Wild Antarctica - Weddell Sea Fly/Sail 13 daysAboard: Greg Mortimer
An exciting expedition to the ice factory of the Weddell Sea and the stunning west coast of the Antarctic Peninsula. Skipping out a crossing of the Drake Passage you will fly from Punta Arenas to King George Island in the South Shetland Islands before boarding the brand new polar vessel the Greg Mortimer, which is ice-strengthened to take you comfortably between the two areas. Discover the vast ice shelves that calve monstrous tabular icebergs in the Weddell Sea as you explore by Zodiac and make landings across the area. Step foot on the Antarctic Peninsula and enjoy thrilling kayaking excursions. Your ship will sail around the peninsula on a constant search for wildlife, stopping at some of the most famous spots on the continent, before sailing back through the Drake Passage to Ushuaia. An enthralling and unique adventure not to be missed!
- Fly across the Drake Passage
- Spectacular Antarctic scenery in the Weddell Sea, Antarctica Sound and the Antarctic Peninsula
- Step foot on the white continent
- Amazing wildlife including penguins, birds and whales
- Adventure options including kayaking
- Zodiac amongst sculpted icebergs
- Visit historical and scientific sites
- Full board accommodation on board ship with daily breakfast,
lunch and dinner including house wines, beers and soft drinks, afternoon
tea and snacks
- 1 night accommodation in Punta Arenas pre-voyage
- Charter flight from Punta Arenas to King George Island
- Group transfers as per itinerary
- Captain's Welcome and Farewell drinks including four-course dinner, house cocktails, house beer and wine, non-alcoholic beverages
- Pre-dinner drinks including canapes and bar snacks
- Zodiac landings and excursions
- Programme of expert lectures
- Loan of rubber boots
- Complimentary 3-in-1 polar jacket
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Your journey begins in Punta Arenas in Chile. Arrive independently and transfer to the hotel for your included overnight stay. Enjoy time seeing the sights of the city, before enjoying a good night’s sleep in preparation for the adventures ahead.
Punta Arenas to King George Island
In the morning you will transfer to the airport for your charter flight to King George Island in Antarctica. Flying over the Drake Passage is momentous feeling as you watch civilisation disappear below you and anticipate landing in the white continent. Upon arrival at King George Island there may be time to explore the penguin and seal-rich waters of Fildes Bay and visit the surprising Trinity Church at Bellingshausen Station, before boarding your ship and settling in to your comfortable surroundings.
On the morning of day 3 you will awake to your ship sailing through the Antarctic Sound, the entrance to the mesmerising, ice-filled Weddell Sea. As you sail through this spectacular area make sure to keep an eye out on deck or in one of the many observation areas for wildlife. Your onboard photography expert can help you to capture the perfect iceberg photo, and as we sail further through the sound, possible landings may include the penguin hotspots of Gourdin Island and Brown Bluff.
Welcome to the mesmerising area of the Weddell Sea, where huge ice shelves calving monstrous tabular icebergs, waters rich in krill and otherworldly landscapes combine to create one of Antarctica’s most unique regions. As your ship pushes further into the Weddell Sea we will explore by Zodiac possible landing sites such as Paulet Island. The onboard palaeontologist will accompany you on visits to the Seymour and James Ross islands' fossil fields, offering exceptional insights on the geology and history of these intriguing areas.
The next stop on this exciting itinerary is the stunning Antarctic Peninsula. A land of superlatives, Antarctica’s vast proportions are a sight to behold. Enjoy Zodiac excursions to explore penguin rookeries, visit historic sites and scientific stations, and get up close to the masses of elaborate icebergs. Watch seals basking on the ice floes, join an excursion in search of orca sightings, and enjoy the exhilaration of stepping foot on the white continent. As with all polar expeditions, your exact itinerary in Antarctica will be dictated by weather and wildlife sighting opportunities so be prepared for the unexpected. Making the most every moment, your captain will choose the best course each day for wildlife viewings and adventures, with a new experience guaranteed each day. Areas we expect to visit include the Astrolabe or Enterprise Islands, Port Lockroy, and Paradise Harbour. For the more adventurous there will be ample opportunities for kayaking.
After your thrilling exploration of Antarctica it’s time to head back towards South America as your ship sails north through the famous Drake Passage. Keep an eye out in one of the many observation areas for the seabirds, including albatross, which follow the ship, and the last iceberg sightings. Enjoy informative lectures on the wildlife, history and geology of the areas you have discovered and enjoy sharing tales and photos with your fellow shipmates. Enjoy a fantastic farewell dinner on your last night onboard.
On the morning of day 13 you will awake to your ship gently cruising along the Beagle Channel into Ushuaia. After breakfast it will be time to say goodbye as you disembark and transfer to the airport or to a downtown location should you wish to extend your time in Ushuaia.
A view from Above
The brand new (2018-19) “Greg Mortimer” is a purpose-built expedition vessel capable of negotiating the strongest winds and waves, and has been built to world-class polar standards. The Greg Mortimer redefines expedition cruising for the future, utilising the ULSTEIN X-BOW, a cutting edge nautical technology which allows for gentle travel and motion at sea, reduced vibrations, improved comfort and safety on board, virtual anchoring, lower fuel consumption and lower air emissions. Robust, powerful, and built with passengers’ comfort and safety at the forefront of design, the Greg Mortimer features a modern ice-strengthened hull at ice class 1A, four sea-level launching platforms for fast and efficient access to Zodiacs, a custom-built activity platform, the most up-to-date and concise safety features including the latest ‘return to port’ technology, and has been built to meet and exceed the strict environment standards of the Polar Code, for non-intrusive and low-impact voyages. For exceptional at sea wildlife and scenery viewing opportunities the ship has custom-built hydraulic platforms offering unobstructed views, an indoor observation lounge, side viewing platforms and an outdoor top deck which allows for 360-degree views. With space for 132 passengers the ship has 80 well designed staterooms with en-suite bathrooms, ranging from porthole to balcony categories, a large dining room/restaurant with family style dining, a spacious lecture room, a well stocked library, Wellness Centre complete with gym equipment, sauna and spa, a multimedia room and a fully-stocked medical centre.
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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!Dave Martin
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.Steve Sutton
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.Mr J Borg, Malta
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