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Discover the best of Antarctica on one of these 28 recommended 12-day cruises. Explore Drake Passage, Antarctica Peninsula, South Shetland Islands, Paradise Bay Antarctica, and Neko Harbor where you will enjoy wildlife viewing, small ship cruises, kayaking, whale watching, and adventure options during the day as you sail port-to-port in your floating vacation home at night. We work with all of the top-rated small ships in Antarctica and can give you unbiased advice on which ship and itinerary best match your tastes and needs. Our cruises to Antarctica range from $7,290 to $40,790 for a 12-day itinerary. Contact one of Adventure Life's Antarctica cruise specialists for help deciding which itinerary is best for you and we'll assist you in planning every detail of your dream trip. 

 
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$9,050
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Antarctic - Basecamp

12 Day Itinerary aboard MV Plancius
  • Encounter humpback & minke whales
  • Hike near shore & up hilltops
  • View Adelie & gentoo penguins
  • Kayak between icebergs
Activities:
Adventure Options, Camping, Hiking, Kayaking, Photography Seminars, Small Ship Cruises, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Easy Active
Expedition and exploration are the focus of these voyages aboard the MV Plancius. The ship becomes a basecamp for these polar voyages. “Base camp” is by definition a temporary storing and starting place, from which an activity starts. "Activity modules” are offered which go …
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A mother gentoo penguin and her chick
$16,780
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Journey to Antarctica: The White Continent

12 Day Itinerary aboard National Geographic Endurance
  • See legendary landscapes & habitats
  • Encounter iconic wildlife
  • Kayak, Zodiac cruise, and hike
  • Experience the Antarctic undersea
Starts/ Ends in:
Buenos Aires / Buenos Aires
Activities:
Adventure Options, Kayaking, Small Ship Cruise, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Exploring Antarctica in an authentic expedition style, aboard an authentic expedition ship, is an incomparable experience. Join the National Geographic Endurance for the most exhilarating adventure the planet offers.This 12-day classic luxury Antarctica cruise takes you to huge tabular icebergs in …
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Seal relaxing on shore
$12,395
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Spirit of Antarctica

12 Day Itinerary aboard Greg Mortimer
  • See penguin colonies
  • Zodiac cruise
  • Kayak or camp ashore
  • Explore Antarctic marine life
Starts/ Ends in:
Port of Ushuaia / Port of Ushuaia
Activities:
Adventure Options, Camping, Kayaking, Photography Seminars, Skiing, Small Ship Cruise, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Antarctic adventures are best-enjoyed midsummer when near-midnight sun powers an explosion of life along the shore and brightens the thought of camping out, alpine climbing, or extended kayaking trips. Penguin highways are busy with traffic as parents hurry to fatten chicks and waterways are alive …
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The port town of Ushuaia
$12,395
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Spirit of Antarctica

12 Day Itinerary aboard Sylvia Earle
  • Hone your photography skills
  • Search for orcas and whales
  • Observe penguin colonies
  • Take a Polar Plunge
Starts/ Ends in:
Ushuaia / Ushuaia
Activities:
Adventure Options, Camping, Kayaking, Photography Seminars, Small Ship Cruises, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Embrace the spirit of polar exploration on this classic expedition to the coveted white continent. Sail across the famed Drake Passage, admiring spectacular seabirds and approaching the ice as the explorers of old did: by sea. With a chance to Zodiac-cruise through pack ice, set foot on the …
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$14,295
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Wild Antarctica - Fly/Sail

Punta Arenas to Ushuaia - 12 Day Itinerary aboard Sylvia Earle
  • Be awed by the array of wildlife
  • Marvel at enormous tabular icebergs
  • Learn about volcanic islands
Starts/ Ends in:
Ushuaia / Punta Arenas
Activities:
Adventure Options, Kayaking, Land & Sea, Small Ship Cruise, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Easy Active
Famed for its tremendous tabular icebergs, year-round sea ice, fascinating fossils and the pivotal role it played in Shackleton’sEnduranceexpedition, the Weddell Sea offers unsurpassed opportunities for exploration. Embark on a true Antarctic expedition as you not only explore the west …
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Albatross cruising the Drake Passage to Antarctica
$10,790
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Emblematic Antarctica

12 Day Itinerary aboard Le Lyrial
  • Embark on Zodiacs
  • Visit research and whaling stations
  • Look out for wildlife
  • Marvel at the dynamic landscapes
Starts/ Ends in:
Buenos Aires / Port of Ushuaia
Activities:
Small Ship Cruises, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
The start of your cruise will be marked by the crossing of the mythical Drake Passage, during which you will probably be escorted by several albatrosses and Cape petrels, the sentinels of these often-choppy waters. Then, then reach the White Continent, the realm of the unexpected. Weather and …
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Nights in Ushuaia
$15,380
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Journey to Antarctica - The White Continent

12 Day Itinerary aboard National Geographic Explorer
  • Encounter iconic wildlife
  • Kayak among icebergs
  • Experience the undersea Antarctic
  • See legendary landscapes & habitats
Activities:
Adventure Options, Kayaking, Small Ship Cruises, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
This journey to the "White Continent" offers six days of exploration on the incomparably beautiful Antarctic Peninsula and the surrounding islands and waterways. The sights, sounds, and emotions stay in your mind forever — enormous tabular icebergs, hillsides covered with thousands …
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Almost ready to depart
$16,995
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Antarctic Explorer - Fly/Fly Expedition

Punta Arenas - Punta Arenas - 12 Day Itinerary aboard Sylvia Earle
  • See the activity of a penguin city
  • Chance to spot leopard seals
  • Cruise on a Zodiac
Starts/ Ends in:
Punta Arenas / Punta Arenas
Activities:
Adventure Options, Fly Cruise, Kayaking, Small Ship Cruise, Snorkeling, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Easy Active
Early Antarctic explorers returned from their voyages to the deep south with tales of a magnificent, ice-covered land teeming with life. Experience the awe-inspiring immensity of Antarctica and immerse yourself in the unimaginable beauty of the Antarctic Peninsula, where vast glaciers tumble into …
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Time to board?
$13,695
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Antarctic Explorer - Fly/Sail Expedition

Punta Arenas - Ushuaia - 12 Day Itinerary aboard Sylvia Earle
  • See the activity of a penguin city
  • Chance to spot leopard seals
  • Cruise on a Zodiac
Starts/ Ends in:
Punta Arenas / Ushuaia
Activities:
Adventure Options, Fly Cruise, Kayaking, Small Ship Cruise, Snorkeling
Activity Level:
Easy Active
Early Antarctic explorers returned from their voyages to the deep south with tales of a magnificent, ice-covered land teeming with life. Experience the awe-inspiring immensity of Antarctica and immerse yourself in the unimaginable beauty of the Antarctic Peninsula, where vast glaciers tumble into …
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Boarding the plane
$14,295
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Across the Antarctic Circle - Fly/Sail Expedition

12 Day Itinerary aboard Greg Mortimer
  • Cross the Antarctic Circle
  • Take a Zodiac cruise
  • Tour scientific research stations
  • Dive and snorkel in the Antarctic
Starts/ Ends in:
Port of Ushuaia / Port of Ushuaia
Activities:
Kayaking, Scuba Diving, Snorkeling, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Crossing the geographical milestone of the Antarctic Circle is a moment to celebrate, and we do so with enthusiasm. In this frozen area of extraordinary beauty, powerful orcas and leopard seals patrol the waters, while ethereal snow petrels grace the skies against a backdrop of bristling mountain …
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Icebergs reflected in Antarctica's Paradise Bay
$9,395
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Realm of Penguins & Icebergs

12 Day Itinerary aboard Sea Spirit
  • Sail through the Beagle Channel
  • Experience incredible Zodiac rides
  • Enjoy incomparable whale watching
  • Discover Deception Island
Activities:
Small Ship Cruises, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Landing on the Antarctic continent itself is a memorable highlight, where you can explore the iconic sights that make this one of the world’s most pristine, exotic, and unforgettable natural environments. Be part of a fantastic sailing adventure starting and ending in charming Ushuaia, the …
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An ocean of icebergs.
$8,810
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Polar Circle Quest

12 Day Itinerary aboard MV Ushuaia
  • Discover the Antarctic peninsula
  • Spot varied wildlife
  • Enjoy a full program of lectures
  • Explore south for the Polar Circle
Activities:
Small Ship Cruise, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Embark on this exciting expedition cruise to the Antarctic Peninsula and the South Shetland Islands, and endeavor to cross the Polar Circle on this 12-day polar voyage. Board the MV Ushuaia and voyage roundtrip from Ushuaia, Argentina across the Drake Passage and into the great southern continent …
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Penguin and landscape
$8,400
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Antarctica - Weddell Sea Explorer

12 Day Itinerary aboard MV Plancius
  • Discover rarely visited islands
  • Zodiac cruise past giant icebergs
  • Observe a myriad of seabirds
  • Explore the South Shetland Islands
Activities:
Adventure Options, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Moderate
Take part on this unique 12-day expedition cruise aboard the Plancius where your ship becomes your floating hotel for Antarctic adventures. These voyage include shore based walking expeditions, polar diving, zodiac excursions, wildlife viewing, and much more. Depending on the ice conditions, this …
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A group of travellers sail around a penguin colony off the shores of Antarctica
$7,700
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Antarctica - Polar Circle - Whale watching

12 Day Itinerary aboard MV Plancius
  • Sail across the Drake Passage
  • Set foot on the Antarctic Continent
  • Zodiac cruise by alpine peaks
  • Observe humpback and minke whales
Starts/ Ends in:
Port of Ushuaia / Port of Ushuaia
Activities:
Scuba Diving, Small Ship Cruise, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Explore the Antarctic Peninsula and enjoy the most dramatic scenery and biggest variety of wildlife in Antarctica on this special 12-day cruise. In addition, this departure is specially timed to maximize the whale watching opportunity. Voyage polar waters in search of massive and elusive whales. …
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Hiking for a stunning view of Antarctica
$9,795
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Christmas in Antarctica

12 Day Itinerary aboard Sea Spirit
  • Explore the white continent
  • See the frozen frontier of earth
  • Observe unique wildlife
  • Admire breathtaking glaciers
Starts/ Ends in:
Ushuaia / Port of Ushuaia
Activities:
Adventure Options, Camping, Kayaking, Small Ship Cruises, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
This once-in-a-lifetime adventure takes you to celebrate the festive season in the ultimate white Christmas destination: Antarctica. What could be more special than spending Christmas in one of the most remote and magical regions on Earth - the hauntingly beautiful and pristine ice wilderness of …
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$8,400
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Antarctica - Basecamp Voyage

12 Day Itinerary aboard MV Hondius
  • Pass through the Drake Passage
  • Hike, kayak, zodiac cruise, etc
  • Observe whales, penguins, etc
  • Camping on the White Continent
Starts/ Ends in:
Ushuaia / Ushuaia
Activities:
Adventure Options, Camping, Kayaking, Photography Seminars, Small Ship Cruises, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Moderate
The Antarctic Peninsula Basecamp cruise offers you a myriad of ways to explore and enjoy the Antarctic Region. This expedition allows you to hike, snowshoe, kayak, go mountaineering, and even camp out under the Southern Polar skies, all from the comfort of your floating basecamp, the MV Hondius. No …
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Plane wing
$15,895
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Antarctic Explorer - Fly/Fly Expedition

12 Day Itinerary aboard Greg Mortimer
  • Enjoy the peninsula
  • Experience polar diving/snorkeling
  • Tour scientific research stations
  • Zodiac cruise
Activities:
Adventure Options, Fly Cruise, Kayaking, Scuba Diving, Small Ship Cruise, Snorkeling, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
This fly cruise itinerary features the best of Antarcticaand allows for more exploration, by flying over the Drake Passage both directions. Get up close with iridescent icebergs, vast colonies of Adelie and gentoo penguins, as well as islands that are alive with leopard seals busy with courtship, …
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Travelers enjoying a zodiac cruise during an Antartctic cruise
$13,595
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Wild Antarctica - Fly/Sail

Punta Arenas to Ushuaia - 12 Day Itinerary aboard Greg Mortimer
  • Visit fossil fields
  • Capture Antarctic light
  • Delight in watching penguins
  • Watch for wildlife
Activities:
Fly Cruise, Kayaking, Photography Seminars, Small Ship Cruise, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Welcome to the ice factory! Thanks to vast ice shelves that calve monstrous tabular icebergs, waters rich in krill and otherworldly landscapes, the Weddell Sea is one of Antarctica's most unique regions. Our new expedition ship,Greg Mortimer,is ice-strengthened to take you comfortably between …
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