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Spirit of Shackleton

21 days with G Adventures   Rating: Budget

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Day 1 Arrive Ushuaia
Enjoy the sights and sounds of the world's most southerly city. Arrive in Ushuaia at any time, arrival transfer included.

Day 2 Ushuaia (B,D)
Embarkation on the MS Expedition begins in the afternoon at the port in Ushuaia. Enjoy the evening sailing through the Beagle Channel.

Day 3 At Sea (B,L,D)
As you make the passage east, become acquainted with the ship. Lecture and information sessions about the extraordinary human and natural history of the Antarctic region begin.

Day 4-5 The Falkland Islands (2B,2L,2D)
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 colourful houses provide contrast to the long dark winters.

Day 6-7 At Sea (2B,2L,2D)
Sailing east, you'll set course for South Georgia. Days at sea are filled with lectures to prepare you for landings. Keep your eyes peeled for the many whales that inhabit these waters.

Day 8-11 South Georgia (4B,4L,4D)
Home to many interesting sites (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, we will have three full days to explore this island.

Day 12-13 At Sea (2B,2L,2D)
We turn south and sail for two days, retracing Shackleton's route backwards as we head towards Elephant Island and the Antarctic Peninsula.

Day 14-18 Antarctica (5B,5L,5D)
Experience some of the most unique wildlife and awe-inspiring scenery in the world as you set 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; during the voyage we will learn about some of the most important and dramatic expeditions to this remote corner of the world.

Day 19-20 The Drake Passage (2B,2L,2D)
Reflect on your memorable adventure and take in some final lectures as you head back to Ushuaia. Keep a careful look out for your last chance to spot whales.

Day 21 Depart Ushuaia (B)
Disembark in the morning.

All This Included

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 traveller seeking a true adventure to the world’s most remote wilderness.

  • 19 nights aboard the MS Expedition.
  • Arrival transfer from airport in Ushuaia to hotel.
  • 1 night accommodation with breakfast in Ushuaia.
  • Zodiac cruises and shore landings with our expert expedition team.
  • Lectures and educational programs.
  • Waterproof boots supplied for men's USA sized 8-14 & women's USA sized 3-9.
  • Expedition Parka.
  • Antarctica destination guide book.
  • All meals included aboard the MS Expedition. Breakfast included at the hotel.
  • MS Expedition, Zodiac, private bus.
  • One Expedition team member per 10 guests.
  • Follow in the footsteps of legendary explorers
  • Witness colourful houses on the Falkland Islands and Shackleton's grave on South Georgia
  • Cruise down the Antarctic Peninsula
  • Meeting King penguins
Twin-share hotel (1 night)On board 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 one queen-size bed.
  • Drinks and tips while on the ship are not included.
  • Read this itinerary as a guide only; our exact route and program varies according to ice and weather conditions and the wildlife we encounter. Flexibility is the key to the success of this expedition.
  • Please ask your Vacations To Go travel counselor for more information.
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* The prices shown are U.S. dollars per person, based on double occupancy, and subject to availability. Prices quoted for land/cruise arrangements are subject to increase without notice. Once we have received your deposit, land/cruise prices are guaranteed. Air prices quoted via phone or email are subject to increase and are guaranteed only from the time that full payment is received. Also, air prices or air promotions mentioned on this site or on the phone do not include baggage fees imposed by airlines.