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Antarctica Ocean Cruise Multi-Adventure Tour

Walk/Hike
Zodiac
Whale Watch
Kayak
Snowshoe

Penguins, Icebergs, Seals & Glaciers from Ushuaia to South Shetland Islands & the Antarctic Peninsula

From $13,098 - $16,499 pp dbl. occ. | 11 days / 10 nights

(+$2,600 to $8,400 for sgl. occ.)

Antarctica's beauty, mystique and wildlife have long lured explorers and adventurers. Join us on a remarkable sailing voyage from the southernmost tip of the Americas to the frozen domain of the seventh continent, venturing from secluded bays dotted with icebergs to land masses dominated by massive glaciers. This is the bucket-list trip you've been waiting for.

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Argentina

Start/End Ushuaia

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Highlights

  • Discover Antarctica's untamed and mesmerizing landscape on this once-in-a-lifetime trip—on water, land and ice
  • Kayak amid icebergs and hike and snowshoe in Antarctica's frozen wonderland, taking advantage of active excursions designed for Backroads guests
  • Explore alongside our insightful expedition team in the realm of incredible wildlife, from humpback whales to gentoo penguins
  • Venture from the ship aboard nimble Zodiacs to discover pristine spots on land where few others have set foot
Argentina

Start/End Ushuaia

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Itinerary

Days 1-3 Your adventure begins in Ushuaia, the capital of Argentina's stunning Tierra del Fuego | Before boarding our ship, join your Backroads Trip Leaders for a scenic hike at the fin del mundo (end of the world) | Settle into your luxurious stateroom as our ship's captain expertly navigates across the Drake Passage | Partake in stretching and conditioning classes, informative lectures and other onboard activities while at sea.

Days 4-8 Floating icebergs and looming glaciers signal our arrival to Antarctica | Board nimble Zodiacs to discover pristine inlets and peaceful coves | Port Lockroy, Paradise Bay and Pléneau Island are just some of the remarkable sites we may visit during our expedition | Hike through untracked snow to gain spectacular views of an ice-framed harbor | Investigate the cacophony you hear from the shore—thousands of gentoo penguins make their home here | Keep an eye out for seabirds, humpback whales and Weddell seals | Snowshoe along snowy coastal routes or return to the water for sea kayaking through the Antarctic's scenic bays and icy monoliths | On volcanic Deception Island, fire and ice work simultaneously to sculpt an otherworldly landscape | A hike to a caldera summit uncovers steaming geothermal features.

Days 9-11 Sail back to Argentina, taking advantage of the ship's activities—join chats with expedition experts or a stretching class | Disembark in Ushuaia upon your return from this unforgettable experience.

Please note: Due to the multiple stateroom options available on this trip, reservations can only be made by contacting one of our Trip Consultants at 800-462-2848 or via email. Also, due to the remote nature of this expedition, all guests must have a physical exam with their general practitioner between 90 and 45 days prior to departure and submit a physician-completed medical questionnaire to Ponant no later than 40 days before departure. For details, download a detailed itinerary or contact a Trip Consultant.

PORTS OF CALL Ushuaia | Neko Harbor | Paradise Bay | Pleneau Island | Port Charcot | Port Lockroy | Deception Island

The earlier you book, the more choice you'll have and the lower your price. And you can always change your mind — you won't be charged to transfer to a different trip before your final payment is due. View cancellation policy.

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Prices

From $13,098 - $16,499 pp dbl. occ.
11 days / 10 nights

(+$2,600 to $8,400 for sgl. occ.)

Premiere Ship

Pontant Ship
Ponant Ship

Le Boréal or L'Austral (10 nights)

Activity Level

This trip is rated Levels 1-2

What's Included

Services and equipment are included.

Why Backroads

Why Travel with Backroads in Antarctica

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Accommodations may vary based on departure date. Any difference from what is listed below can be found by clicking on your desired date on the View Scheduled Dates or Private Dates tabs.

Pontant Ship

Ponant Ship

Le Boréal or L'Austral (10 nights)

Le Boréal or L'Austral: This luxurious and sleek vessel is designed to deliver five-star comfort, offering plush amenities and personalized service. (pool, spa)

View the deck plans. See Dates & Prices for specific ship, stateroom category availability and embarkation/disembarkation details.

This Trip Is Rated Levels 1-2

Every Backroads trip is designed to appeal to a wide variety of interests and fitness levels. We know your pace may vary from one day to the next—and your traveling companion's may differ somewhat from yours. So we present a range of mileage options, and each day you decide exactly what and how much you want to do.

Daily Route Options (drag to see full )

Daily Route Options
Day Activity EASYGOING ACTIVE AVID
Level 1 Level 2 Level 3 Level 4 Level 5
miles feet gain miles feet gain miles feet gain miles feet gain miles feet gain
1 Walking/Hiking 4 200 5* 200
Other Tierra Del Fuego Hiking Excursion
Other Embarkation at Ushuaia Port
2 Other Drakes Passage Crossing: Onboard Activities At Sea including Stretching, Strength Training, Adventure Expert Chats
3 Other Drakes Passage Crossing: Onboard Activities At Sea including Stretching, Strength Training, Adventure Expert Chats
4 Other Neko Harbour Excursion (Zodiac & Hiking)
Other Paradise Bay Excursion (Zodiac & Hiking)
Other Optional Kayaking &/or Snowshoeing (as weather allows) 1 Hour
5 Other Pléneau Island Excursion (Zodiac & Hiking)
Other Port Charcot Excursion (Zodiac & Hiking)
Other Optional Kayaking &/or Snowshoeing (as weather allows) 1 Hour
6 Other Port Lockroy Excursion (Zodiac & Hiking)
Other Optional Kayaking &/or Snowshoeing (as weather allows) 1 Hour
7 Other Deception Island Excursion (Zodiac & Hiking)
Other Optional Kayaking &/or Snowshoeing (as weather allows) 1 Hour
8 Other Weddell Sea Excursion (Zodiac & Hiking)
Other Optional Kayaking &/or Snowshoeing (as weather allows) 1 Hour
9 Other Drakes Passage Crossing: Onboard Activities At Sea including Stretching, Strength Training, Adventure Expert Chats
10 Other Drakes Passage Crossing: Onboard Activities At Sea including Stretching, Strength Training, Adventure Expert Chats
11 Other Disembarkation at Ushuaia Port around 9 a.m. and Trip End
 

Note: The walking and hiking terrain on this trip ranges from relatively level to rolling, with some steeper inclines, over snow and occasionally rock or ice.

* Includes shuttle.

Learn more about how we determine our activity level and fully support a range of abilities and interests.

Please note that our distance and elevation figures come from Ride with GPS. Other sources may give differing elevation figures due to different GPS and mapping technologies and other external factors.

Meals

All breakfasts, 10 lunches, 10 dinners

Also Included

  • Expert Backroads Trip Leaders, on ship and on shore
  • Off-the-beaten path exploration
  • Access to all ship amenities
  • Impeccable and personalized service from ship staff and Backroads Leaders
  • Exclusive activities that amplify your appreciation and understanding of the local culture
  • Exclusive routes
  • Gratuities on ship and on shore handled by your Backroads Leaders
  • Exploring lesser known routes away from busy ports
  • Private walking tours with expert guides
  • Access to all ship activities and excursions
  • Wine included with all onboard meals

Get the Straight Talk about This Trip

We want to make sure you're on the right trip and that you have the best experience possible. Every Backroads trip is unique and this one is no exception.

Ships

The ships we sail on are like floating luxury hotels, so you can visit unique and remote geological sites without touching your suitcase once you've settled in. Our ships are custom‐designed with a variety of inviting spaces that offer plenty of room for both relaxing and socializing. These ships are vastly smaller than most cruise ships, with up to just 150 passengers on our river trips and up to only 250 on our ocean trips. We sail with up to 40 Backroads guests.

Backroads Cruising Life

If you're new to Backroads active cruise trips, there are a few things you need to know. Our cruises are smaller, and much more intimate than a typical cruise. They are also quite lively, social experiences, shaped by both our Backroads group and the larger ship community. If you love meeting new people, enjoy the ease of unpacking once, and don't mind a set schedule of port departure times, you'll love our approach to active river and ocean cruising. Nobody does it like we do.

Meals

All meals are served onboard. On-ship meals, though delightful, are meant to appeal to a wide cross section of passengers and may at times feel more conventional for some, and less reflective of the region than on Backroads hotel trips.

Climate & Itinerary & Going with the Flow

The combination of prolific icebergs, vast ice fields, vibrant landscape and cold ocean currents makes Antarctica like no other place in the world. The climate can be as surprising as its terrain, with weather patterns and microclimates that can bring sun, wind, fog, sleet, rain and snow all in the same day (or hour!). Please be sure to bring warm layers and waterproof gear for every day of the trip.Our daily itinerary is based on scheduled sailing and port arrival times, and as a result some days have limited or no access to shore while other days have more opportunities for exploring on land or by Zodiac. Our time spent on land will be optimized and filled with active pursuits, but be prepared for full days at sea with decreased physical activity (including four full days for our crossings of Drake Passage). However, the unique nature of this expedition and the small size of our ship affords us the flexibility to adjust our itinerary for landings on previously unplanned sites, or to possibly go in search of nearby humpback whales! In addition, when traveling in remote territory, things don't always go according to plan, particularly in a region like Antarctica. Its polar nature and fluctuating weather may result in delays to departures and itinerary changes or shifts mid‐trip. Regardless of what comes our way, know that your Backroads Trip Leaders are always prepared to make necessary adjustments to ensure a great trip while keeping safety the top priority. Expect the unexpected in this region—it's all part of the adventure!

Why Travel with Backroads in Antarctica

The Best Leaders in Antarctica

Backroads has the best-qualified people to lead your trip in Antarctica, and our guests back that up, rating our Trip Leaders an average of 9.75 out of 10 for all-around quality of performance. Get the facts (and no fluff) on how we recruit and develop the very best people for your trip.

Quality You Can Measure

Since 1979, Backroads Founder and President Tom Hale has shown that staying #1 means constantly evaluating our performance using the best possible source of information: our guests. As we systematically analyze your feedback on our trip consultants, leaders, hotels, meals and on-trip activities, we never stop working to make a great company even better.

We've Set the Standard

For nearly four decades we've worked to earn and maintain our right to call Backroads the world's #1 active travel company. In pursuing that vision on behalf of our guests, we believe we've set the standard for our industry—captured in the Backroads Quality Guide, which clearly sets out the benchmarks of excellence, choice and support that we live by

We Know Where We're Going

Tom Hale has been keeping Backroads on track, with one eye on the horizon, since 1979. His passion for active travel, and for ensuring the highest-quality travel experience, is evident in every detail we add to make a guest's trip unforgettable—and the fact he's right there in the office, making it happen. To hear Tom describe his vision, watch our video.  

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Straight Talk

We want to make sure you're on the right trip and that you have the best experience possible. Every Backroads trip is unique and this one is no exception.

Ships

The ships we sail on are like floating luxury hotels, so you can visit unique and remote geological sites without touching your suitcase once you've settled in. Our ships are custom‐designed with a variety of inviting spaces that offer plenty of room for both relaxing and socializing. These ships are vastly smaller than most cruise ships, with up to just 150 passengers on our river trips and up to only 250 on our ocean trips. We sail with up to 40 Backroads guests.

Backroads Cruising Life

If you're new to Backroads active cruise trips, there are a few things you need to know. Our cruises are smaller, and much more intimate than a typical cruise. They are also quite lively, social experiences, shaped by both our Backroads group and the larger ship community. If you love meeting new people, enjoy the ease of unpacking once, and don't mind a set schedule of port departure times, you'll love our approach to active river and ocean cruising. Nobody does it like we do.

Meals

All meals are served onboard. On-ship meals, though delightful, are meant to appeal to a wide cross section of passengers and may at times feel more conventional for some, and less reflective of the region than on Backroads hotel trips.

Climate & Itinerary & Going with the Flow

The combination of prolific icebergs, vast ice fields, vibrant landscape and cold ocean currents makes Antarctica like no other place in the world. The climate can be as surprising as its terrain, with weather patterns and microclimates that can bring sun, wind, fog, sleet, rain and snow all in the same day (or hour!). Please be sure to bring warm layers and waterproof gear for every day of the trip.Our daily itinerary is based on scheduled sailing and port arrival times, and as a result some days have limited or no access to shore while other days have more opportunities for exploring on land or by Zodiac. Our time spent on land will be optimized and filled with active pursuits, but be prepared for full days at sea with decreased physical activity (including four full days for our crossings of Drake Passage). However, the unique nature of this expedition and the small size of our ship affords us the flexibility to adjust our itinerary for landings on previously unplanned sites, or to possibly go in search of nearby humpback whales! In addition, when traveling in remote territory, things don't always go according to plan, particularly in a region like Antarctica. Its polar nature and fluctuating weather may result in delays to departures and itinerary changes or shifts mid‐trip. Regardless of what comes our way, know that your Backroads Trip Leaders are always prepared to make necessary adjustments to ensure a great trip while keeping safety the top priority. Expect the unexpected in this region—it's all part of the adventure!
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