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Select one of these 18 highly-recommended 12-day South Shetland Islands tours. Explore worry-free with your bilingual guide on a small group or private South Shetland Islands tour where you will enjoy cruises, wildlife viewing, wildlife & safari exploration, small ship cruises, and kayaking during the day and stay in hotels with decidedly local flavor at night. Our 12-day South Shetland Islands trips and vacation packages range from $7,700 to $41,795. Contact one of Adventure Life's South Shetland Islands travel specialists for help planning every detail of your dream trip. 
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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:
Port of Ushuaia / Port of Ushuaia
Activities:
Adventure Options, Camping, Kayaking, Photography Seminars, Skiing, Small Ship Cruises, 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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$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:
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:
Ushuaia / Punta Arenas
Activities:
Adventure Options, Kayaking, Land & Sea Exploration, Small Ship Cruises, 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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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:
Punta Arenas / Punta Arenas
Activities:
Adventure Options, Fly Cruises, Kayaking, Small Ship Cruises, 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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$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:
Punta Arenas / Ushuaia
Activities:
Adventure Options, Fly Cruises, Kayaking, Small Ship Cruises, 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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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 Cruises, 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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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:
Port of Ushuaia / Port of Ushuaia
Activities:
Scuba Diving, Small Ship Cruises, 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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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 Cruises, Kayaking, Scuba Diving, Small Ship Cruises, 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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Stunning landscapes
$15,795
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Antarctic Explorer - Fly/Sail Expedition

12 Day Itinerary aboard Greg Mortimer
  • Enjoy the peninsula
  • Experience polar diving/snorkeling
  • Tour scientific research stations
  • Whale-watching via Zodiac
Starts / Ends:
Punta Arenas / Port of Ushuaia
Activities:
Adventure Options, Fly Cruises, Kayaking, Scuba Diving, Small Ship Cruises, Snorkeling, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Embark on this 12-day Antarctica¬†Fly-Sail cruise aboard the Greg Mortimer.¬†Experience the awe-inspiring vastness of Antarctica by flying across the Drake Passage in at least one direction to reduce your time spent at sea. Immerse yourself in the awe-inspiring beauty of the Antarctic Peninsula, …
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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 Cruises, Kayaking, Photography Seminars, Small Ship Cruises, 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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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:
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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Leopard seal resting on ice floe, looking at the photographer, blue sky, with icebergs in background, cloudy day, Antarctic peninsula
$11,212
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Antarctic Peninsula

12 Day Itinerary aboard SH Vega
  • Sail across the Drake Passage
  • Look for spectacular wildlife
  • Explore the South Shetland Islands
  • Set foot on the Antarctic continent
Starts / Ends:
Port of Ushuaia / Antarctica Peninsula
Activities:
Small Ship Cruises, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Join this remarkable 12-day Antarctica expedition aboard the opulent ice-class expedition ship, Vega. The Drake Passage is where your trip to this frigid wilderness begins. Travel to South Georgia in the footsteps of the illustrious explorer Ernest Shackleton. In this location, you can scramble …
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Humpback Whale in the Antarctica
$13,837
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Antarctic Peninsula

12 Day Itinerary aboard SH Minerva
  • Sail across the Drake Passage
  • Look for spectacular wildlife
  • Explore the South Shetland Islands
  • Set foot on the Antarctic continent
Starts / Ends:
Port of Ushuaia / Buenos Aires
Activities:
Small Ship Cruises, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Join this remarkable 12-day Antarctica journey aboard the opulent ice-class expedition ship, Minerva. The Drake Passage is where your trip to this frigid wilderness begins. Travel to South Georgia in the footsteps of the illustrious explorer Ernest Shackleton. In this location, you can scramble …
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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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Gentoo penguin
$16,095
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Antarctic Explorer: Discovering the 7th Continent

12 Day Itinerary aboard Ultramarine
  • Sail the Drake Passage
  • Visit penguin rookeries
  • Explore by Zodiacs
  • Hike pathways with panoramic views
  • Take the Polar Plunge
  • Enjoy Flightseeing tours
Starts / Ends:
Buenos Aires / Buenos Aires
Activities:
Adventure Options, Camping, Helicopter Tours, Hiking, Kayaking, Small Ship Cruises, Stand Up Paddle Boarding, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
This classic Antarctic explorer tour takes you on a 12-day journey through the most spectacular parts of the Antarctic Peninsula. Conquer the legendary Drake Passage aboard the Ultramarine, a ground-breaking new watercraft. This purpose-built vessel was created to push the boundaries of polar …
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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:
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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Penguin and landscape
$31,900
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King George to King George

Antarctica Bridge - 12 Day Itinerary aboard Silver Endeavour
  • Observe Adelie Penguins
  • Explore the Antarctic Peninsula
  • Fly straight to Antarctica
  • Admire the stunning landscapes
Starts / Ends:
Punta Arenas / Punta Arenas
Activities:
Fly Cruises, Hiking, Small Ship Cruises, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Discover the wonders of Antarctica without the ordeal of crossing the legendary rough seas of the Drake Passage. Fly to King George Island, where the Silver Endeavour awaits to bring you to the white continent's stunning shores. Here, spend your days with expert guides who bring a new depth of …
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