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An 11-day Itinerary to explore the eastern side of the Antarctic Peninsula where you will navigate through pack ice and visit many locations from Duse Bay to Devil and Seymour Island. In this voyage, you will have the opportunity to encounter the Emperor penguins, amongst other birdlife and marine mammals. The area will be visited via helicopters to offer even more possibilities than ever!

Highlights

  • Go on helicopters and land in some of the most remote places on Earth,
  • Navigate through the Weddell Sea into places like Seymour Island
  • Discover places home to countless birdlife and the Emperor penguins
  • Contemplate breath-taking views from imposing tabular icebergs to infinite pack ice

Quick Itinerary

Day 1: Ushuaia
Day 2-3: Path of the polar explorers
Day 4-7: Entering Antarctica
Day 8: Drake via Deception Island
Day 9-10: Familiar seas, familiar friends
Day 11: There and back again
Day 5-6 (alternative route): En route to Snow Hill Island

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: Ushuaia

Your voyage starts in the town of Ushuaia, the capital of Argentina’s Tierra del Fuego archipelago and the southernmost city in the World. Your voyage will depart in the early evening, giving you the opportunity to explore the town and national park before boarding the ship. As you depart the town you will sail into the Beagle Channel watching the lights of the city fade behind you. Your next port of call? Antarctica.

Day 2-3: Path of the polar explorers

The ship will cross the iconic Drake Passage. Enjoy the cool breezes and rolling seas, go on the deck and contemplate birdlife flying over the ship such as albatrosses, grey-headed albatrosses, black-browed albatrosses, light-mantled sooty albatrosses, cape pigeons, southern fulmars, Wilson’s storm petrels, blue petrels, and Antarctic petrels.

Day 4-7: Entering Antarctica

You will enter to Antarctica and sail into the Weddell Sea via the Antarctic Sound. Observe imposing tabular icebergs on the eastern side of the Antarctic Peninsula and search for Emperor penguins. The Expedition team will take you in different locations via helicopters for more coverage and increase your chance to spot remarkable wildlife. Alternatively, you can appreciate the scenic views from the aircraft! If conditions allow, the team will attempt helicopter landings.
You will visit many places onboard the ship and on helicopters to access some of the most remote places in Antarctica. The expedition will include:

The west slopes of the Antarctic Sound – You will fly over landscapes filled with lava flows and glaciers in a place where the pack ice extends as far as the eye can see. Emperor and Adélie penguins can be spotted on ice floes, while rugged mountains are home to other birds like kelp gulls, skuas, and various breeds of petrel.
Duse Bay - At this time of year, much of the walk is over frost-shattered rock covered with lichen. You could be landing on a rocky hillock on a helicopter and see an old refuge hut overlooking the bay.

Seymour Island – You will learn about the Swedish Antarctic Expedition of 1901 and how they spent four winters in harsh polar conditions.

Brown Bluff – The location is the result of a volcanic eruption which creates this unusual and distinctive steep-sided volcano. Penguins such as Adélie and Gentoo live in the area and you will also find nesting snow petrels.

Gourdin Island – The island is home to Chinstrap, Gentoo, and Adélie penguins, another landing option to pursue your adventure in Antarctica.

Esperanza Base – An Argentine research station operating all year round and one of the two civilian settlements in Antarctica.

Day 8: Drake via Deception Island

Deception Island will be the last landing of your voyage, the expedition team will take you to either at Pendulum Cove or Whalers Bay before crossing the Drake Passage.

Day 9-10: Familiar seas, familiar friends

While crossing the Drake, you will be able to see a vast array of seabirds before leaving the Great White Continent. 

Day 11: There and back again

You will disembark the ship in the port of Ushuaia and bid farewell to the expedition team and your fellow colleagues. You will bring with you unforgettable memories!

Day 5-6 (alternative route): En route to Snow Hill Island

The expedition could go to Snow Hill Island if the route is free of multi-year pack ice. If condition allows, you will spend these days at the penguin rookery. Helicopters will land away from the penguins (about 45-minute walk) to make sure they won’t be disturbed.

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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.


Ortelius from 14th November 2019 to 24th November 2019

Quadruple Cabin: £8,299.00
Triple Cabin: £8,299.00
Twin Porthole: £8,299.00
Twin Window: £9,999.00
Twin Deluxe: £10,399.00
Superior: £18,599.00



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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.

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