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Antarctic Explorer

Antarctic Explorer 11 days

Prices From £4,800pp
7 MAR, 2020 | Up to 10 nights

Single Cabins Available

Antarctic Explorer 11 days

Aboard: Ocean Endeavour

This exciting expedition offers you the chance to fully explore the wonders of Antarctica, the breathtakingly scenic wildlife paradise at the bottom of the world that has been inspiring explorers for centuries. This unforgettable journey aboard a comfortable, small expedition ship that has been designed to cope with every eventuality that Mother Nature may throw its way, will take you to discover the unique and remarkable lands of the South Shetland Islands and the Antarctic Peninsula.

Enjoying thrilling Zodiac cruises through the crackling sea ice, getting up close to huge colonies of bustling penguins as they go about their daily lives, navigating through mazes of towering icebergs of all shapes and sizes, and of course stepping foot on the magnificent 7th continent…this will surely be the adventure of a lifetime.

PLEASE NOTE: This itinerary begins with an overnight stay in Buenos Aires followed by a flight to Ushuaia where you will board your ship. The flight and transfer package for this expedition is priced at $950 USD / £700 per person and includes pre-expedition overnight stay in Buenos Aires, charter flights Buenos Aires to Ushuaia and return, and transfers from hotel to airport in Buenos Aires and to and from ship in Ushuaia.

Highlights

  • Amazing wildlife including penguins, myriad birds and whales
  • Spectacular scenery
  • Exciting zodiac landings and excursions
  • Exciting activity options including kayaking and paddling

What's Included

  • Full board accommodation including all meals, snacks & hot drinks on board ship
  • Beer & wine during dinner
  • All zodiac excursions and landings
  • Programme of expert lectures and presentations
  • Loan of waterproof boots
  • Expedition parka to keep
  • All service and port charges
  • Emergency evacuation insurance to max. US$100,000pp
  • Post-voyage Tierra del Fuego National Park tour

Single Cabins Available

This vessel offers single occupancy cabins, which is a perfect option for solo travellers. Travelling alone is often the best way to see the world. No responsibilities, no difficult choices and no trying to please anyone else…just you, your itinerary and your adventurous spirit!

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Take advantage of our vast experience, passion and expertise to help you hand craft the perfect Antarctica adventure for you.

Simon Rowland Senior Travel Expert

Simon’s deep passion for and first-hand knowledge of a vast range of destinations all over the world gives him the ideal skills to help you create a truly unforgettable wildlife inspired adventure to the most exciting places on the planet.

Zoe Savage-Morton Travel Specialist

With countless travel experiences and an enduring hunger for adventure, Zoe knows exactly what’s needed to craft a holiday of a lifetime. Her experience and generosity of spirit are legendary and she’ll help you build an itinerary that will make all your dreams come true.

Michael Gardiner Senior Travel Expert

Mike has more than 15 years of experience in the travel industry and continues to be inspired by the people, places and wildlife he discovers. His in-depth personal knowledge of a diverse range of destinations ensures your adventure itinerary will be a holiday like no other.

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Buenos Aires
1Day

Buenos Aires

Your adventure begins in Buenos Aires, where after having arrived independently you can join a group transfer to a downtown hotel for your overnight stay before enjoying some time to explore the vibrant Argentinean capital. Buenos Aires is known worldwide for its soaring architecture and rich European heritage and we recommend taking in a tango show or sampling some of the many delightful restaurants and bars.

This itinerary requires a mandatory flight and transfer package which is priced at $950 USD / £700 per person and includes pre-expedition overnight stay in Buenos Aires, charter flights Buenos Aires to Ushuaia and return, and transfers.

Ushuaia - Embarkation Day
2Day

Ushuaia - Embarkation Day

After a good night’s rest and a hearty breakfast you will transfer to the airport for your flight to Ushuaia, the southernmost city in the world. Upon arrival you will have some time to explore this charming city before joining your group transfer to the port where your polar expedition ship awaits you. Embarkation will begin in the late afternoon and after meeting your expedition team and settling into your comfortable cabin, you can spend some time exploring your new surroundings and watching from deck as we sail through the scenic and historic Beagle Channel, leaving civilisation far behind as we start our journey to the Antarctic wilderness.

Drake Passage
3 - 4Days

Drake Passage

We will spend 2 days at sea sailing through the famously unpredictable Drake Passage. Over the course of these 2 days there may potentially be some rough waters, but your polar expedition ship has been designed to navigate these waters with ease. We hope for a smooth sailing that will allow us to spend some time on deck enjoying searching for the abundant seabirds that are likely to be following the ship. Your expedition team will begin their exciting programme of informative lectures and presentations covering everything from the wildlife and geology of Antarctica to historic polar exploration. There will also be safety and bio-environmental briefings to prepare you for your time in Antarctica.

South Shetland Islands and Antarctic Peninsula
5 - 8Days

South Shetland Islands and Antarctic Peninsula

After having traversed the Antarctic Convergence your adventure now begins in earnest as you reach the spectacle of the white continent and begin your exploration of Antarctica. After all of the anticipation during your Drake Passage crossing your first sight of land in Antarctica will not disappoint, and you will begin to appreciate exactly why these remarkable lands have long captivated the attentions of explorers and intrepid adventurers.

As with all Antarctica expeditions our exact itinerary over the course of the next 4 days will be flexible and dependent upon weather and ice conditions, with your captain and experienced crew deciding each day on the best course for unrivalled wildlife, scenery and adventure experiences. Each expedition to Antarctica is different and you can be guaranteed of multiple unique, once in a lifetime moments that you will live long in the memory.

Exploring each day by Zodiac boat you will explore multiple bays, channels and landing sites on a constant lookout for wildlife sightings including humpback and minke whales, various southern seal species and, of course, bustling penguin rookeries. One of our favourite places for spotting penguins includes Danco Island where we can enjoy a short hike to visit a large penguin colony which resides high up on a ridge that affords spectacular views of the surrounding pristine landscape.

There will ample opportunities for enjoyable hikes and walks throughout our time in Antarctica and the majesty of the Antarctic Peninsula’s mountains will enchant as you scramble up snowy pathways to vantage points offering you 360° views of your surroundings.

Throughout your time here you can enjoy walks along the beaches alongside the penguins, thrilling Zodiac cruises through the crackling sea ice, navigating through mazes of towering icebergs of all shapes and sizes, experience the awesome sights and sounds of calving glaciers including those in Neko Harbour, and fully immerse yourself in all that this wonderful continent has to offer. For the more adventurous we highly recommend a Polar Plunge in the frigid Antarctic waters and there are exciting kayaking and paddling options available too.

Drake Passage
9 - 10Days

Drake Passage

After your thrilling exploration of the Antarctic Peninsula and the South Shetland Islands it’s time to head back towards South America as we sail back across the Drake Passage. These 2 days offer us some further opportunities for attending the informative lectures and talks presented by your team of Antarctica experts and we recommend spending some time on deck looking for your final seabird and whale sightings. This is also a great chance to spend some time collating all of the many pictures you will have taken and sharing tales of your adventures with your fellow passengers.

Ushuaia to Buenos Aires
11Day

Ushuaia to Buenos Aires

After having sailed through the Beagle Channel overnight you will arrive back into the port of Ushuaia in the early morning, where you will bid farewell to your expedition team. After disembarkation you can enjoy a Tierra del Fuego National Park tour before joining your group transfer to the airport for your flight back to Buenos Aires.

A view from Above

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Ocean Endeavour
Mid range vessel

Ocean Endeavour

A comfortable, purpose-built expedition ship with ice-strengthened hull. The ship has an emphasis towards wellbeing with saunas, pool, gym, hot-tub and wellness cafe. Facilities include all cabins with private facilities, two restaurants, lounge, library, lecture theatre, mud room and boutique.

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Now that I am back from my odyssey voyage, I thought I would let you know that after all that planning it really did exceed my expectations – we managed landings everywhere even on Tristan da Cuhna and had great bird sightings. The guides all knew what they were talking about too and made sure I got some great photos – still sorting them all out! Thanks for everything and see you at Birdfair!

Dave Martin

Overall I think that it was an excellent trip that was well worth the price paid and I would have no hesitation recommending your company to others.

Steve Sutton

Just a quick note to express my sincere thanks to you and all your staff for making this an epic adventure of immense proportions. Everything went smoothly, pickups, hotels and most of all the expedition itself. Truly a mind blowing experience unlike any I have ever taken.

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