Antarctica, Falklands & South Georgia

Antarctica, Falklands & South Georgia

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Antarctica, Falklands & South Georgia

20 Days Starting and ending in Ushuaia

Visiting: Ushuaia, Beagle Channel, Argentine Cemetery, South Georgia Island, South Shetland Islands, Drake Passage

Tour operator:

Exodus Adventure Travels

Tour code:

PSG

Guide Type:

Fully Guided

Group size:

2 - 189

Physical rating:

Leisurely

Age range:

18-99

Special diets catered:

Please inform Exodus of specific dietary requirements

Tour operated in:

English

Trip Styles:

Adventure Tours

Activities:

Sightseeing, Walking

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Tour Overview

The journey begins in the Falklands with its large population of Rockhopper and Magellanic penguins, along with Black-browed albatross. In South Georgia, the ship threads her way through magical fjords to Salisbury Plain and Gold Harbour, places so remote that they have evolved into astonishing wildlife havens boasting a 100,000-plus population of King penguins on their beaches.The voyage continues to an enchanted world of icebergs and ice-covered mountains in the bays and channels of the Antarctic Peninsula. This is home to an extraordinary array of wildlife: penguins of almost all descriptions, Leopard and smaller seals, and three or four species of whales.





Highlights

  • Travel on a small expedition vessel

  • Accompanied by extremely qualified Expedition Staff

  • Incredible wildlife viewing including seabirds, penguins, seals and whales

  • Explore South Georgia, with its remarkable history and spectacular wildlife

  • Discover the fascinating history of the Falkland Islands

  • Visit the stunning Antarctic Peninsula

Itinerary

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Day 1 : Start Ushuaia, Argentina

Location: Ushuaia

Meals Included: No Meals

Begin your journey in Ushuaia, a small but bustling port town at the tip of

South America. This Argentine town is an ideal gateway for you to explore the

southern extent of Patagonia while preparing for your adventure ahead. Get

active in the mountains or enjoy handcrafted chocolate at a café in town



Day 2 : Board Ship And Sail Along The Beagle Channel.

Location: Beagle Channel

Meals Included: Dinner

The morning is free to explore Ushuaia and the surrounding area, to do some

last minute shopping, stroll around the town and down to the port or maybe go

for a walk in the nearby national park. The transfer to the ship takes place

in the afternoon. Once on board there is a get together for introductions to

the expedition team, to learn about the ship and its layout, talk about the

itinerary for the next 18 days and participate in the obligatory lifeboat

drill. Departure from Ushuaia is normally around 6:00 p.m, and we set sail

through the Beagle Channel in the early evening. The long days mean plenty of

evening light in which to experience the beauty of the channel, and to

perhaps enjoy your first wildlife sightings.



Day 3 : Sail East Towards The Falkland Islands.

Location: Argentine Cemetery

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

We sail in a north-easterly direction, enjoying a series of presentations

that prepare you for the coming adventure. On deck the first sightings of

albatross and petrels add to the sense of excitement.



Day 4 - 5 : Falkland Islands.

Location: Argentine Cemetery

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

The rugged and remote Falkland archipelago contains two main islands - East

and West, which we will explore by Zodiac excursions and daily landings. One

landing that will surely stick out in memory is at Port Stanley. This unique

British outpost has a ramshackle charm to it. The largest settlement in the

Falklands, we’ll spend a day here visiting churches, museums, wandering

around town and perhaps mingling with locals at a typical British pub.

In terms of wildlife, the archipelago is home to a variety of penguin

species, including Magellanic, Gentoo and Rockhopper. If lucky, we may spot

King penguins here as well! We can also expect to see Black-browed albatross

and many other bird species around the islands, including an opportunity to

see the two endemic species: Cobb’s wren and the Falklands flightless

Steamer duck. Our team of lecturers and specialists will be sure to educate

you on the local flora and fauna in order to get the most of a memorable time

in the Falklands.



Day 6 - 7 : At Sea Sailing Towards South Georgia.

Location: South Georgia Island

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Sailing south, we’ll enter Antarctic waters by crossing the invisible

biological boundary unique to Antarctica – the Antarctic Convergence.

Encircling the continent, cold, northward-flowing Antarctic waters meet and

mix with the warmer waters of the Indian, Pacific and Atlantic Oceans,

creating the abundance of krill and microscopic marine life that attracts

whales and other species to this part of the world. Ship staff will be sure

to keep you posted when we cross this invisible, yet important, line.



Day 8 - 10 : South Georgia.

Location: South Georgia Island

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Reaching South Georgia you will observe towering, snow-covered mountains and

glaciers when conditions are clear. South Georgia is the most mountainous of

the many islands of the Southern Ocean and is a spectacular sight. We will

cruise the more protected eastern coast of the island, seeking out suitable

landing spots as conditions permit. We hope to get ashore at Salisbury Plain

where colourful King penguins crowd the beaches in numbers that will leave

you spellbound. The vast area is covered in a sea of birds: of adults and

their young in hundreds of thousands. Another 75,000 pairs of King penguins

nest at St Andrews Bay. Everywhere, albatross, skuas and Giant petrels wheel

overhead, whilst Fur seals are found in good numbers along the shore or are

seen frolicking in the water. At Grytviken, you visit the old whaling

station, and the grave of Sir Ernest Shackleton, undoubtedly one of the

greatest of the Antarctic explorers.



Day 11 - 12 : At Sea Sailing Towards The South Shetland Islands And The Antarctic Peninsula.

Location: South Shetland Islands

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

En route to the South Shetland Islands there is sometimes the chance to visit

Elephant Island, depending on the ship’s progress and the weather. It is

from this island that Sir Ernest Shackleton set out for South Georgia in a

small boat in 1916, undertaking one of the most remarkable sailing journeys

of all time and returning 132 days later to rescue his men.



Day 13 - 17 : South Shetlands And Antarctic Peninsula.

Location: South Shetland Islands

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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

Antarctica 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.

Guided hikes with the Expedition Team will have us trekking up a glacier,

visiting a research station, or consorting with penguin colonies. Chinstrap,

Gentoo and Adélie penguins are found here, along with Fur, Weddell,

Crabeater and Leopard seals. Curious whales, such as Minkes, are often

attracted to Zodiacs as well, giving us a chance to get within reaching

distance of these majestic animals. Each day and each landing will present a

new collection of creatures to entertain us.



Day 18 - 19 : Sail Back Through The Drake Passage.

Location: Drake Passage

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Leaving the Antarctic Peninsula overnight our ship heads back across the

Antarctic Convergence and the Drake Passage. The crossing is completed with

the rounding of Cape Horn, weather permitting.



Day 20 : Disembark And End In Ushuaia.

Location: Ushuaia

Meals Included: Breakfast

In the early morning you arrive back in Ushuaia where your voyage ends. You

are transferred either to town on to the airport for your onward flight to

Buenos Aires.



What's Included

  • All accommodation

  • Beer and wine during dinner (except departures on Akademik Ioffe)

  • Full complement of qualified Expedition Staff

  • We can include flights from the UK.  Please contact us for a quote.

  • All meals while on the ship

  • All transport and listed activities

  • Meals

    8 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 8 dinners.

What's Not Included

  • Travel insurance

  • Visas or vaccinations

  • Single accommodation (available on request)

Accommodation

The Antarctica, Falklands & South Georgia voyage is offered on the  Ocean Explorer and the World Explorer which are Polar Adventure Ships. One night in a standard hotel in Ushuaia is included. Full board accommodation on the ship, generally on a twin share basis in a variety of cabin types, all with en suite facilities. Please visit the Polar Fleet page for Ship Information and Deck Plans.



Polar Adventure Ships



These are small ice rated vessels well qualified for Polar waters. Intimate adventures are always more enjoyable with like-minded passengers and staff, so these voyages are for people who like flexible itineraries and plenty to keep them busy. Activities include frequent Zodiac excursions, trekking, kayaking and many hours on deck in areas that other ships only dream about accessing. Food and staff are excellent and every guest benefits from the technical advances of this superb fleet.  Rest assured our Polar Adventure Ships enable any traveller to maximize their experience sensitively in the Poles.



Food


All meals while on the ship included.

*Typical Meals*

The ships galley offers good quality service and cuisine throughout, with
excellent chefs preparing international menus including vegetarian dishes,
accompanied by a wide variety of drinks on sale from around the world.

*Breakfast:* Buffet style – unlimited tea and coffee, a selection of fruit
juices, hot options including bacon and eggs or omelettes, a selection of
bread and toast and jam/honey/marmalade, fruit and cereal.

*Lunch:* Three course set meal, or the occasional buffet or BBQ.

*Dinner:* Three or four courses with a starter of soup and/or salad, a choice
of mains with at least one vegetarian option and a dessert, with tea and
coffee.

Vegetarians and vegans can be well catered for on this holiday - please do
inform us before departure of any special dietary requests so that our local
team can be well prepared.

Check out our Q&As

  • Are the local guides on the tour English speaking?

    Yes

  • Are children permitted to take part in the tour?

    18+ age people can go on this tour.

  • Are flights included in this tour?

    We can include flights from the UK. Please contact us for a quote.

  • Are airport transfers included in this tour?

    No

  • What happens if I need to change my holiday date once I’ve booked?

    If you wish to make any changes to your booking, particularly if you need to alter any flights booked through us, please let us know as soon as possible. There is a booking or flight amendment fee of £40 per change and flight amendments often incur extra airline costs depending on the changes to be made and if the ticket has been issued or not.

  • How long has the tour company been trading?

    Exodus has been trading since 1974

  • What documents will I receive before I travel?

    Your final joining instructions and flight details, if booked with us, will then be sent out 2 to 3 weeks before departure. If you would like a hard copy posted, or if you require these any earlier, please contact the customer operations team. We advise that if you are booking connecting travel before receiving these, please ensure you leave plenty of time.

  • Do you operate a “single share” option and how does it work?

    Travellers are welcome to opt to share a room with a tour member of the same gender for no additional charge. If you'd like your own room, we can request a single supplement so that you will have your own room throughout.

  • Can I join the tour once it has departed?

    You are welcome to meet the group after the tour has departed however there is no reduction in rate for joining a tour after the departure date.

Reviews from travellers on this tour

ANTARCTICA, FALKLANDS & SOUTH GEORGIA

A wonderful trip. Once youy have seen Antarctica,

A wonderful trip. Once youy have seen Antarctica, you understand the importance of conserving and protecting it. Be prepared to come back as an ambassador for the region!

Antarctica, Falklands and South Georgia

18 day trip with Quark Expeditions on the Ocean Di

18 day trip with Quark Expeditions on the Ocean Diamond from Uschuaia to the Falklands, South Georgia and the Antarctic Peninsula with landings by Zodiac in remote bays where we experienced close encounters with the wildlife, especially penguins and seals and whales swimming alongside the boats. The scenery was stunning especially sailing close to the icebergs. We were superbly looked after on the ship and the cabins and public areas were warm and welcoming and the staff couldn't have been more helpful. The food was excellent and plentiful and they catered well for my gluten free requirements as I am Coeliac. The expedition staff were knowledgeable as we had experts on penguins, ornithology, geology, whales, history, microbiology and photography. Praise goes to the captain as a mega storm was forecast as we were in the Falklands and we had to alter the itinerary to avoid it and though we hit some rough seas we missed the hurricane in the Falklands where the next 3 ships after us were stuck in the harbour there for 3 days. Ecology was a big concern and we had to have our clothing, rucksacks examined before each trip ashore to check there were no seeds and have them vacuumed, and boots and trousers were hosed down after each trip ashore then we walked through disinfectant.

Trip of a lifetime!

An amazing experience: history in the Falklands; h

An amazing experience: history in the Falklands; huge penguin colonies in South Georgia and beautiful ice and whales in Antarctica. I had high expectations before the trip but they were exceeded in every area. An unforgettable experience.

ANTARCTICA, FALKLANDS & SOUTH GEORGIA

It was a long way to travel - but it was well wort

It was a long way to travel - but it was well worth it, started with a few days in Ushuaia (Argentina) before the expedition cruise started. Ushuaia is a small town with many overpriced so called duty free shops, and outside the town is the National Park - which to be honest was very ordinary.Now to the actual trip itself - the Falkland, South Georgia and Antarctica - it was brilliant, very well run by the expedtion staff and the journey on the Valivov was 'plain sailing'.On this trip we missed one zodiac cruise, but managed to carry out all the other activites.Managed to see all the expected wildlife for that time of year, and great views when land and ice in view.

ANTARCTICA, FALKLANDS & SOUTH GEORGIA

Holiday of a lifetime, which will never be forgott

Holiday of a lifetime, which will never be forgotten. Had an absolutely amazing time from start to finish. This holiday was beyond our expectations!

ANTARCTICA, FALKLANDS & SOUTH GEORGIA

The trip was wonderfully organised, good mix of la

The trip was wonderfully organised, good mix of landings and zodiac excurions. On the sea days, it was hard to be bored in between yoga sessions, penguin lectures and the entertainment. Visiting Antarctica, The Falklands and South georgia was a humbling experience... Rolling mountains, hearing the roar of avalanche, watching whales swim past the boat, watching elephant seals inspect you as you walk past them - you have the opportunity to be right there, visiting and co-existing with penguins and seals rather than observing them from afar...

ANTARCTICA, FALKLANDS & SOUTH GEORGIA

What a fantastic trip, Falklands and Albatross, So

What a fantastic trip, Falklands and Albatross, South Georgia and Penguins/Seals and Antarctica and Tabular Icebergs. This trip is a true adventure where the rewards are high and the camera is rarely away from reach. Its jaw dropping beauty will leave you wondering where else on earth can i go that will give you so many fabulous memories.

Antarctica, Falklands & South Georgia

It was the most wonderful experience and I wouldn'

It was the most wonderful experience and I wouldn't have missed it for the world. Sheer excitement.

ANTARCTICA, FALKLANDS & SOUTH GEORGIA

THE trip of a lifetime, itinery exceeded expectati

THE trip of a lifetime, itinery exceeded expectations AND so did the weather!

ANTARCTICA, FALKLANDS & SOUTH GEORGIA

This was a very special trip. We had fantastic wea

This was a very special trip. We had fantastic weather and managed 19/20 planned landings by Zodiac. There was an abundance of wildlife, both birds and mammals, including some seldom seen birds and whales.

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