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Explore the majestic South Georgia Island and Antarctic Peninsula on the ultimate 19-Day Antarctic Cruise. Experience awe-inspiring wildlife encounters and indescribable pristine beauty as you make yourself at home of the Greg Mortimer, purpose built for discovering the most incredible and remote regions of the world. Get up close and personal with icebergs, ice-capped mountains, glistening icebergs, and astounding wildlife by zodiac and kayak on ...
Explore the majestic South Georgia Island and Antarctic Peninsula on the ultimate 19-Day Antarctic Cruise. Experience awe-inspiring wildlife encounters and indescribable pristine beauty as you make yourself at home of the Greg Mortimer, purpose built for discovering the most incredible and remote regions of the world. Get up close and personal with icebergs, ice-capped mountains, glistening icebergs, and astounding wildlife by zodiac and kayak on a truly unforgettable journey to Antarctica.
Begin your journey in Santiago, flight to Stanley, capital of the Falklands~Malvinas with over 700 islands scattered off the coast. Expect windswept coastlines, white sand beaches, clear waters, and a true wildlife haven for a plethora of birdlife, including the largest black-browed albatross colony on earth. Head onwards to South Georgia, home to some of the world’s largest congregations of wildlife with incredible human history and land and seascapes to explore. Comprised of 11 large and several smaller islands, cruise on and enjoy the volcanic origins of the Sandwich Island with some volcanic activity remaining to this day and host to over 1million chinstrap penguins. Visit penguin rookeries, discover historic huts and stretch your legs on the pebbly beaches or snow-covered ridgelines offering spectacular vistas on the beautiful Antarctic Peninsula before making your way back to Ushuaia for disembarkation.
When you’re not busy exploring, rest and relax onboard the luxury Greg Mortimer. Enjoy the comfort of beautifully appointed cabin or relax amid the expansive observation decks and inviting communal areas. Purpose-built for expeditions to the most remote places on earth, enjoy zodiac cruises to those hard-to-reach places and experiences that offer immersion in your surroundings.
This luxury cruise includes arrival and departure transfers to and from the Greg Mortimer, all nights aboard the Greg Mortimer on a twin share basis including daily cabin service and all meals while onboard. The package also includes a Captain’s Welcome and Farewell reception, complimentary use of muck boots during the voyage, a 3-in-1 waterproof polar expedition jacket, port surcharges, permits and landing fees, and all Zodiac cruises and shore excursions.
Experience one of the most pristine and awe-inspiring place on earth on a truly immersive journey to the Antarctic.
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Arrive in Santiago, where you will be met by a representative and transferred to your hotel. Enjoy free time to explore Santiago at your own pace and city's excellent restaurants. Between 5.00-7.00 pm, meet your fellow expeditioners at a Welcome Reception and Pre-Embarkation Briefing. Afterwards, there’s free time to enjoy the local cuisine at one of Santiago’s many restaurants. (Dinner not included).
After breakfast, transfer to the airport for our flight to Stanley, capital of the Falklands~Malvinas. Stanley is a charming town with a distinctly British character, something you’ll discover on a panoramic tour. The town features terraced town houses, pioneer cottages and even an iconic red telephone box! Colourful buildings house cosy cafes, English pubs, souvenir shops, a post office and the fascinating Historic Dockyard Museum, with displays on the maritime history of the Falkland Islands, natural history and links to Antarctica. The tour ends at the pier, where you will board the vessel.
Arrive in the Falkands-Malvinas, two large islands with over 700 islands scattered off the coast. Expect windswept coastlines, white sand beaches, clear waters, and a true wildlife haven for a plethora of birdlife, including the largest black-browed albatross colony on earth. Spot marine life in the nutrient-rich waters surrounding the islands and enjoy outings with the experienced expedition team. Generally, two landings or Zodiac excursions will happen a day, where you will get the chance to cruise among the rocky coves and soaring sea cliffs in hopes of seeing seals, sea lions, dolphins and penguins.
Spend the next two days admiring the stunning expanse of sea as you travel onwards to South Georgia. See the many seabirds skillfully use the air currents created by the ship to gain momentum on the observation decks and keep an eye out for whales. On this leg, you are usually travelling into the prevailing weather, so it is difficult to estimate our precise arrival time in South Georgia.
Enjoy the lecture programs, highlighting all the incredible sights before possibly passing close to a fascinating group of jagged rocky islets called Shag Rocks (weather permitting).
If time and weather conditions permit, we could pass close to Shag Rocks, a fascinating group of jagged rocky islets protruding from the sea, in the proximity of South Georgia.
Marvel at the jagged mountain peaks and spectacular glaciated scenery as you make your approach of South Georgia. South Georgia is home to some of the world’s largest congregations of wildlife with incredible human history and land and seascapes to explore. Your experienced expedition team will choose the best options based on weather and wildlife opportunities each day to ensure you get the most of this enchanting island.
Enjoy two landings or Zodiac excursions a day (weather permitting) and explore one of the largest king penguin colonies on earth. Take guided walks amid fur seals, elephant seals and wander along pebbled streams, grassy glacial plains, and icy shores. Discover the remnants of South Georgia’s whale stations and pay your respects to Sir Ernest Shackleton. In addition, you may have the opportunity to ship cruise through fjords or into deep bays with dramatic glacier fronts to discover.
Attend informative lectures to learn about Antarctica as we sail across the Scotia Sea towards the white continent. Treat yourself to a massage in the wellness centre or stay active in the gym; the choice is yours on how you want to enjoy days at sea.
Today, if weather permits, we set course for Elephant Island, a half-submerged mountain cloaked with an ice sheet at the outer limits of the South Shetlands. We’ll learn the story of Shackleton and hear how his ship, the Endurance, was crushed in pack ice in the Weddell Sea, before him and his men climbed into three open boats, spending 16 months at sea, before finally making landfall on this tiny toe of rock and ice in the vastness of the Southern Ocean on 14 April, 1916.
We plan to sail past Cape Valentine to see the beach where the men first put ashore over 100 years ago. Weather permitting; we hope to follow the coastline six miles west to Point Wild, where the men eventually set up camp under two of their upturned open boats and some old tents. If weather permits, we’ll attempt to make a landing on historic Point Wild, Elephant Island.
It is time to explore the Antarctic Peninsula. Feel the crisp air in your lungs and the overwhelming power of Antarctica’s stunning landscape as you make landings.
Once you arrive, the western side of the Antarctic Peninsula and the South Shetland Islands are yours to explore, and you have a host of choices available. Because you are so far south, you will experience approximately 18-24 hours of daylight and the days can be as busy as you wish.
Rug up before joining Zodiac cruises along spectacular ice cliffs or among grounded icebergs, keeping an eye out of whales, seals and penguins. Visit penguin rookeries, discover historic huts and stretch your legs on the pebbly beaches or snow-covered ridgelines offering spectacular vistas. Enjoy prechosen activities such as kayaking whenever the conditions permit and for the brave, take the polar plunge into the icy waters.
Onboard cruise some of the narrow and dramatic straits or linger scenic bays to watch whales travelling or feeding. Enjoy the observation lounge or make your way to the bridge for uninterrupted views of Antarctica in all its wonder.
Truly immerse yourself in one of the most spectacular regions of the world, that still few get to see.
You may choose to spend the sea days returning to Ushuaia editing your photos, enjoying the onboard facilities, or listening to an informative lecture. Celebrate the end of an unforgettable voyage with newfound friends at a special Captain’s Farewell Dinner.
In the early morning, cruise up the Beagle Channel before docking in Ushuaia where you will be free to disembark. Farewell the expedition team and fellow passengers as you take your transfer to downtown Ushuaia or to the airport for your onwards journey.
NOTE: At the conclusion of the voyage, we do not recommend booking flights departing Ushuaia prior to 12.00 pm on the day of disembarkation in case there are delays.
Please enquire about vessel and cabin type. Please refer to the 'Vessel, Cabin & Fares' section below. The displayed price is based on Stateroom room.
Stateroom Triple Share: AUD $30,373 From AUD $24,298/pp, twin share
Stateroom Twin Share: AUD $33,173 From AUD $26,538/pp, twin share
Balcony Stateroom Category A: AUD $37,653 From AUD $30,122/pp, twin share
Balcony Stateroom Category B: AUD $36,813 From AUD $31,291/pp, twin share
Balcony Stateroom Category C: AUD $35,973 From AUD $30,577/pp, twin share
Balcony Stateroom Superior: AUD $45,213 From AUD $33,910/pp, twin share
Junior Suite: AUD $54,173 From AUD $37,921/pp, twin share
Captain's Suite: SOLD OUT
The departure point is Santiago CL
The finish point is Ushuaia AR
The coldest continent on Earth, Antarctica has two seasons: summer and winter. The Antarctica travel season occurs in summer from October to February where you will find average temperatures ranging from -10 degrees Celsius to -60 degrees, depending on how far into the continent you travel. January is the warmest season, with temperatures climbing up to 0 degrees Celsius on the Antarctic Peninsula.