three diverse and spectacular biomes including the temperate Falkland
Islands, sub-Antarctic South Georgia and the frozen Antarctic continent
hundreds of thousands of stately king penguins on the beaches of
incomparable South Georgia
abundant wildlife including seabirds, seals and even some of the great
whales at close range
DATES / RATES
Rates are listed per person in USD
|Start Date||End Date||Quad Porthole||Triple Porthole||Twin Porthole||Twin Window||Twin Deluxe||Superior|
|Dec 16, 2022||Jan 04, 2023||14,250||17,450||17,450||18,200||19,350||20,700|
|Feb 02, 2024||Feb 21, 2024||15,750||19,000||19,000||19,900||21,100||22,700|
Rates are listed per person in USD
|Start Date||End Date||(Starting from)|
|Dec 16, 2022||Jan 04, 2023||14,250||18,200||20,700|
|Feb 02, 2024||Feb 21, 2024||15,750||19,900||22,700|
1: End of the world, start of a journey
voyage begins where the world drops off. Ushuaia, Argentina, reputed to
be the southernmost city on the planet, is located on the far southern
tip of South America. Starting in the afternoon, you embark from this
small resort town on Tierra del Fuego, nicknamed "The End of the
World," and sail the mountain-fringed Beagle Channel for the remainder
of the evening.
Day 2: The winged life of
species of albatross follow the vessel into the westerlies, along with
storm petrels, shearwaters, and diving petrels.
Day 3: Finding the
Falkland (Malvinas) Islands offer an abundance of wildlife that is
easily approachable, though caution is always advised. These islands
are largely unknown gems, the site of a 1982 war between the UK and
Argentina. Not only do various species of bird live here, but chances
are great you'll see both Peale's dolphins and Commerson's dolphins in
the surrounding waters.
this segment of the voyage, you may visit the following sites:
– Despite its name, this island is pleasantly rodent-free and
hence bounteous with birdlife. Anything from breeding Magellanic
penguins and gentoos to numerous waders and passerine birds (including
Cobb's wrens and tussock-birds) live here.
– On Saunders Island you can see the black-browed albatross
and its sometimes-clumsy landings, along with breeding imperial shags
and rockhopper penguins. King penguins, Magellanic penguins, and
gentoos are also found here.
Day 4: The seat of
capital of the Falklands and center of its culture, Port Stanley has
some Victorian-era charm: colorful houses, well-tended gardens, and
English-style pubs are all to be found here. You can also see several
century-old clipper ships nearby, silent witnesses to the hardships of
19th century sailors. The small but interesting museum is also worth a
visit, covering the early days of settlement up to the Falklands War.
Approximately 2,100 people live in Port Stanley. Feel free to wander at
will, though be aware that admission fees to local attractions are not
included in the voyage.
Day 5 - 6: Once more to
route to South Georgia, you now cross the Antarctic Convergence. The
temperature cools considerably within the space of a few hours, and
nutritious water rises to the surface of the sea due to colliding water
columns. This phenomenon attracts a multitude of seabirds near the
ship, including several species of albatross, shearwaters, petrels,
prions, and skuas.
Day 7 - 10: South Georgia
you arrive at the first South Georgia activity site. Please keep in
mind that weather conditions in this area can be challenging, largely
dictating the program.
the next several days, you have a chance to visit the following sites:
– This location is closed during the early part of the
wandering albatross breeding season (November 20 – January
7). From January on, the breeding adults have found their partners and
are sitting on eggs or nursing their chicks. Enjoy witnessing the
gentle nature of these animals, which possess the largest wingspan of
any birds in the world.
– Near beaches inhabited by various penguins and seals, you
have the chance to follow the final leg of Shackleton's route to the
abandoned whaling village of Stromness. This path cuts across the
mountain pass beyond Shackleton's Waterfall, and as the terrain is
partly swampy, be prepared to cross a few small streams.
Salisbury Plain, St. Andrews Bay,
Gold Harbour – These sites not only house the
three largest king penguin colonies in South Georgia, they're also
three of the world's largest breeding beaches for Antarctic fur seals.
Literarally millions breed on South Georgia during December and
January. Only during the mid-season do they peak in their breeding
cycle. Watch the large bulls keep a constant vigil (and occasionally
fight) over territories where dozens of females have just given birth
or are about to deliver. Watch your step and stay cool when
walking the beaches during this time.
– In this abandoned whaling station, king penguins walk the
streets and elephant seals lie around like they own the place
– because they basically do. Here you might be able to see
the South Georgia Museum as well as Shackleton's grave.
Day 11: Southward bound
may be sea ice on this route, and at the edge of the ice some south
polar skuas and snow petrels could join the other seabirds trailing the
12: The scenic vistas of South Orkney
on the conditions, you might visit Orcadas Base, an Argentine
scientific station on Laurie Island in the South Orkney archipelago.
The personnel here will happily show you their facility, where you can
enjoy expansive views of the surrounding glaciers. If a visit isn't
possible, you may instead land in Coronation Island's Shingle Cove.
Day 13: Last push to the
icebergs and a fair chance of fin whale sightings ensure there's never
a dull moment on this last sea voyage south. Also, your best chance to
spot Antarctic petrels is here.
Day 14 - 16:
the ice conditions permit, you now sail into the Weddell Sea. Here
colossal tabular icebergs herald your arrival to the eastern side of
the Antarctic Peninsula. Paulet Island, with its large population of
Adélie penguins, is a possible stop. You might also visit
Brown Bluff, located in the ice-clogged Antarctic Sound, where you
could get the chance to set foot on the Antarctic Continent itself.
conditions aren't favorable to enter the Weddell Sea from the east, the
ship will set course for Elephant Island and head into the Bransfield
Strait, between South Shetland Island and the Antarctic Peninsula. Here
you can attempt to access the Antarctic Sound from the northwest.
breathtaking scenery continues in the southern Gerlache Strait, and if
ice conditions allow, we may even reach Lemaire Channel. Conditions on
the Drake Passage determine the exact time of departure.
Day 17 - 18: Familiar
seas, familiar friends
return voyage is far from lonely. While crossing the Drake, you're
again greeted by the vast array of seabirds remembered from the passage
south. But they seem a little more familiar to you now, and you to them.
Day 19: There and back
adventure, no matter how grand, must eventually come to an end. It's
now time to disembark in Ushuaia, but with memories that will accompany
you wherever your next adventure lies.
Ortelius (Expedition, 108-guests)
Ortelius offers a comfortable hotel standard, with a u-shaped, a bar and a lecture room. Our voyages are primarily developed to offer our passengers a quality exploratory wildlife program, trying to spend as much time ashore as possible. As the number of passengers is limited to approximately 116 on the Ortelius, flexibility assures maximum wildlife opportunities. Ortelius carries 10 zodiacs
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in this voyage
from this voyage
aboard the indicated vessel as indicated in the itinerary
meals throughout the voyage aboard the ship including snacks, coffee
shore excursions and activities throughout the voyage by Zodiac.
of lectures by noted naturalists and leadership by experienced
use of rubber boots and snowshoes.
transfer from pick-up point to the vessel on the day of embarkation, in
group transfer from the vessel to the airport in Ushuaia (directly
miscellaneous service taxes and port charges throughout the programme.
airfare, whether on scheduled or charter flights.
and post- land arrangements.
and visa expenses.
arrival and departure taxes.
cancellation and personal insurance (which is strongly recommended).
baggage charges and all items of a personal nature such as laundry,
bar, beverage charges and telecommunication charges.
customary gratuity at the end of the voyages for stewards and other
service personnel aboard (guidelines will be provided).