Unique Experience Intrepid | Discover Antarctica 10 days

Welcome to the pinnacle of expedition travel – Antarctica. It’s a place of extremes, where the wildlife and landscape paint a picture like nowhere else in the world. The extraordinary islands around the Antarctic Peninsula are a stunning reward for those who conquer the infamous Drake Passage – which is all of you – and amid the Antarctic’s barren beauty you may well encounter orcas, humpback whales, seals and penguins. Explore the ice-filled waters by Zodiac then set foot on the rock and ice that makes up this mysterious continent, and spend your evenings enjoying the state-of-the-art ship and its health and wellness facilities. You’ll be talking about this journey for years to come.

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Polar

Wildlife

  • Highlights

    • Freezing is great but freedom is better. Customise your trip with a wide range of optional activities on top of regular Zodiac excursions. Explore the water by kayak, sign up for a photography masterclass, rejuvenate with some onboard yoga and a massage, take a refreshing polar plunge or camp overnight like a true polar explorer.
    • Our experienced leaders have made hundreds of polar voyages between them. They’re experts in marine biology, glaciology and Antarctic history, and they’ll share their knowledge throughout the journey during a comprehensive lecture program.
    • Rest assured that footprints are all you’ll leave behind. Your Antarctica expedition is carbon offset, and we serve only sustainably sourced seafood, avoid single-use plastics and use biodegradable and phosphate-free cleaning products.
    • This is our classic Antarctica cruise, perfect for first time explorers or seasoned adventurers. For the extended version of this trip (with an extra day on the Antarctic Peninsula) see trip code GQMDE or https://www.intrepidtravel.com/antarctica/discover-antarctica-11-days-122195
    • Travelling solo? This is your perfect Antarctic adventure, with single cabins at the same price as some twins.
    • Whereas most polar expeditions of this kind have a crew-to-passenger ratio of ten, fifteen or twenty to one, Intrepid expeditions on the Ocean Endeavour have an expedition crew member for every 8 passengers for a greater personal touch.
  • What's Included

    Meals

    9 Breakfasts, 7 Lunches, 7 Dinners

    Transport

    Exepdition cruise ship , zodiac

  • Pricing

      • Start Date
      • End Date
      • Room Type
      • Price
      • Availability
      • Start Date:10 Dec 20
      • End Date:19 Dec 20
      • Room Type:CATEGORY10 (Owner’s Suite)
      • Price:$22,405
      • Availability:On Request
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      • Start Date:10 Dec 20
      • End Date:19 Dec 20
      • Room Type:CATEGORY1 (Single Interior)
      • Price:$11,940
      • Availability:On Request
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      • Start Date:10 Dec 20
      • End Date:19 Dec 20
      • Room Type:CATEGORY3 (Twin Interior)
      • Price:$11,940
      • Availability:On Request
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      • Start Date:10 Dec 20
      • End Date:19 Dec 20
      • Room Type:CATEGORY4 (Twin Porthole)
      • Price:$13,435
      • Availability:7+ Available
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      • Start Date:10 Dec 20
      • End Date:19 Dec 20
      • Room Type:CATEGORY5 (Twin Window)
      • Price:$14,930
      • Availability:7+ Available
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      • Start Date:10 Dec 20
      • End Date:19 Dec 20
      • Room Type:CATEGORY6 (Comfort Twin)
      • Price:$16,425
      • Availability:7+ Available
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      • Start Date:10 Dec 20
      • End Date:19 Dec 20
      • Room Type:CATEGORY7 (Select Twin)
      • Price:$17,920
      • Availability:7+ Available
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      • Start Date:10 Dec 20
      • End Date:19 Dec 20
      • Room Type:CATEGORY8 (Superior)
      • Price:$19,415
      • Availability:7+ Available
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      • Start Date:10 Dec 20
      • End Date:19 Dec 20
      • Room Type:CATEGORY9 (Junior Suite)
      • Price:$20,910
      • Availability:7+ Available
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    Please note: while prices are accurate at time of loading they are subject to change due to currency fluctuations and currency surcharges may apply. Please check price at time of booking
  • Itinerary

    Day - 1

    Location: Ushuaia - Welcome to Ushuaia, Argentina, the world’s southernmost city. You’ll be briefed at the hotel tonight on the journey and details for tomorrow’s embarkation, but if you happen to arrive early there are a surprising amount of ways to entertain yourself at ‘the End of the World’. Check out the Museo Maritimo to brush up on the region’s history, or take a stroll down Avenida San Martin if you’re after any last-minute essentials before departing. Oh, and did we mention this is Argentina – if all else fails, head to a local restaurant to get your fill of red wine and steak. Muy bueno.

     

    Day - 2

    Location: Ushuaia – Embarkation Day - This afternoon you’ll board the Ocean Endeavour, settle into your cabin and begin cruising down the stunning Beagle Channel, named for Charles Darwin’s ship. The channel transects the Tierra del Fuego archipelago in the extreme south of South America, and as the ship pulls away from port there’s always an air of anticipation. Wave goodbye to Argentina and know that the next time you see land you’ll be staring at Antarctica.

     

    Day - 3-4

    Location: Drake Passage - The time has come to cross the Drake Passage, the legendary body of water named after English explorer Sir Francis Drake. If the conditions are right, enjoy some time out on deck to spot dolphins, orcas or perhaps albatross. If the waters are a little rough, the Ocean Endeavour is equipped with some seriously lush facilities for you to take advantage of. As well as safety briefings, a comprehensive lecture program will run throughout the journey delivered by experts in Antarctica’s history, geology and biology. With any luck we’ll make it to land by early evening on Day 4 – a moment that always brings much excitement.

     

    Day - 5-7

    Location: Antarctic Peninsula - The adventure truly begins once the Antarctic Convergence is left in your wake and exchanged for three incredible days of exploring the Antarctic Peninsula. Stare wide-eyed at glaciers, mountains and an unimaginable array of wildlife as the sheer magnitude and rawness of the area comes to light. Every day is a new adventure, and you’ll explore ice-filled bays and channels as well as Antarctica itself on Zodiac excursions and by foot. While the landscapes will no doubt take your breath away, Antarctica is all about the wildlife. Visit penguin rookeries, spot humpback and minke whales and look out for leopard seals, all while calving glaciers crack through the immense silence. The landing sites visited will depend on the ship's location and weather conditions, but for information on potential landing sites please visit: https://www.intrepidtravel.com/au/antarctica-landing-sites

     

    Day - 8-9

    Location: At Sea - Say goodbye to the Antarctic Peninsula as we begin our return leg to Ushuaia. Take the opportunity to share photographs with fellow travellers, use your now expert skills in wildlife spotting and enjoy the final lectures from your polar experts. It’s also a great opportunity to make use of the Ocean Endeavour’s health and wellness facilities, including its saunas, spa, heated pool, yoga classes and gym.

     

    Day - 10

    Location: Ushuaia – Disembarkation Day - Your Antarctic adventure draws to a close after breakfast this morning. Farewell your shipmates and transfer to the airport if you’re flying out today, or perhaps spend some more time exploring this incredible part of the world.

     

    Discover Antarctica 10 days
*Terms and Conditions
Offer subject to availability at time of booking. Prices are per person share twin based on best available tour price, inclusive of all discounts unless otherwise stated. Prices are subject to currency fluctuations and are based on cash or cheque. Tour deposit, amendment and cancellation conditions may apply. Travel agent service fees may apply. Special conditions apply - please ask for full details at time of enquiry.
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