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Shackleton's Antarctica, South Georgia and the Falklands

24 days from €22,980pp

What is tailor made? Customised itinerary | Every trip is unique | Flexible accommodation options | Designed to your budget

Itinerary highlights

  • Sit among a king penguin colony 100,000's of birds.

  • Walk from Stromness to Fortuna bay in the footsteps of Shackleton, Crean and Worsley.

  • See wandering albatross on their nests.

  • Marvel at icebergs carved in to hypnotic shapes by the wind and water.

  • Spend time on deck watching wandering albatross circle the boat whilst keeping an eye open for whales.

  • Kayak or trek in peace through untouched regions.

Price includes

Scheduled international and domestic flights
In-destination transfers
Activities and excursions as detailed
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  • Buenos Aires
  • Ushuaia & Tierra del Fuego
  • Polar Cruise
  • Antarctica
  • Antarctica
  • Antarctica
  • Antarctica
  • Polar Cruise
  • Antarctica
  • Polar Cruise
  • South Georgia
  • Polar Cruise
  • Antarctica
  • Polar Cruise
  • Antarctica
  • Polar Cruise
  • South Georgia
  • Polar Cruise
  • South Georgia
  • Polar Cruise
  • South Georgia
  • Polar Cruise
  • South Georgia
  • Polar Cruise
  • South Georgia
  • Polar Cruise
  • Antarctica
  • Polar Cruise
  • Antarctica
  • Polar Cruise
  • Stanley
  • Polar Cruise
  • Antarctica
  • Polar Cruise
  • Ushuaia & Tierra del Fuego
  • Buenos Aires

Itinerary idea in detail

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Includes international flights from Ireland.

Day 1 International outbound flight

International outbound flight

Today you begin your journey by boarding your international outbound flight to Buenos Aires.

Day 2 Buenos Aires

Buenos Aires

Arrival in Buenos Aires and transfer to your hotel. You will have the afternoon to take in the city at your leisure. We can make expert recommendations to make the most of your brief time here.

Day 3 Ushuaia & Tierra del Fuego

Buenos Aires , Ushuaia & Tierra del Fuego

Flight to Ushuaia and transfer to your pre-expedition hotel. In the afternoon you will need to be at your hotel for a pre-departure briefing but otherwise the small frontier city is worth a stroll around and there are several interesting museums that can be visited.

Day 4 Polar Cruise

Ushuaia & Tierra del Fuego , Polar Cruise

Free time in the morning to explore the city before you board the ship and set sail, surrounded by snow capped mountains, along the Beagle Channel. We recommend spending time on deck to take your first chances at spotting wildlife before dinner and the evening lecture.

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Day 5 Polar Cruise

Antarctica , Polar Cruise

The ship will enter the Drake Passage in the middle of the night - we have experienced this fearsome stretch of water in every mood from dead calm to rocking and rolling all the way to Antarctica. During the day you will have time to move freely about the interior of the ship if it is not too rocky. Lectures will be taking place intermittently and this is a good chance to get to know some of the other passengers if you wish.

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Day 6 Polar Cruise

Antarctica , Polar Cruise

There will be more lectures and screening during the day and the ship's library is worth a visit to brush up on your knowledge of the Antarctic. On a good crossing you will get a sight of landfall by the end of today.

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Day 7 Polar Cruise

Antarctica , Polar Cruise

By now you will have had your first glimpses of Antarctica which is a moment you will never forget as a sense of camaraderie and celebration sweeps over the vessel. Now that you've reached the White Continent you will have a landing each day. Generally there will be two but may be more or less depending on the weather and opportunities that present themselves.

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Day 8 Polar Cruise

Antarctica , Polar Cruise

Today you may find yourself inside an explorer's hut learning about the conditions those early adventurers endured or take in the sight, smell, and sound of a lively penguin colony.

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Day 9 Polar Cruise

Antarctica , Polar Cruise

Another day of exploration today. Zodiac cruising through fields of icebergs or spending time with researchers at far flung outposts are some of the possibilities.

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Day 10 Polar Cruise

South Georgia , Polar Cruise

Today the ship will reach Elephant Island where the famed polar explorer, Ernest Shackleton left the majority of his men under the command of Frank Wild while he sailed to South Georgia for help.

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Day 11 Polar Cruise

Antarctica , Polar Cruise

A day at sea on the way to South Georgia. Lectures will focus on recapping what you've experienced in Antarctica and what lies ahead on South Georgia. If the conditions allow you may be able to stand on deck to watch the seabirds effortlessly soar through the air, using the ship's currents to gain momentum.

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Day 12 Polar Cruise

Antarctica , Polar Cruise

The journey continues to South Georgia. As you make this crossing it's worth remembering that Shackleton and his men sailed this in an open life boat 100 years ago with just a sextant and Frank Worsley to guide them.

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Day 13 Polar Cruise

South Georgia , Polar Cruise

Today you will reach South Georgia and start exploring this startling landscape. Some of the world's most nutrient-rich waters swirl around this speck of rock which supports the abundance of wildlife you are about to encounter.

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Day 14 Polar Cruise

South Georgia , Polar Cruise

Wildlife has claimed back the island that was once home to whalers and now it is a teeming paradise for a vast array of species. Along the way you should see magnificent king penguin colonies and sea lions challenging one another for space on the rocky beaches,

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Day 15 Polar Cruise

South Georgia , Polar Cruise

South Georgia is made up of near vertical volcanoes rising up from the ocean. You will have the chance to explore on foot o see these dramatic peaks, shattered glaciers, and surprisingly, even some vegetation.

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Day 16 Polar Cruise

South Georgia , Polar Cruise

You may have the chance to see some former and current human settlements on the island. In the summer, scientists conduct research and if you reach Gryviken you will see where Shackleton's body was laid to rest and toast to this pioneering man.

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Day 17 Polar Cruise

South Georgia , Polar Cruise

Your final day in South Georgia exploring the northern tip including Fortuna Bay which is home to a small king penguin colony and Stromness where a whaling station once operated.

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Day 18 Polar Cruise

Antarctica , Polar Cruise

Today will be spent back at sea on the way to the Falklands. Take in the albatrosses and petrels gliding in the wake of the ship from the deck when not attending lectures.

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Day 19 Polar Cruise

Antarctica , Polar Cruise

The crossing continues today as you approach the Falklands. If the bridge is open it's worth a visit to sit quietly with the captain and his crew as they skillfully plot their way to the archipelago.

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Day 20 Polar Cruise

Stanley , Polar Cruise

You'll have the day to explore Stanley. There is a great museum as well as a cathedral worth visiting or, for something more traditional, spend time in a pub with locals. There may also be opportunities to make landings at more remote islands which are hone to an abundant array of wildlife including up to four species of penguins.

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Day 21 Polar Cruise

Antarctica , Polar Cruise

You'll spend the day at sea on the way to Argentina. Though the journey is coming to an end there is still an air of excitement on board as you enjoy the last night celebrating with the crew and fellow passengers.

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Day 22 Buenos Aires

Ushuaia & Tierra del Fuego , Buenos Aires

Landing back in Argentina you will disembark and fly back to Buenos Aires. Upon arrival in Buenos Aires you will be met at the airport and taken to your hotel in a private vehicle. You will be able to rest up for the remaining journey home or venture out to savor any of the comforts of civilization you missed while on board your expedition vessel.

Day 23 International return flight

Buenos Aires , International return flight

You will take a private transfer back to the airport today for your flight home.

Day 24 International return flight

International return flight

Arrive home today to complete your journey.


Tom King
Audley Travel specialist Lizzie

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