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Highlights of South Georgia & the Antarctic Peninsula

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With its enormous King Penguin colonies, historic sites of Antarctic exploration and dramatic glaciated scenery, there is nowhere else quite like South Georgia on Earth. While elephant seals sunbathe on volcanic beaches, albatross circle overhead and the remnants of whaling stations tell the stories of sailors past. This expedition will see the dramatic highlights of the South Georgia archipelago before turning south to explore the wildlife-abundant wilderness of the Antarctic Peninsula. Whether a history buff, wildlife enthusiast or keen photographer, this adventure - journeying from South America to the sub-Antarctic and then the vast white continent itself - is the ultimate voyage to experience it all. After a day of hiking and local cuisine in the picturesque seaside town of Ushuaia Argentina, the Ocean Endeavour will sail east. A few sea days will introduce you to the ocean ecology, rare seabirds and dramatic skies of the Southern Ocean before the horizon is interrupted by the dramatic peaks of South Georgia.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Ushuaia, Argentina
Day 2 : Ushuaia | Embark
Days 3-5 : At Sea
Days 6-9 : South Georgia
Days 10-11 : At Sea
Days 12-15 : Antarctic Peninsula
Days 16-17 : At Sea
Day 18 : Ushuaia | Disembark

Highlights

  • Visit the grave of Sir Ernest Shackleton and the historic whaling stations of Grytviken and Stromness
  • Marvel at the incredible scenery and enormous king penguin colonies of South Georgia
  • Explore the penguin colonies, famous sites and glaciers of the Antarctic Peninsula
  • Visit Elephant Island - staging area for the rescue of Shackleton’s men from the harrowing expedition

Ship

Ocean Endeavour

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Penguins in the Antarctic landscape Sun shining on the ice Hauling kayaks out for a paddle A whale plays near the surface at dusk. Penguin and landscape A huge colony of king penguins.

Day 1 Ushuaia, Argentina

Named after the vessel on which famous naturalist Charles Darwin sailed through the area, the rugged Beagle Channel will greet you from the plane window on the approach to Ushuaia. It’s here, in this scenic seaside village that your journey to South Georgia and the Antarctic begins. After settling into your hotel, enjoy one of the
city’s many restaurants serving local seafood and Argentine cuisine or stretch the legs with a hike to the Martial Glacier taking in views of the surrounding valleys and mountains.

Day 2 Ushuaia | Embark

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Dinner
From the wharf in Ushuaia, you will board the Ocean Endeavour before setting sail to enjoy the pastel colors and fleeting wildlife of an afternoon and dusk on the Beagle Channel.

Day 3-5 At Sea

  • Ship
  • 3 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 3 Dinners
Sailing east, your time at sea can be spent learning from your on-board team of experts and guides through talks, workshops or casual conversation. Or take to the Ocean Endeavour’s esplanade deck for panoramic views of the southern skies and the rare albatross that frequent them. These wanderers of the ocean will guide you toward your next destination while lecturers in ornithology, geology, glaciology and biology will prepare you to understand this remote and unique wilderness.

Day 6-9 South Georgia

  • Ship
  • 4 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 4 Dinners
On day six of the expedition, hanging glaciers and the echoing howls of adolescent fur seals will emerge from the morning fog of South Georgia. It’s on these very shores that famed Antarctic explorer Sir Ernest Shackelton landed his crew of the James Caird in search of help for his party stranded on Elephant Island. Spend the next several days retracing some of Shackleton’s steps, visiting his grave at the ex-whaling station of Grytviken and wandering among hundreds of thousands of king penguins in dramatic South Georgian light. Across the island, dark volcanic beaches are backgrounded by hanging glaciers and penguin species nest among tussock grass along hikes to alpine lakes. For keen birders, one might even spot the South Georgia pipit - the world’s most southerly endemic passerine.

Day 10-11 At Sea

  • Ship
  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
After a thorough exploration of this remote and rugged land, bid farewell to South Georgia and turn toward the Antarctic Peninsula. Sailing further south each day, it’s here that the Southern Ocean comes into a whole new realm; where icebergs appear on the horizon at Cape Petrels flank the Ocean Endeavour as you gain sight of the frozen continent on the horizon. During these two days, the out onboard education program will continue with a focus on the Antarctic marine life, history and geopolitics of the area.

Day 12-15 Antarctic Peninsula

  • Ship
  • 4 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 4 Dinners
Day 12 will see the Ocean Endeavour sailing among the icebergs and penguin colonies of the world’s last true wilderness - the Antarctic continent. As you approach the peninsula from the north, begin the immersive Antarctic experience with more zodiac excursions cruising among the brash ice or landing at some of the area’s most celebrated vantage points. To begin the true Antarctic wildlife experience, immerse yourself within the sights and sounds of a gentoo or chinstrap penguin colony - a chance to marvel at these aquatic birds and witness their brief summer activities in this frozen land. Across the following days, the Ocean Endeavour will venture even further south, your captain seeking the most prized of pristine Antarctic wilderness and aiming to access such famous sites as Neko Harbour, Port Lockroy and the Lemaire Channel. Along the way, the experts on the vessel’s bridge will be scanning for seals and the marine leviathans that call these waters home during the austral summer. Here, among the ice, continue your exploration with snowshoeing, camping, kayaking and even take the chance for a polar plunge - a concise swim in Antarctic waters.

Day 16-17 At Sea

  • Ship
  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
In celebration of all that South Georgia and the Antarctic Peninsula have given you over the previous days, bid farewell to the seventh continent from the decks of the Ocean Endeavour with a toast to the Antarctic at sunset.

Day 18 Ushuaia | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
Arrive into Ushuaia early this morning, and disembark after a final breakfast aboard the Ocean Endeavour. After saying your farewells to your Expedition Team and
the crew of the Ocean Endeavour, you will be transferred to the airport for your onward flight, or you may like to spend extra days in Ushuaia, giving you time to explore this fascinating town and the surrounding areas.

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For all new bookings, travelers pay a reduced deposit amount and have the flexibility to change travel dates free of charge up until 30 days prior to departure. Subject to availability on any departure through 2023. Contact us for more details. Some restrictions may apply.
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Single Inside (Cat. 1)
Approximately 95 to 105 sq. ft. (9-10 sq. m), an interior Single cabin mid ship on Deck 5 with a lower berth and private bath, TV and radio.
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Triple (Cat. 2)
Approximately 225 sq. ft. (20 sq. m), a Triple on Deck 4 is an interior cabin with three lower berths, and private bath. Cabin 4100 has four lower single beds and one private bathroom with a separate shower room.
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Interior Twin (Cat. 3)
Deck five: Interior cabin, two lower berths, private bath - approx. 125 sq. ft. (twin)/110 sq. ft. (single)
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Twin/Single (Cat. 4)
Deck four: Porthole window, unobstructed view, two lower berths, private bath - approx. 100 sq. ft. (twin)/90 sq. ft. (single)
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Main Twin (Cat. 5)
Deck five: Picture window, unobstructed view, two lower berths, private bath - approx. 115 sq. ft.
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Comfort Twin (Cat. 6)
Deck four: Two portholes windows, unobstructed view, two lower berths - 175 sq.ft. Deck seven: picture window, partial view, two lower berths- 135 sq.ft. Deck eight: Picture windows, obstructed view, matrimonial bed, pvt. bath, fridge - 160 sq.ft.
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Deck five. Picture windows, unobstructed view, two lower berths, approx. 190 sq. ft. Deck eight: oversize windows, partially obstruction view, matrimonial bed, private bath, refrigerator - approx. 145 sq. ft.
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Superior Twin cabins on deck 5 are approximately 21 m² and feature a large picture window, one double or two lower beds and a pull out sofa bed and private bathroom. Deck 7 Superior Twins are approximately 17 m² ( )
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Junior Suite (Cat. 9)
Junior Suites on Deck 5 are at least 325 sq. ft. (30 sq. m), and at least 164 sq. ft. (15 sq. m) on Deck 7. All Junior Suites feature a picture window with an unobstructed view, one double bed and a private bath.
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Suite (Cat. 10)
Approximately 320 sq. ft. (30 sq. m), the Owner’s Suite on Deck 7 features two large bow-facing windows, one double bed, separate sitting room and private bath with tub.

Notes

Solo Travelers: Single Cabins are available in Cat 1. & Cat 4. Same gender shared cabins are available at no extra charge (not available in Cat 8, Cat 9 or Cat 10). Single occupancy of other cabins at 1.7x double occupancy rate. 

Child Policy: Child rate is 50% of adult double occupancy rate in selected cabin. Minimum age of 8.
Children must be aged between 8 & 12 at time of travel to be eligible for these rates.

Please Note: Cruise itinerary is subject to change depending on weather conditions, ice conditions and other factors.

Expedition Costs Include: 
  • 1-night hotel accommodation with breakfast in Ushuaia
  • Group transfer from the hotel to pier
  • Shipboard accommodation
  • All meals onboard including snacks
  • All shore excursions and Zodiac cruising (except optional activities with cost)
  • Guiding and lectures by an expedition team
  • Free use of rubber boots on land
  • Use of gym, sauna, pool, and onboard Jacuzzi
  • Onboard yoga
  • Use of wind and water-resistant jacket
  • All port taxes
  • Transfer airport to the hotel on Day 1 and pier to the airport on the day of disembarkation
Expedition Costs Do Not Include: 
  • Airfares to/from embarkation and disembarkation city
  • Visa fees (if applicable)
  • Travel Insurance
  • Beverages (other than coffee and tea)
  • Personal expenses such as laundry, on-board communication (telephone calls, faxes, email service)
  • Gratuities for the crew 
  • Optional activities (kayaking, camping, snowshoeing, intensive photo course)
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Our guide and driver were very good with their knowledge and were very helpful with our questions. It was a very pleasant visit that would have been impossible to do on our own. Hotels and restaurants were fantastic. The special places we got to go to, like the kitchens, were great. Enjoyed the entire trip!
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