Bonus: $295 credit

Book an Antarctica cruise departing in 2020 or later and you'll get $295 toward an add-on adventure option for that journey.

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Antarctica Cruise ? Falklands, South Georgia and Antarctica

Trip Length 20-23 Days
Group Size Varies by ship
Difficulty
Starting from $13,495

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Explore the sweeping white wilderness of Antarctica on this 20-23-day adventure cruise.

Pictures of Antarctica don?t really do it justice; this is a destination that must be seen with our own eyes. And when we arrive, it feels like we have reached the ends of the earth. Snow, ice and water converge into a surreal wonderland of white. Antarctica is simply otherworldly? no other destination can compare. We witness the beauty and power of this remote area from aboard a comfortable ship with expert naturalist guides and like-minded adventure lovers.

The longest of our Antarctica cruises, this itinerary takes us to the Falkland Islands and South Georgia in addition to the White Continent itself. The entire journey is rife with staggering views, icy waterways and a diverse array of wildlife. When we?re not enjoying the views from the comfort of the ship, we take on-shore excursions to get a new perspective of this stunning destination. Once on land, hike to fantastic viewpoints, enjoy the ramshackle charm of a local town, and catch the perfect snapshot of a colony of chinstrap penguins. This trip is an ideal way to get a taste of the great White Continent.

Also see our Classic Voyage and Extended Classic Voyage.

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Trip Highlights

  • Take the ultimate voyage to Antarctica, the Falkland Islands, and South Georgia
  • See rookeries with 100,000 pairs of king penguins
  • Spot diverse wildlife, from a chinstrap penguin colony to humpback whales
  • Make landfall on several occasions and hike to a fantastic viewpoint
  • Stay aboard a comfortable ship with private cabins and bathrooms

Activities

The trip is rated Easy Active [2]. During most shore landings, trip participants will have the opportunity to walk for short distances (less than 1 mile) while visiting penguin rookeries and exploring the landscape.�Dependent on location, walks may involve crossing snowfields or bare, rocky terrain.�Individuals prone to motion sickness should carry appropriate remedies as high seas may be encountered while crossing the Drake Passage.

  • Cruising
  • Wildlife Viewing
  • Kayaking
  • Camping

What's Included

For all ships the trip price includes: shipboard accommodations with daily housekeeping; all meals, snacks, and non-alcoholic beverages while on board; beer and wine during dinner; all shore landings per the daily program (weather permitting); leadership by our experienced Expedition Leader; onboard speakers and presentations as scheduled; downloadable photo journal of the expedition; use of waterproof boots for shore landings; an official Quark parka to keep; all miscellaneous service taxes and port charges throughout the program; all luggage handling aboard the ship; emergency evacuation insurance for all passengers to a maximum benefit of US $500,000 per person.

For the World Explorer, Ocean Adventurer and the Ocean Diamond ships, the trip price also includes one night of pre-expedition hotel accommodation with breakfast in Ushuaia; group transfer in Ushuaia from the airport to the pre-expedition hotel on Day 1; a group transfer upon disembarkation in Ushuaia to the airport.

For Ocean Endeavour guests who have purchased the Buenos Aires Hotel/Flight package, the package includes: on Day 1, one night, hotel accommodation in Buenos Aires with breakfast; Day 2 (embarkation day): group transfer from the hotel to the airport in Buenos Aires; flight from Buenos Aires to Ushuaia; transfer to the ship; Disembarkation day: group transfer from the pier to the Ushuaia airport; flight from Ushuaia to Buenos Aires.

Accommodations

Comfortable cabins with private bathrooms

Your Adventure Itinerary

Note

Ocean Endeavour itineraries begin in Buenos Aires.

The Ocean Endeavour ship itineraries start in Buenos Aires and include a hotel in Buenos Aires on Day 1. Day 2 includes a transfer to the Buenos Aires airport, a flight to Ushuaia and a transfer to the ship. The last day includes a flight back to Buenos Aires. Otherwise, the cruising days are the same as the itinerary listed below.

Day 1

Our journey starts in Ushuaia, Argentina.

Your gateway for this expedition is Ushuaia, Argentina. Nestled within the Tierra del Fuego archipelago, Ushuaia offers you a small-town feel but has many shops, museums, cafes and restaurants to enjoy before your voyage. If you're feeling adventurous, the nearby national park and Martial Glacier offer plenty of hiking and outdoor activities. In the evening meet some of your fellow travelers at the orientation briefing.

Day 2

Embarkation Day! Sail down the historic Beagle Channel.

As we embark, the anticipation and excitement grows. Trade your land legs for sea legs, meet and greet your fellow travelers and get acquainted with your ship. As every Antarctic adventure presents new opportunities and experiences, embarkation day is just as exciting for your Expedition Team as it is for you. They're onboard to ensure your comfort and safety, as well as help make your wildlife dreams come true.

Day 3

At Sea, prepare for Zodiac and kayak excursions.

There are many activities to keep you engaged while we're at sea. Learn to identify seabirds that glide alongside the ship or attend illustrated presentations by your Expedition Team. You will be prepped on procedures for your Zodiac cruises and shore landings. You'll also be given instructions for getting the most out of your optional kayaking adventures, a truly intimate way to experience the Antarctic.

Days 4-5

Visit the Falkland Islands, home to myriad birdlife.

Upon arrival in this archipelago your cameras will get their first real workout capturing the abundant wildlife and rugged feel of the Falklands. The archipelago contains two main islands - East and West, which we will explore by Zodiac excursions and daily landings.

Port Stanley is often a favored landing site, as the town offers a unique British outpost feel to it, complete with a bit of a ramshackle charm. You'll be free to explore the town, grab a pint at the local pub, or visit numerous churches and museums.

In terms of wildlife, the archipelago is home to Magellanic, gentoo and rockhopper penguins. If lucky, you may even spot king penguins here as well! We can expect to see black-browed albatross and two endemic species; Cobb's wren and the Falkland's flightless steamer duck.

Your team of lecturers and specialists will be sure to educate you on the local flora and fauna so that you get the most out of your time in the Falklands.

Days 6-7

Cross the Antarctic Convergence.

Sailing south, you'll officially enter Antarctic waters by crossing the invisible biological boundary called the Antarctic Convergence. Encircling the continent, cold Antarctic waters meet and mix with the warmer waters of the Indian, Pacific and Atlantic Oceans, creating the abundance of krill and marine life that attracts whales and seals to this part of the world. Ship staff will be sure to keep you posted when we cross this invisible, yet important line.

Days 8-11

Visit the remote outpost of South Georgia.

This remote outpost was a popular stop for many historic Antarctic expeditions and was once a haven for hunting whales and elephant and fur seals. Today, South Georgia Island wildlife populations have rebounded, but you'll still see remnants of those old whaling stations and other abandoned outposts.

One significant and historic site that will be of interest is the grave of the great explorer, Sir Ernest Shackleton. You can visit his grave at the settlement of Grytviken, which is also home to an old whaling station, a museum, gift shop, church and a research station of approximately 20 scientists and support personnel.

While South Georgia's history is an important attraction to the islands, it is the wildlife on South Georgia that you and your shipmates will surely find most captivating. Often referred to as the Galapagos of the Poles, each landing you make on South Georgia will open your eyes to a new wonder of wildlife. One day you may see rookeries with a hundred thousand pairs of king penguins waddling on the beach. The next day we may visit another beach with thousands of fur seals or elephant seals with (non-native) reindeer grazing in the background. The grasses, mountains and beaches of South Georgia all play an important role in the breeding and survival of different species on the island, this fragile and symbiotic relationship is something that your Expedition Team will share with you during your time here.

Days 12-13

At sea, learn from wildlife presentations and chat with shipmates.

Say goodbye to the king penguins, as your next destination is Antarctica! Your days at sea are filled with seminars from your Expedition Team, who will prepare you for the wildlife that will be greeting you upon your arrival in Antarctica. In between presentations, spend time chatting with your shipmates over a drink at the bar. If conditions allow, we may attempt landfall on the South Orkney Islands, which are officially in Antarctica.

Days 14-17

Explore the South Shetland Islands and Antarctic Peninsula.

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.

Your Expedition Team will take care of you at each landing, whether it is trekking up a glacier, visiting a research station or consorting with penguin colonies. Chinstrap, Adelie and gentoo penguins are found here, along with Weddell, fur, crabeater and leopard seals. Curious whales, such as Minkes, are often attracted to Zodiacs as well, giving you a chance to get within reaching distance of these majestic animals. Each day and every landing will present a new collection of creatures to entertain you and keep your camera shutter busy.

As exciting as the Zodiac excursions and landings are, perhaps you'll treat yourself to an extra special Antarctic experience by partaking in an optional (extra cost) kayaking excursion or going for a swim in the Antarctic!

Days 18-19

Return via the Drake passage.

After more than two weeks of endless wildlife encounters, your journey home begins. Crossing the Drake Passage is your unofficial rite of passage, completing your Antarctic adventure.

Enjoy some final moments mingling with your fellow travelers. The noisy, busy, populated world awaits your return, so savor the silence of the sea as long as you can.

Day 20

Disembarkation in Ushuaia, Argentina.

After breakfast aboard the ship, it is time to part ways and say goodbye to your Expedition Team. We will transfer you to the airport for your homeward flight. Flights should be scheduled after noon.

Please note: The 23 day departures will cross the Antarctic Circle and will spend more time on the Antarctic continent.

Gear List

The key to staying comfortable during this expedition is layering. To get maximum comfort with minimum weight, you need versatile layers that mix and match to create the right amount of insulation, ventilation and weather protection. Trapped air is a very good insulator and you stand a much better chance of staying warm by wearing several thin layers rather one or two heavy items. You will also be able to add or shed layers more easily as the temperature changes.

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Travel documents

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  • Final Bulletin (Emailed Prior to Departure Date)
  • Valid Passport

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Terms & Conditions

  • $295 bonus credit offer: Departures booked for 2020 and later will receive a $295 credit for each traveler to use toward an add-on adventure option on the cruise, like kayaking or camping.
  • Space is limited. Offer valid until trip capacity is reached.
  • Offer only valid for bookings made after Aug 23, 2019.
  • Offer is not transferable and not redeemable for cash.
  • REI Adventures trips are not eligible for the REI member dividend.
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