Days
21
Price from
12990USD
Map of Antarctica, South Georgia and Falklands Odyssey including Antarctica, Argentina, Falkland Islands (malvinas) and South Georgia

Experience Antarctica in depth on this ultimate three-week polar expedition

Immerse yourself in another world on this in-depth exploration of Antarctica. Setting off aboard the comfortable, spacious and superbly equipped Ocean Endeavour, follow in the footsteps of Sir Earnest Shackleton and experience the joys of Antarctica, from humpback whales to penguins to glaciers. This extensive expedition allows for more time in South Georgia, Antarctica’s own ‘Galapagos’, where some penguins can number in the hundreds of thousands within a single colony. Set foot on the great Antarctic Peninsula, discover first-hand the story of Shackleton’s astounding Elephant Islands ordeal, and enjoy a taste of the British-tinged Falkland Islands before culminating in Puerto Madryn. With optional adventure activities (such as ice camping and kayaking) and rare touches of the five-star (thanks to an onboard spa and wellness amenities), it doesn’t get much better than this for expedition travel in Antarctica.

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Terms & Conditions

Start
Ushuaia, Argentina
Finish
Puerto Madryn, Argentina
Destinations
Antarctica, Argentina, Falkland Islands (Malvinas), South Georgia
Style
Peregrine
Theme
Polar
Code
PPSGD
Physical rating
Ages
Min 8
Group size
Min 1, Max 200

Why you'll love this trip

  • With three weeks to explore not only South Georgia and the Antarctic Peninsula in depth, but also dropping into the historic Falklands Islands, this Antarctica expedition sits on a rung of its own

  • Enjoy the freedom to customise your trip with a wide range of optional activities. In addition to regular Zodiac excursions, choose to explore the water on a kayaking expedition, sign up for a photography masterclass, rejuvenate with some onboard yoga and massage, or camp out overnight like a true polar explorer

  • Whereas most polar expeditions of this kind have a crew-to-passenger ratio of ten, fifteen or twenty to one, Peregrine 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. Learn about the history, geography and wildlife of the Antarctic from experts in marine biology, glaciology and history

  • Rest assured you will leave only footprints 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 on board

  • This is the perfect adventure for solo travellers, 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, Antarctic waters can be unpredictable and rough. Some people may experience seasickness, especially through the Drake Passage and other open water crossings. Please be prepared with medications to combat this. There is also a doctor on board should you need further assistance.

  • As you’d expect, temperatures in the Antarctic can be freezing. And yet it can get surprisingly warm at times – when the sun comes out, for instance, or with increased physical activity. It is wise to dress in layers when you journey outside. We provide you with waterproof boots that are sturdy and warm. Please see the trip notes for further important information about what to bring.

  • Weather depending, you will be making regular excursions in a Zodiac boat to explore the local area and look for wildlife. It can get very cold and wet on the Zodiac, so make sure you are dressed appropriately and that you keep your camera safe and dry. Sturdy sea legs are needed as you make wet and dry landings from the boat, and on steep terrain, snow and other uneven surfaces. The Ocean Endeavour has a lift, but you will need to take 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. There are nearly 200 recognised sites in the Antarctic Peninsula and South Shetlands; the places mentioned in the itinerary may need to be changed to others (which are equally as interesting). We may also be confined to the ship during rough weather. The onboard library and educational lectures are ideal ways for keeping entertained.

Boats

Ocean Endeavour 2020

On this itinerary, you'll be travelling on the Ocean Endeavour 2020

Itinerary

Welcome to Ushuaia, Argentina, the southernmost city in the world. On arrival at the airport, meet your Peregrine representative who will transfer you to your hotel. Attend a briefing this evening to run through the details of the following day’s embarkation. If you arrive early and have some time, feel free to explore Ushuaia as you please. This city, a major port for Antarctica-bound vessels, has quite the dramatic setting; it overlooks the Beagle Channel and is surrounding by mountains.
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Embarking late afternoon, cruise down the historic Beagle Channel. This channel transects the Tierra del Fuego archipelago in the extreme south of South America. Expect an air of excitement as you depart, as the last glimpse of land disappears into the distance. The next time you see land you will find yourself in the world’s southernmost continent.
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
The time has come to cross the Drake Passage, that legendary body of water named after the famous English explorer Sir Francis Drake. If the conditions are right, enjoy some time out on deck to spot dolphins, orcas or perhaps albatross. If the waters are a little rough, perhaps relax and partake in some of the superb onboard facilities of the Ocean Endeavour (nothing works the core during a yoga class like a Drake Passage crossing). A comprehensive lecture program will be well underway; this is a great chance to learn from experts the history, geology and biology of the Great White Continent. With any luck we will make it to land by early evening on day 4 – a moment that always brings much excitement.
Meals Included
  • Breakfast (2)
  • Lunch (2)
  • Dinner (2)
As the Antarctic Convergence is left in your wake, the adventure really begins. Enjoy three incredible days of exploring the Antarctic Peninsula and its islands. Feast your eyes on glaciers, mountains and an extraordinary array of wildlife, as the immensity and beauty of the region really comes into view. Every day is a new adventure, and each day you will explore the shore, bays and channels on excursions by Zodiac. There are a number of potential landing sites and the crew will make a decision on which will be visited based on conditions. A list of these sites can be found at https://www.peregrineadventures.com/en-au/antarctica/landing-sites. While the landscapes themselves dazzle, it is all about the wildlife on these excursions, as we encounter penguin rookeries, spot humpback and minke whales, look out for leopard seals. There will also be the chance to see and hear calving glaciers cracking through the Antarctic silence, and to scramble up snowy tracks to behold sweeping views of the landscape.
Meals Included
  • Breakfast (3)
  • Lunch (3)
  • Dinner (3)
Today we make for the ice-covered isle where Ernest Shackleton and his team were stranded in 1915. Located on the north-eastern fringes of the South Shetland islands, Elephant Island takes its name from the elephant seals that were found to be plentiful here by 19th-century explorers – and from the shape of the island itself, which resembles an elephant’s head and trunk. You will no doubt learn more about Shackleton’s astounding 135-day ordeal, an essential slice of Antarctic history, while here. If conditions allow, we will attempt a landing or Zodiac cruise around Elephant Island.
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Bound for South Georgia, we set off at sea once again, arriving by the evening of day 11 if all goes to plan. Take the opportunity to relax and unwind with some onboard health and wellness, review photographic material, listen to lectures from onboard experts or, if it’s clear outside, taste the crisp Antarctic air from on deck as seabirds and perhaps whales rear their heads.
Meals Included
  • Breakfast (3)
  • Lunch (3)
  • Dinner (3)
With the nickname ‘Galapagos of the South’, South Georgia is one of the most remote and wild places on earth. Spend the next few days marvelling at its abundant seabirds, penguin colonies (numbering in the thousands), elephant and fur seal pups, glaciers, mountains and, last but not least, a fascinating history. South Georgia is sure to rate among the highlights of your voyage. The island has been a British Overseas Territory since 1775 and, at 3,755 square kilometres (1450 square miles), is the territory’s largest island. A prominent whaling base in the 19th century, South Georgia saw no more of the controversial practice as of the 1960s. Thankfully wildlife levels on South Georgia have enjoyed a resurgence. We will likely visit the old whaling settlement of Grytviken and pay a visit to the grave of Sir Ernest Shackleton.
Meals Included
  • Breakfast (4)
  • Lunch (4)
  • Dinner (4)
Sit back and settle in for two days at sea as we cruise in the direction of the legendary Falkland Islands.
Meals Included
  • Breakfast (2)
  • Lunch (2)
  • Dinner (2)
In the Falklands we will be exploring the two main islands (east and west) on Zodiac excursions, and wildlife sightings should 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. Other potential landing sites include West Point Island, Saunder’s Island, Sea Lion Island and Bleaker Island.
Meals Included
  • Breakfast (2)
  • Lunch (2)
  • Dinner (2)
As the journey approaches its end, we set off north for Puerto Madryn. With the experience of a lifetime behind you, it’s a great chance to reflect on the immense world of Antarctica and trade memories with your shipmates.
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Bid farewell to your fellow travellers as the adventure comes to an end. A transfer will take you to Trelewn airport for your flight home or you may like to spend a few days in the region. Puerto Madryn is the gateway to the Valdez Peninsula with its abundant wildlife that has made it a UNESCO World Heritage site.
Meals Included
  • Breakfast

Meals

20 breakfasts, 18 lunches, 19 dinners

Transport

Expedition cruise ship, zodiac

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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 ON's
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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