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Antarctica - Basecamp

The most adventurous exploration of Antarctica packed with plenty of opportunities to partake in active polar pursuits.
Starting at:
Per Person
$ 12,352
Length
13 Days
Embark
Ushuaia
Disembark
Ushuaia
Starting at:
Per Person
$ 12,352

Highlights

  • Experience the legendary Drake Passage and iconic Antarctic Peninsula with their incredible icescapes and diverse marine and avian life.
  • Partake in polar pursuits like hiking, mountaineering, kayaking, and snowshoeing to explore Antarctica from myriad perspectives.
  • Make camp in Paradise Bay like a true polar explorer, enjoying a supreme overnight Antarctic adventure.

Embark on an assuredly adventurous 13-day expedition to Antarctica, renowned as the best activity voyage in Antarctica. This Antarctic Peninsula Basecamp cruise offers you a myriad of ways to explore and enjoy the Antarctic Region, with ample opportunities to explore by Zodiac, hike, snowshoe, kayak, go mountaineering, and even camp out under the Southern Polar skies.

Starting in Ushuaia, Argentina, the so-called “End of the World”, you’ll sail through the Beagle Channel, setting the stage for an unparalleled adventure. Traverse the Drake Passage, experiencing the same cool salt breezes and rolling seas as historic polar explorers and witnessing your first icebergs and wildlife of the Southern Ocean.

Set foot on Antarctica and explore the pristine landscapes of the Antarctic Peninsula with a wide variety of hikes and snowshoeing expeditions for all levels of ability, immerse yourself in the beautiful blue-and-white world of the peaceful polar seas by kayak, and ascend the heights mountaineering to enjoy spectacular views of your polar surroundings. However, best of all, few things get you closer to the Antarctic expedition experience than making camp, settling into your bivouac bag, and sleeping under the stars of the Southern Hemisphere.

This iconic itinerary includes possible visits to numerous sought after sites, from the Neumayer Channel, Port Lockroy, Pléneau & Petermann Islands, to Neko Harbour, Paradise Bay, and the Errera Channel, and is ideal for those more intrepid travelers seeking active exploration opportunities and looking to see the wonders of the White Continent from a wealth of perspectives.

Ships

Ortelius

A historic vessel worthy of her cartographer name exploring the remotest reaches of the polar realms.

Hondius

Famed first Polar Class 6 vessel in the world offering eco-friendly expeditions in hotel comfort.

Plancius

An authentic expedition ship with comfort and character specially built for oceanographic voyages.

Standard Activities

Camping
Camping
blindness
Hiking
Kayaking
Kayaking
presentation
Lectures
Mountaineering
Mountaineering
camera 2
Photography Workshops

Itinerary Day to Day

Day 1

End of the world, start of a journey

Your voyage begins where the world drops off. Ushuaia, Argentina, reputed to be the southernmost city on the planet, is located on the far southern tip of South America. Starting in the afternoon, you embark from this small resort town on Tierra del Fuego, nicknamed “The End of the World,” and sail the mountain-fringed Beagle Channel for the remainder of the evening.

Ushuaia
Embarkation Point
Beagle Channel
Days 2-3

Path of the polar explorers

Days 4-10

Entering Antarctica

Days 11-12

Familiar seas, familiar friends

Day 13

There and back again

Route Map

There are 11 main destinations visited
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Departure Dates

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March 4 - Mar 16, 2024
Ushuaia, Argentina
$ 12,352 - $ 17,985
November 23 - Dec 5, 2024
Ushuaia, Argentina
$ 12,352 - $ 21,446
December 5 - Dec 17, 2024
Ushuaia, Argentina
$ 12,352 - $ 21,446
December 25 - Jan 6, 2025
Ushuaia, Argentina
$ 13,438 - $ 19,410
December 29 - Jan 10, 2025
Ushuaia, Argentina
$ 13,438 - $ 19,410
January 10 - Jan 22, 2025
Ushuaia, Argentina
$ 13,438 - $ 19,410
February 13 - Feb 25, 2025
Ushuaia, Argentina
$ 13,438 - $ 19,410
February 25 - Mar 9, 2025
Ushuaia, Argentina
$ 13,438 - $ 19,410

What's Included

  • Voyage aboard the indicated vessel as indicated in the itinerary
  • All meals throughout the voyage aboard the ship including snacks, coffee and tea.
  • All shore excursions and activities throughout the voyage by Zodiac.
  • Program of lectures by noted naturalists and leadership by experienced expedition staff.
  • Free use of rubber boots and snowshoes.
  • Luggage transfer from pick-up point to the vessel on the day of embarkation, in Ushuaia.
  • Pre-scheduled group transfer from the vessel to the airport in Ushuaia (directly after disembarkation).
  • All miscellaneous service taxes and port charges throughout the programme.
  • Comprehensive pre-departure material.
  • During our “Basecamp” departures, all offered activities (including camping, kayaking, snowshoe/hiking, mountaineering, photo workshop) as well as our standard included shore excursions and zodiac cruises) are free of charge.

What's Excluded

  • Any airfare, whether on scheduled or charter flights
  • Pre- and post- land arrangements.
  • Passport and visa expenses.
  • Government arrival and departure taxes.
  • Meals ashore.
  • Baggage, cancellation and personal insurance (which is strongly recommended).
  • Excess baggage charges and all items of a personal nature such as laundry, bar, beverage charges and telecommunication charges.
  • The customary gratuity at the end of the voyages for stewards and other service personnel aboard (guidelines will be provided).