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Top 3 Antarctica Tours & Trips
The list below is a carefully selected compilation of our Top 3 Antarctica Tours and Cruises. Though keep in mind that there is a wide range of Antarctica cruises and what you see here is just an assortment of what we can offer you. Each Argentina vacation package can be customized to your unique travel style including the cruise itinerary of interest, the type of ship you wish to travel on, and the excursions you wish to enjoy.
Antarctic Peninsula Cruises & Tours
Trips to Antarctica almost always include several days visiting the Antarctic Peninsula. This is the finger of land that reaches up towards the southernmost tip of South America. Most tours to Antarctica spend the majority of the time cruising around the peninsula with regular zodiac-landings for land-based excursions. The Antarctic Peninsula is a highly varied area and extremely rich in wildlife including penguins, seals, and whales. There are interesting sights such as Shackleton’s Hut and research stations which can often be visited.
Antarctica vacation packages will often make stops in the South Shetland Islands, particularly Deception Island where ships sail into the crater of an active volcano and swimming is possible in warm seawater heated by volcanic activity. Some Antarctic cruises head further south than others, allowing visitors to cross the Antarctic Circle. On longer Antarctic tours, visits may be included in some of the sub-Antarctic islands including the South Orkneys and South Georgia. A number of longer cruises also visit the Falkland Islands.
Popular Antarctica Tours & Cruises
Wondering how to get to Antarctica? There are two main ways to travel to Antarctica. The first is to sail from Ushuaia in the very south of Argentina for a couple of days across the Drake Passage to reach Antarctica. This is the most common way to visit and can be seen in our Best Antarctica Ushuaia Cruise Tour. Crossing the Drake Passage is an experience in itself, and gives you a sense of just how remote Antarctica is. Lectures are given on the way about the wildlife and history of Antarctica. However, the seas are usually very rough so those prone to seasickness may well prefer the second option.
The second way to travel to Antarctica is to take a flight from Punta Arenas in southern Chile to King George Island – the largest of the South Shetlands. On King George Island you meet your ship and cruise around the Antarctic Peninsula without the need to endure the rough seas of the Drake Passage. The flights are relatively short but are weather dependent, so while fly-cruises are typically shorter than cruises from Ushuaia, additional days need to be built into the itinerary to allow for any flight delay. Both ways of getting to Antarctica have their pros and cons, talk to us for more information and see which most suits your trip.
When planning an Antarctica trip, some time spent in either Chile or Argentina is needed before and after the cruise. Therefore, it makes sense to include a few destinations in either country as part of any of our Argentina tours.
Adding Patagonia to an Antarctica tour is one fantastic option and logistically makes a lot of sense. Patagonia is a great choice for lovers of mountains and wide-open landscapes, so likely the area appeals to anyone interested in Antarctica. We recommend combining a tour of Patagonia, such as our Santiago and Torres del Paine Tour, before traveling to Antarctica, as everything in Antarctica is on a bigger scale, so save the most impressive until last!
After an Antarctic cruise ending in Ushuaia, a nice option is to fly up to the Iguazu Falls for a couple of nights to warm up a little and enjoy a totally different landscape. Buenos Aires is ideal for the start or end of a trip, the stylish city contrasts fantastically with the vast emptiness of Antarctica.
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Rather than an Antarctica vacation, think of travel to Antarctica as an expedition or adventure. Due to varying weather conditions, it is common to not know exactly what is coming next on an Antarctica tour, and that is part of the beauty of exploring the white continent. So, pack all your gear, board a comfortable cruise, enjoy delicious meals, educational naturalist lectures, and land excursions with the Zodiac boats. Antarctica tours are a can’t miss for world travelers – get started in 3 easy steps!
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Things to Do in Antarctica & Related Experiences
In fact, you’re rare to find more unique wildlife viewing than in Antarctica – a plethora of species inhabit the region, like the penguin, seals, sea elephants, sea birds, and whales. During certain periods of the year, it is much easier to spot the great mammals swimming nearby your cruise. Multiple educational seminars are included as well, discussing everything from geography to the flora and fauna that you’re about to explore. Overall, while visiting the “end of the Earth”, the best thing to do is to truly take in all of your surroundings, as we can ensure that they will be unlike anything you’ve experienced before.
Antarctica Travel FAQ’s
Thinking about an Antarctica trip? Here’s a list of frequently asked questions we often hear from our guests. Visit our Antarctica Vacation Planning page for in-depth Antarctica travel tips.
When is the best time to visit Antarctica?
Mid-October marks the start of summer and yields the largest icebergs, whereas the end of the season, into February and March, are perfect for whale watching. December and January will yield the highest average temperatures and days of near-endless sunlight, up to 20 hours. However, this is also the most popular time to travel, so planning far in advance is a must.
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Can you go to Antarctica without permission?
Remember, Antarctica is not a country by itself since nobody lives there apart from researchers. Parts of Antarctica are administered by different countries. So the ships get the permissions from the respective administrating country. Having said that, access to the continent is highly restricted. The cruise companies can not land on any beach. Which in part would be pointless. Penguins are not found on any of the beaches and sometimes it is more fun to see those Penguin colonies from a distance. It is an overwhelming landscape that you can enjoy from the boat.
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