- Get to know Antarctica intimately during this 20-day trip
- Venture into the Weddell Sea on the remote east coast of the
- Cross the Antarctic Circle at 66°33' S
- See a penguin colony of over 100,000 breeding pairs on volcanic
- Step back in time to experience Antarctic exploration in abandoned
yet perfectly preserved bases
- Arrive in Buenos Aires, Argentina, the tango capital of the world,
and let us take care of the rest of your journey
Your expedition experience... Antarctica awaits, with its
geographic contradictions and overwhelming enormity. Relax on a Zodiac
ride, hike glistening glaciers, share comical moments with inquisitive
penguins, or witness the rugged peninsula from a sea kayak. Antarctica
will surprise and delight, and never disappoint.
Booking an Adventure Option on your expedition is a great way to
enhance your polar experience. These options are subject to
availability and fill up quickly, so be sure to book yours early.
Please note, Adventure Options are weather dependent.
Imagine gliding along the surface of a bay in the presence of
icebergs and glaciers! Our kayaking adventures are the best way to
feel at one with the sea. Taken in small groups of 16 people, multiple
times per voyage, kayaking adventures are only conducted during calm
weather conditions. We recommend you have some prior kayaking
experience, including the capability to do a wet exit.
The kayaking adventure option is open to all levels of experience.
However, we advise that kayaking in polar waters is not an activity
for first-time guests. Beginners interested in kayaking, should first
take an introductory kayaking course prior to their voyage. In
addition, regardless of your experience, we recommend kayaking lessons
for a minimum of three hours in preparation for your expedition. It is
of the utmost importance that you be comfortable while kayaking in
order to maximize your enjoyment and your overall experience.
Combining surfing with kayaking or canoeing, stand-up paddleboarding
will give you a very personal and unique perspective on Antarctica.
Taken in small groups in good weather conditions on calm bays and
harbors, with Zodiac accompaniment, paddleboarding will be offered on
via sign- up onboard ship on a first-come, first-served basis.
More information about your Adventure Options, including
necessary experience, physical requirements and cost available by
Day 1 — Buenos Aires, Argentina
Upon arriving in this splendid city, known for its soaring
architecture and rich European heritage, you will independently
transfer to the group hotel (pre-night hotel included).
Day 2 — Ushuaia, Argentina, and Embarkation
After breakfast at the hotel, the group will transfer to the airport
and board our private charter flight to Ushuaia, Argentina. Upon
arrival, you will have a little time to explore this quaint port town
before heading to the pier. Embarkation will occur in the late
afternoon, after which your vessel will sail down the historic Beagle
Channel. This famous channel transects the Tierra del Fuego
archipelago in the extreme south of South America. Expect an air of
anticipation as you depart—the next time you’ll see land you’ll be in
the world’s most southern continent!
Days 3 and 4 — Crossing the Drake Passage
The waters of the Drake Passage are unpredictable, so hope for clear
skies and a calm ocean. You’ll have plenty of time to gaze out at the
sea, get to know your fellow shipmates and chat with your Expedition
Team. You will spend this time preparing for the exciting days ahead,
with numerous educational and informative lectures presented by your
Expedition Team. You’ll learn about everything from safety procedures
to the history of whaling in Antarctica.
Day 5 — Elephant Island
Mountainous and ice-covered Elephant Island is the first land you’ll
visit following the crossing. Named by early explorers for the
elephant seals that dotted its shoreline, the island is best known as
the refuge for Ernest Shackleton’s crew. Point Wild, the site of the
crew’s camp, is an Antarctic Historic site.
Days 6 to 8 — Weddell Sea
Battered with ocean currents all year long, the remote east side of
the Antarctic Peninsula is completely different to the more commonly
visited west coast. Here, you’ll see mile-long tabular icebergs formed
over hundreds or even thousands of years and broken off of ice shelves
further south. Paulet Island is volcanic and thermal heat keeps part
of it ice free. Over 100,000 pairs of Adélie penguins make it a
popular visiting point. The wooden hut on Snow Hill Island was built
in February 1902 by the main party of the Swedish South Polar
Expedition led by Otto Nordenskjöld. This historic hut contains
original objects from the expedition and functions as a living museum.
Brown Bluff, formed by a single volcanic vent, is the perfect place to
experience Antarctic flora and fauna.
Days 9 to 15 — Antarctic Peninsula and Antarctic Circle
Travel around the Peninsula includes a variety of experiences,
including Cuverville Island and the largest colony of gentoo penguins
in the region—more than 6,500 breeding pairs. Other possible landing
sites include Melchiors, Cuverville Island and Orne Harbour. Glaciers,
penguin colonies and breaching humpback whales will highlight your
days, while friendly seals are plentiful in these waters. You can also
expect to encounter what is arguably the most formidable Antarctic
predator, the leopard seal.
You’ll have drinks to celebrate crossing the Antarctic Circle, and you
may visit the Vernadsky Lounge, the Peninsula’s southernmost bar. A
sure highlight is Wilhelmina Bay—one of our expeditions once spotted
50 whales in three hours! We’ll spend a full seven days exploring as
many sites as we can, ensuring you the most comprehensive Antarctic
Days 16 and 17 — South Shetland Islands
In 1819, the British explorer William Smith described the South
Shetland Islands as ‘barren and covered with snow, with seals in
abundance.’ Places such as Half Moon Island or Livingston Island
support huge numbers of nesting chinstrap, gentoo and even some
macaroni penguins. Giant and cape petrels, blue-eyed shags and kelp
gulls nest in the cliffs. Mosses, lichens and Antarctica’s only two
flowering plants thrive during the short summer on the low-lying
peninsulas of these rugged maritime islands. You will explore the busy
penguin and seabird rookeries and marvel at the huge elephant seals
that wallow along the shore.
Deception Island is the caldera of an active volcano, where sealing
and whaling operations were based in the past. Several microclimates
can get quite warm, and there is a large colony of chinstrap penguins.
Half Moon Island is a significant area for birds and it features a
2,200 yard (2 km) walking track to give you a close view of the
Days 18 and 19 — Drake Passage
Use your second passage across the Drake to put your newfound
Antarctic knowledge to use; spend time on deck, spot icebergs and name
seabirds. Enjoy presentations by our onboard experts and bond with
Day 20 — Disembark in Ushuaia and Fly to Buenos Aires
We will arrive in Ushuaia in the morning, after breakfast. After
disembarking, you will get a little taste of Patagonia, touring Tierra
del Fuego National Park before transferring to the airport for the
return group charter flight to Buenos Aires.
Important reminder: Embracing the unexpected is part of the
legacy – and excitement – of expedition travel. There are no
guarantees that we can achieve everything we set out to accomplish.
A measure of flexibility is something all of us must bring to a
voyage. There are nearly 200 recognized sites in the Antarctic
Peninsula and South Shetlands and the places mentioned above may be
changed to others equally as interesting.
Luxury Expedition Ship M/V Ocean Endeavour
Ocean Endeavour is a comfortable, well-appointed expedition ship expertly engineered to explore the Polar Regions. The ship has an ice-strengthened hull, Zodiacs for exploration and remote landings, generous deck space and advanced navigation equipment.
The ship offers a superb guest experience with a nautical lounge, two restaurants, sundeck, and plenty of deck space for observation of polar landscapes, and lounges for learning and reflection. The ship’s interiors have a contemporary aesthetic that provides a bright and spacious feel to the cabins and common spaces.
Endeavour is also the only polar adventure ship in Antarctica focused on health and wellness. From the newly-built saunas, to the pool, gym, hot tub and wellness café with a juice bar, the ship will offer guests onboard services and amenities that that will enhance their Polar expedition experience. The ship also has a Polar Boutique, where guests can buy gifts as well as gear they might need for the voyage.
For full information about this vessel click here...
Dates, Costs & Booking
Choose Number of Berths & Category
Date Selected: 24th Jan 2018
Adult (1) US$11995
Sub total US$11995
|Buenos Aires Flight and Transfer Package
||Buenos Aires Flight and Transfer Package
(value $800, FREE if you book before 15 November 2014)
Pre expedition hotel night in BuenosAires, with breakfast
Group transfer from the hotel to the airport in Buenos Aires
Charter flight from Buenos Aires to Ushuaia, and return
Group transfer from Ushuaia airport to the ship, and return
|Sea-Kayaking in Antarctica
||If you have paddled the waters of New England or Alaska; if you have kayaked off the coast of California or Canada's Maritimes, you are ready for polar sea‐kayaking. Polar kayaking takes place in one of the roughest and toughest environments on Earth. When you settle yourself in one of our kayaks, you should already be
comfortable getting in and out of the boat. You should have practiced an
emergency wet exit. Once you have booked your optional adventure, you
receive a set of preparation notes that lists the gear supplied plus the
gear you must bring with you.
Rates and Share Bookings
Prices shown are per person in US Dollars on a shared basis. If you are travelling alone and wish to share, you will be matched with someone of the same gender and pay only the share rate. If desired, Single occupancy is available at 1.7 times the twin share rate.
Reservations require a deposit of 20% (minimum $1000 per person) at the time you receive a booking confirmation from Expeditions Online. A payment link will be sent to you and this may be paid by major credit card. Bookings within 120 days of departure require full payment.
Balances are due 120 days prior to departure and may be paid by bank transfer.
All requests for cancellation must be received in writing to Expeditions Online. Cancellations received 180 days or more prior to departure, are refunded less a fee of $1000 per person. If cancellation is received between 179 days and 120 days, the full deposit is forfeited. If cancellation occurs less than 120 days prior to departure, all payments are forfeited. If full payment has not yet been received, the full penalty will still apply and any unpaid balance is due immediately. We strongly recommend that you obtain adequate trip cancellation insurance.
Please read carefully the Terms and Conditions for Expeditions Online (link at the bottom of this page). This voyage is operated by Quark Expeditions and you additionally travel under their terms and conditions as the operator as well as of the Shipping Company/transport carrier. Details will be forwarded to you at the time of booking.
- Shipboard accommodation with daily housekeeping.
- All breakfasts, lunches and dinners on board throughout your voyage.
- All shore landings per the daily program.
Leadership throughout the voyage by our experienced Expedition Leader.
- All Zodiac transfers and cruising per the daily program.
Formal and informal presentations by our Expedition Team and guest speakers as scheduled.
- Photographic Journal on DVD, documenting the voyage.
A pair of waterproof expedition boots on loan for shore landings.
An official Quark Expeditions parka to keep.
Coffee, tea and cocoa available around the clock.
- Hair dryer and bathrobes in every cabin.
Comprehensive pre-departure materials, including a map and an informative Antarctic Reader.
- Group transfers upon disembarkation.
- All miscellaneous service taxes and port charges throughout the program.
- All luggage handling aboard ship.
- Emergency Evacuation Insurance for all passengers to a maximum benefit of USD $100,000 per person.
- Buenos Aires Flight and Transfer Package ($950 per person)
BUENOS AIRES FLIGHT AND TRANSFER PACKAGE INCLUDES: Pre expedition hotel night in Buenos Aires, with breakfast, Group transfer from the hotel to the airport in Buenos Aires, Charter flight from Buenos Aires to Ushuaia (return), Group transfer from Ushuaia airport to the ship (return).
- Any airfare unless otherwise specified in the itinerary.
- Passport and visa expenses.
- Government arrival and departure taxes.
- Any meals ashore with the exception of breakfast at the host hotel before embarkation
- Baggage, cancellation and medical travel insurance.
- Excess baggage charges.
- Laundry, bar, beverage and other personal charges unless specified.
- Telecommunications charges.
- The voluntary gratuity at the end of the voyage for shipboard staff and crew.