awed by the array of wildlife who play and hunt in the Antarctic Sound
at enormous tabular icebergs in the Weddell Sea
about the incredible fossil-rich volcanic islands from our onboard
DATES / RATES
Rates are listed per person in USD
|Start Date||End Date||Stateroom Triple||Stateroom Twin||Balcony Stateroom C||Balcony Stateroom B||Balcony Stateroom A||Balcony Suite||Junior Suite||Captains Suite|
|Feb 28, 2023||Mar 11, 2023||13,595||14,895||16,095||16,395||16,795||20,095||23,895||27,695|
Rates are listed per person in USD
|Start Date||End Date||(Starting from)|
Balcony Stateroom A
|Feb 28, 2023||Mar 11, 2023||13,595||16,795||27,695|
1 Punta Arenas
in Punta Arenas, where you will be met by a representative of Aurora
Expeditions and transferred to our group hotel. Upon arrival at your
included hotel, kindly remind hotel check-in staff to provide you with
Aurora Expeditions cabin tags. Please clearly label the tags with your
name and ship cabin number.
the Straits of Magellan, the city sits astride one of the world's most
historic trade routes. Today, Punta Arenas reflects a great mix of
cultures, from English sheep ranchers to Portuguese sailors, and it
remains an utterly fascinating testament to Chile's rich history.
approximately 6.00 pm this evening, meet your fellow expeditioners at a
voyage briefing. Afterwards, there’s free time to enjoy the
local cuisine at one of Punta Arenas’s many restaurants.
(Dinner not included).
Hotel Cabo de Hornos (or similar)
2 Fly Punta Arenas to King George Island
morning we will be transferred to Punta Arenas airport for our charter
flight to King George Island, Antarctica (weather permitting). The
flight will take approximately one-and-a-half hours.
arrival into King George Island our expedition team is on hand to greet
you for your Zodiac transfer to board the vessel. You’ll have
time to settle into your cabin before our important briefings.
Note: King George
Island is located at the northern part of the Antarctic Peninsula in
the South Shetland Islands and is one of the most remote places on
Earth. A clear sky with perfect visibility is required for safe
take-off and landing. We apologise in advance for any delays.
3-9 Weddell Sea & Antarctic Peninsula
almost impossible to describe the feeling of arriving in Antarctica.
Spotting your first iceberg and taking a deep breath of some of the
most fresh, crisp air on earth is an experience that will stay with you
we arrive, the western side of the Antarctic Peninsula and the South
Shetland Islands are ours to explore, and we have a host of choices
available to us. Your experienced expedition team, who have made
countless journeys to this area, will use their expertise to design
your voyage from day to day, choosing the best options based on the
prevailing weather, ice conditions and wildlife opportunities.
generally make landings or Zodiac excursions twice a day.
You’ll want to rug up before joining Zodiac cruises along
spectacular ice cliffs or among grounded icebergs, keeping watch for
whales, seals and porpoising penguins. Zodiacs will also transport you
from the ship to land, where you can visit penguin rookeries, discover
historic huts and explore some of our favourite spots along the
ashore we aim to stretch our legs, wandering along pebbly beaches or
perhaps up snow-covered ridgelines to vantage points with mountains
towering overhead and ice-speckled oceans below. If you have chosen an
optional activity, you’ll have the option to do that whenever
conditions allow, and of course keen polar plungers will have the
chance to fully immerse themselves in polar waters - conditions
addition to Zodiac cruises and shore excursions, we may ship cruise
some of the narrow, dramatic straits separating offshore islands from
the mainland, or linger in scenic bays to watch whales travelling or
feeding. This is a great time to enjoy the observation lounge or make
your way to the bridge for uninterrupted views of Antarctica in all its
splendour. Keep an ear out for the creak and deep rumble of glaciers as
they carve their way from summit to sea, and take a quiet moment to
experience the wonder of this incredible white continent.
to the story of where Sir Ernest Shackleton’s ship, the
Endurance became trapped in formidable sea ice, the Weddell Sea
certainly is high on the list for many polar adventurers. A small set
of islands standing off to the east of the Antarctic Peninsula
collectively form the Antarctic Sound – the gateway to the
Weddell Sea. With a well-deserved reputation as being an iceberg alley,
many large tabular bergs escape the Weddell Sea through the Antarctic
Sound, often making navigation difficult. However, the rewards can be
great. Fossils are a reminder of a more temperate era –
gastropods, large clams, and spiral-shaped ammonites, all turned to
spoiled for wildlife encounters as the Weddell boasts a large
Adélie penguin colony just outside of the Antarctic Sound,
some of which breed on the rocky slopes of a small volcanic island,
where a large colony of Antarctic blue-eyed shags jostle for space with
nest-building Wilson’s storm petrels. On thrilling Zodiac
cruises or slicing a path through the maze of sea ice in your kayak,
keep watch for chinstrap and gentoo penguins in and out of the water,
as well as humpback, minke and orca whales. Your camera is sure to get
a solid workout during your time in the Weddell Sea
10-11 Drake Passage crossing
landings come to an end as we enter the Drake Passage for our return
journey to South America. With lectures and film presentations to
complete our Antarctic experience, there is still plenty of time to
enjoy the magic of Southern Ocean and the life that calls it home.
There is time for reflection and discussion about what we have seen and
experienced, and the impact this voyage has had on our attitude to life.
we approach the tip of South America, our Captain may sail close to
legendary Cape Horn, weather and time permitting.
12 Disembark Ushuaia
the early morning, we cruise up the Beagle Channel, before quietly
slipping into dock in Ushuaia, where you will be free to disembark
around 8.00 am. Farewell your expedition team and fellow passengers as
we all continue our onward journeys, hopefully with a newfound sense of
the immense power of nature. A transfer to Ushuaia airport or to your
hotel is included in the voyage fare.
Greg Mortimer (Luxury Expedition, 120-guests)
Capable of negotiating the strongest winds and waves, the Greg Mortimer is built to world-class polar standards. It is designed in close consultation with expedition specialists, taking advantage of Auroras more than 25 years of experience.
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night's hotel accommodation with breakfast in Punta Arenas on day 1
accommodation during voyage including daily cabin service
meals, snacks, tea and coffee during voyage
house wine and soft drinks with dinner
Welcome and Farewell reception including four-course dinner, house
cocktails, house beer and wine, non-alcoholic beverages
shore excursions and Zodiac cruises
lectures and guiding services from expedition team
access to onboard expedition doctor and medical clinic (initial consult)
3-in-1 waterproof polar expedition jacket
use of muck boots during the voyage
surcharges, permits and landing fees
for ship crew
or domestic flights to or within South America, unless specified
not mentioned in the itinerary
arrival or departure taxes
visa, reciprocity and vaccination charges
insurance or emergency evacuation charges
and meals not included in itinerary
excursions not included in the itinerary
items of a personal nature including but not limited to: alcoholic
beverages and soft drinks (outside of dinner service), laundry
services, personal clothing, medical expenses, Wi-Fi, email or phone