Spirit of Shackleton
Spirit of Shackleton 21 days aboard MS Expedition
Experience the very best of what the Antarctic region has to offer on this awe-inspiring voyage to the Falkland Islands, South Georgia and the Antarctic Peninsula. Your expedition will begin with a discovery of the Falkland Islands with its biological diversity and extraordinary scenery, before continuing to the wildlife paradise of South Georgia. Inspired by Shackleton's legend, this voyage recounts his courageous exploration of Antarctica, and as well as witnessing vast penguin rookeries and seal colonies, you will visit historical sites of past explorers, as well as Shackleton's final resting place. If all of that wasn’t enough it’s time for the ultimate adventure as you step foot on the Antarctic Peninsula. Antarctica is beyond comprehension and sure to amaze any traveller seeking a true adventure to the world's most remote wilderness.
Namibia Birding and Photography GuideAn accomplished and experienced Namibia birding and photographic guide, Toni holds a Namibia Academy for Tourism and Hospitality Level 3 qualification (the highest level attainable in Namibia) and is widely renowned for her extensive knowledge of the cultures, ornithology, flora, astronomy and wildlife of the country. Read more >
Falklands Expert & GuideBorn in Chartres in the West Falklands, Jenny grew up on the family farm where her love for animals was nurtured by the25,000 sheep, horses and cows that lived alongside her. Forever a nature, conservation and wildlife enthusiast Jenny has travelled extensively throughout the Falkland Islands, visiting each and every wildlife island at least once, and even travelling around some by yacht. Read more >
- Explore the Falkland Islands, South Georgia and the Antarctic Peninsula on one superb voyage
- Amazing avian and marine wildlife
- Spectacular land and icescape scenery
- Follow in the footsteps of great explorers
- Photo workshop and shore visits accompanied by expert photographers
- Kayaking & camping options available
- One night's accommodation pre cruise
- Full board accommodation on board ship
- Photo workshops with photography expert
- Shore and Zodiac excursions
- Programme of expert lectures
- Expedition parka and loan of waterproof boots
- Transfers to and from ship
ITINERARY20 Nights 21 Days
- Day 1 | Ushuaia
- Day 2 | Ushuaia - Embarkation
- Day 3 | At Sea
- Days 4 - 5 | Falkland Islands
- Days 6 - 7 | At Sea
- Days 8 - 11 | South Georgia
- Days 12 - 13 | At Sea
- Days 14 - 18 | Antarctic Peninsula & South Shetland Islands
- Days 19 - 20 | The Drake Passage
- Day 21 | Ushuaia
Your adventure begins in Ushuaia where after having arrived independently you will be transferred to a conveniently located hotel for an included overnight stay. Spend some time exploring the sights and sounds of the world's most southerly city and enjoy a good night’s rest in preparation for the adventures that lie ahead.
Ushuaia - Embarkation
This morning you will be free to explore the city, with time for some last-minute shopping or an excursion into the beautiful surrounding countryside. In the afternoon you will join the transfer to the port for embarkation and after settling into your cabin and attending some safety briefings, you can make your way out on deck to watch the city lights fade behind as your ship sets sail through the scenic Beagle Channel.
As your ship makes its way towards the Falkland Islands you can enjoy the informative and entertaining lecture and talk programme, taking in everything from the wildlife and geology you will encounter on your expedition to the history of Antarctic exploration. Your expedition team will be comprised of professional and highly skilled historians, marine biologists, and naturalists who offer keen insight and a unique personal perspective to each and every adventure. Make sure to spend some time on deck looking out for albatross and whales following in the ship’s wake.
As we spend 2 days exploring the Falkland Islands you will have the unique opportunity to witness the biological diversity and extraordinary scenery of the southern islands. The Falklands are a haven for birdlife and the keen birders amongst us will be happy to spot king cormorants, black-browed albatross, skuas, night herons, giant petrels and striated caracaras amongst many other species. Penguins are also abundant here with large colonies of Magellanic, rockhopper, gentoo, and king penguins, and we are also likely to spot elephant seals and sea lions. We will spend our days exploring in search of these unique wildlife encounters as well as taking a visit to Stanley, the Falklands capital, to meet the hardy local inhabitants whose colourful houses provide contrast to the long, dark winters. Stanley is home to many historical sites and remnants of the conflict of the 80’s, and the expert historians accompanying you on your voyage will offer some interesting insights into the history behind the islands.
Leaving the Falkland Islands behind, your ship will sail eastwards towards South Georgia Island. Days will be filled with lectures and presentations as well as bio-security briefings for your time on the island. Keep an eye out on deck for seabirds following the ship and the numerous whales that frequent these waters.
Today we arrive at South Georgia, one of the most remote and intriguing islands in the world. A wildlife paradise, South Georgia is home to millions of penguins, including a large colony of King penguins, as well as being the best place in the world to observe the southern elephant seal, the largest breed of seal. The nearby islands are also the nesting grounds for Wandering albatross, a species of albatross that only stays on land to breed and eat, and during our time here we expect many sightings of these majestic sea birds.
Weather permitting we will enjoy 3 full days of exploration here, on a constant search for wildlife encounters and fascinating scenic experiences. We will visit old whaling stations, and hope to make a visit to Shackleton’s grave to pay our respects and learn about his historic journeys.
As we leave the wonders of South Georgia behind we will sail for 2 days, retracing Shackleton's route backwards on course towards the Antarctic Peninsula, passing Elephant Island along the way. The waters on this stretch are rich with nutrients, allowing for excellent opportunities to spot several species of whales, seals, and seabirds from deck. Your lecture programme will continue, with talks focusing on Antarctica and the adventures that lie ahead, and as we near the South Shetland Islands make sure to have your camera ready for your first of many Antarctic iceberg photographs.
Antarctic Peninsula & South Shetland Islands
Welcome to the majestic wilderness of Antarctica! This in-depth itinerary allows us to spend five days exploring the wonders of this magical area, with its awe-inspiring scenery and unique wildlife. In true expedition style our exact itinerary here will be dependent on ice and weather conditions, with your captain deciding each day on the best course to take to make the most of our time here and to offer the very best experiences and sights. On arrival we will navigate southwards making stops in the South Shetland Islands then through the Bransfield Strait and to the Antarctic Peninsula. Weather dependent there will be 2 Zodiac excursions per day, allowing you to step foot on Antarctica and bringing you up close to Antarctica’s best spectacles, whilst searching for wildlife including a variety of seal species, whales, and of course numerous penguin rookeries.
During your time on the white continent your team of experts will offer insight into some of the most important and dramatic expeditions to these remote areas, and there should be time to visit an abandoned whaling station or a working scientific research station to gain a new perspective on life at the bottom of the world. For the adventurous there will be ample opportunities for optional kayaking excursions and overnight camping on ice (please enquire for prices and availability), or you can choose to simply observe the sheer beauty and breathtaking scenery of the ice-choked waterways, blue and white icebergs, impressive glaciers and rugged snow-capped mountains.
The Drake Passage
As your exhilarating time in Antarctica comes to end it’s time to head back to South America as we sail across the famous Drake Passage on our way back to Ushuaia. Enjoy the last of the informative lecture programme, some more wildlife spotting on deck, and some time to reflect on the wonderful experiences you will have had during your time at the bottom of the world.
Arrival back into the port of Ushuaia signals the end of our exciting Antarctic adventure. Disembarkation will begin after breakfast and a complimentary transfer will be provided either to the airport for onward flights or to a downtown location should you wish to extend your stay here.
What Our Customers
Superlatives abound – a truly amazing experience...awesome. Thanks to all for making it such a memorable experience.
We had the time of our lives on board ship...if anybody wants to go to Antarctica, we will certainly advise to go with you.
Huge congratulations to you and all the team for the perfect organisation throughout the trip. From the early planning to the last transfer, everything went without a hitch.
Now that I am back from my odyssey voyage, I thought I would let you know that after all that planning it really did exceed my expectations – we managed landings everywhere even on Tristan da Cuhna and had great bird sightings. The guides all knew what they were talking about too and made sure I got some great photos – still sorting them all out! Thanks for everything and see you at Birdfair!
I came to Wildfoot because a friend had booked with you when you were Antarctica Bound and they were right. Everything went perfectly, even when our flight was cancelled, you made sure we still made it to the ship with time to spare. L’Austral is a beautiful ship with first class service and food and the guides looked after us well. Very happy to recommend Wildfoot and L’Austral...
The adventure really was a 'trip of a lifetime' and we are so glad we tagged an extra day in Buenos Aires at either end and that we went Premium Economy, it made all the difference. The ship Sea Explorer was exactly as Simon had described and was very comfortable. South Georgia was the highlight but we were surprised how much wildlife there was to see on the Falklands and we might well book one of your nature trips to the Falklands in the future.
I want to thank you for all you did to make my recent Falklands trip run so smoothly and comfortably. Thank you for all your help over the diet too.
• I wanted to send you a quick thank you email. We had a fantastic trip, the boat, staff, scenery, itinerary, and pretty much everything else was incredible! Thank you so much for arranging the cabin upgrade, we were delighted to have our own room! We had a really brilliant time, and wanted to say thanks so much for being so helpful throughout, we're lucky to have found you.
We had a very special experience organized by you in Feb, especially the wedding in Antarctica and our stay in Patagonia. Thank you.
Many thanks for all you help with our polar trip which exceeded all expectations. We will certainly recommend your company and seriously consider yourselves for future trips.
I just want to thank you for all your help with my Ross Sea trip. It was really the trip of a lifetime & the ship & crew were excellent.
Overall I think that it was an excellent trip that was well worth the price paid and I would have no hesitation recommending your company to others.
I'm sure you get plenty of compliments, but I just want to follow up telling you what a great time we had on the MS Expedition Antarctica Classic cruise. We were very pleased with all of the staff, on the ground and on the ship. Everyone was so friendly and knowledgeable. We greatly appreciated their experience and expertise. Their very careful attention to all of the environmental rules and precautions should also be lauded. Thank you for all of your service and attention. If we're planning on one of the other regions that you serve, we'll definitely be in touch!!
We would like to thank you with all our heart for our fabulous trip. It was amazing. Everything was perfect. I recommend Antarctica and South America to everybody. Doing business with you was also a great experience. You are the best travel agent I ever met. I hope to have the chance to do business with you again in the future.
We've just got back from out trip to Patagonia and the Antarctic and want to say a big thank you to all of you at Wildfoot but specifically you, Tina and Sara, for organising our trip and sorting out all my queries before we went. You've all been thoroughly professional - and friendly with it. I always get concerned that hotels won't have received the booking, the air e-tickets won't be recognised or luggage ends up somewhere other that where we are, but I didn't need to worry as everything was well planned in advance and the various elements, air travel, two cruises, hotels etc, fitted seamlessly. You can take this as a 10 out of 10 satisfaction rating and recommendation for your company. You will certainly be my 'go to' provider if we ever do anything similar in the future. Thanks once again for our trip of a lifetime.
I just wanted to say an enormous thank you for your help with my trip. It was the best two weeks of my life! MS Expedition was amazing – their itinerary, their crew, their spirit. It was truly exceptional.One of the best things was how they arranged the rooms, I just had the best roommates and that really made a big difference to the trip. We got to see some fast ice and got out to walk on it – literally walking on the frozen sea. Amazing! I am saving for my next trip and I would not dream of going with anyone but you guys again. Good work! A dream very much come true.
I hope you’re well. I wanted to drop you a line to say we are back from Antarctica and had a wonderful time with Ponant. The trip exceeded our expectations in every respect, and I haven’t yet found enough superlatives to describe it to friends! Antarctica was breathtaking (as you know), and we loved pretty-much everything about Ponant. It was the perfect fit for us and I’m very grateful to you for taking the time to help with the booking. Having read the nightmares that Silversea have been having with the Silver Cloud, we felt lucky to be onboard Le Lyrial. Of course the only downside of a trip like this is we want to go back - best start saving now! Thanks again for all of your help and support with the booking process. Ponant was exactly as you described it. We have our eye on a couple of other cruises with them so I might be in touch soon.
Just a quick note to express my sincere thanks to you and all your staff for making this an epic adventure of immense proportions. Everything went smoothly, pickups, hotels and most of all the expedition itself. Truly a mind blowing experience unlike any I have ever taken.
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