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Antarctic Peninsula – Holiday Voyage

Antarctica Cruise Information

Summary : ‘Tis the season . . . to be in Antarctica! Enjoy the ultimate holiday adventure on a special celebratory season voyage. Penguin chicks hatch, skuas are on alert, and late-bloomers try to finish off their nests. With 24 hours of daylight, pack in continental landings, visits to historic sites and scientific stations, and perhaps even an after-dinner Zodiac cruise. You could share protected channels with minke and humpback whales, and kayak amongst ice floes and drift near curious wildlife on this trip of a lifetime!

NOTE: This is a NEW ship that is currently being built. All details are subject to change.

Activities : Birding, Hiking, Kayaking, Triple/Quad Cabins


Prices from
$11,200 to $21,400

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Day 1
Ushuaia, Argentina

Arrive in Ushuaia where you’ll be met by a expedition representative and transferred to your downtown hotel (if taking the designated group flight). The rest of the day is at your leisure.

Day 2
Ushuaia, Argentina / Embark

Make your own way to the port in time for boarding. Enjoy a warm, late afternoon welcome from your friendly expedition team and crew. You'll have time to settle into your cabin and explore the ship before an evening departure. Excitement lifts with the anchor as you set sail down the Beagle Channel, keeping watch for Magellanic penguins, dolphins and albatross.

Day 3 – 4
Drake Passage / South Shetland Islands

Fall in love with gliding albatross or the heroics of tiny storm petrels as you cross the Drake Passage. Outer decks and the warm bridge offer excellent bird watching and your naturalist’s informative talks, safety and environmental guidelines prepare you for our Antarctic landings. Enjoy time to meet fellow travelers as you relax and prepare for the days ahead. Keen eyes watch for the appearance of icebergs, and penguins and seals in the waters heralding you in to your first landing in the South Shetland Islands.

Day 5 – 10
Antarctic Peninsula

If weather permits, early risers are rewarded with spectacular views of ice-clad mountains along the Danco Coast, then soaring Anvers Island as the ship reaches the Antarctic Peninsula. Over the days ahead, explore penguin rookeries, historic sites and scientific stations and celebrate the holidays with your expedition 'family' in one of the most beautiful places on Earth. In Zodiacs, cruise among an iceberg fantasia, where seals bask on floes and kayakers glide into secluded bays. Thanks to the small number of people on board, spontaneity and flexibility is possible, enhanced enjoyment the result.

Day 11 – 12
Drake Passage

As the Captain steers the ship north across the Drake Passage, your minds and souls revel in rich Antarctic experiences. There’s time to watch for seabirds, enjoy entertaining talks, discuss what you’ve seen and learned, exchange photos and stories. With luck and favorable weather conditions, the ship may make a ceremonial rounding of Cape Horn before sharing a farewell dinner with your newfound friends.

Day 13
Ushuaia, Argentina

After breakfast, disembark in Ushuaia and transfer to the airport.


Read this itinerary as a guide only; the exact route and program varies according to ice and weather conditions—and the wildlife you encounter. Flexibility is the key to the success of this expedition. ExpeditionTrips is not responsible for itinerary changes.

NOTE: This is a NEW ship that is currently being built. All details are subject to change.

Mandatory Travel Insurance:
As a requirement of participation on this expedition, all passengers must purchase emergency evacuation/repatriation insurance at a minimum coverage of $250,000. Other conditions may apply based on pre-existing conditions. Insurance should cover personal accident and medical expenses, evacuation and repatriation, baggage loss, and cancellation or curtailment of holiday. ExpeditionTrips can assist U.S. residents with travel protection options.

‘Getting out amongst it’ is the philosophy, and the aim is to kayak at least once a day, weather depending, once the destination is reached. If the opportunity arises you may even go out twice, as the 24-hour daylight allows for some beautiful evening paddles. Paddle anywhere between 2 to 4 hours per outing, sometimes taking a snack and a flask of hot chocolate to enjoy on your excursion. Each group of 4 to 12 kayakers generally visit the same wildlife sites as your fellow expeditioners, however your smaller craft often means that you also have the opportunity to access areas that are often not accessible by Zodiacs. It is important that you have an adventurous attitude and understand that your kayaking time will be affected by the weather experienced. Even if your experience is limited, call us to discuss your suitability. There is often ample time to gain the required experience before you depart. Kayakers should be aged 14 or over. Equipment included: kayak & paddle, neoprene boots, safety gear, 20-litre dry bag, life jackets, dry suits, and pogies (insulated mittens that attach to your paddle). Minimum participant number must be met in order for program to take place.

One pre-cruise hotel night in Ushuaia with breakfast; luggage transfer from hotel to ship; group transfers from Ushuaia airport to hotel if on the group flight; transfer from ship to Ushuaia airport or downtown on disembarkation day in Ushuaia; shipboard accommodations; personalized photo book (post voyage, one per booking); gear to keep (expedition jacket); gear on loan (gumboots); all meals onboard ship; house wines, beers, and soft drinks with dinner onboard ship; select pre-dinner drinks with canapes onboard ship. Subject to change without notice.

Not Included:
Airfare; passport and visa expenses; transfers not mentioned as included; kayaking supplement; alcohol not mentioned as included; soft drinks outside of dinner service; items of a personal nature such as Wi-Fi, laundry service, spa charges, medical expenses; required travel insurance; excess baggage charges; airport arrival or departure taxes; gratuities; fuel surcharge may apply.

Photos: © Aurora Expeditions

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