WWF Journey to the Circle and Giants of Antarctica (Ocean Endeavour)

14 Days | Cross the Antarctic Circle on an expedition with leading scientists

4.8 out of 5 based on 5 reviews submitted.
Polar
Wildlife
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EUR €16,090
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Join special guests from the World Wildlife Fund – Australia (WWF-Australia) on a 14-day expedition to the Antarctic Peninsula and Circle. Search the icy waters and white shores for whales and other creatures by day, then relax and enjoy an illuminating lecture program by night aboard the well-appointed Ocean Endeavour. Joining your regular team of Antarctic experts will be WWF-Australia scientists, sharing their insights into whale conservation while they conduct cutting edge research on these underwater giants. And that’s just the icing on this Antarctic cake. This adventure offers you the chance to explore Antarctica’s barren beauty on foot and by Zodiac, to encounter penguin rookeries, sight leopard seals and marvel at towering glaciers.

Trip overview

Map of WWF Journey To The Circle And Giants Of Antarctica (Ocean Endeavour) including Antarctica and Argentina
Start
Ushuaia, Argentina
Finish
Ushuaia, Argentina
Theme
Polar, Wildlife
Destinations
Argentina, Antarctica
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Style
Comfort
Ages
Min 8
Group size
Min 1 - Max 200
Trip code
GQCWF
This trip generates 404.03 kg of CO2-e per person per day.
We offset these emissions on your behalf. But we know that is not enough, so we also have a carbon reduction target.

Why you'll love this trip
  • Be joined by a team of naturalists, marine biologists and WWF-Australia scientists and learn how they're conducting cutting-edge research into Antarctica’s great whales with onboard lectures and interactive experiences.
  • Take advantage of extra days at the Antarctic Peninsula on this extended expedition. That means more places, more landings and more time to see Antarctica’s incredible wildlife and landscapes.
  • Enjoy daily Zodiac excursions to iconic landing sites, abundant with birdlife and busy penguins, and witness icebergs in a thousand different shades of blue.
  • Experience almost endless daylight in high summer once you are inside the Antarctic Circle. Then, push further south than most Antarctic expeditions venture, exploring the remoteness of this less-visited part of the Antarctic Peninsula.
  • Customise your trip with a wide range of optional activities on top of regular Zodiac excursions. Explore the water by kayak, sign up for a photography masterclass, rejuvenate with onboard yoga and massages or take a refreshing polar plunge.
  • By travelling on this trip, you’ll directly support our Intrepid Foundation partner, WWF-Australia. Donations support their pioneering whale research and conservation efforts to establish marine protected areas around Antarctica.

Is this trip right for you?
  • The Ocean Endeavour is an ice-strengthened ship – large, sturdy and suited to the unpredictable Antarctic waters. Some people may experience seasickness in occasional rough seas however, we do have a doctor on board should you need assistance. Over-the-counter seasickness medication is usually an easy fix.  
  • Temperatures in the Antarctic can get very cold, but it also can get surprisingly warm when the sun comes out. We recommend dressing in layers when you journey outside. We’ll provide you with waterproof boots on loan that are sturdy and warm, as well as an inner jacket that is yours to keep. Please see the Essential Trip Information for notes on what to pack. 
  • Depending on the weather, you’ll be travelling around in a Zodiac boat quite regularly to explore the area and search for wildlife. It can get cold and wet on the Zodiac, so make sure you dress appropriately and keep your camera safe and dry. A fair level of mobility is needed for wet and dry landings from the boat, as well as on steep terrain, snow and other uneven surfaces. The Ocean Endeavour has a lift, but you’ll need to take the 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. A level of flexibility and openness to embracing the unexpected are important in expedition travel, especially in such a remote area like the Antarctic. There are nearly 200 recognised sites in the Antarctic Peninsula and South Shetlands and the places mentioned in the itinerary may need to be changed to other locations – which are just as interesting and beautiful! We may also be confined to the ship during rough weather, but there are plenty on onboard resources and activities. The ship’s library and educational lectures are ideal ways to stay entertained, while the wellness spa, saunas, gym and yoga classes will keep you fresh for when the weather clears. 

Boats

Ocean Endeavour
Ocean Endeavour
BOAT TYPE: Expedition PASSENGERS: 200
The Ocean Endeavour is a comfortable and spacious ship with a gym, library and wide range of cabin types.
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Itinerary

Map of WWF Journey To The Circle And Giants Of Antarctica (Ocean Endeavour) including Antarctica and Argentina

Inclusions

Meals

13 breakfasts, 11 lunches, 12 dinners

Transport

Expedition cruise ship, Zodiac

Accommodation

Comfortable Hotel (1 night), Expedition Cruise Ship (12 nights)

Activities
  • Welcome Briefing
  • Citizen Science Program
  • Onboard Lecture Program
  • Daily Briefings and Recap
  • Zodiac Excursion/Cruising
  • Guided walking Excursions
Add on activities
  • Onboard Gym and Sauna - Free
  • Photography Program - USD1299
  • Onboard Spa treatments (various prices apply) starting from - USD95
  • Yoga and Meditation Classes - Free
  • Kayaking Program - USD1299
  • Day Paddle - USD299
  • Polar Plunge - Free
  • Stand Up Paddleboarding - USD299

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Important notes

SPECIAL BOOKING CONDITIONS
You are required to pay a non-refundable deposit of AUD1500, USD1000, EUR900, NZD1600, GBP800, CAD1300, CHF900 or ZAR17,000 per person per trip for your booking to be confirmed. Full payment is required 95 days prior to departure.
Please refer to our “Booking and Conditions” section on our website including the special conditions that apply to Antarctica Voyages (Ocean Endeavour)

COVID 19 VACCINATION
COVID-19 vaccination is a pre-embarkation requirement for all guests, staff, and crew on all Ocean Endeavour voyages. We will request a copy of your COVID-19 vaccination status on Day 1

ADVENTURE OPTIONS
Approaching a looming glacier in a sea kayak, strapping on snowshoes to reach the best icy viewpoints, capturing the perfect photo of a seal hunting its prey or camping under an Antarctic perpetual twilight – these are just some of the ways you can enrich your exploration of the great White Continent with our additional activities. A range of Paid Adventure Options is available on the Ocean Endeavour, on selected voyages, subject to availability. Your booking agent can assist with availability and pricing.
• Kayaking or Photography Program - Voyage-duration program available on all voyages. Pre-book via your booking agent.
• Day Paddle - One-off excursion available on all voyages. Pre-book via your booking agent. Additional spaces may be available to book on board via the Expedition Team.
• Stand Up Paddleboarding - Book on board via the Expedition team, subject to weather and sea conditions.

Essential Trip Information

Want an in-depth insight into this trip? Essential Trip Information provides a detailed itinerary, visa info, how to get to your hotel, what's included - pretty much everything you need to know about this adventure and more.

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Reviews

4.8 out of 5 based on 5 reviews submitted.
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Geoff · Traveled February 2023
I think the answers I've given to the various questions say it all. I think the organization of the company has been pitch perfect and under the extraordinary leadership of Alex the entire Intrepid team have acquitted themselves with extraordinary professionalism dedication and good humor I would have absolutely no qualms in recommending Intrepid
Review submitted 27 Mar 2023

Susan · Traveled February 2023
Outstanding trip in every regard and this trip will change your life ! Antarctica is like no other place on earth and Intrepid has afforded us the trip of a lifetime thankyou
Review submitted 27 Mar 2023

Gary · Traveled February 2023
Every aspect on the Intrepid Antartica was First Class from start to finish. I loved every second. It has changed my life for the better.
Review submitted 27 Mar 2023

Michelle · Traveled February 2023
Awesome, epic, amazing... All adjectives that became overused because just when you think your experience can't be topped something else comes along and you are blown away again. The expedition team, crew , fellow travellers... All made for a trip that will be hard to be beaten and of which I will be speaking about for a long long time to come. If you want to be inspired and experience something completely different... This is the trip for you.
Review submitted 27 Mar 2023

catherine · Traveled February 2023
By far my top trip so far. this was my 7th continent and it did not disappoint. Everyone was so joyful and happy to be doing what they're doing. They were knowledgeable and the lectures really helped in my understanding of Antarctica. Sea kayaking is an absolute must as it affords such a unique experience to explore Antarctica and the waters.
Review submitted 17 Apr 2023
WWF Journey to the Circle and Giants of Antarctica (Ocean Endeavour)
From
EUR €16,090