Antarctica Tours & Trips 2020

27 trips to Antarctica tours from 60 tour companies. 97 reviews. 4.7/5 avg rating.

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Style Style Small Group Tour Small groups are usually defined as between 10 and 24 travelers, often less. If you're the kind of person who enjoys more intimate experiences and personal service this is a good choice. All else being equal you will pay a premium for this style vs a larger group tour.
Private Guided Private tours give you the undivided attention of a guide, and often involve special access to sites and unique experiences not available to larger groups. This is a great option for families, couples, and small friend groups. Expect to pay a bit more for the extra service.
Self Guided Tour A travel company plans your itinerary and arranges all the logistics including lodging, local activities, and transportantion. You have the flexibility of a solo trip while still getting the convience and time savings of expert planning. Get 90% of the benefits of a tour, without a guide.
Group Tour Groups are between 25-60 people, typically ~30-40. Usually there will be many opportunities to split off and enjoy meals and excursions in smaller groups. This is the most economical way to travel, saving up to 40% versus booking the same itinerary yourself.
River Cruise These vessels are smaller than most ocean cruisers, limiting which amenties are available. Passenger counts can vary. One of the biggest advantages of a river cruise is the ability to dock at smaller ports and local villages.
Small Ship Cruise Small ship cruises usually have a max passenger count of 500. The primary purpose of these trips is to spend time off the vessel in local ports (e.g. Mediterranean) or experiencing nature (e.g Galapagos or Antarctica). Cabins can vary from budget to luxury.
Large Ship Cruise This is the "floating city" experience, with multiple ways to enjoy your vacation aboard the ship as much as on land. Ships are multiple floors, provide several activities, culinary, and shopping options. They often make fewer stops and have less time available for shore excursions.
Retreats Similar to a self guided tour but staying in one location only with activities and day outings included as a part of the stay.

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Lodging Level Lodging Level Camping Typically involves most nights sleeping in tents (sometimes permanent tented sites) or in rustic cabins and lodges.
Basic - 2 star You'll stay in no-frills, but clean and comfortable, hotels or guesthouses. A 'Basic' trip might also involve a few nights of camping.
Value - 3 star Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels.
Premium - 4 star 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards.
Luxury - 5 star The highest level of comfort and service. All accomodations are in four or five star hotels, boutique lodges or high-end homestays.

Physical Level Physical Level Very Easy Minimal walking - motor vehicles available for all major parts of trip.
Easy Normal generally flat walking in urban or suburban environments.
Moderate Walking or physical activity half to most of day - no carrying equipment.
Strenuous All or most of day hiking or biking, hills included.
Extreme Very challenging all day hiking and backpacking carrying significant equipment.

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Travel Style Travel Style Flexible schedule A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers.
Full schedule For those looking to maximize their sight seeing time. You thrive on a packed day’s schedule from 8 am to 6pm, with some (but limited) free time. Most activities and meals included.
Balanced schedule You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included.

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Best of Antarctica (Ocean Endeavour)

Intrepid Travel
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Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
11 days
$ 663 / day
$ 7,290
From : $ 8,967
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : Array Full on
Physical Level : Normal generally flat walking in urban or suburban environments. 1- Very easy
Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Comfort (4*)
Highlights
  • Freezing is great but freedom is better. Customise your trip with a wide range of optional activities on top of regular Zodiac excursions. Explore the water by kayak, sign up for a photography masterclass, rejuvenate with some onboard yoga and a massage, take a refreshing polar plunge or camp overnight like a true polar explorer.
  • Whereas most polar expeditions of this kind have a crew-to-passenger ratio of ten, fifteen or twenty to one, Intrepid expeditions on the Ocean Endeavour have an expedition crew member for every 8 passengers for a greater personal touch.
  • Our experienced leaders have made hundreds of polar voyages between them. They’re experts in marine biology, glaciology and Antarctic history, and they’ll share their knowledge throughout the journey during a comprehensive lecture program.
  • Rest assured that footprints are all you’ll leave behind. Your Antarctica expedition is carbon offset, and we serve only sustainably sourced seafood, avoid single-use plastics and use biodegradable and phosphate-free cleaning products.
Visits:
Antarctic Peninsula, Argentina
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Antarctica, South Georgia & Falklands Odyssey ...

Intrepid Travel
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Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
21 days
$ 680 / day
$ 14,290
From : $ 17,577
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : Array Full on
Physical Level : Normal generally flat walking in urban or suburban environments. 1- Very easy
Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Comfort (4*)
Highlights
  • Travel with experts in marine biology, glaciology and Antarctic history. They’ll share their knowledge throughout the journey during a comprehensive lecture program.
  • With optional adventures including ice camping and kayaking, and rare touches of five-star luxury thanks to an onboard spa and wellness centre, this is as good as Antarctic expedition travel gets.
  • Intrepid expeditions on the Ocean Endeavour have one expedition crew member for every eight passengers for a greater personal touch.
  • Rest assured that footprints are all you’ll leave behind. Your Antarctica expedition is carbon offset, serves sustainably sourced seafood and avoids single-use plastics.
Visits:
Antarctic Peninsula, Falklands Islands, Puerto Madryn, Ushuaia, Argentina, Falkland Islands, South Georgia
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Antarctica Peninsula Cruise – Land of Penguins ...

12 days
$ 1,198 / day
$ 14,375
Travel Style : N/A
Physical Level : N/A
  • N/A
  • Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value (3*)
    Visits:
    Shetland Islands, South Shetland Islands, Ushuaia, Argentina
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    Antarctic Explorer: Discovering the 7th Continent

    11 days
    $ 500 / day
    $ 5,495
    Travel Style : Array Relaxed
    Physical Level : Walking or physical activity half to most of day - no carrying equipment. 2- Easy
    Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Comfort (4*)
    Highlights
    • Witness and explore the highlights of the Antarctic Peninsula;
    • Be aboard one of Quark’s specially designed ice strengthened vessels;
    • Learn about the environment and wildlife from onboard lecturers and specialists;
    • Witness the abundant wildlife - penguins, seals, whales and more!
    Visits:
    Tierra del Fuego National Park, Ushuaia, Argentina
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    Best of Antarctica: A White Christmas (Ocean Endeavour)

    Intrepid Travel
    Premier
    Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
    11 days
    $ 826 / day
    $ 9,090
    From : $ 11,181
    The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
    Travel Style : Array Full on
    Physical Level : Normal generally flat walking in urban or suburban environments. 1- Very easy
    Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Comfort (4*)
    Highlights
    • Experience a guaranteed white Christmas as you explore the icy wilderness of the White Continent.
    • The festive season is a wonderful time for wildlife lovers to visit Antarctica, as penguin chicks are hatching and abundant on the peninsula and South Shetland Islands.
    • With over 22 hours of sunlight each day, you’ll have more time for exploration.
    • Enjoy daily zodiac excursions, on-shore landings and take advantage of optional activities during the voyage such as sea kayaking, ice camping and snowshoeing.
    • Benefit from a variety of on-board activities including educational lectures on history, geology and ecology by the expedition team.
    • When you’re not exploring, avail of amenities onboard including expedition lounge, restaurant, bar, pool, jacuzzi, library, gym, sun deck, spa facilities and sauna.
    Visits:
    Antarctic Peninsula, Ushuaia, Argentina
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    Antarctic Peninsula Fly and Cruise

    Audley Travel
    Preferred
    Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
    12 days
    $ 19,452
    Travel Style : Array Full on
    Physical Level : Normal generally flat walking in urban or suburban environments. 1- Very easy
    Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value (3*)
    Visits:
    Antarctic Peninsula, Punta Arenas, Santiago, Chile
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    Antarctic Circle Expedition

    16 days
    $ 502 / day
    $ 8,031
    Travel Style : Array Relaxed
    Physical Level : Walking or physical activity half to most of day - no carrying equipment. 2- Easy
    Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Comfort (4*)
    Highlights
    • First class scientific lectures
    • Come ashore on isolated beaches and spend the night in a tent
    • Cross the Antarctic Circle at latitude 66° 33’ 39’’
    • See penguins, Leopard seals and whales
    Visits:
    Buenos Aires, Shetland Islands, Ushuaia, Argentina
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    Antarctic Express: Fly the Drake

    8 days
    $ 1,124 / day
    $ 9,995
    Travel Style : Array Relaxed
    Physical Level : Walking or physical activity half to most of day - no carrying equipment. 2- Easy
    Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Comfort (4*)
    Highlights
    • The fastest, most direct way to Antarctica
    • Enjoy all the Antarctic Peninsula highlights
    • Enjoy on-board lectures and educational presentations from polar specialists
    Visits:
    Antarctic Peninsula, Patagonia, Punta Arenas, Chile
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    Falklands, South Georgia, and Antarctica

    20 days
    $ 690 / day
    $ 13,795
    Travel Style : Array Relaxed
    Physical Level : Walking or physical activity half to most of day - no carrying equipment. 2- Easy
    Lodging Level : The highest level of comfort and service. All accomodations are in four or five star hotels, boutique lodges or high-end homestays. Luxury (5*)
    Highlights
    • Explore the world’s seventh continent on the Antarctic Peninsula by ship, Zodiac and on foot.
    • Learn about Antarctica’s unique geology, history and wildlife with an expert team of lecturers.
    • See the incredible wildlife of South Georgia, often referred to as “the Galapagos of the South.” This includes more than 30 species of breeding birds, including four species of Penguin.
    • Follow in the footsteps of Sir Ernest Shackleton’s perilous voyages on South Georgia and pause for a moment at his graveside.
    • Explore the quaint, British town of Port Stanley in the Falkland Islands.
    • On board lecturers and educational presentations from Polar Specialists.
    Visits:
    Orkney Islands, Shetland Islands, Ushuaia, Argentina, Falkland Islands
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    Luxury Antarctica Peninsula cruise

    Audley Travel
    Preferred
    Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
    16 days
    $ 16,557
    Travel Style : Array Full on
    Physical Level : Walking or physical activity half to most of day - no carrying equipment. 2- Easy
    Lodging Level : The highest level of comfort and service. All accomodations are in four or five star hotels, boutique lodges or high-end homestays. Luxury (5*)
    Visits:
    Antarctic Peninsula, Livingstone, Shetland Islands, South Shetland Islands, Ushuaia
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    Active Antarctica: Cruise, camp, trek & dive

    Audley Travel
    Preferred
    Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
    16 days
    $ 12,263
    Travel Style : Array Full on
    Physical Level : Normal generally flat walking in urban or suburban environments. 1- Very easy
    Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value (3*)
    Visits:
    Buenos Aires, South Shetland Islands, Ushuaia
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    Adventure from Cape Horn to the Penguins of Antarctica

    15 days
    $ 393 / day
    $ 5,890
    Travel Style : Array Relaxed
    Physical Level : All or most of day hiking or biking, hills included. 3- Moderate
    Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Comfort (4*)
    Highlights
    • Lectures on popular science topics
    • On board science centre
    • Activities in our fully equipped explorer room
    • Landings in Antarctica
    Visits:
    Punta Arenas, Santiago, Shetland Islands, Chile
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    Antarctic Express: Cruise South, Fly North

    10 days
    $ 1,160 / day
    $ 11,595
    Travel Style : Array Relaxed
    Physical Level : Walking or physical activity half to most of day - no carrying equipment. 2- Easy
    Lodging Level : The highest level of comfort and service. All accomodations are in four or five star hotels, boutique lodges or high-end homestays. Luxury (5*)
    Highlights
    • The excitement of a southbound Drake Passage crossing
    • The speed and convenience of a northbound flight over the Drake Passage
    • All the Antarctic Peninsula highlights
    • Lecturers and specialists deliver presentations on geology and animal life
    Visits:
    Argentina, Chile
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    Antarctica Cruise Expedition

    SmarTours
    Premier
    Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
    17 days
    $ 518 / day
    $ 8,799
    From : $ 10,823
    The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
    Travel Style : Array Mixed
    Physical Level : Walking or physical activity half to most of day - no carrying equipment. 2- Easy
    Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value (3*)
    Highlights
    • Explore Buenos Aires City Tour
    • Navigate the Beagle Channel
    • Cross the Drake Passage
    • Traverse Cape Horn
    • See the spectacular South Shetland Islands
    • Explorations by Zodiac (Small Boat)
    • Antarctic Peninsula is known for its scenic beauty and large population of Humpback Whales
    • Explore Drake Passag get close to Penguins & Seals
    • Hear the Roar of the Glaciers
    • Visit Yankee Harbour, an inner harbor on Greenwich Island
    Visits:
    Antarctic Peninsula, Buenos Aires, South Shetland Islands, Ushuaia, Argentina
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    Best of Antarctica in Depth (Ocean Endeavour)

    Intrepid Travel
    Premier
    Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
    14 days
    $ 668 / day
    $ 9,352
    From : $ 11,503
    The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
    Travel Style : Array Full on
    Physical Level : Normal generally flat walking in urban or suburban environments. 1- Very easy
    Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Comfort (4*)
    Highlights
    • Cross Antarctic Sound on your way to the Antarctic Peninsula’s remote and rugged east side, a sweeping landscape full of huge icebergs, and islands famous for their enormous penguin colonies, exploration history and geological features.
    • Towering icebergs, blue glaciers, rugged islands, white mountains, abundant and curious wildlife – the western side of Antarctica is a lifechanging destination in itself.
    • Encounter Antarctica’s incredible wildlife – Adelie and gentoo penguins, leopard seals, sea birds, whales – your expedition crew will curate your adventure to ensure you’ve got the best chance of multiple sightings.
    • Zodiac excursions open up exploration opportunities on both sides of the Peninsula – from the Danger Islands to Paradise Harbour – and the shores of the South Shetland Islands. We aim for two excursions on each expedition day to maximise your time on the Peninsula.
    • You won’t spend sea days between Ushuaia and Antarctica in your cabin. Get insider info with a series of presentations from expert guides, as well as an expedition vessel decked out with all the mod cons.
    Visits:
    Antarctic Peninsula, Ushuaia, Argentina
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    Top Antarctica Attractions & Experiences

    Top Antarctica Experiences

      Stepping out of your Zodiac and setting foot on the world’s most remote continent, something only a tiny percentage of people worldwide can claim.

      Spotting a humpback or minke whale breaching a few hundred yards from the deck of your ship.

      Marveling at the aggressive tactics of elephant seals and fur seals during mating season on South Georgia Island.

      Kayaking through near-frozen waters, making sure to steer clear of passing icebergs.

      Visiting one of the Antarctic research bases staffed by scientists from around the world.

      Standing on your expedition cruise ship’s deck after dark, basking in the solitude of the world’s

      last wilderness.

      Training your lens on an albatross as it soars overhead while en route to Antarctica.

      Trekking, skiing or just going for a walk across a vast white landscape.

    97 Antarctica Tour Reviews - Summary 96% Recommend

    4.7 out of 5
    Excellent 78
    Great 14
    Average 2
    Disappointing 0
    Terrible 3
    Value
    4.7
    Guide
    4.7
    Activities
    4.7
    Lodging
    4.7
    Transportation
    4.7
    Meals
    4.7

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    Company is a scam

    1.0
    • Value 1.0
    • Guide 1.0
    • Activities 1.0
    • Lodging 1.0
    • Transportation 1.0
    • Meals 1.0

    This company cancelled our trip 3 times due to COVID. The most recent cancellation was less than 10 days notice. When we tried to re-book this time for a later date (our fourth reservation with them), they charged us over $10,000 more for the EXACT same itinerary even after their 100% guarantee says they have a voyage-for-voyage exchange on cancelled trips and we would be able to exchange the trip for the same itinerary. Now they've changed their rules to say they only have 1 date available that's approved for "exchanges." So our original booking, which was the week of Christmas, now has to be some random week when conditions are not as good and we won't even see Antarctica in the season we wanted. For the EXACT same itinerary as we already booked and paid for (and they kept the money for over 2 years for, while continuing to cancel our trips) they want 10k+ more to book. This is a scam and these people have kept our money for going on 3 years now with absolutely no intent to honor their "guarantee." This company has been a nightmare from the beginning and I highly recommend you book with someone else.

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    Operator Quark Expeditions

    Awesome trip!

    5.0
    • Value 5.0
    • Guide 5.0
    • Activities 5.0
    • Lodging 5.0
    • Transportation 5.0
    • Meals 5.0

    We booked the December 26, 2019 Hurtigruten MS Midnatsol Antarctica Cruise Expedition trip with SmarTours through Travelstride over a year prior to embarkation.
    This was the trip of a lifetime. Every aspect of this trip exceeded our high expectations. The tour director was excellent and added the special touch to make this trip memorable. The ship's entire staff made us feel special and welcome. The service, expeditions, lectures, information sessions, and food great!! The Buenos Aires hotel staff, service and food was top notch. I highly recommend this trip!!

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    Operator SmarTours

    All Antarctica small ship and expedition cruises and adventure trips. Find the best guided trips and expert planned vacation and holiday packages. Average rating of 4.7 for all Antarctica trips.

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