The ultimate Antarctic experience marries the phenomenal wildlife of the sub-Antarctic islands of the Falklands and South Georgia to the pristine beauty of the Antarctic Peninsula.
This comprehensive voyage through the Southern Atlantic explores its most dramatic wilderness areas and visits the region’s wildlife hotspots. There is plenty to keep you occupied: sailing days are taken up with lectures on all manner of topics, from bird identification to Antarctic geology, delivered by the expert naturalists and experienced personnel who make up the expedition team.
A typical Great Antarctic itinerary is shown below, however we offer a choice of itineraries, expedition vessels and cabin types to suit your requirements.
Embark in Ushuaia, Argentina
Set sail in the early evening, leaving Ushuaia behind and charting a course through the Beagle Channel.
At sea, start your journey towards the Falkland Islands
The Falkland Islands: visit Stanley and outlying islands
You will receive a warm welcome in the Falkland Islands, where you visit some of the privately-owned outlying islands. Flightless steamer ducks, and magellanic and gentoo penguins are just some of the highlights of Carcass Island, while nearby West Point boasts large colonies of rockhopper penguin. You can often see Peale’s and Commerson’s Dolphins along the coast, or riding the bow wave as you sail the Southern Ocean.
Sail towards the sub-Antarctic island of South Georgia
With the odd wandering albatross wheeling overhead as company, you cross the Arctic Convergence to remote, rugged and hauntingly beautiful South Georgia.
Explore South Georgia
Glacier-covered South Georgia is an island of contrasts with stunning landscapes, fantastic wildlife habitats and mountain scenery, plus abandoned whaling stations and a haunting history.
This sub-Antarctic island has astonishing concentrations of wildlife, and its awesome scenery ranges from impressive mountains and mighty glaciers to deep fjords and low-lying grassland. Renowned as a destination for birdwatchers, South Georgia is an inspiring place with more wildlife than virtually anywhere else on the planet. Among the many species that breed here are wandering albatross, southern giant petrel and fur seal. A hike over the heavily glaciated terrain to a hilltop affords magnificent views of rookeries of king penguins.
The island played a significant role in Ernest Shackleton's epic journey after the sinking of his ship the 'Endurance,' and you will visit his grave at Grytviken, a once-active whaling station.
Journey to the wildlife haven of the Antarctic Peninsula
Explore the Antarctic Peninsula
On arrival at the Antarctic Peninsula, you will explore penguin rookeries, visit a research station, encounter marine mammals in the many channels, and come face-to-face with icebergs. The sightings and encounters vary from trip to trip, and although it is impossible to guarantee exactly what you will see, we are confident that you will not be disappointed on this voyage of a lifetime! Selected departures offer optional activities such as camping and kayaking.
Cross the infamous Drake Passage
Your final traverse to Ushuaia, a time when you can swap tales with fellow passengers and remember the journey of a lifetime.
Arrive back in Ushuaia in the morning and disembark
You should note: Exact itinerary and duration will depend on your chosen vessel, departure date and local conditions.