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Map of Antarctic Explorer from Ushuaia 10 day including Antarctica and Argentina

A polar expedition that begins and ends in Ushuaia

Take a ten-day voyage of discovery to the Great White Continent. Travel on a comfortable expedition vessel with an expert crew and experienced polar scientists to guarantee you have the most in-depth and exciting journey possible. With the crew constantly monitoring conditions and wildlife-spotting opportunities, every expedition delivers one-of-a-kind experiences. Discover penguin rookeries that number in the thousands, cruise beneath icebergs in a Zodiac and hike rocky shores to long-abandoned whaling posts. This is an Antarctic adventure that will stay with you forever.

Ushuaia, Argentina
Ushuaia, Argentina
Antarctica, Argentina
Physical rating
Min 8
Group size
Min 1, Max 199

Why you'll love this trip

  • Travel with a team of polar experts for the best chances of spotting wildlife on land and in the water and learn about how to conserve their habitats.

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

  • Explore in comfort on a vessel fitted with health and wellness facilities like a gym, a spa, an onboard clinic and fantastic bar and dining services.

  • Travel for good on a carbon-neutral voyage that only serves sustainable seafood, reduces single-use plastics and minimises environmental impact wherever possible.

  • Head to the Antarctic Peninsula Peninsula and the South Shetland Islands, both areas that are known for their diverse wildlife and dramatic landscapes.

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.


Ocean Endeavour

On this itinerary, you'll be travelling aboard the Ocean Endeavour.


Welcome to Ushuaia! Make your own way to port for a 3 pm embarkation time. There’s no time to waste as we set sail along the Beagle Channel, where you can get your first taste of the wonders to come. Members of the expedition team will help you spot wildlife like penguins, sea lions 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
  • Dinner
Special Information
Please note, no arrival transfer or hotel accommodation is included in this voyage fare. You must make your own way to port. You can find the 'Joining Point' details in the Essential Trip Information. We recommend checking this a few days before you travel to make sure you have the most up-to-date information.
Spend roughly two days crossing the infamous Drake Passage, named after the English explorer, Sir Frances Drake, even though the first successful crossing was achieved by the Dutch navigator Willem Schouten. Get prepared for your time in Antarctica with the first of your onboard lectures, presented by the scientists who are accompanying your tour.
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 twice-daily excursions in search of wildlife and polar wonders. One day might see you cruising around icebergs on a Zodiac, the next you might find yourself hiking to an Adelie penguin rookery. Maybe you’ll see the wreckage of a whaling ship off Enterprise Island, or see the hut that sheltered a Swedish expedition crew over 100 years ago in Hope Bay. In the evenings you can enjoy talks and presentations from the expert team for more detailed insight into this incredible environment and its inhabitants. 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!
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 speak to a Peregrine booking agent at the time of booking to secure your place.
Return to Ushuaia across the Drake Passage. Get your last wildlife-spotting done from the deck and enjoy the final presentations from the team. This is a good chance to start editing your photos and jotting last thoughts down in your diary before you hit land again.
Meals Included
  • Breakfast (2)
  • Lunch (2)
  • Dinner (2)
Arrive in Ushuaia and disembark after breakfast.
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Special Information
No transfers are included at the end of your voyage. Your trip ends on disembarkation in Ushuaia.


9 breakfasts, 8 lunches, 9 dinners


Expedition cruise ship, Zodiac


Expedition Voyage (9 nights)

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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 cost. Spaces are limited so please enquire at time of booking.

Taken in small groups of a maximum of 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 practice 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 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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