- Ocean Endeavour
- Expedition Ship
- 199 Capacity
- 11 Days
- 2015, 2016
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Summary : This cruise offers you the ideal introduction to Antarctica visiting prime sites along the Antarctic Peninsula and the neighboring South Shetland Islands. Take Zodiac excursions from the ship to explore bays, channels and landing sites each day. With wildlife viewing always a priority, you will visit penguin rookeries, scout for humpback and Minke whales and search for a number of the southern seal species, including the cunning leopard seal. Landing on the continent itself is a memorable highlight, where you’ll explore the iconic sights that make this one of the world’s most pristine, exotic and unforgettable natural environments. Passengers electing to participate can take part in yoga and stretching classes, enjoy healthy meals, a fresh juice bar, indulge in a massage therapy session or take advantage of the sauna or gym in addition to experiencing great daily expedition activities.
Activities : Birding, Camping, Hiking, Kayaking
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Arrive in Buenos Aires and transfer to your included hotel.
After breakfast at the hotel, transfer to the airport and board your charter flight to Ushuaia, Argentina. Upon arrival, enjoy a leisurely walk of this quaint port town before heading to the pier.
Prepare yourself for potentially rough water, but hope for a smooth sailing as the Drake is unpredictable and always changing. You’ll spend these first days getting to know your shipmates, attending safety briefings and learning insights into the excitement that lies ahead.
It is perhaps the first sight of land itself that is embraced as the true beginning of any Antarctic expedition. You can begin to appreciate why this region has long captivated the attention of explorers and travelers alike.
Take Zodiac excursions from the ship to explore bays, channels and landing sites each day. With wildlife always a priority, you will visit penguin rookeries, scout for humpback and Minke whales and search for a number of the southern seal species, including the cunning leopard seal. The Peninsula’s majestic mountains will enchant you. And you can even hike up a snowy pathway to vantage points offering you 360° views of your surroundings if you like. In Orne Harbour, the hike gives the opportunity to visit a chinstrap penguin colony high up on a ridge. You’ll have the choice between a mountain hike or spending time sitting quietly on a pebbled beach to enjoy the antics of curious penguins.
Amidst the serene silence of Antarctica, noisy interludes now become indelible memories, such as penguins squabbling over prized pebbles, or the boom and crack of a calving glacier in Neko Harbour. Every day will be different, having been carefully crafted by your Expedition Team so as to impress and educate you about this wonderful part of the world.
The journey back across the Drake Passage provides you with some final opportunities to enjoy the crisp Antarctic air. Spend time on the deck watching for seabirds and scouting for whales, enjoy a few final presentations by your Expedition Team or simply relax and reminisce about your experiences.
Disembark after breakfast and enjoy a short park tour of Tierra del Fuego. Transfer to the airport for your charter flight back to Buenos Aires.
Read this itinerary as a guide only; the exact route and program varies according to ice and weather conditions - and the wildlife you encounter. Flexibility is the key to the success of this expedition.
Mandatory Travel Insurance:
All guests are required to have comprehensive travel insurance coverage. Due to the remoteness of the areas in this itinerary, travelers must have a minimum $50,000 of emergency medical coverage. Proof of coverage is required prior to embarkation. The shipping company will not be held responsible for delays due to force majeure. Any additional costs accrued will be the responsibility of the traveler. ExpeditionTrips strongly recommends at least $200,000 Emergency Medical/Evacuation coverage for Antarctic trips which includes coverage for cancellation, trip disruption, baggage and personal property. ExpeditionTrips can assist you with this.
Sea Kayaking Option: Available all departures
Not included in cruise rate. See rates page for price. Minimum age 16 years. This is a pre-booked option for kayakers with some experience. Places are strictly limited so please advise at time of booking. Please contact ExpeditionTrips for additional details.
Camping Option: Not available 2/3/2016, 2/12/2016, 2/21/2016
Not included in cruise rate. See rates page for price. Minimum age 16 years. Space is limited; request at time of booking. No camping experience is necessary to participate in this program. Sleeping bags and all safety equipment are provided.
Mountaineering Option: Available 11/16/2015, 11/25/2015, 12/4/2015
Not included in cruise rate. See rates page for price. Minimum age 16 years. Space is limited; request at time of booking. The program is for adventurers with above average physical fitness and mental stamina who want to challenge one or more of the remote Antarctic peaks. Each climbing adventure can last up to 10 hours, based on local conditions. Axes, ropes, crampons, and all safety equipment are provided.
Cross-Country Skiing Option: Available 11/16/2015, 11/25/2015, 12/4/2015
Not included in cruise rate. See rates page for price. Minimum age 16 years. Space is limited; request at time of booking. The program requires a moderate level of physical fitness, but novice cross-country skiers are invited to participate. Skis, poles, and all safety equipment provided.
Stand-Up Paddleboarding: Available all departures
Not included in cruise rate. Must be pre-booked prior to the departure. Prior experience is necessary. Dry suits will be provided. Taken in small groups of 10 in good weather conditions on calm bays and harbors.
One night pre-expedition hotel accommodation in Buenos Aires with breakfast; group transfer from hotel to airport for charter flight to Ushuaia; group park tour upon disembarkation of Tierra del Fuego; group transfer to the ship; group transfer upon disembarkation in Ushuaia from the ship to airport for charter flight to Buenos Aires; shipboard accommodation; meals on board the ship; Zodiac cruising and shore landings per the daily program; waterproof expedition boots on loan for shore landings; parka to keep; coffee, tea, and cocoa available around the clock; miscellaneous service taxes and port charges; luggage handling aboard ship; emergency Evacuation Insurance for all passengers to a maximum benefit of $100,000 per person. Subject to change without notice.
Any airfare; transfer from airport to hotel upon arrival in Buenos Aires at beginning of the journey; passport and visa expenses; government arrival and departure taxes, Argentina's Reciprocity Fee; any meals ashore; supplements for adventure options; alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages except those mentioned as included; baggage, cancellation and medical travel insurance; excess baggage charges; laundry, bar, massage and other personal charges; telecommunications charges; voluntary gratuity at the end of the voyage for shipboard staff and crew; fuel surcharge may apply.
*Emergency Evacuation Insurance:
Emergency evacuation coverage to a maximum benefit per paying passenger of $100,000 is included in the cost of this expedition. Included coverage is applicable only to travel between the first and last day of the expedition purchased. Additional days of travel prior to the expedition and/or after the expedition are not covered by the included emergency evacuation insurance. We strongly advise all passengers to purchase medical, cancellation and baggage insurance, and additional emergency evacuation coverage.