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Blue Water Holidays - ABTA - ATOL - CLIA
01756 706500
+44 1756 706500

Wild Antarctica

Embark on a true Antarctic expedition as you not only explore the western side of the Antarctic Peninsula but also attempt to venture east, an area often guarded by pack ice. Include Zodiac excursions and a flight across the Drake Passage either one way or both ways

Cruise Only
12 nights from £9084pp

Expedition Holiday
  • Chinstrap penguins
  • Antarctica scenery
  • Port Lockroy
  • Paradise Bay
  • Antarctica icebergs

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Wild Antarctica Special Offer

Famed for its spectacular icebergs, abundant wildlife and rich history, the Antarctic Peninsula offers unsurpassed opportunities for exploration.

Flying across the Drake Passage either one-way or both ways allows you to admire the vast Antarctic landscape from above, and is the most direct route to and from the White Continent. During your expedition, you'll discover the place where Shackelton and his crew were forced to abandon their ship, and be amazed by the array of wildlife which calls the Antarctic Peninsula home. The experienced Expedition Team will accompany thrilling Zodiac landings and excursions, taking you to rarely-visited places and those which would otherwise be inaccessible.

AE106 Operated by Aurora Expeditions

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3 Mar 2020 - ANW002G

Day 1 - Punta Arenas (Chile)

Transfer from the airport to your hotel in Punta Arenas (preferred flights only). Request your Aurora Expeditions luggage tag from the hotel check-in staff and label with your name and ship cabin number. Tonight, meet fellow expeditioners at a briefing for the first leg of the expedition - the flight to Antarctica.

Day 2 - Punta Arenas - King George Island (South Shetland Islands)

Transfer to the airport for the early morning flight to King George Island (weather permitting). On arrival into King George Island, the expedition team will greet you for your Zodiac transfer to embark the ship. Settle into the cabin before important briefings. (D)

Days 3-10 - Weddell Sea - West Antarctic Peninsula

The Weddell Sea is high on the list for most polar adventurers, and was where Sir Ernest Shackleton's ship, the Endurance, became stuck in sea ice. A small group of islands to the east of the Antarctic Peninsula form the Antarctic Sound, gateway to the Weddell Sea. Navigation is extremely difficult due to the ice and fossils are a reminder of a more temperate era. Possible wildlife encounters include a large Adelie penguin colony just outside of the Antarctic Sound. During Zodiac trips, keep an eye out for chinstrap and gentoo penguins, as well as humpback, minke and orca whales. Continue to the western side of the Antarctic Peninsula where you'll experience approximately 18-24 hours of daylight. You may be able to enjoy two Zodiac landings and excursions a day. In addition to Zodiac cruising, shore excursions and optional activities, the ship may be able to cruise narrow straits and enter scenic bays to watch whales feeding. (B,L,D)

Days 11-12 - Drake Passage Crossing

Today, landings come to an end as you cruise the Drake Passage to Ushuaia. Weather and time permitting, the Captain may cruise close to the famous Cape Horn. (B,L,D)

Day 13 - Ushuaia (Argentina)

This morning, cruise the Beagle Channel to Ushuaia where you'll disembark. A transfer to downtown Ushuaiai before continuing to the airport is included. (B)

In true expedition style we encourage exploration and adventure, offering a flexibility that puts you in the heart of the action. This itinerary is only a guide and subject to change due to ice and weather conditions. Please note King George Island is located at the northern part of the Antarctic Peninsula in the South Shetland Islands and is one of the most remote places on Earth. A clear sky with perfect visibility is required in order for the plane to take off and land safely. We apologise in advance for any delays.

21 Feb 2021 - ANW002G

Day 1 - Punta Arenas (Chile)

Transfer from the airport to your hotel in Punta Arenas (preferred flights only). Request your Aurora Expeditions luggage tag from the hotel check-in staff and label with your name and ship cabin number. Tonight, meet fellow expeditioners at a briefing for the first leg of the expedition - the flight to Antarctica.

Day 2 - Punta Arenas - King George Island (South Shetland Islands)

Transfer to the airport for the early morning flight to King George Island (weather permitting). On arrival into King George Island, the expedition team will greet you for your Zodiac transfer to embark the ship. Settle into the cabin before important briefings. (D)

Days 3-9 - Weddell Sea - West Antarctic Peninsula

The Weddell Sea is high on the list for most polar adventurers, and was where Sir Ernest Shackleton's ship, the Endurance, became stuck in sea ice. A small group of islands to the east of the Antarctic Peninsula form the Antarctic Sound, gateway to the Weddell Sea. Navigation is extremely difficult due to the ice and fossils are a reminder of a more temperate era. Possible wildlife encounters include a large Adelie penguin colony just outside of the Antarctic Sound. During Zodiac trips, keep an eye out for chinstrap and gentoo penguins, as well as humpback, minke and orca whales. Continue to the western side of the Antarctic Peninsula where you'll experience approximately 18-24 hours of daylight. You may be able to enjoy two Zodiac landings and excursions a day. In addition to Zodiac cruising, shore excursions and optional activities, the ship may be able to cruise narrow straits and enter scenic bays to watch whales feeding. (B,L,D)

Day 10 - King George Island - Punta Arenas (Chile)

Fly from King George Island to Punta Arenas and transfer to your hotel for an overnight stay. (B)

Day 11 - Punta Arenas

After breakfast, check out of the hotel. (B)

In true expedition style we encourage exploration and adventure, offering a flexibility that puts you in the heart of the action. This itinerary is only a guide and subject to change due to ice and weather conditions. Please note King George Island is located at the northern part of the Antarctic Peninsula in the South Shetland Islands and is one of the most remote places on Earth. A clear sky with perfect visibility is required in order for the plane to take off and land safely. We apologise in advance for any delays.

Price Includes

  • 8 or 11-night cruise
  • Hotel stay in Punta Arenas as specified in the itinerary
  • Flights between Punta Arenas and King George Island as specified in the itinerary
  • Captain’s Welcome and Farewell reception including four-course dinner, house cocktails, house beer and wine, non-alcoholic beverages
  • Beer, house wine and soft drinks with dinner on board
  • Unlimited tea and coffee on board
  • All shore excursions and Zodiac cruises
  • Educational lectures from Expedition Team
  • Complimentary 3-in-1 waterproof polar expedition jacket
  • Complimentary use of muck boots during the voyage
  • Port surcharges, permits and landing fees

Price Does Not Include

  • International flights – we can arrange these for you
  • Overseas transfers not mentioned in itinerary
  • Alcoholic and soft drinks (outside of dinner service)
  • Optional excursions not included in the itinerary
  • Optional activity surcharges
  • Wi-Fi
  • Laundry services
  • Gratuities
  • Passport, visa, reciprocity and vaccination charges
  • Airport arrival or departure taxes

Cruise Extensions

  • Taste of Santiago 3-night stay in Santiago including full day city tour and return airport transfers. From just AUD950pp
  • Santiago and Valparaiso Explorer 3-night stay in Santiago and 2-night stay in Valparaiso including two full day tours, winery tour with lunch, private scenic drive from Santiago to Valparaiso and return airport transfers. From just $1315pp
  • Falkland Islands Hopper Tours Return airport transfers, 7 night’s accommodation Sea Lion, Pebble Island, Saunder’s Island & Stanley, all domestic Falkland Islands flights, guided introductory tour on Sea Lion Island, guided full day tour and half day tour on Pebble Island, roundtrip transfer on Saunders Island, city tour and museum visit on arrival to Stanley, full day excursion to Volunteer Point including a packed lunch
  • Taste of Buenos Aires 3-night stay in Buenos Aires with private cultural city tour, Street Art Walking Experience and return airport transfers. From just $815pp
  • Buenos Aires and Iguazu Falls Explorer 2-night stay at the Iguazu Jungle Lodge and 3-night stay at Intersur Recoleta, Iguazu Falls touring on both Argentina & Brazil side, National Park Entrance Fees, Buenos Aires Cultural City Tour, Traditional Dinner & Tango Show and return airport transfers. From just $960pp
  • Andean Lakes Crossing Tour Two nights in Bariloche and two nights in Puerto Varas, half-day city tour Bariloche and Puerto Varas, all transport for the Argentine-Chile lake crossing and return airport transfers. From just AUD1600pp
  • Ecocamp Wildlife Safari 4-night stay in a 2-person Eco-dome with shared facilities at Cascada Ecocamp, National Park fees, English speaking trekking experts, return transfers. From just AUD3690pp
  • The Singular Patagonia 3-night stay at the luxury 5-star Singular Patagonia, all meals and alcoholic / non-alcoholic beverages included, local guide for two half-day or one full-day excursions (half-day excursion only on arrival or departure day), complimentary Wi-Fi for the duration of your stay, use of Spa Facilities and return Airport Transfers. From just AUD4100pp
  • Torres Del Paine Circuit Tour 3-night camping in Las Torres, overnight camping in Dickson, overnight camping in Los Perros, overnight camping in Grey, overnight camping in Pehoe, overnight camping in Francés, selected meals, ground transport, Park Fees for Cueva del Milodon and Torres Del Paine National Park (Mat and sleeping bag not included. From just AUD6200pp
  • Peru Uncovered 7-nights accommodation in Mercure Ariosto Lima, Xima Cusco, Casa Andina Private Collection Valle and El Mapi , selected meals, return flights Lima to Cusco / Cusco to Lima, professional local English speaking guide, transfers and excursions on private services, Entrances fee to Machu Picchu and bus tickets (round trip), Second entrance fee to the ruins and bus ticket (round trip), Train Vistadome to / from Machu Picchu. From AUD3800pp
  • Rapa Nui Island Discovery 3-night stay at Hotel Altiplanico Rapa Nui, selected meals, two half-day and one full-day excursion with English speaking guides (confirmed locally; additional options available upon request on arrival), National Park entrance fees, return airport transfer. From AUD1950pp
  • Atacama Desert Adventure 3-night stay Hotel Cumbres San Pedro, some sightseeing, National Park entrance fees, return airport transfers. From just AUD2585pp
  • Mashpi Lodge 3-night stay at the Mashpi Lodge, guided activities and excursions within the Reserve: Walks, Birdwatching and nature encounters, Sky Bike, Life Centre, Waterfalls and Hummingbird Garden, use of rain ponchos and rubber boots, return airport transfer. From just AUD3150pp

Special Features

  • Special Guest:
  • Peter Eastway - AIPP Grand Master of Photography will join this cruise as a photography guide on the Mar 2020 departure.
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2020 Departures £ price per person based on 2 people sharing

  • March
    • Mar 4th - Punta Arenas to Ushuaia or Punta Arenas - Sailing on: Greg Mortimer From: £9084
      Aurora Stateroom Twin Balcony Stateroom - C Balcony Stateroom - B Balcony Stateroom - A Balcony Stateroom Superior Junior Suite Captains Suite
      Blue Water Price from: £9084 Blue Water Price from: £9771 Blue Water Price from: £9924 Blue Water Price from: £10153 Blue Water Price from: £12748 Blue Water Price from: £15038 Blue Water Price from: £17252

2021 Departures £ price per person based on 2 people sharing

  • February
    • Feb 22nd - Punta Arenas to Ushuaia or Punta Arenas - Sailing on: Greg Mortimer From: £9847
      Aurora Stateroom Twin Balcony Stateroom - C Balcony Stateroom - B Balcony Stateroom - A Balcony Stateroom Superior Junior Suite Captains Suite
      Blue Water Price from: £9847 Blue Water Price from: £10458 Blue Water Price from: £10611 Blue Water Price from: £10840 Blue Water Price from: £12901 Blue Water Price from: £15267 Blue Water Price from: £17557
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