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Antarctic Explorer: Discovering the 7th Continent

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Arrive in Buenos Aires, the tango capital of the world, and board the Ocean Endeavour (QU) for a 10-day antarctic expedition. Cross the Drake Passage and prepare yourself to admire glistening icebergs and the looming peninsula. As you reach the South Shetland Islands and the Antarctic Peninsula keep your eyes opened for the abundant wildlife and the majestic landscapes of the most pristine region on the planet. 

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Buenos Aires, Argentina
Day 2 : Fly to Ushuaia | Embark
Days 3-4 : Drake Passage
Days 5-7 : South Shetland Islands | Antarctic Peninsula
Days 8-9 : Drake Passage to Ushuaia
Day 10 : Disembarkation in Ushuaia

Highlights

  • Join daily Zodiac excursions to explore local bays, channels and land sites
  • Visit Orne Harbor and admire a chinstrap penguin colony high up on a ridge
  • Watch for seabirds, penguins, seals, whales, and leopard seals
  • Relax on board and enjoy presentations by your expedition team experts

Ship

Ocean Endeavour (QU)

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Travel to Antarctica's icebergs Getting Ready for an awesome kayak adventure A humpback whale dives beneath the Antarctic waters Cruising in the Zodiac Chinstrap and Rockhopper Penguins

Day 1 Buenos Aires, Argentina

Upon your arrival in Buenos Aires, transfer independently to the group hotel (pre-night hotel price is part of the additional Buenos Aires flight and transfer package).

Day 2 Fly to Ushuaia | Embark

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Dinner
After breakfast, the group flies to Ushuaia (price of flight is part of the additional Buenos Aires flight and transfer package). Upon arrival, take a short city tour of the quaint port town before heading to the pier. Embark on your Antarctic journey in the afternoon! Sail down the historic Beagle Channel. This famous channel transects the Tierra del Fuego archipelago in the extreme south of South America. Expect an air of anticipation as you depart—the next time you see land you are in the world’s most southern continent!

Day 3-4 Drake Passage

  • Ship
  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
Spend your first days at sea getting to know your shipmates, listening to safety briefings and insights into what excitement lies ahead, and watching for wildlife. Prepare yourself for potentially rough waters, but hope for a smooth sailing as the Drake is unpredictable and always changing.

Day 5-7 South Shetland Islands | Antarctic Peninsula

  • Ship
  • 3 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 3 Dinners
When the Antarctic Convergence is left in your wake, you truly begin your Antarctic adventure. 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 remote bays, channels, and landing sites each day. Wildlife is present all around you as you visit penguin rookeries, scout for humpback and minke whales, and search for a number of the southern seal species.

The majesty of the Peninsula’s mountains amaze you as you trek up snowy pathways to vantage points that offer 360° views of your surroundings. One of these incredible sightseeing opportunities, in Orne Harbor, invites you to visit a chinstrap penguin colony high up on a ridge. Here you have a choice between going for a mountain hike or spending time sitting quietly on a pebbled beach to enjoy the antics of the curious penguins.

Every day is different, having been carefully crafted by your expedition team so as to entertain and educate you about this wonderful part of the world.

Day 8-9 Drake Passage to Ushuaia

  • Ship
  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
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.

Day 10 Disembarkation in Ushuaia

  • 1 Breakfast
Arrive in Ushuaia after breakfast. After you disembark, take some time to explore Ushuaia before taking the group charter flight back to Buenos Aires (price of flight is part of the additional Buenos Aires flight and transfer package).

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Buenos Aires - Hotels

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Triple Cabin (under renovation)
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Triple
A triple on deck four is an interior cabin with two lower berths, one upper berth and private bath. Approximately 10-15 m² (105 to 160 sq ft). Cabin currently undergoing renovations.
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Twin Window
A twin window on deck five features a picture window, two lower berths and private bath. Approximately 9-10 m² (95 to 105 sq ft).
Single Interior Cabin on the Ocean Endeavour
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Single Interior
A single on deck five is an interior cabin with a lower berth and private bath. Approximately 9-10 m² (95 to 105 sq ft).
Twin Porthole (cropped)
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Twin Porthole
A twin porthole on deck four features a porthole window, two lower berths and private bath. Approximately 9-10 m² (95 to 105 sq ft).
Twin Porthole Cabin (under renovations)
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Twin Porthole Plus
Two twin porthole plus rooms on deck four features a porthole window, one or two beds and one private bath. Approximately 18-20 m² (190 to 200 sq ft). Cabin currently undergoing renovations.
Twin Window Plus (cropped)
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Twin Window Plus
Two twin window plus rooms on deck five features a picture window, one or two beds and two private baths. Approximately 18-20 m² (190 to 200 sq ft). Cabin currently undergoing renovations.
Upper Deck Cabin (cropped)
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Upper Deck Twin
An upper deck twin on decks seven and eight features a large picture window (obstructed view), two lower berths or one double bed and private bath. Approximately 13 m² (140 sq ft).
Superior Twin Cabin (cropped)
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Superior Twin
A superior twin on decks five and seven features a picture window, two lower berths and a private bath. Approximately 19 m² (205 sq ft).
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Top Deck Twin
A top deck twin on deck eight features two large picture windows (partial obstruction), two lower berths and private bath. Approximately 14.5 m² (155 sq ft).
Junior Suite (cropped)
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Junior Suite
A junior suite on decks five and seven features a picture window, two lower berths and private bath. Approximately 30 m² (320 sq ft).
Owner Suite (cropped)
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Owner
The owner’s suite on deck seven features two large bow-facing windows, one double bed, separate sitting room and private bath with tub. Approximately 30 m² (320 sq ft).

Notes

Rates are quoted in U.S. dollars and represent costs per person, double occupancy. Request the Twin Share Program where you are matched with a cabin mate of the same gender. Even if a cabin mate is not found for you, no single supplement will be charged.

Cabins are available for single occupancy at the following rates:

2016-2017 Season - 1.3 times the double occupancy rate for Twin Porthole and Window cabins, 1.7 times for Porthole Plus and Upper Deck, and 2 times for all Premium cabins.

2017-2018 season - 1.7 times the double occupancy rate for cabin types except for Premium cabins (2.0 times the double occupany rate)

Important reminder: Embracing the unexpected is part of the legacy – and excitement – of expedition travel. There are no guarantees that everything can be accomplished. A measure of flexibility is something all must bring to a voyage. There are nearly 200 recognized sites in the Antarctic Peninsula and South Shetlands and the places mentioned above may be changed to others equally as interesting.

Important Note:
* Charter flight is not included in the base price of the trip
The Buenos Aires Flight and Transfer Package is $950 and includes:
• Pre expedition hotel night in Buenos Aires, with breakfast
• Group transfer from the hotel to the airport in Buenos Aires
• Charter flight from Buenos Aires to Ushuaia, and return
• Group transfer from Ushuaia airport to the ship, and return
• Combined airport transfer and express bus tour of Tierra del Fuego National Park after disembarkation

Rates include:
• Shipboard accommodation with daily housekeeping
• All breakfasts, lunches and dinners on board throughout your voyage
• Complimentary wine with dinner
• All shore landings per the daily program
• Leadership throughout the voyage by your experienced Expedition Leader, including shore landings and other activities
• All Zodiac transfers and cruising per the daily program
• Formal and informal presentations by your Expedition Team and guest speakers as scheduled
• Photographic Journal on DVD, documenting the voyage
• A pair of waterproof expedition boots on loan for shore landings
• An official parka to keep
• Coffee, tea and cocoa available around the clock
• Hair dryer and bathrobes in every cabin
• Comprehensive pre-departure materials, including a map and an informative Antarctic Reader
• All miscellaneous service taxes and port charges throughout the program
• All luggage handling aboard ship
• Snowshoeing and zodiac cruising
• Emergency evacuation insurance to a maximum benefit of US$100,000 per person

This expedition excludes:
• Any airfare
• Passport and Visa Expenses
• Government arrival and departure taxes
• Meals ashore
• Baggage, cancellation and medical travel insurance
• Excess baggage charges
• Waterproof pants for Zodiac cruising, or any other gear not mentioned
• Laundry, bar, beverage and other personal charges
• Shipboard or land telecommunication charges
• Gratuity for ship's crew, Hospitality or Expedition Team members
• Hotel nights prior to embarkation or after disembarkation
• Optional kayaking
• Arrival transfer in Buenos Aires on day 1

Included

  • 9 Breakfasts, 7 Lunches, 8 Dinners
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