Classic Antarctica
Destinations Destinations
South America, Antarctica
Patagonia, Argentina, South Shetland Islands, Antarctica
Activity Activity
Adventure, Cruise, Nature & Wildlife, Luxury, Photography
Tour Type Tour Type
Custom itinerary, Group tour
Physical Level Physical Level

Start your Antarctica adventure in Ushuaia, taking a day to explore the city or hiking to Marshall Glacier. Embark your boat in the afternoon and start your voyage with a lecture from your expedition leader, before settling in for the night. The next two days will see you cross Drake’s Passage, an 800km stretch of water known for its abundance of seabirds, whales and iceberg sightings, before landing on the White Continent at the South Shetland Islands, Bransfield Strait and the Antarctic Peninsula itself. Expect to make two landings each day (dependent on weather), where you’ll see penguins, seals, whales and some of the most remote and inspiring scenery in the world.

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Whale watching

Whale watching

Antarctica is one of the best places on earth to see whales. From orcas to humpbacks, minke to sperm, the relative isolation whales have enjoyed in the Antarctic means they are curious of ships and even approach them.

Penguins in Paradise Bay

Penguins in Paradise Bay

Home to gentoo penguins and the occasional humpback whale, Paradise Bay is a must-stop on any Antarctica cruise. Come to see penguins diving off ice floes and huge chunks of jagged ice surrounding the harbour. Wrap up — Paradise Bay’s temperatures remain below freezing year round.

Navigating Drake Passage

Navigating Drake Passage

If you’re starting your voyage from South America, you’ll spend two days navigating Drake Passage. You’ll encounter giant albatross — and occasionally giant waves — as you await your first view of Antarctica’s icebergs.

Swim in Deception Island
South Shetland Islands

Swim in Deception Island

Deception Island in the South Shetlands is an active volcanic island, creating warm soil that heats its waters. This allows you to take a unique opportunity to take a dip in Antarctic waters with ice surrounding you.

Get your camera ready at Lemaire Channel

Get your camera ready at Lemaire Channel

Antarctica is a land of beauty, but perhaps the best views are reserved for the 1km stretch of Lemaire Channel, located between the mainland and Booth Island. It’s so photogenic that travellers have nicknamed it Kodak Gap.

Postcards from Port Lockroy

Postcards from Port Lockroy

This British research base was founded in 1944 and abandoned in 1962, and now operates as a museum staffed by volunteers. They operate the centre as it was in the 1940s, which means no internet or TVs, but you can buy and send postcards from one of the most southerly Post Offices in the world.

Sea kayaking

Sea kayaking

Not all excursions are on dry land! Your ship may carry kayaks, giving you a chance to explore the ice floes under paddle power.

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MS Expedition

Safe, sturdy and fast, the MS Expedition is amongst the most comfortable and spacious expedition ships in its class, with great stability and performance in rough conditions. The ship features large common areas and observation decks including a 360° Top Observation Deck with panoramic views. Accommodating up to 134 passengers, the MS Expedition provides space and comfort whilst still offering an intimate small-ship cruise experience. The ship also boasts a gym, sauna and barbecue facilities.

Sea Spirit


Carrying a maximum of 116 passengers this outstanding vessel is equipped with inflatable rubber boats (Zodiacs) for shore transfers and cruising. Kayaking and camping options are available on select departures. All suites have en-suite facilities, exterior views and are equipped with king-size beds or twin beds if preferred. Public areas include a reception, restaurant, outdoor bistro, club lounge, library, presentation lounge, infirmary, gym and bridge.

Magellan Explorer

Carrying just 100 passengers, the Magellan Explorer, is an elegant base from which to explore the polar regions, combining boutique hospitality with top class expedition facilities. It is the ideal platform for air-cruise operations and several international polar expedition experts were part of the design process. Cabins are stylish and comfortable with private balconies and the public areas include an observation lounge, deck, dining room, gym and sauna.

Akademik Ioffe

An extensively upgraded research vessel, the Akademik Ioffe is modern, comfortable and spacious. Carrying less than 100 passengers the ship is one of the most stable vessels travelling to Antarctica. Spacious outer decks provide 360 degree views of the stunning landscapes. The open bridge policy means you are welcome to meet the crew at virtually any time of the day. Both ships offer a range of cabin configurations, comfortable lounge areas, library, a spacious dining room, a sauna, plunge pool, hot water Jacuzzi, fitness room and day spa with massage therapist.

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Included Accommodation

Private cabins on board one of Chimu Adventures' specialist Antarctica cruise ships. A range of ships are available, from converted research vessels to purpose-built luxury liners. Contact the experts at Chimu Adventures now for more guidance.

For land & sea tours, all nights in carefully-selected hotels. All hotels can be upgraded on request.

Included Guided excursions

Landings and guided shore excursions (on ships with fewer than 500 passengers only).

Included Ground transfers

Airport connections and hotel collections.

Included All meals

All freshly-prepared meals including on board.

Not included International flights

International flights are not included but can be arranged on request.

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