White Continent: Antarctica, South Georgia & the Falkland Islands Expedition - 2025

Your 24-night journey includes: 20-night expedition cruise with Drake Passage, 5 days in Antarctica, South Georgia, & the Falkland Islands; 3 nights at a Deluxe hotel in Buenos Aires (2 pre- and 1 post-cruise); included flight from Buenos Aires to Ushuaia
  • Penguins lounging on rocks with Ocean Explorer in the background, Antarctica
  • Passengers boarding a zodiac boat next to the Ocean Explorer, Antarctica
  • Passengers hiking in Antarctica with penguins in the background
  • Famed for its architecture, cuisine, and the passionate tango, Buenos Aires is arguably South America’s most cosmopolitan city
  • Take in beautiful vistas as you cruise into Ushuaia, the world's southernmost city
  • Reserve an optional kayaking excursion and experience the peaceful beauty of these natural Antarctic surroundings up close
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Antarctica’s splendor has long enthralled adventurous travelers. On this small ship expedition cruise, Vantage Deluxe World Travel  will deliver you to the doorstep of the Seventh Continent, as well as the wildlife havens of South Georgia and the Falkland Islands. Led by our highly credentialed, 17-person Expedition Team, you’ll explore the unspoiled majesty of the Antarctic Peninsula in intimate, small groups.

Vantage’s Expedition Team — comprised of experts in the fields of biology, ornithology, geology, and more — will share their invaluable expertise and familiarity, providing unparalleled guidance throughout your small ship expedition. With a maximum capacity of just 134 travelers, you’ll enjoy more meaningful and profound interactions in this very special destination. This one-of-a-kind small ship cruise will also take you to South Georgia and the Falkland Islands. Both are important wildlife refuges, with the Falkland Islands providing you a chance to witness some of the world’s rarest and most enchanting birds.

In addition to once-in-a-lifetime experiences, you’ll also enjoy the luxury amenities and personalized service found aboard the elegant, 5-star Ocean Explorer. Pamper yourself with an indulgent massage at the onboard spa, relax with a soothing soak in the top-level hot tub, enjoy a craft cocktail as you take in the panoramic views from the Observation Lounge, and savor world-class cuisine prepared by our skilled onboard chefs.

Throughout your expedition, you can look forward to engaging onboard lectures and daily opportunities for shoreside exploration. Each day, you’ll board Zodiac boats and make landfall with the Expedition Team, who will ensure you will be totally immersed in the history, wilderness, and landscapes of these remote outposts where nature reigns supreme. Come face-to-face with a variety of penguin species, keep an eye out indigenous seabirds, and spot humpback and killer whales as they breach the surface of the water. Your small ship expedition cruise is bookended by extended hotel stays in lively Buenos Aires, a sophisticated counterpoint to your epic discoveries in the wild. Extend your discoveries even further with optional pre- and post-trip extensions in Iguassu Falls and Easter Island.

Please note: We are privileged guests in these extreme lands where weather and ice dictate everything. As such, our daily explorations will be dictated by local conditions. Vantage Travel will endeavor to make every effort to ensure that your Antarctica cruise is as educational and fulfilling as possible while complying with the safety rules and instructions set forth by the IAATO.

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DAY 1:

Depart home and fly overnight to Buenos Aires

Your Antarctica expedition begins! Today you’ll fly overnight from the U.S. to Buenos Aires, Argentina. Or, depart earlier for your pre-trip extension to Easter Island!

DAY 2:

Arrive in Buenos Aires

Welcome to Argentina! If you purchased your airfare from Vantage, upon arrival a Vantage representative will meet you and arrange transfer to your centrally-located hotel. This evening, join your fellow travelers for a Welcome Reception and Dinner.

No visit to Buenos Aires would be complete without a little taste of the tango, so we have arranged for a pair of professional tango dancers to give a demonstration of Argentina’s most passionate dance. The tango is considered so intrinsic to the national character of Argentina and Uruguay, that UNESCO has designated it as part of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of the World.

Included Feature:

  • Professional tango presentation

Included meals:


DAY 3:

Discover the best of Buenos Aires

On today’s city tour of Buenos Aires, you’ll see important sights such as the Plaza de Mayo, the city’s central square that is flanked by the neoclassical Catedral Metropolitana, the church home of Pope Francis; the Cabildo; and the Casa Rosada or “Pink” House, the presidential mansion. If it seems familiar, that’s because in the 1950s, Juan and Eva Perón (“Evita”) addressed the adoring crowds from its oft-photographed balcony.

You’ll also see the colorful La Boca, the old Genoese neighborhood with its vividly painted houses. Passing Caminito, the famous tango street, you’ll see some of the famous milongas or tango salons, and perhaps some dancers on the street practicing their footwork.

The balance of your day is free to explore on your own. Your Cruise Director and Destination Manager will be happy to assist with tips, directions, and making reservations.

Included Feature:

  • Half-day city tour of Buenos Aires

Included meals:

Breakfast & dinner

DAY 4:

Learn about polo in Buenos Aires, then embark the Ocean Explorer

After breakfast, you’ll ride into the countryside to visit an estancia (ranch) where riders are trained to compete in professional polo matches. The elite sport of polo was introduced to Argentina in 1875, and today, the country is the world’s polo capital. After touring the estancia, you’ll learn all about the sport’s history and the breeding of polo ponies and enjoy a demonstration by some dashing professional players. After savoring an authentic Argentinean lunch, you’ll head back to Buenos Aires. At the pier, you’ll embark the Ocean Explorer, your home for the next 21 days.

Once on board, you’ll meet the Expedition Team. They’ll talk to you about their role during the cruise and explain how the expedition works, going over important IAATO regulations that must be observed while in our polar destinations, including rules on how close we can get to the wildlife.

Tonight, gather with your fellow travelers for your first dinner onboard as the Ocean Explorer sets off for the Falkland Islands.

Included Feature:

  • Full-day polo estancia excursion with included lunch

Included meals:

Breakfast & dinner

DAYS 5-7:

Cruise the South Atlantic to the Falkland Islands

Relax aboard your 5-star expedition ship as you cruise toward the Falkland Islands. Bear in mind that although our ship is equipped with the latest ULSTEIN X-BOW® technology, designed to provide a more comfortable cruising experience, we will be sailing in some rough waters and you may feel some motion sickness.

The key characteristic of Vantage’s Antarctica cruises is a strong educational element, and the Expedition Team will prepare you for the adventure to come by hosting presentations on history, geology, ornithology, marine biology, and more topics relevant to your expedition. Our team members have been traveling to polar regions for years, and their expertise and advice will undoubtedly enhance your journey. Not to mention, they’re sure to have some epic travel stories to tell you all about!

During the cruising, make the most of the many amenities and activities on board. Treat yourself to a relaxing treatment in the spa, a little yoga, or a workout in the fitness center. Though there may be some rough seas in the South Atlantic, you can still enjoy some downtime with a book or movie as you prepare for the next leg of your adventure.

Looking for photo tips? Check the schedule (posted on your onboard interactive system) for the next photography workshop. If the seas are calm enough for you to be on deck, keep your eyes peeled for pelagic birds or whales.

Included Meals:

3 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 3 Dinners

DAY 8:

Revel in West Falkland Island’s unspoiled beauty

As your ship approaches West Falkland Island, you may pass the pristine sandy beaches or sheer cliffs that are home to some of the island’s more than 200 avian species, including Cobb’s wren, Falkland skua, king cormorants, ground tyrant, pipit, royal albatrosses, and more. More than a million penguins call the Falklands home, often nesting in the green tussock grass burrows.

During your visit, the Expedition Leader will help you try to spot the five main penguin types: waddling gentoos, with their orange beaks; king penguins, the largest breed which can stand 39 inches tall; black-and-white banded Magellanic; macaronis, with their orange head feathers; and rockhoppers, with their bushy heads.

From the ship or the shore, you may spot some of the islands’ marine life, including elephant seals, the southern sea lion, orcas, South American fur seals, and a few dolphin varieties.

Please note: Where we make landfall will be determined by local conditions.

Included Feature:

  • Landing and expedition on West Falkland Island (weather permitting)

Included meals:

Breakfast, lunch & dinner

DAY 9:

Discover East Falkland Island, a bit of Britain in the Southern Hemisphere

Today you’ll arrive on East Falkland and visit the capital, Port Stanley. With a population of about 2,100, Port Stanley is home to nearly two thirds of the Falklands’ residents. It will be the focus of today’s discovery.

Given the quaint pubs, red phone booths, and fish and chips shops, you’d think you are in rural England, except for the occasional Argentinean shop or Spanish word. One Spanish word you’ll hear often is “camp,” derived from the Spanish campo meaning countryside. Here, the Falklanders say "camp" to refer to all the land outside Stanley.

Your city tour showcases some of this tiny city’s main attractions, including the Victory Green, where a mizzenmast from the SS Great Britain is displayed; the Government House; the Town Hall, which also serves as a post office, court of law, and dance hall; and the Christ Church Cathedral, the southernmost Anglican church in the world. Nearby, there is a decorative arch made of whale bones.

Included Feature:

  • City tour of Port Stanley

Included meals:

Breakfast, lunch & dinner

DAYS 10-11:

Cruising to South Georgia

Relax aboard your 5-star expedition ship as you head to South Georgia, whose biodiversity is so rich it is known as the “Serengeti of the Southern Ocean.” Along the way, the Expedition Team will conduct different presentations on topics relevant to your upcoming destinations. For instance, they may offer a lecture on the wildlife you may spot in South Georgia or bring you into the history of the island and its past as a hub for commercial whaling.

During the cruising, make the most of the many amenities and activities on board. Treat yourself to a relaxing treatment in the spa, a little yoga, or a workout in the fitness center. Rough seas may cause possible sea sickness, however, you'll can still enjoy your downtime with a nice book or movie as you sail to your next adventure.

Keep in mind that — while our ship is equipped with the latest motion-stabilization technology — we may encounter some rough waters in this region, and you may experience motion sickness.

You’ll also want to join the Expedition Team on deck for birdwatching, perhaps spotting fulmar, petrel, or even a wandering albatross, with its 11-foot wingspan. Keep your eyes peeled for marine life — these waters frequently host southern right whales.

Included Meals:

2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners

DAYS 12-14:

Exploring South Georgia and its wildlife

You’ll have three days to explore the unique history and natural splendor of South Georgia. Not only does South Georgia boast 30 million breeding birds — including 7 million penguins and 250,000 albatrosses — but at the peak of this breeding season, there are more wildlife per square foot here than anywhere else on the planet. South Georgia is also home to 2 million fur seals and 50% of the world’s population of southern elephant seals. Although South Georgia is within the Antarctic ecosystem, it is outside the limit of sea ice. The island has no permanent residents — human residents, that is.

Our schedule in South Georgia is flexible — like Antarctica, our captain and Expedition Team will determine the best conditions for our outings. The Expedition Team will lead various excursions by Zodiac boats and on foot, taking you to observe fascinating wildlife and to admire the unspoiled scenery of hanging glaciers, cliffs, and scenic landscapes. South Georgia is also home to over half of the world’s enormous southern elephant seals, the largest of all seals. Keep an eye out for newly birthed southern elephant seal pups alongside their mothers, plus a huge colony of king penguins and wandering albatrosses in their nesting grounds.

We’ll also make a visit to the South Georgia Museum, a whaling museum that also details the island’s maritime and natural history, as well as the 1982 Falklands War. Also featured are the Norwegian seaman’s church, former whaling stations, and the grave of explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton in Grytviken. Weather permitting, you might hike over part of the trail that Shackleton followed on his brave journey across rugged mountains to find help for his men.

Included Features:

  • Opportunities for up to three landings led by the Expedition Team
  • Visit to the South Georgia Museum

Included Meals:

3 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 3 Dinners

DAYS 15-16:

Two days at sea to enjoy the Ocean Explorer

During this relaxing interlude as you cruise to Antarctica, we once again invite you to take advantage of the Ocean Explorer’s amenities to refresh and restore yourself, perhaps visiting the sauna or enjoying a soothing massage in the spa. As always, lectures and talks by our Expedition Team will fill your time and further enrich your journey as you prepare to explore Antarctica.

Rough seas may cause possible sea sickness, however, you'll can still enjoy your downtime with a nice book or movie as you sail to your next adventure.

Included Meals:

2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners

DAYS 17-21:

Spend five unforgettable days exploring Antarctica, the seventh continent

Prepare to witness the most unspoiled, sublime terrain on Earth — and to cross another continent off your bucket list. In the history of humankind, only a tiny handful of people have ever set foot on Antarctica and now you’re one of them.

Since you’ll explore during the austral summer, the most temperate time of year, you’ll enjoy daily landings in which you venture ashore on versatile Zodiac boats, and daily scenic cruisings in which you’ll likely head to the deck for the most optimal views. As always, weather and ice conditions will dictate our schedule and locations for exploration.

During landings, you’ll break into small groups and enter Zodiac boats alongside your Expedition Team. Once on shore, they’ll survey conditions and offer guided hikes, walks, talks, and offer anecdotes and helpful information, depending on the wildlife and nature you encounter. Wherever our explorations lead us, you can look forward to encountering penguin rookeries, floating icebergs, paradisiacal bays and quiet, wildlife-rich sounds, international research bases, and even an active caldera!

You’ll also have free time to explore on your own and take lots of photographs, using the knowledge you’ve gained from the Expedition Team’s lectures and your conversations with them to enhance your explorations.

While going ashore may seem more exciting and rewarding than cruising, you’ll be surprised. There’s so much to see in Antarctica, and cruising is oftentimes the best way to accomplish that, as the Ocean Explorer’s small size grants us more flexibility in where we navigate compared to other cruise lines. Look forward to getting up-close to icebergs, spotting whales (humpback, minke, and orcas are most common in the austral summer), and other spontaneous and bucket-list experiences.

You can also further enhance your expedition by joining the Expedition Team for optional polar kayaking. This is a popular option, so we encourage you to reserve your spot as early as possible.

Please note: Remember, daily life in Antarctica is determined by the elements, and we’ll adjust our landings as our adventure progresses in accordance with IAATO regulations.

Included Features:

  • Landings led by the Expedition Team
  • Sightseeing cruisings to various sites

Scenic Sailing:

  • Every day in Antarctica includes a sailing component, and you’ll be able to see more of the continent’s landscape, as well as penguins or seals lounging on ice floes; mountains, glaciers, and other unique scenery; and icebergs in varying shapes and colors. Have a camera ready at all times!

Included Meals:

5 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 5 Dinners
Destination Enhancements: Polar Kayaking

Polar Kayaking

  • Approximate Cost: $649 USD per person
  • Approximate Time: 2-3 hours per session*
  • Location: At Sea
  • When: Morning and afternoon tour weather depending*

This small group excursion is one you will remember for a lifetime! Explore the soul-stirring polar environment of the Arctic on a world-class kayaking adventure! Led by knowledgeable and experienced Expedition Leaders, you will go to places that Zodiac boats can’t reach. These unique excursions let you experience the jaw-dropping landscapes and encounter wildlife up-close, in a responsible way. Tours take place in calm and protected waters, with only two individuals per kayak. This optional tour is available on all expedition cruises and perfect for adventurous adults. Participants must possess the appropriate fitness level and previous kayaking experience is a plus. You must read the Kayaking Preparation Notes and the Kayaking Terms and Conditions, and complete the Kayaking Participation Statement in order to confirm your spot on the tour. Download the Kayaking Participation Statement form here.

A medical declaration for this journey must be completed and submitted to the ship’s doctor upon embarkation. Download the Medical Form here.

*Optional kayak excursions are offered in place of regular excursions. The number of available excursions will depend on itinerary and weather conditions.

*The tour is available during your time in Antarctica.

Please note: This optional tour is available for pre-booking only. All guests must complete a medical declaration and submit it to the ship's doctor upon embarkation. Reservations will close 30 days prior to departure. All prices are per person and subject to change. All optional tours are offered by Vantage Deluxe World Travel. Descriptions and scheduling are subject to change. Minimum tour participation is required to operate optional tours. Optional tours cancelled by passengers within 48 hours of the excursion are non-refundable.

DAYS 22-23:

Cross the Drake Passage

Cross the fabled Drake Passage, which is, quite literally, a “rite of passage” for all Antarctic cruises. And because the Ocean Explorer is outfitted with the game changing ULSTEIN X-BOW® stabilization technology, your crossing is sure to be more enjoyable. However, bear in mind that we will be sailing in some rough waters, and you may feel some motion sickness.

Take this time to share your expedition memories with your fellow travelers and members of the Expedition Team. From the bridge or observation deck, you’ll experience some excellent sailing moments as you keep lookout for the seabirds that frequent the Drake Passage, including the emblematic albatross. Rough seas may cause possible sea sickness, however, you'll can still enjoy your downtime with a nice book or movie as you sail to your next adventure.

Included Meals:

2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners

DAY 24:

Disembark the Ocean Explorer in Ushuaia and board an included flight to Buenos Aires

Today the Ocean Explorer arrives in Ushuaia. Enjoy time to shop and lightly explore the city at the end of the world before boarding an included flight to Buenos Aires. Back in the city, you’ll check into your hotel for the night and then join your travelers for a memorable Farewell Dinner, savoring delicious cuisine and the memories of your expedition.

Please note: Due to the limited availability and scheduling of flights in Ushuaia, we may not be able to spend leisure time here. Flight schedules are provided by a local airline and are out of our control.

Included meals:

Breakfast, lunch & dinner

DAY 25:

Return home

Fly home from Buenos Aires or head to Iguassu Falls for your post-trip extension.

Included meals:


Please note: Ocean-cruising is not the same experience as river cruising; as such, you may experience fluctuating tides and weather patterns that may involve some rocking of your vessel. Itineraries will include all activities as planned except in extreme cases that can’t be controlled by your shipboard crew. Daily life in Antarctica is determined by the elements, and we’ll adjust our landings as our adventure progresses. Day-by-day itineraries are preliminary and therefore subject to change. If changes occur while on tour, you will be notified by your Cruise Director or regional expert.

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