Classic Antarctica

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Visit the last pristine region of the world. Our Classic voyage is the ultimate introduction to the White Continent.

Map/Itinerary

Day 1Depart from Ushuaia

Embark the USHUAIA in the afternoon and meet your expedition and lecture staff. After you have settled into your cabins we sail along the famous Beagle Channel and the scenic Mackinlay Pass.

Day 2-3Crossing the Drake Passage

Named after the renowned explorer, Sir Francis Drake, who sailed these waters in 1578, the Drake Passage also marks the Antarctic Convergence, a biological barrier where cold polar water sinks beneath the warmer northern waters. This creates a great upwelling of nutrients, which sustains the biodiversity of this region. The Drake Passage also marks the northern limit of many Antarctic seabirds.

As we sail across the passage, Antarpply Expeditions’ lecturers will be out with you on deck to help in the identification of an amazing variety of seabirds, including many albatrosses, which follow in our wake. The USHUAIA’s open bridge policy allows you to join our officers on the bridge and learn about navigation, watch for whales, and enjoy the view. A full program of lectures will be offered as well.

The first sightings of icebergs and snow-capped mountains indicate that we have reached the South Shetland Islands, a group of twenty islands and islets first sighted in February 1819 by Capt. William Smith of the brig Williams. With favorable conditions in the Drake Passage our lecturers and naturalists will accompany you ashore as you experience your first encounter with the penguins and seals on Day 3.

Day 4-7Exploring the Antarctic Peninsula and the South Shetland Islands

The South Shetland Islands are a haven for wildlife. Vast penguin rookeries, beaches ruled by Antarctic fur seals and Southern elephant seals make every day spent in this amazing island group unforgettable. Sailing through the narrow passage into the flooded caldera of Deception Island is breathtaking.

King George Island, the largest of the South Shetland Islands, features colonies of nesting Gentoo and Chinstrap Penguins, Kelp Gulls, Blue-eyed Cormorants, Antarctic Terns and Southern Giant Petrels and is home to scientific bases of many different countries. Chinstrap and Gentoo Penguins as well as elephant seals await you at Livingston Island.

The Antarctic Peninsula’s remarkable history will provide you with a type of excitement often only associated with the early explorers. You will have plenty of time to explore its amazing scenery, a pristine wilderness of snow, ice, mountains and waterways, and an incredible wide variety of wildlife. Apart from penguins and seabirds you are very likely to see Weddell, crabeater and leopard seals as well as Minke, killer (orca) and humpback whales at close range.

We hope to navigate some of the most beautiful waterways (depending on the ice conditions): the Gerlache Strait, the Neumayer Channel, and the Lemaire Channel, the latter are narrow passages between towering rock faces and spectacular glaciers. We plan to make at least two landings per day and possible landing sites may include: 

Paradise Bay is perhaps the most aptly named place in the world and we attempt a landing on the continent proper. After negotiating the iceberg-strewn waters of the Antarctic Sound, we hope to visit the bustling Adélie Penguin (over 100,000 pairs breed here) and Blue-eyed Cormorant colonies on Paulet Island. The Nordenskjöld expedition built a stone survival hut here in 1903. Today its ruins have been taken over by nesting penguins. 

Further exploration may take you to the Melchior Island group, Cuverville Island, Portal Point, Neko Harbour, Pléneau Island and if ice conditions permit, to Petermann Island for a visit to the southernmost colony of Gentoo Penguins.

Day 8-9At Sea crossing the Drake Passage, northbound

We leave Antarctica and head north across the Drake Passage. Join our lecturers and naturalists on deck as we search for seabirds and whales and enjoy some final lectures. Take the chance to relax and reflect on the fascinating adventures of the past days on the way back to Ushuaia.

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 10Arrival in Ushuaia

We arrive at the port of Ushuaia in the early morning and disembark the USHUAIA after breakfast.

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Classic Antarctica

Start : 8 Feb, 2023  End : 17 Feb, 2023
Departure : Ushuaia   Arrival : Ushuaia
10 Days
Standard Plus Triple
  $7,210
Standard Twin
  $7,710
Standard Plus Twin
  $9,340
Premier Twin
  $11,140
Superior Twin
  $11,770
Suite Twin
  $12,380
Premier Single
  $13,370

Classic Antarctica

Start : 17 Feb, 2023  End : 27 Feb, 2023
Departure : Ushuaia   Arrival : Ushuaia
11 Days
Standard Plus Triple
  $7,990
Standard Twin
  $8,570
Standard Plus Twin
  $10,380
Premier Twin
  $12,380
Superior Twin
  $13,080
Suite Twin
  $13,750
Premier Single
  $14,860

Classic Antarctica

Start : 27 Feb, 2023  End : 8 Mar, 2023
Departure : Ushuaia   Arrival : Ushuaia
10 Days
Standard Plus Triple
  $6,390
Standard Twin
  $6,840
Standard Plus Twin
  $8,490
Premier Twin
  $10,110
Superior Twin
  $10,690
Suite Twin
  $11,240
Premier Single
  $12,120

Classic Antarctica

Start : 17 Mar, 2023  End : 26 Mar, 2023
Departure : Ushuaia   Arrival : Ushuaia
10 Days
Standard Plus Triple
  $5,730
Standard Twin
  $6,140
Standard Plus Twin
  $7,800
Premier Twin
  $9,280
Superior Twin
  $9,830
Suite Twin
  $10,330
Premier Single
  $11,120

Classic Antarctica

Start : 26 Mar, 2023  End : 4 Apr, 2023
Departure : Ushuaia   Arrival : Ushuaia
10 Days
Standard Plus Triple
  $5,730
Standard Twin
  $6,140
Standard Plus Twin
  $7,800
Premier Twin
  $9,280
Superior Twin
  $9,830
Suite Twin
  $10,330
Premier Single
  $11,120

Classic Antarctica

Start : 3 Nov, 2023  End : 12 Nov, 2023
Departure : Ushuaia   Arrival : Ushuaia
10 Days
Standard Plus Triple
  $4,860
Standard Twin
  $5,210
Standard Plus Twin
  $6,640
Premier Twin
  $7,890
Superior Twin
  $8,350
Suite Twin
  $8,780
Premier Single
  $9,470

Classic Antarctica

Start : 12 Nov, 2023  End : 21 Nov, 2023
Departure : Ushuaia   Arrival : Ushuaia
10 Days
Standard Plus Triple
  $6,370
Standard Twin
  $6,820
Standard Plus Twin
  $8,670
Premier Twin
  $10,310
Superior Twin
  $10,920
Suite Twin
  $11,480
Premier Single
  $12,360

Classic Antarctica

Start : 22 Nov, 2023  End : 1 Dec, 2023
Departure : Ushuaia   Arrival : Ushuaia
10 Days
Standard Plus Triple
  $5,730
Standard Twin
  $6,140
Standard Plus Twin
  $7,800
Premier Twin
  $9,280
Superior Twin
  $9,830
Suite Twin
  $10,330
Premier Single
  $11,120

Classic Antarctica

Start : 1 Dec, 2023  End : 10 Dec, 2023
Departure : Ushuaia   Arrival : Ushuaia
10 Days
Standard Plus Triple
  $5,730
Standard Twin
  $6,140
Standard Plus Twin
  $7,800
Premier Twin
  $9,280
Superior Twin
  $9,830
Suite Twin
  $10,330
Premier Single
  $11,120

Classic Antarctica

Start : 10 Dec, 2023  End : 19 Dec, 2023
Departure : Ushuaia   Arrival : Ushuaia
10 Days
Standard Plus Triple
  $5,730
Standard Twin
  $6,140
Standard Plus Twin
  $7,800
Premier Twin
  $9,280
Superior Twin
  $9,830
Suite Twin
  $10,330
Premier Single
  $11,120

Classic Antarctica

Start : 19 Dec, 2023  End : 29 Dec, 2023
Departure : Ushuaia   Arrival : Ushuaia
11 Days
Standard Plus Triple
  $7,990
Standard Twin
  $8,570
Standard Plus Twin
  $10,380
Premier Twin
  $12,380
Superior Twin
  $13,080
Suite Twin
  $13,750
Premier Single
  $14,860

Classic Antarctica

Start : 29 Dec, 2023  End : 8 Jan, 2024
Departure : Ushuaia   Arrival : Ushuaia
11 Days
Standard Plus Triple
  $7,990
Standard Twin
  $8,570
Standard Plus Twin
  $10,380
Premier Twin
  $12,380
Superior Twin
  $13,080
Suite Twin
  $13,750
Premier Single
  $14,860

Classic Antarctica

Start : 8 Jan, 2024  End : 18 Jan, 2024
Departure : Ushuaia   Arrival : Ushuaia
11 Days
Standard Plus Triple
  $7,990
Standard Twin
  $8,570
Standard Plus Twin
  $10,380
Premier Twin
  $12,380
Superior Twin
  $13,080
Suite Twin
  $13,750
Premier Single
  $14,860

Classic Antarctica

Start : 8 Feb, 2024  End : 17 Feb, 2024
Departure : Ushuaia   Arrival : Ushuaia
10 Days
Standard Plus Triple
  $7,210
Standard Twin
  $7,710
Standard Plus Twin
  $9,340
Premier Twin
  $11,140
Superior Twin
  $11,770
Suite Twin
  $12,380
Premier Single
  $13,370

Classic Antarctica

Start : 8 Feb, 2024  End : 17 Feb, 2024
Departure : Ushuaia   Arrival : Ushuaia
10 Days
Standard Plus Triple
  $7,210
Standard Twin
  $7,710
Standard Plus Twin
  $9,340
Premier Twin
  $11,140
Superior Twin
  $11,770
Suite Twin
  $12,380
Premier Single
  $13,370

Classic Antarctica

Start : 17 Feb, 2024  End : 27 Feb, 2024
Departure : Ushuaia   Arrival : Ushuaia
11 Days
Standard Plus Triple
  $7,990
Standard Twin
  $8,570
Premier Twin
  $12,380
Superior Twin
  $13,080
Suite Twin
  $13,750
Suite Twin
  $13,750

Classic Antarctica

Start : 27 Feb, 2024  End : 8 Mar, 2024
Departure : Ushuaia   Arrival : Ushuaia
11 Days
Standard Plus Triple
  $6,700
Standard Twin
  $7,170
Standard Plus Twin
  $9,010
Premier Twin
  $10,720
Superior Twin
  $11,350
Suite Twin
  $11,930
Premier Single
  $12,860

Classic Antarctica

Start : 27 Feb, 2024  End : 8 Mar, 2024
Departure : Ushuaia   Arrival : Ushuaia
11 Days
Standard Plus Triple
  $6,700
Standard Twin
  $7,170
Standard Plus Twin
  $9,010
Premier Twin
  $10,720
Superior Twin
  $11,350
Suite Twin
  $11,930
Premier Single
  $12,860

Classic Antarctica

Start : 8 Mar, 2024  End : 17 Mar, 2024
Departure : Ushuaia   Arrival : Ushuaia
10 Days
Standard Plus Triple
  $5,730
Standard Twin
  $6,140
Standard Plus Twin
  $7,800
Premier Twin
  $9,280
Superior Twin
  $9,830
Suite Twin
  $10,330
Premier Single
  $11,120

Classic Antarctica

Start : 8 Mar, 2024  End : 17 Mar, 2024
Departure : Ushuaia   Arrival : Ushuaia
10 Days
Standard Plus Triple
  $5,730
Standard Twin
  $6,140
Standard Plus Twin
  $7,800
Premier Twin
  $9,280
Superior Twin
  $9,830
Suite Twin
  $10,330
Premier Single
  $11,120

Classic Antarctica

Start : 17 Mar, 2024  End : 26 Mar, 2024
Departure : Ushuaia   Arrival : Ushuaia
10 Days
Standard Plus Triple
  $5,730
Standard Twin
  $6,140
Standard Plus Twin
  $7,800
Superior Twin
  $9,830
Superior Twin
  $10,330
Suite Twin
  $10,330
Premier Single
  $11,120

Classic Antarctica

Start : 26 Mar, 2024  End : 4 Apr, 2024
Departure : Ushuaia   Arrival : Ushuaia
10 Days
Standard Plus Triple
  $5,730
Standard Twin
  $6,140
Standard Plus Twin
  $7,800
Superior Twin
  $9,830
Suite Twin
  $10,330
Suite Twin
  $10,330
Premier Single
  $11,120

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Inclusions/Exclusions

This expedition includes:

  •  Voyage aboard the USHUAIA as indicated in the itinerary.
  • All meals throughout the voyage aboard the USHUAIA.
  • All shore excursions and activities throughout the voyage by zodiac.
  • Program of lectures by noted naturalists and leadership by experienced expedition staff.
  • All miscellaneous service taxes and port charges throughout the program.
  • Comprehensive pre-departure material.
  • Detailed post-expedition log.

This expedition excludes:

  • Any airfare, whether on scheduled or charter flights.
  • Pre- and post land arrangements; transfers to / from the vessel.
  • Passport and visa expenses.
  • Government arrival and departure taxes.
  • Meals ashore
  • Baggage, cancellation and personal insurance (strongly recommended).
  • Excess baggage charges and all items of a personal nature such as bar and beverage charges and telecommunication charges.
  • The customary gratuity at the end of the voyages (guidelines will be provided).

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