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Yacht and whales, Sailing in Antarctica, Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica

Antarctica by Sailing Boat



17 Days

Prices Start from

£18,900 (ex. flights)

Designed to appeal to those who wish to skip the unpredictability of the Drake Passage and make like an explorer of old, this trip is like no other in Antarctica.

Travelling around the Antarctic Peninsula on a 72-foot-long ice-strengthened sailing boat that can accommodate just seven passengers plus crew, this memorable polar expedition is aimed at the most intrepid of explorers whose aim is to get up close and personal with the wildlife and landscapes of this southern polar wonderland.

Key Highlights of this Itinerary

Flight landing on King George Island 1

Fly to Antarctica

Fly from Chile to Antarctica, avoiding sailing across the notorious Drake Passage.

Camping in Antarctica 2

Camp on the Ice

Owing to special permits from the NSF, spend six nights camping on the ice.

Small group landing, Antarctica 3

Exclusive Groups

Experience the peace and solitude of Antarctica with no more than seven people.

Icebergs, Antarctica 4

Antarctic Peninsula

Spend eight to twelve days ashore, more time than most trips to the Antarctic Peninsula.

Why we like it

Perfectly suited to the most adventurous wayfarers with their sights set on making the most of their time in Antarctica, this sailing voyage in Antarctica is an adventure-filled trip. Bypassing the Drake Passage crossing in favour of amplifying time spent navigating the peripheries of the continent in a traditional vessel, days are spent kayaking past icebergs, moving through ice-strewn waters in zodiacs or landing on remote beaches ruled by Antarctic fur seals.

This unique trip allows you to take advantage of the perpetual light, with long days spent sailing among icebergs and jaunts ashore to step foot on the Great White Continent. Each holds something different, bringing anything from whale-watching to ice camping, placing it amongst the most adrenaline-filled Antarctic expeditions. On this adventure, you can expect to find yourself struck by the depth of the silence and surrounded by a cacophony of crackling ice all in the same day. The true highlight is the exclusive opportunity to camp for up to six nights in the icy wilderness, sharing the solitude only with the legions of wildlife.

Explore our suggested itinerary

  • Days 1-2

    Punta Arenas

  • Day 3

    Punta Arenas - King George Island

  • Days 4-12

    Antarctic Peninsula

  • Days 13-16

    Crossing the Drake Passage

  • Day 17


Days 1-2

Punta Arenas

Day 3

Punta Arenas - King George Island

Days 4-12

Antarctic Peninsula

Icebergs, Antarctica

Spend eight to twelve days ashore, more time than most Antarctic Peninsula trips.

Days 13-16

Crossing the Drake Passage

Day 17


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Sue's in-depth knowledge of Antarctica, the route options and each of the vessels was invaluable in our preparation for the trip and was a strong differentiator when we were choosing a travel agent. When talking with Sue, we quickly got an honest perspective.

Destination: Antarctica
Travel Expert: Sue

Both telephone and e-mail responses were excellent and all of Sue's expert advice was very much appreciated. She was prompt, supportive and engaging throughout and our expedition to Antarctica was spectacular.

Destination: Antarctica
Travel Expert: Sue

Sue’s extensive first-hand knowledge of Antarctica was so apparent from our first phone call. She was able to help us select the ideal route and vessel for our needs, and with her guidance we were able to see the emperor penguins!

Destination: Antarctica
Travel Expert: Sue

Sue forewarned us that there would be no words to describe South Georgia and that our photos wouldn’t do it justice, and how right she was. All we can say is “see for yourself”. Thank you, Sue, for your indispensable advice.

Destination: Antarctica
Travel Expert: Sue

We were blown away by Sue’s in-depth knowledge of everything from endemic species to the history of Shackleton and his men. No question we had went unanswered, and no little detail was missed.

Destination: Antarctica
Travel Expert: Sue

A note on price

Prices will vary depending on the time of year you are travelling. Prices do not include international flights. Please ask one of our Travel Experts for an accurate quote. Flights purchased through Steppes Travel departing from the UK are ATOL protected.

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