Antarctica, South Georgia & Falklands Cruise

22 Days from
$18,995 USD
Antarctica
Ship Tour
Highlights

Highlights

  • Cross the mighty southern continent off your bucket list
  • Walk in Shackleton’s footsteps
  • Visit a pub in the Falkland Islands
  • See scientists at work at an Antarctic research base
  • Walk with king penguins in South Georgia
  • Experience the teeming wildlife of the islands of the Southern Ocean
  • See the Antarctic ice first-hand with our expert Zodiac drivers
  • Enjoy views of tabular icebergs of epic scale
  • Zodiac cruise spectacular bays looking for orca, minke, and humpback whales
Map

Map

Map for Antarctica, South Georgia & Falklands Cruise

Tour Overview

Join us on our Antarctica, South Georgia & Falklands cruise, as we explore the some of the routes and landings of Shackleton’s epic adventure. From the tip of Tierra del Fuego, to the Falkland Islands, the South Orkneys, South Georgia, and the Antarctic continent, this is a trip like no other. We’ll revisit portions of Shackleton’s South Georgia Island trek, and pay our respects at his grave in Grytviken. Wildlife on these islands is almost beyond belief. We’ll encounter albatross, elephant, fur and leopard seals, whales galore, and literally millions of penguins. For the truly adventurous traveller, Antarctica is the ultimate destination. In October and November, the pack ice begins to break up, and the landscape is pristine with plenty of fresh snow. It’s mating season for the penguins and other birds. Adélie, Chinstrap and Gentoo penguins and other seabirds return to their breeding sites. You’re likely to witness courtship displays, nest building and egg tending. In South Georgia, elephant seals and fur seals are mating, and king penguins are laying their eggs. Parents can be seen “carrying” eggs on their feet so that one parent can shuffle around the colony while the other adult goes out to sea to feed. Join us for this once-in-a-lifetime journey to the great southern continent!

Itinerary

Day 1: Puerto Madryn

Located in the Patagonian province of Chubut, Puerto Madryn is a popular resort destination for wildlife excursions, and is known as the best place in Argentina to see Southern Right whales. Attend the optional evening briefing for the opportunity to ask questions and meet some of your fellow travelers.

Southern Right Whale

Arriving at the ship in the afternoon, you will be greeted by our Expedition Team and ship staff at a safety and orientation briefing followed by the Captain’s welcome dinner. Then, watch the city lights fade in the fresh night air as we sail seaward.

Among the wildlife spotting opportunities as we sail south, are the albatrosses, prions, and petrels that frequently follow the ship. Our Expedition Team will be out on deck as well, looking for the whales and dolphins that can be seen in the area. Our experts will begin their presentations with informative and entertaining talks on the wildlife, history, and geology of the Falkland Islands and Southern Ocean. Helpful briefings on environmental regulations and expedition safety will also be held in our comfortable lounge.

A Black-browed Albatross in flight - Falklands.

The westernmost settled outposts in the Falklands are remote farms that have been family-owned for six and seven generations. The sheep graze alongside albatross colonies and Rockhopper, King, and Magellanic penguin rookeries while striated caracaras patrol overhead and upland geese graze at the water’s edge. A visit to one of these homesteads often includes an invitation for cakes and a cup of tea.

Rockhopper Penguin head

Chosen for its sheltered harbor and access to abundant fresh water and peat for fuel, Stanley is easy to discover on foot as most shops and services are centered on the port. The museum, the post-office featuring first day covers, plenty of shops with locally made wool items, and Stanley’s lively pubs will all be available. It is possible to experience the wildlife of the Falklands from the town including sea lions and Peale’s and Commerson’s dolphins in the harbor or bird life in nearby Gypsy Cove.

Commerson’s dolphins

Things really start to ramp up with plenty of wildlife identifying to do as we make our way east across the Antarctic Convergence and officially enter Antarctic waters. Shipboard presentations continue, featuring topics such as the captivating history and abundant wildlife of South Georgia.

Welcome to South Georgia! Landing sites feature huge Elephant seals, aggressive Fur seals, Gentoo penguins, albatross, petrels, skuas, and gulls. King penguins from fuzzy little chicks to fattened adults can be seen in the hundreds of thousands. We will visit historic Grytviken whaling station, home of the whaling museum, Norwegian seaman’s church, the active British Antarctic Survey station plus the tiny graveyard where the great Antarctic explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton is buried.

King Penguins and Elephant Seals

Heading farther south, we continue our informative presentations and wildlife watch as the icebergs become more and more plentiful.

In the waterways of the Antarctic Peninsula, we hope to make as much time as possible to explore by inflatable Zodiac boats and marvel up close at nature’s glory. Our Expedition Leader and Captain will create a flexible itinerary based on weather, ice, and opportunity. We will aim for the most scenic bays and channels of the Peninsula with stops at penguin rookeries, seal wallows, bird colonies and whale feeding areas, as well as sites of historic and scientific interest.

Adelie, Chinstrap and Gentoo Penguins abound, and Weddell, Crabeater and Elephant Seals are often found hauled out to rest along with predatory Leopard Seals and the assertive Antarctic Fur Seal. Minke and Humpback Whales are frequent visitors in the late season and Orca sightings are also common.

Whale tail Antarctica

As we leave this magical place and make our way north, heading again across the Antarctic Convergence and the Drake Passage, we will continue our presentation series and wildlife spotting. Sailing back to Ushuaia through the Beagle Channel, we celebrate the conclusion of our expedition with a special slideshow.

Morning disembarkation lets you catch a flight to Buenos Aires or stay in Ushuaia for more sights and adventure.

Saying goodbye to the lovely Arakur, our Antarctic adventure officially comes to an end. As you continue on, homeward bound or perhaps to another destination, you’ll take with you the unforgettable memories of exploring the last wild place on earth.

Ushuaia

Departures

What's Included

Tour Includes

  • One pre-voyage hotel night in Puerto Madryn and a post-voyage hotel night in Ushuaia
  • Transfers to/from ship to group hotel for embarkation/debarkation
  • Shipboard accommodations
  • All meals on board
  • All alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages (some super premium brands excluded)
  • Coffee/Tea/Cocoa 24 hours a day
  • All scheduled landings and excursions
  • Our Citizen Science program: participation in a variety of scientific activities that support important research projects
  • Expedition jacket (yours to keep)
  • A pair of loaner boots for use during the voyage
  • WiFi from the public computers
  • 200 MB WiFi card for use on your personal devices
  • Daily international news service
  • All port fees
  • All landing fees
  • Digital Voyage Log
  • • Daily international news service
  • • All port and landing fees

Tour Does Not Include

  • Any airfare or travel expenses associated with arrival in Ushuaia or Puerto Madryn other than those listed above
  • Transfer from airport to group hotel, unless arriving on Day 1 of the itinerary
  • On the Nov 3, 2021 and Nov 1, 2022 voyages, departure transfer from hotel to airport in Ushuaia
  • Pre- or post-voyage expenses in Ushuaia or Puerto Madryn
  • Travel insurance; medical insurance; evacuation coverage
  • Laundry and personal expenses incurred on board
  • Onboard communication charges such as outgoing phone calls, WiFi from personal devices in excess of the 200 MB provided
  • Staff gratuities

What to Expect

Our Antarctica, South Georgia & Falklands cruise program allow you to experience the best of the natural world, while enjoying the comforts of our friendly floating hotel. The ship generally makes crossing between islands at night, so every morning you awake to new vistas and discoveries. Every day we offer a combination of interesting shore excursions and fun shipboard activities. You can choose which elements of the program you want to participate in.

Our excursions onshore will involve a relatively low level of exertion, but you will need a reasonable level of mobility to get up and down the gangway and climb into and out of Zodiacs (with assistance). Some of our shore landings will be 'wet', requiring waterproof boots. Once you have left the zodiac, you'll find our shore excursions accommodate both those who wish to enjoy a gentle stroll and those who prefer more active hikes. Our onboard specialists will join us on these shore excursions to provide interpretation and narration to these wonderful landscapes and experiences.

Each evening we will gather in the lounge to recount the day’s events and share memorable stories. Our expedition leader will outline the following day’s schedule. Our resource staff of naturalists, historians, and other guest speakers will give informative talks at various times throughout the voyage.

Meals in the ship's dining room are a great opportunity to meet new friends and recount the day's adventures. Special diets can be accommodated with advance notice. Safety is also a top priority with Eagle-Eye Tours – our team has extensive experience in the field, and all of our Voyages are run in conjunction with operators with the highest safety standards.

When the ship is underway, it is a wonderful time to join a naturalist on deck, take photos of the stunning scenery, or get caught up on some reading in the library.

We know that everyone travels for different reasons. Over the years, however, we have found one common element among the guest who choose to travel with us - a thirst of knowledge and authentic experience. Knowing this drives us to ensure the highest quality learning experience on our trips, by taking time to carefully design each trip we offer.

Ship & Deck Plan

M/S Seaventure

M/S Seaventure

A WORLD-CLASS SMALL SHIP EXPERIENCE

Seaventure features a 1-A Super ice class rating — the highest ice class awarded to passenger vessels. This means that we will be able to explore coves, bays, and channels that would previously have been forbidden to us.

The ship also offers a host of new activities. There’s a sauna, a fitness center, a custom-built citizen science lab, and heated saltwater pool. There is more storage space, which is important because it means we can carry more equipment, so that more of our guests can participate in activities like kayaking and camping.

The common areas are larger and beautifully appointed, and the ship has two kitchens, one on the Lido deck for al fresco dining when weather permits.

Come explore with us.

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