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Antarctic Peninsula Basecamp

17 days

from £7,550pp (excluding flights)

This Antarctic Peninsula cruise is an active adventure. Use the ship as a base camp to eat and sleep. During the day spend time on shore actively exploring the Peninsula.

  • Spend two or three days in each location on the Antarctic Peninsula to allow time for activities.
  • No extra cost for kayaking, mountaineering, camping, snow shoeing or hiking.
  • Cruise on a small expedition ship (max 116) with expert guides.
  • Explore under the sea on specific departures where polar diving is available

Drake Passage Crossing and expert guides

Set sail on this exciting voyage to the Antarctic Peninsula from Ushuaia, Argentina. Spend two days crossing the Drake Passage, an area rich in sea birds, such as albatross and petrels. There will be lectures during the day by the expert polar guides as an introduction to the white continent. The team on board specialise in photography, marine biology, geology, glaciology, ornithology and history.

Antarctic Peninsula and activities

Upon reaching Antarctica the captain will find the best place to stop dependent on weather conditions, then the fun will begin. There will be opportunities to take hikes in snowshoes near the shore line or make more challenging climbs to viewpoints further inland. Explore near the shore and get close to the marine life and icebergs in zodiacs and kayaks. If weather allows, on two occasions camp out for the night on the snow, a special and unique experience with penguins and seals for company. By stopping in each location for two or three days there is plenty of time for activities and to explore each place indepth. Regular Antarctic voyages spend less time on land or in zodiacs but visit more places. 

On specific departures near the end of the season polar diving is offered. This is a rare chance to look at the secret underwater world in Antarctica. 

Wildlife

As well as the incredible frozen scenery, wildlife is all around. Gentoo and Adelie penguins, leopard and crabeater seals and humpback and minke whales can all be found is this area.

After six days around the Antarctic Peninsula set sail for Ushuaia crossing back across the Drake Passage.


For a more detailed itinerary with great ideas on what to do and where to stay, please get in touch with our experts.

Price Excluding Flights £Flight cost from 
£ 7550 £ 1100

Itinerary at a glance

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Day 1

Fly London to Buenos Aires overnight

Day 2

Day at leisure in Buenos Aires


Known as 'The Paris of Latin America', Buenos Aires is quite simply one of the world's greatest cosmopolitan cities. World class museums and leading restaurants jostle for space with boutique shops and antique markets, and the colonial architecture and cobbled streets of San Telmo contrast with the modern lines and waterfront designs of up and coming Puerto Madero. It is a city with a colourful and fascinating history, which has given rise to a variety of neighbourhoods from the uber trendy Palermo Soho to the bohemian charm of La Boca, the birth place of tango.


You will be staying at Pulitzer, Bed & Breakfast

Day 3

Fly Buenos Aires to Ushuaia


Situated on the southern shore of Tierra del Fuego, Ushuaia is the most southerly town in the world. Founded in 1884, the town was a penal colony until 1947. The location is fantastic, with views over the Beagle Channel and across to the Chilean Island of Navarino. Ushuaia can be either the jump off point for Antarctic cruises or the base from which to explore Tierra Del Fuego National Park and The Beagle Channel.


You will be staying at Hotel Albatros, Bed & Breakfast

Day 4

Ushuaia embarkation
Have the morning at leisure to explore, before embarking the ship. Set sail in the early evening, charting a course through the Beagle Channel.


You will be staying at Plancius, Full board

Day 5

Two Day Sea Crossing
Traverse the Drake Passage, drawing closer to Antarctica. Eventually, cross the Antarctic Convergence, into the Antarctic Ocean, and notice a distinct drop in temperature. Along the way, look out for various species of albatross and petrel, as well as southern fulmars. Near the South Shetland Islands, begin to spot the first of the many icebergs.


You will be staying at Plancius, Full board

Day 6

You will be staying at Plancius, Full board

Day 7

Exploring the Antarctic Peninsula for the Next Six Days
Sail directly to High Antarctica, passing the Melchior Islands and going through the Schollaert Channel. Head to the Neumayer Channel, where the ship will set up basecamp. Spend two days and nights at anchor in the protected waters of Wiencke Island. Take advantage of opportunities to scout the region on foot, by zodiac and during kayak trips. Walkers can use snowshoes on hikes near the shore lines, whilst mountaineers may want to head further inland and aim for higher viewpoints, such as Jabet Peak. All climbs and excursions can only be conducted in good weather conditions.

Continue to Port Lockroy and visit the former British research station and post office, which is now a living museum. Nearby, possibly land at Jougla Point, which is home to gentoo penguins and blue-eyed shags. Journey through the spectacular Lemaire Channel to Pléneau Island and Petermann Island, where Adelie penguins and blue-eyed shags congregate. Whilst in the area, hope to encounter humpback, minke and fin whales.

At Neko Harbour, set foot on the Antarctic Continent; have time for zodiac cruises, hikes and kayaking excursions. For a small group of mountaineers, there will be the chance to climb higher up the nearby glacier. Spend the night at Neko Harbour or near Paradise Bay, staying in a camp erected ashore. Leave early in the morning, after breaking camp.


You will be staying at Plancius, Full board

Day 8

You will be staying at Plancius, Full board

Day 9

You will be staying at Plancius, Full board

Day 10

You will be staying at Plancius, Full board

Day 11

You will be staying at Plancius, Full board

Day 12

You will be staying at Plancius, Full board

Day 13

At Sea for Two Days
Head north and again spend time spotting the array of seabirds on show whilst crossing the Drake Passage.


You will be staying at Plancius, Full board

Day 14

You will be staying at Plancius, Full board

Day 15

Ushuaia disembarkation
Arrive in Ushuaia and disembark after breakfast.

Fly Ushuaia to Buenos Aires


You will be staying at Pulitzer, Bed & Breakfast

Day 16

Fly Buenos Aires to London overnight

Accommodation

Below you can see some of the wonderful places we recommend you stay on your journey.

Plancius

Plancius

The 89 metre Plancius was built in 1976 as an oceanographic research vessel for the Royal Dutch Navy and served until 2004....

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"Personalised service. Seemed to really want to get it right for us. Very impressed when I first called and John spent 40 minutes finding out what we wanted to do and tailoring it for us."

"The expertise that John has really gave us faith in where we were going, the regions, the hotels, the trips. John knew about it all, he described them in detail, and when we asked for different regions he was straight in there with suggestions and ideas. The way the whole trip was planned and presented to us, never any pressure to book or any problem to change plans /ideas."

"John Faithful was wonderfully helpful and conscientious in arranging the itinerary and was always ready to suggest alternatives or rearrange matters without any hesitation; this and his detailed knowledge gave one great confidence."

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Sue Grimwood, Travel Expert

"It was tremendously helpful to be able to speak to someone who had been to Antarctica before - Sue had been on the ship we had booked, so was able to give us some very useful information. We felt that at every stage of the booking process that we were in safe hands. "

""I was uncharacteristically worried about this trip - neurotic some might say - and I was given 110% support and help with everything. I had been disappointed by not being able to get a space on the 2014 trip and so Sue was stuck with me for 2 years - a testament to her patience and professionalism. I was confident in Sue - she knows Antarctica and speaks from experience, that is worth a huge amount. Emails, which I would send were responded to almost immediately.""

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