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Antarctic Explorer: Discovering the 7th Continent

Example 12 Day Cruise aboard Ocean Endeavour (QU)
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This exciting Antarctic cruise voyages the famed Drake Passage, explores the wildlife rich shores of the South Shetland Islands, and makes numerous stops along the Antarctic Peninsula. A trip of a lifetime aboard the Ocean Endeavour, join in on this 12-day Antarctic tour.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Buenos Aires, Argentina
Day 2 : Fly to Ushuaia | Embarkation Day
Days 3-4 : Drake Passage
Days 5-9 : South Shetland Islands and Antarctic Peninsula
Days 10-11 : Drake Passage to Ushuaia
Day 12 : Disembarkation in Ushuaia

Highlights

  • Explore the highlights of the Antarctic Peninsula
  • Learn about the environment & wildlife from onboard lecturers & specialists
  • Arrive in Buenos Aires, Argentina, the tango capital of the world
  • Experience abundant wildlife: penguins, seals, whales, and more!

Ship

Ocean Endeavour (QU)

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Cruising the chilly waters in the Zodiac A humpback whale dives beneath the Antarctic waters A majestic view from the kayak Group of King Penguins Kayaking in antarctica

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 | Embarkation Day

  • 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!

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 5-9 South Shetland Islands and Antarctic Peninsula

  • Ship
  • 4 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 4 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 will 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 10-11 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 12 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).

Ocean Endeavour (QU)

Buenos Aires - Hotels

Per person starting at
$6,995
Triple cabin aboard the Ocean Endeavour
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Triple
A triple on deck four is an interior cabin with three lower beds and twp private bathrooms. Approximately 10-15 m² (105 to 160 sq ft). Cabin 4100 has four lower single beds and one private bathroom with a separate shower room.
Twin Window  (cropped)
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Twin Window
A twin window on deck five features a picture window, two lower beds and private bathroom. Approximately 9-10 m² (95 to 105 sq ft).
Single Interior Cabin aboard the Ocean Endeavour
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Single Interior
A single on deck five is an interior cabin with a lower bed and private bathroom. 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 beds and private bathroom. Approximately 9-10 m² (95 to 105 sq ft). Cabins 4060, 4062, and 4064 have one lower and one upper bed and a private bathroom.
Twin Porthole Cabin (under renovations)
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Twin Porthole Plus
A twin porthole plus room on deck four features two porthole windows, two single beds, a separate living area with a pull out sofa bed, and one private bathroom. Approximately 18-20 m² (190 to 200 sq ft).
Twin Window Plus Cabin aboard the Ocean Endeavour
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Twin Window Plus
A twin window plus room on deck five features two picture windows, two single beds and one private bathroom. Approximately 18-20 m² (190 to 200 sq ft).
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 beds or one double bed and private bathroom. Approximately 13 m² (140 sq ft).
Twin Window Plus (cropped)
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Superior Twin
A superior twin on decks five and seven features a large picture window, two lower beds or one double bed, a pull out sofa bed and private bathroom. Approximately 19 m² (205 sq ft).
Top Deck Cabin (cropped)
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Top Deck Twin
A top deck twin on deck eight features two large picture windows (one window with partial obstruction), one double bed and private bathroom. Approximately 14.5 m² (155 sq ft).
Junior Suite Cabin aboard the Ocean Endeavour
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Junior Suite
A junior suite on decks five and seven features a picture window, one double bed, a pull out sofa bed and private bathroom. Approximately 30 m² (320 sq ft).
Owner Suite (cropped)
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Owner´s Suite
The owner’s suite on deck seven features two large bow-facing windows, one double bed, separate sitt and private bathroom 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 $800 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
•  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 activities 
• Arrival transfer in Buenos Aires on Day 1

Included

  • 10 Breakfasts, 8 Lunches, 9 Dinners
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Kate was great to work with in the planning stage. She was prompt, helpful, and efficient. Our tour guide, Edwin, was knowledgeable and passionate. We were very happy to have traveled with Adventure Life, it made the trip easy and a true pleasure. We could concentrate on enjoying the experience rather than the details of travel.
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