Atlantic Odyssey to Ascension Including Antarctic Peninsula 37 days
Antarctica, Falklands

Atlantic Odyssey

Atlantic Odyssey to Ascension Including Antarctic Peninsula 37 days aboard MV Plancius

This is the ultimate trip for birders and wildlife enthusiasts, starting in Ushuaia and visiting the Antarctic Peninsula, then, back to Ushuaia and on to South Georgia, the remote Gough Island, Tristan da Cunha, St Helena and Ascension. There is also an option to continue on to the Cape Verde Islands and the map shows the route from Ushuaia to both Ascension and Cape Verde

Toni Hart

Namibia Birding and Photography Guide

An accomplished and experienced Namibia birding and photographic guide, Toni holds a Namibia Academy for Tourism and Hospitality Level 3 qualification (the highest level attainable in Namibia) and is widely renowned for her extensive knowledge of the cultures, ornithology, flora, astronomy and wildlife of the country. Read more >

Jenny Luxton

Falklands Expert & Guide

Born in Chartres in the West Falklands, Jenny grew up on the family farm where her love for animals was nurtured by the25,000 sheep, horses and cows that lived alongside her. Forever a nature, conservation and wildlife enthusiast Jenny has travelled extensively throughout the Falkland Islands, visiting each and every wildlife island at least once, and even travelling around some by yacht. Read more >

Highlights

  • Diverse marine and avian wildlife from polar to tropical
  • Visit some of the most remote islands in the world
  • Spectacular and varied scenery
  • Historical associations

What's Included

  • Luggage transfer to ship and group transfer from ship
  • Full board accommodation on board
  • All zodiac excursions and landings with expert guides
  • Programme of expert lectures
  • Loan of rubber boots
36 nights 19/03/2018 - 24/04/2018
From Only £8,601pp
Simon Rowland
Simon Rowland
Antarctica, Falklands Specialist

Speak to someone who’s been to Antarctica, Falklands. Start planning your tailor-made trip by calling one of our friendly destination specialists on 0800 195 3385 or 44 1625 581143 for outside the UK.

ITINERARY

36 Nights   37 Days

Itinerary Summary

  • Day 1   | Ushuaia
  • Days 2-3 | At sea
  • Days 4-7 | Antarctica
  • Days 8-9 | At sea
  • Day 10 | Ushuaia
  • Days 11-14 | At sea
  • Days 15-17 | South Georgia
  • Days 18-22 | At sea
  • Day 23 | Gough Island
  • Days 24-26 | Tristan da Cunha
  • Days 27-30 | At sea
  • Days 31-33 | St Helena
  • Days 34-35 | At sea
  • Days 36-37 | Ascension Island
Ushuaia
1Day

Ushuaia

In the afternoon, we embark in Ushuaia, Tierra del Fuego, Argentina, the southernmost city in the world located at the Beagle Channel and sail through this scenic waterway, followed by seabirds.

At sea
2 - 3Days

At sea

During these two days we sail across the Drake Passage and encounter a variety of seabirds - these can include wandering, grey-headed, black-browed and the beautiful light-mantled sooty albatross, southern fulmars, Wilson's storm, blue, Cape and Antarctic petrels. We also look out for whales and, as we near the South Shetland Islands, we spot our first icebergs.

Antarctica
4 - 7Days

Antarctica

We sail directly to Antarctica, passing the Melchior islands and the Schollaert Channel between Brabant and Anvers Island. On the small steep Cuverville Island, nestled between the mountains of the Peninsula and Danco Island, there is a large colony of gentoo penguins and breeding pairs of brown skuas. If we land on Danco Island we can watch chinstrap penguins and possibly Weddell and crabeater seals. In Neko Harbour we will have the opportunity to set foot on the actual Antarctic continent in a magnificent landscape of huge glaciers and enjoy the landscape during Zodiac cruises. When sailing to Paradise Bay, with its myriad icebergs and deep cut fjords, we will have the opportunity for zodiac cruising between the icebergs in the inner parts of the fjords. In this area we have good chances to see humpback and minke whales. After sailing through the Neumayer Channel, we plan to visit the British research station and post office Port Lockroy on Goudier Island. Close to Port Lockroy we may also make a landing on Jougla Point to see gentoo penguins and imperial shags.

We sail through the spectacular Lemaire Channel to Pleneau and Petermann Island where we can find Adelie penguins and blue-eyed shags and maybe also humpback, minke and fin whales. A visit to one of the scientific stations in Antarctica will give you an insight about the life of modern Antarcticans working on the White Continent. Further south we may visit the Ukrainian Vernadsky Station, where we will receive a warm welcome from the station crew. Sailing north through Neumayer Channel we arrive at the Melchior Islands with a very beautiful landscape with icebergs. Here, we look out for leopard and crabeater seals and whales.

At sea
8 - 9Days

At sea

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

Ushuaia
10Day

Ushuaia

We arrive in the morning in Ushuaia and pick up passengers for our odyssey, to depart in the evening.

At sea
11-14Days

At sea

During these two days we sail again across the Drake Passage and encounter a variety of seabirds - these can include wandering, grey-headed, black-browed and the beautiful light-mantled sooty albatross, southern fulmars, Wilson's storm, blue, Cape and Antarctic petrels. We also look out for whales and other marine mammals.

South Georgia
15-17Days

South Georgia

We aim to visit some of the major king penguin rookeries in the world. The late season offers an outstanding chance to see the king penguins on eggs and with small chicks. The rookeries are packed at this time of year and the movement to and from the beach is amazing. Salisbury Plain is probably the biggest and here we will see the huge king penguin colony along with elephant seals and scores of fur seal pups playing in the surf. On Prion Island in the Bay of Isles we can see breeding wandering albatrosses. We will also find time to visit the old whaling settlement in Grytviken, where now the penguins walk through the streets. Grytviken is home to a small, but highly informative museum and also offers a chance to visit the grave of Sir Ernest Shackleton who is buried here alongside his trusted friend and companion Frank Wild. We will attempt to land Gold Harbour and St Andrews Bay with stunningly beautiful scenery and a wildlife density second to none. We end our South Georgia experience in the spectacular Dryglaski Fjord.

 At sea
18-22Days

At sea

In the Westerly’s we have a pleasant tailwind. On both sides of the Antarctic Convergence, we observe many species and great numbers of Antarctic and sub-Antarctic seabirds.

Gough Island
23Day

Gough Island

Today we plan to approach the unique Gough Island for a zodiac cruise around Quest Bay, as always weather permitting. Gough Island is a strictly protected nature reserve and landings are not allowed. However, the intended Zodiac cruise will offer spectacular scenery and a great abundance of wildlife not easily seen elsewhere in the world. In previous years we managed to circumnavigate all but four miles of the 33 mile circumference of the island by ship. We felt very privileged to be among the few visitors who have been able to experience Gough and in particular, to see it at such close quarters and in such favourable conditions. We hope to be lucky to repeat this unique experience with you.

Tristan da Cunha
24-26Days

Tristan da Cunha

In the Tristan da Cunha archipelago we plan to call on the settlement, Edinburgh of the Seven Seas, at the west side of the main island. We will also try to make landings at Nightingale Island and Inaccessible Island where millions of seabirds ranging from yellow-nosed albatrosses, northern rockhopper penguins to brown noddies, as well as the unique Inaccesible rail breed. We allow one day in reserve for bad weather. Please note that we will try and approach for landings, however due to the weather and sea conditions this is not always possible.  

At sea
27-30Days

At sea

We now enter sub-tropical waters with their own species of seabirds and dolphins.

St. Helena
31-33Days

St. Helena

St. Helena has a good anchorage and landing site at James Town. On this island, we will have ample opportunities to enjoy local culture, pleasant climate, and endemic plants and birds. We will visit Longwood House, the place where Napoleon lived and died in exile. There will be opportunities to explore the Island on your own and for snorkelling in the shallow surf where we can find a multitude of tropical and sub-tropical fish species.

At sea
34-35Days

At sea

Heading north in tropical waters, we look for flying fish and warm climate birds.

Ascension Island
36-37Days

Ascension Island

Ascension Island is a dry volcanic island with a moist and richly vegetated highland. The sooty oe Wide Awake tern  colony sometimes consists of more than a million breeding pairs. We will try to climb the moist summit of Ascension Island and make a zodiac-cruise around Boatswain Bird Island. Near the anchorage at Georgetown we also have great opportunities for snorkelling. We hope to witness egg-laying sea turtles coming ashore at night. Some of our passengers may disembark and fly with the scheduled RAF (Royal Air Force) flight to Brize Norton in Oxfordshire, UK. Others may proceed with the voyage to the Cape Verde Islands. In the evening the vessel will depart from Ascension

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We had the time of our lives on board ship...if anybody wants to go to Antarctica, we will certainly advise to go with you.
Huge congratulations to you and all the team for the perfect organisation throughout the trip. From the early planning to the last transfer, everything went without a hitch.
Now that I am back from my odyssey voyage, I thought I would let you know that after all that planning it really did exceed my expectations – we managed landings everywhere even on Tristan da Cuhna and had great bird sightings. The guides all knew what they were talking about too and made sure I got some great photos – still sorting them all out! Thanks for everything and see you at Birdfair!
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