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Antarctica, South Georgia and Falklands Explorer

Duration
21 Days
Prices From:
US$ 18,995

Join us aboard Ocean Endeavour on this epic 21-day voyage that will appeal to wildlife enthusiasts and photographers alike. Antarctica, the fabled White Continent is the land of penguins, seals, whales and icebergs. Sail to South Georgia we follow in the footsteps of the heroic polar explorer, Sir Ernest Shackleton. Finally, the Falkland Islands are ruggedly beautiful, with their spectacular array of bird life, flora and fauna.


This 21-day cruise from Ushuaia takes you to see more of the world’s most remote and beautiful landscapes. Drop anchor at the Falkland Islands, explore the shores of the Antarctic Peninsula, and meet the immense penguin colonies of South Georgia.

Spend a night in Ushuaia to get your bearings, perhaps taking some time to explore the town’s former prison, now home to four distinct museums that will offer you the perfect snapshot of life at the foot of the world. You can also embark on a day trip into Tierra del Fuego National Park, or visit Emerald Lagoon, but consider arriving a day early if you plan to do these, as they are all day trips. Cast off the evening of your second day, keeping your eyes peeled for a wide variety of southern sea birds. Penguins, cormorants, petrels, and albatross live along the rocky shores, along with sea lions. It’s the last land you’ll glimpse before reaching Antarctica!

It takes two full days to cross the Drake Passage, so take the opportunity to meet your shipmates, and enjoy presentations from the expedition team on topics including the history of Antarctic exploration, and of course the wildlife you’ve come to see. Keep your eyes peeled for birds and marine life. They’re your sign land is not far off. At last, arrive at the South Shetland Islands and Antarctic Peninsula. Geographically, this is one of the most impressive regions of the frozen continent, with mountain scenery and a diverse range of wildlife.

Small Zodiacs take you in for a close look at the sculpted icebergs, and intimate bays and channels that harbour large colonies of penguins, seals, and other creatures. Keep an eye on the waters around you as well, since the Antarctic coast also supports a wide variety of marine mammals. You’ll have opportunities for kayaking, snowshoeing, and photography with expert guides as you go ashore meeting animals who are just as curious about you as you are about them.

More wildlife sightings await you in South Georgia. This captivating island is home to over 30 million penguins, along with albatross, seals, and even (introduced) reindeer. Affectionately known as ‘the Galapagos of the South,’ it offers such a variety of sightings you’ll spend several days here, with zodiacs taking you in for a closer look before sailing on to the Falkland Islands. The Falklands are widely known for their disputed political past, but five species of penguin also call them home, alongside albatrosses, elephant and fur seals, and offshore mammals such as dolphins and orcas. You’ll also have the chance to visit Port Stanley and the Falkland Islands Museum to learn about the human history of these islands before your return to Ushuaia.


 

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Duration
21 Days
Prices From:
US$ 18,995

Itinerary View Trip Map

Day 1

Ushuaia, Argentina

On arrival at Ushuaia Airport, please make your way through to the Arrivals Hall where a representative will be waiting for you to transfer to your hotel. He/she will be holding a sign with your name on it. Should you not be able to contact them, please refer to the front of your itinerary for emergency contact details of the representative office.

The first night of your voyage is spent in the quaint town of Ushuaia, the most southerly city in the world and the capital of Tierra del Fuego (Land of Fire).

The remainder of the day is at leisure and you are free to explore, maybe making a few last-minute purchases from the many shops or artisan markets, or relaxing in a cafe. Avenida San Martin is the main street and there are some excellent museums to visit or you may prefer to wander the streets taking in the town's dramatic setting, with views of the mountains to the north and the Beagle Channel to the south.

Duration1 Night
Day 2

Embarkation in Ushuaia

This morning is again free for you to explore Ushuaia further, or maybe discover Tierra del Fuego National Park, the most southerly national park of South America. The park offers a range of hiking trails that lead you through the stunningly beautiful and dramatic scenery of snowcapped peaks, lush meadows, rugged coastline, glaciers, waterfalls and lakes. Look out for guanaco, Andean foxes, muskrats and the North American beaver. Birds found here include the Andean condor, Magellanic oystercatcher, kelp goose, austral parakeet and torrent duck.

Late this afternoon you transfer to the port of Ushuaia in time for embarkation on board the Ocean Endeavour. The Expedition Team and the Ship's Officers will be waiting to welcome guests aboard. As you set sail, familiarise yourself with the layout of the Ocean Endeavour and its great amenities and enjoy a welcome dinner.

This evening, sail along the wildlife-rich Beagle Channel, towards the White Continent of Antarctica. After leving the lights of Ushuaia behind, look out for Magellanic penguins, rock cormorants, petrels and black-browed albatross from the deck as well as noisy sea lion colonies.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Duration19 Nights
Accommodation

Ocean Endeavour

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    Ocean Endeavour



    Ocean Endeavour is a comfortable, well-appointed small expedition ship expertly engineered to explore the Polar Regions. The ship has an ice-strengthened hull, Zodiacs for exploration and remote landings, generous deck space and advanced navigation equipment. The ship offers a superb guest experience with a nautical …

    Ocean Endeavour is a comfortable, well-appointed small expedition ship expertly engineered to explore the Polar Regions. The ship has an ice-strengthened hull, Zodiacs for exploration and remote landings, generous deck space and advanced navigation equipment.

    The ship offers a superb guest experience with a nautical lounge, two restaurants, sundeck, and plenty of deck space for observation of polar landscapes, and lounges for learning and reflection. The ship's interiors have a contemporary aesthetic that provides a bright and spacious feel to the cabins and common spaces.

    Endeavour is also the only polar adventure ship in Antarctica focused on health and wellness. From the newly-built saunas, to the pool, gym, hot tub and wellness café with a juice bar, the ship will offer guests onboard services and amenities that that will enhance their Polar expedition experience. The ship also has a Polar Boutique, where guests can buy gifts as well as gear they might need for the voyage.

    Facilities

    • Boutique(s)
    • Cafe
    • Gym
    • Library
    • Restaurant
    • Sauna
    • Spa
    • Sundeck
    • Theater

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Day 3

Crossing the Drake Passage

The infamous Drake Passage, named after the famous English explorer, Sir Frances Drake, separates the tip of the Antarctic Peninsula from the southernmost tip of South America. Enjoy the fabulous on board facilities, maybe join a yoga class, or attend a presentation or two given by the Expedition Team to prepare you for what lies ahead - from the geology of Antarctica to the history, wildlife and even the ice!

As you sail towards Antarctica, there is a fall in temperature as you cross the Antarctic Convergence and enter the waters of the Antarctic Ocean. The Antarctic Convergence is marked by an increased number of seabirds, whales and other species that are attracted by the nutrient-rich waters pushed to the surface by the colder waters of the polar region flowing north and meeting the warmer equatorial waters flowing south. Head out on deck to look for the mighty albatrosses that fly overhead, scan the waters for breaching whales and icebergs, or gaze out from the panoramic windows of the observation deck.

Continue your course south and hope to make landfall by the evening of Day 4, depending on the weather conditions. Keep on the look out for the first sighting of land - that heralds your arrival to the White Continent!

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 4

Crossing the Drake Passage

Another day to explore the Drake Passage.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 5

South Shetland Islands and Antarctic Peninsula

Another day to explore the South Shetland and Antarctic Peninsula.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 6

South Shetland Islands and Antarctic Peninsula

Another day to explore the South Shetland and Antarctic Peninsula.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 7

South Shetland Islands and Antarctic Peninsula

Another day to explore the South Shetland and Antarctic Peninsula.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 8

South Shetland Islands and Antarctic Peninsula

Another day to explore the South Shetland and Antarctic Peninsula.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 9

Elephant Island

Leave the Antarctic Peninsula and the South Shetland Islands behind as you chart a course for historic Elephant Island. If conditions permit, you will attempt to take the Zodiacs to Point Wild. Elephant Island has its place firmly etched in polar history, as this is where Shackleton's crew from the 1914-17 Trans-Antarctic Expedition took refuge when their ship, The Endurance, was crushed by pack ice in the Weddell Sea. They set up camp at Point Wild, a harsh and inhospitable place and waited for over four months, whilst Shackleton sailed with 5 other men in the James Laird lifeboat to South Georgia. This is one of history's most miraculous tales of Antarctic survival and a story revered by explorers and sailors ever since.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 10

At Sea

With the historic Elephant Island behind, you will start out tracing of Sir Ernest Shackleton's route by sailing north toward the Island of South Georgia. Witnessing the rugged seas that Shackleton and his men navigated in wooden tender is a marvel for history buffs. As will be the animated lectures given by your onboard historians, biologists and ornithology experts as you recap all you've seen and learn about all that lays ahead on this sub-Antarctic archipelago.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 11

South Georgia

Another day to explore South Georgia.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 12

South Georgia

Another day to explore South Georgia.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 13

South Georgia

Another day to explore South Georgia.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 14

South Georgia

Another day to explore South Georgia.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 15

At Sea

Saying goodbye to the wildlife of South Georgia, head west towards the isolated and sparsely populated Falklands archipelago, where the silence is broken only by the call of birds. Attend lectures and presentations by the Expedition Team, relax and unwind in the His and Hers saunas and spa and take advantage of all the other amenities onboard.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 16

At Sea

You can take advantage of any optional activities available or simply relax.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 17

Falkland Islands

Have your camera at the ready as you approach the ruggedly beautiful Falklands archipelago to capture not only the abundant wildlife but also the incredible scenery.

Over the next couple of days, explore East and West Island by Zodiac and on foot as we make daily shore landings and maybe even discover smaller inlets by kayak.

Learn about the intriguing and controversial history of the Falkland Islands as you explore the quaint capital of Port Stanley, with its British outpost feel. Near the town you may see Southern giant petrels, the endemic Falkland steamer ducks, kelp gulls and dolphin gulls. There are also black-crowned night herons, red-backed hawks, peregrine falcons and turkey vultures.

As you explore the islands, have the camera at the ready and look out for the 5 species of penguins found here, large populations of black-browed albatrosses, elephant and fur seals, Peale’s and Commerson’s dolphins, orcas and a myriad of bird species including the Falkland’s flightless steamer duck, imperial shags and Cobb’s wrens.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 18

Falkland Islands

Another day to explore the Falkland Islands.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 19

At Sea

After the exploration of the Falkland Islands,you set sail on a course west, bound for the city of Ushuaia, the most southerly city in the world and the capital of Tierra del Fuego (Land of Fire).

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 20

At Sea

You can take advantage of any optional activities available or simply relax.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 21

Disembarkation in Ushuaia

You are scheduled to arrive into Ushuaia early this morning, and disembark after a final breakfast aboard the Ocean Endeavour.

After saying our farewells to our Expedition Team and the crew of the Ocean Endeavour, we transfer you to the airport for your onward flight, or you may like to spend some extra days in Ushuaia, giving you time to explore this fascinating town and the surrounding areas.

Meal Plan Breakfast

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DEPARTURES:

Ocean Endeavour
2022
: Jan 7

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • 1 night hotel accommodation with breakfast in Ushuaia 
  • Group transfer from hotel to pier
  • Shipboard accommodation
  • All meals whilst on-board including snacks
  • All shore excursions and zodiac cruising (*excluding forward facing zodiac)
  • Guiding and lectures by expedition team and team
  • English-speaking expedition team
  • Free use of rubber boots on land
  • Use of gym, sauna, pool and on-board Jacuzzi
  • On-board yoga
  • Wind and water resistant jacket
  • All Port taxes
  • Transfer airport to hotel on day 1 and pier to airport on day of disembarkation

PRICE EXCLUDES:

  • Travel insurance
  • International and domestic airfare & airfare taxes
  • Government arrival and departure taxes
  • Visa fees if applicable
  • Meals and beverages not mentioned
  • Gratuities
  • Items of a personal nature

OTHER INFORMATION: 

OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES
The following activities are available, subject to availability:

KAYAKING - US$790 PER PERSON
Kayaking in the far-flung corners of the world is an
experience guaranteed to refresh your soul. Paddling in
small groups, you’ll glide between ice floes, brash ice and
icebergs dotted with wildlife. Previous kayaking experience
is required.

SNOWSHOEING - US$150 PER PERSON
A unique way to explore Antarctica. It makes walking up
gentle slopes a breeze, allowing you to explore places
others struggle to reach in boots alone.

CAMPING - US$290 PER PERSON
A true outdoor adventure, experience the sights and
sounds during your opportunity to fully immerse yourself
when you camp overnight in Antarctica.

PHOTOGRAPHY PRIVATE WORKSHOP - US$790 PER
PERSON
Includes workshops prior to arrival in Antarctica, critiquing
sessions while in Antarctica and editing workshops on
the return journey. Some zodiac excursions on dedicated
zodiac and dedicated to Photography guide on landings.
Return with the best capture memories possible.

HIKING - NO COST
Explore the surroundings by foot as you actively hike on
Antarctica. Only available in some locations. Weather
dependant.

YOGA - NO COST
Experience Yoga in a way like no other. On board the ship
you will find yoga available to you. This is however, weather
and swell dependent.

TERMS AND CONDITIONS:

Prices are "from" per person based on twin/double share accommodation and for travel in low season. Seasonal surcharges and blackout dates may apply. Limited seat/spaces and all pricing is subject to change and availability. Rates for single or triple travellers are available on request - please inquire.

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7 Jan 2022
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