ANTARCTICA

Antarctic Peninsula & South Georgia

King penguins & fur seals, South Georgia
from £10600 15-20 nights | Nov-Mar Exc. flights See price details
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  • Nov-Mar

Overview

This incredible adventure cruise retraces Shackleton's infamous voyage, visiting Elephant Island before continuing south to the awe-inspiring icescapes of the Antarctic Peninsula. Days are filled with opportunities to see humpback and minke whales, penguins and leopard seals, along with a host of historic sites and scientific stations.

Highlights

  • Visit the world’s largest king penguin rookeries
  • See beaches filled with basking elephant and fur seals
  • Learn about the old whaling stations and research facilities
  • Trace the last leg of Sir Ernest Shackleton's famed South Georgia crossing
  • Step foot on Antarctica, Earth’s seventh and most mysterious continent

Synonymous in the minds of many with Shackleton's heroic journey following the infamous Endurance Expedition, South Georgia is also home to a staggering volume of wildlife. Literally millions of fur seals and penguins breed on this archipelago together with wallows of elephant seals and nesting albatross.

This extraordinary expedition combines two of the world’s most isolated ecosystems. Participating  passengers are treated to wildlife sightings not possible anywhere else on Earth. While the penguins, seals, whales and albatross may be seen as the main attraction, the abundant beauty and serenity of the wandering icebergs and imposing mountain peaks should never be an underestimated part of the enthralling experience.

Itinerary & Accommodation

Day 1: Fly to Stanley and embark ship
Fly from Santiago or Punta Arenas, Chile and explore the historic Falkland Islands’ capital, Stanley, before embarking the ship in the late afternoon.
Days 2-3: At sea
Between the Falklands and South Georgia you will be entranced by the ceaseless flight of the many seabirds that follow in the ship’s wake. The expedition team present safety and environmental guidelines and then you are free to keep watch for Shag Rocks, a fascinating group of jagged rocky islets protruding from the sea.
Days 4-8: Explore the South Georgia archipelago
Arriving in South Georgia’s spectacular northern coast you have ample time to explore the world’s largest king penguin rookeries and majestic albatross nests. Those participating in the optional Kayak excursions revel in paddling the coastline’s nooks and crannies, accompanied by playful seals. In Stromness and Grytviken harbours, 3000-metre peaks form dramatic backdrops to the remains of whaling stations. Kelp-strewn beaches are cluttered with basking elephant seals, feisty fur seals and penguins.
Days 9-10: Across the Scotia Sea
Leaving South Georgia, head across the Scotia Sea in a south-westerly direction. The ocean takes on a whole new perspective once you are surrounded by the surreal presence of floating ice sculptures.
Day 11: Elephant Island
Elephant Island is where Ernest Shackleton’s men wintered beneath their upturned boats on their historic expedition. With luck and weather permitting, you will go ashore to pay tribute to these hardy souls.
Days 12-15: The Antarctic Peninsula
Upon arrival in the calmer waters of the Bransfield and Gerlache Straits, you will aim to make landings or Zodiac excursions two to three times a day. Time will be spent cruising along spectacular ice cliffs, following whales that are feeding near the surface and landing on the continent and it’s off shore islands, visiting penguin rookies and seal haul outs, as well as a few of the crews’ favourite spots on the Peninsula.
Days 16-17: The Drake Passage
Returning to the realm of the albatross. A time to celebrate and reflect as you head north across the Drake Passage.
Day 18: Disembark in Ushuaia
Disembark in Ushuaia, Argentina, where your expedition ends.
Notes

Itinerary Variations

2018/19 Season

Polar Pioneer - 01 Dec 2018

Day 1 flight from Santiago or Punta Arenas to Stanley and embarkation
Days 2-3 at sea
Days 4-8 South Georgia
Day 9-10 at Sea
Day 11 Elephant Island
Days 12-15 explore the Antarctic Peninsula or optional 3 day alpine climbing and hiking excursion tracing Shackleton's footsteps
Days 16-17 cross the Drake Passage
Day 18 disembark in Ushuaia

Polar Pioneer - 16 Jan 2019

Day 1 embark Polar Pioneer in Ushuaia
Days 2-3
cross the Drake Passage
Day 4-7
explore the Antarctic Peninsula
Day 8
Elephant Island
Days 9-10
at sea
Days 11-15
South Georgia
Days 16-17
at sea
Day 18
disembark in Stanley and fly to Punta Arenas or Santiago

Ocean Endeavour - 26 Jan 2019

Day 1 arrive in Buenos Aires and overnight
Day 2 fly to Ushuaia and embark ship
Days 3-5 at sea
Days 6-8
South Georgia
Days 9-10
at sea
Days 11-13
Antarctic Peninsula
Days 14-15
at sea
Day 16
disembark in Ushuaia and fly to Buenos Aires

Polar Pioneer - 02 Feb 2019

Day 1 fly to Stanley from Santiago or Punta Arenas and embark the ship
Days 2-3 at sea
Days 4-8
South Georgia
Days 9-10
at sea
Day 11
Elephant Island
Days 12-15
explore the Antarctic Peninsula
Days 16-17 Cross the Drake Passage
Day 18 disembark in Ushuaia

Polar Pioneer - 20 Mar 2019

This departure has a special focus on Sir Ernest Shackleton's historic expedition to the region
Day 1
embark Polar Pioneer in Ushuaia
Day 2-3
cross the Drake Passage
Day 4-6
Antarctic Sound and the Weddell Sea
Day 7
Elephant Island
Days 8-9
at sea
Day 10
King Haakon Bay and Cave Cove
Day 11-14
South Georgia exploration or optional 3 day alpine climbing and hiking excursion tracing Shackleton's footsteps
Day 15-17
at sea
Day 18
disembark in Stanley and fly to Punta Arenas or Santiago

2019/20 Season

Greg Mortimer - 23 Nov 2019

Day 1 embark in Ushuaia
Days 2-3
cross the Drake Passage
Day 4-7
explore the Antarctic Peninsula
Day 8
Elephant Island
Days 9-10
at sea
Days 11-15
South Georgia
Days 16-18
at sea
Day 19
Falklands
Day 20
disembark in Ushuaia

Greg Mortimer - 23 Nov 2019 & 14 Mar 2020

Day 1 embark in Ushuaia
Days 2-3
cross the Drake Passage
Day 4-8
explore the Antarctic Peninsula
Day 9
Elephant Island
Days 10-11
at sea
Days 12-16
South Georgia
Days 17-19
at sea
Day 20
Falklands
Day 21
disembark in Ushuaia
 
Please note that all voyage itineraries are intended as a guideline only - embracing the unexpected is part of the legacy of expedition travel. Actual routes and landings will be dependent on weather, sea and ice conditions. A degree of flexibility is essential in the polar regions!

Accommodation Options

Polar Pioneer

  • Grade:
  • Type: Expedition Ship

Our smallest ship, Polar Pioneer offers traditional expe…

Akademik Ioffe

  • Grade:
  • Type: Expedition Ship

Taking up to 96 passengers the Akademik Ioffe is the num…

Ocean Endeavour

  • Grade:
  • Type: Expedition Ship

The largest ship in our fleet offers a spacious and comf…

The Greg Mortimer

  • Grade:
  • Type: Expedition Ship

A slick, modern expedition vessel purpose built for expl…

Excursions

Kayaking

Paddle through ice-choked channels on this thrilling option…

Photography Workshops

Optional Activity on selected Arctic Cruises

South Georgia Alpine Crossing

This adventurous 3-day trek repeats Shackleton's epic cross…

Prices & Dates

2018/19 season

Prices are per person, based on a twin cabin - please contact us for details of triple, single and superior cabins.

Departure Date ActivitiesDurationVesselPrices from
01 Dec 2018 ≠p^S 18 days Polar Pioneer £13,769
16 Jan 2019
18 days Polar Pioneer £14,538
26 Jan 2019 ≠± 16 days Ocean Endeavour £11,530
02 Feb 2019 18 days Polar Pioneer £14,538
20 Mar 2019 ≠p^C 18 days Polar Pioneer £13,769

Please see itinerary page for voyage route variations.

Activity options:
≠ Kayaking is available on this voyage: £1,038 on the Polar Pioneer; £800 on the Ocean Endeavour
^ South Georgia Crossing - a 3 day alpine hiking and climbing excursion following in Shackleton's footsteps is available on this voyage: £1,654 on the Polar Pioneer
p Photography is available on this voyage: Complimentary on the Polar Pioneer
S Ski Touring is available on this voyage: £692 on the Polar Pioneer
C Climbing is available on this voyage: £692 on the Polar Pioneer
± Stand up Paddle Boarding is available on this voyage: £200 on the Ocean Endeavour

Inclusions & Exclusions

Polar Pioneer - 01 Dec 2018

Inclusions Flight from Santiago or Punta Arenas to Stanley ● Transfer from Mount Pleasant Airport to ship on day of embarkation ● Shipboard accommodation with daily housekeeping ● All meals, snacks, tea and coffee during the voyage ● All shore excursions and Zodiac cruises ● Educational lectures and guiding services from the expert team ● Access to on board doctor and basic medical services ● Loan of gumboots during the voyage ● Comprehensive pre-departure information ● Aurora Expeditions waterproof jacket ● A printed photo book produced with imagery from your voyage (one per booking) ● All miscellaneous service taxes and port charges throughout the program.

Exclusions All airfares not specified in inclusions ● Transfer from ship to airport on disembarkation ● Any additional pre or post voyage accommodation/land arrangements (if required) - please contact our team should you require assistance ● Airport arrival or departure taxes ● Visa, passport, and vaccination charges ● Travel insurance or emergency evacuation charges ● Passport and visa expenses (we will be pleased to advise you on any necessary documentation, however this is passengers' own responsibility) ● Excess baggage charges ● Optional excursions not included in the itinerary ● The customary gratuity at the end of the voyage for Hospitality Team members, ship’s crew and Expedition Team members (guidelines will be provided) ● All items of a personal nature including but not limited to: alcoholic beverages and soft drinks, laundry services, personal clothing, medical expenses, and email or phone charges.

Polar Pioneer - 16 Jan 2019

Inclusions Luggage transfer from hotel in Ushuaia to Polar Pioneer on day of boarding ● Transfer from ship to Mount Pleasant airport, including tour of Stanley ● Flight from Stanley to either Punta Arenas or Santiago ● Shipboard accommodation with daily housekeeping ● All meals, snacks, tea and coffee during the voyage ● All shore excursions and Zodiac cruises ● Educational lectures and guiding services from the expert team ● Access to on board doctor and basic medical services ● Loan of gumboots during the voyage ● Comprehensive pre-departure information ● Aurora Expeditions waterproof jacket ● A printed photo book produced with imagery from your voyage (one per booking) ● All miscellaneous service taxes and port charges throughout the program.

Exclusions All airfares not specified in inclusions ● Any additional pre or post voyage accommodation/land arrangements (if required) - please contact our team should you require assistance ● Visa, passport, and vaccination charges ● Travel insurance or emergency evacuation charges ● Passport and visa expenses (we will be pleased to advise you on any necessary documentation, however this is passengers' own responsibility) ● Excess baggage charges ● Accommodation and meals not included in itinerary ● Optional excursions not included in the itinerary ● The customary gratuity at the end of the voyage for Hospitality Team members, ship’s crew and Expedition Team members (guidelines will be provided) ● All items of a personal nature including but not limited to: alcoholic beverages and soft drinks, laundry services, personal clothing, medical expenses, and email or phone charges.

Polar Pioneer - 02 Feb 2019

Inclusions Flight to Stanley from either Punta Arenas or Santiago ● Transfer from Mount Pleasant airport to ship, including tour of Stanley ● Shipboard accommodation with daily housekeeping ● All meals, snacks, tea and coffee during the voyage ● All shore excursions and Zodiac cruises ● Educational lectures and guiding services from the expert team ● Access to on board doctor and basic medical services ● Loan of gumboots during the voyage ● Comprehensive pre-departure information ● Aurora Expeditions waterproof jacket ● A printed photo book produced with imagery from your voyage (one per booking) ● All miscellaneous service taxes and port charges throughout the program.

Exclusions All airfares not specified in inclusions ● Transfer from ship to airport on disembarkation ● Any additional pre or post voyage accommodation/land arrangements (if required) - please contact our team should you require assistance ● Airport arrival or departure taxes ● Visa, passport, and vaccination charges ● Travel insurance or emergency evacuation charges ● Passport and visa expenses (we will be pleased to advise you on any necessary documentation, however this is passengers' own responsibility) ● Excess baggage charges ● Optional excursions not included in the itinerary ● The customary gratuity at the end of the voyage for Hospitality Team members, ship’s crew and Expedition Team members (guidelines will be provided) ● All items of a personal nature including but not limited to: alcoholic beverages and soft drinks, laundry services, personal clothing, medical expenses, and email or phone charges.

Polar Pioneer - 20 Mar 2019

Inclusions Luggage transfer from hotel in Ushuaia to Polar Pioneer on day of boarding ● Transfer from ship to Mount Pleasant airport, including tour of Stanley ● Flight from Stanley to either Punta Arenas or Santiago ● Shipboard accommodation with daily housekeeping ● All meals, snacks, tea and coffee during the voyage ● All shore excursions and Zodiac cruises ● Educational lectures and guiding services from the expert team ● Access to on board doctor and basic medical services ● Loan of gumboots during the voyage ● Comprehensive pre-departure information ● Aurora Expeditions waterproof jacket ● A printed photo book produced with imagery from your voyage (one per booking) ● All miscellaneous service taxes and port charges throughout the program.

Exclusions All airfares not specified in inclusions ● Any additional pre or post voyage accommodation/land arrangements (if required) - please contact our team should you require assistance ● Visa, passport, and vaccination charges ● Travel insurance or emergency evacuation charges ● Passport and visa expenses (we will be pleased to advise you on any necessary documentation, however this is passengers' own responsibility) ● Excess baggage charges ● Accommodation and meals not included in itinerary ● Optional excursions not included in the itinerary ● The customary gratuity at the end of the voyage for Hospitality Team members, ship’s crew and Expedition Team members (guidelines will be provided) ● All items of a personal nature including but not limited to: alcoholic beverages and soft drinks, laundry services, personal clothing, medical expenses, and email or phone charges.

Ocean Endeavour

Includes: One night hotel accommodation in Buenos Aires, with breakfast - pre-voyage • Group transfer from hotel to airport • Return charter flights between Buenos Aires and Ushuaia • Transfer to port for embarkation • Group transfer on disembarkation in Ushuaia from ship to airport via a short tour of Tierra del Fuego National Park • Shipboard accommodation with daily housekeeping • All breakfasts, lunches and dinners on board throughout your voyage (includes soft drinks) • Coffee, tea, cocoa available around the clock • Selected wine and beer with evening meal (restrictions apply) • Leadership throughout the voyage by an experienced Expedition Leader, including shore landings and other activities • All shore landings and Zodiac transfers and cruising per the daily program • Formal and informal presentations by the Expedition Team and guest speakers as scheduled •  Online photographic album, documenting the voyage • A pair of waterproof expedition boots on loan for shore landings • A Quark Expeditions parka – yours to keep • Hair dryer and bathrobe in every cabin • Comprehensive pre-departure materials, including a map and an informative Antarctic Reader • All miscellaneous service taxes and port charges throughout the program • All luggage handling aboard ship • Emergency Evacuation Insurance for all passengers to a maximum benefit of $500,000 per person • The customary gratuity at the end of the voyage for Hospitality Team members, ship’s crew and Expedition Team members

Excludes: All airfares not mentioned in inclusions • Airport-hotel transfer on arrival in Buenos Aires • Additional airport or airline security charges • Passport and visa expenses (we will be pleased to advise you on any necessary documentation, however this is passengers' own responsibility) • Government arrival and departure taxes • Any additional pre or post voyage accommodation/land arrangements (if required) • Any meals ashore with the exception of breakfast at the host hotel before embarkation • Excess baggage charges • Alcoholic drinks not mentioned in inclusions, telecommunication charges, laundry costs and other charges of a personal nature • Travel insurance • Waterproof trousers are not included - passengers must bring clothing suitable for water landings

We would be pleased to quote for the best available airfares and comprehensive travel insurance to suit your specific holiday requirements.

2019/20 Prices and Dates

 

2019/20 season

Prices are per person, based on a twin cabin - please contact us for details of triple, single and superior cabins.

Departure Date ActivitiesDurationVesselPrices from
16 Nov 2019 ≠# 16 days Ocean Diamond £10,600
29 Nov 2019 ≠S 20 days Greg Mortimer £13,692
27 Dec 2019 ≠#± 16 days World Explorer £14,100
28 Dec 2019
21 days Greg Mortimer £14,385
14 Mar 2020 ≠F 21 days Greg Mortimer £13,615

Please see itinerary page for voyage route variations.

Activity options:
≠ Kayaking is available on this voyage: £985 on the Greg Mortimer; £690 on the Ocean Diamond & World Explorer
# Kayaking Taster Session is available on this voyage: £160 on the Ocean Diamond & World Explorer
± Stand-up Paddle Boarding is available on this voyage: £160 on the World Explorer
S Ski Touring is available on this voyage: £985 on the Greg Mortimer
F Shackleton crossing on foot is available on this voyage: £985 on the Greg Mortimer

Inclusions & Exclusions

Greg Mortimer

Inclusions Group transfer from airport to hotel in Ushuaia on arrival (selected flights only) ● One night's accommodation in Ushuaia pre-voyage ● Group transfer from ship to airport in Ushuaia upon disembarkation ● Shipboard accommodation with daily housekeeping ● All meals, snacks, tea and coffee during the voyage ● House wine, beer and soft drinks with dinner ● Welcome and farewell drinks ● All shore excursions and Zodiac cruises ● Educational lectures and guiding services from the expert team ● Access to on board doctor and basic medical services ● Loan of gumboots during the voyage ● Comprehensive pre-departure information ● Aurora Expeditions waterproof jacket ● A printed photo book produced with imagery from your voyage (one per booking) ● All miscellaneous service taxes and port charges throughout the program.

Exclusions All airfares ● Any additional pre or post voyage accommodation/land arrangements (if required) - please contact our team should you require assistance ● Airport arrival or departure taxes ● Visa, passport, and vaccination charges ● Travel insurance and emergency evacuation cover ● Passport and visa expenses (we will be pleased to advise you on any necessary documentation, however this is passengers' own responsibility) ● Excess baggage charges ● Optional excursions not included in the itinerary ● The customary gratuity at the end of the voyage for Hospitality Team members, ship’s crew and Expedition Team members (guidelines will be provided) ● All items of a personal nature including but not limited to: alcoholic beverages and soft drinks not mentioned in inclusions, laundry services, personal clothing, medical expenses, and email or phone charges.
 

Ocean Diamond & World Explorer

Includes: Airport-hotel transfer on arrival in Ushuaia • One night pre-expedition hotel accommodation with breakfast, in Ushuaia • Transfer to port for embarkation • Group transfer on disembarkation in Ushuaia from ship to airport • Shipboard accommodation with daily housekeeping • All breakfasts, lunches and dinners on board throughout your voyage (includes soft drinks) • Coffee, tea, cocoa available around the clock • Selected wine and beer with evening meal (restrictions apply) • Leadership throughout the voyage by an experienced Expedition Leader, including shore landings and other activities • All shore landings and Zodiac transfers and cruising per the daily program • Formal and informal presentations by the Expedition Team and guest speakers as scheduled •  Online photographic album, documenting the voyage • A pair of waterproof expedition boots on loan for shore landings • A Quark Expeditions parka – yours to keep • Hair dryer and bathrobe in every cabin • Comprehensive pre-departure materials, including a map and an informative Antarctic Reader • All miscellaneous service taxes and port charges throughout the program • All luggage handling aboard ship • Emergency Evacuation Insurance for all passengers to a maximum benefit of $500,000 per person • The customary gratuity at the end of the voyage for Hospitality Team members, ship’s crew and Expedition Team members

Excludes: All airfares • Airport arrival or departure taxes • Passport and visa expenses (we will be pleased to advise you on any necessary documentation, however this is passengers' own responsibility) • Government arrival and departure taxes • Any additional pre or post voyage accommodation/land arrangements (if required) • Any meals ashore with the exception of breakfast at the host hotel before embarkation • Excess baggage charges • Alcoholic drinks not mentioned in inclusions, telecommunication charges, laundry costs and other charges of a personal nature • Travel insurance • Waterproof trousers are not included - passengers must bring clothing suitable for water landings

We would be pleased to quote for the best available airfares and comprehensive travel insurance to suit your specific holiday requirements.

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