colonies alive with nest building
cruise amongst water-sculpted icebergs
ashore the Antarctic continent
historic huts and scientific stations
marine life - seals and whales
or camp ashore for added adventure
Antarctica at its most pristine
DATES / RATES
Rates are listed per person in USD
|Start Date||End Date||Stateroom Triple||Stateroom Twin||Balcony Stateroom C||Balcony Stateroom B||Balcony Stateroom A||Balcony Suite||Junior Suite||Captains Suite|
|Nov 19, 2019||Nov 30, 2019||10,500||10,500||11,300||11,500||11,800||14,800||17,400||20,000|
|Nov 28, 2020||Dec 09, 2020||10,900||12,100||13,000||13,200||13,600||16,700||20,200||23,600|
Rates are listed per person in USD
|Start Date||End Date||(Starting from)|
Balcony Stateroom A
|Nov 19, 2019||Nov 30, 2019||10,500||11,800||20,000|
|Nov 28, 2020||Dec 09, 2020||10,900||13,600||23,600|
1: Arrive Ushuaia
in Ushuaia, where you will be met by a representative of Aurora
Expeditions and transferred to your downtown hotel (preferred flights
2: Embark the Greg Mortimer in Ushuaia
morning, enjoy a leisurely breakfast at the hotel before exploring
Ushuaia on a half-day city tour.
city tour will visit The Mission, Brown and Solier neighborhoods, where
you can see old houses belonging to the first families in Tierra del
Fuego, such as the Beban, the Pastoriza, and the Ramos. Head 11
kilometers (6.8 miles) out of town to Martial Glacier. The ride in the
chair lift to the trails leading up to the glacier provides wonderful
regional views and of Ushuaia town, the Beagle Channel and its islands.
Afterwards, continue to the End of the World Museum with exhibitions
explaining the history of Tierra del Fuego.
to the pier where our expedition team will warmly welcome you on board
the Greg Mortimer at approximately 4.00 pm
3: Drake Passage crossing
we commence the Drake Passage crossing, we make the most of our time
getting comfortable with the motions of the sea. Our expedition team
prepare you for our first landing with important wildlife guidelines
and biosecurity procedures, and start our lecture program to help you
learn more about Antarctica’s history, wildlife and
wildlife experiences begin as we enjoy watching and photographing the
many seabirds, including majestic albatrosses and giant petrels
following in our wake. They rise and fall skillfully, using air
currents created by the ship to gain momentum.
4: Drake Passage & South Shetland Islands
the South Shetland Islands and the tip of the Antarctic Peninsula on
day four, the excitement is palpable with everyone converging on one of
the observation decks, watching for our first iceberg. The ocean takes
on a whole new perspective once we are below the Antarctic Convergence
and are surrounded by the surreal presence of floating ice sculptures.
The memory of your first big iceberg sighting is likely to remain with
you for a long time. Weather permitting, we may attempt our first
landing in Antarctica by late afternoon.
5-9: Antarctic Peninsula
the next few days a host of choices are open to us, and depending on
ice and weather conditions, the western side of the Antarctic Peninsula
is ours to explore. Our experienced expedition team, who have made
countless journeys to this area, will use their expertise to design our
voyage from day to day. This allows us to make best use of the
prevailing weather, ice conditions and wildlife opportunities.
we are so far south, we will experience approximately 18-20 hours of
daylight and the days can be as busy as you wish. We will generally try
for two landings or Zodiac excursions each day; cruising along
spectacular ice cliffs; following whales that are feeding near the
surface; and landing on the continent and its off-shore islands to
visit penguin rookeries, seal haul outs, historic huts, and a few of
our other favorite spots along the peninsula. There will be plenty of
time for sleep when you get home!
this voyage, there will be an opportunity to camp ashore (weather and
time permitting). This will give you the chance to sample the style of
adventure that Scott, Shackleton and other legendary Antarctic
explorers experienced, although with slightly better equipment and in
more comfort! Rest assured our warm and comfortable ship with its hot
showers will only be a short distance away!
are many exciting places we can choose to visit and our itinerary is
deliberately flexible to allow us to pick the best spots on the day
based on ice and weather conditions.
sample of some of the types of places where we may cruise through,
land, hike, photograph or view spectacular wildlife include:
protected bays around the Antarctic Peninsula surrounded by magnificent
peaks and spectacular glaciers, areas that are havens for whales as we
keep our eyes open for humpbacks, orcas, minkes, and crabeater seals,
as we explore bays in Zodiacs.
islands where Weddell seals are hauled out on protected snow beds and
noisy chinstrap penguins raise their families on rocky platforms; gulls
nest on turrets, fur seals and elephant seals hauled out on the pebble
Channel - If ice conditions allow, standing on the observation deck of
the Greg Mortimer quietly as the ship sails along the narrow Lemaire
Channel could certainly be one of the highlights of our voyage. Cliffs
tower 700 meters / 2,296 feet straight out of the ocean on either side
of the ship. The water can sometimes be so still that perfect
reflections are mirrored on the surface and it is clear to see why this
Channel is often called “Kodak Alley”. Gigantic
icebergs may clog the channel, creating navigational challenges for our
Captain and crew; occasionally they may even obstruct our passage.
a post card home from the Penguin Post Office, the world’s
most southern Post Office!
10-11: Drake Passage crossing
our landings come to an end as we re-enter the Drake Passage for our
return journey to Ushuaia. With lectures and film presentations to
complete our Antarctic experience, there is still plenty of time to
enjoy the magic of Southern Ocean and the life that calls it home.
There is time for reflection and discussion about what we have seen and
experienced, and the impact this voyage has had on our attitude to life.
we approach the tip of South America, our Captain may sail close to
legendary Cape Horn, weather and time permitting.
12: Disembark Ushuaia
the early morning, we sail along the Beagle Channel, before quietly
slipping into dock in Ushuaia, where we begin disembarking at around
8.00 am. Farewell your expedition team and fellow travelers as we all
continue our onward journeys, hopefully with a newfound sense of the
immense power of nature. A transfer to either downtown Ushuaia or to
the airport is included in the cost of the voyage.
Greg Mortimer (Luxury Expedition, 120-guests)
Capable of negotiating the strongest winds and waves, the Greg Mortimer is built to world-class polar standards. It is designed in close consultation with expedition specialists, taking advantage of Auroras more than 25 years of experience.
(Click image to view Ship details)
transfer to hotel from flight
night pre-voyage hotel accommodation and luggage transfer to ship on
transfer from ship to downtown or airport post voyage
accommodation in your chosen stateroom
shore excursions, guided walks, Zodiac cruises
pre-departure information kit and destination resource guide
experienced team of destination specialists and activity leaders
informative and entertaining lecture program by our team of experts
breakfast, lunch and dinner including house wines, beers and soft
drinks, afternoon tea and snacks
Welcome and Farewell drinks including four-course dinner, house
cocktails, house beer and wine, non-alcoholic beverages
drinks including canapes and bar snacks
3-in-1 polar jacket
use of gumboots
use of fitness center
access to on board expedition doctor and medical clinic
photo book (post voyage)
fees to historic or tourist sites
pilotage charges and landing fees
USD 1,050 per person
USD 1,260 per person
USD 1,080 per person
USD 900 per person
USD 1,260 per person
USD 250 per person
USD 320 per person