2025 – “Wild Antarctica and A Taste of South America” – Guaranteed departure!

21 Days

Join us on this trip of a lifetime!

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04/03/2025 - 24/03/2025 Available $24,929.00
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Join me, Judy and our Girls On Tour small group, women-only tour for an in-depth discovery of The West Antarctic Peninsula and The Weddell Sea on board Aurora’s purpose-built “Greg Mortimer” plus a taste of Argentina including the spectacular Iguassu Falls.

I was overwhelmed and brought to tears when I first set foot on Antarctica and I’m sure you will be too. Never in my wildest dreams did I ever think that I would visit the coldest, driest, windiest and most beautiful place on earth. I hope you will fulfil your travel dreams and come along with me and another amazing group of inspirational, adventurous women to these diverse and magical destinations.

Explore Antarctica on the luxurious and state-of-the-art Greg Mortimer.  All GOT cabins are balcony cabins!

Download the brochure and booking form here or contact me direct if you need any assistance. I hope you’ll join me on this incredible adventure.

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Itinerary

DEPART AUSTRALIA FOR BUENOS AIRES - 2 Nights

Depart Australia for  Buenos Aires and due to the time difference, arrive same day.

A free day to rest after your long flight and explore the city with your escort and other members of the group.

Check out this morning and transfer to the airport for our flight to Ushuaia to begin our Antarctic voyage.  On arrival we will explore Tierra del Fuego National Park including one way on the End of the World Train.  We will meet a representative of Aurora Expeditions and transfer to our assigned pre-voyage hotel.

This morning, enjoy breakfast before a morning is at leisure to explore Ushuaia.

Once onboard, you’ll have time to settle into your cabin before our important mandatory briefings. As the ship pulls away from port, we’ll 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 onboard our luxury Antarctica vessel “Greg Mortimer” and sail down the historic Beagle Channel towards the Great White Continent!

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

Our wildlife experiences begin as we enjoy watching and photographing the many seabirds, including majestic albatrosses and giant petrels following our vessel. On sea days, you may can enjoy the facilities on board the vessel including the gym, wellness centre or  the observation lounges.

Nearing the South Shetland Islands and the tip of the Antarctic Peninsula on the afternoon of day four, the excitement is palpable with everyone converging on one of the observation decks watching for our first iceberg. The ocean takes on a whole new perspective once we 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, we may attempt our first landing in Antarctica by late afternoon.

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.

Once we arrive, the western side of the Antarctic Peninsula and the South Shetland Islands are ours to explore, and we have a host of choices available to us. Because we are so far south, we will experience approximately 18-24 hours of daylight and the days can be as busy as you wish.

Your experienced expedition team, who have made countless journeys to this area, 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.

We generally make landings or Zodiac excursions twice a day. You will want to rug up before joining Zodiac cruises along spectacular ice cliffs or among grounded icebergs, keeping watch for whales, seals and porpoising penguins. Zodiacs will also transport 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 we aim to stretch our legs, wandering along pebbly beaches or perhaps up snow-covered ridgelines to vantage points with mountains towering overhead and ice-speckled oceans below. If you have chosen an optional activity, you will have the option to do that whenever conditions allow, and of course keen polar plungers will have the chance to fully immerse themselves in polar waters - conditions permitting!

Central to the story of where Sir Ernest Shackleton’s ship, the Endurance became trapped in formidable sea ice, the Weddell Sea certainly is high on the list for many polar adventurers. A small set of islands standing off to the east of the Antarctic Peninsula collectively form the Antarctic Sound – the gateway to the Weddell Sea. With a well-deserved reputation as being an iceberg alley where large icebergs try to escape the Weddell Sea through Antarctic Sound, often making navigation difficult. However, the rewards can be great. Fossils are a reminder of a more temperate era – gastropods, large clams, and spiral-shaped ammonites, all turned to stone.

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

With lectures and film presentations to complete our Antarctic experience, there is still plenty of time to enjoy the magic of the Southern Ocean and the life that calls it home. There is time for reflection and discussion about what we have seen and experienced. We hope you become ambassadors for Antarctica telling your family, friends and colleagues about your journey to this magical place, advocating for its conservation and preservation so that

they might one day visit the region to experience what you have been lucky to see and do here.

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

During the early morning, we cruise up the Beagle Channel, before quietly slipping into dock in Ushuaia, where we will be free to disembark around 8.00 am. Farewell your expedition team and fellow passengers as we all continue our onward journeys, hopefully with a newfound sense of the immense power of nature.

On disembarkation, passengers on flights departing prior to 2.00 pm will be transferred directly to Ushuaia Airport for our flight to the spectacular Iguassu Falls.  The falls are widely recognised as one of the world’s most impressive natural wonders boasting more than 250 falls, some of which reach to heights of over 60 metres.

Today we explore the Argentinean side of the spectacular Iguassu Falls.  We will take a ride on the Rainforest Ecological train before exploring the upper and lower circuit footbridges which are raised off the jungle floor to provide panoramic views above and below the falls.

A free morning until our departure to the airport for Buenos Aires this afternoon.

A tour of Buenos Aires will introduce you to this incredible city.  We’ll explore the bustling city centre including Plaza de Mayo, and Recoleta Cemetery best known for holding Eva Peron’s grave.  We’ll also visit the Evita Museum, a place where we will learn about the life and work of one of the most important women of Argentina.  Tonight you experience the passionate Tango, the heart and spirit of Argentina.

A half day tour today to the colourful neighbourhoods of San Telmo and La Boca to explore and enjoy local food and watch the Tango artists perform in the streets.  On our way back to the hotel we pass through the newly restored Puerto Madero area where you can choose to stay and explore.

A free day today before check out and transfer to the airport for our evening flight home.

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Arrive home in your capital city.

Tick Antarctica off your Bucket List!

We’ll arrive in Ushuaia where we’ll join MV Greg Mortimer to explore Antarctica as we make our way down the historic Beagle Channel.

Famed for its tremendous tabular icebergs, year-round sea ice, fascinating fossils and the pivotal role it played in Shackleton’s Endurance expedition, the Weddell Sea offers unsurpassed opportunities for exploration. Embark on a true Antarctic expedition as we not only explore the west Antarctic Peninsula, but also attempt to venture east towards the icy perimeter of the Weddell Sea, often guarded by impenetrable pack ice and home to awe-inspiring tabular icebergs.

  • Be awestruck by the array of wildlife that play and hunt in the Antarctic Sound
  •  Marvel at the incredible sea ice and enormous tabular icebergs in the Weddell Sea
  • Learn about the incredible fossil-rich volcanic islands from our onboard paleontologist
  • Perhaps see the extraordinary site of whales feeding on plentiful krill
  • Set foot on ‘The Great White Continent’, the last frontier.

We have 1 night in Ushuaia where we will explore this southernmost tip of South America including Tierra del Fuego National Park before setting sail.  On our return we will fly to Iguassu Falls where we’ll have 2 days to explore these famous falls.

From here we will fly to the capital of Argentina, Buenos Aires for 3 nights where we will experience the best of tango and Argentine folklore, food and wine and enjoy a city tour encompassing the mix of colonial architecture and European influences, Plaza de Mayo and the colourful La Boca quarter.

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Highlights include

  • Highlights of our time in Antarctica will include: * 5 Full expedition days in Antarctica. * Curious penguins & seals. * Glorious days stretch on seemingly forever. * Leopard seals lurk close to ice floes. * Whale activity is increasing, surface feeding and close encounters are common. * Ever-changing icebergs and glaciers calving. * Unlock the history of the early polar explorers.

INCLUSIONS AND EXCLUSIONS

INCLUSIONS

  • Return international Economy flights
  • All transfers at destination and internal flights as shown
  • 3 and 4 star hotel accommodation
  • Breakfast daily. Other meals as shown. Beer & wine with dinner on Greg Mortimer.
  • All entries and touring as shown on itinerary including Park Fees
  • Full time Australian escort .
  • Balcony cabin twin share on MV Greg Mortimer
  • Aurora Polar Jacket
  • Photo book of Antarctic Voyage
  • Gratuities for ship crew

EXCLUSIONS

  • Other tips and gratuities
  • Airline taxes if estimate exceeded
  • Polar and wet weather clothing for Antarctica (polar jacket is incl)
  • Personal items, travel insurance
  • Reciprocity fees if applicable
  • PCR/RAT tests if required.
  • Anything not specified above
I'm travelling alone, do I have to pay the single supplement?

No. If you are happy to twin share with another member of the group you will not be required to pay any single supplement.

How fit do I need to be?

All Girls On Tour trips require a reasonable level of fitness. Whilst in Antarctica we will be in and out of zodiacs (inflatable boats) doing safaris however there will be staff on hand to assist us in and out if required.

How many ladies will be in our group.

There will be a maximum of 16 travellers in our group however we will not be the only people on the vessel in Antarctica as it takes up to 120 persons plus staff.

Are entry fees included?

Yes. Entry and national park fees as shown on the itinerary are included however any reciprocity fees for Chile and Argentina that might be due are NOT included. At the moment 11/7/22, a tourist visa is required to enter both Chile and Argentina plus an online health declaration must be made but as at now there is no cost associated with those items.

Are meals included?

All meals are included on board in Antarctica. Other meals are as shown on the itinerary.

What clothing will I need?

A packing list will be provided once your booking is processed. A polar jacket is included in the cost of your cruise with Aurora and boots are provided for use on the vessel. Wet weather pants are a must along with thermals, gloves, beanie etc., and layer, layer, layer.

What airline will we be flying with?

We have a group booking with Qantas and Latam so flights will be a mixture of those airlines. Although pricing is based ex Brisbane, you may request flights from your own capital city and you may also request a quote to upgrade to business class if you so desire.

Tick Antarctica and Iguassu Falls off your 'bucket list'

  • 21 Days
  • $5,500
  • 4th November 2025
  • Judy Polkinghorne

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