Antarctica Discovery

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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

Day 10Disembarkation

This morning, we arrive back in Ushuaia for the conclusion of our tour, where you can continue your adventures or begin your return home. 

 

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Antarctica Discovery

Start : 7 Dec, 2023  End : 17 Dec, 2023
Departure : Ushuaia   Arrival : Ushuaia
11 Days
Quadruple Porthole
  $7,900
Triple Porthole
  $8,950
Twin Porthole
  $9,700
Twin Window
  $10,100
Twin Deluxe
  $10,750
Superior
  $11,550
Junior Suite
  $12,400
Grand suitre Priv balcony
  $13,900

Antarctica Discovery

Start : 4 Jan, 2024  End : 14 Jan, 2024
Departure : Ushuaia   Arrival : Ushuaia
11 Days
Quadruple Porthole
  $8,650
Triple Porthole
  $9,700
Twin Porthole
  $10,700
Twin Window
  $11,150
Twin Deluxe
  $11,800
Superior
  $12,650
Junior Suite
  $13,450
Grand suitre Priv balcony
  $15,400

Antarctica Discovery

Start : 14 Jan, 2024  End : 24 Jan, 2024
Departure : Ushuaia   Arrival : Ushuaia
11 Days
Quadruple Porthole
  $8,650
Triple Porthole
  $9,700
Twin Porthole
  $10,700
Twin Window
  $11,150
Twin Deluxe
  $11,800
Superior
  $12,650
Junior Suite
  $13,450
Grand suitre Priv balcony
  $15,400

Antarctica Discovery

Start : 22 Jan, 2024  End : 1 Feb, 2024
Departure : Ushuaia   Arrival : Ushuaia
11 Days
Quadruple Porthole
  $8,650
Triple Porthole
  $9,700
Twin Porthole
  $10,700
Twin Window
  $11,150
Twin Deluxe
  $11,800
Superior
  $12,650
Junior Suite
  $13,450
Grand suitre Priv balcony
  $15,400

Antarctica Discovery

Start : 24 Jan, 2024  End : 3 Feb, 2024
Departure : Ushuaia   Arrival : Ushuaia
11 Days
Quadruple Porthole
  $8,650
Triple Porthole
  $9,700
Twin Porthole
  $10,700
Twin Window
  $11,150
Twin Deluxe
  $11,800
Superior
  $12,650
Junior Suite
  $13,450
Grand suitre Priv balcony
  $15,400

Antarctica Discovery

Start : 3 Feb, 2024  End : 13 Feb, 2024
Departure : Ushuaia   Arrival : Ushuaia
11 Days
Quadruple Porthole
  $8,650
Triple Porthole
  $9,700
Twin Porthole
  $10,700
Twin Window
  $11,150
Twin Deluxe
  $11,800
Superior
  $12,650
Junior Suite
  $13,450
Grand suitre Priv balcony
  $15,400

Antarctica Discovery

Start : 3 Feb, 2024  End : 13 Feb, 2024
Departure : Ushuaia   Arrival : Ushuaia
11 Days
Quadruple Porthole
  $8,650
Triple Porthole
  $10,700
Twin Porthole
  $10,700
Twin Window
  $11,150
Twin Deluxe
  $11,800
Superior
  $12,650

Antarctica Discovery

Start : 11 Mar, 2024  End : 20 Mar, 2024
Departure : Ushuaia   Arrival : Ushuaia
10 Days
Quadruple Porthole
  $6,300
Triple Porthole
  $7,150
Twin Porthole
  $7,800
Twin Window
  $8,000
Twin Deluxe
  $8,650
Superior
  $9,250
Junior Suite
  $9,700
Grand suitre Priv balcony
  $11,200

Antarctica Discovery

Start : 20 Mar, 2024  End : 29 Mar, 2024
Departure : Ushuaia   Arrival : Ushuaia
10 Days
Quadruple Porthole
  $6,300
Triple Porthole
  $7,150
Twin Porthole
  $7,800
Twin Window
  $8,000
Twin Deluxe
  $8,650
Superior
  $9,250
Junior Suite
  $9,700
Grand suitre Priv balcony
  $11,200

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Inclusions/Exclusions

This expedition includes:

    • Voyage aboard the indicated vessel as indicated in the itinerary
    • All meals throughout the voyage aboard the ship including snacks, coffee and tea.
    • All shore excursions and activities throughout the voyage by Zodiac.
    • Program of lectures by noted naturalists and leadership by experienced expedition staff.
    • Free use of rubber boots and snowshoes.
    • Luggage transfer from pick-up point to the vessel on the day of embarkation, in Ushuaia.
    • Pre-scheduled group transfer from the vessel to the airport in Ushuaia (directly after disembarkation).
    • All miscellaneous service taxes and port charges throughout the programme.
    • Comprehensive pre-departure material.

This expedition excludes:

  • Any airfare, whether on scheduled or charter flights
  • Pre- and post- land arrangements.
  • Passport and visa expenses.
  • Government arrival and departure taxes.
  • Meals ashore.
  • Baggage, cancellation and personal insurance (which is strongly recommended).
  • Excess baggage charges and all items of a personal nature such as laundry, bar, beverage charges and telecommunication charges.
  • The customary gratuity at the end of the voyages for stewards and other service personnel aboard (guidelines will be provided).

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