Antarctica: Spirit Of Shackleton

Day 1: Ushuaia

Day 1: Arrive in Ushuaia today and be transferred to your hotel. Enjoy the sights and sounds of the world's most southerly city.

Days 2-3: Ushuaia - Beagle Channel

Day 2: Enjoy a free morning in Ushuaia where you can explore the town or the surrounding countryside. Embarkation on the Expedition begins in the afternoon at the port in Ushuaia, after which you'll depart the southernmost tip of the South American continent and sail through the Beagle Channel. Running through the Tierra del Fuego Archipelago, the channel forms part of the border between Chile and neighbouring Argentina. (B,D)


Day 3: As the ship sails east, you will be treated to lectures and information sessions on the extraordinary human and natural history of the Antarctic region.

Days 4-5: Beagle Channel - Falkland Islands

Day 4: A stop in the Falkland Islands provide a rare opportunity to discover a staggeringly rich landscape of scenic and biological diversity. Penguins and albatross abound here and the islands can boast the largest black-browed albatross colony in the world. The Islands are also home to a resilient human population too and there will be an opportunity during the visit to meet the locals in Stanley and take in the colourful houses that provide a stark contrast to the long, dark winters. (B,L,D)


Day 5: A further day to explore this remote wilderness and discover its wildlife. (B,L,D)

Days 6-7: Falkland Islands - Southern Ocean

Day 6: Continuing east, the next two days sees you sailing deep into the heart of the world's southernmost ocean. (B,L,D)



Day 7: The days at sea provide a perfect opportunity to fill the days enjoying informative lectures, relaxing on the observation deck looking for whales and seabirds, or preparing for the shore landings to come. (B,L,D)

Days 8-11: Southern Ocean - South Georgia

Day 8: Home to a fascinating array of interesting sites, South Georgia includes amongst its attractions the grave of polar explorer, Sir Ernest Shackleton, a number of former whaling stations and an abundance of local wildlife. The island supports numerous seabird colonies including a huge colony of king penguins and a collection of species, such as the Georgia shag and the South Georgia pipit, which are unique to the archipelago. Weather permitting the aim is to spend three full days here exploring the island. (B,L,D)


Day 9: A further day to explore the jewel in the crown of the Antarctic region. (B,L,D)


Day 10: A further day to explore the jewel in the crown of the Antarctic region. (B,L,D)

Day 11: A further day to explore the jewel in the crown of the Antarctic region. (B,L,D)

Days 12-13: South Georgia - Scotia Sea

Day 12: Retracing Shackleton's route backwards, the next two days will be spent crossing the cold waters of the Scotia Sea. The journey takes you on towards the ice-covered mountains of Elephant Island, lying on the outer extremes of the South Shetlands, and then on to the vast white expanse of the Antarctic Peninsula. (B,L,D)


Day 13: Attend informative lectures as you cruise towards the Antarctic Peninsula. (B,L,D)

Days 14-18: Scotia Sea - Antarctic Peninsula

Day 14: Over the coming days you'll discover some of the most unique wildlife and experience some of the most inspiring scenery on the planet, as you head for the vast white wilderness of Antarctica. Attempting two shore landing a day, there will be opportunities to encounter Gentoo, chinstrap and Adélie penguin rookeries, see Weddell and leopard seals and hopefully come across orcas and humpbacks in the cold Antarctic waters. During the voyage you'll also have a chance to learn about the peninsula's remarkable human history. (B,L,D)


Day 15: A further day to encounter the unique wildlife and spectacular landscapes of the Great White Continent. (B,L,D)

Day 16: A further day to encounter the unique wildlife and spectacular landscapes of the Great White Continent. (B,L,D)

Day 17: A further day to encounter the unique wildlife and spectacular landscapes of the Great White Continent. (B,L,D)

Day 18: A further day to encounter the unique wildlife and spectacular landscapes of the Great White Continent. (B,L,D)

Days 19-20: Antarctic Peninsula - Drake Passage

Day 19: The journey north takes you back across the open waters of Drake Passage, presenting the perfect time to reflect on the highlights of this incredible voyage with your crew and fellow passengers. (B,L,D)


Day 20: Keep an eye out from the observation deck for some last-minute whale sightings as you head back towards the port of Ushuaia and the end of this incredible adventure. (B,L,D)

Day 21: Drake Passage - Ushuaia

Day 21: Disembark in Ushuaia early this morning, where your journey ends. Wild Frontiers can arrange further travel in Argentina and other Latin American countries. (B)

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