Join Acanela on an amazing voyage to the 7th Continent! Antarctica has inspired explorers for centuries, and this expedition will show you why with an unforgettable trek through the spectacular wilderness of the South Shetland Islands and Antarctic Peninsula. You’ll encounter a world ruled by nature, her unpredictable temperament making each trip unique, exciting, and personal. Cruise aboard a Zodiac, navigating through a maze of icebergs—each one uniquely shaped by its journey through the sea. Sail among crackling ice floating atop the water like shattered glass, and watch as penguins build their nests. You’ll enjoy iconic Antarctic highlights, exhilarating adventures, and create memories to last a lifetime.
Trip Summary: Antarctica | 10-12 Days
Travel Season: Nov - March
Ship: Ocean Endeavor, Adventurer, and Diamond | 132 to 189 Passengers
Price From: $6,695 / person (triple, double, and single occupancy based on availability)
Expedition Dates & Prices:
November - March
Price starting at $6,695 / person
All inclusive package including Cabin accommodation on Ocean Endeavor, all meals, all port charges and fees, all ship taxes, all land taxes, all booking fees and ticketing fees, transfers from ship to activities, and small group guided tours at each port. *International Airfare, Passport, and Visa Fees are not included.
This Acanela Expedition © is the perfect fusion between comfort & adventure. Embark on this small group exploration and have hands-on encounters with local peoples and cultures, while experiencing all the historical & culinary highlights along the way.
The Ocean Endeavour is a comfortable, well-appointed small expedition ship expertly engineered to explore the polar regions. It features an ice-strengthened hull, Zodiacs for exploration and remote landings, generous deck space, and advanced navigation equipment. The ship has many superb amenities, including a nautical lounge, two restaurants, plenty of deck space for observation of the polar landscapes, and lounges for learning and reflection. The ship’s interiors have a contemporary aesthetic that provides a bright and spacious feel to the cabins and common spaces.
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Explore the Antarctic Peninsula on a trip that’s perfect for first-time visitors
Travel safely and comfortably aboard any of Quark Expeditions’ three small, ice-strengthened expedition vessels
Learn about the environment and ecosystem from on-board lecturers and specialists
Get up close and personal with abundant wildlife, such as penguins, seals, and whales
On select itineraries, arrive in Buenos Aires, Argentina—the tango capital of the world
Join renowned polar explorers, researchers, and photographers on each voyage
Day 1 Ushuaia, Argentina: With a population of more than 63,000, Ushuaia is the southernmost city in the world. Although the city has grown during the past few years, it retains an easygoing and accessible feel. Surrounded by the sea to the south and mountains to the north, Ushuaia is a spectacular departure point for your Antarctic cruise. If you arrive early, spend time in nearby Tierra del Fuego National Park, enjoy local wine and cuisine in the city, or visit the many boutiques and cafés before venturing off to Antarctica.
Day 2 Embarkation Day: We’ll set sail in the late afternoon, cruising through the historic Beagle Channel. This famous strait transects the Tierra del Fuego archipelago at the base of South America. Expect an air of anticipation as you depart—the next time you see land you’ll be in the world’s southernmost continent!
Days 3-4 Crossing the Drake Passage: Prepare yourself for potentially rough water, but hope for smooth sailing, as the Drake is unpredictable and always changing. You’ll spend these first days at sea getting to know your shipmates while the Expedition Team provides safety briefings and insight into what excitement lies ahead.
For those who would prefer to fly across the Drake Passage, we have that option available as well.
Days 5-7 South Shetland Islands & Antarctic Peninsula: Once the Antarctic Convergence is left in our wake, the true adventure begins! It’s perhaps the first sight of land that’s embraced as the beginning of any Antarctic expedition. Once we arrive, we’ll begin to appreciate why this region has long captivated the attention of explorers and travelers alike. Every expedition witnesses something new or unexpected, guaranteeing this experience will be unique, personal, and unlike any other.
Each day, we’ll embark on Zodiac excursions to explore local bays, channels, and landing sites. This icy region is full of diverse wildlife, and we’ll visit penguin rookeries, scout for humpback and minke whales, and search for numerous southern seal species, including the cunning leopard seal.
The majesty of the Antarctic Peninsula’s mountains will enchant us as we scramble up snowy pathways to vantage points offering 360° views. We’ll head to Danco Island where we’ll trek to a penguin colony high up on a ridge. Here, everyone will have the choice between hiking to the island’s summit and spending time sitting quietly on the pebbled beach, enjoying the antics of curious penguins. If you’re feeling extra adventurous, participate in the Polar Plunge—which is as crazy as it gets!
Amid the serene silence of Antarctica, noisy interludes become indelible memories, from penguins squabbling over prized pebbles to the boom and crack of a calving glacier in Neko Harbour.
The Expedition Team will carefully craft each day to be different, with the aim to entertain and educate the group about this breathtaking part of the world.
Days 8-9 Crossing the Drake Passage: The journey back across the Drake Passage provides final opportunities to enjoy the crisp Antarctic air. Spend time on the deck watching for seabirds and scouting for whales, enjoy presentations by the Expedition Team, and simply relax and reminisce about the incomparable experiences of the past week.
Day 10 Disembarkation in Ushuaia: After an unforgettable Antarctic adventure, it’s sadly come to an end. Relish the mind-blowing memories you’ve made that are sure to last a lifetime. We’ll arrive in Ushuaia in the morning and depart on our flights home.