South Shetland Islands & Antarctic Peninsula

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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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South Shetland Islands & Antarctic Peninsula

Start : 18 Feb, 2023  End : 27 Feb, 2023
Departure : USHUAIA   Arrival : USHUAIA
10 Days
TRIPLE CABIN CAT F
  $7,490
TWIN PORTHOLE CAT D
  $9,490
FRENCH BALCONY CAT E
  $10,490
BALCONY STATE CAT C
  $11,290
SINGLE PORTHOLE CAT G
  $12,490
BALCONY SUITE CAT B
  $12,490

South Shetland Islands & Antarctic Peninsula

Start : 30 Oct, 2023  End : 8 Nov, 2023
Departure : USHUAIA   Arrival : USHUAIA
10 Days
TRIPLE CABIN CAT F
  $7,590
TWIN PORTHOLE CAT D
  $10,290
FRENCH BALCONY CAT E
  $10,690
BALCONY STATE CAT C
  $11,490
SINGLE PORTHOLE CAT G
  $12,190
BALCONY SUITE CAT B
  $13,190

South Shetland Islands & Antarctic Peninsula

Start : 19 Nov, 2023  End : 28 Nov, 2023
Departure : Ushuaia   Arrival : Ushuaia
10 Days
TRIPLE CABIN CAT F
  $7,890
TWIN PORTHOLE CAT D
  $10,390
FRENCH BALCONY CAT E
  $10,890
BALCONY STATE CAT C
  $11,990
BALCONY SUITE CAT B
  $13,690
SINGLE PORTHOLE CAT G
  $13,690
JUNIOR SUITE CAT A
  $18,090
POLAR PREMIUM SUITE
  $20,590

South Shetland Islands & Antarctic Peninsula

Start : 28 Nov, 2023  End : 7 Dec, 2023
Departure : Ushuaia   Arrival : Ushuaia
10 Days
TRIPLE CABIN CAT F
  $8,090
TWIN PORTHOLE CAT D
  $10,590
FRENCH BALCONY CAT E
  $11,090
BALCONY STATE CAT C
  $12,190
BALCONY SUITE CAT B
  $13,890
SINGLE PORTHOLE CAT G
  $13,890
JUNIOR SUITE CAT A
  $18,290
POLAR PREMIUM SUITE
  $20,790

South Shetland Islands & Antarctic Peninsula

Start : 5 Dec, 2023  End : 14 Dec, 2023
Departure : USHUAIA   Arrival : USHUAIA
10 Days
TRIPLE CABIN CAT F
  $8,590
TWIN PORTHOLE CAT D
  $10,890
FRENCH BALCONY CAT E
  $11,490
BALCONY STATE CAT C
  $12,690
SINGLE PORTHOLE CAT G
  $13,790
BALCONY SUITE CAT B
  $14,390

South Shetland Islands & Antarctic Peninsula

Start : 14 Dec, 2023  End : 23 Dec, 2023
Departure : USHUAIA   Arrival : USHUAIA
10 Days
TRIPLE CABIN CAT F
  $8,790
TWIN PORTHOLE CAT D
  $11,090
FRENCH BALCONY CAT E
  $11,690
BALCONY STATE CAT C
  $12,990
SINGLE PORTHOLE CAT G
  $13,990
BALCONY SUITE CAT B
  $14,690

South Shetland Islands & Antarctic Peninsula

Start : 26 Dec, 2023  End : 4 Jan, 2024
Departure : Ushuaia   Arrival : Ushuaia
10 Days
TRIPLE CABIN CAT F
  $9,290
TWIN PORTHOLE CAT D
  $11,490
FRENCH BALCONY CAT E
  $12,090
BALCONY STATE CAT C
  $13,190
BALCONY SUITE CAT B
  $14,790
SINGLE PORTHOLE CAT G
  $14,790
JUNIOR SUITE CAT A
  $19,790
POLAR PREMIUM SUITE
  $23,590

South Shetland Islands & Antarctic Peninsula

Start : 4 Jan, 2024  End : 13 Jan, 2024
Departure : Ushuaia   Arrival : Ushuaia
10 Days
TRIPLE CABIN CAT F
  $9,890
TWIN PORTHOLE CAT D
  $12,090
FRENCH BALCONY CAT E
  $12,590
BALCONY STATE CAT C
  $13,990
SINGLE PORTHOLE CAT G
  $15,890
BALCONY SUITE CAT B
  $15,990
POLAR PREMIUM SUITE
  $24,190
JUNIOR SUITE CAT A
  $221,490

South Shetland Islands & Antarctic Peninsula

Start : 10 Jan, 2024  End : 20 Jan, 2024
Departure : USHUAIA   Arrival : USHUAIA
11 Days
TRIPLE CABIN CAT F
  $10,290
TWIN PORTHOLE CAT D
  $12,990
FRENCH BALCONY CAT E
  $13,190
BALCONY STATE CAT C
  $14,690
SINGLE PORTHOLE CAT G
  $16,090
BALCONY SUITE CAT B
  $16,590

South Shetland Islands & Antarctic Peninsula

Start : 31 Jan, 2024  End : 9 Feb, 2024
Departure : USHUAIA   Arrival : USHUAIA
10 Days
TRIPLE CABIN CAT F
  $9,390
TWIN PORTHOLE CAT D
  $12,290
FRENCH BALCONY CAT E
  $13,390
BALCONY STATE CAT C
  $14,490
SINGLE PORTHOLE CAT G
  $15,890
BALCONY SUITE CAT B
  $15,890

South Shetland Islands & Antarctic Peninsula

Start : 9 Feb, 2024  End : 18 Feb, 2024
Departure : USHUAIA   Arrival : USHUAIA
10 Days
TRIPLE CABIN CAT F
  $9,390
TWIN PORTHOLE CAT D
  $12,290
FRENCH BALCONY CAT E
  $13,390
BALCONY STATE CAT C
  $14,490
SINGLE PORTHOLE CAT G
  $15,890
BALCONY SUITE CAT B
  $15,890

South Shetland Islands & Antarctic Peninsula

Start : 28 Feb, 2024  End : 8 Mar, 2024
Departure : Ushuaia   Arrival : Ushuaia
10 Days
TRIPLE CABIN CAT F
  $8,590
TWIN PORTHOLE CAT D
  $10,990
FRENCH BALCONY CAT E
  $11,490
BALCONY STATE CAT C
  $12,590
BALCONY SUITE CAT B
  $14,290
SINGLE PORTHOLE CAT G
  $14,290
JUNIOR SUITE CAT A
  $19,790
POLAR PREMIUM SUITE
  $22,590

South Shetland Islands & Antarctic Peninsula

Start : 18 Mar, 2024  End : 26 Mar, 2024
Departure : Ushuaia   Arrival : Ushuaia
9 Days
TRIPLE CABIN CAT F
  $6,590
TWIN PORTHOLE CAT D
  $8,090
FRENCH BALCONY CAT E
  $8,690
BALCONY STATE CAT C
  $9,490
BALCONY SUITE CAT B
  $10,390
SINGLE PORTHOLE CAT G
  $10,390
JUNIOR SUITE CAT A
  $14,590
POLAR PREMIUM SUITE
  $16,490

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Inclusions/Exclusions

This expedition includes:

  • 10-day cruise with accommodation in a shared double stateroom featuring ensuite facilities

  • All Zodiac landings and excursions as per itinerary

  • Expedition parka

  • Rubber boot on loan

  • Guiding and lectures by our expedition leader and team

  • English-speaking expedition team

  • Full board on the ship – breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks

  • Free tea and coffee 24 hours daily

  • Taxes

  • Guiding and lectures by our experienced expedition leader and team

  •  Special photo workshop

  •  Welcome and farewell cocktails

  • Digital visual journal link after voyage, including voyage log, gallery, species list and more!

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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