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NORWAY | SVALBARD | SWEDEN | ICELAND| GREENLAND | BALTIC SEA RUSSIA & THE FAR EAST | CANADIAN HIGH ARCTIC | CHILEAN FJORDS PATAGONIA | ANTARCTICA | SOUTH GEORGIA | FALKLAND ISLANDS


WELCOME TO BENTOURS Welcome to the new Bentours Expedition Cruising and Voyages Brochure. Travelling is collecting moments in time. Each of us has our own moments we take home from our travels: a special dinner, an incredible hotel, a spectacular sight or an amazing journey… more often than not it’s one extraordinary scenic moment which truly takes your breath away. But the true joy of travel comes from our interaction and engagement with locals or likeminded explorers and this is what makes the biggest impression on us during our adventures. Bentours have been offering Expedition Cruising and Voyages to our travellers for over 35 years, pioneering adventure sailings in the Nordic Fjords, the Poles and beyond. Today our specialist team are able to bring you the best of the best so you can create your very own travel moments. In 2017 and 2018 we offer the best Expedition Cruising and Voyages to some of the world’s most spectacular destinations for our explorers and adventurers. Our range is hand-picked with world-leading partners to make sure your travel experience will be exceptional from the moment you book until the moment you return home. This year we have expanded our sailings to Greenland, Norway, Iceland, Spitsbergen, Svalbard, Canada and South America plus of course the the High Arctic and Antarctica. We have the best selection available for you to experience the regions, culture and activities to make your expeditions extraordinary. We thank you, value your custom and ask that you please consider the experienced team of specialists at Bentours to get your next Expedition Cruise and Voyage under way. Damian Perry CEO Bentours


CONTENTS SCANDINAVIA , ICELAND & GREENLAND PLUS THE CANADIAN HIGH ARCTIC  8 – 31

Introduction  8 Hurtigruten - Norway  9 Classic Coastal Voyages, Return, Discovery, Nth/Sth bound  10 Northern Lights Astronomy Voyage  11 MS Fram  12 Tri-Arctic National Park Expedition  13 Grand Traverse across the Arctic  14 MS Spitsbergen  15 Elves, Sagas and Volcanoes  16 The Viking Heritage Trail 17 Greenland and North Atlantic Island Hopping  18 Crossing Baffin Bay - Canada to Greenland  19 MV Plancius  20 North Spitsbergen Polar Bear Special  21 Scoresby Sund - Aurora Adventure  22 MV Akademik Sergey Vavilov  23 Baffin Island - High Arctic Jewel  24 Northwest Passage - High Arctic Wildlife Explorer  25 MS Expedition  26 Highlights of the Arctic  27 Realm of the Polar Bear / In Depth  28 Circumnavigating the Realm of the Polar Bear  29 Norwegian Fjords and Polar Spitsbergen  30 Sweden’s Classic Gota Canal & West Coast Cruises  31

RUSSIA & THE FAR EAST PLUS BALTIC SEA

32 – 41

Introduction  32 Baltic Sea by Cruise-ferry / Packages  33 MS M.Rostropovich  34 Symphony River Cruise  35 MS Volga Dream  36 Volga Dream River Cruise  37 MV Spirit of Enderby  38 Wrangel Island - Top of the World  39 Siberia’s Forgotten Coast - Kamchatka  40 The Wondrous Sea of Okhotsk  41

ANTARCTICA PLUS LATIN AMERICA

42 – 58

Introduction  42 White Christmas in Antarctica  43 The Great Antarctica Expedition  44 Polar Circle Expedition  45 The Frozen Land of the Penguins  46 MS Midnatsol  47 The Legendary Magellan, Chilean Fjords and Antarctica  48 Patagonia and Antarctica Discovery Voyage  49 MS Hebridean Sky  50 Antarctic Peninsula  51 MV Ocean Nova  52 Classic Antarctica Air & Cruise  53 Antarctica Classic  54 Ultimate Antarctica - Weddell Sea & Falkland Islands  55 Quest for the Antarctic Circle  56 Spirit of Shackleton  57 Falklands, South Georgia & Antarctic Islands  58 Terms & Conditions

King penguins, South Georgia

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Hammerfest Towards Greenland & Iceland

Kirkenes

Tromso Inari

Bodo Rovaniemi

Norwegian Sea

SWEDEN Trondheim

FINLAND Alesund

NORWAY Bergen

ALAND ISLANDS

Turku

Stockholm

Oslo

ESTONIA

Riga GOTLAND

Malmo

Copenhagen

St Petersburg

Tallinn Baltic Sea

DENMARK

RUSSIA

Helsinki

The Golden Ring Region

LATVIA Moscow

LITHUANIA

Ny-Alesund Longyearbyen

Kaiser Franz Josef Fjord Ilulissat

BAFFIN ISLAND

Kangerlussuaq

CHILE

South Georgia Island

Punta Arenas

Norwegian Sea

Nuuk

Falkland Islands

ARGENTINA

SVALBARD

GREENLAND

Puerto Madryn

Ushuaia

DRAKE PASSAGE

South Shetland Islands

ICELAND

South Orkney Islands

Reykjavik

Narsaq Towards Norway

ANTARCTICA

CANADA

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WAYS TO TRAVEL WITH BENTOURS Bentours offers our travellers a range of styles to suit your favourite way to holiday including independent or group journeys travelling by rail, road, bicycle or boat. Choose a luxury hotel, a convenient B&B or rent an apartment and live like a local.

COACH TOURS Travel in good company on a group tour. ‘No-hassles’ travel with likeminded people so you can focus on the scenery rather than the road.

INDEPENDENT TRAVEL We organise your itinerary, arrange your transport and book the accommodation so you just relax and enjoy your holiday.

SELF DRIVE Pick up your car and hit the road... follow our carefully planned itinerary stopping to enjoy the sights and arrive at your pre-booked accommodation.

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VOYAGES & CRUISES Purpose-built vessels with private cabins and suites and full facilities take you on incredible adventures exploring the islands, rivers and coastal regions of the world.

EXPEDITION CRUISING For the more adventurous, an expedition cruise will give you access to some of the most far-flung regions in the world. A range of purposebuilt vessels with varying levels of comfort.

SMALL GROUP JOURNEYS Get to know your travel companions in the comfort of a coach tour taking in highlights and local sights whilst staying in a range of local accommodation.


Lofoten Islands, Norway

ACCOMMODATION Choose from our 37,000 hotels, home-stays, farm-stays, apartments, castles, cruises, igloos, ice-hotels, B&Bs, villas or even a private suite on a luxury train. Our destination specialists will recommend the best options for you.

Bentours is part of the Cox & Kings global travel network The world’s longest established travel company, dating from 1758.

SIGHTSEEING Explore with a guide, a map, an itinerary or no plan at all. We will arrange for you to experience your destination in the best way possible - however you like to travel.

RAIL Travelling by train is a classic, comfortable and convenient way to experience the varied landscapes of a destination or just hop between cities. Sit back and soak up the pleasure of the journey.

MORE INFORMATION For information on any of our products and services call us on 1800 221 712 or visit us at bentours.com.au or find us on social media.


WHY CHOOSE BENTOURS A DESTINATION SPECIALIST

BACKING OF COX & KINGS

• With over 35 years of experience in Scandinavian, Greenland, Arctic, Baltic, Russian and Antarctic travel, Bentours has been specialising in this niche market longer than anyone else in Australia. • We boast a dedicated team of expert and passionate consultants, all of whom have travelled extensively and are happy to recommend and construct tailored itineraries. • Our product managers handpick and/or create a variety of the best tours and accommodation, ensuring a high standard for all budgets throughout your trip. • Bentours has formed strong relations with a respected network of travel industry contacts, working closely with a variety of local operators to maximise experience.

• Bentours is a trusted part of Cox & Kings – the world’s longest-established travel company, with a heritage spanning more than 255 years. • Cox & Kings global buying power means our guests enjoy excellent value and unparalleled customer choice, flexibility and highly personalised service.

WIDE VARIETY OF PRODUCTS • Bentours offers a large range of group, private and independent travel options, allowing you to select the style and pace of journey that works for you. • This brochure contains a small sample of Bentours’ product offering. Please contact us if you can’t find what you’re looking for – our team will be happy to find (or create) the ideal holiday for you.

COMPETITIVELY PRICED • Bentours has some of the best-value cruises, expeditions and tours around. If you happen to find a cheaper product elsewhere, simply let us know and we will endeavour to match the quote.

A LOCAL TOUCH • We use local guides that know their destination intimately, giving travellers a genuine insight into each region’s culture and people. • Our local representatives take the worry out of travel by offering 24/7 support in case of emergency.


EXPLORE.DREAM.DISCOVER. – Mark Twain

Welcome to Bentours’ 2017 spectacular selection of expeditions, cruises and voyages. We are delighted to offer a range of new destinations to ensure that you are able to connect with your inner explorer. These include the Canadian High Arctic region of Baffin Island and the Northwest Passage, the mysterious Kamchatka and Sea of Okhost in the Russian Far East – and a new option to see polar bears all the way up in Wrangel Island. A range of new Arctic itineraries covering Greenland, Iceland and visits to plenty of islands along the way are sure to excite. Norway continues to prove popular, with a classic Hurtigruten cruise on the top of many travellers lists. Bentours’ strong global partnership with Hurtigruten, coupled with being Australia’s leading Scandinavian specialist – ensures your preferred voyage and travel arrangements are complete. Antarctica, the last frontier, is even more accessible with an array of options. You may wish to combine Antarctica with a brand new Patagonia or Chilean Fjords expedition, aim for the jaw-dropping icebergs of the Weddell Sea or simply enjoy a classic Antarctica experience. South Georgia and Falkland Islands extensions are readily available for those set on saying hello to the King Penguins. Or for something truly special, an expedition over Christmas and the New Year. This is just a small sample of what is on offer – the choice is yours to explore, dream or discover! Ryan Bennett Bentours Brand Leader

Norway


Norwegian coastal voyages continue to dominate the cruise landscape for Scandinavia. Coupled with expeditions across the Norwegian Sea and into Arctic waters - there has never been a more exciting time to travel to this region. Discover the natural beauty of countries like Norway, Greenland, Iceland and the islands and archipelagos in between. Meet the indigenous Inuit people, spot polar bears in Svalbard or chase the northern lights on coastal and astronomy voyages. Adding to the mix are new itineraries to the Canadian High Arctic, including Baffin Island and the Northwest Passage. Perfect to explore in 2017, celebrating the 150th year anniversary of Canada’s confederation! We have many purpose built vessels ranging in various sizes and experiences on offer. Select a cruise expedition in a safe and comfortable vessel that suits your requirement, while soaking up the wild and stunning regional nature. Numerous onshore excursions are offered as optional, so be sure to ask us about these for your selected trips – whether it be for classic Norwegian coastal voyages or for Arctic expeditions, we have you covered. Lastly, Sweden’s adored Gota Canal cruises offer a great alternative for a relaxing experience on a smaller scale, as you leisurely watch the world roll by. Enjoy! Lofoten Islands, Norway


HURTIGRUTEN – NORWAY

Life On Board A Hurtigruten voyage will immerse you in Norway’s unique environment and let you share your experiences with your fellow travellers. The atmosphere on board is laid-back and casual – there is no need to dress up for dinner, and the emphasis is on relaxation and exploration rather than the commercial entertainment that is often a part of conventional cruises. To enhance your voyage, the crew may offer on board films and presentations showcasing the history and culture of the Norwegian coast. All ships except for MS Lofoten feature an elevator. Some of the newer ships also have jacuzzis and fitness rooms.

Ship Information

Bentours’ partner in Norwegian coastal cruising is Hurtigruten, a company that has been operating voyages in Norway since 1893. Originally established to transport freight between the isolated communities of the fjords, Hurtigruten now introduces travellers to some of Scandinavia’s most remote and breathtaking locations. Hurtigruten currently operates 12 ships in Norway. Vessels vary in size, age and facilities, and each one has its own individual character. While the standard cabins are not luxurious, they are well appointed and very comfortable. Full refurbs are underway for most of the ships built in the 1990’s, for launch in 2016. Additionally it has been recently confirmed that 4 brand new ships (roughly 600 person capacity each) will be purpose built over the next few years and launched into Hurtigruten’s global expeditions range.

Cabins and Meals Hurtigruten passengers can choose from a wide range of comfortable cabins. These vary in size and location, sometimes even within the same grade. As a general rule, outside cabins on the higher decks feature a picture window while those on the lower decks have portholes. Many cabins recently upgraded to include double beds. On board meals are planned around seasonal ingredients and take full advantage of Norway’s fresh local produce. Breakfast and lunch are presented buffet-style, while in the evening you can relax and enjoy a set menu or a la carte at your reserved table. After dinner you can reflect on your day over coffee in one of the lounges or a nightcap in one of the bars. All on board restaurants are fully licensed and there is also a cafe that serves snacks 24 hours a day.

The Ships MS Trollfjord, MS Midnatsol & MS Finnmarken Capacities of 822 to 1000 people. Modern ships that joined the Hurtigruten fleet in 2002 and 2003. Each vessel has its own distinct style, offering comfortable cabins and suites, state-of-the-art facilities and spacious lounges with panoramic views. *In 2017, MS Midnatsol will also start to sail to Antarctica, Patagonia and the Chilean Fjords

Three NEW Fare Structures from 1 April 2017

MS Nordnorge, MS Nordkapp, MS Polarlys, MS Nordlys, MS Richard With & MS Kong Harald Capacities of 619 to 623 people. Built between 1993 and 1997, these ships combine style, comfort and modern facilities with the intimate atmosphere of a smaller vessel. Each ship is individually decorated with splendid local artworks. *Most are being refurbished in 2016.

Basic services at an affordable price. Our BASIC package gives you essential services – you won’t be able to select your cabin – but with all meals included, and at a great price. Enjoy the ever-changing views from the deck or the lounges, our wide range of excursions, and of course, being on “The world’s most beautiful voyage”.

BASIC

MS Vesteralen Capacity of 516 people. Constructed in 1983 and fully renovated in 1995, this bright, cheerful vessel is smaller than Hurtigruten’s newer ships, and is popular with travellers who enjoy the real ‘working ship’ experience.

The package includes full-board and you can choose your preferred dining time. The three course menu changes with the seasons and ensures first class food and a unique dining experience. Enjoy buffet style breakfast and lunch with vast array of delicious food. With SELECT you can choose your cabin category and your cabin number. Have a look on the last page for cabin locations and descriptions. You can also upgrade to Suites and Mini-Suites

SELECT

MS Lofoten Capacity of 400 people. A traditional ship steeped in maritime heritage; offers a nostalgic voyage in a cosy and comfortable atmosphere.

PLATINUM

MS Spitsbergen Capacity of 320 people. The newest, boutique ship in the fleet that launches for specialised coastal route sailings in May 2016. *This beauty will also sail across into Arctic waters/programs.

Full board is of course included and with PLATINUM you can choose our very special À la Carte dining experience. Our drinks package is included with dinner. Unique shore excursions are arranged exclusively for you. Airport transfers to and from the ship are included in Bergen, Trondheim and Kirkenes. As you embark there will be a special welcome basket with champagne waiting for you in your cabin.

SAILING SCHEDULE COASTAL VOYAGES 2017 DEPARTURE BERGEN 2017 BERGEN

JANUARY

FEBRUARY

MARCH

APRIL

MAY

JUNE

MS Nordkapp

8

19 30

10 21

4

15 26

6

17 28

9

MS Finnmarken

9

20 31

11 22

5

16 27

x

18 29

10 21

MS Polarlys

10 21

1

12 23

6

17 28

8

19 30

MS Vesterålen

11 22

2

13 24

7

18 29

9

20

20 31

JULY

AUGUST

SEPTEMBER OCTOBER

NOVEMBER

DECEMBER

11 22

3

14 25

5

16 27

7

18 29

10 21

1

12 23

4

15 26

1

12 23

4

15 26

6

17 28

8

19 30

11 22

2

13 24

5

16 27

11 22

2

13 24

5

16 27

7

18 29

9

20

1

12 23

3

14 25

6

17 28

1

12 23

3

14 25

6

17 28

8

19 30

10 21

2

13 24

4

x

7

18 29

20 31

26

MS Richard With

1

12 23

3

14 25

8

19 30

10 21

2

13 24

4

15 26

7

18 29

9

11 22

3

14 25

5

16 27

8

19 30

MS Nordnorge

x

13 24

4

15 26

9

20 31

11 22

3

14 25

5

16 27

8

19 30

10 21

1

12 23

4

15 26

6

17 28

9

20 31

MS Trollfjord

x

x

25

5

16 27

10 21

1

12 23

4

15 26

6

17 28

9

20 31

11 22

2

13 24

5

16 27

7

18 29

10 21

MS Kong Harald

4

15 26

6

17 28

MS Lofoten MS Spitsbergen/ MS Midnatsol MS Nordlys

5

16

x

18

6

17 28

8

7

x

9

x 29

11 22

2

13 24

5

16 27

7

18 29

10 21

1

12 23

3

14 25

6

17 28

8

19 30

1

12 23

3

14 25

6

17 28

8

19 30

11 22

2

13 24

4

15 26

7

18 29

9

20

19

2

13 24

4

15 26

x

18 29

9

20

1

12 23

3

14 25

5

16 27

8

20

3

14 25

5

16 27

8

19 30

10 21

2

13 24

4

15 26

6

17 28

9

11 22 1

12 23

19 30 10 21

2

13 24

20 31 11 22

3

14 25

DEPARTURE KIRKENES 2017 KIRKENES

JANUARY

FEBRUARY

MARCH

APRIL

MAY

JUNE

JULY

MS Nordkapp

3

14 25

5

16 27

10 21

1

12 23

4

15 26

6

17 28

9

MS Finnmarken

4

15 26

6

17 28

11 22

2

x

5

16 27

7

18 29

10 21

MS Polarlys

5

16 27

7

18

1

12 23

3

14 25

6

17 28

8

19 30

MS Vesterålen

6

17 28

8

19

2

13 24

4

15 26

7

18 29

9

20

1

MS Richard With

7

18 29

9

20

3

14 25

5

16 27

8

19 30

10 21

2

MS Nordnorge

x

19 30

10 21

4

15 26

6

17 28

9

20 31

11 22

x

24

AUGUST

20 31

SEPTEMBER

OCTOBER

NOVEMBER DECEMBER

11 22

2

13 24

5

16 27

7

18 29

10 21

1

12 23

3

14 25

6

17 28

8

19 30

11 22

11 22

2

13 24

4

15 26

7

18 29

9

20

1

12 23

12 23

3

14 25

5

16 27

8

19 30

10

x

2

13 24

13 24

4

15 26

6

17 28

9

20 31

11 22

3

14 25

3

14 25

5

16 27

7

18 29

10 21

1

12 23

4

15 26 16 27

MS Trollfjord

x

11 22

5

16 27

7

18 29

10 21

1

12 23

4

15 26

6

17 28

8

19 30

11 22

2

13 24

5

MS Kong Harald

10 21

1

12 23

6

17 28

8

19 30

11 22

2

13 24

5

16 27

7

18 29

9

20

1

12 23

3

14 25

6

17 28

MS Lofoten MS Spitsbergen/ MS Midnatsol MS Nordlys

11 22

x

x

7

18 29

9

20

12 23

3

14 25

6

17 28

8

19 30

10 21

2

13 24

4

15 26

7

18 29

20 31

11 22

3

14 25

5

16 27

8

19 30

12 23

4

15 26

6

17 28

9

20 31

> x = no departure

31

24

1

1

12 23

3

14 25

8

19 30 10 21

2

x

24

4

15 26

7

18 29

9

2

13

4

15 26

9

20 31 11 22

3

14 25

5

16 27

8

19 30

10 21

x

> 01 Apr - 31 May Lyngenfjord incl., 01 Jun - 31 Aug Geirangerfjord incl., 01 Sep - 31 Oct Hjørundfjord incl.

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> We reserve the right to make changes.

Norwegian Coastal Voyages have over 60 Optional Excursions to choose from! Not all the fun happens on board! Make your Hurtigruten voyage even more memorable with our great selection of optional shore excursions, from the actionpacked to the educational. Ask Bentours for more details. Pre-booking advisable, as dependent on availability.

Book early & SAVE up to 25% (based on capacity control)

SCANDINAVIA, ICELAND, GREENLAND | THE CANADIAN HIGH ARCTIC

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Classic Coastal Voyage Return

NORTH CAPE Mehamn

Honningsvag Berlevag Havoysund Batsfjord Hammerfest Kjollefjord Vardo Vadso Oksfjord Skjervoy Kirkenes Risoyhamn Tromso Finnsnes RUSSIA Sortland Stokmarknes Harstad Stamsund Svolvaer

12 DAYS | BERGEN – KIRKENES – BERGEN The full 12 day return voyage gives you the best opportunity to experience the entire Norwegian coast; ports and areas visited (at night) on the northbound voyage are visited (during the day) on the southbound voyage. Discover the beauty of Norway’s coastline and Arctic communities, on this spectacular voyage along the rugged Norwegian coast. Each season brings its own unique beauty to the Norwegian fjords, whether it’s snow covered mountains, brightly coloured spring flowers, glaciers gleaming in the summer sun or the red hues of autumn leaves.

Daily in 2017 • 11 nights in cabin category of your choice • Meals as per itinerary BLD • Fuel surcharge (Per person, twin share. Based on I Grade Cabin) Day 1 Bergen The voyage commences in Bergen, the cultural gateway to the fjords. Meet your fellow passengers and enjoy the relaxed ambience of life on board as the ship sets sail past breathtaking coastal landscapes.

Day 7 Batsfjord – Kirkenes – Berlevag The vistas become even more dramatic as you approach Kirkenes, located just a few kilometres from the Russian border and Northern Finland’s Sami communities. Here you will say goodbye to the northbound passengers and welcome those joining the voyage south. The advantage of taking the ship in both directions is that the ports visited at night on the northward journey can be seen by day on the return trip. BLD Day 8 Mehamn – Tromso Stop at Hammerfest, the world’s northernmost town. Continue to Tromso, where you will have the chance to witness an unforgettable midnight concert in the Arctic Cathedral (additional cost applies). BLD

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FINLAND

SWEDEN

Kristiansund Trondheim

NORWAY

Day 10 Bodo – Rorvik Enter a world of legends and folklore as you cross the Arctic Circle and sail past the famed peaks of the Seven Sisters. You will also have a chance to visit Rorvik’s award-winning Maritime Museum. BLD

Day 2 Floro – Molde Arrive at Alesund early and go ashore to explore this pretty Art Nouveau town. Departures between 15 April and 14 September will also sail into the remarkable Geirangerfjord – a UNESCO World Heritage site. BLD

Day 6 Oksfjord – Berlevag Make an early stop at Hammerfest then continue to Honningsvag, the gateway to the magnificent North Cape. BLD

Rorvik

Ornes Nesna Bronnoysund

have the option of exploring this remarkable region on an overland excursion from Harstad to Sortland (additional cost applies). The day ends with an evening stop at Svolvaer before you bid farewell to the islands at Stamsund. BLD

Price from A$2,088

Day 5 Stokmarknes – Skjervoy Spend a relaxing morning at sea before arriving in Tromso, the capital of Arctic Norway. Explore its modern shops and cafes, admire the exquisite stained glass in the Arctic Cathedral, or visit the Polar Museum and Polaria Centre for a fascinating insight into Arctic life over the centuries (additional cost applies). BLD

Bodo

Sandnessjoen

Bergen

Inclusions

Day 4 Bronnoysund – Svolvaer Today we cross the Arctic Circle and continue north to the modern town of Bodo. From here, you can join the optional Saltstraumen Safari to witness the churning whirlpools of the world’s strongest tidal current (additional cost applies). As evening approaches, the ship heads through the glorious Lofoten Islands to their capital, Svolvaer. BLD

Circle

Alesund Molde Torvik Maloy Floro

Departs

Day 3 Kristiansund – Rorvik Head north to Trondheim, a medieval city with a colourful history and striking civic architecture. Take an optional excursion to the Nidaros Cathedral and the fascinating Ringve Music Museum (additional cost applies) before sailing on towards the land of the Midnight Sun. BLD

Arc tic

Alesund

Day 9 Tromso – Stamsund The ship negotiates an intricate network of inlets and isles as it passes through the Lofoten Islands, one of Norway’s most beautiful stretches of coastline. You

Day 11 Trondheim – Alesund Arrive early at Trondheim to explore the medieval city or visit Nidaros Cathedral. The ship leaves the Trondheimsfjord and continues past Hitra Island, stopping briefly at Kristiansund and Molde before making a midnight call at Alesund. BLD Day 12 Alesund – Bergen A memorable journey comes to an end in Bergen. Say goodbye to the ship, fellow passengers and crew. BL

Northbound & Southbound Voyages

Classic Norwegian Discovery

6 OR 7 DAYS BERGEN – KIRKENES OR VICE VERSA

11 DAYS BERGEN – KIRKENES – TRONDHEIM

While the full 12 day voyage gives you the best opportunity to experience the entire Norwegian coast - you can also opt for the Classic Voyage North (7 days from Bergen to Kirkenes) or the Classic Voyage South (6 days from Kirkenes to Bergen) to ensure that you have a memorable Norwegian adventure! If you prefer to tailor an itinerary – you can also opt to cruise between any two Hurtigruten ports shown on the map. Departs Daily in 2017

Similar to the Classic Round Voyage, this voyage ends a day earlier in Trondheim. This gives you the chance to take the picturesque Dovre Railway through breath-taking scenery to Oslo. Departs Daily in 2017

Inclusions • 11 nights in cabin category of your choice • Meals as per itinerary BLD • Fuel surcharge

Price from A$1,998 (Per person, twin share. Based on I Grade Cabin)

Inclusions • 11 nights in cabin category of your choice • Meals as per itinerary BLD • Fuel surcharge

Price from A$1,294 (Per person, twin share. Based on I Grade Cabin)

Ask us about.. Ask us about one of our ‘Norway in a Nutshell’ packages featuring the famous Flam Railway to extend your holiday.

SCANDINAVIA, ICELAND, GREENLAND | THE CANADIAN HIGH ARCTIC


Aurora Borealis

Northern Lights Astronomy Voyage

NORTH CAPE Mehamn

Honningsvag Berlevag Havoysund Batsfjord Hammerfest Kjollefjord Vardo Vadso Oksfjord Skjervoy Kirkenes Risoyhamn Tromso Finnsnes Sortland RUSSIA Stokmarknes Harstad Stamsund Svolvaer

12 DAYS | BERGEN – BERGEN Engage in a fascinating voyage though the Norwegian fjords with an expert astronomer, following the route of our popular Norwegian Coastal Voyage. This journey lets travellers discover quaint towns and breathtaking scenery while learning about the Arctic night sky and the captivating Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights). A unique journey supported through a series of lectures, presentations and on-deck observations - plus a visit to the Northern Lights Planetarium!

Arc tic

Circle

Rorvik Kristiansund

Departs See departure dates in table below

Inclusions • 11 nights in cabin category of your choice • Meals as per itinerary BLD • Fuel surcharge • Entrance to the Northern Lights Planetarium • Astronomy lectures and presentations

Price from A$2,498 (Per person, twin share. Based on I Grade Cabin) Day 1 Bergen This evening your voyage commences in Bergen. Meet your fellow passengers over dinner, and enjoy the laid-back ambiance of life on board as the ship heads north along the coast. D

Day 6 Oksfjord – Berlevag Make an early stop at Hammerfest then continue to Honningsvag, the gateway to the magnificent North Cape. Keep your eyes peeled for the shimmering northern lights after dark. BLD Day 7 Batsfjord – Kirkenes – Berlevag The vistas become increasingly dramatic as you approach Kirkenes, located just a few kilometres from the Russian border and Northern Finland’s Sami communities. The ship turns around in Kirkenes and commences its return voyage, visiting by day the ports it stopped at during the night on its northbound trip. BLD Day 8 Mehamn – Tromso Stop at Hammerfest, the world’s northernmost town, before continuing to Tromso. BLD

Day 2 Floro – Molde Arrive at Alesund early morning and go ashore to explore this pretty town, known for its Art Nouveau architecture, stunning fjords and high peaks of the Sunnmore Alps. BLD

Day 9 Tromso – Stamsund The ship negotiates an intricate network of isles and inlets as we pass through the Lofoten Islands, one of Norway’s most beautiful stretches of coastline. BLD

Day 3 Kristiansund – Rorvik Head north to Trondheim, a medieval city with a colourful history and fine civic architecture. BLD

Day 10 Bodo – Rorvik Enter a world of legends and folklore as you cross the Arctic Circle and sail past the famed peaks of the Seven Sisters. BLD

Day 4 Bronnoysund – Svolvaer Cross the Arctic Circle and continue north to the modern town of Bodo. As evening approaches, the ship heads through the glorious Lofoten Islands to Svolvaer. BLD Day 5 Stokmarknes – Skjervoy Spend a relaxing morning at sea before arriving in Tromso, the capital of Arctic Norway. Here you will experience a very special visit to the Northern Lights Planetarium. BLD

Day 11 Trondheim – Alesund Arrive early at Trondheim, where you can explore the medieval city or visit the Nidaros Cathedral. BLD Day 12 Alesund – Bergen Your astronomical adventure comes to an end in Bergen. BL

Bodo

Sandnessjoen

Ornes Nesna SWEDEN Bronnoysund

FINLAND

Trondheim

Alesund Molde Torvik Maloy Floro Bergen

NORWAY

2017 Departure

Ship

Lecturer

25 Jan 17

MS Trollfjord

John Mason

27 Feb 17

MS Trollfjord

Ian Ridpath

21 Mar 17

MS Trollfjord

John Mason

16 Oct 17

MS Trollfjord

Ian Ridpath

7 Nov 17

MS Trollfjord

John Mason

13 Nov 17

MS Finnmarken

Ian Ridpath

Departure

Ship

Lecturer

12 Jan 18

MS Trollfjord

John Mason

14 Feb 18

MS Trollfjord

Ian Ridpath

8 Mar 18

MS Trollfjord

John Mason

2018

Also available • Outside cabins (Cabins grades A, L, J, N, P & U) • Suites (Cabins grades QJ, Q, M, MG, MX)

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MS Fram

SAUNA

SHOWER

OUTDOOR EXPLORER DECK

LOCKER ROOMS

SAUNA

DECK 8

DECK 7

JACUZZI

U Outside Cabin

LIFT

WC

SHOWER

OUTDOOR EXPLORER DECK

QILAK OBSERVATION LOUNGE

BAR

LIFT

FITNESS ROOM

WC

JACUZZI

M2-622

M2-624

I2-613

I4-605 I4-602

U2-620 U2-618 U2-616 U2-614 U2-612 U2-610 U2-608 U2-606 U2-604

LIFT

M2-626

U2-632 U2-630 U2-628

M2-634

U2-623 U2-621 U2-619 U2-617 U2-615 U2-611 U2-609 U2-607 U2-603

M2-625

M2-627

M2-629 I4-635 I4-633 I4-631

I4-637

U2-643 U2-641 U2-639

M2-649

M2-653

I2-655 I2-651 I4-647 I4-645

LIFT

I2-640 M2-636

BALCONY

MG-638 MG-659 MG-657

DECK 6

FJ-503

F2-505

F2-507

F2-511

F2-509

F2-502

FJ-504

FJ-506

F2-508

F2-510

F2-512

F2-514

F2-518

U2-526 U2-524 U2-522 U2-520

F2-513

F2-515

I4-525 I4-523 I4-521 I4-519 I4-517

OUTDOOR EXPLORER DECK

OUTDOOR EXPLORER DECK

BALCONY

LIFT

N4-304 N4-302

I4-324 I4-320 I4-316 I4-312 I4-308 N2-330 N2-328 N2-326 N2-322 N2-318 N2-314 N2-310 N2-306

N2-338 N2-336 N2-334 N2-332

N2-342

N2-344

N2-346

F2-350

N2-348

N2-354 N2-352

N2-329 N2-327 N2-325 N2-323 N2-321 N2-319 N2-317 N2-315 N2-313 N2-311 N2-309 N2-307 N4-305 N4-303 N2-301

GANGWAY

N2-331

N2-341 N2-339 N2-337 N2-335 N2-333

I2-340

LIFT LIFT

TENDER LOBBY

Cabin Grades EXPEDITION SUITES

• Library • Elevator • Fitness room • Internet • Outdoor jacuzzis

LIFT ENTRANCE HALL

MG

Outside Grand Suite

Sitting area, TV, minibar, double bed, shower/WC. Some have private balcony.

M

Outside Suite

One room, sitting area, TV, minibar, double bed, shower/WC.

ARCTIC SUPERIOR

Facilities and Amenities

LIFT

EXPEDITION LANDING DECK

F

Outside Cabin

Sitting area, TV, refrigerator, double bed, shower/WC.

U

Outside Cabin

One bed, one sofa bed, table, refrigerator, TV, shower/WC. U526 have upper and lower berths.

N

Outside Cabin

One bed, one sofa bed, table, refrigerator, TV, shower/WC. N352 have upper and lower berths.

FJ

Outside cabin with limited/no view

Sitting area, TV, refrigerator, double bed, shower/ WC, limited or no view. (FJ 503 are twin bed).

I

Inside Cabin

One bed, one sofa bed, refrigerator, TV, shower/WC.

POLAR OUTSIDE

One of the world’s newest polar ships, the MS Fram was launched in 2007 and has a capacity of 318 people. The boat features inside and outside facing cabins with twin berths, as well as a selection of suites with double beds and several with private balconies. The MS Fram’s on board restaurant serves a diverse array of international cuisine. Breakfast and lunch are served buffet-style, while in the evening you can enjoy a delicious three-course set menu at your reserved table.

POLHØGDA LECTURE HALL

DECK 2

Outside cabin

Inside cabin

CONF. ROOM COLIN ARCHER

HOSPITAL

POLAR INSIDE

I

Cabins and Meals

NUNAMI LOBBY

WC

DECK 3

A voyage on the MS Fram is different to most conventional cruises. There is no EXPEDITION SUITES commercial entertainment; instead the emphasis is on relaxation and exploring MG Grand suite the unique wilderness of the Polar/Arctic regions. RegularM onSuite board lectures ARCTIC increase your understanding of the polar ecosystem, while anSUPERIOR observation lounge U Outside cabin and outdoor decks offer plenty of places to sit back and watch the glaciers go by. F

INTERNET

WC ARCADE

Life On Board

The members of Hurtigruten’s expedition team have been carefully POLAR OUTSIDE selected for their in-depth knowledge and love of these remote regions. their N OutsideUnder cabin expert supervision you will have a chance to go ashore and explore FJ Outside cabinotherwise with limited/no view POLAR INSIDE inaccessible areas in sturdy Polarcirkel boats.

EXPEDITION/ FRONT DESK

LIFT

IMAQ RESTAURANT

Hurtigruten’s purpose-built cruise and expedition ship is the MS Fram, the ideal vessel for exploring the Arctic / Antarctic regions in style and comfort. An emphasis is placed on discovery and relaxation. Imagine your surreal memories when passing the towering icebergs of Greenland or Antarctica, while soaking in a Jacuzzi on deck!

FRAMHEIM LECTURE HALL

EXPEDITON AREA

SHOP

Ship Information

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F2-501

LIFT

DECK 4

MS FRAM

• Observation lounge • Sauna • Bar • Shop • Restaurant • Cafeteria

LIFT

F2-516

M2-535

U2-533 U2-531 U2-529 U2-527

M2-539 I4-537

M2-528

MG-532

F Superior Outside Cabin

M2-530

BALCONY

MG-543 MG-541

DECK 5 OUTDOOR EXPLORER DECK

Cabins 342 & 346 are adapted for guests with disabilities. Subject to change.

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Kirkjufell Mountain, Grundarfjordur

Tri-Arctic National Park Expedition 14 DAYS | MS FRAM | OSLO/LONGYEARBYEN – REYKJAVIK Take an extraordinary expedition of the Arctic’s three best-known islands: Spitsbergen, Greenland and Iceland. Travelling in comfort and style on the MS Fram, you will discover the magic of autumn in the Arctic Circle and explore the world’s largest and least-visited national park. Departs 24 Aug ‘17

Inclusions • 12 nights in cabin category of your choice • Economy flight between Oslo to Longyearbyen • 1 night pre cruise accommodation in Longyearbyen • Transfer from hotel to ship • Meals as per itinerary BLD • Sightseeing as per itinerary • Wind and water-resistant jacket • Shore Excursions in Polarcirkel boats • Lectures by expedition team • Fuel surcharge

Price from A$12,770 (Per person, twin share. Based on I Grade Cabin) Day 1 Oslo – Longyearbyen You may wish to spend a few days is cosmopolitan Oslo, prior to your expedition. In the evening you will depart Oslo and head for the High-Arctic – Svalbard! Arrive in Longyearbyen and spend the night at your leisure.

settlement that is one of the world’s northernmost communities. Enter the North West Spitsbergen National Park and visit Magdalenefjorden, a beautiful fjord and home to a 16th century whaling station. BLD Day 4 At Sea Today we leave the shores of Spitsbergen and chart a course across the Fram Strait towards Greenland. En route our expedition team will deliver fascinating lectures related to this area. BLD Day 5-11 North East Greenland National Park Spend a whole week exploring the North East Greenland National Park – a pristine nature reserve that covers nearly three times the area of the United Kingdom. It’s an area of immense fjords, towering mountains and abundant wildlife – animals you can expect to see include musk oxen, Arctic foxes, Arctic wolves, Greenland falcons, snowy owls and countless seabirds. Sailing into fjords like Kaiser Franz Josef Fjord or Alpefjord will give you an experience of a lifetime. The majority of our landings are performed as pure wilderness expeditions. BLD

Day 2 Longyearbyen After an overnight stay in Longyearbyen, you are ready to explore Svalbard’s largest town on your own before transferring to the pier to board the MS Fram. BD

Day 12 Ittoqqortoormiit (Scoresbysund) Our last stop in Greenland is Ittoqqortoormiit, an isolated trappers’ community. Enjoy a tour of the town with a local guide before bidding farewell to the Greenlandic wilderness and heading towards Iceland. BLD

Day 3 North West Spitsbergen National Park Admire tundra plains and mountains as we sail along the Kongsfjorden to the majestic King’s Glacier. Continue to Ny Ålesund, a former coal-mining

Day 13 Grundarfjordur (Westfjords of Iceland) Today is the start of a three day exploration through the Westfjords of Iceland. A small town, Grundarfjordur has received several awards for its

SVALBARD Ny-Alesund Longyearbyen Morkefjord

Danmarkshavn

Daneborg Kaiser Franz Josef Fjord

Myggbukta

Alpefjord

GREENLAND

Ittoqqortoormiit

Isafjordur Flateyri Stykkisholmer Reykjavik

ICELAND

Greenland houses

exceptional neatness and beauty. It’s also one of the few places where building authorities have set aside land for Iceland’s mythical elves. The area has a feel of untouched nature with cliffs and valleys, high waterfalls and crystal-clear streams. We visit many small towns, fishing villages and beautiful beaches in this stunning nature haven. BLD Day 14 Reykjavik This morning, our expedition cruise comes to an end in Reykjavik – Iceland’s cosmopolitan capital and home to a fine selection of restaurants, museums and shops. B Note: Bentours provides a full range of self-drive holidays, coach tours and packages to ensure your Iceland holiday extension is complete.

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Henningsvaer

Grand Traverse across the Arctic

Day 12 Qassiarsuk (Greenland) In Qassiarsuk you will find green fields dotted with white sheep, lush vegetation and busy farmsteads; this forms a colourful contrast to the icescapes at sea. Qassiarsuk is also where Viking Erik the Red built his Brattahlíd estate in 982 A.D. BLD

19 DAYS | MS FRAM | TROMSO – COPENHAGEN Tromso is known as the gateway to the Arctic, the perfect place to launch our expedition cruise from. We set sail and explore Norwegian islands and Icelandic volcanoes, waterfalls and historical sites from the Viking era. In Greenland, highlights include Disko Bay, traditional Inuit settlements and the Ilulissat Icefjord. This truly is an expedition unlike anything else in this hemisphere, exploring the regions of Lofoten, Jan Mayen, Iceland and majestic south and west parts of Greenland. Departs 5 Jun ‘17

Inclusions • 17 nights in cabin category of your choice • 1 night pre cruise in Longyearbyen • Meals as per itinerary BLD • Sightseeing as per itinerary • Wind and water-resistant jacket • Shore Excursions in Polarcirkel boats • Lectures by expedition team • Fuel surcharge

Price from A$12,260 (Per person, twin share. Based on I Grade Cabin) Day 1 Tromso Tromso - the ‘Gateway to the Arctic’. Here, we board our ship and set sail for a nineteen day Grand Arctic Traverse! D Day 2 Vesteralen – Lofoten Islands We reach the Vesteralen Islands early next morning. Myre is one of the largest fishing villages in Norway, and a place to experience local culture and enjoy hikes. In the evening, we experience Raftsund’s majestic mountains and the pristine Trollfjord. BLD Day 3 Henningsvaer – Lofoten Islands The picturesque fishing village and islets of Henningsvaer is set amongst the waters of the Vestfjord. Ashore, discover the architecture of traditional Norwegian villages, charming cafés, small restaurants and art galleries. In the afternoon we sail through the Gimsoy strait. BLD Day 4 At Sea (Norwegian Sea) This is an excellent day to participate in expert lectures from our Expedition Team, relax on deck, mingle with fellow passengers and enjoy all the amenities that the ship offers. BLD Day 5 Jan Mayen Jan Mayen is the most isolated island in the Northern Hemisphere. Tourists visiting and actually landing on the shores of Jan Mayen are extremely rare. We aim to make it possible to set foot on this exotic outpost. BLD Day 6 At Sea (Greenland Sea) We will be sailing along the Mid-Atlantic Ridge, a tectonic

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Day 13 Hvalsey – Qaqortoq In Hvalsey you will find some of the best-preserved ruins from the Norse period – some from the 14th century. Polarcirkel boats take us ashore. Many consider Qaqortoq one of the most beautiful towns in Greenland due to the colourful houses. BLD

plate that separates the Eurasian and North American continents. This mid-ocean ridge is a part of the longest underwater mountain range in the world. BLD

Day 14 Nuuk Nuuk is the oldest town in Greenland. It is situated at the mouth of one of the largest and most spectacular fjord systems in the world. BLD

Day 7 Grimsey (Iceland) Grímsey is where the Arctic Circle touches Iceland, and we will use our Polarcirkel boats to reach this green and grassy island. The Arctic Circle cuts across the island and you can step across that line. BLD

Day 15 Sisimiut The Disko Bay area offers fantastic sailing with wildlife and spectacular nature. In Sisimiut you can watch the artists make spectacular jewellery, join a sightseeing tour and taste Greenlandic specialities in a local restaurant BLD

Day 8 Stykkisholmur Iceland - ‘The Sagaland’. Take your time to explore Stykkishólmur’s diversity with lava and rock formations, glaciers, volcanic activity, and hot and cold springs. Participate in a range of exciting optional excursions. BLD

Day 16 Ilulissat Ilulissat is set in marvellous surroundings at Ilulissat Icefjord. The area was added to on the UNESCO World Heritage List in 2004. You will see enormous icebergs run aground at the mouth of the fjord, just outside the town. BLD

Day 9 Reykjavik Reykjavik’s surroundings offer a fantastic natural beauty with geysers, mountains, glaciers and geothermal baths. You may wish to simply explore the capital on foot, or partake in optional activities. BLD Day 10 At Sea (Denmark Strait) While crossing the Denmark Strait we sail in the wake of the great Norse settlers who left the shores of Iceland more than 900 years ago. BLD Day 11 At Sea (Prins Christian Sund/Nunap Isua) We sail through the narrow channel of Prins Christian Sund and enjoy the spectacular scenery here. If the channel is blocked with ice, we will sail around Nunap Isua (Cape Farewell). BLD

Day 17 Itilleq Visit one of the families that live here, buy some of, the area’s arts and crafts, or even enjoy a game of football with the locals. BLD Day 18 Kangerlussuaq Kangerlussuaq is situated at the end of the fjord, This is where the expedition ends. After disembarking you can join an excursion to the ice cap before you take the night flight to Copenhagen. B Day 19 Copenhagen Your flight arrives in Copenhagen early in the morning. Jan Mayen

Ilulissat

Sisimiut Itilleq

GREENLAND Kangerlussuaq

Tromso

From Copenhagen

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c Cir

cle Henningsvaer

Grimsey Nuuk

Stykkisholmur

ICELAND

Reykjavik

SWEDEN Qassiarsuk Hvalsey Qaqortoq

NORWAY

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MS SPITSBERGEN Ship Information Our newest ship, MS Spitsbergen, is named after the Arctic crown of Norway, Spitsbergen in the Svalbard archipelago. Hurtigruten has a long history of travelling to this destination, starting back in 1896 with the Sports Route. After a complete reconstruction MS Spitsbergen will be included in the Hurtigruten fleet from 2016.

Life On Board The fresh, Scandinavian design reflects the colour palette from the sea. The ship is modern and environmentally friendly and we will make further improvements in order to reduce emissions and fuel consumption. The new ship’s maneuverability and optimal size makes her very suitable for exploring the coast of Norway. She will also be equipped and adapted for future sailings in polar waters.

Cabins and Meals

MS Spitsbergen

With a capacity of 320 people, the ship features inside and outside facing cabins with twin berths, as well as a selection of suites with double beds and some with private balconies. The on board restaurant serves a diverse array of international cuisine. Breakfast and lunch are served buffet-style, while in the evening you can enjoy a delicious three-course set menu at your reserved table.

Specifications

U2 U2 725 723

Outdoor Jacuzzi deck

Fitness room

K2 719

U2 U2 722 720

Balcony

Balcony

MG 633

MX 637

Balcony

K4 635 MX 632

MG 630 Balcony

J2 J2 J2 J2 U2 U2 711 709 707 705 703 701 J2 J2 J2 J2 U2 U2 712 710 708 706 704 702

Cabin Grades

U2 U2 U2 718 716 714

Balcony

MG 627 K4 631

K2 715

EXPEDITION SUITES

DECK 7

U2 U2 U2 721 717 713

K4 629

QJ QJ J3 QJ 623 621 619 617

QJ 615

QJ QJ 613 611

QJ QJ 626 624

QJ 620

QJ 618

QJ 609

AJ 607

K2 625

MG 628

QJ 622

QJ QJ 616 614

P2 P2 P2 605 603 601

I3-608 AJ 612

Balcony

Explorer

Lounge & bar

I3-604

P2 P2 P2 610 606 602

ARCTIC SUPERIOR

Sauna

DECK 6

• Ship Yard Estaleiro Navais De Viana Do Castelo (Por) • Flag: Norway • Year of Construction: 2009, • Rebuilt 2015/16 • Gross Tonnage: 7 025 • Cabins: 100 • Overall Length: 97.53 M • Beam: 18 M • Ice Class: 1C • Service Speed: 17.4 knots

Outdoor Explorer deck

DECK 8

Arcade

DECK 5

Explorer

MX

Owner’s suite

Two rooms suite, seating area, TV, kettle, stereo, internet access, minibar and a spacious, private balcony.

MG

Grand Suite

One room suite, TV, kettle, stereo, Internet access, mini-bar, private balcony.

Q

Mini Suite

One room suite, TV, kettle.

QJ

limited/no view, TV, kettle, Outside Cabin With mini-bar. Some with 4 berths.

U

Outside Cabin Double bed, TV, kettle

P

Outside Cabin Double bed, TV, kettle

O

Outside Cabin Double bed, middle decks.

N

beds, one bed can be Outside Cabin Separate turned into a sofa

A

Outside Cabin Upper and lower beds

J

Outside Cabin With limited/no view, double bed

AJ

limited view and upper and Outside Cabin With lower beds

K

Outside Cabin Spacious inside cabin, double beds

I

Inside Cabin

2 berths cabin with double bed, 3 berths cabin with separate beds where one is an upper bed

B

Inside Cabin

Upper and lower berths

Lounge & Panorama bar

Torget Main Dining

Brygga

Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Bistro

Hospital

K4 442

O2 444

DECK 3

Expedition Landing deck

I2 435 B2 440 Q3 438

A2 O2 O2 O2 A2 N3 O2 431 427 425 421 417 413 411 I2 429 I2 434 A2 436

I2 423 I2 430

I2 419 I2 424

B2 415 B2 420

A2 A2 A2 409 405 401

B2 412

I2 407 I2 408

O2 O2 O2 O2 O2 O2 A2 O2 O2 432 428 426 422 418 416 414 410 406

I2 403 I2 404

Laundry

POLAR OUTSIDE

DECK 4

Q2 433

Q4 402

POLAR INSIDE

O2 437

Luggage

Vestibule

Cabins QJ-614 and MX-632 are adapted for guests with disabilities. Subject to change.

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Puffins of Grimsey

Husavik

Elves, Sagas and Volcanoes 12 DAYS | MS SPITSBERGEN | REYKJAVIK – REYKJAVIK Iceland’s heritage dates back to the ancient sagas, and its folk tales are ripe with mysticism, elves and trolls, inspired by the island’s diverse nature. In the midst of this vast and inspiring nature you will find colourful fishing villages, seaside communities and vibrant urban spaces. Icelanders keep their heritage alive even today – if they want to build a new a road, house or dam, there’s one influential group they have to confer with first: the elves. Departs 21 May ; 1 Jun ‘17

Inclusions • 9 nights of accommodations in your choice of cabin • Meals as per itinerary BLD • Sightseeing as per itinerary • Wind and water resistant jacket • Shore excursions in new OxPro 7.3 • Lectures by expedition team • Fuel surcharge

Price from A$7,628 (Per person, twin share. Based on I Grade Cabin) Day 1 Reykjavik 45 minutes after touching down at Keflavík International Airport, located among lava rocks, moss and mountains, you find yourself in Reykjavik, a charming and vibrant town with lots of restaurants, museums and shops on narrow streets. D Day 2 Stykkishólmur West Iceland is often referred to as “The Sagaland”. Experience Stykkishólmur’s diversity, with lava and rock formations, glaciers, volcanic activity and hot and cold springs. Participate in one of our exciting activities, such as kayaking, hiking and horseback riding. BLD Day 3 Flatey and Bjargtanger – Latrabjarg Promontory On the charming island of Flatey, time appears to stand still. Take a stroll around the village and travel back in time among the 19th century buildings. Látrabjarg is a promontory and the westernmost point in Iceland, home to millions of birds, including puffins, northern gannets, guillemots and razorbills. BLD Day 4 Ísafjörður Ísafjörður is the largest town in the Westfjords and has a long history as a major centre of commerce and trade, centred around its thriving fishing industry. Experience

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the town’s architecture or join our wide range of optional excursions. BLD Day 5 Hornbjerg cliff – Reykjafjörður The Hornbjarg cliff is one of the greatest seabird habitats in Iceland, and we will try to land here in our OxPro boats. Reykjafjörður can only be reached on foot or by boat, and we plan to take a closer look at this stunning area. BLD Day 6 Siglufjörður – Grímsey Siglufjörður offers both recreation and sightseeing. A few hours in the rugged landscape gives you the chance to savour the peace and enjoy tranquility. Grímsey is where the Arctic Circle meets Iceland, and we will use our OxPro boats to reach this island. BLD Day 7 Akureyri Akureyri is a lively and energetic town. It is the most populated community outside the Reykjavík area and the centre of trade and culture for the north of Iceland. Akureyri is close to many of Iceland’s most renowned natural beauty spots, and the town itself is a popular destination. Enjoy an optional hike or join an excursion to the impressive Goðafoss waterfall. BLD Day 8 Húsavík Húsavík is the oldest settlement in Iceland. The town’s most famous landmark is Húsavíkurkirkja, a wooden church built in 1907. Over the years, Húsavík has become increasingly popular in Iceland as a whale watching centre and is home to the Húsavík Whale Museum. After leaving the town, we will sail past the Langanes peninsula in the evening. BLD Day 9 Bakkargerdi – Seyðisfjörður Bakkagerdi is the main settlement in Borgarfjörður. This area is known for its natural beauty and as “the land of the elves”. There are many puffin colonies in the fjord, so it is a popular place for bird watching. Bakkagerdi is off the typical tourist track, and offers peace, quiet and impressive views. If you prefer to be more active, you can join us for an optional tour to the natural forest of Hallormstadur.

Hornbjarg Isafjordur Latrabjarg

Arc tic Ci

Grimsey Husavik

Siglufjordur

Akureyri Seydisfjordur

Flatey Stykkisholmur

ICELAND

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Bakkagerdi

Hofn

Reykjavik Heimaey Surtsey

Seyðisfjörður is distinguished by its Norwegian heritage. The colourful Norwegian-style wooden houses date from the early 20th century and make this village unique. Explore the town, join a hike or take an optional excursion out to Skálanes. BLD Day 10 Höfn Large mountains, wide rivers and the ever-present Vatnajökull glacier dominate the area around the charming fishing village of Höfn. From the harbour, you can experience a scenic view of the famous glacier, the largest in Europe and a spectacular sight. On the east coast you will find pine forests, lush farmlands and a variety of colourful fishing villages and vibrant seaside communities. BLD Day 11 Surtey – Heimaey (Westman Islands) Surtsey is a volcanic island, formed by an eruption that started 425 feet below sea level and reached the surface in 1963. Heimaey is the largest of the Westman Islands, which are located off Iceland’s south coast, and is dominated by magnificent cliffs. These form natural habitats for many different seabirds, including puffins and kittiwakes. The islands are also a great place for spotting whales. BLD Day 12 Reykjavik Our voyage of discovery and adventure ends in Reykjavik. If you have the time, join our exciting post-programme Golden Circle and Blue Lagoon excursions. B

Grass house, Iceland Note: Bentours provides a full range of self-drive holidays, coach tours and packages to ensure your Iceland holiday is complete.

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INCLUDES SHETLAND, ORKNEY & FAROE ISLANDS

Lerwick, Scotland

The Viking Heritage Trail Arc

10 DAYS | MS SPITSBERGEN | BERGEN – REYKJAVIK As accomplished explorers and settlers, the Vikings colonised a lot of land and their heritage is still evident today. Join us as we set sail in the wake of the Vikings, following the route from Bergen to the beautiful Shetland and Orkney Islands, both of which are rich in Viking history. We then sail on to Torshavn, Eidi and Mykines in the Faroe Islands, before continuing further north to the ‘Kingdom of the Vikings’ – Iceland! Departs 12 May ‘17

Inclusions • 9 nights in cabin category of your choice • 1 night pre cruise in Longyearbyen • Meals as per itinerary BLD • Sightseeing as per itinerary • Wind and water-resistant jacket • Shore excursions in new OxPro 7.3 • Lectures by expedition team • Fuel surcharge

Price from A$5,600 (Per person, twin share. Based on I Grade Cabin) Day 1 Bergen Our journey starts in Bergen, a town founded in 1070 by Viking King Olav Kyrre. He called the city Bjorgvin, meaning ‘meadow between the mountains’. Departing from Bergen, we will follow the same route that the Vikings once sailed in exploration and battle. D Day 2 Vaerlandet – Bulandet Located to the northwest of Bergen, this region (including Atloy / Naervik) forms the westernmost archipelago of Norway. We enjoy planned visits to the most interesting sites in this area. BLD Day 3 Lerwick Lerwick - the main port in the Shetland Islands. Around town, you will find some of Shetland’s most attractive scenery and an extraordinary concentration of archaeological sites, including two remarkable Iron Age villages and Europe’s best-preserved broch (a drystone dwelling dating from this period). BLD

Day 4 Kirkwall Kirkwall is the capital of the Orkneys and the largest town in the Islands. Here we find the famous St. Magnus Cathedral, which dominates the surrounds. The first mention of a settlement is in a saga from 1046 and the name Kirkwall derives from Norse Kirkjuvagr (Church Bay). BLD Day 5 Torshavn Welcome to the Faroe Islands - a group of islands in the middle of the North Atlantic. Torshavn is one of the smallest capital cities in the world, founded in the 10th century and possibly the oldest capital in northern Europe. The Vikings established their parliament here on the Tinganes Peninsula in 850 A.D. BLD Day 6 Eidi During the 9th century A.D. the Vikings settled in Eidi. A visit here will provide a chance to hear exciting Viking stories and discover more about Viking history, or enjoy an optional hike led by our Expedition Team. BLD Day 7 Mykines Over one thousand years ago, the Vikings who lived here would climb over the ridge to visit their neighbouring community for special occasions such as christenings, weddings and funerals. Join us for a landing here if you enjoy exploration hiking and wish to seize the opportunity to view the island’s puffin colonies. BLD Day 8 At Sea Enjoy a relaxing day at sea. Take in the views from on deck, enjoy the restaurant, bar and amenities or participate in our informative lectures as we sail towards Iceland. BLD

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Day 9 Surtsey – Heimaey The Vestmannaeyjarm (or Westman Islands) are a group of 15 spectacular islands and rock pillars, located off Iceland’s south coast. The islands are named after the Gaelic slaves who were captured by Norsemen. The Old Norse word ‘vestmenn’ literally means men from the west. We will visit Surtsey, one of volcanic islands here, and the fishing port of Heimaey. BLD Day 10 Reykjavik Reykjavik was the first Viking settlement in Iceland. Today, Iceland’s capital offers a lot to tempt the curiosity of its visitors. Relatively close to Reykjavik, you’ll find glaciers, waterfalls, geysers and mountains. Within the city itself, you’ll find a vast selection of restaurants, museums and shops. We will arrive in the city early in the morning, and it is here that our voyage comes to an end. B

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Note: Bentours provides a full range of self-drive holidays, coach tours and packages to ensure your Iceland and Norway holiday is complete.

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Ilulissat, North Greenland

Greenland and North Atlantic Island Hopping

Day 9 Denmark Strait Relax and enjoy the ship and scenery as we cross the Denmark Strait. Today, you can also join the variety of lectures on topics including history, biology and geology. BLD

14 DAYS | MS SPITSBERGEN COPENHAGEN/KANGERLUSSUAQ – BERGEN

Day 10 Reykjavik Reykjavik was one of the first known Viking settlements and is now the modern capital of Iceland. The surrounding area offers fantastic natural beauty spots, such as geysers, mountains, glaciers and geothermal bathing. BLD

See the islands of the North Atlantic as we go island hopping the explorer way! This unique 14day expedition from Greenland to Norway will see us set sail to Iceland, the Faroe Islands and the Shetland Islands. Ending in Bergen, the gateway to the fjords – this is truly a most diverse adventure. Departs 20 Aug ‘17

Inclusions • 13 nights in cabin category of your choice • Meals as per itinerary BLD • Free tea & coffee • Wind and water-resistant jacket • Landings with OxPro 7.3 • Activities on board and ashore • Lectures and landings with Expedition Team • Economy flight from Copenhagen to Kangerlussuaq • Transfers from Kangerlussuaq airport to ship

Price from A$12,782 (Per person, twin share. Based on I Grade Cabin) Day 1 Copenhagen – Kangerlussuaq Your flight from Copenhagen lands in Kangerlussuaq in the evening. Transfer to the port, where your expedition ship awaits. D Day 2 Exploring Northwest Greenland On the old volcanic island of Disko is the only town, Qeqertarsuaq. The area offers amazing Arctic experiences. Free time to join optional excursions, visits local museums and galleries or simply relax around town or on the ship. BLD Day 3 Exploring Northwest Greenland Ilulissat Icefjord - added to the UNESCO World Heritage List in 2004, is a highlight. Just outside Ilulissat at the mouth of the fjord, you may see enormous icebergs that have run aground. They originate from one of the most productive glaciers in the Northern Hemisphere, Jakobshavn Glacier. BLD Day 4 Exploring Northwest Greenland Sisimiut is the southernmost town on the western coast of Greenland. You will have plenty of time to participate in sightseeing and shop for local handicrafts, enjoy Greenlandic specialities in a local restaurant and partake in optional excursions. BLD Day 5 Nuuk The capital city is the oldest town in Greenland and is situated at the mouth of one of the largest and most spectacular fjord systems in the world. Old world charm

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meets new. There are many churches and museums (housing the mummies of Qilakilsoq). Optional excursions including hikes and scenic flights are offered. BLD Day 6 South Greenland Narsaq, inhabited for years, is located on the beautiful shores of the Tunulliarfik Fjord. You may wish to kayak, hike, boat trip or simply explore the town of Qassiarsuk - the site where Eric the Red built his Brattahlíd estate in 982 AD. BLD Day 7 South Greenland Qaqortoq, with its coloured houses, is considered by most to be one of the most beautiful towns in Greenland. In Hvalsey, you’ll find Austurbygd, the best-preserved Norse ruins in Greenland. Amongst the ruins, you’ll find the remains of the church where the last known Viking wedding took place. BLD Day 8 Nunap Isua Greenland’s southern shores contain some of the most culturally and scenically diverse regions on this giant island. If the channel is blocked with ice, we will sail around Nunap Isua (Kap Farvel). However, if conditions permit, the objective is to sail through the narrow 70-milelong channel Prins Christian Sund, allowing us to enjoy the breathtaking scenery. BLD

Day 11 At Sea Enjoy a relaxing day at sea as we sail to the Faroe Islands, a group of 18 volcanic islands in the middle of the North Atlantic. On board lectures are offered throughout the day. BLD Day 12 Torshavn The Faroe Islands are half way between the Shetland Islands and Iceland. Tórshavn is one of the smallest capital cities in the world, founded in the 10th century and possibly the oldest original capital in northern Europe. BLD Day 13 Lerwick Lerwick is the main port in the Shetland Islands, and by far the northernmost town of Scotland. While most of Shetland remains isolated, Lerwick is a bustling, cosmopolitan seaport with all the modern services and amenities found on the British mainland. Discover extraordinary archaeological sites, including two remarkable Iron Age villages and Europe’s bestpreserved broch, a drystone dwelling dating from this period. BLD Day 14 Bergen Our arrival in charming Bergen and its UNESCO site ‘Bryggen’ signals the end of this expedition. B

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Newfoundland

Crossing Baffin Bay – Canada to Greenland 15 DAYS | MS SPITSBERGEN ST JOHN’S, NEWFOUNDLAND – KANGERLUSSUAQ/COPENHAGEN This expedition explores the unspoiled regions on both sides of Baffin Bay. We will visit places where you can see remarkable archaeological remains and get an insight into the history of the Vikings. Travelling north, experience wild tundra, taiga forests, scenic mountains, majestic rivers and countless lakes. Baffin Island is the spectacular homeland of the Inuit people and an accessible Arctic playground for the adventurous. Continuing to Greenland, marvel at the power of nature in Ilulissat Icefjord and meet the Inuit people who call Greenland home. to explore, while others will appreciate learning more about the history, cultures and traditions of the area at the numerous historic sites we will visit. BLD

Departs 24 Jul ‘17

Inclusions • 13 nights in cabin category of your choice • Meals as per itinerary BLD • Wind and water-resistant jacket • Landings with OxPro 7.3 • Activities on board and ashore. • Lectures and landings with Expedition Team • Economy flight from Kangerlussuaq to Copenhagen • Transfer from Kangerlussuaq to airport

Price from A$15,058 (Per person, twin share. Based on I Grade Cabin) Day 1 St. John’s – Newfoundland – Canada Your adventure starts in St. John’s, the oldest and most easterly city in North America. Its narrow streets and hidden alleyways are full of character and experience, embodying the spirit of an old fishing village. BLD Day 2 Cruising the Coast of Newfoundland This area is world-renowned for its complex geology. Its tiny seaside communities are surrounded by forests, freshwater fjords, bogs, barren lowlands, and striking cliffs and shorelines. The wildlife is abundant and consists of large seabird colonies, huge moose and caribou populations and a rich marine life. BLD Day 3 L’anse Aux Meadows In 1960, two Norwegian archaeologists discovered the fascinating remains of a Viking camp. In 1979, L’Anse aux Meadows became a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This is the first known evidence of European/Norse presence in Canada/America, estimated to be over 1,000 years ago. BLD Day 4 Cruising the Coast of Labrador Spend three days sailing along the coast of Labrador and exploring this area. Outdoor enthusiasts will enjoy hiking along the trails and the countless miles of wilderness

Day 5 Cruising the Coast of Labrador One of the places we visit is Red Bay – now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The discovery of the wrecks of whale-hunting galleons and chalupas has made Red Bay one of the most exquisite underwater archaeological sites in America. BLD Day 6 Cruising the Coast of Labrador We visit the picturesque town of Rigolet, the southernmost Inuit community in the world which is inaccessible by road. Onwards to Hopedale, originally the Inuit settlement of Agvituk, meaning ‘the place of the whales’, and Hebron, a former Moravian mission and the northernmost settlement in Labrador. BLD Day 7 Baffin Island Baffin Island is a great, wild landscape, the spectacular homeland of Inuit and an accessible Arctic playground for adventure seekers. The vast geographical area that is now fondly known as ‘Nunavut’ has supported a continuous indigenous population for over 4,000 years. BLD Day 8 Baffin Island It is believed that both the Dorset and Thule inhabitants of the region had regular contact with Norse sailors over 1,000 years ago. Most historians today identify Baffin Island as the ‘Helluland’ (place of black rocks) described in ancient Norse sagas. BLD Day 9 Baffin Island We continue our cruise around and exploration of Baffin Island. Many Viking artefacts have been discovered on the island, including architectural materials and a carved wooden face mask depicting white European features. BLD

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Day 10 At Sea As we cruise towards Greenland, you can enjoy lectures, the view from the observation lounge or simply relax and enjoy the ship amenities. BLD Day 11 Exploring Northwest Greenland Qeqertarsuaq is the only town situated on the old volcanic island of Disko. The area offers amazing Arctic experiences and optional excursions. If you appreciate archaeology and history, pay a visit to the local museum in Qasigiannguit. BLD Day 12 Exploring Northwest Greenland Today, you will have a unique opportunity to witness the true power of nature on a visit to the Eqip Sermia Glacier. The town of Ilulissat in the Ilulissat Icefjord was added to the UNESCO World Heritage List in 2004. See enormous icebergs at the mouth of the fjord and enjoy a variety of optional shore excursions. BLD Day 13 Exploring Northwest Greenland Itilleq is a small settlement situated in a hollow, majestically surrounded by high mountains and glaciers. With the Arctic Circle passing just 200 metres south of the village centre, Itilleq can rightly claim the title of ‘the Arctic Circle Village’. BLD Day 14 Kangerlussuaq – Copenhagen As we reach Kangerlussuaq, your expedition comes to an end. Take the opportunity to join a final excursion to the Greenland Ice Sheet, a vast icy wasteland stretching 1,500 miles north. Your plane to Copenhagen leaves late in the evening. BLD Day 15 Copenhagen Your flight arrives in the Danish capital early in the morning, which is when your program ends.

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MV PLANCIUS Ship Information ‘MV Plancius’ was built in 1976 as an oceanographic research vessel for the Royal Dutch Navy. The vessel was completely rebuilt as an expedition passenger ship in 2009. While comfortable and nicely decorated, it is not a luxury vessel. Its voyages are primarily defined by an exploratory educational travel program, spending as much time ashore as possible. Its 10 Mark V zodiacs guarantee a swift zodiac operation.

Life On Board MV Plancius has large open deck spaces (with full walk-around possibilities on deck 4), giving excellent opportunities to enjoy the scenery and wildlife. The Observation Lounge / Bar provides panoramic vistas and serves as the ship’s primary meeting place on board. The Dining Room comfortably seats the full complement of passengers and program staff, with meals prepared by a team of experienced, professional chefs. On board Wi-Fi.

Cabins and Meals All of the cabins are comfortable and well-appointed with private facilities, ample storage, writing desk and chair, as well as a flat screen TV for viewing movies. All cabins have outside views through either a porthole or window.

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Wild reindeer, Svalbard

Polar bears

North Spitsbergen Polar Bear Special 8 DAYS | MV PLANCIUS | LONGYEARBYEN – NORTH SPITSBERGEN – LONGYEARBYEN Sailing along the pack-ice of North Spitsbergen, this special polar bear expedition will give us the best opportunities to spot the ‘King of the Arctic’. We sail to Raudfjord on the north coast of West Spitsbergen, a beautiful fjord dominated by spectacular glaciers and favoured by Ringed and Bearded Seal. The cliffs and shoreline of the fjord also support thriving seabird colonies and a surprisingly rich vegetation, which flourishes in sheltered spots. Polar bear are frequently seen here! Departs 31 May* ; 8, 14*, 15, 21* Jun ‘17

Inclusions • 7 nights in a cabin category of your choice • Meals as per itinerary BLD • Zodiac boat and onshore excursions throughout • Leadership by experienced expedition staff • Free use of rubber boots and snowshoes • Transfers/baggage handling between airport, hotels, ship (only for those passengers on the group flights to and from Longyearbyen) • All miscellaneous service taxes and port charges • AECO fees and governmental taxes • Comprehensive pre-departure material

Price from A$7,590 (Per person, twin share. Based on Twin Porthole) Day 1 Longyearbyen We arrive in Longyearbyen, the administrative capital of the Spitsbergen archipelago of which West Spitsbergen is the largest island. Before embarking there is an opportunity to stroll around this former mining town, whose parish church and Polar Museum are well worth visiting. In the surrounding area of Longyearbyen, more than 100 species of plants have been recorded. In the early evening the ship will sail out of Isfjorden, where in the mouth of the fjord we may see our first Minke Whale. D Day 2 Raudfjord – West Spitsbergen We sail to Raudfjord on the north coast of West Spitsbergen, a beautiful fjord dominated by spectacular

glaciers and favoured by Ringed and Bearded Seal. The cliffs and shoreline of the fjord also support thriving seabird colonies and a surprisingly rich vegetation, which flourishes in sheltered spots. Polar bear are often seen here. BLD Day 3 Monaco Glacier Depending on the weather we may now sail into Liefdefjorden, cruising near the 5km long face of the impressive Monaco Glacier. The waters of the glacier front are a favorite feeding spot for thousands of Kittiwake. Polar Bear have been seen on the glacier, providing wonderful opportunities for photography. BLD Day 4 Hinlopen Strait Today we will sail into Hinlopen Strait, home to Bearded Seal, Ringed Seal, Polar Bear, and Ivory Gull. At the entrance there is the possibility to see Blue Whale. We’ll navigate the ice floes of Lomfjordshalvøya in our zodiacs and explore the bird cliffs of Alkefjellet with thousands of Brünnich’s Guillemot. On the east side of Hinlopen Strait, we’ll attempt a landing at Palanderbukta on Nordaustlandet, home to reindeer, Pink-footed Goose, breeding Ivory Gull, and Walrus. BLD Day 5 Seven Islands (Sjuøyane) We will try reach our northernmost point at Phippsøya, in the Seven Islands north of Nordaustlandet. Here we will be at 81 degrees north, just 540 miles from the geographic North Pole. Polar Bear inhabit this region, along with Ivory Gull. The ship may sit for several hours in the pack ice, before turning west again. BLD

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Day 6 Svalbard Retracing our route westwards, our journey takes us through and along the pack ice, keeping watch for Polar Bear and the elusive Greenland Whale (Bowhead). About 40 nautical miles west of Spitsbergen we sail along the edge of the continental shelf, where Fin Whale forage in summer in the upwelling’s along the Spitsbergen banks. At the mouth of the Kongsfjorden we have also good chances to see Minke Whale. BLD Day 7 St. Johns Fjord In Forlandsundet at Sarstangen is a haul out place for Walrus. Alternatively we sail into St. Johns Fjord or south to the mouth of Isfjorden and land at Alkhornet. Seabirds nest on its cliffs and Arctic Fox search the cliff base for fallen eggs and chicks, while Spitsbergen Reindeer graze the relatively luxuriant vegetation. At nighttime we arrive in Longyearbyen. BLD Day 8 Longyearbyen We disembark in Longyearbyen, the administrative centre of Spitsbergen, for the flights south to Oslo and onward home. B

Longyearbyen Note: *These dates indicate the sailing is to be on sister ship MV Ortelius

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NEW

Akureyri

Scoresby Sund - Aurora Adventure 8 DAYS | MV PLANCIUS REYKJAVIK – SCORESBY SUND – REYKJAVIK A delightful expedition cruise from Iceland to East Greenland, Scoresby Sund - where we aim to capture sight of the alluring Aurora Borealis. Crossing the Arctic Circle and heading north, we will witness huge icebergs and stunning coastal scenery. Visits to ancient Inuit settlements and ruins while experiencing the unique fauna and flora along the way, are key highlights. An excellent adventure for those spending time exploring Iceland and the Arctic! Departs Departs: 11, 18 Sep ‘17

Inclusions • 7 nights in a cabin category of your choice • Meals as per itinerary BLD • Zodiac boat and onshore excursions throughout • Program of lectures by noted naturalists • Leadership by experienced expedition staff • Free use of rubber boots and snowshoes • Coach (6 hours) from Reykjavik to Akureyri (vv) • Transfer/baggage handling between ship and hotel • All miscellaneous service taxes and port charges • AECO fees and governmental taxes. • Comprehensive pre-departure material

Price from A$7,590 (Per person, twin share. Based on Twin Porthole) Day 1 Reykjavik – Akureyri We transfer by bus from a designated Reykjavik hotel in the morning to the ship in Akureyri. We arrive in the afternoon after a six hours drive through North Iceland. In the early evening we leave Iceland and sail north. D Day 2 At Sea – Denmark Strait At sea, sailing north through the Denmark Strait. We are almost certain to see Fulmar, Kittiwake, Gannet and rafts of Common Guillemot. We cross the Arctic Circle and continue north, perhaps seeing whales. In the evening we will spot our first icebergs appear as we approach the east coast of Greenland near Kap Brewster. BLD Day 3 Volquart Boons Coast In the morning we sail along the ragged and glaciated Volquart Boons Coast. Here we may organise a zodiac cruise along one of the glacier fronts of this coast, and have our first landing near a glacier (Måne Glacier or Vikingebugt). Later we land on Danmarkso, where there are the remains of an Inuit settlement abandoned around 200 years ago. The circular ‘tent

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rings’ of stones indicate the summer houses, while the winter houses can be seen closer to a small cape. The sites are well preserved, allowing entrances and even bear-proof meat caches to be identified. There are also grave sites. In the evening we continue our sailing through the beautiful fjords to the west, choked with icebergs. BLD Day 4 Cape Hofman Halvø We go ashore at Cape Hofman Halvø, a reliable spot for viewing Musk Oxen. We may also spot Rock Ptarmigan and at sea Great Northern Diver. The landscape here is particularly beautiful, especially during autumn when the Dwarf Willow and Dwarf Birch change colour. Arctic Blueberry and Crowberry add their own colourful touch. In the evening we sail through the fjord towards Scoresby Land enjoying the contrast between the warm autumnal colours of the vegetation on shore, backed by huge dark mountains, and the cold blue of the icebergs. BLD Day 5 Sydkap On our way to Sydkap in Scoresby Land in the morning, we encounter huge icebergs, some over 100 m high and more than a kilometre in length. Most of the bergs are grounded as the fjord is only about 400 m deep here. We land near Sydkap to view the remains of the Thule culture winter houses. As many as 20 people lived in these tiny houses, hunting Greenland Whale and using their vertebrae to build the houses. BLD Day 6 Ittoqqortoormiit In the morning we land at a lagoon at the south coast of Jameson Land, an area with waders and geese collecting for the autumn migration. The landscape here is gently undulating. Musk Oxen and Collared Lemming - survive on the meagre vegetation. In the afternoon we visit Ittoqqortoormiit, the biggest settlement near Scoresbysund with about 400 inhabitants. At the post office you can buy stamps for your postcards, or just wander around to

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see the sledge dogs and the drying skins of seals, Musk Oxen and Polar Bear. BLD Day 7 At Sea – Denmark Strait The whole day at sea offers excellent opportunities to see large whales and seabird migration and, at night the Aurora borealis (Northern Lights). BLD Day 8 Akureyri – Reykjavik Arrive at Akureyri, and transfer by chartered bus to Reykjavik centre, where the program ends. B Note: Bentours provides a full range of self-drive holidays, coach tours and packages to ensure your Iceland holiday is complete.

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AKADEMIK SERGEY VAVILOV

Ship Information

Designed and built as a scientific research vessel for polar waters, Akademik Sergey Vavilov is modern, comfortable, safe and ice-strengthened. The refurbished expedition cruise vessel has greatly improved the comfort and calibre of the facilities aboard the ship.

Life On Board A separate bar and lounge located on deck 6 with expansive 180 degree views, as well as a library provide ideal places to sit and relax or catch up on some reading. The ship’s bridge is also located on Deck 6 and is open to passengers virtually 24-hours a day.

Cabins and Meals There are six different cabin categories to choose from, all with outside windows. Enjoy the sumptuous meals prepared for you by our culinary team in our dining room, which can host all passengers in a single seating with ample room.

Specifications • Registered name: Akademik Sergey Vavilov • Built: 1988, Rauma, Finland • Flag: Russia • Length: 117m • Breadth: 18.2 m • Draft: 6 m • Power: Twin engine, 5,000Kw diesel, twin propeller • Max speed: 14.5 kts • Crew and staff: 63 • Passengers: 92

Akademik Sergey Vavilov

Cabin Grades One Ocean Suite

2 rooms. Queen bed. Private facilities. Window view – forward and portside of ship

Shackleton Suites 2 rooms. Queen bed. Private facilities. Window view Superior Suites

2 lower beds. Private facilities. Porthole view.

Twin Private

2 lower beds. Private facilities. Window view.

Twin Semi Private 2 lower beds. Shared washroom facilities with 1 cabin. Window view. Triple Share

1 upper and 2 lower beds. Share washroom facilities. Porthole view.

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NEW

Polar bears

Baffin Island – High Arctic Jewel 12 DAYS | AKADEMIK SERGEY VAVILOV OTTAWA – CANADIAN HIGH ARCTIC – EDMONTON Baffin Island is one of the last great wilderness regions on the planet. We explore the east coast of Baffin Island, discovering its deep fjords, soaring mountains and immense glacial systems. Visits to remote Inuit communities provide a fascinating glimpse into the daily life of the people who call this remote wilderness their home. We are constantly on the lookout for variety of birdlife and marine wildlife - including polar bear - the icon of the north. This is remote, small ship expedition cruising at its best! Departs 25 Jul; 5 Aug ‘17

Inclusions • 11 nights in a cabin category of your choice • Meals and afternoon tea as specified BLD • Shore excursions and landings • Use of on board binoculars, trekking pole and dry bag • Complimentary tea and coffee all day • Educational presentations & Expedition Guides • Hospitality staff, Nature Specialist staff • ER trained physician • Guided hikes / walks • Group transfers on arrival and departure day • Access to multimedia room and download stations

Price from A$10,997 (Per person, twin share. Based on Twin Semi Private) Day 1 Ottawa to Iqaluit (Nunavut – Baffin Island) We depart Ottawa this morning on our scheduled flight to Iqaluit, situated on Baffin Island. Upon arrival into Iqaluit we enjoy a walking tour of the town and board our expedition ship. Enjoy a welcome cocktail and cast off to explore one of the most remote places on earth – Baffin Island. D Day 2 Monumental Island Situated in the Davis Strait, Monumental Island is a wellknown location for walrus. We explore by zodiac along the shoreline. Throughout the coming days and rest of the voyage, our on board experts educate us with a series of presentations about the environment, wildlife and history of Baffin Island and the Canadian Arctic. BLD Day 3 Pangniqtunq Nestled in the heart of Cumberland Sound and the western gateway to Auyuittuq National Park, the village of Pangnirtung is beautifully situated between the mountains and the sea. This remote community is a well known centre for traditional and contemporary arts and crafts – including carvings, prints and textiles of the modern Inuit. BLD Day 4 Sunshine Fjord Sunshine Fjord straddles the Arctic Circle, providing a chance to navigate above the Arctic Circle at last!

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Sunshine Fjord offers terrific hiking opportunities, offering wonderful views of our surroundings. For the sea kayakers, the sheltered waters of the fjord provide great conditions for paddling. BLD Day 5 Auyittuq National Park – Qikiqtarjuaq On the eastern coast of Baffin Island lies one of Canada’s most spectacular National Parks – Auyittuq. In partnership with Parks Canada, we venture into the park with skilled local guides who are able to interpret the flora, fauna, geological and glacial systems which can be found here. We also plan a visit to Qikiqtarjuaq, a small settlement which is home to several Inuit families. We then continue north along the coastline of Baffin Island, venturing deeper into the Arctic wilderness. BLD Day 6 Isabella Bay – Niginganiq National Wildlife Area Isabella Bay (Niginganiq) is an important summer habitat and feeding area for endangered bowhead whales. These remarkable marine mammals are able to break sea ice with the crown of their head. Polar bears, ringed seals, Canada geese, snow geese and narwhal are also commonly sighted in this vicinity. BLD Day 7 Gibbs Fjord This morning we enter the spectacular Gibbs Fjord with towering cliffs all around us. Our expedition ship will seem dwarfed by the giant peaks and snowy glaciers as we cruise slowly along the dark waters. BLD Day 8 Pond Inlet (Mittimatalik) – Sirmilik National Park Nearing the far north of Baffin Island, we enter a broad channel which is home to the remote Inuit community of Pond Inlet. A highlight is a visit to the Natinnak Centre. Inuit carvings, jewellery and other traditional craft is on display and available for purchase from the local artisans. Pond Inlet is also the main access point to the pristine wilderness of Sirmilik National Park – the jewel in the crown of Canada’s Arctic Park system. BLD Day 9 Dundas Harbour – Croker Bay Leaving the wild landscapes of Baffin Island, we cross Lancaster Sound to Devon Island. This broad channel of water has been likened to the wildlife ‘super highway’ of the Arctic. We plan on visiting the old Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) outpost at Dundas Harbour. In the

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afternoon we reposition the ship into Crocker Bay, home to a substantial glacial system. BLD Day 10 Prince Leopold Island Prince Leopold Island is important migratory bird sanctuary, home to thick-billed murres, black guillemots, northern fulmars and black-legged kittiwakes. A population of several hundred thousand birds, makes this one of the most significant bird sanctuaries in the entire Arctic ecosystem. Given the abundance of food found in the nutrient-rich waters here, we often sight beluga, narwhal and bowhead whales, several species of seal as well as polar bear. BLD Day 11 Beechey Island Our final shore landing - Beechey Island, is a place of great historic significance and suitable finale to our expedition. It is here that Sir John Franklin’s ill-fated expedition spent its last ‘comfortable’ winter in 1845 before disappearing into the icy vastness, sparking an incredible series of search expeditions that last almost three decades. The mystery of what happened to Franklin was partially solved in September 2014, when a joint Parks Canada and Royal Canadian Geographic Society expedition, found the long-lost Franklin shipwreck, HMS Erebus in the Victoria Strait. A trip ashore at Beechey Island to visit the grave markers on a remote windswept beach, is a thrilling experience for history buffs and for many today will be a highlight of the expedition. We return to the ship and this evening enjoy a special dinner attended by the Captain. It’s a great time to reflect on the wildlife, history and dramatic scenery of the High Arctic. BLD Day 12 Resolute, Nunavut – Edmonton, Alberta Our expedition comes to an end as we arrive into Resolute. We transfer to the airport for our flight south, to Edmonton. A transfer is provided from the airport into a central downtown location. B

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Zodiac excursion

Northwest Passage High Arctic Wildlife Explorer 10 DAYS | AKADEMIK SERGEY VAVILOV EDMONTON – CANADIAN HIGH ARCTIC – EDMONTON This exciting voyage combines the quest for wildlife with a history of Canadian exploration in the Arctic. We will visit a number of Royal Canadian Mounted Police outposts, scattered along the shoreline of High Arctic Bays. A visit to the one of the largest migratory bird sanctuaries in the world, frequent sightings of seals, beluga whale, polar bear and narwhal provide great interest for wildlife lovers. All of this is set against a backdrop of epic mountain scenery, sweeping glaciers and skies that go on forever. This is an ideal introduction to small ship expedition cruising in the remote Canadian Arctic. Departs 5, 14 Aug ‘17

Inclusions • 9 nights in a cabin category of your choice • Return flights Edmonton to Resolute • Meals as per itinerary BLD • Sightseeing as per itinerary • Use of expedition gear pack - rubber boots, jacket, pants, binoculars, trekking pole and dry bag. • Shore excursions in zodiacs • Lectures by expedition team • Fuel surcharge • Group transfers on arrival and departure day

Price from A$10,290 (Per person, twin share. Based on Twin Semi Private) Day 1 Edmonton – Resolute (Nunavut) We depart Edmonton this morning on our special charter flight to Resolute, a remote outpost above the Arctic Circle. On arrival, we are transferred to the beach where our expedition team will meet us and prepare us for our zodiac ride to the ship. On board, we meet the expedition team and get to know our fellow guests over a welcome cocktail. We weigh anchor and depart Resolute in the early evening. D Day 2 Maxwell Bay, Devon Island A large bay on the south coast of Devon Island, Maxwell Bay offers some wonderful hiking opportunities ashore and great wildlife watching from the water. Muskox and caribou can be found here as well as polar bear. Harp seals, ringed seals, bearded seals and even walrus have been spotted in the various coves and inlets of the bay. BLD Day 3 Croker Bay – Dundas Harbour Our voyage continues east through Lancaster Sound along the southern coastline of Devon Island. Lancaster Sound, which separates Devon and Baffin Island, has been likened to the wildlife ‘super highway’

of the Arctic. Croker Bay is home to healthy and sizable population of musk ox and we will look for these prehistoric looking creatures as we hike ashore. This location features dramatic scenery with deep blue ice bergs set against a backdrop of richly colored peaks. This afternoon, we plan on visiting the abandoned Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) outpost at Dundas Harbour. BLD Day 4 Coburg Island National Wildlife Area Nirjutiqavvik National Wildlife Area is home to almost 400,000 seabirds including large population of thickbilled murres and Northern fulmars. We zodiac cruise along the bird cliffs and will be awestruck by the sheer number of birds in the skies above. We often encounter marine mammals when exploring these waters, including beluga whales. BLD Day 5 Grise Fjord – Craig Harbour Grise Fjord is the northernmost community in Canada and one of the most isolated Inuit communities in the world. The scenery is stunning, the wildlife is abundant and we are warmly welcomed by the community. Nearby Craig Harbour is the site of an abandoned RCMP outpost, established in 1922. We will visit this historic site and learn about the important history as we hike and explore the bay and hillsides. BLD Day 6 Cape Hay, Bylot Island Migratory Bird Sanctuary Located on the northern coast of Bylot Island and within the boundary of Sirmilik National Park, the bird cliffs of Cape Hay are home to thick-billed murres and black guillemots, along with black-legged kittiwakes. This superb location is a prime nesting spot for several hundred thousand birds. The scenery here will take your breath away as your eyes gaze beyond the tundra, towards the soaring mountain ranges in the distance. BLD Day 7 Elwin Inlet – Cape Charles Yorke We navigate the ship into nearby Elwin Inlet, a

Ellesmere Island

Craig Harbour Coburg Island

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breathtaking fjord which is well protected and great for a zodiac cruise or hike onshore. Cape Charles Yorke offers several great walking opportunities. We will keep our eyes peeled for polar bears, which are plentiful along this coastline. BLD Day 8 Port Leopold – Prince Leopold Island MBS Having crossed Prince Regent Inlet overnight, we approach the towering bird cliffs of Prince Leopold Island in the morning. This is an important Migratory Bird Sanctuary, home to thick-billed murres, black guillemots, northern fulmars and black-legged kittiwakes. The sea ice around Prince Leopold Island is a great place for spotting ringed seals and wherever we find ringed seals - we usually find polar bears! BLD Day 9 Beechey Island Beechey Island holds great historic importance in the story of the Northwest Passage. It is here that Sir John Franklin’s ill-fated expedition spent its last ‘comfortable’ winter in 1845 before disappearing into the icy vastness, sparking an incredible series of search expeditions that lasted almost three decades. A trip ashore at Beechey Island to visit the grave markers on a remote windswept beach, is a thrilling location and occasion for history buffs and for many will be the defining moment of our expedition. We return to the ship and this evening enjoy a special dinner attended by the Captain. BLD Day 10 Resolute, (Nunavut) – Edmonton, (Alberta) By morning, we are back at anchor in Resolute. We make our way ashore by zodiac and bid farewell to our crew. A charter flight returns us to Edmonton where our journey comes to an end. B

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MS Expedition

MS EXPEDITION Ship Information MS Expedition is the perfect ship for travellers seeking an intimate Antarctic experience. With a capacity of just 134 passengers, the vessel’s spacious cabins and excellent leisure facilities will ensure your voyage is as comfortable as it is memorable.

Life On Board You’ll have an excellent view of the sublime Antarctic landscapes from MS Expedition’s large common areas and panoramic observation deck. Rather than commercial entertainment on board, the focus is on enjoying the remarkable scenery and learning more about the unique Antarctic ecosystem from the ship’s enthusiastic expedition team, who have years of experience in geology, ornithology and marine biology.

Category 4 Cabin

Adventurous passengers can take part in kayaking expeditions or even a night’s camping on the Antarctic mainland. Each Expedition trip now comes with a resident photography expert on hand to help you capture the best possible photos on your trip. The photographer will host lectures and workshops and teach you all the tips and tricks to help you take better photos or brush up your technique.

Cabins and Meals After a complete refurbishment in 2009, MS Expedition features twin, triple and quad berth cabins, as well as a selection of larger suites with double beds. All cabins have private facilities and windows or portholes. IMPORTANTLY – Solo travellers can avoid the single supplement by electing to share with other solo travellers and paying the twin, triple or quad price (subject to availability). This makes the adventure of a lifetime even more cost effective! Delicious buffet-style breakfasts and lunches are presented in a spacious diningroom which can accommodate all passengers at the same time, while in the evening guests are served a fabulous four-course set menu featuring a variety of international cuisine.

Deck 6

Deck 5

Facilities and Amenities • 360° view observation deck • Sauna • Computer room • Bar • Restaurant • Gym • Library • Internet • Gift shop

Deck 4

Cabin Grades Cat 5

Queen bed. Lounge area. Full ensuite washroom. Large window views. Fridge.

Cat 4

2 lower beds. Full ensuite washroom. Large window view. Twin.

Cat 3

2 lower beds. Full ensuite washroom. Window view. Twin.

Cat 2

2 lower beds. Full ensuite washroom. Porthole view. Twin.

Cat 1

1 upper bed, 2 lower beds. Full ensuite washroom. Porthole view. Triple.

Cat 1A 2 upper beds, 2 lower beds. Full ensuite washroom. Porthole view. Quad.

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Arctic foxes

Highlights of the Arctic

SVALBARD

15 DAYS | MS EXPEDITION | LONGYEARBYEN – REYKJAVÍK Sailing from Spitsbergen to Greenland, we follow the ice’s edge to take in the sights and sounds of the spectacular Arctic. Navigating south, explore the remote landscape by ship and Zodiac – searching the horizon for unique wildlife. Remote destinations, Inuit villages and on board lectures will ensure a truly unforgettable voyage through the Arctic, ending in Iceland. Departs 2 Sep ‘17

Inclusions • 14 nights in cabin category of your choice • Meals as per itinerary BLD • Transfer from meeting point to ship (Longyeaerbyen) • Zodiac excursions with our expert expedition team • Lectures and educational programs • Visit to a local community (Greenland) • Departure transfer (Reykjavik, depending on flight) • Waterproof boots supplied • Expedition parka

Price from A$8,499 (Per person, twin share. Based on Cat 2 Cabin) Day 1 Longyearbyen Embark aboard the ship in the afternoon and depart Longyearbyen. A few days accommodation and/or tours (pre-cruise in Spitsbergen) is highly recommended. D Days 2-5 Spitsbergen – Greenland Sea Explore Svalbard, blessed with both awe-inspiring landscape and compelling history. Spend some of these days in search of the elusive polar bears as they hunt seals. Look out for Svalbards unique subspecies of reindeer and Arctic foxes. Jump into a Zodiac, and explore with the expert Expedition staff who will teach you about the flora and fauna along the way. We will take advantage of ice, weather and sunlight opportunities with a flexible itinerary and true expedition spirit, to ensure we see the best that Svalbard has to offer. BLD

Days 6-7 Greenland Sea – Scoresby Sund Keep an eye out for majestic whales, known to feed here in the summer months. Spotted commonly are orca, humpback and minke whales, as well as dolphins. Often drifting pack ice is pushed along the coast by the waters which drain from the Arctic Ocean in a southwest current, down to the coast of Northeast Greenland. We will attempt to follow the pack ice edge to explore the polar seascape, which may also include sea mammals like seals and sea birds such as kittiwakes and fulmars. Additionally, enjoy on board lectures by expedition staff. BLD Days 8-12 Scoresby Sund – Denmark Strait Sail down the coast of Greenland and experience some of the most spectacular and intricate fjordcountry in the world, while exploring rarely visited glaciers, bays and inlets. Spend a few days in the massive fjord system of Northeast Greenland National Park, which includes portions of Scorsbysund. This is the largest National Park in the world, nearly impossible to reach except on Expedition ships. Walk over lush stands of colourful autumn tundra, which may lead to opportunities to see muskox grazing nearby. Visit the tiny settlement of Ittoqqortoormiit for a look at how these most northerly people live. This isolated town in Greenland is far from any other inhabited settlements and is only accessible by expedition ships three months of the year. BLD Days 13-14 Denmark Strait – Reykjavík Attend lectures hosted throughout the day on anything from local wildlife to the history and exploration of the Arctic, while watching the seas for whales. Head towards Iceland and the steaming hot springs of Reykjavik. The view is often complemented by soaring fulmars, kittiwakes, gannets, guillemots, and razorbills. BLD

Longyearbyen

GREENLAND East Greenland & Ittoqqortoormiit

Reykjavik

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Longyearbyen

Also available • Port hole view (Category 1A, 1 & 2) • Window view (Category 3) • Large Window view (Category 4 & 5, Queen Bed Cat 5 only) Quad & triple cabins available at lower per person rates. No single supplements, as shared options available.

Day 15 Reykjavík Shortly after breakfast, disembark in Reykjavik. Transfers to the airport are available to all passengers who have flights booked on the disembarkation day. Otherwise, we highly recommend that you enjoy one of the many self-drive holidays, coach tours or post-cruise activities that Bentours and Iceland offers. B

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Polar bears

Realm of the Polar Bear 8 DAYS | MS EXPEDITION | LONGYEARBYEN – LONGYEARBYEN Cruise along Spitsbergen’s breathtaking coast to discover iceberg-packed fjords and an abundance of Arctic wildlife. As the Midnight Sun shines overhead, you will sail alongside graceful whales, spot polar bears, birds and reindeer, and brave the Arctic waters for a polar plunge. Departs 14, 21 Jun; 8, 25 Jul ‘17

Inclusions • 7 nights in cabin category of your choice • Meals as per itinerary BLD • Zodiac boat excursions with expert guides • Wind and water resistant jacket • Arctic destination guidebook • Use of gumboots during Arctic landings • Lectures & educational program

Price from A$5,999 (Per person, twin share. Based on Cat 2 Cabin) Day 1 Longyearbyen Board the MS Expedition in Longyearbyen. The cruise commences with an evening departure under the Midnight Sun. D Day 2-7 Spitsbergen Archipelago Spend six unforgettable days exploring Spitsbergen’s remote polar regions. Expert guides accompany all shore excursions and provide detailed information on this incredible ecosystem. Visit ice-covered fjords and spectacular glaciers. See polar bears, reindeer, seals and some of the Arctic Circle’s richest birdlife. Your final itinerary will be determined by local ice and weather conditions, which are assessed continuously throughout the voyage. Guests on earlier cruises generally encounter more birdlife and larger ice floes, while later tours venture further east to rarely explored regions where whales are common. BLD Day 8 Longyearbyen The tour comes to an end on arrival in Longyearbyen this morning. B

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North-West Spitsbergen National Park

SVALBARD Longyearbyen

Realm of the Polar Bear in Depth 11 DAYS | MS EXPEDITION LONGYEARBYEN – LONGYEARBYEN Spend three extra days discovering the coast of Spitsbergen on our 11 day extended itinerary. With more time to explore, you’ll see a greater number of icebergs and glaciers, have a better chance of spotting Spitsbergen’s elusive polar bears and enjoy additional encounters with seals, reindeer and seabird colonies. Departs 28 Jun; 15 Jul; 1, 11 Aug ‘17 Longyearbyen

Inclusions • 10 nights in cabin category of your choice • Meals as per itinerary • Zodiac boat excursions with expert guides • Wind and water resistant jacket • Arctic destination guidebook • Use of gumboots during Arctic landings • Lectures & educational program

Price from A$7,899 (Per person, twin share. Based on Cat 2 Cabin)

Also available • Port hole view (Category 1A, 1 & 2) • Window view (Category 3) • Large Window view (Category 4 & 5, Queen Bed Cat 5 only) Quad & triple cabins available at lower per person rates. No single supplements, as shared options available.

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Polar bears

Circumnavigating the Realm of the Polar Bear

Moffen

9 OR 10 DAYS | MS FRAM | LONGYEARBYEN – LONGYEARBYEN Experience the incredible scenery of Svalbard’s more remote regions on this circumnavigation of Spitsbergen under the Midnight Sun. Over 3,500 polar bears live here – under protection for over forty years. Departs 3*, 11, 19, 27 Jul ‘17

Inclusions • 1 night pre-cruise accommodation in Longyearbyen • 7 nights in cabin category of your choice • Meals as per itinerary BLD • Return economy flights Oslo to Longyearbyen • Return transfers in Longyearbyen • Sightseeing as per itinerary • Wind and water-resistant personal jacket • Shore excursions in Polarcirkel boats • Lectures by expedition team • Fuel surcharge

Price from A$9,676 (Per person, twin share. Based on I Grade Cabin) Day 1-2 Longyearbyen (High Arctic) Arrive in Longyearbyen and spend the evening at leisure getting acquainted with the locals, restaurants and bars in the area. The next day, plenty of time to explore Longyearbyen on your own before boarding the MS Fram in the afternoon and sailing to Barentsburg. BLD Day 3 Barentsburg Svalbard is Norwegian Sovereign territory; however the Svalbard Treaty of 1925 allows other signatory nations to have activity here. Barentsburg (an old Russian mining town) is very similar to visiting any Russian industrial town in the Arctic with its architecture and town planning. You are invited to participate in a culture show and visit the hotel and museum – all are very interesting. BLD Day 4-5 North West Spitsbergen National Park Sail into Kongsfjorden to marvel at the majestic King’s Glacier. Stop in Ny Alesund before entering the untouched wilds of the North West Spitsbergen National Park. See the dramatically crevassed Monaco Glacier and the remarkable Jotunkjeldane thermal springs. BLD

Day 6-8 Eastern Svalbard Nature Reserves – South Spitsbergen National Park Admire the colossal Austfonna glacier and the island of Edgoya, which boasts numerous cultural heritage sites. Head into Storfjorden, keeping your eyes peeled for polar bears. We also explore Hornsund, a relatively small fjord dominated by soaring mountains. Other highlights over these exploration days include Alkefjellet and its spectacular bird cliff, the third largest island in the archipelago ‘Edgeoya’ – and Sorgfjorden, an historic battleground from the 17th century between whalers and captains. BLD Day 9 Isfjorden – The largest fjord in Svalbard We make our way through Isfjorden, a large fjord system where you can spot Brunnich guillemots and large populations of Svalbard reindeer. Enjoy a farewell barbecue in this extraordinary Arctic landscape. BLD Day 10 Longyearbyen – Oslo Say goodbye to the isles of Svalbard as we return to Longyearbyen, where the voyage comes to an end. Return flights to Oslo included in conjunction with package, arriving / departing on the set package days only. B

Ny-Alesund

SVALBARD Longyearbyen Barentsburg

Hornsund

Focus on Spitsbergen Spitsbergen is the largest island in the Svalbard archipelago. Months between May – Aug experience the most daylight – some days the sun never sets! This is also the busiest period. To enhance your experience, we can tailor additional days on request and incorporate numerous activities. These may include Summer Dog Sledding (on wheels), Veuve Clicquot Champagne tasting, fossil hunting, boat tours to bird cliffs and icecaving. Contact Bentours for latest offers.

Note: The above itinerary is indicative only. The expedition leader will determine the ship’s final course based on the weather and ice conditions at the time. *The 3 July program is in reverse. It is 1 day less – therefore, a 9 day program.

MS FRAM Please refer to page 12 for ship information, deck plans and cabin grades.

Cabins Also Available Polar bear crossing

• Polar Outside (FJ, N) • Arctic Superior (U, F) • Expedition Suites (M, MG)

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Geiranger Fjord

Norwegian Fjords and Polar Spitsbergen

Longyearbyen Festningen Hornsund

15 DAYS | MS EXPEDITION | BERGEN – LONGYEARBYEN Set sail up the coast of Norway, exploring the amazing towns and fjords along the way on this unique relocation expedition cruise. Experience the Flam railway, famous cathedrals and museums, UNESCO World Heritage sights, islands with abundant birdlife and zodiac excursions with knowledgeable lecturers. Norway’s high arctic archipelago of Svalbard is firm on the radar, as we finally disembark on the largest island of Spitsbergen at the start of polar bear season! Departs 31 May ‘17

Inclusions • 14 nights aboard the ship • Meals as per itinerary BLD • Meeting point to ship transfer • Zodiac and land excursions with expert team • Local village visit (Lofoten Islands) • Sightseeing as per itinerary • Departure transfer (for select flights) • Waterproof boots • Expedition parka

Price from A$8,499 (Per person, twin share. Based on Cat 2 Cabin) Day 1 Bergen Visit the famous city of Bergen, the gateway to Norway’s fjords. Explore the historical seaport and visit the museum of Edvard Grieg. Opt to visit the local fish market and the famous Bryggen. We board the ship this afternoon and set sail up the coast. D Day 2 Bergen – Flam Experience the Flam Railway, travelling through valleys and mountain passes to reach the scenic fjord of the Flam district. The Flam Line is a 2 route between Myrdal and Flam. BLD Day 3 Flam – Olden Cross the famous North Sea through one of the largest offshore oil fields in the world. Depending on time and weather, stop in Olden for a short bus ride to the Birksdal area and a walk to a glacier. BLD

or enjoy a city tour including the Folk Museum and the elaborate Nidaros Cathedral, built between 1070 and 1300. BLD Day 6 Trondheim – Svartisen The rugged coastline of central Norway features some of the world’s most beautiful scenery. The captain will negotiate with local Norwegian pilots to determine our best Zodiac landing options. Hike up to the famous hole in the mountain, with fantastic views of the region. Keep an eye out for Norway’s mythical trolls. In the afternoon, head to the quaint and picturesque Vega Island, a UNESCO site. Wander the fishing villages and appreciate the slow pace of life. BLD Day 7 Svartisen – Lofoten Visit Svartisen and Vikingen, for beautiful glaciers and a globe sculpture which marks Vikingen as a point directly on the Arctic Circle. After, continue to Sanna, a remote island that offers great walking opportunities and a chance to see some sea eagles. BLD Day 8-9 Lofoten The Lofoten archipelago is an enchanting area of picturesque villages by the sea backed with jagged peaks. Go ashore to the island of Å, where cod fishing is still a major part of the economy. In the evening, stay on deck as you cruise into one of Norway’s most famous fjords, the short yet dramatic Trollfjord. The next day, we continue exploring the beautiful Lofoten Islands, spending time on Andenes Island, a spectacular location for spotting marine wildlife. BLD

Day 4 Olden – Geiranger Sail deep into one of Norway’s most beautiful and most visited fjords. Enjoy soaking in the views at this UNESCO World Heritage site. . The fjord is 15 km long, surrounded by spectacular mountains, lush green trees, waterfalls, and several farms. BLD

Day 10 Lofoten – Tromso Known as the “Gateway to the Arctic”, Tromso is Norway’s largest northern city. Spend the day learning about the history of past expeditions, visit the Polar Museum and choose between hiking on the mountain top overlooking Tromso, or wandering the city streets before taking a cable car to the mountain top to enjoy the stunning views. BLD

Day 5 Geiranger – Trondheim Continue on to Trondheim. Choose between taking an afternoon hike to the Sverresborg Folk Museum,

Day 11 Tromso – Hornsund Sail past mist-shrouded Bjornoya (Bear Island) – a birdwatcher’s paradise featuring spectacular views.

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Weather permitting, there may be an opportunity to explore mist-shrouded Bjornoya by Zodiac. Enjoy UK on board Arctic lectures hosted throughout the day. BLD Day 12-13 Hornsund – Bellsund Explore this archipelago of deep fjords, mountains and massive ice sheets. Keep your eyes open for walruses, seals, reindeer, Arctic foxes and, of course - polar bears. Shore walks and Zodiac adventures bring us up close to mystical landscapes, icebergs, and wildlife. The next day, we begin to soak in the sights and sounds of Svalbard. Glaciers, nesting birds, sea mammals like walruses and whales plus land mammals like polar bears, the arctic fox and reindeer all call this region home. BLD Days 14 Bellsund – Longyearbyen The highlight of Festningen (“the fortress”) is an impressive dike of rock that runs along the top of a small cliff, where fossilized footprints of dinosaurs have been discovered. Take a zodiac to the shores of Festningen to explore and Alkhornet to try and spot wildlife like guillemots, kittiwakes, foxes, and reindeer. BLD Day 14 Festningen – Longyearbyen Disembarkation in the morning. An extension in Longyearbyen / Svalbard is highly recommended (and easy) to add an expedition cruise to see the polar bears up north. Otherwise, transfer to the airport for those with scheduled flights. B

Note: The above itinerary is indicative only. This relocation expedition cruise may stop at other ports and towns up the coast of Norway. Final itinerary will be decided by the expedition and programme leader and is at discretion of the captain. Ending in Spitsbergen - ask about cruise extensions.

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MS Juno

Sweden’s Classic Gota Canal Cruise 4 DAYS | MS JUNO | STOCKHOLM – GOTHENBURG Enjoy excellent cuisine on board an elegant 19th century canal boat, discovering the Swedish countryside’s superb landscapes and timeless towns as you cruise between Stockholm and Gothenburg along the historic Gota Canal. Departs Stockholm: 30 May; 9, 18, 26 Jun; 5, 14, 22, 31 Jul; 8, 17, 25 Aug ‘17 Gothenburg: 25 May; 5, 14, 22 Jun; 1, 10, 18, 27 Jul; 4, 13, 21 Aug ‘17

Inclusions • 4 days in cabin category of your choice (shared facilities) • Meals as per itinerary BLD • 5 sightseeing excursions

Price from A$2,310 (Per person, twin share. Based on C Cabin) Day 1 Stockholm – Trosa Depart Stockholm, and sail through the city’s beautiful archipelago before reaching your first lock at Hammarby. Continue to Sodertalje, the largest lock on your journey, before stopping at the picturesque town of Trosa. LD Day 2 Mem – Motala Today we enter the iconic Gota Canal, completed in 1832, which links Stockholm in the east with Gothenburg in the west. Sail through the charming town of Soderkoping. In this section of the canal, you will see a particularly wide variety of bird life and scenery. Cruise through the lock staircase of Berg, the longest lock staircase in the Gota Canal. Continue to the tiny town of Norsholm and pass through Borensberg (one of the canal’s last manually-operated locks) before ascending a flight of five locks and docking for the night. BLD Day 3 Motala – Sjotorp Cross Lake Vattern today, then sail to on the canal’s oldest lock (built in 1813) before continuing through the narrow Spetsnas Canal. Cruise on to Lake Viken and pass the lock at Sjotorp to enter Lake Vanern, Sweden’s largest lake. Tour at the fortress of Karlsborg. BLD Day 4 Trollhattan – Gothenburg Your vessel descends a total of 32 metres as you navigate the impressive lock staircase at Trollhattan. Take on the last lock of your journey at Lilla Edet before arriving in Gothenburg. BL

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Sweden’s Classic Gota Canal Cruise Great Swedish Canal Cruise Grand West Coast Cruise Stockholm Grebbestad

Sjotorp

Trosa

Motala

Soderkoping Mem

Trollhattan Gothenburg

Great Swedish Gota Canal Cruise 6 DAYS | MS DIANA STOCKHOLM – GOTHENBURG The 6 day cruise follows the same route as the 4 day cruise, but your vessel spends each evening in dock. This gives passengers more time to explore regional Sweden’s lovely towns and magnificent scenery. Departs Stockholm: 26 May; 10, 22 Jun; 5,17, 30 Jul; 12, 26 Aug ‘17 Gothenburg: 20 May; 2, 16, 29 Jun; 11, 24 Jul; 5, 18 Aug ’17

Inclusions • 6 days in cabin category of your choice (shared facilities) • Meals as per itinerary • 9 Sightseeing excursions

Price from A$3,531 (Per person, twin share. Based on C Cabin)

Cabins The cabins on the cruises are charming but fairly small. Most cabins are fitted with bunk beds and are about the size of a sleeping compartment on a train. Category C cabins on the 6 day cruise offer twin beds next to each other, while Category C Queen (offered on all cruises) includes a queen-sized bed. None of the cabins have private facilities. Showers and toilets are provided on all decks (except shelter deck on 6 day cruise). Each cabin has a porthole (main deck only) or window as well as a washbasin with hot and cold water. Category C: Main Deck Category B: Shelter Deck Category A: Bridge Deck, includes complimentary champagne, fruit and bathrobe

15 Mar 2017

Grand West Coast Cruise 3 DAYS | MS WILHELM THAM GOTHENBURG – GREBBESTAD A spectacular cruise taking in thousands of islands, islets and skerries. A small example of the stops made en route include the lovely historical Marstrand, the picturesque island Gullholmen, the fishing community Fjallbacka (where Ingrid Bergman spent her summers) and the island of Vinga, well known for its lighthouse and its stunning scenery. Cruise ends in Grebbestad – coach transfer back to Gothenburg included (or vice versa). Departs Gothenburg: 19, 26 Aug; 2 Sep ‘17 Grebbestad: 16, 23, 30 Aug ‘17

Price from A$1,332 (Per person, twin share. Based on C Cabin)

Note: Contact Bentours for full itinerary and inclusions.

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Unlock Russia’s treasures and major sights as you cruise along the Volga River from magnificent Moscow to stunning St Petersburg. Be enchanted by the peaceful countryside, where you will discover the people and villages that make up the true heart of this wonderful region. Our comprehensive program of activities and excursions will give you a deeper understanding of the area’s history. For the more adventurous, small ship expedition cruising in the ‘Far East’ with a heavy focus on nature, marine and birdlife are offered throughout these pages. Spectacular regions that combine Kamchatka, the Sea of Okhotsk and Wrangel Island are utterly fascinating and provide a truly unique experience. Booking well ahead is essential to these remote regions to ensure all flight and visa requirements are met. Lastly, the flexibility of Baltic Sea cruise ferries allow you to admire the timeless charms and sights of multiple countries that line the coast. Cruise ferry routes provide an opportunity to create your own itinerary combined with land arrangements and tours. Whether it is a visa free Russia sojourn or multi-city adventure - whatever your dream, Bentours has you covered!

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Helsinki Port

Baltic Sea by Cruise-ferry

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Mariehamn

Stockholm Baltic Sea Visby

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Cruise-ferries are an extremely popular and convenient way to travel between countries that border the Baltic Sea. Bentours works in close partnership with the best operators throughout this region, to ensure your travel is seamless. Travel independently and meet the locals, while enjoying the modern comforts that these vessels offer. Choose between short day sailings (ticket only) or longer overnight stay sailings (cabin or suite) – either way Bentours has you covered. Most vessels offer live entertainment, excellent food and beverage options and for non-European passengers – huge duty free savings, making shopping a popular on-board past-time! Our mini packages below are an ideal sample for independent travellers.

SWEDEN

FINLAND

LITHUANIA

LITHUANIA

BELARUS

Gdansk

POLAND

Church of St. Peter and St. Paul

Traditional Red Windmill

Essence of Gotland

Visa Free St. Petersburg

Essence of Aland Islands

5 DAYS STOCKHOLM – VISBY – STOCKHOLM

5 DAYS HELSINKI – ST. PETERSBURG – HELSINKI

4 DAYS STOCKHOLM – MARIEHAMN – STOCKHOLM

Discover Gotland – the largest island in the Baltic Sea. Located 90 km from the Swedish mainland, it brims with unique and natural beauty. Its medieval town of Visby is a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Discover St. Petersburg –the jewel in the crown of Russia and the Baltic Sea! Explore famous palaces, fortresses, cathedrals, museums and galleries. Arriving by ferry allows for 72 hrs of visa free tourism.

Discover Aland – an archipelago of over 6,700 islands located in the Baltic Sea. Located between Sweden and Finland, it is an autonomous Finnish province with Swedish as its official language!

Departs

Departs

Departs

Daily (May – Sep)

Up to 4 days per week (Feb – Dec)

Daily (May – Sep)

• 2 nights at 3.5-star Hotel Hellstens Malmgard • 2 nights at 4-star Clarion Hotel Wisby • Breakfast daily with hotel stays • Return bus from Stockholm to Nynashamn (connects to ferry terminal) • Return ferry from Nynashamn to Visby (Gotland) Price from A$1,012 (per person, twin share)

• 2 nights in outside cabin on ferry • 2 nights at 4-star Dostoevsky Hotel • Breakfast daily with hotel/cabin stays • Return ferry crossing from Helsinki – St. Petersburg • St. Petersburg city shuttle bus ticket • City Sightseeing tour Price from A$998 (per person, twin share)

Inclusions

Inclusions

Inclusions • 3 nights at 4-star Hotel Arkipelag • Breakfast daily with hotel stays • Return ferry crossing from Stockholm – Mariehamn (Aland) Price from A$540 (per person, twin share) Car hire options: Contact Bentours for more information.

Note: Bentours can create your ultimate Baltic Sea adventure. Combine Scandinavian cities with the Baltic States and Russia. Relax and discover more - enjoy your holiday as you wish. Different routes may require different ships. Hotels above, if unavailable, may be substituted for another hotel of similar standard. For full itinerary details, contact Bentours. For Visa Free Russia packages various, hotels options.

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Cabin Suite

MS M.Rostropovich

MS M.ROSTROPOVICH Ship Information This Russian 5-star ship cruising the waterways has been recently refurbished and offers guests an unmatched level of comfort, service, amenities and inclusions on these voyages. See Russia’s greatest museums, landmarks and experience Russian life and culture on this incredible river cruise with extensive value inclusions.

The MS M.Rostropovich Difference • The MS M.Rostropovich offers exceptional value without compromising on quality or comfort. • Transfer to the port for groups on embarkation/ disembarkation days • Extensive shore excursion program • Daily on board international entertainment including concerts, cultural lessons, master classes, movies and more • Welcome traditional ‘Bread & Salt’ ceremony • Captains Cocktail Event & Dinner • All on board meals • Coffee station for early risers

Facilities and Amenities

• Luggage handling on board • Visa Support Letter

Staterooms and Meals On board you will enjoy spacious cabins, most with balconies or large windows for unforgettable scenic views as you cruise the Volga River from Moscow to St. Petersburg – or reverse the program to suit your itinerary. The elegant and comfortable cabins all have ensuite bathrooms with hairdryer and 220v sockets. Cabins are air conditioned. You can relax and enjoy a large double bed with stylish bedside tables, a roomy wardrobe, TV & radio, bar fridge, a telephone and in-room safe. On board, meals are a mix of buffet style for breakfast and lunch offering a wide range of Russian and international cuisine. Dinner is a 4 course fixed menu and on occasion a Russian BBQ (weather dependent) a glass of red or white wine or juice is included. Guests can look forward to mulled wine being served during the cooler months and ice tea during the hot weather when returning to the ship after shore excursions.

Sun Deck

Boat Deck

Middle Deck

Main Deck

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Dining & Entertainment

• Bar-Restaurant “Symphony” • Restaurant “Opera” • Lounge-Bar “River Melody” • “Maestro” Conference Hall/Movie Theatre • Coffee Station • Outside bar • Lift • Sundeck with chaise-lounges • Gym • Games Room • Medical Suite • Reception • Souvenir Shop • Ironing Room

Cabin Grades A+

Sun deck, Deluxe double or twin share

HS+

Sun deck, double or twin share

B+

Boat deck, Deluxe double or twin share

BSB+

Boat deck, double or twin share

MSB+

Boat deck, double or twin share

G+

Boat deck, Standard double or twin share

D-

Middle deck without balcony

C+

Middle deck, Deluxe double or twin share

BSM+

Middle deck, double or twin share

MSM+

Middle deck, double or twin share

H+

Middle deck, Standard double or twin share

IS+

Middle deck, double share

F-

Main deck, Deluxe, without balcony

E-

Main deck, Junior suite, without balcony

I-

Main deck, Standard twin, without balcony

J-

Main deck, Standard double, without balcony


Uglich

Symphony River Cruise

FINLAND Lake Onega

8 DAYS | MS M.ROSTROPOVICH | MOSCOW – ST. PETERSBURG Travel on-board the Russian 5-star river cruiser MS M.Rostropovich along the rivers, lakes and canals of Russia, between St. Petersburg and Moscow. This is undoubtedly one of the best ways to view the fascinating sights of these two great cities and to discover the spectacular interiors of Russia. Departs Moscow: 6, 20 May ; 3, 17 Jun ; 1, 15, 29 Jul ; 12, 26 Aug ; 9, 23 Sep ‘17 St. Petersburg: 13, 27 May ; 10, 24 Jun ; 8, 22 Jul ; 5, 19 Aug ; 2, 16 Sep ‘17

Inclusions • 7 nights in cabin category of your choice • Meals as per itinerary BLD • Russian Tea Ceremony and Vodka Tasting Party • 8 guided excursions • On board English speaking attendants • Daily international entertainment on board: concerts, lessons, master classes, movies, welcome bread and salt ceremony, captain’s cocktail and dinner • Luggage handling on board the ship • Visa Support Letter

Price from A$4,014 (Per person, twin share. Based on J- Cabin) Day 1 Moscow After embarking, enjoy a meet and greet with your fellow voyagers that includes a briefing and a traditional “Bread & Salt” ceremony. In the evening enjoy dinner and entertainment on board as you get to know your fellow passengers, staff and crew. D Day 2 Moscow Enjoy a panoramic city bus tour of Moscow’s most iconic sites including the Kremlin, Red Square, one of Moscow’s stunning cathedrals in Cathedral Square and lunch in the city. (On the reverse cruise from

St. Petersburg to Moscow, dinner in the city of Moscow is included). Return to the ship for the Captain’s Welcome Cocktail Function, dinner and evening entertainment. BLD Day 3 Uglich Cruise into Uglich and disembark after breakfast for a tour of this historical town. See the 17th century Chapel of St Dimitry on the Blood, built on the site where Ivan the Terrible’s son was killed. You will also see the Church of the Transfiguration. Back on board enjoy a traditional dinner and entertainment. BLD Day 4 Goritsy Cross Lake Beloye to the peaceful village of Goritsy, where you can admire the wonderful Kirillo-Belozersky Monastery, the Monastery of St Cyril on the White Lake and the Museum of Icons. Back on board, enjoy a traditional Russian dinner and entertainment. BLD Day 5 Kizhi Explore World-Heritage listed Kizhi – a picturesque island on Lake Onega. The focal point is the Kizhi ensemble – the 18th century Church of the Transfiguration Cathedral, Church of the Intercession and bell tower, as well as Russia’s oldest wooden church built in 1311. In the evening enjoy a themed dinner and entertainment on board. BLD Day 6 Mandrogui After breakfast on board, enjoy a day visiting the traditional Russian village of Mandrogui complete with ancient wooden buildings, artisans and craftsmen making “matryoshkas” (Russian nesting dolls). Enjoy a Russian BBQ picnic lunch on the river bank accompanied

Kizhi Island

St Petersburg

RUSSIA Goritzy

Mandrogi Lake Ladoga

Rybinsk Lake Uglich

ESTONIA Volga River

LATVIA

Moscow Canal

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by a folk band. Enjoy your evening on board at the ship’s gala dinner and concert. BLD Day 7 St. Petersburg St. Petersburg awaits with a city bus tour that takes in Peter and Paul Fortress, Nevsky Prospekt, the Exchange, Palace Square and the magnificent Winter Palace, St Isaac’s Cathedral and the Cathedral of the Saviour on the Spilled Blood. After lunch in the city enjoy a guided tour of the world renowned Hermitage Museum. Enjoy your last night on MS M.Rostropovich with dinner and entertainment. BLD Day 8 St. Petersburg Enjoy your final breakfast on board at leisure prior to disembarking where your cruise concludes. B

Note: Transfers available from main international airports to pier from $68pp based on 2 passengers. Bentours mostly sells cabins & suites with private balconies on this vessel. Single supplement may be available on request. *Reverse itineraries for these dates. A Russian visa is required for these tours. The above itineraries are indicative only. Contact Bentours for optional excursions.

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Lounge

MS Volga Dream

MS VOLGA DREAM The MS Volga Dream is a boutique riverboat offering an unforgettable cruise at a great-value price. Intimate and elegant, it is the perfect way to discover Russia’s historical heartland in style.

• Shore excursions are conducted with a maximum group size of 25 people. • A diverse range of on board activities offer a fascinating insight into Russian culture. These include cooking demonstrations, Russian language lessons, documentary films and lectures about the towns visited.

The MS Volga Dream Difference

Staterooms and Meals

Ship Information

• The MS Volga Dream offers exceptional value for money without compromising on boutique quality. • Pre- and post-cruise accommodation in Moscow and St. Petersburg is in superior standard city hotels within walking distance of the main attractions. (Many other cruise operators only provide accommodation on board their boat, which is often moored well outside the city centre. In these cases, opportunities to explore are severely limited). • Family owned and operated, catering for only 109 guests, the MS Volga Dream is the ideal vessel for travellers seeking a more intimate cruise experience.

All 56 comfortable staterooms are equipped with air-conditioning, minibar, safety deposit box, telephone and a private bathroom with separate glass shower. You can admire Russia’s stunning landscapes through your cabin window or porthole, or watch a range of international satellite programs and movies on your flat-screen TV. On board meals are a mix of Russian and international cuisine. Some of the delights on offer for breakfast are Russian pancakes with homemade jam, freshly baked pastries, steaming hot porridge, crispy bread, made-toorder omelettes and a selection of continental meats.

Junior Suite

The buffet-style lunch makes use of fresh, locally sourced ingredients and on fine days you can enjoy an al fresco barbeque on the sundeck. The culinary highlight of the day is a delicious a la carte dinner, prepared around a different theme each night.

Life On Board The MS Volga Dream has plenty to keep you occupied between trips ashore. Guests can participate in one of the many on board activities, relax on the sundeck’s splendid teak furniture, or retreat to the library to read or challenge a friend to a game of chess. The elegant wood-paneled lounge is the perfect place to take in the panoramic river views by day, while at night you can enjoy cocktails or champagne from the bar accompanied by live music from a professional pianist.

Facilities and Amenities • Restaurant with single-sitting dining • Neva Lounge/Bar with Wi-Fi and live music • Ladoga Outdoor Bar • Library • Tea and coffee station (open 24 hours) • Boutique with folk craft items • Fitness centre • Sauna and massage room • Laundry (no dry cleaning) • Internet

Sun Deck

Cabin Grades Promenade Deck

Main Deck

Cabin Deck

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Standard Stateroom

Cabin deck, twin share

Superior Stateroom

Main deck, twin share

Deluxe Stateroom

Promenade or sun deck, double or twin share

Junior Suite

Promenade or sun deck, double

Deluxe Junior Suite

Sun deck, double

Owner’s Suite

Promenade deck, double


Yaroslavl

Volga Dream River Cruise

Kizhi Island Lake Onega

Goritzy

13 DAYS | VOLGA DREAM | MOSCOW – ST. PETERSBURG Discover the wonders of the Russian countryside aboard the elegant and original MS Volga Dream, as you cruise along the serene Volga River. Enjoy easy access to the highlights of Moscow and St. Petersburg from superbly located hotels.

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(Per person, twin share. Based on Standard Cabin)

Gold Program Hotels 5H 5H

Platinum programs also available* Day 1 Moscow Arrive in Moscow and transfer to your centrally located hotel. Meet your guide and fellow passengers. Day 2 Moscow See St Basil’s Cathedral on our morning tour. Visit Red Square and Novodevichi Cemetery to see the tombs of famous Russians. The afternoon is at leisure. B

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• 3 nights hotel accommodation in Moscow • 6 nights in cabin category of your choice • 3 nights hotel accommodation in St. Petersburg • Meals as per itinerary BLD • 24 hr tea & coffee station • Welcome fruit basket • Bottled water (replenished daily) • Wine, beer and soft drinks with lunch & dinner • Arrival and departure transfers • Sightseeing as per itinerary • Russian workshop, including lectures, classes, films, concerts & performances • All port charges, fuel surcharges and local taxes

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Moscow St. Petersburg

Uglich

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Moscow: 25 May; 20 Jun; 6, 18, 30 Jul; 11, 24 Aug; 7, 21 Sep ‘17 St. Petersburg: 31 May; 14 Jun; 12 Jul; 05, 17, 30 Aug; 13, 27 Sep ‘17

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Lake Ladoga

Day 4 Moscow Visit the Tretyakon Gallery - the first Russian fine art museum. Enjoy a ride on the famous Moscow Metro and transfer to the MS Volga Dream. The captain’s welcome dinner is a highlight as we set sail. BD Day 5 Uglich Stop in Uglich to visit the 17th century Chapel of Dimitry, built on the site where Ivan the Terrible’s son was killed. See the Church of the Transfiguration and attend an unforgettable choral concert. BLD Day 6 Yaroslavl Marvel at the Transfiguration of the Saviour Cathedral, which is adorned with murals of St John’s apocalyptic visions. Continue to the richly frescoed Church of St Elijah the Prophet. Enjoy a costumed performance at the historic Governor’s House. BLD Day 7 Goritsy Cross Lake Beloye to the peaceful village of Goritsy, where you can admire wonderful frescoes at the Kirillo-Belozersky Monastery. Enjoy a costumed Russian dinner with vodka tasting. BLD Day 8 Kizhi Explore World Heritage–listed Kizhi, a picturesque island in Lake Onega. A highlight is the 18th century Church of the Transfiguration, an onion-domed wooden masterpiece built without using a single nail. BLD Day 9 Svir River – Mandrogi Navigate the Svir River to Lake Ladoga, Europe’s largest freshwater lake. Step ashore at Mandrogi to get a glimpse of village life from days gone by. BLD

For bookings made by 31 July 2016

Day 10-12 St. Petersburg Leave the ship this morning and move to a centrally located hotel. City sightseeing over two days includes visits to the Peter and Paul Fortress, Catherine’s Palace, the Faberge Museum and the Hermitage Museum with over 3 million artworks. Visit the stunning imperial estate of Peterhof including the Bath Cottage and a stroll through the Lower Park, where 176 fountains surround majestic palaces and gilded statues. BLD Day 13 St. Petersburg The tour concludes after breakfast. Please ask Bentours for assistance in arranging additional travel requirements. B

Note: * Platinum program visits additional sites in smaller guided sightseeing groups of 15-25 passengers. Moscow hotel – St. Regis Nikolskaya. St. Petersburg hotel – Grand Hotel Europe (or similar). A Russian visa is required for this tour. The above itinerary is indicative only. Contact Bentours for a full list of optional excursions.

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MV SPIRIT OF ENDERBY Ship Information MV Spirit of Enderby is a fully ice-strengthened expedition vessel, built in 1984 for polar and oceanographic research. She carries just 50 passengers and was refurbished in March 2013. The real focus and emphasis of every expedition is getting you ashore as often as possible for as long as possible with maximum safety and comfort. Carried on the Spirit of Enderby is a fleet of zodiacs / hovercraft, allowing you to land in places that are inaccessible to other ships. Our Expeditions are accompanied by some of the most experienced naturalists and guides, who have devoted a lifetime to field research in the areas that we visit. The ship is crewed by a very enthusiastic and most experienced Russian Captain and crew, who are specialists in the Far East regions of Russia that we explore.

Life On Board On board there is a combined bar/library lounge area and a dedicated lecture room. In the dining room, you will be treated to excellent standards of cuisine which is prepared by top NZ and Australian chefs.

Cabins and Meals Comfortable accommodation is provided in twin share cabins, approximately half of which have private facilities. All cabins have outside windows or portholes and ample storage space.

Specifications • Classification: Russian register KM ice class • Year built: 1984 • Accommodation: 50 berths expedition • Shipyard: Finland • Main engines: Power 2x1560 bhp (2x 1147 Kw) • Flag: Russia • Maximum speed: 12 knots (2 engines) • Cruising speed: 10 knots(one engine) • Bunker capacity: 320 tons

Buffet Bar

Cabin Grades

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Heritage Suite

Twin share, private facilities

Mini Suite

Twin share, private facilities

Superior Plus

Twin share, private facilities

Superior

Twin share (bunk beds), private facilities

Main Deck

Twin share, share facilities

Main Deck Triple

Triple share, share facilities

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Polar bear

Wrangel Island – Top of the World

Musk ox Wrangel Island

15 DAYS | MV SPIRIT OF ENDERBY | ANADYR – ANADYR A brilliant expedition that crosses the Arctic Circle and includes the isolated and pristine Wrangel and Herald Islands, as well as a significant section of the wild North Eastern Siberian coastline. It is a journey only made possible in recent years, due to the retreat of summer pack ice in the Chukchi Sea. The very small distance between Russia and the USA along this border area was known as the Ice Curtain, behind which then and now lies one of the last great undiscovered wilderness areas in the world.

Departs 7, 21 Aug ‘17

Inclusions • 14 nights in cabin category of your choice • Meals as per itinerary BLD • Pre & post cruise transfers • Expedition shore excursions

Price from A$15,349 (Per person, twin share. Based on Main Deck Cabin) Additional charges: Local cash payment USD$500 pp

Day 1 Anadyr All expedition members will arrive in Anadyr; depending on your time of arrival you may have the opportunity to explore Anadyr, before getting to know your fellow voyagers and expedition team on board the Spirit of Enderby. (Note: You will most likely wish to depart Nome, Alaska, the day prior. Charter flight can be arranged at additional cost.) D Day 2 Anadyrskiy Bay At sea today, there will be some briefings and lectures it is also a chance for some ‘birding’ cetacean watching and settling into ship life. Late this afternoon we plan to Zodiac cruise some spectacular bird cliffs in Preobrazheniya Bay. BLD Day 3 Yttygran, Nuneangan – Arakamchechen Islands Yttygran Island is home to the monumental ancient aboriginal site known as Whale Bone Alley. Whalebones stretch along the beach for nearly half a kilometre. Gray Whales are frequently seen around the island, we will also cruise by Nuneangan and Arakamchechen Islands where seabirds nest and walrus can be found. BLD

Day 4 Cape Dezhnev and Uelen Village Sea conditions permitting, we will land at Cape Dezhnev early this morning. The north-eastern most point of the Eurasian continent, it is sometimes possible to see the coast of America from this remote and lonely outpost. A few nautical miles to the west of Cape Dezhnev we visit Uelen Village the most north-eastern village in Russia. The population is predominantly Chukchi and the village is one of the largest centres for traditional Chukchi and Inuit art in the world. BLD Day 5 Kolyuchin Island This small island was once an important Russian Polar Research Station and one of a number dotted across the Arctic. Near the derelict buildings are some of the most spectacular bird cliffs in the Arctic where puffins, guillemots and gulls can be observed and photographed up close. BLD Days 6-10 Wrangel – Herald Islands We will spend the next few days on Wrangel Island and also attempt to include a visit to nearby Herald Island. There are many landings that we can make to search out wildlife, wild flowers and Arctic landscapes. Polar Bears will be high on our list of animals to see, along with musk oxen and reindeer. Wrangel Island is a Russian Federal Nature Reserve of international significance and importance particularly as it is a major Polar Bear denning area. Also each summer thousands of birds migrate here to breed, including Snow Geese, Snowy Owls, skuas, Arctic Terns, Ross’s, Sabine and Ivory Gulls. BLD Day 11 North Siberian Coast Bounded by narrow sand ridges with numerous lagoons and inlets, this area offers plenty of places to land and explore this extensive coastline. We will be on the lookout for whales, walrus and other wildlife.

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Kolyuchin Island Uelen

Anadyr

Yttygran Island

Diomede Islands

We will see Chukchi villages whose residents survive in an unforgiving climate, hunting seals and whales just as their ancestors did. BLD Day 12 Kolyuchin Inlet So huge that it is visible from satellite photos, this inlet contains vast numbers of waterfowl and migratory waders. We concentrate our visit on the Belaka Spit near the mouth of the inlet. It is a wild, desolate landscape that is strangely beautiful. We search the dunes and tidal areas for birdlife including Emperor Geese and Spoon-billed Sandpipers. Gray Whales frequent the area and are sometimes spotted feeding only metres offshore. BLD Day 13 Bering Strait – Chukotka Coast Early morning we will pass the Diomede Islands, sometimes called Tomorrow Island and Yesterday Isle because they straddle the International Date Line. Here Russia and America are separated by only 2.3 nautical miles of ocean. We will remain in Russian territory as we cruise south past the islands. Later this afternoon we make an expedition landing on the Chukotka coast, our last chance to enjoy the wildlife and tundra landscape. BLD Day 14 At Sea Relax as we sail across Anadyrskiy Bay towards Anadyr. BLD Day 15 Anadyr After breakfast it will be time to say our farewells. There will be a complimentary transfer to the airport or to a central downtown hotel. B Note: *Private charter flights from Alaska available: Nome to Anadyr to Nome. Ask Bentours for details.

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NEW

Kamchatka brown bear

Spoon-billed Sandpiper

Siberia’s Forgotten Coast – Kamchatka 14 DAYS | MV SPIRIT OF ENDERBY PETROPAVLOVSK-KAMCHATSKIY – PORT OF ANADYR An excellent opportunity to explore the Siberian coast and the Kamchatka region, containing a rich natural history that has largely gone unnoticed by the rest of the world. Flanked by amazing coastline dominated in places by volcanoes, fiords and rich estuarine areas and tundra - this expedition in a must for wildlife enthusiasts. A main feature of the trip is for bird lovers, who wish to search for the critically-endangered Spoon-billed Sandpiper. Undoubtedly one of the most remote and least visited regions of the globe, this coastline has diverse assemblages of wildlife and habitats and virtually no people or visitors to disturb them – truly unique. Departs 27 Jun ‘17

Inclusions • 11 nights in cabin category of your choice • Meals as per itinerary BLD • Pre & post cruise transfers • Expedition shore excursions (exc. Optional kayaking) • Expedition lecture programme

Price from A$12,598 (Per person, twin share. Based on Main Deck Cabin) Additional charges: Local cash payment USD$500 pp

Day 1 Petropavlovsk – Kamchatskiy Arrive into Petropavlovsk-Kamchatskiy, the capital and administrative centre of the Kamchatka Region and transfer to the port to board the Spirit of Enderby. D Day 2 Zhupanova River Spend the morning Zodiac cruising on the Zhupanova River. Our main wildlife opportunities here are the Steller’s Sea Eagle, Largha Seals are a good variety of waterfowl and waders. Late afternoon, we head for the Commander Islands. New species to look for include Laysan Albatross, Mottled Petrel and the Fork-tailed Storm-Petrel. The Kamchatka Trench can also be excellent for Blue Whales on this crossing. BLD Days 3-4 Commander Islands We intend to explore the islands through a combination of landings and Zodiac cruises. Zodiac cruising is often spectacular and we hope to encounter Red-faced Cormorant, Red-legged Kittiwake, Pigeon Guillemot,

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Horned Puffin, as well as Parakeet, Crested and Whiskered Auklets and Sea Otters. Our plans also include a ship cruise along the southern coast of Bering Island, an area with whale varieties such as Humpback, Sperm, Northern Minke, Orcas and Baird’s Beaked Whales all regularly encountered. BLD Day 5 Karaginskiy Island Our proposed landing site is a patchwork of boggy tundra, ponds and shingle spits where an interesting range of waders can be found including Pacific Golden Plover, Red-necked Stint and Red-necked Phalarope. We also hope to see Bluethroat and Pallas’ Reed Bunting. BLD Day 6 Verkhoturova Island – Govena Peninsula Verkhoturova Island has some huge seabird colonies, including fantastic views of Tufted Puffins, Brunnich’s Guillemots, Pelagic Cormorants and Black-legged Kittiwakes. Both Steller’s Eider and Harlequin Duck occur here too and we may also see some Steller Sea Lions. A zodiac cruise or landing on the Govena Peninsula will take us to brown bear territory. BLD Days 7-10 Koryak – Chukotka Coast An exciting few days of the expedition, as we travel along this largely unknown part of the coast. It comprises deep forested fjords where we should see brown bears, Red Fox, mountain sheep and Kamchatka Marmots. In the many lagoons and shallow bays there is a vast array of birdlife including Tundra Bean Goose, Steller’s Eider, Great Knot, Long-tailed Stint, Gyrfalcon, Siberian Accentor, Asian Rosy Finch and Kittlitz’s Murrelet. In 2011 we recorded a previously unknown breeding population of Spoon-billed Sandpiper. Working alongside researchers from BirdLife International and Birds Russia

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Anadyr

RUSSIA

Meinypil’gyno

Verkhoturova Island Karaginskiy Island

Commander Islands Zhupanova River Petropavlovsk-Kamchatskiy

Bering Sea

who will be travelling with us, we plan to revisit many of these areas to monitor changes and search for new breeding colonies. There will be unique opportunities for photography, for hiking and ‘birding’ in country where literally only a few ‘westerners’ have ever been. BLD Days 11-12 Meinypil’gyno Located on a 40km long shingle spit is the most important site in the world for breeding Spoon-billed Sandpiper. We will be guests of the Spoon-billed Sandpiper Recovery Taskforce and if possible, may be guided to one of their monitored nests. The area is extremely rich in other wildlife, including Emperor Goose, Pacific Diver, White-billed Diver and Sandhill Crane. The lagoon entrance often has Largha Seal, Gray and Beluga Whales and a spectacular number of gulls. BLD Day 13 Cape Navarin – Keyngypilgyn Lagoon This coastline is rich in marine mammals and one creature we will be looking for in particular, is the walrus. Good numbers of Gray Whales often congregate here too. To the north of Cape Navarin is Keyngypilgyn Lagoon, an excellent location for waterfowl and waders including Emperor Geese, Greater White-fronted Geese, Brent Geese, Whooper Swan, King Eiders, Red Knots and Aleutian Terns. BLD Day 14 Port of Anadyr As we cruise into Anadyr Bay, there is an excellent chance of seeing more Beluga Whales and after a final breakfast on board the Spirit of Enderby, it will be time to disembark. Complimentary transfers provided to a downtown hotel or the airport. B Note: *Private charter flights from Alaska available, Anadyr to Nome. Ask Bentours for details.


NEW

Steller Sea Eagle

The Wondrous Sea of Okhotsk

Magadan

Okhotsk Town

Talan Island

12 DAYS | MV SPIRIT OF ENDERBY | SAKHALIN ISLAND – MAGADAN This is a truly unique journey that travels through a little known and seldom visited region, with a rich history and very significant and important terrestrial and marine wildlife. From Sakhalin in the Kuril Islands, travel to Magadan through the Sea of Okhotsk, where seabird numbers can only be described as spectacular. The region is home to wildlife including Ribbon Seals, Steller’s Sea Lions, whales, large colonies of Northern Fur Seals and Brown Bear. There are still discoveries to be made and so for the inquisitive, adventurous and open minded traveller this is a ‘must do’ expedition. Departs 12 Jun ‘17

Inclusions • 11 nights in cabin category of your choice • Meals as per itinerary BLD • Pre & post cruise transfers • All expedition shore excursions • Expedition lecture programme

Price from A$10,695 (Per person, twin share. Based on Main Deck Cabin) Additional charges: Local cash payment USD$500 pp

Day 1 Port of Korsakov – Sakhalin Island This morning we board a coach for transfer to the Port of Korsakov (40 minutes south of the city of Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk), where we will board the ship and set sail towards the Sea of Okhotsk. LD Day 2 Tyuleniy Island This small island is a strong hold for Northern Fur Seals and Steller Sea Lions. Fur seal numbers have increased since an International Convention signed in 1911 banned seal hunting here. In the 1990s Steller Sea Lions started breeding on the island and their colony now numbers in their thousands. BLD Day 3 Piltun Bay – Sakhalin Island It was the discovery of oil and gas in this region which put Sakhalin Island on many people’s maps. Piltun Bay is an important habitat for the small population of Western Gray Whales. We travel by Zodiac inshore to the shallower waters where they are known to feed. BLD Day 4 Iony Island Iony Island lies in the middle of the Sea of Okhotsk.

Yamskiye Islands

Magadan

Koni Peninsula

Mal’minskie Islands Shantar Archipelago

RUSSIA

Sea of Okhotsk

Sakhalin Island Tyuleniy Island Port of Korsakov

Birds appear to take up all available space; there are guillemots, kittiwakes and various species of auklets, with Parakeet, Whiskered and Least being the most prominent. We will Zodiac cruise around the island as Steller Sea Lions occupy the few rocky beaches, making landing impossible. BLD

with extraordinary numbers of nesting Black-legged kittiwakes and a large population of Steller’s Sea Eagles. BLD

Days 5-6 Shantar Archipelago Lying in the western sector of the Sea of Okhotsk, the islands in this archipelago are amongst the last place in the sea to become ice free each year. This increases our chances of seeing some of the variety of seals that breed here, including Bearded, Ringed, Largha and Ribbon Seals. BLD

Day 10 Koni Peninsula This mountainous region to the south-east of the town of Magadan is partly included in the Magadanskiy Zapovednik Reserve. This reserve protects animals like brown bear and Snow Sheep. Many of our landings are expeditionary and unique, based on naturist feedback. BLD

Day 7 Mal’minskie Islands Numerous species of bird breed here. Spectacled Guillemots, Ancient Murrelet, Rhinoceros Auklet, Parakeet Auklet, Horned and Tufted Puffin, Crested Auklet and both Common and Brunnich’s Guillemot. There is also a good population of Steller’s Sea Eagles on the island and on the adjacent mainland, where we can stretch our legs and explore the taiga forest. BLD

Day 11 Yamskiye Islands These islands are claimed by some biologists to be the largest bird colony in the North Pacific, full of species listed above. According to bird counts there are an estimated 7 million birds nesting on Matykil Island, the largest in the group. We Zodiac around the coast as no landings are permitted. BLD

Day 8 Okhotsk Town This town has featured in Russian Far East history since the earliest Cossack explorers came from the west. Today Okhotsk is the centre of fishing in the region and the port exports significant quantities of salmon. We enter the town by Zodiac up the river – where the generous locals will provide entertainment and a cultural display. BLD Day 9 Talan Island Internationally renowned, we plan on circumnavigating the island by Zodiac. Talan is famous largely because of the hundreds of thousands of Crested Auklets that nest there, along

Day 12 Magadan The name Magadan is synonymous with Stalin’s oppressive Gulags or prisons. The local museum has an excellent display about the Gulags but the most poignant reminder is the ‘Mask of Sorrow’ a large monument on a hill overlooking the town. The infamous Kolyma Highway or the ‘Road of Bones’ connects Magadan with Irkutsk (and ultimately greater Russia). We plan to arrive here at midday, where transfers are provided to central hotel or airport – and our expedition ends. B

Optional Excursions • Road of Bones. Ask Bentours for details.

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PLUS LATIN AMERICA Antarctica is like no other place on Earth. Its abundance of wildlife and stunning landscape is simply awe-inspiring. Coupled with Falkland Islands and South Georgia, this truly unique region is on top of the list of many adventurers’ final frontiers. For the truly wild at heart, the Weddell Sea beckons! Bentours offers a wide variety of unforgettable voyages to our unique southernmost continent. The largest ship on offer, the MS Midnatsol, is set to change the way we think about polar travel. Programs that are coupled with Patagonia or the Chilean Fjords provide an all-encompassing holiday experience at very affordable prices. The classic polar vessel the MS Fram is still the perfect choice for discovering the region in total comfort. We also welcome the newly refurbished and boutique / luxury vessel the MS Hebridean Sky (previously the ‘Sea Explorer’) on its maiden voyage, for those seeking extra finesse. The MS Expedition is medium sized and places a greater emphasis on a hands-on experience with a range of specialist programs. Keeping with that theme, the MV Akademik Sergey Vavilov is a much admired, smaller scientific research vessel which allows for more time to explore while on land. Lastly, the smallest vessel - MV Ocean Nova, offers a small intimate experience with return flights from Punta Arenas to King George Island where your vessel awaits. Visitors to the frozen continent can also extend their holiday by booking a pre or post cruise package or extended holidays in Latin America. Ask Bentours for details. Antarctic Penguins


Iceberg

White Christmas in Antarctica

To/From Buenos Aires

ARGENTINA

20 DAYS | MS FRAM | BUENOS AIRES – USHUAIA – BUENOS AIRES Enjoy an extraordinary ‘White Christmas’ on the trip of a lifetime! Journey with us to Antarctica, the Falklands, South Georgia and the South Orkneys. On board, you are invited to celebrate Christmas in the traditional Norwegian way. Celebrate the New Year in one of Earth’s most remote, pristine regions. Journey ashore to isolated beaches, encounter unique wildlife in magnificent landscapes and kayak through virgin waters with icebergs floating by. Very unique and limited – book early! Departs 14 Dec ‘17

Inclusions • 1 night pre-cruise accommodation in Buenos Aires • 18 nights in cabin category of your choice • Meals as per itinerary BLD • Complimentary tea and coffee • Return economy-class flights from Buenos Aires to Ushuaia • Departure transfer from Buenos Aires hotel to airport • Return airport transfers in Ushuaia with orientation tour • Wind and water-resistant personal jacket • Landings in Polarcirkel boats • Lectures and educational programs lead by an expedition team

Price from A$14,863 (Per person, twin share. Based on I Grade Cabin) Day 1 Buenos Aires December means summer and warmth. Discover the city’s beautiful violet jacaranda trees bursting into bloom alongside 1,000 different colourful roses at the Rose Garden Walk (Paseo del Rosedal). Day 2 Buenos Aires – Ushuaia Check out of the hotel and fly to Ushuaia, where MS Fram awaits. Meet the captain, his officers, expedition team and fellow travellers. Set course for the Southern Ocean and our Christmas adventure. BD Day 3 At Sea First full day on board will be spent at sea. You may choose to participate in the first of many on board lectures. Keep a look out for wildlife, including the graceful albatross and Dusky dolphins. BLD Day 4-5 Falkland Islands The Falklands is teeming with the wonders of wildlife and nature. See Gentoo and Rock Hopper penguins,

sea lions, elephant seals and black-browed albatross with their young – allowing for great photo opportunities! Discover the capital, Stanley, where most shops and services are centred. Allow time for the museum, post-office and the towns lively pubs. BLD Day 6-7 At Sea The next two days at sea, the on-board Expedition Team’s lecture series will continue. Learn about South Georgia – from its geology and glaciology to the mating rituals of Sooty albatrosses and King penguins. BLD Day 8-9 South Georgia The island’s mountainous scenery, glaciers and beaches teem with wildlife. King penguins are in abundance. On board we invite you to take part in a real Norwegian Christmas with traditional food. In Grytviken, we can pay our respects to one of Antarctica’s greatest explorers, Sir Ernest Shackleton. BLD Day 10 At Sea Continuing to Antarctica, be taught more about the wonders of the Deep South. The lecture series includes a thorough introduction to the Antarctic visitor guidelines from the Antarctic Treaty and International Association of Antarctica Tour Operators (IAATO). BLD Day 11 South Orkneys Spend one day exploring these islands. The deserted South Orkney Islands are every photographers dream. Majestic snow-capped mountains, blue icebergs and an endless wilderness all enhance your experience. BLD Day 12 At Sea Cruise by Washington Strait and Coronation Island. Then we set course towards Elephant Island and Antarctica. BLD Day 13-17 Antarctica Enjoy four days in Antarctica! Highlights include Deception Island, one of the South Shetlands; a distinctive ring-shaped volcanic caldera. Enjoy a unique Antarctica experience – hiking on an active volcano.

Falkland Islands

CHILE Ushuaia

South Georgia

DRAKE PASSAGE

Antarc tic Ci

rcle

Antarctic Peninsula

South Orkney Islands

Also visited is Half Moon Island, considered a jewel of diversity in the polar landscape. A rare day experienced by few and one to be treasured. Navigating through the 48-kilometre Antarctic Sound is challenging due to ice. However, we will witness the most impressive creations of icebergs that we will see on our voyage. Heading to Brown Bluff, commonly viewed are Adelie and Chinstrap penguins, Kelp gulls and Cape petrels nesting below spectacular 745 metre high cliffs. BLD Day 18-19 Drake Passage Sailing in a northbound direction, we recap on our recent experiences of Antarctica, the Falkland Islands, South Georgia and South Orkneys. BLD Day 20 Ushuaia – Buenos Aires Ushuaia is the largest city in Argentina’s Tierra del Fuego region and is situated on the Beagle Channel. Flight back to Buenos Aires leaves early afternoon. If you want to take advantage of the sun and warmth again, we recommend you participate in any of the post voyage programmes in Buenos Aires. B

MS FRAM Please refer to page 12 for ship information, deck plans and cabin grades.

Cabins Also Available • Polar Outside (FJ, N) • Arctic Superior (U, F) • Expedition Suites (M, MG)

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Group in Polarcirkel, Antarctic Peninsula

The Great Antarctica Expedition

ARGENTINA

To/From Buenos Aires

20 DAYS | MS FRAM | BUENOS AIRES – BUENOS AIRES An ultimate adventure! The teeming wildlife and haunting scenery of the southern Atlantic Ocean will astound you on this epic voyage to the Falkland Islands, South Georgia, the South Orkneys and the Antarctic Peninsula. Departs 26 Nov ‘17

Inclusions • 1 night pre-cruise accommodation in Buenos Aires • Departure transfer from Buenos Aires hotel to airport • 18 nights in cabin category of your choice • Meals as per itinerary BLD • Suite passengers enjoy a selection of complimentary drinks with on board meals • Complimentary tea and coffee • Return economy-class flights from Buenos Aires to Ushuaia (including taxes) • Return airport transfers in Ushuaia with orientation tour • Wind and water-resistant personal jacket • Landings in Polarcirkel boats • Lectures and educational programs lead by an expedition team

Price from A$12,926 (Per person, twin share. Based on I Grade Cabin) Day 1 Buenos Aires Upon arrival in to Buenos Aires make your own way to the hotel. Remainder of your day is at leisure. Day 2-3 Buenos Aires – Ushuaia – At Sea This morning you will be transferred from your hotel to Buenos Aires airport for your flight to Ushuaia. This afternoon board the MS Fram and begin your journey. Sail northeast towards the Falklands (Malvinas), a remote and controversial group of islands with a discernibly British atmosphere. BLD Day 4-5 Falkland Islands Spend two full days exploring the far-flung Falkland Islands, with their temperate climate, unbelievably rich wildlife, friendly, welcoming people, and unique way of life. BLD

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Day 6-7 At Sea Sail on to South Georgia, learning en route about the island’s history and wildlife. BLD Day 8-9 South Georgia South Georgia is one of the most remote locations on Earth. Its human inhabitants are vastly outnumbered by seals and king penguins. Visit long-abandoned whaling stations and visit the poignant gravesite of Sir Ernest Henry Shackleton, one of the greatest of Antarctic explorers. BLD

Falkland Islands

CHILE

Ushuaia

South Georgia

DRAKE PASSAGE

South Shetland Islands Antarc tic Ci

South Orkney Islands

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Day 20 Ushuaia – Buenos Aires Arrive in Ushuaia and transfer to the airport for your flight to Buenos Aires. The tour ends on arrival in the Argentinian capital. B

Day 10 At Sea Sail towards the South Orkneys, accompanied by wheeling seabirds and breaching whales. BLD Day 11 South Orkney Islands Weather permitting, you will make landfall on the isolated South Orkney Islands. The mysterious, uninhabited islands were named after their Scottish counterparts, and are surrounded by seas supporting countless numbers of seals, penguins and birds. BLD Day 12 At Sea Set sail for Antarctica, expending your knowledge of this remarkable wilderness area through fascinating on board lectures from your expert expedition crew. BLD Day 13-17 Antarctica Discover curious penguins and seals and the stunning ice formations of the last great wilderness on Earth. Antarctica’s variable ice and weather conditions will determine your exact route and shore excursions over the next five days. BLD Day 18-19 Drake Passage Leave Antarctica behind as you cross the Drake Passage and ply towards Argentina. Named after legendary British explorer Sir Francis Drake, this stretch of water is the one of the world’s most renowned. BLD

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Albatross

MS FRAM Please refer to page 12 for ship information, deck plans and cabin grades.

Cabins Also Available • Polar Outside (FJ, N) • Arctic Superior (U, F) • Expedition Suites (M, MG)


Iceberg

Polar Circle Expedition ARGENTINA

16 DAYS | MS FRAM | BUENOS AIRES – BUENOS AIRES Venturing the furthest south of all our Antarctic cruises, Bentours’ Polar Circle Expedition is a truly remarkable voyage inside the Antarctic Circle. Discover a pristine, glittering white world teeming with wildlife and known to very few others. Departs 26 Jan, 9 Feb ‘17; 25 Jan, 8 Feb ‘18

Inclusions • 1 night pre-cruise accommodation in Buenos Aires • Departure transfer from Buenos Aires hotel to airport • Return economy-class flights from Buenos Aires to Ushuaia (including taxes) • 14 nights in cabin category of your choice • Meals as per itinerary BLD • Complimentary tea and coffee • Suite passengers enjoy a selection of complimentary drinks with on board meals • Return airport transfers in Ushuaia with orientation tour • Wind and water-resistant personal jacket • Landings in Polarcirkel boats • Lectures and educational programs lead by an expedition team

Price from A$11,478 (Per person, twin share. Based on I Grade Cabin) Day 1 Buenos Aires Arrival in Buenos Aires and make your own way to the hotel. Spend the remainder of your day exploring this dynamic city. Day 2-4 Buenos Aires – Ushuaia – Drake Passage Today be transferred from your hotel to Buenos Aires airport for your flight to Ushuaia. This afternoon board the MS Fram and begin your journey crossing the Drake Passage. Connecting the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, and named after British explorer Sir Francis Drake, the Drake Passage is one of the world’s iconic waterways.

This historically treacherous crossing is now considerably easier thanks to the stability of your sturdy, modern ship and its many recreational facilities. Passengers can attend educational lectures, work out in the gym, enjoy the bracing air out on deck or sip a glass of wine in the panoramic observation lounge. BLD Day 5-13 Antarctica As you approach the shores of the great white continent and the air temperature decreases, whales and penguins will begin to appear. Soon, the first icebergs will also glide into view. Reaching the Antarctic Peninsula, you will have many opportunities to go ashore and experience at first hand the beautiful scenery and unique fauna of this frozen wilderness. Antarctica’s variable ice and weather conditions will determine your final itinerary, but among the marvels you visit will be: Neko Harbour, surrounded by some of the highest and most spectacular glacier walls of the Peninsula and a favoured feeding ground for shy minke whales. Protected from the winds of the nearby Gerlache Strait, the aptly-named Paradise Bay, with its two scientific bases, offers another marvellous opportunity for a mainland landing, and some of the finest vistas the Peninsula has to offer. The 11-kilometre-long Lemaire Channel is commonly known as one of the most beautiful passages in Antarctica, and Petermann Island is a great spot for iceberg- and whale-spotting. Port Lockroy is the site of an abandoned British base, now a fascinating museum. Wilhelmina Bay, where whales and seals feed surrounded by dramatic glaciers; Antarctic Sound, home to some of the continent’s most immense icebergs; and Brown Bluff, a penguin breeding ground dominated by a 745 metre volcanic cliff, are further examples of the spectacular destinations which abound on this journey. BLD

To/From Buenos Aires

Falkland Islands

CHILE Ushuaia

DRAKE PASSAGE

South Shetland Islands Antarc tic Ci

Elephant Island South Orkney Islands

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Day 14-15 Drake Passage Bid farewell to Antarctica as your ship heads north towards Argentina. BLD Day 16 Ushuaia – Buenos Aires Arrive in Ushuaia this morning. Transfer to the airport for your flight to Buenos Aires, where your tour ends on arrival. B

MS FRAM Please refer to page 12 for ship information, deck plans and cabin grades.

Cabins Also Available • Polar Outside (FJ, N) • Arctic Superior (U, F) • Expedition Suites (M, MG)

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Penguins

The Frozen Land of the Penguins ARGENTINA

14 DAYS | MS FRAM | BUENOS AIRES – BUENOS AIRES

To/From Buenos Aires

Explore the planet’s most remote continent aboard one of the most advanced expedition ships ever constructed. Escorted by giant albatross and flocks of storm petrels, you will cross the legendary Drake Passage to discover an abundance of wildlife in an incredible Antarctic landscape.

Falkland Islands

CHILE

Departs 2, 14 Jan; 14 Nov ‘17; 1, 13 Jan ‘18

Inclusions • 1 night pre-cruise accommodation in Buenos Aires • Departure transfer from Buenos Aires hotel to airport • Return economy-class flights from Buenos Aires to Ushuaia (including taxes) • 12 nights in cabin category of your choice • Meals as per itinerary BLD • Complimentary tea and coffee • Return airport transfers in Ushuaia with orientation tour • Wind and water-resistant personal jacket • Landings in Polarcirkel boats • Lectures and educational programs lead by an expedition team

Price from A$10,004 (Per person, twin share. Based on I Grade Cabin) Day 1 Buenos Aires Arrival in Buenos Aires and make your own way to the hotel. Remainder of the day is at your leisure to discover this colourful city. Day 2-4 Buenos Aires – Ushuaia – Drake Passage Today be transferred from your hotel to Buenos Aires airport for your flight to Ushuaia. Board the MS Fram and begin the crossing of the Drake Passage. The Drake Passage, situated between Cape Horn and the sub-Antarctic South Shetland Islands, is one of the world’s iconic waterways. Passengers can enjoy the bracing air out on deck or delight in the comfort of the panoramic observation lounge. A well-equipped gym is at your disposal and entertaining information sessions are conducted by a team of experts. BLD

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Day 5-11 Antarctica The first icebergs will glide silently into view as your ship nears the shores of the great white continent. Whales, seals and penguins will also begin to appear as the air grows colder. Reaching the Antarctic Peninsula, you will have many opportunities to go ashore and experience at first hand the beautiful scenery and unique fauna of this frozen wilderness. Antarctica’s variable ice and weather conditions will determine your final itinerary. Some sites we hope to visit are: Deception Island, whose natural harbour includes Whalers’ Bay, site of an abandoned whaling station; Half Moon Bay, a jewel of diverse landscapes whose serrated and crevassed cliffs are home to a colony of chinstrap penguins as well as Antarctic terns, kelp gulls and snowy sheathbills; Yankee Harbour, renowned as a remarkable natural haven created by a kilometre-long spit, and favoured by exhausted Weddell, crabeater, fur, and elephant seals; Cuverville Island, situated in the scenic Errera Channel, boasting the largest known colony of gentoo penguins in the Antarctic Peninsula; and Neko Harbour, surrounded by some of the highest and most spectacular glacier walls of the Peninsula and a favoured feeding ground for shy minke whales. Protected from the winds of the nearby Gerlache Strait, the aptly-named Paradise Harbour offers marvellous opportunities for a mainland landing. The 11-kilometre-long Lemaire Channel is commonly known as one of the most beautiful passages in Antarctica. Petermann Island is a great spot for iceberg- and whale-spotting. Port Lockroy is the site of an abandoned British base, now a fascinating museum. Wilhelmina Bay, where whales and seals feed surrounded by dramatic glaciers. Antarctic Sound, home to some of the continent’s most immense icebergs. Brown Bluff, a penguin breeding ground dominated by a 745-metre volcanic cliff. BLD

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Ushuaia

DRAKE PASSAGE

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Elephant Island South Orkney Islands

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Day 12–13 Drake Passage Bid farewell to the Antarctic continent as your ship heads north towards Argentina. Reflect on your life-changing Antarctic experience with your fellow passengers as you once again traverse the mighty Drake Passage. BLD Day 14 Ushuaia – Buenos Aires This unforgettable cruise comes to an end in Ushuaia. After disembarking, transfer to Ushuaia Airport for your flight to Buenos Aires. B

MS FRAM Please refer to page 12 for ship information, deck plans and cabin grades.

Cabins Also Available • Polar Outside (FJ, N) • Arctic Superior (U, F) • Expedition Suites (M, MG)


MS MIDNATSOL Ship Information The name Midnatsol (Midnight Sun) is something to live up to, and this ship, dedicated to the Norwegian summer, does just that. The interior’s bright, colourful décor is inspired by the warm sunny climate, a motif also reflected in the many pieces of Norwegian modern art on display. MS Midnatsol was put into service on 15 April 2003 and is the fourth Hurtigruten ship to bear this name.

Life On Board

MS Midnatsol

The ship has a strong environmental profile and a modern design, with Norwegian materials used extensively throughout its interiors. Together with her sister ship, MS Trollfjord, MS Midnatsol is among the newest in the fleet.

Cabins and Meals

MS MIDNATSOL DECK 9

Outdoor Jacuzzi deck

Horisont Hall

Bar

Outdoor Explorer deck

Specifications

Seating area

Horisont Fitness room

Gallery

Sauna

Balcony

MX 825

MG 823

MG 821

MG 819

MG 817

MG 815

MG 824

MG 822

MG 820

MG 818

MG 816

U2 U2 U2 U2 U2 U2 U2 813 811 809 807 805 803 801

The Hamsun

DECK 6

Mysterier Bar

Room

Panorama

Balcony

Lounge

MX 826

Internet

U2 U2 U2 U2 U2 U2 U2 814 812 810 808 806 804 802

For Antarctica programs, the ship will limit capacity to 500 people. The ship features inside and outside facing cabins with twin berths, as well as a selection of suites with double beds and several with private balconies. The on board restaurant serves a diverse array of international cuisine. Breakfast and lunch are served buffet-style, while in the evening you can enjoy a delicious three-course set menu at your reserved table.

Library

Info/ Tour Leader

Paradis Bar

• Ship Yard: Fosen Mek. Verk., (N) • Flag: Norway • Year of Construction: 2003 • Gross Tonnage: 16 151 • Cabins: 298 • Overall Length: 135,75 M • Beam: 21,5 M • Car Capacity: 35 • Service Speed: 15 Knots

U2 U2 Q2 705 703 701

I2 I2 714 708

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Q2 691

P2 P2 P2 P2 P2 P2 P2 P2 P2 O2 O2 O2 687 683 679 675 671 667 663 659 655 653 651 649

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U2 U2 U2 716 712 710

J3 J3 J3 J3 J3 J3 J3 647 645 643 641 639 637 635

P3 625

J3 J3 J3 J3 633 631 629 627

P3 P2 P2 P2 P2 P2 Q2 619 615 611 607 605 603 601 I2 I2 I2 I2 I2 623 621 617 613 609

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Q2 P2 P2 P2 P2 P2 P2 P2 P2 P2 O2 O2 664 662 660 658 656 654 652 650 648 646 644 642

P3 616

Outdoor walking deck

DECK 6

I2 600

P3 P2 P2 P2 P2 P2 Q2 614 612 610 608 606 604 602

DECK 5 À la carte Restaurant

Midnatsol

Lecture halls

Grill

Main Dining Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Owner’s suite

Two rooms suite, seating area, TV, kettle, stereo, internet access, minibar and a spacious, private balcony.

MG

Grand Suite

One room suite, TV, kettle, stereo, Internet access, mini-bar, private balcony.

M

Suite

One room suite, TV, kettle, minibar, private balcony.

Q

Mini Suite

One room suite, TV, kettle, mini-bar.

QJ

limited/no view, separate Outside Cabin With beds, TV, kettle, mini-bar.

U

Outside Cabin Separate beds, TV, kettle

P

Outside Cabin Separate beds, TV, kettle

O

Outside Cabin Separate beds

N

Outside Cabin Separate beds

L

Outside Cabin Separate beds

J

limited/no view, Outside Cabin With separate beds

I

Inside Cabin

Shop Food Court

N2 N2 N2 N2 N2 N2 N2 N2 N2 N2 N2 N2 N2 N2 499 493 491 485 483 477 475 473 471 469 467 465 463 461

N2 N2 N2 N2 N2 N2 N2 459 455 451 449 447 445 443

Laundry

I2 I2 I2 487 481 479

Playroom

Gangway

I2 I2 457 453 I2 441

I4 439

I2 I2 I2 437 435 433

Reception

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Luggage

O2 O2 O2 O2 O2 L2 L2 L2 L2 429 427 421 419 415 413 409 405 403 L2 401 I2 I2 I2 I2 425 423 417 410 I2 I2 I2 I2 428 426 420

I2 411 I2 412

DECK 4

407 I2 408

L2 L2 402 L2 404 O2 O2 O2 O2 O2 L2 L2 406 432 430 424 422 418 416 414

DECK 3 POLAR INSIDE

on B a lc

U2 U2 U2 U2 U2 U2 U2 U2 U2 U2 U2 U2 776 772 768 764 760 756 752 748 744 742 740 738

MG 780

MX

I2 711

QJ J2 J2 J2 J2 J3 J3 J3 J3 J3 736 734 732 730 728 726 724 722 720 718

EXPEDITION SUITES

I2 I2 I2 I2 I2 I2 I2 I2 I2 778 774 770 766 762 758 754 750 746

M2 782

J3 J3 717 715

J3 J3 J3 J3 J3 J3 J3 731 729 727 725 723 721 719

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Balcony

U2 U2 U2 713 709 707

ARCTIC SUPERIOR

U2 U2 U2 U2 U2 U2 U2 U2 U2 U2 U2 U2 771 767 763 759 755 751 747 743 739 737 735 733

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POLAR OUTSIDE

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Cabin Grades DECK 7

Cardeck L2 L2 L2 L2 L2 L2 L2 L2 L2 L2 L2 L2 L2 L2 L2 L2 L2 L2 304 302 336 334 332 330 328 326 324 322 320 318 316 314 312 310 308 306

Separate beds

Cabins 614, 616, 619 and 625 are adapted for guests with disabilities. Subject to change.

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NEW

DEC 2016 ALSO AVAILABLE

Antarctic Mountains

18 DAYS | MS MIDNATSOL SANTIAGO DE CHILE – PUNTA ARENAS/SANTIAGO DE CHILE This eighteen day expedition voyage will see you set sail down the Chilean fjords and into Antarctica, before returning back to the South American coast via the Falkland Islands. On our journey back to Punta Arenas, we complete the loop of the Magellan Strait. The December departure is very special, as it will see you celebrate Christmas Eve on Cape Horn and New Year in Antarctica! Departs 20 Dec ‘16; 5 Jan; 17 Dec ‘17; 2 Jan ‘18

Inclusions • 17 nights in cabin category of your choice • Meals as per itinerary BLD • One hotel night in Santiago de Chile before the voyage including breakfast • Transfer from hotel to airport in Santiago de Chile • Transfer from airport to ship in Punta Arenas including orientation tour • Return economy flights between Punta Arenas and Santiago de Chile • Wind and water resistant jacket • Landings with Polarcirkel boats and activities on board and ashore • Professional English speaking Expedition team that gives lectures as well as accompanying landings and activities • Free tea and coffee

Price from A$9,484 (Per person, twin share. Based on I Grade Cabin) Day 1 Santiago de Chile After arriving in Santiago de Chile, you can explore the city for yourself before spending the night at a hotel. Day 2 Santiago de Chile – Punta Arenas The following day our flight takes you to Punta Arenas, and once on board the ship we will have a welcomeon-board dinner with fellow passengers. BD Day 3 Chilean Fjords Next, we sail past the small island called Isla Tucker. It is famous for its colony of Magellanic penguins, birds, dolphins and sea lions. The captain and his crew show their navigation skills as we sail through the narrow Canal Gabriel. BLD

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The Legendary Magellan, Chilean Fjords and Antarctica

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Day 4 Chilean fjords Be wowed by the Chilean fjords. They are extremely deep and surrounded by very high mountains. In one of the fjords we take our small boats out for a closer look at the nature and the wildlife. If the weather is good we will go ashore on Cape Horn. This area is known for high seas and challenging conditions – a great achievement if made. BLD Note: On one of the voyages this will be Christmas Eve, and we celebrate the Norwegian way with a Christmas tree, carols and a traditional Norwegian Christmas dinner.

Day 14 Falkland Islands Having just been in Antarctica, it may seem a bit surreal to arrive in a town that looks like a miniature England -with red phone boxes, red buses and English pubs! BLD

Day 5 Chilean fjords – Cape Horn When ranking the mythical places on earth, Cape Horn is high on the list. Before the Panama Canal, seafarers had to pass this infamous rocky island in order to cross from one side of the Americas to the other. BLD

Day 16 Falkland Islands We continue with our exciting on-board programme in the evening. Bird lovers will rejoice as we reach Carcass Island. This is a bird paradise with a rich variety of ducks, geese, penguins, albatrosses, caracaras and wrens. It is also one of the few islands down here with trees. We use our small boats go ashore for exploring. BLD

Day 6-7 At Sea Our expedition team are here to give lectures on the wildlife and science of this geographical area. You may wish to partake in on board activities, relax on deck or get to know your new friends. Once we have crossed the Antarctic Convergence the air is getting crisper and colder. From deck you will soon see Antarctic penguins and icebergs appearing, as well as whales. BLD Day 8-13 Antarctica You are now in one of the most remote areas of the world! Among the places we will see are South Shetlands and Cuverville Island, home to a large colony of chinstrap penguins, Neko Harbour, Andvord Bay, Paradise Harbour and Wilhelmina Bay. In December, there are large numbers of whales. Join the expedition team and explore Antarctica with landings that take you close to thousands of penguins and seals, enjoy kayaking and visits to the most interesting places. On board we offer several lectures and “scientific experiments” for Young Explorers Antarctica. BLD

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Day 15 Falkland Islands Stanley is the capital on the Falkland Islands. Roam the city streets and meet its people - or join one of the optional excursions to explore the wilderness and wildlife in the surroundings. BLD

Day 17 At Sea – Magellan Strait As we complete the loop of the Magellan Strait we will have a recap of everything we have explored, seen and discovered on this trip. We celebrate our experiences, new friendships, new knowledge and our joint expedition spirit with a farewell dinner and party. BLD Day 18 Punta Arenas – Santiago de Chile Arriving in Punta Arenas, it’s time to say goodbye. Your journey home continues with your flight to Santiago de Chile. B

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Patagonia and Antarctica Discovery Voyage

Santiago de Chile

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16 DAYS | MS MIDNATSOL SANTIAGO DE CHILE – PUNTA ARENAS/SANTIAGO DE CHILE Discover Patagonia and Antarctica on a sixteen day expedition voyage, leaving from Santiago and sailing down the majestic Chilean fjords (Garibaldi being one of them) and into Antarctica. Leaving Cape Horn behind, we sail around Antarctica for six whole days, exploring some of the most remote areas and wildlife in the world. On our journey back, we sail through the famous Drake Passage and the Beagle Channel, with a stop in Puerto Williams. Departs 6 Dec ‘16; 3 Dec ‘17

Inclusions • 14 nights in cabin category of your choice • Meals as per itinerary BLD • One hotel night in Santiago de Chile before the voyage including breakfast • Transfer from hotel to airport in Santiago de Chile • Transfer from airport to ship in Punta Arenas including orientation tour • Return economy flights between Punta Arenas and Santiago de Chile • Wind and water resistant jacket • Landings with Polarcirkel boats and activities on board and ashore • Professional English speaking Expedition team that gives lectures as well as accompanying landings and activities • Free tea and coffee

Price from A$8,246 (Per person, twin share. Based on I Grade Cabin) Day 1 Santiago de Chile This adventure begins in Chile, with an overnight stay at a hotel in Santiago de Chile. Day 2 Santiago de Chile – Puntas Arenas Today you will fly to Punta Arenas where your expedition ship is already awaiting you. Once on board the ship, we get the evening started with a welcome-on-board dinner. BD Day 3 Chilean Fjords – Tierra del Fuego We start the adventure by sailing past Isla Tucker and through the extremely narrow Canal Gabriel. Seeing the Patagonian coast from the seaside is incredible, and sailing in the fjords here will be a stunning highlight. BLD

Day 4 Chilean Fjords – Tierra del Fuego Any nature enthusiast will find it exciting to explore the Chilean fjords, Garibaldi fjord being one of them. When we enter the last part of this fjord you’re in for a beautiful surprise; the Garibaldi glaciers. The mountains and valleys are steep with snow-capped mountains making a striking contrast to an otherwise very green area rich in wildlife. Come ashore and maybe we will see sea lions, Andean Condors and several other birds only found here. BLD Day 5 Chilean Fjords – Tierra del Fuego Cape Horn is the southernmost point of South America. When ranking the mythical places on Earth, Cape Horn is high on the list. Before the Panama Canal, seafarers had to pass this infamous rocky island in order to cross from one side of the Americas to the other. We will do our best to make a landing on Cape Horn, an area known for high seas and challenging conditions. A great achievement if possible. BLD Day 6 At Sea We cross the Drake Passage and tomorrow we will actually be in Antarctica! There will be movies in the “Amfi” all day, showing everything from cartoons to documentaries. If you’re not into films, join our lectures or snoop around in the explorer room for some scientific fun. You can also enjoy several lectures that will make your visit to Antarctica even more interesting. BLD Day 7-12 Antarctica Being in Antarctica you are in the most remote area of the world. You will feel like a real explorer as we enjoy our days here with Zodiac landings to get a close look at thousands of penguins and seals, kayaking - and visits to the most interesting places. On board there will be several lectures, “scientific experiments” for Young Explorers Antarctica - and the views from deck are impeccable. Some of the places we will see while exploring Antarctica is South Shetlands and Cuverville Island, home to one of the largest known colonies of gentoo penguins. Neko Harbour is beautifully located in the innermost part of

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Andvord Bay. Paradise Harbour got its descriptive name from the whalers during the last century. You can also look forward to visiting Half Moon Island, considered a jewel of diversity in the polar landscape. BLD Day 13 At Sea As we head back to South America, there will be classes on how to edit your photos. You can also spend the day on deck, in the explorer room, with lectures, and enjoy photos and films with recaps of our experiences so far. BLD Day 14 Cape Horn – Chilean fjords Before we sail into the Beagle Channel, we will try to go ashore on Cape Horn if we didn’t do this on our voyage south. Then we may visit Puerto Williams, a small town between the ocean and the mountain. On our way back to Punta Arenas, we sail through the Chilean fjords. BLD Day 15 Chilean Fjords We sail through the Chilean fjords for another day of wild nature and impressive sights. In majestic surroundings of wilderness and glaciers, we will find a suitable place to land. In the evening there will be a farewell dinner. BLD Day 16 Punta Arenas – Santiago de Chile Arriving in Punta Arenas the adventure is over for now. After debarkation we transfer you to the airport for your flight to Santiago de Chile. B

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MS HEBRIDEAN SKY Ship Information Introducing one of the finest small ships in the world! In June 2016, the ‘MS Sea Explorer’ will be christened as the ‘MS Hebridean Sky’ after a multi-million dollar refit. The ship will be known for her effortless elegance, impeccable service and atmosphere of charm and camaraderie. All suites and public spaces will be completely redecorated. A host of new amenities as well as state of the art stabilization, fuel efficiency, and upgraded communications systems will feature throughout.

World-class cuisine Our team of world-class chefs offer breakfast, lunch and dinner menus that change daily. They have boat-loads of creativity, so you are sure to experience a variety of remarkable cuisine.

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Complimentary Wine with Dinner Live Entertainment Complimentary Coffee/Tea station Voyage Photographer On-board MD and Facilities Dedicated Passenger Service Manager Pre-voyage hotel night Complimentary Expedition Jacket

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Elevator serving all passenger decks Upgraded Wi-Fi Internet Library with computers Panoramic Top Deck Observation Platform Bar/Lounge with Live Entertainment Boot Room Lounge with Audiovisual Facilities DVD Movie Library

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All Suites Feature Exterior views Your choice of queen-sized or two twin-sized beds Sitting area with sofa and side chair Flat Screen TV with DVD/CD player Telephone Independent temperature controls Mini-Bar Marble-appointed bathroom with fine toiletries Hair dryer 220 square feet or more Sofa can be converted to bed for third person

Promenade, Deluxe, Single, Veranda & Penthouse Accommodations • • • •

En suite Champagne & Chocolates on Arrival Complimentary mini-bar (beer, wine & soft drinks) $100 per person Gift Shop credit En suite Nespresso machine

Cabin Grades Owner’s suite

Two rooms suite with sitting room and private bedroom

Penthouse Suites

Suites with private balcony and sitting area

Verandah Suites

Suites with private balcony and sitting area

Deluxe Suites

Suites with forward and side windows and sitting area

Promenade Suites Suites with window and sitting area Single With ensuite bath, queen size bed Accommodations and bed and window

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Window Suites

Suites with window and sitting area

Triple Suites

Suites with window and sitting area

Porthole Suites

Suites with porthole and sitting area

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12 DAYS | MS HEBRIDEAN SKY | USHUAIA – USHUAIA

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The MS Sea Explorer will be transformed into the boutique MS Hebridean Sky as of midJune 2016, after undergoing a multi-million refit. Be some of the first to experience the style and comfort of one of the finest small ships in the world. Exhilarating shore excursions are frequent on this memorable voyage into the Antarctic wilderness. Observe an abundance of wildlife and gain inspirational insights into this magnificent region from your dedicated and knowledgeable expedition crew. Departs 17, 27 Nov ’17 ; 5, 15 Jan ; 25 Feb ‘18

Inclusions • 1 night pre-cruise accommodation in Ushuaia • Transfer from the group hotel in Ushuaia to ship • Voyage in cabin category of your choice • Breakfast, lunch, dinner BLD as per itinerary • Glass of house wine/ beer/ soft drink with dinner • Complimentary tea and coffee • Welcome/ farewell cocktail • Wind and water-resistant jacket (yours to keep) • Landings in Zodiac boats • Lectures by expedition team • Expedition boots for use during voyage

Price from A$12,350 (Per person, twin share. Based on Porthole Suite) Day 1 Ushuaia Arrive in Ushuaia and make your way independently to your hotel. Day at leisure to explore the world’s southernmost town. Day 2 Ushuaia Explore Ushuaia further at your own pace today before a transfer to the ship for your afternoon departure. The evening brings a Captain’s Welcome Dinner. BD

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Day 3-4 Drake Passage Albatross, prions and petrels will frequently follow your ship as it heads south. Your expedition team will help you spot whales and dolphins, and deliver entertaining presentations on the wildlife, history, and geology of Antarctica as well as helpful briefings on environmental regulations and expedition safety. The South Shetland Islands should come into view in the evening of Day 4. BLD Day 5-9 Antarctic Peninsula As you cruise the waters of this superlative white continent, your expedition leader and captain will create a flexible itinerary based on weather, ice, and opportunity. The route will access the most scenic bays and channels of the Peninsula, with stops at bird colonies and whale feeding areas as well as sites of historic and scientific interest. BLD Day 10-11 Drake Passage Enjoy your final presentations and wildlife spotting as you sail back to Ushuaia reflecting on the beautiful Antarctic continent and its fragile future. BLD Day 12 Ushuaia This morning disembark ship and transfer to the airport for your departing flight. BLD

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Book & Deposit by 31 Dec 2016 for select cabins (Penthouse, Veranda, Deluxe, Promenade, Window, & Single)

Optional Excursions • Camping in Antarctica (1 nights) A$170 per person • Kayaking in Antarctica A$950 per person Optional activities fill up quickly. Pre-book to ensure availability and avoid disappointment. A level of experience is required for kayaking excursions and are dependent on weather.

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MV Ocean Nova

MV OCEAN NOVA Ship Information M/V Ocean Nova is the ideal boutique ship to cruise the polar waters of the Antarctic Peninsula. Fully refurbished in 2006 and upgraded annually, this smaller vessel with ice-strengthened hull is ideal for passengers looking for an intimate experience on a superior style vessel.

Cabins and Meals M/V Ocean Nova has capacity for 68 passengers, and offers comfortable and modern cabins. The ship offers three categories of accommodation: Single, twin and triple cabins. Single cabins feature one bed. Twin cabins offer two lower single beds and triple cabins have two lower beds and one upper bed. All cabins feature a picture window, writing desk, wardrobe, individually controlled heating system, and private bathroom facilities.

Twin Cabin

Breakfast and lunch are served buffet style in the main dinning room that accommodates all passengers at one sitting. Dinner is served with a choice of 3 main courses, using the finest produce available ensuring an intimate dining experience.

Life On Board You’ll have unparalleled views of the Antarctic landscape from the glass-enclosed observation lounge and presentation room. M/V Ocean Nova also includes a spacious dining room, bar, a library, small gym, and medical centre. The vessel has a fleet of seven zodiac boats that are well suited for disembarking, landings and wildlife watching. Offering the highest staff- to- passenger ratio of any vessel sailing the Antarctic waters, the service on M/V Ocean Nova is impeccable.

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• Observation lounge • Presentation/Lecture lounge • Dining room • Bar • Library • Gym • Medical centre

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Single bed, outside cabin

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8 DAYS | MV OCEAN NOVA | PUNTAS ARENAS – PUNTAS ARENAS

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Pressed for time? Do you wish to avoid the additional days sailing across the sometimes treacherous Drake Passage? If your focus is just on Antarctica, than this adventure is for you! Discover untouched landscapes and wilderness as you fly across the ocean and into King George Island. Awaiting you are peaceful bays dotted with colossal icebergs. You will cruise along deep fjords, witness shimmering glaciers along the Antarctic Peninsula and be amazed by snow-capped peaks that jut out of the sea. Departs 2, 7, 11*, 16*, 12, 17 Dec ‘17 ; 17, 22, 27 Jan; 8, 13 Feb ‘18

Inclusions • 1 night pre-cruise accommodation in Punta Arenas • 5 nights in cabin category of your choice • 1 night post-cruise accommodation in Punta Arenas • Meals as per itinerary BLD • Wine, beer, spirits, mixed drinks served with lunch and dinner • Complimentary tea and coffee • Return airport transfers from the airport to hotel in Punta Arenas (subject to arrival before 3 pm) • Return transfer from the group hotel in Punta Arenas to ship • Return flights from Punta Arenas to King George Island • Landings in Zodiac boats • Lectures by expedition team • Expedition boots for use during voyage (jackets for hire)

Price from A$15,594 (Per person, twin share. Based on Twin Cabin) Day 1 Punta Arenas Arrive in Punta Arenas, Chile, where you are welcomed by staff and transferred to your hotel. In the afternoon, attend a briefing that provides important information about your voyage. Later gather for a welcome dinner and meet your fellow adventurers while enjoying a typical regional menu. D

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Day 2 Punta Arenas – King George Island Your Antarctic adventure begins with a two hour flight from Punta Arenas to King George Island, in the South Shetland Islands. As you exit the airplane, the clean, crisp Antarctic air fills your lungs for the first time. Explore the area surrounding Chile’s Frei Station and Russia’s Bellingshausen station, before boarding a zodiac to embark your expedition vessel. BLD Day 3-6 Antarctic Peninsula Cruise between the South Shetland Islands and the western coast of the Antarctic Peninsula, sailing along ice-filled fjords among spectacular icebergs, while spotting sea birds, penguins, seals and whales. Each day, disembark by Zodiac boat and explore the landscape together with our expert polar guides. On board the ship, attend an engaging program of lectures and presentations, and enjoy spectacular vistas from the glass-enclosed lounge while sharing your daily adventures with fellow guests. No journey is the same as flexibility is the key to success in Antarctica. The Expedition Team sets the voyage route to take advantage of the ever-changing opportunities provided by Nature, crafting a unique and extraordinary experience each time. While the exact itinerary changes with each expedition, you will explore several locations that offer the best possible view of the varied Antarctic environment. Your voyage may include visits to sites such as Paulet Island, Hope Bay, Port Lockroy, Petermann Island, Paradise Bay, Deception Island, the Lemaire Channel, or many other magnificent places. BLD

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Day 7 King George Island – Punta Arenas Return to King George Island and bid farewell to Antarctica before boarding the flight back to Punta Arenas. Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel for the night. B Day 8 Punta Arenas This morning your tour comes to an end with a transfer back to the airport. Note: *For 11 and 16 Dec ‘17 departures, sailing will be conducted by MS Hebridean Sky.

Optional Excursions • Kayaking in Antarctica A$1350 per person • Snowshoeing in Antarctica A$300 per person Optional activities fill up quickly. Pre-book to ensure availability and avoid disappointment. A level of experience is required for kayaking and excursions are dependent on weather. Kayakers can expect around 4 trips per cruise.

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Humpback whale

11 DAYS | MS EXPEDITION | USHUAIA - USHUAIA

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Antarctica Classic Venture into the world’s most remote wilderness aboard a beautifully-appointed expedition ship with an expert crew. Visit the South Shetland Islands as well as the Antarctic Peninsula on this unforgettable journey, observing some of the planets most remarkable landscapes and wildlife.

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Departs 12 Dec ‘17 ; 2, 30 Jan; 4, 13 Mar ‘18

Inclusions • 1 night pre-cruise accommodation in Ushuaia • 9 nights in cabin category of your choice • Meals as per itinerary BLD • Complimentary tea and coffee • Arrival & departure transfers • Use of rubber boots during Antarctic landings • Wind & waiter resistant souvenir jacket • Antarctic excursions and landings in Zodiac boats • Lectures and educational programs • Scheduled visits to scientific research stations • Photography program

continent. You will go ashore to observe penguin rookeries and seal colonies (weather permitting) as well as observing orca, humpback and minke whales swimming in the icy waters. There will also be ample opportunity to learn about the heroic early human expeditions to this remote corner of the world. BLD

Day 1 Ushuaia Arrival in Ushuaia and make your own way to the hotel. Remainder of the day at your leisure. Day 2 Ushuaia After a day at leisure exploring the world’s southern- most city, make your way to the pier this afternoon to board MS Expedition. BD Days 3-4 Drake Passage Your adventure begins as you enter the legendary Drake Passage, named after 16th-century English explorer Sir Francis Drake. Your highly qualified expedition team provides daily lectures as you cross the channel towards the Antarctic Peninsula. Keep an eye out for icebergs, whales and wheeling albatrosses as you cruise. BLD Days 5-8 Antarctic Peninsula – South Shetland Islands Spend your days experiencing the dramatic landscapes and remarkable wildlife of the Antarctic

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Days 9-10 Drake Passage Return to Ushuaia via the legendary Drake Passage. En route, reflect on the highlights of your Antarctic experience with the expedition team, and don’t forget to stay alert for a few final whale sightings. BLD Day 11 Ushuaia The voyage comes to an end in Ushuaia this morning. Disembark the ship and make your own way to the airport for your onward flight. B

Price from A$8,999 (Per person, twin share. Based on Cat 2 Cabin)

South Georgia

Also available • Antarctica Classic In Depth: 12 Nov ‘17

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MS EXPEDITION Please refer to page 26 for ship information, deck plans and cabin grades.

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CAMPING IN ANTARCTICA* A$419 per person

KAYAKING IN ANTARCTICA A$1,199 per person

Optional activities fill up quickly. Pre-book to ensure availability and avoid disappointment. A level of experience is required for kayaking and excursions are dependent on weather. Kayakers can expect around 4 trips per cruise. *Camping not available for the 4th and 13th March 2018.

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Ultimate Antarctica – Weddell Sea and Falkland Islands

Falkland Islands

12 DAYS | AKADEMIK SERGEY VAVILOV PUNTAS ARENAS – PUNTAS ARENAS

27 Dec ’16 ; 17 Jan ; 21 Feb; 19 Dec* ’17 ; 9, 30 Jan ‘18

Inclusions • 11 nights in cabin category of your choice • Meals as per itinerary BLD • Experienced Expedition leader and team • Dedicated on board specialist hospitality team • Transfer to ship and hotel on embarkation/disembarkation days • Daily shore excursions in zodiac • Guided hikes and walks • One night camping (weather dependent) • Gear loan packages (wind/water proof jacket, pants, rubber boots) • Educational presentations by polar experts • Professional photographer to assist guests • Access to multimedia centre

Price from A$18,390 (Per person, twin share. Based on Twin Semi-Private) Day 1 Punta Arenas Chile – King George Island Our journey commences in Punta Arenas, located in southern Chile. Here we board our two-hour flight across the Drake Passage to Antarctica. Upon arrival at the King George Island in Antarctica, we embark our ship via zodiac. D Days 2-4 South Shetland Islands – Antarctica Peninsula Overnight we have navigated across the Bransfield Strait and awake to the towering peaks of the Antarctic continent. For the next three days we have a varied

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A diverse Antarctic itinerary that include the dramatic Weddell Sea region and Falkland Islands. It includes visits to the South Shetland Islands, the western and northern sections of the Antarctic Peninsula and the historic location of Elephant Island – a place forever connected to the epic story of Sir Ernest Shackleton. Adding to the experience will be a visit to several locations of nesting albatross and the colourful King penguin. You can expect to be off the ship exploring for nine out of the twelve days on this itinerary designed for those who want a most in-depth Antarctic experience. Departs

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itinerary exploring the Gerlache coastline of Antarctica. If ice conditions allow, we cruise through the Lemaire Channel. Planned visits could include Paradise Harbour, Orne Harbour or Andvord Bay, or a cruise through the Errera Channel to visit the penguin rookeries at Cuverville Island. We chart a course towards Antarctic Sound – the gateway into the icy Weddell Sea. Along the way we hope to make a planned visit at Deception Island. BLD Days 5-7 Antarctic Sound – Weddell Sea Navigating into the Weddell Sea, we see the vast sweep of the Antarctic icecap for the first time. We notice a significant increase in the number of huge tabular icebergs. These gargantuan icebergs break from the ice shelves to the south and drift north on the currents. This always makes for exciting navigation – and stunning photographic opportunities. This is wild and remote Antarctica and the place has a distinctly different feel from locations visited so far. If weather conditions co-operate we spend the night camping in Antarctica. BLD Day 8 Elephant Island Point Lookout, on the southern tip of Elephant Island is home to an impressive chinstrap penguin colony. Macaroni penguins also breed here and are a species we have yet to encounter to date. If conditions permit we may visit the fabled location of Point Wild on the north coast of Elephant Island. It is here that Shackleton and his men were encamped under their upturned life boats, before five men set off on a rescue mission to South Georgia in their tiny lifeboat. Landings at this location are tricky due to the currents and surf on the beach. BLD

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Days 9-10 At Sea Sailing north to the Falkland Islands the spectacular seabirds our constant companions as they soar above the ship. Our on board educational program continues and we enjoy interactive presentations and lively discussions. BLD Day 11 West Point – Saunders Arriving into the Falkland Islands overnight, we explore West Point or neighbouring Carcass Island. These locations are best known for rockhopper penguins and nesting black-browed albatross colonies. One final highlight awaits – Saunders Island. Here we hope to encounter no less than four penguin species living in close quarters including gentoo, magellanic and rockhopper - and our ultimate goal during the Falkland Island visit - the impressive king penguin. Charting a course for the port of Stanley tonight, we enjoy a special dinner attended by the Captain of the ship and reflect on one of life’s great travel experiences. BLD Days 12 Port Stanley This morning we navigate through the narrows and into the Port of Stanley. We have time to explore before we make our way to the airport for our return flight to Punta Arenas in southern Chile. B

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Sunset over Antarctic icebergs

Quest for the Antarctic Circle 14 DAYS | MS EXPEDITION | USHUAIA – USHUAIA This unforgettable ocean voyage will take you on a rare journey from the southernmost tip of Tierra del Fuego to the polar circle and beyond. Follow in the wake of some of history’s most daring explorers, and discover the awe-inspiring natural scenery of the Antarctic Peninsula. Departs 21 Dec ‘17; 8, 20 Feb ‘18

Inclusions • 1 night pre-cruise accommodation in Ushuaia • 12 nights in cabin category of your choice • Meals as per itinerary BLD • Complimentary tea and coffee • Use of rubber boots during Antarctic landings • Wind and water resistant jacket • Antarctic excursions and landings in Zodiac boats • Lectures and educational programs • Photography program

Price from A$13,499 (Per person, twin share. Based on Cat 2 Cabin) Day 1 Ushuaia Arrive in Ushuaia then be transferred to your hotel. Remainder of the day at your leisure. Day 2 Ushuaia After a day exploring Ushuaia at leisure, make your way to the pier this afternoon to board MS Expedition. BD Day 3-4 Drake Passage Your adventure begins as you enter the legendary Drake Passage, named after 16th century English explorer Sir Francis Drake. Your highly qualified expedition team provides daily lectures as you cross the channel towards the Antarctic Peninsula. Make sure to keep an eye out for icebergs, whales and wheeling albatrosses. BLD

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Day 5-6 South Shetland Islands – Antarctic Peninsula Spend your days experiencing the dramatic landscapes and remarkable wildlife of the Antarctic continent. You will go ashore to observe penguin rookeries and seal colonies as well as observing orca, humpback and minke whales swimming in the icy waters. There will also be ample opportunity to learn about early human expeditions to this remote corner of the world. BLD Day 7-8 Antarctic Circle Crossing Sail past countless icebergs and penguin colonies along the western coast of the Antarctic Peninsula for a memorable crossing of the polar circle. BLD Day 9-11 Antarctic Peninsula – South Shetland Islands Veering north for the first time, continue your fascinating exploration of the Antarctic Peninsula as your ship navigates past colossal icebergs and penguin colonies. BLD Day 12-13 Drake Passage The great white continent disappears slowly from view as you cross the Drake Passage once more to Ushuaia, enjoying some final presentations from your expedition crew along the way. Keep a look-out on the observation deck for your last glimpses of Antarctica’s majestic whales. BLD Day 14 Ushuaia Arrival in Ushuaia in the early hours of the morning, enjoy your final breakfast with fellow passengers. After disembarking make your own way to the airport. B

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MS EXPEDITION Please refer to page 26 for ship information, deck plans and cabin grades.

Optional Excursions • Camping in Antarctica (1 night) A$419 per person • Kayaking in Antarctica A$1,439 per person Optional activities fill up quickly. Pre-book to ensure availability and avoid disappointment. A level of experience is required for kayaking and excursions are dependent on weather. Kayakers can expect around 4 trips per cruise.

Also available • Port hole view (Category 1A, 1 & 2) • Window view (Category 3) • Large Window view (Category 4 & 5, Queen Bed Cat 5 only) Quad & triple cabins available at lower per person rates. No single supplements, as shared options available.


Penguins, South Georgia Island

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21 DAYS | MS EXPEDITION | USHUAIA – USHUAIA One of the most sought-after of our Antarctic journeys, this adventurous voyage takes you to the Falkland Islands and remote and mysterious South Georgia, as well as the Antarctic Peninsula. As this expedition is always in high demand, we strongly advise early booking to avoid disappointment. Departs 23 Nov ‘17; 11 Jan ‘18

Inclusions • 1 night pre-cruise accommodation in Ushuaia • 19 nights in cabin category of your choice • Meals as per itinerary BLD • Complimentary tea and coffee • Use of rubber boots during Antarctic landings • Wind and water resistant jacket • Antarctic excursions and landings in Zodiac boats • Lectures and educational programs • Scheduled visits to scientific research stations • Photography program

Price from A$19,999 (Per person, twin share. Based on Cat 2 Cabin) Day 1 Ushuaia Arrive in Ushuaia then be transferred to your hotel. Remainder of the day at your leisure. Day 2 Ushuaia After a day exploring Ushuaia at leisure, make your way to the pier this afternoon to board MS Expedition. BD Day 3 At Sea As you make the passage east, take the time to become acquainted with your ship. The extraordinary human and natural history of the Antarctic region comes to life in an ongoing series of lectures and information sessions presented by your expert expedition crew. BLD

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Day 4-5 Falkland Islands A visit to the Falkland Islands provides a rare opportunity to witness the biological diversity and extraordinary scenery of the sub-Antarctic islands. Penguins and albatross are abundant here, and the Falklands boast the largest colony of black-browed albatross in the world. In the capital, Stanley, meet the stout-hearted local inhabitants whose colourful houses provide a brilliant contrast to the darkness of the long winters. BLD Day 6-7 At Sea Sail on eastward toward South Georgia. Days at sea are punctuated with fascinating lectures to prepare you for what you will observe on your landings. Keep your eyes peeled for the many whales that inhabit these waters. BLD Day 8-11 South Georgia Weather permitting, you will have three full days to explore this fascinating but little-known island, home to many intriguing sites including the grave of polar explorer Ernest Shackleton. A huge colony of King penguins is a major highlight of this part of the journey. On South Georgia you will also see several former whaling stations. BLD Day 12-13 At Sea MS Expedition sails south for two days, retracing Shackleton’s route in reverse as it makes its way to Elephant Island and the Antarctic Peninsula. BLD Day 14-18 Antarctica Experience some of the most unique wildlife and awe-inspiring scenery in the world as you set foot on the Antarctic continent. Weather permitting, passengers will make two shore landings per day, and encounter gentoo,

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chinstrap and Adelie penguin rookeries; Weddell, crabeater and leopard seals; and orca, humpback and minke whales in the cold Antarctic waters. The peninsula also has a remarkable human history: during the voyage you will hear stories of some of the most important and dramatic expeditions to this remote corner of the world. BLD Day 19-20 Drake Passage Take some time to reflect on your memorable experiences and attend a few more inspiring information sessions as you head back to Ushuaia. BLD Day 21 Ushuaia Disembark in the morning. B

MS EXPEDITION Please refer to page 26 for ship information, deck plans and cabin grades.

Optional Excursions • Camping in Antarctica (1 night) A$419 per person • Kayaking in Antarctica A$1,799 per person Optional activities fill up quickly. Pre-book to ensure availability and avoid disappointment. A level of experience is required for kayaking and excursions are dependent on weather. Kayakers can expect around 4 trips per cruise.

Also available • Port hole view (Category 1A, 1 & 2) • Window view (Category 3) • Large Window view (Category 4 & 5, Queen Bed Cat 5 only) Quad & triple cabins available at lower per person rates. No single supplements, as shared options available.

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Penguins, South Georgia Island URUGUAY

22 DAYS | MS EXPEDITION | MONTEVIDEO – USHUAIA

Montevideo

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Falklands, South Georgia & Antarctic Islands This premium Antarctic journey truly affords an unrivalled opportunity for an intimate discovery of one of the world’s last frontiers. Explore abandoned whaling stations and visit the grave of heroic explorer Ernest Shackleton on far-flung South Georgia. Meet the hardy locals of the Falkland Islands, visit King penguin colonies of countless birds and explore the South Shetland Islands as they begin to thaw for the summer. Departs 23 Oct ‘17

Inclusions • 1 night pre-cruise accommodation in Ushuaia • 20 nights in cabin category of your choice • Meals as per itinerary BLD • Complimentary tea and coffee • Use of rubber boots during Antarctic landings • Wind and water resistant jacket • Antarctic excursions and landings in Zodiac boats • Lectures and educational programs • Scheduled visits to scientific research stations • Photography program

Price from A$17,499 (Per person, twin share. Based on Cat 2 Cabin) Day 1 Montevideo Arrival in Montevideo and be transferred to your hotel. Remainder of the day at your leisure. Day 2 Montevideo Embarkation on the MS Expedition begins in the afternoon at the port of Montevideo. BD Day 3-5 At Sea As you make the passage southeast, take the time to become acquainted with your ship. The extraordinary human and natural history of the Antarctic region comes to life in an ongoing series of lectures and information sessions presented by your expert expedition crew. BLD Day 6-7 Falkland Islands A visit to the Falkland Islands provides a rare opportunity to witness the biological diversity and extraordinary

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scenery of the sub-Antarctic islands. Penguins and albatross are abundant here, and the Falklands boast the largest colony of black-browed albatross in the world. In the capital, Stanley, meet the stout-hearted local inhabitants whose colourful houses provide a brilliant contrast to the darkness of the long winters. BLD Day 8-9 At Sea Sail on eastward toward South Georgia. Days at sea are punctuated with fascinating lectures to prepare you for what you will observe on your landings. Keep your eyes peeled for the many whales that inhabit these waters. BLD Day 10-13 South Georgia Weather permitting, you will have 3-4 days to explore this fascinating but little-known island, home to many intriguing sites including the grave of polar explorer Ernest Shackleton. A huge colony of King penguins is a major highlight of this part of the journey. On South Georgia you will also see several former whaling stations. BLD Day 14-15 At Sea MS Expedition sails south for two days, retracing Shackleton’s route in reverse as it makes its way to Elephant Island and the Antarctic Peninsula. BLD Day 16-19 South Shetland Islands – Antarctica Experience some of the most unique wildlife and awe-inspiring scenery in the world as you set foot on the Antarctic continent. Weather permitting, passengers will make two shore landings per day, and encounter gentoo, chinstrap and Adelie penguin rookeries; Weddell, crabeater and leopard seals; and orca, humpback and minke whales in the cold Antarctic waters. The peninsula also has a remarkable human history: during the voyage you will hear stories of some of the most important and dramatic expeditions to this remote corner of the world. BLD

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Day 20-21 Drake Passage Take some time to reflect on your memorable experiences and attend a few more inspiring information sessions. As you head towards Ushuaia, take care not to squander your last Antarctic opportunity for whale-spotting. BLD Day 22 Depart Ushuaia Disembark in the morning where your tour ends. B

MS EXPEDITION Please refer to page 26 for ship information, deck plans and cabin grades.

Optional Excursions • Kayaking in Antarctica A$1,799 per person Optional activities fill up quickly. Pre-book to ensure availability and avoid disappointment. A level of experience is required for kayaking and excursions are dependent on weather. Kayakers can expect around 4 trips per cruise.

Also available • Port hole view (Category 1A, 1 & 2) • Window view (Category 3) • Large Window view (Category 4 & 5, Queen Bed Cat 5 only) Quad & triple cabins available at lower per person rates. No single supplements, as shared options available.


TERMS & CONDITIONS Please read this information carefully as payment of your deposit will constitute your agreement to all terms and conditions set out below. Supplier T&C’s may be subject to change at any time. It is imperative that you check with Bentours all current requirements relating to the cruise, expedition or voyage you enquire about and/or book – at time of quote.

THE COMPANY “The Company” or ‘We’ in the context of these terms and conditions means Tempo Holidays Pty Ltd. trading as Bentours International, ABN 51007331213. Vic. License No. 31341. Tempo Holidays is a licensed travel agent, and an approved participant of the AFTA Travel Accreditation Scheme (ATAS). The Company is also a member of the Council of Australian Tour Operators (CATO).

BROCHURE VALIDITY & PRICING The brochure is valid for the dates shown. All prices are quoted in Australian dollars and current at the time of publication (20 May 2016). We use indicative ‘from’ pricing in this brochure, however prices may vary substantially according to season. We will advise the applicable price which relates to the client’s travel dates at the time of inquiry or booking. Applicable pricing is also displayed on our website. Prices may also change due to alterations in exchange rates, airfares, fuel surcharges, taxes, or other price rises beyond control of ‘The Company’. The current price will be advised on our invoice. We reserve the right to adjust prices at any time up until full payment has been received by us. Our prices are inclusive of research, communication, documentation and marketing costs. No representation is made that identical, or similar product may, or may not, be obtained at a lower price. Receipt of your payment signifies the acceptance of the costs of services provided on your invoice, E&OE* accepted.

PRICE APPLICATION Prices are applicable for bona fide international leisure travellers. Service providers may refuse to honour our vouchers if presented by travellers who are unable to meet local qualifications for international leisure travellers. We will not be liable for any loss which may result. Prices shown in the brochure are only available when booked and paid in advance in Australia. Where services are extended overseas, locally published prices may be applied.

ACCOMMODATION STANDARDS Hotels are generally selected for location, facilities and value. In more remote areas we may need to use basic accommodation which is regarded a ‘best available’. Classifications are based on assessments provided by tourist authorities in the countries concerned and reflect the type of facilities offered, rather than denoting a style of hotel. Photographs are intended to give a general impression only and city maps are only a guide to the location of the hotel. Hotel Facilities The mention of facilities such as parking, gyms, saunas etc does not imply that the use of these is free. Where charges apply, they will be payable locally (unless otherwise specified). Tea and coffee making facilities in rooms are the exception rather than the rule. Swimming pools, heating and air-conditioning are not necessarily available all year round. Bedding Configuration Prices are based on lead-in twin share accommodation, unless otherwise stated. Requests for specific bedding types must be made at the time of booking, but are not guaranteed. Double rooms may have either twin or double beds. It is common practice to link two single beds together to use as a double bed. Single rooms are often smaller than other rooms and may contain a single bed. Triple rooms usually consist of a twin or double bedded room with an additional sofa bed, folding bed or rollaway for the third person - the room may be cramped as a result. In villas and apartments the bedding configuration is as advised at the time of publication or booking, and is subject to change. Multiple bedrooms in villas, apartments or similar does not infer that these rooms afford total privacy. Travelling with Children Where a child shares a room with two paying adults and stays free, an extra bed may not be supplied and the child could be expected to share an adult’s bed. Additional charges may be levied and paid directly for child meals. Where a child discount rate is applied the child receives a bed, normally a rollaway. When children stay in a room without two adults the adult charge may apply.

SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS No special provision is made for travellers with physical or mental disabilities. Some accommodation and sightseeing may involve walking or climbing stairs. Special requests, such as wheelchair suitable accommodation and touring, ground floor rooms, cabins or limited step access, must be made to us in writing by your travel agent, and confirmed by us in writing; otherwise any such requests cannot be guaranteed. Hurtigruten onboard Explorer/Expedition programs on MS Fram/Midnatsol/Spitsbergen: Each passenger warrants that they are fit to travel. Hurtigruten reserves the right to require any passenger to produce evidence of the same and cannot accept liability for any situation arising out of a failure to disclose any pre-existing condition or disability. Passengers with physical or mental disabilities or other conditions which may require special assistance, e.g. use of a wheelchair or scooter, or service animal must advise us in writing before a booking is made and is subject to ship approval. Passengers who use wheelchairs or may require special assistance must be accompanied by someone who is able to assist them on shore and at sea. G Adventures on board MS Expedition: All clients must return a signed medical form to Bentours with final payment. The client must complete the medical form honestly, accurately and disclose all medical history and information. G Adventures will review the information submitted and keep the information in accordance with the published privacy policy. G Adventures reserves the right to challenge any information submitted, ask for further information or clarify on certain points. The client acknowledges and understands the destination visited is remote, isolated and far removed from medical care facilities. Further the client understands the honest completion of this form will assist all concerned in an emergency situation. In the event there is a dispute between G Adventures and the client in regard to the client’s physical or mental suitability for a trip, the matter will be referred to a medical professional for an opinion at the client’s expense. G Adventures reserves the right to deny any client on reasonable medical grounds. In the event the client has made a booking with G Adventures and subsequently is unable to complete the required medical form for any reason by the final payment dates, G Adventures reserves the right to treat the booking as cancelled, and applicable cancellation penalties will apply. Antarctica XXI on board MV Ocean Nova & MS Hebridean Sky ; Polar Latitudes on board MS Hebridean Sky ; One Ocean on board Akademik Sergey Vavilov ; Oceanwide Expeditions on board MV Plancius/Ortelius ; Heritage Expeditions on board MV Spirit of Enderby: A participation form will need to be filled out by the passenger and must be received by corresponding expedition supplier no later than 120 days prior to the departure date of the tour. In case of a booking made inside 120 days prior to the departure date, the Participation Form must be received immediately after the confirmation of the reservation. Failure to comply with any of the above requirements entitles corresponding expedition supplier to cancel the booking and withhold return of all payments received thus far. All passengers need to complete a medical form four months prior to travel. Those with pre-existing medical conditions or over the age of 70 years will need to have their travel signed off by a medical practitioner. These expeditions are intended for persons in good health and mobility. Payment of the deposit indicates that you have already certified that you do not have any physical conditions or disabilities that would create a hazard for yourself or other passengers.

PASSENGER PARTICIPATION We, or our agents, reserve the right to refuse a reservation, or to exclude a passenger from a service whose socially unacceptable behaviour or medical condition is likely to affect the smooth operation of a service, or adversely affect the safety or enjoyment of other passengers. Any decision to refuse carriage, or exclude any person on these grounds will be made without recourse, refund or compensation.

VARIATION AND CANCELLATIONS Product descriptions were correct at the time of publication. We, or our agents, reserve the right to cancel or modify services due to events beyond our control including insufficient participants or adverse weather conditions. Where arrangements are cancelled, full refunds will be provided by us.

PAYMENT TERMS STANDARD DEPOSIT A deposit of $150.00 per person, sent through your travel agent within 7 days of making the booking, is required to secure your reservation, irrespective of the status of the booking. Failure to pay the deposit on time may result in your booking being cancelled.

ADDITIONAL CHARGES Any reservation that has to be rebooked due to expiry of the booking through non payment

of a deposit will be subject to an amendment fee of $33 in addition to immediate payment of the deposit. If we are unable to confirm the initial booking the deposit will be refunded in full. You will be notified at the time of booking if any additional deposit requirements apply.

ADDITIONAL DEPOSITS Hurtigruten Norwegian Coastal Voyages (or any tours which involve a Norwegian cruise sector), all Russian river cruises and Swedish Gota Canals (Classic and Great) & West Coast cruises: a non-refundable deposit of 10% of the package cost is required within 7 days of confirmation. Cruises/expeditions on: MS Expedition with G Adventures - a non-refundable deposit of $750 per person is required within 7 days of booking. MS Fram/Midnatsol/ Spitsbergen with Hurtigruten - a non-refundable deposit of 20% of the package cost is required within 7 days of booking. MV Ocean Nova & MS Hebridean Sky with Antarctica XX1: a non-refundable deposit of $3000 is required at time of booking the service. MV Spirit of Enderby with Heritage Expeditions: a deposit of 25% of the total price is required to confirm booking. MS Hebridean Sky with Polar Latitudes: a USD$1500 equivalent deposit per person is required to confirm the booking. MV Plancius/Ortelius with Oceanwide Expeditions: a deposit of 20% of the total price is required to confirm booking. Akademik Sergey Vavilov with One Ocean: a deposit of 20% of the total price is required within 7 days of booking.

FINAL PAYMENT Bentours final payment is due 60 days prior to departure from Australia. However, exceptions to dates for final payment prior to departure from Australia are: Hurtigruten Norwegian coastal cruises on all vessels – no later than 70 days prior; and Explorer/Expedition programs on MS Fram/Midnatsol/Spitsbergen - no later than 100 days prior. G Adventures on MS Expedition no later than 100 days prior, Antarctica XX1 on MV Ocean Nova & MS Hebridean Sky - no later than 130 days prior. Heritage Expeditions on MV Spirit of Enderby - The remaining 75% of the total price is due 100 days (*130 for Wrangel Island) before departure. Polar Latitudes on MS Hebridean Sky - final payment is due no later than 100 days prior to departure. Oceanwide Expeditions on MV Plancius: final payment is due no later than 70 days prior to departure. Akademik Sergey Vavilov with One Ocean: final payment is due no later than 130 days prior to departure Exceptions to this are bookings made inside dates of final payment as not above, where full payment is required either at time of booking, or within 7 days, or by sale-end date, or other payment deadline as specified in individual package conditions. Some airline tickets and/or special offers may require payment well in advance of the normal requirements. If you fail to meet payment conditions Bentours International reserves the right to cancel the booking and apply the appropriate cancellation charges.

SPECIAL BOOKING CONDITIONS AND OPTIONS Some services cannot be booked without monies being paid. We will advise you if this condition is applicable. A full refund for the service will be made if the booking cannot be confirmed. For some arrangements an option system is used. Once an option is advised to your travel agent the deposit (or full payment if applicable) must be made within 5-7 working days in order to confirm your booking. If payment is not received on time the option will automatically lapse.

AMENDMENTS Except as stated below, no fee will be charged for the first amendment or to extend an existing booking. For second and subsequent alterations, excluding extensions or additions, a fee of A$33 per booking applies. A proposed amendment or name change may be treated as a cancellation. Any additional charges applied by suppliers are payable by you.

ADDITIONAL CHARGES Due to the costs of communication and provision of documents a charge will apply for the following services: • Minimum Booking Value: A$33 for bookings with a total value of less than A$500. • Late Booking: A$33 charge for any booking made less than 7 days prior to departure from Australia or New Zealand. Additionally, full payment is required at the time of booking regardless of whether services are confirmed. This payment will be refunded in the event that we are unable to subsequently confirm satisfactory arrangements. • Document Re-issue Fee: A$66 for any amendment made which necessitates re-issue of documents. This may be in addition to any other amendment fee charged by our suppliers. • Credit Card Payment: A fee of 2% will be applied to all credit card payments and will be added to the amount to be paid. • Courier Fee: Where vouchers, tickets and travel documents are sent via specialist courier this cost will be charged to your booking.

INVOICE ERRORS OR OMISSIONS (E&OE*) We reserve the right to correct any errors in rates quoted or calculated for any service, notwithstanding that the invoice may have been paid in full. All confirmed bookings are issued with an invoice detailing the services booked. If any service is still on request this will be indicated on the invoice

DOCUMENTATION Travel documentation will normally be issued two weeks prior to departure. Documentation will not be issued until we are in receipt of full payment. Issuance of documentation does not absolve responsibility for any outstanding payments due.

CANCELLATIONS

All cancellations must be made in writing through The Company in Australia or New Zealand. No responsibility is taken for cancellations of hotel bookings or other services made directly by the client or the client’s travel agent with the service provider, regardless of whether written proof is given.

PARTIAL CANCELLATION Cancellation of confirmed services forming part of an existing booking will incur cancellation fees as listed.

BENTOURS INTERNATIONAL CANCELLATION FEES Our standard schedule of cancellation fees is as follows: • 45 days + prior to the commencement of the service: forfeiture of deposit. • 44-15 days prior to the commencement of the service: 25% of total cost or deposit, whichever is greater • 14 days or less prior to the commencement of the service: 100% of total cost If your holidays has commenced, 100% of the cost is charged. There is no refund for unused services or if portions of the holiday package are missed. If you fail to checkin at your designated hotel as confirmed, 100% No Show Fee will be charged.

SUPPLIER CANCELLATION FEES These fees may be in addition to the charges outlined above. On some occasions, hotels, airlines and other service providers offer instant purchase rates which may involve cancellation or amendment fees of up to 100% if changes occur after booking, regardless of the date of travel. Supplier charges are based on the commencement date and cost of each confirmed arrangement. Some services have cancellation fees higher than the standard scale, as listed below as a guide. Charges may be up to 100% of the cost paid.

ADDITIONAL CANCELLATION FEES Hurtigruten Norwegian coastal cruises on all vessels - 70 days or more prior to departure - loss of deposit; 69 days or less – may be liable to forfeit up to 100% of total cost ; and explorer/ expeditions on MS Fram/Midnatsol/Spitsbergen – 100 days or more prior to departure – loss of deposit ; 99 days or less - may be liable to forfeit up to 100% of total cost. G Adventures expeditions on MS Expedition: 100 days or more prior to departure - deposit is retained but can be used against any future trip on the MS Expedition; 99 days or less – may be liable to forfeit up to 100% of total cost. Antarctica XX1 on MV Ocean Nova and MS Hebridean Sky: 130 days or more prior to departure: full refund of the cruise less 75% of the deposit; 129-101 days: 50% of total cost; 100 days or less will result in 100% loss of full payment. Heritage Expeditions on MV Spirit of Enderby: 180 days or more prior to departure, a USD$750 equivalent per person administration fee. Cancellations between 179 - 91 days prior to departure, loss of deposit. Cancellation within 90 days prior to departure date the total price is forfeited. If cancellation occurs within 90 days and full payment has not yet been received, the total price will still apply and any unpaid monies are due immediately. Polar Latitudes on MS Hebridean Sky: more than 90 days prior to departure, a cancellation fee of USD $750 equivalent per person will apply. 90 days or fewer prior to departure, 100% cancellation fees apply. One Ocean on Akademik Sergey Vavilov: up to and including 90 days prior to departure: 20% of the total price; from 89 days up to and including 60 days prior to departure: 50 % of the total price; from 59 days up to and including the day of departure: 100 % of the total price. Russia’s Volga Dream River cruise: 70 days or more prior to departure – loss of

deposit; 69-46 days: 25% of total cost; 45–26 days: 50% of total cost; 25 days and less: 100% of total cost. Russia’s Symphony River Cruise: 70 or more days prior to departure – loss of deposit; 69-50 days: 50% of total cost; 49-31days: 75% of total cost; less than 31 days: 100% of total cost. Sweden’s Gota Canal cruises, both canals and coastal: 46 days or more prior to departure: loss of deposit; 45-20 days: 50% of total cost; 19 days or less: 100% of total cost.

REFUNDS No refund will be given for any service which is not used by you due to late arrival, early departure, or by choice. This includes the failure of any transportation to operate as scheduled. We do not authorise any supplier to promise refunds on our behalf. No refund will apply if the cost of your holiday is reduced after deposit or payment is made.

TRAVEL INSURANCE Travel insurance is not included in our prices. We strongly recommend that you purchase travel insurance from your travel agent at the time of booking to cover yourself against loss of monies paid in the event of cancellation due to illness or other unforeseen circumstances; as well as for medical expenses, loss of luggage and other expenses incurred while travelling.

LOCAL REPRESENTATIVES Contact details of our local representatives are included in documentation. Please do not hesitate to contact local representatives for any assistance with difficulties or changes. If you need to alter your arrangements once overseas or to add services to your booking you may do this through our local representative. Any additional costs incurred therein must be paid directly. We cannot be held responsible for any subsequent complaint with arrangements booked directly with a supplier abroad. Cancellations of confirmed services must be notified through The Company even if you have advised the local representative.

CONSUMER CLAIMS We endeavour to ensure that all your arrangements proceed smoothly. However, should a problem occur during your travels it is essential and most practical to try to resolve it locally with the service provider. If you are unable to resolve the matter, it should be referred to our local representative immediately. If this is not possible we should be informed immediately. If you are unhappy with your hotel room or cabin please inform the duty manager so the situation may be rectified on the spot. If you fail to take these steps any claim to compensation may be reduced or denied. If you have an unresolved complaint this should be put to us in writing detailing the efforts that were made with the local operator to resolve the issue. Please send this with supporting documentation, via your travel agent, within 30 days of the date of the service. No claim made after this period will be considered.

TIPPING Our prices do not include tips. Tipping tour drivers and guides is customary in the countries included in this brochure. The amount of your tip is left to your discretion and should be seen as a reward for good service.

OVERBOOKING Overbooking is common practice among airlines and hotels. You need to accept that any claim arising from overbooking may only be made against the airline or hotel concerned. Without prejudice to the foregoing, we will take every possible action to protect your interest should overbooking occur.

BROCHURE CONTENT Every effort has been made to ensure that the brochure is accurate at the time of publication. We shall not be liable for any injury, damage or loss caused by any unintended inaccuracy. If for reasons beyond The Company’s control, and if The Company determines in the interest of safety and security or for operational reasons to change your package arrangements, modify or cancel scheduled services and/or accommodation, either in whole or in part we reserve the right to do so, and will endeavour to provide alternative arrangements of the same standard as that originally booked where necessary.

COSTS NOT INCLUDED IN PRICES SHOWN Airfares unless otherwise stated, visa and passport costs, travel insurance, vaccination and medical expenses, excess baggage, airport departure taxes, local government taxes, laundry, postage, phone calls, fax/email charges, beverages, items of a personal nature, tips and meals not mentioned on the itinerary.

COMPANY RESPONSIBILITY Tempo Holidays Pty Ltd (including Bentours International) is not itself a carrier or hotelier; nor do we own aircraft, hotels, coaches or cruise vessels. The services that we supply consist of arranging and coordinating accommodation, tours, cruises and transfers, making bookings and issuing vouchers to be redeemed by suppliers. We exercise every care in the selection of reputable airlines, tour operators, coach operators, hotels and other suppliers of the various travel services used in these services. It is important to note, therefore, that all bookings with Tempo Holidays (including Bentours International) are subject to the terms and conditions and limitations of liability imposed by airlines, coach operators, hoteliers, and other service providers including but not limited to shipping, rail, car hire and restaurant operators, whose services we utilise, some of which limit or exclude liability in respect of death, personal injury, delay and loss or damage of baggage. We always do our best to ensure that your holiday arrangements are satisfactory, and we accept liability for, but only to the extent of, any loss or damage sustained by you as the result of our negligence, or that of our employees or agents. However The Company does not accept any liability of whatever nature for the acts, omissions or default whether negligent or otherwise, of those airlines, coach operators, shipping and cruise companies, hoteliers or other persons providing services in connection with your services pursuant to a contract between themselves and yourself (which may be evidenced in writing by the issue of a ticket, voucher, coupon or the like) and over which The Company has no direct and exclusive control. The Company does not accept responsibility in contract or in tort (actionable wrong) for any injury, damage, loss, delay, additional expenses or inconvenience caused directly or indirectly by force majeure or other events which is beyond its control, or which are not preventable by reasonable diligence on the part of The Company, including but not limited to war, civil disturbance, fire, flood, unusually severe weather, acts of God, acts of Government or any other authorities, accidents to, or failure of machinery or equipment, or industrial action (whether or not involving our employees and even though such actions may be settled by acceding to the demands of a labour group).

PRIVACY We respect your privacy and will not pass on your details to third parties except as required by law, or in the interests of securing reservations on your behalf. We are unable to accept responsibility for the confidentiality of information after it leaves our direct control.

CLIENTS’ RESPONSIBILITY You should familiarise yourself with all current health, passport or visa requirements that may be applicable in the areas that you intend visiting. You shall be responsible for all entry, exit, health and other documents required by law, regulations, orders, demands or requirements of the countries visited or transited. Any information pertaining to health and travel documentation contained in this brochure is of a general nature only and needs to be clarified by the client prior to travel. We will not accept liability for any loss or expense due to your failure to comply. You will be liable for any additional costs incurred (whether by the client or by The Company on the client’s behalf ), as a result of failure to comply with such requirements. You accept that you may be travelling through areas of political or climatic instability, high altitude and remoteness without proper medical services, and accept the associated risks. It is your duty to inform your Agent of any circumstances of which we should be aware, such as medical conditions and other facts which could impact on the smooth running of your travel arrangements. The making of a booking constitutes your acceptance of all booking terms and conditions as described herein and forms the basis of your contract with The Company.

TRAVEL AGENT’S RESPONSIBILITY Travel agents are responsible to advise us of any special requirements you may have and to communicate to you any changes or alterations advised to them by us. It is the responsibility of the travel agent to ensure all invoice details are correct and that you are made aware of, and acknowledge all booking conditions. No representation made by your travel agent to you concerning the quality, location, or any other matter in relation to the services and facilities provided by us shall bind The Company unless your travel agent has been expressly or impliedly authorised by us to make such a representation.

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HUNGARY NETHERLANDS NORTHERN IRELAND POLAND

Worldwide

SCOTLAND SLOVAKIA SWITZERLAND WALES

2017

2017

2017

2016-17 | Small Group & Tailor-Made Travel

ADVENTURES

Tempo Holidays is Australia’s destination specialist. Starting in 1990 with just three destinations, we now offer tailor-made and ready-made travel in more than 40 countries across Europe, the Middle East, Asia, North Africa, Latin America and India and the Subcontinent.

The world’s longest established travel company, organising high quality independent and small group journeys to many of the world’s most fascinating regions. Our holidays range from the luxurious to the adventurous, and are planned by experts.

At Explore we specialise in small group adventure holidays, with over 500 trips on offer in 120 countries. We have a wide range of adventure travel options including walking and trekking tours, cycling tours, polar voyages, family adventure holidays

tempoholidays.com

coxandkings.com.au

exploreworldwide.com.au

Your Travel Agent

Tempo Holidays Pty Ltd Cox & Kings House 72 Market Street, South Melbourne Victoria 3205, Australia

Tempo Holidays NZ Limited Level 4, 130 Broadway DX: CP31044, Newmarket Auckland, New Zealand 1023

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Tempo Holidays Pty Ltd trading as Bentours International ABN 51007331213

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