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  • Location: Ushuaia, Argentina
  • Duration:  11 days (approx.)
Journey from Tierra Del Fuego to Antarctica and back on this 11-day cruise, round-trip from Ushuaia. Your voyage takes you through the Beagle Channel and the Drake Passage to explore the South Shetland Islands and the Antarctic Peninsula on foot. With expert guides, ride by Zodiac to view magnificent ice-sculpted landscapes, and see an abundance of penguins, whales and other marine life that inhabit the Southern Ocean. Returning to the comfort of your cruise ship each night, it’s unlikely you’ll forget the sheer size and significance of the terrain.

Highlights

  • 11-day Antarctica cruise round-trip from Ushuaia
  • Spot seals, whales and icebergs in the Southern Ocean from a Zodiac
  • Explore the Antarctic Peninsula and South Shetland Islands on foot with expert guides
  • Watch Antarctica's famous penguins as they waddle around on the ice!
  • Stay one night in charming Ushuaia, the world’s southernmost town
  • Enjoy onboard presentations to learn more about the wildlife and environment

What You Can Expect

11-Day Antarctica Cruise from Ushuaia: Drake Passage, South Shetland Islands and the Antarctic Peninsula

Explore Antarctica on an 11-Day Cruise from Ushuaia

Your 11-day Antarctica journey includes onboard presentations by a knowledgeable and professional crew, 28 meals and ground transportation to Ushuaia International Airport. Enjoy nine nights accommodation in double or triple cabins aboard the cruise ship, which holds a maximum of 189 passengers, plus one night accommodation in Ushuaia.

Your amazing tour to the end of the earth also includes day trips aboard a Zodiac. You’ll explore the icy blue waters of the Southern Ocean and the massive continent of Antarctica as you take in the sights of this unbelievable frozen world.

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Itinerary

Day 1: Ushuaia
Arrive in Ushuaia, the world’s southernmost city and the capital of Tierra del Fuego, affectionately known as el fin del mundo – the end of the world. After you check in to your hotel, enjoy free time at your leisure. Spend your afternoon or evening discovering the delightful shops, eateries and museums of this charming town, or hike up the steep Avenue San Martin for a fantastic vista of the Beagle Channel.

Overnight: hotel accommodation in Ushuaia

Day 2: Ushuaia -- Beagle Channel (B, L, D)
Climb aboard your cruise ship to meet your guide and fellow passengers as you set sail through the awe-inspiring Beagle Channel. From the decks of the ship, keep on the lookout for a mix of fascinating birdlife, such as penguins, cormorants, the black-browed albatross and the elusive snow petrel.

Overnight: cabin accommodation aboard the cruise ship

Day 3-4: The Drake Passage (B, L, D)
As the ship navigates through the infamously rough waters of the Drake Passage – a 500-mile (800-km) wide body of water that Sir Francis Drake discovered between South America and Antarctica – witness some of the region’s rare wildlife. Watch the feeding spectacle of seabirds and other marine life drawn to the nutrient-rich sea where polar and temperate waters mix.

Spot albatross, penguins, whales and dolphins from the decks of the ship, or enjoy the gorgeous ocean views portside. You can join one of several engaging on-board presentations from experts who cover such topics as whales, birdlife, expeditions, geology and – of course – Antarctica.

Overnight: cabin accommodation aboard the cruise ship

Day 5-8: South Shetland and the Arctic Peninsula (B, L, D)
Voyage into the heart of the Antarctic waters as your ship travels through various weather, ice and ocean conditions. Prepare for the unexpected, and be ready to disembark on the vast, white continent that is Antarctica.

As your cruise ship approaches the icy mass, get out your camera for great photo opportunities from the deck. Look for breaching whales and admire the breathtaking display of icebergs in the Southern Ocean.

During the next few days, stop at a variety of landing sites, such as Orne Harbor and Paradise Bay. Meet the local king penguins, or try a ‘polar plunge’ in the icy waters of Neko Harbour. Hear your boots crunch over the ice as you explore the white sheets of this frozen peninsula and learn about its inhabitants from expert guides.

Overnight: cabin accommodation aboard the cruise ship

Day 9-10: Drake Passage (B, L, D)
As the ship returns through the Drake Passage toward the comparatively milder climes of Tierra Del Fuego, keep on the lookout for wildlife passing overhead. Listen to a final series of lectures from a range of experts as you head toward dry land.

Overnight: cabin accommodation aboard the cruise ship

Day 11: Ushuaia (B)
After breakfast aboard the ship, wind down your Antarctic expedition on solid ground as you disembark in Ushaia. Say farewell to your shipmates before you’re transferred to Ushuaia International Airport for your onward flight. If you prefer to stay in town, you can end your adventure with your own itinerary.
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