Experience the best of both worlds: the timeless landscapes of Antarctica and the storied history of the Falkland Islands.. Enjoy the freedom to customise your trip with a wide range of optional activities. In addition to regular Zodiac excursions, choose to explore the water on a kayaking expedition, sign up for a photography masterclass, rejuvenate with some onboard yoga and massage, or camp out 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, Peregrine 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. Learn about the history, geography and wildlife of the Antarctic from experts in marine biology, glaciology and history
Journey to two of the most remote, inspiring destinations in the world on this 19-day adventure beginning in Buenos Aires. Cruise down the coast of Argentina to the Falkland Islands, home to an abundance of wildlife and a culture that must be seen to be believed, then continue to the Antarctic Peninsula and set foot on the Great White Continent. Spot whales, orcas, seals and penguins both from the ship and while exploring during land excursions. This once-in-a-lifetime trip takes place onboard the Ocean Endeavour, an expedition vessel equipped with a wellness centre, saunas, a heated saltwater pool, gym and library, and you’ll be accompanied by a variety of polar experts to help you make the most of your time in the Antarctic.
Breakfast Included: 18 Lunches Included: 15 Dinner Included: 17
Your Antarctic adventure begins in Buenos Aires, Argentina’s vivacious and eye-catching capital city. You can arrive at any time and independently transfer to the group hotel – accommodation is included for the night. After checking in, meet your fellow travellers and be briefed by the expedition team about the journey ahead. If you arrive early into Buenos Aires, there’s plenty to see and do. Perhaps explore the neighbourhood of La Boca, pay your respects to Eva Peron at the famous Recoleta Cemetery or search through the antique markets of San Telmo.
Buenos Aires – Embarkation Day
This morning is free for you to continue exploring Buenos Aires and pick up any last-minute essentials. In the afternoon, transfer to from the harbour where the Ocean Endeavour, your home for the next 10 or so days, will be waiting. Wave goodbye to this fascinating, lively city – the next few days will be spent following Argentina’s coastline south towards the Falklands. This evening, spend some time getting to know your shipmates over a celebratory dinner and drinks.
One of the major perks of a journey aboard the Ocean Endeavour is its full health and wellness centre, which includes a gym, heated salt-water pool and saunas. Yoga classes are also available to keep you entertained and feeling fresh while at sea. Alternatively, the reading lounges are a great place to pass an afternoon at sea and learn some more about the Falklands, Antarctica and its surrounding areas.
Welcome to the Falklands. We’ll be exploring the two main islands on Zodiac excursions and daily landings. Wildlife sightings around the Falkland Islands will likely include at least three species of penguin and two endemic bird species – Cobb’s wren and the flightless steamer duck. The expedition team will educate you on the local flora and fauna so you will know what you’re looking for. Other potential landing sites include West Point Island, Saunders Island, Sea Lion Island and Bleaker Island. For detailed information on potential landing sites, please see https://www.peregrineadventures.com/en-au/antarctica/landing-sites
There’s also a chance to participate in an optional kayaking adventure (at an additional cost). These trips are taken in small groups and some experience is essential. Beginners interested in kayaking should first take an introductory course prior to the voyage, which includes how to perform a wet exit. We also strongly recommend that regardless of your experience, you take part in some kayaking practice prior to the voyage to ensure that you are comfortable on the water.
As our explorations of the Falklands draw to a close, we cruise further south towards Ushuaia, Argentina. This is a chance to further enjoy the onboard facilities, share photographs with fellow shipmates, or simply enjoy some rest and relaxation. This will be the final evening for travellers who aren't continuing to Antarctica, so take an opportunity to say goodbye and grab the contact details of any friends you may have made. You'll want to reminisce about this journey someday.
The Ocean Endeavour will dock in Ushuaia this morning and you'll have until the afternoon to explore the small town, which acts as a gateway to both the Tierra del Fuego National Park and Antarctica. Avenida San Martin, the main shopping strip, has everything you need so feel free to stock up on extra layers or toiletries before departing for Antarctica. Some new travellers may join you for the second leg of this journey and there'll no doubt be an air of excitement around the ship, which will depart from Ushuaia through the Beagle Channel, named for Charles Darwin's ship. Keep your eyes peeled for wildlife including dolphins and seabirds – the next land you'll see is Antarctica.
The time has come to cross the Drake Passage, the legendary body of water named after the famous 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, perhaps relax and partake in some of the superb onboard facilities of the Ocean Endeavour. As well as safety briefings, there will be briefings on what lies ahead. A comprehensive lecture program from onboard experts will run throughout the journey; this will explore the history, geology and biology of the Great White Continent. With any luck we will make it to land by early evening on day 4 – a moment that always brings much excitement.
As the Antarctic Convergence is left in your wake, the adventure really begins. Four incredible days of exploring the Antarctic Peninsula ensue. Feast your eyes on glaciers, mountains and an extraordinary array of wildlife, as the immensity and beauty of the regions really comes into view. Every day is a new adventure, and each day you will explore landings, bays and channels on excursions by Zodiac. There are a number of potential landing sites and the crew will make a decision on which will be visited based on conditions. A list of these sites can be found at peregrineadventures.com/en-au/antarctica/landing-sites. While the landscapes themselves dazzle, it is all about the wildlife on these excursions as we encounter penguin rookeries, spot humpback and mink whales, look out for leopard seals. There will also be the chance to see and hear calving glaciers cracking through the Antarctic silence, and you can scramble up snowy tracks to behold 360-degree views.
Say goodbye to the Antarctic Peninsula as we set off for Ushuaia. Take the opportunity to share photographs with fellow travellers, scout for wildlife once again from on deck, enjoy final lectures from the onboard experts, and make use of the Ocean Endeavour’s health and wellness facilities.
Farewell your shipmates as the adventure draws to a close back in Ushuaia.