Please see some dates below for the 2017/2018 season. The tours will take in the Antarctic peninsula and include the chance to camp out on the ice with hiking excursions, kayaking and more.
10 Day Tour
9-18 December 2018 - 5200 EUR
12 Day Tours
28 November - 9 December 2018 - 7400 EUR
18 December- 29 December 2018 - TOUR FULL!
This price includes:
- Voyage aboard the ice strengthened vessel Ortelius (capacity of 116 passengers / 47 crew)
- single place in a 4 berth cabin (upgrades to single/twin/triple also available)
- all meals throughout the voyage, including snacks, coffee and tea
- all shore excursions and activities
- programme of lectures by noted naturalists and leadership by experienced expedition staff
- use of rubber boots and snow shoes
- group transfer to Ushuaia airport after disembarkation
- all service taxes and port charges
- international airfare to Argentina and pre/post trip arrangements
- personal insurance
- optional charges on board such as extra beverages, laundry, telephone
- gratuities at end of the tour
-possible fuel surcharge. If world fuel prices exceed $120 per barrel (Brent) 90 days prior to departure, a fuel surcharge levy of 15 GBP per night will be added.
A £1000 deposit is taken on booking and can be made by credit card (via Paypal), bank transfer or cheque.
Balance is to be paid in 3 further installments.
Day 1 (8th November): Ushuaia, Tierra del Fuego
In the afternoon we embark Ushuaia and sail through the scenic Beagle channel.
Days 2-3: At sea / Drake passage
We spend 2 days at sea, sailing across the Drake Passage. We will cross the Antarctic Convergence and arrive in the circum-Antarctic welling zone. Here we can see Black-browed albatrosses, Wandering albatrosses, Grey-head albatrosses, Light-mantled Sooty albatrosses, Southern fulmars, Cape petrels, Wilson's Storm petrels, Blue petrels and Antarctic petrels. As we approach the South Shetland Islands we will see our first icebergs.
Days 4-8: Antarctica
We sail directly to High Antarctica, passing the Melchior Islands and the Schollaert Channel between Brabant and Anvers Island. We will sail to the Neumayer Channel, where we position our ship for a multi activity base camp. The protected waters around Wiencke Island will become our home for all activities. In this alpine environment there are great opportunities to explore the region on foot, inflatable zodiac boat and on kayak trips. Walkers will find opportunities to use snowshoes on hikes near the shore lines and the mountaineers will find their challenge by climbing hills and viewpoints further inland such as Jabet Peak (540m). All climbs and excursions can only be undertaken in good weather conditions.
We plan to stay two nights at anchor in order to have two camp nights and two full activity days. We will visit the former British research station and the post office, now living museum, Port Lockroy on Goudier Island. Close to Port Lockroy we may also offer a landing on Jougla Point with Gentoo penguins and Blue-eyed shags. We can also look out for Leopard seals, Crabeater seals and whales.
In good weather conditions we will sail through the spectacular Lemaire Channel to Booth Island, Pléneau Island and Petermann Island where we can find Adelie penguins and Blue-eyed shags. In this area there are good chances to encounter Humpback whales, Minke whales and Fin whales.
At Neko Harbour we will have the opportunity to set foot on the Antarctic Continent in a magnificent landscape of huge glaciers and permanent ice fields and enjoy the spectacle on zodiac cruises, hikes and kayak excursions. A small group of mountaineers may climb up on higher grounds of the glacier. We will spend the night at Neko Harbour or in nearby Paradise Bay with a camp erected ashore. We will leave early morning after breaking our last camp. We sail via Melchior Islands towards the open sea of the Drake Passage.
Days 9-10: At sea / Drake passage
On our way north, we are again followed by a great selection of seabirds while crossing the Drake Passage.
Day 11 (18th November): Ushuaia
We arrive into Ushuaia in the morning and disembark.