Have questions? We're here.
Unforgettable experiences on your Antarctic cruise

Falklands, South Georgia, & Antarctica via Puerto Madryn

Example 21 Day Cruise aboard Sea Explorer
Talk with an expert
Customize any aspect of your Antarctica trip. 1.800.344.6118
Help Me Plan My Trip
Talk with an expert
This 21-day polar voyage features the unspoiled scenery, exhilarating wildlife, and rich history of the Antarctic Peninsula, as well as the crown jewels of the Southern Ocean: South Georgia and the Falkland Islands.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Arrive in Puerto Madryn, Argentina
Day 2 : Embarkation
Days 3-4 : Southern Ocean
Day 5 : West Falklands
Day 6 : Stanley, East Falkland
Days 7-8 : Southern Ocean
Days 9-12 : South Georgia
Days 13-14 : Scotia Sea
Days 15-18 : Antarctic Peninsula and South Shetland Islands
Days 19-20 : Drake Passage
Day 21 : Disembark in Ushuaia, Argentina

Ship

Sea Explorer

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Unforgettable experiences on your Antarctic cruise A large penguin colony Kayak in unforgettable landscapes A seal pup poses yawns in the sunlight Kayakers pose in formation for the camera.

Day 1 Arrive in Puerto Madryn, Argentina

Located in the Patagonian province of Chubut, Puerto Madryn is one of Argentina's fastest growing cities and the gateway to the Peninsula Valdés. Puerto Madryn is a popular resort destination for wildlife excursions: visit a sea lion colony, watch for nesting cormorants and magnificent elephant seals, or experience a walk through a colony of Magellanic penguins and myriad species of native seabirds.

Day 2 Embarkation

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Dinner
Arriving at the ship in the afternoon, you are greeted by your Expedition Team and ship's officers at a safety and orientation briefing followed by the Captain's welcome dinner. Then, watch the city lights fade in the fresh night air as you sail seaward.

Day 3-4 Southern Ocean

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Among the wildlife spotting opportunities as you sail south are the albatrosses, prions, and petrels that frequently follow the ship. Join your Expedition Team out on deck, in search of the whales and dolphins that may also be seen in the area. Onboard experts begin the presentations with informative and entertaining lectures on the wildlife, history, and geology of The Falkland Islands and Southern Ocean. Helpful briefings on environmental regulations and expedition safety are also held in the comfortable lecture hall.

Day 5 West Falklands

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
The westernmost settled outposts in the Falklands are remote farms that have been family owned for six and seven generations. The sheep graze alongside albatross colonies and rockhopper, king, and macaroni penguin rookeries while striated caracaras patrol overhead and upland geese graze at the water's edge. A visit to one of these homesteads often includes an invitation for cakes and a cup of tea.

Day 6 Stanley, East Falkland

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Chosen for its sheltered harbor and access to abundant fresh water and peat for fuel, Stanley is easy to discover on foot as most shops and services are centered on the port. The museum, the post office featuring first day covers, plenty of shops with locally made wool items, and Stanley's lively pubs are available to explore. It is possible to experience the wildlife of the Falklands from the town including sea lions and Peale's and Commerson's dolphins in the harbor.

Day 7-8 Southern Ocean

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
There is plenty of wildlife spotting as you make your way east across the Antarctic Convergence and officially enter Antarctic waters. Ship board presentations continue, featuring the exciting history and abundant wildlife of South Georgia.

Day 9-12 South Georgia

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Its unique position inside the Antarctic Convergence yet outside the limit of the yearly sea ice makes this 3,755 square kilometer island home to tens of millions of breeding penguins, seals, seabirds, and even reindeer. Magnificent mountain scenery, glaciers galore, a rugged coastline punctuated with castellate and tabular icebergs, a rich historical tapestry, and an astounding array of wildlife are all available as you travel down South Georgia's leeward coast.

Landing sites feature huge elephant seals, aggressive fur seals, macaroni penguins, albatross, petrels, skuas, and gulls. King penguins, from fuzzy little chicks to fattened adults, can be seen in the hundreds of thousands. Visit the historic Grytviken whaling station, home of the whaling museum, Norwegian seaman's church, the active British Antarctic Survey station, and the tiny graveyard where the great Antarctic explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton is buried.

Day 13-14 Scotia Sea

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Heading farther south, continue your education series as the icebergs become more and more plentiful.

Day 15-18 Antarctic Peninsula and South Shetland Islands

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Arrive in the land of superlatives: Antarctica! Your Expedition Leader and Captain create a flexible itinerary based on weather, ice, and opportunity. Approaching the Antarctic Peninsula from the east, cross the northern boundary of the Weddell Sea; this large cold body of water rotates clockwise driving cold water and ice north towards South Georgia and the South Orkney Islands. Large tabular icebergs born in the Weddell drift north into your ship's path while the ocean currents drive nutrients from the deep, feeding countless species of marine animals. Large groups of whales are common, along with scores of seabirds thriving off the bounty the Weddell provides. Your route highlights the most scenic bays and channels of the Peninsula with stops at penguin rookeries, seal wallows, bird colonies and whale feeding areas as well as sites of historic and scientific interest. The trip may include picturesque Neko Harbor, sheltered Paradise Harbor, Wilhelmina Bay (a favorite of humpback whales!), or the majestic Neumayer Channel. You may stop at an active scientific base such as Poland’s Arctowksi or a historic base such as U.K.’s Port Lockroy or Wordie House. Adelie, chinstrap and gentoo penguins abound, and Weddell, crabeater and elephant seals are often found hauled out to rest along with predatory leopard seals and the aggressive Antarctic fur seal. Minke and humpback whales are frequent visitors in the late season and orca sightings are also common.

Day 19-20 Drake Passage

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Continue your lecture series and wildlife spotting as the ship sails back to Ushuaia. Depending on sea conditions, you may have an opportunity to sail past the legendary Cape Horn. Arrive at the pier in Ushuaia in the early hours of Day 21.

Day 21 Disembark in Ushuaia, Argentina

  • 1 Breakfast
Morning disembarkation lets you catch a flight to Buenos Aires or stay in Ushuaia for more sights and adventure.

Sea Explorer

Puerto Madryn - Hotels

Per person starting at
$11,595
The Sea Explorer's Triple Suite
Select a Date
Triple Suite
Deck 3 triple suite with window and sitting area. 225 sq ft
Sea Explorer's Porthole Suite.
Select a Date
Porthole Suite
Deck 2 porthole suite with sitting area. 240 sq ft
Sea Explorer's Suite.
Select a Date
Window Suite
Deck 3 and 4 window suites with window and sitting area. 220-225 sq ft
Sea Explorer's Deluxe Suite.
Select a Date
Deluxe Suite
Deck 4 deluxe suite with forward and side windows and sitting area. 240 sq ft
Sea Explorer's Veranda Suite.
Select a Date
Veranda Suite
Veranda deck - veranda suites with private balcony and sitting area. 260 sq ft including a 40 sq ft balcony
Sea Explorer's Penthouse Suite.
Select a Date
Penthouse Suite
Penthouse deck - penthouse suites with private balcony and sitting area. 325 sq ft, including an 80 sq ft balcony

Notes

Single supplement - Single occupancy of a twin cabin is available at 1.7 times the twin occupancy rate.

Travel Insurance - All passengers are required to carry valid travel insurance which must contain medical and evacuation coverage of no less than $150,000 as well as cancellation and trip interruption.

Included in your cruise fare:
- One pre voyage hotel night in embarkation city
- Shipboard accommodations
- All scheduled Landings/excursions
- Waterproof Jacket
- All meals onboard
- Coffee/tea/cocoa/espresso 24 hours daily
- Welcome/Farewell cocktail
- One glass of house wine with dinner
- A pair of boots for use during the voyage
- Daily international news service
- All port fees
- Transfer from group hotel to ship for embarkation
- One group transfer from ship to airport or central location upon disembarkation
- Digital Voyage Log

Excluded in cruise fare:
- Any airfare or travel expenses associated with arrival
- Pre or post voyage expenses
- Laundry and personal expenses incurred on board
- Alcohol and soft drinks onboard (except glass of house wine / beer / soft drink with dinner)
- Onboard communication charges
- Staff gratuities

Fuel Surcharge:
There will be no fuel surcharge for voyages aboard the Sea Explorer if the local price of applicable fuel does not exceed US$700 per metric ton. Should the price go above this a surcharge may be applied to to cover only the increase in fuel costs.

Please note that October departures embark in Puerto Madryn and disembark in Ushuaia, while voyages departing in February operate in reverse.

Included

  • 10 Breakfasts, 8 Lunches, 9 Dinners
Payment & Cancellation Policies
Change & customize to make it yours.
Erin Correia
Erin C

We Love to Talk Travel

Call 1.800.344.6118
or
Chat Now
We are so glad that we chose Adventure Life. The service is top-notch. Everything is well taken care of and we just have to print the documents and go. Franny even gave us timely updates on possible airport strike.
KC Chan

Popular Add-ons

Why Travel With Adventure Life

More Reasons
Us with our Maasai guide Dennis
Tailored to You
Tell us your travel interests, dreams and desires, then let our experts tailor the perfect trip for you!
Monks conversing in a Buddist temple
Peace of Mind
You can have confidence in our experts' dedication to traveler safety, comfort, & providing a seamless trip.
A pair of friendly sea lions
Responsible Travel
We are fully committed to low impact travel that not only preserves but gives back to the amazing places we visit.
A man photographs a King Penguin at only a few feet away.
Insider Access
Our personal expertise & experience, local partners in our destinations, & access to over 150 small ships are all invaluable to designing your unique journey.

Awards and Accolades

All News