Falkland Islands - South Georgia - Antarctic Peninsula Cruise

Wim Van Passel-Oceanwide Expeditions
Southern Rockhopper Penguin.
Franco Banfi
A young seal warms itself on the ice
Mellany Van Der Hulst-Oceanwide Expeditions
Hiking through the Falkland Islands.
A humpback whale breaches the polar waters
Rinie van Meurs
Monica Salmang-Oceanwide Expeditions
Ortelius' dining area.
Monica Salmang-Oceanwide Expeditions
The bar and observation lounge aboard the Ortelius.
Experience all the best of the sub-Antarctic highlights in one polar voyage on this 19-day Antarctic expedition. Meet at least six penguin species, visit Port Lockroy, pay your respects at Shackleton's grave, and embark on this voyage voted #1 to observe all of Antarctica and the South Atlantic islands on this Antarctic expedition voyage.

Day 1

    Arrive Ushuaia, Argentina / Embark Ship

    In the afternoon, embark in Ushuaia, Tierra del Fuego, Argentina, the southernmost city in the world located in the shadow of the Andes and right at the Beagle Channel shore. Sail through this scenic waterway during the afternoon.

    Day 2

      At Sea

      At sea, in the westerlies the ship is followed by several species of albatrosses, storm petrels, shearwaters and diving petrels.

      Day 3

        Falkland Islands

        In the Falkland Islands (Malvinas) plan to spend the whole day on the fascinating western side of the archipelago. A hike along the shore of Carcass Island will give views of Magellanic and Gentoo-Penguins, as well as close encounters with water fowl and Night herons. In addition, on Saunders observe Rockhopper Penguins, Black-browed Albatrosses and King Cormorants.

        Day 4

          Stanley, Falkland Islands

          In Stanley, the capital of the Falklands, experience Falkland culture, which has some South American characteristics as well as Victorian charm. In Stanley and the surrounding area see quite an important number of stranded clippers from a century ago. All passengers are free to wander around on their own. A visit to the local church and museum are recommended.

          Days 5-6

            At Sea

            At sea, on your way to South Georgia cross the Antarctic Convergence. Entering Antarctic waters, the temperature will drop as much as 10 degrees C in the time span of only a few hours. Near the Convergence you will see a multitude of southern seabirds near the ship; several species of Albatrosses, Shearwaters, Petrels, Prions and Skuas.

            Days 7-10

              South Georgia

              In the afternoon of day 7 arrive at your first landing site in South Georgia. You might visit the bay of Elsehul, with its very active fur seal breeding beach, and then set course to Right Whale Bay, Salisbury Plain, Godthul, St. Andrews Bay, Gold Harbour, Cooper Bay and Drygalski Fjord to give you a good opportunity to see a wide spectrum of landscapes and wildlife, like the introduced Reindeer, Elephant seals, Fur seals, King and Macaroni Penguins. One of the highlights might be your visit to Prion Island, where you will witness the breeding efforts of the huge Wandering Albatross and enjoy watching their displays.

              At Fortuna Bay try to follow in the footsteps of the great British Explorer Ernest Shackleton and hike over to Stømness Bay. There and at Grytviken you’ll see an abandoned whaling village, where King Penguins now walk in the streets and seals have taken over the buildings. At Grytviken visit the Whaling History Museum as well as to Shackleton´s grave near by. Depart from South Georgia in the afternoon of day 10.

              Day 11

                At Sea

                At sea, where the ship is again followed by a multitude of seabirds. At some point you might encounter sea-ice, and it is at the ice-edge where you might have a chance to see some high-Antarctic species like the McCormick Skua and Snow Petrel.

                Day 12

                  South Orkney Islands

                  Planning a visit at Orcadas station, an Argentinean base located in the South Orkney Islands. The friendly base personnel will show you their facilities and you can enjoy the wonderful views of the surrounding glaciers.

                  Day 13

                    At Sea

                    Days 14-16

                      Antarctic Peninsula

                      Sail into the Weddell Sea through the ice-clogged Antarctic Sound as huge tabular icebergs announce your arrival to the eastern side of the Antarctic Peninsula. Plan to visit Brown Bluff where you may set foot on the Continent. Next, the ship aims at Half Moon Island, in the Shetland Islands, to visit a Chinstrap penguin rookery and possibly see Weddell seals.

                      Then, venture to Deception Island through Neptune's Bellows. Here, find hot springs, an abandoned whaling station, thousands of Cape petrels and many Dominican gulls, Brown and South Polar skuas, and Antarctic terns. Wilson’s Storm petrels and Black-bellied Storm petrels nest in the ruins of the whaling station in Whalers Bay.

                      On the last day before venturing into the Drake Passage, sail towards the northern parts of Gerlache Strait. You may visit Charlotte Bay on the West coast of Graham Land, where the surrounding area is mountainous, with nunataks rising through the ice. Keep an eye out for seals and occasional kelp gulls, skuas, shags, or penguins. In Cierva Cove admire the rugged ice coated mountains of the Davis Coast and Mikkelsen Harbour.

                      Days 17-18

                        At Sea

                        On your way north you are again followed by a great selection of seabirds while crossing the Drake Passage.

                        Day 19

                          Ushuaia / Disembark / Return Home

                          Arrive in the morning in Ushuaia and disembark. Transfer to the airports for flights home.
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                          - Rates are quoted in U.S. dollars and represent costs per person, double occupancy.
                          - Cabins are available for single occupancy at 1.7 times the double occupancy rate.
                          - Due to the extreme nature of itinerary destinations, travel insurance is mandatory for all cruises aboard the Ortelius - including medical, accident and repatriation/evacuation insurance.
                          Fares include:
                          • Voyage aboard the designated vessel as indicated in the itinerary.
                          • All meals throughout the voyage aboard the ship including snacks, coffee and tea.
                          • Free use of rubber boots aboard the Ortelius.
                          • Pre-scheduled group transfer from the vessel to the airport in Ushuaia (directly after disembarkation).
                          • All shore excursions and activities throughout the voyage by Zodiac.
                          • Program of lectures by noted naturalists and leadership by experienced expedition staff.
                          • All miscellaneous service taxes and port charges throughout the program.
                          • Comprehensive pre-departure material.

                          Not included:
                          Any airfare whether on scheduled or charter flights; pre- and post land arrangements; transfers to the vessel; passport and visa expenses; Government arrival and departure taxes; meals ashore; baggage, cancellation and personal insurance (which is strongly recommended); excess baggage charges and all items of a personal nature such as laundry, bar, beverage charges and telecommunication charges; and the customary gratuity at the end of the voyages for stewards and other service personnel aboard (guidelines will be provided).

                          Please Note:
                          It is agreed that if world fuel prices will reach or exceed $120 USD per Barrel Brent 90 days prior to departure the Ortelius reserves the right to levy a fuel surcharge of $25 USD per passenger per night.

                          Deposit & Payment

                          Initial deposit is 25%, and most travelers will call our office and pay the deposit with a credit card. Alternatively, you can register online here.

                          Final payment is due 70 days prior to departure by bank transfer, check or credit card. All final payments by credit card may be subject to a surcharge and maximum of $20,000 charge.

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                          Cancellation Policy

                          Days Prior to departureFee
                          90 days or more25% deposit
                          89-60 days55% trip cost
                          59-0 days100% trip cost