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Best of Antarctica: Pristine Wilderness (Ocean Endeavour)

Best of Antarctica: Pristine Wilderness (Ocean Endeavour)

From $ 9,990 AUD

Description

Experience the raw and pure beauty of the Great White Continent on an 11-day expedition to the Antarctic Peninsula.
During this magical time, landscapes are at their most pristine as the thawing of sea ice draws you into an unspoiled polar wilderness. Icebergs are at their greatest mass, penguins are busy courting, nest building and squabbling over pebbles. As the Ocean Endeavour edges its way through the fractured ice, perhaps entering the narrow, sheer-sided Lemaire Channel, you’re invited onto the bow of the Ocean Endeavour. Scan for Leopard seals on ice floes as you follow the continent’s inhabitants further south into the untouched snowscapes of pristine Antarctica.

Trip Name
Best of Antarctica: Pristine Wilderness (Ocean Endeavour)
Last Updated
2022-07-04
Days
11
Capacity
200
Highlights
  • Antarctica awakens after the harsh winter and extensive snow cloaks the continent in a pristine whiteness. Admire breathtaking scenery such as icebergs and glaciated mountains.
  • Penguin populations in the rookeries are thriving and the birds are busy nest-building and courting. Albatross, fulmars and petrels fly the Drake Passage and blue-eyed shags reappear in Antarctica.
  • This is an incredible time for photographers – the lengthening days are concluded with fantastic evening light, noctilucent clouds and beautiful rose-coloured sunsets.
  • Experience daily Zodiac excursions and onshore landings, and take advantage of a range of paid adventure options during your voyage such as kayaking, camping, photography and snowshoeing.
  • Benefit from a variety of onboard activities including educational lectures on history, geology and ecology and participate in our citizen science program, all led by our expert expedition team.
  • Enjoy the Ocean Endeavour's amenities including expedition lounge, sun deck, Polaris restaurant, bar, polar library, saltwater pool, jacuzzi, gym, spa and sauna.

Itinerary

No two Polar voyages are the same and this is part of the excitement of travelling in these remote regions. Weather, ice conditions and wildlife will all affect where your ship is able to access, and most importantly, where your Expedition Team think you will get the best possible experience from your trip. Onboard, daily updates are given to advise what the specific itinerary will be for the next day based on local conditions. Published itineraries cannot be guaranteed but an amazing voyage full of adventure and once-in-a-lifetime experiences is.

Day 1 - Ushuaia, Argentina
Your adventure begins in Ushuaia, Argentina. Nestled within the Tierra del Fuego archipelago, Ushuaia boasts many shops, museums, restaurants and cafes that you can enjoy before your voyage. This Argentine town is the ideal gateway for you to explore the southern extent of Patagonia while preparing for your adventure ahead. If you feel adventurous, the nearby Tierra del Fuego National Park offers plenty of outdoor activities.
Day 2 - Embarkation in Ushuaia
Following your embarkation onto the Ocean Endeavour in the late afternoon, begin your Antarctic journey south, passing through the infamous Beagle Channel. Named after the famed ship on which Charles Darwin voyaged, the channel presents great photo opportunities of landscapes and seabirds.
Day 3-4 - At Sea, Drake Passage
Famed for its wild nature, the Drake Passage is unpredictable and always changing. Be sure to spend some time out on one of the Ocean Endeavour's many outer decks soaking up the fresh sea air and feeling the breeze of the roaring forties and furious fifties – waters not yet tamed even by the most intrepid of explorers. Your expedition team will provide insights into your exciting adventure that lies ahead. During these two days on the sea, you will have plenty of time to gaze out at the Southern Ocean, capture photos of the birds circling the Ocean Endeavour and get to know your fellow travellers and expedition team. There is always great excitement on board when the first sighting of land appears, which with favourable sea and weather conditions will be early evening on day four.
Day 5-8 - South Shetland Islands & Antarctic Peninsula
Your Antarctic adventure truly begins once you have left the Drake Passage behind and the South Shetland Islands come into view, a region that has long captured the attention of explorers. Every visit to Antarctica reveals something unexpecting or new, meaning your expedition will be unlike any other – a unique and personal experience. During your time aboard the Ocean Endeavour, your expedition team and captain will scout for whales and seabirds and alert you to any new sightings. Enjoy in-depth explanations and lectures from your expedition team on the glaciology, history and wildlife of the region as you explore. Even more exciting will be your first land excursion – something you will never forget! Daily Zodiac cruises and shore excursions take you to explore local bays, channels and landing sites with wildlife opportunities always at the forefront of your expedition team's mind. Walk on beaches dotted with penguins, visit penguin rookeries and search for southern seal species, including the fearless penguin eater, the leopard seal. Each day and each landing is different, but every day presents new photo opportunities and sightings, so it won't take long until you know the difference between an Adelie, gentoo and chinstrap penguin. You might hike to a penguin rookery one day and take a Zodiac cruise among towering icebergs the next. From coming eye to eye with a humpback whale to the sound of a calving glacier, you will wake up excited each day with a desire to explore this icy wilderness. And if you can't get enough and find yourself wanting more, treat yourself to an overnight ice camping experience on land, a snowshoeing excursion to explore further afield, or a hit the water for a day paddle excursion. An average day onboard begins with a wake-up call from your expedition leader around 7am, giving you time to prepare for the day before joining your fellow expeditioners for breakfast in the Polaris restaurant. You will usually have two excursions per day, one in the morning and one in the afternoon, with a delicious lunch served on the Ocean Endeavour in between excursions.
Day 9-10 - At Sea, Drake Passage
Your journey back across the Drake Passage provides a final opportunity to enjoy the Antarctic air. Be sure to spend some time on the outer decks scouting for whales, watching seabirds, or enjoying a presentation by your expedition team on a wide range of topics. Celebrate the experiences you have shared with your fellow passengers exploring the remarkable world of Antarctica.
Day 11 - Disembarkation in Ushuaia, Argentina
You arrive in the port of Ushuaia in the morning and your expedition team will gather on the deck to farewell you as you disembark the Ocean Endeavour after breakfast. Your transfer to Ushuaia airport is included for all flights departing today.

Trip Dates

StartEndPrice FromRoom Type
02-11-202312-11-2023AUD $ 9,990-
02-11-202312-11-2023AUD $ 14,990-
02-11-202312-11-2023AUD $ 20,700-
02-11-202312-11-2023AUD $ 14,130-
02-11-202312-11-2023AUD $ 16,700-
02-11-202312-11-2023AUD $ 18,130-
02-11-202312-11-2023AUD $ 16,560-
02-11-202312-11-2023AUD $ 19,840-
02-11-202312-11-2023AUD $ 11,410-
02-11-202312-11-2023AUD $ 12,840-
02-11-202312-11-2023AUD $ 19,840-
02-11-202312-11-2023AUD $ 13,560-
11-11-202321-11-2023AUD $ 10,410-
11-11-202321-11-2023AUD $ 15,410-
11-11-202321-11-2023AUD $ 17,130-
11-11-202321-11-2023AUD $ 18,560-
11-11-202321-11-2023AUD $ 16,990-
11-11-202321-11-2023AUD $ 20,270-
11-11-202321-11-2023AUD $ 11,840-
11-11-202321-11-2023AUD $ 13,270-
11-11-202321-11-2023AUD $ 20,270-
11-11-202321-11-2023AUD $ 13,990-
11-11-202321-11-2023AUD $ 21,130-
11-11-202321-11-2023AUD $ 14,560-

Accommodation

1 night comfortable hotel,9 nights expedition cruise ship

Transport

Expedition cruise ship,zodiac

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