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Discover Antarctica

Duration
11 Days
Prices:
On request

Cruise through the infamous Drake Passage, bound for the South Shetland Islands and the Antarctic Peninsula. Enter a world of ice and perfectly adapted wildlife, surrounded by spellbindingly beautiful landscapes created by the harsh Antarctic climate. This is a once in a lifetime voyage to the world’s final frontier.


This 10 or 11 day cruise departs from Ushuaia, considered the world’s southernmost inhabited city, taking you on the ultimate cruise through the waters of the Antarctic Peninsula.

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.

Spend the return journey enjoying the facilities aboard the Ocean Endeavour, including an onboard spa, saunas, saltwater pool, and yoga classes before returning to Ushuaia.


 

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Duration
11 Days
Prices:
On request

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Day 1

Ushuaia, Argentina

On arrival at Ushuaia Airport, please make your way through to the Arrivals Hall where our representative will be waiting for you to transfer you 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 our 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 snow-capped 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 we 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 you aboard. As we set sail, familiarise yourself with the layout of the Ocean Endeavour and its great amenities and enjoy a welcome dinner.

This evening we sail along the wildlife-rich Beagle Channel, towards the White Continent of Antarctica. As you leave 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
Duration9 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. It is often rough and turbulent, but sometimes as calm as a lake. It is unpredictable, so be prepared!

Enjoy the fabulous onboard facilities, maybe join a yoga class, 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 we 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 out 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. Keep on the lookout 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 and Antarctic Peninsula

The next four days are spent exploring the South Shetland Islands and Antarctic Peninsula, a region that has captivated explorers for centuries and now enthrals travellers. We explore by Zodiac, cruising amongst the magnificently sculpted icebergs and making shore landings where we mingle with penguins, climb to vantage points to absorb the spectacular panoramic views, maybe visiting a scientific or historic base.

There may even be opportunities to kayak and snowshoe and of course learn more about photography with one of the experts.

Antarctica will enchant you with its incredible scenery, from imposing glaciers to towering snow-capped peaks, vast icebergs and ice-strewn channels. Not to mention the wildlife - from extensive colonies of chinstrap, Gentoo and Adelie penguins, to crabeater, Weddell, fur and elephant seals and a plethora of fascinating birds. Keep your eyes and ears peeled for the mighty crack of a glacier calving. Maybe you will be one of the brave few to take a polar plunge in the icy waters! Every day brings a new experience and new landing site.

As you cruise from one landing site to the next, enjoy the continued lecture programme and take in the scenery from the outer decks of the Ocean Endeavour. Make the most of the health and fitness facilities from the relaxing spa and saunas to the pool and gym.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 6

South Shetland and Antarctic Peninsula

Another day to explore the South Shetland and Antarctic Peninsula.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 7

South Shetland and Antarctic Peninsula

Another day to explore the South Shetland and Antarctic Peninsula.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 8

South Shetland and Antarctic Peninsula

Another day to explore the South Shetland and Antarctic Peninsula.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 9

Antarctic Peninsula and Drake Passage

Hoping to make one final excursion or shore landing today before you leave the Antarctic Peninsula behind, and head back across the Drake Passage. This is another great opportunity to look out for wildlife from the deck of the ship, as you identify seabirds and maybe whales with the help of your Expedition Team. Gain more insight into the region by attending final lectures and presentations by the polar experts and take time to relax and reminisce about your Antarctic experiences.

By the evening, hope to be back in the tranquil waters of the Beagle Channel, ensuring a restful nights sleep on board.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 10

Antarctic Peninsula and Drake Passage

Another day to explore Antarctic Peninsula and Drake Passage.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 11

Disembarkation in Ushuaia

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

Transfer to the airport for your onward flight, or maybe spend a few days in Ushuaia, giving you time to explore further, maybe hiking in Tierra del Fuego National park.

Meal Plan Breakfast

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DEPARTURES:

Ocean Endeavour
2021: Nov 2*, 11, 20; Dec 11
* Departure is from Punta Arenas

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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11 Dec 2021
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