Join this adventure cruise to the southernmost and the most extreme continent on Earth
Travel the track of the legendary Polar explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton, an inspirational leader of twentieth century, who led three expeditions to the Antarctic and became famous for the impressive rescue efforts of his crew.
Book by Janurary 31st and SAVE over six thousand dollars per person on the Shackleton Antarctic trip!
On this journey you will step foot on the Antarctic Peninsula, discover Elephant Island, witness magnificent mountains and glaciers of South Georgia and visit the Falkland Islands before disembarking in Puerto Madryn. Discover awe-inspiring scenery of icebergs in all shapes and sizes, massive glaciers and extraordinary wildlife.
18 day Antarctica Shackleton Trip includes –
- 1 pre-voyage hotel night at Arakur Hotel in Ushuaia
- Accommodation onboard ship
- All meals on board throughout the voyage
- Tea and coffee station 24 hours daily
- Welcome and Farewell cocktails
- Group transfer to the ship on day of embarkation
- Group transfer to airport or central location on dissembarkation in Ushuaia
- All scheduled landings / excursions
- Leadership throughout the voyage by our experienced Expedition Leader & Expedition Team
- A pair of rubber boots on loan for shore landings
- Expedition jacket (yours to keep)
- All port fees
- Pre-departure material
- Digital Voyage Log
Day 1 Ushuaia
On arrival into Ushuaia, you will be met and transferred to Hotel Arakur where you will meet up with your fellow expeditioners. There will be an evening briefing at 7:30pm to run through details of embarkation the following day. Ushuaia is the most southerly city in the world and the capital of Tierra del Fuego, with a dramatic setting overlooking the Beagle Channel, surrounded by mountains. It is a major port for Antarctic bound vessels and an interesting city to explore.
Day 2 Embarkation
This morning is free for you to explore Ushuaia and pick up any essential supplies before boarding the ship in the mid-afternoon. Highlights of Ushuaia include the award-winning Museo Marítimo y del Presidio de Ushuaia, (Maritime & Prison of Ushuaia Museum), located in Ushuaia’s former prison, in buildings dating back to 1906, and nearby Tierra del Fuego National Park that can be reached by the “End of the World Train”. Stroll along the main street of Avenida San Martin with its many cafes, shops and restaurants, explore the Argentinean leather markets and maybe taste a succulent lamb dish for which Patagonia is famous. On embarkation you will meet the expedition crew and be shown to your suite. In the early evening we sail down the majestic Beagle Channel past magellanic penguin, rock cormorant and sea lion colonies as we head towards Antarctica. We will enter the legendary Drake Passage just after midnight.
Day 3-4 Drake Passage
We cross this famous stretch of water which sits between the Antarctic continent and South America and which takes its name from the 16th century English explorer Sir Francis Drake. Our on board lecture program will commence today with our Antarctic experts giving you a fascinating insight into the continent with presentations on the wildlife, history and geology of Antarctica, preparing us for what lies ahead. On the second day we cross the Antarctic Convergence, a meeting of cold polar water flowing north and warmer equatorial water moving in the opposite direction. This mixing pushes nutrient rich waters to the surface, attracting a variety of seabirds, whales and other species. You will notice a distinct drop in temperature as we enter the icy waters of the Antarctic Ocean. If weather permits, head out on deck to look for whales, dolphins and trailing sea birds such as albatrosses, prions and petrels. Depending on sea conditions we may reach the South Shetland Islands by nightfall of day 4.
Day 5-8 Antarctic Peninsula
Experience some of the most unique wildlife viewing and awe-inspiring scenery in the world as you set foot on the Antarctic continent. Over the next four days we will explore the islands and waterways of the Antarctic Peninsula. Making use of our on board Zodiacs, we will cruise amongst ice-filled bays, looking out for wildlife as well as making shore landings. Here we will be greeted by a host of animals and may encounter Weddell, crabeater and leopard seals; gentoo, Adelie and chinstrap penguins as well as elephant seals. The scenery will take your breath away as you gaze at majestic mountains, incredible glaciers and vast beautifully sculptured icebergs.
Day 9 Elephant Island
Departing the Antarctic Peninsula we head towards Elephant Island, where weather permitting we will attempt to make a landing. Elephant Island is the desolate island where Sir Ernest Shackleton left 24 of his men for months while he embarked on one of the greatest survival stories of all time, on a mission to South Georgia in the hope of returning and saving them all.
Day 10-11 At Sea
We set sail again for the open seas and retrace Shackleton’s path to South Georgia. Spend time looking out for seabirds, whales and other wildlife, listening to expedition lectures from our on board Antarctic experts and soaking up the ice-swept seascape.
Day 12-14 South Georgia
South Georgia has been a British Overseas Territory since 1775. At 3,755 square kilometres, it is the largest island in the territory and one of the wildest and most remote places on earth with dramatic scenery of snow-capped mountains and huge glaciers. The island is home to tens of millions of breeding penguins, seals and seabirds. In the 19th century South Georgia was a prominent whaling base, but whaling ceased in the 1960’s and the only remnants are museums and well-preserved buildings. South Georgia teems with wildlife due to the currents that bring nutrients to the island from the Atlantic. Huge numbers of penguins and seals breed here and it is also home to many fascinating sites, including Shackleton’s Grave. Over the next few days we will explore the wonderful island of South Georgia and see why the island is known as the “Galapagos of the South”. With enormous quantities of sea birds, penguin colonies numbering in the hundreds of thousands, sea lion pups and a wealth of history, this promises to be the highlight of any trip. We will visit the old whaling settlement of Gritviken and pay a visit to the grave of the legend himself – Sir Ernest Shackleton.
Day 15 At Sea
We leave South Georgia and chart a course for the Falkland Islands. Spend time out on deck scanning the horizon for seabirds and other wildlife and maybe take in an expedition lecture on the dramatic history and rich wildlife of the Falkland Islands.
Day 16 Falkland Islands
The Falkland Islands, a British Overseas Territory, is an archipelago that lies 490kms east of Patagonia in the South Atlantic Ocean. Surrounded by decades of controversy, the Falkland Islands (or Islas Malvinas as they are known in Argentina) have been settled and claimed by France, Spain, Britain and Argentina. The islands have much to offer and provide a rare opportunity to witness the biological diversity, extraordinary scenery and history of the southern islands. The Falklands have the largest black-browed albatross colony in the world and five species of penguin breed on the islands (gentoo, king, macaroni, magellanic and rockhopper). Port Stanley, the capital, offers an opportunity to meet the hardy local inhabitants whose colourful houses provide contrast to the long dark winters. We explore Stanley, chosen as the capital for its sheltered harbour and access to abundant fresh water and peat for fuel. Take a historical walking tour of the town to learn more about Stanley’s rich and colourful history. If time permits we will also visit nearby bird and penguin colonies. We depart in the afternoon setting a course for Puerto Madryn.
Day 17 At Sea
As we sail towards Puerto Madryn, there is time to reflect on the spectacular scenery and prolific wildlife encountered during the voyage, and the endeavours of explorers such as the legendary Shackleton.
Day 18 Puerto Madryn
This morning we explore the wildlife oasis of Puerto Madryn on the Patagonian coast before returning to the ship for lunch. Puerto Madryn is the gateway to Península Valdés. It is the second largest fishing port in Argentina and home to the country’s first aluminium plant, built in 1974. Puerto Madryn was founded by Welsh settlers in 1886, and along the shoreline statues of immigrants and Teheulche pay tribute to the history of the town. Between July and September the migrating southern right whales sometimes come so close that they can be viewed from the town pier. We disembark the ship late afternoon and transfer to the airport. Why not consider adding on a couple of days at the end of the tour to explore the Valdes Peninsula, one of the best places on the planet to spot orcas hunting their prey on the beaches.
Note: Price is based on Triple Share, airfare is additional, cabin subject to availability, sales to 31st Janurary only.