Journey to the Antarctic Peninsula
Fierce, cold and stunningly beautiful explorers since Shackleton have grappled with the contrasts of the Weddell Sea. Experience this ultimate Antarctic landscape on a 15-day adventure that defines "once in a lifetime." Cross the Drake Passage to the eastern side of the Antarctic Peninsula, the Weddell Sea this less-visited region of Antarctica is the planet's clearest sea and the birthing ground of incredible tabular icebergs. Two attempted shore landings each day means more potential sightings of leopard seals, whales and thriving colonies of roosting penguins. Be a part of history as you embrace Shackleton's spirit. This isn't a polar cruise it's an adventure.
13 nts aboard the G Expedition. Arrival transfer from airport in Ushuaia to hotel. 1 nt accommodation with breakfast in Ushuaia. Zodiac excursions with our expert expedition team. Lectures and educational programs. Waterproof boots supplied for men's USA sizes 8-14 and women's USA sizes 3-9. Expedition parka. Antarctica destination guidebook.
Celebrate the holidays and welcome in the New Year in Antarctica, spend eight full days exploring one of the world's last true wildernesses, connect with the history of exploration while retracing Shackleton's journey, catch sight of whales and albatross following the ship, go ashore with seasoned experts explaining the intricacies of Antarctic ecology, admire the tabular icebergs of the Weddell Sea
G Expedition, Zodiac, private bus.
Twin-share hotel (1 nt), aboard the G Expedition in quad-, triple-, twin-share cabins, or suites (all with en suite bathrooms and porthole or window) (13 nts). Please note that cabins consist of twin-size berths and are ocean-facing. Suites have 1 queen-size bed.
Day 2 Ushuaia/Drake Passage (1B, 1D)
Enjoy a free morning in the world's most southerly city, Ushuaia. Do any last minute shopping or explore the town or 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.
Days 3-4 Drake Passage/South Shetland Islands
The adventure begins with an 800km (497 mi) crossing of the passage named in honour of 16th-century English sea captain and privateer Sir Francis Drake. The ship is at home in this part of the Southern Ocean. Take in daily lectures from the expedition team, and keep an eye out for your first sightings of icebergs, whales, and albatross following in the Expedition's wake.
Days 5-12 South Shetland Islands/Drake Passage
Spend eight full days exploring the Antarctic Peninsula and South Shetland Islands and navigating into the lesser visited eastern side of the peninsula known as the Weddell Sea. The less-visited eastern side, is as stunning as it is remote; this is where Ernest Shackleton's ship Endurance came to her end (and where your polar adventure begins).
Days 13-14 Drake Passage/Ushuaia
Begin the northbound journey to the home port of Ushuaia. Review the highlights of the Antarctic experience with the lecturers and staff, and keep your eyes open on the observation deck for some last-minute whale sightings.
Day 15 Ushuaia (1B)
Disembark the Expedition after breakfast.