Follow in the footsteps of the legendary Sir Ernest Shackleton as you explore the incredible highlights of Antarctica. This 21 day journey will dive deep into Antarctica and explore the wildlife-rich Falkland Islands and South Georgia. Discover jaw dropping scenes, encounter bays of thousands of penguins, learn of the unique history of the region. Embark on this incredible journey in the true fashion of the explorers that came before.
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Trip Code: ACPLSFQ
Travel Style: Small Ship Expedition Cruise
Location: Antarctica, Falkland Islands and South Georgia
No need to stress about missed connections or flight delays as you arrive with plenty of time to unwind and enjoy the beautiful Arakur Resort & Spa or spend time discovering the southernmost city in the world, Ushuaia.
Explore the sights of Ushuaia such as the museums and Argentinean leather markets or continue relaxing at the hotel. Attend the optional evening briefing for the opportunity to ask questions and meet some of your fellow travellers.
Spend your morning exploring Ushuaia or unwinding at the resort until our mid-afternoon transfer to the ship. Our Expedition Team and ship staff will greet you on board, followed by a safety and orientation briefing and Captain’s welcome dinner.
As we sail south, important briefings on environmental regulations and expedition safety are held. You won’t want to miss our experts as they begin their informative and entertaining talks about the wildlife and geology of the area, with special presentations by our accomplished Historians on Antarctica’s unique history and Shackleton’s saga.
We’ll be exploring some of the westernmost settled outposts in the Falklands/Malvinas, where you can take in the beautiful countryside and look for Black-Browed albatross or Rockhopper, King, and Magellanic penguin rookeries.
Stanley is a lively hub of activity nestled in a sheltered harbor. Head out on foot to explore the museum, shops and services centered on the port, or look for sea lions, dolphins, and bird life along the shores.
Things really start to ramp up with plenty of wildlife and seabird identifying to do as we make our way east across the Antarctic Convergence and officially enter Antarctic waters. Shipboard presentations continue, featuring topics like the captivating history of Shackleton’s quest and the abundant wildlife of South Georgia.
South Georgia is often referred to as the ‘Serengeti of the Southern Ocean’ and it’s easy to see why as you take in tens of millions of breeding penguins, seals, and seabirds. Magnificent mountain scenery, glaciers galore, icebergs, a rich historical tapestry, and an incredible array of wildlife will astound you as we travel down South Georgia’s leeward coast. We’ll also visit historic Grytviken whaling station, featuring the tiny graveyard where Shackleton is buried with his right-hand man Frank Wild beside him.
Hopping into our inflatable Zodiac boats, we’ll spend as much time as possible exploring. Be prepared to marvel up close at nature’s glory as we set a course for the most scenic bays and channels of the Peninsula. We’ll follow in Shackleton’s footsteps as we attempt to land at sites of historic and scientific interest, including Elephant Island and Point Wild.
We leave this magical place and make our way north, once again crossing the legendary Drake Passage. We have one last hurrah as we celebrate the conclusion of our expedition with a special slideshow and a final meal together.
Transfer from airport in embarkation city to group hotel if arriving on Day 1 of itinerary.
Two pre-voyage nights hotel accommodation in embarkation city
Transfer from the group hotel to ship for embarkation
Cabin accommodation on board ship
All meals whilst on board
All scheduled landings and excursions
Citizen science program:
Expedition jacket (yours to keep)
Complimentary use of rubber boots for duration of voyage
Coffee/tea/cocoa 24 hours daily
Alcohol (house brands) and non-alcoholic beverages: Mineral water, soft drinks, juices, tea, house wine, various beers, long drinks, cocktails of the day
All taxes and port fees
WIFI from the public computers
200MB WIFI card for use on personal devices
Digital voyage log
Guiding and lectures by experienced expedition team
Optional activities not mentioned as included
Onboard communication charges such as outgoing phone calls, WiFi from personal devices in excess of the 200 MB provided
Travel and medical insurance
Gratuities for the staff and crew
We appreciate that voyages to the Antarctic to have an impact on this pristine environment. In light of this, all our voyages are double carbon offset. In addition, we strive to eliminate as many single use plastics as possible from our supply chain. In choosing this voyage you are also supporting the fantastic work done by the Antarctic Science Foundation (ASF) and their work in understanding and protecting this unique destination. In addition all voyages support the Mawsons Huts Foundation (MHF). The MHF support the legacy of Sir Douglas Mawson, the legendary Antarctic explorer and scientist. As a member of IAATO we follow strict guidelines appointed by the Antarctic Treaty System to go above and beyond in support of minimizing negative impacts on this pristine landscape. We also encourage clients to look to book pre-and post- accommodation with us, where local businesses will be supported. Our clients also receive restaurant recommendations which support locally owned restaurants.
We carefully select all ships we work with and choose smaller sized vessels to create less impact. We use a highly regulated, licensed vessel which is well equipped to operate in the Antarctic’s delicate ecosystem. We view the voyage to the Antarctic as an expedition, not a sightseeing trip. Smaller ships such as ours can navigate narrow waterways and are far less polluting than the larger ships in Antarctic waters. By carrying less passengers, we have far less waste. The waste is carried back to the home port to allow for environmentally conscious waste management and disposal.
For more information on our sustainability policies, including how we are striving towards being a paperless organisation, click HERE