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Antarctic Yacht Expedition

With a maximum of 8 passengers, this Antarctic sailing experience is truly intimate and unique. An expeditionary trip, where you fly one way and sail the other, enables you to spend plenty of precious time in Antarctica with its penguins, icebergs, whales and history. Onboard, you will find a passionate crew, where camaraderie is guaranteed!

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Trip type

Antarctic Interior

Trip length

19 Days



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Antarctic Yacht Expedition - 19 Days - $18,140

Trip Summary and Itinerary Map

  • Spend two full weeks in Antarctica
  • Sail one way across the Drake and fly the other!
  • We like the flexibility of a small vessel and the intimate wildlife encounters
  • Onboard scientist and passionate crew

Start from Ushuaia and end at Punta Arenas to Antarctica

Landmarks potentially visited on Antarctic Yacht Expedition

Operator's Itinerary

Day 1: Embarkation in Ushuaia

Meet at your yacht in the morning for a full briefing and orientation. In the afternoon, depart from Ushuaia and start your unique Antarctic sailing experience by beginning on your crossing of the Drake Passage.

Days 2 to 4: Sail the Drake Passage. 

You are about to undertake something few get to experience: Antarctica as seen from an expedition sailing yacht. As you sail east out of the Beagle channel, you’ll pass through historic waters traversed by Darwin. Head south, past the infamous Cape Horn and keep your eyes peeled for albatross: the Southern Ocean is their home. You may even help the crew a little, with some time at the helm.

Days 5 to 17: Explore Antarctica

Each day will be different and can include landings at penguin colonies, exploration of historic scientific bases and whaling sites, kayaking and excursions by zodiac vessel. Flexibility in the itinerary allows you to take full advantage of whatever Antarctica offers, be it an incredible southern sunset or a breaching whale. We can stop and enjoy – not just once, but every time.

There will be a scientist onboard, so all guests are invited to participate in genuine Antarctic research. In the evenings onboard, the scientist will present on their research, as well as discussing pressing current Antarctic issues. The scientist is very much a part of the onboard team and will be prepared to answer questions at dinner, or on deck!

Day 18: Return to King George Island 

On return to King George Island, you will board your flight to Punta Arenas, taking your final glimpse of the White Continent through your airplane window. On return to Punta Arenas, you will join your fellow passengers for a final evening and a celebration dinner.

Please note: this itinerary is for departures that sail down to Antarctica and fly back - it departs from Ushuaia, Argentina. For fly-down and sail-back voyages, the itinerary is reversed and departs from Punta Arenas, Chile.

You will be expected to arrive at least one day prior to the trip in your departure city (either Ushuaia or Punta Arenas). 

For those sailing down and flying back – you will meet at the dock on the morning of departure; pre-trip hotel night is not included in the price of the voyage.

For those flying down and sailing back: on the pre-departure afternoon you will collect your Muckboots and attend a briefing about your flight for the next day. 

Why our customers love Swoop

The Antarctic Experts.
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Our team has visited Antarctica over 150 times and has 100 collective years of polar experience, so from which trip is right for you to what shoes to bring - there’s no question we can’t answer.

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Choosing the right voyage is complicated, Swoop makes it easy. We offer no-nonsense advice on 1500 voyages across 30 ships to find you the right trip, cabin, price - and we don’t charge a fee.

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We want to protect Antarctica for future generations - which is why we became a certified B Corp and set up our own conservation fund. So your adventures can be a force for good.

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We leave nothing to chance in delivering your perfect trip and have over 6500 happy travellers to show for it. With a dedicated Antarctic co-ordinator & support throughout - you’re in safe hands.

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What our customers think of Antarctic Yacht Expedition

Antarctic Yacht Expedition trips scored 2/5 from 1 reviews

10/10 - We thoroughly enjoyed the adventure of being on a small yacht with an outstanding crew. Cpt. Dave, Mack, Simon, Janey, and Ese made the trip outstanding. They were highly professional, helpful, and skilled. At no time did we feel unsafe or neglected. I visited Antarctica in 2014 on another larger ship - although an equally outstanding experience, I much prefer the being so intimately close to the icebergs, whales, penguins and the ice.

Travelled: December 2022

Nita Tallent - USA

Penguins, whales, seals, - everything one expects and more. Favourite encounter was the four humpback whales that surfaced and circled the yacht for at least 30 minutes or more. Plenty of photos were taken by all.

Travelled: December 2022

Nita Tallent - USA

The Expedition team starting with Juan who marshaled us to King George Island to Captain Dave, First Mate Simon, Steward Mack, Ese, and Chief Janey were extremely professional, knowledgeable, friendly, funny, safe, respectful and helpful. I miss them everyday.

Travelled: December 2022

Nita Tallent - USA


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.


  • Flights Punta Arenas – Antarctica
  • Muckboots for use in Antarctica
  • Meals and accommodation in Antarctica
  • Kayaking and camping
  • Celebration dinner in Punta Arenas
  • Wine with dinner
  • Luggage up to 50lb/23kg


  • Flights to/from home to Ushuaia / Punta Areans
  • Insurance: medical, evacuation, travel
  • Personal equipment and clothing
  • Delays due to weather
  • Meals and accommodation in Ushuaia / Punta Arenas before and after the trip
  • Communication charges

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