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Antarctica - it's a place of extremes, where the wildlife and landscape paint a picture like nowhere else in the world. Take to the extraordinary islands around the Antarctic Peninsula, spending 10 days on an unforgettable polar expedition - a stunning reward for conquering the Drake Passage. Amid the Antarctic's barren beauty, you may well encounter orcas, humpback whales, seals, penguins and more. Explore the ice-filled waters by Zodiac then set foot on the rock and ice that makes up this mysterious continent, spending your evenings and days at sea staying in modern and comfortable lodgings and enjoying its health and wellness facilities. Welcome to the pinnacle of adventure travel - an expedition to Antarctica.
Day 1: Ushuaia
Welcome to Ushuaia in Argentina – the world’s southernmost city. You’ll be briefed at the hotel tonight on the journey and details for tomorrow’s embarkation, but if you happen to arrive early there are a surprising amount of ways to entertain yourself at ‘the End of the World’. Check out the Museo Maritimo to brush up on the region’s history or take a stroll down Avenida San Martin if you’re after any last-minute essentials before departing. Oh, and because this is Argentina – if all else fails, head to a local restaurant to get your fill of red wine and steak. A traditional asado experience – muy bueno!
Day 2: Ushuaia – Embarkation Day
This afternoon you’ll board the Ocean Endeavour, settle into your cabin and begin cruising down the stunning Beagle Channel, named for Charles Darwin’s ship. The channel transects the Tierra del Fuego archipelago in the extreme south of South America, and as the ship pulls away from port there’s always an air of anticipation. Wave goodbye to Argentina and know that the next time you see land you’ll be staring at Antarctica.
Day 3-4: Drake Passage
The time has come to cross the Drake Passage, the legendary body of water named after English explorer Sir Francis Drake. If the conditions are right, enjoy some time out on deck to spot dolphins, orcas or perhaps albatross. If the waters are a little rough, the Ocean Endeavour is equipped with some seriously lush facilities for you to take advantage of. As well as safety briefings, a comprehensive lecture program will run throughout the journey delivered by experts in Antarctica’s history, geology and biology. With any luck we’ll make it to land by early evening on Day 4 – a moment that always brings much excitement.
Day 5-7: Antarctic Peninsula
The adventure truly begins once the Antarctic Convergence is left in your wake and exchanged for three incredible days of exploring the Antarctic Peninsula. Stare wide-eyed at glaciers, mountains and an unimaginable array of wildlife as the sheer magnitude and rawness of the area comes to light. Every day is a new adventure, and you’ll explore ice-filled bays and channels as well as Antarctica itself on Zodiac excursions and by foot. While the landscapes will no doubt take your breath away, Antarctica is all about the wildlife. Visit penguin rookeries, spot humpback and minke whales and look out for leopard seals, all while calving glaciers crack through the immense silence. The landing sites visited will depend on the ship's location and weather conditions, but for information on potential landing sites please visit: https://www.intrepidtravel.com/au/antarctica-landing-sites
Day 8-9: At Sea
Say goodbye to the Antarctic Peninsula as we begin our return leg to Ushuaia. Take the opportunity to share photographs with fellow travellers, use your now expert skills in wildlife spotting and enjoy the final lectures from your polar experts. It’s also a great opportunity to make use of the Ocean Endeavour’s health and wellness facilities, including its saunas, spa, heated pool, yoga classes and gym.
Day 10: Ushuaia – Disembarkation Day
Your Antarctic adventure draws to a close after breakfast this morning. Farewell your shipmates and transfer to the airport if you’re flying out today, or perhaps spend some more time exploring this incredible part of the world. If you would like to spend more time in Ushuaia, we’ll be happy to organise additional accommodation (subject to availability).
- Discover the wonder of the earth’s southernmost reaches; each day offering new polar experiences. Ice walking, penguin spotting, whale watching – you’re set for an unforgettable adventure.
- Freezing is great but freedom is better. Customise your trip with a range of optional activities on top of regular Zodiac excursions, such as kayaking and camping adventures, and even a polar plunge!
- Onboard the Ocean Endeavour, you’ll be treated to high-quality food and one expedition crew for every eight passengers, ensuring a personal touch. Plus, you could consider booking a single share cabin for even greater comfort.
- Our experienced leaders have made hundreds of polar voyages between them. Experts in marine biology, glaciology and Antarctic history, they’ll share their knowledge during a comprehensive lecture program.
- Rest assured that footprints are all you’ll leave behind. Your Antarctica expedition is carbon offset, and we serve only sustainably sourced seafood, avoid single-use plastics and use biodegradable and phosphate-free cleaning products.
9 Breakfast(s) Included
7 Lunch(es) Included
8 Dinner(s) Included
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