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Map of Antarctic Explorer: From Buenos Aires 11 days including Antarctica and Argentina

A polar adventure that begins and ends in the Argentinian capital

Discover the best of the Antarctic Peninsula on this 11-day expedition with included flights to and from Buenos Aires. Be delighted by wildlife like penguins, seals and whales as you explore the bays, channels and islands of the Great White Continent, with a team of scientists and experts on board your vessel to help you seek them out. By day, you’ll wonder at the iconic sights that make this one of the world’s most pristine, exotic and unforgettable natural environments. By night, you’ll relax on the ship equipped with health and wellness facilities like a spa. Antarctic adventure at it’s most intimate and accessible.

Buenos Aires, Argentina
Buenos Aires, Argentina
Antarctica, Argentina
Physical rating
Min 8
Group size
Min 1, Max 200

Why you'll love this trip

  • Explore areas known for their incredible wildlife like minke, humpback and orca whales or gentoo, Adelie and chinstrap penguins.

  • Travel with a team of polar experts. Not only do they help you spot wildlife and explain the incredible sights, they will also deliver a comprehensive onboard lecture program.

  • Discover the Great White Continent by Zodiac, on foot or even with optional adventure options like kayaking and cross-country skiing!

  • Begin and end in lively Buenos Aires with included charter flights to and from your embarkation point in Ushuaia.

  • Travel in comfort a vessel fitted with health and wellness facilities like a gym, a spa, an onboard clinic and a smoothie bar.

Is this trip right for you?

  • Some people may experience seasickness during the voyage. Please see the ‘Medical and Health Information’ section of the Essential Trip Information for details on how to prepare.

  • As you’d expect, temperatures in the Antarctic are freezing. A warm parka will be provided along with waterproof boots and unlimited hot drinks, but please see the 'Packing' section of the Essential Trip Information for further important details on what to bring.

  • While this trip is not physically demanding, you will need to be mobile enough to walk up and down stairs between decks, make wet and dry landings by Zodiac and walk over sometimes rough terrain. 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 to such a remote area.


Welcome to Buenos Aires! Make your way from the airport to the pre-voyage hotel. You will be provided with information regarding tomorrow’s embarkation on arrival at the hotel. If you arrive with time to spare in this lively city, don’t pass up the chance to try an iconic Argentinian steak and a glass of Malbec.
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Special Information
A transfer from a Buenos Aires airport to the hotel is not included, and neither are any meals before embarkation. Please make your own way to the joining hotel (details of which are in the Essential Trip Information).

If you arrive earlier or wish to extend your stay and need accommodation, please speak to your Peregrine representative.
In the morning take a private charter flight from Buenos Aires to Ushuaia, which should take around 3 hours. On arrival, explore the town briefly before heading to port. Embark in the afternoon and settle into your cabin. Cruise through the Beagle Channel, which transects the Tierra del Fuego archipelago. The channel is rich with birdlife, so keep an eye out for penguins, cormorants, petrels and black-browed albatross. Members of the expedition team will help you spot wildlife from the deck. Enjoy your first dinner on board and get to know your crew and fellow travellers.
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
Spend roughly two days crossing the infamous Drake Passage. This wide channel separates the bottom of South America from the tip of the Antarctic Peninsula, and was named after the English explorer, Sir Frances Drake. Your onboard lecture program will begin during this time, with presentations from polar experts to prepare you for the sights that await you in Antarctica.
Meals Included
  • Breakfast (2)
  • Lunch (2)
  • Dinner (2)
Spend the next four days exploring the Great White Continent. While every departure will be different, you can expect to make daily Zodiac and land excursions in search of wildlife and polar wonders. You might go ashore on Cuverville Island to see a gentoo penguin rookery, spot minke whales while cruising down the Lemaire Channel or strap on some show shoes for a hike across icy land. Nights on board will bring more fascinating presentations from your expert team. It is also possible to organise optional excursions at your own expense such as kayaking, mountaineering, cross-country skiing, camping and even a polar plunge for the brave!
Meals Included
  • Breakfast (4)
  • Lunch (4)
  • Dinner (4)
Special Information
The exact destinations you visit (and when you visit them) are dependant on factors such as weather conditions, sea ice and wildlife movement, but you can see a full list of potential landing sites at

If you would like to participate in optional activities such as kayaking, camping or cross-country skiing, you must organise this in advance. See the ‘Important Notes’ section for more detail on these options. As space is limited on optional activities, we recommend you secure your place at the time of booking. Speak to a Peregrine booking agent as soon as possible to do this.
Return to Argentina via the Drake Passage. This is another great opportunity to look out for wildlife from the deck with a hot drink in your hand. You will also be able to attend final presentations by onboard experts.
Meals Included
  • Breakfast (2)
  • Lunch (2)
  • Dinner (2)
This morning arrive in Ushuaia and disembark after breakfast. Take a very short excursion to Tierra del Fuego National Park, then transfer to the airport for your charter flight to Buenos Aires’ Ministro Pistarini International Airport (AKA Ezeiza). Your trip ends on arrival.
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Special Information
The flight is scheduled to land at approximately 5 pm, so we recommend that you book any onward flights from 8 pm or later.


10 breakfasts, 8 lunches, 9 dinners


Expedition cruise ship, Plane, Zodiac


Expedition Voyage (9 nights), Hotel (1 night)

Dates & availability - 2021 season

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Important notes

Arctic and Antarctic bookings have an increased deposit requirement of 20 per cent 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 per cent of the total price of the voyage.

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

Your voyage is operated by our partner, Quark Expeditions. All accommodation and transfer arrangements as listed in the itinerary are also operated by Quark Expeditions or their local representatives.

Strict luggage limits apply. Please see the 'Packing' section of the Essential Trip Information for details.

Kayaking is available to book on all Antarctic voyages. Some voyages also offer other activities such as those listed below. All of these activities must be booked prior to departure and incur an additional costs. Spaces are limited so please enquire at time of booking.

Taken in small groups of maximum 16 people, multiple times per voyage, kayaking adventures are only conducted during calm weather conditions. Kayaking in the polar waters is not suitable for novice kayakers. Beginners interested in kayaking should first take an introductory course prior to the voyage which includes how to do a wet exit. We recommend you take part in some kayaking practise prior to the voyage to ensure that you are comfortable on the water in the icy conditions.

To take part in mountaineering, you must have a good level of fitness as excursions can last up to 5 hours. A fitness waiver form must be completed before taking part.

Cross-country skiing is one of the most efficient ways to travel over ground that is covered in snow and ice, enabling you to travel in Antarctica the same way that pioneering explorers like Amundsen and Shackleton did. With journeys taking a few hours, it is imperative to be in good physical shape for this optional excursion. Ideally, you’ll have cross-country skiing experience to partake in this activity, however exceptions may be made for those deemed physically capable. Quark provides the essential gear.

Spend the night under the Antarctic sky on a unique camping adventure. The crew will determine the best location and conditions for your overnight adventure. Dress warmly and eat a hearty meal before you head out as no meals are permitted on shore.

Combining surfing with kayaking or canoeing, stand-up paddleboarding will give you a very personal and unique perspective on Antarctica. This activity is taken in small groups in good weather conditions on calm bays and harbours, with a Zodiac following for your safety.

Essential trip information

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