Celebrating Shackleton: Journey from Antarctica to South Georgia

07/12/2020 through 12/19/2021
07/12/2020 through 01/10/2022
Quark Expeditions

Celebrating Shackleton: Journey from Antarctica to South Georgia

This brand new itinerary celebrates the life of Sir Ernest Shackleton, whose passing in South Georgia on January 5, 1922, marked the end of the Heroic Age of Antarctic Exploration. The 20-day itinerary Celebrating Shackleton: Journey from Antarctica to South Georgia (which will coincide with the centenary of Shackleton’s death) not only honors one of Antarctica’s greatest heroes-but also his unwavering spirit of exploration, which Quark Expeditions continues to emulate to this day.
Whereas Shackleton and his crew braved the harsh elements of Antarctica aboard Endurance, which had the most basic of amenities, guests on this voyage will board the brand new ship Ultramarine-during its inaugural Antarctic sailing season. The technologically-advanced vessel will follow the route of Shackleton’s Trans-Antarctic Expedition (1914–1917), allowing passengers to experience the full splendor of Antarctica and South Georgia while exploring on Ultramarine’s two twin-engine helicopters and 20 fast-launching Zodiacs. Guests will cross the Drake Passage to the Antarctic Peninsula, visit the Weddell Sea (where the ill-fated Endurance met its tragic end), then onto Elephant Island and, ultimately, wildlife-rich South Georgia, where, if conditions allow, guests will pay homage to Shackleton at his grave at Grytviken.
Throughout the voyage, passengers will enjoy special presentations by polar experts Tim Jarvis (author of “Chasing Shackleton”) and Dr. Ross MacPhee, curator of the ground-breaking museum exhibit “The Endurance: Shackleton’s Legendary Antarctic Expedition.”

  • Arrive in Buenos Aires, Argentina, the tango capital of the world, and let us take care of the rest of your journey
  • Explore the Antarctic Peninsula by ship, Zodiac and foot
  • Relive polar history on a visit to Shackleton’s grave at the cemetery in Grytviken
  • Observe wildlife in South Georgia, known as the “Galapagos of the Southern Ocean”
  • Learn about Antarctica’s unique geology, history and wildlife from our onboard experts
  • Enjoy a helicopter tour of the frozen Weddell Sea, where Shackleton’s Endurance lies buried under the ice
  • Mark Ultramarine’s first-ever New Year in the Antarctic


Day 1 Arrive in Buenos Aires, Argentina
Day 2 Fly to Ushuaia & Embark
Day 3 & 4 Crossing the Drake Passage
Day 5 & 6 Antarctic Peninsula
Day 7 Weddell Sea
Day 8 At Sea
Day 9 Elephant Island
Day 10 & 11 New Year's at Sea
Day 12 to 15 South Georgia
Day 16 to 19 At Sea
Day 20 Disembark in Ushuaia and Fly to Buenos Aires

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