South Georgia and Antarctic Peninsula Penguin Safari

Ushuaia to Ushuaia

Antarctica, South Georgia
Jan 6 - Jan 23 2025
17 Nights
172 Guests

Starting from per person

£16,050

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This small-ship expedition cruise is perfect for wildlife lovers and photographers looking to explore the natural wonders of South Georgia and Antarctica in an intimate group with a team of expert polar guides. 

As our voyage begins, you'll have the chance to capture the grace of massive albatrosses and the beauty of pintado petrels as they glide and circle the ship, leading us towards South Georgia. Upon arrival, we're welcomed by shores bustling with king penguins and elephant seals, offering a moment to honour the legendary explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton. Then, as we approach Antarctica, the landscape transforms with towering peaks and vast icy expanses. Dive deeper into the Antarctic experience with Zodiac excursions, sea kayaking adventures, thrilling glacier hikes, or perhaps a heartwarming encounter with curious gentoo, chinstrap, and Adélie penguins. Each experience in Antarctica promises to astonish, captivate, and enchant in endless ways.

South Georgia and Antarctic peninsula Penguin Safari

Cruise Highlights

Cruise Highlights

  • Marvel at the diverse array of wildlife of South Georgia; the island is a haven for over 30 species of breeding birds, including an impressive seven different types of penguins.
  • Trace the historic journey of Sir Ernest Shackleton across South Georgia, where you'll have the opportunity to pay your respects at his gravesite.
  • Explore the Antarctic Peninsula by ship, Zodiac and on the shore with our team of expert polar guides.
  • Dive into engaging talks given by our onboard experts in wildlife, history, glaciology, and geology, designed to enrich your understanding of the polar regions.
  • And for those seeking a closer connection with the icy wilderness, opt for a paddling excursion to experience the Antarctic's serene beauty from the water.

Itinerary

Itinerary

An immersive small ship expedition cruise to explore South Georgia and the Antarctic Peninsula.

Ushuaia harbour in Argentina
Day 1

Arrive in Ushuaia, Argentina

 

Ushuaia, Argentina, serves as the starting point for this grand adventure. Nestled in the Tierra del Fuego archipelago, Ushuaia may seem like a quaint small town at first glance. Still, it's alive with various shops, museums, cafés, and restaurants waiting to be explored before you set sail. For those with a thirst for adventure, the surrounding Tierra del Fuego National Park and Martial Glacier present numerous outdoor activities, including hiking, to immerse yourself in the region's stunning natural beauty.

Beagle Channel in Chile
Day 2

Embark

 

The excitement builds as you begin your journey. It's time to swap your land legs for sea legs, introduce yourself to fellow adventurers, and familiarize yourself with your new home at sea. Each journey to Antarctica brings unique opportunities and experiences, making the embarkation day thrilling for you and your Expedition Team. On board, the team will look after your comfort and safety and work tirelessly to turn your wildlife aspirations into reality.

sunset over the Drake Passage Antarctica
Days 3 - 6

At Sea

As you journey across the sea, your days will be enriched with engaging presentations from the Expedition Team, covering topics from photography and wildlife to glaciology and history. When you're not soaking up new knowledge, take the opportunity to scan the horizon for wildlife from the deck or enjoy some camaraderie over drinks at the bar with your fellow travellers.

ing-Penguins-South-Georgia-Credit
Days 7 - 9

South Georgia

This far-flung island, with its rugged mountains, was once a bustling hub for early Antarctic explorers and a centre for whaling and seal hunting. Nowadays, while the wildlife is making a remarkable comeback, the island still bears the scars of its past, with the ruins of old whaling stations and deserted outposts dotting the landscape.

One of the most poignant places you'll encounter in South Georgia is the final resting place of the legendary explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton. His grave is in Grytviken, a settlement featuring the remnants of a whaling station, alongside a museum, gift shop, church, and a modest research station.

While South Georgia's historical significance is undeniable, the island's extraordinary wildlife will truly mesmerise you. Often described as the "Galapagos of the Poles," each visit to South Georgia presents a new spectacle of nature. One day, you might find yourself amidst vast colonies of king penguins stretching as far as the eye can see. Another day could bring you face to face with beaches thronged by scores of fur or elephant seals. The island's vegetation, mountains, and sandy stretches are crucial for the reproduction and survival of these species. Your Expedition Leaders will enrich your experience by shedding light on the intricate and delicate balance that sustains this rich tapestry of life.

Albatross in flight over the Drake Passage
Days 10 - 11

At Sea

It's time to bid farewell to the king penguins because Antarctica is on the horizon! As you navigate the seas towards your next awe-inspiring destination, your days will be packed with informative presentations, interactive workshops, and plenty of social activities, all hosted by your dedicated Expedition Team.

Antarctica on a small ship expedition cruise
Days 12 - 15

Antarctic Peninsula

Describing the experience of arriving at the Antarctic Continent is a tall order, but awe and deep respect are often the first emotions that come to mind. In Antarctica, you'll find yourself moving between extremes—the profound silence and isolation one moment, and the next, you're chuckling at the sight of a penguin's playful behaviour.

 

Your days will be filled with adventure, from Zodiac cruises that bring you up close to the icy landscape to visits at historical points of interest and, of course, memorable encounters with seals and penguins. You might even lock eyes with a leopard seal, known as the penguin predator, or find yourself in a face-off with an Antarctic minke whale during a Zodiac journey. Every day offers a new set of wonders, ensuring your camera and sense of wonder are always engaged.

For those seeking even more thrilling experiences, consider an optional kayaking expedition (be sure to book in advance). Or, if you're feeling particularly bold, take part in the Polar Plunge—a refreshing dive into icy waters that's sure to be an unforgettable highlight of your trip!

Albatross in flight over the Drake Passage
Days 16 & 17

Crossing the Drake Passage

After over two weeks of unique wildlife sightings and breathtaking landscapes, it's time to start the journey home. The Drake Passage, known for its unpredictability and exhilaration, is an adventure all its own. As our expert onboard staff ensures your comfort and safety, you'll have ample opportunity to watch the ocean, capture photos of seabirds gliding by the ship, and ponder the unforgettable Antarctic experiences you've had.

Ushuaia harbour in Argentina
Day 18

Disembark in Ushuaia

The moment arrives to bid farewell to your Expedition Team after a final breakfast together on the ship. Airport transfers will be arranged for those catching the earliest flights back home. If your flight leaves later, you'll be transported to the town centre instead, marking the end of our shared journey.

Activities

Activities

Zodiac Cruising and Shore Landings

Zodiac cruising with whale close by

Zodiac inflatable boats are integral to every expedition and perfect for exploring the polar wilderness. Zodiacs are used to ferry you to the shore and mini explorations amidst icebergs, whales, and seabirds. Throughout your expedition, they enable you to reach secluded spots only accessible by these sturdy watercraft.

Driven by our expert team of knowledgeable polar guides, we will explore the Zodiac daily as part of your expedition. 

Hiking

hiking in Antarctica

Immerse yourself in the thrill of hiking across the polar wilderness, led by our seasoned polar guides. Wander the vast tundra, marvel at the majestic glaciers, and breathe in fresh air amongst the natural scenery. It's an adventure that brings you into the heart of the untamed beauty of the polar regions. 

Polar Plunge

polar plunge activity on an expedition cruise

During each voyage, we carve out a special moment for the Polar Plunge, a thrilling dive into the icy waters, scheduled just once for those daring enough to leap. Our Expedition Leader and Captain are always on the lookout, assessing the weather and sea conditions to pick the perfect spot and moment for this exhilarating experience. Whether it's from the shore, off the gangway, or the edge of a Zodiac, participants, clad in tethered harnesses for safety, leap into the chilly embrace of the polar sea amid the cheers and encouragement of their fellow adventurers and the Expedition Team.

Safety is our top priority during the Polar Plunge. The onboard physician is always present to oversee the event, ensuring everyone's well-being. Additionally, our guides, suited in survival gear, patrol the waters in Zodiacs, ready to assist as guests make their splash into the frigid waters, whether it's a bold jump or an adventurous cannonball.

Sea Kayaking*

Sea kayaking Activity in Antarctica

Experience the beauty of the polar regions from the intimacy of a sea kayak. The onboard Sea Kayak Program gathers adventurers with a shared passion to explore the stunning landscapes of fjords, glacial fronts, or intricate sea ice formations together.

This program welcomes both novices and experienced kayakers to discover the polar regions from a distinctive vantage point. Depending on weather and operational conditions, the goal is to get kayaking as frequently as possible. Sea kayaking adventures typically begin with a Zodiac boat transferring participants from the ship to an optimal launch site. After exploring the waters, kayakers are brought back to the ship via Zodiac. 

For safety, a Zodiac operated by a dedicated driver remains close at hand to provide help if needed. These kayak trips usually last from one and a half to three hours, blending adventure with unparalleled natural beauty.

*An extra cost is applicable. Please enquire about costs and availability at the time of reservation. Please note places on sea kayaking do sell out in advance, so forward booking is essential.

Your Ship

Your Ship

World Explorer

Ship Highlights

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Premium Expedition Experience

Embark on an extraordinary expedition with World Explorer, designed for those who prioritize exploration with an elevated level of comfort. This ship combines onboard comfort with diverse, immersive activities, creating an unparalleled expedition experience.
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Small Group Size

With a commitment to intimate encounters with nature, World Explorer is one of the smaller expedition ships, accommodating just 172 guests per voyage (limited to 140 on fly and cruise expeditions). This ensures a personalised and exclusive connection with the surroundings.
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Large Fleet of Zodiacs

A fleet of 18 Zodiacs, complemented by four embarkation points and spacious ready rooms, guarantees swift and efficient access to off-ship adventures. No waiting is required, enabling all guests to explore simultaneously, enhancing the overall expedition experience.
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Expert Polar Guide Team

Boasting one of the industry's most seasoned polar guide teams, with over 20 years of expedition expertise, World Explorer maintains an exceptional guide-to-guest ratio. This ensures that the expertise of seasoned professionals enriches every moment off the ship.
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Well Appointed Cabins with Balconies

World Explorer presents spacious and contemporary cabins, each featuring private balconies and expansive windows. Immerse yourself in the breathtaking scenery from the comfort of your private space, enhancing the overall expedition experience.
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Adventurous Activity Options

Tailor your expedition with World Explorer's diverse array of adventurous activities. From an extensive sea kayaking program to camping in Antarctica and engaging in stand-up paddleboarding, this ship caters to the desires of true adventurers seeking unique and unforgettable experiences.
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Modern Sustainable Explorer Ship with A Small Group Size

World Explorer is constructed to the highest environmental standards as a testament to its commitment to sustainability. Equipped with cutting-edge hybrid electric engines and innovative technologies to minimize its footprint, the ship even incorporates a waste-to-energy conversion system, exemplifying a modern and eco-conscious approach to exploration.

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£16,050

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Choose Your Cabin

Choose Your Cabin

Triple

Located on Deck 6, and approximately 242 sq. ft. (22.5 sq. m) in size, these cabins have one double or two single beds, and a 55 sq. ft. (5 sq. m) walk-out balcony. A separate combo sitting area/bedroom with a sofa bed and additional closet is around the corner, and a refrigerator, TV, state of the art “infotainment” system, and private bathroom with shower is also featured in each cabin.

Size (sqf) 242

Occupancy: 1-3

Beds: 1 double or 2 single beds plus a sofa-bed

Class: Standard

Location: Deck 6

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Veranda Suite

Located on Decks 5 and 6, and approximately 215 sq. ft. (20 sq. m) in size, these cabins have one double or two single beds, and a 55 sq. ft. (5 sq. m) walk-out balcony. A sitting area with sofa, refrigerator, TV, state of the art “infotainment” system, and private bathroom with shower is also featured in each cabin.

Size (sqf): 215

Occupancy: 1-2

Bed Config: 1 double or 2 single beds

Class: Standard

Location: Deck 5 , Deck 6

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Infinity Suite

Located on Decks 5 and 6, and approximately 270 sq. ft. (25 sq. m) in size, these cabins have one double or two single beds, and a floor-to-ceiling glass French balcony. A sitting area with sofa, refrigerator, TV, state of the art “infotainment” system, and private bathroom with shower is also featured in each cabin.

Size (sqf): 270

Occupancy: 1-2

Bed Config: 1 double or 2 single beds

Class: Standard

Location: Deck 5 , Deck 6

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Superior Suite

Located on Decks 5 and 6, and approximately 278 sq. ft. (26 sq. m) in size, these cabins have one double or two single beds, and a 110 sq. ft. (10 sq. m) walk-out balcony with access from sitting room and bedroom. A separate sitting area with sofa, walk-in closet, refrigerator, TV, state of the art “infotainment” system, and private bathroom with shower is also featured in each cabin.

Size (sqf): 278

Occupancy: 1-2

Bed Config: 1 double or 2 single beds

Class: Premium

Location: Deck 5 , Deck 6

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Deluxe Suite

Located on Deck 5, and approximately 334 sq. ft. (31 sq. m) in size, these cabins have one double or two single beds, and a 110 sq. ft. (10 sq. m) walk-out balcony with access from sitting room and bedroom. A separate sitting area with sofa, double closets, refrigerator, TV, state of the art “infotainment” system, and private bathroom with shower is also featured in each cabin.

Size (sqf): 334

Occupancy: 1-2

Bed Config: 1 double or 2 single beds

Class: Premium

Location: Deck 5

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Owner's Suite

Located on Decks 5 and 6, and approximately 355 sq. ft. (33 sq. m) in size, these cabins have one double or two single beds, and a 110 sq. ft. (10 sq. m) walk-out balcony with access from sitting room and bedroom. A separate sitting area with sofa, refrigerator, TV, state of the art “infotainment” system, and private bathroom with shower, dual vanity, and bathtub is also featured in each cabin.

Size (sqf): 355

Occupancy: 1-2

Bed Config: 1 double or 2 single beds

Class: Premium

Location: Deck 5 , Deck 6

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Deck Plan

World Explorer Deck Plan Deck 3

What's Included

Included

  • An official Expedition parka to keep
  • Leadership throughout the voyage by our experienced Expedition Team, including shore landings and other activities
  • All Zodiac transfers and cruising as per the daily program
  • All shore landings as per the daily program
  • Shipboard accommodation with daily housekeeping
  • All meals, snacks, soft drinks and juices on board throughout your voyage. Please inform us of any dietary requirements as far in advance as possible. Unfortunately, the ships’ galleys cannot prepare kosher meals
  • Free beer, standard wines, spirits, and cocktails during bar service hours and dinner
  • Formal and informal presentations by our Expedition Team and guest speakers as scheduled
  • A pair of waterproof expedition boots on loan for landings and Zodiac cruising excursions
  • A photographic journal documenting your expedition
  • A pair of waterproof expedition boots on loan for landings and Zodiac cruising excursions
  • Hair dryer and bathrobes in every cabin
  • 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 USD $500,000 per person
  • Group arrival transfer in Ushuaia from airport to pre expedition hotel on Day 1
  • One night’s pre-expedition hotel accommodation in Ushuaia with breakfast. (Note: The number of guests per room is the same as cabin occupancy on the ship. Due to limited availability, travellers who reserve a suite on board are accommodated in standard rooms at the hotel. Triple rooms may not be available.)
  • Group transfer from hotel to ship on embarkation day
  • Group departure transfer upon disembarkation in Ushuaia from ship to local airport or to luggage storage facility
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi service on one device permitting basic Internet browsing, email, posting on social media and voice applications. (Premium packages are available for more data intensive applications.)

Optional Extras

  • International airfare
  • Passport and applicable visa expenses
  • Government arrival and departure taxes not mentioned
  • Meals unless otherwise specified
  • Baggage, cancellation, interruption and medical travel insurance—strongly recommended
  • Excess-baggage fees on international and domestic flights
  • Mandatory waterproof pants for Zodiac landing and cruising excursions, or any other gear not mentioned
  • Laundry, bar, spa services and other personal charges, unless specified
  • Phone and Internet charges (connectivity may vary by location)
  • Voluntary gratuity at the end of the voyage for expedition staff and shipboard crew
  • Additional overnight accommodation
  • Arrival and departure transfers, except where explicitly stated
  • Adventure Options not listed in Included Activities

Important Information

  • This expedition involves travelling to lovely remote places with limited medical facilities. We ask you to be healthy and fit to participate. If you have a severe medical condition or have recently undergone surgery, please get in touch with us before making a reservation. Our Travel Experience Team will be happy to assist you with any questions.
  • Whilst our expeditions do not require exceptional fitness, you must be mobile enough to climb in and out of a Zodiac and undertake short walks.
  • Expedition programmes include zodiac outings and landings (sometimes with "wet landing"), moderate walks, and more active hikes, all accompanied by your expedition team of naturalist guides.
  • Ports of call, visited sites, outings and landings will depend on weather conditions, ice position, winds and the state of the sea. These can force a change of plans at any time. The Captain and the Expedition Leader may cancel or stop any activity or modify the itinerary. The final itinerary will be confirmed by the Captain, who will consider the touristic quality of the sites and, above all, the safety of the passengers. His decision will be based on advice from experts and authorities.
  • You must take out comprehensive travel insurance, which includes medical evacuation and cancellation at the time of booking. To learn more, please see our guide to Travel Insurance For Expedition Cruises.
  • You must hold a passport with a minimum of 6 months validity beyond completing your trip. Please check to see if you require a visa to enter the countries of embarkation and disembarkation. If you have any questions, our Travel Experience Team is always on hand to answer them.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask our Travel Experience Team.

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