Antarctica, South Georgia & Falklands Odyssey

Antarctica, South Georgia & Falklands Odyssey

Start: Ushuaia Finish: Puerto Madryn

Visiting: Ushuaia , Beagle Channel , Drake Passage , Hurd Peninsula , Elephant Island , West Swan Island , South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands , Falkland Islands (Islas Malvinas) , Puerto Madryn

Duration: 20 Nights

Special diets catered: Vegetarians

Tour code: GQMSG

Trip Styles: Active , Adventure , Cruise , Scenic

Activities: Sightseeing , Snow Activities , Whale Watching

Tour operator: Intrepid Travel

Group size: 1 - 200

Age range: 8-99 years

Tour operated in: English

Interests: History , Polar , Wildlife


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Tour Overview

This special polar voyage sees you taking to the high seas. Before too long you’ll be exploring the frosted beauty of Antarctica, observing penguin colonies that number in the thousands and looking for whales in deeper water. Travel in sustainable style on the Ocean Endeavour, tracing the same path as legendary explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton – including Elephant Island. Watch everything turn to white as you enter the waters around the frozen continent on this rare expedition.

Highlights

  • iconListen to the songs that have won Paul Kelly worldwide acclaim and icon status in Australia, in the most captivating venue imaginable – Antarctica.
  • iconTravel with experts in marine biology, glaciology and Antarctic history. They’ll share their knowledge throughout the journey during a comprehensive lecture program.
  • iconWith optional adventures including ice camping and kayaking, and rare touches of five-star luxury thanks to an onboard spa and wellness centre, this is as good as Antarctic expedition travel gets.
  • iconIntrepid expeditions on the Ocean Endeavour have one expedition crew member for every eight passengers for a greater personal touch.
  • iconRest assured that footprints are all you’ll leave behind. Your Antarctica expedition is carbon offset, serves sustainably sourced seafood and avoids single-use plastics.
More Information on the local operators website

Itinerary

icon Day 1 : Ushuaia

Location: Ushuaia

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals: No Meals

Welcome to Ushuaia, Argentina, the southernmost city in the world. On arrival at the airport, meet your Intrepid representative and transfer to your hotel. Attend a welcome meeting and briefing this evening to run through the details of embarkation tomorrow. If you arrive early and have some time, Ushuaia is (unsurprisingly) a fantastic place to try cold-water seafood like king crab.

icon Day 2 : Ushuaia – Embarkation Day

Location: Ushuaia, Beagle Channel

Accommodation: Ocean Endeavour

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Your morning is free before you transfer to and board the vessel in the afternoon. Settle into your cabin and meet the ship staff and expedition crew. Enjoy a welcome dinner and get to know your fellow travellers. Who knows, gravy might even be on the menu. Set off on your expedition in the late afternoon or early evening. Cruise down the historic Beagle Channel, maybe getting your first view of some of the region’s spectacular wildlife on the rocky shores.

icon Day 3 : Drake Passage

Location: Drake Passage

Accommodation: Ocean Endeavour

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Spend the next few days traversing the infamous Drake Passage, named after Sir Frances Drake, on your way to the Antarctic Peninsula. While crossing the passage you can get acquainted with the many first-class amenities available on the Ocean Endeavour – maybe do a yoga class or brush up on your photography skills in preparation for your arrival. The researchers and scientists travelling with you will begin their onboard lecture program over the next few days and (if conditions are favourable) you’ll also be able to join them on deck to spot seabirds and maybe whales. Expect to reach the peninsula on the evening of Day 4.

icon Day 5 : Antarctic Peninsula

Location: Hurd Peninsula

Accommodation: Ocean Endeavour

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Spend three unforgettable days exploring the Great White Continent with your expert crew. While landing sites will be chosen based on wildlife-spotting opportunities and weather conditions, you can expect to explore on land and by Zodiac boat during daily excursions. The Antarctic Peninsula is home to leopard seals, adelie penguins and chinstrap penguins, among many others. Nights will be spent on board, listening to lectures from the expedition crew. One or more of Paul Kelly’s three planned performances might happen during our time on the peninsula.

icon Day 8 : Elephant Island

Location: Elephant Island

Accommodation: Ocean Endeavour

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Today we make for the ice-covered isle where Sir Ernest Shackleton and his team were stranded in 1915. Located on the north-eastern fringes of the South Shetland islands, Elephant Island has tall and craggy rock formations. If conditions allow, we will attempt a landing or Zodiac cruise around Elephant Island, which will give you a real sense of just how impressive Shackleton and co’s survival really was.

icon Day 9 : At Sea

Location: West Swan Island

Accommodation: Ocean Endeavour

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Hit the sea once again, bound for South Georgia, arriving by the evening of Day 11 if conditions are favourable. Maybe take the opportunity to relax and unwind with some onboard health and wellness services. Or perhaps you’d prefer to taste the crisp Antarctic air from on deck as seabirds and perhaps whales rear their heads.

icon Day 11 : South Georgia

Location: South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands

Accommodation: Ocean Endeavour

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Begin exploring South Georgia, not only one of the most remote and wild places on earth, but also holder of the nickname ‘Galapagos of the South’ due to the incredible wildlife that calls the island home. Marvel at the many seabirds, encounter penguin colonies and spy elephant and fur seal pups. While the wildlife is incredible, it’s not all about the animals. The glaciers, mountains and fascinating history of South Georgia are also captivating. The island has been a British Overseas Territory since 1775 and at 3755 square kilometres (1450 square miles) is the territory’s largest island.

icon Day 15 : At Sea

Location: West Swan Island

Accommodation: Ocean Endeavour

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Settle in for two days at sea as we cruise towards the Falkland Islands. As with your other times at sea, you can spend your time relaxing, learning, or both.

icon Day 17 : Falkland Islands

Location: Falkland Islands (Islas Malvinas)

Accommodation: Ocean Endeavour

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Explore the two main islands of the Falklands (East and West) by Zodiac and on foot over the next two days. 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. Probable landing sites include the quaint capital Port Stanley, West Point Island, Sea Lion Island and Bleaker Island.

icon Day 19 : At Sea

Location: West Swan Island

Accommodation: Ocean Endeavour

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Hit the seas for the return journey to Argentina. Soak up the last of the knowledge shared by the onboard experts and make the most of the facilities while you can. On your last night on board, enjoy a farewell captain’s dinner and toast to the epic journey that was.

icon Day 21 : Puerto Madryn – Disembarkation

Location: Puerto Madryn

Meals: Breakfast

Your adventure comes to an end in Puerto Madryn. If you are flying out of Trelew Airport today, a transfer is included in your trip price.

What's Included

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    Meals

    20 breakfasts, 18 lunches, 19 dinners

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    Accommodation

    1 night comfortable hotel, 19 nights expedition cruise ship

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    Transport

    Expedition Cruise Ship, Zodiac

What's Not Included

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    International Travel

Accommodation

  • 1 night comfortable hotel, 19 nights expedition cruise ship

Transport

  • Expedition cruise ship , zodiac

Check out our Q&As

Are all the relevant entry visa’s included in the price of the tour?

No

Are international flights included in this tour?

No

Are all entrance fees included in the price?

No

Are children permitted to take part in the tour?

Yes if aged 15+ and accompanied by an adult

Are the local guides on the tour English speaking?

Yes

    Are airport transfers included in this tour?

    Yes

    How long has the tour company been trading?

    Intrepid Travel has been taking travellers around the world for over 30 years

    What are the Flexible booking conditions in place for Covid-19?

    Lock your trip in with a deposit, then you just need to pay in full by 21 days prior to departure. If you cancel your trip up to 21 days before departure, you can transfer your deposit to another available trip or hold your deposit on file indefinitely (excluding Polar). We are an accredited member of ATOL, AFTA, ABTA, TICO, USTOA and the US Travel Association, so your booking is protected.

    What are the Safety Policies in place for Covid-19?

    We have reviewed all our health and safety policies and are implementing new minimum standards that emphasise increased hygiene and sanitation. These are in line with recommendations from the World Health Organisation and following the World Travel & Tourism Council’s (WTTC) Safe Travel protocols for tour operators, for which we have received a 'Safe Travels Stamp'

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    Over 50% of traveller travel solo with Intrepid. You can choose to share a room with another solo travelle of the same sex for no additional charge, or choose to pay a single supplement if you’d like your own room. Please request this when booking, and we will secure you a single supplement wherever possible. Please note, if you are booking a last-minute trip, it may be harder for us to secure a single room

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