An Escorted 9-day Antarctica Itinerary for a Family Vacation

Author: Nidhi Sood on Mar 03,2023

Experience the beauty and majesty of the world's most remote and untouched wilderness on this exciting 9-day trip to Antarctica. Visit Plneau Island and Deception Island, observe penguins and seals in their natural habitat, and take part in guided hikes and ski trips. Learn about the fascinating research on the continent and meet the scientists and support staff who live and work there. Embark on this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and explore the great wilderness on this planet.

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Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Ushuaia

Arrive at the Ushuaia airport and get a private transfer to your hotel. Spend the day at leisure, acclimating to the new climate. In the evening, take a boat ride to the Les Eclaireurs Lighthouse and learn about Ushuaia's rich history and culture.

Day 2: Explore Ushuaia

Go on a private tour of the Ushuaia Harbor and the End of the World Museum. Then, proceed to the Tierra del Fuego National Park. Enjoy a traditional Argentine lunch at a local restaurant and try some of the region's famous seafood dishes. Then, visit the Malvinas Argentinas Monument, the Cervecera Artesanal Beagle Brewery, and the Martial Glacier. In the evening, attend a tango show and experience the vibrant culture of Ushuaia. Return to your hotel.

Day 3: Journeying through the Drake Passage

In the morning, board a luxury cruise and sail through the Drake Passage and the Beagle Channel and admire the stunning scenery of the surrounding islands and mountains. Look out for humpback whales, albatrosses, and dolphins leaping in the passage. Learn the oceanic observations and history from the onboard team of highly experienced researchers and lecturers. 

Day 4: A day at Cuverville Island

Your next destination is Cuverville Island. Land on the shore and take a guided hike to observe the Gentoo penguin colonies and other wildlife that make their home there. keep an eye out for the Gentoo penguins. After exploring the island, take a break and have a picnic lunch. Enjoy your meal while enjoying the stunning views of the surrounding glaciers and mountains. In the afternoon, hike to explore the island's interior. The island is home to several beautiful hiking trails that will take you through the rugged landscape and past breathtaking views.

Day 5: A full day on Plneau Island

Your next stop is Plneau Island in the Palmer Archipelago. Explore the island's rugged coastline and observe the penguins, seals, and other wildlife, such as Humpback, Mink, and Fin Whales, on scenic Plneau Island. Spend the remainder of the day on the island, resting and learning about French adventurer Jean-Baptiste Charcot. Join a bunch of scholars for a night of stargazing and a campfire. After supper, board the ship and set sail towards the Shetland Islands. 

Day 6: Enjoying water activities on Deception Island

Navigate some of the most beautiful waterways and reach Deception Island, located in the South Shetland Islands. Explore the abandoned whaling station and the remains of the old British base. In the afternoon, go for a swim in the hot springs on the island. Then, take a zodiac boat ride to the nearby island of Elephant, where you can observe the largest colony of elephant seals in the region. In the evening, attend a film screening at the base and learn why the ice is blue! 

Day 7 and 8: Cruising back to Ushuaia

You'll begin your return trip to Ushuaia through the mighty Drake Passage as you continue north toward the South Shetland Islands. Contemplating the beauty of Antarctica that surrounds you and your family. 

Day 9: Departure

Disembark at the port city- of Ushuaia. Enjoy a farewell meal at your hotel and get a private transfer to the airport for your flight back home. 

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