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    Complete Antarctica
    16 nights
    from $13,811* per person twin share
    25% off^, free cabin upgrade~ and complimentary 3 nights' extension package in 5-star accommodation in Buenos Aires
    Visiting Antarctica is nothing shy of mind blowing! After an unforgettable journey across the drake passage, the endless seascape will give way to great white ethereal vistas, sculptured by ice, and weathered by isolation. This journey will take you from Ushuaia to the South Shetland Islands and onto the Antarctic Peninsula where you will be swathed in the beauty of the most enigmatic place on earth and greeted by an abundance of wildlife. On this complete encounter, you will go on a deeper exploration than your average peninsula cruise and with the right conditions, venture over to the Weddell Sea where tabular icebergs lay and the history of Antarctic Exploration sighs in echoes through the rarely visited landscapes.
    Your package includes: Your package highlights:

    Your package includes:

    Your package highlights:

    Your package includes:

    Your package includes:

    • 16 nights’ accommodation on board Ocean Endeavour
    • All meals and snacks
    • All onshore excursions and zodiac cruising
    • Free use of rubber boots and waterproof jacket throughout the voyage
    • Pre-night accommodation prior to embarkation with breakfast and transfer
    • Transfer to airport upon disembarkation
    • All port taxes
    • Complimentary 3 nights’ in a 5 star hotel in Buenos Aires
      • Daily breakfast
      • Return private airport transfers in Buenos Aires
      • 2 half day shared Buenos Aires city tours
      • Tango show with dinner and return transfers
      • 8 course Argentinian Asado dinner with wine pairing

     

    Bonus offer:

    • 25% off your departure^
    • Free upgrade on cabin~
    • Complimentary 5-star signature Buenos Aires 3 night extension package valued at $1,300 per person
    Your package highlights:

    Your package highlights:

    • Traverse the Antarctic Sound – – a body of water that links east with west and is usually home to large tabular icebergs and startling scenery
    • 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
    • Visit the Peninsula’s western side where Antarctica’s more famous sites are found such as the Lemaire Channel, Port Lockroy and Paradise Harbour
    • After turning north, explore the dramatic shores of the South Shetland Islands or spot for albatross and orca while we cross the Bransfield Strait
    • Special Guest, Self-professed geek, comedian and author, Adam Spencer. He has been a breakfast radio announcer on triple j and ABC Sydney, a TV personality on everything from comedies Good News Week and The Glasshouse to weekly sports wrap The Back Page, and is a member of the Sleek Geeks Science Team with Dr Karl Kruszelnicki
    Valid for travel
    30 Nov - 13 Dec 2022 departures. Other dates available at another price. Speak to your personal travel manager for a quote for your departure. Subject to availability.
    Offer expires
    18 Jul 2022 unless sold prior

    Itinerary

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    Day 1

    Arrival in Ushuaia

    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. He/she will be holding a sign with your name on it.

    The first night of your voyage is spent in the quaint town of Ushuaia, the most southerly city in the world and the capital of Tierra del Fuego (Land of Fire).

    The day is at leisure and you are free to explore, maybe making a few last minute purchases from the many shops or artisan markets, or relaxing in a café. Avenida San Martin is the main street and there are some excellent museums to visit or you may prefer to wander the streets taking in the town’s dramatic setting, with views of the mountains to the north and the Beagle Channel to the south.

    Day 2

    Ushuaia Embarkation

    This morning is free for you to explore Ushuaia, giving you time to wander the streets of this quaint port town, or discover Tierra del Fuego National Park.

    Transfer to the pier of Ushuaia for embarkation in the late afternoon. You will be welcomed on board the Ocean Endeavour by the Expedition Team and the Ship’s Officers.

    This evening we set sail through the Beagle Channel that was named after the British ship the HMS Beagle. This famous channel transects the Tierra del Fuego archipelago in the extreme south of South America, and is rich in wildlife. Keep a look out for Magellanic penguins, rock cormorants, petrels and black-browed albatross from the deck as well as sea lion colonies.

    Enjoy your first taste of life at sea and a welcome dinner. The air is likely to be filled with anticipation, as your next view of land will be of Antarctica – the White Continent.

    Day 3

    Crossing the Drake

    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 4

    Crossing the Drake

    Continue to cross the Drake Passage.

    Day 5

    East Antarctica 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 6

    East Antarctica Peninsula

    Continue to discover the East Antarctica Peninsula

    Day 7

    East Antarctica Peninsula

    Continue to discover the East Antarctica Peninsula

    Day 8

    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 9

    West Antarctica Peninsula

    Continue to discover the West Antarctica Peninsula

    Day 10

    West Antarctica Peninsula

    Continue to discover the East Antarctica Peninsula

    Day 11

    West Antarctica Peninsula

    Continue to discover the East Antarctica Peninsula

    Day 12

    Drake Passage

    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 13

    Drake Passage

    Continue to cross the Drake Passage

    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.

    Day 15

    Buenos Aires Extension

    Your complimentary Buenos Aires extension package begins today. Speak to your personal travel manager for more details.

    Day 16

    Buenos Aires Extension

    Day 2 of your Buenos Aires extension package. Speak to your personal travel manager for more details.

    Day 17

    Buenos Aires Extension

    Day 3 of your Buenos Aires extension package. Speak to your personal travel manager for more details.

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    Advertised prices are per person, correct at time of publication and are subject to availability and change at any time without notification due to fluctuations in charges, taxes and currency. Offer is valid on new bookings only. ^25% discount is included in advertised price. ~Upgrades applicable to Category 4-8 cabins on 30 November 2022 voyage only. Speak to your personal travel manager for more details. Your personal travel manager may charge additional service fees. Other restrictions may apply. Please check current COVID-19 travel restrictions for the destination you wish to visit before departure. Other conditions apply. Please view the TravelManagers general terms and conditions here and contact your personal travel manager for more details.

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