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.
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 >
Wildlife Guide & PhotographerAndy is a 6th generation Falkland Islander, with a passion for wildlife, plants and photography. Raised in the Falkland Islands, Andy developed a close affinity with the Islands natural environment at a young age. School holidays where spent in the ‘camp’ or countryside with friends and family. For more than 10 years, Andy had the privilege of spending a time on Sea Lion Island, visiting his mother who managed one of the Islands premier tourist destinations. Read more >
Photographer and founder of the Travel Photographer Of The Year awardsA fascination with natural light and a passion with nature, landscape and travel underpin Chris Coe's photography. His images often have a striking simplicity and graphic quality. More recent work has introduced a subtlety with experimentation with both movement and light.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 >
Special Guest LecturerExclusive to this voyage, Doug Allan, a multi award winning polar photographer and cameraman, will be your special guest lecturer. Doug has been on over 20 expeditions to Svalbard to film its wildlife, and knows the wonders of this area more than most. Read more >
- 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
- 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
Special Offer Details
Book by May 31st and receive a 15% discount off select standard cabins and 20% off premium cabins! . Offer applicable when booked before 1st June 2021
Applies to new bookings in select cabins and is subject to availability. Excludes triple and single cabins. Can not be combined with any other offer. Full terms & conditions apply.
ITINERARY19 Nights 20 Days
- Day 1 | Buenos Aires
- Day 2 | Fly to Ushuaia - Embarkation Day
- Days 3 - 4 | At Sea - Drake Passage
- Days 5 - 6 | Antarctic Peninsula
- Days 7 - 8 | Weddell Sea
- Day 9 | Elephant Island
- Days 10 - 11 | New Year At Sea
- Days 12 - 15 | South Georgia
- Days 16 - 19 | At Sea
- Day 20 | Ushuaia & Fly to 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
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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).
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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.
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