Antarctica: In search of the Emperor penguin
Overview & Highlights
Cruise beyond the Antarctic Peninsula to the Weddell Sea in search of Emperor penguins, aided by helicopters.
- City tour of Buenos Aires
- Shore excursions on the Antarctic cruise
Rather than just taking a cruise along oft-sailed routes, be part of a real expedition voyage. As a passenger on the sturdy ice-strengthened European cruise ship Ortelius, travel beyond the Antarctic Peninsula towards the Weddell Sea. An Emperor penguin rookery lies south of Snow Hill Island within the Weddell Sea off the peninsula’s east coast.
In recent seasons, the ice conditions have often thwarted access to the Emperor Penguin rookery, but the most recent attempt, in November 2017, was a success. Whatever the outcome, the beauty and emptiness of the relatively unvisited Weddell Sea, with its striking tabular icebergs and abundant wildlife make this a memorable expedition. If the ship doesn't make it as far as Snow Hill island, it will position itself on the edge of the ice to try and spot lone Emperors - the largest and most striking of all the penguin species - heading out to open water, and there may be trips by helicopter to search for individual birds.
Arrive in Buenos Aires. Transfer to your hotel in Recoleta.
Guided walking tour of Recoleta and Retiro.
Fly to Ushuaia, Tierra del Fuego, transfer to your hotel.
Transfer to the port to embark MV Ortelius and set sail.
At sea en route to the Antarctic Peninsula.
Reach the Weddell Sea, search for Emperor penguins.
Visit Half-moon and Deception islands.
At sea en route to Ushuaia.
Disembark in Ushuaia and transfer to airport for flight to Buenos Aires.
Transfer to the airport for your international flight.
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