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Antarctic Peninsula and Falkland Islands

Antarctica cruise information

Summary : Set sail aboard the comfortable and spacious polar expedition vessel, the Ocean Endeavour, to discover the raw beauty of the untamed Falkland Islands and Antarctica on a 19 day voyage. Starting in Buenos Aires, giving you the chance to explore this buzzing Latin America city before embarking your vessel and heading for the ruggedly beautiful Falkland Islands. A stop in Ushuaia en route to Antarctica allows a day of exploration of Tierra del Fuego National Park. Enter into a world of ice, surrounded by the spellbindingly beautiful landscapes created by the harsh Antarctic climate. This is a journey of unspoiled wilderness you’ll never forget.

Please Note:
This trip is a combination of two shorter voyages. As such, some passengers will be finishing their cruise on Day 10 in Ushuaia, and new passengers will be joining those that are staying on board to head to Antarctica.

Activities : Birding, Camping, Child-Friendly, Culture, Hiking, Kayaking, Photography, Dedicated Solo Cabins, Triple/Quad Cabins

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Itinerary
Day 1
Buenos Aires, Argentina

Arrive in Buenos Aires and transfer from the airport to your included hotel.

Day 2
Buenos Aires, Argentina - Embarkation Day

This morning is free for you to explore Buenos Aires, giving you time to wander the streets of this vibrant city.

Transfer to the port of Buenos Aires for embarkation in the late afternoon. You will be welcomed on board the Ocean Endeavour by the Expedition Team and the Ship’s Officers. This evening set sail from Buenos Aires, allowing you to enjoy your first taste of life at sea and a welcome dinner.

Day 3 – 5
At Sea

As you cruise from Buenos Aires to the Falkland Islands, there is plenty of time to enjoy the facilities of the Ocean Endeavour, which include a spa, saunas, saltwater pool and gym and relaxing yoga classes.

The Expedition Team will make presentations on the wildlife and history of the Falkland Islands, preparing you for what lies ahead. Head out to the spacious decks to try to spot several species of birds that are likely to follow the vessel as it heads southeast, such as albatrosses, storm petrels, shearwaters and diving petrels.

Day 6 – 7
Falkland Islands

This remote collection of islands in the South Atlantic Ocean is home to remarkable bird life and marine mammals as well as stunning landscapes. You may hike to the largest black-browed albatross colony in the world, spot Peale’s dolphins and Commerson’s dolphins in the surrounding waters, or watch penguins in the surf as they prepare to come ashore on an expansive sandy beach.

In Port Stanley, capital of the Falklands and the center of its culture, you’ll be treated to a charming mix of colorful Victorian-era homes, well-tended gardens, and English-style pubs.

Day 8 – 9
At Sea

This morning depart from the Falklands, and set a course for Ushuaia.

Day 10
Ushuaia, Argentina

Please Note:
This trip is a combination of two shorter voyages. As such, some passengers will be finishing their cruise today, and new passengers will be joining those that are staying on board to head to Antarctica.

The ship is scheduled to arrive into Ushuaia early this morning, after breakfast disembark the ship for a day of exploration. Enjoy an excursion to the only National Park on the island. Tierra del Fuego National Park is one of the most frequently visited places in Ushuaia as its close to the city and easily accessible. Discover the beauty within the park with your specialized guides as you walk through the forest. Included in your exploration is lunch service with drinks and wine.

Return in the afternoon and reboard your vessel. This evening set sail through the Beagle Channel that was named after the British ship the HMS Beagle. This famous channel transects the Tierra del Fuego archipelago in the extreme south of South America, and is rich in wildlife. Keep a look out for Magellanic penguins, rock cormorants, petrels and black-browed albatross from the deck as well as sea lion colonies. The air is likely to be filled with anticipation, as your next view of land will be of Antarctica - the White Continent.

Day 11 – 12
Drake Passage

Crossing the Drake is a rite of passage that signifies your journey to the White Continent has begun! As you sail from the southern tip of South America to the Antarctic Peninsula, enjoy time on deck in the cool salt breeze as you spot sea birds gracefully soaring in the wind. Attend engaging presentations, enjoy the ship’s amenities, and get to know your fellow traveling companions as excitement builds in anticipation of your first excursion. The first iceberg will flash into sight as you near the South Shetlands Islands, and you may even see penguins swimming!

Day 13 – 16
Antarctic Peninsula / South Shetland Islands

As you navigate historic waterways and visit prime sites along the Antarctic Peninsula and neighboring South Shetland Islands, the goal is to attempt 1-2 excursions per day. Your Captain and Expedition Leader continually monitor weather and ice conditions, working together to insure you experience the best of Antarctica whether you’re exploring Paradise Bay, the Lemaire Channel, Port Lockroy, Deception Island, or the many other locations available for landings and Zodiac cruising in the region.

Sailing in the wake of the 19th century’s great explorers—Sir Ernest Shackleton, Adrien de Gerlache, Robert Falcon Scott, and Roald Amundsen (to name just a few)—you’ll photograph the same towering mountain peaks they saw, hear raucous penguin colonies as you go ashore, see dazzling shades of blue and white as you navigate bays with impressive ice sculptures, and gain a new perspective of what it takes for wildlife—from penguins and giant petrels to elephant seals and humpback whales—to thrive in the beauty of this environment.

Day 17 – 18
Drake Passage

The forecast for conditions across the Drake Passage will determine when you’ll say a fond farewell to Antarctica and sail back to South America. Enjoy the ship’s amenities as the coastline drifts out of view, take time for bird watching and searching the horizon for whales, and enjoy final presentations by the expedition staff as you relax and reflect upon your Antarctic adventure.

Day 19
Ushuaia, Argentina

Disembark the ship after breakfast and transfer to the airport for your flight home.

Notes

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. ExpeditionTrips is not responsible for itinerary changes.

Mandatory Travel Insurance:
As a requirement of participation on this expedition, all passengers must purchase emergency evacuation/repatriation insurance. The medical insurance must be able to cover all existing health issues the passenger might have. It must also cover medical treatment and medical evacuation in any of the areas traveled. Other conditions may apply based on pre-existing conditions. 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 U.S. residents with travel protection options.

Please Note:
This trip is a combination of two shorter voyages. As such, some passengers will be finishing their cruise on Day 10 in Ushuaia, and new passengers will be joining those that are staying on board to head to Antarctica.

Optional Kayaking:
Paddling in small groups, you’ll glide between ice floes, brash ice and icebergs dotted with wildlife. Previous kayaking experience is required. It is recommended to have been in a kayak at least three times before. You will need to verify your travel and medical insurance prior to commencing kayaking. Kayakers should be aged 14 or over.

Optional Photography Private Workshop:
Includes workshops prior to arrival in Antarctica, critiquing sessions while in Antarctica and editing workshops on the return journey. Some Zodiac excursions will be on forward-facing Zodiacs with your photography guide at your side on landings too.

Optional Camping:
A true outdoor adventure, experience the sights and sounds during your opportunity to fully immerse yourself when you camp overnight in Antarctica.

Optional Snowshoeing:
A unique way to explore Antarctica. It makes walking up gentle slopes easier, allowing you to explore places others struggle to reach in boots alone.

Included:
One pre-cruise hotel night in Buenos Aires with breakfast; transfer from Buenos Aires airport to hotel on Day 1; transfer from Buenos Aires hotel to pier; transfer from ship to Ushuaia airport on disembarkation day; tour of Tierra del Fuego National Park on Day 10 with lunch and wine; shipboard accommodations; gear to keep (wind and water resisten jacket); gear on loan (rubber boots, hiking poles); onboard yoga; all meals onboard ship; soft drinks during meal times. Subject to change without notice.

Not Included:
Airfare; accommodations other than those mentioned as included; passport and visa expenses if applicable; optional adventure and photography programs and activities; alcohol; Wi-Fi; communication charges; all items of a personal nature; laundry; required travel insurance; gratuities; excess baggage charges; fuel surcharge may apply.

Photos ©: The Ocean Endeavour Company; Jennifer Santoyo

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