Antarctica, Falklands & South Georgia –
Shackleton's Route

Antarctica Cruise

  • Polar Pioneer
  • Research Ship
  • 54 Capacity
  • 20 Days
  • 2015 View Departure>
    • 2015
    • Jan 31 Sat
  • Price from
  • $13,660

Summary : Celebrating one of the greatest survival stories in Antarctic exploration, this voyage takes you into the Weddell Sea, where Ernest Shackleton planned to start a daring feat – the first crossing of Antarctica. Follow in his wake, from the comfort and safety of your ship, to Elephant Island and South Georgia, shining a light on his heroic voyage. The Weddell Sea offers huge glaciers that pour down between the mountains from the polar plateau, and plates of ice the size of city blocks cover the ocean’s surface. Attempt to visit fossil-rich islands, wildlife havens, remnants of historic explorers’ huts, and even land on the Antarctic continent itself. Visit South Georgia, home to millions of fur seals and penguins, wallows of elephant seals and nesting albatross.  Experience Antarctica on this epic adventure with kayaking. For the truly adventurous, attempt an optional 3-day alpine crossing of Shackleton's journey through South Georgia deep into the island’s rugged interior.

Activities : Birding, Culture, Hiking, Kayaking

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Itinerary
Day 1
Ushuaia, Argentina

Step aboard the ship to a warm welcome, introductory briefing and an evening departure along the Beagle Channel. Settle into your comfortable cabin, explore the ship and meet your fellow adventurers.

Day 2 – 3
Drake Passage

Cross the Drake Passage and use this time to settle in and prepare for your Antarctic journey. Your naturalist and historian inform you about Antarctica and what you’ll experience in the weeks ahead. Safety and environmental briefings prepare you for landings, while the outer decks and bridge offer the best vantage points for photography and wildlife viewing. Seabirds, then icebergs entrance us as we approach our  first landing in the South Shetland Islands.

Day 4 – 6
South Shetland Islands

Sail through spectacular Antarctic Sound into the Weddell Sea and attempt a continental landing. Watch for whales, visit magnificent penguins rookeries, search for fossils and begin retracing Shackleton’s epic.

Day 7 – 9
Elephant Island

At Elephant Island we hope for close views of Cape Wild, where Shackleton’s men sheltered four months awaiting rescue, then sail to South Georgia, with a possible detour to the remote, mountainous South Orkney Islands.

Day 10
Cave Cove

Enter King Haakon Bay and may make a ceremonial landing at Cave Cove, Shackleton’s first landfall. Near Peggotty Bluff, we farewell our alpine crossing party as they follow the difficult overland leg of Shackleton’s epic journey.

Day 11 – 13
South Georgia

While our “Crossers” negotiate Shackleton’s historic route, revel in some of the world’s largest king penguin rookeries as well as chinstrap, gentoo and macaroni penguin colonies. Observe wandering albatross on nests and beaches thick with elephant and fur seals. Rejoin our “Crossers” for the final leg from Fortuna Bay to Stromness, before visiting Shackelton’s grave, the whaling museum and a lovely church.

Day 14 – 16
Scotia Sea

Reflect on all you've seen and learned. Prepare for the next phase of your journey as you continue across the Scotia Sea.

Day 17 – 18
Stanley, Falkland Islands

In Stanley, beautiful Falkland Islands’ capital, enjoy its excellent museum, post office, picturesque houses, welcoming shops and pubs. Sea Lion Island is home to extraordinarily diverse wildlife – from steamer ducks to magellenic and rockhopper penguins, ruddy-headed geese and cormorants, elephant seals and sea lions.

Day 19 – 20
At Sea / Puerto Williams / Punta Arenas, Chile

Magnificent seabirds accompany us as we pass Isla de los Estados and sail up the Beagle Channel to dock in Puerto Williams at dawn. Enjoy a tour of the lovely port before boarding your included flight to Punta Arenas, Chile.

Notes

Read this itinerary as a guide only; the exact route and program varies according to ice and weather conditions - and the wildlife you encounter. Flexibility is the key to the success of this expedition.

Mandatory Travel Insurance:
All guests are required to have emergency medical evacuation travel insurance coverage. Proof of coverage is required prior to embarkation. The policy provider, policy number and emergency contact phone number must be provided prior to departure date. ExpeditionTrips strongly recommends at least $200,000 Emergency Medical/Evacuation coverage for Antarctic trips which includes coverage for cancellation, trip disruption, baggage and personal property. ExpeditionTrips can assist you with this.

Alpine Crossing Option: $1,295 per person
Follow in Shackleton’s footsteps across South Georgia with the alpine crossing option. The crossing takes up to three days, weather permitting. Alpine climbing and trekking experience are essential. Please inquire at time of booking.

Sea Kayaking Option: $1,295 per person
If you wish to take this option, please advise us when you make your booking as numbers are limited. Please note, some sea kayaking experience is necessary.

Included:
Luggage transfer from Ushuaia hotel to ship on day of voyage departure; transfer from ship to Puerto Williams airport, including tour of Puerto Williams; flight from Puerto Williams to Punta Arenas; cabin accommodation on the ship; all meals, snacks, tea and coffee onboard; all shore excursions and Zodiac rides; lectures and guide services; gumboots (for loan onboard); polar expedition jacket (to keep); hard cover photo book; daily cabin service; access to onboard medical doctor and basic medical services; electronic voyage journal; port taxes and charges.

Not Included:
Airfare except flight from Puerto Williams to Punta Arenas; accommodation and transfers before or after the cruise; visa, passport, and vaccination charges and airport departure taxes; fuel surcharge may apply; optional sea kayaking and alpine crossing activities, items of a personal nature; internet charges; travel insurance; and gratuity to the ship's crew is at your discretion.