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  • Feb, Nov-Dec
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Antarctic Peninsula and South Georgia

from £13,180 excluding flights

  • 15, 17 nights
  • Feb, Nov-Dec

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Highlights

In pictures
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Visit the world’s largest king penguin rookeries

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Learn about the old whaling stations and research facilities

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See beaches filled with basking elephant and fur seals

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Cruise past breathtaking icebergs and sweeping glaciers

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Spot adelie, gentoo and chinstrap penguins

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Choose from a range of adventure options

Why this trip...

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Choice of vessels

We offer a wide choice of small ships from simple budget-conscious options to purpose-built luxury vessels

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Expertly guided

In-depth knowledge and expertise will enrich your experience on this trip

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Immersive exploration

Immerse yourself in your surroundings on a true exploration of remote and spectacular areas

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.

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.

Itinerary

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.

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.

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Day 2 embarkation day

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

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.

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.

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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.

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.

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Days 9-10 at sea

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

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.

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.

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Days 14-15 Drake Passage - 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.

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 the ship, where your polar expedition ends.

Disembark in the ship, where your polar expedition ends.

Vessel Finder

There are a choice of vessels available for this voyage offering different departure dates and price points. Compare the facilities of up to three ships at a glance and talk to our Travel Specialists who will be happy to advise which one is right for you.

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World Explorer

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.

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.

  • Category: Deluxe
  • Passengers: 176
  • Class: Ice-strengthened
  • Balcony cabins
  • Pool/Hot tub
  • Sauna
  • Jacket to keep
  • Loan of rubber boots
  • Optional activities available
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Ocean Adventurer

An attractive ice-strengthened vessel, the Ocean Adventurer features plenty of outside deck space making this a great choice for a polar adventure.

An attractive ice-strengthened vessel, the Ocean Adventurer features plenty of outside deck space making this a great choice for a polar adventure.

  • Category: Standard
  • Passengers: 132
  • Class: Ice-strengthened
  • Jacket to keep
  • Loan of rubber boots
  • Optional activities available
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Ocean Diamond

One of the fastest ships in our fleet, the Ocean Diamond is also the first Carbon Neutral polar vessel, with all emissions being offset.

One of the fastest ships in our fleet, the Ocean Diamond is also the first Carbon Neutral polar vessel, with all emissions being offset.

  • Category: Superior
  • Passengers: 189
  • Class: Ice-strengthened
  • Jacket to keep
  • Loan of rubber boots
  • Optional activities available
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Ultramarine

The spacious Ultramarine is a purpose-built expedition ship, offering a choice of adventure activities as well as the chance to explore by helicopter.

The spacious Ultramarine is a purpose-built expedition ship, offering a choice of adventure activities as well as the chance to explore by helicopter.

  • Category: Deluxe
  • Passengers: 199
  • Class: Ice-strengthened
  • Balcony cabins
  • Sauna
  • Helicopter: on board
  • Jacket to keep
  • Loan of rubber boots
  • Optional activities available

Select 2-3 vessels to compare.

Special Interest Departure

Celebrating Shackleton

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Ultramarine 22 December 2021

In commemoration of the 100 year anniversary of the death of one of Antarctica’s greatest heroes, this expedition follows in the footsteps of Shackleton’s Trans-Antarctic expedition. Take in the splendour of Antarctica and South Georgia, while following the harrowing survival adventure that the crew of the Endurance travelled under Shackleton’s leadership. Enjoy special presentations by Tim Jarvis (author of “Chasing Shackleton”) and Dr. Ross MacPhee, curator of the ground-breaking museum exhibit “The Endurance: Shackleton’s Legendary Antarctic Expedition.”

Optional Activities

Prices and Departures

Price from £13,180 excluding flights

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

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

2021/22 Departures

Prices are per person, based on a twin cabin

Departure Duration Vessel Activities Prices from (pp) Special Interest
12 Nov 2021 16 days World Explorer £17,596
08 Dec 2021 16 days Ultramarine £20,792
13 Dec 2021 16 days Ocean Diamond £15,596
22 Dec 2021 20 days Ultramarine £32,792 Shackleton focus
29 Dec 2021 16 days Ocean Adventurer £15,596
12 Feb 2022 16 days World Explorer £17,596

Activity Icon Key

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  • activity paddleboarding Paddleboarding
  • activity photography Photography
  • activity snowshoeing Snow-shoeing
  • activity kayak tester Kayak taster session

Note

  • The inclusions for this cruise are dependent on the vessel chosen, though those shown are applicable to all

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20 Species of whales & dolphins seen

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