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Antartica Expedition

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Venture to a magnificent realm of ice and intriguing wildlife on an unforgettable 8-day voyage to Antarctica. During the lingering light of the austral summer, encounter fantastically shaped icebergs, dramatic rocky promontories, and immense glaciers that rise hundreds of feet above the sea. Take walks on volcanic islands alive with seals, seabirds, and penguins, and set out by Zodiac to discover firsthand how a diverse array of marine wildlife flourishes in this seemingly harsh environment.

Our cruise to Antarctica will be accompanied by Ottlah Journeys Experts and a team of naturalist guides. Lectures and information sessions will cover wildlife, history, geopolitics, the great explorers, climate, environmental protection, and more.

Antartica Expedition Youth Travel

The ultimate whale watching and wildlife expedition.  By March, the short Antarctic summer is drawing to a close. Penguin chicks are almost fully-grown and quickly shedding their downy coats in preparation to take to the sea before the long winter. March is a time of great activity in and under the water where we have historically encountered a high concentration of whales, in particular, Humpback and Minke. Crabeater, Weddell, and Leopard seals also often grace us with their presence, as they rest and store energy that will sustain them over the cold months ahead.

For this special expedition, you will be joined by several world-renowned cetaceans (whale) and marine mammal specialists. They share with us unique underwater footage and scientific data, and help us interpret the behavior, migration characteristics and feeding patterns of adult whales and their calves. For those with a passion for whales, this unique voyage should not be missed. Did we mention it’s also a favorite time of the year for electric orange and pink Antarctic sunrises and sunsets?

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  • Ushuaia
  • Drake Passage
  • Antarctic Peninsula
  • South Shetland Island
  • Deception Island
  • Wildlife
  • Zodiac Activities
  • Land Excursions


Day 1 : Arrival in Ushuaia

We arrive in Ushuaia, Argentina, the world’s most southerly city, where you board the expedition ship. Upon arrival, set out on an excursion to Tierra del Fuego National Park. Here, the southernmost peaks of the Andes—known as the Darwin Range—are interspersed with lagoons, bogs, and rivers. Discover the park’s flora and sub-Antarctic landscapes on a nature walk with our guides, and, with luck, encounter beavers, birds, wild orchids, and more.

Day 2 : Ushuaia Tour

Enjoy lunch in the park before returning to Ushuaia in the afternoon to embark the ship. Then set sail on the Beagle Channel, named after the ship that carried Charles Darwin on his South American voyages. In the early evening we set sail, bound for Antarctica and the adventure of a lifetime.

Day 3 - 4 : Drake Passage

Cross the legendary Drake Passage, enjoying time to get familiar with the ship and deepen your knowledge of Antarctica. Our Smithsonian Experts and the team of naturalist guides on board will present insightful lectures on the history and wildlife of the world’s oldest continent. Watch the crew navigate on the ship’s bridge, and spend time on deck with our naturalists observing seabirds such as albatrosses and cape petrels. Once we reach the Antarctic Convergence, where cold Antarctic currents merge with warmer waters of the South Pacific and Atlantic Oceans, watch for breaching fin, humpback, and minke whales as well as seabirds feeding on plankton and krill.

Day 5 - 6 : Discovering the Antarctica Peninsula

Spend three days exploring the outer shores and islands of the Antarctic Peninsula, ethereal landscapes defined by lava and ice. Here, abrupt mountains create precipitous coastlines and massive glaciers calve icebergs of all shapes and sizes into the sea. In this seemingly harsh environment, a vast array of wildlife flourishes, including millions of penguins and seabirds, as well as numerous species of seals and whales. At this time of year, we may get the chance to observe humpback and minke whales, pods of orcas, elephant seals and leopard seals, giant petrels, and great skuas.

We’ll go ashore on volcanic islands to walk among fur seals and gentoo and chinstrap penguins—and their newly hatched chicks. As we continue ever further south into the realm of ice, we’ll encounter playful Adélie penguins and unusual marine life. In this hushed and magical atmosphere, we’ll find ourselves cruising past tabular icebergs that dwarf our vessel, ice floes where Weddell seals loll after their meal, and sculpted ice that glows ethereal shades of turquoise and teal. Along the way, learn about the history of Antarctic exploration, from Sir Ernest Shackleton’s ill-fated expedition to the ventures of explorers such as Jean-Baptiste Charcot and Adrien de Gerlache. We may have the chance to visit a research station.

Keep in mind that we are privileged guests in these extreme lands, and our course is dependent on weather, sea, and ice conditions. Every cruise is unique, and our seasoned captain and crew are expert at making the most of the conditions at hand.

Day 7 : South Shetland Island and Deception Island

The adventure is not over and if the weather conditions allow, we sail the ship into the flooded volcanic caldera at Deception Island. Several other landing sites nearby tempt us including Half Moon Island, or the broad pebbly beach at Yankee Harbour, where we often encounter Weddell seals. In the evening, we navigate north through the McFarlane Strait and into the Drake Passage, charting a course for South America.

Day 8 : Drake Passage

Relax and reflect on board as the ship turns north and makes its way back across the Drake Passage. Enjoy lively, informative discussions with our Journeys Experts and the ship’s naturalists. Watch for albatrosses, many different species of petrels, and marine life as you cruise across the Antarctic Convergence.

Day 9 : Departure - Ushuaia, Argentina

In the early morning we arrive back in Ushuaia. After disembarkation you are transferred to your Ushuaia hotel or the airport for your onward journey.


  • Accommodations in Cabin
  • All Meals on Board
  • Educational Presentations & Photography Advice
  • Zodiac, Hiking, Walking, Photography Workshops, Yoga Activities
  • Expedition Gear for Duration of Voyage
  • Transfers to/from Ship
  • Airfare
  • Gratuities
  • Any Private Expenses
  • Visas & Passport Fees, Airport Taxes
  • Pre or Post Cruise Hotel Accommodation
  • Alcoholic Beverages
  • Medical Expenses & Travel Insurance (Mandatory)

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Payment Policy :
Initial Booking Amount - 10% of the tour cost
15 days prior to the departure date - 50% of the remaining tour cost
10 days prior to the departure date - 100% of the tour cost required.
Cancellation Policy :
If you Cancel your Holiday,
15 days or more prior to departure date, Initial Booking Amount and additional amount of visa fee will be forfeited (in case visa has been applied)
Between 15–10 days: 50% of total tour cost will be charged as penalty.
Less than 10 days: 100% of total tour cost will be charges as penalty.


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