Best of Antarctica
Experience the pinnacle of expedition travel – Antarctica. It’s a place of extremes, where wildlife and landscapes unfold like nowhere else in the world. The extraordinary islands around the Antarctic peninsula provide a stunning reward for those who conquer the Drake passage. Be among orca and humpback whales, hear cracking glaciers pierce the Antarctic silence, and experience, with all the senses, scenes that seem windows to another world. Regular excursions by Zodiac, plus a state-of-the-art ship with health and wellness facilities, ensure this 11-day Antarctic voyage will be a talking point with friends and family for years to come.
• Accommodation - Hotel (1 night), Ocean Endeavour (9 nights)
• Meals - 10 breakfasts, 8 lunches, 9 dinners
• Transport - Expedition cruise ship (Ocean Endeavour), Zodiac
Was from $11,995* per person, twin share
Save up to $1,799* per person, twin share
Now from $10,196* per person, twin share
Upgrade to a Category 9 (Junior Suite) for only an extra $2,119*. Now from $12,315*
Qantas Frequent Flyer members can earn 1,000 points on eligible trips with a minimum trip value of $1000^ per person after any other discount is applied. T&C’s apply.
Room Type Price based on Category 5 (Twin Window) cabin
11 November 2021
Other departures available on 20 Nov 2021, 11 Dec 2021, 8 Jan 2022, 29 Jan 2022, 23 Feb 2022, seasonal surcharges may apply.
31 Mar 20,
unless sold out prior. Availability is limited.
Day 1: Ushuaia
Welcome to Ushuaia, Argentina, the world’s southernmost city. On arrival at the airport, meet your Peregrine representative who will transfer you to your hotel. Attend a briefing at 7:30 pm to run through the details of the following day’s embarkation. If you arrive early and have some time, feel free to explore Ushuaia as you please. This city, a major port for Antarctica-bound vessels, has quite the dramatic setting, overlooking the Beagle Channel and surrounded by mountains.
Day 2: Ushuaia – Embarkation Day
Embarking late afternoon, cruise down the gorgeous Beagle Channel. This channel transects the Tierra del Fuego archipelago in the extreme south of South America. Expect an air of excitement as you depart, and the last glimpse of land disappears into the distance. The next time you see land you will find yourself in the world’s southernmost continent.
Days 3-4: Drake Passage
The time has come to cross the Drake Passage, the legendary body of water named after the famous English explorer Sir Francis Drake. If the conditions are right, enjoy some time out on deck to spot dolphins, orcas or perhaps albatross. If the waters are a little rough, perhaps relax and partake in some of the superb onboard facilities of the Ocean Endeavour. As well as safety briefings, there will be briefings on what lies ahead. A comprehensive lecture program from onboard experts will run throughout the journey; this will explore the history, geology and biology of the Great White Continent. With any luck we will make it to land by early evening on day 4 – a moment that always brings much excitement.
Days 5-8: Antarctic Peninsula
As the Antarctic Convergence is left in your wake, the adventure really begins. Four incredible days of exploring the Antarctic Peninsula ensue. Feast your eyes on glaciers, mountains and an extraordinary array of wildlife, as the immensity and beauty of the regions really comes into view. Every day is a new adventure, and each day you will explore landings, bays and channels on excursions by Zodiac. There are a number of potential landing sites, and the crew will decide which are most appropriate based on conditions. A list of sites can be found at https://www.peregrineadventures.com/en-au/antarctica/landing-sites. While the landscapes themselves dazzle, it is all about the wildlife on these excursions as we encounter penguin rookeries, spot humpback and mink whales, look out for leopard seals. There will also be the chance to see and hear calving glaciers cracking through the Antarctic silence, and you can scramble up snowy tracks to behold 360-degree views.
Days 9-10: At Sea
Say goodbye to the Antarctic Peninsula as we set off for Ushuaia. Take the opportunity to share photographs with fellow travellers, scout for wildlife once again from on deck, enjoy final lectures from the onboard experts, and make use of the Ocean Endeavour’s health and wellness facilities.
Day 11: Ushuaia – Disembarkation Day
Farewell your shipmates as the adventure draws to a close back in Ushuaia.
*Conditions apply. Prices correct as at 9 January 2020 but may fluctuate if surcharges, fees, taxes or currency change. Offers subject to availability. Agents may charge service fees, rates vary. Payments by credit card will incur a surcharge. Airfare not included. All savings are included in the advertised price. Offers available on new bookings only made and deposited between 13 January and 31 March 2020, for travel from 13 January 2020 to 31 March 2022 on the Ocean Endeavour only. Discounts apply to voyage fare only and are not applicable on land tours, additional on-board activities, additional hotel accommodation or transfers, flights, travel insurance and does not apply to group bookings. Category 1, 2 and 3 cabins are not part of this discount and category 4 and 4 A are not discounted on departures from November 2021 to March 2022. Cabins are limited and offers may be withdrawn or amended at any time. A deposit of 20% of the full cost of the voyage (not the discounted cost) is required at time of booking with full payment due 120 days prior to departure. ^Qantas Frequent Flyer members can earn 1,000 Qantas Points on eligible Intrepid tours. An eligible tour is a tour that costs $1,000 or more per person after any other discount is applied. Members must add a valid Qantas Frequent Flyer number and surname to their booking before the trip departure. Qantas Points will be credited to the Qantas Frequent Flyer member’s account within 14 days of the trip departure date. Offers may be withdrawn without notice and are not combinable with any other offers unless stated. Please check all prices, availability and other information before booking. Peregrine Adventures and Helloworld Travel booking terms and conditions apply, see in store for details.