Antarctic Basecamp Holiday

Starts: Ushuaia, Argentina
Finishes: Ushuaia, Argentina

Visit: Ushuaia

Tour Type: Group Tour

Accommodation: Moderate

Activity: Cruises


This is Polar cruising in Antarctica for the restless! The ship becomes our base camp on these voyages. We sail down to the High Antarctic' where we have numerous inlets and channels to choose from to set up base. We will have 2 or 3 different base camp locations for the duration of the voyage. Once we are in place we go out and enjoy multi-activities which go beyond the normal shore program. We can take the kayaks out, or enjoy some time on shore snowshoeing or if we are more intrepid we can do a few hours mountaineering on Antarctica, giving us a huge sense of achievement and a true feeling of the remoteness and scale of Antarctica. We can also opt for a photo-work shop or shore excursions on the Zodiacs. Everyone will also get the chance to camp on Antarctica for a night. All these activities are included in the price of the holiday and do not require any previous experience. The only activity which is extra and requires experience is scuba diving. Of course we get extremely close to the wildlife during our activities as well, which is a totally exhilarating experience. This is the Polar cruise holiday for wildlife lovers and outdoorsy people.

Is this holiday for you?

All activities from the ship are optional, and you can choose just to participate in the zodiac excursions. However, if you are interested in the activities then you should have a reasonable level of fitness to participate. No experience is required for most activities, although basic kayaking and mountaineering is preferred and for Scuba Diving experience is essential. The snowshoeing and mountaineering on Antarctica is sessions of around 3-4 hrs, this is because no toilet visits are allowed on land and no food/snacks are allowed either for passengers of cruise vessels like ours. You must be able to get up and down the steep gangway from the ship to the water level to board the Zodiacs. Staff will assist you in and out of the boats. Ashore it can be slippery and rocky. Also consider that you are travelling in remote areas without quick access to sophisticated medical facilities. Please see our online Polar Guide for the differences between our departures, ships and more Polar information.


    • Kayaking, snowshoeing, photo-workshops, mountaineering, camping 
    • Zodiac and shore excursions on this unique Polar Cruise 
    • Scuba diving in the antarctic option available for the intrepid 
    • Expert team of expedition polar leaders onboard

Trip Details

The Trip

Product Code: 145866
Tour Type: Group Tour
Accommodation: Moderate
Transport: Private & Local (Public)
Guide Language: english
Travel Styles: Luxury Travel

Starts: Ushuaia, Argentina
Finishes: Ushuaia, Argentina
Duration: 13 days
Physical rating: Average


  • Expert Expedition staff 
  • All accommodation 
  • All meals whilst on board and B&B whilst in Ushuaia 
  • All shore excursions and Zodiac cruises with expert expedition team 
  • All multi-activities and equipment including: Kayaking / snowshoeing / Mountaineering / Camping / Photo-workshops 
  • Waterproof boots supplied (men's USA sizes 8-14 and women's USA sizes 3-9) 
  • Single timed airport transfer Ushuaia Airport on disembarkation


  • Travel insurance 
  • Tips for staff 
  • Airport transfers on arrival in Ushuaia 
  • Transfers to/from vessel other than as described 
  • Dinners and lunches whilst in Ushuaia (if applicable) 
  • Airport departure taxes 
  • Cost of optional excursion - Scuba diving 
  • Miscellaneous expenses - drinks and souvenirs etc.


Price person (sharing double) $7,950 ($612/day)


$300 per person for bookings made 56 days or more prior to departure

Full Amount for bookings made less than 56 days prior to departure

Cancellation: Flexible

Trip Notes

Price does not include airfare (to the Trip start & from the end location)

Trip Price generally includes accommodation, transport/transfer, activities, services of a professional guide & more. (Please refer to the include/excludes section for details)

Tour packages spare you the hassles of trip planning, a la carte booking, organizing and managing the logistics at a foreign location.


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Antarctica Ushuaia, Drake Passage, Mechior Islands, Schollaert Channel, Neumayer Channel, Lemaire Channel, Booth Island, Pleneau, Petermann Island, Neko Harbour



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Rob E 

The company are highly experienced in providing polar cruises and the staff they selected for the organisation on the trip and for the multi-activities were of a very high standard. The snowshoeing short hikes were excellent. Weather was variable but EVERY effort was made to get as much done at many different locations as possible - even a "landing" directly onto sea ice (which the company had never done before). Most enjoyed - Antarctica! Snowshoeing with my wife in superb scenery. Whales.

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Antarctica is totally unique, unlike any other place. Be prepared for; rough seas, amazing views, abundant wildlife, great company, good food, cold (and windy) weather, lots of penguins, jumping into/out of Zodiacs, getting wet, disinfecting your boots, drinking lots in the bar, meeting lots of new friends, watching whales, falling asleep listening to lectures, snoring from campers, icebergs,… Read more

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