Antarctica Classic - Discovering the Antarctic Peninsula

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• Cross the Drake Passage
• Explore Deception Island
• Whale watching
• Watch for gentoo, Adélie and chinstrap penguins; elephant, fur, Weddell, crabeater and leopard seals and many seabirds

Fact File

• 11 or 12 days at sea (11-day departures spend one day less at the Antarctic Peninsula)
• Start and finish in Ushuaia, Argentina
• All meals on board
• Pre-cruise hotel on a shared basis with breakfast included
• Activity Level: 1


Storm petrels skim the sea swells, humpback whales breech in the early morning light and an endearing penguin, wings extended, comes your way as if to say, “welcome”.

We start and finish our Antarctic Adventure in Ushuaia, Argentina. Traveling via the Beagle Channel, the Drake Passage and the South Shetland Islands, we arrive at the Antarctic Peninsula. The Peninsula is the most accessible part of the White Continent, and as luck would have it, it also has some of the most awe-inspiring scenery and wildlife on the continent. Travel through the Lemaire Channel with its sheer cliff walls towering 1,000 feet above explore Port Lockroy to see a former British Antarctic Survey Station; and witness glaciers calve turquoise ice in thundering magnificence.

Over the course of the austral spring and summer, the sun lingers longer and longer, melting snow and ice. Wildlife abounds: chicks hatch and fledge, and pods of whales breach in a deep bay where a calving iceberg has churned up krill, the local delicacy. The natural cycle of life ensures that every expedition is different and that every expedition is full of surprises!

And that's just a small sample of what awaits. Traveling via the Drake Passage, the trip concludes back in Ushuaia, the southernmost city in the world.

This is not an ElderTreks operated tour. As such, participants on this tour are not exclusive ElderTreks clients and it may not adhere to ElderTreks' maximum size restrictions of our tours.

FROM: $6190



Travel aboard our adventure ships, the M/S Clipper/Sea Adventurer, Ocean Diamond or Sea Spirit.

Comfort notes

Seas can be rough when crossing the Drake Passage.

Itinerary - detailed itinerary

Day 1: Ushuaia, Argentina
Day 2: Embarkation Day
Days 3 - 4: Crossing the Drake Passage
Days 5 - 8: South Shetland Islands and Antarctic Peninsula
Day 9: Drake Passage to Ushuaia
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