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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

 
 
Trip Code: OA7

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)

Be part of a true polar expedition. During this adventurous basecamp voyage, we will visit Antarctica’s remote Anvers Island and Flandres Bay, charting and making depth measurements while we explore the area in our Zodiac boats and kayaks. Camping, navigation workshops, and presentations about the legendary Antarctic voyages of history are all part of this exciting activity-based expedition. 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

As we head toward Antarctica, our first stop is the impressive Spert Island, where you can enjoy views of its towering cliffs and canyons from our Zodiacs and kayaks. After an exhilarating morning, we head to Mikklesen Harbor, where the goal is to land at the tiny D’Hainaut Island. Gentoo penguins can be seen on this island, which is surrounded by awe-inspiring glaciers and mountains welcoming us to Antarctica.

Meals:  B,L,D

Today we visit Dobrowolski Island. Landings here can be tricky, but the reward is a beautiful island that is seldom visited, with a range of penguins and seals that rest on the rocks. A channel around the island offers kayakers a pleasant view of the terrain and wildlife. This is also where we’ve had the most luck seeing hauled-out leopard seals on the ice floes in recent years. Naturally, we cannot guarantee you will see any, but keep your fingers crossed!

Meals:  B,L,D

Today we head to the area of Flandres Bay, an uncharted area that will provide you the opportunity to see how we use technology to read the sea bed for navigational purposes. We hope to find new information about the coastline as well as finding new landing sites. This is a real expedition day, so flexibility is key, and venturing into the unknown is our aim.

Meals:  B,L,D

We begin the day on the south side of Anvers Island, in Neumayer Channel, and hope to land at Damoy Point. This is a favorite of our program, with the secluded Dorian Bay nearby and the chance to snowshoe to a ridge that was once used as a ski-way for aircrafts. After a well-deserved lunch, we head along the Neumayer Channel to Börgen Bay and explore this dramatic area of coastline. Weather permitting, we might alternately visit Access Point, once used by John Biscoe to land on Anvers Island, and re-trace his historic footsteps.

Meals:  B,L,D

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.

Meals:  B,L,D

Today you may be able to take a Zodiac cruise in these sprawling, ice-flecked waters, where there’s a good chance we will encounter humpback and minke whales. We might also be able to make a stop at Brown Station (Almirante Brown), an Argentine research facility with nearby nesting gentoos. A short hike up the hill behind the station offers exceptional views across Paradise Bay.

Meals:  B,L,D

These islands offer a beautiful landscape rich with icebergs. Leopard seals, crabeater seals, and whales are found here, and there are excellent opportunities for kayaking as well as shore-based activities.

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. All itineraries are for guidance only. Programs may vary depending on ice, weather, and wildlife conditions. Landings are subject to site availabilities, permissions, and environmental concerns per IAATO regulations. Official sailing plans and landing slots are scheduled with IAATO prior to the start of the season, but the expedition leader determines the final plan. Flexibility is paramount for expedition cruises.

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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Departure dates

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Notes

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Camping, Kayaking, Mountaineering, Photography, Navigational Workshop, 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 Antarctic Basecamp - Anvers Island & Flandres Bay 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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