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Antarctic Peninsula - Best Tours & Trips 2019

82 trips to Antarctic Peninsula tours from 26 tour companies. 66 reviews. 4.8/5 avg rating.
The Antarctic Peninsula, which sticks up like a jagged left thumb pointing toward Patagonia – it’s the part of Antarctica closest to South America -- is the main landing point for cruise ships that visit the White Continent. It’s also the least icy and most accessible region of the continent, though it’s still a place of remote and extraordinary beauty. Most of the scientific stations operated by various countries around t ... Read More
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Travel Style Travel Style Relaxed A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers.
Full on For those looking to maximize their sight seeing time. You thrive on a packed day’s schedule from 8 am to 6pm, with some (but limited) free time. Most activities and meals included.
Mixed You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included.

Trip Type Trip Type Group Tour Groups are between 25-60 people, typically ~30-40. Usually there will be many opportunities to split off and enjoy meals and excursions in smaller groups. This is the most economical way to travel, saving up to 40% versus booking the same itinerary yourself.
Small Group Tour Small groups are usually defined as between 10 and 24 travelers, often less. If you're the kind of person who enjoys more intimate experiences and personal service this is a good choice. All else being equal you will pay a premium for this style vs a larger group tour.
River Cruise These vessels are smaller than most ocean cruisers, limiting which amenties are available. Passenger counts can vary. One of the biggest advantages of a river cruise is the ability to dock at smaller ports and local villages.
Small Ship Cruise Small ship cruises usually have a max passenger count of 500. The primary purpose of these trips is to spend time off the vessel in local ports (e.g. Mediterranean) or experiencing nature (e.g Galapagos or Antarctica). Cabins can vary from budget to luxury.
Private Guided Private tours give you the undivided attention of a guide, and often involve special access to sites and unique experiences not available to larger groups. This is a great option for families, couples, and small friend groups. Expect to pay a bit more for the extra service.
Self Guided / Independent Tour A travel company plans your itinerary and arranges all the logistics including lodging, local activities, and transportantion. You have the flexibility of a solo trip while still getting the convience and time savings of expert planning. Get 90% of the benefits of a tour, without a guide.
Vacation / Holiday Package Similar to a self guided tour, this usually involves a home base, such as a hotel or resort, with packaged activities and day tours as a part of the stay.
Large Ship Cruise This is the "floating city" experience, with multiple ways to enjoy your vacation aboard the ship as much as on land. Ships are multiple floors, provide several activities, culinary, and shopping options. They often make fewer stops and have less time available for shore excursions.

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Lodging Level Lodging Level Camping Typically involves most nights sleeping in tents (sometimes permanent tented sites) or in rustic cabins and lodges.
Basic - 2 star You'll stay in no-frills, but clean and comfortable, hotels or guesthouses. A 'Basic' trip might also involve a few nights of camping.
Value - 3 star Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels.
Premium - 4 star 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards.
Luxury - 5 star The highest level of comfort and service. All accomodations are in four or five star hotels, boutique lodges or high-end homestays.

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Physical Level Physical Level Very Easy Minimal walking - motor vehicles available for all major parts of trip.
Easy Normal generally flat walking in urban or suburban environments.
Moderate Walking or physical activity half to most of day - no carrying equipment.
Strenuous All or most of day hiking or biking, hills included.
Extreme Very challenging all day hiking and backpacking carrying significant equipment.

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Antarctica Cruise Expedition
Group Tour
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Antarctica Cruise Expedition

SmarTours
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17 days
$ 518 / day
$ 8,799
From : $ 10,823
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Premium - 4 star
Highlights
  • Explore Buenos Aires City Tour
  • Navigate the Beagle Channel
  • Cross the Drake Passage
  • Traverse Cape Horn
  • See the spectacular South Shetland Islands
  • Explorations by Zodiac (Small Boat)
  • Antarctic Peninsula is known for its scenic beauty and large population of Humpback Whales
  • Explore Drake Passag get close to Penguins & Seals
  • Hear the Roar of the Glaciers
  • Visit Yankee Harbour, an inner harbor on Greenwich Island
Visits:
Antarctic Peninsula, Buenos Aires, South Shetland Islands, Ushuaia, Antarctica, Argentina
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Antarctic Peninsula - 'Basecamp Plancius' tour
Small Ship Cruise
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Antarctic Peninsula - "Basecamp Plancius"

Lost World Adventures
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12 days
$ 804 / day
$ 9,650
From : $ 13,028
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
Highlights
  • Visit picturesque city Ushuaia    
  • Enjoy amazing Cuverville Island
  • Visit majestic Port Lockroy
  • View beautiful Melchior Islands
Visits:
Antarctic Peninsula, South Shetland Islands, Ushuaia, Antarctica
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Antarctic Express Air-Cruise
Small Ship Cruise
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Antarctic Express Air-Cruise

Lost World Adventures
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6 days
$ 933 / day
$ 5,595
From : $ 6,378
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : The highest level of comfort and service. All accomodations are in four or five star hotels, boutique lodges or high-end homestays. Luxury - 5 star
Highlights
  • Experience sail through the Drake Passage en route to King George Island
  • Opportunity to sail South Shetland Islands , while enjoying the company of sea birds
  • Explore King George Island
Visits:
South Shetland Islands, Antarctica
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Ross Sea With Helicopters - West
Small Ship Cruise
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Ross Sea With Helicopters - West

Lost World Adventures
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32 days
$ 1,023 / day
$ 32,750
From : $ 44,213
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
Highlights
  • Explore Antarctic Peninsula sail through spectacular Lemaire Channel
  • Experience Sailing south through the Penola Strait
  • See the awesome Bellingshausen Sea
  • Enjoy the fabulous sail through the Amundsen Sea along
  • Visit Ross Island, guarded by Mount Erebus
  • Visit Campbell Island UNESCO World Heritage Centre
Visits:
Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica
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Polar Circle - Antarctic Peninsula Expedition
Small Ship Cruise
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Polar Circle - Antarctic Peninsula Expedition

Lost World Adventures
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Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
12 days
$ 804 / day
$ 9,650
From : $ 13,028
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
Highlights
  • Explore Antarctica Experience Antarctic Peninsula watching a nice variety of Gentoo Penguins, Chinstraps and southern Giant Petrels, as well as Elephant Seals
  • Opportunity to sail across the Drake Passage
  • Enjoy Sailing north again through Neumayer Channel and Gerlache Strait
Visits:
Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica
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Polar Circle Air-Cruise - Ocean Nova tour
Small Ship Cruise
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Polar Circle Air-Cruise - Ocean Nova

Lost World Adventures
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10 days
$ 1,750 / day
$ 17,495
From : $ 21,519
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Premium - 4 star
Highlights
  • Explore the area surrounding Chile’s Frei Station and Russia’s Bellingshausen station
  • Sail along ice-filled fjords and among spectacular icebergs
  • Chances to witness penguins, seals and whales
  • Explore Antarctic Peninsula and South Shetland Islands
  • If weather permits, vist the sites such as Port Lockroy, Petermann Island, Paradise Bay, the Lemaire Channel, Prospect Point or other magnificent places
Visits:
Antarctic Peninsula, Punta Arenas, Tierra del Fuego National Park, Antarctica
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Atlantic Odyssey, excl. Antarctic Peninsula
Small Ship Cruise
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Atlantic Odyssey, excl. Antarctic Peninsula

27 days
$ 269 / day
$ 7,250
Travel Style : A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
Highlights
  • Visit some of the major King penguin rookeries in the World.
  • See the King penguins on eggs and with small chicks
  • See the huge King penguin colony along with Elephant seals and endless numbers of fur seal pups playing in the surf
  • Visit the old whaling settlement in Grytviken, where now the penguins walk through the streets.
  • See breeding Wandering Albatrosses
  • See the Northern Rockhopper Penguins, and Sub-Antarctic Fur Seals.
  • Enjoy local culture, pleasant climate, and endemic plants and birds.
  • Visit Longwood House, the place where Napoleon lived and died in exile.
Visits:
Antarctica
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Antarctica Express
Self-guided / Independent Tour
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Antarctica Express

6 days
$ 949 / day
$ 5,695
Travel Style : A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Premium - 4 star
Highlights
  • Cruise the Beagle Channel and weather permitting and step foot on Cape Horn
  • View stunning bird-life while crossing the Drake Passage
  • Marvel at the abundant wildlife on the Antarctic Peninsula including sea birds, penguins & seals
  • Cruise past towering icebergs
  • Spend time whale spotting
  • Enjoy time at the South Shetland Islands, home to several Antarctic Research stations and abundance of Flora and fauna
Visits:
Antarctic Peninsula, Punta Arenas, South Shetland Islands, Ushuaia, Argentina, Chile
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Antarctica, Falklands & South Georgia
Small Group Tour
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Antarctica, Falklands & South Georgia

Exodus Travels
Preferred
Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
19 days
$ 710 / day
$ 13,495
From : $ 18,218
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
Highlights
  • Discover the fascinating history of the Falkland Islands
  • Explore South Georgia, with its remarkable history and spectacular wildlife
  • Visit the stunning Antarctic Peninsula
  • Incredible wildlife viewing including seabirds, penguins, seals and whales
  • Travel on a small expedition vessel
  • Accompanied by extremely qualified Expedition Staff
Visits:
Antarctic Peninsula, Georgia, Shetland Islands, South Shetland Islands, Argentina, Falkland Islands
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Antarctica Classic in Depth
Small Ship Cruise
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Antarctica Classic in Depth

G Adventures
Premier
Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
13 days
$ 468 / day
$ 7,599
From : $ 8,207
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : For those looking to maximize their sight seeing time. You thrive on a packed day’s schedule from 8 am to 6pm, with some (but limited) free time. Most activities and meals included. Full on
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
Highlights
  • Spend six full days exploring the antarctic peninsula and south shetland islands
  • Conquer the notorious drake passage
  • Learn from polar experts about the wonders of the antarctic region
  • Come face-to-face with amazing polar wildlife
  • Marvel at immense icebergs
  • Spend time on deck watching soaring albatross
Visits:
Antarctic Peninsula, Shetland Islands, South Shetland Islands, Ushuaia, Antarctica, Argentina
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Antarctic Explorer via Buenos Aires
Small Group Tour
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Antarctic Explorer via Buenos Aires

Exodus Travels
Preferred
Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
11 days
$ 609 / day
$ 6,695
From : $ 9,038
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
Highlights
  • Explore the remarkable Antarctic Peninsula
  • Incredible wildlife viewing including seabirds, penguins, seals and whales
  • Travel on a small expedition vessel
  • Accompanied by extremely qualified Expedition Staff
Visits:
Argentina
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Antarctic Explorer
Small Group Tour
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Antarctic Explorer

Exodus Travels
Preferred
Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
11 days
$ 681 / day
$ 7,495
From : $ 10,118
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
Highlights
  • Explore the remarkable Antarctic Peninsula
  • Incredible wildlife viewing including seabirds, penguins, seals and whales
  • Travel on a small expedition vessel
  • Accompanied by extremely qualified Expedition Staff
Visits:
Antarctic Peninsula, Argentina
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Antarctica, Falklands & South Georgia via Buenos Aires
Small Group Tour
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Antarctica, Falklands & South Georgia via Bue ...

Exodus Travels
Preferred
Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
20 days
$ 590 / day
$ 11,795
From : $ 15,923
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
Highlights
  • Discover the fascinating history of the Falkland Islands
  • Explore South Georgia, with its remarkable history and spectacular wildlife
  • Visit the stunning Antarctic Peninsula
  • Incredible wildlife viewing including seabirds, penguins, seals and whales
  • Travel on a small expedition vessel
  • Accompanied by extremely qualified Expedition Staff
Visits:
Antarctic Peninsula, Georgia, Falkland Islands
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South Georgia & Falklands Photographic Charter
Small Group Tour
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South Georgia & Falklands Photographic Charter

Exodus Travels
Preferred
Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
14 days
$ 775 / day
$ 10,849
From : $ 14,646
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
Highlights
  • Exodus Exclusive photographic charter accompanied by Paul Goldstein and Chris Packham
  • King penguin colonies on the wild and windswept beaches of South Georgia
  • Watch Gentoo penguins surf to the shore in the Falkland islands
  • Travel on board the RCGS Resolute expedition vessel  
Visits:
Georgia, Antarctic Peninsula, Falkland Islands, Argentina
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Antarctic Explorer from Ushuaia 12 day
Small Group Tour
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Antarctic Explorer from Ushuaia 12 day

Peregrine Adventures
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12 days
$ 675 / day
$ 8,095
From : $ 10,928
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Minimal walking. Motor vehicles for all major parts of trip. Wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Most cruises. Very Easy
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
Highlights
  • Begin your adventure in the patagonian outpost of ushuaia, often referred to as the 'city at the end of the world'
  • Follow in the path of historic explorers, as you sail through the beagle and drake channels
  • Observe abundant species of whales, seabirds and seals on regular zodiac excursions in the south shetland islands
  • Visit rookeries teeming with chinstrap penguins and hike up mountains to enjoy 360 degree views of the antarctic peninsula
  • Optional activities such as sea kayaking or polar ice camping on selected voyages can take your adventure to the next level. book early, as these sell out fast
Visits:
Ushuaia, Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica, Argentina
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Antarctic Peninsula Trip Reviews

66 Antarctic Peninsula Tour Reviews - Summary 100% Recommend

4.8 out of 5
Excellent 55
Great 9
Average 2
Disappointing 0
Terrible 0
Value
4.8
Guide
4.8
Activities
4.8
Lodging
4.8
Transportation
4.8
Meals
4.8

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Excellent

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0

The best in the business!

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Operator AdventureSmith

Absolutely incredible

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0

Such an amazing expedition. Paul Goldstein moves heaven and earth to ensure
that the most is gained from the trip and no time is wasted. We cannot
recommend this experience highly enough, and would do it all again in a
flash.
The sheer majesty of the place and the overwhelming abundance of the
wildlife. Being able to get so close to penguins and seals who have no fear
of humans is a real privilege.


Inspirational and a human Duracell Bunny!


Book well in advance and as soon as possible. You won't be disappointed!


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Operator Exodus Travels

5 star hotel on water run by a 5 star team

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0

5 star hotel on water run by a 5 star team

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Operator G Adventures

Absolutely the most amazing experience, the ship was very comfortable, staff were brilliant, food great

4.0
  • Value 4.0
  • Guide 4.0
  • Activities 4.0
  • Lodging 4.0
  • Transportation 4.0
  • Meals 4.0

Absolutely the most amazing experience, the ship was very comfortable, staff were brilliant, food great. You knew that G Adventures staff were making their clients best experiences their number one priority.

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Operator G Adventures

ANTARCTICA, FALKLANDS & SOUTH GEORGIA

4.0
  • Value 4.0
  • Guide 4.0
  • Activities 4.0
  • Lodging 4.0
  • Transportation 4.0
  • Meals 4.0

Fantastic - great photographic trip.    A lot of days at sea though - so an interest in sea-birds useful!  South Georgia should be a must for anyone who enjoys photographing wildlife, so the time toget there is well worthwhile.
Gold Harbour on a sunny day with blue skies and mating elephant seals all over the place;  and Shackleton's grave

Excellent - the best we've had on 4 antarctic trips

Be on the first zodiac going to land, and one the last one back!  And take lots of sea-sickness tablets

I know it's a Quark trip - but an extra day or 2 in the Falklands would be great

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Operator Exodus Travels

Adventure Smith was exceptional. Antarctica 21 corporate office was deplorable.

3.0
  • Value 3.0
  • Guide 3.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 3.0
  • Transportation 4.0
  • Meals 3.0

Adventure Smith was so helpful throughout-- from initial info to booking the trip to answering questions to helping us once Antarctica 21 cancelled our Mom's trip. But Antarctica 21 corporate office was deplorable. This review is in two parts: a) Antarctica 21 corporate office and b) Antarctica 21 on ship team. The overall headline: Think carefully before you share medical information with Antarctica 21--- as they can and will cancel your trip with no warning, no refund, and no recourse.

My mom, brother, and I booked with Antarctica 21 (A21) in February 2018 with an initial deposit and paid for the remaining balance in Sept 2018 for a late Jan-early Feb 2019 Antarctic cruise. We booked through Adventure Smith Explorations (ASE)—who were amazingly helpful throughout. Mom completed the A21 travel and health information when we each paid the trip deposit in Feb 2018, and she disclosed that she was in her early 80s and on anti-coagulant medication. Mom’s doctor also certified in writing to A21 that she was fit and able to take this trip. Then, 20 days before the start of the cruise in late Jan 2019, A21 sent an email to cancel Mom’s trip and refused to refund her $11,995 cruise price—citing medical concerns. We were stunned. When we asked the A21 representative to clarify which medical concerns led them to cancel Mom’s trip, she cited Mom’s age and use of anti-coag--- but all of this had been disclosed a year prior when the trip deposit was first paid in Feb 2018. Our representatives from ASE tried to appeal with A21, but to no avail. A21 flatly refused our offer for both of Mom’s doctors, whom she had visited within 40 days prior to the cruise, to provide additional fitness certification. A21 stated that no further information would be accepted and that their decision to remove Mom from the cruise was final.

My brother and I left for the trip without Mom, although this was supposed to be a memorable family trip together. On board, as we shared our experience with other passengers, people readily described their own medical conditions and were appalled that our Mom was not allowed on the cruise. Many of the 50-80 year old passengers said they were also on anti-coag and had various medical issues. At least six people told us they had significant health issues-- one had extensive knee surgery 3 weeks prior to the cruise, another had a stint placed in her heart a week before the cruise, two people had fused spines and very limited mobility, two others walked with canes and needed assistance. Three of the A21 team on board the ship told us directly that Mom had been too honest in noting that she took anti-coag. Many other passengers, including the six with major health issues and those on anti-coag, said they had not shared any of their conditions with A21. The last day of the cruise, we spoke with the cruise manager, and at first she would not give us any information about the decision or contact information at their corporate office. Several hours later, she reconsidered and shared one contact information at their Santiago corporate office, but she discouraged us from meeting with their team in Punta Arenas in person.
Also: Be careful with travel insurance. Mom paid over $1,800 for travel insurance for the trip. However, the insurance company denied her claim for reimbursement when A21 canceled her trip. A21 refused to put any reason in writing for us to use with the travel insurance claim. Most thankfully, Adventure Smith Expeditions reimbursed Mom the price of the cruise of $11,995, although Mom still lost the airfare to and from USA to Punta Arenas, Chile. Adventure Smith Expeditions deserves my most stellar recommendations for their help and information throughout our initial booking, during the trip, and once we returned.
Part 2 of the review: Onboard with A21: If you are able to take the trip, the on-board experience with A21 is good quality. My brother and I enjoyed the trip, although it was deeply bittersweet without Mom. The landscape, wildlife, and pristine Antarctic views were truly amazing. Many other reviews describe the actual cruise experience well, so I will be brief on this. A21 used the Ocean Nova ship for our cruise. The ship is well laid out, the ship staff (including captain, dining, and cleaning teams) were very helpful, rooms are tiny and spartan but as advertised, all public areas were very clean, and food quality is reasonable. The A21 tour manager (admin and logistics), expedition manager (excursion leader) and guides on board are enthusiastic, and many of the guides have extensive experience in the Antarctic and are happy to talk with passengers. With ship activities, including two landings on average each day, we stayed busy with information briefings and excursions plus three meals. A21 has other ships, including a new one they will launch in 2020, so look at the options carefully. This cruise option on the Ocean Nova worked well for us, with just 70 passengers for a smaller group although more modest accommodations.
As noted above, definitely buy travel insurance, as our flight from the Chilean military base back to Punta Arenas was delayed two days given bad weather, and we stayed on the boat during this time. A21 has some of the same investors as DAP, the airline for these flights, so our ship had priority with DAP once flights resumed, while other ships (major tour companies, researchers, etc) had to wait further. Travel insurance covered my revised ticket home, hotel in Punta Arenas, and other minor expenses, which were all more than the cost of travel insurance.

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