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12 Day Antarctic Explorer (Ocean Endeavour) 23 Feb 2017

Intrepid Adventure Cruise starting in Buenos Aires and finishing in Buenos Aires

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Overview

Operator: Intrepid
Type: Adventure Cruise (Low Cost)
Style: Comfort
Duration: 12 Days
From: Buenos Aires to Buenos Aires
Tour Code: GQMKE
Reviews: Not Yet Reviewed
Visits: Antarctica, Argentina
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Day By Day

1

Buenos Aires

Bienvenidos! Welcome to Argentina. Begin your Antarctic Explorer adventure with an overnight stay in Buenos Aires. Explore this beautiful city before meeting your ship mates for a welcome meeting that evening. Visitors come to Argentina and fall in love with the leafy boulevards, hip galleries, elegant architecture and effortlessly smooth citizens of Buenos Aires. But it's important not to forget the other delights of Argentina - the Pampas that remain the realm of the gauchos, the icy wilds of Patagonia, thundering Iguazu Falls and the vineyards of Mendoza. Argentina's captivating cavalcade of natural environments is simply astounding. PLEASE NOTE: A transfer from Buenos Aires airport to the joining hotel is not included.
2

Buenos Aires to Ushuaia

After a charter flight to Ushuaia and a little free time to explore the town, you will join your ship and begin your trip by cruising through the beautiful Beagle Channel. Named for the British ship HMS Beagle, this channel is particularly rich with birdlife, and you may sight penguins, cormorants, petrels, and Black-browed Albatross. The channel transects the Tierra del Fuego archipelago in the extreme south of South America. Expect an air of excitement as you depart -- the next time you see land you’ll be in the world’s most southern continent!
3-4

Drake Passage

Prepare for rough seas, but don’t be disappointed if you experience smooth sailing across this legendary waterway. The 500-mile-wide passage separates the bottom of South America from the tip of the Antarctic Peninsula, and was named for famed English explorer (and sometime pirate) Sir Frances Drake. You’ll spend these first days getting to know your shipmates, while we’ll provide safety briefings and insights into what excitement lies ahead.
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Antarctic Peninsula

These days form the heart of your Antarctic adventure, and changing conditions mean each expedition is different. Your Expedition Team will make the most of whatever weather, ice or wildlife conditions present themselves to make sure you have an unforgettable visit.  

Possible Landings and Wildlife Sightings
  • CUVERVILLE ISLAND A gentoo penguin rookery is situated on the north end of the island on a rocky beach. Depending on the time of season you arrive, you may see them building nests or attending to their chicks. Giant petrels and kelp gulls breed on the island.
  • DAMOY POINT If you are lucky enough to mail a postcard in Antarctica, you’ll likely pass through Damoy Point, the northern entrance to the harbor on which Port Lockroy is located.
  • DANCO ISLAND This small island, one mile (1. 6 km) in length, is easy to explore and home to gentoo penguins. You can visit the marker of a former British Antarctic Survey hut and watch for a variety of seabirds such as snowy sheathbills, kelp gulls and blue-eyed shags.
  • ENTERPRISE ISLAND Located in Wilhelmina Bay, the island was used by whalers. A Zodiac cruise around the island passes a wrecked whaling ship.
  • LEMAIRE CHANNEL This strait runs between Booth Island and the Antarctic Peninsula; you’ll see that this is one of the most scenic locations on the western coast, especially during sunrise and sunset. The 6. 8 mile-long (11 km) Channel may become impassable when ice fills the narrow passageway, so we’ll hope for clear waters.
  • MELCHIOR ISLANDS A group of low islands in Dallmann Bay, on which you may see male fur seals haul-out at the end of the breeding season to recuperate from their battles for supremacy.
  • NEKO HARBOUR Little evidence remains that this bay was once used by the floating whale factory ship Neko. You might see some whale vertebrae used by resident gentoo penguins as shelter from the wind. There is an unmanned refuge hut here, erected by Argentina. Climb past the hut and up a steep slope for spectacular views of the glacier-rimmed harbour.
  • PETERMANN ISLAND Here, near the Lemaire Channel, you can stand ashore and see the southernmost breeding colony of gentoo penguins. The dome of the island rises 650 feet (200 meters) above the sea, offering a challenging hike for panoramic views. Adélie penguins, shags and south polar skuas also inhabit the island.
  • PORT LOCKROY A ‘fun’ destination of sorts, we always strive to journey to Port Lockroy if weather permits. The harbour is on the west side of Wiencke Island. A secret base was built on the harbour during the Second World War as part of Operation Tabarin. It is now designated as a historic site, where Port Lockroy is a museum and post office. Proceeds from your purchases here support the preservation of historic sites from the Heroic Age of Exploration.
  • WATERBOAT POINT Of historic interest, you may venture to this unique point, which at low tide is connected to the Antarctic mainland. Zodiacs are used to explore the area when the tide is in. Two scientists studying penguin behavior lived in a water boat on the Point from 1921-22. The remains of their camp have been designated an Antarctic historic site.
  • AITCHO ISLANDS This is a group of small islands, some still unnamed, situated in the northern entrance of English Strait. You can often spot a great mix of wildlife here, with gentoo and chinstrap penguins having established rookeries. Southern elephant and fur seals are frequently hauled-out here too.
  • BAILY HEAD Also known as Rancho Point, this area is a rocky headland on the southeastern shore of Deception Island. Chinstrap penguins build nests on slopes leading to a high ridge that dominates the natural amphitheater and provides a superb setting for landscape photography.
  • HALF MOON ISLAND This crescent-shaped island was known to sealers as early as 1821. Unlike sealers who liked to keep their best locations secret, we’re happy to bring you ashore on this impressive island. Many Antarctic birds breed here including chinstrap penguins, shags, Wilson’s storm-petrels, kelp gulls, snowy sheathbills, Antarctic terns and skua.
  • HANNAH POINT Macaroni, chinstrap and gentoo penguin rookeries are located on the point, which is on the south coast of Livingston Island. Due to the rather congested area available to the nesting penguins, you can only visit here from January 10 onwards.
  • PENDULUM COVE Hot geothermal waters are found along the shoreline of this cove, named for observations made in 1829 by a British expedition. You may see yellow algae and boiled krill floating on the surface because of the scalding hot water!
  • PENGUIN ISLAND Antarctica has two flowering plants, both of which you can find on Penguin Island: Deschampsia antarctica and Colobanthus quitensis. Chinstrap penguins, fur seals and southern elephant seals use the island for breeding purposes.
  • ROBERT POINT A nice spot for Zodiac cruising, this point was known to sealers as early as 1820. Chinstrap penguins, kelp gulls and pintado breed here, and whales may be seen in the surrounding waters.
  • TELEFON BAY Your Expedition Team will be happy to point out that it is here where the most recent evidence of volcanic eruption on Deception Island can be seen.
  • TURRET POINT Chinstrap and Adélie penguin rookeries are found on this point, situated on the south coast of King George Island. The beaches here are often crowded with southern elephant, fur, and Weddell seals hauled-out on the rocks.
  • WHALER’S BAY To reach Whaler’s Bay it is necessary to sail through a narrow passage called Neptune’s Bellows. The bay was used by whalers from 1906 to 1931 and is part of a protected harbour created by a circular flooded caldera, known as Deception Island. Along with waddling penguins and lounging seals, you’ll see rusting remains of whaling operations on the beach. Watch for steam that may rise from geothermally heated water springs along the shoreline.
  • YANKEE HARBOUR Gentoo penguins have established a rookery on this harbour, situated on the southwest side of Greenwich Island. Here you can see an abandoned Argentine refuge hut and a large glacier that stretches along the east and north sides of the bay. An abandoned sealing try pot is all that remains of the activity that brought men thousands of miles in tall ships to seek their fortune.
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Drake Passage

The journey back across the Drake Passage gives you some final opportunities to enjoy the crisp Antarctic air.
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Ushuaia to Buenos Aires

After a shipboard breakfast and short excursion to Tierra del Fuego National Park, we’ll transfer you to the airport for your flight back to Buenos Aires (EZE) airport.

Trip Inclusions

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

Accommodation

  • Cruise ship (10 nights)
  • Hotel (1 night)

Meals

  • 11 Breakfasts included
  • 9 Lunches included
  • 10 Dinners included

Trip Notes

Trip Notes outline what's included, visa information, important notes, how to get to your hotel, packing checklist, optional activities, travel insurance requirements - pretty much everything you need to know about this adventure and more. Please take time to have a read through, and contact us if you have any questions.
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Operator Details

Region: Antarctica
Style: Comfort
Accommodation: Mixed
Location: Various
Guided: Trip Leader
Transport: Various
Age Range: Open (min 15 years)
Flights: Not Included
Airport Transfers: Not Included
Gratuities: Customary on Tour
Max Group Size: 16 (Avg. 10)
Free WiFi: No
* Source: Intrepid for trips in Antarctica. Some variances may occur on individual tours and information is provided as a guide only. Refer to Trip Inclusions section for more details.
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