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Antarctic Explorer

Fly-Sail Cruise - Example 12 Day Cruise aboard Greg Mortimer
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This 12-day Fly-Sail itinerary features the best of Antarctica and allows for more exploration, with only one crossing of the Drake Passage. Get up close with iridescent icebergs, vast colonies of Adelie and gentoo penguins, as well as islands that are alive with leopard seals busy with courtship, bustling penguins and maybe feeding whales!

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Ushuaia, Argentina
Day 2 : Ushuaia | Embark | Drake Passage
Day 3 : Drake Passage
Day 4 : Drake Passage & South Shetland Islands
Days 5-10 : Antarctic Peninsula
Day 11 : King George Island | Disembark | Punta Arenas, Chile
Day 12 : Punta Arenas, Chile

Highlights

  • Enjoy gorgeous long summer days on the peninsula
  • Experience polar diving and polar snorkelling with expert guides
  • Tour scientific research stations and historic huts
  • Zodiac cruise in search of feeding whales

Ship

Greg Mortimer

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Penguins on a rocky beach in Antarctica. Antarctica Seal Kayaking in front of a huge iceberg. Humpback waving - photo thanks to Liz Penguins everywhere

Day 1 Ushuaia, Argentina

Arrive in Ushuaia, where you will be met by a representative and transferred to your downtown hotel.

Day 2 Ushuaia | Embark | Drake Passage

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Dinner
This morning, your luggage will be collected from your hotel and transferred directly to port for clearance and
loading onto the ship. You’ll have the day at leisure before making your own way to port in the late afternoon to
meet your expedition team and commence boarding at approximately 4.00 pm (final embarkation time will be
provided in your final documentation).

After breakfast, you can independently explore the bustling community that was previously the world’s most
southerly town, a claim that now belongs to nearby Puerto Williams. The town itself sits beneath the spectacular
mountains of Tierra del Fuego on the edge of the Beagle Channel. You may choose to enjoy a trip to Tierra del Fuego
National Park, or visit the small museum, which has informative displays about the original inhabitants and the
current population of Tierra del Fuego.

As the Greg Mortimer pulls away from port, gather on the deck to commence your adventure with spectacular
views over Ushuaia and Tierra del Fuego. You’ll have time to settle into your cabin before the important briefings.
This evening, get to know your fellow expeditioners and friendly expedition team and crew at a welcome dinner to
celebrate the start of a thrilling adventure to Antarctica.

Day 3 Drake Passage

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
As you commence the Drake Passage crossing, make the most of your time getting comfortable with the motions
of the sea. The expedition team prepares you for your first landing with important wildlife guidelines and biosecurity
procedures, and start the lecture programs to help you learn more about Antarctica’s history, wildlife and
environment.

The wildlife experiences begin as you enjoy watching and photographing the many seabirds, including majestic
albatrosses and giant petrels following in your wake. They rise and fall skilfully, using air currents created by the ship
to gain momentum.

Day 4 Drake Passage & South Shetland Islands

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Nearing the South Shetland Islands and the tip of the Antarctic Peninsula on day four, the excitement is palpable
with everyone converging on one of the observation decks, watching for your first iceberg. The ocean takes on a
whole new perspective once we are below the Antarctic Convergence and are surrounded by the surreal presence of
floating ice sculptures. The memory of your first big iceberg sighting is likely to remain with you for a lifetime.
Weather permitting, we may attempt our first landing in Antarctica by late afternoon.

Day 5-10 Antarctic Peninsula

  • Ship
  • 6 Breakfasts, 6 Lunches, 6 Dinners
The Antarctic Peninsula's western flanks offer long days and relatively ice-free waters. Visit historic huts and Zodiac cruise through narrow straits and majestic icebergs, and if you're lucky, whale watch from the bow of the ship. A few landing points you will visit include Half Moon Bay, Lemaire Channel, Hydrurga Rocks and more. Expeditions onboard the Polar Pioneer will also venture into Weddell Sea if weather and ice conditions permit. Visit the large Adelie and gentoo penguin colonies of Brown Bluff or Paulet Island, and fossil-rich Seymour Island. You may hike to spectacular vantage points on Beak or Devil Islands; large tabular icebergs and volcanic scenery create long lasting memories. Wherever you go, wildlife, Heroic Age relics and haunting landscapes await.

Day 11 King George Island | Disembark | Punta Arenas, Chile

As you approach Frei Base on King George Island, it is time to farewell Antarctica and your amazing adventure before
boarding the flight (approximately one-and-a half-hours) to Punta Arenas, Chile. On arrival at the Punta Arenas
airport, you will be transferred to a preferred downtown hotel.

NOTE: King George Island is located at the northern tip of the Antarctic Peninsula in the South Shetland Islands and
is one of the most remote place on Earth. A clear sky with perfect visibility is required in order to take off and land
safely. We apologise in advance if you experience any delays.

Day 12 Punta Arenas, Chile

  • 1 Breakfast
After breakfast, bid a fond farewell to your fellow passengers as we all continue your onward journeys, hopefully with
a newfound sense of the immense power of nature. 

NOTE: Please advise your Reservations Consultant or travel agent if you require an airport transfer, so it can be
booked in advance. The departure airport transfer is not included in your voyage cost and will be at an additional
cost.

Greg Mortimer

Punta Arenas - Hotels

Ushuaia

Per person starting at
$10,300
Greg Mortimer-Aurora Stateroom
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Aurora Stateroom
Greg Mortimer features 15 porthole rooms, all with private en-suites. Located on Deck 3, they're close to the mudroom and loading platforms, perfect for adventurers who are looking for a comfortable base that's close to the action. *6 of these cabins are available as triple cabins on select departures.
Balcony Stateroom C
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Balcony Stateroom C
14 rooms available. All include en-suite bathrooms, floor to ceiling windows and balconies and a select number are also connecting rooms, perfect for families or groups.
Balcony Stateroom B
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Balcony Stateroom B
22 rooms available. All include en-suite bathrooms, floor to ceiling windows and balconies and a select number are also connecting rooms, perfect for families or groups.
Greg Mortimer Balcony Suite
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Balcony Stateroom A
22 rooms available. All include en-suite bathrooms, floor to ceiling windows and balconies and a select number are also connecting rooms, perfect for families or groups.
Balcony Suite
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Balcony Suite
With a bit more room to stretch the legs, the Greg Mortimer's two Balcony Suites are perfect for polar adventurers who travel with plenty of gear. Featuring private balconies, en-suite bathrooms and a comfortable desk area, these will sell out quickly!
Greg Mortimer- Junior Suite
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Junior Suite
The Greg Mortimer's four Junior Suites take in some impressive scenery from their vantage points on Deck 7. When you aren't enjoying a landing, you can relax in the suites' separate lounge area, or just watch the world float by from the private balcony.
Greg Mortimer- Captain's Suite
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Captain's Suite
The largest of all the rooms, the Greg Mortimer's singular Captain's Suite will take you to the polar regions in ultimate style and comfort. Complete with large lounge area, balcony, walk-in wardrobe and en-suite.

Notes

Expedition Includsions
  • Arrival transfer from airport to hotel on Day 1 (preferred flights only)
  • One night’s hotel accommodation with breakfast in Ushuaia on Day 1
  • Luggage transfer from your hotel in Ushuaia to ship on Day 2
  • Flight from King George Island to Punta Arenas on Day 11
  • Transfer to preferred hotel in Punta Arenas on Day 11
  • One night’s hotel accommodation with breakfast in Punta Arenas on Day 11
  • On-board accommodation during voyage including daily cabin service
  • All meals, snacks, tea and coffee during voyage
  • Beer, house wine and soft drinks with dinner
  • All shore excursions and Zodiac cruises
  • Educational lectures and guiding services from expedition team
  • Access to onboard doctor and basic medical services
  • A 3-in-1 waterproof polar expedition jacket
  • Complimentary use of gumboots during the voyage
  • Comprehensive pre-departure information
  • A printed photo book produced with photos from your voyage
  • Port surcharges, permits and landing fees
Expedition Exclusions
  •  International or domestic flights to or within South America, unless specified
  •  Transfers not mentioned in the itinerary
  •  Airport arrival or departure taxes
  •  Passport, visa, reciprocity and vaccination charges
  •  Travel insurance or emergency evacuation charges
  •  Hotels and meals not included in itinerary
  •  Optional excursions not included in the itinerary
  •  Optional activity surcharges
  • All items of a personal nature including but not limited to: alcoholic beverages and soft drinks (outside of dinner service), laundry services, personal clothing, medical expenses, gratuities, and email or phone charges.
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