Antarctic Peninsula cruises, activity-based

If you love the idea of visiting the Antarctic but don't fancy spending 12 days on a ship, this activity-based expedition gets you out kayaking, snowshoeing and mountaineering.
Beagle Channel Drake Passage Whale, dolphin and penguin sightings Onboard lecture programme Wiencke Island Photography class Lemaire Channel Petermann Island Zodiac tours Research station tour Optional: easy mountaineering, kayaking around icebergs, snow shoeing, camping
£9950 excluding flights
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Guide price per person includes internal flights, transfers, ensuite twin rooms/cabin, all meals on board, plus all guiding & activities as described.
We can tailor your itinerary pre-/post- cruise to suit.
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Description of Antarctic Peninsula cruises, activity-based

We offer both activity based itineraries as outlined below, and classic cruises. Please enquire for full information. Active Antarctica sailings depart on a selection of dates through the season - please contact us for details and departures.

Antarctic Peninsula – varied adventure activities - wonderful wildlife - small ship cruise - experienced crew - informal atmosphere – comfy cabins – delicious food – beautiful scenery – flexible activity programme

Actively experience the fantastic landscapes and wildlife of Antarctica as you cruise on board our comfortable Antarctic expedition ship, MV Plancius.

Kayak between looking icebergs for a uniquely peaceful and dramatic perspective of Antarctica up close.

Get into the footsteps of Scott as you buckle on snow-shoes and hike to more remote parts of the Peninsula.

Feel like a true polar explorer as you camp out on land for at least one night during your expedition!

For the most adventurous, a day of easy mountaineering is even included for a story to dine out on for years.

‘Standard’, wildlife and photography based landings are still always on offer if the activities don't grab you every day.


Day 1:Land in Argentina’s capital today, the ‘Paris of South America’, to stroll and stretch your legs after your long journey.
Day 2:Discover Buenos Aires. This morning is spent with your private guide exploring the historic heart of Buenos Aires, this afternoon is yours to continue exploring this lively and beautiful city at your own pace.
Day 3:Fly down to Patagonia today, landing in Ushuaia on the island of Tierra del Fuego, the most southerly city in the world.
Day 4:Visit the Tierra del Fuego National Park with your guide and enjoy the town of Ushuaia before you set off on your ship tomorrow.
Day 5:Enjoy time to stroll this morning, before embarking this afternoon to set sail along the Beagle Channel and out into the Southern Ocean towards Antarctica.
Day 6-7:The 500 mile crossing of the Drake Passage takes two days so is a time to get your sea legs and also start to learn about the adventures ahead of you, as well as the history of the continent, its weather and wildlife at the expert talks given by the staff. You can often view whales, dolphins and penguins from the boat, or stand by the captain as he navigates - still by charts and maps, as GPS is fallible in these remote waters.
Day 8:Your day will start early with a call to the Zodiac boarding deck at the estimated time of anchoring, for your first foray onto Antarctica.
Day 9:Discover Antarctica's wildlife with daily landings at penguin colonies along the Peninsula. The boat has its own professional photographer to help you get the most out of your images of the glacial landscapes, remote scenery and lively and curious wildlife. Learn as you explore on the shore.
Day 10:Both snowshoeing and mountaineering will open a new perspective on your experience, widening your view over the surrounding beauty.
Day 11:Sleeping under the Antarctic stars, an opportunity you should not let pass you by. A unique opportunity to get out of your comfort zone and feel the true silence of Antarctica.
Day 12:Visit the old scientific station of Port Lockroy, restored by the UK Antarctic Heritage Trust to give you an idea of what it was to live in Antarctica 70 years ago.
Day 13:Being a sea-based active exploration, kayaking in Antarctic waters is one of the great treats of this trip, to experience a whale surfacing a few meters away or a pack of penguins shooting past at full speed.
Day 14:Sail away from Antarctica and back out into the Drake Passage as you return north towards Argentina, with more expert lectures as well as lots of photo and memory sharing with your fellow travellers.
Day 15:On your last full day at sea, relax and chat with your fellow passengers about the amazing adventure of the last week as you complete your crossing of the Drake Passage, landing back in Ushuaia tonight if the crossing is relatively smooth.
Day 16:Disembark in Ushuaia this morning and fly up to Buenos Aires where you spend your last night in South America.
Day 17:Your private car will pick you up on time to get to the airport, to check in for your flight back home or to another destination to continue exploring.

Price information

£9950 excluding flights
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Guide price per person includes internal flights, transfers, ensuite twin rooms/cabin, all meals on board, plus all guiding & activities as described.
We can tailor your itinerary pre-/post- cruise to suit.
Make enquiry

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2023: 18 Feb, 4 Mar

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Our top tip:
While sea kayaking in Antarctica might sound hardcore, no previous experience is required, and you only need a reasonable level of fitness. So just go for it - it's a once in a lifetime chance!
Trip type:
Small ship expedition cruise.
Activity level:
Moderate. More challenging activities are optional.
11 nights on board the ice-strengthened Plancius, a 116-passenger vessel with en suite cabins.
Solo travellers welcome. Single cabins available for a surcharge.
Accomm., meals, onboard lectures, expedition leader, listed activities,

Responsible Travel

As the pioneers of responsible tourism, we've screened this (and every) holiday so that you can travel knowing it will help support the places and people that you visit, and the planet. Read how below.


We promote only responsible travel to Antarctica. In our opinion, well-regulated small ship travel is the only sustainable means of tourism. We are strongly of the opinion that flying to Antarctica is not acceptable as it will quickly lead to unsustainable increases in visitor numbers. Nor do large ships belong in such a sensitive environment. The small ship crossing of the Drake Passage maintains the White Continent for those dedicated enough to make the crossing.

To be sure that your visit is as harmless as possible, for every carbon kilometer of your trip, we balance off a carbon mile.

We are a member of IAATO (the International Association of Antarctic Tour Operators). As members of IAATO we are committed to procedures and guidelines that ensure appropriate, safe and environmentally sound travel to the Antarctic. Antarctic Dream is also a full member of IAATO, and like us are totally committed to promoting only responsible small group travel to the Antarctic.

Small groups in Antarctica minimise impact on wildlife. Travelling on a ship of less than 100 passengers is the ideal way to visit the continent, not least because international regulations do not permit more than 100 people ashore at any one time. You must wear boots that we provide on shore at all times. These are cleaned and disinfected by staff before and after all shore visits to ensure that no ‘alien matter’ is transferred onto the shore.

Taking or harmful interference with Antarctic wildlife is prohibited except in accordance with a permit issued by a national authority.
• Do not use aircraft, vessels, small boats, or other means of transport in ways that disturb wildlife, either at sea or on land.
• Do not feed, touch, or handle birds or seals, or approach or photograph them in ways that cause them to alter their behaviour. Special care is needed when animals are breeding or moulting.
• Do not damage plants, for example by walking, driving, or landing on extensive moss beds or lichen-covered scree slopes.
• Keep noise to the minimum to avoid frightening wildlife.
• Do not bring non-native plants or animals into the Antarctic such as live poultry, pet dogs and cats or house plants.


M/V Plancius is a full member of IAATO (the International Association of Antarctic Tour Operators) which promotes safe and environmentally responsible travel to the Antarctic. Expert guides and leaders know how best to minimise the impact of any landings and have the most experience of locally working in these extreme and remote conditions.

Because of the special nature of this trip you only stay in a family run hotel in Ushuaia. We do recommend taking this cruise as a part of a larger adventure through South America if you can, where we work directly with our partners, guides and small scale hotel owners in order to best support the local community.

This style of small scale travel, booked directly and locally, gives you an even better experience of your destination, learning from those who have lived there for decades whilst also helping to protect the landscape, traditions and history of these amazing places.

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