This epic 20-day expedition brings you to a side of the Antarctic Peninsula even the luckiest of travelers don’t often see. You’ll experience the best of polar travel, including abundant wildlife, important historical sites, and ice—lots of ice. Embarking from Ushuaia, Argentina, you’ll traverse the legendary Drake Passage to arrive at Elephant Island, which gave Ernest Shackleton’s crew refuge in 1916. From this significant start you’ll move on to see enormous penguin colonies up close; zodiac cruise among icebergs that look like art; walk around and explore historic and operating scientific bases; sail across the imaginary but important line of the Antarctic Circle; and take a zodiac ride to see humpback and killer whales—all the while surrounded by the spectacular scenery of Antarctica.
Day-by-Day Expedition in Brief
- Get to know Antarctica intimately during this 20-day trip
- Venture into the Weddell Sea on the remote east coast of the Antarctic Peninsula
- Cross the Antarctic Circle at 66°33' S
- See a penguin colony of over 100,000 breeding pairs on volcanic Paulet Island
- Step back in time to experience Antarctic exploration in abandoned yet perfectly preserved bases
- Arrive in Buenos Aires, Argentina, the tango capital of the world, and let us take care of the rest of your journey