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Trips to Antarctica From Ushuaia & Punta Arenas in Patagonia

We offer Antarctic expedition cruises that begin in Ushuaia, Argentina and Punta Arenas in Chile. Each trip varies depending on the size of the ship, the length of the expedition and the comfort of cabins. Our shortest Antarctica tours last 5 days, whereas our longest cruises last 23 nights, allowing you to see Antarctica, South Georgia and the Falkland Islands in their full glory.

If you have limited time, however, we also offer an option that includes flights as well as an antarctic cruise; please see the Antarctica 21 options below for more information.

Why Visit the Antarctic Peninsula?

There’s simply nowhere else on Earth that rivals the ethereal beauty of Antarctica. Visiting the Antarctic peninsula gives you the opportunity to see the final frontier of Earth in its pure, natural state. 

Antarctica is home to the largest frozen landmass in the world. This polar landscape is virtually untouched by human life, and there are are only a few scattered buildings that house scientific researchers from time-to-time. Once you arrive at this vast white continent, you’ll be taken aback by its breathtaking beauty and incredible wildlife; it is truly a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that can’t be missed.

Antarctic Expedition Routes

There are several routes that you can choose for your polar expedition. The option you choose will largely depend on the time you have and the activities you’d like to participate in. To get the most out of your trip, we recommend choosing one of our longer Antarctica cruises. This gives you the opportunity to see more of the Antarctic circle and explore polar regions that very few people have visited before. 

All of our expeditions embark from Ushuaia in Argentina or Punta Arenas in Chile. Fortunately, we also offer tours in both of these areas, if you want to extend your trip and explore more of South America. 

Routes

Antarctica Routes

Classic Antarctica

ROUTE:
Ushuaia/Antarctica/
South Shetlands/Ushuaia

9 NIGHTS
FROM: US$ 5,460 pp
Aboard The Ushuaia Ship

Antarctica Routes
Antarctica Routes

Classic Antarctica

Air-Cruise

ROUTE:
Punta Arenas/Antarctica/Punta Arenas

On board the Magellan Explorer, Ocean Nova or Hebridean Sky Ships

7 NIGHTS
FROM: US$ 11,395 pp
Flight and Cruise

Antarctica Routes
Antarctica Routes

Polar Circle

Air-Cruise

ROUTE:
Punta Arenas/Antarctica/Punta Arenas

On board the Magellan Explorer or Ocean Nova Ships

9 NIGHTS
FROM: US$ 15,495 pp
Flight and Cruise

Antarctica Routes
Antarctica Routes

Antarctica Express

Air-Cruise

ROUTE:
Punta Arenas/Antarctica/Punta Arenas

On board the Magellan Explorer, Ocean Nova or Hebridean Sky Ships

5 NIGHTS
FROM: US$ 4,695 pp
Flight and Cruise

Antarctica Routes
Antarctica Routes

Journey to

Antarctica

ROUTE:
Ushuaia/Falklands/South Georgia/Antarctica/Ushuaia

14 DAYS
FROM: US$ 14,680 pp
Aboard National Geographics Explorer

Antarctica Routes
Antarctica Routes

Antarctica, South

Georgia & Falklands

ROUTE:
Ushuaia/Falkland Islands/South Georgia/Antarctica/Ushuaia

23 NIGHTS
FROM: US$ 25,220 pp
Aboard National Geographics Explorer/Orion

Antarctica Routes
Antarctica Routes

Antarctica

Peninsula

ROUTE:
Ushuaia/Antarctica/Ushuaia

10 NIGHTS
FROM: US$ 7,950 pp
Aboard M/V PLANCIUS OR M/V ORTELIUS

Antarctica Routes

Punta Arenas to Antarctica

Our antarctic tours from Punta Arenas are provided by Antarctica21 and last 7 or 9 nights. Your expedition team will fly over Cape Horn and the infamous Drake passage, to get to King George Island where you’ll begin your Antarctic adventure. 

This itinerary combines flights and expedition ship experiences to give you a taste of classic Antarctica in a short space of time. However, this does not mean that you’ll have a less exciting trip than those on our longer cruises. Both of our 7-night expedition cruises and our 9-night cruises will give you the opportunity to see spectacular wildlife such as seabirds, king penguins and humpback whales. In addition to this, your tour operator will walk you through the history, natural wonders and sights of this vast white continent whilst you sail between stops on your tour.

Ushuaia to Antarctica and South Shetland Islands

We also offer tours that begin from Ushuaia and visit the South Shetland Islands and Antarctica before returning to Argentina. The tour operator that provides this itinerary is Antarpply Expeditions and the cruise lasts 9 days. 

This option does not include any flights, however, you will still get to explore Drake passage, the Antarctic peninsula, and the South Shetland Islands on a comfortable expedition ship. Depending on the ice conditions, you’ll be able to step ashore and get up close and personal with Antarctic fur seals and southern elephant seals. You’ll also navigate historical waterways such as the Gerlache Strait and Neumayer Channel all in 9 activity-packed days. 

The Falkland Islands, South Georgia and Antarctica 

Our longest cruises are provided by National Geographic Expeditions and they last 13 nights or 23 nights. With these options, you’ll start your expedition in the U.S. or Buenos Aires, and you’ll embark on an all-encompassing Antarctic explorer tour by air and sea. 

This epic journey to the south pole, and one of the coldest places on earth, is not one to be missed. You’ll travel to the Antarctic peninsula, whereby you’ll get the opportunity to explore the icy waters via Zodiac boat or kayak. Kayaking and embarking on Zodiac excursions give you the chance to get up close and personal with the Antarctic landscape in a small group. Of course, safety is of the utmost importance in this part of the world, and the areas you visit will depend on the current state of the ice, as well as the weather. 

On the 23-day Antarctic tour, however, you’ll also get the opportunity to visit South Georgia island and walk, hike or kayak where intrepid explorer Ernest Shackleton once trod. If you’re up to the challenge, take advantage of trekking and hiking opportunities to get a feel for what it would’ve been like to be a part of the original expedition team.

Ushuaia to Antarctica 

On this expedition, you will begin from the southernmost city on Earth in Ushuaia, after which point you’ll start your Antarctic adventure. This trip, hosted by Ocean Expeditions, will take you through the path of polar explorers of the past, through the Drake passage, Anvers islands, Schollaert channel and more. 

Weather permitting, you’ll be taken to areas such as the Lemaire channel, Neumayer channel and Wilhelmina Bay, where you’ll get the chance to see albatrosses, Adelie and Gentoo penguins and even leopard seals. 

The OceanWide classic Antarctica expedition lasts 9 nights, however, we also offer a shorter tour which begins in Ushuaia which lasts 5 nights. This alternative option, the Antarctica Express Air Cruise, begins in Ushuaia, but ends in Punta Arenas where you can fly on to your next destination.

FAQ’s About Antarctic Expeditions

If you’re apprehensive about visiting Antarctica for the first time, not to worry. We’ve put together several FAQ’s to help you get the information you need for your Antarctic adventure.

Q. How Much Does it Cost to Go to Antarctica?

A. The cost of your polar expedition will vary depending on factors such as the length of your trip and your expedition ships’ size and cabins. Our most affordable Antarctic expedition packages start from $4,695 for 5 nights, whereas you can expect to pay $25,220 or more for our longer Antarctica tours. 

Q. What Animals Live in Antarctica?

A. Despite its freezing temperatures, Antarctica is home to a wealth of spectacular wildlife. Some of the common animals you can see there include: 

  • Emperor penguins
  • Adelie penguins
  • Elephant seals
  • Humpback whales
  • Orca whales 
  • Albatrosses
Q. What Can You Do in Antarctica?

A. If you’re visiting Antarctica via cruise ship, you’ll spend most of your time navigating the icy sub-antarctic waters, sailing through the South American fjords and taking in the natural landscape. However, you can also take part in activities such as kayaking and trekking in small groups, if the weather allows it.  

Antarctica is also a prime location for spotting incredible wildlife that you can’t see elsewhere. You can spend your days marvelling at the penguin rookeries of the antarctic peninsula, whilst catching a glimpse of orcas, seals and dolphins from the comfort of your cabin. There are also sights such as museums and churches to visit, depending on the tour you choose.

Q. What is the Climate Like in Antarctica?

A. Antarctica is the coldest continent on Earth, however, it is technically a desert because it rarely rains there. On average, temperatures in Antarctica reach -50 degrees celsius and there are also strong winds and snow. 

As Antarctica is in the southern hemisphere, Antarctic summers occur at the same time as UK winters. Fortunately, during this time temperatures can reach -35 degrees celsius or warmer in the Antarctic peninsula and coastal regions.