ANTARCTICA

Atlantic Odyssey Expedition Cruise

Cape Verde
from £5864 23-42 nights | March Exc. flights See price details
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  • March

Overview

This magnificent journey encompasses some of the world’s most remote and inaccessible regions. Travel through the iceberg strewn waters of the Antarctic Peninsula. Visit the wildlife packed wonderland of South Georgia. Journey northwards to the rarely visited birding paradises of Gough Island and Tristan da Cunha. Enjoy the history of St. Helena and the majesty of Ascension. And traverse the equator to reach Cape Verde, a rising star of the tourist trail.

Highlights

  • Observe glaciers, icebergs and penguins in the Antarctic
  • Spot elephant seals and king penguins in their thousands on South Georgia
  • Explore Gough Island's unique blend of spectacular scenery and wonderful wildlife
  • Attempt a landing on Tristan da Cunha - the most remote inhabited archipelago in the world
  • Snorkel in the St. Helenan seas and visit the home of Napoleon's life in exile
  • Witness egg laying green turtles on the beaches of Ascension
  • Cross the equator and soak in the history of the strategic outpost of Cape Verde.

With options to skip the Antarctic Peninsula and/or disembark in St. Helena, Ascension or Cape Verde, this epic voyage can also be shortened to suit your interests and time restraints.

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Itinerary & Accommodation

Day 1: Embarkation in Ushuaia
Embark the ship in Ushuaia, Tierra del Fuego, Argentina - the southernmost city in the world, located on the Beagle Channel. Sail through this scenic waterway for the rest of the evening.
Days 2-3: at sea
During these two days, sail across the Drake Passage. In this area you may see wandering, grey headed, black-browed and light-mantled albatross, cape pigeons, Wilson’s storm, blue and Antarctic petrels and southern fulmars. Near the South Shetland Islands, the first icebergs will also come into view.
Days 4-7 Antarctic Peninsula
Sail directly to “High Antarctica”, passing the Melchior Islands and the Schollaert Channel between Brabant and Anvers Island. Sailing across the Gerlache Strait, arrive at Wilhelmina Bay where humpback whales can often be found feeding.

Enjoy a Zodiac cruise ending at the wreck of Guvernøren, an old whaling vessel that burned here in 1915. On Cuverville, a small precipitous island nestled between the mountains of the Antarctic Peninsula and Rongé Island, you will find a large colony of gentoo penguins and breeding pairs of brown skuas.

On Danco Island, observe gentoo penguins and possibly Weddell and crabeater seals. In Neko Harbour you will have the opportunity to set foot on the mainland Antarctic continent in a magnificent landscape of huge glaciers calving at sea level. Enjoy the views surrounded by alpine peaks during Zodiac cruises. In Paradise Bay set foot on the Antarctic continent again and look out for humpback and minke whales.

Sail through the spectacular Lemaire Channel to Pléneau and Petermann Island where you can find Adélie penguins and blue-eyed shags. Around the Melchior Islands you may encounter more whales, along with leopard and crabeater seals. Depart the Melchior Islands for the Drake Passage around noon on day 7.
Days 8-9: at sea
On the return journey north, the ship is again followed by a great selection of seabirds while crossing the Drake Passage.
Day 10: Ushuaia
Today, bid farewell to some passengers whose voyage ends in Ushuaia and welcome the new passengers whose journey is just beginning. In the evening sail through the Beagle Channel one last time.
Days 11-14: at sea
Take the opportunity to get some well deserved rest while the ship heads east towards South Georgia.
Days 15-17: South Georgia
South Georgia is undoubtedly one of the world’s most extraordinary wildlife hotspots. Visit the largest king penguin rookeries on Earth, with an excellent chance to see eggs and small chicks. The rookeries are packed at this time of year and the traffic to and from the beach is astounding. Salisbury Plain offers this scenario in mind boggling quantity. You will also encounter elephant seals and endless numbers of fur seal pups playing in the surf.

On Prion Island in the Bay of Isles, see wandering albatross and visit the old whaling settlement in Grytviken, where penguins walk through the streets. Grytviken is home to a small, but highly informative museum and also offers a chance to visit the graves of Sir Ernest Shackleton who is buried here alongside his trusted friend and second in command Frank Wild. If conditions allow, landings will also be attempted at Gold Harbour and St Andrews Bay, with stunningly beautiful scenery and a wildlife density that is second to none.
Days 18-22: at Sea
Continue across the South Atlantic and observe many species and great numbers of Antarctic and sub-Antarctic seabirds.
Day 23: Gough Island
Approach the unique Gough Island for Zodiac cruising in Quest Bay. Here you can see northern rockhopper penguins, and sub-Antarctic fur seals. In previous years it has been possible to circumnavigate all but 4 of the 33 mile circumference, taking in spectacular scenery and an unprecedented abundance of wildlife on the way.
Days 24-26: Tristan da Cunha
In the Tristan da Cunha archipelago the plan is to call on the settlement at the west side of the main island. Landings may also be attempted at Nightingale Island and Inaccessible Island with millions of seabirds ranging from yellow-nosed albatross to brown noddies.

Weather in this region is particularly unstable meaning landings may not be possible.
Days 27-30: at sea
You now enter sub-tropical waters with their own species of seabirds and dolphins.
Days 31-33: St. Helena
St. Helena has a good landing site in its capital, Jamestown where the ship will anchor. On this island, you will have the opportunity to enjoy local culture, a pleasant climate, and endemic plants and birds. Visit Longwood House, the place where Napoleon famously lived and died in exile. There will be opportunities to explore the Island on your own and for snorkelling in the shallow surf where a multitude of tropical and sub-tropical fish species can be found. Some passengers will disembark here.
Days 34-35: at sea
Sail along the mid-Atlantic Ridge towards Ascension.
Days 36-37: Ascension Island
Here encounter a dry volcanic island with a moist and richly vegetated top. Visit the sooty tern (wide-awake) colony which sometimes consists of more than 1 million breeding pairs. In the evening, go ashore to see the egg laying green turtles on the bright, sandy beaches. Some passengers will disembark here.
Days 38-42: at sea
Witness the northbound spring migration of birds like Arctic terns and long-tailed skuas which join you in crossing the Equator.
Day 43: disembarkation in Praia, Cape Verde Islands
Disembark this morning in Praia, capital of Cape Verde. Depending on your flight time home, you may be able to join an optional excursion which includes a visit to Cidade Velha, the oldest settlement on the islands, which houses a massive fortress, built to deter English marauders in the period when the Crowns of Portugal and Spain were united and the likes of Drake and Raleigh were roaming the seas. See the ruins of the Cathedral, the oldest Christian Church in the tropics, and the slave whipping post in the main square. Stroll around the City of Praia, which has given rise to a unique variety of folk music, which you shall no doubt hear as you pass the various bars.
Notes

All voyage itineraries are intended as a guideline only - embracing the unexpected is part of the legacy of expedition travel. Actual routes and landings will be dependent on weather, sea and ice conditions. A degree of flexibility is essential in these remote regions!

Itinerary Variations

Sea (Ocean) Adventurer

Day 1 Embarkation in Ushuaia
Day 2 At sea
Days 3-4 Falkland Islands
Days 5-6 At sea
Days 7-8 South Georgia
Days 9-13 At sea
Days 14-17 Tristan da Cunha
Days 18-22 At sea
Day 23 St. Helena
Days 24-25 At sea
Days 26-27 Ascension and Boatswain Bird Islands
Days 28-32 At sea
Day 33 Disembarkation in Praia (Cape Verde)

Accommodation Options

M/V Plancius

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  • Type: Expedition Ship

The M/V “Plancius” accommodates 116 passengers to ex…

Sea Adventurer (known as Ocean Adventurer from 2017)

  • Grade:
  • Type: Expedition Ship

This attractive ice-strengthened vessel is a comfortable…

Prices & Dates

2017/18 season

Prices are per person, based on a twin cabin - please contact us for details of quad, triple, single and superior cabins.

Departure DateLocationsDurationVesselPrices from
10 Mar 2018 FL, SG, TDC, SH, AI, CV 33 days Sea (Ocean) Adventurer £8,930
19 Mar 2018 AP, SG, GI, TDC, SH, AI, CV 43 days M/V Plancius £10,580
19 Mar 2018 AP, SG, GI, TDC, SH, AI 37 days M/V Plancius £9,673
19 Mar 2018 AP, SG, GI, TDC, SH 33 days M/V Plancius £9,284
28 Mar 2018 SG, GI, TDC, SH, AI, CV 34 days M/V Plancius £7,273
28 Mar 2018 SG, GI, TDC, SH, AI 28 days M/V Plancius £6,002
28 Mar 2018 SG, GI, TDC, SH 24 days M/V Plancius £5,570

Locations visited - All priced voyages embark in Ushuaia, Argentina. Final location listed is point of disembarkation

FL - Falkland Islands
AP
- Antarctic Peninsula
SG - South Georgia
GI - Gough Island
TDC - Tristan da Cunha
SH - St. Helena
AI - Ascension Island
CV - Cape Verde

Inclusions and exclusions

M/V Plancius

Includes: Group transfer from ship to airport directly after disembarkation (excluding disembarkations in Ascension and Praia - Cape Verde) • Shipboard accommodation with daily housekeeping • All breakfasts, lunches and dinners on board throughout your voyage • Coffee, tea and cocoa • Leadership throughout the voyage by an experienced Expedition Leader, including shore landings and other activities • All shore landings per the daily program • All Zodiac transfers and cruising per the daily program • Formal and informal presentations by the Expedition Team and guest speakers as scheduled • All miscellaneous service taxes and port charges throughout the program • Comprehensive pre-departure material • Loan of rubber boots during voyage

Excludes: Return airfares from the UK • Admission fees to local attractions • Any additional pre or post voyage accommodation/land arrangements • Additional airport or airline security charges • Passport and visa expenses (we will be pleased to advise you on any necessary documentation, however this is passengers' own responsibility) • Government arrival and departure taxes • Excess baggage charges • Alcoholic and soft drinks, telecommunication charges, laundry costs and other charges of a personal nature • The customary gratuity at the end of the voyage for Hospitality Team members, ship’s crew and Expedition Team members (guidelines will be provided) • Travel insurance

Sea (Ocean) Adventurer

Includes: Shipboard accommodation with daily housekeeping • All breakfasts, lunches and dinners on board throughout your voyage • Coffee, tea, cocoa available around the clock • Leadership throughout the voyage by an experienced Expedition Leader, including shore landings and other activities • All shore landings per the daily program • All Zodiac transfers and cruising per the daily program • Formal and informal presentations by our Expedition Team and guest speakers as scheduled • Online photographic album, documenting the voyage • A pair of waterproof expedition boots on loan for shore landings • Hair dryer and bathrobe in every cabin • Comprehensive pre-departure materials, including a map and an informative Antarctic Reader • All miscellaneous service taxes and port charges throughout the program • All luggage handling aboard ship • Emergency Evacuation Insurance for all passengers to a maximum benefit of $100,000 per person.

Excludes: All Airfares (please contact our team for your tailor-made quotation and best fares available at time of booking) • Additional airport or airline security charges • Passport and visa expenses (we will be pleased to advise you on any necessary documentation, however this is passengers' own responsibility) • Government arrival and departure taxes • Any additional pre or post voyage accommodation/land arrangements (if required) - please contact our team should you require assistance • Any meals ashore with the exception of breakfast at the host hotel before embarkation • Excess baggage charges • Alcoholic and soft drinks, telecommunication charges, laundry costs and other charges of a personal nature • The customary gratuity at the end of the voyage for Hospitality Team members, ship’s crew and Expedition Team members (guidelines will be provided) • Cancellation, baggage and travel insurance is strongly recommended (please see the travel insurance that Discover the World offers) • Waterproof trousers are not included. Passengers must bring suitable clothing for water landings • Expedition Parka (available to purchase if required).          

We would be pleased to quote for the best available airfares and comprehensive travel insurance to suit your specific holiday requirements.

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