Penguin waiting outside expedition tent in Antarctica

A True Polar Adventure: Cruise, Hiking, and Camping in Antarctica

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Countries Visited

Antarctica, Argentina

Places Visited

Ushuaia, Drake Passage, South Shetland Islands, Antarctic Peninsula

Suggested Duration

11 Days

Enjoy the immersive thrills and enchanting scenery found on your luxurious Antarctica cruise. The White Continent is perhaps the ultimate escapade for thrill seekers and eager explorers interested in uncovering the marvels of the globe at their preferred pace. Wind around dramatic tabular icebergs that broke away from ancient glaciers, and then make camp on snow-drenched hills far from civilization’s reach before trekking over knolls and rocky points for unforgettable views of wildlife. Your Antarctica...

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Trip Highlights

  • Experience the height of adventure and activity during a night spent camping on the Antarctic Peninsula near the Wordie House
  • Hike across the rocky terrain and the pebbled beaches on Petermann Island to discover and observe the thriving Gentoo penguin colony
  • Navigate channels that are teeming with tabular icebergs calved from the ancient ice shelf on a zodiac boat that will position you up close to the massive frozen features
  • Find the rare occurrence of male elephant seals as they populate the shores of Half Moon Island and expand the colony to new horizons
  • Indulge in the surprisingly warm thermal springs of Deception Island, famous for an intriguing history, giant watery caldera, and exceptional baths
  • Engage in a series of lectures that will acquaint you with the captivating histories and mysteries of Antarctica and its wildlife 

Detailed Description

Chart your course destined for the excitement of the Seventh Continent on your 11-day Antarctica cruise that will bring you into the splendor of untamed nature. Images of the continent reflect terrain awash with snow and ice captured in the freezing climate near the South Pole, but Antarctica teems with life, history, and adventure for an extraordinary experience for thrill-seekers, eager explorers, or first-time adventurers interested in a new destination. Your Antarctica tour will begin with your arrival in Ushuaia, Argentina as your private transfer will escort you from the airport to the port to board your ship and set sail across the Beagle Channel.

While traveling across the Drake Passage to reach the Southern Ocean, you can relax in your luxurious cabin, enjoy the gourmet cuisine, listen to fascinating lectures, and observe the wildlife from the ship’s top deck. Search the waters for minke, humpback, and orca whales, along with hourglass dolphins and five different species of seals. The skies fill with an extraordinary amount of sub-Antarctic and Antarctic sea birds, including albatross and skuas.

As you travel over the Antarctic Convergence to reach the South Shetland Islands en route to the Antarctic Peninsula, you will relish the feeling of adventure as you venture out on your zodiac boat to explore the iceberg-laden waterways. Search for elephant seals on Half Moon Island before reaching the protected cove at the Port of Circumcision on Petermann Island. Delight as you get close to colossal icebergs, trek the landscape over a variety of islands and along the beaches of the Antarctic Peninsula in search of different species of penguins. Visit the Wordie House and camp on the blanketing snow of the White Continent before venturing back towards Argentina by way of the Drake Passage.

Starting Price

$11,435 per person (excluding international flights)

Your Zicasso trip is fully customizable, and this sample itinerary is a starting place for your travel plans. Actual costs are dynamic, and your selection of accommodations and activities, your season of travel, and other such variables will bring this budget guideline up or down. Throughout your planning experience with your Zicasso specialist, your itinerary is designed around your budget. You can book your trip when you are satisfied with every detail. Planning your trip with a Zicasso travel specialist is a free service.

What's Included

  • Accommodations
  • In-country transportation
  • Some or all activities and tours
  • Expert trip planning
  • 24x7 support during your trip

Your final trip cost will vary based on your selected accommodations, activities, meals, and other trip elements that you opt to include.

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