Best of Antarctica: A White Christmas (Ocean Endeavour)

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Christmas getaways simply don’t get better than this. Journey to Antarctica on an 11-day expedition and experience the magic of the festive season among ice-capped mountain ranges, iconic wildlife and immense icebergs and glaciers. Set foot on the Antarctic Peninsula, spot seals resting on ice floes and witness seabirds nesting in landscapes that must be seen...
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Overview

Trip type
Small Ship Cruise
Lodging level
Premium - 4 star
Physical level
Easy
Trip pace
Full schedule

Highlights

    • Experience a guaranteed white Christmas as you explore the icy wilderness of the White Continent.
    • The festive season is a wonderful time for wildlife lovers to visit Antarctica, as penguin chicks are hatching and abundant on the peninsula and South Shetland Islands.
    • With over 22 hours of sunlight each day, you’ll have more time for exploration.
    • Enjoy daily Zodiac excursions, on-shore landings and take advantage of optional activities during the voyage such as sea kayaking, ice camping and snowshoeing.
    • Benefit from a variety of on-board activities including educational lectures on history, geology and ecology by the expedition team.
    • When you’re not exploring off the ship, explore the amenities onboard including the expedition lounge, restaurant, bar, pool, jacuzzi, library, gym, sun deck, spa facilities and sauna.

What's this trip about?

    Christmas getaways simply don’t get better than this. Journey to Antarctica on an 11-day expedition and experience the magic of the festive season among ice-capped mountain ranges, iconic wildlife and immense icebergs and glaciers. Set foot on the Antarctic Peninsula, spot seals resting on ice floes and witness seabirds nesting in landscapes that must be seen to be believed. Visit penguin rookeries, spot minke and humpback whales while enjoying regular Zodiac excursions for up-close wildlife encounters. Your expert team will ensure that the spirit on board the Ocean Endeavour is festive and fun, delivering an unforgettable experience and making this a Christmas adventure to remember.

Details

Itinerary focusClassic Highlights
Group sizeGroup - max of 200 people
Age range8 years and up
Flights and transportAll internal ground transport included
Start CityOperator does not provide
End CityOperator does not provide

Travel Themes

  • National Parks
  • Nature & Wildlife
  • Small Ship Cruise

Destinations

  • South America
  • Argentina
  • Antarctica

Attractions

  • Antarctic Peninsula
  • Ushuaia

Activities

  • Wildlife viewing

Trip includes

    • Welcome Briefing
    • Citizen Science Program
    • Daily Briefings and Recap
    • Onboard Lecture Program
    • Zodiac Excursion/Cruising
    • Citizen Science Program
    • Daily Briefings and Recap
    • Onboard Lecture Program
    • Onboard Lecture Program
    • Daily Briefings and Recap
    • Citizen Science Program

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Travel Map

Day 1 Ushuaia, Argentina

Your Christmas adventure begins in Ushuaia, the most southerly city in the world. You’ll be transferred from the airport to your hotel and meet your fellow travellers at a welcome meeting tonight. If you arrive early, check out Tierra del Fuego (Land of Fire) National...

Day 2 Embarkation in Ushuaia

The morning is free for you to explore Ushuaia further. Late this afternoon you’ll be transferred to the city’s port to board the Ocean Endeavour. The expedition team and ship's captain will be waiting to welcome you on board, and after settling into your cabin, your ...

Day 3-4 At Sea, Drake Passage

The waters of the Drake Passage are legendary. Named after British seafarer Sir Francis Drake, they're often rough and turbulent, but sometimes as calm as a lake. Your journey to the Antarctic Peninsula will take two days. If conditions allow, you’ll be able to enjoy ...

Day 5-8 Antarctic Peninsula & Christmas day

Welcome to the Antarctic Peninsula, where a vast amount of wildlife can be found with a backdrop of ice, water and mountains. The sheer scale of everything must be seen to be believed. Scheduled twice daily, Zodiac excursions are tailored to suit the Ocean Endeavour's...

Day 9-10 At Sea, Drake Passage

Leaving Antarctica behind, cruise north to our home port of Ushuaia. Now is the time to reflect on the amazing journey and a truly unique Christmas. You’re scheduled to reach the waters of the Beagle Channel by the evening to ensure a restful night’s sleep before dise...

Day 11 Disembarkation in Ushuaia, Argentina

This morning you will disembark the Ocean Endeavour in Ushuaia after breakfast as your Antarctic journey comes to an end. Transfer to Ushuaia airport is included for flights departing today, but if you're sticking around a little longer there is so much to see in this incredible region.

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Price per day$1,124
Last Updated: 3/1/2024

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