Antarctica - Wild Eye

Antarctica Expedition

from $17,995.00

Highlights

  • Fly in/fly out voyage misses the Drake passage completely.
  • Premium accommodation in balcony staterooms.
  • On board multi media room with editing capabilities.
  • Paddle boarding and snorkeling included in activities.
  • Natural history lectures from on board specialists.
  • Photography and processing lectures and workshops.
  • 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 palaeontologist.
  • Capture Antarctic light with your Wild Eye Photographic specialists.
  • Delight in Adelie, gentoo and chinstrap penguins.
  • Hunting orcas, feeding humpbacks and slinky minkes.

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    All about the Antarctica Expedition.

    Overview

    Antarctica is a quintessential bucket list destination and in 2021 Wild Eye will be partnering with Aurora Expeditions on an expedition to King George Island, the Weddell sea and the west coast of the Antarctic Peninsula.

    With  zodiacs landings & cruises, dedicated lecture and  multi media room, as well as the high standards of hosting and education Wild Eye is known for, this expedition on board the brand new Greg Mortimer is ideal for anybody who wants to experience one of the world’s most beautiful wilderness areas.

    In true expedition style we encourage exploration and adventure, by 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 but your Wild Eye expedition leaders will keep you updated in real time throughout the voyage.

    February is Antarctica’s most active wildlife month – in the rookeries, the penguin chicks are growing up fast making strong demands on their parents for food.

    As they become larger and more resistant to the predations of greedy skuas, the urgency on the part of their parents to provide enough food will mean they are left on their own while both parents go out to sea to fish. This steady stream of dutiful parent penguins entering and exiting the water means leopard seals are often seen predating along the ice edge.

    From late February, young penguin chicks start fledging and learning to swim in the shallows. February and March are also the best months for whale sightings in Antarctica, in particular humpback, minke and orca. The humpback whales tend to be very focused on feeding at this stage. On South Georgia, the main bulk of the king penguins will start laying their eggs in February/March, which means that there is the maximum number of birds in the rookeries at this time.

    Other highlights include:

    • The penguin chicks are now very active and curious, chasing both parents for food as soon as they return from fishing trips
    • It’s peak whale spotting season as all migrating pods have now made it down to Antarctica’s rich waters
    • February is the perfect month to reach the Polar Circle, now that the ice has receded to its maximum extent
    • The moulting stage begins for the adult penguins, while the chicks are fledging and learning to swim in the shallows
    • The focus of the Humpback whales now changes, becoming more inquisitive now they’ve sated their appetite
    The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance
    What is included in this tour?Items that are included in the cost of tour price.

    Expedition Availability

    February 21, 2021 – March 03, 2021 Expedition: 10 Spaces left.

    Note: If there is no number next to the date the safari has been sold out.


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    What is not included in this tour?Items that are not included in the cost of tour price.

    Included

    • 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.

    • A printed photo book produced with photos from your voyage (posted post voyage).

    Excluded

    • 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.

    1. Day 1 Expedition begins

      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!

    2. 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.

    3. Day 3 Weddell Sea and 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!

       

    4. Day 4 Weddell Sea and 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!

       

    5. Day 5 Weddell Sea and 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!

       

    6. Day 6 Weddell Sea and 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!

       

    7. Day 7 Weddell Sea and 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!

       

    8. Day 8 Weddell Sea and 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!

       

    9. Day 9 Weddell Sea and 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!

       

    10. 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.

    11. 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.

    Departure & Arrival Confirmed Dates Trip Status Booking Availability Price Per Person  
    February 21, 2021 - March 3, 2021
    Available
    $17,995.00