Days 1 - 2UshuaiaDay at leisure before embarkation
Days 3 - 4Drake PassageCross this famous stretch of sea towards the Antarctic Peninsula
Days 5 - 12Antarctic PeninsulaReach and explore the southern most continent of the world
Days 13 - 14Drake PassageLook for bird and marine life from the ship
Days 15Ushuaia - El CalafateDisembark and farewell expedition team
Day 16El CalafateNational capital of the glaciers, Lake Argentino, waterbirds
Day 17El Calafate - El ChalténPerito Moreno Glacier, ice calving
Days 18 - 19Los Glaciares National ParkDay walks to the base camp of Fitz Roy and Cerro Torre
Day 20El Chaltén - Puerto NatalesCross the border into Chile, sample King Crab
Day 21Puerto Natales - Torres del PaineBalmaceda Glacier, Serrano River
Day 24Torres del Paine - Punta ArenasBreathtaking scenery, last minute shopping
Days 22 - 23Torres del Paine National ParkView the highlights of the park on foot, Las Torres peaks
Day 25Punta ArenasYour expedition comes to an end


Greg Mortimer
Greg Mortimer

The Greg Mortimer is a new purpose built, polar expedition vessel taking 120 guests. This vessel has been designed in close consultation with Antarctic expedition specialists and is the first expedition cruise ship designed with the ULSTEIN X-BOW hull. This cutting edge nautical technology allows for gentle travel and motion at sea, improved comfort and safety on-board, reduced vibrations, lower fuel consumption and emissions and ‘virtual anchoring’ which means the ship can float anchor-less while launching the Zodiacs without disturbing delicate sea floor areas. There are four sea-level launching platforms for fast and efficient access to and from Zodiacs.

Sylvia Earle

This purpose built expedition vessel, honours the highly accomplished marine biologist, oceanographer and explorer, Sylvia Earle and is the sister ship to the revolutionary Greg Mortimer. Accommodating on average 126 guests for each voyage, those lucky enough to experience an Antarctic journey can be assured of comfort and luxury coinciding with exploration and adventure. Besides the same revolutionary Ulstein X BOW hull design like her sister ship, the Greg Mortimer, the Sylvia Earle features a distinctive Glass Atrium Lounge at the bow of the ship with a stunning panoramic view on both port and starboard side, Lecture theatre and lounge, a swimming pool and jacuzzi where you can admire impressive scenery while watching the world go by.

Days 1 – 2 Ushuaia


*Please be aware this itinerary involves a moderate level of hiking. Hiking experience is necessary and good health and fitness are strongly advised.

Arrive in Ushuaia, where you will be met and transferred with your fellow expeditioners to your assigned pre-voyage hotel. If you are already in Ushuaia, we ask you to make your way to your hotel. The expedition team will confirm details regarding your embarkation day, answer any questions and provide you with information on where to dine or purchase last minute items. The remainder of Day 1 is at leisure. All meals today are at your own expense.

During the morning of Day 2, enjoy breakfast and check-out. Spend the morning and afternoon exploring Ushuaia, before being transferred to the pier for embarkation. Once onboard, you’ll have time to settle into your cabin before the mandatory briefings. As the ship pulls away from port, gather on the deck to commence our adventure with spectacular views over Ushuaia and Tierra del Fuego. This evening get to know your fellow expeditioners and friendly expedition team and crew at a welcome dinner to celebrate the start of a thrilling adventure to Antarctica.

Days 3 – 4 At Sea

Long Finned Pilot Whales

As you commence the Drake Passage crossing, make the most of your time getting comfortable with the motions of the sea. The expedition team will prepare you for your first landing with important wildlife guidelines and biosecurity procedures and start the lecture program to help you learn more about Antarctica’s history, wildlife and environment.

The wildlife experiences begin with the many seabirds, including majestic albatrosses and giant petrels, following our vessel. On sea days, you can enjoy the facilities on board the vessel including the gym, sauna and jacuzzis or relax in one of the observation lounges.

Nearing the South Shetland Islands and the tip of the Antarctic Peninsula on the afternoon of Day 4, the excitement is palpable with everyone converging on one of the observation decks watching for the first iceberg. The ocean takes on a whole new perspective once you are below the Antarctic Convergence and are surrounded by the surreal presence of floating ice sculptures. The memory of your first big iceberg sighting is likely to remain with you for a lifetime. Time and weather permitting, you may attempt your first landing in Antarctica by late afternoon.

Days 5 – 12 Antarctic Peninsula

Gentoo Penguins
Floating Iceberg Antarctica

It’s almost impossible to describe the feeling of arriving in Antarctica. Spotting your first iceberg and taking a deep breath of some of the most fresh, crisp air on earth is an experience that will stay with you forever.

The Antarctic Peninsula is a bustling metropolis of wildlife in late spring, but despite the frenetic pace of life for the locals, you have ample time to immerse yourself in the wonders of surrounding environment. Over the next eight days you will settle into the natural rhythms of life in the Antarctic Peninsula.

Once you arrive, the western side of the Antarctic Peninsula and the South Shetland Islands are yours to explore. Due to being so far south, you will experience approximately 18-24 hours of daylight and the days can be as busy as you wish.

Your experienced expedition team will use their expertise to design your voyage from day to day, choosing the best options based on the prevailing weather, ice conditions and wildlife opportunities. You will generally make landings or Zodiac excursions twice a day. Join Zodiac cruises along spectacular ice cliffs or among grounded icebergs, keeping a close watch for whales, seals and porpoising penguins. Zodiacs will also shuttle you from the ship to land, where you can visit penguin rookeries, discover historic huts and explore some of our favourite spots along the peninsula.

While ashore, you will stretch your legs, wandering along pebbly beaches or perhaps up snow-covered ridgelines to vantage points with mountains towering overhead and ice-speckled oceans below. Keen polar plungers will have the chance to fully immerse themselves in polar waters – conditions permitting! The polar plunge can take place at any time during the voyage, so listen out for the announcement from the expedition team and get ready for the most exhilarating dip of your life!

In addition to Zodiac cruises and shore excursions, you may ship cruise some of the narrow, dramatic straits separating offshore islands from the mainland, or linger in scenic bays to marvel at sculptural icebergs and photograph spectacular scenery. This is a great time to enjoy the observation lounge or make your way to the bridge (open at the captain’s discretion) for uninterrupted views of Antarctica in all its splendour. Listen out for the creak and deep rumble of glaciers as they carve into sea. Take a quiet moment to experience the wonder of the pristine paradise of the splendid white continent.

Days 13 – 14 At Sea

Royal Albatross

Enjoy a final morning landing in the South Shetland Islands before re-entering the Drake Passage for your return journey to South America.

With lectures and film presentations to complete your Antarctic experience, there is still plenty of time to enjoy the magic of the Southern Ocean and the life that calls it home.

As you approach the tip of South America, your Captain may sail close to legendary Cape Horn, weather and time permitting.

Days 15 Ushuaia – El Calafate

Ushuaia, Hayley

During the early morning, cruise up the Beagle Channel, before quietly slipping into dock in Ushuaia, where you will be free to disembark around 8.00 am. Farewell your expedition team and passengers not continuing with the land portion, hopefully with a newfound sense of the immense power of nature.Transfer to Ushuaia Airport and fly to El Calafate to begin your small group trek. On arrival into El Calafate, transfer to the group hotel.

Day 16 El Calafate

This township, founded in 1927, is best known as the ‘national capital of the glaciers’ and is the gateway to the Patagonian Los Glaciares National Park including the famous Perito Moreno Glacier. Today is at your leisure to explore the town or walk down to Lake Argentino to watch the waterbirds. You will have a briefing in the afternoon to meet your guide and learn about your upcoming adventure, before having the first dinner with your group.

Days 17 El Calafate – El Chaltén

This morning, you will depart very early to the breathtaking Perito Moreno Glacier to watch and listen to the frequent ice calving. Later, drive across the arid Estepa Patagónica to El Chaltén (approx 4 hours). The village of El Chaltén is in the north of Los Glaciares National Park and it’s from here that you will make your day trips. Enjoy dinner together this evening.

Days 18 – 19 Los Glaciares National Park

Over the next two days, enjoy day walks to the base camp of Fitz Roy and Cerro Torre. Mount Fitz Roy is found at the northern end of the park and is part of a range of bizarre peaks including the needle like rock pinnacle of Cerro Torre. For a climber it looks to be one of the most unclimbed peaks in the world – in fact it was only scaled for the first time in 1974. To the south runs a great chain of massive glaciers that basically follows the line of the Chile/Argentina border. The dramatic rock spires beckon and your days here will be a highlight of the trip. The beautiful valleys hold crystal clear streams and are home to a multitude of bird life. During the short summer the beech trees and the flowers bloom profusely and you are here at the best time to enjoy it.

Day 20 El Chaltén – Puerto Natales

Today, leave El Chaltén and Argentina and cross the border into Chile, driving across the pampas to Puerto Natales. Set on the shores of Seno Última Esperanza, this city is the gateway to the famous Torres del Paine National Park. The afternoon is at leisure and this evening you may like to sample King Crab in one of the seafood restaurants.

Day 21 Puerto Natales – Torres del Paine

This morning, leave Puerto Natales and journey towards Torres del Paine National Park and its fabulous scenery. You will board a boat and travel down the fjord, pausing at the Balmaceda Glacier en-route. Then change onto Zodiacs and continue along the Serrano River before reaching Torres del Paine.

Days 22 – 23 Torres del Paine National Park

Over the next few days, you will view the highlights of the park on foot. On the first day, explore the park on a bus to reach the most remote areas, with stops for short treks. On the second day, you will do a long and amazing trek to reach the base of Las Torres peaks.

Day 24 Torres del Paine – Punta Arenas

Punta Arenas Lighthouse

Drive for approximately 3-4 hours across the steppes following the face of the Andes. The scenery is breathtaking, with great rolling hills dotted with stunted beech trees. You plan to arrive in Punta Arenas in the late afternoon. The remainder of the day is at leisure, with time for last minute shopping or indulging the ‘dulce de leche’; a dessert you will by now be familiar with!

Day 25 Punta Arenas

Punta Arenas

Today your expedition throughout Antarctica and Patagonia will end in Punta Arenas. Transfer to the airport, or maybe extend your adventure in the region…

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We will tailor the perfect holiday to suit your needs.

Extend your trip to Patagonia

To make the most of your time in South America we can tailor a holiday to Patagonia to suit your voyage dates. If you have a bit more time we can create a tailor-made itinerary to some of the highlights of South America. Take a look at the Patagonia sample itineraries below and contact us to begin creating your perfect holiday.