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Outline itinerary

Day 1Ushuaial
Day 2Drake Passage
Day 3Drake Passage
Day 4At sea
Day 5At sea
Day 6South Georgia
Day 7South Georgia
Day 8 South Georgia
Day 9 At sea
Day 10 At sea
Day 11At sea
Day 12 At sea
Day 13 At sea
Day 14 Gough Island
Day 15Tristan da Cunha
Day 16 Tristan da Cunha
Day 17 Tristan da Cunha
Day 18Tristan da Cunha
Day 19At sea
Day 20At sea
Day 21 At sea
Day 22 At sea
Day 23 St. Helena
Day 24 St. Helena
Day 25 St. Helena

Verlenging
Day 26Mid-Atlantic Ridge
Day 27Mid-Atlantic Ridge
Day 28Ascension Island
Day 29Ascension Island
Day 30 At sea
Day 31At sea
Day 32 At sea
Day 33 At sea
Day 34At sea
Day 35Praia, Cape Verde Islands

Included

All nights and meals throughout the voyage aboard the ship including snacks, coffee and tea, free use of rubber boots and snow shoes, 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 and comprehensive pre-departure information

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 and the customary gratuity at the end of the voyages for stewards and other service personnel aboard (guidelines will be provided)

Price

Quadruple
EUR 5850,-

Triple
EUR 6500,-

Twin deluxe
EUR 7900,-

Twin Porthole
EUR 7200,-

Twin Window
EUR 7500,-

Superior
EUR 8450,-

Tour leader

Nederlandstalige reisleider

English speaking expedition leader

Number of participants

minimum one, no maximum if spaces available

Accommodation

Cabin with private toilet and shower

Difficulty level of the tour

An average level of fitness is required regarding the boarding and disembarking of the zodiacs. Moderate hikes on land

Climate

Temperatures will vary during this cruise: from below zero, possibly in combination with strong winds, to tropical temperatures around the equator. Adequate clothing is required.

Atlantic Odyssey 2020

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Duration:25 days (+10 days )
Departure:29-03-2020
Price: from EUR 5850,-
Tour leader:Nederlandstalige reisleider
Code: C2025

The Atlantic Odyssey must be one of the most inspiring voyages one can make. It is a unique voyage that includes not only South Georgia but also seldom visited islands such as Tristan da Cunha, St. Helena and Ascension Island. In total it takes over 3 weeks to sail from Ushuaia (southern Argentina) to Ascension Island. We will land on different islands (weather and waves permitting!) with zodiacs and come face to face with spectaculair wildlife like penguins, albatrosses and others.   

 

Day 1: End of the World, Start of a Journey
Your voyage begins where the world drops off: Ushuaia, Argentina, reputed to be the southernmost city on the planet, located on the far southern tip of South America. Starting in the afternoon, you embark from this small resort town on Tierra del Fuego – nicknamed “The End of the World” – and sail the scenic, mountain-fringed Beagle Channel for the rest of the evening.

Day 2 – 5: Path of the Polar Explorers
Over the next two days on the Drake Passage, you catch a taste of life from the perspective of the polar explorers who first braved these regions: cool salt breezes, rolling waves, maybe even a fin whale blasting up a column of sea spray. After passing the Antarctic Convergence – Antarctica’s natural boundary, formed when north-flowing cold waters collide with warmer subantarctic seas – you are in the circum-Antarctic upwelling zone. Not only does the marine life change, the avian life changes too: A variety of albatrosses and petrels show up, along with Cape pigeons and southern fulmars.

Day 6 – 8: South Georgia Journey
Your aim is to visit some of the world’s top king penguin rookeries. This time of year you have a good chance of seeing these animals nesting on eggs, their chicks close by. The rookeries are overflowing, with waddling rush-hour traffic to and from the beach.

Possible visits include:

Salisbury Plain, St. Andrews Bay, Gold Harbour – Here you see not only the massive king penguin colony, but also elephant seals and limitless fur seal pups playing in the surf.

Prion Island – A great location to watch wandering albatrosses.

Grytviken – You have the opportunity to check out this abandoned whaling station, where king penguins now walk the streets and elephant seals lie around like they own the place – because they just about do. You might also see the South Georgia Museum as well as Shackleton’s grave.

Cooper Bay – A great place for a Zodiac cruise, this bay also houses a rookery of macaroni penguins. King penguins, pintails, and giant petrels may also appear here.

Day 9 – 13: Once More to the Sea
A pleasant tailwind often accompanies the vessel through the westerlies, and on both sides of the Convergence fly vast numbers of Antarctic and Subantarctic seabirds.

Day 14: The Quest Continued
You first approach Gough Island for a Zodiac cruise in Quest Bay, weather permitting. Northern rockhopper penguins and Subantarctic fur seals are often seen here. In previous years it has been possible for the vessel to circumnavigate all but four miles of the 33-mile circumference of the island, taking in the scenery and unrivalled abundance of wildlife.

Day 15 – 18: Tristan da Cunha
These islands are famed for their bird population, which includes rockhopper penguins, several species of albatross, petrels, skuas, terns, and many others. Your aim is to visit the settlement on the west side of this archipelago’s main island but the planned four days here may also allow us to land in Seal Bay on the south side or possibly at Sandy Point on the east side of Tristan da Cunha.

Here we may encounter wildlife such as Yellow-nosed albatrosses and Sub-Antarctic fur seals and otherwise explore a very rarely visited spot. We aim to land at Nightingale and Inaccessible islands, with views of seabirds ranging from yellow-nosed albatrosses to brown noddies.

Two day is reserved in case of bad weather, but please remember that nature determines the itinerary here: Since beginning the Atlantic Odyssey cruise in 1998, adverse weather led to the cancellation of 35% of Tristan da Cunha landings. It is not impossible, but it is difficult.

Day 19 – 22: Subtropical Seas
Seabirds and dolphins indigenous to this region often follow the vessel.

Day 23 – 25: St. Helena Highlights
After landing at Jamestown, you have many opportunities to enjoy the local culture, pleasant climate, and endemic birds of this remote island. One such activity is a visit to Longwood House, where Napoleon died in exile. You also have the chance to explore the island on your own – and snorkel the shallows, seeing multitudes of tropical and subtropical fish.

Disembarkation and a flight to Europe is possible from here.

Prolongation

Day 25 – 26: Sailing the Ridge
Here you sail along the Mid-Atlantic Ridge, the submarine mountain range running some 16,000 kilometres (10,000 miles) from the Arctic Ocean to near the southern tip of Africa.

Day 27 – 28: Onward to Ascension
This dry volcanic island is a major home for the sooty tern (also known as the wideawake), whose colony here sometimes grows to over a million breeding pairs. You may get the chance for a hike to the richly vegetated top of this island, and a visit the shore to watch the green turtles laying eggs on the beach.

Day 29 – 33: Across the Equator
Joining you across the Equator are Arctic terns and long-tailed skuas in their northbound spring migration.

Day 34: Praia, Cape Verde Islands
You disembark in Praia on Santiago Island - the capital of the Cape Verde Islands, at 9:00 hours*. If you’re flying out on the night of May 2/May 3, we offer an additional tour in and around Praia. Here you can visit the historic Cidade Velha and its massive hillside fortress, built to defend against English raiders. Other sights include the oldest Christian church in the tropics, and the slave whipping post in the main square. Stroll the Praia streets and enjoy the variety of indigenous folk music spilling out of the tavern windows.

Price extension:
Quadruple: EUR 1.350,-
Triple: EUR 1.550,-
Twin Porthole: EUR 1.800,-
Twin Window: EUR 1.950,-
Twin deluxe: EUR 2.050,-
Superior Cabin: EUR 2.250,-

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