Wild Antarctica Express + Weddell Sea Fly/Sail/Fly 11 days aboard Greg Mortimer
An exciting expedition to the ice factory of the Weddell Sea and the stunning west coast of the Antarctic Peninsula. Skipping out the crossings of the Drake Passage you will fly from Punta Arenas to King George Island in the South Shetland Islands before boarding the 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 activity options. 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 you fly back to Punta Arenas on your special charter flight back over the Drake Passage. An enthralling and unique adventure not to be missed!
Namibia Birding and Photography GuideAn 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 >
Wildlife Guide & PhotographerAndy is a 6th generation Falkland Islander, with a passion for wildlife, plants and photography. Raised in the Falkland Islands, Andy developed a close affinity with the Islands natural environment at a young age. School holidays where spent in the ‘camp’ or countryside with friends and family. For more than 10 years, Andy had the privilege of spending a time on Sea Lion Island, visiting his mother who managed one of the Islands premier tourist destinations. Read more >
Photographer and founder of the Travel Photographer Of The Year awardsA fascination with natural light and a passion with nature, landscape and travel underpin Chris Coe's photography. His images often have a striking simplicity and graphic quality. More recent work has introduced a subtlety with experimentation with both movement and light.Read more >
Falklands Expert & GuideBorn 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 >
Special Guest LecturerExclusive to this voyage, Doug Allan, a multi award winning polar photographer and cameraman, will be your special guest lecturer. Doug has been on over 20 expeditions to Svalbard to film its wildlife, and knows the wonders of this area more than most. Read more >
- 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, stand-up paddle-boarding, scuba diving & snorkelling
- Exciting Zodiac cruises through ice-filled bays amongst towering sculpted icebergs
- Visit historical and scientific sites
- Resident photography guide
- Full board accommodation on board ship with daily breakfast, lunch and dinner, afternoon tea and snacks
- Wines, beers and soft drinks with dinner
- 1 night accommodation in Punta Arenas pre-voyage
- 1 night accommodation in Punta Arenas post-voyage
- Return charter flights Punta Arenas - 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
- Zodiac landings and excursions
- Programme of expert lectures
- Loan of rubber boots
- Complimentary 3-in-1 polar jacket
ITINERARY10 Nights 11 Days
- Day 1 | Punta Arenas
- Day 2 | Punta Arenas to King George Island
- Days 3 - 6 | Antarctic Sound & Weddell Sea
- Days 7 - 9 | Antarctic Peninsula
- Day 10 | King George Island to Punta Arenas
- Day 11 | Punta Arenas
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 a 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.
Antarctic Sound & Weddell Sea
On the morning of day 3 you will awake sailing through the Antarctic Sound, the entrance to the mesmerising, ice-filled 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. A land of superlatives, Antarctica’s vast proportions are a sight to behold. 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 photos. Throughout your time in Antarctica you can enjoy twice daily 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.
Your exact itinerary in Antarctica, and especially in the often ice-clogged Weddell Sea area, will be dictated by weather, ice conditions and wildlife sighting opportunities so be prepared for the unexpected. Making the most of every moment, your experienced captain will choose the best course each day for wildlife viewings and adventures, with a new experience guaranteed each day.
As we sail through the sound, possible landings around this incredible area may include the penguin hotspot of Brown Bluff where you can enjoy some observations of some of the 20,000 nesting pairs of Adélie penguins and hundreds of Gentoo penguins that reside here, along with seabirds such as kelp gulls, skuas, snow petrels and cape petrels. Your knowledgeable expedition team will introduce you to the history behind this enchanting area’s geology including the distinctive volcanic boulders scattered across the landscape acting as shelter and nesting sites for the busy penguin populations.
Journeying further into the Weddell Sea area we will hope to visit Paulet Island to see some of the 120,000 pairs of Adélie penguins found here as well as a blue-eyed shag colony and good numbers of Leopard seals and Weddell seals. You can also learn all about the area’s rich history in regards to polar exploration. Our next adventure will bring us to the geologically fascinating James Clark Ross Island where you can enjoy a hike across the fossil fields to Hidden Lake. If ice conditions allow there may also be time for a Zodiac cruise around the whole of the island; a rarely accomplished feat. Other sites we may make land at in this area include Devil Island where we will see more Adélie penguins and search for nesting snow petrels and Wilson's Storm Petrels. There will also be some excellent hikes available here as well as a Zodiac cruise amongst the huge numbers of glistening icebergs grounded in the surrounding waters. At View Point we hope to set foot on the Antarctic continent proper for the first time before beginning our sail west towards the Peninsula.
The next stop on this exciting itinerary is the stunning Antarctic Peninsula. Sailing west along the Peninsula we will stop regularly for exciting Zodiac excursions and land visits to some of the most impressively wildlife-rich and scenic spots. Areas we expect to visit include the important scientific research spot of Port Lockroy where we can learn all about Antarctica’s history and where you can send a postcard from the world’s most southern Post Office! If ice conditions allow, your ship will sail through the exceptionally scenic Lemaire Channel, where time in the observation lounge or on deck will reward in incredible views of the surrounding towering cliffs and majestic icebergs reflecting off the silky still water surfaces.
Throughout your time in Antarctica we will have approximately 18-20 hours of daylight in which to enjoy exploration on land and by sea, with your expert expedition team and resident photography coach accompanying you throughout. For the more adventurous there will be ample opportunities for kayaking, stand-up paddle-boarding, scuba diving and snorkelling excursions. Please note, kayaking, stand-up paddle-boarding, scuba diving and snorkelling incur an additional cost and should be booked in advance.
King George Island to Punta Arenas
After your thrilling exploration of Antarctica your ship will arrive back at King George Island where you will disembark for the final time. If time and weather permits you may be able to further explore the island, before catching your charter flight back to Punta Arenas. Upon arrival in Punta Arenas you will transfer to your hotel for your included overnight stay.
After breakfast in the hotel it will be time to bid farewell to your fellow passengers as you check out and head to the airport for your onward or homeward travel.
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