On this unique four week voyage sailing from Ushuaia in Argentina through the South Atlantic to Ascension Island you will visit some of the most remote and isolated islands in the world: from the sub-Antarctic island of South Georgia to the even more remote South Atlantic islands of Tristan da Cunha, Nightingale and St Helena. The diversity of seabirds and marine mammals seen along the way combined with the spectacular islands, where the human history involving such legendary figures as Shackleton and Napoleon is an interesting as the natural history, offered at a fantastic valuefor- money price, makes this voyage truly unforgettable. The voyage price reflects that you will cover the major leg of the annual repositioning of your vessel on her journey north to Arctic waters. Wildlife abounds with many species of penguins, albatrosses, petrels, shearwaters, prions and tropicbirds, as well as possible sightings of Fin, Minke, Humpback, Southern Bottlenose, Sperm, and Long-finned Pilot Whales, Southern Sealions, Fur Seals and numerous Weddell, Leopard, Crabeater and Southern Elephant Seals. You will set foot on the Antarctic continent before cruising through the icy wilderness of the Weddell Sea en-route to the South Orkneys and South Georgia. You can read more about the Antarctic Peninsula and South Georgia in the ‘Antarctic’ section of our brochure (starting on page 170). Passing through the Antarctic Convergence you will be on your way to Gough Island, a spectacular island of vegetated high cliffs and deep treefilled valleys designated a World Heritage site and home to millions of breeding seabirds. Landings here are not permitted so you board the zodiacs on the lookout for the endemic Gough Moorhen and Gough Bunting. In the Tristan da Cunha archipelago you land on the main island at Edinburgh, as well as nearby Nightingale Island with millions of seabirds ranging from Yellow-nosed Albatross to Brown Noddies, and on the aptly named Inaccessible Island (conditions allowing) for the Flightless Rail. Entering sub-tropical waters you can expect calm seas as you sail towards Jamestown on St Helena where Redbilled Tropicbirds and noddies fly around your vessel whilst at anchor. Your last stop will be Ascension, a dry volcanic island with a moist and richly vegetated top known as Green Mountain. The island’s Sooty Tern colony holds more than a million breeding pairs and a zodiac cruise to Boatswain Bird Island offers great snorkelling opportunities as well as the endemic Ascension Frigatebird and beautiful Whitetailed Tropicbirds. You may also witness egglaying Atlantic Green Turtles coming ashore at night. Atlantic Odyssey Travel from the icy cold of Antarctica to the tropical heat of Ascension Island in one expedition on one ship in just four weeks – unbeatable! 198 F O R R E S E R V A T I O N S C A L L U S O N 0845 130 6982 Itinerary Day 1. Embark in Ushuaia Days 2 & 3. Drake Passage Days 4 to 11. Antarctic Peninsula, Weddell Sea, South Orkneys, South Georgia Day 12 to 17. Antarctic Convergence & Gough Island Days 18 to 20. Tristan da Cunha Days 21 to 24. At sea Day 25 to 27. St Helena Days 28 & 29. At sea Days 30 & 31. Ascension Island and disembark Vessel Professor Molchanov, Professor Multanovskiy (see Vessel pages for more details). Things you need to know Embark Ushuaia, Argentina Disembark Ascension Voyage nights 30 nights In 2009 there will also be a 25-night voyage from Ushuaia to Tristan da Cunha (on the same route as the Ascension Island trip) then sailing directly to Cape Town. Departure dates 9 Mar to 8 Apr 2008 8 Mar to 7 Apr 2009 14 Mar to 8 Apr 2009 (25-night) Price From £3,750 in a triple share cabin From £4,450 in a twin share cabin Single supplement On request. If you are travelling alone ask about our request share programme which enables solo travellers to share a cabin with another solo traveller. What’s included Voyage including guided shore & zodiac excursions, all meals onboard & transfers. Guide price for flights & accommodation package Please ask at the time of booking.
Your journey through Macaronesia begins in the town of Praia with its blend of Mediterranean and African influences, where you board your ship to explore the volcanic Cape Verde archipelago. On Fogo, where the volcano rises to nearly 3000 metres above sea level, the defiant residents of Chã das Caldeiras inside the crater regularly evacuate the island. As you approach Brava, the smallest inhabited island in the Cape Verde group, sheer lava cliffs drop down to the sea and white houses dot the mountainside, while inland there is a fertile oasis of hibiscus, bougainvillea and jasmine. Saõ Antao is an island of contrasts, from the pine and cedars in the north to the desert and arid terrain of the south. You will hike the incredible peaks and ravines from Porto Novo to Ribeira Grande. On Saõ Vincente, there will be time to explore Mindelo’s cobbled streets and 19th century architecture before sailing to the Canary Islands. The island of Tenerife is your first stop in the Canary Islands; here you will see the now extinct volcano and UNESCO World Heritage Site of Mount Teide, an impressive 3718 metres above sea level. On the cone shaped island of La Gomera you will visit Garajonay National Park with one of the last remaining tracts of Atlantic laurel forest and home to many unique bird species. It will become clear why La Palma is also known as Isla Bonita or Pretty Island with its colourful villages, idyllic bays, leafy laurel woodlands and fresh water springs. The island’s national park, Caldera de Taburiente, will be of interest to keen geologists, volcanologists and nature lovers. Your first stop on the Madeira archipelago will be The Salvagen Islands; permissions are in place for you to visit the islands' nature reserve to see several species of petrel and shearwater as well as the Red-billed Tropicbird. Permissions are also required for the mini archipelago of the Desertas Islands, home to the critically endangered Zino’s Petrel as well as a population of endangered Monk Seals. Funchal is the ideal starting point to explore the island of Madeira with its jagged mountains, waterfalls and ancient forests. You will have a short sail to the next archipelago - the Azores - where a walking tour of the UNESCO site at Angra do Heroismo will provide you with some fascinating cultural stops. At Ponta dos Capelinhos on Faial you will see the results of the 1957 eruption that buried fields and homes, transforming the island’s landscape. On Pico, home to the Azores highest volcanic mountain, you will visit Lajidos Acros, a wine and whaling museum. Your voyage ends in Ponta Delgada, Saõ Miguel. Macaronesia Islands Absorb the landscape, culture and atmosphere of the remote and fascinating North Atlantic archipelagos of the Azores, Madeira, Canary Islands and Cape Verde. S E E U S O N T H E W E B AT wildlifeworldwide.com 199 Itinerary Day 1. Embark in Praia, Cape Verde Day 2. Fogo Day 3. Saõ Antao Day 4. Saõ Vincente Days 5 & 6. At sea Day 7. Tenerife Day 8. La Gomera Day 9. La Palma Day 10. Salvagen Islands Day 11. Desertas Islands Days 12 & 13. Madeira Day 14. At sea Day 15. Angra do Heroismo, Azores Day 16. Faial Day 17. Pico Day 18. Saõ Miguel and disembark Vessel Polar Star (see Vessel pages for more details). Things you need to know Embark Praia, Cape Verde Disembark Saõ Miguel, Azores, Portugal Voyage nights 17 nights Departure dates 2 to 19 Apr 2009 Price From £2,895 in a triple share cabin From £3,550 in a twin share cabin Single supplement On request. If you are travelling alone ask about our request share programme which enables solo travellers to share a cabin with another solo traveller. What’s included Voyage including guided shore & zodiac excursions, all meals onboard & transfers. Guide price for flights & accommodation package Around £550 including return flights from the UK & 2-nights in the Azores.