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Peninsula, Falklands and South Georgia

from £12400 excluding flights

  • 16-22 nights
  • Jan-Mar, Oct-Dec
Home Destinations Polar Antarctica Peninsula, Falklands and South Georgia

Highlights

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Enjoy shore landings and Zodiac cruises past glistening icebergs

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Marvel at towering mountains and exquisite blue-hued icebergs

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Visit the world’s largest king penguin rookeries

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Choose from a range of adventure options

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Learn about the old whaling stations and research facilities

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See beaches filled with basking elephant and fur seals

Why this trip...

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Choice of vessels

We offer a wide choice of small ships from simple budget-conscious options to purpose-built luxury vessels

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Immersive exploration

Immerse yourself in your surroundings on a true exploration of remote and spectacular areas

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Expertly guided

In-depth knowledge and expertise will enrich your experience on this trip

Overview

Experience the abundant wildlife and dramatic landscapes of the Falkland Islands and South Georgia as well as the Antarctic Peninsula on this comprehensive voyage. Considered by many to be one of the most beautiful places on earth, South Georgia has a huge range of wildlife in its bays, harbours and fjords including vast colonies of king penguins.

Enjoy breathtaking scenery comprising icy waterways, sweeping glaciers, icebergs and rugged mountains. In the historic Falklands explore some of the privately owned outer islands that are home to great concentrations of seals and penguins while South Georgia offers a natural wonderland of awe-inspiring grandeur.

South Georgia also played a significant role in the story of Shackleton’s epic Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition. With their ship ‘Endurance’ claimed by the sea ice, the crew set out on an incredible journey in open lifeboats across the Southern Ocean, culminating in a hazardous traverse of South Georgia’s mountain range. The settlement of Grytviken is appropriately the resting place of Sir Ernest Shackleton.

The final part of the expedition explores the spectacular Antarctic Peninsula, against a backdrop of mountains and icebergs.

Itinerary

Ushuaia is the southernmost city in the world and the principle departure point for voyages to Antarctica. Sprawling, but with an easygoing atmosphere, this city is surrounded by the sea to the south and the mountains to the north. Overnight at a hotel in Ushuaia.

Board your ship in the afternoon in Ushuaia and sail along the Beagle Channel to start your Antarctic adventure.

There are many activities to keep you engaged while you are at sea. You could learn to identify the seabirds that glide alongside the ship, or attend the illustrated presentations by the Expedition Team. They will prepare you for the shore landings and Zodiac cruising to come.

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Explore the Falklands archipelago, heading ashore in search of penguins, kelp geese, albatross and more, as well as the chance to meet the residents of this remote British outpost.

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Sailing south you will enter Antarctic waters by crossing the Antarctic convergence, an invisible ring around the globe where the cold Southern Ocean meets the warmer waters of the Indian, Pacific and Atlantic Oceans.

After crossing the Southern Ocean, a series of landings are planned around South Georgia, taking in king penguin rookeries, noisy elephant seals, abandoned whaling stations and the grave of Sir Ernest Shackleton.

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Your journey continues with the voyage south to the Antarctic Peninsula.

On arrival at the Antarctic Peninsula you will encounter towering, glacier-capped mountains rising from a brilliant blue sea, dotted with ice floes and penguin colonies. Listen for calving glaciers, visit historic sites and research stations and set foot on the Great White Continent

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The Drake Passage crossing is a fitting end to your visit to Antarctica – there may be a chance to see a variety of seabirds on this final stretch of your journey.

You will be transferred to the airport from the ship when you disembark in Ushuaia

  • All voyage itineraries are intended as a guideline only – embracing the unexpected is part of the legacy of expedition travel. Actual routes and landings will be dependent on weather, sea and ice conditions. A degree of flexibility is essential in the polar regions!
  • The above sample itinerary is based on the 21-day voyage on the G Expedition. Other departures may vary in duration and routing, i.e alternative embarkation or disembarkation ports, or do not include the pre-voyage hotel night. Please contact us for specific details.

Vessel Finder

There are a choice of vessels available for this voyage. Compare the facilities of up to three ships at a glance then talk to our Travel Specialists who will be happy to advise which one is right for you.

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G Expedition

The ever-popular G Expedition offers spacious and comfortable accommodation at an affordable price.

  • Passengers: 134
  • Class: Ice-strengthened
  • Sauna
  • Jacket: Jacket to keep
  • Rubber Boots: Loan of rubber boots
  • Optional Activities
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Ocean Adventurer

An attractive ice-strengthened vessel, the Ocean Adventurer features plenty of outside deck space making this a great choice for a polar adventure.

  • Passengers: 132
  • Class: Ice-strengthened
  • Jacket: Jacket to keep
  • Rubber Boots: Loan of rubber boots
  • Optional Activities
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Ocean Endeavour

The Ocean Endeavour is a bright and spacious purpose-built expedition ship, with excellent facilities, a range of optional activities and a focus…

  • Passengers: 199
  • Class: Ice-strengthened
  • Pool/Hot tub
  • Sauna
  • Jacket: Jacket to keep
  • Rubber Boots: Loan of boots
  • Optional Activities
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Sea Spirit

This all-suite vessel couples adventure with spacious accommodation and a friendly atmosphere.

  • Passengers: 114
  • Class: Ice-strengthened
  • Balcony Cabins
  • Jacket: Jacket to keep
  • Rubber Boots: Loan of rubber boots
  • Optional Activities
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Greg Mortimer

A custom-built expedition ship featuring cutting-edge design, superior comfort and environmentally friendly technology.

  • Passengers: 120
  • Class: Ice-strengthened
  • Balcony Cabins
  • Sauna
  • Jacket: Jacket to keep
  • Rubber Boots: Loan of rubber boots
  • Optional Activities
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Sylvia Earle

The sister ship to the Greg Mortimer, the Sylvia Earle features the same cutting-edge design, superior comfort and environmentally friendly technology.

  • Passengers: 126
  • Class: Ice-strengthened
  • Balcony Cabins
  • Pool/Hot tub
  • Sauna
  • Jacket: Jacket to keep
  • Rubber Boots: Loan of rubber boots
  • Optional Activities
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Ultramarine

The spacious Ultramarine is a purpose-built expedition ship, offering a choice of adventure activities as well as the chance to explore by…

  • Passengers: 199
  • Class: Ice-strengthened
  • Balcony Cabins
  • Sauna
  • Helicopter: on board
  • Jacket: Jacket to keep
  • Rubber Boots: Loan of rubber boots
  • Optional Activities
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World Explorer

The World Explorer is a new state of the art, purpose-built expedition vessel, among the fastest and most luxurious in our fleet…

  • Passengers: 176
  • Class: Ice-strengthened
  • Balcony Cabins
  • Pool/Hot tub
  • Sauna
  • Jacket: Jacket to keep
  • Rubber Boots: Loan of rubber boots
  • Optional Activities
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Seaventure

A classic and strong Polar expedition ship, the MS Seaventure immerses passengers in their surroundings with opportunities to participate in important scientific…

  • Passengers: 139
  • Class: Ice-strengthened
  • Balcony Cabins
  • Pool/Hot tub
  • Sauna
  • Jacket: Jacket to keep
  • Rubber Boots: Load of Rubber boots
  • Optional Activities
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Ocean Explorer

A purpose-built expedition ship offering ample deck space and generously sized cabins, the Ocean Explorer’s innovative design has been meticulously crafted specifically…

  • Passengers: 138
  • Class: Ice-strengthened
  • Balcony Cabins
  • Pool/Hot tub
  • Sauna
  • Jacket: Jacket to keep
  • Rubber Boots: Loan of rubber boots
  • Optional Activities
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Ocean Albatros

Part of a brand new generation of low-energy small ships, custom built for Polar expedition cruising, the Ocean Albatros boasts cutting edge…

  • Passengers: 189
  • Class: Ice-strengthened
  • Balcony Cabins
  • Pool/Hot tub
  • Sauna
  • Rubber Boots: Loan of rubber boots
  • Optional Activities
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M/V Ortelius

A former scientific-research vessel, the Ortelius offers the classic small ship experience.

  • Passengers: 116
  • Class: Ice-strengthened
  • Helicopter: on selected dates
  • Rubber Boots: Loan of rubber boots
  • Optional Activities
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M/V Plancius

The M/V Plancius is a traditional ex-research vessel, with proven experience in icy waters.

  • Passengers: 116
  • Class: Ice-strengthened
  • Rubber Boots: Loan of rubber boots
  • Optional Activities
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M/V Hondius

The M/V Hondius is one of the strongest vessels of its category in the polar regions.

  • Passengers: 174
  • Class: Ice-strengthened
  • Rubber Boots: Loan of rubber boots
  • Optional Activities

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Special Interest Departures

Guest Photographers:

Seaventure – 01 Nov 2024 – Ami Vitale

Embark on a unique voyage with award-winning photographer Ami Vitale, a Nikon Ambassador and National Geographic artist. With over three decades of experience, Ami’s iconic images and stories beautifully portray the interdependence of humanity and our planet’s well-being. As the founder of Vital Impacts, she actively fosters a global network of environmental storytellers, using art and advocacy to inspire planetary change-makers. During your voyage, receive valuable guidance from Ami on capturing your breathtaking surroundings and participate in personalised photo reviews for constructive feedback on your images.

 

Sea Spirit – 02 Nov 2024 – Rick Sammon

On this special departure, join award-winning photographer, Rick Sammon, for a voyage with a twist. Rick has travelled to more than 100 countries during his photographic career and his photos have been published in numerous newspapers, magazines, in addition to the 39 books he has produced. In recognition of his talent and influence, Rick has been named a Canon Explorer of Light. Rick will provide a photo workshop on the ship and will assist with image processing, helping transform snapshots into great, memorable images.

 

Prices and Departures

Price from £12400 excluding flights

Airfares are quoted separately to the holiday price. When enquiring, our Travel Specialists will provide the best fare possible from your preferred airline / airport.
Note: Airfares tend to be cheaper the earlier you book.

Voyage prices shown are standard but you can be assured that any relevant offers will be applied with your quote.

What's Included

  • Shipboard accommodation
  • All breakfasts, lunches & dinners on board
  • Tea & coffee available around the clock
  • All Zodiac transfers, cruising & shore landings
  • Presentations by the Expedition Team and guest speakers
  • Loan of rubber boots during voyage
  • All miscellaneous service taxes and port charges
  • 24 hour emergency assistance from our team during your holiday
  • No surcharge guarantee
  • Full financial protection

2024/25 Departures

Prices are per person, based on a twin cabin. The indicative prices shown in the table below are the standard voyage fare and do not reflect any applicable special offers or discounts. Single, triple and quad cabins are also available. Please get in touch for a tailored quote based on the best available price for your preferred voyage and cabin type.

Departure Duration Vessel Activities Prices from (pp) Special Interest
18 Oct 2024 21 days Plancius £13,727
22 Oct 2024 22 days G Expedition £13,799
24 Oct 2024 21 days Sylvia Earle £22,079
30 Oct 2024 21 days Ocean Endeavour £12,400
01 Nov 2024 21 days MS Seaventure £20,029 Photography focus. Citizen Science
02 Nov 2024 17 days Sea Spirit £16,995 Photography focus
04 Nov 2024 20 days Ocean Explorer £19,500
17 Nov 2024 21 days Sea Spirit £19,595
19 Nov 2024 18 days Ocean Albatros £17,329
19 Nov 2024 21 days Greg Mortimer £22,413
02 Dec 2024 21 days Sylvia Earle £24,329
06 Dec 2024 20 days Plancius £13,864
10 Dec 2024 20 days Ortelius £13,864
16 Dec 2024 23 days Ultramarine £37,900
18 Dec 2024 21 days Greg Mortimer £24,496
17 Dec 2024 19 days Hondius £13,773
19 Dec 2024 20 days Ocean Explorer £21,500
28 Dec 2024 21 days MS Seaventure £21,821 Citizen Science
02 Jan 2025 20 days Sylvia Earle £26,246
04 Jan 2025 18 days Ocean Albatros £20,746
04 Jan 2025 19 days Hondius £14,864
05 Jan 2025 AC 23 days Ocean Endeavour £16,000
05 Jan 2025 21 days Sea Spirit £22,395
11 Jan 2025 21 days G Expedition £18,799
16 Jan 2025 19 days Plancius £16,000
30 Jan 2025 23 days Sylvia Earle £28,579
01 Feb 2025 20 days Hondius £14,864
20 Feb 2025 23 days Hondius £15,864
26 Feb 2025 23 days Sea Spirit £18,595

AC: This departure attempts to cross the Antarctic Circle

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  • Camping
  • Cross-country skiing
  • Kayak taster session
  • Kayaking
  • Mountaineering
  • Paddleboarding
  • Photography
  • Snorkelling
  • Snow-shoeing

NOTES

  • Inclusions are dependent on the vessel chosen, though those referenced above are applicable to all
  • Two pre-voyage nights in a hotel are included on voyages aboard the MS Seaventure
  • One pre-voyage night in a hotel are included with all other ships
  • Participation in Citizen Science projects is available on voyages aboard the MS Seaventure, Greg Mortimer and Sylvia Earle

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