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South America, Antarctica
Patagonia, Argentina, Falkland Islands, South Georgia, South Shetland Islands, Antarctica
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Adventure, Cruise, Nature & Wildlife, Luxury, Photography
Physical Level Physical Level
Easy

Embark your boat in Ushuaia and head out into the South Atlantic ocean, passing through the Beagle Channel and past the islands of Tierra del Fuego, where you can see dolphins and whales. Stop at the Falkland Islands for world-class birdwatching, penguin colonies and the charming capital Stanley. From here, you’ll head east past remote ice mountains towards the wildlife paradise of South Georgia. Home to more than 100 million seabirds, 100,000 elephant seals and 3 million fur seals, this is wildlife watching on an unparalleled scale. South Georgia is also home to the historic whaling station of Grytviken and is the final resting place of legendary explorer, Ernest Shackleton. Your journey culminates in the magnificent scenery of the Antarctic Peninsula, before returning across the Drake Passage to South America.

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Whale watching
Antarctica

Whale watching

Antarctica is one of the best places on earth to see whales. From orcas to humpbacks, minke to sperm, the relative isolation whales have enjoyed in the Antarctic means they are curious of ships and even approach them.

Penguins in Paradise Bay
Antarctica

Penguins in Paradise Bay

Home to gentoo penguins and the occasional humpback whale, Paradise Bay is a must-stop on any Antarctica cruise. Come to see penguins diving off ice floes and huge chunks of jagged ice surrounding the harbour. Wrap up — Paradise Bay’s temperatures remain below freezing year round.

Navigating Drake Passage
Antarctica

Navigating Drake Passage

If you’re starting your voyage from South America, you’ll spend two days navigating Drake Passage. You’ll encounter giant albatross — and occasionally giant waves — as you await your first view of Antarctica’s icebergs.

Swim in Deception Island
South Shetland Islands

Swim in Deception Island

Deception Island in the South Shetlands is an active volcanic island, creating warm soil that heats its waters. This allows you to take a unique opportunity to take a dip in Antarctic waters with ice surrounding you.

Get your camera ready at Lemaire Channel
Antarctica

Get your camera ready at Lemaire Channel

Antarctica is a land of beauty, but perhaps the best views are reserved for the 1km stretch of Lemaire Channel, located between the mainland and Booth Island. It’s so photogenic that travellers have nicknamed it Kodak Gap.

Postcards from Port Lockroy
Antarctica

Postcards from Port Lockroy

This British research base was founded in 1944 and abandoned in 1962, and now operates as a museum staffed by volunteers. They operate the centre as it was in the 1940s, which means no internet or TVs, but you can buy and send postcards from one of the most southerly Post Offices in the world.

Cruise Cape Horn fjords
Cape Horn

Cruise Cape Horn fjords

Forget everything you think you know about cruises; the voyages between Ushuaia and Punta Arenas are genuine expeditions that get you up close to the dramatic fjords, glaciers and wildlife of Tierra del Fuego and Cape Horn.

Sub-Antarctic islands
Antarctica

Sub-Antarctic islands

If you’ve got the time, calling at the wildlife-rich sub-Antarctic islands of South Georgia and the Falklands (Malvinas) adds a new dimension to the trip.

Sea kayaking
Antarctica

Sea kayaking

Not all excursions are on dry land! Your ship may carry kayaks, giving you a chance to explore the ice floes under paddle power.

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Carrying a maximum of 116 passengers this outstanding vessel is equipped with inflatable rubber boats (Zodiacs) for shore transfers and cruising...

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