Breakfast (3)
  • Lunch (3)
  • Dinner (3)
As our explorations of the Falklands draw to a close, we cruise further south towards Ushuaia, Argentina. This is a chance to further enjoy the onboard facilities, share photographs with fellow shipmates, or simply enjoy some rest and relaxation. As this is a combination trip, some of your shipmates will be disembarking in Ushuaia, so make the most of your final evening together – live it up and toast what's been an incredible journey to the Falklands. Best of all, you've still got Antarctica to look forward to!
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
The Ocean Endeavour will dock in Ushuaia this morning, giving you the opportunity to take a walk around town and pick up any extra layers or toiletries for the second leg of the journey. Ushuaia, which is the gateway to Tierra del Fuego National Park and the southernmost town in the world, has a fascinating maritime history as well as plenty of shops and restaurants. Check out the museum for the lowdown on this port's storied history then rejoin the Ocean Endeavour in the afternoon to depart once more. Cruise through the Beagle Channel, named for Darwin's historic ship, and keep an eye out for dolphins and seabirds as you go. Wave goodbye to South America – the next land you'll see is Antarctica.
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
The time has come to cross the Drake Passage, the legendary body of water named after English explorer Sir Francis Drake. If the conditions are right, enjoy some time out on deck to spot dolphins, orcas or perhaps albatross. If the waters are a little rough, the Ocean Endeavour is equipped with some seriously lush facilities for you to take advantage of. As well as safety briefings, a comprehensive lecture program will run throughout the journey delivered by experts in Antarctica’s history, geology and biology. With any luck we’ll make it to land by early evening on Day 4 – a moment that always brings much excitement.
Meals Included
  • Breakfast (2)
  • Lunch (2)
  • Dinner (2)
The adventure truly begins once the Antarctic Convergence is left in your wake and exchanged for four incredible days of exploring the Antarctic Peninsula. Stare wide-eyed at glaciers, mountains and an unimaginable array of wildlife as the sheer magnitude and rawness of the area comes to light. Every day is a new adventure, and you’ll explore ice-filled bays and channels as well as Antarctica itself on Zodiac excursions and by foot. While the landscapes will no doubt take your breath away, Antarctica is all about the wildlife. Visit penguin rookeries, spot humpback and minke whales and look out for leopard seals, all while calving glaciers crack through the immense silence. The landing sites visited will depend on the ship's location and weather conditions, but for information on potential landing sites please visit: intrepidtravel.com/au/antarctica-landing-sites
Meals Included
  • Breakfast (4)
  • Lunch (4)
  • Dinner (4)
Say goodbye to the Antarctic Peninsula as we begin our return leg to Ushuaia. Take the opportunity to share photographs with fellow travellers, use your now expert skills in wildlife spotting and enjoy the final lectures from your polar experts. It’s also a great opportunity to make use of the Ocean Endeavour’s health and wellness facilities, including its saunas, spa, heated pool, yoga classes and gym.
Meals Included
  • Breakfast (2)
  • Lunch (2)
  • Dinner (2)
Your Antarctic adventure comes to an end today. If you do have some extra time, the landscapes around Ushuaia are definitely worth checking out, if only for a day or two. Otherwise, transfer to the airport for your onwards flight and be prepared to recount your adventure to endless friends and family.
Meals Included
  • Breakfast

Meals

18 breakfasts, 15 lunches, 17 dinners

Transport

Expedition Cruise Ship, Zodiac

Accommodation

hotel 1 night, Expedition cruise ship 17 nights

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Important notes

BOOKING CONDITIONS
Arctic and Antarctic bookings have an increased deposit requirement of 20% of the full voyage cost (before any discount). The balance is due 120 days before departure.

If a booking is cancelled 120 days or more before departure - the cancellation fee is the full loss of the deposit paid.

If a booking is cancelled between 119 days and departure - the cancellation fee is 100% of the total price of the voyage.

Other fees may apply for air tickets and other arrangements booked in conjunction with a Polar voyage.

ADVENTURE ADD ON's
Kayaking is available to book on all Antarctic voyages. Some voyages also offer other activities such as camping and snowshoeing. All of these activities must be booked prior to departure and incur an additional cost. Spaces are limited so please enquire at time of booking. For kayaking, previous, recent experience is essential.

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