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    Approaching Tristan da Cunha island
  • Fur seals South Georgia
    Fur seals South Georgia
  • King penguins South Georgia
    King penguins South Georgia
  • King penguins in South Georgia
    King penguins in South Georgia
  • Gough Island fur seals
    Gough Island fur seals
  • Rugged coast of Gough Island
    Rugged coast of Gough Island
  • Tristan - remotest island in the World!
    Tristan - remotest island in the World!
  • Settlement on St Helena
    Settlement on St Helena
  • Tropical Ascension Island
    Tropical Ascension Island

Atlantic Odyssey - M/V Plancius

The Atlantic Odyssey offers a unique possibility to visit several of the remotest islands in the world. Besides marvellous South Georgia, the Atlantic Odyssey visits Tristan da Cunha, St. Helena, Ascension Island. Beautiful and often rare species live on these islands, many of them not found anywhere else in the world. Isolated local communities can also be visited. An extension is available to Praia, Cape Verde.
  • Visit the remotest islands in the world
  • See where Napoleon lived
  • A journey from the Antarctic to the tropics
  • Observe unprecedented abundance of wildlife
  • South Georgia
  • Tristan da Cunha
  • Gough Island
  • St Helena
  • Ascension Island
  • combinable with previous voyage to Antarctica
  • extend to Cape Verde

See Antarctica as well!

Combine with the previous Antarctica voyage of the Plancius for a truly comprehensive itinerary of the Antarctic and South Atlantic. See link below. Special Combination Pricing available - contact us for details!

Day 1: Ushuaia In the afternoon, we embark in Ushuaia, Tierra del Fuego, Argentina, the southernmost city in the world located at the Beagle Channel and sail through this scenic waterway for the rest of the evening. Day 2 - 5: At sea During these two days we sail across the Drake Passage. When we cross the Antarctic Convergence, we arrive in the circum-Antarctic up welling zone. In this area we may see Wandering Albatrosses, Grey Headed Albatrosses, Black- browed Albatrosses, Light- mantled Sooty Albatrosses, Cape Petrels, Southern Fulmars, Wilson’s Storm Petrels, Blue Petrels and Antarctic Petrels. Day 6 - 8: South Georgia We aim to visit some of the major King penguin rookeries in the World. The late season offers an outstanding chance to see the King penguins on eggs and with small chicks. The rookeries are packed at this time of year and the traffic to and from the beach is astounding. Salisbury Plain offers this scenario in mind boggling quantity. We will see the huge King penguin colony along with Elephant seals and endless numbers of fur seal pups playing in the surf. On Prion Island in the Bay of Isles we can see breeding Wandering Albatrosses. We will also find time to visit the old whaling settlement in Grytviken, where now the penguins walk through the streets. Grytviken is home to a small, but highly informative museum and also offers a chance to visit the graves of Sir Ernest Shackleton who is buried here alongside his trusted friend and second in command Frank Wild. We will attempt to land Gold Harbour and St Andrews Bay with stunningly beautiful scenery and a wildlife density second to none. King penguins are truly Kings here! Day 9 - 13: At sea In the Westerlies we have often have a pleasant tailwind. On both sides of the Antarctic Convergence, we observe many species and great numbers of Antarctic and sub-Antarctic seabirds. Day 14: Gough Island Today we plan to approach the unique Gough Island for zodiac cruising in Quest Bay. As always weather permitting. Here we can see the Northern Rockhopper Penguins, and Sub-Antarctic Fur Seals. In previous years we managed to circumnavigate all but four miles of the 33 mile circumference of the island in the ship, saw spectacular scenery and an unprecedented abundance of wildlife. We felt very privileged to be among the few visitors who have been able to experience Gough Island and in particular, to see it at such close quarters. We hope to be lucky to repeat this unique experience with you. Day 15 - 17: Tristan da Cunha In the Tristan da Cunha archipelago we plan to call on the settlement at the west side of the main island. We will also try to make landings at Nightingale Island and Inaccessible Island with millions of seabirds ranging from Yellow-nosed Albatrosses to Brown Noddies. We allow one day in reserve for bad weather. Please note that we will try and approach for landings, however due to the weather conditions this is not always possible. Since we began our Atlantic Odyssey's (1998) we failed during 35% of the voyages to make landings in the Tristan da Cunha archipelago, due to adverse weather. Day 18 - 21: At sea We now enter sub-tropical waters with their own species of seabirds and dolphins. Day 22 - 24: St. Helena St. Helena has a good anchorage and landing site at Jamestown. On this island, we will have opportunity to enjoy local culture, pleasant climate, and endemic plants and birds. We will visit Longwood House, the place where Napoleon lived and died in exile. There will be opportunities to explore the Island on your own and for snorkelling in the shallow surf where we can find a multitude of tropical and sub-tropical fish species. Day 25 - 26: At sea At sea along the mid-Atlantic Ridge. Day 27 - 28: Ascension Island Ascension Island is a dry volcanic island with a moist and richly vegetated top. The Sooty Tern (wide-awake) colony sometimes consists of more than 1 million breeding pairs. We will try to make a trip to the moist summit of Ascension Island and make a zodiac-cruise around Boatswain Bird Island. At Comfortless Cove near Georgetown we can offer a very comfortable swim with good snorkelling too (no snorkelling gear is supplied). We may also witness egg-laying sea turtles coming ashore at night. Some of our passengers may disembark and fly with the scheduled RAF (Royal Air Force) flight to Brize Norton in Oxfordshire, UK. Others may proceed with the voyage to the Cape Verdes. In the evening the vessel will depart from Ascension Island. PLEASE NOTE: A typical itinerary for the Atlantic Odyssey is for guidance only. Programs may vary depending on local ice and weather conditions, the availability of landing sites and opportunities to see wildlife. Since we began our Atlantic Odyssey's (1998) we failed during 30% of the voyages to make landings in the Tristan da Cunha archipelago, due to adverse weather. The final itinerary will be determined by the Expedition Leader on board. Flexibility is paramount for expedition cruises. 6 night EXTENSION TO CAPE VERDE (from US$1050 to $1650 extra, depending on category - contact us for details) Day 28: Ascension Island Ascension Island is a dry volcanic island with a moist and richly vegetated top. The Sooty tern (wide-awake) colony sometimes consists of more than 1 million breeding pairs. In the evening the vessel will depart from Ascension Island and we proceed with the voyage to the Cape Verdes. Day 29 - 33: At sea We witness the northbound spring migration of northern birds like Arctic Terns and Long-tailed Skuas who join us in crossing the Equator. Day 34: Praia, Cape Verde Islands Passengers will disembark at 9.00 hours*. Those who will fly from Praia on the night of April 28 / 29 will be offered an excursion in Praia on Sao Tiago. We shall make an excursion to Cidade Velha, steeped in history, and shall observe the massive fortress on the hill, built to deter English marauders in the period when the Crowns of Portugal and Spain were united and Portuguese possessions became as fair game to the likes of Drake and Raleigh as were Spanish ones. We shall see the ruins of the Cathedral, the oldest Christian Church in the tropics, and the slave whipping post in the main square. The village is well watered and there are plantations of sugar cane, which support a rum distillery, and several species of birds. We shall have another guided stroll around the City of Praia, which is the capital of the Cape Verdes, and which has given rise to a unique variety of folk music, which we shall hear as we pass the various bars! * For the disembarking passengers we will reserve a few rooms in a hotel in Praia, where we collect their luggage and where they can freshen up at the end of their excursion before travelling to the airport in the night or to their hotels if they are staying longer in Praia.

Expedition Vessel: M/V Plancius

M/V "Plancius" was built in 1976 as an oceanographic research vessel for the Royal Dutch Navy and was named "Hr. Ms. Tydeman". The ship sailed for the Dutch Navy until June 2004 and was completely rebuilt as a 114-passenger vessel in 2009. M/V "Plancius" complies with the latest SOLAS-regulations (Safety Of Life At Sea), is classed by Lloyd's Register in London and flies the Dutch flag.  M/V "Plancius" accommodates 114 passengers in 53 passenger cabins with private toilet and shower in 4 quadruple porthole cabins, 2 triple porthole cabins, 9 twin porthole cabins, 26 twin cabins with window and 2 twin deluxe cabins, all (ca. 15 square metres) and 10 twin superior cabins (ca. 21 square metres).

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Date Selected: 28th Mar 2018


Adult (1) US$7250
Sub total US$7250

Expedition Options

Name Description Price
Buenos Aires 4-day stopover (3-star) Buenos Aires, the elegant Capital of Argentina, is one of the largest cities in the world. This great metropolis renowned for its sophistication stands out for being the most cosmopolitan and European city in South America, displayed through its mixed architecture and diverse culture. The Tango ambience can still be felt here, from the outdoor performances in San Telmo or La Boca to the evening shows in glitzy theatres. This 4 day/3 night stopover includes 3-star accommodation with breakfast, return airport transfers, a tour of the city and an evening dinner and Tango show at one of the famed Tango houses. Note: Itinerary can be customised and based on higher-standard hotels on request. *Prices are per person share twin (contact us for single or triple prices) and are subject to change and surcharge for Christmas/New Year. US$450
Atlantic Odyssey Extension to Praia Extend your voyage with six nights at sea to Praia, Cape Verde Islands. Witness the northbound spring migration of northern birds like Arctic Terns and Long-tailed Skuas who join us in crossing the Equator. On Day 34 disembark at 9.00 hours*. Those who will fly from Praia that night will be offered an excursion in Praia on the island of Sao Tiago. See Cidade Velha, steeped in history, and the massive fortress on the hill, built to deter English marauders. See the ruins of the Cathedral, the oldest Christian Church in the tropics, and the slave whipping post in the main square. Stroll around the City of Praia, which is the capital of the Cape Verdes, and which has given rise to a unique variety of folk music, which we shall hear as we pass the various bars! NOTE: The extension price shown here is based on the twin porthole cabin grade and is subject to change depending on the category booked. US$1350

Essential Information

Rates, Share and Sole Use policy All rates are quoted per person, based on shared twin, triple or quad occupancy. If you are travelling alone and wish to share, you will be matched with another person of the same gender at the shared rate. Twin and Superior cabins are available for single occupancy at 1.7 times the share rate. Children Upon request (some voyages may be excluded), children under 16 with parents may receive 40 % discount in Superior, Triple (sharing with 2 parents / adults) and Quadruple Cabins (sharing with 3 parents / adults). Deposits Reservations require a deposit of 20% at the time you receive a booking confirmation from Expeditions Online. A payment link will be sent to you and this may be paid by major credit card. Bookings within 60 days of departure require full payment. Final Payments Balances are due 60 days prior to departure. Cancellations All requests for cancellation must be received in writing to Expeditions Online. Cancellations received 90 days or more prior to departure, are refunded less a fee of 20 % of the total price. If cancellation is received between 89 days and 60 days prior to departure, are refunded less a fee of 50 % of the total price. If cancellation occurs less than 59 days up to and including the day of departure: 100 % of the total price. If full payment has not yet been received, the full penalty will still apply and any unpaid balance is due immediately. We strongly recommend that you obtain adequate trip cancellation insurance. Booking Terms Please read carefully the General Booking Conditions for Expeditions Online. This voyage is operated by Oceanwide Expeditions and you additionally travel under their terms and conditions as the operator as well as of the Shipping Company/transport carrier. Details will be forwarded to you at the time of booking.

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 and snowshoes.
  • 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.

Excluded

  • 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.
  • All items of a personal nature such as laundry, bar, beverage charges and telecommunication charges.
  • The customary gratuity at the end of the voyages for stewards and other service personnel aboard (guidelines will be provided).
  • Possible fuel surcharges; It is agreed that if world fuel prices will reach or exceed US Dollar 90 per Barrel Brent 90 days prior to departure Oceanwide Expeditions reserves the right to levy a fuel surcharge of US $ 400 per passenger for bookings outside Europe and EURO 300 per passenger for bookings within Europe, to be paid by the contracting party of Oceanwide Expeditions.