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Wildlife & wilderness of the Falklands, South Georgia & Antarctica

28 Night Itinerary from  £17,442

Drake Tour

A 20-night M/S Ortelius expedition cruise exploring Falkland Islands, South Georgia, South Shetland and Antarctic Peninsula, plus Argentina's Lake District, Puerto Madryn, Ushuasia and Buenos Aires

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Tour Route

Travel Highlights

  • Departing the UK 13 October & 8 December 2022 and 2 February 202
  • Explore the remote wilderness at the end of the world on a three week expedition cruise
  • Discover Buenos Aires and the stunning Argentine Lake District
  • Sail from Puerto Madryn to the Falkland Islands - a birdwatchers paradise
  • Continue to South Georgia & the Antarctic Peninsula on an epic luxury expedition cruise
  • Explore the South Shetland Islands 
  • Encounter penguins, seals, sea birds, whales & extraordinary icy landscapes
  • Enjoy fascinating lectures and talks from expert guides and tour leaders
  • Travel in comfort and style onboard the new M/V Ortelius expedition cruise ship

Webinar with Live Reports from our Guides in Buenos Aires and Bariloche

This itinerary can be tailored to your preferences by our specialist advisors, who can provide a guaranteed price based on your choice of route, duration, flights, hotels, transport and excursions.

Tour Itinerary

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Buenos Aires - 2 Nights

Day 1 - Overnight flight to Buenos Aires

Day 2 - Buenos Aires

Day 3 - Buenos Aires

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Tuesday, 27 September 2022

Overnight flight to Buenos Aires

Depart the UK on an overnight flight to Buenos Aires. 

Wednesday, 28 September 2022

Buenos Aires

On arrival you will be met by our representative and transferred to your hotel for a 3 night stay. In the afternoon, enjoy a guided tour of Buenos Aires, named the “Paris of South America” for its turn of the century French architecture. We visit La Boca, with its brightly coloured houses, the cathedral, the Recoleta area and the Presidential Palace, with its famous balcony where successive leaders have made appearances. Optional evening dinner and tango show. 


Thursday, 29 September 2022

Buenos Aires

Day at leisure to explore Buenos Aires or choose from a number of optional tours & excursions: tango classes; traditional bars & cafes of San Telmo; Colon Theatre; Evita and Peronism tour; art in Buenos Aires; Argentine Dinner experience; Buenos Aires' Jewish heritage; hidden Buenos Aires; underground tunnels of Buenos Aires; the life and times of Diego Maradona; estancias of the Pampa; Delta del Tigre day trip; day trip across the Rio Plata to Uruguay. All optional excursions are bookable locally through your Veloso Tours guide.

Loi Suites Recoleta

Buenos Aires - First Hotel

The Loi Suites Hotel is located in the Recoleta area of Buenos Aires, close to the best shops and the trendy cafes overlooking the park. The hotel has 112 fully equipped rooms and suites combining style comfort and technology, and all decorated with tasteful beiges and creams creating a relaxing home away from home. There is a restaurant, bar, indoor heated swimming pool and health club.

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Argentine Lake District - 3 Nights

Day 4 - Bariloche and the Lake District

Day 5 - Exploring the Lake District

Day 6 - Exploring the Lake District

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Friday, 30 September 2022

Bariloche and the Lake District

Fly to Bariloche, in Argentina’s Lake District, staying for three nights. This alpine town is surrounded by beautiful mountain countryside, with excellent hotels and country lodges. The scenery ranges from lush, snow-covered mountain peaks and beautiful lakes, to the dry Pampa in the lowlands. It is a hub for outdoor activities, horse riding and walking the numerous trails; a wonderful place for picnics on the shore of picturesque lakes. Gabriela, our local guide, has a detailed knowledge of the area.

Saturday, 01 October 2022

Exploring the Lake District

Depending on your interest, take an optional excursion led by our local guide. 

Sunday, 02 October 2022

Exploring the Lake District

Relax at your hotel or take further optional excursions discovering the scenic beauty of the Lake District. 

Sol Arrayan

Bariloche & Lake District - First Hotel

Located in the heart of Argentine Patagonia, Sol Arrayán is less than a mile away from Villa La Angostura's city center, in the Province of Neuquén, Argentina. The resort overlooks the Nahuel Huapi lake, with 42 rooms leaning on a hillside, affording all its guests an incomparable view, with the snowed mountain peaks reflected on the lake. It is surrounded by hundred-year-old trees - the highlights being myrtle (arrayán) specimens, which are unique to the region. The grounds lead to an exclusive beach on the lake shore. All 42 hotel rooms overlook the lake and are equipped with TV,Telephone, WI-FI Internet, Safe. The resort offers a restaurant and spa services as well. Accommodation includes room and breakfast.

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Travel to Puerto Madryn - 1 Night

Day 7 - Puerto Madryn

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Monday, 03 October 2022

Puerto Madryn

Fly to Puerto Madryn and transfer to your hotel for one night, in preparation for embarkation tomorrow.

Ortelius in Antarctica

Expedition Cruise - 20 Nights

Day 8 - Ushuaia and embark the M/V Ortelius

Days 9-10 - South Atlantic Ocean

Day 11 - Falkland Islands

Day 12 - Falkland Islands

Day 13-14 - Sail to South Georgia

Day 15-18 South Georgia Island

Day 19 - Towards South Orkney

Day 20 - Scenic South Orkney

Day 21 - Towards the Antarctic Peninsula

Day 22 - Awe-inspiring Antarctica

Day 23 - South Shetland Islands & Antarctic Peninsula

Day 24 - Last Day in Antarctica

Days 25-26 - Sail to Ushuaia 

Day 27 - Captain's Farewell Dinner

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Tuesday, 04 October 2022

Embark on the M/V Ortelius

Spend the morning at leisure in Puerto Madryn. You embark the M/V Ortelius from Puerto Madryn in the afternoon, your prow aimed for the Falkland Islands. Golfo Nuevo is renowned for its visiting southern right whales, so you have a good chance of spotting one as you sail toward the open ocean.

Wednesday, 05 October 2022

South Atlantic Ocean

Though you’re now at sea, there’s rarely a lonesome moment here. Several species of bird follow the vessel southeast, such as albatrosses, storm petrels, shearwaters, and diving petrels.

Thursday, 06 October 2022

Finding the Falkland Islands

The Falkland Islands offer an abundance of wildlife that is easily approachable, though caution is always advised. These islands are largely unknown gems, the site of a 1982 war between the UK and Argentina. Not only do various species of bird live here, but chances are great you’ll see both Peale’s dolphins and Commerson’s dolphins in the surrounding waters.

During this segment of the voyage, you may visit the following sites:

Steeple Jason – Home to the world’s largest black-browed albatross colony (roughly 113,000), Steeple Jason is a wild and rarely visited island buffeted by wind and waves. Weather and swell conditions dictate the journey here.

Carcass Island – Despite its name, this island is pleasantly rodent-free and hence bounteous with birdlife. Anything from breeding Magellanic penguins and gentoos to numerous waders and passerine birds (including Cobb’s wrens and tussock-birds) live here.

Saunders Island – On Saunders Island you can see the black-browed albatross and its sometimes-clumsy landings, along with breeding imperial shags and rockhopper penguins. King penguins, Magellanic penguins, and gentoos are also found here. 

Friday, 07 October 2022

Falklands culture - Stanley

Today we intend to visit Stanley, the charming capital of the Falkland Islands. Attractions within pleasant walking distance along the waterfront promenade include the Falkland Islands Museum, the governor’s house, a cathedral with impressive whalebone arch outside, a war memorial, quality gift shops, pubs, and views of shipwrecks in the harbour.

Saturday, 08 October 2022

Sail to South Georgia

En route to South Georgia, you now cross the Antarctic Convergence. The temperature cools considerably within the space of a few hours, and nutritious water rises to the surface of the sea due to colliding water columns. This phenomenon attracts a multitude of seabirds near the ship, including several species of albatross, shearwaters, petrels, prions, and skuas.

Sunday, 09 October 2022

Sail to South Georgia Island

Further exploration of South Georgia Island.

Monday, 10 October 2022

South Georgia Island

We arrive at South Georgia. Please keep in mind that weather conditions in this area can be challenging, largely dictating the program. 

Sites you might visit in the next four days include:

Prion Island – This location is closed during the early part of the wandering albatross breeding season (November 20 – January 7). The previous summer’s wandering albatross chicks are almost ready to fledge, and adults are seeking out their old partners after a year and a half at sea.

Salisbury Plain, St. Andrews Bay, Gold Harbour – These sites not only house the three largest king penguin colonies in South Georgia, they are also three of the world’s largest breeding beaches for southern elephant seals. Only during this time of year do they peak in their breeding cycle. Watch the four-ton bulls keep a constant vigil (and occasionally fight) over territories where dozens of females have just given birth or are about to deliver. You can also see a substantial number of Antarctic fur seals here during the breeding season (December – January).

Fortuna Bay – A beautiful outwash plain from Fortuna Glacier is home to a large number of king penguins and seals. Here you may also have the chance to follow the final leg of Shackleton’s route to the abandoned whaling village of Stromness. This path cuts across the mountain pass beyond Shackleton’s Waterfall, and as the terrain is partly swampy, be prepared to cross a few small streams.

Grytviken – In this abandoned whaling station, king penguins walk the streets and elephant seals lie around like they own the place – because they basically do. Here you might be able to see the South Georgia Museum as well as Shackleton’s grave.

Tuesday, 11 October 2022

South Georgia Island

Exploring South Georgia.

Wednesday, 12 October 2022

South Georgia Island

Exploring South Georgia Island.

Thursday, 13 October 2022

South Georgia Island

Last day exploring South Georgia Island.


Friday, 14 October 2022

Towards South Orkney

There may be sea ice on this route, and at the edge of the ice some south polar skuas and snow petrels could join the other seabirds trailing the vessel south.

Saturday, 15 October 2022

Scenic South Orkney

Depending on the conditions, you might visit Orcadas Base, an Argentine scientific station on Laurie Island in the South Orkney archipelago. The personnel here will happily show you their facility, where you can enjoy expansive views of the surrounding glaciers. If a visit isn’t possible, you may instead land at Signy Island’s Shingle Cove.

Sunday, 16 October 2022

Towards the Antarctic Peninsula

Enormous icebergs and a fair chance of fin whale sightings ensure there’s never a dull moment on this last sea voyage south. Also, your best chance to spot Antarctic petrels is here.

Monday, 17 October 2022

Awe-inspiring Antarctica

If the ice conditions permit, you now sail into the Weddell Sea. Here colossal tabular icebergs herald your arrival to the eastern side of the Antarctic Peninsula. Paulet Island, with its large population of Adélie penguins, is a possible stop. You might also visit Brown Bluff, located in the ice-clogged Antarctic Sound, where you could get the chance to set foot on the Antarctic Continent itself. 

If conditions aren’t favorable to enter the Weddell Sea from the east, the ship will set course for Elephant Island and head into the Bransfield Strait, between the South Shetland Island's and the Antarctic Peninsula. 

The volcanic islands of the South Shetlands are windswept and often cloaked in mist, but they nonetheless offer many subtle pleasures. A wide variety of flora (mosses, lichens, flowering grasses) and fauna (gentoo penguins, chinstrap penguins, southern giant petrels) live here. Chinstrap penguins and Weddell seals often haul out onto the beach near Cámara Base, an Argentine scientific research station on Half Moon Island.

On Deception Island, the ship plunges through Neptune’s Bellows and into the flooded caldera. Here you can find hot springs, an abandoned whaling station, and thousands of cape petrels. A number of kelp gulls, brown skuas, south polar skuas, and Antarctic terns can be spotted too. Wilson’s storm petrels and black-bellied storm petrels also nest in the ruins of the whaling station in Whalers Bay. As an alternative, you can take part in activities near Telefon Bay, further inside the caldera.

This extended voyage gives you the chance to sail even farther down the icy coast of the western Antarctic Peninsula. There are several opportunities for great landings where you might set foot on the Antarctic Continent, surrounded by an epic landscape of alpine peaks and mammoth glaciers calving at sea level. Gentoo penguins, leopard seals, Weddell seals, humpback whales, and minke whales are often seen here.

Tuesday, 18 October 2022

South Shetland Islands & the Antarctic Peninsula

There are also various research stations here, some even with a gift shop and post office.The wilderness of Antarctica is subject to unpredictable weather and ever-changing ice conditions, which will dictate the ship's  route and exploration opportunities. This is a real expedition. Every opportunity will be taken to experience excellent wildlife viewing, amazing scenery and excursions via Zodiac.

Wednesday, 19 October 2022

South Shetland Islands & the Antarctic Peninsula

Immerse yourself in the icy wilderness of this remote and spectacular environment. Enjoy small zodiac boat excursions, get close to the region's abundant wildlife on land and sea and admire towering snow-covered mountains and magnificent icebergs of every shape and size. Large penguin colonies bring the area to life, foraging in the waters and congregating on land.


Thursday, 20 October 2022

Last day in Antarctica

Your last day to enjoy with White Continent.

Friday, 21 October 2022

Drake Passage

Your return voyage is far from lonely. While crossing the Drake, you’re again greeted by the vast array of seabirds remembered from the passage south. But they seem a little more familiar to you now, and you to them.

Saturday, 22 October 2022

Towards Ushuaia

Sailing towards Ushuaia, reflecting on your amazing journey.

Sunday, 23 October 2022

Captain's Farewell Dinner

Enjoy the captain's farewell dinner tonight on the last night of your incredible journey.


Antarctica Cruises - First Expedition Ship

The ice-strengthened vessel “Ortelius” is an excellent vessel for expedition cruises to Antarctica.  “Ortelius” was built in Gdynia, Poland in 1989, named “Marina Svetaeva”, and served as a special purpose vessel for the Russian Academy of Science. The vessel is re-flagged and renamed “Ortelius”. As Plancius, Ortelius was a Dutch / Flemish cartographer. Abraham Ortelius (1527 – 1598) published the first modern world atlas, the Theatrum Orbis Terrarum or Theatre of the World in 1570. At that time, the atlas was the most expensive book ever printed. The vessel has the highest ice-class notation (UL1 equivalent to 1A) and is therefore very suitable to navigate in solid one-year sea ice and loose multi-year pack ice. “Ortelius” is a great expedition vessel for 108 passengers with lots of open-deck spaces.

The vessel is staffed by 20 highly experienced international nautical crew, 19 international hotel crew, including stewardesses, 7 expedition staff in Antarctica (1 expedition leader and 6 guides/lecturers), and a doctor. The vessel offers simple but comfortable cabins and public spaces

  • 4 quadruple cabins with bunk beds (these can also be used as triple or twin cabins)
  • 2 triple porthole cabins with bunk beds (these can also be used as quads or twin cabins)
  • 26 twin porthole cabin with 2 single lower berths
  • 12 twin cabins with windows and 2 single lower berths
  • 2 twin deluxe cabins with windows and 2 single lower berths
  • 6 superior cabins with double beds.

All cabins are spacious outside cabins with a minimum of two portholes or windows per cabin and all cabins have private shower and toilet. ”Ortelius” offers a comfortable hotel standard, with two restaurants, a bar/lecture room. Our voyages are primarily developed to offer our passengers a quality exploratory wildlife program, trying to spend as much time ashore as possible. As the number of passengers is limited to approximately 108 on the “Ortelius”, flexibility assures maximum wildlife opportunities.

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Buenos Aires - 2 Nights

Day 28 - Disembark and fly to Buenos Aires

Day 29 - Buenos Aires 

Day 30 - Overnight flight to UK

Day 31 - Arrive in the UK

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Monday, 24 October 2022

Disembark and fly to Buenos Aires

After breakfast disembark in Ushuaia and transfer to the airport for your flight to Buenos Aires, staying for two nights.

Tuesday, 25 October 2022

Buenos Aires

A free day to enjoy Buenos Aires: perhaps explore the artistic, bohemian district of Palermo with cafes, galleries and shops; take the ferry across the river to the old colonial settlement of Colonia in Uruguay; or enjoy cafes and shopping.

Wednesday, 26 October 2022

Overnight flight to UK

Transfer to the airport for your overnight flight back to the UK.


Thursday, 27 October 2022

Arrive in the UK

Price Guidelines

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Travel Dates Oct 2022 - Dec 2023
Room Arrangement First
Multiple Travellers - Twin Room £17,442

Prices are a guideline and per person. Please request a quote for Special Events, Christmas, New Year's Eve & Easter.

What's Included

  • 31 Days / 28 Nights
  • International flights (2 overnight)
  • Internal flights
  • Accommodation as shown on the itinerary
  • 20-night M/V Ortelius Antarctica Expedition Cruise, all meals & excursions 
  • FREE use of rubber boots or snow shoes for shore landings
  • All port fees
  • Breakfast every day in Buenos Aires and the Lake District
  • Transfers to and from airports
  • Transport throughout the itinerary
  • Excursions listed, all with expert, English-speaking guides
  • Prices are per person (twin share) based on a shared cabin. Supplement for exclusive use.

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