Shackleton’s Footsteps - A Photographic Expedition with Paul Goldstein

Shackleton’s Footsteps - A Photographic Expedition with Paul Goldstein

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Shackleton’s Footsteps - A Photographic Expedition with Paul Goldstein

20 Days Starting in Port Stanley, Falkland Islands and ending in Ushuaia, Argentina

Visiting:

Antarctica

,

Falkland Islands

,

South Georgia

Tour operator:

Exodus

Physical rating:

Moderate / Challenging

Trip Styles:

Tour code:

PUJ

Group size:

0 - 96

Age range:

18 to 99

Interests:

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Tour Overview

South Georgia & Falklands Photographic Expedition on board the Magellan Explorer, accompanied by Paul Goldstein and Mark Carwardine[[{"fid":"266411","view_mode":"default","fields":{"format":"default"},"type":"media","field_deltas":{"1":{"format":"default"}},"attributes":{"class":"media-element file-default","data-delta":"1"}}]]Fit for KingsThere may be better places to photograph in the world than South Georgia, perhaps the plains of East Africa when the herds are in full flight, but it is debatable. South Georgia is a combination of staggering scenery: with towering mountains, sparkling hanging glaciers and charcoal volcanic beaches choked with literally millions of King penguins and countless other species.The legacy of Ernest Henry Shackleton is never far away, this distant South Atlantic faunal stronghold being the final part of his epic journey after the Endurance had become entombed in a crushing and mortal grip of Weddell Sea ice. The most valuable commodity on any Antarctic journey is time and with a spanking new 96 berth vessel specifically designed for these waters, with magnificent facilities and with an impressive top speed, we will be making the most of this fortnight. The Magellan is in a class of its own and perfect for this sort of adventure. This is a photographic expedition which, put simply, aims to utterly maximise every daylight hour in both South Georgia and the Falklands. Weather is a capricious mistress at best in the South Atlantic and therefore we cannot be bound by rigid timetables. There should be huge Elephant seals competing for beach space, often resulting in violent skirmishes in the surf. Having had to move the clock in the past to enjoy sunrise in the past (honestly) it will be good to enjoy some dawn and dusk. Rest assured there is also plenty of daylight too.Flying straight into Stanley saves a lot of sea time as most departures leave from Ushuaia and the plan will be to do at least two big Falklands landings as well as some time in the capital Stanley.For photographers, wilderness fans, and those who have ever dreamed about spending time in this remote backwater, this is a must. Many people travel to the South Atlantic and have their journeys compromised by having to split landings on account of the 100 people maximum. This ship is 96 berth and not this size by co-incidence and the two weeks on board are going to be very exciting if perhaps a little exhausting. Most journeys to South Georgia are on cruise ships allocating maybe three days at best in this fabled faunal nirvana. This almost borders on insult and this expedition (notice the different description please) plans five days at least in South Georgia before returning to the fertile Falkland islands. Hundreds of times I have heard people bemoaning the fact they did not have long enough in South Georgia, well, not on this expedition. The colonies of St Andrews Bay, Gold Harbour and Salisbury Plain are the biggest penguin colonies anywhere and need long, extended landings. Despite being a formidable obstacle to their almost crusade-like journey to Stromness whaling station, Worsley, Crean, McNeish and the Boss himself were captivated by this island as you will be .... the comfort levels have improved a little since the James Caird though!King for a day.....well it will be a little more than that. If walking in the footsteps of Shackleton, gazing at coruscating glaciers, watching huge seals batter seven barrels out of each other and then witnessing thousands of King and other penguins in and out of the surf is your thing, I really look forward to welcoming you on board.As for photography there .... it really is the sport of kings.Georgia on your minds...?  It should be. - Paul GoldsteinPaul Goldstein Exodus guide and award-winning photographer Paul Goldstein has often said that he is happiest on the plains of the Masai Mara or the decks of a ship in the Polar regions. Having completed over twenty expeditions, his choice for our summer months is Spitsbergen. Paul has a ridiculous amount of energy and is, as the Sunday Times described him, ‘a preposterously vivacious guide of almost psychotic gusto’. Mark Carwardine Mark Carwardine is a zoologist, an active and outspoken conservationist, an award-winning writer, a TV and radio presenter, a widely published wildlife photographer, a magazine columnist and a conservation consultant. He has written more than 50 books (including several bestsellers) and hundreds of newspaper and magazine articles and has been writing a provocative monthly column in BBC Wildlife magazine since January 2004. He presented the popular six-part BBC-TV series Last Chance to See, with actor and comedian Stephen Fry, in which the unlikely duo travelled the world in search of a motley collection of endangered species (following in the footsteps of a similar journey Mark had made with Douglas Adams, author of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, 20 years earlier), and for many years, he presented the weekly half-hour programme Nature on BBC Radio 4. He was also Chairman of the Judging Panel of the prestigious Veolia Environment Wildlife Photographer of the Year Competition, jointly owned by BBC Wildlife magazine and the Natural History Museum, from 2005 until 2011. He was selected as one of The World’s 40 Most Influential Nature Photographers in Outdoor Photography magazine and is one of 26 photographers from around the world chosen to show their work at COP26. He and Paul have worked together frequently and are an effective and invigorating partnership. They rarely agree with each other but both bring a lot to the polar picnic in terms of photography, knowledge and opinion!'If I wanted a cut and dried cruise to the polar regions I would book elsewhere. I do not. I have 'completed' three' expeditions' with Paul and Exodus on special exclusive departures and having travelled to the regions with others there is no comparison. There are guides and then there is Paul. I do not know of anyone who works harder to deliver both results and frankly excitement. There are many things important when deciding on the poles: ship, size and the itinerary - or lack of one. My expeditions were always on hundred person ships and always maximised weather and daylight hours. I just cannot imagine doing it any other way.' C.K.   Berks. UK

Highlights

  • Special photography departure accompanied by Paul Goldstein and Mark CarwardineTravel on the Magellan Explorer, a brand new fast 96 berth expedition vesselAll cabins en suiteAccompanied by lecturers and experienced crewPlenty of photographic advice and instructionFlexible itineraryExtended time and landings in South Georgia and the FalklandsHuge King penguin colonies of St Andrews Bay, Salisbury Plain and Gold HarbourWitness millions of King penguins, Gentoo and Macaroni penguins, Elephant seals fighting as well as Giant petrels, Cape petrels, skuas and sealsGood possibility of seeing huge grounded icebergs 

  • Ten good reasons to have Georgia, and more on your mind ... — This is a special photographic departure which guarantees every possible daylight hour is maximised with early starts and long days. — An earlyish season departure meaning fewer vessels and a very flexible itinerary. — The Magellan is best in its class and critically below 100 berths, ensuring maximum time ashore for passengers, not permitted to larger ships. — The ship has superb facilities and cuisine, is new and has a superb staff, many of whom Paul has worked with. — The expedition leader is fully aware and embraces what these special departures involve. — It starts in the Falklands: crucial as it does not waste time at sea for two days sailing from Ushuaia. — The Magellan Explorer is stable. And quick, vital for cutting down on sea days. — Both Paul and many of the staff are accomplished photographers so there will be plenty of advice on board. Paul has been guiding these polar expeditions for 20 years. — Early season finds the ice at its most beautiful and haunting. — The journey finishes in Ushuaia again maximising precious time.

Itinerary

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icon Day 1 : Start Port Stanley, Falkland Islands
Meals Included:

  dinner


You will be picked up at the Port Stanley Airport and transferred into town. There will be time to explore the town of Port Stanley before boarding the ship.

icon Day 2 : Saunders Island & West Point Island
Meals Included:

  breakfast, lunch, dinner


Two thrilling landings at two very different islands with most of Noah's South Atlantic avian lot on show from albatrosses to penguins. West Point is not only dramatic but has Rockhopper penguins in large numbers.

icon Day 3 : Volunteer Point
Meals Included:

  breakfast, lunch, dinner


There will be no shortage of these regal penguins on this departure, hundreds of thousands of them but to find them on a sparkling white sand beach is very different.

icon Day 4 - 5 : At Sea
Meals Included:

  breakfast, lunch, dinner


There is a whole team of experts specialising in history, cetaceans, pinnipeds, ice and photography waiting to fill these two days, ensuring everyone is ready for landfall in South Georgia. Once the cold water convergence is reached shortly after leaving the Falklands, there will be no shortage of birds trailing in the Magellan's wake.

icon Day 6 : Elsehul Bay & Right Whale Bay
Meals Included:

  breakfast, lunch, dinner


An early Zodiac ride along the fertile crescent of Elsehul, a natural harbour with seals, penguins and petrels circling overhead. It is a spectacular hors d'oeuvre to the main course in the afternoon, the gravely named Right Whale Bay with its dramatic surf. It is one of the most photogenic landings on the whole island. Sometimes tricky to get in, it is really worth an extended landing.

icon Day 7 : Salisbury Plain & Prion Island
Meals Included:

  breakfast, lunch, dinner


Every polar guide and leader has their favourite rookery, but Salisbury, with the ability to get well above the colony remains the favourite with many. This captivating beachhead is ringed by distant snow capped mountains and has well over 100,000 Kings. Salisbury may involve repeated landings, but if there is time, Prion Island, with its nesting Wanderers, is potentially another landing. So graceful in the sky these vast birds are strangely clumsy on land.

icon Day 8 : Stromness, Hercules Bay & Grytviken
Meals Included:

  breakfast, lunch, dinner


If there is not too much snow some people may do the bottom half of Shackleton's famous final walk (without the glissade!), others can photograph on the delightful bays nearby. In the afternoon a short but mandatory visit to get passports stamped in Grytviken and to visit the museum and reflect on the triple legacy of Shackleton, whaling and the first shots of the Falklands war. There are also nesting light mantled Sooty albatrosses.

icon Day 9 : St Andrews Bay
Meals Included:

  breakfast, lunch, dinner


This is a very special landing and rightfully merits a whole day with multiple landings. The backdrop and frankly sheer number of birds makes this a staggering sight and has been known to devour literally millions of gigabytes. 'Unique' is an overused epithet in travel, not here.

icon Day 10 : Gold Harbour & Cooper Bay
Meals Included:

  breakfast, lunch, dinner


Think hanging glaciers, elephant seals jousting in the surf and sand, King penguins marching in tight formations and you have this morning's landing, it's called Gold for a reason. Cooper Bay is enjoyed by Zodiac and offers probably the only chance to see the enigmatic Macaroni penguin.

icon Day 11 - 12 : At Sea
Meals Included:

  breakfast, lunch, dinner


A chance to re-charge bodies, batteries and to continue with the ship's on board presentation programme and to enjoy the outstanding facilities on board.

icon Day 13 : Weddell Sea, Erebus & Terror Gulf
Meals Included:

  breakfast, lunch, dinner


Throughout the sail South it is possible to see both castellated and tabular icebergs, some of them the size of small hamlets or villages. As the bow gets closer to the 7th continent these sculpted bergs may well be decorated by Adelie and Chinstrap penguins. Erebus and Terror Gulf has a huge Adelie penguin rookery for the first Antarctic landing.

icon Day 14 : Antarctic Sound
Meals Included:

  breakfast, lunch, dinner


Icebergs, Adelies and the Northern tip of the Continent.

icon Day 15 : Half Moon Island & Deception Island
Meals Included:

  breakfast


Half Moon is dramatic and also a stronghold for Chinstrap penguins, although not a large island it has several very photogenic areas to enjoy. Deception Island is interesting historically but should the weather be calm the exposed landing prospect of Baily Head with 150,000 'Chinnies' is intoxicating.

icon Day 16 : Wilhelmina Bay & Cuverville Island
Meals Included:

  breakfast, lunch, dinner


Probably one of the best areas to witness Orcas and other whales even this early in the season. It is also home to some remarkable mountain scenery as well as many icebergs and Gentoo penguins.

icon Day 17 : Paradise Harbour & Neko Harbour
Meals Included:

  breakfast, lunch, dinner


Many have listed these two as personal favourites and it's easy to see why. The view from the summit overlooking Paradise Bay is beautiful and being in Zodiacs negotiating the snap, crackle and pop of the ice in the bay is mesmerising. Neko is breathtaking with a large Gentoo colony, the harbour is normally choked by bergs but fairly sheltered. Like all these highlights, plenty of time is required to really immerse yourself and/or your camera in their delights. On this expedition you will get plenty.

icon Day 18 - 19 : At Sea
Meals Included:

  breakfast, lunch, dinner


This expedition is not over as thousands of birds from prions to pintados and petrels to albatrosses will trail the ship North. Staff will be on hand to ensure this journey is wrapped up in spectacular fashion.

icon Day 20 : Disembark in Ushuaia
Meals Included:

  breakfast


What's Included

  • Meals

    16 breakfasts, 14 lunches, 15 dinners.

  • All meals while on the shipBeer and house wine during lunch and dinnerAll accommodationAll transport and listed activitiesTour leader throughout and qualified Expedition StaffWe can include flights from the UK.  Please contact us for a quote.

  • — All meals while on the ship — Beer and house wine during lunch and dinner — All accommodation — All transport and listed activities — Tour leader throughout and qualified Expedition Staff — We can include flights from the UK.  Please contact u

What's Not Included

  • Travel insuranceSingle accommodation (available on request)Visas or vaccinations

  • — Travel insurance — Single accommodation (available on request) — Visas or vaccinations

Food

All meals while on the ship included and offer a variety of choices. A full selection of drinks is served by waitstaff. Breakfast and lunch are offered buffet-style, where your choice of main course is plated by a chef and can then be complemented by side dishes, salads, fruits, and pastries. Dinner is sit-down, with full service. Beers and premium Chilean wines are included with lunch and dinner. Depending on the weather, a barbecue on deck may be offered.

Accommodation

The Shackleton’s Footsteps - A Photographic Expedition with Paul Goldstein is offered on the Magellan Explorer, a new and modern expedition vessel custom-built for Antarctic and sub-Antarctic expeditions. The Magellan Explorer has capacity for up to 96 guests in various categories of accommodation. All cabins except Porthole cabins feature private balconies. All double cabins except two have two twin beds that can be configured as one king-size bed. All cabins feature a wardrobe, individually controlled heating system, a sitting area, and a private bathroom with shower. The ship features a glass-enclosed observation lounge and presentation room with state-of-the-art audio-visual equipment, a spacious and stylish dining room, a well-stocked bar, a library, a meeting room, a gym, a sauna, and a medical clinic. The forward-facing observation deck leads to the bow of the ship, which is accessible to guests to offer proximity to marine wildlife. The ship has a fleet of 10 Zodiac boats that are well suited for disembarking and wildlife watching.

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How long has the tour company been trading?

Exodus has been trading since 1974

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Your final joining instructions and flight details, if booked with us, will then be sent out 2 to 3 weeks before departure. If you would like a hard copy posted, or if you require these any earlier, please contact the customer operations team. We advise that if you are booking connecting travel before receiving these, please ensure you leave plenty of time.

Do you operate a “single share” option and how does it work?

Travellers are welcome to opt to share a room with a tour member of the same gender for no additional charge. If you'd like your own room, we can request a single supplement so that you will have your own room throughout.

Can I join the tour once it has departed?

You are welcome to meet the group after the tour has departed however there is no reduction in rate for joining a tour after the departure date.

Dates & Availability

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Oct 28, 2023

Thursday

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tourhub discount: $712

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Shackleton’s Footsteps - A Photographic Expedition with Paul Goldstein

20 Days Starting in Port Stanley, Falkland Islands and ending in Ushuaia, Argentina

Visiting:

Antarctica

,

Falkland Islands

,

South Georgia

Tour operator:

Exodus

Physical rating:

Moderate / Challenging

Trip Styles:

Tour code:

PUJ

Group size:

0 - 96

Age range:

18 to 99

Interests:

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$14283 (USD)

tourhub discount: $712

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What do you love most about Charleston?

"One of the best-kept, charming & quaint historic towns in the USA. "

Benefits of a tour guide for Charleston

"Known as the holy city, there are so many historic churches to explore & a tour guide can provide all sorts of insights & information about the history of Charleston."

@thishomeschoolerslife's Top Tips

"Walk off the beaten path & put down the map, Charleston is a picturesque city with hundreds of quiet little lanes just waiting to be explored."

@thishomeschoolerslife's Top Tips

"Plan to wear comfortable shoes that have grip & can handle cobblestone streets!"

@thishomeschoolerslife's Top Tips

"Head to Callie's Hot Little Biscuit and grab a sample of the delicious fresh-baked biscuits!"

What do you love most about Charleston?

"A plethora of amazing restaurants provide ample opportunities to sample local favourites, such as unicorn grits, fried green tomatoes or fried okra."

A 'MUST' whilst you're there?

"There are 5 historic plantations in the area to tour. "

About Our

  • Influencer
  • Countries Visited:

    4 Countries

  • Favourite Destination:

    London

  • Dream Destination:

    Paris, France

  • About them:
  • "Live once Travel Well", is my main motto for life. I love to travel, go on outdoor adventures & family travels/adventures. When I'm not traveling, I'm busy planning my next adventure ☺️

Savannah

United States

What do you love most about Savannah?

"Explore the historic Wormsloe Plantation: drive the gorgeous tree-lined drive, walk nature trails and observe ruins."

What do you love most about Savannah?

"There are over 20 squares, which function like a park located all around the city. They're perfect for resting weary feet & people watching."

@thishomeschoolerslife's Top Tips

"Head to Forsyth fountain and enjoy the shade while you stroll under the tree-lined path."

@thishomeschoolerslife's Top Tips

"Sample amazing local cuisine at Collins Quarter near Forsyth Park."

Must pack items for Savannah

"Sunscreen, sun hat, bug spray, reusable water bottle & comfortable walking shoes."

A 'MUST' whilst you're there?

"Explore the historic Riverfront area, browse the shops & sample a free praline or grab some gelato at Savannah's Candy Kitchen."

Favourite time of year to visit Savannah

"Spring is wonderful because the weather is perfect, warm but not humid."

About Our

  • Influencer
  • Countries Visited:

    4 Countries

  • Favourite Destination:

    London

  • Dream Destination:

    Paris, France

  • About them:
  • "Live once Travel Well", is my main motto for life. I love to travel, go on outdoor adventures & family travels/adventures. When I'm not traveling, I'm busy planning my next adventure ☺️