Antarctic Whale Journey
From $8,990 USD (price varies according to cabin type)
|Departing||Feb 7, 2022|
$1,000 USD per person non-refundable deposit to secure your spot. Final payment is due 95 days to departure.
Immerse yourself in the raw beauty of the Great White Continent.
Welcome to the pinnacle of expedition travel – Antarctica. It’s a place of extremes, where the wildlife and landscape paint a picture like nowhere else in the world. The extraordinary islands around the Antarctic Peninsula are a stunning reward for those who conquer the infamous Drake Passage – which is all of you – and amid the Antarctic’s barren beauty you may well encounter orcas, humpback whales, seals and penguins. Explore the ice-filled waters by Zodiac then set foot on the rock and ice that makes up this mysterious continent, and spend your evenings enjoying the state-of-the-art ship and its health and wellness facilities. You’ll be talking about this journey for years to come.
Why do Antarctica with Wanderful?
Wanderful (sheswanderful.com) helps connect and support women travelers through an online community, local chapters in 50+ cities, global events and festivals, and an international home sharing network. As an inclusive and vibrant network, you'll find no better group for this life-changing trip. AND -- for the first time ever -- this trip is open to partners, families, and all genders so you can bring your favorite people along with you!
Experience this amazing continent with 99 other travel-loving women and allies to build lifelong friendships.
Special activities and goodies for every Wanderful traveler onboard that you won't find anywhere else.
Every Wanderful Antarctica traveler gets one year of free membership to our global community and an exclusive sub-group to stay connected with your Antarctica pals.
How to book
Book directly with Intrepid Travel via phone call, live chat or email and mention Wanderful at the time of booking.
Welcome to Ushuaia, gateway to the Antarctic. Take your included transfer from the airport to your hotel. Tonight, you’ll meet your fellow travellers and a crew member during a welcome meeting at the hotel. If you have some time to spare before the meeting, maybe head downtown to do some shopping or taste some classic Argentinean flavours at a local restaurant.
There are no meals included on this day.
It’s very important that you attend the welcome meeting as we will be collecting insurance details and next of kin information at this time. If you are going to be late please let your travel agent or hotel reception know. Ask reception or look for a note in the lobby for more information on exactly what time the meeting will take place.
An arrival transfer from the airport on Day 1 is included in your voyage fare. Please speak to an Intrepid booking agent to organise this.
This afternoon, transfer to Ushuaia’s port to board the Ocean Endeavour, your home on the sea during your Antarctic adventure. After meeting your fellow passengers and settling into your cabin, set sail through the historic Beagle Channel towards Antarctica. Soak up the incredible views as we glimpse our last sight of non-polar land, then head inside to join the excited chatter about what’s to come.
Spend two days travelling across the legendary waters of the Drake Passage, named after the famous English seafarer, Sir Frances Drake. If conditions allow there’ll be a chance to enjoy the outer deck space and scout for dolphins, whales and the odd albatross passing by. A comprehensive optional lecture program will also get underway, with polar experts sharing some fascinating insights into Antarctic history, geology, biology and everything in between. If the weather gods are on our side, we should reach the Islands of the Antarctic Peninsula by early evening on Day 4 – the first sighting of land always brings great excitement on any expedition south.
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The Antarctic Peninsula is known for a high number of wildlife sightings in front of stunning backdrops of mountains, ice and water, which combine to provide incredible scenes as we look search for whales migrating along the coast. The peak of the migration season (February and March) is the best opportunity to see these majestic ocean dwellers, and the most common species found in the region are humpback, minke and fin whales, as well as orcas (technically a type of dolphin). Sightings can happen from the deck of the ship or during a Zodiac excursion.
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- Lunch (4)
- Dinner (4)
Potential excursions and landing sites are determined by weather and ice conditions and cannot be guaranteed in advance. For a list of possible landing sites in Antarctica, go to intrepidtravel.com/antarctica-landing-sites.
Kayaking, snowshoeing and other optional extra excursions must be booked in advance. Additional costs apply and space is limited. Please speak to an Intrepid booking agent for more information.
Beginners interested in kayaking should take an introductory course prior to the voyage, including how to complete a wet exit. Regardless of your experience, we recommend you take part in some kayaking practice prior to the voyage to ensure that you are comfortable on the water in icy conditions. Kayaking adventures are only conducted during calm weather.
Leaving Antarctica, cruise north to Ushuaia. This is your time to reflect on the amazing journey, and we’re scheduled to reach the relatively calm waters of the Beagle Channel by the evening of Day 9. The last meal together is often a highlight, so live it up and enjoy as you celebrate the trip with your fellow travellers.
- 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.
A departure transfer to the airport is included in your voyage fare if you are flying out today. Please speak to an Intrepid booking agent to organise this.
If you are flying out today, please do not book your flight to depart Ushuaia before midday in case of any delays caused by unfavourable weather conditions.
10 breakfasts, 8 lunches, 9 dinners
Expedition Cruise Ship, Zodiac
Antarctic bookings have a deposit requirement of $1,000 USD, which is non-refundable. Final payment is due 95 days before departure.
If a booking is cancelled 95 days or more before departure - the cancellation fee is the full loss of the deposit paid.
If a booking is cancelled between 95 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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