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Challenge. Desolation. Unlimited wonder. It’s not difficult to grasp what attracted the great explorers to Antarctica. Get a personal appreciation for the struggle to tame the bottom of the world on this 22-day adventure to the land that entranced Ernest Shackleton and countless others since. Down here, you’ll explore the Falkland Islands, encounter abandoned whaling stations on South Georgia Island, and pay your respects at Shackleton’s grave. Elsewhere, you’ll catch up with penguins (king, chinstrap, and gentoo varieties) and learn all about them through daily lectures, get close to whales and cavorting seals from a Zodiac boat, and keep an eye peeled for towering icebergs and massive glaciers. Prepare to be astonished.


Day 1: Montevideo - Arrive in Montevideo at any time. Arrival transfer included. Enjoy the sights and sounds of Uruguay's capital city.

Day 2: Montevideo/South Atlantic Ocean - Embarkation on the MS Expedition begins in the afternoon at the port of Montevideo. Meals included: Breakfast | Dinner

Days 3–5: South Atlantic Ocean/Falkland Islands (Islas Malvinas) - With course set southeast, become acquainted with the ship. Enjoy the lecture and educational sessions about the extraordinary human and natural history of the Antarctic region. Meals included: Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Days 6–7: Falkland Islands (Islas Malvinas)/Southern Ocean - The Falkland Islands provide a rare opportunity to witness the biological diversity and extraordinary scenery of the southern islands. Penguins and albatross are abundant here, and the Falklands have the largest black-browed albatross colony in the world. In Stanley, meet the hardy local inhabitants whose colourful houses provide contrast to the long, dark winters. Meals included: Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Days 8–9: Southern Ocean/South Georgia - With course set for South Georgia, days at sea are filled with lectures to prepare for landings. Look out for the many whales that inhabit these waters. Meals included: Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Days 10–13: South Georgia/Scotia Sea - Home to many interesting sites (including the grave of polar explorer Ernest Shackleton), South Georgia has several former whaling stations and boasts plenty of wildlife. Visit a huge colony of king penguins, a major highlight of this part of the journey. Weather permitting, enjoy 3-4 days free to explore this island. Meals included: Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Days 14–15: Scotia Sea/South Shetland Islands - Plotting a southwesterly course across the Scotia Sea, sail for two days, retracing Shackleton's route backwards. Meals included: Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Days 16–19: South Shetland Islands/Drake Passage - Experience some of the most unique wildlife and awe-inspiring scenery in the South Shetland Islands, just north of the Antarctic Peninsula. Attempt two shore landings per day (weather permitting), and encounter gentoo, chinstrap, and Adélie penguin rookeries; Weddell, crabeater, and leopard seals; and orca, humpback, and minke whales in the cold Antarctic waters. Meals included: Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Days 20–21: Drake Passage/Ushuaia - Reflect on a memorable adventure and take in some final lectures on route back to Ushuaia. Keep a careful look out for a last chance to spot whales. Meals included: Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Day 22: Ushuaia - Disembark in the morning. Meals included: Breakfast

Itinerary details

21 nights / 22 days
ms Expedition

Dates & Rates

Dates & Rates Cabins (all Prices in US$ Dollar)
Code Date Category
1A Quad
1 Triple
2 Twin
3 Twin
4 Twin
5 Double
XVCASX-16A Start Oct 23, 2016
End Nov 13, 2016
12,664 13,599

Available extras (Add these to your tour when you book)

Antarctica Kayaking - $999.00
Weather permitting, you will head out in kayaks during the days where zodiac landings are also available. Kayaking as part of a group lead by experienced and skilled leaders, is an opportunity to experience these remote regions from another vantage point. No other activity gets you as close to the natural environment!

Antarctica Camping - $349.00
Follow in the footsteps of bold explorers and experience this land’s awe-inspiring splendours first hand. Our Antarctica camping experience includes time to enjoy the beauty of Antarctica near your campsite with ample photography options. Experience the sounds of heaving ice, the fresh scent of the sea, the stars at night—nothing gets you closer to the humbling forces of nature than spending a night ashore!

Antarctic Pre/Post Cruise Add-On - $899.00
When you travel with MS Adventures, we make sure that getting from A to B is always smooth sailing. That’s why we offer a Buenos Aires hotel and flight package, which takes care of your accommodation in BA, flights to and from Ushuaia, and all your transfers to and from the airport. The only thing that you have to do? Remember to pack your thermal underwear! For more information about our BA flight and hotel packages, call us or check the Extras section when you book online.

What's Included

  • - 20 nts on board the MS Expedition.

    - Arrival transfer from airport in Montevideo for flights arriving on Day 1.

    - Departure transfer to Ushuaia airport depending on disembarkation day.

    - 1 nt accommodation with breakfast in Montevideo.

    - Zodiac cruises and shore landings with our expert expedition team.

    - Lecture and educational programs.

    - Waterproof boots supplied for men's USA sizes 8-14 and women's USA sizes 3-9.

    - Expedition parka.

    - Antarctica destination guidebook.

    - All meals included aboard the MS Expedition.

    - Breakfast included at the hotel.

    - Twin-share hotel (1 nt), aboard the MS Expedition in quad-, triple-, twin-share cabins, or suites (all with en suite bathrooms and porthole or window) (20 nts). Please note that all cabins consist of twin-size berths and are ocean-facing. Suites have 1 queen-size bed.

    - MS Expedition, Zodiac, private bus.

    - 1 Expedition team member per 10 guests.