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Antarctic Voyage – On board the Ortelius

Tuesday 08 December 2020


Itinerary

Day 01

Tuesday 08 December 2020

Reach Buenos Aires from India. Pick up and transfer to hotel for overnight stay.

Day 02

Wednesday 09 December 2020

Fly from Buenos Aires to Ushuaia. Transfer to hotel on your own. Spend the day at leisure exploring the beautiful town or you can embark on several optional exciting trips.

 

Day 03

Thursday 10 December 2020

Ushuaia, Argentina

Your voyage begins where the world drops off. Ushuaia, Argentina, reputed to be the southernmost city on the planet, is located on the far southern tip of South America. Starting in the afternoon, you embark from this small resort town on Tierra del Fuego, nicknamed “The End of the World,” and sail the mountain-fringed Beagle Channel for the remainder of the evening.

Day 04

Friday 11 December 2020

Day 4 & 5 – 11 & 12 December 2020, Friday & Saturday:

Drake Passage

Over the next two days on the Drake Passage, you enjoy some of the same experiences encountered by the great polar explorers who first charted these regions: cool salt breezes, rolling seas, maybe even a fin whale spouting up sea spray. After passing the Antarctic Convergence—Antarctica’s natural boundary, formed when north-flowing cold waters collide with warmer sub-Antarctic seas—you are in the circum-Antarctic upwelling zone. Not only does the marine life change, the avian life changes too. Wandering albatrosses, grey-headed albatrosses, black-browed albatrosses, light-mantled sooty albatrosses, cape pigeons, southern fulmars, Wilson’s storm petrels, blue petrels, and Antarctic petrels are a few of the birds you might see.

Day 06

Friday 11 December 2020

Day 6 to 11 – 13 to 19 December 2020, Sunday to Saturday:

Antarctica Basecamp

Gray stone peaks sketched with snow, towers of broken blue-white ice, and dramatically different wildlife below and above. You first pass the snow-capped Melchior Islands and Schollaert Channel, sailing between Brabant and Anvers Islands. Weather and ice conditions will inform your captain’s and expedition leader’s decisions about where to anchor. Favorable weather conditions will determine the possible activities in each location. Places you might visit include:

Neumayer Channel: The vessel may position itself here, launching its multiple basecamp activities from the protected waters around Wiencke Island. You can enjoy the splendors of this alpine environment at sea with Zodiac and kayaking trips or, if you’re in the mood for a walk, there are possible snowshoe hikes and soft-climb mountaineering options farther inland.

Port Lockroy: After sailing through the Neumayer Channel, you may get a chance to visit the former British research station – now a museum and post office – of Port Lockroy on Goudier Island. You may also be able to partake in activities around Jougla Point, meeting gentoo penguins and blue-eyed shags. There are great opportunities also for kayaking and camping here, and when conditions are right, you can even snowshoe around the shore.

Pléneau & Petermann Islands: If the ice allows it, you can sail through the Lemaire Channel in search of Adélie penguins and blue-eyed shags. There’s also a good chance you’ll encounter humpback and minke whales and leopard seals here. Kayaking, glacier walks, and more ambitious mountaineering trips are the potential activities at this location.

Neko Harbor: An epic landscape of mammoth glaciers and endless wind-carved snow, Neko Harbor offers opportunities for a Zodiac cruise and landing that afford the closest views of the surrounding alpine peaks.

Paradise Bay: You have the chance to make camp here like a true polar explorer (but with a better tent!), enjoying a supreme overnight Antarctic adventure.

Errera Channel: Possible sites in this area include Danco Island and Cuverville Island, but also the lesser-known (though equally picturesque) Orne Island and Georges Point on Rongé Island.

On your last day of near-shore activities, you pass the Melchior Islands toward the open sea. Keep a sharp lookout for humpback whales in Dallmann Bay. You might also shoot for Half Moon Island, in the South Shetlands, with further chances for activities.

Conditions in the Drake Passage will determine the exact time of departure.

 

Day 11

Sunday 20 December 2020

Day 11 & 12 – 20 & 21 December 2020, Sunday & Monday:

Drake Passage

Your return voyage is far from lonely. While crossing the Drake, you’re again greeted by the vast array of seabirds remembered from your passage south. But they seem a little more familiar to you now, and you to them.

Day 13

Tuesday 22 December 2020

Ushuaia, Argentina to Buenos Aires

Every adventure, no matter how grand, must eventually come to an end. It’s now time to disembark in Ushuaia, but with memories that will accompany you wherever your next adventure lies..

Fly to Buenos Aires and stay overnight

Day 14

Wednesday 23 December 2020

Transfer to airport for flight back to India.

OR

Check the possible extension to Iguassu falls. Proposed itinerary appended below this information.

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EXTENSION TO IGUASSU FALLS

Proceed to airport for flight to Iguassu Falls. Iguassu falls are on the Iguasu river bordering Brazil and Argentina & shortly downstream is border with Paraguay.

On arrival at Iguassu, transfer to Recanto Cataratas Resort.

Day 15

Thursday 24 December 2020

(B, D)

Today you have tour of Brazilin side of the falls which you can explore with the walkways built facing the waterfall. After the walking tour you will visit the Bird park. This is one of the larges aviary in the world, followed by Macuco boat safari which takes you for a zip under the falls !! this is one of the most thrilling experience…

Take lunch and then proceed for a 10 minute helicopter ride & then proceed for Rafain show with dinner.

Stay at Recanto Cataratas Resort.

Cost per person on twin sharing basis: Rs 1,98,108 + US$ 9880

Cost bifurcation for your reference:

DescriptionRemarkUS$Exchange rateRs
Airfare, economy classMumbai Buenos Aires Mumbai85000
Airfare, economy classBuenos Aires Ushuaia Buenos Aires32000
Buenos Aires 2 nights stay & Ushuaia 1 night stay.

Buenos Aires transfers

35000
Argentina visa2800
Cabin cost: Main Twin988072711360
GST43308

*costs as of now. Rates and availability at time of confirmation will be applicable.

 

Included in cabin cost

  • Pre-scheduled group transfer from the ship to the airport in Ushuaia directly following disembarkation;
  • Luggage transfer from pick-up point to the vessel on day of embarkation in Ushuaia;
  • Shipboard accommodations;
  • Camping; Kayaking; Mountaineering; Photo workshops; Snowshoeing;
  • All shore excursions and activities throughout the voyage by Zodiac;
  • Program of lectures by noted naturalists and leadership by experienced expedition staff;
  • Gear on loan (rubber boots and snowshoes);
  • All meals onboard the ship; Snacks, coffee, and tea;
  • All miscellaneous service taxes and port charges throughout the program.
  • Inclusions subject to change without notice.

 

Not Included in cabin cost

  • Any airfare
  • Pre- and post-land arrangements
  • Transfers to the vessel in Ushuaia
  • Passport and visa expenses
  • Government arrival and departure taxes
  • Meals ashore;
  • Travel insurance, Including medical,
  • Accident, and repatriation/evacuation insurance (required)
  • Baggage, cancellation and personal insurance (strongly recommended)
  • Excess baggage charges and all items of a personal nature such as laundry, bar beverage charges, and telecommunication charges; and gratuities.
  • Fuel surcharge may apply.

Overview: Ortelius is a sturdy, ice-strengthened research ship named after Flemish cartographer Abraham Ortelius (1527–1598), publisher of the first modern world atlas. With room for 116 passengers*, she features an expansive open deck for observation, simple but comfortable cabins and public spaces, two dining areas, a bar, and presentation room. Select departures offer ‘basecamp’ itineraries including mountaineering, camping, kayaking, and photography workshops. Helicopters onboard select departures make remote access to the interior of Antarctica possible.

 

Cabin Description: The vessel offers simple but comfortable cabins and public spaces. Each cabin has an outer facing porthole or window, ample storage, a flatscreen television, telephone and Wi-Fi (supplemental), hair dryer, and a private bathroom with shower.

 

Twin Porthole cabin:

Decks 3 and 4 – Two single lower berths, two portholes, desk and chair, ample storage space, hair dryer, and private bathroom with shower.

 

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