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Itinerary and Pricing Small-Ship Expedition Cruise
Best of Antarctica: Pristine Wilderness

November 18 to November 28, 2024

From $7,899 to $14,049 USD

per person

Save up to 20% for a limited time!

Map

AA Best of Antarctica Pristine Wilderness Map
  • Day 1: Ushuaia, Argentina
  • Day 2: Ushuaia, Argentina
  • Day 3–4: At Sea — Drake Passage
  • Day 5–8: South Shetland Islands and Antarctic Peninsula
  • Day 9-10: At Sea — Drake Passage
  • Day 11: Ushuaia, Argentina

Itinerary

Please note: You are advised not to book a flight out of Ushuaia before midday on disembarkation day, in case of delays caused by unfavourable weather conditions.

  • Ushuaia Argentina

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    Day 1: Ushuaia, Argentina
    The Adventure Begins

    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. The first night of your voyage will be spent in the quaint town of Ushuaia, the most southerly city in the world, and the capital of Tierra del Fuego (Land of Fire). Take the opportunity to explore at your leisure independently.

    Visit the excellent museums along the main street, Avenida San Martin, or wander the streets and take in the town’s dramatic setting, with views of the mountains to the north and the Beagle Channel to the south. Be sure to check out the many shops, artisan markets, and cafés.

    If you have the time, discover Tierra del Fuego National Park, the most southerly national park in South America. The park offers a range of hiking trails that lead you through the stunningly beautiful and dramatic scenery of snow-capped peaks, lush meadows, rugged coastlines, glaciers, waterfalls, and lakes. Look out for guanaco, Andean foxes, muskrats, and the North American beaver. Birds found here include the Andean condor, Magellanic oystercatcher, kelp goose, austral parakeet, and torrent duck.

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    Day 2: Ushuaia, Argentina
    Embark on the Ocean Endeavour

    After a morning of independent exploration in Ushuaia, transfer to the port of Ushuaia and embark on the Ocean Endeavour in the late afternoon.

    In the evening, we’ll set sail along the wildlife-rich Beagle Channel, towards the White Continent of Antarctica. As we leave the lights of Ushuaia behind, look out for Magellanic penguins, rock cormorants, petrels, and black-browed albatross from the deck as well as noisy sea lion colonies.

  • Onborad learning

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    Day 3–4: At Sea — Drake Passage
    On Board Learning

    The renowned Drake Passage, named after the famous English explorer, Sir Frances Drake, separates the tip of the Antarctic Peninsula from the southernmost tip of South America. It is unpredictable—often rough and turbulent, but sometimes as calm as a lake—so be prepared!

    Enjoy the fabulous on-board facilities: join a yoga class or attend a presentation or two given by the expedition team to prepare you for what lies ahead—from the geology of Antarctica to its history and wildlife, and even the ice!

    Sailing towards Antarctica there is a fall in temperature as we cross the Antarctic Convergence and enter the waters of the Antarctic Ocean. The Antarctic Convergence is marked by an increased number of seabirds, whales, and other species that are attracted by the nutrient-rich waters pushed to the surface by the colder waters of the polar region flowing north and meeting the warmer equatorial waters flowing south.

    Head out on deck to look for the mighty albatross that flies overhead, scan the waters for breaching whales and icebergs, or gaze out from the panoramic windows of the observation deck.

    Keep on the lookout for the first sighting of land—that heralds your arrival to the White Continent!

  • Penguins Antarctica

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    Day 5–8: South Shetland Islands and Antarctic Peninsula
    Penguin Colonies and Birdwatching

    Spend four days exploring the South Shetland Islands and Antarctic Peninsula, a region that has captivated explorers for centuries and now enthrals modern-day travellers. Enjoy exploring by Zodiac, cruising among the magnificently sculpted icebergs. We’ll make the most of every opportunity to go ashore, where friendly penguins and spectacular panoramic views await. There may even be opportunities to kayak and snowshoe and, of course, learn more about photography from on board experts.

    Antarctica will enchant you with its incredible scenery, from imposing glaciers to towering snow-capped peaks, vast icebergs, and ice-strewn channels. Not to mention the wildlife—from extensive colonies of chinstrap, gentoo, and Adélie penguins, to crabeater, Weddell, fur, and elephant seals, and a plethora of fascinating seabirds. Keep your eyes and ears peeled for the mighty crack of a glacier calving. Every day brings a new experience and new landing sites.

    As we cruise from one landing site to the next, enjoy the continued lecture program and take in the views from the outer decks of the Ocean Endeavour. Maybe you will be one of the brave few to take a polar plunge in the icy waters! Make the most of the ship’s health and fitness facilities, from the relaxing spa and saunas to the pool and gym.

  • Humpback Whale

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    Day 9-10: At Sea — Drake Passage
    Whale Watching and Iceberg Spotting

    Leaving the magnificent Antarctic Peninsula behind, we take with us our memories and photographs and set out on our journey back through the Drake Passage. As we sail, take pleasure in engaging lectures and presentations while keeping a keen eye out for wildlife from the comfort of the observation lounge and the outer decks. Before our voyage concludes, perhaps you'll indulge in some relaxation at the spa and sauna.

    Once we’ve successfully crossed back through the Drake Passage, we enter the calm and tranquil waters of the Beagle Channel heading towards our destination of Ushuaia.

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    Day 11: Ushuaia, Argentina
    A Fond Farewell

    Disembark in Ushuaia after enjoying your final breakfast on the Ocean Endeavour. You have an included transfer to Ushuaia airport if you're flying home today, otherwise, enjoy some extra time exploring Tierra del Fuego and its rugged surroundings.

    A departure transfer to the airport is included in your voyage fare if you are flying out today. Please speak to your agent to organize this.

    If you are flying out today, please do not book your flight to depart Ushuaia before midday in case of any delays caused by unfavourable weather conditions.

Pricing and Cabins

Intrepid Travel is the operator for our Antarctic expeditions in 2024 and 2025. You can join Adventure Canada's hosted group and embark on an unforgettable journey with Intrepid. Our collaborative efforts guarantee an engaging, informative, and enjoyable travel experience. Along with Intrepid's highly skilled expedition team, Adventure Canada hosts will also be present to enhance your educational journey.

Ship

Ocean Endeavour Scotland

Ocean Endeavour – Antarctica

Our spacious, ice-strengthened vessel features twenty Zodiacs, and advanced navigation equipment. A doctor, paramedic, medical clinic, and enhanced health regime offer peace of mind. Roomy facilities offer comfortable travel with plenty of breathing room for all.

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Details

  • Small-Ship Expedition Cruise

    Best of Antarctica: Pristine Wilderness

    November 18 to November 28, 2024

    From $7,899 to $14,049 USD

    per person

    Save up to 20% for a limited time!

  • Single Supplement: No single supplement on a limited quantity of cabins!

  • Starts: Ushuaia, Argentina

    Ends: Ushuaia, Argentina

  • Group size: 200 guests
  • Fitness Level: Moderate
  • Age Limitation: 8 and over
  • Cruise Payments: International Cruise fares are priced in US dollars and are per person, per Cruise. A $2,500 USD deposit per person, per cruise is required to register. Your final balance for the Cruise is due 120 days prior to the scheduled departure date (“Departure Date”). All late payments are subject to a penalty of 1.5% interest per month, or 18% per annum. Adventure Canada reserves the right to cancel your booking if it is not paid within 120 days of the Departure Date or deny boarding due to any unpaid balances, without a refund to you. Name changes are not permitted.
  • Cancellation by the Passenger: Adventure Canada receiving a written notice of cancellation at least 121 days prior to the Departure Date, you shall receive a refund of the amount paid for the Cruise, less an administrative penalty of $2,500 USD per person, per Cruise. If a written notice of cancellation is received by Adventure Canada between 91 and 120 days prior to the Departure Date, the cancellation penalty is 65% of your total cruise cost. A refund of 35% of the amount paid for the Cruise will be issued provided the passenger is up to date on all payments. In the event of a cancellation made 95 days or less before the scheduled date of departure, you will forfeit any amount paid for the Cruise to that date. For these and other reasons mentioned within these Terms and Conditions, you are strongly advised to obtain comprehensive cancellation insurance at the time of registration.
  • Travel Insurance: A minimum of Emergency Medical and Evacuation Insurance is mandatory for participation in all Adventure Canada Cruises. You must carry a minimum of $500,000 USD per person emergency medical and evacuation coverage.
  • Future Travel Credit: Future Travel Credits do not apply to and will not be issued for any cancellation reason by the passenger.

Inclusions and Exclusions

Included:

  • Airport transfers (Day 1 and Day 11)
  • All meals on board the Ocean Endeavour including snacks
  • On-board lecture program from expedition team and naturalists
  • All shore excursions and Zodiac cruising (except paid adventure options that have an additional cost)
  • Use of rubber boots on land and waterproof outer shell jacket
  • Insulated inner jacket, yours to keep at the end of your voyage
  • Transfer from Ushuaia Airport to hotel (Day 1) and pre-night hotel accommodation with breakfast
  • Transfer from hotel to the Ocean Endeavour for embarkation (Day 2)
  • Transfer to Ushuaia Airport on return to port
  • All port taxes
  • Use of on-board gym, sauna, pool, jacuzzi, and yoga

Not Included:

  • International or internal flights unless specified
  • Taxes and excess baggage charges unless specified
  • Meals other than those specified in the pre-departure information
  • Visa and passport fees
  • Travel insurance
  • Paid adventure options and all personal expenses
  • Tobacco, alcoholic or special beverages
  • Miscellaneous extras
  • Laundry and communication charges
  • Medical care
  • Life jackets, waterproof outer shell jacket, insulated inner jacket, and boots for minors under sixteen years of age at time of travel
  • Waterproof outer shell jacket, insulated inner jacket, and rubber boots for guests who require larger sizing
  • Gratuities for expedition team and crew

Intrepid Travel is the operator for our Antarctic expeditions in 2024 and 2025. You can join Adventure Canada's hosted group and embark on an unforgettable journey with Intrepid. Our collaborative efforts guarantee an engaging, informative, and enjoyable travel experience. Along with Intrepid's highly skilled expedition team, Adventure Canada hosts will also be present to enhance your educational journey.

Registration Agreement

Please note that you are not considered booked until your registration agreement and deposit have been received by Adventure Canada.

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Terms and Conditions

Please review our full Specialty Cruise Terms and Conditions for complete details on your booking with Adventure Canada. Do not hesitate to reach out if you have any questions or concerns. We are here to help.

Covid-19 vaccination

COVID-19 vaccination is a pre-embarkation requirement for all guests, staff, and crew on Antarctica voyages. We will request a copy of your COVID-19 vaccination status on Day 1.

Adventure add on's

Kayaking is available to book on all Antarctic voyages. Some voyages also offer other activities such as snowshoeing. All of these activities must be booked prior to departure and incur an additional cost. Spaces are limited so please enquire at the time of booking. For kayaking, previous, recent experience is essential.

  • Photography Program - $1,099 USD
  • Stand Up Paddleboarding - $299 USD
  • Kayaking Program - $1,099 USD
  • Day Paddle - $299 USD
  • Camping - $399 USD

Photography

Photography workshops are offered as an optional activity on our Ocean Endeavour departures. It is an opportunity for photography enthusiasts of any skill level to fast track their learning on board and make the most of the expert advice that is on offer. Participants will have dedicated Zodiac and photography guided landing where your photography guide will accompany you and give you tips along the way for taking the perfect picture. It is at an additional cost to you and needs to be booked in prior to departure as spaces are limited. If you are interested in taking part, please contact your booking agent for pricing and availability.

Why you'll love this trip

  • Enjoy daily Zodiac excursions to iconic landing sites, abundant with birdlife and busy penguins, and witness icebergs in a thousand different shades of blue.
  • Customize 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 on-board yoga and massages, or take a refreshing polar plunge.
  • While 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 eight 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.

Is this trip right for you?

  • The Ocean Endeavour is an ice-strengthened ship—large, sturdy and suited to the unpredictable Antarctic waters. Some people may experience seasickness in occasional rough seas however, we do have a doctor on board should you need assistance. Over-the-counter seasickness medication is usually an easy fix.  
  • Temperatures in the Antarctic can get very cold, but it also can get surprisingly warm when the sun comes out. We recommend dressing in layers when you journey outside. We’ll provide you with waterproof boots on loan that are sturdy and warm, as well as an inner jacket that is yours to keep. Please see the Essential Trip Information for notes on what to pack. 
  • Depending on the weather, you’ll be travelling around in a Zodiac boat quite regularly to explore the area and search for wildlife. It can get cold and wet on the Zodiac, so make sure you dress appropriately and keep your camera safe and dry. A fair level of mobility is needed for wet and dry landings from the boat, as well as on steep terrain, snow and other uneven surfaces. The Ocean Endeavour has a lift, but you’ll need to take the stairs to get to the gangway and some other parts of the ship that the lift does not provide access to. 
  • The weather plays a pivotal part in this adventure and, although there’s an itinerary in place, there are no guarantees that you’ll be able to do everything that is planned. A level of flexibility and openness to embracing the unexpected are important in expedition travel, especially in such a remote area like the Antarctic. There are nearly 200 recognized sites in the Antarctic Peninsula and South Shetlands and the places mentioned in the itinerary may need to be changed to other locations – which are just as interesting and beautiful! We may also be confined to the ship during rough weather, but there are plenty of on-board resources and activities. The ship’s library and educational lectures are ideal ways to stay entertained, while the wellness spa, saunas, gym, and yoga classes will keep you fresh for when the weather clears. 

Published itineraries are examples only, weather, ice, government regulations, and community requests may necessitate changes to the planned schedules. These sometimes necessary adjustments present exciting opportunities for exploration, discovery, and adventure.