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Voyage across the Drake Passage to the wild Antarctic Peninsula

Discover the best of the Antarctic Peninsula in 12 days on this memorable polar expedition. Be delighted by penguins, seals and whales as they accompany you on your journey along the coastline. Learn a thing or two about Antarctic history and glaciology in a series of lectures presented by an expert onboard crew, and get up close and personal with the landscapes on multiple Zodiac cruises and shore excursions. Explore the wild sights and highlights that make this one of the world’s most pristine, unique and remote natural environments.

Ushuaia, Argentina
Ushuaia, Argentina
Antarctica, Argentina
Physical rating
Min 8
Group size
Min 1, Max 176

Why you'll love this trip

  • Follow in the path of historic explorers as you sail through the Beagle Channel and the Drake Passage, keeping an eye out for migrating seabirds and whale pods.

  • Observe abundant species of whales, seabirds and seals on regular Zodiac excursions along the Antarctic Peninsula and in the South Shetland Islands

  • Land onshore to visit rookeries teeming with chinstrap penguins and hike up mountains to enjoy panoramic views of the peninsula.

  • Enhance your Antarctic exploration with one or more optional activities such as sea kayaking or polar ice camping to take your adventure to the next level.

  • Learn more about the explorers past and the wildlife that call this region home in a series of presentations and lectures from leading historians, scientists and polar researchers.

Is this trip right for you?

  • Although our ice strengthened ships are big and sturdy, Antarctic waters can be unpredictable and rough. Some people may experience seasickness, especially through the Drake Passage and other open water crossings. Please be prepared with medications to combat this. There is also a doctor on board should you need further assistance.

  • As you’d expect, temperatures in the Antarctic are freezing. A warm parka will be provided along with waterproof boots, but you should also bring base layers and lots of warm clothing. Please see the 'Packing' section of the Essential Trip Information for further important details on what to bring.

  • Weather depending, you will be making regular excursions in a Zodiac boat to explore the local area and look for wildlife. It can get very cold and wet on the Zodiac, so make sure you are dressed appropriately and that you keep your camera safe and dry. Sturdy sea legs are needed as you make wet and dry landings from the boat, and on steep terrain, snow and other uneven surfaces. Some ships have a lot of stairs, so please hold on to the handrails if seas are rough.

  • 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. There are nearly 200 recognised sites in the Antarctic Peninsula and South Shetlands; the places mentioned in the itinerary may need to be changed to others (which are equally as interesting). We may also be confined to the ship during rough weather. The onboard library and educational lectures are ideal ways of keeping entertained.


World explorer boat on a tour in Polar region

World Explorer

Newly built in 2018 and designed specifically with polar cruising in mind, the beautiful World Explorer is one of our newest ships.


Welcome to Ushuaia, where your Antarctic adventure begins. Arrive at any time today and be transferred to your pre-expedition hotel. If you arrive early, there are plenty of things to see and do in the world’s southernmost city – you could explore the nearby Tierra del Fuego National Park or visit the Maritime Museum housed in an old prison. This evening, perhaps indulge in a traditional Argentinean barbecue at one of the many restaurants in town.
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Special Information
The arrival transfer from the airport is included in your voyage fare. Full details will be sent with your final joining instructions. If you arrive earlier or wish to extend your stay and need accommodation, please ask a Peregrine booking agent for further details.
The morning is free for you to continue to explore Ushuaia or perhaps purchase any last-minute supplies for your expedition. Embarkation will occur in the late afternoon, where you will meet your expedition crew and begin the voyage through the historic Beagle Channel, which transects the Tierra del Fuego archipelago. The channel takes its name from the HMS Beagle, which transported Charles Darwin through the region on his around-the-world voyage in 1833. Keep an eye out for various species of seabird from the deck, and enjoy a drink at the bar, getting to know your fellow adventurers.
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
Crossing the Drake Passage may be quite rocky at times, but you will have plenty to keep you occupied. Head out on deck to scour the skies for migrating seabirds and the waters for any sign of breaching whales or stay entertained with a series of lectures and presentations on Antarctic history, wildlife and geography. Whether it’s out on deck or from your cabin, the next sight of land will be deep in Antarctic waters.
Meals Included
  • Breakfast (2)
  • Lunch (2)
  • Dinner (2)
Over the next five days, join your expedition crew on a number of excursions to witness the extraordinary environments and unique wildlife that call this region home. You will take Zodiac trips from the ship to explore different bays, channels and landing sites each day. Visit penguin rookeries, scout for humpback and minke whales and search for southern seal species, including the cunning leopard seal. Hear the boom of a calving glacier in Neko Harbour as it cuts through the silence and visit a chinstrap penguin colony high up on a ridge at Orne Harbour. If you’re feeling extra adventurous, take the polar plunge and swim in the icy waters of the Antarctic. Factors such as weather and ice conditions dictate which landings can be made, but your expedition team will make sure that each day is unique and memorable.
Meals Included
  • Breakfast (5)
  • Lunch (5)
  • Dinner (5)
Special Information
The exact destinations you visit (and when you visit them) are dependent 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.
The journey back across the Drake Passage provides you with final opportunities to enjoy the crisp Antarctic air. Spend time on the deck scouting for seabirds and whales, enjoy onboard educational presentations by the expedition team or simply relax and reminisce about your experiences.
Meals Included
  • Breakfast (2)
  • Lunch (2)
  • Dinner (2)
Arrive into Ushuaia in the morning after breakfast, where your adventure comes to an end. After disembarkation, you'll be transferred to the airport for your flight onwards. Please do not book outbound flights before 12 pm today, to allow enough time for disembarkation and your airport transfer.
Meals Included
  • Breakfast


11 breakfasts, 9 lunches, 10 dinners


Expedition cruise ship, Zodiac


Expedition Voyage, Comfortable hotel

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Important notes

Arctic and Antarctic bookings have an increased deposit requirement of 20% 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% of the total price of the voyage.
Other fees may apply for air tickets and other arrangements booked in conjunction with a Polar voyage.

The following activities are available on some or all of the departures of this itinerary. These must be booked in advance, space is limited, and additional costs may apply.

KAYAKING – Taken in small groups of maximum 16 people, multiple times per voyage, kayaking adventures are only conducted during calm weather conditions. Kayaking is open to all levels of experience, however kayaking in the polar waters is not suitable for novices. Beginners interested in kayaking should first take an introductory course prior to the voyage which includes how to do 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 the icy conditions.

CAMPING – Spend the night under the Antarctic sky with a hardy group of your shipmates. 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 onshore. Numbers are limited, so you must book this experience early.

There are also some included optional activities offered on some or all departures of this itinerary.

SNOWSHOEING – This is a unique way to experience the beauty of the polar landscape and discover remote alcoves and hidden valleys. The rewards are well worth the effort, as you will be able to visit places that may be inaccessible with just hiking boots.

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

Essential trip information

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