Uncharted Antarctica

From Ushuaia to Ushuaia
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Tour Description

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 Uncharted Antarctica: East and West Peninsula 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, yoga, snowshoeing,  kayaking, or camping in Antarctica!

Viva's Best Bits...

"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

Following a steady night in the protection of the Beagle Channel, the early morning of our 14th day will see the Ocean Endeavour come alongside Ushuaia’s pier.

Followed by breakfast, an 8am disembarkation means plenty of time to wrap up your exploration of Ushuaia before a short drive to the airport for any afternoon flight departures.

Our guides will join you on the dock to say farewell and to wave goodbye to the ship’s team and crew who have shared the journey with you.

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.

What’s Included

Accommodation
  • Included Copy 20 1 night hotel accommodation with breakfast in Ushuaia
  • Included Copy 20 12 nights accommodation aboard the Ocean Endeavor
Food
  • 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 whilst on-board; Camping, kayaking, private photo workshops, snowshoeing
  • Included Copy 7 Domestic and International Airfares & Travel insurance
  • Included Copy 7 Personal expenses such as laundry, on-board communication (telephone calls, faxes, email service)
  • Included Copy 7 Gratuities for the crew (recommended US$15 per person per day)
  • Included Copy 7 Beverages (other than coffee and tea)
Transportation
Ocean Endeavour | Antarctic Cruise Ship

200 Passengers

Activities

  • 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, hiking
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Duration

14 days

Price from

$9,490 USD

Per person, sharing

Based on a triple share cabin

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