Trip Summary and Itinerary Map
- 5 days in South Georgia & 4 days in Antarctica (3 departures dates)
- We like this itinerary for its extended time in South Georgia & inclusion of Point Wild on Elephant Island (weather permitting)
- Only 54 people aboard means speedy logistics and a very intimate experience
- Sea Kayaking (additional cost)
- Complimentary parka jacket + post trip journal
Day 1: Santiago to Stanley, Falkland Islands/Malvinas
Make your way to the airport to board your flight in either Santiago or Punta Arenas. Arrive in Stanley in the afternoon before enjoying a tour of the Falkland Island's charming capital. You'll board the Polar Pioneer this afternoon. Take some time to settle in & explore your new home for the next 18 days. Stand out on deck and watch Stanley fade in the distance as we begin our adventure!
Days 2-3: At sea bound for South Georgia
Between the Falklands and South Georgia, stand out on the deck for the fascinating parade of seabirds that follow our wake, or perhaps keep watch for breaching whales. Our team of experts will also entertain and educate abut South Georgia as we get closer to our first landing. If time and weather permits, we may pass close by Shag Rocks - a fascinating group of rocky inlets protruding from the sea.
Days 4-8: South Georgia
We'll have ample time to explore the island's spectacular northern coast as spring brings an explosion of life. We visit wildlife havens that include the world's largest king penguin rookeries, majestic albatross nests and beaches cluttered with basking elephant seals, feisty fur seals and penguins. Kayakers revel in paddling the coastline's nooks and crannies, accompanied by playful seal pups. We learn of Shackleton's Epic and hope to retrace his expedition's final steps from Fortuna Bay to Stromness. In Grytviken, we enjoy a guided tour of the fascinating South Georgia Museum, and toast 'The Boss' and his right-hand man, Frank Wild, at their graveside.
Days 9-10: At Sea towards Antarctica
En route for Antarctica, we head southward along the Scotia Sea, the same stretch of ocean that Shackleton and five of his men crossed in order to find help for the rest of their crew. As excitement builds for Antarctica, catch up with fellow expeditioners in the bar, keep watch for wildlife alongside our naturalist, or learn more of the Shackleton story from our historian.
Day 11: Elephant Island
We approach Point Wild, a bleak, rocky spit along Elephant Island's dramatic north coast. If condition allow, we'll Zodiac cruise, possibly even step ashore, to pay tribute to Shackleton's 22 men who survived here for four months, living under upturned lifeboats.
Days 12-15: Antarctic Peninsula
Once we arrive in the calmer waters of the Bransfield & Gerlache Straits, we'll generally be landing two to three times a day. We may encounter pack ice, and penguin rookeries alive with courtship, mating and nest-building. Leopard seals and South Polar skuas are on the hunt, while shy giant petrels incubate their eggs. With nearly 24 hours daylight, we pack in as much as possible, visit historic sites, attempting to land on the continent proper and Zodiac cruising amongst spectacular icebergs.
Days 16-17: Drake Passage
Our landings come to an end as we enter the Drake Passage for our return journey to South America. With lectures and videos to complete our Antarctic experience, there is still plenty of time to experience the magic of the Southern Ocean. As we approach the tip of South America, our Captain may may sail close to legendary Cape Horn, time and weather permitting.
Day 18: Ushuaia, Argentina
During the morning we travel up the Beagle Channel to dock in Ushuaia, then transfer to our hotel or continue our onward journeys, perhaps to discover the wonders of Patagonia on a connecting Patagonia Discovery Trek!
- The 26-Jan-2019 departure operates in reverse, starting in Ushuaia and finishing with a flight back from Stanley to Punta Arenas or Santiago, at your convenience.
Please Note: At the conclusion of the expedition, flights are not to be booked from Punta Arenas prior to 17:00 on the day of disembarkation. An overnight in Punta Arenas is recommended, but not mandatory.
Note: This itinerary is for guidance only as each voyage will vary depending on ice and weather conditions, and opportunities to see wildlife. Furthermore, it's important to understand that the charter flight(s) to/ from Antarctica are particularly prone to weather, which requires a flexible flight schedule.
What our customers think
Overall I kept thinking things don’t get better than this – but they did – over and over again. Rare privileges & unforgettable experiences that left me humbled, exhilarated and euphoric.
Freda, UK January 2017
About The Ship
- One of the smallest ships, only 54 guests
- Speedy logistics = up to 3 landings a day
- Time saving flights on some departures
- High 1A ice class + active stabilisers
- Optional camping, kayaking & snorkeling
- Rubber boots are provided on loan
I've known this ship for many years now and she remains a firm favourite with a loyal following.
Alex Mudd General Manager
Prices, Departures and Inclusions
Prices quoted below are per person based on 2 people sharing. Cabin availability changes all the time so please contact us for up-to-date details and information on specific cabin availability.
* Note: Prices are per person. Paid in USD ($) - figure above is based on today's exchange rate. Actual cost $15600
Optional Adventure Activities
Enhance your trip with the following add-on's. Limited places per activity, get in contact to check availability.
Kayaking (US$ 1350) - all departures, basic competency required
Skiing (US$ 900) - 1-Dec-2018 departure only, advanced ability required
South Georgia Alpine Crossing (US$ 2150) - 1-Dec-2018 departure only, basic competency required
Single Supplement and Child Policy
For those travelling solo and want their own cabin, the single supplement is 1.7 times the cost of a single berth, please contact us for details. However, there is no single supplement for passengers willing to share a cabin.
Children aged 8 years old or over are welcome. There isn't any concession on pricing.
- Photographer in residence Peter Eastway will be on board the 01-Dec-2018 departure.
- The 16-Jan-2019 departure operates in reverse, so starts in Ushuaia and finishes in Santiago or Punta Arenas (at your convenience). Note that no flight should be booked out of Punta Arenas until 5pm on disembarkation day.
- Flight Falklands/ P. Arenas or Santiago
- Transfers as indicated
- Guided tour of Stanley
- Printed voyage photo book (1 per booking)
- Antarctic wildlife guide
- Complimentary parka jacket
- Voyage aboard the vessel as indicated in the itinerary
- Accommodation & meals during the voyage on full board
- All shore excursions and zodiac activities
- Educational lectures by expert onboard polar guides
- Access to an onboard doctor and basic medical services
- Loan of rubber boots for the voyage's duration
- Comprehensive pre-departure information
- Port taxes & any entry fees to landing sites
- Any flights to & from points of embarkation/disembarkation
- Any additional pre/post land services, including meals
- Transfers not specified in the itinerary
- Optional non-complimentary adventure activities (e.g. kayaking)
- Visa, passport and any vaccination expenses
- Airport arrival or departure taxes
- Personal Travel insurance
- Items of a personal nature, e.g. laundry, beverages & communication
- Customary staff gratuity at the end of the voyage
- Additional onboard purchases (i.e. gift shop)