Tourists hiking on glacier during an excursion in Antarctica

Antarctica Cruise and Excursion Trip

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Customizable Itinerary

This is a sample itinerary to inspire a personalized trip designed with your travel specialist

Countries Visited

Antarctica, Argentina

Places Visited

Ushuaia, Drake Passage, Lemaire Channel, Neumayer Channel...

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Suggested Duration

12 Days

During your customizable Antarctica cruise, your ship is your ideal base camp for your Antarctica tour focused on adventure. Acting as a safe harbor, you will embark on the ultimate discovery of pebbled beaches, slippery glacial surfaces, and the powdery texture of blanketing snow. Search for seals, whales, and penguins or bask in cozy thermal baths as you sail.  Move out into the scenery on an endless selection of activities that range from snowshoeing to kayaking, zodiac boat tours to glacier...

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Trip Highlights

  • Kayak near the shores of Neko Harbor to search for active Gentoo penguins
  • Traverse the icy surface of stunning glaciers for insight and unique views of the undulating texture and crevices
  • Spend time exploring the mountainous scenery of Antarctica while climbing to the top of Jabet Peak
  • Visit both former and current research stations interspersed across the wild landscape, including the public bar at Ukraine’s Vernadsky Research Base
  • Relish the search for different types of whales swimming between the Drake Passage and around the icy waters of the Southern Ocean
  • Stroll near the edge of the chinstrap penguin colony on Wiencke Island, located along Neumayer Channel
  • Engage in the lectures offered in the comforts aboard the ship to learn both the history and the science that spans the oceans and landscape of Antarctica

Detailed Description

The Seventh Continent is known for its seclusion and its pristine, dramatic beauty that is cast by jagged mountain peaks, blankets of opulent white snow, boulders that support penguin colonies, and ice floes on which seals haul out. Your 12-day Antarctica tour will immerse you in the great scenery and the luxurious comfort from the thermal baths of Deception Island on the South Shetland archipelago to the comforting aromas of coffee and hot chocolate that emanate from the dining room of your cruise ship. The remarkable features of the Antarctic are influenced by the incredible weather that has shaped the landscape, wildlife, and ability to explore for millennia, helping to create the unique ambiance of your unparalleled adventure.

Your great expedition will begin in Ushuaia, Argentina, the gateway to Antarctica. Enjoy the day at your leisure with time to explore the that streets nestled between the stunning scenery of the Martial Range and Beagle Channel before boarding the ship and disembarking for the Southern Ocean. Travel the Drake Passage with time to enjoy the comforts of your luxury cruise ship or listen to the engaging lectures that provide deeper insight into the characteristics of the weather patterns, landscape, and wildlife of the remote region. The ship passes through High Antarctica, referring to the Melchior Islands and Schollaert Channel. The distinctive weather and sporadic ice floes make your journey alongside the Antarctic Peninsula unique, navigating the waters best suited at for the time of travel.

Using the ship as your base camp along the coastline, you can follow your guide with daily activities, such as kayaking, snow-shoe excursions, glacier walks, and climbing the hills for better views over the magnificent snow-paved mountains. Visit the old research station at Port Lockroy and keep your eyes open for crabeater seals or passing humpback whales. Take advantage of the opportunities to tour on zodiac boats getting up close to towering glacial walls or tabular icebergs around Neko or Paradise harbors before traveling back to Ushuaia to end your journey. You could extend your stay in Argentina to add to the fascinating journey with time in the cultural and political capital of the country, Buenos Aires.

Starting Price

$9,595 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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