In Shackleton’s Footsteps

18 DAYS from US$14,300 pp

Late summer offers the best chance to chart a course through the Weddell Sea’s shifting pack ice and vast tabular bergs, where Shackleton’s ship Endurance was trapped and crushed. We hope to explore fossil-rich islands, historic huts and set foot on the continent before retracing Shackleton’s heroic journey to save his men – first to Elephant Island, then on through waters where blue, sei and fin whales roam. South Georgia offers nesting albatross, mating elephant seals, the world’s largest king penguin rookeries and a visit to Shackleton’s grave.

Expedition Highlights

  • Follow Shackleton’s infamous life-saving journey
  • Step ashore in Antarctica amidst penguins and seals
  • Cruise past huge tabular icebergs in the Weddell Sea
  • Attempt to land on remote Elephant Island
  • South Georgia’s seals, albatross and king penguins
  • ‘Shackleton Walk’, the last leg of Shackleton’s crossing

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Dates & Rates

Showing: All 2018 2019

7 Mar '18 24 Mar '18 18 DAYS

In Shackleton’s Footsteps

Trip code: ASG73

7 Mar '18 24 Mar '18 - 18 DAYS

Voyage Inclusions

  • Flight from Stanley to Punta Arenas OR Santiago (no reduced fare for finishing in Punta Arenas)
  • Luggage transfer from hotel in Ushuaia to Polar Pioneer on day of boarding
  • Transfer from Polar Pioneer to Stanley airport, including tour of Stanley
  • Accommodation during the voyage
  • All meals, snacks, tea and coffee during the voyage
  • All shore excursions and Zodiac (inflatable boat) cruises
  • Educational lectures and guiding services from our expert team
  • Access to our on board doctor and basic medical services
  • Free gumboot hire during the voyage
  • Daily cabin service
  • An Aurora Expeditions' multi-purpose waterproof jacket
  • Comprehensive pre-departure information
  • Professionally produced voyage journal (one per booking)
  • Port taxes and charges
  • All entry fees to historic landings sites

Voyage Exclusions

  • International or domestic flights to or from ship, unless specified
  • Transfers not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Airport arrival or departure taxes
  • Visa, passport, and vaccination charges
  • Travel insurance or emergency evacuation charges
  • Hotels and meals not included in itinerary
  • Optional excursions not included in the itinerary
  • Optional activity surcharge. Please contact us if you wish to book any optional activities, such as sea kayaking
  • All items of a personal nature including but not limited to: alcoholic beverages and soft drinks, laundry services, personal clothing, medical expenses, gratuities, and email or phone charges
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Suite
Triple Cabin
Shared Bathroom
US$14,300
Suite
Twin Cabin
Shared Bathroom
US$17,500
Suite
Twin Cabin
Private Bathroom
US$21,200
Suite
Mini Suite
Private Bathroom
US$23,500
Suite
Captain's Suite
Private Bathroom
US$24,800

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20 Mar '19 6 Apr '19 18 DAYS

In Shackleton’s Footsteps

Trip code: ASG77

20 Mar '19 6 Apr '19 - 18 DAYS

Voyage Inclusions

  • Luggage transfer from Ushuaia hotel to ship on Day 1
  • Stanley town tour (time permitting) on Day 18
  • Transfer from ship to Falkland Island’s airport on Day 18
  • Flight from Stanley, Falkland Islands to Santiago, Chile (or Punta Arenas*) on Day 18
  • 17 nights’ ship accommodation in your chosen cabin category with daily cabin service
  • All meals, snacks, tea and coffee during voyage
  • All shore excursions and Zodiac (inflatable boat) cruises
  • Educational lectures and guiding services from our expert team
  • Access to our on-board doctor and basic medical services
  • A custom-designed polar expedition jacket to keep
  • Free gumboot hire during the voyage
  • Comprehensive pre-departure information
  • Professionally produced voyage journal (one per booking)
  • Port and landing fees and charges

Voyage Exclusions

  • International or domestic flights to/from ship, unless specified
  • Transfers not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Airport arrival or departure taxes
  • Visa, passport, and vaccination charges
  • Travel insurance or emergency evacuation charges
  • Hotels and meals not included in the itinerary
  • Optional excursions not included in the itinerary
  • Optional activity surcharge. Please contact us if you wish to book any optional activities, such as sea kayaking
  • All items of a personal nature including but not limited to: alcoholic beverages and soft drinks, laundry services, personal clothing, medical expenses, gratuities, and email or phone charges
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Suite
Triple Cabin
Shared Bathroom
US$14,600
Suite
Twin Cabin
Shared Bathroom
US$17,900
Suite
Twin Cabin Economy
Private Bathroom
US$20,600
Suite
Twin Cabin
Private Bathroom
US$21,700
Suite
Mini Suite
Private Bathroom
US$24,000
Suite
Captain's Suite
Private Bathroom
US$25,400

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Prices quoted are per person and in US dollars, based on twin share. Single occupancy is 1.7 times the twin share price. No single travel fees apply if you are willing to share your cabin (twin and triple cabins only). Fuel surcharge may apply in the event of significant fuel price increases. No refund for unused services.

Map & Itinerary

Day 1 – Ushuaia
Step aboard Polar Pioneer in the late afternoon to a warm welcome, and set sail along the Beagle Channel bound for Antarctica. Additional Information: We recommend you arrive into Ushuaia at least one day prior to your expedition start date. A luggage transfer from your Ushuaia hotel to the ship is included today. Ushuaia port is a short walking distance from town; you are required to make your own way to port for boarding this afternoon.
Days 2 to 3 – Drake Passage
As we cross the Drake Passage, we keep watch for giant petrels, wandering and black-browed albatross. Our on-board historian introduces us to Shackleton, while our expedition guides prepare us for our first landing in the South Shetland Islands.
Days 4 to 6 – Antarctica Peninsula, Weddell Sea
An autumn dawn greets us in spectacular Antarctic Sound where we may make a continental landing at towering Brown Bluff before pushing on into the Weddell Sea. Amidst shifting pack ice and tabular icebergs the Endurance story comes alive. If ice conditions allow, we visit world-renowned fossil beds on Seymour, Vega or James Ross islands, perhaps even Nordenskjold’s Hut on Snow Hill Island – and learn of a survival story nearly equal to Shackleton’s.
Day 7 – Elephant Island
Point Wild on Elephant Island is so exposed it’s hard to imagine Shackleton’s men landing three lifeboats there, let alone surviving four dark winter months before rescue. If conditions allow we hope to take our Zodiacs as close as possible, perhaps even stepping ashore.
Days 8 to 9 – Scotia Sea
Retracing James Caird’s epic voyage to South Georgia, we traverse some of the most productive waters in the world, keeping watch for fin, sei and possibly even blue whales. We have time to reflect on our journey so far, and learn more about Shackleton’s life-saving crossing to South Georgia.
Day 10 – South Georgia
Entering King Haakon Bay, if conditions allow, we land in tiny Cave Cove to fully appreciate the skills of Worsely, Shackleton’s skipper and navigator, then continue to near Peggotty Bluff, where Shackleton, Worsely and Crean set off to cross the island. It is from here where our crossing party alights to tackle the 50km trek.
Days 11 to 15 – South Georgia
While our South Georgia ‘Crossers' negotiate the rugged interior, we delight in one of the world’s greatest wildlife spectacles – king penguin rookeries half-million strong, chinstrap, gentoo and macaroni penguin colonies, wandering albatross on nests, beaches thick with elephant and fur seals. We hope to join our mountaineers on the final leg of the Shackleton Crossing – the Shackleton Walk – from Fortuna Bay to Stromness, before visiting 'The Boss’s' grave and the whaling museum in Grytviken.
Days 16 to 17 – Scotia Sea
We’re entertained by whales, dolphins and seabirds as we cross the Scotia Sea to the Falkland Islands. At sea, our final days are a flurry of shared photos, memories and a farewell drink with the Captain.
Day 18 – Falkland Islands to Santiago (or Punta Arenas)
After an early breakfast, we bid farewell to Polar Pioneer and transfer to Stanley airport for our onward flight to Santiago or Punta Arenas, Chile. Or choose to stay on in the Falkland Islands to continue your adventure. Additional Information: Please note that flights departing Stanley to Santiago (via Punta Arenas) only depart once a week, on a Saturday. Please advise if you wish to end your flight in Punta Arenas; refunds are not available for unused flight sectors.

Activities

The following activites are available on this expedition - register when booking. See all Activities
  • Sea Kayaking

    From US$1,325 pp
    Kayaking in the far-flung corners of the world is an experience guaranteed to refresh your soul. Paddling in small groups, glide between ice floes, brash ice and icebergs dotted with wildlife.
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  • All of our expeditions and itineraries offer fantastic photography experiences, however on selected expeditions we offer specialised photography workshops with our expert photography guides.
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  • Shackleton’s epic has been retold countless times, but few have retraced his steps across South Georgia. On selected voyages, we offer you the chance to either trek or ski this three day epic, weather permitting.
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  • Mountaineering

    From US$900 pp
    Reach new heights in Antarctica! From easy ascents to more technical routes, our mountaineering and climbing activity is available for experienced climbers on our Antarctica expeditions.
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Extension Tours

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A truly magnificent voyage.
Ian Calder, UK - In Shackleton’s Footsteps, 2016
Thank you for making a dream come true better than the dream!!
Jane Gibson, Australia - In Shackleton’s Footsteps, 2016
Major advantage Aurora has over other companies is their ship size, please don't change that, I want to get to know my other 50 or so passengers, not so easy on a ship which carries over a 100 passengers.
Vicki Gould, New Zealand - In Shackleton's Footsteps, 2016
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Trip: In Shackleton’s Footsteps (ASG73)

Voyage Inclusions

  • Flight from Stanley to Punta Arenas OR Santiago (no reduced fare for finishing in Punta Arenas)
  • Luggage transfer from hotel in Ushuaia to Polar Pioneer on day of boarding
  • Transfer from Polar Pioneer to Stanley airport, including tour of Stanley
  • Accommodation during the voyage
  • All meals, snacks, tea and coffee during the voyage
  • All shore excursions and Zodiac (inflatable boat) cruises
  • Educational lectures and guiding services from our expert team
  • Access to our on board doctor and basic medical services
  • Free gumboot hire during the voyage
  • Daily cabin service
  • An Aurora Expeditions' multi-purpose waterproof jacket
  • Comprehensive pre-departure information
  • Professionally produced voyage journal (one per booking)
  • Port taxes and charges
  • All entry fees to historic landings sites

Voyage Exclusions

  • International or domestic flights to or from ship, unless specified
  • Transfers not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Airport arrival or departure taxes
  • Visa, passport, and vaccination charges
  • Travel insurance or emergency evacuation charges
  • Hotels and meals not included in itinerary
  • Optional excursions not included in the itinerary
  • Optional activity surcharge. Please contact us if you wish to book any optional activities, such as sea kayaking
  • All items of a personal nature including but not limited to: alcoholic beverages and soft drinks, laundry services, personal clothing, medical expenses, gratuities, and email or phone charges
×

Trip: In Shackleton’s Footsteps (ASG77)

Voyage Inclusions

  • Luggage transfer from Ushuaia hotel to ship on Day 1
  • Stanley town tour (time permitting) on Day 18
  • Transfer from ship to Falkland Island’s airport on Day 18
  • Flight from Stanley, Falkland Islands to Santiago, Chile (or Punta Arenas*) on Day 18
  • 17 nights’ ship accommodation in your chosen cabin category with daily cabin service
  • All meals, snacks, tea and coffee during voyage
  • All shore excursions and Zodiac (inflatable boat) cruises
  • Educational lectures and guiding services from our expert team
  • Access to our on-board doctor and basic medical services
  • A custom-designed polar expedition jacket to keep
  • Free gumboot hire during the voyage
  • Comprehensive pre-departure information
  • Professionally produced voyage journal (one per booking)
  • Port and landing fees and charges

Voyage Exclusions

  • International or domestic flights to/from ship, unless specified
  • Transfers not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Airport arrival or departure taxes
  • Visa, passport, and vaccination charges
  • Travel insurance or emergency evacuation charges
  • Hotels and meals not included in the itinerary
  • Optional excursions not included in the itinerary
  • Optional activity surcharge. Please contact us if you wish to book any optional activities, such as sea kayaking
  • All items of a personal nature including but not limited to: alcoholic beverages and soft drinks, laundry services, personal clothing, medical expenses, gratuities, and email or phone charges
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