Falklands, South Georgia & Antarctica Cruise

A fascinating history, diverse wildlife and incredible landscapes all help to make the Falklands, South Georgia & Antarctica cruise one of the ultimate trips out there. Spend 18-20 nights on board a small expeditionary ship for close encounters with breeding colonies of King Penguins and feisty male Elephant Seals on South Georgia as well as learning all about the varied history of the Falklands Islands. You will gain a real insight into the expeditions of the great explorers Ernest Shackleton and Roald Amundsen through visits and lectures on board whilst sailing between islands. For landscapes, the towering peaks of South Georgia are stunning whilst the endless vista of snow and ice on the white continent itself is a humbling sight. Finish off your expedition with an exploration of the Antarctic Peninsula before returning to Ushuaia.

Day 1: Arrival

Upon arrival into Ushuaia, southern Argentina, you will be transferred to your hotel, where a representative will greet you. The rest of the day is at leisure for you to explore the town and Tierra del Fuego (Land of Fire).

Day 2: From Ushuaia to the Southern Ocean

Morning at leisure before embarking on your expeditionary ship in the afternoon. Set sail from Ushuaia, charting a course through the Beagle Channel to begin your Falklands, South Georgia and Antarctica Cruise.

Stay: Cruise ship

Day 3: At Sea

Whilst at sea you have the opportunity to spend time with the expeditionary staff, polar experts in their own right. They will give entertaining lectures on a variety of topics from wildlife and history to geology and the environment of the region.  You will be accompanied by many seabirds including several species of Albatross and storm petrels among others. Also look out for whales!

Stay: Cruise ship

Days 4 – 5: Falkland Islands

Spend the coming few days exploring the Falkland Islands to experience the rich wildlife and history they offer visitors. Begin with the western islands such as Carcass & New Island to see colonies of Magellanic, Gentoo & Rockhopper Penguins as well as various other species of bird. Land at Port Stanley to wander through the streets of brightly painted houses and learn the history of this once major port in the 19th Century, stopping off at the interesting museum and post office along the way.

Stay: Cruise ship

Days 6 – 7: At Sea

You will sail east across the Southern Ocean and Antarctic Convergence, officially entering Antarctic waters where it is dramatically cooler. You will be very likely to spot a variety Marine mammals and seabirds species over these two days of sailing. Also take advantage of the interesting lectures regarding the upcoming visit to South Georgia.

Stay: Cruise ship

Days 8 to 11: South Georgia

The scenery of South Georgia is a magnificent sight with its huge snow-capped mountains and calving glaciers. You will land at various sites such as Elsehul with its active fur seal breeding beach, Salisbury Plain and St Andrews to witness the abundance of King Penguins by the millions, Gold Harbour to encounter huge Elephant Seals and Prion Island to sight the nesting Wandering Albatrosses.

Historically important for whaling and Antarctic exploration, visit the abandoned Grytviken whaling station where King Penguins walk the streets and seals have taken over the buildings. It is here that you will visit the final resting place of Ernest Shackleton.

As ever with this part of the world, flexibility is key with weather and sea conditions as well as permissions all playing a part in determining the landing sites.

Stay: Cruise ship

Day 12 - 13: At Sea

Heading farther south through the Scotia Sea, relax, enjoy the lectures on board and watch as huge tabular and misshapen icebergs become more and more plentiful.

Stay: Cruise ship

Day 14 – 17: South Shetlands Islands & Antarctic Peninsula

Cruise amongst the South Shetlands, landing at King George, Half Moon and Livingston Islands where you will very likely see Adelie, Chinstrap and Gentoo Penguins alongside several species of seal. Deception Island is an impressive sight with the ruins of whaling and survey stations amongst the volcanic rock and a challenging hike to the rim of the active caldera is well worthwhile.

It is from here that you will finally reach the spectacular sight of the white continent! Sailing along the western shores of the Antarctic Peninsula the ship will make plenty of stops to explore by zodiac boat, on foot or by kayak and get up close to the wildlife –whales, seabirds, penguins and seals are all well spotted here as are the vast tabular icebergs that . The trip may include Neko Harbour, Paradise Harbour, Wilhelmina Bay (great for Humpbacks!) and the spectacular narrow Lemaire Channel surrounded by cliff faces and glaciers.

There are a variety of unique activities on offer from most ships including kayaking, hiking, overnight camping, snowshoeing and some even offer snorkelling and scuba diving for the very experienced! At extra cost on the majority of departures.

Stay: Cruise ship

Days 18 – 19: Drake Passage

Depart Antarctica for Ushuaia in southern Argentina, heading across Drake Passage and again the Antarctic Convergence, before rounding Cape Horn and up into the Beagle Channel.

Stay: Cruise ship

Day 20: Arrive Ushuaia

Disembarkation this morning before you fly on to your next destination. You may wish to explore Argentina further or perhaps head further afield to Brazil, Chile or even Peru.

Itinerary

Duration Description Overnight
Day 1: Arrival
Day 2: From Ushuaia to the Southern Ocean Cruise ship
Day 3: At Sea Cruise ship
Days 4 – 5: Falkland Islands Cruise ship
Days 6 – 7: At Sea Cruise ship
Days 8 to 11: South Georgia Cruise ship
Day 12 - 13: At Sea Cruise ship
Day 14 – 17: South Shetlands Islands & Antarctic Peninsula Cruise ship
Days 18 – 19: Drake Passage Cruise ship
Day 20: Arrive Ushuaia

Inclusions

Included

  • Accommodation
  • All meals and non-alcoholic beverages
  • Facilities aboard (fitness center, library, physician)
  • Sightseeing and entrance fees
  • Special access permits, park fees, port taxes
  • Transfers to and from group flights
  • The expertise of our expedition staff
  • All excursions
  • Zodiac & kayak explorations
  • Snorkeling, including wetsuits, masks, fins & snorkel where relevant

Not Included

  • International flights
  • Personal expenses
  • Visa if applicable
  • Travel insurance (please note that travel insurance is mandatory for all Lightfoot Travel holidays)

Map

1- Ushuaia 2- Falkland Islands 3- South Georgia Islands 4- Antarctic Peninsulsa 5- Drake Passage 6- Ushuaia

From USD 9,200 per person for twin semi-private cabin, based on two people sharing

Notes on our prices

  • This price guide provides you with a broad indication of how much to budget for your holiday.
  • Prices are generally based on two people travelling together (unless stated otherwise) on a shared room basis.
  • Prices can fluctuate depending on season, standard of accommodation, excursions selected (private versus shared) etc.
  • This basic structure works very nicely, but don’t forget that Lightfoot Travel can provide a range of experiences and we tailor-make each itinerary based on your travel requirements. Get in touch to start planning your perfect trip with your own travel consultant