ANTARCTIC CRUISING ADVENTURE

Antarctic Peninsula - Basecamp Voyages

Kayakers enjoy the unique experience of paddling amongst icebergs on the Antarctic Peninsula
Climbers descend from a peak on the Antarctic Peninsula
Zodiac cruising on the Antarctic Peninsula in perfect weather

Antarctica is seen by many as the ‘Last Frontier’ due to its remote location and difficulty of access, this is a destination very few people have the opportunity to experience.

There is something for everyone on this journey; this trip is an opportunity to discover Antarctica at a range of different activity levels. Adventure Consultants offers numerous ship based expeditions to the Antarctic Peninsula each season. We cross the Drake Passage in a comfortable ship before our vessel becomes our Basecamp for daily activities such as glacier walking, snowshoeing, kayaking, camping, hiking, photo workshops and landings ashore.

  • Discover Antarctica!
  • Magical scenery, vast wilderness and abundant wildlife
  • Choose from a variety of onshore activities

Trekking Ability

Trekking Ability

Beginner

Elevation

Elevation

Sea Level

Duration

Duration

13 days

Location

Location

Antarctica

BC VOYAGE ITINERARY
DAY 1

Your voyage begins where the world drops off. Ushuaia, Argentina, reputed to be the southernmost city on the planet, is located on the far southern tip of South America. Starting in the afternoon, you embark from this small resort town on Tierra del Fuego, nicknamed “The End of the World,” and sail the mountain-fringed Beagle Channel for the remainder of the evening.

DAY 2 - 3

Over the next two days on the Drake Passage, you enjoy some of the same experiences encountered by the great polar explorers who first charted these regions: cool salt breezes, rolling seas, maybe even a fin whale spouting up sea spray. After passing the Antarctic Convergence – Antarctica’s natural boundary, formed when north-flowing cold waters collide with warmer sub-Antarctic seas – you are in the circum-Antarctic upwelling zone. Not only does the marine life change, the avian life changes too. Wandering albatrosses, grey-headed albatrosses, black-browed albatrosses, light-mantled sooty albatrosses, cape pigeons, southern fulmars, Wilson’s storm petrels, blue petrels, and Antarctic petrels are a few of the birds you might see.

DAY 4 - 9

Gray stone peaks sketched with snow, towers of broken blue-white ice, and dramatically different wildlife below and above. You first pass the snow-capped Melchior Islands and Schollaert Channel, sailing between Brabant and Anvers Islands.

Places you might visit includes:

Neumayer Channel – The vessel may position itself here, launching its multiple basecamp activities from the protected waters around Wiencke Island. You can enjoy the splendors of this alpine environment at sea with Zodiac and kayaking trips, or if you’re in the mood for a walk, there are possible snowshoe hikes and soft-climb mountaineering options farther inland. Naturally, favorable weather conditions determine the possible activities.

Port Lockroy – After sailing through the Neumayer Channel, you may get a chance to visit the former British research station – now a museum and post office – of Port Lockroy on Goudier Island. You may also be able to partake in activities around Jougla Point, meeting gentoo penguins and blue-eyed shags. There are great opportunities also for kayaking and camping here, and when conditions are right, you can even snowshoe around the shore.

Pléneau & Petermann Islands – If the ice allows it, you can sail through the Lemaire Channel in search of Adélie penguins and blue-eyed shags. There’s also a good chance you’ll encounter humpback and minke whales here, as well as leopard seals. Kayaking, glacier walks, and more ambitious mountaineering trips are the potential activities of this location.

Neko Harbour – An epic landscape of mammoth glaciers and endless wind-carved snow, Neko Harbour offers opportunities for a Zodiac cruise and landing that afford the closest views of the surrounding alpine peaks.

Paradise Bay – You have the chance to make camp here like a true polar explorer (but with a better tent), enjoying a supreme overnight Antarctic adventure.

Errera Channel – Possible sites in this area include Danco Island and Cuverville Island, but also the lesser known (though equally picturesque) Orne Island and Georges Point on Rongé Island.

On your last day of near-shore activities, you pass the Melchior Islands toward the open sea. Keep a sharp lookout for humpback whales in Dallmann Bay. You might also shoot for Half Moon Island, in the South Shetlands, with further chances for activities. Conditions on the Drake Passage determine the exact time of departure.

DAY 10 - 11

Your return voyage is far from lonely. While crossing the Drake, you’re again greeted by the vast array of seabirds remembered from the passage south. But they seem a little more familiar to you now, and you to them.

DAY 12
Every adventure, no matter how grand, must eventually come to an end. It’s now time to disembark in Ushuaia, but with memories that will accompany you wherever your next adventure lies.
NOTE

13 day trips spend an extra day exploring the Antarctic Peninsula

Antarctic Peninsula Basecamp Voyages Map

Departures and Pricing

Note: Dates are subject to change due to many factors out of our control
Start/End Pricing Book
23 Nov - 5 Dec 2024 Prices from US$9,100 Book Now
5 Dec - 17 Dec 2024 Prices from US$9,100 Book Now
25 Dec - 6 Jan 2025 Prices from US$9,900 Book Now
29 Dec - 10 Jan 2025 Prices from US$9,900 Book Now
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27 Nov - 9 Dec 2025 Prices from US$9,700 Book Now
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16 Dec - 28 Dec 2025 Prices from US$10,550 Book Now
28 Dec - 9 Jan 2026 Prices from US$10,550 Book Now
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Chinstrap penguin on the Antarctic Peninsula
Why Adventure Consultants?

Adventure Consultants is renowned for the quality of its service and strategy applied to expeditions. Our reputation is attributed to meticulous planning and experienced logistics coordination. We have a philosophy of investing in every expedition to offer our team the best possible chance of a safe and enjoyable trip.

We employ strong and specialised expedition leaders and support staff, who are some of the most pre-eminent in the industry. We pride ourselves on operating with small teams and the best back-up and support available. This includes nutritious and ample quantities of food, comfortable base camp facilities, reliable communications systems and the necessary medical back up.

Many of our expedition members come to us because they have seen us in action on a previous trip and decide to opt for our proven level of service and experience. Others return because they know we do our very best to make expeditions safe and successful.

Two people stand near the shore overlooking the spectacular scenery on the Antarctic Peninsula
Inclusions

The price of your trip includes the following:

  • Voyage aboard the indicated vessel as detailed in the itinerary.
  • All meals throughout the voyage aboard the ship including snacks, coffee and tea.
  • All shore excursions and activities throughout the voyage by Zodiac.
  • Program of lectures by noted naturalists and leadership by experienced expedition staff.
  • Free use of rubber boots and snowshoes.
  • Pre-scheduled group transfer from the vessel to the airport in Ushuaia (directly after disembarkation).
  • All miscellaneous service taxes and port charges throughout the program.
  • Comprehensive pre-departure material.
M/V Ortelius anchored deep in the Antarctic Peninsula
About Our Vessels

Basecamp Voyages are aboard one of three vessels; the M/V Plancius, the M/V Ortelius, or the M/V Hondius. All vessels accommodate passengers in simple but comfortable quadruple, triple or twin cabins with attached bathrooms. Deluxe and superior options are also available. The ships are comfortable, with tasteful decor, but are not luxury vessels. They have been kitted out for explorers and equipped with inflatable zodiacs, a restaurant, bar/lecture room and observation lounge. Our voyages are primarily developed to offer our passengers a quality exploratory wildlife program, trying to spend as much time ashore as possible.

A storm brews with moody skies as the M/V Plancius cruises towards shelter on the Antarctic Peninsula

The M/V Plancius was built in 1976 as an oceanographic research vessel for the Royal Dutch Navy and is now a completely reconditioned and converted 116 passenger vessel.

GALLERY
The M/V Ortelius negotiates ice at Cuverville, Antarctica.

Accommodating 116 passengers, the M/V Ortelius was built in 1989 and served as a research vessel for the Russian Academy of Science before being reconditioned.

The M/V Honius, purpose built for Antarctic expeditioning

M/V Hondius is the world’s first-registered Polar Class 6 passenger vessel, making her among the most structurally fortified and technologically advanced polar cruise ships on the seas. The Hondius is the more luxurious of the three ships. It was built in 2019 and accommodates 170 passengers, with additional berth options of a Junior or Grand Balcony Suite.

Enjoy camping in Antarctica on our Basecamp Voyage

Who wouldn't choose to experience a night camping on the ice?

A zodiac cruises between icebergs, one with a resting seal in the Antarctic Peninsula

Experience wild encounters on the Antarctic Peninsula with zodiac excursions.

Experience close encounters with the local wildlife including juvenile penguins

Experience close encounters with the local wildlife!

Port Lockroy Dietmar Denger OW Expd

Visit Port Lockroy, home to the world's most southerly post office (and several hundred penguins)!

A group takes a zodiac to the shore on the Antarctic Peninsula

"Following a very good experience, AC will be my first stop and recommendation to others in future."

Luke Densem, New Zealand
Blue eyed shags on the Antarctic Peninsula

"Almost unbelievably fine-tuned organization. Dedicated staff and strong guidance from our guide made everything run smoothly."

Ted Neu, USA
Dramatic scenery cruising through the Antarctic Peninsula

"We thought AC was very organized and all the little details were dealt with. AC's staff was excellent. Overall everyone was on top of their job and made our experience unforgettable."

Scott Hawkings, Canada
Close up of a climber exploring the Antarctic Peninsula

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