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Atlantic Odyssey to Cape Verde

Ushuaia - Praia - Example 34 Day Cruise aboard MV Hondius
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Embark on a 34-day expedition aboard the MV Hondius from Ushuaia, Argentina, in Tierra del Fuego. Admire the Beagle Channel's beauty before marveling at South Georgia's king penguin rookeries and exploring Gough Island. Encounter diverse birdlife at Tristan da Cunha, experience Saint Helena's culture, and gaze at celestial wonders along the Mid-Atlantic Ridge. Witness nature's beauty on Ascension Island's beaches before ending in Praia, Cape Verde, with historical exploration and vibrant local music.
Birds of Ascension IslandThe dramatic landscape of Ascension IslandLeaving Ushuaia behind A group of penguins check out the cameraWhaling station in GrytvikenGold Harbour, S. Georgia IslandGroup of King PenguinsGold Harbour, South Georgia
Highlights
  • Explore Ushuaia, the southernmost city on the planet, and sail the mountainous Beagle Channel
  • Experience a Zodiac cruise in Quest Bay, where you may see northern rockhopper penguins and sub-Antarctic fur seals
  • Visit the remote islands of Tristan da Cunha, known for their plentiful bird populations and exotic wildlife.
  • Discover the massive king penguin colony, elephant seals, and fur seal pups in South Georgia
  • Enjoy local culture, pleasant climate, endemic plants & birds on St. Helena
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Day 1: Ushuaia | Embark

Your voyage begins where the world drops off: Ushuaia, Argentina, said to be the southernmost city on the planet, located on the far southern tip of South America. Starting in the afternoon, embark from this small resort town on Tierra del Fuego (nicknamed “The End of the World”) and sail the mountainous Beagle Channel for the rest of the evening.

Day 2-4: Sea route to South Georgia

Today, you are en route to South Georgia. After passing the Antarctic Convergence, a natural boundary formed when north-flowing cold waters collide with warmer sub-Antarctic waters, you enter the circum-Antarctic upwelling zone. Not only does the marine life change, but the bird life changes, too: A variety of albatrosses and petrels show up, along with Cape pigeons and southern fulmars.

Day 5-7: South Georgia

Aim to visit some of the world’s top king penguin rookeries. This time of year, you have a good chance of seeing these animals nesting on eggs with their chicks nearby. The rookeries are sometimes overflowing, with penguins traveling to and from the beach.

Possible visits in this region include:

Salisbury Plain, St. Andrews Bay, Gold Harbour: Here, you can see the massive king penguin colony, elephant seals, and limitless fur seal pups playing in the surf.

Grytviken: You can also have the opportunity to check out this abandoned whaling station, where king penguins walk the streets, and elephant seals lie around like they own the place – because they do! You might also see the South Georgia Museum and Shackleton’s grave here.

Cooper Bay: This is a fine place for a Zodiac cruise, and this bay also houses a rookery of macaroni penguins. King penguins, pintails, and giant petrels may also appear here.

Moltke Harbour: This scenic spot in Royal Bay lets you see the vast king penguin colony.

Day 8-12: At Sea

A pleasant tailwind often accompanies the vessel through the westerlies, and on both sides of the Antarctic Convergence, you might see large numbers of Antarctic and sub-Antarctic seabirds.

Day 13: Quest Bay

If the weather permits, today, approach Gough Island for a Zodiac cruise in Quest Bay. Here, you might see northern rockhopper penguins and sub-Antarctic fur seals. In previous years, it has been possible to circumnavigate most of Gough Island’s 33-mile circumference, taking in this area’s splendid scenery and abundant wildlife.

Day 14-17: Tristan da Cunha

The remote islands of Tristan da Cunha are famed for their plentiful bird populations, including rockhopper penguins, several albatross species, petrels, skuas, terns, and many others. Your goal during this stage of your voyage is to visit the small settlement on the west side of the main island, but you might also land at Seal Bay on the south side of Tristan da Cunha or at Sandy Point on the east side.

In these stunning locations, you could encounter such exotic wildlife as yellow-nosed albatrosses and sub-Antarctic fur seals, all while exploring a rarely visited spot. You also intend to land at Nightingale Island and Inaccessible Island, which offer great views of beautiful seabirds ranging from yellow-nosed albatrosses to brown noddies.

Two days are reserved at Tristan da Cunha in case of bad weather. Still, please remember that nature determines your itineraries here: Since the beginning of the Atlantic Odyssey cruise in 1998, adverse weather led to the cancellation of 35% of Tristan da Cunha's landings. If you have to divert for safety reasons, the team will find suitable alternatives.

Day 18-21: At Sea

Seabirds and dolphins indigenous to this region often follow the vessel.

Day 22-24: Saint Helena

After you land at Jamestown on Saint Helena Island, you can have the opportunity to enjoy the area’s local culture, pleasant climate, and endemic bird life. You can visit Longwood House, where Napoleon died in exile; walk the 699-step Jacob’s Ladder if you’re feeling ambitious; or snorkel the shallows offshore, seeing multitudes of tropical and subtropical fish.

Day 25-26: Sailing the Mid-Atlantic Ridge

Today, aim to sail along the Mid-Atlantic Ridge, the sprawling submarine mountain range that runs about 16,000 km (10,000 miles) from the Arctic Ocean toward the southern tip of Africa. Join stargazing on the aft deck, where you can see the many highlights of the equatorial sky. Weather permitting, these celestial wonders can be seen with binoculars or the naked eye.

Day 27-28: Onward to Ascension Island

This dry volcanic island is a significant home for sooty terns (also known as wideawakes), whose colonies sometimes grow to over a million breeding pairs. You may get the chance to hike up to the richly vegetated summit of the island and visit the beach to watch green turtles laying eggs.

Day 29-33: Crossing the equator

Cruise across the equator are Arctic terns and long-tailed skuas flying their northbound spring migration. At this voyage stage, you can hope for good weather as you attempt more stargazing on deck, observing how the polar star becomes visible on the northern horizon.

Day 34: Praia | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
Disembark in Praia on Santiago Island on Cape Verde Santiago Island at 9:00 hours*. If you’re flying out on the night of April 25/ April 26, there is an additional tour in and around Praia. Here, you can visit the historic Cidade Velha and its massive hillside fortress, built to defend against English raiders. Other sights include the oldest Christian church in the tropics and the enslaved person whipping post in the main square. You can also simply explore the streets of Praia, enjoying the folk music from tavern windows.

*Disembarking passengers will have access to a few hotel rooms where you can collect your luggage and freshen up before traveling to the airport – or back to your hotel if you’re staying longer in Praia.

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Quadruple Porthole
Located on deck 3. Approximately 129 to 194 sq. ft. 2 portholes, 2 upper & lower berths, Small sofa, Private shower & toilet, Flatscreen TV, Desk & chair, Telephone and WiFi, Coffee & tea maker, Hairdryer, Cabinet, Wardrobe.
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Triple Porthole
Located on deck 3. Approximately 129 to 194 sq. ft. 2 portholes, 1 upper berth & 2 lower berths, Small sofa, Private shower & toilet, Flatscreen TV, Desk & chair, Telephone and WiFi, Coffee & tea maker, Hairdryer, Cabinet, Wardrobe.
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Twin Porthole
Located on deck 3. Approximately 129 to 194 sq. ft. 2 portholes, 2 single beds, Small sofa, Private shower & toilet, Flatscreen TV, Desk & chair, Telephone and WiFi, Coffee & tea maker, Hairdryer, Cabinet, Wardrobe.
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Twin Window
Located on deck 4. Approximately 129 to 151 sq. ft. 1 window, 2 single beds, Small sofa, Private shower & toilet, Flatscreen TV, Desk & chair, Telephone and WiFi, Coffee & tea maker, Hairdryer, Cabinet, Wardrobe.
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Twin deluxe
Located on deck 6. Approximately 205 to 226 sq. ft. 2 windows, 2 single beds, Sofa, Private shower & toilet, Flatscreen TV, Desk & chair, Telephone and WiFi, Refrigerator, Coffee & tea maker, Hairdryer, Cabinet, Wardrobe.
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Superior
Located on deck 6. Approximately 215 to 226 sq. ft. 2 windows, 1 double bed, Sofa, Private shower & toilet, Flatscreen TV, Desk & chair, Telephone and WiFi, Refrigerator, Coffee & tea maker, Hairdryer, Cabinet, Wardrobe.
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Junior Suite
Located on deck 7. Approximately 205 to 215 sq. ft. 1 double window, 1 double bed, Sofa, Private shower & toilet, Flatscreen TV, Desk & chair, Telephone and WiFi, Refrigerator, Coffee & tea maker, Hairdryer, Cabinet, Wardrobe.
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Grand Suite with balcony
Located on deck 7. Approximately 291 sq. ft. 1 double window, 1 double bed, Sofa, Private balcony, Private shower & toilet, Flatscreen TV, Desk & chair, Telephone and WiFi, Refrigerator, Coffee & tea maker, Hairdryer, Cabinet, Wardrobe.

Notes

Single supplement - Single occupancy of a twin cabin is available at 1.7 times the twin occupancy rate.
Child discount: Children aged 3-15 will be discounted 40% in triple or quad cabins, one child per cabin.
Included
  • 33 Breakfasts, 32 Lunches, 33 Dinners
  • 33 Nights Accommodations
  • Accommodations as listed
  • Ground transportation as listed
  • Activities as listed
  • Meals as listed
  • Access to a 24-7 Emergency line while traveling
  • Program of lectures by noted naturalists and leadership by experienced expedition staff.
  • All Miscellaneous Service Taxes and Port Charges Throughout the Program
  • All shore excursions and activities throughout the voyage by Zodiac.
  • Free use of rubber boots and snowshoes.
  • All meals throughout the voyage aboard the ship including snacks, coffee and tea.
  • Comprehensive pre-departure material.
  •  Luggage Transfer from Pick-up Point to the Vessel on the Day of Embarkation in Ushuaia
Excluded
  • Gratuities
  • Travel Insurance
  • Personal Expenses
  • Flight costs (please request a quote)
  • Additional excursions during free time
  • Fuel and transportation surcharges (when applicable)
  • Passport and Applicable Visa Expenses
  • Government arrival and departure taxes
  • Pre- and Post Land Arrangements
  • Fuel Surcharge - to be invoiced separately
  • 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.
  • Medical travel insurance, including emergency medical attention and evacuation coverage with a minimum of $100,000 of evacuation coverage is required.
  • Parkas are not provided on your cruise. Please bring your own windproof, waterproof, insulated parka with you. You will want to make sure it is roomy enough to fit warm layers underneath. Click here for information about parka rental.

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