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.

Day 3 - 4

Crossing the Drake Passage

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

Day 5 - 8

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.

Day 9 - 11

Drake Passage to Ushuaia

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

Day 12



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for the last 20 years


Nurul H.

Hi Zelfa, 

Guess my heart is still in Antartica! I've been to so many places in this world but there's nothing like Antartica.

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Ana Steyer

I just came back for a wonderful trip to the Arctic where my sister and I went to see the Polar Bears! Our trip started in Oslo and from there we flew to Svalbard/Spitsbergen, the region between the 74 and 81 degrees North.

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Adriane & Rob Westwater

Dear Zelfa,

Antarctica is truly a fascinating place and without a doubt the last wilderness on Earth. The scenery is breathtaking, with a new wonder on each new day.

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