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Best of Antarctica: Whale Journey

Starting at:
Per Person
$ 10,383
Length
11 Days
Embark
Ushuaia
Disembark
Ushuaia
Starting at:
Per Person
$ 10,383

Highlights

  • Marvel at imposing mountain ranges, beautifully sculpted icebergs, calving glaciers, and ice-filled channels.
  • Witness an incredible abundance of Minke, Southern Right and Humpback whales as these serene marine mammals migrate to Antarctica to feed on krill each year.
  • Ushuaia, the southernmost city of the world, is a highlight in itself as it is located in the dramatic landscape of Tierra del Fuego.

Set sail in search of the giants of the Southern Ocean on this voyage of discovery to the spectacular frozen continent of Antarctica. Brave the formidable Drake Passage and have your camera ready for albatross and petrels as they soar and swoop around the ship, keep your eyes peeled for a silhouette and unmistakable breach. Awe inspiring scenery, calving glaciers and ice-filled channels await and provide a perfect backdrop as you explore by zodiac the ice filled bays bringing you closer to the magnificent migrating mammals. Take a step on the continent and spot seals lazing along the shores and walk among penguin rookeries. On board, enjoy optional activities, lectures presented by resident polar experts and a state-of-the-art wellness and fitness facilities.

There is no better way to discover the majestic beauty of the Antarctic peninsula and its largest inhabitants.

Ships

Ocean Endeavour

A floating boutique hotel with a wellness program and an impressive range of onboard facilities.

Standard Activities

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Lectures
Zodiac Cruises
Zodiac Cruises
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Yoga Classes

Itinerary Day to Day

Day 1

Arrival in Ushuaia

Ushuaia is the most southerly city in the world and the capital of Tierra del Fuego (Land of Fire). It has a dramatic setting, surrounded by mountains to the north and the Beagle Channel to the south, making it a spectacular departure point for your Antarctic adventure.

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. Should you not be able to contact them, please refer to the front of your itinerary for emergency contact details of our representative office.

Your cruise itinerary begins with an overnight stay in Ushuaia. If you arrive into Ushuaia early enough, the day is yours to explore. Avenida San Martin and the surrounding streets are where most hotels, shops, restaurants, cafes and tourist services are located.

The Museo Marítimo y del Presidio de Ushuaia (Maritime & the Prison of Ushuaia Museum) is well worth a visit. Located in the former prison of Ushuaia, the prison buildings now house four museums – the Maritime Museum, the Prison Museum, the Antarctic Museum and the Marine Museum of Art. The buildings date back to 1906 when convicts were transferred from Isla de los Estados to Ushuaia to build this national prison. Construction was completed in 1920 and the cells that were designed for 380 inmates, held up to 800 prisoners before closing in 1947.

Tierra del Fuego National Park is a short bus ride from Ushuaia and was the first shoreline national park established in Argentina. It is a rugged, mountainous park with great views of Lapataia Bay and dramatic scenery of waterfalls, mountains, glaciers and lakes. There are many hiking trails within the park including the Coastal Path (Senda Costera) that connects Ensenada Bay to Lapataia Bay on Lago Roca. The park is home to many species of animal including the guanaco, Andean fox, North American beaver, European rabbit and muskrat. There are also many species of birds including the torrent duck, kelp goose, austral parakeet, Andean condor and the Magellanic oystercatcher.

The Fin del Mundo Train (End of the World Train) is a steam train that runs from Ushuaia to Tierra del Fuego National Park, providing an alternative way to get to the park.

Ushuaia
Embarkation Point
Day 2

Embarkation

Days 3-4

At Sea

Days 5-8

South Shetlands and Peninsula

Days 9-10

Drake Passage

Day 11

Disembarkation in Ushuaia

Route Map

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Ushuaia, Argentina
$ 10,383 - $ 16,830

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Photography Program

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What's Included

  • All meals onboard the Ocean Endeavour including snacks
  • Accommodation onboard the Ocean Endeavour in booked cabin category
  • Onboard lecture program from Expeditions Team and Naturalists
  • All shore excursions and Zodiac cruising (except paid adventure options with cost)
  • Use of rubber boots on land and use of waterproof outer shell jacket
  • Insulated inner jacket, yours to keep at the end of the voyage
  • Transfer from Ushuaia airport to hotel (Day 1) and pre-night hotel with breakfast
  • Transfer from Ushuaia hotel accommodation to the Ocean Endeavour for embarkation
  • Transports to Ushuaia airport on return to port
  • All port taxes
  • All landing fees
  • Use of onboard gym, sauna, pool and jacuzzi and onboard yoga

What's Excluded

  • International or internal flights unless specified
  • Airport transfers, taxes and excess baggage charges unless specified
  • Meals other than those specified in the pre-departure information
  • Pre or post cruise travel expenses
  • Visa (if applicable) and passport fees
  • Travel insurance (compulsory)
  • Fuel surcharge may be applied to all bookings
  • Paid adventure options and all personal expenses
  • Tobacco, alcoholic or beverages (other than coffee and tea)
  • Miscellaneous extras
  • Laundry and communication charges on board
  • Gratuities for Expedition team and crew (recommended US$15 per person per day)
  • For minors under 16 years of age at time of travel; life jackets, waterproof outer shell jacket, insulated inner jacket and boots
  • For guests who require larger sizing; Waterproof outer shell jacket, insulated inner jacket and rubber boots