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Tour highlights

  • Sit among a penguin colony.

  • Marvel at icebergs carved into hypnotic shapes by the wind and water.

  • Spend time on deck watching wandering albatross circle the boat while keeping an eye open for whales.

  • Kayak or trek in peace through untouched regions.

Price includes

  • Scheduled international flights
  • In-destination transfers
  • Activities and excursions as detailed
  • All accommodation

Itinerary idea in detail

Includes international flights from Ireland.

  • Today you begin your journey by boarding your international outbound flight to Buenos Aires.

  • Arrive in Buenos Aires. Have the afternoon to explore Argentina's diverse capital.

  • Fly to the world's most southerly city of Ushuaia where you can sample the local delicacy - king crab!

  • Free time in the morning to explore the city before you board the ship and set sail along the Beagle Channel. Settle in to your cabin (this version is based on a mid range twin cabin with an ensuite).

  • You will enter Drakes Passage at around 2am and the day will be spent making your want across this notorious stretch of water. Surprisingly the wildlife spotting on the way can be amazing with wandering albatross, Wilsons petrel and even blue whales possible.

  • Come to the end of the Drake Passage and start to spot the first icebergs as you approach the South Shetland Island and the Antarctic Peninsula.

  • Shore landings and excursions on the Antarctic Peninsula and nearby islands such as Petermand, Livingston and Deception. There will generally be two excursions per day.

  • Shore landings in Antarctica. You may also have the chance to camp on the ice, go kayaking or even snorkelling or diving. More and more adventure options are being added to Antarctic expeditions so please do ask if you are interested.

  • Shore landings in Antarctica.

  • Shore landings in Antarctica.

  • Start crossing back over the Drake Passage.

  • At sea crossing the Drake Passage.

  • Early morning arrival back in Ushuaia and transfer to the airport for a flight to Buenos Aires, where you will spend the night. We have kept this itinerary short but we would also recommend that, if you have time, you head out to an estancia to relax for a day or two. Trips to Antarctica can be hard work as you are constantly on the move and lots of people are in need of a few days' rest before returning home.

  • Transfer to the airport for your onward flight.

  • Arrive home today to complete your journey.

Accommodation options

While the itinerary price reflects the suggested accommodation, Audley trips are 100% tailor-made, and a specialist can help you select the option best suited to your tastes and budget.

When to go

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
July is one of the best times to visit
Place Daily max temperature (°C) Monthly rainfall (mm)
Buenos Aires
 
Ushuaia & Tierra del Fuego
 
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