Quest for Shackleton: South Georgia and Antarctica

In homage to the great man, this late season trip follows the men of 'The Endurance' from the icy Weddell Sea via Elephant Island and across the vast Scotia Sea to South Georgia. What sets this trip apart is the optional 3-day trek across South Georgia’s mountains, more than a hundred years after Shackleton's famous rescue.

18 Days


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Quest for Shackleton: South Georgia and Antarctica - 18 - $14,300

Trip Summary and Itinerary Map

  • 7 days ‘off ship’ exploring -  Antarctica (3) & South Georgia (4)
  • Sails from Ushuaia (Argentina) & flies back Stanley/ Punta Arenas, Chile 
  • Explores the remote Weddell Sea and South Georgia when the King penguins are at their most numerous
  • We love this ship for its small, intimate size and capacity for spontaneity
  • Kayaking & Shackleton Alpine Crossing trek (additional cost)
  • Complimentary parka jacket + post trip voyage journal

Start from Ushuaia and end at Punta Arenas

Landmarks visited on Quest for Shackleton: South Georgia and Antarctica

Operator's Itinerary

Day 1:  Embarkation in Ushuaia

Step aboard our vessel in the late afternoon to a warm welcome, introductory briefing and an evening departure along the Beagle Channel with your shipmates.

Days 2-3:  Crossing the Drake Passage

As we cross the 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 4-6:  Weddell Sea

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 7-9:  Elephant Island and the 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:  King Haakon Bay, 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 11-14:  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 Shackleton's grave and whaling museum in Grytviken.

Days 15-17:  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. 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

Dawn greets us in the Falkland Islands capital, Stanley; where we bid farewell to the ship. You have the option of either spending more time exploring the Falkland Islands or continuing on to Punta Arenas or Santiago, Chile.

NOTE: This itinerary is for guidance only as each voyage will vary depending on ice and weather conditions, and opportunities to see wildlife. Flexibility is key and all part of the adventure of an expeditionary cruise.

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
Alex Mudd

I've known this ship for many years now and she remains a firm favourite with a loyal following.

Alex Mudd Polar Specialist

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.

This trip can run as a group trip, with prices starting from $14,300 per person for a complete group. If you are looking to join a group or you are a solo traveller we will help to form likeminded groups of travellers. Please let us know your travel plans.

The trip can also run on a private basis to fit around your plans. Departures may be tailored and can be set up on a date of your choice. Please note that there is a higher price for smaller groups. Please enquire for further details.

Optional Adventure Activities

Enhance your trip with the following add-on's. Limited places per activity, get in contact to check availability.

Kayaking ($1350) - all departures, basic competency required.

Mountaineering ($900) - all departures.

Alpine Crossing in South Georgia ($2,150) - all departures. 

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.


  • 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)

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