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Falkland Islands and Antarctica Peninsula Discovery

Duration
19 Days
Prices From:
AU$ 15,987

Set sail aboard the comfortable and spacious polar expedition vessel, the Ocean Endeavour, to discover the raw beauty of the untamed Falkland Islands and Antarctica on a 19 day voyage. Starting in Buenos Aires, a stop in Ushuaia en route to Antarctica allows a day of exploration before entering the spellbindingly beautiful landscapes created by the harsh Antarctic climate.


This 19-day cruise from Buenos Aires offers you time to relax onboard ship in between visiting some of the world’s most remote and beautiful landscapes. Drop anchor at the Falkland Islands, and explore the shores of the Antarctic Peninsula on this escape to the foot of the world.

Consider arriving a few days early in elegant and energetic Buenos Aires to see what Porteno life is all about before boarding your cruise. A couple of days at sea then gives you the chance to get to meet your shipmates, and enjoy presentations from the expedition team on topics including the history of Antarctic exploration, and of course the wildlife you’ve come to see.

Your first port is the Falkland Islands, a heavily disputed territory that also supports a rich variety of wildlife. Five species of penguin call the island home, alongside albatrosses, elephant and fur seals, and offshore mammals such as dolphins and orcas. Zodiacs take you in for a closer look at some of the more remote corners of the islands. You’ll also have the chance to visit Port Stanley and the Falkland Islands Museum to learn about the human history of these much talked about but rarely understood islands.

Another two days at sea takes you to Ushuaia, where you’ll have a full day to explore, perhaps taking some time to explore the town’s former prison, now home to four distinct museums that will offer you the perfect snapshot of life at the foot of the world. Cast off the evening, keeping your eyes peeled for a wide variety of southern sea birds. Penguins, cormorants, petrels, and albatross live along the rocky shores, along with sea lions. It’s the last land you’ll glimpse before reaching Antarctica!

It takes two full days to cross the Drake Passage, so take the opportunity to Keep your eyes peeled for birds and marine life. They’re your sign land is not far off. At last, arrive at the South Shetland Islands and Antarctic Peninsula. Geographically, this is one of the most impressive regions of the frozen continent, with mountain scenery and a diverse range of wildlife.

Small Zodiacs take you in for a close look at the sculpted icebergs, and intimate bays and channels that harbour large colonies of penguins, seals, and other creatures. Keep an eye on the waters around you as well, since the Antarctic coast also supports a wide variety of marine mammals. You’ll have opportunities for kayaking, snowshoeing, and photography with expert guides as you go ashore meeting animals who are just as curious about you as you are about them.

Spend the return journey enjoying the facilities aboard the Ocean Endeavour, including an onboard spa, saunas, saltwater pool, and yoga classes before returning to Ushuaia, where you’ll disembark.


 

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Duration
19 Days
Prices From:
AU$ 15,987

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Day 1

Arrive Buenos Aires, Argentina

Buenos Aires is Argentina's elegant, historic and cosmopolitan capital. It is known as the 'Paris of the South' due to its European atmosphere, with glamorous avenues lined with fashionable shops and Parisian-style restaurants and cafes.

Your cruise itinerary begins with an overnight stay in Buenos Aires. If you arrive into Buenos Aires early enough, the day is yours to explore.

Located on the western shore of the estuary of the Río de la Plata, Buenos Aires has many fascinating neighbourhoods to wander through including the colourful and lively La Boca, home to art galleries and tango shows. Then there is San Telmo with its restored mansions and antique stores and Recoleta, the city's most exclusive area, home to the famous Recoleta Cemetery.

Duration1 Night
Day 2

Embarkation in Buenos Aires

This morning is free for you to explore Buenos Aires, giving you time to wander the streets of this vibrant city.

Transfer to the port of Buenos Aires 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 from Buenos Aires, allowing you to 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.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Duration18 Nights
Accommodation

Ocean Endeavour

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    Ocean Endeavour



    Ocean Endeavour is a comfortable, well-appointed small 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 ...

    Ocean Endeavour is a comfortable, well-appointed small 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.

    Facilities

    • Boutique(s)
    • Cafe
    • Gym
    • Library
    • Restaurant
    • Sauna
    • Spa
    • Sundeck
    • Theater

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Day 3

At Sea

As you cruise from Buenos Aires to the Falkland Islands, there is plenty of time to enjoy the facilities of the Ocean Endeavour, which include a spa, saunas, saltwater pool and gym and relaxing yoga classes.

The Expedition Team will make presentations on the wildlife and history of the Falkland Islands, preparing you for what lies ahead. Head out to the spacious decks to try to spot several species of bird that are likely to follow the vessel as it heads southeast, such as albatrosses, storm petrels, shearwaters and diving petrels.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 4

At Sea

Another day at Sea.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 5

At Sea

Another day at Sea.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 6

Falkland Islands

The Falkland Islands, a British Overseas Territory, is an archipelago that lies 490 kilometres east of Patagonia in the South Atlantic Ocean. Surrounded by decades of controversy, the Falkland Islands (or Islas Malvinas as they are known in Argentina) have been settled and claimed by France, Spain, Britain and Argentina.

The Falkland Islands are largely unknown gems that offer an abundance of wildlife - they are a paradise for wildlife enthusiasts and photographers alike. Although often primarily remembered for the Falklands War between the UK and Argentina in 1982, the archipelago is a haven for wildlife. There are 5 species of penguin found here as well as vast populations of black-browed albatrosses, large colonies of elephant and fur seals, Peale's and Commerson's dolphins, orcas and a myriad of bird species.

Your itinerary will be dictated by the weather but you will be making daily excursions and shore landings, exploring by Zodiac, hiking and maybe even kayaking. You may visit Carcass Island that abounds with birdlife or Saunders Island, home to the black-browed albatross, breeding imperial shags, and 4 species of penguin (rockhopper, king, Magellanic and gentoo). West Point Island also hosts a large black-browed albatross population and rockhopper penguins. On Pebble Island there are opportunities to see colonies of 4 species of penguin, king and rock shags, giant petrels, striated caracaras, black-necked swans and ground nesting birds plus an aircraft wreckage from the 1982 conflict. At Grave Cove there are excellent hiking opportunities and a nesting gentoo penguin colony. Volunteer Point is home to the largest king penguin rookery on the Falklands and Sea Lion Island is home to the largest breeding colony of southern elephant seals in the archipelago, with up to 2,000 individuals on the northern beaches. Orcas and Commerson's dolphins can often be seen from the shoreline.

You will visit Port Stanley, the capital of the Falkland Islands, a quaint town with colourful houses, waterfront promenade and English-style pubs. The town was established in the early 1840's and attractions include the Falkland Islands Museum, the governor's house, a cathedral with impressive whalebone arch, a war memorial, quality gift shops and views of shipwrecks in the harbour. Southern giant petrels often fly close to the shore, the endemic Falkland steamer ducks abound on the shorelines while kelp gulls and dolphin gulls can often be seen flying overhead. Other frequent visitors to the Stanley area include black-crowned night herons, red-backed hawks and peregrine falcons. Turkey vultures are regularly seen on top of any prominent building.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 7

Falkland Islands

Another day to explore Falkland Islands.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 8

At Sea

This morning, depart from the Falklands and set your course for Ushuaia. Your final day at sea gives you one last chance to view the marine life of these southern waters.

The final leg of the voyage is along the mountain-fringed Beagle Channel to Tierra del Fuego. You will toast the end of your voyage at a farewell dinner tonight on board the ship.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 9

At Sea

Another day at Sea.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 10

Ushuaia

You are scheduled to arrive into Ushuaia early this morning, after breakfast disembark the ship for a day of exploration. Enjoy an excursion to the only National Park on the island. Tierra del Fuego National Park is one of the most frequently visited places in Ushuaia as its close to the city and easily accessible. However, it may not reveal its secrets to those who do not get off the beaten track and who do not pay enough attention to the wonders hidden inside it. Discover the true nature of the secret within the park with our specialized guides as you walk through the forest. Included in your exploration is lunch service with drinks and wine. Return in the afternoon and reboard your vessel.

This evening, 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.

The air is likely to be filled with anticipation, as your next view of land will be of Antarctica - the White Continent.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 11

At Sea, Crossing the Drake

As you leave the Beagle Channel, prepare yourself for potentially rough seas as you enter the legendary Drake Passage. This infamous and unpredictable channel of water separates the southernmost tip of South America from the tip of the Antarctic Peninsula. It was named after the English explorer, Sir Frances Drake.

As you head southwards, there is time to get to know your shipmates and get an insight into the excitement ahead with presentations from the Expedition Team on everything Antarctic - from the history and geology to the incredible wildlife.

You will notice a drop in temperature as you cross the Antarctic Convergence and enter the waters of the Antarctic Ocean. At the Antarctic Convergence, the colder polar waters flowing north meet the warmer equatorial waters flowing south. This mixing pushes nutrient rich waters to the surface, attracting a variety of seabirds, whales and other species. Look out through the panoramic observation windows or brave the elements outside on deck as you keep your eyes peeled for albatrosses flying overhead, icebergs and maybe even breaching whales.

Leaving the Antarctic Convergence in your wake, you continue south towards Antarctica, maybe making landfall by early evening on Day 12, if conditions are favourable. The first sighting of land always brings great excitement and is often embraced as the true beginning of any Antarctic expedition.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 12

At Sea, Crossing the Drake

Another day at Sea, Crossing the Drake.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 13

South Shetland and Antarctica

For the next four days you'll explore the South Shetland Islands and Antarctic Peninsula that is famed for its majestic mountains, glaciers, imposing icebergs, icestrewn waters and abundance of wildlife. The scenery, wildlife and serene silence of Antarctica will enchant and enthral and you will soon realise why this region has captivated the attention of explorers and travellers for centuries.

Your days on the Antarctic Peninsula will form the core of your adventure. Every day will be different as we cruise by Zodiac amongst the beautifully sculpted icebergs and take Zodiac excursions from the ship to explore local bays, channels and landing sites. Unpredictable weather and ice conditions mean that the itinerary will be flexible, but will make the most of wildlife sightings, seal and bird colonies, whale feeding areas as well as visiting sites of historic and scientific interest and climbing to vantage points for panoramic views. There is always something new or unexpected to see, with opportunities for kayaking, snowshoeing and photography with an expert, which means that your expedition will be a unique and personal experience and unlike any other. Enjoy the antics of thousands of curious penguins as you sit on a pebbled beach, scout for whales and seals as you cruise by Zodiac, visit a research base, listen out for the mighty crack of a calving glacier and maybe brave a polar plunge in the icy waters!

As you cruise through the Peninsula, the lecture programme continues and sightseeing is at its most spectacular off the ship's outer decks. Enjoy the Ocean Endeavour's newly designed health and fitness features, with facilities that include a spa, His and Hers saunas, saltwater pool and gym plus yoga sessions.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 14

South Shetland and Antarctica

Another day to explore South Shetland and Antarctica.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 15

South Shetland and Antarctica

Another day to explore South Shetland and Antarctica.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 16

South Shetland and Antarctica

Another day to explore South Shetland and Antarctica.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 17

Antarctic Peninsula and at Sea

Hoping to make one final excursion or shore landing today before you leave the Antarctic Peninsula behind, and head back across the Drake Passage. This is another great opportunity to look out for wildlife from the deck of the ship, as you identify seabirds and maybe whales with the help of your Expedition Team. Gain more insight into the region by attending final lectures and presentations by the polar experts and take time to relax and reminisce about your Antarctic experiences.

By the evening, hope to be back in the tranquil waters of the Beagle Channel, ensuring a restful nights sleep on board.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 18

Antarctic Peninsula and at Sea

Another day to explore Antarctic Peninsula and Drake Passage.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 19

Disembarkation in Ushuaia

We are scheduled to arrive into Ushuaia early this morning, disembarking after a final breakfast aboard the Ocean Endeavour.

Transfer to the airport for your onward flight.

Meal Plan Breakfast

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DEPARTURES:

Ocean Endeavour
2020
: Oct 27

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • 1 night hotel accommodation with breakfast in Buenos Aires 
  • Group transfer from hotel to pier
  • Shipboard accommodation
  • All meals whilst on-board including snacks
  • All shore excursions and zodiac cruising (*excluding forward facing zodiac)
  • Guiding and lectures by expedition team and team
  • English-speaking expedition team
  • Free use of rubber boots on land
  • Use of gym, sauna, pool and on-board Jacuzzi
  • On-board yoga
  • Wind and water resistant jacket
  • All Port taxes
  • Transfer airport to hotel on day 1 and pier to airport on day of disembarkation

PRICE EXCLUDES:

  • Travel insurance
  • International and domestic airfare & airfare taxes
  • Government arrival and departure taxes
  • Visa fees if applicable
  • Meals and beverages not mentioned
  • Gratuities
  • Items of a personal nature

OTHER INFORMATION: 

OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES
The following activities are available, subject to availability:

KAYAKING - US$790 PER PERSON
Kayaking in the far-flung corners of the world is an
experience guaranteed to refresh your soul. Paddling in
small groups, you’ll glide between ice floes, brash ice and
icebergs dotted with wildlife. Previous kayaking experience
is required.

SNOWSHOEING - US$150 PER PERSON
A unique way to explore Antarctica. It makes walking up
gentle slopes a breeze, allowing you to explore places
others struggle to reach in boots alone.

CAMPING - US$290 PER PERSON
A true outdoor adventure, experience the sights and
sounds during your opportunity to fully immerse yourself
when you camp overnight in Antarctica.

PHOTOGRAPHY PRIVATE WORKSHOP - US$790 PER
PERSON
Includes workshops prior to arrival in Antarctica, critiquing
sessions while in Antarctica and editing workshops on
the return journey. Some zodiac excursions on dedicated
zodiac and dedicated to Photography guide on landings.
Return with the best capture memories possible.

HIKING - NO COST
Explore the surroundings by foot as you actively hike on
Antarctica. Only available in some locations. Weather
dependant.

YOGA - NO COST
Experience Yoga in a way like no other. On board the ship
you will find yoga available to you. This is however, weather
and swell dependent.

TERMS AND CONDITIONS:

Prices are "from" per person based on twin/double share accommodation and for travel in low season. Seasonal surcharges and blackout dates may apply. Limited seat/spaces and all pricing is subject to change and availability. Rates for single or triple travellers are available on request - please inquire.

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27 Oct 2020
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