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ANTARCTICA, SOUTH GEORGIA

& THE FALKLAND ISLANDS
with M/V Ortelius 29th October - 18th November 2016

The coastline harbours seals. We continue south towards the world’s most remote continent. SOUTH GEORGIA & THE FALKLAND ISLANDS ON BOARD M/V ORTELIUS The cruise starts in Puerto Madryn. scenic channels and an abundance of penguins. Our next stop is South Georgia. Followed by sea birds we sail to the Falkland Islands.AN EXPEDITION CRUISE TO ANTARCTICA. Join us on the comfortable expedition ship M/V Ortelius and sail into this fairytale! CHILE Puerto Madryn ARGENTINA Peninsula Valdés Falkland Islands Tierra del Fuego Ushuaia An tar Cir ctic cle South Shetland Islands Antarctic Peninsula South Georgia ANTARCTICA . Argentina. home to charming penguins and graceful albatrosses. a haven for anyone interested in nature and wildlife. which offers dramatic landscapes. gigantic icebergs. albatrosses and hundreds of thousands of king penguins. Antarctica.

Ship board presentations will continue.8: At sea On our way to South Georgia we cross the Antarctic Convergence. After his ship Endurance sank. In Grytviken we visit Shackleton’s grave and the small Whaling History Museum. featuring the exciting history and abundant wildlife of South Georgia. we might take a walk along the coast of Carcass Island. Day 2: Peninsula Valdés. 113 000). St. we find the majestic black-browed albatross and their nesting site along with breeding imperial shags and rockhopper penguins. Here we hope to visit places such as Salisbury Plain. we plan to explore the rarely visited Steeple Jason Island. we can feel the history that still dwells here. In the afternoon we embark the M/V Ortelius and sail southeast towards the Falkland Islands. he crossed the furious ocean in an open lifeboat to reach the island. This time of the year we may witness dramatic fights for a position as the king of a harem. we experience Falkland culture.4: At Sea We spend a couple of days at sea followed by a range of sea birds such as Cape petrels. In Port Stanley. home to the largest blackbrowed albatross colony in the world (approx. where we stay the night at a centrally located hotel. Day 9 . gentoo and king penguins. the capital of the Falklands.12: South Georgia We now reach South Georgia’s paradise islands. . fulmars and albatrosses that gracefully follow our ship. On Saunders Island. An elephant seal can weigh four tons and have over 200 females in one single harem! The island is also home to fur seals and several other penguin species such as gentoo. The peninsula is a significant maritime habitat and home to elephant seals. sea lions and Magellanic penguins. Our guides educate us on the wildlife and history of the Falkland Islands. Hopefully we have the chance to visit Prion Island and witness the huge wandering albatrosses breeding. During a boat excursion we have the opportunity to see the magnificent southern right whale. As an alternative. Day 5 . mighty glaciers and beaches full of penguins. Argentina Our trip starts in Puerto Madryn. We also hope to encounter Magellanic. the temperature may drop significantly in just a few hours. The world’s largest population of southern right whales congregates here every year during their birthing season.Day 1: Puerto Madryn. Entering Antarctic waters. a UNESCO World Heritage Site. South Georgia is a true oasis. but also numerous waders and passerine birds. We arrive early summer when the mountain chains are still beautifully covered in snow. Andrews Bay and Gold Harbour. Argentina Today we visit Peninsula Valdés. which has some South American characteristics as well as British charm. which boast of impressive mountain chains. Day 7 . Day 3 . South Georgia played a significant role in Shackleton’s epic adventure. where thousands of king penguins greet us and elephant seals lounge on sandy beaches. where we have a chance to see breeding Magellanic and gentoo penguins. During a visit to the museum or by strolling around the streets. For anyone interested in wildlife. macaroni and rockhopper penguins.6: The Falkland Islands The western islands of the archipelago are isolated and windswept but are a great haven for wildlife. Weather permitting. in beautiful Patagonia.

we are once more guided by sea birds such as the magnificent wandering albatross. There are also remains of the early 20th century whaling period. Just off the Antarctic Peninsula lies Deception Island. which was discovered by the Swedish Antarctic Expedition of 1901-04. Should we make the decision to explore the west coast of the peninsula instead we may visit Cierva Cove. On the southern side of Trinity Island lies Mikkelsen Harbour. named after Nordenskjöld’s expedition ship Antarctic. where we in good weather conditions can sail into the flooded crater. The island is an active volcano.18: The Antarctic Peninsula Our exact route along the peninsula is subject to weather and ice conditions.20: Drake’s Passage On our way north. We also keep our eyes open for the first iceberg. Here. weather conditions and the wildlife we encounter. Argentina Today we arrive in Ushuaia.Day 13 . Below are only examples of places we may visit. Day 21: Ushuaia. which may appear on the horizon at anytime! Day 16 . which became the first ship to navigate this breathtaking sound. Day 19 . kelp gulls and South Polar skuas. we find hot springs and an abandoned whaling station and thousands of birds such as Cape petrels. where we may set foot on the continent.15: At sea Our guides entertain us with lectures and out on deck we watch the many sea birds that faithfully accompany us on our adventure. Or join our arrangements here and in Buenos Aires! Please note: Our exact route will depend on ice. Huge tabular icebergs announce our arrival to the eastern side of the Antarctic Peninsula. If lucky we visit Brown Bluff. Crabeater and leopard seals are often seen here and a small rookery of chinstrap penguins is situated on a small island in the bay. Gentoo penguins nest on the island and Weddell seals often haul out on the shore. where we can enjoy bluish icebergs and huge glaciated mountains – a setting perfectly suited for a Zodiac cruise. Please keep in mind that the Captain and Expedition Leader will always strive to maximise your experience. If the ice permits we sail into the Weddell Sea through the icy Antarctic Sound. In good sailing conditions we may decide to extend our time in the Weddell Sea. part of the South Shetland Islands. disembark and continue home. Flexibility is the key to a successful expedition! .

M/V Ortelius takes 116 passengers in 53 spacious cabins. Price: From EUR 9 790 per person. Here you also find a bar. An experienced expedition leader and knowledgeable naturalist guides . fauna and history in the lecture room and in the observation lounge. All meals including snacks. All other cabins have lower beds. windows or portholes. A tour leader from PolarQuest . Passengers are welcome on the bridge around the clock and there is always something to see or search for out on the spacious decks. Accommodation: Hotel. Transfers .18th November 2016. Lectures . 524 523 510 511 512 513 515 516 520 519 525 518 517 454 453 452 451 450 449 448 447 429 428 430 431 432 433 434 435 436 437 344 342 341 340 339 338 337 445 446 455 456 R e s ta u ran t 343 334 Deck 3 439 438 Deck 4 521 526 522 527 M/V Ortelius is an ice-strengthened expedition ship of the highest ice class and is very suitable for navigation in the Polar Regions. There is a friendly and informal atmosphere on board. She was built in Poland in 1989 to serve as a special purpose vessel for the Russian Academy of Science. Dates: 29th October . Comprehensive pre departure material . Transport: Expedition ship. The quadruple cabins have two bunk beds and the triple cabins have two lower beds and a top bunk. coffee and tea . Group Size: Maximum 116 passengers. All excursions and activities by Zodiac . The knowledgeable guide team gives you interesting talks on the area’s flora.DATES & PRICES ON BOARD M/V ORTELIUS ANTARCTICA. Loan of rubber boots . Travel and cancellation insurance . Beverages Cabin category Price per person in EUR Quadruple Porthole (upper/lower beds) 9 790 Triple Porthole (upper/lower beds) 10 690 Twin Porthole (2 lower beds) 11 690 Twin Window (2 lower beds) 12 390 Twin Deluxe (2 lower beds) 13 090 Superior (double bed) 14 190 . The superior cabins have a double bed and a separate day room with a sofa and TV. RATE INCLUDES: 19 nights on board M/V Ortelius . Zodiacs. Argentina . A detailed post expedition log book NOT INCLUDED: Airfare to Puerto Madryn and from Ushuaia. Landing fees and port taxes . cabin on M/V Ortelius. Airport taxes . In your cabin you find a desk with a chair and ample storage space for clothes and equipment. all with private facilities. SOUTH GEORGIA & THE FALKLAND ISLANDS Twin Window Duration: 21 days. In the dining room you are treated to delicious meals in between landings and from the large windows in the observation lounge you can enjoy the surrounding landscape. 1 night in twin room in Puerto Madryn . 529 509 M/V ORTELIUS 528 Deck 5 The customary gratuity to the ship’s crew .

PRE AND POST CRUISE EXTENSION IN BUENOS AIRES AND USHUAIA For those of you who want to experience the highlights of Buenos Aires we offer a pre and post cruise extension. THE EXPEDITION TEAM One of the keys to a successful expedition is knowledgeable and enthusiastic guides. A tour leader from PolarQuest will also accompany the group. When we return to Ushuaia after the expedition we explore this quaint little town or visit the National Park Tierra del Fuego. THE ZODIACS Another key behind a successful expedition cruise is the Zodiacs. We stay the night at a four star hotel. where we enjoy a hearty farewell dinner. before we continue by air to Buenos Aires. which brought Swedish explorer Otto Nordenskjöld and his team safely out of Antarctica after the sinking of their own ship. In the evening we enjoy a delicious dinner and a spectacular tango show. Please contact us for a more detailed program. . depending on time. The following day we explore this lively capital together with our PolarQuest tour leader and a local guide. The following day we continue home independently. With these safe and sturdy rubber boats we navigate among icebergs. You travel independently to Buenos Aires and meet up with the group and your PolarQuest tour leader at a central four star hotel. After an Argentinean lunch we fly to Puerto Madryn and join the program as described in this brochure. The language on board is English. cruise along glaciers and go ashore to get unique nature experiences. The expedition team consists of one expedition leader and six guides. On this expedition you will meet guides with extensive experience of the Polar Regions. We visit the ship Uruguay.

Everywhere. According to Swedish law. PolarQuest places all revenue in a bond with the Legal. The wildlife here is truly extraordinary. When travelling with us you will experience a unique expedition and our aim is that each passenger will have the trip of a lifetime! Our trips offer close encounters with wild animals and magnificent nature. which can weigh as much as four tons and have over 200 females in one single harem! . BOOKING Our enthusiastic travel consultants have personal experience from the Polar Regions and can answer all of your questions in regards to the trips. With nearly 3000 meter high mountain peaks. whilst travelling in comfort and enjoying delicious food. You do not have to be a Polar explorer or an athlete to join one of our adventures. WHAT MAKES SOUTH GEORGIA SO SPECIAL? In the middle of the Southern Ocean lies South Georgia. in the water and the air. PolarQuest specialises in small ship expedition cruises to the Polar Regions. the wildlife is teeming. impressive glaciers and sandy beaches the island invites its visitors to some of the world’s most magnificent sceneries. We take you to some of the most remote and exciting destinations on the planet. Financial and Administrative Services Agency until the completion of your expedition. Here. we also have a chance to meet the huge elephant seals.ABOUT POLARQUEST AND OUR UNIQUE EXPEDITIONS Established in 1999. The sound of hundreds of thousands of king penguins is very powerful! It is an incredible experience to stand among all these curious individuals. on the beaches and rocks.

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