Shackleton Route in Luxury 19 days
Antarctica, Falklands

Shackleton Route in Luxury

Shackleton Route in Luxury 19 days aboard Silver Explorer

A classic voyage on board a purpose built, luxury expedition ship with an in-depth itinerary covering the Falklands, South Georgia, the rarely visited South Sandwich and South Orkney Islands, the South Shetlands and the Antarctic Peninsula. This is the best time of the year to see the Antarctic region and its wildlife in all its splendour, especially whales, and with one of the best expedition teams in the industry.

Toni Hart

Namibia Birding and Photography Guide

An accomplished and experienced Namibia birding and photographic guide, Toni holds a Namibia Academy for Tourism and Hospitality Level 3 qualification (the highest level attainable in Namibia) and is widely renowned for her extensive knowledge of the cultures, ornithology, flora, astronomy and wildlife of the country. Read more >

Jenny Luxton

Falklands Expert & Guide

Born in Chartres in the West Falklands, Jenny grew up on the family farm where her love for animals was nurtured by the25,000 sheep, horses and cows that lived alongside her. Forever a nature, conservation and wildlife enthusiast Jenny has travelled extensively throughout the Falkland Islands, visiting each and every wildlife island at least once, and even travelling around some by yacht. Read more >

Highlights

  • Spectacular and varied scenery
  • Prolific land, marine and avian wildlife
  • Exciting Zodiac excursions and landings
  • Follow the footsteps of the great explorers

What's Included

  • Full board on board ship, including all beverages
  • Charter flight Buenos Aires to Ushuaia
  • One night hotel stay pre-cruise
  • Transfers between airport, ship & hotel
  • Butler service in all suites
  • Zodiac and shore excursions
  • Programme of expert lectures
  • Gratuities
  • Free wifi
  • Expedition parka
23 nights 23/01/2018 - 15/02/2018
From Only £20,700pp
Simon Rowland
Simon Rowland
Antarctica, Falklands Specialist

Speak to someone who’s been to Antarctica, Falklands. Start planning your tailor-made trip by calling one of our friendly destination specialists on 0800 195 3385 or 44 1625 581143 for outside the UK.

Single Cabins Available
Single Occupancy Special Solo travellers can book this cruise and only be charged a 25% single supplement for select suites.. Offer applicable when booked before 22nd January 2018. Applies to new bookings in select suites. Terms & conditions apply.

ITINERARY

23 Nights   24 Days

Itinerary Summary

  • Day 1 | Ushuaia
  • Day 2 | At Sea
  • Day 3 | Falkland Islands
  • Day 4 | Port Stanley
  • Days 5 - 6 | At Sea
  • Days 7 - 10 | South Georgia
  • Day 11 | At Sea
  • Days 12-13 | South Sandwich Islands
  • Days 14-15 | At Sea
  • Day 16 | South Orkneys
  • Day 17 | Elephant Island
  • Days 18-21 | Antarctic Peninsula & South Shetlands
  • Days 22 - 23 | At Sea
  • Day 24 | Ushuaia
Ushuaia
1Day

Ushuaia

Embark in the afternoon and set sail down the Beagle Channel

At Sea
2Day

At Sea

Watch for marine mammals and birds from deck or enjoy lectures and onboard facilities.

Falkland Islands
3Day

Falkland Islands

Steeple Jason is undoubtedly one of the most dramatic islands in the archipelago. The island is of significant importance to conservationists, as it is the home to the world’s largest black-browed albatross colony. Large numbers of striated caracara, Falkland skuas, southern rockhopper penguins, Magellanic penguins, gentoo penguins, slender-billed prions and southern giant petrels also breed here. sea lions, Peale’s dolphins, Commerson’s dolphin and fur seals can be seen along the shore.

Located slightly northwest of West Falkland, West Point Island's main attraction is the Devil’s Nose, a cliffside colony of black-browed albatrosses nesting side-by-side with rockhopper Penguins. Magellanic penguins, striated caracaras, military thrushes and Magellanic cormorants can also be found on the island.

Port Stanley
4Day

Port Stanley

Stanley is a small, colourful city with very British characteristics. Visit the excellent museum and the cathedral and maybe have a drink in one of the local pubs.

At Sea
5 - 6Days

At Sea

Watch for marine mammals and birds from deck or enjoy lectures and onboard facilities.

South Georgia
7 - 10Days

South Georgia

South Georgia is a breathtaking destination of towering snow-covered mountains, mighty glaciers, and low-lying grasslands that attract an astounding concentration of wildlife. It is possible to find southern fur seals, southern elephant seals and a variety of albatross species including black-browed, light-mantled sooty, grey-headed and the spectacular wandering albatross, plus thousands of king and macaroni penguins. South Georgia is also linked to the early Antarctic explorers. Captain James Cook first stepped ashore in 1775, but perhaps more famous is Ernest Shackleton’s arrival in 1916 following the loss of his ship Endurance in the Weddell Sea.

At Sea
11Day

At Sea

More relaxing days at sea. Watch for marine mammals and birds from deck or enjoy lectures and onboard facilities.

South Sandwich Islands
12-13Days

South Sandwich Islands

The South Sandwich Islands are extremely remote and untouched, being 470 miles southeast of South Georgia. They are a 240-mile chain of 11 islands that form part of the "Scotia Arc", and even today they experience active volcanism. Captain James Cook, on his search for a rumoured southern continent, discovered the islands in 1775. Most of the islands are rugged and mountainous rising steeply from the sea with snow-covered peaks. The islands have been recognised by Birdlife International as an Important Bird Area and we hope to see lots of species as we visit.

At Sea
14-15Days

At Sea

Enjoy informative lectures and the ship's facilities or just watch out on deck for birds and marine wildlife

South Orkneys
16Day

South Orkneys

The South Orkney Islands are a group of four main islands in the Scotia Sea about 375 miles northeast of the tip of the Antarctic Peninsula. They were discovered in 1821 by two sealers, the American Nathaniel Brown Palmer and the British George Powell, who named them Powell's Group. The islands were renamed in 1823 by James Weddell, after the Orkney Islands in Scotland.

Elephant Island
17Day

Elephant Island

Elephant Island is home to awesome glaciers and several chinstrap penguin rookeries, as well as 2,000-year-old moss colonies. Weddell seals and macaroni penguins can also be spotted. In 1916, when Ernest Shackleton’s ship Endurance was crushed in pack ice in the Weddell Sea, the crew was stranded here for more than 4 months finding shelter under two upturned lifeboats on the spit of land Shackleton’s men named ‘Point Wild’. The bust of the Chilean captain Luis Pardo has been erected here to commemorate the successful rescue in the tug Yelcho.

Antarctic Peninsula & South Shetlands
18-21Days

Antarctic Peninsula & South Shetlands

In the Antarctic Sound, we hope to visit Hope Bay or Paulet Island. At Paulet, Hope Bay and Brown Bluff Adelie and gentoo penguins breed, as do kelp gulls and Cape petrels, snow petrels and skuas. The Sound’s main attractions are the spectacular tabular icebergs that come from the Larsen Ice Shelf further south. We plan at least two zodiac excursions each day with landings or cruises around the ice spotting penguins, birds and marine mammals.  There may also be opportunities to land and visit one of the international research stations in the area.

At Sea
22 - 23Days

At Sea

Last opportunities for bird watching and looking out for whales as we cross the Drake Passage.

Ushuaia
24Day

Ushuaia

Arrive in the morning and disembark

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Ann Macleod, Scotland Peggy & Thomas, Belgium Robert Hickinbotham, Pulheim, Germany Dave Martin, North Wales James and Pamela Chapman, Halifax David Coard, Exeter, UK Dr Lorna Mairs, Hampshire, UK Lucy and Simon Stern, Sussex, UK Shiyang Liu, Beijing, China Peter Reid, Lincoln, UK Celia Hills, Orkney Islands, UK Steve Sutton, Merseyside, UK Molly Quackenbush, Virginia, USA Sophie & Francois Couture, Quebec, Canada Mike and Berry Poulter, East Sussex, UK Jo Arden, London, UK Mr Neil Morrison, UK Mr J Borg, Malta
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!
I came to Wildfoot because a friend had booked with you when you were Antarctica Bound and they were right. Everything went perfectly, even when our flight was cancelled, you made sure we still made it to the ship with time to spare. L’Austral is a beautiful ship with first class service and food and the guides looked after us well. Very happy to recommend Wildfoot and L’Austral...
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.
I want to thank you for all you did to make my recent Falklands trip run so smoothly and comfortably. Thank you for all your help over the diet too.
• I wanted to send you a quick thank you email. We had a fantastic trip, the boat, staff, scenery, itinerary, and pretty much everything else was incredible! Thank you so much for arranging the cabin upgrade, we were delighted to have our own room! We had a really brilliant time, and wanted to say thanks so much for being so helpful throughout, we're lucky to have found you.
We had a very special experience organized by you in Feb, especially the wedding in Antarctica and our stay in Patagonia. Thank you.
Many thanks for all you help with our polar trip which exceeded all expectations. We will certainly recommend your company and seriously consider yourselves for future trips.
I just want to thank you for all your help with my Ross Sea trip. It was really the trip of a lifetime & the ship & crew were excellent.
Overall I think that it was an excellent trip that was well worth the price paid and I would have no hesitation recommending your company to others.
I'm sure you get plenty of compliments, but I just want to follow up telling you what a great time we had on the MS Expedition Antarctica Classic cruise. We were very pleased with all of the staff, on the ground and on the ship. Everyone was so friendly and knowledgeable. We greatly appreciated their experience and expertise. Their very careful attention to all of the environmental rules and precautions should also be lauded. Thank you for all of your service and attention. If we're planning on one of the other regions that you serve, we'll definitely be in touch!!
We would like to thank you with all our heart for our fabulous trip. It was amazing. Everything was perfect. I recommend Antarctica and South America to everybody. Doing business with you was also a great experience. You are the best travel agent I ever met. I hope to have the chance to do business with you again in the future.
We've just got back from out trip to Patagonia and the Antarctic and want to say a big thank you to all of you at Wildfoot but specifically you, Tina and Sara, for organising our trip and sorting out all my queries before we went. You've all been thoroughly professional - and friendly with it. I always get concerned that hotels won't have received the booking, the air e-tickets won't be recognised or luggage ends up somewhere other that where we are, but I didn't need to worry as everything was well planned in advance and the various elements, air travel, two cruises, hotels etc, fitted seamlessly. You can take this as a 10 out of 10 satisfaction rating and recommendation for your company. You will certainly be my 'go to' provider if we ever do anything similar in the future. Thanks once again for our trip of a lifetime.
I just wanted to say an enormous thank you for your help with my trip. It was the best two weeks of my life! MS Expedition was amazing – their itinerary, their crew, their spirit. It was truly exceptional.One of the best things was how they arranged the rooms, I just had the best roommates and that really made a big difference to the trip. We got to see some fast ice and got out to walk on it – literally walking on the frozen sea. Amazing! I am saving for my next trip and I would not dream of going with anyone but you guys again. Good work! A dream very much come true.
I hope you’re well. I wanted to drop you a line to say we are back from Antarctica and had a wonderful time with Ponant. The trip exceeded our expectations in every respect, and I haven’t yet found enough superlatives to describe it to friends! Antarctica was breathtaking (as you know), and we loved pretty-much everything about Ponant. It was the perfect fit for us and I’m very grateful to you for taking the time to help with the booking. Having read the nightmares that Silversea have been having with the Silver Cloud, we felt lucky to be onboard Le Lyrial. Of course the only downside of a trip like this is we want to go back - best start saving now! Thanks again for all of your help and support with the booking process. Ponant was exactly as you described it. We have our eye on a couple of other cruises with them so I might be in touch soon.
Just a quick note to express my sincere thanks to you and all your staff for making this an epic adventure of immense proportions. Everything went smoothly, pickups, hotels and most of all the expedition itself. Truly a mind blowing experience unlike any I have ever taken.

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