Overview

Flight - 1 night
Buenos Aires - 1 night
Ushuaia - 1 night
Beagle Channel - 1 night
At sea towards South Georgia – 3 nights
South Georgia & South Atlantic 4 nights
At sea towards Antarctica - 2 nights
South Shetland Islands/Antarctic peninsula - 2 nights
Drake Passage - 2 nights
Buenos Aires - 1 night
Flight - 1 night

 

EXPEDITION ANTARTICA 
Special Solar Eclipse Departure:
In the Wake of Shackleton

An unforgettable 20-day journey taking discerning travellers to distant lands

A small ship luxury cruise to the Great White Continent, an expedition of
epic proportions

On Saturday, December 4th 2021, a total solar eclipse will present over the South Atlantic towards Antarctica. We will be aboard the MS Ocean Victory exactly at the centre of the eclipse umbra during our fantastic voyage to South Georgia and Antarctica. The eclipse begins early in the morning east of The Falkland Islands. From here the moons shadow speeds south at 10,000 km per hour towards the South Orkney Islands and Antarctica. We have selected the best possible observation position east of South Orkney, where the sun is 11 degrees above the horizon. This wondrous phenomenon will last for almost 2 minutes. A 20-day programme based in a Category D cabin with porthole.

Key Features

Chauffeur Driven Transfers*
Deluxe Outside Cabin
Full Board on the Cruise 
Included on Board Gratuities  
Expedition Parka
Zodiac Excursions
Small Group Size: 6 - 20
Price Guarantee

 

Day 1 Fly from London Heathrow to Buenos Aires.

Day 2 On arrival transfer to the Sofitel Recoleta for an overnight stay, enjoy a full afternoon sightseeing tour of this fascinating city.

Day 3 Fly to Ushuaia, the world’s southernmost town, transfer to Los Cauquenes Hotel, overlooking the Beagle Channel for an overnight stay. Explore the quaint city and local countryside. This small but bustling port at the tip of South America is the ideal gateway for you to explore the southern extent of Patagonia while preparing for your adventure ahead (B)

Day 4 Morning at leisure, afternoon transfer to the MS Ocean Victory. Our journey begins as we navigate through the calms of Beagle Channel,  which transects the Tierra del Fuego archipelago in the extreme south of South America. Ocean Victory boasts the newly designed X-Bow®-Infinity class, which provides high stability even in rough weather and allows for the smoothest movements on the high seas. (B, D)

Days 5-7 The less visited South Georgia Island where massive albatross and pintado petrel swoop and soar around the ship, guiding us in. The onboard activities will keep you informed; learn to identify seabirds that glide alongside the ship, attend lectures and workshops presented by your Expedition Team. As we approach the less visited South Georgia Island, massive albatross and pintado petrel swoop and soar around the ship, guiding us in, watch out for the birds around a group of rocky spires called Shag Rocks. Have your binoculars and cameras ready to capture these rocks rising out of the icy ocean waters. Shags and prions often rest here, and due to nutrient rich upwellings around the rocks it can be a good place to keep a lookout for whales. On arrival look forward to beaches teeming with king penguins and elephant seals that greet us to this fabled island.

Days 8-11 After enjoying South Georgia from a distance, we explore its numerable beaches to find a bay for the first land excursion. Landing sites are varied and largely determined by the weather conditions.  Whichever site we choose will provide wildlife encounters unrivaled anywhere else on earth. One of the most fertile breeding grounds in the world for sub-Antarctic wildlife, South Georgia offers stunning wildlife experiences and a bird paradise, as burrowing seabirds, albatross and petrels are in abundance, with a wealth of breeding penguins, sea lions and seals, all seeking shelter in this oasis amidst the roaring Southern Ocean. Once a popular base for whalers and sealers, the island has abandoned relics  from centuries gone by, once a popular base for whalers and sealers, is is also scattered with abandoned relics and evidence of human activity from centuries gone by, not the least is Grytviken the only inhabited settlement on this mountainous island. Grytviken is the final resting place of Sir Ernest Shackleton. We explore the fjords of the north coast for 2-3 days and take as many shore landings as time and the swelling sea will allow us.

Day 12 On Saturday, December 4, 2021, a total solar eclipse will run over the South Atlantic towards Antarctica. The MS Ocean Victory will be in place exactly at the centre of the eclipse umbra. The eclipse begins early in the morning east of Falkland Islands. From here the moon shadow speeds south at 10,000 km per hour towards the South Orkney Island and Antarctica. Albatros Expeditions has selected the best possible observation position east of South Orkney, where the sun is 11 degrees above the horizon. This wondrous phenomenon will last for almost 2 minutes. 

Day 13 Enjoy the on board activities or relax and enjoy the facilities of the MS Ocean Victory as we cruise towards the Peninsula.

Days 14-15 Over the next two days, we begin our exciting Antarctica experience, we will explore the sub-Antarctic islands of the South Shetland chain with their busy penguin and sea bird rockeries, with nesting Wilson's storm petrels and chinstrap penguins. Essential for expedition cruises, Zodiacs are robust boats that can go up on a beach, a rocky outcrop, a river bank or even an ice floe push through bergy bits of ice floating in the water. Zodiacs enable our guests to explore the scenery from a very different perspective: They allow us to safely land in wild places with no infrastructure, it is a great way to get really near wildlife or to watch the ice formations up close, take unimaginable photographs and feel a closer connection to the nature in the area. As Antarctica looms on the horizon, the presence of wildlife multiplies by tens of thousands with many species of lively penguins, inquisitive seals, nesting birds and the spray of marine mammals. Wildlife abounds along our projected route along the Antarctic Peninsula: leopard, fur and Weddell seals of Cuverville Island; humpback whales of Gerlache Strait; Paradise Bay; Lemaire Channel's orcas. The peninsula has some of the most dramatic scenery and richest variety of native wildlife of the entire 'White Continent.' The voyage offers ample time to experience the special magic of the wilderness region which so few people have visited. The itinerary and activities during our Antarctica experience are dependent on weather and ice conditions. The final route, landfalls and shore landings will be determined by the captain and expedition leader and communicated to guests through regularly scheduled briefings.

Days 16-17 We spend two days at sea on our way back to the calms of Beagle Channel and Ushuaia, Argentina. En-route, we will cross Drake Passage and cruise past Cape Horn, a legendary maritime landmark and the southern tip of South America. During our time at sea, a variety of activities will be arranged on board which will provide the perfect opportunity to socialize with fellow travellers equally passionate for discovering the world, enjoy the lectures by our expedition leaders, or relax and enjoy the time at leisure.

Day 18 This morning we arrive back in Ushuaia. Transfer to the airport for our flight to Buenos Aries and the Sofitel Recolta for our final night.  Enjoy a farewell dinner and Tango show.

Day 19 After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your homeward flight.

Day 20 Arrive London Heathrow 

  • Key
  • B - Breakfast
  • L - Lunch
  • D - Dinner
 

Notes

This is a full itinerary with many visits on foot including some uneven or slippery surfaces.

Some cruise excursions involve the use of zodiac boats and are subject to weather conditions.

Groups will be divided for cruise sightseeing. The cruise vessel takes a maximum of 210 passengers.

2021

Thursday
per person
in a twin Cat. D cabin with porthole 
or a single Cat. G Cabin with porthole

Date Price
November 23 £16995
Great Journeys

A Jules Verne Limited Edition

Supplements per person

Single Supplement

Single supplement £1555

Cabin Upgrades

Category B: Suite with Balcony Twin £1785
Category A: Junior Suite Twin £3395

Sole use of twin cabins:
Cat D Cabin £8995
Cat C Cabin £10885
Cat B Cabin £13185
Cat A Cabin £16345

Extension Options

Pre -tour Extension - Patagonia:A Journey to the Ends of the Earth
6 nights £1395
Single supplement £370 

Extra nights - Buenos Aires 
(per night) £125 
Single supplement £125

Price Includes
Air travel and taxes, VIP return transfers*, included on board gratuities, expedition parka, deluxe outside cabin with balcony, full board on the cruise with wine, beer and soft drinks at meal times, visits to sub-Antarctic and South Shetland Islands, exploration of the Antarctic Peninsula, Zodiac excursions and shore landings, on board activities, lectures, workshops and wildlife spotting, port fees, taxes and IAATO fees, expert local guides and expedition leader, distinguished lecture programme. If our specially negotiated airfares are unavailable at the time of booking, a supplement may apply.

Not Included
Travel insurance, optional excursions, tipping, any government and local tourist taxes or compulsory charges introduced after publication.

Notes
*We are providing a VIP Chauffeur driven transfer for passengers that live within a 70 miles radius of the point of departure.  For those passengers that live outside of this 70 Mile radius we will provide the most competitive quotation for the additional mileage

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