Discover the rich history, culture and wildlife of the remote Falklands archipelago.

The Falkland Islands are nothing short of remarkable, a sub-Antarctic world heaving with penguins, seals and the world’s largest black-browed albatross colony. This British territory has been long been a subject of controversy with France, Spain, Britain and Argentina all having laid claim to its beautiful rolling landscapes. Though perhaps best known for the 1982 Falklands War, the Falklands boast a fascinating naval history, a rich local culture and truly iconic wildlife and birdlife – don’t miss an opportunity to experience this remote, rewarding destination.


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

Why you'll love this trip

  • Uncover the diverse wildlife and storied history of these remote islands, beginning in cosmopolitan Buenos Aires and ending in Ushuaia, the gateway to Tierra del Fuego National Park.

  • Customise your trip with optional activities, perhaps choosing to explore the water by kayak or rejuvenate with some onboard yoga and a massage.

  • Whereas most polar expeditions of this kind have a crew-to-passenger ratio of ten, fifteen or twenty to one, Intrepid 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 between them. They’re experts in marine biology, glaciology and Antarctic history, and they’ll share their knowledge throughout the journey during a comprehensive lecture program.

  • Rest assured that footprints are all you’ll leave 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.

  • Travelling solo? This is your perfect Antarctic adventure, 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 region’s waters can be unpredictable and rough. Some people may experience seasickness, especially over 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. 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. 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 sub-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 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 toward our final destination: Ushuaia, Argentina. This is a chance to further enjoy the onboard facilities, share photographs with fellow shipmates, or simply enjoy some rest and relaxation. The final dinner together is always a highlight, so live it up and toast what’s been an incredible journey to a unique destination.
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Say a final farewell to your fellow travellers as this adventure comes to an end in Ushuaia. The town serves as the gateway to Tierra del Fuego National Park, and both the town and park are well worth exploring if you have some time to spare. Otherwise, transfer to the airport for your onward flight.
Meals Included
  • Breakfast

Meals

9 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 8 dinners

Transport

Exepdition cruise ship, Zodiac

Accommodation

Expedition Voyage (8 nights), Hotel (1 night)

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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 ONs
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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