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Exploring Antarctica aboard the Greg Mortimer

The Antarctic Peninsula provides a haven for the greatest concentration of wildlife on the continent. We have scheduled three days to explore the deep bays and fjords of the western Antarctic Peninsula. With regular landings on our zodiacs, we walk among the multitude of penguin rookeries and seal colonies in the vicinity of Deception Island, Gerlache Strait, Paradise Bay and the Lemaire Channel. Nestled amongst ice fls of the northern Weddell Sea is the little known Seymour Island. Locked away in its fossil-rich rocks is the story of the disappearance of the dinosaur and the collapse of the mythical Gondwanaland. There are also ample opportunities to observe the abundant variety of seabirds and sight Humpback and Minke Whales as they surface close to our boat. Our time onshore will also include visits to scientific stations and historic sites.

Inclusions

10 breakfasts, 8 lunches and 9 dinners
Comfortable cabin accommodation and use of all public areas on cruise
Specialist expedition staff
One night hotel accommodation in Punta Arenas pre voyage (twin share)
All shore excursions from the ship including the use of Zodiacs
Lectures, videos, slide and film shows and guide services
Medical services (there is a resident medical officer and infirmary on board)
Port taxes and port charges imposed by government authorities
Pre-departure information
Complimentary Polar Expedition Jacket
Keepsake Photo Book (one per booking) created from photography taken during your voyage
Hightlights
Spectacular mountains rising directly out of the sea
Historic sites
Active scientific stations
The most wildlife-rich part of Antarctica - penguins, whales, seals, sea birds
Narrow sheltered waterways and fjords
Great variety of terrain over short distances
Icebergs and active glaciers
Kayaking through Antarctic waters (optional charges applies)
Tour Provider World Expeditions
Number of Days
11
Price From
AUD $9,700
Start Location
Punta Arenas, Antarctica
End Location
Antarctica
Age Range
Avg. 100+
Group Size
1 to 120
Tour Style
Standard
Tour Themes
Small Marine/Cruise
Physical Rating
Mild
Tour departure dates
StartEndAvailabilityPrice
25 Jan 202004 Feb 2020AvailableAUD $9,700
ItineraryExpand
Day 1
Join in Punta Arenas and transfer (off selected flights) to the group hotel for overnight accommodation in a twin share room.
Day 2
Fly to King George Island and explore the port until we embark the ship in the afternoon. You will be warmly greeted by the crew and expedition staff as you embark the Greg Mortimer. We will settle into shipboard life and enjoy our first meal on board.
Days 3-8
The passage along Gerlache Strait delivers us to the stunning Antarctic Peninsula, an ethereal wonderland of vast proportions. Aboard robust Zodiacs, we explore penguin rookeries, historic sites and scientific stations. Zodiac cruising brings us close to intricately shaped icebergs and seals basking on ice fls. Dwarfed by massive bergs, kayakers glide into secluded bays. We focus on immersing ourselves in nature, spontaneity and flexibility enhancing our enjoyment. Bubble-netting humpbacks demand a wake-up call, even at midnight! A curious leopard seal cruising amongst spectacular icebergs may mean postponing lunch. A host of choices are now open to us, and depending on the ice and weather conditions. We may make landings at Paradise or Neko harbours, see gentoo penguins at Cuverville Island, and experience close up whale encounters. Our experienced leaders, who have made countless journeys to this area, will use this expertise to design our voyage from day to day. This allows us to make best use of the prevailing weather and ice conditions and wildlife opportunities. As we are so far south, we will experience approximately 20 hours' daylight. There is plenty of time for sleep when you get home..... ! To get ashore we will use Zodiacs (inflatable rubber boats). Sometimes we will cruise along spectacular ice cliffs, or follow whales that are feeding near the surface.
Days 9-10
Time to head back to Tierra del Fuego, with lectures and videos to complete our Antarctic education. This is a time for reflection and discussion about our many experiences with shipboard friends. As we approach the tip of South America, our Captain will sail close to legendary Cape Horn, weather conditions permitting.
Day 11
During the early morning we will cruise up the Beagle Channel, before quietly slipping into dock in Ushuaia. It is a busy time, with people saying farewell to our crew and to fellow passengers, who have shared the intensity of exploring this magnificent white wilderness. We will head off in our different directions, hopefully with a newfound sense of the immense power of nature.