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South Georgia & Antarctica Shackleton Special

South Georgia & Antarctic Peninsula Shackleton Special - With Helicopter Flights - 20 Days

Prices From £24,300pp
22 DEC, 2021 | Up to 19 nights

Single Cabins Available

South Georgia & Antarctic Peninsula Shackleton Special - With Helicopter Flights - 20 Days

Aboard: Ultramarine

Join us as we celebrate the life of legendary explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton on this very special expedition to Antarctica and South Georgia. Sailing aboard a brand-new deluxe vessel equipped with helicopters for thrilling flights over the Antarctic Peninsula, your journey will coincide with the centenary of Shackleton’s passing on 5th January 1922 in South Georgia. To commemorate Shackleton’s remarkable achievements and his unwavering spirit of exploration, this expedition will see you follow the route of his famous Trans-Antarctic Expedition which was taken between 1914 and 1917 aboard his ship Endurance, although you will be travelling in much more luxurious surroundings.

Your journey will include a thrilling exploration along the Antarctic Peninsula and a visit to the Weddell Sea where Endurance met its untimely end. Although there will be a focus on history and Shackleton’s adventures on this trip, there will still be ample time for the classic Antarctic experience of Zodiac cruising through the ice-strewn waters surrounded by incomparable landscapes at every turn, visits to bustling penguin colonies and historical sites, and, of course, stepping foot on the incomparable White Continent.

Next up is Elephant Island, which is of great significance to Shackleton’s feats, followed by an in-depth exploration of the wildlife paradise of South Georgia, where as well as witnessing millions of penguins and beautiful scenery, you will have the chance to pay your respects at Shackleton’s final resting place.
Throughout the voyage, passengers will enjoy special presentations by polar experts Tim Jarvis (author of “Chasing Shackleton”) and Dr. Ross MacPhee, curator of the ground-breaking museum exhibit “The Endurance: Shackleton’s Legendary Antarctic Expedition.”

Please note 1: One helicopter flight is included in your package. Additional helicopter-based activities are available at an additional cost.

Please note 2: This expedition requires a mandatory transfer package including charter flights between Buenos Aires and Ushuaia, transfers between airports and ship, and an overnight stay in Buenos Aires pre-voyage. This transfer package is priced at £850.

Highlights

  • Experience Antarctica and the wildlife paradise of South Georgia in one fantastic itinerary
  • Learn all about Shackleton's heroic explorations and commemorate the centenary of his passing
  • Travel in the company of Shackleton experts
  • Sail aboard a brand-new expedition vessel equipped with two helicopters for thrilling flightseeing activities
  • Amazing wildlife, including millions of penguins, myriad birds and whales
  • Spectacular scenery and historical sites
  • Exciting zodiac landings and excursions
  • Kayaking, paddling & stand-up paddle-boarding options available

What's Included

  • Full board accommodation including all meals, snacks & hot drinks on board ship
  • Beer & wine during dinner
  • One helicopter sightseeing flight
  • All zodiac excursions and landings
  • Programme of expert lectures and presentations
  • Loan of waterproof boots
  • Expedition parka to keep
  • All service and port charges
  • Emergency evacuation insurance to max. US$500,000pp

Mandatory Transfer Package (£850) Includes:

  • One night hotel accommodation (with breakfast) in Buenos Aires pre-voyage
  • Return charter flights between Buenos Aires & Ushuaia
  • Group transfers to and from ship, airports and hotel
  • Express bus tour of Tierra del Fuego National Park post-voyage

Single Cabins Available

This vessel offers single occupancy cabins, which is a perfect option for solo travellers. Travelling alone is often the best way to see the world. No responsibilities, no difficult choices and no trying to please anyone else…just you, your itinerary and your adventurous spirit!

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Buenos Aires
1Day

Buenos Aires

Your itinerary begins in unforgettable Buenos Aires, where after having arrived independently, you will transfer to the hotel for your overnight stay. We recommend taking some time to soak up the sights, sounds and delicacies of this splendid city.

Please note, a mandatory transfer package including charter flights and 1 night’s hotel accommodation in Buenos Aires is required for this trip and costs £850.

Fly to Ushuaia - Embarkation Day
2Day

Fly to Ushuaia - Embarkation Day

After a good night’s rest and breakfast in the hotel, you will join your transfer to the airport for your private charter flight to Ushuaia, where upon arrival you will have some time to explore around the world’s southernmost city before making your way to the port where your polar expedition ship awaits you. Embarkation will begin in the late afternoon and after meeting your expedition team and settling into your comfortable cabin, you can spend some time exploring your new surroundings and watching from deck as we sail through the scenic and historic Beagle Channel, leaving civilisation far behind as we start our journey south to Antarctica.

At Sea - Drake Passage
3 - 4Days

At Sea - Drake Passage

We will now spend two days at sea sailing across the legendary Drake Passage towards Antarctica. Your expert-delivered series of presentations, lectures and talks will commence, including presentations from two distinguished special guests, Tim Jarvis and Dr Ross MacPhee, who have both delved deeply into the life of Sir Ernest Shackleton. Talks will cover everything from Shackleton’s explorations to the wildlife found in the areas you will visit on your trip.

As we sail, we also recommend spending some time on deck watching the seabirds following the ship, seeking out your first sightings of whales, and keeping your eyes peeled on the horizon for the first glimpse of the icebergs of Antarctica.

Antarctic Peninsula
5 - 6Days

Antarctic Peninsula

After the anticipation (and possible choppy waters) of the last two days, your first sight of land in Antarctica will not disappoint, and you will begin to appreciate exactly why these remarkable lands have long captivated the attentions of explorers and intrepid adventurers. A land of extremes, Antarctica is likely to arise almost every type of emotion in you, from the feeling of total isolation amongst the startling imposing landscapes of mountains and icebergs, to the exhilaration of watching the comical antics of the abundance of chinstrap, adelie and gentoo penguins.

As with all Antarctica expeditions our exact itinerary over the course of the next two days will be flexible and dependent upon weather and ice conditions, with your captain and experienced crew deciding each day on the best course for unrivalled wildlife, scenery and adventure experiences. Each expedition to Antarctica is different and you can be guaranteed of multiple unique, once in a lifetime moments that will live long in the memory.

Exploring each day by Zodiac boat you will discover multiple bays, channels and landing sites on a constant lookout for wildlife sightings including humpback and minke whales, various southern seal species and, of course, bustling penguin rookeries.

During your time in Antarctica you will be invited to enjoy your included unforgettable helicopter flightseeing experience which will take you high above the Peninsula for simply breath-taking views of the icescapes below.

There should also be opportunities for enjoyable hikes and walks throughout our time in Antarctica and the majesty of the Antarctic Peninsula’s mountains will enchant as you scramble up snowy pathways to vantage points offering you 360° views of your surroundings.

Throughout your time here you can enjoy walks along the beaches alongside the penguins, thrilling Zodiac cruises through the crackling sea ice, navigating through mazes of towering icebergs of all shapes and sizes, experience the awesome sights and sounds of calving glaciers, and fully immerse yourself in all that this wonderful continent has to offer. For the more adventurous we highly recommend a Polar Plunge in the frigid Antarctic waters. There are exciting kayaking and stand-up paddle-boarding options available too at an additional cost.

Weddell Sea
7 - 8Days

Weddell Sea

We now move eastwards from the Peninsula and enter the famous Weddell Sea, an area synonymous with Shackleton’s ill-fated expedition, for this is where Endurance was crushed by the pack-ice and disappeared into the harsh waters never to be seen again. We will explore around the area by sea, and by air with the help of the onboard helicopters, searching for sightings of penguins, seals and whales, before heading onwards towards Elephant Island.



Elephant Island
9Day

Elephant Island

One of the most important locations in terms of Shackleton history, the often mist-shrouded and ice-covered Elephant Island will be the next stop on our memorable journey. It was here in April 1916 where Shackleton and his crew reached land after 165 days of drifting through the hostile ice of the Weddell Sea, and as we approach the island you may get a sense of how it must have felt for Shackleton and his team to finally reach relative shelter.

Weather conditions dependent, we will hope to hope in the Zodiacs and get as close as possible to Point Wild on the northern shores of the island, where Shackleton and his men were able to come ashore and from whence Shackleton launched his epic 650-mile journey to South Georgia.

New Year At Sea
10 - 11Days

New Year At Sea

It’s time for our next adventure as we wave goodbye to Antarctica and set sail for South Georgia, where even more exciting wildlife and scenic opportunities await. As we sail, there will be an air of excitement as celebrate the New Year in style aboard your impressive expedition ship! As we approach South Georgia there will be briefings on what to expect over the course of the next few days, and your expedition team will keep you entertained with more stories of Shackleton’s remarkable feats.



South Georgia
12 - 15Days

South Georgia

Welcome to the wildlife paradise of South Georgia, where millions of penguins, abundant birdlife, regular sightings of whales and other marine mammals, spectacular scenery and a rich history combine to make one of the world’s most surprising and enchanting destinations. We will spend four days here exploring as much as possible of what the area has to offer, with the prominent focus being on Shackleton’s journey across the island to seek help.

Our main goal will be to arrive at Grytviken, an area of significant historical interest and Shackleton’s final resting place. Here we can visit a research station, abandoned whale station and beautiful church, and soak up the mystical surroundings before spending some time paying our respects at Shackleton’s grave. For many, this will be a poignant moment of reflection as we raise a toast to the man whose adventures we will now know inside out.

We will also hope to make land at King Hakkon Bay to discover the site where Shackleton and his crew finally made land after their arduous journey from Elephant Island and began their traverse across the island.

Although South Georgia’s rich history is a huge draw for visitors to this mostly uninhabited island, the abundance of wildlife on display is South Georgia’s crowning glory and the locations we will hope to visit have been selected to also provide you with unforgettable up-close wildlife encounters. From Salisbury Plain, home of one of the largest king penguin rookeries on the island, to Gold Harbour where the hanging Bertrab Glacier provides a spectacular backdrop to a hive of activity of king and gentoo penguins squabbling with rowdy elephant and fur seals for prime position along the beaches, this wildlife wonderland will not disappoint.

We recommend arriving here with as much space on your camera as possible as the photographic opportunities are simply endless. The unique Drygalski Fjord with its dramatic peaks rising from the sea is an unforgettable sight, whilst the tens of thousands of breeding pairs of penguins in St Andrew’s Bay is a wildlife spectacle to behold. Throughout your time here your experienced expedition team will offer insights into not only the island’s history and wildlife, but also to the area’s unique geological features which play such an important role in the breeding and survival of the different bird and animal species.

At Sea
16 - 19Days

At Sea

As we make our way back to Ushuaia with our cameras as full as out hearts, it’s time for some relaxation as we soak up the adventures of the last two weeks. You could choose to spend this time collating the masses of pictures you will no doubt have taken, or indulging in the luxury facilities on board including the sauna with spectacular sea views, indulgent spa and beautifully designed lounges. Or simply put your feet up and let the wonder of the last couple of weeks sink in as your epic journey comes to its conclusion.

Ushuaia & Fly to Buenos Aires
20Day

Ushuaia & Fly to Buenos Aires

After having sailed through the Beagle Channel overnight you will arrive back into the port of Ushuaia in the early morning, where you will disembark for a tour of Tierra del Fuego National Park (included in mandatory transfer package). After your Taste of Patagonia experience you will then transfer to the airport for your flight back to Buenos Aires (included in mandatory transfer package).

A view from Above

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Ultramarine
First class vessel

Ultramarine

The stylish, brand-new (2021) Ultramarine Polar vessel redefines what is possible in polar expeditions, with two twin-engine helicopters allowing for the ship to offer an unrivalled portfolio of adventure activities and allowing guests to delve deeper into the Polar regions than on any other ship. Featuring sublime onboard comfort, more outdoor wildlife viewing vantage points than rival ships, cutting-edge technology and advanced safety systems, the Ultramarine is simply ahead of its game. An innovative mix of sustainability features that exceed all industry standards and the most spacious suites in its category add even further to the reasons why this pristine vessel will be sure to delight intrepid Polar adventurers. Allowing for more activities than any other vessel in its category, guests can immerse themselves in their unforgettable Polar surroundings on a huge range of optional adventures including helicopter flightseeing, camping on ice, kayaking, stand-up paddleboarding, alpine hiking, cross-country skiing and mountaineering to name just a few. Onboard, guests can enjoy 2 dining areas, 4 bars, a spa and fitness centre, ocean view sauna, a panorama lounge, walkaround deck, library and a lecture theatre. 7 categories of stylish cabins and suites are available, ranging from solo panorama cabins to exclusive suites with private balconies and luxurious fittings. Features of the cabins and suites include spa-inspired private bathrooms with heated floors, premium beds and linens, picture windows or private balconies and HD flatscreen TVs. Please note: Helicopter flights are not permitted in Spitsbergen.

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