Shackleton Odyssey - 20 days

FROM USD $12,510

Taking in the magic of the Antarctic landscape, South Georgia, The Shetland Islands and The Falkland Islands while following in the footsteps of the ill fated Shackleton Expedition of 1914. This a truly epic expedition into our planets truly last untamed frontier.

Day 1: Ushuaia
Embark Polar Pioneer at 4 p.m. to a warm reception from your crew before we cast off and sail down the Beagle Channel. Overnight - Aboard ship (D)
Day 2: Drake Passage
Crossing Drake Passage, our historian breathes life into Shackleton’s epic adventure, while our expedition staff prepare us with environmental and Zodiac briefings and natural history talks. We have time to enjoy the petrels and albatross that often accompany our ship. Overnight - Aboard ship (B, L, D)
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Day 3: South Shetland Islands
We mark our entry into Antarctica’s biologically rich waters by crossing the Antarctic Convergence. Excitement builds as icebergs and the South Shetland Islands appear. We hope for an evening landing. Overnight - Aboard ship (B, L, D)
Days 4 - 7: Antarctic Peninsula
We make use of daylight to explore the Antarctic Peninsula’s spectacular western side. We visit penguin rookeries, sites of historic interest and cruise in Zodiacs amongst grounded icebergs, listening for courting leopard seals. As autumn arrives, penguin chicks fledge and the waters are alive with humpback and minke whales. Overnight - Aboard ship (B:4, L:4, D:4)
Day 8: Elephant Island
Shackleton’s story comes to life at Elephant Island. We hope the often tempestuous seas will allow a landing at Cape Wild, where 22 men spent a winter beneath upturned boats, awaiting the return of the Boss. Overnight - Aboard ship (B, L, D)
Day 9: South Orkney Islands
We deviate from Shackleton’s James Caird route long enough to visit the wild and remote South Orkney Islands. Fantastic icebergs often collect along the shores and we hope to land and stretch our legs. Overnight - Aboard ship (B, L, D)
Day 10: At Sea
Today we traverse some of the most productive waters in the world, keeping an eye out for fin, sei and possibly even blue whales. Overnight - Aboard ship (B, L, D)
Days 11 - 15: South Georgia
We aim for King Haakon Bay, where Shackleton made landfall, to disembark those adventurous souls keen to recreate the Boss’s South Georgia crossing. We enjoy extraordinary wildlife landings as we make our way around to meet them in Fortuna Bay, with many of us hiking the final stretch to Stromness. South Georgia is breathtakingly beautiful. (B:5, L:5, D:5)
Days 16 - 17: Back to Sea
We will leave South Georgia on the afternoon of day 15 to begin cruising towards the Falklands. On this leg we are usually travelling into the prevailing weather so it is difficult to estimate our arrival time in the Falklands. We will continue our lecture program. While at sea there is ample opportunity to observe the sea birds that follow the ship, join the whale watchers on the bridge, or just relax and read a favourite book. (B:2, L:2, D:2)
Day 18: The Falkland Islands
We will be aiming to land at Sea Lion Island which is a low-lying island that appears dull and uninteresting as we approach. But don't be fooled! The mud flats, beaches and tussock grass are teeming with creatures including, of course, the sea lions that breed here. A resident pod of orcas live in the waters around the island. If we land on Sea Lion Island we will spend as much of the day as possible here, and take a walk to a cliff top where rock-hopper penguins nest beside blue-eyed shags. Sea Lion Island is one of nature’s gems. (B, L, D)
Day 19: Back to Tierra del Fuego
Time to head back to Tierra del Fuego, with lectures and videos to complete our Antarctic education. This is a time for reflection and discussion about what we have seen and felt, and the impact this voyage has had on our attitude to life. Overnight - Aboard ship (B, L, D)
Day 20: Ushuaia
During the early morning we cruise up the Beagle Channel, before quietly slipping into dock in Ushuaia about 0700. As soon as customs have cleared the ship we will be free to disembark. Tour arrangements draw to a close, happy onward travels. (B)
Tour Details
  • Starts in: Ushuaia / Ends in: Ushuaia
  • Departs: 28 Feb 2012
  • No local payment required
  • Breakfast:19, Lunch: 18, Dinner: 19
  • Hotel Rating: Polar Pioneer Ship - Max. Group Size 56
  • Tour Guide: Yes
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