Wild Antarctica

11/13 DAYS from US$11,800 per person

Welcome to the ice factory! Thanks to vast ice shelves that calve monstrous tabular icebergs, waters rich in krill and otherworldly landscapes, the Weddell Sea is one of Antarctica's most unique regions. Our new expedition ship, Greg Mortimeris ice-strengthened to take you comfortably between the Weddell Sea and the Antarctic Peninsula's west coast for the best of both worlds!

Peter Eastway

 

AIPP Grand Master of Photography, Peter Eastway, will be our onboard photography guide for Wild Antarctica (ANW001G), departing in March 2020.

 

Number of passengers (ANW001G): 120 passengers (including 20 kayakers)

Number of passengers (ANW002G): 132 passengers (including 26 kayakers and 6 divers)

Wild Antarctica (ANW002G) is a Fly/Fly voyage skipping the Drake completely! Please refer to Aurora Expeditions Contingency Plans for Fly/Sail and Fly/Fly voyages.

Expedition Highlights

  • Vast tabular icebergs pass by in Antarctic Sound
  • Retrace some of Shackleton's and Nordenskoljd's route
  • Visit fascinating fossil fields with an on board paleontologist
  • Capture Antarctic light with a polar photography guide
  • Delight in Adelie, gentoo and chinstrap penguins
  • Hunting orcas, feeding humpbacks and slinky minkes

In true expedition style we encourage exploration and adventure, offering flexibility in challenging environments in a way that puts you among the action to see and do as much as possible. This itinerary is only a guide and subject to change due to ice and weather conditions.

Map & Itinerary

Day 1 – Punta Arenas

Arrive in Punta Arenas, where you will be met by a representative of Aurora Expeditions and transferred to your downtown hotel. Overlooking the Straits of Magellan, the city sits astride one of the world’s most historic trade routes. Today, Punta Arenas reflects a great mix of cultures, from English sheep ranchers to Portuguese sailors, and it remains an utterly fascinating testament to Chile’s rich history.

Tonight, we will gather to meet our fellow expeditioners and a briefing on the first leg of our expedition – our flight to Antarctica!

Day 2 – King George Island

This morning we will be transferred to Punta Arenas airport for our early morning charter flight to King George Island, Antarctica. The flight will take approximately one-and-a-half hours.

On arrival into King George Island our expedition team is on hand to greet you for your Zodiac transfer to board the Greg Mortimer. You’ll have time to settle into your cabin before our important briefings.

NOTE: King George Island is located at the northern part of the Antarctic Peninsula in the South Shetland Islands and is one of the most remote places on Earth. A clear sky with perfect visibility is required in order for the plane to take off and land safely. We apologise in advance for any delays.

Days 3-9 – Weddell Sea & Antarctic Peninsula West Coast

After settling into shipboard life, we will head through the Antarctic Sound to the eastern side of the Peninsula to reach the Weddell Sea.

Access into the Weddell is heavily dependent on ice conditions, and our experienced leader will use their expertise to design our voyage from day to day. We aim to make landings or Zodiac excursions two to three times a day. Days will be spent 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 rookies, seal haul outs, historic huts, and a few of our other favourite spots along the peninsula.

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 favourite spots along the peninsula. There will be plenty of time for sleep when you get home!

Day 10 – King George Island to Punta Arenas

As we approach Frei Base on King George Island, it is time to farewell Antarctica and our amazing adventure before boarding our return flight to Punta Arenas, Chile. On arrival at the Punta Arenas airport, you will be transferred to our preferred downtown hotel.

Day 11 – Punta Arenas

After breakfast, bid a fond farewell to your fellow passengers as we all continue our onward journeys, hopefully with a newfound sense of the immense power of nature.

Please note: ANW001G is a 13-day ‘Fly and Sail’ voyage ending in Ushuaia

Activities

The following activites are available on this expedition - register when booking. See all Activities
  • Sea Kayaking

    From US$1,200 pp
    Kayaking in the far-flung corners of the world is an experience guaranteed to refresh your soul. Paddling in small groups, you'll glide between ice floes, brash ice and icebergs dotted with wildlife.
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  • All of our expeditions and itineraries offer fantastic photography experiences. However, on selected expeditions, a photography expert will offer lectures and presentations.
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  • Scuba Diving

    From US$1,260 pp
    Go beyond the average adventure and delve deep into the waters of Antarctica and the Arctic exploring dive sites where no one has gone before. Available to experienced dry-suit divers only.
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  • Snorkelling

    From US$640 pp
    No experience needed! This is your chance to don a dry-suit and take the ultimate plunge into the icy waters of Antarctica and the Arctic for an up-close underwater experience. Not for the faint-hearted!
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  • Stand-Up Paddleboarding

    From US$640 pp
    For the ideal vantage point to view wildlife in the world’s most beautiful places – just add a board and paddle.
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Inclusions

  • On-board accommodation during voyage including daily cabin service
  • All meals, snacks, tea and coffee during voyage
  • Beer, house wine and soft drinks with dinner
  • Captain’s Welcome and Farewell reception including four-course dinner, house cocktails, house beer and wine, non-alcoholic beverages
  • All shore excursions and Zodiac cruises
  • Educational lectures and guiding services from expedition team
  • Access to our onboard doctor and basic medical services
  • A 3-in-1 waterproof polar expedition jacket
  • Complimentary use of muck boots during the voyage
  • Comprehensive pre-departure information
  • A printed photo book produced with photos from your voyage
  • Port surcharges, permits and landing fees

Exclusions

  • International or domestic flights to or within South America, unless specified
  • Transfers not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Airport arrival or departure taxes
  • Passport, visa, reciprocity and vaccination charges
  • Travel insurance or emergency evacuation charges
  • Hotels and meals not included in itinerary
  • Optional excursions not included in the itinerary
  • Optional activity surcharges
  • All items of a personal nature including but not limited to: alcoholic beverages and soft drinks (outside of dinner service), laundry services, personal clothing, medical expenses, gratuities, Wi-Fi, email or phone charges

Dates & Rates

Showing: All 2020 2021

3 Mar '20 15 Mar '20 13 DAYS

Wild Antarctica

Trip code: ANW001G

3 Mar '20 15 Mar '20 - 11/13 DAYS

Voyage Inclusions

  • Group transfer to hotel from Aurora Expeditions' preferred flight.
  • One night pre-voyage hotel accommodation
  • Transfer to airport and charter flight from Punta Arenas to King George Island
  • Transfer to downtown Ushuaia or airport (post voyage)
  • Fully-serviced accommodation in your chosen stateroom
  • Daily shore excursions, guided walks, Zodiac cruises
  • An experienced team of destination specialists and activity leaders
  • An informative and entertaining lecture program by our team of experts
  • Daily breakfast, lunch and dinner including house wines, beers and soft drinks, afternoon tea and snacks
  • 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
  • Complimentary 3-in-1 polar jacket
  • Complimentary use of gumboots
  • Complimentary use of fitness centre
  • Complimentary access to on board expedition doctor and medical clinic
  • Personalised photo book (post voyage)
  • Entry fees to historic or tourist sites
  • Port, pilotage charges and landing fees

Voyage Exclusions

  • International or domestic flights to or within South America, unless specified
  • Transfers not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Airport arrival or departure taxes
  • Passport, visa, reciprocity and vaccination charges
  • Travel insurance or emergency evacuation charges
  • Hotels and meals not included in itinerary
  • Optional excursions not included in the itinerary
  • Optional activity surcharges
  • All items of a personal nature including but not limited to: alcoholic beverages and soft drinks (outside of dinner service), laundry services, personal clothing, medical expenses, gratuities, and email or phone charges.
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Suite
Aurora Stateroom Twin
Private Bathroom
Please contact us for availability & rates
Suite
Balcony Stateroom - C
Private Bathroom
Please contact us for availability & rates
Suite
Balcony Stateroom - B
Private Bathroom
Please contact us for availability & rates
Suite
Balcony Stateroom - A
Private Bathroom
Please contact us for availability & rates
Suite
Balcony Suite
Private Bathroom
Please contact us for availability & rates
Suite
Junior Suite
Private Bathroom
Please contact us for availability & rates
Suite
Captain's Suite
Private Bathroom
Please contact us for availability & rates

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21 Feb '21 3 Mar '21 11 Days

Wild Antarctica

Trip code: ANW002G

21 Feb '21 3 Mar '21 - 11/13 DAYS

Voyage Inclusions

  • Arrival transfer from airport to hotel on Day 1 (preferred flights only)
  • One night’s hotel accommodation with breakfast in Punta Arenas on Day 1 & Day 10
  • Transfer from hotel to airport in Punta Arenas on Day 2
  • Transfer from airport to hotel in Punta Arenas on Day 10
  • On-board accommodation during voyage including daily cabin service
  • All meals, snacks, tea and coffee during voyage
  • Beer, house wine and soft drinks with dinner
  • Captain’s Welcome and Farewell reception including four-course dinner, house cocktails, house beer and wine, non-alcoholic beverages
  • All shore excursions and Zodiac cruises
  • Educational lectures and guiding services from expedition team
  • Access to our onboard doctor and basic medical services
  • A 3-in-1 waterproof polar expedition jacket
  • Complimentary use of muck boots during the voyage
  • Comprehensive pre-departure information
  • A printed photo book produced with photos from your voyage
  • Port surcharges, permits and landing fees

Voyage Exclusions

  • International or domestic flights to or within South America, unless specified
  • Transfers not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Airport arrival or departure taxes
  • Passport, visa, reciprocity and vaccination charges
  • Travel insurance or emergency evacuation charges
  • Hotels and meals not included in itinerary
  • Optional excursions not included in the itinerary
  • Optional activity surcharges
  • All items of a personal nature including but not limited to: alcoholic beverages and soft drinks (outside of dinner service), laundry services, personal clothing, medical expenses, gratuities, Wi-Fi, email or phone charges
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Suite
Aurora Stateroom Triple
Private Bathroom
US$11,800 (Please contact us for availability)
Suite
Aurora Stateroom Twin
Private Bathroom
US$12,900 (Please contact us for availability)
Suite
Balcony Stateroom - C
Private Bathroom
US$13,700 (Please contact us for availability)
Suite
Balcony Stateroom - B
Private Bathroom
US$13,900 (Please contact us for availability)
Suite
Balcony Stateroom - A
Private Bathroom
US$14,200 (Please contact us for availability)
Suite
Balcony Suite
Private Bathroom
US$16,900 (Please contact us for availability)
Suite
Junior Suite
Private Bathroom
US$20,000 (Please contact us for availability)
Suite
Captain's Suite
Private Bathroom
US$23,000 (Please contact us for availability)

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* For solo traveller pricing, please contact us. Normal booking terms and conditions apply. To confirm your booking, a completed booking form and non-refundable deposit of $2,500pp in the booking currency is required within 7 days of reserved berth/s. Additional terms and conditions may apply. Single occupancy rates may apply for solo travellers who want their own room. No single travel fees apply if you are willing to share your cabin. Please contact us to determine cabin availability. Prices quoted are per person and in US dollars, based on twin share. Fuel surcharge may apply in the event of significant fuel price increases. No refund for unused services.

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