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South Georgia and Antarctic Peninsula: Penguin Safari

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Be a part of this incredible 16-day adventure. Begin in Buenos Aires, where you can enjoy its heavily European-influenced
heritage before being whisked away on a private charter flight to explore Ushuaia prior to embarkation. At sea, photograph massive albatross and pintado petrel as they swoop and soar around the ship, guiding you toward South Georgia. Beaches teeming with king penguins and elephant seals greet you on this fabled island, where you can pay your respects to famed explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton. Antarctica awaits, with its geographic contradictions and overwhelming enormity. Relax on a Zodiac ride, hike glistening glaciers, share comical moments with inquisitive penguins, or witness the rugged peninsula from a sea kayak. Antarctica surprises and delights, and never disappoints.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Arrive in Buenos Aires, Argentina
Day 2 : Fly to Ushuaia | Embark
Days 3-5 : At Sea
Days 6-8 : South Georgia
Days 9-10 : At Sea
Days 11-13 : Antarctic Peninsula
Days 14-15 : At Sea
Day 16 : Ushuaia | Disembark | Fly to Buenos Aires, Argentina


  • Experience Buenos Aires, Argentina, the tango capital of the world
  • Explore South Georgia’s king penguin rookeries – the largest on earth
  • Tour abandoned whaling stations and enjoy some stories from inhabitants
  • Enjoy on-board lectures & educational presentations from polar specialists


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  • Small Ship

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Trip Snapshots

Photographing penguins A group of travellers sail around a penguin colony off the shores of Antarctica A specatular iceberg off the coast of Antarctica Observe beautiful fur seals Kayak quiet waters as you sail to remote coves of Antarctica

Day 1 Arrive in Buenos Aires, Argentina

Upon your arrival in Buenos Aires, transfer independently to the group hotel (pre-night hotel price is part of the additional Buenos Aires flight and transfer package).

Day 2 Fly to Ushuaia | Embark

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Dinner
After breakfast, the group flies to Ushuaia (price of flight is part of the additional Buenos Aires flight and transfer package). Upon arrival, take a short city tour of the quaint port town before heading to the pier. Embark on your Antarctic journey in the afternoon! Sail down the historic Beagle Channel. This famous channel transects the Tierra del Fuego archipelago in the extreme south of South America. Expect an air of anticipation as you depart—the next time you see land you are in the world’s most southern continent!

Day 3-5 At Sea

  • Ship
  • 3 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 3 Dinners
Test your knowledge while you observe seabirds, penguins and the learn the history of South Georgia as you begin your educational lecture program. Your first days include time to get acquainted with fellow travelers and learn about the shore landings, Zodiac excursions, and kayaking opportunities that await you.

Day 6-8 South Georgia

  • Ship
  • 3 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 3 Dinners
The first indication that you are approaching South Georgia is the sighting of birds around a group of rocky spires called Shag Rocks. Rising out of the icy ocean waters, have your binoculars and cameras ready to photograph these rocks. Shags, prions and wandering albatross often rest here.

After enjoying South Georgia from a distance, head towards its dark sandy beaches to find a protected bay for your first land excursion. Landing sites on South Georgia are varied, and are largely determined by the weather conditions of your voyage. Whichever landing sites you visit, they provide you with wildlife encounters that cannot be enjoyed anywhere else on earth.

This is one of the most fertile breeding grounds in the world for sub-Antarctic wildlife, with beaches littered with penguins - in particular king and macaroni penguins. Many rookeries number into the 100s of thousands! It won’t take you long to realize that South Georgia is a paradise for bird lovers as burrowing seabirds, albatross, and petrels can be seen in abundance.

One of the most significant sites you visit on the island is located on Grytviken. This is one of the first whaling stations established in sub-Antarctic waters. Many travelers find this place of special appeal as it is home to the remains of one of the best known Antarctic explorers, Sir Ernest Shackleton.

Day 9-10 At Sea

  • Ship
  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
Antarctica awaits, along with its own penguin and seal species. While you’re at sea, you can enjoy quiet time or take in presentations by the Expedition Team, which cover everything from the history and geology of Antarctica to tips on identifying different species and what makes each of them unique.

Day 11-13 Antarctic Peninsula

  • Ship
  • 3 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 3 Dinners
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. Antarctica is a land of extremes: at one moment you are overcome with a feeling of complete silence and loneliness, the next you are laughing at the comical antics of a curious penguin.

Glacier hikes, visits to research bases and, of course, communing with seals and penguins are sure to keep you smiling each and every day. Perhaps catch sight of the fearless penguin-eater, the leopard seal, or come eye–to–eye with a curious minke whale while out on a Zodiac. Each day and each landing presents a new collection of creatures to entertain you and keep your camera busy.

If you find yourself wanting more, then perhaps treat yourself by booking a kayaking Adventure Option (reserve in advance when booking your trip), or if you’re feeling a bit overwhelmed, a little shock therapy courtesy of a Polar Plunge might be what you need!

Day 14-15 At Sea

  • Ship
  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
After more than a dozen days of memorable wildlife encounters, your journey home begins. Crossing the Drake is your unofficial rite of passage, putting a final stamp of completion on your Antarctic adventure.

Day 16 Ushuaia | Disembark | Fly to Buenos Aires, Argentina

  • 1 Breakfast
Arrive in Ushuaia after breakfast. After you disembark, taste a little of Patagonia by touring Tierra del Fuego National Park before transferring to the airport for the return group charter flight to Buenos Aires (price of flight is part of the additional Buenos Aires flight and transfer package).

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Buenos Aires - Hotels

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Triple cabin aboard the Ocean Endeavour
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A triple on deck four is an interior cabin with three lower beds and twp private bathrooms. Approximately 10-15 m² (105 to 160 sq ft). Cabin 4100 has four lower single beds and one private bathroom with a separate shower room.
Twin Porthole (cropped)
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Twin Porthole
A twin porthole on deck four features a porthole window, two lower beds and private bathroom. Approximately 9-10 m² (95 to 105 sq ft). Cabins 4060, 4062, and 4064 have one lower and one upper bed and a private bathroom.
Twin Window  (cropped)
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Twin Window
A twin window on deck five features a picture window, two lower beds and private bathroom. Approximately 9-10 m² (95 to 105 sq ft).
Upper Deck Cabin (cropped)
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Upper Deck Twin
An upper deck twin on decks seven and eight features a large picture window (obstructed view), two lower beds or one double bed and private bathroom. Approximately 13 m² (140 sq ft).
Twin Porthole Cabin (under renovations)
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Twin Porthole Plus
A twin porthole plus room on deck four features two porthole windows, two single beds, a separate living area with a pull out sofa bed, and one private bathroom. Approximately 18-20 m² (190 to 200 sq ft).
Twin Window Plus (cropped)
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Superior Twin
A superior twin on decks five and seven features a large picture window, two lower beds or one double bed, a pull out sofa bed and private bathroom. Approximately 19 m² (205 sq ft).
Single Interior Cabin aboard the Ocean Endeavour
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Single Interior
A single on deck five is an interior cabin with a lower bed and private bathroom. Approximately 9-10 m² (95 to 105 sq ft).
Top Deck Cabin (cropped)
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Top Deck Twin
A top deck twin on deck eight features two large picture windows (one window with partial obstruction), one double bed and private bathroom. Approximately 14.5 m² (155 sq ft).
Twin Window Plus Cabin aboard the Ocean Endeavour
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Twin Window Plus
A twin window plus room on deck five features two picture windows, two single beds and one private bathroom. Approximately 18-20 m² (190 to 200 sq ft).
Junior Suite Cabin aboard the Ocean Endeavour
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Junior Suite
A junior suite on decks five and seven features a picture window, one double bed, a pull out sofa bed and private bathroom. Approximately 30 m² (320 sq ft).
Owner Suite (cropped)
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Owner´s Suite
The owner’s suite on deck seven features two large bow-facing windows, one double bed, separate sitt and private bathroom with tub. Approximately 30 m² (320 sq ft).


Rates are quoted in U.S. dollars and represent costs per person, double occupancy. Request the Twin Share Program where you are matched with a cabin mate of the same gender. Even if a cabin mate is not found for you, no single supplement will be charged.

Cabins are available for single occupancy at 1.7x the double occupancy rate for cabin types except for Premium cabins (2x the double occupany rate).

Mandatory medical insurance: Travelers should have a minimum US$50,000 (or equivalent) of emergency medical coverage prior to embarkation. It is recommended that you and all members of your party have comprehensive travel insurance covering trip cancellation, trip delay (interruption or after departure coverage), baggage, and repatriation.

Important reminder: Embracing the unexpected is part of the legacy – and excitement – of expedition travel. There are no guarantees that we can achieve everything we set out to accomplish. A measure of flexibility is something all of us must bring to a voyage. There are nearly 200 recognized sites in the Antarctic Peninsula and South Shetlands and the places mentioned above may be changed to others equally as interesting.

* Mandatory Buenos Aires Flight and Transfer Package: $950, including:
  • One night hotel accommodation in Buenos Aires, with breakfast
  • Group transfer from the hotel to the airport in Buenos Aires
  • Charter flight from Buenos Aires international airport to Ushuaia, and return
  • Group transfer from Ushuaia airport to the ship, and return
  • Combined airport transfer and express bus tour of Tierra del Fuego National Park after disembarkation.
Rates Include: 
  • Shipboard accommodation with daily housekeeping
  • All breakfasts, lunches, dinners and snacks on board
  • All shore landings per the daily program
  • Leadership throughout the voyage by your experienced Expedition Leader
  • All Zodiac transfers and cruising per the daily  program
  • Formal and informal presentations by your Expedition Team and special guests as scheduled
  • Photographic journal documenting the expedition
  • Waterproof expedition boots on loan for shorelandings
  • An official Quark Expeditions® parka to keep
  • Coffee, tea, and cocoa available around the clock
  • Hair dryer and bathrobe in every cabin
  • Comprehensive pre-departure materials, including a map and an informative Antarctic Reader
  • All miscellaneous service taxes and port charges throughout the program
  • All luggage handling aboard ship
  • Emergency evacuation insurance to a maximum benefit of US$500,000 per person
  • Beer and wine during dinner
  • All gratuities.
Rates Exclude:
  • Mandatory Buenos Aires charter flight and transfer package: $950
  • Arrival transfer in Buenos Aires on Day 1
  • International airfare
  • Passport and visa expenses
  • Government arrival and departure taxes not mentioned above
  • Meals ashore unless otherwise specified
  • Baggage, cancellation, interruption, and medical travel insurance
  • Excess baggage charges
  • Waterproof pants for Zodiac cruising, or any other gear not mentioned
  • Laundry, bar, beverage and other personal charges unless specified
  • Phone and internet charges
  • Voluntary gratuity at the end of the voyage for shipboard staff and crew
  • Additional overnight accommodation
  • Optional kayaking or stand-up paddleboarding activities.
Note: Baggage allowance on charter flight is 44 lbs (20 kg) checked and 11 lbs (5 kg) carry-on
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