SPIRIT OF SHACKLETON EXPEDITION

Experience what Shackleton discovered on his expedition

Experience vast penguin rookeries and seal colonies on this awe-inspiring voyage to Antarctica, South Georgia, and the Falkland Islands. This 21-day voyage illuminates Ernest Shackleton’s legend and recounts his courageous exploration of Antarctica. You’ll visit historical sites of past explorers, as well as Shackleton’s final resting place – the wildlife-rich island of South Georgia. Antarctica is beyond comprehension and sure to amaze any traveler seeking a true adventure to the world’s most remote wilderness.

Spirit of Shackleton Route Map

DATES: Nov 21-Dec 13, 2017
Jan 11-31 2018

Duration: 23 days / 22 nights

Departure Port: Ushuaia, Argentina

Port of arrival: Ushuaia, Argentiona

Ship: G EXPEDITION

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HIGHLIGHTS:

ABUNDANT ANTARCTIC WILDLIFE

Meet hardy locals and spot unique wildlife in the Falkland Islands, explore abandoned whaling stations and visit Shackleton’s grave, walk quietly amongst king penguins and watch them surf onto the beach, learn about the environment and ecology from industry experts, spot whales and seals while cruising past icebergs aboard Zodiacs, set foot on the continent of Antarctica.

ITINERARY:

“Mechanical Flower” Buenos Aires

Day 1: Arrive Buenos Aires, Argentina
You will be met and transferred to your hotel. Remainder of the day is free.

Day 2: Buenos Aires Tour
Enjoy a full day tour of Buenos Aires, “Paris of South America”, arranged exclusively for Explor Cruises’ guests. Visit the unique neighborhoods of San Telmo, Recoleta, La Boca, Puerto Madero and Palermo. Lunch is included. This evening, you will be taken to a Dinner & Tango Show at Tango Porteño, Includes round trip transfers and a tango lesson of 1hr before the dinner. Return to your hotel late.

Day 3: Flight to Ushuaia, Argentina.
This afternoon, transfer to the city airport for your included flight to Ushuaia. Transfer to your hotel upon arrival. The small city of Ushuaia combines everything to be a perfect starting point for Antarctic cruises. It locates at the southern tip of South America Continent and is regarded as the world’s southern most city. Being the capital of Tierra del Fuego archipelago Ushuaia boasts the southernmost Tierra del Fuego National Park and beautiful landscapes of Beagle Bay and Andes mountains.

West Falkland

Day 4: Ushuaia/Beagle Channel
Enjoy a free morning in Ushuaia. Do any last minute shopping or explore the town or the surrounding countryside. Embarkation on the G Expedition begins in the afternoon at the port in Ushuaia. Enjoy the evening sailing through the Beagle Channel.

Day 3: Beagle Channel/Falkland Islands (Islas Malvinas)
As the Expedition makes passage east, become acquainted with the ship. Begin lectures and information sessions about the extraordinary human and natural history of the Antarctic region.

Days 6–7: Falkland Islands (Islas Malvinas)-Southern Ocean
The Falkland Islands provide a rare opportunity to witness the biological diversity and extraordinary scenery of the southern islands. Penguins and albatross are abundant here, and the Falklands have the largest black-browed albatross colony in the world. In Stanley, meet the hardy local inhabitants whose colorful houses provide contrast to the long, dark winters.

South Georgia Penguin Colony

Days 8–9: Southern Ocean/South Georgia
Sailing east, set course for South Georgia. Days at sea are filled with lectures to prepare for landings. Watch for the many whales that inhabit these waters.

Days 10–13: South Georgia/Scotia Sea
Home to many interesting sights (including the grave of polar explorer Ernest Shackleton), South Georgia has several former whaling stations and boasts plenty of wildlife. Visiting a huge colony of king penguins is a major highlight of this part of the journey. Weather permitting, spend three full days exploring the island.

Days 14–15: Scotia Sea/Tierra de O’Higgins, Península
Sail for two days, retracing Shackleton’s route backwards on course towards Elephant Island and the Antarctic Peninsula.

Optional Kayaking is available aboard G Expedition

Days 16–20: Tierra de O’Higgins, Península-Drake Passage
Experience some of the most unique wildlife and awe-inspiring scenery in the world while setting foot on the Antarctic continent. Attempt two shore landings per day (weather permitting), and encounter Gentoo, Chinstrap, and Adélie penguin rookeries; Weddell, crabeater, and leopard seals; and orca, humpback, and minke whales in the cold Antarctic waters. The peninsula also has a remarkable human history.

Days 21–22: Drake Passage/Ushuaia
Reflect on a memorable adventure and take in some final lectures on route back to Ushuaia. Keep a careful lookout for a last chance to spot whales.

Day 23: Ushuaia
Disembark in the morning.

 

SPIRIT OF SHACKLETON EXPEDITION - G EXPEDITION

CABIN - RATES PER PERSONREGULAR RATES
Nov 21-Dec 13, 2017
REGULAR RATES
Jan 09-31 2018
CAT 1A QUAD
2 upper berths, 2 lower berths,
full ensuite washroom, porthole
$14,199
$17,199
CAT 1 TRIPLE
1 upper berth, 2 lower berths,
full ensuite washroom, porthole
Wait List
$18,199
CAT 2 TWIN
2 lower berths, full ensuite
washroom, porthole
Wait ListWait List
CAT 3 TWIN
2 lower berths, full ensuite
washroom, window
$19,699
$23,699

CAT 4 TWIN
2 lower berths, full ensuite
washroom, large window
$22,699
$26,699

CAT 5 DOUBLE SUITE
Queen bed, lounge area, upgraded full ensuite
washroom, several large windows and fridge
$26,199
Wait List
KAYAK OPTION$1,499$1,499
CAMPING OPTION$349$349

 

What’s Included

2 nights hotel in Buenos Aires
Full day tour and Tango Dinner Show in Buenos Aires
Transfers
Air between Buenos Aires and Ushuaia
19 nights aboard the G Expedition
1 night hotel in Ushuaia
Arrival and departure transfers
Zodiac excursions with our expert expedition team
Lectures and educational programs
Waterproof boots supplied for USA size 6 – 16
Expedition parka

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