Banner image

Explore the Antarctic Peninsula

Why Book This Trip

Traveling aboard a state-of-the-art small ship and accompanied by unparalleled onboard expertise, expeditionary cruising doesn’t get much better. Regular 14-day departures throughout the season and a choice of two outstanding ships renowned for their comfort, enhanced safety features and spirit of adventure.

Why Book With Swoop

Swoop scored 9/10 from 458 reviews

Swoop Antarctica ATOL Badge Swoop Antarctica ATOL Badge
Swoop Antarctica LATA Badge Swoop Antarctica LATA Badge
Swoop Antarctica ATTA Badge Swoop Antarctica ATTA Badge

Ask Us a Question

Thank you for your enquiry

We're here to answer any questions you have about Antarctica

Explore the Antarctic Peninsula - 14 - $13,360

Trip Summary -

  • 6 days exploring Antarctica
  • We love this ship’s fast speed, large expeditionary team and its stabilisers which reduce roll at sea
  • Photographic gear which guests can loan and an onboard ROV submersible for underwater pictures
  • The only ship to offer complimentary kayaking and to have so many single cabins
  • Optional pre-embarkation hotel stay and charter flights (additional cost)

Trip Itinerary and Map

Day 1: Fly to Buenos Aires or Santiago (Optional – Additional Cost)

Depart U.S. this evening on an overnight flight to Buenos Aires (Argentina) or Santiago (Chile).


Day 2: Fly to Buenos Aires or Santiago (Optional – Additional Cost)

Arrive in Buenos Aires, set on the Rio de la Plata, and check in to the fine Alvear Art Hotel (or similar). In the afternoon, we have a guided overview of the city, seeing its Beaux Arts palaces, grand boulevards, and the famous balcony forever associated with Eva Peron. In the early evening we gather for an informal reception and a drink at the hotel.

Arrive in Santiago and check in to the fine Mandarin Oriental (or similar), centrally located and have the morning to relax. Santiago is nearly surrounded by the Andes, which form an inspiring backdrop to our afternoon guided overview of this vibrant city. We explore the Plaza de Armas, the main square, and nearby Presidential Palace, enjoying wonderful views from the many hills that dot the city. In the early evening we gather for an informal reception and a drink at the hotel.


Day 3: Fly to Ushuaia (Optional – Additional Cost)

If you have booked the optional flights to Ushuaia you will fly by private charter flight to Ushuaia, Argentina. The morning's LAN charter flight offers some rare views as we fly over the vividly rugged terrain of Patagonia before landing in Ushuaia, the southernmost city in the world.

If you decide to meet the ship directly in Ushuaia, without booking the optional charter flights, you will meet the group and embark in the afternoon. You'll enjoy lunch aboard a catamaran cruise on the scenic Beagle Channel before embarking the ship.


Day 4: At sea towards Antarctica

We awake this morning well into our journey across the Drake Passage. Lying between Cape Horn and the Antarctic Peninsula, the Drake holds a unique place in maritime lore. Sometimes misty and grey, other times calm and clear, crossing the legendary Drake Passage is unforgettable - a milestone in any adventurer's personal travel history.


Days 5-10: Antarctic Peninsula

With nearly 24 hours of daylight, we make the most of our days, keeping a flexible schedule to take advantage of the unexpected - perhaps watching a 40-ton whale surface off the bow. We are out daily. One day, you may take a zodiac foray amid towering bergs under a bright sun, walk along the shoreline amid a huge penguin colony, hike to a summit for a breathtaking view, or kayak along a cliff-side rookery in search of blue-eyed shags. And the next, you'll have the thrill of watching the ship crunch through the pack ice or step ashore to the cries of thousands of Gentoo penguins.

You'll learn from our experts how to identify penguins and get photo tips from a National Geographic photographer while watching those same penguins. Back aboard, our Undersea Specialist may present video from that day's dive - rare images taken from up to 1,000 feet below the surface using our ROV. Our expert staff will craft an expedition where you will learn more, see more and experience more.


Days 11-12: At sea towards Ushuaia

As we sail back to Ushuaia, an albatross or two may join the avian escort of seabirds that cross our bow, and our spotters will keep an eye out for marine life. There'll be plenty of time to enjoy a wellness treatment, log some time in the gym, or catch up on the book you haven't had a minute to read. Talks from our staff will reflect on all you have seen and learned. (all meals included)


Day 13-14: Fly back to Buenos Aires or Santiago

After breakfast, we disembark in Ushuaia. If you have booked the optional charter flights, you'll have some time before the transfer to the airport to explore.


Day 14: Return flight (Optional – Additional Cost)

Fly back home overnight. Please note that you will be flying back to whichever city you originally came through, Buenos Aires or Santiago.

Breakfast and lunch are included. Please check with us on the flight options.


Additional Notes:

There is an optional internal round-flight package and pre-embarkation hotel night (Santiago–Ushuaia or Buenos Aires–Ushuaia). The price of this is USD $990–$1,280 per person for the 2019/20 season and USD $1,100–$1,420 per person for the 2020/21 season.


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.

Embark / Disembark
Zodiac excursions / Landings

About The Ship

  • A state-of-the-art expedition vessel for 148 guests
  • Superior onboard safety features including Ice Radar
  • 1A ice class bows + retractable stabilisers
  • Onboard photographic gear for loan by guests
  • Kayaking available. Free bar & crew tips
  • Rubber boots are provided on loan

By cruising at an impressive 15 knots this ship delivers an extra 24 hours in Antarctica with the time saved.

Loli Figueroa Polar Specialist

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 $13,360 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.

Additional Notes

There is an optional internal round-flight package and pre-embarkation hotel night (Santiago–Ushuaia or Buenos Aires–Ushuaia). The price of this is USD $990–$1,280 per person for the 2019/20 season and USD $1,100–$1,420 per person for the 2020/21 season.


Optional Adventure Activities

Enhance your trip with the following add-on's. Limited places per activity, get in contact to check availability.

Kayaking (complimentary) – all departures, basic competency required.

Single Supplement And Child Policy

For those travelling solo and want their own cabin, this ship has a good number of dedicated single cabins, please contact us for details. However, there is no single supplement if you are willing to share a cabin.

Children are very much welcome. Young travellers receive a $500 discount off the voyage price. 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.

Activity Cost Additional Information
Add on icon Kayaking Kayaking Complimentary All departures. Basic competency required.
Add on icon Photography Photography Complimentary All departures. Workshops with a professional photographer.

Includes

  • One night hotel (Buenos Aires or Santiago)
  • Accommodation and meals while onboard on full board basis
  • Voyage aboard the vessel as indicated in the itinerary
  • All shore excursions and zodiac activities
  • Use of kayaks
  • Beverages, except for certain super-premium brands
  • One fully-lined, windproof, water-resistant parka per guest
  • Transfers to and from group flights
  • 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 and any entry fees to historic landing sites
  • Crew gratuities

Excludes

  • Flights to and from points of embarkation/disembarkation and pre-embarkation hotel night
  • Any additional pre/post land services, including meals
  • Transfers not specified in the itinerary
  • Any additional adventure activities 
  • Visa, passport and any vaccination expenses
  • Airport arrival or departure taxes
  • Personal travel insurance
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Voyage DVD
  • Additional onboard purchases (i.e. gift shop)

Questions about this Voyage?