Antarctic Holiday Expedition (Round Trip)
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Antarctic Holiday Expedition (Round Trip)

Starting at $22,499


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Cap off the year and celebrate by exploring one of the world’s most mystifying destinations on the expedition of a lifetime, following the footsteps of bold explorers and expert scientists, and the currents of humpback whales and elephant seals.

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Map for Antarctic Holiday Expedition (Round Trip)


Destination & Sightseeing

ITINERARY

Ushuaia, Argentina
Ushuaia lies on the triangular-shaped island of Tierra del Fuego. While Ferdinand Magellan was exploring the straits between the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans in 1520, he was amazed by the smoke and fires which seemed to appear at every turn. These fires, kept continuously alight by the Yaghan and Ona Indians, became the inspiration for the name "Tierra del Fuego," Land of Fire.

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Falkland Islands Expedition, Falkland Islands [Malvinas]
This remote archipelago lies about 300 miles east of Patagonia and is known for its extraordinary birdlife – 63 species breed on these islands. Cast your eyes in any direction to spot albatross, petrels, skuas, the Falkland steamer duck and more. Amidst the rugged, windswept terrain and cliff-lined coasts, five different types of penguins make their home here, including Magellanic, gentoo, rockhopper, king and macaroni. Other wildlife sightings might include orca whales, sea lions and seals.

New Island, Falkland Islands [Malvinas]
 

Falkland Islands Expedition, Falkland Islands [Malvinas]
 

Port Stanley, Falkland Islands, Falkland Islands [Malvinas]
Stanley is the capital of the Falkland Islands – an archipelago long of importance to both scientists and seaman located some 350 miles east of Tierra del Fuego, 1,000 miles north of Antarctica and, as the locals claim, a mere 8,000 miles from Britain. Explore the Historic Dockyard Museum with galleries dedicated to maritime exploration, Antarctic heritage and the 1982 Falklands War. See the whalebone arch near Christ Church Cathedral, and look for magellanic penguins gathering at Gypsy Cove.

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Elephant Island Expedition, Antarctica
Named for the elephant seals early explorers spotted on its shores, this rugged, ice-covered island earned its place in history for the role it played in the 1916 survival of explore Ernest Shackleton’s crew of 22 after the loss of his ship, the Endurance.

Antarctic Penin. Expedition, Antarctica
 

Antarctic Sound Expedition, Antarctica
Renowned for the massive tabular icebergs – iconic “ice cathedrals” often miles long and hundreds of feet above sea level – that break free from the ice shelves along the Weddell Sea, this channel between Trinity Peninsula at the northern tip of the Antarctic Peninsula and Joinville Island measures about 37 miles long and nine miles wide. Some of the largest Adélie penguin colonies make their home here, and whales and other sea mammals are often seen.

Cruising the Weddell Sea, Antarctica
 

Cruising the Weddell Sea, Antarctica
 

South Shetland Islands, Antarctica
Boasting extraordinary scenery and wildlife, this archipelago is about 75 miles north of the Antarctic Peninsula, separated by the Bransfield Strait. Notable islands here include King George Island, home to international research stations; Elephant Island, renowned as the spot where 22 crew from Shackleton’s “Endurance” were stranded; and Deception Island, the flooded caldera of a submerged volcano, once a base for sealers and whalers. Adélie, chinstrap, gentoo and macaroni penguins breed here.

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Ushuaia, Argentina
Explore this unique town, the southernmost in the world. Set sail this evening and cruise through the Beagle Channel and admire the dramatic views of the Andean mountains of Tierra del Fuego from the comfort of your private verandah.

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