Active Antarctica Adventure: Natural Highlights of Antarctica

Over 14 days this classic Antarctica itinerary promises to uncover the highlights of the White Continent, travelling on board a comfortable expedition ship from South America to the Antarctic Peninsula. Try various excursions including kayaking, Zodiac boat tours and camping on Antarctica itself. The trip also visits the South Shetland Islands, where you can learn about the research stations that have replaced the whaling industry.


  • Spot wildlife including whale, seal, penguin colonies and a wide variety of birdlife
  • Sea kayak around the Antarctic Coastline and keep an eye out for whales and seals
  • Travel by Zodiac boat and make shore landings in the company of expert guides
  • Camp overnight on Antarctica and enjoy the incredible scenery
  • Visit research stations in Antarctica and the South Shetland Islands
map of south america and antarctica



Day 1 – Arrive in Buenos Aires

Fly direct to Buenos Aires on an overnight flight. On arrival you’ll be taken to your hotel where you’ll spend the next two nights.

Day 2 – Buenos Aires

Spend the day in Buenos Aires, relaxing after your flight and preparing for your voyage to Antarctica.

Day 3 – Fly to Ushuaia

Fly to Ushuaia, where you’ll board your expedition vessel in the world’s most southerly city at the very tip of Argentina. Setting sail in the evening, the voyage first passes along the Beagle Channel and into the Drake Passage on your way to the White Continent.

Days 4-5 – Transit the Drake Passage

Crossing the Drake Passage is one of the most famous sea journeys in history. Spend the days joining the Captain on the bridge to learn about the ship upon which you’re sailing, and watch presentations about the environment, wildlife and history of Antarctica, ready for your visit in two days’ time. Keep an eye out for petrel and albatross who may accompany your journey.

Days 6-9 – Exploring the Antarctic Peninsula

Antarctica’s snowy landscape looms into view in the most dramatic fashion, with sparkling bays and coves spotted with icebergs and small, rocky islands. The scenery is nothing short of spectacular, with heavily glaciated mountains permanently blanketed in snow and ice. Each day includes an exciting choice of activities, from guided hikes on shore and visits to a selection of wildlife colonies accompanied by our expert naturalist guides. You could board a Zodiac boat to cruise among the ice, or take a sea kayak excursion which could lead you several miles from the ship. Some of the wildlife you may spot along the way includes several species of penguin, seals – including the leopard seal, and humpback and minke whales as well as orca. A resident photography guide will be on hand to help you set up your camera to get the best photographs of your trip. During your three days in Antarctica you’ll stay on board the ship, but one night (depending on conditions) you may get to sleep on shore, camping on the coast. Expert gear and equipment will be provided.

Day 10 – Visit South Shetland Islands and Deception Island

Leaving Antarctica behind, the ship then sails to the South Shetland Islands. Depending on the weather conditions at Deception Island, the ship may sail into the dramatic volcanic caldera now flooded by the sea. Explore the island’s abandoned whaling station on foot, still home to whalebones, rusty machinery and tumbledown buildings.

Days 11-12 – Transit the Drake Passage to Cape Horn

Travelling back across the Drake Passage towards South America there will be the chance to view more presentations and to recap your voyage with your Expedition Leader. If weather conditions allow, the ship will make a rounding of Cape Horn – a fitting way to end your journey. Settle in for a special Captain’s dinner this evening, with a view of the Beagle Channel.

Day 13 – Arrive in Ushuaia

An early morning arrival into Ushuaia gives you time to say farewell to your fellow passengers and the ship’s crew. You will have the choice to stay in Ushuaia if you wish to continue your journey in South America, or be taken to the airport for your flight to Buenos Aires where you will spend your final night.

Day 14 – Return flight to the UK

You’ll be taken to the international airport for your flight back to the UK.


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