Begin your adventure in the historic centre of Puntas Arenas, the star of Chile’s southern shores and future home to the International Antarctic Center – this is the ideal gateway to Antarctica.. Attend insightful presentations and lectures, delivered on board the Ocean Endeavour by Antarctic experts including marine biologists, glaciologists and historians.. Discover the rich and varied wildlife of the Antarctic region, carefully monitored by your expedition crew to ensure multiple sightings. You could spot gentoo penguins, leopard seals, whales and more!. Experience the Antarctic Peninsula up close with a series of scheduled Zodiac boat excursions to extraordinary icebergs, wildlife-rich shores and crisp blue waters.
Cruise to Antarctica on an 11-day expedition in search of incredible marine and bird life and rugged, icy terrain. Departing from historic Puntas Arenas in Chile’s deep south, traverse the Magellan Strait towards the Drake Passage and onwards to the Antarctic Peninsula’s wildlife-rich western shores. With marine biologists and environmental experts presenting onboard lectures, as well as the comforts of a fully equipped expedition vessel, visiting the incredible Antarctic has never been so relaxing. Take the plunge on a once-in-a-lifetime exploration to the wild and remote south.
Breakfast Included: 10 Lunches Included: 8 Dinner Included: 9
Welcome to Puntas Arenas – one of Chile’s fastest growing cities, and a perfect gateway to your Antarctic expedition. You can arrive at any time today, as there are no activities planned until an important welcome meeting at your hotel this evening, usually around 6 pm. Until then, why not experience the city yourself. Perhaps take a visit to the $50 million International Antarctic Center (set to open in 2021) which functions as a research hub and museum. After your important briefing tonight, perhaps gather with your fellow travellers for a meal – your local leader will be able to recommend you a restaurant.
Punta Arenas – Embarkation Day
During the day, set off through the picturesque Strait of Magellan towards the Drake Passage for your crossing to the Antarctic Peninsula. Your group leader will confirm with you all the relevant embarkation details at your welcome meeting on Day 1. If you have some spare time this morning, ensure that you are fully packed for your expedition, picking up any last-minute supplies.
While crossing the Drake Passage, take advantage of all of the amenities and activities on board the fully equipped Ocean Endeavour. Spot seabirds, like albatross, flying south along their migration route. Keep your eyes peeled for breaching whales and other marine mammals in the southern oceans or enjoy a drink with some of your shipmates at the bar. Throughout the day, there will also be a comprehensive lecture series and presentations to equip you with knowledge for your upcoming shore visits.
Drake Passage – Antarctic Peninsula
Expect to make your first sightings of land this morning as you cruise towards the volcanic South Shetland Islands. Take to the bridge for epic views towards the large icebergs and rugged mountaintops of this archipelago, often frequented by chinstrap penguins, elephant seals and fur seals. This afternoon, had out on one of the specialised Zodiac boats for a shore excursion. Exploration starts here, so be ready with your polar gear and charged camera.
Voyage further south across the Bransfield Strait towards the icy coves of continental Antarctica. During the next three days, there will be opportunities to participate in wildlife sightings, take excursions by Zodiac and soak up the unforgettable vistas. Your Ocean Endeavour crew will work out the best places to stop, taking into account weather conditions, accessibility and the possibility for wildlife sightings. There may be the chance for snowshoeing and kayaking adventures, and for those ready to brave the elements, an optional camping experience for a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity (weather and season dependent). As well as scheduled shore landings, your expedition will endeavour to visit a working science base along the peninsula.
Settle back into your comfortable surroundings for the return journey across the Drake Passage. The Ocean Endeavour will track north towards Cape Horn and your destination in Ushuaia, Argentina. Throughout the sail, participate in further onboard lectures, activities and workshops, including one on photo editing. Spend some time catching up with your shipmates and share stories about your voyage.
Ushuaia – Disembarkation Day
This morning, farewell the Ocean Endeavour as you disembark in Ushuaia. With no further activities planned for today, you are free to explore one of the world’s southernmost cities, or to organise onward travel connections. If you would like to spend more time in Ushuaia, we’ll be happy to organise additional accommodation (subject to availability).