Luxury Shackleton Route and Antarctic Circle
Luxury Falklands, South Georgia and Antarctic Circle 17 days aboard Le Soleal
This luxury expedition gives a taste of the Falkland Islands with landings on New Island and Grave Cove at these sites there is not only some of the most beautiful scenery, but also lots of wildlife viewing with penguins, albatross and dolphins. Then on to the wildlife paradise of South Georgia, before continuing to the magnificent Antarctic Peninsula and beyond to cross the Circle itself.
- Rarely visited Falkland Islands
- South Georgia, abundant birdlife and mammals, glacial scenery
- Spectacular Antarctic icebergs and scenery
- Crossing the Antarctic Circle
- Marine mammals including whales and seals
- Amazing birdlife
- Historical sites
- Full board accommodation on board, including bar/beverage service
- Flights Buenos Aires - Ushuaia and return
- Transfers between airport and ship
- Zodiac cruises and shore excursions
- Entertainment and expert lecture programme
- Optional excursion in Ushuaia pre-cruise
- Loan of rubber boots
- Expedition parka
ITINERARY16 Nights 17 Days
- Day 1 | Buenos Aires - Ushuaia
- Day 2 | At sea
- Day 3 | Falkland Islands
- Days 4-5 | At sea
- Days 6-8 | South Georgia
- Days 9 | At sea
- Day 10 | Elephant Island
- Days 11-14 | Antarctica
- Days | 15-16 | Drake Passage
- Day 17 | Ushuaia - Buenos Aires
Meet at Buenos Aires airport for flight to Ushuaia, the world's southern-most city and also the main town in Tierra del Fuego.
Transfer to ship, board and set sail in the afternoon.
Get used to life on board and spend time on deck watching for your first whale sightings and spotting the various seabirds following the ship.
Today, we plan to land at Grave Cove and New Island in the West Falklands. Here, amongst the rugged and beautiful scenery, you will have the opportunity to get close up with several species of penguin, black-browed albatross, petrels and other land and sea birds as well as colonies of fur seals.
As we sail south, listen to interesting expert lectures and keep a look out for whales and other sea mammals as well as spotting sea birds for the deck.
South Georgia - Salisbury Plain, Fortuna Bay
We hope to disembark at the splendid Fortuna Bay among the penguins and be allowed to approach the sea elephants lounging in the weak southern sunshine. This glacial expanse of Salisbury Plain, surrounded by high mountains is home to over 250,000 king penguins and the spectacle is truly amazing.
Grytviken, St Andrews Bay
At Grytviken, we disembark and spend time looking at the ruins of this historic whaling station. Here, we will also pay our respects at the grave of the famous explorer, Ernest Shackleton and visit the museum, from where you can also send postcards home from one of the most remote places on earth.
Gold Harbour, Cooper Bay
Gold Harbor is home to not only king and gentoo penguins but also a large colony of elephant seals - walking amongst these leviathans is an amazing experience. This is also a great place for seein the beautiful light-mantled sooty albatross.
Cooper Bay is home to a large colony of macaroni penguins, distinctive because of their floppy bright yellow crests.
At Sea + Elephant Island
As we cross the Scotia Sea, there are lots of chances to see whales and seabirds. We hope to land at the renowned Elephant Island where Shackleton left his men whilst he embarked on the small boat 'James Caird' to South Georgia.
Our first planned call in Antarctica proper is at Astrolabe Island, known for its spectacular rock formation, the 'Dragon's Teeth' . It is also home to a large colony of chinstrap penguins.
Petermann Island and Neko Harbour
Neko Bay is without doubt one of most beautiful sites on the Antarctic Peninsula! It was discovered by the Belgian explorer Gerlache, during his Antarctic expedition from 1897-99. Mountains, snow, ice and nature in the wild combine to offer a unique landscape. The wildlife here is as abundant as it is exceptional, with gulls, Cape petrels and cormorants, as well as sea mammals such as seals, orcas and whales. Zodiac excursions bring you into the closest contact with the icebergs, or take you into the heart of the penguin colonies, or to observe a sea elephant lounging on the shore as the Antarctic terns wheel about overhead.
The Antarctic Circle
We have passed through the Gerlache Strait, renowned for its pointed blue icebergs, set amongst spectacular mountain scenery and today, we expect to have navigated the Grandidier Channel and cross the actual Polar Circle.
Heading Back North
As we head back north along the coast of Graham Land, depending on conditions, we will call in at other sites, before again reaching the open sea and the Drake Passage. .
At sea, Drake Passage
We navigate the Drake Passage named after the famous explorer, Sir Frances Drake, who sailed in these waters way back in 1578. Last opportunities to see marine mammals and watch albatrosses and petrels swooping around the ship.
Ushuaia - Buenos Aires
Disembark and transfer to airport for flight to Buenos Aires
What Our Customers
Superlatives abound – a truly amazing experience...awesome. Thanks to all for making it such a memorable experience.
We had the time of our lives on board ship...if anybody wants to go to Antarctica, we will certainly advise to go with you.
Huge congratulations to you and all the team for the perfect organisation throughout the trip. From the early planning to the last transfer, everything went without a hitch.
Now that I am back from my odyssey voyage, I thought I would let you know that after all that planning it really did exceed my expectations – we managed landings everywhere even on Tristan da Cuhna and had great bird sightings. The guides all knew what they were talking about too and made sure I got some great photos – still sorting them all out! Thanks for everything and see you at Birdfair!
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The adventure really was a 'trip of a lifetime' and we are so glad we tagged an extra day in Buenos Aires at either end and that we went Premium Economy, it made all the difference. The ship Sea Explorer was exactly as Simon had described and was very comfortable. South Georgia was the highlight but we were surprised how much wildlife there was to see on the Falklands and we might well book one of your nature trips to the Falklands in the future.
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