Undiscovered Antarctica Tour: From Wildlife Colonies to Thermal Springs

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Countries Visited

Antarctica, Argentina, Chile

Places Visited

Ushuaia, Port Stanley, King Edward Point, Leith Harbor...

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Suggested Duration

20 Days

Antarctica tops the bucket list of most travel bucket lists, and for a good reason as the pristine landscape, captivating nature, and remote locations are unparalleled. Your 20-day Antarctica tour will be the most in-depth exploration of the south seas for the ultimate check on your bucket list consisting of the Falkland Islands, South Georgia Island, and Antarctica, including the Polar Circle. Your immersive journey will place you in a British village, an abandoned whaling station, ample penguin...

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Trip Highlights

  • Explore the depths of the Seventh Continent as you travel past the Polar Circle to reach the shores of Detaille Island
  • Discover the lurid calls and bright colors of king penguins at Volunteer Point on the Falkland Islands
  • Wander through the eerie ambiance of an abandoned whaling station at South Georgia Island connected to the famous captain Ernest Shackleton
  • Find a colony of elephant seals basking on the dry shore of Elephant Island, part of the South Shetland Islands
  • Discover the grumpy colony of fur seals that overtake the entire shore of Elsehul Bay on the South Georgia Island
  • Dip into the soothing waters of the thermal springs at Deception Island, which is known for its volcanic activity
  • Traverse the quaint streets and quiet British ambiance of Port Stanley, capital of the Falkland Islands
  • Search the waters across the Southern and Atlantic oceans to find Atlantic minke, southern right, orca, and humpback whales
  • Kayak around the icebergs to view the shores of Pleneau Island populated with Gentoo penguins
  • Travel through the ice-laden channels and snowy paradisiacal bays on a zodiac boat

Detailed Description

The treasures of the snowy continent are within your reach during your personalized Antarctica tour as you traverse the waters of Southern Atlantic and Southern Oceans to reach secluded islands, remote landscapes, and pass the limits of the Polar Circle. Whether you wish to visit research stations or watch the waters for breaching humpback whales, observe the king penguins or kayak past a soaring iceberg, your Antarctica tour will provide the best of adventure and luxury during the ultimate discovery tour.

The thrills will begin with your arrival at Ushuaia, Argentina, located at the southern tip of South America. The city embraces the majesty of Patagonia and reflects the landscape you will soon discover around the South Shetland Islands and coastline of the Antarctic Peninsula. Board your Antarctica cruise ship at the port and travel east towards the Falkland Islands, and your days at sea will provide ample time to relax in the comforts of the ship, listen to a collection of lecturers brought onboard to provide in-depth information on flora, fauna, and history of the Seventh Continent.

After reaching the Falkland Islands, you can spend time in Stanley, best known for its British ambiance. Enjoy searching for the endemic birdlife on the islands, including cobb’s wren and the flightless steamer duck. Scour the waters aboard your Antarctica cruise en route to South Georgia to find humpback whales, orca, or hourglass dolphins swimming in the Antarctic Convergence. Follow in the footsteps of a famous English captain, Sir Ernest Shackleton at Grytviken on South Georgia, a ghost town formerly an active whaling station. Search for king penguins and fur seals amidst the ambling grasses, snow-capped mountains, and sandy beaches.

After crossing the sea to reach the South Shetland Islands, you will have time to explore the distinctive properties of the archipelago from Elephant Island to Deception Island. Visit a colony of elephant seals and bask in the warm waters of a thermal spring heated by natural volcanic activity. Take zodiac boats between the ship and shore and travel beneath the icebergs to reach the coastline with tours of the peninsula at Paradise Bay and Petermann Island. Pass the Polar Circle to reach the distant island of Detaille, home to the preserved British research station known as Station W. On returning north, you will have the chance to kayak around Pleneau Island to view the Gentoo penguins before reaching King George Island for your flight over the Drake Passage to reach Punta Arenas.

For additional Antarctica cruise and trip ideas, browse our other Antarctica tours on Zicasso.

Starting Price

$15,995 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

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  • 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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