Trip Summary and Itinerary Map
- 7 full days in Antarctica = the longest time of any Peninsula voyage
- An unparalleled range of exciting adventure activities
- Camping, kayaking, mountaineering and snowshoeing are all included
- Travel aboard a comfortable 116 passenger expedition trip renowned for its stability
- Exclusive cabins to Swoop
Tuesday 22nd December 2020: Depart Ushuaia
Your voyage begins at “the end of the world” – Ushuaia, Argentina, on the southern tip of South America. Set sail in the early evening from what is arguably the southernmost city on the planet and enjoy the long summer’s evening as you navigate the mountain-fringed Beagle Channel.
Wednesday 23rd – Thursday 24th December: At Sea
Over the next two days on the Drake Passage, you will enjoy some of the same experiences encountered by the great polar explorers who first charted these regions: cool salt breezes, rolling seas, maybe even a fin whale spouting up sea spray.
After passing the Antarctic Convergence – Antarctica’s natural boundary, formed when north-flowing cold waters collide with warmer sub-Antarctic seas – you are in the circum-Antarctic upwelling zone. Not only does the marine life change, the avian life changes too. Wandering albatrosses, grey-headed albatrosses, black-browed albatrosses, light-mantled sooty albatrosses, cape pigeons, southern fulmars, Wilson’s storm petrels, blue petrels and Antarctic petrels are a few of the birds you might see.
Christmas Eve dinner is a celebratory affair, with decorations and a festive menu.
Friday 25th (Christmas Day) – Wednesday 30th December: Exploring Antarctica
The ultimate Christmas present awaits you: Antarctica! Grey stone peaks sketched with snow, towers of broken blue-white ice and astonishing wildlife. You first pass the snow-capped Melchior Islands and Schollaert Channel, sailing between Brabant and Anvers Islands.
Christmas Day sees another festive dinner and a unique gift for you to take home as a souvenir of the trip.
Local ice and weather conditions will determine the exact itinerary over these days, but places you might visit include:
Neumayer Channel – The vessel may launch its multiple basecamp activities from the protected waters around Wiencke Island. Zodiac and kayaking trips offer incredible views of this alpine environment, or if you’re in the mood for a walk, there are possible snowshoe hikes and soft-climb mountaineering options farther inland.
Port Lockroy – After sailing through the Neumayer Channel, you may get a chance to visit the former British research station – now a museum and post office – of Port Lockroy on Goudier Island. There are great opportunities for meeting local wildlife around Jougla Point – gentoo penguins and blue-eyed shags – and for kayaking, camping and, when conditions are right, snowshoeing around the shore.
Pléneau & Petermann Islands – If the ice allows it, you can sail through the Lemaire Channel in search of Adélie penguins and blue-eyed shags. There’s also a good chance you’ll encounter humpback and minke whales here, as well as leopard seals. Kayaking, glacier walks, and more ambitious mountaineering trips are the potential activities of this location.
Neko Harbour – An epic landscape of mammoth glaciers and endless wind-carved snow, Neko Harbour offers opportunities for a zodiac cruise and landing giving the closest views of the surrounding alpine peaks.
Paradise Bay – You have the chance to make camp here like a true polar explorer (but with a better tent), enjoying an overnight Antarctic adventure.
Errera Channel – Possible sites in this area include Danco Island and Cuverville Island, but also the lesser-known (though equally picturesque) Orne Island and Georges Point on Rongé Island.
On your last day of near-shore activities, you pass the Melchior Islands toward the open sea. Keep a sharp lookout for humpback whales in Dallmann Bay. You might also shoot for Half Moon Island, in the South Shetlands, with further chances for activities.
Conditions on the Drake Passage determine the exact time of departure.
Thursday 31st December (New Year’s Eve) – Friday 1st January (New Year’s Day): Drake Passage
See the New Year in re-crossing the Drake. The bar will be serving Prosecco so you can drink a toast to 2021 in your own engraved Champagne glass.
Saturday 2nd January: Disembarkation in Ushuaia
Every adventure, no matter how special, must eventually come to an end. You’ll disembark immediately after breakfast, allowing you to catch an onward flight out of Ushuaia from around midday onwards.
PLEASE NOTE: All itineraries are for guidance only. Programs may vary depending on local ice and weather conditions and in order to take advantage of opportunities to see wildlife. The on-board expedition leader determines the final itinerary. Flexibility is paramount for expedition cruises.
What our customers think
This trip exceeded my expectations (on a scale of 1-10, I've been telling people that it was a 20).
George & Kate Connecticut December 2017
There were just too many highlights to mention. Kayaking through brash ice, over shadowed by 100-foot icebergs, the brilliance and purity of the light and air.
Max The Bahamas December 2016
We had a brilliant time in Antarctica and are so glad we did the base camp trip, we loved all the activities. It was a truly awe-inspiring trip! Thanks for all your help and advice.
Rachel and David UK January 2017
Loved the variety of the landings. We had 12 in total. Each experience was different. Expedition staff was awesome!
Bryce Canada December 2016
This trip was everything I wanted and more. We got to go on almost all of our landings and the only one we missed was because of icebergs. The crew, the wildlife, the landscapes, and the other passengers were all incredible! The staff were always professional and knowledgeable. They made this trip more memorable than I ever could have expected.
Stephanie Wong United States Of America December 2018
Nothing will prepare you for the life-changing adventure...buckle up and take in the most amazing scenery and wildlife you won't encounter anywhere else in the world, and that's coming from someone who has travelled to over 100 countries.
George & Kelly Reichert Canada November 2018
About The Ship
- A 3-4* expedition vessel for 116 guests
- All cabins have been recently updated
- A broad, heavy design = great stability
- High 1A ice class rating
- Kayaking, camping, mountaineering, hiking
- Rubber boots are provided on loan
Antarctica Basecamp Adventure
Prices, Departures and Inclusions
Prices quoted below are per person based on 2 people sharing. Cabin availability changes all the time so please contact us for up-to-date details and information on specific cabin availability.
This trip can run as a group trip, with prices starting from $6,502 per person for a complete group. If you are looking to join a group or you are a solo traveller we will help to form likeminded groups of travellers. Please let us know your travel plans.
The trip can also run on a private basis to fit around your plans. Departures may be tailored and can be set up on a date of your choice. Please note that there is a higher price for smaller groups. Please enquire for further details.
The optional adventure activities are offered once during the voyage. Antarctica is a wonderful, wild destination; because of this it is not guaranteed that every Basecamp departure will offer all activities.
Single Supplement And Child Policy
For those travelling solo who want their own cabin, the single supplement is 1.7 times the cost of a single berth, please contact us for details. However there is no single supplement for passengers willing to share a cabin.
Optional Adventure Activities
Enhance your trip with the following add ons. Limited places per activity.
Get in contact to check availability.
|Kayaking||Complimentary||Basic competency required.|
|Photography||Complimentary||Participation with own camera.|
|Snowshoeing||Complimentary||Dependent on snow conditions. Snow shoes provided.|
|Mountaineering||Complimentary||Crampons provided. Mountaineering boots are needed.|
- Voyage aboard the vessel as indicated in the itinerary
- Accommodation and meals during the voyage on full board including snacks, coffee and tea
- All shore excursions and zodiac activities
- Optional adventure activities such as camping, kayaking, snowshoe/hiking, mountaineering, photography workshops (all weather dependent)
- Educational lectures by expert onboard polar guides
- Access to an onboard doctor and basic medical services
- Loan of rubber boots and snowshoes for the voyage's duration
- Comprehensive pre-departure information
- Port taxes and any entry fees to landing sites
- Luggage transfer from pick-up point to the vessel on embarkation day
- Pre-scheduled group transfer from the vessel to the airport directly after disembarkation
- Flights to and from points of embarkation/disembarkation
- Any additional pre/post land services, including meals
- Transfers not specified in the itinerary
- Visa, passport and any vaccination expenses
- Airport arrival or departure taxes
- Personal travel insurance
- Items of a personal nature - laundry, beverages, etc
- Customary staff gratuity at the end of the voyage
- Additional onboard purchases (i.e. gift shop)