Antarctic icebergs at sunset
Antarctic icebergs at sunset
Ushuaia landscapes
Ushuaia landscapes
Falkland Islands & Antarctic wildlife sightings
Falkland Islands & Antarctic wildlife sightings
Sightings of seal, penguins & killer whale
Sightings of seal, penguins & killer whale
Antarctic icebergs & ice fields
Antarctic icebergs & ice fields

Spirit of Shackleton

20 nights from £10,899 per person

Overview

Board one of Antarctica's best ships, the MS Expedition.This stunning and unique 21-day adventure takes you to penguin rookeries and seal colonies, to South Georgia and the Falkland Islands, and beyond. There are many excursions by Zodiac small vessel allowing you very close proximity to wildlife and feature landmarks. A fascinating voyage to one of the lesser-visited parts of the world, this Spirit of Shackleton tour visits the historical sites of past explorers and will amaze and inspire you from the first day to the last. If you want a real modern 21st century expedition, this is it. (GM)

Highlights:

  • Be one of the few to set foot on Antarctica
  • 19 nights on board the MS Expedition ship. Choice of 3 types of cabin.
  • Zodiac boat and on shore landings throughout the trip
  • Expert lectures and educational programs on board during the journey
  • Walk quietly amongst Kind Penguins (you couldn't get closer)
  • Unique wildlife, scenery and history of the Falkland Islands
  • Visit former whaling stations and penguin colonies in South Georgia
  • Explore the Antarctic Peninsula and its breath taking landscape
  • Journey through Drake Passage – an outstanding section of the tour
  • A very personal trip with a staff ratio of 1:10.
  • Departure Dates: 10Jan 2015 / 10Jan 2016. Book now.
Whats included?
  • Flights & taxes
  • Accommodation
  • Transfers
  • Checked baggage
  • ATOL protection
  • In resort assistance & 24 hour contact centre
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Day 1

Ushuaia

Arrive into Ushuaia and transfer to your hotel (arrival transfer included). Spend the rest of the day enjoying the sights in the world's most southerly city. There will be a welcome desk in the hotel providing more information on the upcoming Expedition.

Day 2

Ushuaia

Spend the morning exploring some more of Ushuaia before embarking the MS Expedition at around 4pm at the port in Ushuaia. Take a guided hike in the Martial Glacier or the Tierra del Fuego National Park or if you prefer do some shopping before boarding. The rest of the day can be spent getting to know your way around the ship and enjoying the sunset over the Beagle Channel from the deck in the evening.

(Breakfast and dinner included)

Day 3

At Sea

Today will be spent at sea as you make your way east. Begin lectures and gain information about the biology and history of this area from the team of highly professional and skilled historians, marine biologists and naturalists who will offer a unique insight to the area.

(Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

Day 4-5

Falkland Islands

The Falkland Islands combine unique scenery and biological diversity – from the penguins, elephant seals and albatross colonies to the colourful houses and stark landscapes, you will explore this rare area over the next two days. You’ll also learn about the history of this area which has a diverse and rich heritage. Stop off at Port Stanley to meet some of the locals and explore the shops in this area.

(Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

Day 6-7

At Sea

Sailing east, you'll travel onwards for South Georgia. Days at sea are filled with lectures to prepare you for landings - keep a lookout for the many whales that inhabit these waters and continue to receive daily lectures, providing you with a wealth of information about this area!

(Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

Day 8-11

South Georgia

South Georgia is the resting place of polar explorer Ernest Shackleton and the home of many fascinating sites. You’ll visit the former whaling stations and seek out the amazing wildlife found here, as well as visit the vast colony of king penguins which will serve as one of the major highlights of this trip. Weather permitting, you’ll have three full days to explore the island.

(Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

Day 12-13

At Sea

Over the next two days, you’ll be at sea heading south and retracing Shackleton’s route backwards on your way to Elephant Island and the Antarctic Peninsula.

(Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

Day 14-18

Antarctica

Step foot on the Antarctic continent where you’ll experience some of the most awe-inspiring scenery and fascinating wildlife of your life. You’ll attempt two shore landings each day (weather permitting) and encounter Weddell and leopard seals, various penguin species, and humpback and minke whales. Along the way, you’ll also take part in informative and interesting lectures where you can learn more about the human history and past expeditions to this beautiful part of the world. Take a chance to visit scientists working in modern research bases, with plenty of time to enjoy this sheer beauty and breath-taking scenery of ice-choked waterways, blue and white icebergs, impressive glaciers and rugged snow-capped mountains.

(Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

Day 19-20

Drake Passage

Reflect on your memorable adventure and take in some final lectures as you head back to Ushuaia. There may even be some last minute chances to see some whales. Make sure to ask the experts on hand all of your unanswered questions – we’re sure you’ll have many and there’ll be more than happy to provide you further insight.

(Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

Day 21

Depart Ushuaia

Disembark in the morning.

(Breakfast included)

  • International flights and arrival  and departure transfers
  • Internal travel: MS Expedition; Zodiac; private bus
  • Twin-share hotel (1 night); Aboard the MS Expedition in quad-, triple-, twin-share cabins, or suites (all with en-suite bathrooms and porthole or window) (19 nights). Please note that all cabins consist of twin-size berths and are ocean-facing; Suites have 1 queen-size bed
  • All meals included aboard the MS Expedition; Breakfast included at the hotel. Drinks and tips not included.
  • Zodiac cruises and shore landings with our expert expedition team. Lectures and educational programmes; Waterproof boots supplied for men's sizes 8-14 and women's sizes 3-9; Expedition parka; Antarctica destination guidebook
  • 1 Expedition team member per 10 guests

MS Expedition Cabin Categories

There are 5 category of cabin.

  • Category 5: Double Suite, floor to ceiling windows, separate living and sleeping areas. Approx 30sqm. Located on deck 4
  • Category 4: Twin with private en suite facilities. Approx 15 sqm. Located on deck 4
  • Category 3: Twins with private en suite facilities and a large window. Approx 15 sqm. Located on deck 3
  • Category 2: Twins with private en suite facilities and a porthole window. Approx 15 sqm. Located on deck 2
  • Category 1: Quad Room 2 Lower berths, 2 Upper berths with private en suite facilities and a porthole view. Approx 15sqm. Located on deck 2

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