Exclusive South Georgia

Exclusive South Georgia– Antarctica –18 days / 17 nights, South Georgia - Antarctic Convergence - Ski Trek - King Haakon Bay - Fortuna Bay - Pegotty Bluff - Prion Island - Stromness - GrytvikenExclusive South Georgia on m/v Plancius and Ortelius, an 18-day explorer cruise of the Sub-Antarctic island. Stunningly beautiful and rugged, with snow covered peaks, blue glacier ice, the island is a wildlife sanctuary and breeding ground for large populations of Antarctic fur seals and elephant seals, albatrosses, petrels and penguins. Our zodiacs bring you close to wildlife, and knowledgeable guides lead the outings, followed by lectures on board.

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m/v Plancius, Rates in USD, per person

Operation October 17, 2013 - November 3, 2013
Departure PLA20, October 17 - November 3, 2013, m/v Plancius

no departure in 2014 / date for 2015 coming soon.
Price from $7,950 per person, OTL29, Quadruple Porthole cabin
Included Voyage aboard the designated vessel as indicated in the itinerary
All meals throughout the voyage aboard the ship including snacks, coffee and tea
Free use of rubber boots aboard Plancius & Ortelius and snowshoes aboard 'Plancius'
Pre-scheduled group transfer from the vessel to the airport in Ushuaia (directly after disembarkation)
All shore excursions and activities throughout the voyage by Zodiac
Program of lectures by noted naturalists and leadership by experienced expedition staff
All miscellaneous service taxes and port charges throughout the program
Comprehensive pre-departure material
Not Included Any airfare, whether on scheduled or charter flights
Pre- and post land arrangements
Transfers to the vessel
Passport and visa expenses
Government arrival and departure taxes
Meals ashore
Baggage, cancellation and personal insurance (which is strongly recommended)
Excess baggage charges and all items of a personal nature such as laundry, bar, beverage charges and telecommunication charges
Customary gratuity at the end of the voyages for stewards and other service personnel aboard (guidelines will be provided)
Service fee $25
Please Note OTL29 offers the same voyage as PLA20, but in reverse and starts in Ushuaia / Argentina and ends in Montevideo / Uruguay.

All rates are quoted per person in US Dollars, based on twin occupancy. US Dollar rates apply for all sales outside Europe. 5% discount will be granted for bookings for one or more consecutive voyages (except on legs within the Atlantic Odyssey). Please note that all dates & rates are subject to change. All voyages will operate subject to a minimum of 70 participants on Plancius and 60 participants on Ortelius.
Single occupancy: All cabins 1.7 times the share price.

It is agreed that if world fuel prices will reach or exceed US Dollar 120 per Barrel Brent 90 days prior to departure Oceanwide Expeditions reserves the right to levy a fuel surcharge of USD 26 per passenger per night, to be paid by the contracting party of Oceanwide Expeditions.
Tour Options Ski Trekking - Shackleton Traverse, $5,750 per person
Snowshoeing, free of charge
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Day 1 MONTEVIDEO / URUGUAY In the afternoon, we embark in Montevideo and set sail to South Georgia.
OTL29 offers the same voyage as PLA20, but in reverse and starts in Ushuaia / Argentina and ends in Montevideo / Uruguay.

Day 2 - 6 AT SEA Across the Southern Atlantic Ocean, in the Westerlies the ship is followed by several species of albatrosses, storm petrels, shearwaters and diving petrels. At sea, on our way to South Georgia we will cross the Antarctic Convergence. Entering Antarctic waters, the temperature will drop by as much as 10 degrees C in the time span of only a few hours. Near the Convergence we will see a multitude of southern seabirds near the ship; several species of Albatrosses, Shearwaters, Petrels, Prions and Skuas. Depending on progress (weather) we might have South Georgia in sight on day 6, which might also allow us to do our first landing.

Day 7 - 13 SOUTH GEORGIA An exciting expedition with two adventure options: the normal sea voyage for "sea explorers" (with zodiac excursions and hiking options) and a land expedition for "ski explorers". The sea explorers will explore the coastlines of the Island while at the same time the ski explorers will attempt to traverse the Island on a self supplied ski trek from the South coast (King Haakon Bay) to the North coast (Fortuna Bay) in 4 days.

Ski trek across South Georgia (only during voyage PLA20): A group of up to 12 ski explorers and 2-3 mountain guides will attempt to traverse on an unsupported and self supplied trek across the island with skis hauling pulkas (sledges). The skiers will cover a total distance of 40 km retracing sections of the historic Shackleton route, which he covered in 36 hours.

On arrival day at King Haakon Bay, the expedition members will spend their first night further inland. The expedition will then embark on their trek across alpine passes and glaciers aiming for reunion with the ship at Fortuna or Stromness Bay. After both expeditions have rejoined, all passengers will then continue to enjoy the latter part of the South Georgia cruise itinerary.

Sea voyage: The sea explorers who remain on board will say their goodbyes to the skiers at Pegotty Bluff, the historic camp site. It was from there on the 19th May 1916 that Shackleton, Crean and Worsley set off across the Island to Stromness in a 36 hours marathon trek. The same day, Plancius, will stop over at Cape Rosa, where we intend to make a landing. Shackleton's James Caird landed at Cape Rosa after an epic 16 days voyage from Elephant Island. Truly a historic day!
The ship will be positioned around the Northwest corner of South Georgia. One of the highlights is the visit to Prion Island, where we will witness the breeding efforts of the huge Wandering Albatross and enjoy watching their displays. At Salisbury Plain, the second largest King Penguin colony in South Georgia, we will also see elephant seals.

In Fortuna Bay, the ship will most likely re-unite with the ski explorers. The beaches are inhabited by King Penguins and seals. We might even see reindeer! Both, sea explorers and ski explorers can follow the final section of Shackleton's route to Stromness, the abandoned whaling village.

At Grytviken we will also see an abandoned whaling village, where King Penguins now walk in the streets and seals have taken over the buildings. At Grytviken we'll also offer a visit to the Whaling History Museum as well as to Shackleton's grave near by.

During the next few days the expedition will explore the beaches of Ocean Harbour, Godthul, Cobblers Cover, Gold Harbour, Drygalski Fjord, Larsen Harbour, Cooper Bay, St. Andrews Bay,Possession Bay, Right Whale Bay and Elsehul. The sites that we visit give us a good opportunity to see a wide spectrum of landscapes and wildlife, like King and Macaroni Penguins, Light-mantled Sooty Albatrosses, Fur Seals, Elephant Seals and the introduced reindeer.

Drygalski Fjord is a great scenic place for zodiac cruising. There will be opportunities for walkers in the group to hike at Godthul and Gold Harbour hikes will be guided and vary in length with approx. 2 - 4 hours, 5 - 10 km. All hiking excursions are subject to weather and landing site availability.

The voyage in South Georgia ends at Elsehul and the ship will take course to Ushuaia/Argentina in the evening.

Day 14 - 17 AT SEA On our way to Ushuaia we are again followed by a great selection of seabirds while crossing the Southern Atlantic.

Day 18 USHUAIA/ARGENTINA We arrive in the morning in Ushuaia and disembark. OTL29 offers the same voyage as PLA20, but in reverse and starts in Ushuaia / Argentina and ends in Montevideo / Uruguay.

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