Spirit of Shackleton

Marine, Ushuaia to Ushuaia

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Tour description provided by G Adventures

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.

What’s included

  • 19 nts aboard the G Expedition
  • 1 nt hotel in Ushuaia
  • Arrival and departure transfers
  • Zodiac excursions with our expert expedition team
  • Lectures and educational programs
  • Waterproof boots supplied for USA sizes 4 - 16
  • Expedition parka

Highlights

  • Meet hardy locals and spot unique wildlife in the falkland islands
  • Explore abandoned whaling stations and visit shackleton’s grave
  • Walk quietly amongst king penguins and watch them surf onto the beach
  • Learn about the environment and ecology from industry experts
  • Spot whales and seals while cruising past icebergs aboard zodiacs
  • Set foot on the continent of antarctica

Itinerary

Day 1 Ushuaia Arrive in Ushuaia at any time. Arrival transfer included. Enjoy the sights and sounds of the world's most southerly city. Additional Notes: There will be a welcome desk in the lobby of the start hotel that will provide more specific information on the G Expedition and your upcoming adventure. Transport: Included arrival transfer. Private Vehicle
Day 2 Ushuaia/Beagle Channel (1B, 1D) Enjoy a free morning in Ushuaia. Do any last minute shopping, explore the town, or visit the surrounding countryside. Embarkation on the G Expedition begins in the afternoon at the port in Ushuaia. Enjoy the evening sailing through the Beagle Channel. Additional Notes: Expedition travel can be full of surprises! While it is our intention of adhere to the itinerary described below, there is a certain amount of flexibility built into the itinerary and on occasion it may be necessary, or desirable to make alterations. On the first day onboard, the Expedition Leader will give an expedition overview outlining what the specific plans are for the trip. Included Activities: Embarkation of the G Expedition Transport: G Expedition
Day 3 Beagle Channel/Falkland Islands (Islas Malvinas) (1B, 1L, 1D) On the passage east visit the common areas that include the lounge, dining hall, library and lecture hall and meet the guides, ship’s crew and lecturers. Begin the lectures and information sessions to learn the extraordinary human and natural history of the Antarctic region. Included Activities: Daily lectures and educational program Transport: G Expedition
Days 4-5 Falkland Islands (Islas Malvinas)/Southern Ocean Catch our first glimpses of penguins, including the Magellanic, rockhopper, gentoo, and king penguins. With a little luck, spot elephant seals, sea lions, king cormorants, black-browed albatross, skuas, night herons, giant petrels, striated caracaras and of course sheep. Included Activities: Visit with Stanley Locals Transport: G Expedition
Days 6-7 Southern Ocean/South Georgia Sailing east, set course for South Georgia. Days at sea are filled with lectures to prepare for landings. Watch for the many whales that inhabit these waters. Included Activities: Daily lectures and educational program Transport: G Expedition
Days 8-11 South Georgia/Scotia Sea Weather permitting, four full days will be spent exploring this island. On nearby islands look out for the wandering albatross in their nesting grounds. Included Activities: South Georgia Island Exploration Transport: G Expedition
Days 12-13 Scotia Sea/Tierra de O'Higgins, Península These waters are rich with nutrients and the long summer days provide the ingredient that is missing most of the year. The result is a complex food chain topped by several species of whales, seals, and seabirds. Included Activities: Daily lectures and educational program Transport: G Expedition
Days 14-18 Tierra de O'Higgins, Península/Drake Passage Finally a chance to step foot on the Great White Continent! Over the next four days, the Expedition will navigate southwards making stops in the South Shetland Islands then through the Bransfield Strait and to the Antarctic Peninsula. Our goal is to attempt two excursions per day while we navigate through the area but our itinerary and daily schedule will be based on the local weather and ice conditions that we encounter. The Antarctic Peninsula and the South Shetland Islands abound with wildlife activity. Take a chance to visit scientists working in modern research bases, with plenty of time to enjoy the sheer beauty and the breathtaking scenery of ice-choked waterways, blue and white icebergs, impressive glaciers and rugged snow-capped mountains. The Peninsula also has a remarkable history and, during the voyage, opt to learn about some of the most important and dramatic expeditions to this remote corner of the world. Included Activities: Scientific Research Station Visit Transport: G Expedition
Days 19-20 Drake Passage/Ushuaia Heading north across the Drake Passage, spend two days enjoying the beauty of the sea while sailing for Ushuaia. In between bird watching, whale watching, and enjoying some final lectures by our expedition staff, this is a chance to relax and review the adventures of the past week before returning to Ushuaia. Remember, the best way to experience the wildlife of the Drake Passage is to be on deck keeping a look out for Albatross, Prions, and Whales! Included Activities: Daily lectures and educational program Transport: G Expedition
Day 21 Ushuaia (1B) Our adventure comes to a close. Have a final breakfast on the ship before saying goodbyes before disembarking in Ushuaia in the morning. Included Activities: Departure Day
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