Discover the highlights of the Great White Continent on this classic Antarctic expedition.  Zodiac cruise through a myriad of ice sculptures in search of penguin colonies and seals hauled out on rocky shorelines.  Spot minke and humpback whales feeding in the nutrient-rich waters, against a pristine backdrop of giant calving glaciers and white mountainous peaks.  Kayak around shimmering icebergs and experience camping out under the Antarctic night sky.

Highlights

  • Zodiac cruise amongst huge icebergs, making landings to see penguins up-close
  • Kayak through the ice-floes spotting seals & marine wildlife
  • Keep watch for minke and humpback whales
  • Visit historic sites, such as the Port Lockroy post office & museum
  • Opportunity to camp out on the Antarctic ice

Quick Itinerary

Day 1: Ushuaia
Days 2-3: Drake Passage
Days 4-8: Antarctic Peninsula
Days 9-10: Drake Passage
Day 11: Ushuaia

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Alternatively, call our Polar Specialists on 0203 196 1000 

Day 1: Ushuaia
Your adventure begins on the very tip of South America, at Ushuaia.  Known as the City at the End of the World, it makes for an exciting start to your expedition.  In the afternoon, you will board the ship and it sets sail through the picturesque Beagle Channel.

Days 2 – 3: Drake Passage
The expedition heads south through the Drake Passage, following the path of historical polar explorers.  Keep watch for wildlife sightings, with the potential to spot fin whale and various species of albatross and petrels.  As the Captain navigates the ship close to the South Shetland Islands, you will catch your first glimpse of spectacular icebergs.

Days 4 – 8: Antarctica
Over the coming days, the Captain and Expedition Leader will create a bespoke itinerary based on current local weather and ice conditions.   You may visit the largest colony of gentoo penguins on the Antarctic Peninsula tucked away at Cuverville Island, also home to many stunning icebergs and sculptures making it ideal for Zodiac boat exploration.   You may explore Danco Island, known for the many crabeater and Weddell seals found in the area, and Neko Harbour, where minke and humpbacks often frequent the bay.  Neko Harbour is one of the locations where you may make a continental landing - surrounded by towering mountains, enormous glaciers calving ice into the sea and a pebbly shore thriving with gentoo penguins, it is classic picture-postcard Antarctic scenery, and also very popular with kayakers.  You may explore the waters around Paradise Bay, or visit the historic Port Lockroy where you can visit the famous museum and post office – with even the chance to send relatives a post card from Antarctica. 

Other possible landing points include, Jougla Point, where kayaking and camping are popular exploration activities.  Or you sail around the Pléneau & Petermann Islands and up through the beautiful Lemarie Channel, ice conditions allowing.   This region is stunningly beautiful, with the channel being appropriately nicknamed ‘kodak gap’ – it is a photographer’s paradise.  Keep watch for minke and humpback whales, Adélie penguins, blue-eyed shags and leopard seals around these waters.  You may sail around Wilhelmina Bay spotting whales and other marine mammals, and Zodiac cruise to the eerie wreck of the Guvernøren, which is an old whaling vessel which caught fire in the early 1900’s.

Days 9-10: Drake Passage
Crossing over the Drake Passage, you keep watch for the impressive numbers of seabirds which grace these fabled waters.  There is plenty of opportunity to relax and enjoy talks about the highlights of the expedition, sharing photos and stories with your fellow expeditioners.

Day 11: Ushuaia
All great things must sadly come to an end.  This trip of a lifetime will leave you with an endless array of wonderful memories, as you disembark the ship ready for your onwards voyage.

Ortelius

Rating
4
Standard
Simple
Capacity
116

The MV Ortelius was purpose-built for the Russian Academy of Science before being converted into a polar explorer ship. The ship’s design makes her ideal for exploring and with just 116 passengers, there is plenty of opportunity to get onto the ice during your voyage.

Plancius

Rating
4
Standard
Simple
Capacity
116

The historic MV Plancius was built in 1976 as an oceanographic research vessel and in 2009 was completely rebuilt as a 116-passenger polar explorer ship. The ship boasts large open deck spaces, a fleet of Mark V zodiacs and a team of expert expedition staff to accompany each voyage.

Ortelius from 6th February 2019 to 16th February 2019

Quadruple Cabin: unavailable
Triple Cabin: unavailable
Twin Porthole: £7,399.00
Twin Window: unavailable
Twin Deluxe: unavailable
Superior: unavailable

Plancius from 28th January 2019 to 7th February 2019

Quadruple: £5,989.00
Triple: £6,739.00
Twin Porthole: £7,399.00
Twin Window: £7,689.00
Twin Deluxe: unavailable
Superior: unavailable

Plancius from 7th February 2019 to 17th February 2019

Quadruple: unavailable
Triple: unavailable
Twin Porthole: unavailable
Twin Window: £7,689.00
Twin Deluxe: unavailable
Superior: unavailable


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  • We can compare a huge selection of expedition ships, cruises and operators.
  • From former Russian research vessels to larger and luxurious ships - there is an expedition cruise to suit you. 
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  • Our expert team of Travel Specialists have extensive knowledge of all the expedition ships & operators.
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  • Our prices are the amongst the best in the business, with full package protection as standard.
  • Our holidays are protected by ATOL and ABTOT, for your complete peace of mind.
  • As supporters of the Marine Conservation Society, booking with us helps support the protection of our oceans.