Expedition To Antarctica: Glaciers & Penguins

Ushuaia, Tierra del Fuego Nat'l Park, South Shetlands

Our nimble Polar vessel can take you deeper into remote wilderness areas of the Antarctic not visited by the larger ships... And every day, our experienced naturalists are there to enrich this voyage of a lifetime!

Our prices start from

$ 6,999 LAND ONLY

12 Days • GUIDED • 28 Meals

Operated Tour

The Details

  • 11 nights accommodation
  • Enjoy 2 nights at our luxury resort in Ushuaia and 9 nights aboard our comfortable polar expedition vessel.
  • Shipboard expedition leader, naturalist guides and lecturers
  • Services of a local host
  • All on-tour transportation and related fees
  • Airport transfers (Restrictions apply)
  • 11 breakfasts, 8 lunches, 9 dinners


Engaging Experiences These special places and experiences are considered tour highlights. Look for them in the daily itineraries.

Day 1 - Enjoy Your Free Extra Night In Ushuaia

Arakur Resort & Spa

Guests arrive in Ushuaia today and will be met at the airport and chauffeured to our resort.

Day 2 - Enjoy your Extra Day in Ushuaia

Arakur Resort & Spa

Breakfast Included

After breakfast, guests have this entire day to enjoy the idyllic natural setting of our resort. If you wish, you can explore on your own in nearby Ushuaia, the lively port uniquely situated at the tip of the Continent. Our other travelers will be arriving today.

Day 3 - Into Tierra Del Fuego & On To Our Polar Vessel

Discover Tierra del Fuego at the End of the World, a remarkable land of mountains, sea coasts, forests and waterways.

MV Ushuaia

Breakfast, Dinner Included

This morning's guided tour explores Tierra del Fuego National Park. Traveling all the way to Lapataia Bay, you'll have a chance to observe indigenous species as you learn about the region's unique geology, flora and fauna. Return to port and board the mv Ushuaia. Settle into your cabin, meet your expedition staff of leaders, guides and lecturers, and get acquainted with our intimate Polar vessel as you set sail along the Beagle Channel.

Day 4-5 - Crossing The Drake Passage

Our expedition ship carries only 90 passengers so its open bridge and expansive decks provide all guests with a better vantage for wildlife sightings as we take you deeper into remote regions of the Antarctic.

MV Ushuaia

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Included

Named for Sir Francis Drake who explored these waters in 1578, the Drake Passage marks the Antarctic Convergence, where Polar waters sink beneath warmer currents, creating an upwelling of nutrients that sustains a diversity of marine life. As you sail across this passage, our naturalists are on deck to identify the many seabirds following in our wake. The ship's open bridge policy allows you to join officers to learn about navigation and watch for Minke, orca and humpback whales. Sightings of icebergs and snow-capped peaks indicate that we have reached the South Shetland Islands. With good sea conditions, you'll go ashore on Day 5 for your first landing!

Day 6-9 - South Shetland Islands And Antarctic Peninsula

Shore landings in Antarctica are limited to 100 people at a time. With only 90 guests and a full fleet of Zodiacs, our vessel is uniquely able to have all guests onshore at the same time. This means no waiting for another group to return to ship and more time to explore ashore in small groups, each with an expert naturalist.

MV Ushuaia

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Included

A haven for wildlife, the South Shetlands offer the opportunity to encounter vast penguin rookeries, numerous seabirds and pristine beaches ruled by fur and elephant seals. Sailing through the narrow passage into the flooded caldera of Deception Island is amazing. On King George, you'll be greeted by Adélie and Chinstrap penguins, kelp gulls, blue-eyed cormorants, Antarctic terns and giant petrels. Here you'll also see the scientific bases of different nations. As we near the Antarctic Peninsula, you'll have ample time to explore its pristine scenery – a mountain wilderness of ice, snow and water home to a rich variety of wildlife. Apart from penguins and seabirds, you are likely to encounter Weddell, crabeater and leopard seals. Depending upon sea and ice conditions, we'll navigate some of the most beautiful waterways of the Southern Hemisphere: the Gerlache Strait, the Neumayer Channel and the Lemaire Channel – a narrow passage between towering rock faces and spectacular glaciers. With good conditions, you'll make at least two landings per day, always joined by our knowledgeable naturalists. Possible landing sites on the Continent itself include Paradise Bay, one of the most aptly named places on earth. After negotiating the iceberg-strewn waters of the Antarctic Sound, we visit Paulet Island, home to a bustling Adélie penguin colony of 100,000 pairs. The Nordenskjöld expedition built a stone survival hut here in 1903. Today its ruins have been taken over by nesting penguins. Further exploration may take you to Melchior Island, Cuverville Island, Portal Point, Neko Harbour and Pléneau Island. If conditions permit, we'll go to Petermann Island for a visit to the southern-most colony of Gentoo penguins.

Day 10-11 - Northward Across The Drake Passage

Thoughtful lectures and insight from our naturalists enhance every day of your voyage including these days at sea.

MV Ushuaia

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Included

The MV Ushuaia leaves Antarctica behind and heads across the Drake Passage. Join our naturalists on deck or head to the bridge with the officers; either way, keep your senses tuned for seabirds and whales. You can also enjoy our final lectures, a wonderful recap of all that you've encountered.

Day 12 - Disembark, Explore Ushuaia & Departure

Breakfast Included

Step off in Ushuaia and transfer to the airport for your onward journey.

2021 Tour Dates


2022 Tour Dates

15, 24

Pricing is per person, double occupancy, land and cruise only, based on November 1, 2021 travel date. Single supplement from $3,000. Call AAA for current airfare rates and availability. Save an extra $600 or more per couple ($300 or more solo) when you pay in full at booking. Ask about our 13 and 14-Day voyages including the Weddell Sea and Polar Circle Quest..

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