Upon arrival in Ushuaia, you will be met by a representative and transferred to your downtown hotel for the night.
After breakfast at the hotel, you will join an insightful half-day city tour of Ushuaia. The tour takes you to the La Maison neighbourhood, the Government House and the upper area of the city, known for its amazing views of the Beagle Channel. Enjoy an interesting insight into the city’s history, including the antique houses that belonged to the first settlers in Ushuaia, as well as the End of the World Museum.
At 4pm, you’ll meet at the pier to board the Greg Mortimer vessel. There’ll be a chance to relish the amazing views of Ushuaia and Tierra del Fuego before your briefing.
In the evening, you’ll meet your fellow travellers and expedition team at a welcome dinner to start your exciting adventure through Antarctica.
Breakfast and dinner included.
Drake Passage Crossing
Your vessel will take you through the breath-taking Drake Passage today. Meanwhile, the expedition team will prepare you for the activities to come with a lecture on wildlife guidelines and biosecurity procedures, as well as an interesting talk about Antarctica’s history, wildlife and environment.
During the day, you’ll have the opportunity to photograph a variety of fabulous seabirds, including the elusive albatrosses and huge petrels that use the air currents created by the ship to gain momentum.
Drake Passage – South Shetland Islands
As you make your way to the South Shetland Islands, you’ll discover your first iceberg – a sight that will never be forgotten. Travelling below the Antarctic Convergence means that you’ll be surrounded by these huge, jaw-dropping ice sculptures, so be sure to get a good view on the observation deck.
Depending on the weather, the crew may attempt the first landing in Antarctica by the late afternoon.
What happens in the next few days is entirely weather dependent. Usually the journey will take you to the western side of the peninsula, but the experienced expedition team will have to create an itinerary each day depending on the ice conditions.
Antarctica is located deep in the south, meaning you’ll have 18-20 hours of daylight to fill with great activities and wildlife spotting. Generally, the team tries to offer two Zodiac excursions or landings each day. The Zodiac excursions include getting up close to awe-inspiring ice cliffs and magnificent whales, whilst the landings will see you exploring penguin rookeries, historic huts, and seal haul-outs (where they come to rest).
You could even take advantage of the opportunity to camp ashore – again, this is weather permitting. Think of it as a more comfortable insight into how Shackleton and other historic Antarctic explorers used to live when exploring Antarctica.
The itinerary is very flexible and can change instantly depending on weather or wildlife encounters. Activities include admiring protected bays home to a variety of whales, exploring wildlife abundant islands, slowly sailing through the phenomenal Lemaire Channel (on a clear day, the ice cliffs are beautifully reflected on the water), and visiting the world’s most southern Post Office to send a unique post card.
On day 10 you will re-enter the Drake Passage to start the journey back to Ushuaia. Whilst sailing through the crossing, you’ll have a variety of lectures and presentations about the Southern Ocean to enjoy. Time and weather permitting, the Captain may sail close by to Cape Horn on route to South America.
Your ship will sail through the Beagle Channel during the early morning, before docking in Ushuaia for disembarkation at 8am. From here, you’ll be transferred to either downtown Ushuaia or the airport for your onward flight.