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This expedition is perfect for your first trip to Antarctica, seeing the continent at it’s most pristine. Witness the spectacle of penguin colonies building their nests, seals basking on the ice flows, cruise around spectacular icebergs aboard Zodiacs, visiting working research stations and gain a unique insight into Antarctica. You’ll be amongst the few to set foot on the least visited continent on earth!

Highlights

  • See fascinating penguin colonies up close
  • Weave around majestic icebergs aboard Zodiacs
  • Discover historic sites of interests and scientific research stations
  • Set foot on the least visited continent on earth 
  • Opportunities to kayak or camp out under the mesmerising Antarctic skies

Quick Itinerary

Day 1: Fly from London to Buenos Aires
Day 2: Buenos Aires, Argentina
Day 3: Depart Ushuaia
Days 4-6: Drake Passage
Days 7-9: Antarctic Peninsula
Days 10-11: Drake Passage
Day 12: Disembark Ushuaia
Day 13: Fly from Buneos Aires to the UK

Prices Include

  • Return flights from London
  • 1 night pre-voyage hotel stay in Buenos Aires
  • Return domestic flights from Buenos Aires to Ushuaia
  • 12 day cruise package with Aurora Expeditions, based on Balcony stateroom
  • 1 night post-cruise stay in Buenos Aires
  • Onboard accommodation during voyage including daily cabin service
  • All meals, snacks, tea and coffee during voyage
  • Beer, house wine and soft drinks with dinner
  • Captain’s Welcome and Farewell reception including four-course dinner, house cocktails, house beer and wine, non-alcoholic beverages
  • All shore excursions and Zodiac cruises
  • Educational lectures and guiding services from expedition team
  • Access to our onboard doctor and basic medical services
  • A 3-in-1 waterproof polar expedition jacket
  • Complimentary use of Muck boots during the voyage
  • Comprehensive pre-departure information
  • A printed photo book produced with photos from your voyage
  • Port surcharges, permits and landing fees

Secure your space today by calling one of our Travel Specialists on 0203 196 1000


Secure your space today by calling one of our Travel Specialists on 0203 196 1000

Day 1

Fly from the UK to Buenos Aires. You will overnight in Buenos Aires.

Day 2 – Buenos Aires, Argentina
You will fly to the southernmost city of the world, Ushuaia, surrounding by spectacular scenery.  The city nestles on the edge of the Beagle Channel, with the majestic mountains of the Martial range to the north, and the infamous Tierra del Fuego national park to the west.  You will be met by your expedition representative and transferred to your hotel to relax following your flight, enjoy the rest of the day at leisure.

Day 3 – Depart Ushuaia
Enjoy the sights of Ushuaia in the morning or perhaps go for a walk in the nearby National Park.  In the mid-afternoon, you will be welcomed aboard the Greg Mortimer, where your adventure to Antarctica begins with sailing through the Beagle channel. 

Days 4-5 Drake Passage
Voyage the ‘Rite of Passage’ southbound to Antarctica.  En-route, there is the potential to spot albatross and whales, and the first magical glimpses of icebergs coming into view.  A landing at Robert, Aitcho or Deception Island in the South Shetlands is also a possibility if you are ahead of schedule.

Days 6-9 Antarctic Peninsula
Crossing the Gerlache Strait, you will arrive at the Antarctica Peninsula where you will spend the next few days exploring.  Your expedition team will guide you around the breath-taking landscapes, using Zodiacs to explore penguin colonies, scientific research outposts, various historical points of interest and cruising around wonderous ice floes (where you may spot lazy seals basking) and glistening icebergs. Kayakers can navigate the maze of ice passages, discovering nature and majestic scenery at every paddle stroke.  You will have opportunity to set foot on land, and hike to viewpoints for spectacular photo opportunities.  The expedition guides will make the very best of your time in Antarctica, with the long hours of daylight giving flexibility for landings.  There may even be the chance to camp out on the ice, following in the footsteps of the great explorers of the past.   

Days 10 – 11 Drake Passage
You leave northbound across the Drake Passage, with the last glimpses of ice disappearing into the horizon.  With a fond farewell to Antarctica, you share memories and photos with your fellow explorers, expedition leaders & new friends in onboard talks.  With fortune, you will make a rounding of Cape Horn to celebrate the expedition, before indulging in a sumptuous farewell dinner.

Day 12 Disembark Ushuaia
Cruising up the Beagle Channel, we dock into Ushuaia.  Following breakfast, your voyage reaches its finale as you bid farewell to your fellow passengers and disembark the ship. You will catch a floight to Buenos for one final night in South America

Day 13 Fly from Buenos Aires to the UK

You will fly from Buneos Aires  home.

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Greg Mortimer

Rating
2
Standard
Comfort
Capacity
120

The Greg Mortimer is due for completion in 2019. It is named after the Australian polar explorer, mountaineer and Aurora founder, Greg Mortimer.

This new ship marks a new direction for Aurora, as it is their first purpose-built Polar Expedition ship. The vessel features a state-of-the-art 'x-bow design', which has a piercing effect on smaller waves, making for a much smoother voyage.


Greg Mortimer from 31st October 2019 to 10th November 2019

Aurora Stateroom: £12,099.00
Balcony Stateroom: £12,799.00
Balcony Suite: £15,699.00
Junior Suite: £17,799.00
Captains Suite: £19,899.00

Greg Mortimer from 19th November 2019 to 30th November 2019

Aurora Stateroom: £12,099.00
Balcony Stateroom: £12,799.00
Balcony Suite: £15,699.00
Junior Suite: £17,799.00
Captains Suite: £19,899.00

Greg Mortimer from 28th November 2020 to 9th December 2020

Aurora Stateroom: £12,399.00
Balcony Stateroom: £13,399.00
Balcony Suite: £17,199.00
Junior Suite: £19,999.00
Captains Suite: £22,899.00

Greg Mortimer from 9th November 2019 to 20th November 2019

Aurora Stateroom: £12,099.00
Balcony Stateroom: £12,799.00
Balcony Suite: £15,699.00
Junior Suite: £17,799.00
Captains Suite: £19,899.00



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  • 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.

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