Classic Antarctica (11 - 12 Days)

In brief:

  • Small ships.
  • Perfect for first time visitors to Antarctica.
  • Peninsula highlights.
  • Explore the highlights of the Antarctic Peninsula with options to camp, cross-country ski, climb mountains or kayak in Antarctic waters.
Duration: 11 or 12 days
Embarkation and Disembarkation: Ushuaia, Argentina

Day 1 Ushuaia, Argentina

Antarctica is everything south of the Antarctic convergence, a biological boundary that fluctuates between 50° and 60°South. Travelers gather in Ushuaia in anticipation of their expedition to Antarctica. Overnight in Ushuaia.

Day 2: Embarkation Day

After embarkation in the late afternoon, the vessel will sail down the Beagle Channel. Travelers keep watch on deck for seabirds, penguins and rainbows.

Crossing the Drake Passage

Prepare for rough water, but do not be disappointed if the crossing is smooth sailing. The Drake is always changing.

South Shetland Islands and Antarctic Peninsula

Many factors play a role in shaping the expedition’s progress. We attempt to leave the ship to explore in a range of activity levels at least twice a day. Perhaps, travelers will feel salt spray on their face as the Zodiac weaves in and around grounded icebergs in Pleneau Bay. They could scramble to the top of a craggy hill for an unforgettable view of an icy chasm near Port Lockroy. They could sit quietly on a pebbled beach and wait for a curious penguin chick to approach, or strap on a harness for a polar plunge into the frigid waters of an Antarctic Bay.

Explore the highlights of the Antarctic Peninsula with adventurers who enjoy camping,kayaking, cross–country skiing, mountaineering and other active pursuits. Over the course of the austral spring and summer, the sun lingers longer and longer, melting snow and ice. Wildlife abounds: chicks hatch and fledge, and pods of whales breach in a deep bay where a calving iceberg has churned up krill, the local delicacy.

The natural cycle of life ensures that every expedition is different. And that every expedition is full of surprises! In Antarctica, silence is so complete that interruptions become indelible memories: noisy penguins squabbling over prized pebbles, the boom and crack of a calving glacier near Petermann Island. Then there is the sound of breathing as arms pump and legs power up an incline on cross-country
skis. As travelers sail from island to shore to bay during four days in the Peninsula, the Expedition Team provides opportunities for contemplation, to test endurance and engage curiosity.

Drake Passage to Ushuaia

Activities during the return voyage depend on the conditions of the Drake. A smooth crossing is a busy crossing.



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Michelle Stefanick

Hello there Zelfa

Happy New Year to you as well. What a life changing experience. It couldn't have been more perfect -- the most stunning scenery with the most perfect weather, calm waters (most times :-), wonderful traveling companions and a fantastic crew, accompanied with great food and good cheer -making this a most memorable time of my life.

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Andor Cohenno

I fully enjoyed the evening in Buenos Aires. You really make me jealous when I hear all your Antarctic adventures.

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Ramona and Steve

Dear Zelfa,

Our trip was incredible, made every landing, blue skies, lots of penguins - sooo wonderful. working on our article now - will send asap! thanks again - what a great travel agent you are!!! 

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