PACKAGE #483

Falklands~Malvinas & Antarctic Peninsula

A wildlife hotspot and paradise for birders, the Falkland~Malvinas is often a stop on a longer itinerary to the Antarctic. We enjoy an in-depth, five-day exploration of the Falkland~Malvinas. In the capital, Stanley, we delve into the history of the islands, black-browed albatross, Magellanic and southern rockhopper penguins are laying eggs, and elephant seals are giving birth and suckling pups. Experience the Antarctic Peninsula in mid-Spring when it is at its most pristine and ideal for landscape photography. Zodiac cruise through maze of sea ice, tread on fresh snow and witness penguins courting, mating and on nests.

In true expedition style Aurora encourages 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.

Package Inclusions

  • All transfers mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Welcome reception/pre-embarkation briefing on Day 1.
  • One night’s hotel accommodation including breakfast, in Santiago on Day 1.
  • Onboard 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 receptions including four-course dinner, house cocktails, house beer and wine, non-alcoholic beverages
  • All shore excursions and Zodiac cruises
  • Educational lectures and guiding services provided by Expedition Team
  • Complimentary access to onboard expedition doctor and medical clinic (initial consultation)
  • One 3-in-1 waterproof, polar expedition jacket
  • Complimentary use of Muck Boots during the voyage
  • Comprehensive pre-departure information
  • Port surcharges, permits and landing fees
  • Gratuities for ship’s crew

Cruise Highlights

  • We aim to encounter black-browed albatross that breed in the Falklands~Malvinas in exceptionally high numbers. More time in Falklands~Malvinas means more opportunities to search for wildlife including southern rockhopper penguins, southern sea lions and South American fur seals. 
  • Witness penguins in various stages of courtship in the Antarctic Peninsula.
    Experience Antarctica at its most pristine, perfect for landscape photography.  

FALKANDS ~MALVINAS
Falklands~Malvinas is a wildlife hotspot that attracts discerning adventurers, particularly birdwatchers, from around the world. There are 63 breeding species and 23 annual migrants. The black-browed albatross breeds here in large colonies, and another six species have been seen offshore. If seeing penguins is high on your wish list, there are no less than six species of breeding penguins found in the Falklands~Malvinas that you can hope to see. 

The landscape is made up of mountain ranges, rolling moorlands, flat plains, rugged coastline that is battered and shaped by the wild Atlantic Ocean, sandy beaches and cliffs. A tall, native tussock grass that is mostly found near the coast provides an important habitat for many birds, and shelter for some seals. 

In this remote wilderness, nature determines what we are able to do and see. Your expedition team will draw on their deep experience to curate your day-to-day ‘itinerary’, and to share their knowledge of the wildlife, natural environment and rich history of the region with tales of early exploration and exploits.

 

ANTARCTIC PENINSULA
It’s almost impossible to describe the feeling of arriving in Antarctica. Spotting your first iceberg and taking a deep breath of some of the most fresh, crisp air on earth is an experience that will stay with you forever. 

Once we arrive, the western side of the Antarctic Peninsula and the South Shetland Islands are ours to explore, and we have a host of choices available to us. Because we are so far south, we will experience approximately 18-24 hours of daylight and the days can be as busy as you wish. 

Your experienced expedition team, who have made countless journeys to this area, will use their expertise to design your voyage from day to day, choosing the best options based on the prevailing weather, ice conditions and wildlife opportunities.

We generally make landings or Zodiac excursions twice a day. You’ll want to rug up before joining Zodiac cruises along spectacular ice cliffs or among grounded icebergs, keeping watch for whales, seals and porpoising penguins. Zodiacs will also transport you from the ship to land, where you can visit penguin rookeries, discover historic huts and explore some of our favourite spots along the peninsula. 

While ashore we aim to stretch our legs, wandering along pebbly beaches or perhaps up snow-covered ridgelines to vantage points with mountains towering overhead and ice-speckled oceans below. If you have chosen an optional activity, you’ll have the option to do that whenever conditions allow, and of course keen polar plungers will have the chance to fully immerse themselves in polar waters - conditions permitting!

In addition to Zodiac cruises and shore excursions, we may ship cruise some of the narrow, dramatic straits separating offshore islands from the mainland, or linger in scenic bays to watch whales travelling or feeding. This is a great time to enjoy the observation lounge or make your way to the bridge for uninterrupted views of Antarctica in all its splendour. Keep an ear out for the creak and deep rumble of glaciers as they carve their way from summit to sea, and take a quiet moment to experience the wonder of this incredible white continent.

Departure Dates & Pricing

Cruise departs from Santiago, Chile on 22 October 2023.

Please contact us for latest availability and best available pricing.

Cruise Category
  • Expedition
ONBOARD FEATURES
  • All meals
  • Gratuities
  • On-Board Lecturer
  • Shore Excursions
Itinerary Map Image

Trip itinerary

Day
Port
1
Santiago
2
Santiago
Embarkation
3-6
Falklands~Maldvias
7-8
At Sea
9-13
Antarctic Peninsula
14-15
Drake Passage Crossing
16
Ushuaia
Disembarkation

Technical Details

  • Built Date 2019
  • Capacity 132
  • Length 104M

Cruise Category

  • Expedition Style

Greg Mortimer

Purpose-built for expeditions to the most remote places on earth, Greg Mortimer was the first passenger ship to feature the revolutionary Ulstein X-BOW, allowing the ship to cross oceans more comfortably and efficiently, with expansive observation decks to bring you closer to the environment, inviting communal areas and unsurpassed environmental credentials.  The Greg Mortimer offers the perfect base camp for adventures at the outer limits of human exploration.

Accommodating an average of 132 expeditioners per voyage within 76 cosy, comfortable cabins – all cabins have a view of the ocean and 85% of cabins have their own balcony. The ship also features a modern lecture lounge, multiple observation areas, zodiac launching platforms, a restaurant serving excellent meals, a gym and wellness centre, jacuzzis, a mudroom and many other amenities.

The Greg Mortimer has redefined expedition cruising for the future.

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