Overview & Highlights
This comprehensive journey combines a cruise to Antarctica with the wildlife and culturally rich Falkland Islands and South Georgia.
- City tour of Buenos Aires
- Shore excursions on the Antarctic cruise
This cruise provides an in-depth experience of not only the snow-drenched mountains and icebergs of the Antarctic Peninsula but also the bleakly beautiful landscapes of South Georgia and the Falkland Islands. These windswept sub-Antarctic islands are brought to life by the chattering and wheeling of birdlife: beaches are choked with penguins in their hundreds of thousands, and the vestiges of a human history of struggle and endeavour are everywhere to be seen.
Sail east from Ushuaia to the Falkland Islands and spend a couple of days exploring the rugged coastline and draughty plains, spotting Magellanic and gentoo penguins, maybe a nesting albatross or two. Pop into Port Stanley, the Islands’ friendly ‘retro’ capital.
South Georgia is a more savage landscape with jagged, harshly glaciated mountains. Former centre of the sealing and whaling industries, there are mournful reminders of the human struggles here, with shipwrecks and pioneering scientific stations. It was here that Shackleton scaled the ice-clad peaks to seek help for his ship-wrecked crew. You may even have the opportunity to walk in his footsteps. But it is the multitude of wildlife that really stuns you here: elephant seals, king and macaroni penguins and albatrosses abound.
Continue to the South Shetland Islands and the Antarctic Peninsula where primeval mountain peaks are scoured by glaciers which calve vast icebergs into the sea, while providing breeding grounds for seabirds, penguins and seals.
The specific itinerary shown below, departure dates and costs are based on the Plancius. Other ships operating the same route on different dates and with different prices include Silver Explorer, Ocean Diamond. Click on the Departure Schedule tab above for more information.
Arrive in Buenos Aires. Transfer to your hotel in the chic Recoleta district.
Guided city tour.
Fly south to Ushuaia (Tierra del Fuego), overnight in hotel.
Embark MV Plancius. Sail along the Beagle Channel.
Visit the Falkland Islands.
Visit South Georgia.
Sail through the Scotia Sea via the South Orkney Islands.
Explore the South Shetland Islands and Antarctic Peninsula
Sail through the Drake Passage.
Disembark in Ushuaia; fly to Buenos Aires.
Transfer to the airport for international flight home.
What our clients say
97% of our clients rated their experience with us as Excellent or Good.
"Travelling across the high desert surrounded by snow topped peaks with herds of wild LLama running away from us. Then vivid pink / blue lakes appeared with flamingo feeding. This experience was the best but the salt flats are dramatic and facinating."PC, Broughton-in-Furness
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Hannah had an early introduction to Latin America when her family moved to Ecuador and she returned to study in Buenos Aires for a year before backpacking across the continent.
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