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Dozens of Adelie Penguins gather on an ice flow in the seawater near Brown Bluff on the Antarctica Peninsula.

Weddell Sea & Antarctic Peninsula

Example 13 Day Cruise aboard SH Vega
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This 13-day Antarctic voyage aboard the boutique expedition ship Vega is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to witness magnificent landscapes and fascinating wildlife. This trip takes you directly to the icy Antarctic Peninsula via the infamous Drake Passage, where you may explore the Gerlache Strait and the spectacular Antarctic Sound. Before returning via the South Shetland Islands, visit penguin-populated beaches for photo opportunities. Be ready with tales of how your lifelong dream of visiting one of the world's most remote spots was realized following this amazing vacation.
Crabeater seals on ice floe, Antarctic Peninsula, AntarcticaHumpback whale emerges from polar watersAntarctic LandscapeA light, medium and dark blue iceberg floating in the dark gray water of the Southern Ocean in Antarctic SoundIncredible ice in the Weddell SeaParadise bay, AntarcticaRaking light on a blue white floating tabular iceberg in the Weddell SeaZodiac in front of IcebergDozens of Adelie Penguins gather on an ice flow in the seawater near Brown Bluff on the Antarctica Peninsula.
Highlights
  • Witness thousands of breeding penguins, blue-eyed shags and lumbering elephant seals
  • Marvel at the vast frozen environment of the Antarctic Peninsula
  • Explore the magnificent icy landscapes of Gerlache Strait and Antarctic Sound
  • Discover amazing landscapes on the outer reaches of the South Shetland Islands
Activity Level: Relaxed
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Day 1: Buenos Aires

Arrive in Buenos Aires, relax and spend the overnight here preparing for your adventure.
 

Day 2: Ushuaia | Embark

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Dinner
Fly from Buenos Aires to Ushuaia and embark on SH Vega for your Polar adventure.

Ushuaia is the gateway to the White Continent. Found at the southernmost tip of South America in Argentinian Patagonia, the city is often described as “the End of the World”. The city’s mountain backdrop rises above the harbor and entrance to the Beagle Channel. The town itself is walkable and has a few small museums as well as pubs, restaurants and cafes - a good place to try Patagonian lamb cooked over open fire pits.

Day 3-4: At Sea

  • Ship
  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
Sea days are rarely dull. Take the time to sit back and let the world go by. The ship’s observation decks provide stunning views of the passing ocean. A day at sea gives you the opportunity to mingle with other passengers and share your experiences of this incredible trip or head to our library which is stocked full of reference books. Get an expert’s view in one of our onboard lectures or perhaps perfect your photography skills with invaluable advice from our onboard professional photographers.
 

Day 5-6: Antarctic Sound | Weddell Sea

  • Ship
  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
As you sail quietly past house-sized, free-floating tabular icebergs and pancake ice, you may be able to hear the sounds of creaking and popping as huge chunks break off and crash into the sea. While Gerlache Strait is filled with ice, the Antarctic Sound takes it up a notch with even more impressive bergs and ice cliffs. Possible landing points where you will meet thousands of breeding Adélie penguins include Brown Bluff and Paulet Island.
 

Day 7-9: Antarctic Peninsula

  • Ship
  • 3 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 3 Dinners
Among captivating glaciers, majestic icebergs and snowy islands, the Antarctic Peninsula is where most visitors to the White Continent will live out their Antarctica dream. The Antarctic Peninsula, the most accessible area of the continent, hosts several scientific bases and some of the most interesting wildlife scenery, such as the extremely photogenic Lemaire Channel. Shore excursions might include Petermann Island, where among Adelie penguins, blue-eyed shags and skuas, huge, lumbering elephant seals haul out.
 

Day 10: South Shetland Island

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
While the South Shetlands’ proximity to Antarctica makes the ice-bound sea impassable during winter (April to November), these are the first islands to see snowmelt in spring (March) and the slightly warmer temperature means that the fauna is also different from what you see in Antarctica proper. As we go ashore by Zodiac, notice ferns, grasses, lichens and native flora that have more in common with Patagonia than they do with Antarctica.

Day 11-12: At Sea

  • Ship
  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
Sea days are rarely dull. Take the time to sit back and let the world go by. The ship’s observation decks provide stunning views of the passing ocean. A day at sea gives you the opportunity to mingle with other passengers and share your experiences of this incredible trip or head to our library which is stocked full of reference books. Get an expert’s view in one of our onboard lectures or perhaps perfect your photography skills with invaluable advice from our onboard professional photographers.

Day 13: Ushuaia | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
Ushuaia is the gateway to the White Continent. Found at the southernmost tip of South America in Argentinian Patagonia, the city is often described as “the End of the World”. The city’s mountain backdrop rises above the harbor and entrance to the Beagle Channel. The town itself is walkable and has a few small museums as well as pubs, restaurants and cafes - a good place to try Patagonian lamb cooked over open fire pits.

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19 m2, Oceanview staterooms features 2 single beds, bedroom and living room and a luxurious ensuite bathroom.
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19 m2, Oceanview staterooms features 2 single beds, bedroom and living room and a luxurious ensuite bathroom.
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28 m2, Located at the forward and aft of the ship, these balcony staterooms feature 2 single beds or double bed bedrooms with a living room area, a luxurious bathroom and your own private 6m2 balcony
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28 m2, Located at the center of the ship, these balcony staterooms feature 2 single beds or double bed bedrooms with a living room area, a luxurious bathroom and your own private 6m2 balcony
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49 m2, Our grandest suites feature a super king bed and separate living room with and a soothing flame-effect fireplace a luxurious ensuite bathroom, a spacious walk-in wardrobe, and a 12 sq.m private balcony.
Included
  • 12 Breakfasts, 10 Lunches, 11 Dinners
  • 12 Nights Accommodations
  • Accommodations as listed
  • Ground transportation as listed
  • Excursions and activities as listed
  • Meals as listed
  • Room Service 
  • Wifi
  • Return regional flights to the port of embarkation and/or disembarkation (where specified)
  • One night pre-cruise accommodation with breakfast in a 4/5-star hotel or onboard.
  • Coffee, tea, soft drinks & select alcoholic beverages 24 hours a day.
  • Lecture programs by our experienced expedition team and guest speakers
  • Onboard gratuities & port taxes
  • Branded Swan Hellenic expedition parka and use of rubber boots in Polar Regions.
  • All transfers between Airport, Hotel and Ship
  • Transfers and Flights: Buenos Aires - Ushuaia - Buenos Aires 
Excluded
  • Travel Insurance
  • Personal Expenses
  • Flight costs (please request a quote)
  • Additional excursions during free time
  • Fuel and transportation surcharges (when applicable)
  • Passport and Applicable Visa Expenses

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The trip was terrific with great planning on your part. Most of the adventures were not mainstream and somewhat off the beaten path which made it especially enjoyable!! We felt taken care of and you all were readily available to respond to questions and issues. I would highly recommend your company and friends have already expressed interest based on our pictures and excitement.
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