Best of Antarctica in depth

From Ushuaia to Ushuaia
  • All Antarctic Cruises
  • Antarctic Peninsula
  • Small Ship Cruising
  • Wildlife and Nature
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Tour Description

The Best of Antarctica - In Depth!

Explore Antarctica's less-trodden destinations on this 14 day cruise exploring Antarctica's East and West Peninsula, including continent landings, perfect for those looking for an expedition to remote and rugged regions of Antarctica.

Embark on the Ocean Endeavour’s Best of Antarctica in depth to experience ice-laden channels and bays, icebergs, calving glaciers, sprawling penguin colonies, seals and other fascinating Antarctic wildlife. This expedition takes you to the lesser visited areas along the east side of Antarctica's Peninsula, with sweeping landscapes, and huge tabular icebergs. Aiming to reach locations including Duse Bay, Prince Gustav Channel, the Danger Islands, Paulet Island and the Eagle group, these areas are famous for exploration history, their geological features and ginormous penguin colonies. The Ocean Endeavour will cruise the Antarctic Sound – a body of water that links east and west sides, be wowed by breathtaking pristine landscapes.  On reaching the west side of the peninsular it is time to cap off this already outstanding voyage with some of the continent’s more famous landing sites, perhaps navigate through the Lemaire Channel, or call in at Port Lockroy and Paradise Harbour.

Our days will be filled with shore landings, zodiac exploration, learning about Antarctica history, geology and wildlife, visits to penguin rookeries, always on the lookout for seals, whales, albatross, and other marine life. The Ocean Endeavour offers small ship expedition cruising with the class and comfort of a four-star hotel. One expedition team member for every eight travellers, offers you one of the best staff-passenger ratios in Antarctica, and a larger fleet of zodiacs allows all passengers to be off the ship at one time. Designed for polar expedition cruising with and emphasis on sustainability and exciting activities the Ocean Endeavour offers 360 degree views from the deck, a sauna, salt water pool, spa and gym. You may elect to add extra activities including private photography workshops, Stand-up Paddleboarding, yoga, snowshoeing,  kayaking, or camping in Antarctica!

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"I knew I would see lots of penguins in Antarctica, but really there are thousands everywhere, and they are so amusing and curious, I could watch them for hours!" Tara, Team Viva

A rare opportunity to see Antarctica’s wildest side; journey through Antarctic Sound to the rugged and remote east side of Antarctica Peninsula

We will seek to visit Paulet Island, the Danger Islands and the Eagle Group – chains of islands famous for their enormous penguin colonies, exploration history and geological features.

Tour Itinerary

Day 1
Ushuaia, Argentina

Today is arrival day for your epic Uncharted Antarctica expedition cruise!

On arrival at Ushuaia Airport, please make your way through to the Arrivals Hall where our representative will be waiting for you to transfer you to your hotel.

Overnight in Ushuaia

Day 2
Embarkation, Ushuaia

This morning is at leisure to explore a little of Ushuaia, one of the southern most cities in the world. Ushuaia is surrounded by towering mountains and glaciers, and overlooks the historic Beagle Channel.

The Ocean Endeavour will be waiting you at the port, to begin the voyage south.
After embarkation in the afternoon, we’ll farewell Ushuaia from the decks of the Ocean Endeavour while spotting for wildlife and enjoying a welcome toast on board.

Day 3-4
Sailing the Drake Passage

On day three of your voyage to the Antarctic, wake to the sights and sounds of the famous Drake Passage where albatross and other seabirds escort us south.

In preparation for the days to come, your on-board experts in biology, oceanography, history and photography will begin their presentations in the Nautilus Lounge. Whether out on the Ocean Endeavour’s decks or from the warmth of the observation area on the ship’s bridge, keep your eyes peeled for the first sighting of an iceberg as the continent of Antarctica appears on our horizon.

Day 5-7
Exploring East Antarctic Peninsula

In the real spirit of exploration, day five will hope to see the bow of the Ocean Endeavour round the eastern end of Antarctic Sound and point south toward the truly wild coastlines of the Peninsula’s eastern side.

It’s within this ice-laden sea that Sir Ernest Shackleton and his men sledged and floated their way north from their crushed and sunken vessel and bordering this vast expanse is an endless coastline of dramatic basaltic beaches, towering islands that rise straight from the sea and a spattering of remote archipelagos barely seen by human eyes since the heroic era.

From here, the options for exploration are endless. From the secluded Danger Islands to the north, the historically important and penguin-covered Paulet Island, the sweeping Prince Gustav Channel to the south or the protected and glacier-lined coves of Duse Bay.

Over three days in this area, we will work with ice conditions to land and zodiac cruise around as many remote locations as possible. Keep an eye out for minke whales as captain and expedition leader navigate the scenic channels around the eagle island group and for the most intrepid: prepare for a polar plunge like none other or even a chance to step onto your very own piece of sea ice.

Whatever the weather delivers, what we are sure to find here is a rare Antarctic experience and the closest one is likely to get to a true sense of exploration on planet Earth.

Day 8-11
Exploring West Antarctica Peninsula

Following our three days of discovery on the Peninsula’s east side, the Ocean Endeavour will plot a course to transit Antarctic Sound and to visit the more well-trodden western shores.
As we attempt to enter the sound, a collection of tabular icebergs typically serves as a gateway from east to west and locations like Esperanza Station and the volcanic cliffs of Brown Bluff are viable landing points along the way.

From here on out, we return to the more familiar sights and sounds of gentoo penguin colonies, a collection of Argentine and Chilean bases observable on craggy points and we lower the zodiacs again to explore famous sites like Orne Harbour, Paradise Bay or Port Lockroy. While the east side afforded us the most true sense of isolation and wilderness observable on Earth, the contrast becomes apparent on the western side as no excursion lasts long without the presence of gentoo or chinstrap penguins parading through the early-season snow and marine mammals hauling themselves onto ice-floes.

After our four days of excursions in this region, we will again turn north to cross the Bransfield Strait. As we thread the Ocean Endeavour through South Shetland Islands, we will take to the aft deck of the Ocean Endeavour once more for a final toast to the Antarctic, to discovery and to the new horizon ahead.

Day 12-13
Drake Passage crossing

Over days 12 and 13 we will watch as the outline of the Antarctic continent disappears over the horizon and again the albatross and seabirds of the open ocean join us for the voyage north.

Whether enjoying some time out on deck to take in the sea air or making the most of our expert guides’ presentations, this is a great time to reflect on the journey behind us and all that we discovered on the Antarctic Peninsula over the previous days.

For those still looking to brush up on their Antarctic knowledge, our guides will be out on deck binoculars in hand to help identify the amazing sea life that abounds in this part of the world. At night, we will take the opportunity to celebrate together and to share stories about this once in a lifetime voyage.

Day 14
Disembarkation in Ushuaia

Your Antarctic adventure draws to a close as you disembark the Ocean Endeavour following breakfast. Farewell your fellow guests and your Expedition Team and join a transfer to Ushuaia airport for your onward journey (included for selected flight departures today) or to the city centre of Ushuaia, where you can make your way to your hotel if you are extending your stay and want to spend some more time exploring this incredible part of the world. With much to see and do in this quaint ‘End of the World’ town, including the Museo Maritimo, Avenida San Martin or even an adventurous hike to the Martial Glacier, your adventure doesn’t have to end here. If you would like to stay additional nights in Ushuaia, please speak to your booking agent.

Please note: A transfer to the city centre after disembarkation OR a transfer to the airport for onward flights (for selected departures today only) is included. If you are extending your stay or do not meet the requirements for the included transfers then we can arrange transportation at an additional cost, please discuss this with your booking agent.

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

What’s Included

  • Included Copy 20 1 night hotel accommodation with breakfast in Ushuaia
  • Included Copy 20 12 nights accommodation aboard the Ocean Endeavor
  • Included Copy 20 All meals including snacks whilst aboard the Ocean Endeavor
Fees & Services
  • Included Copy 20 Group transfer from hotel to pier
  • Included Copy 20 All onshore excursions and Zodiac cruising (excluding optional activities with cost)
  • Included Copy 20 Guiding and lectures
  • Included Copy 20 English-speaking expedition team
  • Included Copy 20 Free use of rubber boots on land
  • Included Copy 20 Use of waterproof outer shell jacket
  • Included Copy 20 Use of the sauna, gym and the jacuzzi
  • Included Copy 20 Onboard yoga
  • Included Copy 20 All port taxes
  • Included Copy 20 Transfer to airport on return to port
  • Included Copy 31 Optional Activities: Camping, kayaking, private photo workshops, snowshoeing
  • Included Copy 31 Optional activities: Stand-up Paddleboarding, day paddling
  • Included Copy 7 Gratuities for the crew (recommended US$15 per person per day)
  • Included Copy 7 Domestic and International Airfares & Travel insurance. Personal expenses such as laundry, on-board

Ocean Endeavour

200 Passengers


  • Included Witness large tabular icebergs as we traverse the Antarctic Sound
  • Included Cruise both east and west of the Antarctic Peninsula
  • Included Wildlife viewing and shore landings, including landing on the continent
  • Included Zodiac expeditions
  • Included Optional photography workshops
  • Included Optional yoga, camping, kayaking, snowshoeing, Stand-up Paddleboarding, day paddling
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14 days

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$10,649 USD

Per person, sharing

Based on a triple share cabin

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