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South Georgia & Antarctica aboard the Greg Mortimer

South Georgia is without doubt an island of incomparable beauty. The northern flanks of the island comprise of a series of harbours that once sheltered large fleets of whaling ships and are now home to a staggering variety and profusion of wildlife. Combine this with time to explore the natural wonders of the Falklands, the Orkneys, the Shetlands and the spectacular Antarctic Peninsula and you have the essence of this remarkable voyage. Our time in South Georgia will be spent visiting rookeries with literally thousands of King, Macaroni and Rockhopper Penguins. Exploring the western flanks of the Antarctic Peninsula and passing Elephant Island provides a further highlight and, as with our other voyages to Antarctica we have time for regular shore excursions to walk among the many penguins and seals and visit the scientific stations.

Inclusions

20 breakfasts, 18 lunches and 19 dinners
Comfortable cabin accommodation and use of all public areas on cruise
One night hotel accommodation in Ushuaia pre voyage (twin share)
Specialist expedition staff
All sightseeing and 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
Falkland Islands, Port Stanley and the magnificent South Georgia
Narrow sheltered waterways and fjords
Spectacular mountains rising directly out of the sea
Historic sites, including Shackleton's last resting place
The most accessible and wildlife-rich part of Antarctica - penguins, whales, seals, sea birds
Active scientific stations
Icebergs and active glaciers
Opportunity to cross South Georgia in the footsteps of Sir Ernest Shackleton (optional)
Tour Provider World Expeditions
Number of Days
21
Price From
AUD $18,700
Start Location
Ushuaia, 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
28 Dec 201917 Jan 2020AvailableAUD $18,700
ItineraryExpand
Day 1
Join in Ushuaia and transfer (off selected flights) to the group hotel for overnight accommodation in a twin share room.
Day 2
This morning is at leisure to explore Ushuaia and mid afternoon we will board the Greg Mortimer and settle in. Early evening we set sail down the Beagle Channel and enjoy our welcome dinner aboard the ship.
Days 3-4
Some of us will approach this historic crossing with more than a little trepidation. But despite its reputation, there are many times when the Drake Passage resembles a lake, with lazy Southern Ocean swells rolling under the keel. On the other hand, we sometimes encounter rough crossings with large waves. The size of the waves and the force of the gale will take on gigantic proportions when related around the fire back home. The mood on board is definitely casual. A favourite pastime is to stand at the stern deck watching the many seabirds, including majestic albatrosses and giant petrels, following in our wake, skillfully using the air currents created by the ship to gain momentum. During our Drake crossing, we will commence our lecture program about the wildlife, geology, history and geography of the Antarctic Peninsula. Antarctica is a photographers' paradise, for the professional and amateur alike. There will be discussions about how to protect your equipment from salt water, and tips about taking good pictures. Nearing the tip of the Peninsula towards the end of day three, excitement reaches fever pitch with everyone on the bridge watching for our first iceberg. The ocean takes on a whole new perspective once we are below the Antarctic Convergence and are surrounded by the surreal presence of floating ice sculptures. The memory of your first big iceberg sighting is likely to remain with you forever.
Days 5-8
Awakening to the thrill of Antarctica! Weather and ice permitting, we'll visit busy penguin rookeries, historic sites and make a continental landing. A host of choices is now open to us and depending on the ice and weather conditions the western side of the Antarctic Peninsula is ours to explore. This is the advantage of having such knowledgeable leaders, who have made countless journeys to this area. They will use their experience to design our voyage from day to day and make best use of the prevailing weather and ice conditions. As we are so far south, we will experience approximately 20 hours' daylight. There is plenty of time for sleep when you get home!
Day 9
Today we endeavour to undertake a zodiac cruise at Point Wild, Elephant Island, paying tribute to the survival of Shackleton's men under command of Frank Wild.
Days 10-11
En route to South Georgia, we following in Shackleton's wake across the Scotia Sea, and reflect on what we've seen and learned so far.
Days 12-15
South Georgia is one of the most beautiful places in the world. Located in one of the most desolate parts of the planet it's a tiny speck in the far South Atlantic Ocean. A 9000-foot mountain range traces the spine of this long, narrow island. Between the mountains, shattered glaciers carve their way through tussock grass to the deeply indented coastline. Our South Georgia landings are mostly along the northeast coast. We'll see; the world's largest king penguin rookeries, wandering albatross on nests, beaches of elephant and fur seals, macaroni and rockhopper penguin colonies, walking Shackleton's route from Fortuna Bay to Stromness and visiting Grytviken's whaling museum.
Days 16-19
Spot albatross and whales, cross the Scotia Sea to the Falklands, home to magellanic penguins, sea lion and historic Port Stanley.
Day 20
Guided by black-browed albatross and dolphins, we sail to the Beagle Channel, sharing photos and final a dinner with friends.
Day 21
During the early morning we will cruise up the Beagle Channel, before quietly slipping into dock in Ushuaia. After breakfast our trip concludes.