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Beginning in the Chilean town of Punta Arenas and finishing in the Argentine seaport of Ushuaia, on top of five spectacular days on the Antarctic Peninsula this itinerary gives you the opportunity to bookend your voyage with visits to two charming and historically significant towns of the south.
Before setting sail, expand your knowledge of the seventh continent at the newly completed $50million International Antarctic Centre on the shores of Punta Arenas. After two days watching albatross and scanning for whales across the legendary Drake Passage, the Antarctic Peninsula will greet you with icebergs and mountains on the horizon. Visit the western peninsula’s famous penguin colonies, marvel at the sheer size of glaciers and maybe even kayak with humpback whales. After five days of immersive excursions across the South Shetland Islands and continental Antarctica, you will return to the scenic port of Ushuaia - completing your journey with a glacial hike and a tour of the town’s charming, alpine-inspired streets.
On arrival at Punta Arenas Airport, please make your way through to the Arrivals Hall, where our representative will be waiting for you to transfer you to your hotel. He/she will be holding a sign. Should you not be able to contact them, please refer to the emergency contact details of our representative office.

Start your journey by exploring the charming streets and rugged coastline of Punta Arenas, Chile on the shores of the historic Strait of Magellan. Established on the wealth of the Patagonian wool export industry, the town’s splendour has been continued by a shift in focus to facilitating Antarctic exploration and research. It’s from the Punta Arenas post office that Sir Robert Falcon Scott penned his 400 letters announcing his return from the Antarctic and the town also hosted Sir Ernest Shackleton and his men for the closure of their harrowing Endurance expedition - all of which and more is detailed in the town’s newly built $50million International Antarctic Centre. Adorned with an ice-like facade and an homage to Shackleton’s adventurous spirit - the centre’s museum will be a brilliant opportunity to learn about the history, ice and animals that await you on the voyage ahead.
At the town’s port, the Ocean Endeavour eagerly awaits our traverse of the Strait of Magellan before turning south for the legendary Drake Passage.
At sea, the rare and gracious albatross and other sea birds will escort our vessel toward the frozen continent. While out on-board team of experts introduce you to the Antarctic through lectures and workshops, the Ocean Endeavour’s spacious bridge provides a warm viewing station for spotting whales and other marine mammals. At night, the expedition team offer tales of their journeys in the south and we invite you to get to know your shipmates at the bar or in the lounge.
On the morning of the fifth day of our voyage, large icebergs and the shape of the volcanic South Shetland Islands can be seen from the Ocean Endeavour’s bridge. We’ll spend the day exploring this Antarctic archipelago - a string of islands that is frequented by chinstrap penguins, elephant seals and fur seals.
The feeling of a true expedition will come to life as we take to the water in our fleet of zodiacs and make our first Antarctic excursion.

Over the coming days, we’ll voyage further south across the Bransfield strait and into the icy coves of continental Antarctic Peninsula. Sprawling Gentoo penguin colonies will provide for a sensory immersion into the continent’s ecology and the seals and whales that thrive in these waters will be a highlight of our first few landings and zodiac cruises. It’s also here that the true extent of Antarctic glacial ice can be witnessed. Famous sites like Neko Harbour, Orne Harbour or Skontorp Cove will draw the captain’s gaze as we seek the region’s most stunning icy vistas for ice camping, snowshoeing and sea kayaking adventures. As well as sites rich in natural history, we will also endeavour to visit a working science base as well as seek out historic huts and landmarks that punctuate the white wilderness.
Following a dazzling five days on the Antarctic Peninsula, the bow of the Ocean Endeavour will point north for Cape Horn. During the hours sailing for South America, lectures and workshops in photo editing will make sure your photographic memories of the days past are polished and stored safely.
And for the final evenings’ programming, an Antarctic quiz will test your knowledge of all you’ve learned about the continent and its inhabitants, an Antarctic auction will give you the chance to give back to conservation and other efforts in the region and just before we arrive in Ushuaia, a voyage slideshow will recap all we’ve enjoyed along the way.
Once we’ve waved goodbye to the Ocean Endeavour to the backdrop of Ushuaia’s surrounding mountain peaks, you will be free to explore the world’s most southern city - a gorgeous collection of cobblestone streets all within walking distance of wilderness hiking tails, glaciers and vistas of the historic Beagle channel. Gaze over your ship once last time from the heights of the Martial Glacier or opt for a more subdued experience in one of the main street’s cosy cafes.

PLEASE NOTE: You are advised not to book a flight out of Ushuaia before midday on disembarkation day, in case of delays caused by unfavourable weather conditions.
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From $7,290.00 per person

Highlights

  • Unspoiled wilderness, uninhabited by man, where the penguins, seals, whales and seabirds are the true rulers.
  • Experience the White Continent and encounter an incredible variety of wildlife.
  • Take in the Sub-Antarctic South Shetland Islands and the spectacular Antarctic Peninsula.
  • Admire breathtaking scenery such as icebergs, glaciated mountains and volcanoes.
  • Enjoy daily zodiac excursions and onshore landings.
  • Benefit from a variety of on-board activities including educational lectures on history, geology and ecology by the expedition team.
  • Take advantage of optional activities during the voyage such as Sea kayaking and Snowshoeing.

Cruise Includes

  • All meals onboard the Ocean Endeavour including snacks
  • Onboard lecture program from expedition staff and naturalists
  • All shore excursions and zodiac cruising (except optional activities with cost)
  • Use of rubber boots on land and use of waterproof outer shell jacket
  • Insulated inner jacket, yours to keep at the end of the Cruise
  • Transfer from airport to hotel (Day 1) and pre-night hotel accommodation with breakfast
  • Transfer from hotel accommodation to the Ocean Endeavour for embarkation
  • Transfers to airport on return to port
  • All port taxes
  • Use of gym, sauna, pool and on-board jacuzzi and onboard yoga

Cruise does not Include

  • International or internal flights unless specified
  • Airport transfers, taxes and excess baggage charges unless specified
  • Meals other than those specified in the pre-departure information
  • Visa and passport fees
  • Travel insurance
  • Optional activities and all personal expenses
  • Tobacco, alcoholic or special beverages
  • Miscellaneous extras
  • Laundry and communication charges aboard
  • Medical care
  • Life jackets, waterproof outer shell jacket, insulated inner jacket and boots for minors under 16 years of age at time of travel
  • Waterproof outer shell jacket and insulated inner jacket for guests who require sizing larger than 3XL
  • Boots for guests who require sizing larger than men’s size 14 boots
  • Gratuities for crew and expedition staf

Activities

Sea Kayaking

Sea Kayaking

Under full instruction from your sea kayaking guide, experience true tranquillity as you paddle through clinking ice floes and realise the enormity of the surrounding scenery. Look out for breaching whales, lounging seals and penguins zipping alongside your kayak. Some experience is required.
Ice Camping

Ice Camping

Camp out on the ice and experience the silence which blankets the continent by night. This is your chance to completely connect with this ethereal ice world – wrap up warm and embrace the Antarctic elements.
Snowshoeing

Snowshoeing

Get a spring in your step when you slip on a pair of snowshoes in Antarctica. Enabling you to easily scale gentle slopes, this unique activity allows you to access hard to reach places and seek out the most impressive views.
Photography

Photography

Learn to capture wildlife and landscape shots in a small group photography program, including critiquing sessions and editing classes. Plus, Explorer Boat excursions with a dedicated photography expert on landings.
Explorer Boats

Explorer Boats

Achieve the best views and photographs from a forward facing Explorer Boats. They allow you to sit comfortably and securely while crackling through the ice-strewn waters. Look out for wildlife such as penguins, seals and whales as you cruise.
Yoga

Yoga

It doesn’t get more serene than complimentary yoga classes to the tune of glacial scenery. Join the most unique exercise setting in the world after a day of exploration. Classes are regular but are dependent on weather conditions and swell.