Antarctica Cruise Expedition

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ANTARCTIC PENINSULA, USHUAIA, CAPE HORN AND DRAKE PASSAGE

On this epic adventure, you begin by exploring the historic city of Buenos Aires before boarding a ship for your 10-night Antarctic expedition. Surrounded by gorgeous mountains, you’ll sail out of the Beagle Channel into Drake Passage, spotting wildlife along the way. Stopping throughout the South Shetland Islands next, you can start to explore the Antarctic landscape, take in incredible views of glaciers, and find animals such as seals, penguins, seabirds, and more. As you continue on, the ship will navigate through the many beautiful bays of the Antarctic Peninsula, offering rare landings to discover even more of this dramatic landscape. Finally, pass the famous Cape Horn en route back to Argentina for your last night of this once-in-a-lifetime journey.

For COVID-19 updates, please scroll down to our Before You Depart section.

Did you know that you can make this tour private for your friends and family? Find out more about pricing and options for your group.

Itinerary at
a Glance

  • International flight
  • 1 night in Buenos Aires
  • 10-night Antarctica Cruise
  • 1 night in Buenos Aires

Tour
Highlights

  • Buenos Aires City Tour
  • Navigate the Beagle Channel
  • Cross the Drake Passage
  • Traverse Cape Horn
  • South Shetland Islands
  • Explorations by Zodiac (small boat)
  • Get Close to penguins & seals
  • Hear the roar of the glaciers

Activity Level: Explorer 

Your Tour
Includes

  • Round-trip international airfare from Miami (passengers may also book this tour without flights)
  • Airfare taxes, fees & fuel surcharges
  • All intra-South America flights, ground transportation and transfers
  • 2 nights in a deluxe hotel in Buenos Aires
  • Once-in-a-lifetime Antarctic expedition
  • Free WiFi on the ship when available
  • Buenos Aires City Tour
  • Ushuaia Orientation Tour
  • 34 Meals: 12 breakfasts, 10 lunches, and 12 dinners
  • House wine and house beer available at lunch and dinner
  • English-speaking Tour Director throughout
  • Experienced Cruise Expedition Team

Tour Itinerary

Note that weather conditions may affect the cruise itinerary. The itinerary below is subject to change without prior notice and serves only as a guide of possible sightseeing. During your cruise you can expect regular briefings with updates regarding the route and shore landings.

Map

Click the Day by Day itinerary above (or swipe on mobile devices) to see the experiences that await on each day of your tour.

Depart USA

Your unforgettable journey to Antarctica begins as you depart Miami today.

*Passengers who did not purchase flights will join the tour in Buenos Aires on Day 2.

Arrive in Buenos Aires

Today, arrive in Buenos Aires, the capital of Argentina. This cosmopolitan city has a strong European influence which is reflected in its refined cuisine, luxurious boutiques, and in the elegance of its inhabitants. You’ll be met by your tour director at the airport and your tour of the city beginsat the famous 9 de Julio Avenue, known as the widest avenue of the world. Pass by the beautiful Colon Theater, the cultural pride of Buenos…

Buenos Aires to Ushuaia

Today, transfer to the airport for your flight to charming Ushuaia located at the southern tip of Argentina. Upon arrival in Ushuaia you will be met and transferred to the cruise ship for your Antarctic Cruise. This evening, enjoy a welcome dinner aboard the ship. MS Fridtjof Nansen | Breakfast, Dinner *Note: Your ship will take you as close as possible to Antarctica’s wildlife and untouched wilderness. Weather conditions may affect the cruise itinerary. The…

Antarctic Cruise: Drake Passage

Today you’ll travel through the Beagle Channel, a strait in the Tierra del Fuego Archipelago, located on the southern tip of South America. You’ll enter Drake Passage, named for the privateer Sir Francis Drake, who sailed these waters in the 16th century. This body of water is where the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans meet and divides the sub-polar conditions of South America from the polar climate and conditions of Antarctica. Here, you’ll have an opportunity…

Antarctic Cruise: Drake Passage

Continue through the Drake Passage today and watch for your first glimpses of Antarctica’s penguins and seals. From the observation deck, learn about the rich diversity of Antarctica from its whales, dolphins, seals, and seabirds.

| Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

*Note: The Drake Passage is known for rough waters.

Antarctic Cruise: South Shetland Islands

See the spectacular South Shetland Islands which consist of eleven major islands and some minor ones with a total land area of 1,424 square miles. Despite the harsh climate, the South Shetland Islands serve as a wildlife haven for seabirds, seals, and penguins, and support vegetation like algae, mosses and lichens. Weather permitting, enjoy a hike at one of the minor islands, Half Moon Island, a stunning crescent-shaped island with serrated cliffs. Identified as an…

Antarctic Cruise: South Shetland Islands

Visit Yankee Harbour, an inner harbor on Greenwich Island. Early sealers used Yankee Harbour as a base of operations and evidence of their time here remains today. Today, you’ll find a large Gentoo penguin colony with approximately 4000 breeding pairs! | Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Your ship will take you as close as possible to Antarctica’s wildlife and untouched wilderness. The cruise itinerary that follows highlights the landings we hope to make. During your cruise you…

Antarctic Cruise: Antarctic Peninsula

Travel through the spectacular Errera Channel, navigating between the icebergs to Cuverville Island where you’ll see colonies of chinstrap penguins.

| Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Your ship will take you as close as possible to Antarctica’s wildlife and untouched wilderness. The cruise itinerary that follows highlights the landings we hope to make. During your cruise you can expect wet landings with typically 60 – 90 minutes on shore (subject to change based on weather).

Antarctic Cruise: Antarctic Peninsula

Visit Neko Harbour in Andvord Bay, one of the few places where you can land on the Antarctic mainland. This harbor is surrounded by glacier walls and mountains, and is home to a colony of Gentoo penguins. | Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Your ship will take you as close as possible to Antarctica’s wildlife and untouched wilderness. The cruise itinerary that follows highlights the landings we hope to make. During your cruise you can expect wet…

Antarctic Cruise: Antarctic Peninsula

Today, travel through the pristine waters of Wilhelmina Bay, named for the Queen of the Netherlands. This area is known for its scenic beauty and large population of Humpback Whales, earning the nickname “Whale-mina Bay.” | Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Your ship will take you as close as possible to Antarctica’s wildlife and untouched wilderness. The cruise itinerary highlights the landings we hope to make. During your cruise you can expect wet landings with typically 60…

Antarctic Cruise: Returning

Today, begin the return route back to Ushuaia, sailing through the Drake Passage. Enjoy some of your last glimpses of Antarctica’s beauty, and consider joining the activities available on board.

| Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Antarctic Cruise: Returning

Continue sailing through the Drake Passage, passing Cape Horn, Tierra del Fuego archipelago’s southernmost headland. Cape Horn was named by Dutchman Willem Schouten after the city in the Netherlands, and served as a major landmark for ships sailing around the world. Consider taking part in the activities on board the ship, and this evening enjoy a farewell dinner.

| Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Ushuaia to Buenos Aires

After you disembark, transfer to the airport for your flight to Buenos Aires. Upon arrival in Buenos Aires, transfer to the hotel. This evening enjoy a farewell dinner.

Hotel Emperador or similar | Breakfast, Dinner

Depart Buenos Aires

Today is at your leisure to explore Buenos Aires independently or consider an optional tour! Later today, transfer to the airport for your return flight to the USA.

*The tour will end for passengers who did not purchase flights today, on Day 14, in Buenos Aires.

| Breakfast

Arrive in USA

Arrival back to the USA. Welcome home!

Guided Tour Pricing

Book by Jan. 28, 2022 to get the best price. The starting prices below reflect a $100 discount applied when you pay by echeck.

Prices and dates below include round-trip airfare from Miami (MIA). Travelers may choose to purchase the tour only, and arrange their own arrival in destination.

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Rates are based on double occupancy.
Nov 27 2022 Departure: Single room supplement is $2,699
Dec 27 2022 & Jan 16 2023 Departures: Single room supplement is $2,999
Feb 21 2023 Departure: Single room supplement is $2,899

MS FRIDTJOF NANSEN CABIN UPGRADES (Nov 27 Departure)
Polar Outside Cabin: Included Cabin
Arctic Superior Cabin: Add $999 per person double occupancy (plus $1,449 single supplement)
Expedition Suite: Add $2,299 per person double occupancy
Note: Cabin layouts vary within each category. Specific cabin placement is at the ship’s discretion and cannot be arranged in advance.

MS FRIDTJOF NANSEN CABIN UPGRADES (Dec 27 2022 & Jan 16 2023 Departures)
Polar Outside Cabin: Included Cabin
Arctic Superior Cabin: Add $1,129 per person double occupancy (plus $1,599 single supplement)
Expedition Suite: Add $2,549 per person double occupancy
Note: Cabin layouts vary within each category. Specific cabin placement is at the ship’s discretion and cannot be arranged in advance.

MS FRIDTJOF NANSEN CABIN UPGRADES (Feb 21 2023)
Polar Outside Cabin: Included Cabin
Arctic Superior Cabin: Add $1,099 per person double occupancy (plus $1,549 single supplement)
Expedition Suite: Add $2,449 per person (double occupancy)
Note: Cabin layouts vary within each category. Specific cabin placement is at the ship’s discretion and cannot be arranged in advance.

For more information on this tour, please contact us here or call us during business hours (Mon-Fri, 9:00am – 5:30pm EST) at 1.800.337.7773.

Reservations and Payments
Reservations can be made by phone (1.800.337.7773) and will be confirmed upon receipt of your non-refundable, non-transferable deposit, which must be received at the time of reservation. Deposits are $99 per person for all 2021 departures, and $1000 per person for all 2022 departures. Full payment is due 125 days prior to departure. Baggage fees may apply. Space and prices subject to availability. Please see the smarTours Terms and Conditions for complete booking information.

Optional Tours Customize your trip with these optional tours.

This tour is available to pre-book! Optional tours are subject to change. If you choose to book your optional tour in-destination, please note that the prices are approximate. They are payable by cash (USD). Optional tours are non-refundable.

Fiesta Gaucha

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Leave Buenos Aires and drive to “Santa Susana”. The name pays homage to Susana Caffrey, Mr. Franciso Kelly’s wife. It is mostly dedicated to agriculture and tourism. When you arrive, enjoy a typical “criolla” lunch as well as a folklore dance show combined with modern melodies. Afterward, enjoy a guided visit to the Spanish-colonial style “casco” and to the authentic museum. If you would like, take a horseback ride to enjoy the stunning landscapes the…

Reviews

DH

Everything about our February 2020 Antarctica trip was wonderful. Our guide, Nikolas, was the best of the many guides we've had with Smartours and other tour groups. He was knowledgeable, helpful, provided lots of extras throughout the trip, and was always available and looking out for our group. Consider yourself very lucky if you get to travel with Nikos. We really enjoyed our time in Buenos Aires... a nice hotel, a chance to get over jetlag before the cruise, an interesting city tour, meeting others in our group ,and time to have an orientation of what to expect once on board the ship and a chance to get our many questions answered. The real adventure started when we left BA for Ushuaia then boarded the ship. Hurtigruten does everything right on board - compact but comfortable cabins, great public spaces, a good variety/quality of food, and an amazing group of expedition leaders that do everything possible to provide daily landings and zodiac cruising. Smartours provides a stress free, all inclusive way to enjoy the entire trip - truly a bucket-list expedition that we'll never forget.

Mary L

My husband and I really enjoyed our Smartours trip to Antarctica. Our group was small and our guide, Nicolas Patti was wonderful. We were mostly seniors and Nicolas was patient and attentive to all of us. We had a walking tour of Buenos Aires (our Recoleta hotel area) which helped us to become acclimated to the city. Nicolas gave us suggestions on places to visit on free time, assisted us in the money exchanges and recommended places to eat whether we were looking for small cafe's or restaurants. It was very nice to have our own guide with us flying to and from Ushuaia and also on the ship Midnatsol. Nicolas made himself very available on the ship so we could ask questions regarding our dining, cruising, landing and kayaking. The weather was terrific and allowed us to do all the activities we planned (which doesn't always happen due to the climate). Everything on the ship was better than we expected. We are so thankful that our visit to our 7th continent was awesome. We highly recomment Nicolas.

Alice D

Love those penguins. Cruising behind the icebergs was breath-taking. Walking with penguins and seeing whales and sea lions in their natural habitat was perfect. Weather wasn't as bad as expected. Flight was even comfortable. Great job.

Alice D

Unbelievable beauty. In all my love of travel, I never dreamed I'd be seeing Antarctica - pristine waters, wonderful adventure. Enjoyed seeing thousands of penguins. Photos don't do justice to the serene, breath-takingly beautiful scenery. Great trip for a great price. Hotel accommodations in Buenos Aires are first rate. SmarTours is the only way to travel - great value and great service. This was my 7th trip with SmarTours and 4th this year - wouldn't use anyone else.

Karol S

This was one of the best Smartours I've taken. Our guide, Nicholas was wonderful and took very good care of us. The ship was much better than we expected. Antarctica speaks for itself. The experience is almost indescribable. We had great weather, and everything exceeded our expectations. The only critical feedback I would offer is to provide more information about what to take. You do not need and should not take boots. The ones they provide are wonderful. We definitely overpacked with bulky items that weighed down our suitcases. I took the Tigre Optional tour in Buenos Aires, however, and thought it was terrible. It took us two hours to reach out destination, cruised for one hour, stopped for a short visit to a less than great market, and then took another hour plus to get back. The river was dirty and full of trash. The boat was dirty with broken windows--very unpleasant.

Kenneth

Going to Antarctica was the best trip I have ever taken. Smartours arranged a perfect tour. There is not a single thing that went wrong. Everything about it was excellent ! I thoroughly enjoyed every moment of it. Great job Smartours !!! - Ken Jackson

Anonymous

Everything went very well on my trip to Antarctica. The ship was and crew were exceptional. Transportation was well arranged. The best was our guide, Nickolas Patti. He did a wonderful job! He was helpful, informative and kind. He took great care of us and made us feel safe and secure. Our group was small and friendly. We had no problems at all. The trip was well organized and I recommend Nickolas highly as a tour guide. We have taken over 10 trips with Smartours and he was the BEST.

Maria

Our trip to Antarctia was wonderful. So glad we went! Our tour guide was always on hand. The landings we made and the Midnastol were perfect. Ship captain kept us safe even during the stormy Drake Crossing. Food was much better than we expected. On the downside we had an awful room even though we paid $2000 extra. Beds need to be replaced. Also Latam Airline had a crazy policy of assigning random seats to couples so that my husband and I were far apart for our overnight trip from Miami to Buenos Aires. (Yes we got strangers to switch with us).
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