This 11-night expedition is the leading activity cruise in the Antarctic and includes the full range of adventure activities as standard.  You can also choose from camping, kayaking, hiking, mountaineering and photography workshops. This extremely popular itinerary is a brilliant choice for lovers of adventure, wildlife and more!

Highlights:

  • Walk among vast colonies of Adelie penguins in their natural habitat
  • Camp on the Antarctic ice
  • See the incredible landscapes of the Antarctic Peninsula  
  • Take part in mountaineering expeditions
  • Kayak along the rugged shores of the peninsula

Quick Itinerary:

Day 1: Embarkation in Ushuaia
Days 2-3: Crossing the Drake Passage
Days 4-9: Discovering the Antarctic Peninsula
Days 10-11: Crossing the Drake Passage
Day 12: Disembarkation in Ushuaia

Day 1: Embarking for Antarctica
Your voyage begins in the afternoon, as you depart Ushuaia be sure to make your way up on the deck as you sail past the icy blue peaks of the Beagle channel.

Days 2 - 3: Crossing the Drake Passage
Spend two days sailing across the Drake Passage, these waters are among the planet’s most temperamental, but nothing your ship a UL1 (1A rated) vessel isn’t perfectly equipped to handle.  Keep an eye out for the phenomenal wildlife as you cross the Antarctic Convergence - these fresh up-welling waters are home to some of the world’s most diverse marine life. Seabirds and whales feast on the rich produce of these fertile waters, performing unique spectacles in front of your very eyes.

Days 4 - 9: Antarctic Peninsula Discovery
The ship sails through the eclectic islands at the tip of the Antarctic Peninsula. Finally reaching the calm waters around Wiencke Island. It is here that the ship begins its base camp excursions and activities. You will have the opportunity to try everything including kayaking, hiking and mountaineering but make sure you pick your activities well in advance of sailing. Neko Harbour provides the opportunity to set foot on the continent itself and take in the view of a vast glacier, a lucky few may even get to climb up to the higher ground of the spectacular ice mass.

Days 10 - 11: Crossing the Drake Passage
Having enjoyed your time in Antarctica, It is now time to return across the Drake Passage on the way back to Ushuaia, relaxing onboard and sharing stories with your fellow expeditioners and editing the many photos of your voyage.

Days 12:   Disembark in Ushuaia
You will arrive in Ushuaia in the morning and disembark after breakfast.

Ortelius

Rating
4
Standard
Simple
Capacity
116

The MV Ortelius was purpose-built for the Russian Academy of Science before being converted into a polar explorer ship. The ship’s design makes her ideal for exploring and with just 116 passengers, there is plenty of opportunity to get onto the ice during your voyage.

Plancius

Rating
4
Standard
Simple
Capacity
116

The historic MV Plancius was built in 1976 as an oceanographic research vessel and in 2009 was completely rebuilt as a 116-passenger polar explorer ship. The ship boasts large open deck spaces, a fleet of Mark V zodiacs and a team of expert expedition staff to accompany each voyage.

Ortelius from 7th November 2018 to 18th November 2018

Quadruple Cabin: unavailable
Triple Cabin: unavailable
Twin Porthole: £7,399.00
Twin Window: £7,689.00
Twin Deluxe: unavailable
Superior: unavailable

Ortelius from 17th February 2019 to 28th February 2019

Quadruple Cabin: unavailable
Triple Cabin: unavailable
Twin Porthole: unavailable
Twin Window: £7,689.00
Twin Deluxe: unavailable
Superior: unavailable

Ortelius from 7th March 2019 to 18th March 2019

Quadruple Cabin: £5,989.00
Triple Cabin: unavailable
Twin Porthole: £7,399.00
Twin Window: £7,689.00
Twin Deluxe: unavailable
Superior: £8,819.00

Plancius from 17th February 2019 to 28th February 2019

Quadruple: unavailable
Triple: unavailable
Twin Porthole: unavailable
Twin Window: £7,689.00
Twin Deluxe: unavailable
Superior: unavailable

Plancius from 18th December 2019 to 29th December 2019

Quadruple: £6,499.00
Triple: unavailable
Twin Porthole: £7,969.00
Twin Window: £8,299.00
Twin Deluxe: £8,909.00
Superior: £9,379.00

Plancius from 29th December 2019 to 9th January 2020

Quadruple: unavailable
Triple: unavailable
Twin Porthole: unavailable
Twin Window: £8,299.00
Twin Deluxe: unavailable
Superior: £9,379.00

Plancius from 27th February 2020 to 9th March 2020

Quadruple: £6,179.00
Triple: £6,979.00
Twin Porthole: unavailable
Twin Window: £7,919.00
Twin Deluxe: £8,439.00
Superior: £9,099.00

Plancius from 9th March 2020 to 20th March 2020

Quadruple: £6,179.00
Triple: unavailable
Twin Porthole: unavailable
Twin Window: £7,919.00
Twin Deluxe: £8,439.00
Superior: £9,099.00

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Why book with Polar Routes?

CHOICE
  • We can compare a huge selection of expedition ships, cruises and operators.
  • From former Russian research vessels to larger and luxurious ships - there is an expedition cruise to suit you. 
  • Our Travel Specialists will help you choose the perfect expedition cruise for your requirements.
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  • We are the expedition cruise specialists and know all the polar destinations inside out.
  • Our expert team of Travel Specialists have extensive knowledge of all the expedition ships & operators.
  • All of our Travel Specialists have first-hand experience of expedition cruising to the polar regions.
VALUE
  • Never pay more! Our prices are the amongst the best in the business, with full package protection as standard.
  • Our holidays are protected by ATOL and ABTOT, for your complete peace of mind.
  • As supporters of the Marine Conservation Society, booking with us helps support the protection of our oceans.