Falklands, South Georgia & Antarctica: Explorers and Kings

An epic 20-day adventure that really will be the trip of a lifetime. This extended expedition encompasses the wildlife paradise of South Georgia and the remote Falkland Islands, as well as the extraordinary beauty of the Antarctic Peninsula.

You’ll experience a great diversity of environments and landscapes, which will provide unprecedented wildlife viewing opportunities. Keep your camera at the ready for close up encounters with Antarctic penguins - these curious creatures are always a delight. Our Expedition Leaders are highly trained and bring expertise on the polar regions to enhance your connection to the Antarctic world.

Daily Zodiac cruises, hiking on the ice and the ‘polar plunge’ are all included activities. There are multiple options to personalise your experience with ventures such as mountaineering, sea kayaking, stand up paddle boarding and cross country skiing. A variety of pre- and post-expedition extensions in South America are also available if you have time.

An extensive educational programme will allow you to pursue your personal passions as you learn about Antarctica’s unique geology, history and wildlife with an expert team of lecturers. Start planning your version of the quintessential trip to Antarctica - you will find that it exceeds your expectations in every facet of the tour.

Departure dates

Departures for the Falklands, South Georgia & Antarctica: Explorers and Kings Antarctica tours are available from Buenos Aires or directly from Ushuaia and the tours depart on the following dates only:

  • Ocean Adventurer: 14th February 2020, 16th November 2020, 27th February 2021
  • Ocean Endeavour: 14th November 2019, 20th December 2019
  • World Explorer: 27th February 2020
  • Ocean Diamond: 20th January 2021
Duration
20 days
Options
Group basis, Escorted
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Trip highlights

  • Experience South Georgia's incredible wildlife with thriving colonies of over 30 bird species and four different varieties of Antarctic penguins.
  • Visit the Falkland Islands’ capital Port Stanley, a charming base for exploring the landscapes and wildlife of the Islas Malvinas.
  • Stop by the grave of Sir Ernest Shackleton in South Georgia, which he and his companions reached after their 800-mile small boat journey.
  • See the White Continent from different perspectives, exploring by foot or Zodiac boat as well as from the Antarctica cruise ship.

You may arrive in Buenos Aires at any time during the first day and upon arrival will independently transfer to the group hotel.

After breakfast at the hotel, the group will transfer to the airport and board our private charter flight from Buenos Aires to Ushuaia, in the far south of Argentina. Upon arrival, we’ll take a short city tour of this quaint port town before heading to the pier to board our Antarctica cruise vessel.

There are many activities to keep you engaged while you are at sea. Learn more about Antarctica animals, including how to identify the many seabirds that glide alongside the ship. Attend dynamic presentations by your Expedition Team that will enrich your experience. You will also be fully briefed on safety procedures for your Zodiac cruises and shore landings.

Upon arrival in this South Atlantic archipelago, your cameras will get their first real workout capturing the abundant wildlife and the rugged feel of the Falklands. Port Stanley offers a uniquely British outpost feel, complete with quirky charm. We will also explore the two main islands during Zodiac excursions and daily landings. The wildlife in the Falkland Islands is superb, with Magellanic, Gentoo and rockhopper penguins, black-browed albatross and two endemic bird species: Cobb’s wren and the Falklands flightless steamer duck.

Sailing south, you’ll officially enter Antarctic waters by crossing the invisible biological boundary called the Antarctic Convergence. Encircling the continent, cold southern waters meet and mix with the warmer waters of the Indian, Pacific and Atlantic Oceans, creating an abundance of krill and marine life that attracts whales and seals to this part of the world. Expedition staff will be sure to keep you posted when you cross this invisible, yet important geographical line.

This remote outpost was a popular stop for many historic Antarctic expeditions and was once a centre for the commercial hunting whales and elephant and fur seals. Fortunately, the wildlife population has recovered and you will be captivated by what is referred to as the ‘Galapagos of the Poles,’ each landing you make on South Georgia will open your eyes to a new wonder of wildlife. Visit the grave of famous Antarctic explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton, who reached South Georgia in a small open boat after he and his companions survived an 800-mile journey of endurance and courage to bring rescue his ship. The settlement of Grytviken is also home to an old whaling station, a museum, gift shop, church and a small research station.

As we travel ever closer to Antarctica your days at sea are filled with presentations, lectures and workshops from your Expedition Team, who will prepare you for the wildlife and landscapes that will be greeting you upon your arrival in Antarctica. In between presentations, spend time on deck or chatting with your shipmates over a drink at the bar. If conditions allow, we may attempt landfall on the South Orkney Islands, our first official stop in Antarctica.

The most common reaction to arriving at the white continent is a sense of reverence and awe. The experience is hard to put into words, as few places are as untouched, unique and enduring as Antarctica. You will discover that this is a land of extremes: at one moment you’ll be overcome with a feeling of complete desolation and silence, at the next moment you’ll be inspired by nature as a calving glacier crashes into the brilliant blue sea or a penguin comes waddling by to inspect your footwear.

After more than two weeks of endless wildlife encounters, your journey home begins. Crossing the Drake Passage is your unofficial rite of passage, completing your Antarctic adventure.
Enjoy some final moments mingling with your fellow travellers. The noisy, busy, populated world awaits your return, so savour the silence of the sea as long as you can.

After breakfast aboard the ship, it is time to part ways and say goodbye to your Expedition Team. After disembarkation, you will have a little more time to explore Ushuaia before we transfer to the airport for the return group charter flight to Buenos Aires.