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

  • Australian Geographic Society voyage
  • Vast tabular icebergs in the Weddell Sea
  • Historic huts and whaling history
  • Attempt to land at Elephant Island
  • Fur seals, albatross & thousands of King penguins
  • Shackleton Alpine Crossing (surcharge applies)

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Dates & Rates

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8 Mar '17 25 Mar '17 18 DAYS

In Shackleton’s Footsteps

Trip code: (ASG69)

8 Mar '17 25 Mar '17 - 18 DAYS

Voyage Inclusions

  • Luggage transfer from hotel in Ushuaia to Polar Pioneer on day of boarding
  • Transfer from Polar Pioneer to Stanley airport, including tour of Stanley
  • Post-voyage flight from Stanley to Punta Arenas OR Santiago (no reduced fare for finishing in Punta Arenas)
  • Accommodation during the voyage on board Polar Pioneer
  • 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
  • Complimentary custom-designed Polar Expedition jacket
  • Free gumboot hire during the voyage
  • Daily cabin service
  • Complimentary custom-designed polar expedition 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$17,200
Suite
Twin Cabin
Private Bathroom
US$20,790
Suite
Mini Suite
Private Bathroom
US$22,785
Suite
Captain's Suite
Private Bathroom
US$24,200

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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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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 – Beagle Channel
Step aboard Polar Pioneer in Ushuaia in the late afternoon to a warm welcome, introductory briefing and an evening departure along the Beagle Channel with your shipmates.
Days 2 to 3 – Drake Passage
As we cross Drake Passage, we keep watch for giant petrels, wandering and black-browed albatross and our first icebergs. Fur seals and penguins pepper the sea surface as we approach our first landing in the South Shetland Islands.
Days 4 to 6 – Antarctica Peninsula
An autumn dawn greets us in spectacular Antarctic Sound where we may stop at towering Brown Bluff before pushing on into the Weddell Sea. There’s a strong fossil focus this time of year, as the pack ice movement may allow a continental landing and visits to the world-renowned fossil beds of Seymour, Vega and James Ross islands, and Nordenskjold’s Hut on Snow Hill Island.
Days 7 to 9 – Scotia Sea
So exposed is Cape Wild on Elephant Island, landings are rare, but we’ll try, if only to pay tribute to the man who’s leadership kept Shackleton’s men alive for four months while awaiting rescue. We keep watch for great whales while sailing the Scotia Sea to South Georgia.
Day 10 – South Georgia
We enter King Haakon Bay and attempt a ceremonial landing at Cave Cove, Shackleton’s first landfall before continuing up past Peggotty Bluff, where Shackleton, Worsley and Crean set off to cross the island.
Days 11 to 14 – South Georgia
While our “Crossers” negotiate Shackleton’s historic route, we immerse ourselves 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 walk the final leg of Shackleton’s epic, from Fortuna Bay to Stromness, before visiting “The Boss’s” grave and whaling museum in Grytviken.
Days 15 to 17 – Scotia Sea
Crossing the Scotia Sea, we watch for whales and enjoy entertaining talks by our expedition team as we cruise back towards the Falklands Islands/Malvinas. On this leg we are usually travelling into the prevailing weather so it is difficult to estimate our arrival time in the Falklands.
Day 18 – Falkland Islands/Malvinas
Dawn greets us in the Falkland Islands/Malvinas capital, Stanley; where we bid farewell to Polar Pioneer. You have the option of either spending more time exploring the Falkland Islands or continuing on to Punta Arenas or Santiago, Chile.

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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  • Shackleton’s epic has been retold countless times, but few have retraced his steps across South Georgia. On our season’s final voyage, we offer you the chance to do so – over three days, weather permitting.
    View Activity Details

Extension Tours

Extend your holiday with these optional tours. See all Extension Tours in Antarctica

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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

Trip: In Shackleton’s Footsteps (ASG69)

Voyage Inclusions

  • Luggage transfer from hotel in Ushuaia to Polar Pioneer on day of boarding
  • Transfer from Polar Pioneer to Stanley airport, including tour of Stanley
  • Post-voyage flight from Stanley to Punta Arenas OR Santiago (no reduced fare for finishing in Punta Arenas)
  • Accommodation during the voyage on board Polar Pioneer
  • 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
  • Complimentary custom-designed Polar Expedition jacket
  • Free gumboot hire during the voyage
  • Daily cabin service
  • Complimentary custom-designed polar expedition 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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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
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