Best of Antarctica: Wildlife Explorer (Ocean Endeavour)

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  • Booking Type Instant booking
  • duration 11 days
  • tour type Group
  • age requirement 8-99 yrs
  • max group size 200
  • guiding method Fully guided
  • Tour Code BM-19741
  • Footprint Carbonneutral CO2 emissions resulting from all trips on Bookmundi will be offset via investments in carbon reduction projects.
  • Operated in English
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  • Starts Ushuaia, Argentina
  • Ends Ushuaia, Argentina
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HIGHLIGHTS Download trip notes
  • Explore an unspoiled wilderness, uninhabited by man, where penguins, seals, whales and seabirds in their abundance are the true rulers.
  • Emerging from winter, the density of wildlife is increasing, and penguin rookeries are at full capacity with penguin chicks beginning to hatch from mid-December.
  • Seal and whale sightings become more frequent as minke, southern right and humpback whales return to Antarctic waters to feed, ensuring extraordinary wildlife viewing opportunities.
  • Enjoy daily Zodiac excursions, onshore landings and take advantage of a range of adventure options during the voyage such as kayaking, camping, photography and snowshoeing.
  • Benefit from a variety of onboard activities including educational lectures on history, geology, and ecology by the expedition team.
Starting and ending in Ushuaia, the tour "Best Of Antarctica: Wildlife Explorer (Ocean Endeavour)" is a guided wildlife trip that takes 11 days. You will be traveling through Drake Passage, Antarctic Peninsula and Ushuaia in Antarctica and Argentina. "Best Of Antarctica: Wildlife Explorer (Ocean Endeavour)" is a group tour which includes accommodation, transport, meals and others. Please see the package includes section for further details.

Enter a spellbinding world of snow and ice as you voyage to Antarctica, a continent that has long captivated explorers. Set sail aboard the comfortable, spacious and well-appointed Ocean Endeavour on an 11-day voyage, discovering unbelievable wildlife and the world’s most remarkable scenery. As you explore this icy wilderness, you’ll not only be accompanied by an expert expedition team, but also by penguins, seals, whales and seabirds, set against a backdrop of towering icebergs, snow-capped peaks, imposing glaciers and ice-choked waters. Adventures like this don’t come along every day – there’s simply nowhere else on earth like Antarctica.
ITINERARY Expand All
  • Day 1: Ushuaia
  • Day 2: Ushuaia – Embarkation Day
  • Day 3-4: Drake Passage
  • Day 5-8: Antarctic Peninsula
  • Day 9-10: At Sea
  • Day 11: Ushuaia – Disembarkation Day
WHAT'S INCLUDED
Accommodation
  • 1 night comfortable hotel, 9 nights expedition cruise ship
Meals
  • 10 Breakfasts, 8 Lunches, 9 Dinners
Transport
  • Expedition cruise ship , zodiac
Guide
  • An expert tour leader
Included Activities
  • Welcome Briefing
  • Citizen Science Program
  • Daily Briefings and Recap
  • Onboard Lecture Program
  • Guided walking Excursions
  • Zodiac Excursion/Cruising
  • Citizen Science Program
  • Daily Briefings and Recap
  • Onboard Lecture Program
  • Onboard Lecture Program
  • Daily Briefings and Recap
  • Citizen Science Program
WHAT'S EXCLUDED
  • Any international flights to/from Ushuaia are not included in this price. We always recommend that you arrive 1 day prior to your tour starting date.
  • Travel insurance is not included in this Best of Antarctica: Wildlife Explorer (Ocean Endeavour) tour. Travel insurance is mandatory to buy. We recommend purchasing it from World Nomads.
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  • From USA
  • On Jan 23 2023
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GOOD TO KNOW Download trip notes
CANCELLATION

No additional cancellation fees apply for this Best of Antarctica: Wildlife Explorer (Ocean Endeavour) tour. You can cancel the tour up to 123 days prior departure and avoid paying the full amount, but your deposit paid is non-refundable. No refund applies for cancellations within 122 days of departure.

Payment

For any tour departures within 21 June 2024, full payment is required. For tours that depart later than 21 June 2024, a deposit of 25% is required to confirm this tour, and the remaining balance will be charged 122 days before trip departure.

Travel Insurance

Best of Antarctica: Wildlife Explorer (Ocean Endeavour) tour requires that you have adequate and valid travel insurance covering medical and personal accidents, including repatriation costs and emergency evacuation. We recommend using World Nomads' travel insurance.

Visa

For this Best of Antarctica: Wildlife Explorer (Ocean Endeavour) tour getting the required visa(s) is the responsibility for each individual traveller, as visa requirements vary depending on your nationality. We recommend to check with your local embassies representing the countries that you are traveling to, as part of this itinerary.

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 recognised 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 on onboard 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. 
COVID VACCINATION POLICY
  • Proof of vaccination against COVID-19 is no longer mandatory on departures after 1st January 2023. Nonetheless, all travellers are strongly advised to be vaccinated as a safety measure to protect themselves and others on the tour. This policy excludes all Polar trips and select adventure cruises, where testing and vaccination are required.
  • Also, proof of vaccination may still be required at specific entry points or by the airlines. Therefore, please make sure to check all the travel requirements carefully before travelling.
For Solo Travelers
  • This tour offers a twin share option where solo travellers will be paired with other similar travellers of the same gender in a room. If such twin share options are fully booked/unavailable for your chosen departure date you will be offered either a single room at an additional fee, if available, or a full refund.
COVID-19 Safety Measures

This trip incorporates the following COVID-19 measures:

  • This tour has received the World Travel and Tourism Council’s Safe Travels stamp, which provides travellers with assurance that COVID-19 health and hygiene global standardised protocols have been adopted.
  • Hygiene and safety guidelines will be followed to ensure your well being is looked after during travels.
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