Days
11
Price from
£4,550GBP
Map of Discover Antarctica 11 days from Ushuaia including Antarctica and Argentina

Discover the phenomenal wildlife and landscapes of the Antarctic Peninsula

Follow in the footsteps of the great explorers and experience the best of the Antarctic Peninsula, the northernmost region of the white continent. Throughout the course of ten memorable days, be graced by the presence of penguins, seals and whales as they accompany you on your journey along the Antarctic coastline. Landing on the continent is in itself a memorable highlight, and the excitement only escalates from there, as one of the world’s most pristine and exotic natural environments reveals itself in one enchanting icy scene after the next.

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Terms & Conditions

Start
Ushuaia, Argentina
Finish
Ushuaia, Argentina
Destinations
Antarctica, Argentina
Style
Peregrine
Theme
Polar
Code
PPCDA
Physical rating
Ages
Min 12
Group size
Min 1, Max 198

Why you'll love this trip

  • The wildlife is remarkably abundant in this extreme environment. Scan the seas for seals; look out for minke, humpback and orca whales; spot rare birds on the Beagle Channel; and witness gentoo, Adelie and chinstrap penguins on daily boat trips

  • The spectacular terrain of Antarctica is like nowhere else on earth. Set foot on the unique plains, mountains and beaches of the white continent and watch icebergs calve into the sea

  • A polar plunge in Antarctic waters is like nothing else. This is sure to be one of the most invigorating swims you will ever take

  • Additional optional excursions allow you to see this continent from many perspectives. Explore by sea kayak, or take to the snow in snowshoes for an extended hike over the icy terrain (be sure to book early)

Is this trip right for you?

  • Although our ice-strengthened ships are large and sturdy, Antarctic waters can be unpredictable and rough. Some people may experience seasickness, especially on the Drake Passage and other open water crossings. Be sure to prepare with appropriate medication; there is also a doctor on board for any further assistance needed.

  • Lots of warm clothing, base layers, and a waterproof parka are all absolutely essential. Read the Essential Trip Information for further information on what to bring.

  • Depending on the weather, there will be regular excursions in a Zodiac boat for exploring and wildlife-viewing. It can get very cold and wet on the Zodiac, so make sure you are dressed appropriately and take care to keep your camera safe and dry. Sturdy sea legs are required for wet and dry landings from the boat, as well as on steep terrain, snow and other uneven surfaces. Some ships have a lot of stairs, and the handrails will come in handy when the 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 interesting). We may also be confined to the ship during rough weather. The onboard library and educational lectures are ideal ways for keeping entertained.

Boats

Ocean Atlantic

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

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Itinerary

Welcome to Ushuaia. The day is yours to explore the city. There will be information and welcome meeting at your hotel at 7.30 this evening so please ensure you are there in time to attend.
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Special Information
On arrival, please make your way through to the Arrivals Hall where our representative will be waiting for you to transfer you to your hotel. He/she will be holding a sign with your name on it. Should you not be able to locate them, please refer to the front of your itinerary for emergency contact details of our representative office.
This afternoon you will transferred to the port to board the Ocean Atlantic. After meeting our fellow passengers and finding our way around our new home we set sail through the famed beagle channel. Passing incredible scenery we glimpse our last sight of land as we head due south towards Antarctica.
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
We spend the day at sea, through the legendary waters of the Drake passage that is named after famous English seafarer, Sir Frances Drake. If conditions allow, enjoy the ample outer deck space to look for dolphins, whales and orcas as well as seabirds including the mighty Albatross following the ship. A comprehensive optional lecture program will also get under way, with some fascinating insights into Antarctic history, geology, biology and everything in between.
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Today we continue crossing the Drake passage and hope to make landfall by early evening if conditions are favourable. The first sighting of land always brings great excitement on any expedition south.
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
For the next four days we explore the Antarctic Peninsula, which is famed for its majestic mountains, glaciers, calm waters and abundance of wildlife. Our lecture program continues during our voyage, and sightseeing during this period is at its most spectacular off the ship’s outer decks. We hope to visit an active research station during our time on the peninsula (subject to approval) as well as explore well known sites such as the Lemaire Channel, Deception Island, Paradise bay and Neko Harbour. While on the peninsula we have our famous Antarctica quiz as well as a host of interesting night time activities.
Meals Included
  • Breakfast (4)
  • Lunch (4)
  • Dinner (4)
Leaving Antarctica behind we sail north to our home port of Ushuaia. We have time to reflect on our amazing journey and hear more wonderful talks on Antarctica.
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
By the evening we hope to be back in the tranquil surrounds of the Beagle, ensuring a restful nights sleep. Our last meal together is often a highlight, so live it up and enjoy as you celebrate the trip with fellow travellers.
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
After breakfast we disembark the ship. We wave goodbye to our new friends and continue on our journey or home. Transfer to the airport is included.
Meals Included
  • Breakfast

Meals

10 breakfasts, 8 lunches, 9 dinners

Transport

Expedition cruise ship, Zodiac

Accommodation

Expedition cruise ship 9 nights

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Important notes

BOOKING CONDITIONS
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.

ADVENTURE OPTIONS
Kayaking is available to book on all Antarctic voyages. Snow Shoeing is also an option on this voyage. Both 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.

This voyage is operated in conjunction with our partner company, Chimu Travel.

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.