Trip Summary and Itinerary Map
- 5 full days exploring Antarctica = 10 planned ‘off ship’ excursions
- Choice of departure dates
- Only 132 guests means faster logistics and everyone can do landings together
- Kayaking, polar snorkelling & camping activities (additional cost)
- Complimentary parka jacket & post voyage photo book
Day 1: Arrival in Ushuaia
Arrive in Ushuaia, where you will be met by a representative and transferred to your group hotel.
Day 2: Embarkation in Ushuaia
After a morning exploring Ushuaia, it is time to embark on your adventure. Ushuaia, capital of Tierra del Fuego is located at the shores of the Beagle Channel and surrounded by the Martial Mountains giving you a unique landscape in Argentina, which is the combination of mountains, sea, glaciers and forests.
After embarkation, you’ll have time to settle into your cabin before our important mandatory briefings. As the ship pulls away from Ushuaia we’ll gather on the deck to enjoy spectacular views of Ushuaia and Tierra del Fuego. A welcome dinner will give you chance to get to know your fellow expeditioners and friendly Expedition Team and crew.
Day 3: Crossing the Drake Passage
We commence our Drake Passage crossing, and make the most of our time getting comfortable with the motions of the sea. There are also preparations for our first landing with important wildlife guidelines and biosecurity procedures, and we start our lecture program to help you learn more about Antarctica’s history, wildlife and environment.
Our wildlife experiences begin as we enjoy watching and photographing the many seabirds, including majestic albatrosses and giant petrels following in our wake. They rise and fall skilfully, using air currents created by the ship to gain momentum.
Day 4: Drake Passage & South Shetland Islands:
Nearing the South Shetland Islands and the tip of the Antarctic Peninsula, the excitement is palpable watching for our first iceberg. The ocean takes on a whole new perspective once we are below the Antarctic Convergence and are surrounded by the surreal presence of floating ice sculptures. Weather permitting, we may attempt our first landing in Antarctica by late afternoon.
Days 5 to 9: Antarctica Peninsula
As you arrive on the western side of the peninsula and you spot your first iceberg, take a deep breath of some of freshest and crispest air on Earth; it is an experience that will stay with you forever. Being so far south, we will enjoy 18-24 hours of daylight meaning the days can be as busy and full as you wish. Your Expedition Team, having made countless journeys to this area, will use their expertise to design your voyage choosing options based on the prevailing weather, ice conditions and wildlife opportunities.
Generally, there will be either landings or Zodiac excursions twice a day. Zodiacs are used to cruise alongside spectacular ice cliffs or among grounded icebergs where you'll be keeping watch for whales, seals and porpoising penguins. They will also transport you from the ship to land, to visit penguin rookeries, discover historic huts and explore some iconic places along the peninsula.
Onshore, you will be wandering along pebbly beaches and up snow-covered ridgelines to vantage points with mountains towering overhead and ice-speckled oceans below. There will be opportunities to enjoy optional additional activities whenever conditions allow, including a chance to become a "polar plunger" by fully immersing yourself in polar waters - conditions permitting!
In addition to these activities, the ship may cruise some of the narrow and dramatic straits that separate offshore islands from the mainland, or perhaps linger in scenic bays to watch whales travelling or feeding. Whether you're in the observation lounge or you make your way to the bridge, you will have uninterrupted views of Antarctica in all its splendour. Keep an ear out to listen for the creak and deep rumble of glaciers as they carve their way from summit to sea and take a quiet moment to experience the wonder of the incredible White Continent.
Day 10 & 11: Drake Passage
Relax and reminisce as we cross the Drake Passage, bound for South America. Our Expedition Team recap all the incredible things you've witnessed, or perhaps you'll find a quiet moment place to review the hundreds of photos taken.
Day 12: Ushuaia
The ship will slip up the Beagle Channel and pull into Ushuaia, where you'll say goodbye to new friends and begin any onward travel.
PLEASE 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. Furthermore, it's important to understand that the charter flight(s) to/from Antarctica are particularly prone to weather, which requires a flexible flight schedule.
What our customers think of Antarctic Peninsula Explorer
Antarctic Peninsula Explorer trips scored 4/5 from 7 reviews
Most memorable moment: walking amongst the penguins and the incredible landscape.
Travelled: January 2022
Doug Behan - USA
The seal and penguin species were well documented by the expedition staff and I felt that they did a great job with educating us before arrival in Antarctica from various speeches and learning opportunities to know about what we'd encounter. There were numerous great photo opportunities daily!
Travelled: December 2021
Christopher Norton - USA
The trip was amazing. We loved everything we saw and did and thought the itinerary was great. I loved the focus on learning. It was exactly what we wanted.
Travelled: December 2022
Rebecca Ready - Canada
The daily expeditions were well run, adventurous, and led by amazingly insightful, patient, and FUN expedition staff. There was no one moment that was great, they were all great.
Travelled: December 2021
Christopher Norton - USA
From beginning to end the trip was fantastic. It was so educational and I learned more about the wildlife, geology and history of Antarctica than I could have imagined. All the staff and crew members were knowlegeable and helpful. It was absolutely awe inspiring and the most exciting adventure I have ever been on.
Travelled: January 2019
Courtney Troy Harrison - United States Of America
The expedition team were top-notch!
Travelled: January 2022
Doug Behan - USA
About The Ship
- With its sleek X-bow lines and ground breaking design, few new Polar ships have created such excitement.
- Zodiac platforms specially designed for quick boardings and more time exploring
- State-of-the-art stabiliser system and polar code 6 ice rating
- Large comfortable cabins
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.
|Triple||Porthole Stateroom||Superior Twin||Balcony Stateroom||Superior Balcony||Junior Suite||Captain's Suite|
* Note: Prices are per person. Paid in USD ($) - figure above is based on today's exchange rate. Actual cost $12395
- The departures on 23-Oct-2023 and 28-Nov-2023 are 15 days long and spend additional time exploring the Antarctic Peninsula.
- The departure on 24-Mar-2024 is 14 days long and focuses on exploring the little-visited Weddell Sea area.
Single Supplement And Child Policy
For those travelling solo who would like their own cabin, the single supplement is 1.5 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 8 years old or over are welcome. There isn't any concession on pricing. 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.
- Pre-embarkation hotel night (day 1)
- A 3-in-1 waterproof polar expedition jacket
- Voyage aboard the vessel as indicated in the itinerary
- Accommodation during the voyage on full board basis
- Captain's Welcome and Farewell drinks reception
- Beer, house wine and soft drinks with dinner
- All shore excursions and zodiac activities
- Educational lectures by expert onboard polar guides
- Complimentary WiFi
- 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
- Gratuities for ship crew
- A printed photo book produced with photos from your voyage
- Flights to and from points of embarkation/disembarkation
- Any additional services before and after your voyage
- Transfers not specific to the itinerary
- Travel insurance or emergency evacuation charges
- Optional adventure activities
- Optional activity surcharges
- Any visa, passport and vaccination expenses
- Airport arrival or departure taxes
- Items of a personal nature: laundry, beverages, etc
- Additional onboard purchases (i.e. gift shop)