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Antarctic Explorer Refined

With a wide range of departure dates and a great choice of optional adventure activities to choose from, this itinerary offers flexibility and variety. Spend 4 full days exploring Antarctica with your experienced team of naturalist guides from the comfort of a spacious expedition ship.

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Trip type

Antarctic Peninsula

Trip length

11 Days

From

$11,195 -$28,495

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Comfort & Adventure

Antarctic Explorer Refined - 11 Days - $11,195

Trip Summary and Itinerary Map

  • 4 full days exploring Antarctica with daily landings and zodiac cruising
  • Purpose-built expedition ship with capacity for just 172 guests
  • Antarctic operational experience since 1992
  • Excellent expedition staff to guest ratio of 1:7
  • Optional adventure activities on select departures: camping, kayaking, one-off paddle and paddleboarding excursions (limited places, additional cost for each)
  • Pre-cruise hotel night included in Ushuaia
  • Complimentary 3-in-1 expedition parka jacket, boot loan & house alcoholic drinks included with dinner & evening bar service

Start from Ushuaia and end at Ushuaia

Landmarks potentially visited on Antarctic Explorer Refined

Operator's Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive into Ushuaia, Argentina

On arrival in Ushuaia you will be met and transferred to your included hotel for the night.

Ushuaia is the southernmost city in the world. With the Beagle Channel stretching away to the south and snow-dusted mountains to the north, it’s a spectacular departure point for your Antarctic cruise. If you arrive early, you might like to spend time in the nearby picturesque Tierra del Fuego National Park or exploring the quirky Maritime Museum in the city’s old prison.


Day 2: Embarkation Day

After spending your free time exploring this morning, you will embark on your ship in the late afternoon and set sail down the Beagle Channel. Get out on deck with your camera and binoculars as this is a great place to get your first wildlife sightings. As you head out into the Drake Passage tonight, you'll be in the world's southernmost continent the next time you see land! 


Days 3 & 4: Crossing the Drake Passage 

As you sail across the infamous waters of the Drake Passage, your days will be kept busy with briefings to prepare you for the adventure ahead, along with educational lectures on the wildlife, ice and history of Antarctica. 

Make time to head out on deck if conditions allow, as this is the perfect spot to photograph the incredible seabirds cruising around the ship, including huge albatrosses with their vast wingspans and curious giant petrels. As you come to the end of the Drake, keep your eyes peeled for your first iceberg! 


Days 5 to 8: Exploring the Antarctic Peninsula and the South Shetland Islands

As you arrive in Antarctica, the exploration begins in earnest. Every day will be different, with your skilled Captain and Expedition Leader adjusting the plans according to the weather and ice conditions, along with impromptu wildlife opportunities. 

Your experienced Expedition Team will be on hand to help you explore and understand this jaw-dropping continent. During your time here you’ll head ashore to marvel at the cacophony of bustling penguin rookeries. You will also enjoy zodiac cruises, gliding between towering sculptural icebergs and looking for marine wildlife such as snoozing seals out on the ice or humpback whales feasting on krill. 

Those who have signed up in advance for optional activities such as kayaking or paddleboarding may get the chance to experience Antarctica from a uniquely serene water-level perspective. 

In the evening recaps your naturalist guides will expand on the wildlife behaviours you’ve seen that day and your Expedition Leader will talk through the Plan A for tomorrow morning. Spend any spare time you have out on the ship’s expansive decks, soaking up the incredible icy landscapes that surround you. 


Days 9 & 10: Crossing the Drake Passage 

As you bid Antarctica farewell you will head north back across the Drake Passage. Spend time on the deck watching for seabirds and enjoy the continuing educational program from your Expedition Team. It’s also a great time to start sorting through all your photos and reminiscing with your fellow adventurers about your spectacular experiences.

Day 11: Disembarkation in Ushuaia

You will arrive in Ushuaia in the morning, allowing you to continue your adventure on land or catch your flights home. A transfer back to the airport is included. 


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.

Why our customers love Swoop

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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 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.

We love the spacious suites, with the option to have either the expansive glass of a drop-down French balcony or your own private walkout balcony. Either way, the views from your cabin are spectacular. 

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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.

2024

2025

2026

Triple Superior Suite Deluxe Suite Veranda Suite Infinity Suite Owner's Suite
November 2024 Save up to 30%
5-Nov-2024 Save 25%
$12,895
$9,671
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$19,695
$14,771
Full Save 25%
$15,995
$11,996
Save 25%
$15,995
$11,996
Save 25%
$22,695
$17,021
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14-Nov-2024 Save 30%
$13,996
$9,796
Save 30%
$20,695
$14,486
Save 30%
$22,195
$15,536
Save 30%
$16,996
$11,896
Save 30%
$16,996
$11,896
Save 30%
$23,792
$16,656
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23-Nov-2024 Save 20%
$11,195
$8,956
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$16,595
$13,276
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$17,795
$14,236
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$13,995
$11,196
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$13,995
$11,196
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$18,585
$14,868
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December 2024 Save up to 10%
28-Dec-2024 Full Full Save 10%
$24,795
$22,315
Save 10%
$18,595
$16,735
Save 10%
$18,595
$16,735
Save 10%
$26,395
$23,755
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January 2025 Save up to 20%
22-Jan-2025 Save 15%
$11,695
$9,940
Save 15%
$18,295
$15,550
Full Save 15%
$15,295
$13,000
Save 15%
$15,295
$13,000
Save 15%
$20,895
$17,760
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31-Jan-2025 Save 20%
$13,995
$11,196
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$21,695
$17,356
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$23,295
$18,636
Save 20%
$17,595
$14,076
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$17,595
$14,076
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$24,795
$19,836
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February 2025 Save up to 30%
9-Feb-2025 Save 25%
$13,995
$10,496
Save 25%
$21,695
$16,271
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$23,295
$17,471
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$17,595
$13,196
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$17,595
$13,196
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$24,795
$18,596
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18-Feb-2025 Save 30%
$13,995
$9,796
Save 30%
$21,695
$15,186
Save 30%
$23,295
$16,306
Save 30%
$17,595
$12,316
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$17,595
$12,316
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$24,795
$17,356
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March 2025 Save up to 30%
11-Mar-2025 Save 30%
$11,395
$7,976
Full Save 30%
$18,895
$13,226
Save 30%
$14,495
$10,146
Save 30%
$14,495
$10,146
Save 30%
$20,695
$14,486
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November 2025 Save up to 30%
6-Nov-2025 Save 30%
$14,395
$10,076
Save 30%
$21,995
$15,396
Save 30%
$21,195
$14,836
Save 30%
$16,895
$11,826
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$16,895
$11,826
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$25,295
$17,706
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15-Nov-2025 $11,395 $17,595 $18,895 $14,495 $14,495 $20,695 Enquire
24-Nov-2025 Save 30%
$15,295
$10,706
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$23,395
$16,376
Save 30%
$25,195
$17,636
Save 30%
$17,995
$12,596
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$17,995
$12,596
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$26,995
$18,896
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December 2025 Save up to 20%
27-Dec-2025 Save 20%
$16,195
$12,956
Save 20%
$24,695
$19,756
Save 20%
$26,595
$21,276
Save 20%
$18,995
$15,196
Save 20%
$18,995
$15,196
Save 20%
$28,495
$22,796
Enquire
January 2026 Save up to 20%
5-Jan-2026 Save 20%
$15,695
$12,556
Save 20%
$23,995
$19,196
Save 20%
$25,895
$20,716
Save 20%
$18,495
$14,796
Save 20%
$18,495
$14,796
Save 20%
$27,695
$22,156
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14-Jan-2026 Save 15%
$15,695
$13,340
Save 15%
$23,995
$20,395
Save 15%
$25,895
$22,010
Save 15%
$18,495
$15,720
Save 15%
$18,495
$15,720
Save 15%
$27,695
$23,540
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23-Jan-2026 Save 20%
$15,695
$12,556
Save 20%
$23,995
$19,196
Save 20%
$25,895
$20,716
Save 20%
$18,495
$14,796
Save 20%
$18,495
$14,796
Save 20%
$27,695
$22,156
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February 2026 Save up to 30%
26-Feb-2026 Save 30%
$13,195
$9,236
Save 30%
$20,195
$14,136
Save 30%
$21,695
$15,186
Save 30%
$15,495
$10,846
Save 30%
$15,495
$10,846
Save 30%
$23,295
$16,306
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March 2026 Save up to 30%
7-Mar-2026 Save 30%
$13,195
$9,236
Save 30%
$20,195
$14,136
Save 30%
$21,695
$15,186
Save 30%
$15,495
$10,846
Save 30%
$15,495
$10,846
Save 30%
$23,295
$16,306
Enquire

* Note: Prices are per person. Paid in USD ($) - figure above is based on today's exchange rate. Actual cost $11195

Single Supplement And Child Policy

For those travelling solo who would like their own cabin, there are 2 dedicated single cabins. Alternatively, the single supplement is 1.7 to 2 times the cost of a standard twin occupancy cabin. Please contact us for details. There is no single supplement for solo passengers willing to share a cabin, which is available on a twin share basis in select cabin categories.

At the date of embarkation, the minimum age restriction of 8 years and a minimum height and weight requirement of 64lbs (29kg) and 48ins (1.2m) must be met. 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 Camping Camping $295 Available on select departures and subject to suitable weather conditions. Camping involves 1 night ashore, usually sleeping in the open air using a snow hole and bivvy sack. Booking in advance is essential.
Add on icon Kayaking Kayaking $995 An immersive full sea kayaking program for those who want to kayak multiple times (as often as weather and ice conditions allow). Prior kayaking experience is required and you must be able to do a wet exit to participate. Available on all departures, subject to weather and ice conditions. Booking in advance is essential.
Add on icon Paddling Paddling $295 One-off paddle session lasting approximately 60-90 minutes using sit on top kayaks. Available on all departures, subject to weather and ice conditions. Minimal kayaking experience is required. Booking in advance is strongly recommended.
Add on icon Paddleboarding Paddleboarding $295 Select departures only, subject to weather conditions. One-off paddleboarding session. Basic competency required. Booking in advance is strongly recommended.

Includes

  • Transfers in Ushuaia as indicated
  • Pre-embarkation hotel night and breakfast
  • Online photo journal of the voyage
  • Complimentary 3-in-1 parka jacket
  • Loan of rubber boots for the voyage's duration
  • Voyage aboard the vessel as indicated in the itinerary
  • All shore excursions and zodiac activities
  • Accommodation and meals during the voyage on full board
  • Educational lectures by expert onboard polar guides
  • Beer, standard wines and spirits, as well as cocktails, are included during bar service hours (typically pre-dinner and evenings) and dinner (from November 2024)
  • Basic complimentary WiFi access for one device at a time per guest (from November 2024)
  • Access to an onboard doctor and basic medical services
  • Comprehensive pre-departure information
  • Port taxes and any entry fees to landing sites
  • Emergency evacuation insurance to a maximum benefit of USD $500,000 per person (please note that travel insurance - including medical and curtailment cover - is still mandatory)

Excludes

  • Any flights to and from points of embarkation/disembarkation 
  • Any additional pre/post land services, including meals
  • Transfers not specified in the itinerary
  • Optional additional adventure activities (e.g. camping, kayaking, one-off paddling, paddleboarding)
  • Visa, passport and any vaccination expenses
  • Airport arrival or departure taxes
  • Personal travel insurance
  • Items of a personal nature, e.g. laundry, premium beverages and high data communication
  • Customary staff gratuity at the end of the voyage
  • Additional onboard purchases (i.e. gift shop)

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