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The perfect introduction to Antarctica, this voyage offers plenty of activities allowing you to explore the unique flora and fauna of the Antarctic Peninsula, both above and below the water.

The vessel is used as a base camp from which you can enjoy all the activities on offer, most of which are included free of charge in your adventure. One or two trips each year are designated as polar diving trips and welcome appropriately trained divers for a supplement. Please enquire for more details.

Highlights of the trip are numerous and included the magical scenery and the unique flora and fauna of the Antarctic Peninsula. Visitors are easily overcome by sensory overload by wildlife encounters and the size and appearance of the landscape.

Programs may vary depending on local ice and weather conditions, the availability of landing sites and opportunities to see wildlife. The final itinerary will be determined by the Expedition Leader on board. 

There are other trips available throughout the season. Contact us for further details.

Typical itinerary

  1. Day 1: Embark Ushuaia

  2. Days 2-3 : At sea

    Over the next two days you’ll make your way to the white continent by crossing the Drake Passage.

    The crossing will take you to the Antarctic Convergence where there is a distinct drop in temperature as the vessel enters the waters of the Antarctic Ocean. Along the way, you will start to witness icebergs and an array of seabirds, and possibly several whale species some of which are known on occasion to fully breach from the sea.

  3. Days 4-8 : Explore the Antarctic Peninsula

    Sailing directly to 'High Antarctica' passing the Melchoir islands and the Schollaert Channel, the ship will moor in the Newmayer Channel acting as the basecamp for the multiple activities on offer for the next couple of nights. The protected waters around Wienche Island are the focus for these and include exploring on foot, by Zodiac, kayak and on selected trips, underwater.

    Weather and time permitting you will continue through the Lemaire Channel keeping an eye out for the spectacular wildlife including penguins and whales. From Neko Harbour you'll have the opportunity to step foot on the Antarctic continent enjoying panoramic views of the magnificent glacial landscape. Your last night will either be spent here or near Paradise Bay at a local camp.

  4. Days 9-10 : At sea. Sail back across the Drake Passage.

  5. Day 11: Disembark Ushuaia

You should note: Guide price excludes flights. Supplement for diving approx £350.

Key info

  • Duration and price excluding international flights: 11 days from £5,695 pp
  • Departures: Please contact us for departure date details.
  • Included in the price/package:
    • Boat only (twin porthole cabin)
    • Full board meal plan
    • Shore excursions & activities
    • Talks by naturalists
Featured locations:

Paradise Harbour

Surrounded by heavily glaciated mountains and ice cliffs, Paradise Harbour is home to a mind-boggling array of icebergs, which enhance the wildlife viewing experience. Highlights include whales, seals and penguins, alongside abundant birdlife.

  • Ideal for viewing: Adélie penguin, gentoo penguin, hourglass dolphin, orca, humpback whale
  • Excellent for: Liveaboard diving

Lemaire Channel

Filled with icebergs and hemmed in by steep glacial cliffs, this 11 kilometre passage is incredibly scenic and its protected waters are almost as still as a lake, resulting in wonderful reflections of the surrounding Antarctic landscape.

  • Ideal for viewing: Adélie penguin, hourglass dolphin, orca, macaroni penguin, humpback whale
  • Excellent for: Liveaboard diving

South Shetland Islands

Located north of the Antarctic Peninsula, the South Shetlands total over 3,600 square kilometres, and most of the land area is permanently glaciated. Home to seals and penguins, the unique landscape also offers visitors wonderful photo opportunites.

  • Ideal for viewing: Adélie penguin, gentoo penguin, elephant seal, chinstrap penguin, southern right whale
  • Excellent for: Liveaboard diving

Antarctic Peninsula

The Antarctic Peninsula is the most accessible part of the great white continent with some of its best wildlife and scenery. Sculpted icebergs, imposing glaciers and rugged mountains provide the back drop to more whales and dolphins than anywhere else on earth.

  • Ideal for viewing: humpback whale, common minke whale, orca, elephant seal, hourglass dolphin
  • Excellent for: Liveaboard diving, Diving & adventure, Whales
This itinerary is available on the liveaboard shown below. Please contact us for further recommendations.

Plancius

This comfortable ice-strengthened vessel is ideal for exploring remote destinations in the Arctic or Antarctica. Some itineraries include polar diving, as well as regular activities. All trips offer an adventure of a lifetime!