Spirit of Shackleton


Experience the incredible wildlife, stunning mountain scenery and gigantic icebergs in 10 action-packed days.

Onboard our strong, ice-classed expedition vessels, we are sure to get close to the dramatic coastlines. Zodiac cruising and shore landings are an important and considerable part of the planned itinerary, enabling all expedition guests to set foot several times on the Antarctic continent, as well as the many surrounding sub-antarctic islands.

  • Zodiac landings at penguin rookeries
  • Visit research stations and fascinating lookouts along the way
  • Pass the famous Gerlache Strait, where 3000-ft ice cliffs rise straight out of the still water


Day 1Arrival in Ushuaia

Arrive in Ushuaia at any time. Arrival transfer included. Enjoy the sights and sounds of the world’s most southerly city.

Day 2-3Ushuaia/Drake Passage

Enjoy a free morning in Ushuaia. Do any last minute shopping, explore the town, or visit 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.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 3-4Drake Passage/South Shetland Islands

The adventure begins with an 1000km (600mi) crossing of the passage named in honour of the 16th-century English sea captain and privateer, Sir Francis Drake. Take in daily lectures from the expedition team and keep an eye out for the first sightings of icebergs, whales and albatross following in the G Expedition’s wake.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Days 5-9 South Shetland Islands/Antarctic Peninsula

Experience some of the most unique wildlife and awe-inspiring scenery in the world while setting foot on the Antarctic continent. Weather and ice conditions permitting, our goal is to attempt memorable shore landings daily and encounter Gentoo, Chinstrap, and Adélie penguin rookeries; Weddell, crabeater, and leopard seals; and orca, humpback, and minke whales in the cold Antarctic waters. The peninsula also has a remarkable human history.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10-11Antarctic Peninsula/Scotia Sea

Sail for two days, retracing Shackleton’s route from Elephant Island and the Antarctic Peninsula towards South Georgia.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 12-15Scotia Sea/South Georgia

Home to many interesting sights (including the grave of polar explorer Ernest Shackleton), South Georgia has several former whaling stations and boasts plenty of wildlife. Visiting a huge colony of king penguins is a major highlight of this part of the journey. Weather permitting, spend four full days exploring the island.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 16-17 South Georgia/Southern Ocean

Sailing west, set course for the Falkland Islands. Days at sea are filled with lectures to prepare for landings. Watch for the many whales that inhabit these waters.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


18-19Southern Ocean/Falkland Islands

The Falkland Islands provide a rare opportunity to witness the biological diversity and extraordinary scenery of the southern islands. Penguins are abundant here, and the Falklands have the largest black-browed albatross colony in the world. In Stanley, meet the hardy local inhabitants whose colourful houses provide contrast to the long, dark winters.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 20Falkland Islands/Beagle Channel/Ushuaia

Reflect on a memorable adventure and take in some final lectures en route back to Ushuaia.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 21Ushuaia Disembark

Disembark in the morning.

Meals included: Breakfast


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Spirit of Shackleton

Start : 11 Jan, 2024  End : 31 Jan, 2024
Departure : Ushuaia   Arrival : Ushuaia
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19 nts aboard the G Expedition. 1 nt hotel in Ushuaia, on a twin share basis. Arrival and departure transfers. Zodiac excursions with our expert expedition team. Lectures and educational programs. Waterproof boots supplied for USA sizes 4 – 16. Expedition parka.

20 breakfasts, 18 lunches, 19 dinners

Allow USD25-35 for meals not included. Drinks and tips on board not included.

One expedition team member per 10 guests.

A carefully chosen team will lead our voyage. Our expedition ships boast an international team of professional naturalists and lecturers. Their goal is to provide an informed and balanced interpretation of the destination, accomplished through stimulating lectures, day-to-day briefings, and informal discussions. Your lecturers and Expedition Leader will cover all aspects of the voyage including ornithology, marine biology, geography, geology, history and the environment, as well as practical things like photography. The expedition staff work conscientiously with you on deck and in the field, improving your observational skills to allow you to experience all that the destination has to offer. Their strong sense of ethics and ecological knowledge make for stimulating and mindful conversation whether onshore or at the dinner table. The expedition staff will pilot the Zodiac landing craft used for shore landings and Zodiac cruises; they are experienced drivers who operate the Zodiacs in a responsible manner.

Transport: G Expedition, Zodiac, private bus, walking.


This expedition excludes:

  • Extra excursions and activities not mentioned in the itinerary

  • Single room supplement and stateroom upgrades

  • Meals not on board the ship

  • Beverages (other than coffee and tea)

  • Tips for the crew (we recommend USD 14 per person per day)

  • Personal expenses

  • Transfers to/from the ship

  • Anything not mentioned under ’Inclusions’


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