Cruise to Antarctica, South Georgia, and Islas Malvinas

Cruise to Antarctica, South Georgia, and Islas Malvinas

HIGHLIGHTS

Ushuaia - Islas Malvinas - South Georgia - South Orkney Islands - Antarctic Peninsula

from 16500 USD
HIGHLIGHTS

Ushuaia - Islas Malvinas - South Georgia - South Orkney Islands - Antarctic Peninsula

days 19
  • Travel from Ushuaia, Argentina to Antarctica on a special vessel.
  • Visit South Georgia and Islas Malvinas, and discover wildlife.
  • Meet King penguins, gentoo penguins, Adelaide penguins… so many penguins!
  • Best time to travel: From November to March
  Enjoy an amazing cruise to Antarctica and visit South Georgia and Islas Malvinas on the way. Explore secluded bays bursting with wildlife. Discover the King Penguins habitat and meet at least six species of penguins. Also, spot fur, elephant, and Weddel seals! Finally, reach the Antarctic Continent and explore its sounds and beaches.
Itinerary
Day 1

Cruise to Antarctica, South Georgia, and Islas Malvinas begins!

Landscape of Ushuaia in Tierra del Fuego province

 

  • Embark in Ushuaia, Argentina, “the end of the world” city.

Ushuaia is the capital of the first island you’ll discover on this trip. Not many people know, but Tierra del Fuego is also an island! It is the last tip of land of Argentina before the Antarctic Continent. 

In Ushuaia is where your cruise to Antarctica, South Georgia, and Islas Malvinas island exploration starts. Embark in Ushuaia’s port and sail for two days through the Beagle Channel

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Landscape of Ushuaia in Tierra del Fuego province
Day 2

Heading to Islas Malvinas - Day at sea

Man looking at landscape during cruise ship

 

  • Navigate Beagle Channel and reach Mar Argentino

This is a full-day navigation on board the Antarctic cruise. First, the vessel will travel along the Beagle Channel encircled by the stunning Andes Mountain Range. Then, get ready to reach the open sea!

The cruise will enter Mar Argentino (Argentine Sea) and head to Islas Malvinas where we’ll arrive on the next day. In the meantime, relax and enjoy the Antarctic cruise perks and talk with the specialist on board. Or do some albatross and diving petrels spotting from the deck. 

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Man looking at landscape during cruise ship
Day 3

Islas Malvinas, and first islands’ visit

Person taking photos of haberton penguins in Usuahia

 

  • Visit Carcass and Saunder Islands in the Islas Malvinas archipelago.

Sail through different islands of the archipelago and discover the typical wildlife of Islas Malvinas. Depending on weather conditions you may visit Carcass Island and Saunder Island.

Carcass Island is the place to observe birdlife in Malvinas. Some include the Magellan Penguin and the Gentoo, but also Cobb’s wrens and tussock-birds. While in Saunder Island, get ready to spot imperial shags, rockhopper penguins, and the imposing black-browed albatross.

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Person taking photos of haberton penguins in Usuahia
Day 4

Islas Malvinas’capital - Port Stanley

View of Victorian architecture in Port Stanley

 

  • Visit Port Stanley, land of sailors.

Today, you’ll reach Puerto Stanley, the current capital of Islas Malvinas. Discover the culture of the islands and visit the highlights of the city. Observe Victorian architecture, colorful neighborhoods, pubs, and gardens.

These are navigation people and this trade goes far back in history. Thus, don’t be surprised to see several century-old clipper ships from the 19th century. You can also visit the Museum of Port Stanley to have an historical panorama. 

 

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View of Victorian architecture in Port Stanley
Day 5

Navigation to South Georgia - Antarctic Convergence

View antarctica cruise sailing trough sea

 

  • Day at sea, crossing the Antarctic Converge.

Prepare to see the wide ocean for the next 48 hours! This is a long navigation crossing the Antarctic Convergence to the South Georgia Island. You are now sailing one of the sides islands triangles formed by Malvinas, Georgia Island, and the Antarctic Península.

Use your time on board wisely. Rest and gain forces for the next adventure. Take time to study the terrain and the natural marvels you’ll see the next time you land! Our experts on board will be glad to deliver useful information. 

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View antarctica cruise sailing trough sea
Day 6

Navigation to South Georgia

View of Penguings and seals in South Georgia island

 

  • Day at sea, crossing the Antarctic Converge.

On your second day of navigation on plain sea, continue enjoying the bird spotting from the deck. By now, you’ve surely seen Albatros in several sizes and shapes, petrels and skuas, just to name a few. 

During the next four days, you will explore four natural sites in South Georgia. The Island is a wildlife sanctuary, home to fur seals, giant elephant seals, and King Penguins.

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View of Penguings and seals in South Georgia island
Day 7

Arrive to South Georgia Island

View of Albatross nest in South Georgia Island

 

  • Spot nesting Albatros in Prion Island

Finally, arrive at South Georgia Island! Get ready to explore the island in four days. For the first expedition, we’ll head to Prion Island to see Albatros, the largest wingspan bird, living in its natural habitat. 

Albatros are not always there, in fact, the best time to see them hatching is from January on. Generally speaking, your chances to see adult Abatros breeding and their chicks are high during this time of the year.

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View of Albatross nest in South Georgia Island
Day 8

Visit Fortuna Bay - South Georgia Island

Photographer taking photos of emperor penguins

 

  • Wildspotting of King Penguins and the Shackleton Traverse

Get ready to discover the path of the first explorers! We’ll get ashore in this northern bay and start spotting the first group of wildlife. In this bay, it is common to see penguins and their brown-haired young offspring. But it is also an elephant and fur seal hangout spot.

Rugged mountains and untamed tundra are part of the landscapes you’ll see in Fortuna Bay. From here, glaciers are easy to spot too, so get your camera ready. Finally, if weather conditions are favorable, we’ll take part in the “Shackleton Traverse”.

Ernest Shackleton was one of the first explorers of the region. Fortuna Bay was one of the last stops on the epic hike to Stromness Whaling Station to get help. Part of his crew was stranded at the Elephant Island, and waiting for rescue.

Finally, they were found, and the legend of this epic hiking route began! Today, Strimness is an abandoned village, but the trail still offers some spectacular views across the mountains and passing Shackleton’s Waterfall.

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Photographer taking photos of emperor penguins
Day 9

Explore wildlife in Gold Harbour - South Georgia Island

Women looking at king penguins in South Georgia

 

  • King Penguin and Elephant seal colony.

Today you’ll see the third largest King Penguin colony in the world, and just the third in South Georgia with around 60,000 pairs of penguins breeding and hanging.

The plain is a perfect combination of big green fields and swampy areas where penguins, fur and elephant seals spend their time. The amount of penguins you’ll see here is overwhelming.  

These are also some of the biggest fur and elephant seal breeding beaches in the world. Pay attention to the magnificent young Elephant seals weaner adults which have been struggling the whole season to survive and now rule the beach!

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Women looking at king penguins in South Georgia
Day 10

Wildlife in Grytviken & Shackleton’s grave

South Georgia landscape view

 

  • Visit the South Georgia Museum and Shackleton’s grave.

Continue your journey encounter the wildlife of South Georgia and visit and abandoned whaling station. This place is now ruled by the King penguins and the elephant seals. After wildspotting time, you’ll visit the South Georgia Museum and, finally, Shackleton’s grave. 

In the afternoon, if weather permits, we’ll leave South Georgia Island and start sailing to South Orkney Islands way south, approaching Antarctica. 

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South Georgia landscape view
Day 11

Sailing to the South Orkney Islands - Day at sea

Two boats with passengers looking at Drake Passage wildlife

 

  • Open sea navigation to the South Orkney Islands

Today will be a full day on board the vessel. You’ll cross the Southern Ocean and reach the South Orkney Islands the next day. Continue discovering wildlife on the open sea.

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Two boats with passengers looking at Drake Passage wildlife
Day 12

Visit South Orkney Islands & Orcas Station

View of Base Orcadas in Antarctica

 

  • Visit Orcadas Argentina scientific station.

Finally here! Depending on the weather, prepare to jump off in Orcadas the Argentine scientific station. Meet the staff and learn more about their work on the island, how they live, and the views of the surrounding glaciers. If disembarking isn’t possible, we’ll head directly to Coronation Island Shingle Cove. 

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View of Base Orcadas in Antarctica
Day 13

Sailing to Antarctica

A passenger looking at Patagonia landscape from Australis Cruise

 

  • Day at sea, heading to the Antarctic Peninsula

Continue to the last sailing before reaching Antarctica! You’ll spend this day at sea and if weather conditions permit, activities we’ll begin on the afternoon of the next day.

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A passenger looking at Patagonia landscape from Australis Cruise
Day 14

Antarctica, here we are!

People sailing towards a big ice in Antarctica.

 

  • Weddel Sea and Paulet Island Adelie penguin colony.

You’re now entering the Weddell Sea right into the Arctic Circle. First views of land start to show and glaciers are now visible. At this first glance, discover the tabular and enormous tabular icebergs.

Arriving on the Eastern side of the Antarctic Peninsula, you may visit Paulet Island and its Adélie penguins colony. Another option is to head to Brown Bluff and try to touch land and walk over the Antarctic Continent.

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People sailing towards a big ice in Antarctica.
Day 15

Into the Weddell Sea & Antarctic Sound

A passenger looking at the landscape of Antarctica

 

  • Betting with the weather, exploring the Antarctic Sound.

The Weddell Sea is not always approachable, and if that’s the case, we’re prepared. Plan “b” involves sailing towards Elephant Island and the Bransfield Strait. You’ll be sailing between the South Shetland Island and the Peninsula. 

Bransfield Strait is a cumulus of awe-inspiring landscapes, and so is the Gerlache Strait, another possible route. Either way, you’ll be entering the Antarctic Sound from the northwest to keep exploring the area.

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A passenger looking at the landscape of Antarctica
Day 16

Last day in Antarctica

A group of peolple hiking on snowy underground in the Antarctica continent

 

  • Discover the out-of-the-world Neko Harbor landscape.

Enjoy your last activities in the Antarctic. Keep on exploring the landscapes south to the South Shetland Island and add to the route the Neko Harbor, one of the touch points on the Antarctic Continent.

This fascinating harbor is characterized by intense glaciers calvin activity and wildlife display. Gentoo penguins usually breed on the hill while Weddel seals and fur seals frolicking on the white beaches.

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A group of peolple hiking on snowy underground in the Antarctica continent
Day 17

Sailing back the Drake Passage

Whale jumping out of wather while crossing Drake Passage in Antarctica

 

  • Day at sea, heading to Ushuaia

This is the end of your Antarctic journey. Get ready to sail for two days to reach Argentina. Enjoy the last views of the legendary Drake Passage and rest.

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Whale jumping out of wather while crossing Drake Passage in Antarctica
Day 18

Argentina, almost there!

A group of clients celebrating in Antarctica cruise

 

  • Day at sea, heading to Ushuaia

You’ll spend this second day at sea. Enjoy your last moments on the deck and spot albatross and dolphins. Rest and make your last shake of hands and learn about the trip you’ve just experienced.

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A group of clients celebrating in Antarctica cruise
Day 19

End of the Cruise to Antarctica & Islas Malvinas

Ushuaia port view in Tierra del Fuego

 

  • Ashore in Ushuaia and transfer to the airport.

Finally, reach Ushuaia in Tierra del Fuego, Argentina, after almost 20 days of travel adventure. Disembark at Ushuaia’s port and end the journey with a transfer to the airport.

For your next adventure, we have many more cruises to Antarctica to show you! Or talk to one of our knowledgeable travel agents and tailor your next trip to your budget and timetable.

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Ushuaia port view in Tierra del Fuego
pricing
  • Prices in US Dollars.
  • Valid until April 2025 (ask for prices at Christmas and New Year).
  • Prices are per person, based on 2 people in double occupancy. Single rates are available on request.
  • Flights are not included in the price but can be arranged on request.

 

Prices from 16500 USD

  • Twin Porthole – 16500 USD per person.
  • Twin Window – 17250 USD per person.
included
  • 18-night accommodation in an Antarctic vessel.
  • All meals.
  • All shore excursions and Zodiac navigation.
  • Free use of special gear (rubber shoes and snowshoes) 
  • Program of lectures by naturalists and experienced expedition staff.
  • Tour guide.
  • Transfer mentioned.
  • All taxes and port charges.
  • Pre-departure material.
not included
  • Meals ashore.
  • Any airfare (scheduled or charter flights).
  • Pre- and post-land arrangements.
  • Baggage cancellation.
  • Travel / Medical Insurance – Follow this link to get a free quote (only available for U.S. Travelers)
  • Passport and visa expenses.
  • Personal expenses like laundry, bar, telecommunication charges, etc.
  • Excess baggage charges and all items of a personal nature (laundry, bar, beverage charges, and telecommunication charges).
  • Government arrival and departure taxes.
  • Gratuities.
Flights needed for this itinerary

plane-icon No local flights are needed for this itinerary. This trip begins and ends in Ushuaia.

ESTIMATED COST FOR THE FLIGHTS ON THIS TRIP: Local flights cost from $150 per person per segment. We offer special rates on flights for this tailor-made itinerary.

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