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 TOUR HIGHLIGHTS INCLUDE

Visit Antarctica, the ultimate bucket list destination

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Get up close with all the beautiful bird and sea life of Antarctica

Look for whales, elephant and fur seals and penguins in their natural habitat

Amazing photo opportunities and to learn more about this incredible wilderness area

Take the sea plunge if you dare

Zodiac cruises to experience the intense blues of passing icebergs

Not just for women, take your best friends and/or partners

 

What's included in your voyage

1 night, pre-voyage accommodation in Ushuaia, including breakfast
12 nights accommodation aboard Ocean Endeavour in a Category 5 - Window Twin Room, located on deck 7 with two lower berths & deck 8 with a double bed
Facilities include private bathroom, hairdryer, bathrobe, climate control, TV, in room safe and window
All meals on board your Antarctic voyage
English speaking guides on a shared basis; unless stated otherwise
Access to lounges for learning and reflection and breathtaking 360° views from the deck
Zodiacs for remote exploration
One expedition team member for every eight travellers, so you can take full advantage of one of the best staff-passenger ratios in Antarctica (1:8)

EXCLUDED FROM YOUR TOUR: Flights (internal and international), travel insurance, tips and any meals not mentioned above.

An epic 13 night voyage aboard your home away from home, the Ocean Endeavour, includes:

Frequently asked questions

Day 1: Begin your journey to the White Continent

Discover the world’s southernmost city – Ushuaia. Backdropped by towering mountains and glaciers, the windswept town looks over the historic Beagle Channel. Enjoy exploring the streets and local café scene or even hike among alpine conifers to the foot of the Martial Glacier before an Argentine dinner at one of the city’s many waterfront establishments.

Meals Included

  • Breakfast (on 1 December 2022)

Day 2: Ushuaia Embark

In the morning you will embark the Ocean Endeavour where you will begin your incredible voyage south. Take this time to familiarise yourself with your crew and your expedition staff.

Days 3-4: At Sea 

On day three of your voyage to the Antarctic, wake to the sights and sounds of the famous Drake Passage where albatross and other seabirds escort us south. In preparation for the days to come, your on-board experts in biology, oceanography, history and photography will begin their presentations in the Nautilus Lounge. Whether out on the Ocean Endeavour’s decks or from the warmth of the observation area on the ship’s bridge, keep your eyes peeled for the first sighting of an iceberg as the continent of Antarctica appears on our horizon.

Days 5-7: East Antarctic Peninsula 

In the real spirit of exploration, day 5 we hope to see the bow of the Ocean Endeavour round the eastern end of Antarctic Sound and point south toward the truly wild coastlines of the Peninsula’s eastern side. It’s within this ice-laden sea that Sir Ernest Shackleton and his men sledged and floated their way north from their crushed and sunken vessel and bordering this vast expanse is an endless coastline of dramatic basaltic beaches, towering islands that rise straight from the sea and a spattering of remote archipelagos barely seen by human eyes since the heroic era.

From here, the options for exploration are endless. From the secluded Danger Islands to the north, the historically important and penguin-covered Paulet Island, the sweeping Prince Gustav Channel to the south or the protected and glacier-lined coves of Duse Bay. Over three days in this area, we will work with ice conditions to land and zodiac cruise around as many remote locations as possible.

 

Keep an eye out for minke whales as captain and expedition leader navigate the scenic channels around the eagle island group and for the most intrepid: prepare for a polar plunge like none other or even a chance to step onto your very own piece of sea ice. 

Whatever the weather delivers, what we are sure to find here is a rare Antarctic experience and the closest one is likely to get to a true sense of exploration on planet Earth.

Days 8-11: West Peninsula

Following our three days of discovery on the Peninsula’s east side, the Ocean Endeavour will plot a course to transit Antarctic Sound and to visit the more well-trodden western shores.

 

As we attempt to enter the Sound, a collection of tabular icebergs typically serves as a gateway from east to west and locations like Esperanza Station and the volcanic cliffs of Brown Bluff are viable landing points along the way. From here on out, we return to the more familiar sights and sounds of gentoo penguin colonies, a collection of Argentine and Chilean bases observable on craggy points and we lower the zodiacs again to explore famous sites like Orne Harbour, Paradise Bay or Port Lockroy.

 

While the east side afforded us the most true sense of isolation and wilderness observable on Earth, the contrast becomes apparent on the western side as no excursion lasts long without the presence of gentoo or chinstrap penguins parading through the early-season snow and marine mammals hauling themselves onto ice-floes. After our four days of excursions in this region, we will again turn north to cross the Brans􀁽eld Strait. As we thread the Ocean Endeavour through South Shetland Islands, we will take to the aft deck of the Ocean Endeavour once more for a final toast to the Antarctic, to discovery and to the new horizon ahead.

Detailed Itinerary

Subject to change based on weather and conditions.

Days 12-13: Drake Passage 

Over days 12 and 13 we will watch as the outline of the Antarctic continent disappears over the horizon and again the albatross and seabirds of the open ocean join us for the voyage north. Whether enjoying some time out on deck to take in the sea air or making the most of our expert guides’ presentations, this is a great time to reflect on the journey behind us and all that we discovered on the Antarctic Peninsula over the previous days.

 

For those still looking to brush up on their Antarctic knowledge, our guides will be out on deck binoculars in hand to help identify the amazing sea life that abounds in this part of the world. At night, we will take the opportunity to celebrate together and to share stories about this once in a lifetime voyage.

Day 14: Breakfast & Farewell

Following a steady night in the protection of the Beagle Channel, the early morning of our 14th day will see the Ocean Endeavour come alongside Ushuaia’s pier. Followed by breakfast, an 8am disembarkation means plenty of time to wrap up your exploration of Ushuaia before a short drive to the airport for any afternoon flight departures. Our guides will join you on the dock to say farewell and to wave goodbye to the ship’s team and crew who have shared the journey with you. 

WHAT CUSTOMERS ARE SAYING

"Enjoyed the trip immensely. Breath-taking scenery, wonderful wildlife, great hospitality and great educational experience."

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Travellers must be at least 18 years of age. Prices are in Australian Dollars.

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