Antarctic Peninsula

From Ushuaia to Ushuaia
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  • Antarctic Peninsula
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Tour Description

The ice-strengthened vessels Ortelius & Plancius are excellent for Polar expedition cruises in Antarctica.  These expedition cruise vessels have comfortable accommodation for 100 to 114 guests, as well a excellent guest facilities.  Explore the frozen continent and observe wildlife in their own habitat.  Truly a once in a lifetime experience that is not to be missed.

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Tour Itinerary

Day 1

In the afternoon, we embark in Ushuaia, the southernmost city in the world, from where we sail off along the Beagle Channel.

Day 2-3
Drake Passage

Sail across the Drake Passage. looking for 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.

Day 4-8

View a large colony of gentoo penguins, breeding pairs of brown skuas and possibly eddell and crabeater seals. You will have the opportunity to set foot on the Antarctic continent surrounded by a magnificent landscape of huge glaciers and we will go on a few zodiac cruises. Keep your eye out for humpback whales, minke whales and fin whales as well as leopard seals and crabeater seals. View adélie penguins and blue-eyed shags and visit one of the scientific stations in Antarctica that will give you an insight into the life of modern Antarcticans working on the white continent.

Sites you may visit include:
Danco Island – lookout for gentoo penguins!
Neko Harbour - opportunities for a Zodiac cruise and landing that afford the closest views of the surrounding alpine peaks.
Paradise Bay – cruise these icy waters
Port Lockroy – now a museum and post office, this was a former British research station

Day 9-10
Drake Passage

On our way north we are followed by a great selection of seabirds while crossing the Drake Passage.

Day 11
Ushuaia Depart

We arrive in the morning in Ushuaia and disembark.

What’s Included

  • Included Copy 20 Accommodation onboard M/V Plancius or Ortelius in quadruple porthole cabin
  • Included Copy 31 Cabin upgrades available
  • Included Copy 20 All meals throughout the voyage aboard the ship including snacks, coffee and tea.
Fees & Services
  • Included Copy 31 Itinerary may vary depending on departure date. 10-12 day itineraries. Ask for details
  • Included Copy 31 Note that itinerary is subject to change depending on weather and ice conditions
  • Included Copy 20 Voyage aboard the indicated vessel as indicated in the itinerary
  • Included Copy 20 All shore excursions and activities throughout the voyage by Zodiac.
  • Included Copy 20 Program of lectures by noted naturalists and leadership by experienced expedition staff.
  • Included Copy 20 Free use of rubber boots and snowshoes.
  • Included Copy 20 Luggage transfer from pick-up point to the vessel on the day of embarkation, in Ushuaia.
  • Included Copy 20 Pre-scheduled group transfer from the vessel to the airport in Ushuaia (directly after disembarkatio
  • Included Copy 20 All miscellaneous service taxes and port charges throughout the programme.
  • Included Copy 20 Comprehensive pre-departure material.
M/V Ortelius | Arctic & Antarctic Cruise Ship

106 Passengers

M/V Plancius | Arctic & Antarctic Cruise Ship

116 Passengers

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11 days

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$7,250 USD

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