A wildlife hotspot and paradise for birders, the Falklands is often a stop on a longer itinerary to the Antarctic. We enjoy an in-depth, five-day exploration of the Falkland. In the capital, Stanley, we delve into the history of the islands, black-browed albatross, Magellanic and southern rockhopper penguins are laying eggs, and elephant seals are giving birth and suckling pups. Experience the Antarctic Peninsula in mid-Spring when it is at its most pristine and ideal for landscape photography. Zodiac cruise through maze of sea ice, tread on fresh snow and witness penguins courting, mating and on nests.

Day 1Santiago, ChileDay at leisure, overnight in Santiago
Day 2Embarkation Port StanleyFly to Port Stanley and embark
Days 3-6 Falklands-MalvinasDiscovering amazing bird-watching opportunities
Days 7-8At SeaEnjoy onboard presentations and time out on deck between Falklands~Malvinas and the Antarctic Peninsula
Days 9-13Antarctic PeninsulaSavour the feeling of arriving in Antarctica, explore the Antarctic Peninsula and be dazzled by the icy landscapes of glaciers, icebergs and towering mountains and unique wildlife.
Day 14-15Drake Passage CrossingReflect on your journey whilst you cross this famous stretch of sea
Day 16Disembark in UshuaiaFarewell your fellow expeditioners


Greg Mortimer
Greg Mortimer

The Greg Mortimer is a new purpose built, polar expedition vessel taking 120 guests. This vessel has been designed in close consultation with Antarctic expedition specialists and is the first expedition cruise ship designed with the ULSTEIN X-BOW hull. This cutting edge nautical technology allows for gentle travel and motion at sea, improved comfort and safety on-board, reduced vibrations, lower fuel consumption and emissions and ‘virtual anchoring’ which means the ship can float anchor-less while launching the Zodiacs without disturbing delicate sea floor areas. There are four sea-level launching platforms for fast and efficient access to and from Zodiacs.

Day 1 Santiago, Chile


Arrive in Santiago, where you will be met by a representative and transferred to your group hotel. After settling in at your included hotel enjoy a light refreshment whilst meeting your fellow expeditioners and a Pre-Voyage Briefing. The evening is your own to enjoy Santiago’s food scene and culture.

Day 2 Embarkation

Stanley, Falkland Islands

Enjoy breakfast at the hotel before walking back to the international terminal to prepare for your charter flight to Stanley, capital of the Falklands. In Stanley, if time permits, we plan to discover the main sights before embarking our vessel.

After embarkation, you will have time to settle into your cabin before our important mandatory briefings. As the ship pulls away from port, gather on the deck to commence our adventure with spectacular views over Stanley.

Days 3-6 Falklands

Antarctica Cruise from Australia - Falklands, Black Browed Albatross

Falklands is a wildlife hotspot that attracts discerning adventurers, particularly birdwatchers, from around the world. There are 63 breeding species and 23 annual migrants. The black-browed albatross breeds here in large colonies, and another six species have been seen offshore. If seeing penguins is high on your wish list, there are no less than six species of breeding penguins found in the Falklands that you can hope to see.

The landscape is made up of mountain ranges, rolling moorlands, flat plains, rugged coastline that is battered and shaped by the wild Atlantic Ocean, sandy beaches and cliffs. A tall, native tussock grass that is mostly found near the coast provides an important habitat for many birds, and shelter for some seals.

In this remote wilderness, nature determines what we are able to do and see. Your expedition team will draw on their deep experience to curate your day-to-day ‘itinerary’, and to share their knowledge of the wildlife, natural environment and rich history of the region with tales of early exploration and exploits.

Days 7-8 At Sea

Elephant Seal with King Penguins, Gold Harbour, South Georgia

Between Falklands and the Antarctic Peninsula, you will be enthralled by the ceaseless flight of the many seabirds that follow the ship. Join our naturalist at the stern and test your skills in photographing seabirds as they gracefully glide close to our ship. Our expedition team will continue with their informative and entertaining talks on seabirds, marine wildlife, photography tips, and tales of Antarctic exploration. You may wish to spend your time staying active in the gym, borrow a book from our well-stocked library or enjoy a treatment in the wellness centre.

Days 9-13 Antarctic Peninsula

First tabular iceberg scotia sea

It’s almost impossible to describe the feeling of arriving in Antarctica. Spotting your first iceberg and taking a deep breath of some of the most fresh, crisp air on earth is an experience that will stay with you forever.

Join a privileged group of adventurers to visit Antarctica, a true final frontier. Explore the Antarctic Peninsula and be dazzled by the icy landscapes of glaciers, icebergs and towering mountains. Witness unique wildlife that thrive nowhere else but here, in this stark, desolate and unimaginably beautiful environment. Penguins are courting and mating and ice seals are breeding on ice. Zodiacs gently forge a path through sea ice to take you ashore for walks along the beach, where the wildlife is equally as curious about you as you are about them. Make sure your cameras are fully charged, they will be snapping non-stop.

Your experienced expedition team, who have made countless journeys to this area, will use their expertise to design your voyage from day to day, choosing the best options based on the prevailing weather, ice conditions and wildlife opportunities.

We generally make landings or Zodiac excursions twice a day. You will want to rug up before joining Zodiac cruises along spectacular ice cliffs or among grounded icebergs, keeping watch for seals hauled out on ice floes and porpoising penguins. Zodiacs will also shuttle you from the ship to land, where you can visit penguin rookeries, discover historic huts and explore some of our favourite spots along the peninsula.

While ashore we aim to stretch our legs, wandering along pebbly beaches or perhaps up snow-covered ridgelines to vantage points with mountains towering overhead and ice-speckled oceans below. If you have chosen an optional activity, you will have the option to do that whenever conditions allow, and of course keen polar plungers will have the chance to fully immerse themselves in polar waters – conditions permitting!

In addition to Zodiac cruises and shore excursions, we may ship cruise some of the narrow, dramatic straits separating offshore islands from the mainland, or linger in scenic bays to watch whales travelling or feeding. This is a great time to enjoy the observation lounge or make your way to the bridge (open at the Captain’s discretion) for uninterrupted views of Antarctica in all its splendour. Keep an ear out for the creak and deep rumble of glaciers as they carve into the sea. Take a quiet moment to experience the wonder of this incredible white continent.

Days 14-15 Drake Passage Crossing

Penguins on Danco Island

Enjoy a final morning landing in the South Shetland Islands before we re-enter the Drake Passage for our return journey to South America.

With lectures and film presentations to complete our Antarctic experience, there is still plenty of time to enjoy the magic of the Southern Ocean and the life that calls it home. There is time for reflection and discussion about what we have seen and experienced. We hope you become ambassadors for Antarctica telling your family, friends and colleagues about your journey to this magical place, advocating for its conservation and preservation so that they might one day visit the region to experience what you have been lucky to see and do here.

As we approach the tip of South America, our Captain may sail close to legendary Cape Horn, weather and time permitting.

Days 16 Disembark Ushuaia


During the early morning, we cruise up the Beagle Channel, before quietly slipping into dock in Ushuaia, where we disembark from approximately 8.00 am. Farewell your crew, expedition team and fellow passengers as we all continue our onward journeys, hopefully with a newfound sense of the immense power of nature. A transfer to Ushuaia airport or to your hotel is included in the voyage fare.

To book this voyage call 1300 784 794 or email contact@antarcticatravelcentre.com.au

We will tailor the perfect holiday to suit your needs.

Extend your trip to Patagonia

To make the most of your time in South America we can tailor a holiday to Patagonia to suit your voyage dates. If you have a bit more time we can create a tailor-made itinerary to some of the highlights of South America. Take a look at the Patagonia sample itineraries below and contact us to begin creating your perfect holiday.