Shackleton’s Centenary Voyage | 23 days
Join us as we retrace the routes and landings of Sir Ernest Shackleton’s famed Endurance expedition. From the tip of Tierra del Fuego, to the Falkland Islands, the South Orkneys, South Georgia, the ice shelves and the Antarctic Continent itself, this is a trip like no other. Explore untouched islands, beaches, mountains and ice throughout the polar South, hike portions of Shackleton’s fabled trek over South Georgia Island and pay your respects at his grave in the former whaling station of Grytviken. In this pristine environment you’ll encounter albatross, sea elephant, fur and leopard seals, whales galore, and literally millions of penguins! Photograph extraordinary landscapes, fascinating wildlife, and savour the century-old remnants of polar expeditions in the place where legends live on!
Ships: Sea Adventurer
16 October – 7 November 2014
Guide price:From £11,095 per person based on twin deluxe cabin (private facilities)
Options:Polar Pioneer operates a voyage to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Shackleton’s South Georgia crossing, 7-27 March 2016, from £13,225 per person. Alpine crossing optional
Fiona’s travel tips
TOP TIP: Dress in layers - you will need them.
BEST TIME TO GO: The best time of year to visit the Falkland Islands is during the Austral Summer, particularly between the months of December to February. This is the peak of wildlife activity and, usually, the warmest time of the year.
WHY NOT: Combine your voyage in the South Atlantic with a fabulous trip to Argentina or Chile – we have plenty of suggestions!
“The holiday was great and met all my expectations – all the connections worked like clockwork. The cruise was fantastic and we landed on all except the South Orkneys which were ice bound. Food was very good and plenty of it – Iguazu was really good and connections etc worked well – the room was fantastic with Falls view as specified – at the end of the day it was good to relax by the pool and enjoy the Bacardi and coke as you do. Thanks for organising the trip it was one in a lifetime.”
Allen Cooper, The Falklands, South Georgia, South Sandwich Islands, Antarctic Peninsula discovery cruise
“As you know, I have waited 60 years for this and the whole Plancius experience on the exact centenary of Scott’s last expedition was just magical. Absolutely brilliant.”
John Sharples, Antarctic Peninsula
“In December 2012 I was able to fulfil my dream of setting foot on Antarctica despite my age (83 and eight months) and disability. Thanks to Fiona’s meticulous planning and the resulting support of guides and the Plancius crew at every step en-route and on the boat, I was able to travel there and back alone, and to enjoy shore landings and zodiac rides. A truly stunning experience. I realise how blessed I was to have so much encouragement and help both from Fiona and the expedition team.”
Dr Grete Gross, Antarctic Peninsula voyage
“It was a fascinating voyage with lasting impressions. The wildlife both on the Falklands and on Antarctica is incredibly rich. The organisation on board the ship was very good. Among the talks given by the scientific crew I enjoyed the witty talks by Robert Headland the most. The familiar atmosphere in the lodges on Sea Lion Island and on Carcass Island was very nice indeed. Last but not least I should like to thank you for the impeccable organisation on your part.”
Mr Hubert Kalf, Epic Antarctica icebreaker voyage
“Most helpful, informative, and friendly service at all stages. Absolutely spectacular trip which exceeded my already high expectations. Brilliant value for money, notwithstanding the high cost. It says it all that I was looking at your brochure for a future trip, as soon as I got back!”
Judith Philip, Antarctic Peninsula