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Discovery and Cruising
Activities
  • 12 days cruising plus optional kayaking, snowshoeing, mountaineering, hiking and camping
Accommodation
  • 12 nights on board Ortelius
Meals
  • 12 Dinners
  • 11 Lunches
  • 12 Breakfasts

13 Days$8850USD

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Small groups only
Guided group sizes are strictly limited to maximum 16 people, average of 8-10


 
 
Trip Code: OA1

Trip highlights


  • Participate in 'basecamp' activities including camping, kayaking, climbing and photography (optional)
  • Explore historic sites and follow in the footsteps of early explorers
  • Search for abundant wildlife including whales, seals, penguins and sea birds
  • Float through icebergs and active glaciers aboard a zodiac
  • Hike a great variety of terrain over short distances
  • Spectacular mountains rising directly out of the sea
  • Active scientific stations
  • Opportunity to camp on ice (optional)
  • Climbing glaciers and higher view points (optional)
  • Photography Workshop, Snowshoeing & Hiking (optional)

This unique voyage provides exciting opportunities to explore a pocket of the Peninsula through kayaking, zodiac cruising, hiking, snowshoeing and climbing excursions. Crossing the Antarctic Convergence into the Southern Ocean via the fabled Drake Passage, we have ample time to explore the spectacular landscapes and wildlife of this remote continent. Passing the Melchoir Islands and sailing to the Neumayer Channel, our exploration of the Antarctic Peninsula continues with a flexible itinerary including planned stops at Port Lockeroy, Paradise Bay or Neko Harbour and the Lemaire Channel. The option to camp out on the ice is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, and we utilise the ship's fleet of zodiacs to explore the region's incredible landscapes and diverse wildlife. Whether participating in one of the optional activities on offer or simply enjoying the surreal landscapes, the wonder of the Antarctic is yours to discover aboard the Ortelius.


In the afternoon we embark from Ushuaia, the southernmost city in the world. The voyage will depart through the Beagle Channel and sail through this scenic waterway for the rest of the evening.

Meals:  D

During these two days we sail across the Drake Passage. When we cross the Antarctic Convergence, we arrive in the circum-Antarctic up welling zone. In this area we may see Wandering Albatrosses, Grey Headed Albatrosses, Black- browed Albatrosses, Light- mantled Sooty Albatrosses, Cape Pigeons, Southern Fulmars, Wilson’s Storm Petrels, Blue Petrels and Antarctic Petrels. Near the South Shetland Islands, we spot our first icebergs.

Meals:  B,L,D

Gray stone peaks sketched with snow, towers of broken blue-white ice, and dramatically different wildlife below and above. You first pass the snow-capped Melchior Islands and Schollaert Channel, sailing between Brabant and Anvers Islands. Places you might visit includes: Neumayer Channel – The vessel may position itself here, launching its multiple basecamp activities from the protected waters around Wiencke Island. You can enjoy the splendors of this alpine environment at sea with Zodiac and kayaking trips, or if you’re in the mood for a walk, there are possible snowshoe hikes and soft-climb mountaineering options farther inland. Naturally, favorable weather conditions determine the possible activities. Port Lockroy – After sailing through the Neumayer Channel, you may get a chance to visit the former British research station – now a museum and post office – of Port Lockroy on Goudier Island. You may also be able to partake in activities around Jougla Point, meeting gentoo penguins and blue-eyed shags. There are great opportunities also for kayaking and camping here, and when conditions are right, you can even snowshoe around the shore. Pléneau & Petermann Islands – If the ice allows it, you can sail through the Lemaire Channel in search of Adélie penguins and blue-eyed shags. There’s also a good chance you’ll encounter humpback and minke whales here, as well as leopard seals. Kayaking, glacier walks, and more ambitious mountaineering trips are the potential activities of this location. Neko Harbour – An epic landscape of mammoth glaciers and endless wind-carved snow, Neko Harbour offers opportunities for a Zodiac cruise and landing that afford the closest views of the surrounding alpine peaks. Paradise Bay – You have the chance to make camp here like a true polar explorer (but with a better tent), enjoying a supreme overnight Antarctic adventure. Errera Channel – Possible sites in this area include Danco Island and Cuverville Island, but also the lesser known (though equally picturesque) Orne Island and Georges Point on Rongé Island. On your last day of near-shore activities, you pass the Melchior Islands toward the open sea. Keep a sharp lookout for humpback whales in Dallmann Bay. You might also shoot for Half Moon Island, in the South Shetlands, with further chances for activities. Conditions on the Drake Passage determine the exact time of departure.

Meals:  B,L,D

In the Drake Passage we have again a chance of seeing many seabirds and to take advantage of the knowledge of our lecture team.

Meals:  B,L,D

We arrive in the morning in Ushuaia and disembark.

Meals:  B


Inclusions

  • 12 breakfasts, 11 lunches and 12 dinners
  • comfortable cabin accommodation on cruise
  • specialist expedition staff
  • all activities while on cruise including zodiac excursions, lectures, videos, slide and film shows and guide services
  • use of all ship facilities and public areas
  • medical services (there is a resident medical officer and infirmary on board)
  • port taxes and port charges imposed by government authorities
  • pre-departure information
  • All activities (camping, hiking, kayaking, climbing and photography) are complimentary, however pre-booking is required due to limited numbers.
  • Pre-scheduled group transfer from the vessel to the airport in Ushuaia (directly after disembarkation).

  • air transport and transfers before and after the cruises (except for prescheduled group transfer from the vessel to the airport in Ushuaia, directly after disembarkation).
  • passport and vaccination charges, reciprocity fees and airport departure taxes
  • bottled water, aerated and alcoholic drinks
  • laundry, postage, personal clothing, medical expenses, travel insurance and items of a personal nature such as bar charges, wine and phone calls
  • customary end of voyage tips and gratuities
  • accommodation and meals or other services not included in the ship cruise itinerary
  • emergency evacuation charges

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Notes

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Camping, Kayaking, Mountaineering, Photography, Hiking and Snowshoeing are all free of charge on this voyage

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Total Priceper person from

$8850USD

Options & Supplements*
  • Twin private with PortholeUSD$10850
  • Twin private with WindowUSD$11400
  • Twin DeluxeUSD$12100
  • Superior USD$12800
*Prices listed are per person

Essential Information

Ready to book? Make sure you download and read the detailed Basecamp Antarctica on Ortelius trip notes which contains all the essential information you need to know before booking. Once you’ve booked, we will supply you with a Pre-Departure document which contains a detailed gear list and other important information to help you prepare for your adventure ahead.


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