Small Group Discoveries for World Travelers

+ Our expedition ship carries only 88 passengers so its open bridge and expansive decks provide all guests with a better vantage for wildlife sightings as we take you deeper into remote regions of the Antarctic.
+ Thoughtful lectures and insight from our Expedition Team enhance every day of your voyage – while cruising at sea and on our thrilling expeditions ashore!
+ Spend 3 days roaming the Weddell Sea as our Expedition Team share dramatic stories of historic Polar expeditions like the ill-fated voyage of Sir Ernest Shackleton.
+ Adélie penguins, leopard seals, Gentoo penguins, Minke whales and a rich variety of sea birds are just some of the species we might encounter… With luck you might even espy Emperor penguins astride ice floes!
+ Discover Tierra del Fuego at the End of the World, a remarkable land of mountains, sea coasts, forests and waterways
  • Day 1 - Welcome to Ushuaia

    On arrival, you’ll be escorted to the 5-star Arakur Resort & Spa.
  • Day 2 - Into Tierra del Fuego and on to Our Ship

    This morning’s guided tour explores the pristine forests, waterways and mountains of spectacular Tierra del Fuego National Park. Traveling all the way to Lapataia Bay, you’ll have a chance to observe indigenous species as you learn about the region’s unique geology, flora and fauna. Return to port and board the mv Ushuaia. Settle in to your cabin, meet your expedition staff of leaders, guides and lecturers, and get acquainted with our intimate Polar vessel as you set sail along the Beagle Channel   Meals B+D
  • Day 3 - Crossing the Drake Passage

    Named after the renowned explorer, Sir Francis Drake, who sailed these waters in 1578, the Drake Passage also marks the Antarctic Convergence, a biological barrier where cold polar water sinks beneath the warmer northern waters. This creates a great upwelling of nutrients, which sustains the biodiversity of this region. The Drake Passage also marks the northern limit of many Antarctic seabirds. As we sail across the passage, your expedition lecturers will be out with you on deck to help with the identification of an amazing variety of seabirds, including many albatrosses, which follow in our wake. The Ushuaia’s unique open bridge policy allows you to join the ship’s officers on the bridge and to learn about navigation, watch for whales, and enjoy the view. A full program of lectures will be offered as well. Meals B,L,D

    [Note: The daily cruise program outlined here for Day 4 through Day 10 is a sample itinerary only - to give you a general sense of the highlights that will unfold on this cruise. The exact course of your sea voyage will be determined by the ship’s Captain and Expedition Leader on a day-by-day basis based upon local conditions. Likewise, the waters you explore and the islands you will actually visit depend upon these same weather and sea conditions. Although we can assure you of a once-in-a-lifetime voyage filled with unforgettable sightings, experiences and encounters, your safety is the paramount concern of the captain and the entire ship’s staff.]
  • Day 4 - Continue through the Drake Passage

    The first sightings of icebergs and snow-capped mountains indicate that we have reached the South Shetland Islands, a group of twenty islands and islets first sighted in February 1819 by Capt. William Smith. With favorable conditions during our crossing of the Drake Passage, our lecturers and naturalists will accompany you ashore as you experience your first encounter with Antarctic penguins and seals today. Meals B,L,D
  • Day 5 - Rounding the Peninsula into the Remote Weddell Sea

    This is where huge tabular icebergs roam. In some years, the Erebus & Terror Gulf and Weddell Sea are chock-a-block full with ice, making for exciting ice navigation. Get up early and go out on deck. It may be 3:30 h in the morning, but the sunrises will be unlike anything you’ve ever seen. Huge tabular bergs break from the Larsen, Ronne, and Filchner ice shelves and combine with one-year-old and multi-year sea ice to produce a floating, undulating panorama of rugged ice scenery. All-white Snow Petrels are likely to be coursing over the floes, often joined by Pintado Petrels. Meals B,L,D
  • Day 6 - The Antarctic Peninsula’s Remote Eastern Coast

    The usual passage to the east side of the Antarctic Peninsula traverses the Antarctic Sound, which is 30 miles (48 km) long and 7-12 miles (11-19 km) wide and runs northwest-to-southeast. Hope Bay and the Argentine Station Esperanza, are located on the western side of the Sound. Brown Bluff, a promontory on the Tabarin Peninsula, is located south of Hope Bay. Both of them might be possible landing sites. The Weddell Sea represents the center of the Peninsula’s Adélie Penguin population. Devil Island, Paulet Island and the already mentioned sites, might give us ample proof of this. The numbers of penguins are breathtaking. Sometimes juvenile Emperor Penguins have been sighted, riding ice floes but are by no means regular in the area. Meals B,L,D
  • Day 7 - Through the Weddell Sea

    This region also teems with vibrant exploration history. The most bizarre of these tales involves the Swedish Antarctic Expedition of 1901-03 under the command of geologist Otto Nordenskjöld. Four visitor sites have links to this expedition: Hope Bay, Paulet Island, Snow Hill Island, and Cape Well-Met on Vega Island. Our expedition staff will be pleased to share their exciting story with you. Nordenskjöld´s expedition was the first to overwinter in the Peninsula. His ship the Antarctic, under the command of the famous Norwegian whaling captain Carl Anton Larsen, was trapped in the ice and sank, but the men survived on different locations and even managed to carry out significant scientific research in the area. Meals B,L,D
  • Day 8 - Exploring the Antarctic Peninsula

    As we continue along the Antarctic Peninsula’s western coast, you’ll likely experience the thrill and excitement that we imagine the early explorers felt. You will have plenty of time to explore the region’s amazing scenery - a pristine wilderness of snow, ice, mountains and waterways and a wide variety of wildlife. Apart from Gentoo and Chinstrap Penguins and other seabirds, you are likely to encounter Weddell, crabeater and leopard seals - as well as Minke whales and orcas at close range!  Depending upon sea and ice conditions, we navigate some of the most beautiful waterways of the Southern Hemisphere: the Gerlache Strait, the Neumayer Channel and the Lemaire Channel – a narrow passage between towering rock faces and spectacular glaciers. With good conditions, you’ll make at least two landings per day, always joined by our experienced naturalist staff. Possible landing sites include Paradise Bay, on the Continent itself and one of the most aptly named places on earth, Cuverville Island (home to the biggest Gentoo penguin colony in the region) and the British Museum and Post Office at Port Lockroy. Meals B,L,D
  • Day 9 - The South Shetland Islands

    Further exploration will lead us to the South Shetland Islands. This volcanic island group is a haven for wildlife. Vast penguin rookeries and seals hauling out on the shorelines make our time spent here unforgettable. Sailing through the narrow passage into the flooded caldera of Deception Island is truly amazing - as is visiting the crescent-shaped Half Moon Island, home to Chinstrap Penguins in breathtaking surroundings. Meals B,L,D
  • Day 10 - Northward across the Drake Passage

    Having left the Antarctic Peninsula behind us the night before, today finds the mv Ushuaia heading northward across the Drake Passage. Join our naturalists on deck or head to the bridge with the officers. Either way, keep your senses tuned for seabirds and whales.  Meals B+L+D
  • Day 11 - Cruising toward South America

    Take advantage of this full day onboard to enjoy our final lectures and maybe another visit to the bridge. This evening’s congenial dinner offers a chance to share your experiences with your fellow passengers.  Meals B+L+D
  • Day 12 - Disembark + Explore Ushuaia

    Step off in Ushuaia for a guided tour of this bustling port, uniquely situated at the end of the Continent between the snowcapped Martial Range and the sea.  After sightseeing we’ll take you to the airport for your onward journey.  Meals B

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  • Arakur Ushuaia Resort & Spa - Ushuaia, Argentina

    Located within the Cerro Alarkén Nature reserve, just a few minutes from downtown Ushuaia, the Arakur Ushuaia Resort & Spa is much more than a luxury hotel. Designed using rigid standards of sustainability, the structure is perched on a mountain amidst breathtaking panoramic views of native forest and natural terraces, harmoniously integrated into the environment. It uses minimum water and energy consumption, and was designed with all-natural materials.

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    Situated on Deck E below the Panorama Deck, Observation Lounge and Dining Room, our Standard Cabins measure 96 to 107 square feet. They include two berths (upper and lower) and share a shower and toilet with the adjoining cabin. There is a porthole, small desk, and wash basin in each Standard Cabin.

    Originally built as a research vessel for the National Oceanographic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the mv Ushuaia has been refurbished into a comfortable expedition ship that’s ideal for exploring the waters and coasts of the Antarctic. You’ll find our ice-strengthened polar vessel to be well-appointed with a comfortable Dining Doom and an Observation Lounge + Library where you can also enjoy informative talks with our shipboard experts. With ample deck space and our unique Open Bridge policy, you’ll always have a great vantage point to take in the scenery and wildlife when not ashore. With only 90 passengers and a full fleet of Zodiacs, you’ll enjoy superb landings and wildlife viewing opportunities on the otherwise inaccessible coastline.

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Our Small Ship Adventure Value Includes

+ Our signature Small Group sightseeing in Ushuaia and all shore excursions with our expert shipboard naturalists
+ 30 meals: 11 breakfasts, 9 lunches and 10 dinners
+ 1 night in Ushuaia at the 5-star Arakur Resort & Spa
+ 10 nights aboard our comfortable expedition vessel, the mv Ushuaia
+ All on-tour transportation including airport transfers
+ Luggage handling, port charges, and all hotel taxes and service charges

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There are no upcoming departures for this tour, but our Custom Travel Team can arrange a private departure just for you at an affordable price and on the dates you want.  With your own private car, driver and guide and custom tailored hotels, meals, and sightseeing we can create the journey of a lifetime exactly to your specifications.

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  • Alexander from CT gives this tour 

    Everything about the trip was perfect. The hotel in which we stayed in Ushuaia was out of this world!!! One of the best ever! We are A+R fans for life!


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    Date Traveled: 1/8/2018

  • Carolyn from IN gives this tour 

    Delighted by the beautiful scenery and the wonderful crew.


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    Date Traveled: 1/7/2018

  • Glenda from CT gives this tour 

    Arakur is absolutely fabulous. The Antarctic sights, the ship's crew, the desserts --- all great


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    Date Traveled: 1/1/2017

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