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Basecamp Antarctica on Ortelius

This unique voyage provides exciting opportunities to explore a pocket of the Peninsula through kayaking, zodiac cruising, hiking, snowshing 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.

Inclusions

11 breakfasts, 10 lunches and 11 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).
Hightlights
The most wildlife-rich part of Antarctica - penguins, whales, seals, sea birds
Narrow sheltered waterways and fjords
Spectacular mountains rising directly out of the sea
Icebergs and active glaciers
Historic sites
Active scientific stations
Great variety of terrain over short distances
Opportunity to camp on ice (optional)
Climbing glaciers and higher view points (optional)
Photography Workshop, Snowshoeing & Hiking (optional)
Tour Provider World Expeditions
Number of Days
12
Price From
AUD $8,050
Start Location
Ushuaia, Antarctica
End Location
Antarctica
Age Range
Avg. 30+
Group Size
1 to 114
Tour Style
Standard
Tour Themes
Polar, Small Marine/Cruise
Physical Rating
Mild
Tour departure dates
StartEndAvailabilityPrice
08 Nov 202019 Nov 2020AvailableAUD $8,050
29 Nov 202010 Dec 2020AvailableAUD $8,050
ItineraryExpand
Day 1
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.
Days 2-3
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.
Days 4-9
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 snowsh 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 snowsh 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.
Days 10-11
In the Drake Passage we have again a chance of seeing many seabirds and to take advantage of the knowledge of our lecture team.
Day 12
We arrive in the morning in Ushuaia and disembark.