• Cross the Drake Passage
• Explore Deception Island
• Witness glaciers crack and calve
• Whale watching
• Watch for Gentoo, Adélie and Chinstrap penguins, fur, elephant, Weddell, crabeater and leopard seals, wandering albatrosses and other seabirds
• Zodiac landings
• 10 Days
• Start in Ushuaia, Finish in Punta Arenas
• All meals on board included
• Pre-cruise hotel accommodation on a share basis, breakfast included
• Travel on board the Clipper Adventurer
• Activity Level: 1
Skip the four days of Drake Passage crossings and optimize your Antarctica experience by flying! A short three-hour flight is all it takes to travel between Punta Arenas, Chile and King George Island. Once in Antarctica, you’ll waste no time being inundated with the sheer beauty and dramatic landscapes of the white continent. Within hours of your departure you’ll be greeted by our team of experts on the ship and be on the lookout for penguins and whales in Antarctica.
Please Note: The Drake Passage is known for it’s rough seas. If motion sickness or time constraints are a concern, one of our three Antarctic Express tours are great options.
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.
Various Daily Descriptions
This quaint city at the southernmost tip of South America is your gateway to Antarctica. The city itself provides a wide range of jewelry shops, cafes, gear shops and restaurants to explore before your voyage, while the surrounding mountains offer ample adventure activities if you’re wanting to discover the rugged nature of Tierra del Fuego.
Ushuaia, Ship embarkation/Disembark:
A journey through the picturesque Beagle Channel. Be sure to keep your eyes peeled and be out on deck, as the channel is home to a wide variety of wildlife including seabirds and seals. Rainbows are common here too, creating a great photography opportunity to kick off the start to your Antarctic adventure.
At Sea, Crossing the Drake Passage, Lecture Series:
Legendary for its high winds and rolling seas, you may get lucky and have the surprise you with calm seas. Spend your time in the lounge or chatting with your fellow travelers. During the crossing, our Expedition Team will have a series of presentations and discuss your Zodiac and land excursions. If you’re cruising south and flying north you officially enter Antarctica when your ship crosses the Antarctic convergence, a biological boundary that fluctuates around 60° south.
Antarctica Peninsula & South Shetland Islands:
Icebergs are the first attractions that welcome us to Antarctica. Massive floating bergs become more common as we get closer to land and you catch your first glimpse of the Peninsula, with its grand snow-covered mountains. In addition to spotting icebergs, you’ll likely spot penguins chilling out on ice floes and whales feeding and swimming in the frigid waters.
As soon as we can, the Zodiacs will be readied for your first landing in the South Shetland Islands and Antarctic Peninsula. The first time you experience this immense wilderness up close can be a numbing experience. The silence is great, the vastness is even greater. Thankfully the noisy locals – penguins and seals – are there to remind you that this wonderful landscape isn’t just a dream.
Your Expedition Team will monitor the ice and weather conditions to determine which landing sites we can visit. With many sites to choose from, each expedition presents new opportunities for exploring the white continent by Zodiac and land . Swimming in Antarctica is perhaps the most adventurous option you can enjoy, by taking a polar-dip in the water at Neko Harbor. If you would rather stay on land, then how about taking a camping trip in Antarctica? A typical day in this wildlife wonderland will be spent listening to calving glaciers at Petermann Island, watching penguins waddle around a beach, or taking a hike atop a hill for a panoramic view of Port Lockroy. Whatever you prefer, the photographic opportunities are endless.
Punta Arenas - Flying To/From to either Embark or Disembark:
Flights to/from Punta Arenas - King George Island. Enjoy a bit of time on King George Island. This port city is situated at the southern tip of Chile, on the north bank of the Strait of Magellan. Once a Chilean penal colony, Punta Arenas has transformed into a vibrant city offering you plenty of attractions to explore including historic sites and museums.
Travel aboard the M/S Clipper Adventure.
Seas can be rough when crossing the Drake Passage. Zodiac landings required.
Days 3 - 4:
At Sea, Crossing the Drake Passage, Lecture Series
Days 5 - 9:
Antarctica Peninsula and South Shetland Islands
Disembarkation and Fly to Punta Arenas