Best of Antarctica

Best of Antarctica
Best of Antarctica
Best of Antarctica
Best of Antarctica
Best of Antarctica
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Welcome to the pinnacle of expedition travel – Antarctica

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.

Highlights
  • This is the extended, 11-day version of our classic Antarctica cruise, perfect for first time explorers or seasoned adventurers. With an extra day on the Antarctic Peninsula, you will experience more of the Great White Continent. (For the classic 10-day version of this trip, see trip code GQMDT or https://www.intrepidtravel.com/antarctica/discover-antarctica-10-days-122184)
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Travelling solo? This is your perfect Antarctic adventure, with single cabins at the same price as some twins.
Transport
  • Expedition cruise ship , zodiac
Accommodation
  • 1 night comfortable hotel, 9 nights expedition cruise ship
Destinations
  • South America
  • Antarctica
  • Argentina
  • Polar
Tour Types
  • Polar
  • Wildlife
Day 1 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 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 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 5-8 Antarctic Peninsula
The adventure truly begins once the Antarctic Convergence is left in your wake and exchanged for four 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 9-10 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 11 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.

Dates Price Single Availability
11-Nov-2021 for 11 Nights Best of Antarctica (Ocean Endeavour) CATEGORY 1 (Single Interior) On Request Visit website
11-Nov-2021 for 11 Nights Best of Antarctica (Ocean Endeavour) CATEGORY 10 (Owner’s Suite) On Request Visit website
11-Nov-2021 for 11 Nights Best of Antarctica (Ocean Endeavour) CATEGORY 4 (Twin Porthole) On Request Visit website
11-Nov-2021 for 11 Nights Best of Antarctica (Ocean Endeavour) CATEGORY 5 (Twin Window) On Request Visit website
11-Nov-2021 for 11 Nights Best of Antarctica (Ocean Endeavour) CATEGORY 6 (Comfort Twin) On Request Visit website
11-Nov-2021 for 11 Nights Best of Antarctica (Ocean Endeavour) CATEGORY 7 (Select Twin) On Request Visit website
11-Nov-2021 for 11 Nights Best of Antarctica (Ocean Endeavour) CATEGORY 8 (Superior) On Request Visit website
11-Nov-2021 for 11 Nights Best of Antarctica (Ocean Endeavour) CATEGORY 9 (Junior Suite) On Request Visit website
20-Nov-2021 for 11 Nights Best of Antarctica (Ocean Endeavour) CATEGORY 2 (Triple Interior) On Request Visit website
20-Nov-2021 for 11 Nights Best of Antarctica (Ocean Endeavour) CATEGORY 4 (Twin Porthole) On Request Visit website
20-Nov-2021 for 11 Nights Best of Antarctica (Ocean Endeavour) CATEGORY 5 (Twin Window) On Request Visit website
20-Nov-2021 for 11 Nights Best of Antarctica (Ocean Endeavour) CATEGORY 6 (Comfort Twin) On Request Visit website
20-Nov-2021 for 11 Nights Best of Antarctica (Ocean Endeavour) CATEGORY 7 (Select Twin) On Request Visit website
20-Nov-2021 for 11 Nights Best of Antarctica (Ocean Endeavour) CATEGORY 8 (Superior) On Request Visit website
20-Nov-2021 for 11 Nights Best of Antarctica (Ocean Endeavour) CATEGORY 9 (Junior Suite) On Request Visit website
11-Dec-2021 for 11 Nights Best of Antarctica (Ocean Endeavour) CATEGORY 3 (Twin Interior) On Request Visit website
11-Dec-2021 for 11 Nights Best of Antarctica (Ocean Endeavour) CATEGORY 4 (Twin Porthole) On Request Visit website
11-Dec-2021 for 11 Nights Best of Antarctica (Ocean Endeavour) CATEGORY 7 (Select Twin) On Request Visit website
11-Dec-2021 for 11 Nights Best of Antarctica (Ocean Endeavour) CATEGORY 9 (Junior Suite) On Request Visit website
29-Dec-2021 for 11 Nights Best of Antarctica (Ocean Endeavour) CATEGORY 10 (Owner’s Suite) On Request Visit website
29-Dec-2021 for 11 Nights Best of Antarctica (Ocean Endeavour) CATEGORY 2 (Triple Interior) On Request Visit website
29-Dec-2021 for 11 Nights Best of Antarctica (Ocean Endeavour) CATEGORY 4 (Twin Porthole) On Request Visit website
29-Dec-2021 for 11 Nights Best of Antarctica (Ocean Endeavour) CATEGORY 5 (Twin Window) On Request Visit website
29-Dec-2021 for 11 Nights Best of Antarctica (Ocean Endeavour) CATEGORY 6 (Comfort Twin) On Request Visit website
29-Dec-2021 for 11 Nights Best of Antarctica (Ocean Endeavour) CATEGORY 7 (Select Twin) On Request Visit website
29-Dec-2021 for 11 Nights Best of Antarctica (Ocean Endeavour) CATEGORY 8 (Superior) On Request Visit website
29-Dec-2021 for 11 Nights Best of Antarctica (Ocean Endeavour) CATEGORY 9 (Junior Suite) On Request Visit website

Touring with Intrepid Travel

Intrepid was started by two friends from Melbourne, Australia, in 1988 after embarking on a trip through the wilds of Africa in a modified ex-council truck, crammed with friends, supplies, a handful of aviator sunglasses and a case or two of beer. Could this type of travel be something others would be interested in? The answer was a resounding yes and today Intrepid send 100,000 travellers across the globe each year with the help of a staff of 1,000.

After three decades, founders Darrell and Manch, feel they know what travellers want. They get that it’s a big decision to fly across the world to wander the souks of Marrakech or enjoy a dreamy Angkor sunrise. They understand that you’re looking for a balance of inclusions and free time, a mix of classic highlights and local secrets you won’t find on Google. And of course, an authentic real life experience. Their leaders are born and raised in-country and they know their destination better than anyone. So you’ll do more than just see a place, you’ll live it. Small groups, big adventures and responsible travel – that’s Intrepid’s thing. With 1,000 trips in a variety of styles across 100 countries, you’re sure to find something you like.

Intrepid believe the real magic happens well away from the beaten path. It’s the little noodle bars, hidden galleries and backstreet bodegas and real life experiences you won’t find in a search engine. Real life experiences are those moments you know you’re really alive and experiencing something special. While it could be the instant you see one of the world’s great icons for the first time, it is more likely to be the moment you find yourself in the middle of a village square soccer game, being treated to a home-cooked meal by your new local friends or sharing a laugh with your fellow travellers as you try a new mode of transport … camel anyone? These unexpected moments are what travelling with Intrepid is all about, giving you a trip like no other.

Intrepid realises the world is a really big place. And there’s a plethora of different languages to learn, borders to cross and cultures to negotiate. Small group adventure travel makes these things easy and allows you to maximise your precious time off. Instead of worrying about logistics, you can focus all your energy on having the experience of a lifetime. Their tour groups are small enough to feel like you’re exploring a destination independently, but big enough to create a good social vibe. Group size will vary depending on where and how you’re travelling, but the average group size is about 10.

Intrepid’s themed trips encompass all hobbies and interests or could pique an interest in a new hobby you never knew you needed. From foodie explorations across Asia or India, sailing the seas in Thailand or the Caribbean, wildlife encounters in the Serengeti or Antarctica, scenic cycling or walking to Base Camp or through Tibet, and epic expeditions in Burma or Russia, you’ll be spoilt for choice.

Intrepid is committed to operating in a responsible manner, incorporating the principles of sustainable development in the way they provide travellers with real life experiences. These values are ingrained in the culture and daily operations of every Intrepid office and tour. In addition, they hope their travellers also demonstrate the principles of responsible travel - respecting people, cultures and local environments; in the distribution of wealth; in good will and cross-cultural sharing; and in contributing to sustainable development.

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Group Size:1 - 200
Suitable For: 8-99 years
Accommodation:1 night comfortable hotel, 9 nights expedition cruise ship
Difficulty:physical=1, cultureShock=1
Meals:10 breakfasts, 8 lunches, 9 dinners
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