Shackleton's Falklands, South Georgia & Antarctica Expedition

Shackleton's Falklands, South Georgia & Antarctica Expedition | Ocean Endeavour | Antarctica Tours Shackleton's Falklands, South Georgia & Antarctica Expedition | Ocean Endeavour | Antarctica Tours

Embark on an unforgettable three-week journey tracing the legendary footsteps of survivalist Sir Ernest Shackleton. Your expedition will lead you through Antarctica, the Falkland Islands, and South Georgia, mirroring Shackleton's historic Endurance voyage.

Antarctica boasts rugged terrain and diverse wildlife, providing ample opportunities to refine your photography skills. Navigate through ice floes via Zodiac and explore the continent on foot during landings. A highlight awaits on South Georgia, where you'll stroll among vast colonies of king penguins. Onboard, the expert expedition team will entertain you with tales of Shackleton while delivering enlightening lectures.

Keep watch for seals, seabirds, and majestic humpback whales, both from land and sea. Marvel at vivid-blue glaciers and colossal icebergs, participating in optional activities like kayaking, photography workshops, and camping beneath the Antarctic sky.

This expedition promises unforgettable experiences for history buffs, wildlife enthusiasts, and nature lovers alike, ensuring memories that will endure a lifetime.

21 Day Antarctica Itinerary

Day 1: Puerto Madryn, Argentina

Welcome to Puerto Madryn, Argentina! Your journey commences in northern Patagonia, renowned for its sandy coastline teeming with marine life. You have the flexibility to arrive at any time today. Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel, settle in, and relish some leisure time in "the gateway to the Peninsula Valdes." Take a stroll around the town, indulge in local Argentinean delicacies, or simply unwind by the coast, gazing out at the sea. Until the optional icebreaker meeting later in the evening, you have the freedom to explore as freely as an albatross. Following your briefing, consider gathering with fellow travelers for dinner at a nearby restaurant, where you can speculate about the adventures awaiting you on your imminent Antarctic expedition.

Please be aware: Your voyage fare includes an arrival transfer from the airport on Day 1.

Day 2: Embarkation in Puerto Madryn

Today, you'll embark on the Ocean Endeavour, your home for the next 20 days. Begin your voyage by setting sail towards the Falkland Islands, where you'll commence your journey following in the footsteps of Shackleton. Sir Ernest Shackleton is renowned as one of the foremost polar explorers, celebrated for one of the most remarkable survival narratives to have graced Antarctica, if not the entire world. Shackleton spearheaded the British Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition from 1914 to 1916, intending to traverse Antarctica from a base on the Weddell Sea to McMurdo Sound via the South Pole. However, their vessel, the Endurance, became ensnared in ice off the Caird Coast, marking the onset of an epic tale of survival for Shackleton and his crew. Through the skill, optimism, and extraordinary leadership of their team and Captain, every member endured, cementing their legacy amidst the Antarctic's unforgiving terrain.

Day 3 & 4: At Sea

Over the next couple of days, immerse yourself in the offerings and activities aboard your fully equipped expedition vessel as you traverse the vast expanse of the ocean. Delve into history at the library, unwind in the spa and sauna, or admire the passing ice floes from the sundeck. Keep your gaze skyward for sightings of majestic albatrosses on their migratory journey. Stay vigilant for breaching whales and other marine life in the southern seas, and socialize with fellow passengers over drinks at the bar. Engage with a series of lectures and presentations throughout the day, providing insights into the local geography, environment, and wildlife you'll encounter on your journey. These sessions offer valuable preparation for your expedition, offering expert perspectives on the region's dramatic history and potential wildlife encounters. Take full advantage of this opportunity to enrich your understanding while connecting with your knowledgeable expedition team and fellow travelers.

Day 5 & 6: Falkland Islands

As you approach the ruggedly picturesque Falklands archipelago, ensure your camera is at the ready to capture not only the abundant wildlife but also the awe-inspiring landscapes. Comprising two main islands, East Falkland and West Falkland, this region offers a rare chance to witness remarkable biological diversity, stunning terrain, and a rich history. The Falklands are a haven for wildlife photographers, boasting the world's largest colony of black-browed albatrosses and hosting breeding grounds for five species of penguins. Explore the quaint capital of Stanley and delve into the intriguing and sometimes controversial history of the Falkland Islands. Keep an eye out for a variety of bird species near the town, including southern giant petrels, Falkland steamer ducks, kelp gulls, and dolphin gulls, making it a paradise for birdwatchers. Venture further to discover dramatic landscapes featuring wetlands, lakes, and rolling peaks across the archipelago's other captivating islands. Weather permitting, your exploration may extend to Saunders Island, the second largest in the Falklands. Here, at The Neck, a narrow peninsula with sandy beaches and subtle cliffs, you'll encounter colonies of gentoo, Magellanic, king, and rockhopper penguins amidst breathtaking surroundings.

Day 7 & 8: At Sea

Bid adieu to the Falkland Islands as you ready yourself for the upcoming adventure in South Georgia, brimming with captivating history, geology, and of course, wildlife. From the outer decks, take in panoramic views of the horizon, keeping watch for seabirds and aquatic silhouettes beneath the waves. Make the most of this time at sea by attending presentations led by the expert team, delving into the area's dramatic history and remarkable marine wildlife encounters. These leisurely days provide ample opportunity to exchange stories with fellow expeditioners, whether relaxing in the jacuzzi or enjoying lunch together at Polaris restaurant.

Day 9, 10, 11 & 12: South Georgia

Upon reaching South Georgia, you'll be greeted by dark volcanic beaches set against the backdrop of hanging glaciers, while local king penguins make their nests amidst tussock grass. Over the ensuing days, embark on explorations across the island, once inhabited by whalers and solitary explorers, now safeguarded as a protected area with dedicated Antarctic research teams. Dive deeper into the narrative of Sir Ernest Shackleton during various land excursions, particularly focusing on the shores where Shackleton landed his crew of the James Caird in a desperate bid for help for those stranded on Elephant Island. Retrace Shackleton's footsteps and pay homage at his grave within the ex-whaling station of Grytviken, nestled on the island's eastern side. Wander amidst the awe-inspiring South Georgian light, surrounded by countless king penguins, contemplating the extraordinary resilience displayed by Shackleton and his crew in their fight for survival. Your Expedition Team will enrich these experiences through educational presentations, daily excursions, and optional paid activities like kayaking and photography lessons.

Please be aware: Special Information
Excursions and landing sites are subject to weather and ice conditions and cannot be guaranteed in advance.

Advance booking is required for kayaking, snowshoeing, and other optional excursions. Additional charges apply, and availability is limited. For more details, please consult your Destination Specialist.

Beginners interested in kayaking should undergo an introductory course beforehand, including instructions on executing a wet exit. Regardless of experience level, it's advisable to partake in kayaking practice before the voyage to ensure comfort on icy waters. Kayaking activities are contingent upon calm weather conditions.

Day 13 & 14: At Sea

Enjoy expansive vistas from the observation lounge and roomy decks, or fully engage with the onboard amenities during your sea-bound days. Whether you seek a tranquil space for contemplation or assistance in editing your snapshots of the penguin colonies, the Ocean Endeavour caters to your needs. Recharge both mind and body with the array of relaxing wellness offerings available onboard. Energize at the gym, participate in a "floe" yoga and meditation session, or treat yourself to a massage or facial at the spa. The vessel awaits your exploration!

Day 15, 16, 17 & 18: South Shetland & Antarctica

Embark on a southern journey towards continental Antarctica. Your mornings will kick off with a wake-up call from the Expedition Leader around 7 am, allowing ample time to prepare for the day before gathering with fellow expeditioners for breakfast. Typically, you'll partake in two excursions each day – one in the morning and another in the afternoon, with lunch served in between. Over the next four days, immerse yourself in abundant wildlife, intimate Zodiac outings, and breathtaking panoramas at every twist and turn. With a range of landing sites at their disposal, the crew of the Ocean Endeavour will carefully select the most optimal stops, taking into account factors such as weather conditions, accessibility, and potential wildlife sightings. Additionally, there may be opportunities for snowshoeing, sea kayaking, or even a camping expedition – these optional excursions (all subject to weather and seasonal conditions) often yield unforgettable memories. Iconic destinations like Neko Harbour, Orne Harbour, and Paradise Bay will also be on the Captain's itinerary.

Day 19 & 20: At Sea, Drake Passage

As you acclimate to sea life once again in anticipation of the return voyage across the Drake Passage, the Ocean Endeavour will chart its course northward toward Cape Horn and your final destination in Ushuaia, Argentina. Utilize this time to engage in additional onboard lectures and travel discussions, and take pleasure in the voyage slideshow featuring captivating images captured by the Expedition Photographer – yours to relish and exchange after the expedition. Seize the opportunity to reconnect with your fellow passengers and swap tales of your journey over a meal or a drink at the bar.

Day 21: Disembarkation in Ushuaia

As your Antarctic journey comes to an end, disembark from the Ocean Endeavour after breakfast. Bid farewell to your fellow guests and the Expedition Team, and join a transfer to either Ushuaia airport for selected flight departures today (included) or to the city center of Ushuaia if you're extending your stay and wish to explore further. Ushuaia, known as the quaint 'End of the World' town, offers numerous attractions such as the Museo Maritimo, Avenida San Martin, or the adventurous hike to the Martial Glacier, ensuring your adventure doesn't have to conclude here. Should you wish to extend your stay in Ushuaia, please liaise with your booking agent for additional nights.

Please be aware: A transfer to the city center post-disembarkation OR to the airport for selected departures today is included. If you're extending your stay or require transportation beyond the included transfers, arrangements can be made at an extra cost through your booking agent.

It's advisable not to schedule a flight out of Ushuaia before midday on disembarkation day, as adverse weather conditions may cause delays.

Please note that the cruise itinerary is subject to change based on factors such as weather conditions, ice conditions, and other variables.

Itinerary Map

Shackleton's Falklands, South Georgia & Antarctica Expedition

21 Day Antarctica Itinerary Includes

  • All meals onboard the Ocean Endeavour including snacks
  • Onboard lecture program from expedition staff and naturalists
  • All shore excursions and zodiac cruising (except optional activities with cost)
  • Use of rubber boots on land and use of waterproof outer shell jacket
  • Insulated inner jacket, yours to keep at the end of the Cruise
  • Transfer from airport to hotel (Day 1) and pre-night hotel accommodation with breakfast
  • Transfer from hotel accommodation to the Ocean Endeavour for embarkation
  • Transfers to airport on return to port
  • All port taxes
  • Use of gym, sauna, pool and on-board jacuzzi and onboard yoga

21 Day Antarctica Itinerary Does not Include

  • International or internal flights unless specified
  • Airport transfers, taxes and excess baggage charges unless specified
  • Meals other than those specified in the pre-departure information
  • Visa and passport fees
  • Travel insurance
  • Optional activities and all personal expenses
  • Tobacco, alcoholic or special beverages
  • Miscellaneous extras
  • Laundry and communication charges aboard
  • Medical care
  • Life jackets, waterproof outer shell jacket, insulated inner jacket and boots for minors under 16 years of age at time of travel
  • Waterproof outer shell jacket and insulated inner jacket for guests who require sizing larger than 3XL
  • Boots for guests who require sizing larger than men’s size 14 boots
  • Gratuities for crew and expedition staf

21 Day Antarctica Itinerary Highlights

  • Explore the historic sites of South Georgia, including those associated with Sir Ernest Shackleton.
  • Visit Cape Horn and Ushuaia, Argentina, for a fitting end to your journey.
  • Daily trips to iconic Antarctic spots for Zodiac cruises and wildlife sightings.
  • Encounter diverse penguin colonies and albatrosses in the Falkland Islands.
  • Enjoy spa facilities and yoga sessions between adventures.

Meals Included

  • Breakfast Served Daily
  • 20 Dinners
  • 21 Lunches
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21 Day Antarctica cruise activities

Sea Kayaking
Under full instruction from your sea kayaking guide, experience true tranquillity as you paddle through clinking ice floes and realise the enormity of the surrounding scenery. Look out for breaching whales, lounging seals and penguins zipping alongside your kayak. Some experience is required.
Ice Camping
Camp out on the ice and experience the silence which blankets the continent by night. This is your chance to completely connect with this ethereal ice world – wrap up warm and embrace the Antarctic elements.
Get a spring in your step when you slip on a pair of snowshoes in Antarctica. Enabling you to easily scale gentle slopes, this unique activity allows you to access hard to reach places and seek out the most impressive views.
Learn to capture wildlife and landscape shots in a small group photography program, including critiquing sessions and editing classes. Plus, Explorer Boat excursions with a dedicated photography expert on landings.
Explorer Boats
Achieve the best views and photographs from a forward facing Explorer Boats. They allow you to sit comfortably and securely while crackling through the ice-strewn waters. Look out for wildlife such as penguins, seals and whales as you cruise.
It doesn’t get more serene than complimentary yoga classes to the tune of glacial scenery. Join the most unique exercise setting in the world after a day of exploration. Classes are regular but are dependent on weather conditions and swell.
Shackleton's Falklands, South Georgia & Antarctica Expedition
21 Days
From $14,449.00 per person

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