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Antarctica Travel Guide

Antarctica expeditions and tours

Ready for the adventure of a lifetime on the MS Expedition? A trip to Antarctica can be truly life changing. Massive, magnificent and unforgiving, Antarctica is a continent of superlatives that will leave your mind searching for words to describe it. Each day presents a new discovery, whether you’re cruising through ice-choked waterways, trekking through chattering penguin rookeries, or glimpsing minkes and humpback whales breaching in the pristine waters.

Antarctic Expeditions

Completely refurbished in 2009, the MS Expedition boasts spacious cabins with ocean views and en-suite facilities. Large common areas and observation decks provide panoramic views of the distinctive landscapes of Antarctica. The expedition team (1 for every 10 guests) is comprised of professional historians, marine biologists and naturalists who offer fascinating insights into life in Antarctica.

Ship amenities:

360° Observation Deck, fleet of 14 zodiac boats with four stroke engines, complimentary boots for duration of your cruise, complimentary destination guides for every passenger, Lonely Planet Library, Discovery Lounge, large deck with barbeque facilities, Polar Bear Pub, gift shop, medical clinic, sauna, computer room with internet (where available), gym.
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Antarctica tours and expeditions

A group of people wearing red jackets on a white boat with a red flag looking at a large iceberg in the distance in Antarctica

Antarctica Classic | 11 Days

Set foot on the world's least visited continent - Antarctica! After arriving at your base in Ushuaia, southern Argentina, and discovering some of the natural highlights of the area you'll hop on board the MS Expedition and sail down to Antarctica. Travel with Antarctic experts and take special excursions around jaw dropping icebergs and glaciers and onto the continent's mainland. Spot incredible local wildlife and if you're brave enough opt to take on the chill of the waters with a polar plunge!  
Two lifeboats full of people on the Antarctic Sea against the backdrop of icebergs

Antarctica Classic In Depth | 13 Days

Have more time to travel or want to see the continent a little more in depth?  This is the trip for you! After departing Ushuaia and sailing down to Antarctica, you'll spend 6 full days exploring the Antarctic Peninsula and South Shetland Islands. Opt to attend lectures by Antarctic experts and learn of the extraordinary human and natural history of the Antarctic region. Get up close to the icebergs with small group excursions and see how the local wildlife make this incredible part of the world their home.

FAQ - Travel in Antarctica

How do I get to Antarctica?

There are a couple of ways of getting to Antarctica from Australia. The first is to fly to Ushuaia in South America and hop on a cruise ship from there, and the second is to jump aboard an expedition cruise from Hobart in Tasmania. An Antarctic expedition is an unforgettable adventure, and it usually takes between 2-4 weeks depending on which expedition you do.

When is the best time to visit Antarctica?

Expeditions to Antarctica run during the milder months of November-March (it's still freezing though!). Depending on which month you visit there'll be slight differences in scenery & wildlife, but it's always breathtaking. November sees the ice break into incredible icebergs, December & January have more daylight with lots of penguin activity, and February-March is known for the whale watching.

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