Basecamp Antarctica 12 days
Antarctica

Basecamp Antarctica

Basecamp Antarctica 12 days aboard MV Ortelius

On this expedition to the Antarctic Peninsula, a base camp is set up to allow for a variety of adventure activities such as overnight camping on ice, kayaking, mountaineering, snowshoeing and hiking. In addition there are professional photographic workshops available to all participants. This expedition offers unique opportunities to experience Antarctica, its environment and wildlife - truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

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

  • Choice of free basecamp activities
  • Penguins and other birdlife
  • Marine mammals
  • Spectacular scenery
  • Historic sites

What's Included

  • Luggage transfer to ship and group transfer from ship
  • Full board accommodation on board
  • All activities
  • All zodiac excursions and landings with expert guides
  • Programme of expert lectures
  • Loan of rubber boots
11 nights 28/11/2018 - 09/12/2018
From Only £5,934pp
John Swindell
John Swindell
Antarctica Specialist

Speak to someone who’s been to Antarctica. 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

11 Nights   12 Days

Itinerary Summary

  • Day 1 | Ushuaia
  • Days 2 - 3 | At Sea
  • Days 4 - 9 | Antarctic Peninsula
  • Days 10 - 11 | At Sea
  • Day 12 | Ushuaia
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 - 3 Days

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.

Antarctic Peninsula
4 - 9Days

Antarctic Peninsula

We will sail directly to “High Antarctica”, passing the Melchior islands and the Schollaert Channel between Brabant and Anvers Island. The basecamp concept enables us to visit places where we hope to stay for longer than normal in order to conduct our activities. Several fantastic localities offer great opportunities for this and may include:

Neumayer Channel, where we may position our ship for the multi activity basecamp. The protected waters around Wiencke Island may become our playground for all activities. In this alpine environment, there are great opportunities to scout the region on foot, per zodiac and during kayak trips. Walkers will find opportunities to use snowshoes on hikes near the shoreline, and the mountaineers will find their challenge by climbing hills and viewpoints further inland. All climbs and excursions can only be conducted in good weather conditions.

We hope to visit the old British research station, now working museum and post office at Port Lockroy on Goudier Island.

Close to Port Lockroy we may also offer a landing on Jougla Point with Gentoo penguins and Blue-eyed shags. We look out for Leopard seals, Crabeater seals and whales.

If the ice conditions and time allows us, we may sail through the spectacular Lemaire Channel to Booth Island, Pléneau and Petermann Island where we can find Adélie penguins and Blue-eyed shags (normally not possible before New Year). In this area there are good chances to encounter Humpback whales and Minke whales. The opportunities for kayaking, glacier walks or mountaineering that is more ambitious are excellent in this area.

Neko Harbour offers the opportunity to set foot on the Antarctic Continent in a magnificent landscape of a huge glacier and enjoy the landscape during zodiac cruises, walks, and kayak excursions. We may spend the night in Paradise Bay with a camp erected ashore in one of several places good for camping. The area in and around Errera Channel is spectacular with possible sites for our activities like Danco Island and Cuverville Island and also lesser known, but equally great, sites such as Orne Island and Georges Point on Rongé Island.

On our last day of near shore activities, we pass the Melchior Islands towards the open sea around noon. Keep a keen lookout for Humpback whales in Dallmann Bay. Alternatively, we may aim for Half Moon Island, South Shetlands, which offers a great opportunity for our activities. We depart from Antarctica around noon.

At Sea
10 - 11Days

At Sea

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

Ushuaia
12Day

Ushuaia

We arrive in the morning and disembark after breakfast.

MV Ortelius

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Ann Macleod, Scotland Peggy & Thomas, Belgium Robert Hickinbotham, Pulheim, Germany Dave Martin, North Wales James and Pamela Chapman, Halifax David Coard, Exeter, UK Dr Lorna Mairs, Hampshire, UK Lucy and Simon Stern, Sussex, UK Shiyang Liu, Beijing, China Peter Reid, Lincoln, UK Celia Hills, Orkney Islands, UK Steve Sutton, Merseyside, UK Molly Quackenbush, Virginia, USA Sophie & Francois Couture, Quebec, Canada Mike and Berry Poulter, East Sussex, UK Jo Arden, London, UK Mr Neil Morrison, UK Mr J Borg, Malta
Superlatives abound – a truly amazing experience...awesome. Thanks to all for making it such a memorable experience.
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!
I came to Wildfoot because a friend had booked with you when you were Antarctica Bound and they were right. Everything went perfectly, even when our flight was cancelled, you made sure we still made it to the ship with time to spare. L’Austral is a beautiful ship with first class service and food and the guides looked after us well. Very happy to recommend Wildfoot and L’Austral...
The adventure really was a 'trip of a lifetime' and we are so glad we tagged an extra day in Buenos Aires at either end and that we went Premium Economy, it made all the difference. The ship Sea Explorer was exactly as Simon had described and was very comfortable. South Georgia was the highlight but we were surprised how much wildlife there was to see on the Falklands and we might well book one of your nature trips to the Falklands in the future.
I want to thank you for all you did to make my recent Falklands trip run so smoothly and comfortably. Thank you for all your help over the diet too.
• I wanted to send you a quick thank you email. We had a fantastic trip, the boat, staff, scenery, itinerary, and pretty much everything else was incredible! Thank you so much for arranging the cabin upgrade, we were delighted to have our own room! We had a really brilliant time, and wanted to say thanks so much for being so helpful throughout, we're lucky to have found you.
We had a very special experience organized by you in Feb, especially the wedding in Antarctica and our stay in Patagonia. Thank you.
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Overall I think that it was an excellent trip that was well worth the price paid and I would have no hesitation recommending your company to others.
I'm sure you get plenty of compliments, but I just want to follow up telling you what a great time we had on the MS Expedition Antarctica Classic cruise. We were very pleased with all of the staff, on the ground and on the ship. Everyone was so friendly and knowledgeable. We greatly appreciated their experience and expertise. Their very careful attention to all of the environmental rules and precautions should also be lauded. Thank you for all of your service and attention. If we're planning on one of the other regions that you serve, we'll definitely be in touch!!
We would like to thank you with all our heart for our fabulous trip. It was amazing. Everything was perfect. I recommend Antarctica and South America to everybody. Doing business with you was also a great experience. You are the best travel agent I ever met. I hope to have the chance to do business with you again in the future.
We've just got back from out trip to Patagonia and the Antarctic and want to say a big thank you to all of you at Wildfoot but specifically you, Tina and Sara, for organising our trip and sorting out all my queries before we went. You've all been thoroughly professional - and friendly with it. I always get concerned that hotels won't have received the booking, the air e-tickets won't be recognised or luggage ends up somewhere other that where we are, but I didn't need to worry as everything was well planned in advance and the various elements, air travel, two cruises, hotels etc, fitted seamlessly. You can take this as a 10 out of 10 satisfaction rating and recommendation for your company. You will certainly be my 'go to' provider if we ever do anything similar in the future. Thanks once again for our trip of a lifetime.
I just wanted to say an enormous thank you for your help with my trip. It was the best two weeks of my life! MS Expedition was amazing – their itinerary, their crew, their spirit. It was truly exceptional.One of the best things was how they arranged the rooms, I just had the best roommates and that really made a big difference to the trip. We got to see some fast ice and got out to walk on it – literally walking on the frozen sea. Amazing! I am saving for my next trip and I would not dream of going with anyone but you guys again. Good work! A dream very much come true.
I hope you’re well. I wanted to drop you a line to say we are back from Antarctica and had a wonderful time with Ponant. The trip exceeded our expectations in every respect, and I haven’t yet found enough superlatives to describe it to friends! Antarctica was breathtaking (as you know), and we loved pretty-much everything about Ponant. It was the perfect fit for us and I’m very grateful to you for taking the time to help with the booking. Having read the nightmares that Silversea have been having with the Silver Cloud, we felt lucky to be onboard Le Lyrial. Of course the only downside of a trip like this is we want to go back - best start saving now! Thanks again for all of your help and support with the booking process. Ponant was exactly as you described it. We have our eye on a couple of other cruises with them so I might be in touch soon.
Just a quick note to express my sincere thanks to you and all your staff for making this an epic adventure of immense proportions. Everything went smoothly, pickups, hotels and most of all the expedition itself. Truly a mind blowing experience unlike any I have ever taken.

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