Take the trip of a lifetime against a backdrop of ice as you explore Antarctica from Buenos Aires
Antarctica is considered by many to be the final frontier. Home to an equal number of stories of glory and tragedy, you can experience this incredible spot for yourself and find out what drew so many to explore this rugged and unforgiving land. Watch penguins at play, spot minke whales in the icy waters as you navigate south from Buenos Aires, keeping an eye out for other animals, including leopard seals, blue whales, orcas, birds and fur seals. Spend some time learning about South Georgia as you go ashore to discover old whaling stations and linger a while at Sir Ernest Shackleton’s remote grave and the nearby whaling station.
South Georgia is rich in history and wildlife. Stand upon beaches teeming with thousands of king penguins in some of the largest rookeries in the world
Visit abandoned whaling stations and the resting place of the great explorer, Sir Ernest Shackleton
See abundant species of whales, seabirds, seals and penguins on regular Zodiac excursions along the plunging coastline of the Antarctic Peninsula
Learn about Antarctic history, geology and wildlife from on-board lectures made by polar specialists
A diversity of possible landing sites and activities allows you to see the spectacular Antarctic Peninsula from multiple perspectives
Optional activities such as sea kayaking can take your adventure to the next level. Book early, as these sell out fast
Although our ice strengthened ships are big and sturdy, Antarctic waters can be unpredictable and rough. Some people may experience seasickness, especially through the Drake Passage and other open water crossings. Please be prepared with medications to combat this. There is also a doctor on-board should you need further assistance.
As you’d expect, temperatures in the Antarctic are freezing. A warm parka will be provided along with waterproof boots and unlimited hot drinks, but you should also bring base layers and lots of warm clothing. Please see the trip notes for further important information about what to bring.
Weather depending, you will be making regular excursions in a Zodiac boat to explore the local area and look for wildlife. It can get very cold and wet on the Zodiac, so make sure you are dressed appropriately and that you keep your camera safe and dry. Sturdy sea legs are needed as you make wet and dry landings from the boat, and on steep terrain, snow and other uneven surfaces. Some ships have a lot of stairs, so please hold on to the handrails if seas are rough.
The weather plays a pivotal part in this adventure and although there’s an itinerary in place, there are no guarantees that you’ll be able to do everything that is planned for. A level of flexibility and openness to embracing the unexpected are important in expedition travel, especially to such a remote area. There are nearly 200 recognised sites in the Antarctic Peninsula and South Shetlands; the places mentioned in the itinerary may need to be changed to others (which are equally as interesting). We may also be confined to the ship during rough weather. The on-board library and educational lectures are ideal ways for keeping entertained.
If you’re looking to take your polar adventure to the next level, Ultramarine is designed to help you discover amazing new places.
Arctic and Antarctic bookings have an increased deposit requirement of 20% of the full voyage cost (before any discount). The balance is due 120 days before departure.
If a booking is cancelled 120 days or more before departure - the cancellation fee is the full loss of the deposit paid.
If a booking is cancelled between 119 days and departure - the cancellation fee is 100% of the total price of the voyage.
Other fees may apply for air tickets and other arrangements booked in conjunction with a Polar voyage.
Kayaking is available to book on all Antarctic voyages. Some voyages also offer other activities such as camping, stand up paddle boarding, cross country skiing and mountaineering. All of these activities must be booked prior to departure and incur an additional cost. Spaces are limited so please enquire at time of booking. For kayaking, previous, recent experience is essential and a good level of fitness is required for cross country skiing and mountaineering. See the itinerary for Adventure options available on this voyage.
Your voyage is operated by our sister company, Quark Expeditions. All accommodation and transfer arrangements as listed in the itinerary are also operated by Quark Expeditions or their local representatives.
Strict luggage limits apply. Please see Trip Notes (What to Take) for more information.
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