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 *

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.

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 £17,596

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) 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
07 Feb 2022 18 days Ocean Endeavour £13,180
12 Feb 2022 16 days World Explorer £17,596

* This voyage starts and finishes in Buenos Aires

Activity options:
Kayaking

Kayaking taster session

Photography

Paddle boarding

Snowshoeing

Snorkelling

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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Ocean Adventurer

Multi-destination

Grade: Standard

Type: Expedition Ship

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

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Ocean Diamond

Antarctica

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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Ultramarine

Multi-destination

Grade: Deluxe

Type: Expedition Ship

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

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Excursions

Special Interest

On the following special departure, join a selection of leading experts for an Antarctic Peninsula & South Georgia voyage with a twist:

Celebrating Shackleton


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."

 

 

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