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
- 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
- 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
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
- 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
- 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
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