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Embark on an endearing adventure to the southernmost region of the hemisphere and explore the wilderness of the white continent. Experience icy nature at its finest on this 12-day cruise aboard a luxury ship. Sail across the Drake Passage, South Shetland Islands, and breathe the fresh chilly air of the Antarctic Peninsula.
Enjoy the beautiful landscapes of Argentina in Ushuaia as this is where your adventure begins. You will board your luxury vessel, either the Greg Mortimer or Sylvia Earle, your beautiful home for the next 11 days. Feel the waves of the sea and take pictures of the beautiful seabirds as we sail smoothly across the Drake Passage to South Shetland. Be captivated by the sight of your first iceberg as we arrive in Antarctica and explore all it has ...
Enjoy the beautiful landscapes of Argentina in Ushuaia as this is where your adventure begins. You will board your luxury vessel, either the Greg Mortimer or Sylvia Earle, your beautiful home for the next 11 days. Feel the waves of the sea and take pictures of the beautiful seabirds as we sail smoothly across the Drake Passage to South Shetland. Be captivated by the sight of your first iceberg as we arrive in Antarctica and explore all it has to offer for 5 straight days. Having had your fill of Antarctica, sail again for the Drake Passage for your journey back where you may sail to the Legendary Cape Horn all conditions permitting. This all-inclusive amazing cruise comes to an end as we quietly dock at the port in Ushuaia and say goodbye to a long-lasting experience.
Both the Greg Mortimer and Sylvia Earle have a variety of resources for you to rest and relax in your time away from exploring. Loosen up at the jacuzzis on the sun deck, book yourself a therapeutic massage in the spa, warm up from exploring the cold in the sauna, sit back and order a soothing drink in the lounge all whilst smooth sailing with the Ulstein X-BOW feature of your luxury vessel that makes cruising comfortable like never before.
This luxury cruise includes 11 nights accommodation on a twin share basis. All meals are covered during this voyage. Daily cabin service, a 3-in-1 waterproof polar expedition jacket, muck boots, and experienced voyagers who will guide you and plan your journey through the cruise will be available.
Expand your horizon on this 11-day escapade as you immerse yourself in all this icy white continent has to offer and experience the adventure of a lifetime on this awe-inspiring place on Earth.
Vessel & Cabin Type Please refer to the 'Vessel, Cabin & Fares' section below.
Dates or itinerary don't fit? We are specialising in bespoke "tailor-made" luxury or private journeys. Please contact us for a "tailor-made" itinerary for your perfect adventure.
This tour is eligible to earn ONLYLUXE reward points.
Upon arrival at Ushuaia, you will be met by a representative and transferred to your hotel where you will be provided with cabin tags. Clearly fill in the cabin tags with your name and ship cabin number.
At approximately 6.00 pm., you’ll gather and meet your fellow voyagers at our briefing. Afterward, enjoy time to explore the local cuisine at one of Ushuaia’s many beautiful restaurants.
Commence formalities with cabin luggage where it will be collected from the hotel and transported directly to the port for clearance and delivered to your cabin on board ahead of your arrival.
Enjoy free time late morning for a brief sightseeing tour before meeting back at the hotel lobby by 2.00 pm. You can also choose to indulge yourself at this leisure time and make your own way back to the Prison Museum car park by 3.45 pm to rejoin the group to be transferred to the pier for embarkation.
Learn the history and absorb the sights in Ushuaia, the capital of Tierra del Fuego, located at the shores of the Beagle and surrounded by the Martial Mountains giving you the unique view of the landscapes of Argentina which is the combination of seas, glaciers, and forests.
On this tour, you will visit “La Mision”, the old government house, and the upper area of the city where you will get sweeping views of Ushuaia and the Beagle Channel. You will also see the ancient houses that belonged to the first families that settled in Ushuaia and end the excursion at the visit to the Old Prison Museum before transferring to the pier for embarkation at approximately 4.00 pm.
After embarking on the vessel, you’ll have time to properly settle in your cabin before our important mandatory briefings. We’ll gather on deck as the ship pulls away from the port to begin our adventure with spectacular views over Ushuaia and Tierra del Fuego.
In the evening, you’ll be invited to the Captain’s Welcome dinner where you’ll get acquainted with fellow voyagers, our friendly expert expedition team, and crew to celebrate the beginning of an amazing journey.
Feel the ocean waves and get comfortable with the motions of the sea, watch the wildlife of the sea and take pictures as we see the many birds of the sea like the majestic albatrosses and giant petrels that follow our path as they use the ship’s air currents to gain momentum as they skillfully rise and fall.
On this day, your expert expedition team will prepare you for our first landing with important wildlife guidelines, biosecurity procedures and start our lecture to teach you more about Antarctica’s history, wildlife, and environment. Be captivated watching and photographing the many seabirds including majestic albatrosses and giant petrels following in our wake.
The rush of adrenaline of arriving in Antarctica surrounds the entire observation deck as we near the South Shetland and the tip of Antarctica on this day, watching for our first iceberg. Below the Antarctic Convergence is a whole new perspective as we’re surrounded by ice and sail through this freezing ocean and make everlasting memories of the sight of your first iceberg and the floating ice sculptures on the water.
We may attempt to make our first landing in Antarctica by late afternoon if the weather permits.
Breathe the fresh chilly air of the southernmost region of the earth as we arrive in Antarctica and marvel at the beautiful icy sights of this white continent. Take in the feeling before the real exploration.
The western side of Antarctica and the South Shetlands are ours to explore, with a plethora of exploration choices available to us. You will experience 18-24 hours of daylight this far south and the days can be custom-planned just for you and the days can be filled with adventure as much as you like.
You’ll be accompanied by your adept expedition team, who have made countless journeys to this region, will engage you in the best different activities based on the current weather, ice conditions, and wildlife opportunities.
Ensure you’re all kitted up before landings and Zodiac cruises along grounded icebergs and spectacular ice cliffs. Zodiacs will also transport you to land, along the way you can keep watch for whales, penguins, and seals as they come in and out of the water.
While ashore, we aim to visit penguin rookeries, discover historic huts, saunter along pebbly beaches or hike up to snow-covered ridgelines to vantage points with mountains offering an overhead of ice-ridden oceans below.
Polar plungers will also have the opportunity to dive in polar waters. Other optional activities will also be done if the conditions permit.
We may also sail along dramatic, narrow straits that separate the mainland from the offshore islands. Enjoy the uninterrupted scenic sights of whales traveling and feeding on the bridge to enjoy the amazing views of Antarctica.
Relish the last morning in camp before entry is made again into the Drake Passage for the final return to South America. Enjoy the views of the Southern Ocean and its wildlife on our return.
Lectures and film presentations will be provided to give you an all-around educational experience. You will also have time to relax and discuss with your fellow adventurers about the sights and the experiences.
Our Captain may sail close to the legendary land at the end of the world, Cape Horn as we approach South America.
Watch the beautiful sunrise at the Beagle Channel as we cruise up to the Beagle Channel, take in and appreciate the sights of the dramatic landscape of mountains and glaciers of the Island before swiftly docking in Ushuaia.
You will be free to disembark at 8.00 am, bid farewell to your fellow adventurers, the expedition team, and crew as we all depart and go on our separate journeys where you will be transferred to your hotel or Ushuaia airport.
**NOTE:** This itinerary is provided as an example only – prevailing conditions and local arrangements may cause variation.
Please enquire about vessel and cabin type. Please refer to the 'Vessel, Cabin & Fares' section below. The displayed price is based on Stateroom room.
The departure and finish point is Ushuaia, Argentina
Major commercial flights provide convenient access to Ushuaia
DEPARTURE 07 NOV 2022 | Vessel: Greg Mortimer
DEPARTURE 17 NOV 2022 | Vessel: Greg Mortimer
DEPARTURE 19 NOV 2022 | Vessel: Sylvia Earle
DEPARTURE 29 NOV 2022 | Vessel: Sylvia Earle
DEPARTURE 09 DEC 2022 | Vessel: Sylvia Earle
Price and promotion discount is subject to change without notice. Please contact us to confirm the cabin availability and prices at time of booking.
At the conclusion of the voyage, we do not recommend booking flights departing Ushuaia prior to 12.00 pm on the day of disembarkation in case there are delays.
The coldest continent on Earth, Antarctica has two seasons: summer and winter. The Antarctica travel season occurs in summer from October to February where you will find average temperatures ranging from -10 degrees Celsius to -60 degrees, depending on how far into the continent you travel. January is the warmest season, with temperatures climbing up to 0 degrees Celsius on the Antarctic Peninsula.
Onlyluxe Travel acts as travel agency and work with different tour operators.Payment DetailAll pricing is in Australian dollars and are quoted on a per person twin share basis. A supplementary price is available (see below). Bookings are not confirmed until full payment and the signed Booking Form has been received by Onlyluxe Travel.A non-refundable 30% deposit is payable within 7 days of your booking, with the final balance due 90 days prior to departure. If a booking is made 90 days or less before departure, the full payment is payable immediately. Last minute bookings are payable before arrival. Failure to pay on time may result in automatic cancellation of a booking with cancellation penalties payable to Onlyluxe Travel. If you pay by credit card or PayPal a surcharge will be added to the total price.Single SupplementAll accommodation is twin share. Single guests will share with someone of the same gender. If a single room is demanded, a supplementary price of will apply. The supplementary price refers to our quotation and needs to be stipulated at the time of booking.General Cancellation Policies- Outside of 90 days monies will be refunded less 30% of full fee- Within 90 days prior to arrival all monies will be forfeited- No refunds will be given in the event of non-arrival, any unused services or unused nights due to flight or weather disruption- We strongly recommend guests protect themselves with travel insurance and medical insurancePlease Note: Cancellations must be advised in email and will take effect from the date they are received.LiabilityThe participant agrees to indemnify Onlyluxe Travel, and its servant, tour operator and agents, in relation to any liability, loss and damage which the tour operator, or its servants and/or agents may incur as a result of the participants, negligence or misconduct during the tour.Smoking is not permitted on the bus, or in tents or in other accommodation being used by tour operator at the time that a trip is being conducted.Child PolicyPlease consult travel consultant on age limit.Changes to ItinerariesLocal conditions may necessitate changes to sightseeing, walking and driving routes, camping and accommodation locations. 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Evacuation cost will not be covered by the Onlyluxe Travel and therefore it is also strongly recommended that our customers take out travel insurance to cover (amongst other things) the costs associated with evacuation.Travel InsuranceIn view of the heavy cancellation penalties applied to cancelled reservations in certain circumstances, we strongly recommends suitable travel insurance be purchased at the time the holding deposit is paid. We recommend insurance cover that covers any loss which may be suffered due to cancellation. We also strongly recommend comprehensive travel insurance against loss of baggage and medical expenses.