Antarctic Peninsula and South Georgia

from £13180
excluding flights *
15, 17 nights Jan-Mar, Nov-Dec

Overview

This incredible adventure cruise retraces Shackleton's infamous voyage, visiting Elephant Island before continuing south to the awe-inspiring icescapes of the Antarctic Peninsula. Days are filled with opportunities to see humpback and minke whales, penguins and leopard seals, along with a host of historic sites and scientific stations.

Highlights

  • Visit the world’s largest king penguin rookeries
  • See beaches filled with basking elephant and fur seals
  • Learn about the old whaling stations and research facilities
  • Trace the last leg of Sir Ernest Shackleton's famed South Georgia crossing
  • Step foot on Antarctica, Earth’s seventh and most mysterious continent

What's Included

  • Shipboard accommodation
  • All breakfasts, lunches & dinners on board
  • Shore landings & Zodiac cruises
  • Experienced Expedition Team
  • Presentations on board
  • Expedition jacket
  • Loan of rubber boots during voyage

Full description

Synonymous in the minds of many with Shackleton's heroic journey following the infamous Endurance Expedition, South Georgia is also home to a staggering volume of wildlife. Literally millions of fur seals and penguins breed on this archipelago together with wallows of elephant seals and nesting albatross.

This extraordinary expedition combines two of the world’s most isolated ecosystems. Participating  passengers are treated to wildlife sightings not possible anywhere else on Earth. While the penguins, seals, whales and albatross may be seen as the main attraction, the abundant beauty and serenity of the wandering icebergs and imposing mountain peaks should never be an underestimated part of the enthralling experience.

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Prices & Dates *

Airfares are quoted separately to the holiday price. When enquiring, our Travel Specialists will provide the best fare possible from your preferred airline / airport.

2020/21 Departures - Prices are per person, based on a twin cabin

Departure Duration Vessel Activities Prices from (pp)
27 Dec 2020 16 days World Explorer £16,600

Activity options:
Kayaking

Kayaking taster session

Paddle boarding

2021/22 Departures - Prices are per person, based on a twin cabin

Departure Duration Vessel Activities Prices from (pp)
07 Feb 2022 18 days Ocean Endeavour £13,180

Activity options:
Kayaking

Photography

Note the inclusions for this cruise are dependent on the vessel chosen, though the following are applicable to all:

What's Included

  • Shipboard accommodation
  • All breakfasts, lunches & dinners on board
  • Tea & coffee available around the clock
  • All Zodiac transfers, cruising & shore landings
  • Presentations by the Expedition Team and guest speakers
  • Expedition jacket – yours to keep
  • Loan of rubber boots during voyage
  • All miscellaneous service taxes and port charges
  • 24 hour emergency assistance from our team during your holiday
  • No surcharge guarantee
  • Full financial protection »

Itinerary & Vessels

Itinerary & Vessels

Day 1: Ushuaia, Argentina

With a population of more than 63,000, Ushuaia is the southernmost city in the world. Surrounded by the sea to the south and the mountains to the north, Ushuaia is a spectacular departure point for your Antarctic cruise. Overnight at a hotel in Ushuaia.

Days 2: embarkation day

After embarkation in the late afternoon, you will cruise down the historic Beagle Channel towards open sea.

Days 3-6: at sea

There are many activities to keep you engaged while you are at sea. You could learn to identify the seabirds that glide alongside the ship, or attend the illustrated presentations by the Expedition Team. They will prepare you for the shore landings and Zodiac cruising to come.

Days 7-8: South Georgia

A series of landings are planned around South Georgia, taking in king penguin rookeries, noisy elephant seals, abandoned whaling stations and the grave of Sir Ernest Shackleton.

Day 9-10: at sea

Your journey continues with the voyage south towards the Antarctic Peninsula.

Days 11-13: The Antarctic Peninsula

On arrival at the Antarctic Peninsula you will encounter towering, glacier-capped mountains rising from a brilliant blue sea, dotted with ice floes and penguin colonies. Listen for calving glaciers, visit historic sites and research stations and set foot on the Great White Continent.

Days 14-15: Drake Passage to Ushuaia

The Drake Passage crossing is a fitting end to your voyage - there may be a chance to see a variety of seabirds on this final stretch of your journey.

Day 16: Disembark in Ushuaia

Disembark in Ushuaia, Argentina, where your expedition ends.

Notes

  • All voyage itineraries are intended as a guideline only - embracing the unexpected is part of the legacy of expedition travel. Actual routes and landings will be dependent on weather, sea and ice conditions. A degree of flexibility is essential in the polar regions!
  • The above sample itinerary is based on the 16-day voyage on the World Explorer. Other departures may vary in duration and routing, ie alternative embarkation or disembarkation ports, or do not include the pre-voyage hotel night. Please contact us for specific details.

World Explorer

Multi-destination

Grade: Deluxe

Type: Expedition Ship

The World Explorer is a new state of the art, purpose-built expedition vessel, among the fastest and most luxurious in our fleet of small ships.

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Ocean Endeavour

Multi-destination

Grade: Superior

Type: Expedition Ship

The Ocean Endeavour is a bright and spacious purpose-built expedition ship, with excellent facilities, a range of optional activities and a focus on health and wellbeing.  

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