Antarctica Cruise

15 days Land & Cruise
Start your adventure on the sophisticated streets and squares of Buenos Aires, the South American capital of food and fashion. Then, in Ushuaia, board a ship bound for the lands known as one of Earth’s final frontiers. You’ll witness towering, glittering glaciers, icebergs in a thousand shades of blue and teeming colonies of penguins and seals that call these rocky shores home.

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      Local       cuisine

Handpicked hotels

Sightseeing with local guides

Private transportation

Personalized flight options

Tour group size: 6 - 20 travelers

Tour pace: You will walk for about 1 hour daily across uneven terrain, including snow and ice, with some hills.

Let us handle the details

Expert Tour Director

      Local       cuisine

Handpicked hotels

Sightseeing with local guides

Private transportation

Personalized flight options

Your tour includes

  • 3 nights in handpicked hotels, 9 nights aboard M/V USHUAIA Cruise ship

  • Breakfast daily; 8 lunches, 9 dinners aboard cruise; 2 three-course dinners on land with beer or wine

  • Multilingual Tour Director on land, expert wildlife guides aboard the cruise ship

  • Private deluxe motor coach

  • Guided sightseeing and select entrance fees

Map of tour of Antarctica and Argentina

Overnight Flight 1 night

Day 1: Travel day

Board your overnight flight to Buenos Aires today.

Buenos Aires 1 night Hotel info

Day 2: Arrival in Buenos Aires

  Included meals: Dinner

Welcome to Argentina! Touch down in Buenos Aires, where you’ll meet your fellow travelers at tonight’s welcome dinner.

Ushuaia 1 night Hotel info

Day 3: Flight to Ushuaia

  Included meals: Breakfast

Fly to Ushuaia and get acquainted with the city on a guided walking tour. Then, spend the rest of the day exploring on your own.

Cruise 9 nights Hotel info

Day 4: Cruise embarkation

  Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Travel through coastal landscapes and glacial valleys on an excursion to Tierra del Fuego National Park before boarding a cruise ship bound for the Antarctic.

• Visit Bahia Ensenada and view evidence of the 6,500-year-old native settlements

• Take in views of Roca Lake and Lapataia Bay

Day 5: Day at sea

  Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Spend the day crossing the legendary Drake Passage.

Day 6: Day at sea

  Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Spend another day crossing the legendary Drake Passage.

Day 7: South Shetland Islands

  Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Start your four-day exploration of the rocky South Shetland Islands and the northernmost tip of the Antarctic continent. Please note: the contents of your Antarctica itinerary are weather-dependent.

• Visit penguin rookeries 

• Cruise through Neptune’s Bellows into the natural harbor at Deception Island

Day 8: King George & Livingston Islands

  Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Encounter Adélie and chinstrap penguins on King George Island and come face-to-face with elephant seals on Livingston Island. Please note: Your Antarctica itinerary is weather-dependent.

Day 9: Lemaire & Neumayer Channels

  Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Cruise along the Antarctic coast in the Gerlache Strait and gaze in awe at the towering sea cliffs lining the Lemaire and Neumayer Channels. You might also make stops at Paulet Island, the Melchior Islands and Portal Point. Please note: Your Antarctica itinerary is weather-dependent.

Day 10: Antarctic Islands

  Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Enjoy your final day of cruising in Antarctica. Depending on your ship’s itinerary, you may:

• Discover the gentoo penguin rookery and the towering icebergs of Cuverville Island 

• Spy the calving icebergs at Neko Harbor

• View the shallow bay filled with resting icebergs at Pleneau Island

• Visit the world’s southernmost colony of gentoo penguins at Petermann Island

• Venture into the placid waters of Paradise Bay, where the sea serves as a mirror for the surrounding mountains

Please note: The contents of your Antarctica itinerary are weather-dependent.

Day 11: Day at sea

  Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Begin the first of two days of uninterrupted cruising back to South America. Join the ship’s lecturers and naturalists on deck for whale- and bird-watching.

Day 12: Day at sea

  Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Spend another day cruising to the South American mainland.

Buenos Aires 1 night Hotel info

Day 13: Cruise disembarkation & flight to Buenos Aires

  Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

After disembarking your cruise ship, board a flight to Buenos Aires. There, you’ll celebrate your trip with your fellow travelers at a farewell dinner, including a special tango performance.

Day 14: Sightseeing tour of Buenos Aires & departure

  Included meals: Breakfast

Before heading home, take in the highlights of Buenos Aires on a guided sightseeing tour.

• Visit the beautiful Plaza de Mayo to see the Casa Rosada, the Metropolitan Cathedral and the Cabildo 

• Pass through the historic neighborhood of San Telmo before exploring the colorful streets of La Boca

• Drive along 9 de Julio Avenue, the widest street in the world, to Palermo and its beautiful parks

• Visit the aristocratic Recoleta neighborhood and the grave of Eva Perón

This evening, transfer to the airport for your overnight flight home, or extend your stay to explore Buenos Aires.

Overnight Flight 1 night

Day 15: Travel day

Arrive home after your overnight flight.

Add Buenos Aires Starting from $349 pp

Please note: Extension is not available on all departure dates.

Recover from your weeks in the frigid Antarctic with some extra time in sizzling Buenos Aires. Delve deeper into the city’s eclectic architecture, flavorful cuisine and sensual music and dance, or venture out of the city on our optional excursion.

Buenos Aires 2 nights Hotel info

Day 14: Free day in Buenos Aires

  Included meals: Breakfast

Spend the day exploring Buenos Aires at your leisure. Please note: Some of the contents of your itinerary today will overlap with the main tour.

Day 15: Free day in Buenos Aires

  Included meals: Breakfast

Enjoy another free day in the city or add an excursion.

Optional Excursion - Estancia Visit: Argentine Barbecue & Gaucho Show $145pp* Details

Head to Argentina’s countryside for a day at a traditional estancia, or ranch, where you’ll get to know the culture of the Pampas. You’ll be welcomed with empanadas, a local specialty, and Argentine wine, then have a chance to visit the estancia’s museum and church. Go for a horseback ride around the property or opt to hop in a small horse-drawn carriage, called a sulky. Later, enjoy a delicious barbecue lunch along with entertainment. Experience the folklore of the region through music, dance and horse-riding show as gauchos (traditional ranch hands) show off their skills in the center of the ring, or sortija.

Save $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs. (On-tour price: $155)

Day 16: Departure

  Included meals: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to the airport for your overnight flight home.

Overnight Flight 1 night

Day 17: Travel day

Arrive home after your overnight flight.

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About the cruise ship

  • An ice-strengthened polar vessel, the M/V USHUAIA was originally built as a research boat for the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). She’s been re-imagined as a passenger ship, with comfortable cabins and inviting public spaces for every guest. Download a detailed summary of the ship’s amenities and available cabins [PDF]

Passport & visa requirements

  • In order to enter Argentina and Antarctica, U.S. and Canadian citizens need a valid passport with an expiration date extending at least six months beyond the date of reentry.
  • We recommend having at least two blank passport pages for entry stamps.
  • There is no visa required for U.S. or Canadian citizens to enter Argentina. However, in accordance with Argentine law, Canadian citizens must pay a reciprocity fee of $72 USD per person prior to departure. To prepay your reciprocity fee, please visit the Argentine National Immigration Directorate online.
  • If you are not a U.S. or Canadian citizen, you must contact each destination country’s consulate for your specific entry requirements.   

Tour pace

  • You will walk for about 1 hour daily across uneven terrain, including snow and ice, with some hills.
  • Travelers should be healthy enough to participate in all included walks without assistance. 
  • You should feel comfortable managing your own baggage at times, as well as getting in and out of small boats.
  • If you have any mobility concerns or physical restrictions, please contact our Customer Experience Team. 

Transportation

  • Round-trip flights booked through Go Ahead arrive in and depart from Buenos Aires. A Go Ahead representative will meet you at the airport and take you to your hotel. Please remain in the arrival lounge, as the representative might be escorting one of your fellow travelers to the bus at the time of your arrival.
  • Transfers to and from the airport at your destination are included for travelers who have purchased their flights through Go Ahead. Travelers who purchase their own flights may request airport transfers with Go Ahead for an additional cost.
  • Round-trip flights between Buenos Aires and Ushuaia, a nine-night Antarctica Cruise and additional boat rides are also included in the price of your tour.
  • All other included transportation on this tour is by private motor coach.   

Baggage allowance

  • Airlines have varying weight restrictions on baggage. Some airlines may impose additional charges if you choose to check any baggage; be advised that you are responsible for any such costs. 
  • Contact your airline for baggage size and weight restrictions for your flight, but please note that Go Ahead travelers are restricted to one checked bag per person due to storage limitations on motor coaches and other transfers, which may include train connections or flights. 
  • One carry-on bag of 45 total inches (length + width + height) is also permitted.
  • Make sure you label your baggage and keep valuables, medication and documents in your carry-on bag. carry-on bag.   

Clothing & packing tips

  • A sturdy pair of rubber-soled boots is absolutely essential for shore landings and will be available for you on the M/V Ushuaia. Please note that the boots on board have been used by previous passengers. If you prefer to bring your own, we strongly recommend pull-on, unlined, knee-high, waterproof boots with nonskid soles. You may be stepping in water up to ten inches deep during shore excursions. Leather or cloth boots are not acceptable.
  • Dress in layers and avoid cotton whenever possible, as it is an ineffective insulator. 
  • A rain jacket, a water-repellant hooded parka, insulated waterproof trousers, a hat, a scarf and gloves or mittens are necessary for shore excursions. Most of these items are available to rent in Ushuaia. 
  • The dress code on the ship is casual, but rubber-soled boots are required on the deck. 
  • We also recommend bringing plastic bags, sunscreen, sunglasses, a backpack and binoculars. You may want to bring a swimsuit in case there is an opportunity to swim in a thermal bath.
  • While in Buenos Aires, it is preferable not to visit churches or other religious sites with bare legs or shoulders (and entrance may be denied on this basis).

   

Health

  • There are no major health risks associated with traveling to Argentina or Antarctica.
  • At least 60 days prior to departure, check with your doctor or healthcare provider for the latest updates and entry requirements, or visit the Center for Disease Control and Prevention website at cdc.gov.
  • Please be sure to take proper care with sun exposure, as the sun can be especially strong in some of the areas you are visiting. 
  • Your voyage to Antarctica will bring you through Drake’s Passage, a stretch of ocean known to cause seasickness in even the most weathered sailors. Consult your healthcare provider before your departure to discuss possible treatments. Many travelers prefer transdermal patches (only available in the U.S. and by prescription). 
  • There will be a doctor on board the ship to provide both emergency and routine health care for an additional cost.
  • If you have medication that you take daily, be sure you have enough for each day of the tour as well as any possible delays encountered.
  • If you have dietary restrictions and/or food allergies please notify Go Ahead at least 30 days prior to your departure by logging in to My Account and updating your traveler info. To update this information closer to your departure date, please call our Customer Experience Team.   

Cuisine

  • In Argentina, perhaps the most common dish is the asado, a series of salt-rubbed meats, ribs and chorizo sausages cooked over a fire pit on metal grills and crosses. For dessert, try dulce de leche, a sweet honey-and-milk paste, in pastries.
  • The dining options aboard the Antarctic cruise include a breakfast buffet, a buffet or a la carte lunch service, afternoon tea and three-course dinners. Meal times vary depending on shore excursions. Coffee and tea is offered throughout the day. 

Electricity & air conditioning

  • Argentina operates on 220 volts and uses a Type I plug with three large, flat pins. 
  • Electricity on board the MV Ushuaia is 110 volts / 60 hertz, though there are some outlets in public areas with 220-240 volts. Cabins are fitted with multi-type sockets suitable for several international plugs. However, we recommend bringing necessary converters and adapters with you as only a limited number can be borrowed on board.
  • The majority of the hotels on this tour have air conditioning. The ship is fully climate controlled and each cabin is equipped with individual temperature controls.
  • Your hotels may provide hairdryers, irons and other small appliances. These amenities cannot be guaranteed in your hotels, but hairdryers are provided on board the cruise ship.

   

Connectivity

  • Wi-Fi is available in most hotels, though some charges may apply.
  • There is no Wi-Fi on any of the motor coaches.
  • A telephone and a computer for sending email are available on board the ship for a fee.
  • Please contact your mobile service provider for information on roaming charges.   

Time zones

  • Argentina and the part of Antarctica visited on this tour are three hours behind Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) and two hours ahead of Eastern Standard Time (EST).
  • When it’s noon in New York City, it’s 2pm on tour. 

Currency

  • You will use the Argentine peso in Argentina and U.S. dollars or the euro on board the cruise ship.
  • Better rates of exchange are usually available overseas, although it’s worth ordering some currency from your local bank to use when you first arrive.
  • We strongly advise that you take debit/bank cards and credit cards, which can be used to withdraw cash at local banks, as needed.
  • You can use most debit/credit cards at ATMs on the international networks Cirrus and Plus, but make sure to check with your home bank about withdrawal fees.
  • Inform your bank and credit card company of your travel plans, so that they won’t confuse your international purchases for fraudulent charges.
  • International banks and businesses primarily accept debit and credit cards that work with the EMV chip system. If you do not already have at least one debit or credit card with a chip in it, we strongly recommend requesting one from your bank prior to your tour.
  • For services rendered aboard the ship, you will be provided with a personal account. Your purchases will be kept on record and totaled at the end of your voyage. 
  • Your account must be settled prior to disembarkation, preferably in cash (U.S. dollars or euros). If you must pay by credit card, please advise the manager at the beginning of the voyage. The ship accepts MasterCard and American Express for charges over $100USD. Visa is not accepted.
  • It is recommended that you bring $300-$400USD (in small bills) for spending money. Please consider bar extras, gratuities and communication (phone calls and internet use) when budgeting.

   

Tipping

  • At the conclusion of your tour, it’s customary to offer your Tour Director and driver a gratuity in local currency. Please keep current exchange rates in mind.
  • We recommend tipping the equivalent of $7USD/CAD to $10USD/CAD per person per day for your Tour Director and the equivalent of $3USD/CAD per person per day for your driver.
  • If applicable, we also recommend the equivalent of $2USD/CAD per local guide. 
  • Tips can only be paid in cash. 
  • The customary gratuity to the ship’s service personnel is made as a blanket contribution at the end of the voyage and is divided among the crew. You will receive detailed guidelines on board, but the equivalent of $15USD/CAD per person per day is the common recommendation.  

Shore excursions

  • The crew aboard the M/V Ushuaia are highly experienced in Antarctic expedition and share a great love of nature. You'll travel with knowledgeable expedition leaders and lecturers who are dedicated to environmental protection. The ship carries her own fleet of Zodiacs, or inflatable landing crafts, which are provided for shore excursions and wildlife viewing.

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5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 2/21/2016

Number of Past Tours: 2

From: NC

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Tour Of A Lifetime

Words cannot begin to describe this entire adventure. Go Ahead Tours made certain that every connection and every event happened right on time! All tour guides were exceptional. They were totally professional and were very knowledgeable regarding answers to questions that our group voiced. The staff on our ship, the Ushuaia, could not have been more accommodating! The rooms were great on the ship. The food was five star! We were privileged to see and do things that, before the trip, we dreamed about doing! Just a note to help you when packing for this trip, pack light. In Argentina, you will need summer clothing. When boarding the plane to go to Ushuaia, we would suggest wearing winter clothing. Boots are provided for you for land excursions. You must have face protection, gloves, heavy wool socks, thermal underclothing, and a coat that will protect you in frigid weather. Also, a quality pair of sun glasses is a must! You can interchange clothing on a daily basis while on the ship. This is not a "dress-up" type tour! Regarding rubber boots, the ship does offer men's sizes larger than size 11. We bought and carried a pair of men's size 12's that should have been left at home. Also, you can wear tennis shoes while inside the ship. We would suggest slip resistant soled shoes on the decks. Wear comfortable clothing inside the vessel. This IS NOT a typical cruise ship and we loved it! The fellow travelers that we met in Buenos Aires became immediate lifetime friends! We laughed together and shared different backgrounds as we traveled on our journey. Everyone worked together as a team and showed compassion for each other. If you are looking for an adventure and not a cruise, this IS the trip! You will take zodiacs to vantage points that cannot be accessed with a larger cruise vessel. You will explore, at your own pace, places that cannot even be described in words. The ship's captain and all ship mates were great! The chefs were great. The hotel staff was great. ALL WAS GREAT! We went places around Antarctica that could not be witnessed by larger vessels. The Excursion Crew was well seasoned and knew how to keep us safe when we went on daily adventures. They made it their mission to see that everyone had a fantastic time. At the end of the journey, we were brought to tears with the showing of a DVD that the crew of the Ushuaia made for every passenger! Passengers were included in the DVD and many of the sights were also included! We have traveled to many places. This IS the "tour of a lifetime!"

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Hi Craig! Thank you for your fabulous review! Your Antarctic adventure sounds like it was an outstanding experience. We’re thrilled to hear it! You offer some great packing tips, such as bringing slip resistant shoes and comfortable clothing. It’s definitely important to be prepared for this tour. We’re happy to hear you met friendly fellow travelers along the way and made unforgettable memories together. We’re also glad you enjoyed all aspects of the tour from the food to the ship’s crew to all the stops on the itinerary. We will be sure to communicate your fantastic feedback to our Product Development team. Again, we thank you for sharing your experience, and we are glad you consider this 'the tour of a lifetime'. We hope to welcome you on tour again soon!

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | April 04, 2016

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 3/22/2015

Number of Past Tours: 3

From: OH

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 4 / 5

amazing tour of a lifetime

I will never forget this amazing tour ,everyone should see this beautiful place on earth, Antarctica. all the staff in the cruise did a superb job, our tour guides starting in argentina really are so nice and did a great job to us. juan Pablo is very knowledgeable about his place n did not try to leave us unattended to our needs. he is really an asset to your company. our tour guide too in Ushuaia irish did a very good job even we only stayed there for a day was so great. thank u go ahead tours for this great unforgettable expedition we just had. everything was on time the bus was there we don't have to wait for long hrs all the hotels we stayed in NH Lancaster in argentina, Albatross hotel in Ushuaia as soon as we came in we were able to check in rite awawy esp with long hrs of our flights. we feel very safe in this ship MV Ushuaia going to Antarctica. The food was great the people serving us are unbelievable to the dedication theyre doing in their job

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 3/22/2015

Number of Past Tours: 15

From: TX

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Surreal continent

It's hard to believe you can actually go to Antarctica. Go and come back in 15 days? We live in wondrous times. Seeing the penguins up close and personal, sighting dozens of whales, seals, sea birds, icebergs, glaciers... one amazing sight after another. You hardly know where to point your camera. The longer you wait, the harder it is, so don't wait. Go now. Start packing your fleece.

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5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 1/22/2014

Number of Past Tours: 4

From: IN

Tour Director: 4 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Once in a life time experience

From the get go the entire trip was exhilarating with unique experiences. Antarctica has to be seen to be believed. The tour on MVS ushuaia was very good with no dull moments. All landings to the islands were perfectly managed with plenty of time to catch up in between. The dining hall crew were fabulous and were so happy to be of service all the time. All our needs were well taken care of during the airport transfers.

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5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 1/22/2014

Number of Past Tours: 4

From: IN

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

great trip

In all, an expedition on the Ushuaia is great if you are prepared and know what to expect. The guests are an international mix and it is such a learning experience just talking with them. The crew go out of their way to be of assistance. They are extremely knowledgeable and are eager to share that knowledge with you. Time on the Ushuaia is truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Excellent trip.

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 3/13/2013

Number of Past Tours: 2

From: MA

Tour Director: 3 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Everyone Should Go To Antarctica!!

This tour was the best experience of my life. The tour length was perfect, getting a quick taste of Buenos Aries and the city of Ushuaia was an excellent way to start and end the tour. I enjoyed my time and meals in both these cities and really fell in love with Ushuaia-it was like visiting a Swiss ski village, very backpacker friendly! The cruise itself was phenomenal. Yes, the seas at points were rocky but over all the hotel staff onboard, expedition team and crew members were world class! I felt safe, well cared for and any questions or concerns I had were accommodated for. I really enjoyed how the ship provided an 'Open Ship' policy where the Bridge (where the captain and first mates steer the ship) was open to anyone at any hour of day or night. This feature made me feel very safe and comforted. Now, the actual experience of visiting Antarctica was outstanding. I will do my best to describe the feelings and emotions but honestly no words will ever come close the majestic beauty of the untouched land that Antarctica has to offer. Traveling there has been a lifelong dream and the early morning when our ship pulled up to our first landing sight I cried. I couldn't believe that I have finally made it! the land is so gorgeous and pure. I couldn't stop smiling. The expedition staff left first to meet us on land and then we all followed in the Zodiac rafts. Everyone was layered up with their winter gear, life jackets and rubber boots! I always felt very warm when I went on land I have listed what I wore each outting! Each outting was unique getting to walk around thousands of penquins, walk on ice, hike up to the cliff of a volcanic crater and more. Every day was thrilling and more than I could have hoped for. Each photo I took was outstanding and I only brought a small camera with me. Everyone on the ship and in our group was also so fun and we all had the similar outlook of the trip as if we were 'Explorers' heading out on this amazing adventure. The combination of people and expedition to Antarctica was so thrilling I would recommend this (and I do) to everyone I know! Gear I Brought: -Shirt and Pant long johns -fleece pants -three pairs of socks (I recommend smart wool!) -rain pants -Rubber boots -a fleece top pullover -Fleece zip up jacket -rain coat -neckwarmer -winter gloves (try to get a strap to connect them to your coat) -winter hat (I brought a different hat for each day we went out-so my photos wouldn't look the same each day)

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5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 3/13/2013

Number of Past Tours: 3

From: GA

Tour Director: 4 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Antarctica Cruise

This trip was a true adventure. It was much more difficult physically than the tour materials led one to believe. I would recommend this to those in great shape physically. I would not recommend this to any of my friends over 70 unless they are exceptionally fit. The expedition team and the crew on this trip were the best!!! I can actually use the word awesome in describing them. We liked the Lancaster Hotel in Buenos Aires and the Albatros in Ushuaia. The location in both instances was great and we could walk to anything we wished to do. The employees in both places were terrific. Our guide did an excellent job presenting the city of Buenos Aires to us.

4 / 5

4 / 5

Tour Date: 3/13/2013

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: NC

Tour Director: 4 / 5

Tour Value: 4 / 5

Antarctica

Overall a great trip. Met all my expectations.