Days
10
Price from
3995GBP
Map of Antarctic Whale Journey including Antarctica and Argentina

Follow the whale migration and encounter incredible wildlife venturing to Antarctica.

Take a 10-day adventure during the peak of the whale season to the Antarctic Peninsula. Spend your days filled with wildlife encounters – visit penguin rookeries, spot seals along the shores and witness seabirds nesting in their thousands. Take Zodiac excursions through ice-filled bays and get closer to the magnificent creatures inhabiting the region with the expert lead of your polar team. Travel with comfortable living quarters, a full team of onboard polar experts and services catering for health and wellness. Now is the time to discover the wonders of the Antarctic Peninsula.


Start
Ushuaia, Argentina
Finish
Ushuaia, Argentina
Destinations
Antarctica, Argentina
Style
Peregrine
Theme
Polar
Code
PPAWJ
Physical rating
Ages
Min 8
Group size
Min 1, Max 200

Why you'll love this trip

  • We stop for whales! If conditions allow, we’ll launch the Zodiacs to get a closer look and cruise through the Antarctic waters, scouting for minke, humpback whales and orcas during peak season.

  • 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.

  • Rest assured that you will leave only footprints behind. Your Antarctica expedition is carbon offset, and we serve only sustainably sourced seafood, avoid single-use plastics and use biodegradable and phosphate-free cleaning products on board.

  • This is the perfect adventure for solo travellers, with single cabins at the same price as some twins

Is this trip right for you?

  • Although our ice strengthened ships are big and sturdy, Antarctic waters can be unpredictable and rough. Some people may experience seasickness, especially through the Drake Passage and other open water crossings. Please be prepared with medications to combat this. There is also a doctor on board should you need further assistance.

  • As you’d expect, temperatures in the Antarctic can be freezing. And yet it can get surprisingly warm at times – when the sun comes out, for instance, or with increased physical activity. It is wise to dress in layers when you journey outside. We provide you with waterproof boots that are sturdy and warm. Please see the trip notes for further important information about what to bring.

  • Weather depending, you will be making regular excursions in a Zodiac boat to explore the local area and look for wildlife. It can get very cold and wet on the Zodiac, so make sure you are dressed appropriately and that you keep your camera safe and dry. Sturdy sea legs are needed as you make wet and dry landings from the boat, and on steep terrain, snow and other uneven surfaces. The Ocean Endeavour has a lift, but you will need to take 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 for. A level of flexibility and openness to embracing the unexpected are important in expedition travel, especially in such a remote area. There are nearly 200 recognised sites in the Antarctic Peninsula and South Shetlands; the places mentioned in the itinerary may need to be changed to others (which are equally as interesting). We may also be confined to the ship during rough weather. The onboard library and educational lectures are ideal ways for keeping entertained.

Boats

Ocean Endeavour 2020

On this itinerary, you'll be travelling on the Ocean Endeavour 2020

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Itinerary

Welcome to Ushuaia. You’ll be met by a Peregrine representative and transferred to your comfortable hotel for the night. If you’re arriving earlier there are plenty of activities to choose from. Visit Tierra del Fuego National Park for the day or take a walk around town. Head to the main street of Avenida San Martin (San Martin Avenue), in downtown Ushuaia, for any last-minute shopping needs. The Museo Maritimo (Maritime Museum) housed in an old prison sets the scene with its fascinating history. Enjoy the tantalizing flavours of Argentinean cuisine at a local restaurant.
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
This afternoon you’ll be transferred to the city’s port for boarding the Ocean Endeavour. After meeting your fellow passengers and settling into your cabin, set sail through the famed Beagle Channel. Look around at the incredible views as we glimpse our last sight of land and head south towards Antarctica.
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
Spend two days travelling across the legendary waters of the Drake passage, named after the famous English seafarer, Sir Frances Drake. If conditions allow, enjoy the outer deck space for your first glimpses scouting for dolphins and whales, or the odd albatross trailing past. A comprehensive optional lecture program will also get under way, with some fascinating insights into Antarctic history, geology, biology and everything in-between. If the weather gods are on our side, we will reach the islands of the Antarctic Peninsula by the early evening on Day 4. The first sighting of land always brings great excitement on any expedition south.
Meals Included
  • Breakfast (2)
  • Lunch (2)
  • Dinner (1)
The Antarctic Peninsula gives access to a high number of wildlife sightings on a mountainous backdrop of ice and water – this pulls together incredible scenes as we look for whales migrating along the coast. The peak of the whale migration season (February and March) gives you the best chance to spot these majestic ocean dwellers. Species that are most commonly found in the Antarctic region are humpback, minke and fin whales, as well as orcas. Whale sightings can happen from the deck of the ship or during a Zodiac excursion. Reaching the Antarctic Peninsula also gives you the opportunity for onshore exploration and to take your first steps on Antarctica.

Wildlife encounters on the Antarctic Peninsula are likely to include Weddell, crabeater and leopard seals; gentoo, Adelie and chinstrap penguins, and elephant seals. Each excursion (scheduled twice daily) is tailored to suit the location of the ship. 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 https://www.peregrineadventures.com/en-au/antarctica/landing-sites. Zodiac rides allow for a closer encounter with marine life. Onshore exploration takes you to penguin rookeries and includes optional activities for the active adventurer – snowshoeing, kayaking and camping overnight (these must be booked before departure). Our lecture program from experts in polar wildlife continues during our voyage and throughout the trip the team is on-hand to answers any questions you may have.

An average day on board will include a wakeup call from your expedition leader around 7 am, giving you time to prepare for the day before joining your fellow passengers for breakfast in the restaurant. You will usually have two excursions, one in the morning and one in the afternoon, with lunch on the ship in-between excursions.
Meals Included
  • Breakfast (3)
  • Lunch (3)
  • Dinner (3)
Leaving Antarctica behind we cruise north to our home port of Ushuaia. Here’s your time to reflect on the amazing journey. By the evening we are scheduled to reach the waters of the Beagle Channel. Our last meal together is often a highlight, so live it up and enjoy as you celebrate the trip you’re your fellow travellers.
Meals Included
  • Breakfast (2)
  • Lunch (2)
  • Dinner (2)
Disembark the ship after breakfast as your adventure comes to an end. Transfer to the airport is included for flights departing today.
Meals Included
  • Breakfast

Meals

9 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 7 dinners

Transport

Expedition cruise ship, zodiac

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Important notes

BOOKING CONDITIONS
Arctic and Antarctic bookings have an increased deposit requirement of 20% of the full voyage cost (before any discount). The balance is due 120 days before departure.

If a booking is cancelled 120 days or more before departure - the cancellation fee is the full loss of the deposit paid.

If a booking is cancelled between 119 days and departure - the cancellation fee is 100% of the total price of the voyage.

Other fees may apply for air tickets and other arrangements booked in conjunction with a Polar voyage.

ADVENTURE ADD ON's
Kayaking is available to book on all Antarctic voyages. Some voyages also offer other activities such as camping and snowshoeing. All of these activities must be booked prior to departure and incur an additional cost. Spaces are limited so please enquire at time of booking. For kayaking, previous, recent experience is essential.

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