Voyage in comfort aboard Ocean Endeavour from Ushuaia, Argentina to the Antarctic Peninsula and back. Visit the wildlife-rich South Shetland Islands. Join the fortunate few (conditions permitting) who have travelled below the Antarctic Circle. Journey to the stunning Antarctic Peninsula and add the great southern continent to your travel bucket list!

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Itinerary

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. They 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, perhaps making a few last-minute purchases from the many shops or artisan markets or relaxing in a café. Visit the excellent museums along the main street, Avenida San Martin, or wander the streets and take in the town’s dramatic setting, with views of the mountains to the north and the Beagle Channel to the south.

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 us aboard. This evening we sail along the wildlife-rich Beagle Channel, towards the White Continent of Antarctica. As we 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.

Days 3-4: At Sea – 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 unpredictable—often rough and turbulent, but sometimes as calm as a lake—so be prepared! Enjoy the fabulous onboard facilities: 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 its history and wildlife, and even the ice! Sailing 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 Albatross that fly overhead, scan the waters for breaching whales and icebergs, or gaze out from the panoramic windows of the observation deck. We continue our course south and hope to make landfall by the evening of Day 4, depending on the weather conditions. Keep on the lookout for the first sighting of land— that heralds your arrival to the White Continent!

Days 5-8: South Shetland Islands 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 travelers. We explore by Zodiac, cruising among the magnificently sculpted icebergs and making shore landings where we mingle with penguins, climb to vantage points to absorb the spectacular panoramic views, and maybe visit a scientific or historic base. There may even be opportunities to kayak and snowshoe and, of course, learn more about photography with one of our 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 seabirds. 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 sites. As we cruise from one landing site to the next, enjoy the continued lecture program and take in the scenery from the outer decks of the Ocean Endeavour. Make the most of the ship’s health and fitness facilities, from the relaxing spa and saunas to the pool and gym.

Days 9-10: At Sea – Drake Passage

As we leave the Antarctic Peninsula behind, we take with us our memories and photographs. We set a course for the Drake Passage as we enjoy some final lectures and presentations and look out for wildlife from the observation lounge and the outer decks. Maybe you will make final use of the spa and sauna and saltwater pool. Having crossed the Drake Passage once more, we enter the calm and tranquil waters of the Beagle Channel bound for Ushuaia.

Day 11: Disembarkation in Ushuaia

We are scheduled to arrive into Ushuaia early this morning, and we disembark after a final breakfast aboard the Ocean Endeavour. After saying our farewells to our Expedition Team and the Ocean Endeavour crew, we transfer you to the airport for your onward flight, or you may like to spend an extra few days in Ushuaia, giving you time to explore this fascinating town and the surrounding areas.

Ocean Endeavour

Ocean Endeavour

Deckplan & Cabin Photos

Highlights

  • Unspoiled and uninhabited wilderness, where the penguins, seals, whales, and seabirds are the true rulers
  • Experience the White Continent and encounter an incredible variety of wildlife
  • Take in the Sub-Antarctic South Shetland Islands and the spectacular Antarctic Peninsula
  • Discover the top wildlife destination in the world where you can see penguins, seals, whales, and Albatross
  • Admire breathtaking scenery such as icebergs, glaciated mountains, and volcanoes
  • Enjoy regular Zodiac excursions and onshore landings
  • Benefit from a variety of on-board activities including educational lectures on the history, geology, and ecology by the expedition team
  • Enjoy onboard amenities, including expedition lounge, restaurant, bar, pool, jacuzzi, library, gym, sun deck, spa facilities, and sauna
  • Take advantage of optional activities during the voyage such as kayaking and snowshoeing

Included

  • 1 night hotel accommodation with breakfast in Ushuaia
  • Group transfer from hotel to pier
  • Shipboard accommodation
  • All meals onboard including snacks
  • All shore excursions and Zodiac cruising
  • Guiding and lectures by expedition team
  • English-speaking expedition team
  • Free use of rubber boots on land
  • Use of gym, sauna, pool, and on-board Jacuzzi
  • Onboard yoga
  • Wind and water-resistant jacket
  • All port taxes
  • Transfer airport to hotel on Day 1 and pier to airport on day of disembarkation

Adventure Options

  • Kayaking: $1,090
  • Snowshoeing: $150
  • Camping: $290
  • Private Photography Workshop: $1,090
  • Hiking: FREE
  • Yoga: FREE
 

PLEASE NOTE: Due to the nature of expedition cruising, itineraries are subject to change due to weather, ice conditions, natural and cultural events, wildlife viewing opportunities and other logistical considerations. In general, a ship's crew will endeavor to complete the itinerary provided, but the ultimate decision lies with the ship's captain and expedition leaders.

 
 
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