Trip Summary and Itinerary Map
- 6 full days in Antarctica = 12 planned ‘off ship’ excursions
- The widest selection of activities of any Antarctic voyage currently available
- Camping, kayaking, mountaineering and snowshoeing are all included
- A comfortable, homely (not luxury) 116 passenger ship
- Bivouac under the stars, instead of camping in a tent
Day 1: Departure from Ushuaia
In the afternoon, we embark from Ushuaia, the southernmost city in the world located in Tierra del Fuego, Argentina. We sail across the waters of the Beagle Channel and beyond throughout the evening.
Days 2-3: At sea
During these two days, we sail through the Drake Passage. When we cross the Antarctic Convergence, we arrive in the Circum-Antarctic upwelling zone. In this area, we may catch sight of Wandering Albatrosses, Grey Headed Albatrosses, Black- browed Albatrosses, Light-mantled Sooty Albatrosses, Cape Petrels, Southern Fulmars, Wilson's Storm Petrels, Blue Petrels and Antarctic Petrels. Near the South Shetland Islands, we usually see our first icebergs.
Days 4-9: Antarctica
We will sail directly to "High Antarctica", passing the Melchior islands and the Schollaert Channel between Brabant and Anvers Island. We will sail to the Neumayer Channel, where we position our ship for the multi activity base camp. The protected waters around Wiencke Island will become our playground for all activities.
In this alpine environment, there are great opportunities to scout the region on foot, per zodiac and during kayak trips. Walkers will find opportunities to use snowshoes on hikes near the shore lines and the mountaineers will find their challenge by climbing hills and view points further inland, i.e. Jabet Peak (540 m). All climbs and excursions can only be conducted in good weather conditions. We plan to stay two nights at anchor in order to enjoy two camp nights and two full activity days.
We will visit the British historical station and post office Port Lockroy on Goudier Island. Close to Port Lockroy we may also offer a landing on Jougla Point with gentoo penguins and imperial shags. We will sail through the spectacular Lemaire Channel to Booth Island, Pleneau and Petermann Island where we can find Adelie penguins and blue-eyed shags. In this area, there are good chances to encounter humpback whales, minke whales and fin whales.
On our second basecamp night we will choose a camp site which is suitable and close to the next day's activity. The opportunities for kayaking, glacier walks or more ambitious mountaineering are excellent in this area, with a chance to reach the summit of Mt. Demaria (640 m) at Waddington Bay. A visit to one of the scientific stations in Antarctica will give you a glimpse into the life of modern Antarcticans working on the White Continent. Further south, we may have time to visit the Ukrainian Vernadsky Station, where we will receive a warm welcome from the station crew.
In the afternoon at Neko Harbour we will have the opportunity to set foot on the Antarctic Continent in a magnificent landscape of a huge glacier and enjoy the landscape during zodiac cruises, hikes and kayak excursions. A small group of mountaineers may climb up on higher grounds of the glacier. We will spend the night at Neko or near Paradise Bay with a camp erected ashore. We will leave Neko Harbour in the early morning after breaking our last camp. We sail via the Melchior Islands towards the open sea of the Drake Passage. Again, there is a prospect of seeing a great number of seabirds.
Days 10-11: At sea towards Ushuaia
On our way north, we are again followed by a great selection of seabirds while crossing the Drake Passage.
Day 12: Ushuaia
We arrive in the morning in Ushuaia and disembark.
NOTE: This itinerary is for guidance only as each voyage will vary depending on ice and weather conditions, and opportunities to see wildlife. Flexibility is key and all part of the adventure of an expeditionary cruise.
What our customers think
For active people who wanted to do everything, this was absolutely the best trip. First and foremost, the entire crew was excellent, everyone was professional, knowledgeable and hard working. Having all the excursions, kayaking, mountaineering, etc. included made it stress-free and a lot of fun. As an active person, I think this is the best way to see the continent.
Nick, Canada December 2017
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
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
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
The trip lived up to expectations, we have already recommended to others. And with our active lifestyle, the basecamp experience was a great match.
Travis & Kalli, Texas December 2017
This was truly a trip of a lifetime. The staff ensured it was a safe and incredible experience. The other guests were interesting, like minded individuals. The wildlife was up close and personal. To be a guest in such a magical place was a true privilege.
Carla & Ross, Canada January 2018
Kayaking and snowshoeing were brilliant. The highlight was the grandeur of the landscape.
Prue & Dominique, Australia November 2017
About The Ship
- A 3-4* expedition vessel for 116 guests
- Contemporary feel after 2009 re-build
- A quiet diesel-electric propulsion system
- 1D ice class rating
- Kayaking, camping, mountaineering, hiking
- Rubber boots are provided on loan
I like this ship’s modern, contemporary styling - comfortable without being fussy - and her quiet engine.
Alex Mudd General Manager
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.
* Note: Prices are per person. Paid in EUR (€) - figure above is based on today's exchange rate. Actual cost €6550
Single Supplement And Child Policy
For those travelling solo and 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.
Children aged 10 years or over are welcome. On select departures, children under 16 may receive a 40% discount, please contact us for details.
Optional Adventure Activities
Enhance your trip with the following add ons. Limited places per activity.
Get in contact to check availability.
|Camping||Complimentary||All departures. Equipment provided.|
|Kayaking||Complimentary||Basic competency required.|
|Photography||Complimentary||All departures. Participation with own camera.|
|Snowshoeing||Complimentary||All departures. Dependent on snow conditions. Snow shoes provided.|
|Mountaineering||Complimentary||All departures. Crampons provided. Rigid sole boots are needed.|
- Voyage aboard the vessel as indicated in the itinerary
- Accommodation & meals during the voyage on full board
- All shore excursions and zodiac activities
- Educational lectures by expert onboard polar guides
- Access to an onboard doctor and basic medical services
- Loan of rubber boots for the voyage's duration
- Comprehensive pre-departure information
- Port taxes & any entry fees to landing sites
- Flights to & 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)