Antarctic Explorer: From Buenos Aires (Ocean Endeavour) 2015 - 16

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Experience an adventure tour of Antarctica and explore the unique conditions at the end of the Earth. Embark from Tierra Del Fuego and travel through the Beagle Channel and Drake Passage to the South Shetland Islands to see the incredible landscapes created by the Antarctic climate. See multiple species of playful penguins, the imposing and graceful frames of...

Overview

Trip type
Group Tour
Lodging level
Premium - 4 star
Physical level
Very Easy
Trip pace
Full schedule

Highlights

    • Marvel at the spectacular terrain of Antarctica
    • Spot rare birds while cruising through the Beagle Channel
    • Gaze out across the vast Southern Ocean
    • Cross the wild and wintery Drake Passage
    • Scan the seas for whales and seals
    • Pass between crisp icebergs
    • Set foot on the Great White Continent

What's this trip about?

    Experience an adventure tour of Antarctica and explore the unique conditions at the end of the Earth. Embark from Tierra Del Fuego and travel through the Beagle Channel and Drake Passage to the South Shetland Islands to see the incredible landscapes created by the Antarctic climate. See multiple species of playful penguins, the imposing and graceful frames of Antarctica's whales, and a frenzy of feeding birdlife. Benefit from the navigational expertise and local knowledge of a professional crew and make the most of a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Travel to Antarctica and see the exotic, alien nature of this frozen world for yourself.

Details

Itinerary focusClassic Highlights
Group sizeIntimate group - max of 12 people
Age rangeNo age restrictions
Flights and transportRound trip airfare and all internal transport included
Start CityUshuaia
End CityUshuaia

Travel Themes

  • National Parks
  • Nature & Wildlife

Destinations

  • Antarctica

Trip includes

    • Please note that some of our included activities are contingent on weather conditions
    • We'll arrange an alternative if an included activity is deemed unsafe

Itinerary

Travel Map

Day 1 Buenos Aires

Before your adventure to the bottom of the Earth, spend the night experiencing the lively bars, restaurants and tango clubs of Argentina's capital city.

Day 2 Ushuaia

Climb aboard and set sail through the exquisite Beagle Channel. Stay on the lookout for penguins, cormorants, petrels and albatross.

Day 3-4 Drake Passage

As the trip navigates through the famous waters of the Drake Passage, start to experience some of Antarctica’s rare wildlife. While the mixing of polar and temperate waters occurs, the nutrient-rich waters rise to the surface and draw in a host of seabirds, whales and marine life, so look out for a feeding spectacle.

Day 5-9 Antarctic Peninsula

Venture into the heart of the Antarctic waters, as the voyage travels through various weather, ice and ocean conditions. Expect the unexpected, and be ready to disembark in order to meet the local penguins, or maybe go for a ‘polar plunge’ in the icy waters of Neko Harbour.

Day 10-11 Drake Passage

The adventure winds up with a trip back over the Drake Passage. Head out to the deck to enjoy your last taste of crisp Antarctic air and watch the seabirds soaring overhead. Now is a great chance to spend some time with your new friends onboard – relax over a few drinks, swap photos and share memories of your Antarctic experience.

Day 12 Buenos Aires

Wind down this Antarctic Expedition back on solid ground as the trip disembarks in Ushuaia and you fly back to Buenos Aires.

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Price per day$1,398
Last Updated: 12/7/2021

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Accommodation

,All passenger cabins have exterior views (except for 2 on the Ocean Endeavour), private facilities and climate control. Cabins are cleaned daily. Linen and towels are provided. There is a hair dryer and bathrobes in every cabin. The different types of cabins available and their prices can be accessed via the Dates & Availability link.SEA ADVENTURER (formerly Clipper Adventurer) There are seven different cabin types on board the Sea Adventurer: Triple - 2 lower and 1 upper berth, private facilities, porthole Lower Deck Twin Cabin - 2 lower berths, private facilities, porthole Main Deck Twin Porthole Cabin - 2 lower berths, private facilities, porthole Main Deck Twin Window Cabin - 2 lower berths, private facilities, 2 windows Superior Cabin - 2 lower berths, private facilities, windows Deluxe Cabin - 2 lower berths, private facilities, windows Suite - 2 lower berths, windows - private facilities, bathtub in 403, shower in the remainder Please note that if booking the Suite, we are unable to match you with another traveller of the same sex. If travelling on your own you will need to book the whole cabin and pay for two berths. A deck plan showing the layout of the ship is below.
Requirements
These trips are a relaxing break. You don't have to worry about doing anything physically demanding unless you want to. ,POLAR VOYAGES Single occupancy is available in most cabin categories for 1.7 or 2 times the twin berth price (dependent on which cabin category). Some ships have designated single occupancy cabins. Single travellers wishing to share will be matched with another solo traveller of the same sex. Please note that it is not possible to share with a stranger in all cabin types. Please speak to a consultant for full details.
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Travel insurance is compulsory for all our trips. We require that, at a minimum, you are covered for medical expenses including emergency repatriation. We strongly recommend that the policy also covers personal liability, cancellation, curtailment and loss of luggage and personal effects. When travelling on a trip, you won't be permitted to join the trip until evidence of travel insurance and the insurance company's 24 hour emergency contact number has been seen by our local representative. If you have credit card insurance our local representative will require details of the participating insurer/underwriter, the level of coverage, policy number and emergency contact telephone number rather than the bank's name and credit card details. Please contact your bank for these details prior to arriving in-country. Please go to our website for links to various travel insurance providers:
Visa requirements
Visas are the responsibility of the individual traveller. The visa requirements for your trip vary depending on where you are from and where you are going. As a general rule most countries expect that you will have at least 6 months' validity on your passport. On arrival visitors may be asked to present return tickets and evidence of means to cover your intended stay. We keep the following information up to date as much as possible, but rules do change - it's important that you check for yourself. Residents from other countries must consult the relevant embassies or your travel agent.
Health & Safety
As a ship registered for international voyages, the Sea Adventurer must comply with a variety of regulations, codes and industry standards. This regime of requirements ensures that internationally accepted standards for safety and environmental protection are developed, implemented and monitored within the company management system onshore and on board the ship. The ship adheres to regulations set by IMO (International Maritime Organisation) including ISM Code (Safety Management System), ISPS Code (for ship and port security), SOLAS (Safety of Life at Sea) and MARPOL (Maritime Pollution Prevention), the flag state and the classification society on an accredited system. In addition, as the Sea Adventurer spends considerable time in the Antarctic waters, Quark Expeditions, Inc is a full member of IAATO (International Association of Antarctic Tour Operators) and a full member of AECO (Association of Arctic Expedition Cruise Operators). CHILDREN: The minimum age for travel is 8. If a child is travelling without their parent/legal guardian, their parent/legal guardian will need to fill out a waiver form. Children will also be required to bring their own life jacket and rubber boots as child sizes are not provided on board. On your way to join your voyage, you may take advantage of the opportunity to visit a larger South American city such as Buenos Aires or Santiago. It is worth researching matters of personal safety and security in these places before your departure. Many national governments provide a regularly updated advice service on safety issues involved with international travel. We recommend that you check your government's advice for their latest travel information before departure. Please refer to our website's safety page for links to major travel advisories and updates on safety issues affecting our trip. We strongly recommend the use of a neck wallet or money belt while travelling, for the safe-keeping of your passport, air tickets, cash and other valuable items. Leave your valuable jewellery at home - you won't need it while travelling. Many hotels have safety deposit boxes, which is the most secure way of storing your valuables. A lock is recommended for securing your luggage.
Meals Included

Meals

11 Breakfasts, 9 Lunches, 10 Dinners

Age Requirements
No age restrictions
Additional Information
Style descriptions Comfort is your style of travel if you want the whole grassroots experience with more inclusions, meals and creature comforts. While accommodation is predominantly tourist class (3-4 star), on some itineraries there is the opportunity to stay with a local family, spend the night on a train or camp out in exotic places (without putting up your own tent of course). Along the way, you'll really experience the destination up close. You'll mingle with locals, enjoy a taste of their way of life and gain special insights from your leader. This is not luxury travel, but real world experiences - just with a softer landing!Finish point Ushuaia Ushuaia ARGENTINA
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