Antarctic Peninsula and South Georgia

from £10990
excluding flights *
15, 17 nights Nov-Mar

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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Offers

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

2018/19 Departures

Departure Duration Vessel Activities Prices from (pp)
01 Dec 2018 18 days Polar Pioneer £13,769 - Waitlist only!
16 Jan 2019 18 days Polar Pioneer £14,538 - Waitlist only!
26 Jan 2019 16 days Ocean Endeavour £11,530
02 Feb 2019 18 days Polar Pioneer £14,538 - Waitlist only!
20 Mar 2019 18 days Polar Pioneer £13,769

Prices are per person, based on a twin cabin - please contact us for details of quad, triple, single and superior cabins.

Key to activity options:
Kayaking

Photography

Cross Country Skiing

Paddle boarding

Climbing

South Georgia Crossing - a 3 day alpine hiking and climbing adventure following in Shackleton's footsteps is also available on the 1 Dec 2018 and 20 Mar 2019 voyages

2019/20 Departures

Departure Duration Vessel Activities Prices from (pp)
16 Nov 2019 16 days Ocean Diamond £10,600
29 Nov 2019 20 days Greg Mortimer £13,692
27 Dec 2019 16 days World Explorer £14,100
28 Dec 2019 21 days Greg Mortimer £14,385
14 Mar 2020 21 days Greg Mortimer £13,615

Prices are per person, based on a twin cabin - please contact us for details of quad, triple, single and superior cabins.

Activity options:
Kayaking

Kayaking taster session

Cross Country Skiing

Paddle boarding

Shackleton Crossing is also available on the 14 Mar 2020 voyage

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

NOTES

  • A pre-voyage night in a hotel in Buenos Aires, with return flights from Buenos Aires to Ushuaia, is included on voyages aboard the Ocean Endeavour
  • A flight from Santiago or Punta Arenas to Stanley (Falkland Islands), or vice versa, is included on voyages aboard the Polar Pioneer
  • A pre-voyage night in a hotel in Ushuaia is included on voyages aboard the Ocean Diamond, World Explorer and Greg Mortimer

Please contact us for full details and to discuss the options best for you.

Itinerary & Vessels

Itinerary & Vessels

Day 1: Fly to Stanley and embark ship

Fly from Santiago or Punta Arenas, Chile to Stanley, and explore the historic Falkland Islands’ capital before embarking the ship in the late afternoon.

Days 2-3: At sea

Between the Falklands and South Georgia you will be entranced by the ceaseless flight of the many seabirds that follow in the ship’s wake. The expedition team present safety and environmental guidelines and then you are free to keep watch for Shag Rocks, a fascinating group of jagged rocky islets protruding from the sea.

Days 4-8: Explore the South Georgia archipelago

Arriving in South Georgia’s spectacular northern coast you have ample time to explore the world’s largest king penguin rookeries and majestic albatross nests. Those participating in the optional Kayak excursions revel in paddling the coastline’s nooks and crannies, accompanied by playful seals. In Stromness and Grytviken harbours, 3000-metre peaks form dramatic backdrops to the remains of whaling stations. Kelp-strewn beaches are cluttered with basking elephant seals, feisty fur seals and penguins.

Days 9-10: Scotia Sea

Leaving South Georgia, head across the Scotia Sea in a south-westerly direction. The ocean takes on a whole new perspective once you are surrounded by the surreal presence of floating ice sculptures.

Day 11: Elephant Island

Elephant Island is where Ernest Shackleton’s men wintered beneath their upturned boats on their historic expedition. With luck and weather permitting, you will go ashore to pay tribute to these hardy souls.

Days 12-15: The Antarctic Peninsula

Upon arrival in the calmer waters of the Bransfield and Gerlache Straits, you will aim to make landings or Zodiac excursions two to three times a day. Time will be spent cruising along spectacular ice cliffs, following whales that are feeding near the surface and landing on the continent and it’s off shore islands, visiting penguin rookies and seal haul outs, as well as a few of the crews’ favourite spots on the Peninsula.

Days 16-17: The Drake Passage

Returning to the realm of the albatross. A time to celebrate and reflect as you head north across the Drake Passage.

Day 18: 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 18-day voyage on the Polar Pioneer. 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.

Polar Pioneer

Antarctica

Grade: Simple

Type: Expedition Ship

One of our smallest ships, the Polar Pioneer offers traditional expedition voyaging with a range of optional adventure activities.  

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Ocean Endeavour

Antarctica

Grade: Deluxe

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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Ocean Diamond

Grade: Superior

Type: Expedition Ship

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

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The Greg Mortimer

Antarctica

Grade: Deluxe

Type: Expedition Ship

Brand new for 2019, the Greg Mortimer is a custom-built expedition ship featuring cutting-edge design, superior comfort and environmentally friendly technology.

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World Explorer

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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Retrace the route of Shackleton on this adventure from South Georgia to the Peninsula

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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.

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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.

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Retrace the route of Shackleton on this adventure from South Georgia to the Peninsula

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Retrace the route of Shackleton on this adventure from South Georgia to the Peninsula

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