Ushuaia Roundtrip 9 Nights - Antarctic Cruise

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Embark on a 10-day adventure from Ushuaia, Argentina, the "End of the World," through the formidable Drake Passage to the South Shetland Islands and Antarctica. Witness the Passage's unpredictable nature, from tempestuous seas to tranquil waters, encountering diverse wildlife. Explore Elephant Island and Deception Island, with surprises guided by Captain’s Choice.

In Antarctica, navigate Beak Island, Brown Bluff, and more, each offering unique landscapes. The expedition, shaped by the captain's strategic choices, promises an immersive journey, blending cultural exploration, challenging navigation, and awe-inspiring encounters with the pristine wilderness of The White Continent. This 10-day Ushuaia Roundtrip is a triumphant exploration of the southernmost frontier.

10 Day Antarctica Itinerary

Day 1: Ushuaia

Despite being nicknamed the "End of the World" due to its location at the southernmost tip of South America within the Tierra del Fuego archipelago, Ushuaia is anything but the end of adventure. Nestled where the Andes meet the Beagle Channel, with the snow-capped Martial Mountains as a backdrop to a vibrant cityscape of colorful buildings, this lively town invites you to embark on a thrilling journey. Ushuaia, far from reaching its conclusion, offers opportunities to immerse yourself in the rich indigenous culture, with places like Parque Yatana providing scenes that bring this cultural experience to life.

Day 2 & 3: Drake Passage

Traversing the adventurous Drake Passage is an endeavor tailored for the most daring of explorers. Guided by petrels and albatrosses gracefully gliding across the skies, this journey adds a triumphant dimension to the expedition to Antarctica.

Stretching from the southernmost region of the Americas to the Antarctic Peninsula, the Drake Passage serves as the gateway to The White Continent, where the clash of cold southern ocean and warm northern sea water generates formidable currents, testing the mettle of those who navigate its waters.

The rewards for those who brave this challenging passage are unparalleled. The convergence of warm and cold waters creates an environment that attracts extraordinary wildlife, including the majestic presence of humpback whales and hourglass dolphins accompanying the voyage. The 48-hour soundtrack of this passage is a symphony featuring the crashing of ocean waves against the ship and the calls of petrels, skuas, and gulls.

While renowned for its demanding navigation, the Drake Passage can unveil a contrasting side. At times, the channel transforms into a calm and tranquil waterway, offering a pleasant voyage into Antarctica. This unpredictability is one of the splendid characteristics of the Drake Passage - you never know what to expect.

Emerging from the Drake Passage, the monumental icy peaks of the South Shetland Islands loom into view, welcoming you on your triumphant landing. Having navigated this rite of passage, you stand ready to explore the seventh continent.

Day 4: South Shetland Islands

Situated within the expansive Antarctica region, the South Shetland Islands offer a treasure trove of wildlife, picturesque landscapes, hiking opportunities, and awe-inspiring viewpoints that evoke the sensation of discovering an entirely new world. The potential landing on Elephant Island, aptly named for its cliffside resemblance and the residence of elephant seals, follows in the footsteps of the renowned Shackleton Expedition.

Another prospective landing site is Deception Island, true to its name, housing a volcanic caldera with heated springs amidst the dramatic black sands. Additional stops may encompass the scenic Half Moon Island, the maritime haven of Yankee Harbor, the historic Point Wild, and Barrientos Island, boasting numerous Gentoo penguin rookeries.

The inclusion of Captain’s Choice in the itinerary adds an extra layer of adventure and surprise. The ship's captain adeptly navigates changing weather conditions, ensuring optimal wildlife viewing experiences by taking you to the most promising areas. This curated selection of destinations within the South Shetland Islands promises an enriching and unpredictable exploration of Antarctica's diverse wonders.

Day 5, 6 & 7: Brown Bluff & Cierva Cove

Known as The White Continent due to its immense stretches of icebergs, snow, and glaciers, Antarctica stands as the ultimate challenge for seasoned explorers. Navigating its icy waters, you may find yourself stepping onto sites like Beak Island, Brown Bluff, Cierva Cove, Hidden Bay, and more. Each landing on this pristine continent unveils a distinctive landscape, ranging from vast tundra expanses to rugged mountain peaks, enticing you to tread paths that only a select few explorers have ventured before.

The inclusion of Captain’s Choice in the itinerary enhances the sense of adventure, introducing an element of surprise. Your ship's captain skillfully maneuvers around changing weather conditions, ensuring an optimal wildlife viewing experience by taking you to the most promising areas. This curated approach promises a truly immersive exploration of Antarctica, with the allure of untouched landscapes and unique encounters with the region's captivating wildlife.

Day 8 & 9: Drake Passage

Embarking on the formidable Drake Passage is a journey tailored for the most adventurous of souls. Guided by the elegant flight of petrels and albatrosses, this crossing becomes a testament to the explorer's daring spirit. Witnessing its formidable power elevates the odyssey to Antarctica into a truly triumphant experience.

This maritime passage connects the southernmost region of the Americas to the Antarctic Peninsula, marking the gateway to The White Continent. The convergence of frigid southern ocean and warmer northern sea water in the Drake Passage gives rise to powerful currents, providing a challenging test of one's mettle.

The courage to traverse these waters is rewarded with encounters with extraordinary wildlife. Humpback whales and hourglass dolphins grace the journey, creating a symphony alongside the crash of the ocean against the ship and the calls of petrels, skuas, and gulls during the 48-hour passage.

While renowned for its unpredictable navigation challenges, the Drake Passage occasionally reveals a tranquil side. On some occasions, the channel transforms into a calm and peaceful waterway, offering a serene voyage into the Antarctic expanse. This variability is one of the captivating characteristics of the Drake Passage - a realm of uncertainty and surprise.

Emerging from this maritime crucible, the colossal, icy peaks of the South Shetland Islands stand proudly on the horizon, welcoming the intrepid traveler to a victorious landing. Completing this rite of passage symbolizes the exploration of the seventh continent, a remarkable achievement etched in the annals of Antarctic adventure.

Day 10: Ushuaia

Ushuaia, despite earning its moniker "End of the World" from its position at the southernmost tip of South America within the Tierra del Fuego archipelago, is anything but the conclusion of adventure. Nestled where the Andes converge with the Beagle Channel and the snow-capped Martial Mountains provide a stunning backdrop to a vibrant city adorned with colorful buildings, this lively town beckons, poised to offer you the exhilarating journey of a lifetime. Notably, places like Parque Yatana provide immersive experiences into the rich tapestry of indigenous culture.

Itinerary Map

Ushuaia Roundtrip 9 Nights

10 Day Antarctica Itinerary Includes

  • Cultural immersion
  • Dining venues with ever-changing menus
  • Unlimited beverages, including fine wines, spirits and craft beers
  • Open bars and lounges, including 24-hour bar service with specialty canapés
  • Stocked in-room minibar
  • Specialty coffees, teas and fresh-pressed juices
  • Afternoon and high tea
  • Champagne and gourmet canapés during meet and greet
  • 24-hour room service, including spirits, wine and beer
  • L'OCCITANE bath amenities
  • Pre-paid gratuities
  • Use of walking sticks and binoculars
  • Reusable water bottle
  • Butler service and expanded room service menu in suites

10 Day Antarctica Itinerary Does not Include

    10 Day Antarctica Itinerary Highlights

    • Encounter petrels, albatrosses, humpback whales, and hourglass dolphins.
    • Unique landscapes from expansive tundra to rugged mountain peaks.
    • Rich indigenous culture at Parque Yatana.

    Meals Included

    • Breakfast Served Daily
    • 9 Dinners
    • 10 Lunches
     | Disko Island | huge icebergs
     | Scoresby Sund | Icebergs floating
     | Falkland | Bird

    10 Day Antarctica cruise activities

    Sea Kayaking
    Under full instruction from your sea kayaking guide, experience true tranquillity as you paddle through clinking ice floes and realise the enormity of the surrounding scenery. Look out for breaching whales, lounging seals and penguins zipping alongside your kayak. Some experience is required.
    Ice Camping
    Camp out on the ice and experience the silence which blankets the continent by night. This is your chance to completely connect with this ethereal ice world – wrap up warm and embrace the Antarctic elements.
    Get a spring in your step when you slip on a pair of snowshoes in Antarctica. Enabling you to easily scale gentle slopes, this unique activity allows you to access hard to reach places and seek out the most impressive views.
    Learn to capture wildlife and landscape shots in a small group photography program, including critiquing sessions and editing classes. Plus, Explorer Boat excursions with a dedicated photography expert on landings.
    Explorer Boats
    Achieve the best views and photographs from a forward facing Explorer Boats. They allow you to sit comfortably and securely while crackling through the ice-strewn waters. Look out for wildlife such as penguins, seals and whales as you cruise.
    It doesn’t get more serene than complimentary yoga classes to the tune of glacial scenery. Join the most unique exercise setting in the world after a day of exploration. Classes are regular but are dependent on weather conditions and swell.
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