Overview

Flight - 1 night
Buenos Aires - 1 night 
Ushuaia - 1 night 
Beagle Channel - 1 night
Drake Passage - 2 nights 
South Shetland Islands - 2 nights 
Antarctica Peninsula - 2 nights 
Drake Passage - 2 nights
Buenos Aires - 1 night
Flight - 1 night

 

A LAND LIKE NO OTHER
EXPEDITION ANTARTICA

An unforgettable 15-day journey taking discerning travellers to distant lands

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

Enjoy the immense beauty of the seventh continent on an expedition cruise to Antarctica, a voyage in the pioneering spirit to a land less visited, filled with scenic wonders; breathtaking landscapes, ethereal icescapes and amazing wildlife. Truly a land like no other, there is no feeling comparable to that of standing on the Antarctica peninsula, an absolute transformational experience.

Aboard the small but luxurious MS Ocean Victory awaits a unique experience for the few. As we glide in the calm, pristine Antarctic waters, only the songs of nature and crackling of ice are audible, serving as a wonderful reminder of just where we are. Enjoy zodiac landings at penguin rookeries, research stations and fascinating lookouts as we cruise deep into the inlets of Antarctica. Pass through the breathtaking Gerlache Strait, where 3000-ft ice cliffs rise from still waters, stopping a while in stunning Paradise Bay. On no other journey can you experience such pristine nature and varied wildlife in so short a time. Shore landings, zodiac excursions, lectures and whale safaris are easily accommodated from this small ship which has the distinct advantage of better access to the shore, the deep fjord systems and dramatic coastlines, enabling guests to set foot several times on some of the best sites on the Antarctic continent and surrounding sub-Antarctic islands.

The focus of the cruise is to experience nature from close-up and develop a greater understanding of all that you see. The expedition crew, comprised of expert geologists, scientists, naturalists, climatologists, marine biologists and a photographer, are on hand to enrich your experience.

Key Features

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

 

Special Departure

Solar Eclipse: In the Wake of Shackleton - 23 November 2021

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. 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.

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. (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, a strait in the Tierra del Fuego Archipelago. (B, D)

Days 5 & 6 Sailing onward, we cross the famed passage named after Sir Francis Drake – a body of water that marks the intersection of the cold Antarctic with the warmer Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. The most spirited sailors consider Drake Passage a lifetime achievement, the MS Ocean Victory boasts the innovative X-Bow®-Infinity design, which provides high stability even in rough weather and allows for the smoothest movements on the high seas. In the Drake, the excitement builds as Antarctic wildlife comes into view, we would hope to catch our first sight of seals and penguins as well as an abundance of birdlife. (B, L, D) 

Days 7 & 8 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 rookeries. Our projected land falls include: King George Island; Deception Island Half Moon Island 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 in an ice floe, pushing through bergy bits of ice floating in the water. Zodiacs enable us to explore the scenery from a very different perspective, they allow us to safely land in wild places with no infrastructure and they are a great way to get up-close to wildlife or to watch the ice formations; take unimaginable photographs and feel a closer connection to nature. If you can negotiate normal stairs you can also get in and out of a Zodiac. In the gangway we have strong seamen that will give you a firm and helping hand. It’s important to keep both hands free, so you can accept the provided support. On shore you will also get help when needed. Sitting on the zodiac you just need to hold on to the rope and enjoy the fresh Polar air and the magnificent scenery. (B, L, D) 

Days 9 & 10 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 on our projected route along the Antarctic Peninsula; leopard, fur and Weddell seals off Cuverville Island, humpback whales off Gerlache Strait and Paradise Bay and 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. (B, L, D) 

Days 11 & 12 We spend two days at sea on our way back to the calms of the Beagle Channel and Ushuaia, Argentina. En route we will cross Drake’s 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 and workshops will be arranged which will provide the perfect opportunity to socialize with fellow travellers who share your passion for discovering the world, enjoy the lectures by our expedition leaders and onboard experts. Relax and enjoy your time at leisure. (B, L, D) 

Day 13 This morning we arrive back in Ushuaia. Transfer to the airport for the flight to Buenos Aires and the Sofitel Recoleta for our final night. Enjoy a farewell dinner and elegant Tango show. (B)

Day 14 Transfer to the airport for the homeward flight. (B)

Day 15 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.

For Jan 6 departure the hotel in Buenos Aires will be the Palladio Hotel Buenos Aires MGallery by Sofitel.

2020

Saturday
per person 
in a twin Cat. C Cabin with balcony
or a single Cat. G Cabin with porthole

Date Price
December 19 £12995

2021

Thursday
per person
in a twin Cat. C Cabin with balcony
or a single Cat. G Cabin with porthole

Date Price
January 6 £12795
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 C Cabin £5995
Cat B Cabin £8575
Cat A Cabin £11345

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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