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Across the Antarctic Circle aboard the Greg Mortimer

Crossing the fabled Antarctic Circle has held fascination for adventurers and explorers since Captain Cook first did so in 1773. Join us as we venture towards the line and discover a whole new world of rarely explored bays and coves - a treasure trove of exciting and remote new places, where only a few are fortunate to visit. This is a journey filled with wonderful discoveries and the joy of exploration in an untouched wonderland. 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. Throughout the voyage there are ample opportunities to enjoy our wildlife encounters and the dramatic landscapes of the most pristine region of the planet, under the guidance of our expert staff and crew.

Inclusions

12 breakfast, 10 lunches and 11 dinners
Comfortable cabin accommodation and use of all public areas on cruise
Specialist expedition staff
One night hotel accommodation in Ushuaia 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
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
Historic sites
Active scientific stations
Great variety of terrain over short distances
Icebergs and active glaciers
Kayak, dive or snorkel through Antarctic waters (optional charges applies)
Tour Provider World Expeditions
Number of Days
13
Price From
AUD $11,600
Start Location
Ushuaia, Antarctica
End Location
Antarctica
Age Range
Min :14
Group Size
1 to 120
Tour Style
Standard
Tour Themes
Marine/Cruise
Physical Rating
Mild
Tour departure dates
StartEndAvailabilityPrice
03 Feb 202015 Feb 2020AvailableAUD $11,600
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 3-5
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 6-11
We explore the Peninsula's west coast, with time to watch the frenzied activities of penguin parents and chicks, to Zodiac cruise amongst icebergs and revel in the unparalleled beauty of vast, Antarctic land and icescapes. Divers immerse themselves in underwater exploration, while kayakers slice through a fascinating labyrinth of waterways. Further south, ice conditions govern our movements. Whether we cross the Circle via the 'inner route' or the Bellingshausen Sea, we celebrate in style. With luck we reach magnificent Crystal Sound, pass through the Gullet and steam on to Marguerite Bay. We may visit historical Stonington, Pourquoi Pas and Detaille islands.
Day 12
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 13
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.