Antarctica Classic

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Experience the incredible wildlife, stunning mountain scenery and gigantic icebergs in 10 action-packed days.

Onboard our strong, ice-classed expedition vessels, we are sure to get close to the dramatic coastlines. Zodiac cruising and shore landings are an important and considerable part of the planned itinerary, enabling all expedition guests to set foot several times on the Antarctic continent, as well as the many surrounding sub-antarctic islands.

  • Zodiac landings at penguin rookeries
  • Visit research stations and fascinating lookouts along the way
  • Pass the famous Gerlache Strait, where 3000-ft ice cliffs rise straight out of the still water

Map/Itinerary

Day 1Arrival in Ushuaia

Arrive in Ushuaia, Argentina – the world’s southernmost town. Explore the quaint city or local countryside. Alternatively, consider a day trip off the beaten path to the raw, natural archipelago of Tierra del Fuego. It’s a hiker’s paradise with rugged snow-capped mountains, glaciers, flower-filled meadows and boggy quagmires. In the afternoon, we board our ship.

Our journey begins as we navigate through the calms of Beagle Channel, a strait in the Tierra del Fuego Archipelago.

Day 2-3At Sea

Sailing onward, we cross the famed Drake Passage – a body of water that marks the intersection of the cold Antarctic with the warmer Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. Drake Passage is known for rollicking conditions and strong westerly winds, called the Roaring Fifties. While this passage may be challenging, you can rest confidently aboard our expedition vessel, which is purpose-built with stabilizers, powerful engines and a highly-qualified crew. The most spirited sailors consider Drake Passage a lifetime achievement, and you will complete the crossing twice!

In the Drake, the excitement builds as Antarctic wildlife comes into view. Weather permitting, we will catch our first sight of seals and penguins! The area is also well known for its abundance of birds.

Day 4-5South Shetland Islands

Over the next two days, we will begin the exciting Antarctic experience our ancestors only dreamed of. During these days we will explore the sub-Antarctic islands of the South Shetland chain and be marveled by the captivating landscapes we will encounter along the way.
Weather permitting, our projected landfalls include: King George Island; Deception Island, an extinct volcano with waters warm enough for a polar swim; and Half Moon Island with nesting Wilson’s storm petrels and chinstrap penguins.

The itinerary and activities over the next few days depend on weather and ice conditions. The route and shore landings will be determined by the captain and expedition leader and communicated to guests through regularly scheduled briefings.

Day 6-7Antarctic Peninsula

As the white shimmer of Antarctica looms on our horizon, the presence of wildlife multiples by tens of thousands with many species of lively penguins, inquisitive seals, nesting birds and the spray of marine mammals. 

Wildlife abounds along our projected route along the Antarctic Peninsula: leopard, fur and Weddell seals of Cuverville Island; humpback whales of Gerlache Strait; Paradise Bay; the dramatic Lemaire Channel’s orcas and much more.

The itinerary and activities over the next few days depend on weather and ice conditions. The route and shore landings will be determined by the captain and expedition leader and communicated to guests through regularly scheduled briefings.

Please note that all the outings and landings rely on weather, sea and ice conditions being favorable both for the ship to access the areas, as for the zodiacs and kayaks to maneuver under adequate conditions, ensuring the safety of all our passengers and staff. 

For this reason, during moments of harsh weather and throughout the entire trip, our ships offer excellent public areas such as wellness/sauna, restaurant, bar and a library for our passengers to spend their spare time. Our ships are staffed by experts in the field who will also share great lectures along the way, ranging from exploration history to biology, geology, ice and wildlife. 

Day 8-At Sea

We depart Antarctica and spend two days at sea on our way back to the calms of Beagle Channel and Ushuaia, Argentina. En-route, we will cross Drake Passage and cruise past Cape Horn, a legendary maritime landmark and the southern tip of South America.

During our time at sea, a variety of activities will be arranged on board which will provide the perfect opportunity to socialize with fellow travelers equally passionate for discovering the world, enjoy the lectures by our expedition on board, visit our shop or relax at leisure on our ship’s facilities, designed to provide a comfortable, relaxing time

Days 9-10 Drake Passage/Ushuaia

Begin the journey north to the home port of Ushuaia. Review the highlights of the Antarctic experience with the lecturers and staff. Keep sharp eyes on the observation deck for some last-minute whale sightings.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 11Ushuaia

Disembark the G Expedition after breakfast.

Meals included: Breakfast

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Antarctica Classic

Start : 4 Mar, 2023  End : 14 Mar, 2023
Departure : Ushuaia   Arrival : Ushuaia
11 Days
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$7,019
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$9,899 $7,019
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$10,999 $8,799
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$12,099 $9,679

Antarctica Classic

Start : 13 Mar, 2023  End : 23 Mar, 2023
Departure : Ushuaia   Arrival : Ushuaia
11 Days
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$7,199
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$8,999 $7,199
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$9,699 $7,759
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$10,799 $8,639

Antarctica Classic

Start : 22 Nov, 2023  End : 2 Dec, 2023
Departure : Ushuaia   Arrival : Ushuaia
11 Days
Category 1 Quad
  $7,599
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  $8,499
Category 2
  $9,899
Category 3
  $10,399
Category 4
  $11,799
Category 5
  $13,199

Antarctica Classic

Start : 12 Dec, 2023  End : 22 Dec, 2023
Departure : Ushuaia   Arrival : Ushuaia
11 Days
Category 1 Quad
  $7,799
Category 1
  $8,799
Category 2
  $10,199
Category 3
  $10,799
Category 4
  $12,199
Category 5
  $13,599

Antarctica Classic

Start : 2 Jan, 2024  End : 12 Jan, 2024
Departure : Ushuaia   Arrival : Ushuaia
11 Days
Category 1 Quad
  $8,599
Category 1
  $9,999
Category 2
  $11,399
Category 3
  $12,299
Category 4
  $13,699
Category 5
  $14,899

Antarctica Classic

Start : 30 Jan, 2024  End : 9 Feb, 2024
Departure : Ushuaia   Arrival : Ushuaia
11 Days
Category 1 Quad
  $8,399
Category 1
  $9,199
Category 2
  $10,999
Category 3
  $11,799
Category 4
  $12,999
Category 5
  $14,199

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Inclusions/Exclusions

This expedition includes:

  • 9 nts aboard the G Expedition. 1 nt hotel in Ushuaia, on a twin share basis. Arrival and departure transfers. Zodiac excursions with our expert expedition team. Lectures and educational programs. Waterproof boots supplied for USA sizes 4 – 16. Expedition parka.
  • 10 breakfasts, 8 lunches, 9 dinners
  • Allow USD25-35 for meals not included. Drinks and tips on board not included.

Group Leader

  • One expedition team member per 10 guests.

Group Leader Details

  • A carefully chosen team will lead our voyage. Our expedition ships boast an international team of professional naturalists and lecturers. Their goal is to provide an informed and balanced interpretation of the destination, accomplished through stimulating lectures, day-to-day briefings, and informal discussions. Your lecturers and Expedition Leader will cover all aspects of the voyage including ornithology, marine biology, geography, geology, history and the environment, as well as practical things like photography. The expedition staff work conscientiously with you on deck and in the field, improving your observational skills to allow you to experience all that the destination has to offer. Their strong sense of ethics and ecological knowledge make for stimulating and mindful conversation whether onshore or at the dinner table. The Expedition Staff will pilot the Zodiac landing craft used for shore landings and Zodiac cruises; they are experienced drivers who operate the Zodiacs in a responsible manner.

Transport

  • G Expedition, Zodiac, private bus, walking.

This expedition excludes:

  • Extra excursions and activities not mentioned in the itinerary

  • Single room supplement and stateroom upgrades

  • Meals not on board the ship

  • Beverages (other than coffee and tea)

  • Tips for the crew (we recommend USD 14 per person per day)

  • Personal expenses

  • Transfers to/from the ship

  • Anything not mentioned under ’Inclusions’

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