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Trip Details at-a-Glance

Cost From: $6795  
Length: 12 days
Arrive: Ushuaia, Argentina
Depart: Ushuaia, Argentina
Lodging: 10 nights aboard a 112-guest expedition ship, 1 hotel night
Meals: All meals included
Activity: Wildlife & Natural History, Small Ship Cruising
Trip Level: 11-day expedition cruise, nature walks on uneven ground, Zodiac cruising with wet landings, possibility of rough seas and cold weather


  • Active expedition cruise to the Antarctica Peninsula, a breathtaking wildlife paradise
  • Cruise past icebergs of the South Shetland Islands and Paradise Bay, swim in thermal waters at Deception Island, see the stunning Lemaire Channel
  • With expert naturalists, hike amid colonies of penguins and explore ice-strewn bays by Zodiac

Where do we start to retell our adventure and odyssey? This experience was history, adventure, picture—perfect images every moment, cuisine extraordinary, service unequaled, nature and geology breathtaking.Gus and Christine H.—Meeker, CO

Choosing the Right Trip

We work hard to help you choose the right trip for you, paying attention to your individual interests, abilities, and needs. If you have questions about the level of comfort or any of the activities described in this itinerary, please contact us.


We are proud to have an exceptionally high rate of repeat travelers. For more information, we would be happy to put you in touch with a client who has traveled with us.

Departure Notes

Once you have signed up on the trip, we send a complete packing list, relevant health information, and required travel documents.

Antarctica is like no other place on the planet, an otherworldly vision of enormous icebergs, snow-capped mountains, and spectacular wildlife. Our thrilling cruise aboard a small expedition ship brings you into the heart of the wildlife-rich realm of the Antarctic Peninsula, where you’ll head out on Zodiac adventures among iceberg-filled bays, walk through colonies of sea lions and nesting penguins—and even have the option to sea kayak! Throughout your voyage, an expert team of naturalists enhances your experience as they share their in-depth knowledge of this miraculous continent.


Days 1-4
Ushuaia / Embark / Drake Passage

From Ushuaia, we cross the Drake Passage, with albatross and Cape petrels following in our wake as we head to the Peninsula.

Days 5-12
Antarctic Peninsula / Drake Passage / Ushuaia

Your days along the Peninsula are wonderfully active, with guided walks among rookeries teeming with penguins and chicks, explorations of historic outposts, and Zodiac excursions past ice floes where seals laze. Our destinations include the ocean-filled volcanic crater of Deception Island, Paulet Island, home to some 200,000 Adelie penguins, Paradise Bay, a spectacularly scenic setting of heavily glaciated mountains, ice cliffs, and a bay full of icebergs, and the narrow Lemaire Channel, where we navigate a smooth-as-glass waterway between sheer 3,000-foot peaks. You also have options for camping or sea kayaking, conditions permitting. On Days 10-12, keep an eye out for whales as we return across the Drake Passage to Ushuaia. Disembark on Day 12 and depart.

Note: This cruise is not exclusive to, nor operated by, Wilderness Travel, who acts solely as agent in booking your reservation with the ship operator. The itinerary, lecturers, and all other arrangements are subject to change at the discretion of the cruise line.

2016 Cruise Collection Brochure

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What the Trip is Like

The trip is rated Level 1+, Easy. You will be travelling to a very remote destination. You must be able to complete on board safety drills and emergency evacuation procedures without the assistance of others. Rolling seas and windy conditions require you to be stable on your feet, especially when walking on slippery decks or up and down steep gangways. Shore excursions often require hiking over uneven terrain without the benefit of a developed trail. Some agility is required for getting in and out of the Zodiac landing crafts. While several Zodiac landings are dry, many will require that you step in the water to get ashore. Zodiac and shore excursions are weather permitting.

Explanation of Trip Levels


Choose from a Variety of Ships

We offer several exciting voyages to Antarctica aboard a variety of ships. Click on the individual ship names below to see the Detailed Itinerary for that departure, along with specific pricing, ship information, and Arrival & Departure details.


Nov 17-28, 2015 Sea Explorer
Nov 27-Dec 8, 2015 Sea Explorer
Dec 2-12, 2015 Silver Explorer
Dec 7-18, 2015 Sea Explorer
Dec 12-22, 2015 Silver Explorer
Dec 18-29, 2015 Sea Spirit
Dec 28, 2015-Jan 8, 2016 Sea Spirit
Jan 10-21, 2016 Sea Explorer


Sea Explorer from: $6795
Sea Spirit from: $8885
Silver Explorer from: TBA

Expedition Details


A valid passport is required for your trip. Be sure to check the expiration date. Your passport must be valid for six months after your date of exit from Argentina. In addition, we recommend your passport has at least two completely blank visa pages for every country you will be visiting. It is very important that the blank pages say “Visas” at the top. The last few pages of your passport, which say “Amendments and Endorsements,” and the final page of your passport, which may not have a page number, are not considered to be legitimate visa pages. You can request a new passport or have extra pages inserted in your current passport through a visa service agency or the US Passport Services Office. Be sure to allow sufficient time to acquire this before your trip.

It is a good idea to carry a photocopy of the photo page and the entry stamp page of your passport as an additional piece of identification, as well as two extra passport photos.


US citizens do not need a visa for Argentina but there is a Reciprocity Fee for US and Canadian citizens that must be purchased online prior to departure. The fee amount fluctuates so please double check prior to departure. You can pay the fee with a credit card. The fee is valid  for 10 years or the duration of the passport’s validity. 

If you are a citizen of any country other than the US, check with a local consulate for entry requirements.

Silver Explorer

The Silver Explorer, a purpose-built expedition ship with the intimate onboard ambience of a private yacht, has been designed specifically ...
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Sea Spirit

One of the most spacious and luxurious expedition vessels in operation, the Sea Spirit carries a maximum of 112 guests in all ...
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Sea Explorer

The all-suite 114-guest Sea Explorer has an ice-strengthened hull, a fleet of Zodiac inflatable craft for forays ashore, an experienced ...
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Client Comments

Where do we start to retell our adventure and odyssey? This experience was history, adventure, picture—perfect images every moment, cuisine extraordinary, service unequaled, nature and geology breathtaking. Gus and Christine H., Meeker, CO Best trip ever—but then I say that about every trip I go on with you. Elizabeth J., Olney, MD This was probably the best trip in all my years of travels. Elizabeth L., Manchester, CT The expedition team was outstanding. Very knowledgeable, friendly, concerned for preserving the natural environment and passenger safety while having a lot of fun. Kim C., Chicago, IL The Antarctica cruise was fantastic and the quality of the ship and staff exceeded my expectation. I was especially impressed by the experience and friendliness of the expedition staff. Lynn T., Raritan, NJ
The Cruise Director was phenomenal, and the knowledgeable, extremely friendly, and upbeat Expedition staff made the trip even more enjoyable. Lesia B., Metairie, LA The expedition team was phenomenal! We were truly blessed with the best. Linda P., Ann Arbor, MI We enjoyed the trip immensely, and it exceeded our expectations. Bruce B., Ventura, CA The trip exceeded my expectations. The presentations were not only excellent but the passion and enthusiasm of the people was magnificent. William R., Camp Hill, PA