Antarctica Expedition classic (11 days)

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An unforgettable cruise with MS Ushuaia to the Southern Shetland Islands and the Antarctic Peninsula - Discover the eternal ices with us on this expedition departing from the town of Ushuaia!

Departures 2016-17:
November: 13. (11 days), 23. (10 days) / December: 21. , 31. (11 days) / January: 21. (10 days) / February: 26. (11 days) / March: 8, 17., 26. (10 days)

The prices quoted are valid for departures in November and March, ask us for current prices and availability for the other months! Please note that the seats in the 3-seater cabins will be sold separately.
Please ask us about other tours as well, like the Falkland Islands or an overpass of the Polar Circle!

100 % flexible trip suggestion

  • 1
    Day
     

    Departure from Ushuaia - Welcome on board!

    Overnight:
    In the afternoon, your ship will leave the Argentine town of Ushuaia. You will then get to know the expedition team and will have time to settle on board, as you will navigate through the famous Beagle Channel and the picturesque Mckinley Pass.
  • 2
    Day
     

    Crossing the Drake-Passage

    Overnight:
    Named after the well-known discoverer Sir Francis Drake, who sailed through these waters in 1578, the Drake Passage forms the Antarctic convergence, a biological border where cold polar waters sink below the warmer waters of the north. This provides for the development of numerous nutrients that preserve the biodiversity of the area. The Drake Passage also marks the northern boundary for ??many Antarctic seabirds.
    On the way through the passage, the team will be on the deck to help you identify the diverse seabirds, such as the Albatross. The bridge of the USHUAIA will be usually open for you, so you will get to know the crew and learn about the shipping maneuvers, or simply enjoy the view while whale watching. A detailed lecture program will also be offered.
  • 3
    Day
     

    Crossing the Drake-Passage

    Overnight:
    The first icebergs and snow-capped mountains come into view - a sign that you have reached the Southern Shetland Islands, a collection of 20 islands discovered for the first time in 1819. If the climate in the Drake Passage allows it, our experts will accompany you on land, where you will see penguins and seals.
  • 4
    Day
     

    Antarctic Peninsula and Southern Shetland Islands

    Overnight:
    Days 4 to 8 of your cruise will take you to explore the Southern Shetland Islands and the Antarctic Peninsula. The program depends very much on weather and ice conditions, therefore, two excursions are planned every day.

    The Southern Shetland Islands are a paradise for animals. Large penguin colonies and beaches full of Antarctic polar bears and elephant seals make every day unforgettable in this unique group of islands.
    In addition, the journey through the narrow passage into the flooded crater of Deception Island is an incomparable experience.
    On the island of King George, the largest of the Southern Shetland Islands, you will meet colonies of nesting nobility and reindeer penguins and numerous other seabirds. There are also numerous research stations of various countries. The island of Livingstone awaits you with various penguin species and elephant seals.
    Islas Shetland del Sur
  • 5
    Day
     

    Antarctic Peninsula and Southern Shetland Islands

    Overnight:
    The impressive history of the Antarctic Peninsula gives you an exciting feeling, like that of the first explorers. Like one of them you will be given time to enjoy the fascinating landscapes, a wilderness full of snow, ice, mountains and waterways, and an incredible variety of wild animals. In addition to penguins and seabirds, it is also very likely that you will see different seals species as well as orcas and humpback whales.
  • 6
    Day
     

    Antarctic Peninsula and Southern Shetland Islands

    Overnight:
    Depending on the ice conditions, we will try to cross some of the most beautiful waterways in this area: the Gerlach Strait, as well as the Neumayer and Lemaire canals; the last two are narrow passages between towering rock faces and spectacular glaciers.
  • 7
    Day
     

    Antarctic Peninsula and Southern Shetland Islands

    Overnight:
    A daily attempt will be made to allow two shore excursions, for example at the Paradise Bay, probably one of the best-known places in the world. After crossing the Antarctic bay full of icebergs, you will visit the huge colonies of Adelie penguins (over 100,000 pairs of broods here!) In addition, blue-eyed cormorants on the island of Paulet. In 1903 the participants of the Nordenskjöld expedition built a stone survival hut, the ruins of which were taken by nesting penguins.
    Shetland
  • 8
    Day
     

    Antarctic Peninsula and Southern Shetland Islands

    Overnight:
    Today on another exploration, you will visit the Melchior and Cuverville Islands, Portal Point, Neko Harbor, Pléneau Island and, if the ice conditions will allow it, the Petermann Island, where you will see the southernmost colony of donkey penguins.
    Islas Shetland del Sur
  • 9
    Day
     

    Cross the Drake passage to the North

    Overnight:
    You will leave the Antarctic and head north to cross the Drake Passage. The experts on board will hold informative lectures and accompany you on the deck to look out for seabirds and whales. Return to MS Ushuaia to enjoy a little relax and the fascinating adventures of the last days.
  • 10
    Day
     

    Cross the Drake passage to the North

    Overnight:
    Your last day on the MS Ushuaia! There you will have the opportunity to accompany the experts on board on the observation of wild animals and during their lectures, while slowly returning to the mainland.
    Lobo de mar antartida
  • 11
    Day
     

    Arrival in Ushuaia

    In the early morning, you will reach the city of Ushuaia and leave the ship after breakfast.
    Do not let your adventure end here. Ask us for ideas and possibilities to extend your stay in Ushuaia or to get to know Patagonia!
    Cartel del Fin del Mundo

Detailed trip suggestion

What is included in this trip?

Day 1:
  • Double/Twin Cabin M/S Hushuaia
Day 2:
  • Double/Twin Cabin M/S Hushuaia
Day 3:
  • Double/Twin Cabin M/S Hushuaia
Day 4:
  • Double/Twin Cabin M/S Hushuaia
Day 5:
  • Double/Twin Cabin M/S Hushuaia
Day 6:
  • Double/Twin Cabin M/S Hushuaia
Day 7:
  • Double/Twin Cabin M/S Hushuaia
Day 8:
  • Double/Twin Cabin M/S Hushuaia
Day 9:
  • Double/Twin Cabin M/S Hushuaia
Day 10:
  • Double/Twin Cabin M/S Hushuaia
Day 11: