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Antarctica - Best Tours & Trips 2019

144 trips to Antarctica tours from 56 tour companies. 90 reviews. 4.8/5 avg rating.
The White Continent, a vast icy wilderness at the bottom of the world, may be cold and remote, but it may also top more bucket lists than any other destination. That’s partly because only about 30,000 tourists a year get to visit Antarctica. For those travelers who do get to go, it’s typically a once-in-a-lifetime trip, so you want to be sure to navigate confidently through all the options – and Stride is here to help steer ... 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.
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Moderate Walking or physical activity half to most of day - no carrying equipment.
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Extreme Very challenging all day hiking and backpacking carrying significant equipment.

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Antarctica Classic in Depth
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Antarctica Classic in Depth

G Adventures
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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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Classic Antarctica - 10 days
Small Group Tour
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Classic Antarctica - 10 days

10 days
$ 739 / day
$ 7,385
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
  • Ushuaia – The starting point of your expedition cruise to Antarctica, this busy Argentine port city is the southernmost city in the world and a stunning place to spend a night at the start and end of your cruise to the Antarctic Peninsula
  • Beagle Channel – Set sail along the famous Beagle Channel and scenic Mackinlay Pass from Ushuaia as you begin your Antarctic adventure, passing by spectacular snow-capped peaks and colonies of penguins and fur seals gathered on rocky outcrops
  • Drake Passage – A historically challenging channel of water which marks the location of the Antarctic Convergence, where the warmer waters of the north meet the cold polar waters of the south resulting in incredible biodiversity of marine life
  • The South Shetland Islands – A crucial stop on any Antarctic expedition, this spectacular archipelago is made up of islands, islets and rock outcrops, each with their own population of penguins and seals with plenty of opportunity to spot marine life offshore too
  • Antarctic Peninsula – The northernmost point of the continent and a spectacular location for a shore landing with jagged mountain peaks, glaciers and an abundance of wildlife
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Antarctica
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Classic Antarctica
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Classic Antarctica

10 days
$ 578 / day
$ 6,105
From : $ 7,807
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 : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
Visits:
Ushuaia, Antarctica, Argentina
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Antarctica Cruise Expedition
Group Tour
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Antarctica Cruise Expedition

SmarTours
Premier
Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
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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Antarctica - Emperors & South Pole II 2020
Small Group Tour
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Antarctica - Emperors & South Pole II 2020

9 days
$ 92,500
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
  • Emperor Penguin
Visits:
Antarctica
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Discover Antarctica
Small Group Tour
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Discover Antarctica

Peregrine Adventures
Premier
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10 days
$ 750 / 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 : 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
  • The wildlife is remarkably abundant in this extreme environment. scan the seas for seals; look out for minke, humpback and orca whales; spot rare birds on the beagle channel; and witness gentoo, adelie and chinstrap penguins on daily boat trips
  • The spectacular terrain of antarctica is like nowhere else on earth. set foot on the unique plains, mountains and beaches of the white continent and watch icebergs calve into the sea
  • A polar plunge in antarctic waters is like nothing else. this is sure to be one of the most invigorating swims you will ever take
  • Additional optional excursions allow you to see this continent from many perspectives. explore by sea kayak, or take to the snow in snowshoes for an extended hike over the icy terrain (be sure to book early)
Visits:
Antarctic Peninsula, Ushuaia, Antarctica, Argentina
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Antarctica Multi-Sport Adventure tour
Small Ship Cruise
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Antarctica Multi-Sport Adventure

17 days
$ 705 / day
$ 11,985
Travel Style : A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
Physical Level : Full day hiking or trekking over medium to long distances. Moderate expectation of physical fitness. Strenuous
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
  • Arrival into Buenos Aires
  • Fly to Ushuaia, afternoon city tour and hiking
  • Hiking and kayaking in Tierra del Fuego National Park.
  • Free morning, embarkation and departure for DrakePassage
  • On-board amenities and lectures view from deck, Antarctic Convergence
  • Sail south of the Antarctic Circle, Zodiak excursions to Neko Harbor, Wilhelmina Bay or Petermann Island, Half Moon island
  • On-board amenities and lectures, views from deck, Antarctic Convergence,Cape Horn
  • Arrival in Ushuaia and flight to Buenos Aires
  • Buenos Aires city tour + room for day use
Visits:
Buenos Aires, Patagonia, Ushuaia, Antarctica, 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
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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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Antarctica - Ross Sea: In the wake of Scott & Shackleton 2020
Small Group Tour
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Antarctica - Ross Sea: In the wake of Scott & ...

30 days
$ 767 / day
$ 23,000
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
  • Auckland & Campbell Teals; King
  • Gentoo
  • Snares
  • Adelie
  • Southern Rockhopper
  • Royal
  • Yellow-eyed & Little Penguins; Wilson’s
  • Grey-backed & Black-bellied Storm Petrels; Wandering
  • Antipodean
  • Southern Royal
  • Northern Royal
  • Light-mantled
  • Black-browed
  • Campbell
  • Shy
  • Salvin’s
  • Grey-headed & Buller’s Albatrosses; Mottled
  • Cook’s
  • White-headed & White-chinned Petrels; Sooty Shearwater; Campbell
  • Macquarie & Auckland Shags; South Island & Variable Oystercatchers; Subantarctic & Snares Snipes; White-fronted Tern; Red-crowned Parakeet; New Zealand Bellbird; Tomtit; New Zealand Fernbird; New Zealand Pipit.
Visits:
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
Premier
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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Antarctic Peninsula with South Shetland Islands tour
Small Ship Cruise
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Antarctic Peninsula with South Shetland Islands

11 days
$ 655 / day
$ 7,200
Travel Style : A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
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 : 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
  • Enjoy sail across the Drake Passage and see different kinds of Albatrosses
  • See Humpback Whales and Minke Whales
  • Explore South Shetland Islands
  • Watch seabirds while crossing the Drake Passage
Visits:
Antarctic Peninsula, South Shetland Islands, Tierra del Fuego National Park, Ushuaia, Antarctica, Argentina
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Antarctic Circle Expedition tour
Small Ship Cruise
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Antarctic Circle Expedition

16 days
$ 502 / day
$ 8,031
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
  • First class scientific lectures
  • Come ashore on isolated beaches and spend the night in a tent
  • Cross the Antarctic Circle at latitude 66° 33’ 39’’
  • See penguins, Leopard seals and whales
Visits:
Buenos Aires, Shetland Islands, Ushuaia, Argentina
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Antarctic Peninsula
Small Group Tour
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Antarctic Peninsula

12 days
$ 735 / day
$ 8,819
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
Visits:
Ushuaia
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Journey to Antarctica
Group Tour
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Journey to Antarctica

National Geographic Expeditions
Premier
Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
14 days
$ 882 / day
$ 12,350
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Full day hiking or trekking over medium to long distances. Moderate expectation of physical fitness. Strenuous
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
  • View magnificent mountains, towering icebergs, and ice formations that make up the dramatic Antarctic landscape.
  • Cruise aboard sturdy Zodiac landing craft in search of leopard seals.
  • Kayak in protected waters, paddling around icebergs as penguins swim nearby.
  • Walk on shore amid thousands of penguins, including gentoo, Adélie, and chinstrap.
  • Explore the world's last great wilderness in the company of a team of top naturalists.
Visits:
Antarctica
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Quest for the Antarctic Circle
Small Ship Cruise
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Quest for the Antarctic Circle

G Adventures
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14 days
$ 543 / day
$ 9,499
From : $ 10,259
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 seven full days exploring the antarctic peninsula
  • Go farther south than most have ever gone
  • Spend time on deck searching for whales and watching soaring albatross
  • Get up close and personal with a variety of penguin species
  • Discover the intricacies of the antarctic region through our on-board lecture program
Visits:
Antarctic Peninsula, Shetland Islands, South Shetland Islands, Ushuaia, Antarctica, Argentina
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Top Antarctica Experiences and Attractions

Top Antarctica Experiences

Stepping out of your Zodiac and setting foot on the world’s most remote continent, something only a tiny percentage of people worldwide can claim.

Spotting a humpback or minke whale breaching a few hundred yards from the deck of your ship.

Marveling at the aggressive tactics of elephant seals and fur seals during mating season on South Georgia Island.

Kayaking through near-frozen waters, making sure to steer clear of passing icebergs.

Visiting one of the Antarctic research bases staffed by scientists from around the world.

Standing on your expedition cruise ship’s deck after dark, basking in the solitude of the world’s

last wilderness.

Training your lens on an albatross as it soars overhead while en route to Antarctica.

Trekking, skiing or just going for a walk across a vast white landscape.

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Antarctica Trip Reviews

90 Antarctica Tour Reviews - Summary 100% Recommend

4.8 out of 5
Excellent 74
Great 14
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

18 days of some of the most amazing sites, experiences, and wild life I never thought I would get to see

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

Everything about this trip was beyond amazing. I wasn't originally supposed to go with Poseidon but my first two tries to go on an Antarctic expedition cruise were cancelled...but I am glad they were now because it led me to this longer and I think better cruise company. Everything from the food to the staff to the lectures and to the landings absolutely was beyond expectations. We had Anja as our expedition leader and she was fantastic! She made everyone feel right at home! I achieved a lifetime milestone on this cruise as well, and that was stepping foot onto the Antarctic mainland, knocking off my 7th and final continent! The expedition crew made sure this happened as it was an important feet that a lot of people wanted to do at least once. The landings were all phenomenal. Our first stops were the Falkland Islands (2 days) where we saw tons of beautiful albatros and learned lots of history. Next was South Georgia (where we spent 4 days) and saw so many penguins...100's of thousands of penguins in their breeding colonies. Salisbury Plain, St. Andrew's Bay, and Gold Harbour were my favorites among the landings in South Georgia. And the last stops were on the Antarctic Peninsula/South Shetland Islands..and this was all beautiful. The icebergs completely blew my mind. We did some whale watching down here too and had humpbacks within 15 feet of us a couple of times. Absolutely mind blowing! The at sea days we spent learning about the places we were going/had just been in the lectures conducted by the expedition team and I attended just about every one of these. They were VERY informative. They showed movie clips, full movies, and Power Point slide shows, all ranging from stuff to learn to the actual experience and stories from the staff them selves. We had 3 full meals a day, usually a buffet breakfast, buffet lunch, and then a full 3 course dinner every night. The food was all amazing...each and every day and it amazed me how EVERY meal was different..on this 18 day cruise. You would think it would repeat on this long of a cruise..but it never did! The ship itself, the m/v Sea Spirit is a smaller ship and we had just 90 people or so on our cruise...and there were about 70 crewman on board too...which is almost a 1:1 crew/passenger ratio! The waiters all knew us by name in the restaurant as well very early on in the cruise as well! The expedition crew did everything they could to make sure we got out on as many landings as possible. Some days we couldn't do landings due to weather, others we did 3 in a day. If the weather was good and opportunity was there, we were out on those zodiacs. Some were after dinner ones too and we were out to 11pm one night. Keep in mind it is 24 hour daylight down here during the Antarctic tourist season (November to January) so darkness is not an issue! I believe overall, we had 18 total outings, 13 of them were landings. The other 5 were zodiac cruises where you go out on the zodiacs and cruise around, but not actually land anywhere. I would do this whole experience over again in a heart beat.

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Operator Poseidon Expeditions

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

Antarctica Tours and Travel Guide

Antarctica Attractions & Landmarks Guide

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Ever since Lars-Eric Lindblad built the first expedition-style cruise ship to take passengers to visit Antarctica in 1969, adventurous travelers have aspired to follow in their wake. Today about 40 vessels – mostly expedition-style vessels but some yachts as well -- make the run to the White Continent, leaving primarily from Argentina or the Falkland Islands, carrying as few as six and as many as 500 passengers.

Most of the Antarctic-bound ships, though, carry fewer than 100 passengers. Visitors go in search of the last real wilderness on earth, whose sole permanent residents are penguins, whales, seals, albatrosses and other abundant marine and bird life.

Besides the stunning array of wildlife, you’ll see glaciers, snow-covered mountains, icebergs, and, on some tours, historic sites (such as early Antarctic explorer Ernest Shackleton’s huts) and perhaps one of the 20 scientific research stations that have welcomed visitors since 1969.

Antarctic Peninsula

The most common destinations on sea tours leaving from South America are the Antarctic Peninsula, the South Shetland Islands, South Georgia Island, and the Falkland Islands -- all havens for wildlife. (The latter two are not part of Antarctica.) The primary destination in Antarctica itself is the Antarctic Peninsula, which juts up from the rest of the mainland and is closest to South America.

A few icebreakers challenge the often frozen Weddell Sea in search of emperor penguins to the peninsula’s east. And some ships make the journey from Australia, New Zealand and South Africa to the Ross Sea on the other side of the continent; emperor penguin colonies are accessible from there by helicopter.

While some 100 tourist sites have seen landings in Antarctica over the years, fewer than 10 receive the bulk of the visitors. Port Lockroy, site of the British Antarctic Survey, is the most visited site, drawing more than 10,000 visitors per year. Passengers board Zodiacs (rubberized rafts) to go ashore, with most ships making one to three landings per day on the mainland.

Protecting the Ecosystem

Strict standards Antarctic tour operators must follow strict environmental protection guidelines mandated by the international Antarctic Treaty as well as the voluntary guidelines of the International Association of Antarctic Tour Operators (IAATO); all itineraries must be approved in advance so they don’t harm the wildlife or the fragile ecosystem.

The Antarctic tourist season runs from late October or early November to March or early April, the summer months when the waters off Antarctica are comparatively ice free. The earlier months bring penguin and elephant seal courtship rituals, while the later months see the birth of penguin chicks and seal pups. By March the adult penguins are mostly headed out to sea, but whale and seal sightings increase. December and January bring the most daylight hours, prime time for photographers.

With so many variables in itineraries, vessels, levels of luxury, price, and trip lengths to wrestle with, it makes sense to let Stride help you sort through all the possibilities. And sooner than you may think, you can experience the same wonders that have captivated polar explorers for more than a century.

Travel to Antarctica: Before you go

Warning: obvious statement ahead. It gets cold! So pack very warmly. Consider thermal undergarments, and breathable layers. Some excursions will involve being out on the water among icebergs, so also consider waterproof outer-layers. Cold can be alarmingly disorienting, so if you get cold easily, talk to your doctor about any precautionary measures or tips they recommend.

You may also want to consider any anti seasickness measures. Waters can be unpredictable, and you’ll be spending a lot of time aboard ship. Some tips to keep in mind: eat lot’s of crystallized ginger! Dramamine is also extremely effective for some. Talk with a doctor to figure out what will work best for you.

Visas

Antarctica does not have a governing body, and no permanent residents. All visitors, whether business or pleasure, are temporary. For this reason, you only need to ensure that your passport is valid for at least 6 months prior to your trip. No visa is required if you plan to stay less than 90 days.

Safety Considerations When Traveling to Antarctica

Keep in mind is that there are no public hospitals, pharmacies, or doctors offices in Antarctica. If you get sick or hurt, you will be relying on your cruise’s available resources, which while sufficient for normal ailments, will be minimal for anything extreme.

As mentioned above, be prepared for the cold and bring any anti seasick measures.

As highlighted by the CDC, you will be traveling with people from all over the world, in close quarters, and for an extended period of time. The risk of influenza, measles, and mumps is increased because of this, so especially for older travelers and children it will be important to ensure you are up to date on all these vaccines.

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